Decoding gardening advice : the science behind the 100 most by Jeff Gillman

By Jeff Gillman

Presents details and services on various simple gardening questions, overlaying such issues as soil, water, pests, mulch, plants, bushes, greens, and garden care.


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This is because urine is relatively sterile when it leaves the body (unless there’s a bladder infection), and because any organism that might be in the urine would not be able to survive once it was exposed to the outside environment. That said, urine that is stored for any period of time in a cup, saucer, or other container can pick up nasty things. So, if you want to try using urine as a fertilizer, it’s best to collect urine and put it directly on crops without any delay. Using urine in compost is also a very reasonable application.

Therefore, it’s usually best to avoid putting pine straw around seeds that you want to encourage. the real dirt Pine straw is a great mulch, but don’t expect it to do anything to the pH of your soil. advice that’s just wrong Apply compost tea to help enrich soil Compost tea is a product that can be added to soil to, supposedly, make it rich and vibrant. This tea is made by steeping a nylon bag full of compost in a tub of water for a day or more. The tub often has air bubbled through it (producing something called aerated compost tea) and may or may not have additional sugars, such as molasses, added.

Loving your plants too much is the surest way to send them to an early grave. Some plants handle being over- or underwatered better than others, but they will not be able to tolerate one or the other for long, so it’s best to get watering under control from the start. HOW TO DO IT Making sure that plants are properly watered can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it. The easiest and most reliable way to test soil moisture is to simply push your finger down into the soil to see whether it’s dry, moist, or wet.

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