compost

  • healthy garden soil
    Collection

    Maintaining Healthy Garden Soil

    Many people think of soil as dead, decomposed organic matter and minerals. But it’s much more than that. Soil is full of life. Trillions of organisms live in soil, using…

  • cow to produce manure
    How-To

    Learn How to Use Manure for a Healthier Garden

    I first became acquainted with the wonders of manure when my wife and I bought a small farm years ago. Not long after we moved in, we purchased a horse—and…

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    Tips and Tricks from a Mid-Atlantic Master Composter

    Compost is a fundamental garden amendment that enriches soil and provides nutrients to plants. But where do you start on making your own? I talked to Gail Hermenau, Master Gardener…

  • Pitchfork with ingredients to make compost
    How-To

    6 Ways To Make More Compost

    My grandmother, who managed a working farm in my birthplace of Malta, gave me my first lesson on soil health when I was about seven. As we harvested lettuce for…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Critters in Your Compost?

    Contrary to popular belief, compost doesn’t “just happen.” Although, from the outside, you might see nothing more than a pile of rotting leaves and grass clippings, inside that pile a…

  • How-To

    Get Serious About Compost: How to Make More, Better, Faster

    Compost is not fertilizer. The sooner a gardener embraces this reality, the better. But gardener’s gold does have an undeniable importance in the garden: to feed the billions of critters…

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    Everything You Need to Know About Composting

    Many gardeners believe that utilizing compost is an integral part of creating a healthier garden ecosystem.   Why Should You Compost? Composting helps recycle organic material and food scraps that…

  • Design

    Before and After Down Under

    Brian Mazzer sent in these images of his garden today and what it looked like when he first bought it. I bought my house in the suburb of Holland Park…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Compost and Mulch

    Today’s garden belongs to Julie Hammond. She writes: I am an avid gardener in Peoria, Illinois, expanding plantings with divisions and markdowns. I learned the hard way that compost and…

  • Article

    Beautiful, Bountiful Kale

    Kale’s popularity has taken off over the past decade, partly because it has been recognized by science as a “super food” but also because it is wonderfully delicious. It is…