If you’re purchasing your compost or manures (or even topsoil) be aware that herbicide residues do exist and can create conditions that restrict the growth of plants. For example, aminopyralid is registered for a wide variety of crops and has … [Read more...] about Herbicide Residues in Purchased Compost or Manure
I've been reading about hydrogen peroxide on some grower boards lately and there's increasing interest in this for algae control and some seed germination experiments going on. It's one of those topics that's always been on the fringe of gardening … [Read more...] about Hydrogen peroxide in plant propagation?
Need a reason to go organic if you have kids? James Brophy - the lead researcher on this study - of the University of Guelph, ON, Canada found that women growing up on farms were more likely to have cancer than other populations. Turns out the … [Read more...] about Cancer rates increase on childhood exposure to ag-chemicals
In keeping with weed control - let me remind you of two important facts about cover crops. Cover crops - a crop sown after the main harvest or in place of a harvest in a garden area - can build organic matter in the soil. We've often seen plants such … [Read more...] about You Need This Simple Trick To Prevent Weeds And Make Better Soil
So here's the deal with garlic effectiveness. We've always assumed that eating it raw would do two things. First, it would give us all the health benefits of the bulb and Second, it would ruin our love lives. USDA scientists tested this theory … [Read more...] about What You Need To Know About The Research On Garlic Effectiveness
Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizers Deplete Soil Nitrogen‚ Organic nitrogen and carbon exist naturally in soils but in the 1920’s and 30’s, research showed that soluble nitrogen fertilizers actually depleted soil nitrogen. This story changed in the … [Read more...] about Why Soluble Fertilizers Wreck Your Soil