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Understanding Biochar

Biochar is simply the carbonization of biomass, essentially charcoal.  Heating biomass from vegetable and animal waste with little or no oxygen at a suitable …

Soil Basics 101: From pH to Microbes

Understanding the Lifeblood for Your Plants All of us who deal with plants – big or small, annual or perennial, flowers or foliage – have one thing in …

Testing Soil pH Levels Without a Meter or Kit

The other day, I was trying to measure the pH level of my pot where I planted a beautiful houseplant. While waiting for the meter to settle, I wondered if I …

Improving Soil Quality Using Management Practices

Soil quality is the most important factor for long term agricultural productivity. A good soil manager will monitor the organic content of the soil, water …

How to Know if Your Soil is Healthy or Sick

The secret to strong and healthy plants & vegetables is healthy soil. For your plants to thrive, your soil must contain the nutrients and microorganisms …

New Search App Offers Unbiased Results

Nichols Publishing Company, the publishers of Garden & Greenhouse and NUGL have entered a partnership that offers a new technology to the greenhouse and …

What Living Soil Means

Living soils are simply the portion of the soil that is composed of living microorganisms. To be truly healthy soil must contain a variety of microorganisms. …

The Benefits of Lactic Acid Bacteria

Lactic Acid Bacteria (LABs) are used as ingredients in food processing and are also used as sanitizers in food processing facilities. Some of the most common …

How Pesticides Affect Soil Microbes

There is a symbiotic relationship between microbes and plant life in a natural soil environment. Plants like grass, trees and food crops depend on …

Increasing Microbial Population in a Soil or Medium

Within every soil or growing medium there is a world of living, microscopic organisms. It is these organisms who are responsible for the breaking down of …