Antidepressant Microbes in Soil

Microbes dominate the world in silence and behind the scenes. Their ability to fight depression is increasingly essential in the medical world thanks to the unique soil bacteria, Mycobacterium vaccae. With this exciting discovery, science can finally explain one of the main reasons why gardening can improve mood and mental health. READ MORE

How to Calculate Fertilizer Application

Fertilizers are defined by law as soil improvement with a guaranteed minimum nutrient content. Fertilizers are supplied with a percentage of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. For example, a 10-5-5 fertilizer consists of 10% nitrogen, 5% potassium and 5% phosphorus. Different plants require various amounts of nutrients, and gardeners can calculate application rates based on plant needs, garden area, and nutrient concentrations. Nitrogen is the essential nutrient for lawns and many other deciduous plants, so gardeners often calculate fertilization rates based on nitrogen content. The rate can also be calculated for nutrients in flowers and fruits, such as potassium and phosphorus. READ MORE

How to Apply Ammonium Nitrate as Fertilizer

Ammonium nitrate supplies lawn and garden plants with urgently needed nitrogen in an easily accessible place and isn’t washed out of the soil. Pure nitrogen fertilizer contains typically 34% ammonium nitrate but mixed with other plant nutrients or combined forms of nitrogen, and the amount can vary. When used correctly, your plants will receive the nitrogen they need for lush green growth. Ammonium nitrate is only available to plants for two to four weeks, so it is usually reused at monthly intervals during the growing season. READ MORE

How Soil Compaction is Hurting Your Lawn

Homeowners give priority to maintaining a healthy lawn, and it all starts with the permanence and health of your soil. The general condition and density of the soil affect the appearance of your garden and the growth of your lawn. It is advisable to check your lawn regularly for possible underlying problems, take preventive measures, and be active if you notice any symptoms. From weed infestation to discoloration, excessive grass diseases, and reeds, compaction can cause the grass to shrink over time if not maintained properly. READ MORE

How to Use Eggshells in the Garden

All gardeners know that the soil must be continuously fed, only then will large, healthy plants grow. But only a few gardeners know how to use eggshells, the fertilizer’s advantages for the garden, and how to use it. The article explains how to make the ideal eggshell fertilizer from egg waste and how to improve it. READ MORE

Aluminum Foil and Your Garden

Gardening can be relaxing and useful, but when you put a lot of effort into it, it will be frustrating if things go wrong. But don’t let your garden get the best out of you; control weeds and keep pests away from one of the most common household items, aluminum foil. Learn more about using foil in your garden. READ MORE