Organic Garden

Why Organic?

The difference between organic and chemical fertilizers The Words—against chemical fertilizer When you use chemical fertilizer you are throwing out a carrier (some kind of salt) with a chemical on it then you water this into the soil and a small amount (about 2%) is absorbed into the rhizosphere (the zone around the roots) the rest of the chemical continues to drain through the soil until it hits the water table. This is known as water pollution the #1 reason against using chemicals. (We need to drink water) Chemical fertilizers negatively impact the soil web by killing off portions of […]

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The Benefits & Uses of Pine Straw Mulch

For years I have talked about hardwood mulch and it is still a good choice. I have always used and liked pine straw myself , I have 10 pine trees so I have always had access to it. I had no place for my customers to buy it. In the fall of 2009 when Marshall Grain ran it down for me and brought it in for my customers I finally had a place to send you. Now both Marshall Grain and Stegall’s Nursery & Plant Farm carry Pine Straw. I noticed at first that it was great for keeping out […]

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Growing Roses Organically

By Lucy Harrell T.C.N.P.-A Specialist On Demanding Environments Having roses can be easy if you just plant them the right way in the right spot and understand a few things about how roses grow. Since I don’t know what you have been taught—let’s just start over and learn this simple way from scratch. Antique or Old roses are the best choice because they are the most disease resistant to start with. Of course as with almost anything-There are a few exceptions Here are things to consider: *Roses need good drainage. *Most Roses need 6 hours of sun or more—but there […]

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Newsflash! Dealing with the Heat

I’m sure that you would  guess that a lot of  plant problems  in July/August are heat related–it’s hot–it’s dry and sometimes windy-so plants, grass and trees  are having a hard time holding onto water-they need enough watering of the soil to give them a  good drink every 5 -7 days in clay and 3-5 days in sand depending on your plant choices and sites. This time of year if your sprinkler system is not  watering evenly it really shows up–most of the time that is what the problem is.  However  many of us  wrongly interrupt what we see- ( dry  tan patches in the grass and […]

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The Guide to Proper Watering

Watering Test This test is for overhead systems only— not drip irrigation, soaker hoses, etc-for those systems you  will need to water and then check and see if you have actually gotten the soil wet down to 6 inches in the ground. For Overhead (traditional systems) You will need—10 small cans-or like- with an inch marked inside with a marker – be sure it is easy to see [cat food cans-tuna cans–anything ] A bundle of landscape flags [ optional if you want to  write on them and mark  dry or wet spots for the sprinkler guy)]—they are wires with […]

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