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Fertilize and Create Great Soil

Even if you have some of the greatest soil around... growing vegetables is a process that takes many important nutrients. Tomatoes and peppers are heavy feeders and need readily available nutrients from the soil. Most summer vegetables are heavy feeders, with tomatoes being one of the heaviest nitrogen consumers. Before putting your plants in the garden, work a slow-release fertilizer into the soil of the planting hole. A good organic slow release fertilizer is Dr. Earth Organic 5 Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer 5-7-3. Apply a generous amount to existing gardens or 1/4 cup at time of planting or transplanting.…

Attract Pollinators with Garden Hardy Plants

What is pollination?       Pollination is the process of moving pollen from one flower to another of the same species, which produces fertile seeds. Almost all flowering plants need to be pollinated. Some plants are pollinated by wind or water, and some are even self-pollinating. Why use native plants in your garden? Pollinators have evolved with native plants, which are best adapted to the local growing season, climate, and soils. Most pollinators feed on specific plant species — hummingbirds sip nectar from long, tubular honeysuckle flowers, while green sweat bees prefer more open-faced sunflowers. Non-native plants may not…

Gifts for Gardeners

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.  Gifts for your favorite gardener! Sandia Seed Company Pepper and Tomato seeds. The packets are beautiful and make a nice gift or stocking stuffer. Click here for Seeds or a Gift Card. A Seedling Heat Mat is a must have. Seeds can take weeks longer to germinate if they cool off at night. The 9 x 19-1/2" fits nicely under one grow tray. Keep the seedling mat plugged in 24 hours per day. The seedling soil will…

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