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    GARDENING

    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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    GARDENING

    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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