My favorite seed suppliers

Happy Spring everyone! I can't believe it's finally here! I'm a bit late to the seed-purchasing extravaganza this season, but just in case you are not finished shopping yet, I'd like to share with you where I buy my seeds and why. Disclaimer: I receive no profits or products from any of the companies mentioned …

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The anatomy of a K-cup: collecting coffee grounds at work

Happy 2019, fellow garden enthusiasts! I have started collecting coffee grounds at work, and there are a few reasons why. Reason one: coffee grounds are an excellent compost amendment (they are a major source of nitrogen, plus when you add enough, coffee grounds accelerate decomposition of organic matter and heat up your pile). You do …

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Harvesting a new batch of worm castings, plus an uninvited guest

You may wonder: when is a good time to harvest vermicompost from the lowest tray of  the worm house? Whenever the top tray starts looking this full: And so this weekend was the time for me to harvest my second-ever batch of worm castings! I'm still super excited, even though it was not the first …

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How to keep your worms alive in summer heat

When I was setting up my worm house, I was somewhat concerned that they may get uncomfortable out there on the balcony during the Philly summer heatwaves, but I was hoping they will make it through. As the temperatures climbed above 90F (32C), however, I have noticed that the wigglers are desperately trying to escape …

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Incorporating hügelkultur into community garden raised beds

I have a confession to make… I’ve only learned about the concept of hugelkultur about a year ago – shame on me! However, ever since I heard about it, I became a fan and started thinking of a way to incorporate it into my gardening practices. If you, like me, are not yet familiar with …

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Harvesting my first batch of worm castings!

Hi there, gardeners! Today was a big day for me: I finally got to harvest my first tray of vermicompost (aka worm castings)! It actually took much less time than I expected, and I peeked into the second tray to see that it's 95% done, too. I bought a 5-tier VermiHut worm bin and set …

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Notes from the field: how I fought off the aphids

Hi there, garden enthusiasts! A few weeks ago I discovered that my asian eggplant was infested by aphids, and now I am sharing a simple organic method I used to get rid of these pests. To get rid of the sap-sucking menace, I used this simple recipe for green soap (also known as insecticidal soap): …

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