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    Vermicomposting 101

     

    Nurturing the health of your soil is equally, if not more important, than nurturing the health of your plants in the garden. Without good soil, and without rich organic matter, your plants will struggle to get the vital nutrients and minerals they need to grow strong, fight off pests and disease, and produce the bountiful harvests and flowers that we all seek.

    Compost is a vital source of organic matter, and one that almost all gardeners use to feed their soil. But did you know that there are multiple different kinds and sources of compost? I didn’t either until I started gardening. In my quest to learn everything and anything about gardening, I stumbled upon the term “vermicomposting”. Upon further research, I learned that vermicomposting is composting with worms.

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    The Importance of Not Giving Up In The Garden

     

    Anyone who has tried their hand at gardening knows that sometimes no matter how hard you try, some plants just don’t do well. You can fertilize regularly, amend the soil with all sorts of nutrients, water consistently, and still sometimes fail. It can be very discouraging and maybe even make you consider giving up on that plant, or worse, gardening altogether. I know because I’ve been there. Now for a little story.

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    How To Grow Your Own Potatoes

     

    Raise your hand if you’re a carb addict…I mean, aren’t we all? Anyone who says they don’t like potatoes and bread must be lying, because come on, who doesn’t love that comforting starchiness?

    Since I’m unable to eat most store bought and restaurant foods made with our modern day wheat, potatoes are my best friend. They’re so forgiving to make and they go with just about everything. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even snacktime! I’m probably single handedly keeping Kettle in business by how much I eat their Sea Salt and Vinegar potato chips.

    Given how much of a staple they are for me, potatoes are a vegetable I knew I had to grow. Notorious for thriving when neglected, how hard could it be, right? Good news– growing potatoes is super easy and I’m going to walk you through how to do it.

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    Bolting Explained and Why You Should Embrace It

     

    I remember the first time I saw one of my cilantro plants bolt. I thought to myself, “I don’t remember cilantro from the grocery store having flowers…what’s going on here?” After a visit with Mr. Google, I learned all about what was going on. Bolting is the process when a plant transitions from primarily leafy growth, to flower and seed production. It is essentially a last ditch effort for the plant to spread its seeds and ensure survival of the next generation, which is why it is often also referred to as “going to seed”. You’ll know your plant has begun to bolt because it will suddenly produce growth that almost looks like broccolini.

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