Soil & Soil Amendments

  • How To Use Dolomite Lime For Plants

    Are you curious about how to use dolomite for plants? By the end of this article, you’ll feel confident using this unique compound in the garden to balance out your soil.

    It’s important to understand the exact needs of your plants. Although some plants, such as blueberries and azaleas, like acidic soil, most prefer for things to be more on the neutral side. That’s where dolomite lime for plants is so useful. 

    This common garden amendment is a limestone compound that contains both magnesium and calcium at ratios of 18 to 23% each. These elements not only can provide much-needed minerals to your soil but can also help raise the pH to make the soil more alkaline.

    So when is dolomite for plants necessary - and how do you apply it? We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about using dolomite lime for plants. 

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  • How To Use Bone Meal Fertilizer In The Garden

    When you need to add phosphorus to the soil in your garden, many gardeners turn to bone meal fertilizer. 

    This is a highly effective and natural soil amendment that can work wonders for your plants.

    After all, plants that are deficient in phosphorus tend to have a hard time forming strong roots and growing the way they should.

    If you’re curious about how to use bone meal for soil plants, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will tell you everything you need to know.

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  • Perlite vs Vermiculite: What's The Difference Between These Two?

    If you’ve ever found yourself trying to determine the difference between perlite and vermiculite, you’ve come to the right place. 

    Although these two are quite similar, there are several key differences you need to be aware of if you’re trying to provide the best possible conditions for your garden plants.

    All plants require soil aeration along with plenty of water and nutrients in order to survive.

    If your garden soil is lacking in these components, you may want to consider adding either vermiculite or perlite to make up for what’s missing. But which one is right for you? That’s what we’re here to answer today.

    Before you rush off to buy either one of these products, familiarize yourself with the key differences between perlite vs vermiculite. 

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  • The Complete Guide To Growing In Coco Coir

    There are a lot of different growing mediums you can put your plants in to help them grow and plenty of other tools and amendments you can use to get them off to the right start. 

    From different types of soil to fertilizers, various-sized pots, and more, the list of choices when it comes to what to include in your garden can be dizzying. 

    If you’re new to gardening, there are just two simple words you should remember - coco coir.

    Although this phrase likely isn’t familiar to the average beginning gardener, it should be at the top of your shopping list as you prepare for the upcoming growing season. 

    A boon to any garden or gardener, coco coir is a growing medium that you definitely need to consider. 

    It pays to know a little bit about coco coir and how to use it - and this complete guide to growing in coco coir will tell you everything you need to know. 

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  • How To Plant A Raised Garden Bed

    Think you don’t have the time or space to learn how to plant a raised garden bed? Think again. It’s actually much easier than you think, and takes less time to get your garden growing! 

    In fact, planting a raised garden bed is a great way to save yourself some time by maximizing your efficiency and making the most of the space you have. 

    With raised bed gardening, you don’t need to have perfect soil or acres of land. All you need is a bit of creativity.

    Growing in a raised garden bed is a quick pathway toward growing some of your favorite plants and enjoying a fruitful harvest. If you are looking for tips on how to plant a raised garden bed, you’ve come to the right place.

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  • Rockwool For Plants: How To Grow In This Soilless Media

    Aside from soil and coco, rockwool for plants is one of the most popular grow media out there. This unique media has a ton of benefits to offer those who grow with it, but some drawbacks as well.

    In this article, we’ll teach you how to grow plants with rockwool, and how to properly dispose of it - something many growers are unaware of.

    Before that, though, let’s start with some key information on rockwool as a substrate - what is it, and where does it come from?

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  • Fusarium Wilt - Prevention & Treatment

    Fusarium wilt is a detrimental plant fungus that can wreak havoc on your entire grow.

    Treatment of this fungus has low success rates, making prevention crucial. But, if you aren’t familiar with this plant disease, how do you know what to look for? 

    This isn’t as easy to detect as bud rot or powdery mildew, as the disease starts in the soil. But there are still some tell-tale signs you are dealing with an outbreak of fusarium rot. 

    We’ll share some images to help you identify if you do in fact have this issue, and teach you everything you need to know about it.

    We’ll also give you our best prevention methods, along with some last ditch options to save your crop if you suspect your grow is overrun. First, let’s start with the scientific definition.

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  • How To Amend Soil For Healthy, Organic Gardening

    As you finish up your grow, you are likely wondering how to amend your soil for the next growing season.

    Or, maybe your plants are just about ready for flower, and want to add some organic amendments to the top of your soil to supercharge bud development.

    There are plenty of reasons to consistently improve the conditions in your soil because poor soil means poor plants.

    We are going to cover why, when, and how you should amend your soil. But first, let’s cover some quick definitions.

  • Garden Soil and Nutrient Solution Testing - pH, TDS, and More!

    Garden soil and nutrient testing will be your biggest responsibility on a day-to-day basis while growing. Plants are generally pretty resilient, but they can develop some pretty nasty issues if certain aspects of their nutrition are out of whack. 

    Some of the most common things you’ll need to test include pH, PPM, TDS, EC, Temperature, and moisture. You won’t need to test all of these, but there are a few that are definitely important to measure regularly.

    We’ll break this post into two sections - testing your garden soil and testing your nutrient solution. If you’re growing hydroponically, you’ll just need to worry about testing your hydroponic reservoir.

    But if you grow in soil, you may need to test not just your nutrients, but your soil, and sometimes even your runoff.

    In this post, we are going to teach you everything you need to know about soil and nutrient testing!

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  • Best Soil For Indoor & Outdoor Plants Of 2021

    If you aren’t growing in a hydroponic system, you need the very best soil for indoor plants. Something as simple as dirt can still get complicated.

    Certain brands may skimp on ingredients, and won’t provide the level of aeration or drainage your grow needs. That’s why we put this guide together - to help you find the best soil for your indoor grow!

    Before we start covering some of the top soils of 2021, we need to cover some basic information on soil.

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