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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

10/2/2016, 12:31 am by trolleydriver

@trolleydriver wrote:
@landarch wrote:... Here's an interesting DIY digital compost thermometer for cheap...


Thanks Landarch for the link to that DIY compost thermometer.

I have ordered 3 digital refrigerator thermometers from a seller on Ebay. The total cost is around $5 Canadian with free shipping from Hong Kong. Downside is uncertain delivery time ... …

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Using Eggshells for your garden

6/3/2014, 1:47 pm by DoreenPalmer

I have been researching regarding using eggshells in my garden. Does anyone here do that? Do you bake your eggshells? If yes what temp and how long. Another question about this do you ever add vinegar to break the eggs down faster? Do you wash your eggshells? Thank you if you have time to answer this.

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6/4/2010, 8:13 pm by Megan

As far as I know, no one has tried to grow Amaranth in a SFG before, so I thought I would post here every once in a while to describe my experience with it.

I've never grown it, but when I saw it in the Baker Seeds catalog while dreaming of my SFG for this year, I wanted to try it. Mainly for fun, but also because I was curious to see if I could get a useful amount of grain in a small space. …

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surprising results from soil test

5/20/2017, 2:09 pm by dstack

I just got the soil tested in my beds. It's my first ever professionally tests, and now I know the deficiencies and what I need to do to correct it. I also found the pH is a slightly too high, which confirmed what I already suspected. Surprisingly my nitrogen and potassium was almost non existent, while phosphorus and calcium was off the charts. Not sure why, but glad I know now, and now I know …

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Carrot Week 2017!

2/2/2017, 7:51 am by RoOsTeR

It's a thing!

It's going to happen.

April 2017!

Save a square or two for Carrot Week 2017!!



Stay tuned. More to come.

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Friday Rookie Topic: Edible Flowers

6/22/2012, 3:41 pm by cheyannarach

Why do you plant flowers in your square foot garden according to Mel? Because they are pretty that's why, but I have heard a lot of people that have a hard time letting flowers have room that veggies could have. I love planting flowers and I had flower gardens before I ever veggie gardens so I always include them in my garden. Like Mel says they are just pretty! But there are many many flowers …

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Row Cover Material - garden blankets

4/21/2014, 1:54 pm by ETNRedClay

So the idea of white row cover material is to warm up the area underneath and increase humidity higher than the surrounding environment.  You extend the growing seasons a little bit each direction.  I'm using row cover material flat and loosely held to the ground (as recommended on the package) to help seed germination.  It increases temps and moisture and seems to work REALLY well for my …

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Anyone use Shrimp and Seaweed Compost in their garden?

5/19/2017, 10:25 am by smwiup

I am compiling a variety of composts to start out while my own compost is cooking. Has anyone used the Shrimp and Seaweed Compost? Does this attract raccoons or other animals to the garden?

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Jicama, Sweet Potatoes, and Raised Bed Blocks

5/14/2017, 5:04 pm by ChasingAnnie

Hi all,

I'm going to try planting jicama (first time ever) and sweet potatoes.  I figured raised beds dedicated to these root crops might be the way to go. Do any of you have any 
experience or advice? How deep should I make the beds (I figure these should probably be a little deeper?), any modifications to Mel's Mix, advice on spacing or just general advice? I read that sweet potatoes like …

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