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After it rains, the water is supposed to sink into the soil, not sit on top of it
We all have those spots in the garden that don’t ever seem to dry out. These areas are hard on plant roots due to low oxygen levels in the soil. Poor water drainage can result from a number of...
Keep the bags of potting soil for your containers, and work with your native soil
Raised beds are the answer to a lot of gardener’s prayers. The soil warms up quicker for planting in the spring, it isn’t compacted from foot traffic, and the beds are easy to maintain....
You’ll find details from specific soil types to endangered species in your area
The University of Missouri has developed an online tool to provide landowners with detailed information about their land. Ray Massey is an extension ag economist at the University of Missouri, and...
Curious how your can improve your soil? Here are three ways.
As the blooms and blossoms of summer are nearing the end, one may feel there isn’t much left to do in the garden. But, improving your soil now will help next year’s bounty be even more...
Don't treat old potting soil like dirt
I grow a lot of flowers in containers and can spend a fortune in potting soil. I reuse it for at least one-year, but always wonder if it's as good the next year or if too many nutrients are...
Using switchgrass to produce biofuel is one way to decrease dependence on oil, but growing it and making it profitable is complicated.
Switchgrass is an excellent candidate for biofuel production. It is an adaptable plant that can grow on millions of acres of U.S. lands that cannot support crop or food production. It is also a...
Open Source Seed Initiative organization promotes sharing and exchange of seed.
Software developers—and even consumers—are familiar with the open-source movement. Open-source projects, like the popular Firefox web browser, are generally developed in a public,...
Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss is a natural, organic soil amendment that improves soil structure. It increases water retention in sandy soils, which helps reduce the leaching of nutrients.
“Most homeowners don’t have great garden soil in their yards,” said Melinda Myers, author of more than 20 gardening books and host of Melinda’s Garden Moment, which airs on...
Improve soil organic matter and water conservation in your garden with these cover crops.
There are many different ways to build a retaining wall. Here are some of our favorites!