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Companion Planting

Organizing your garden to maximize its potential can get to be a little complicated. If you’re a beginner gardener, then you’ll want to know the little tricks to keep things simple and productive. Companion planting is one of them. Use this cheat sheet next time you start planning your...

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How To Get Rid of Spider Mites in the Indoor Garden

This article written by Chris Bond about how to get rid of spider mites was originally published in 2015, Garden Culture Magazine US Issue 8. It originally appeared under the title, A Mite-y Problem. Few pests bother the indoor gardener like spider mites. They seemingly appear from nowhere, and spread havoc exponentially. The secret to how to get rid of spider mites in the indoor garden? Control. Knowing how to control your growing environment is one of the best ways to control these pests. Mite Biology Spider mites are small, sucking pests that can be difficult to see without the aid of magnification. They...

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Understanding Enzymes for Plants

This article by Rick Le Renard was originally published in 2015, Garden Culture Magazine Issue 6. It originally appeared under the title, Why should we use Enzymes. What are enzymes? Why are so many fertilizer companies adding enzymes to their ever-expanding list of essential supplements? Enzymes are extremely small, yet powerful proteins made of complex chains of amino acids folded in shapes reminiscent of Pac-Man. Simply said, enzymes have the power to chop things into smaller parts. They are able to break down, modify, and even create things! Naturally occurring, and necessary to all life forms, without them, there would be no life – not as we...

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What Is Soil?

Your yard is full of it. But what is soil? Why is it that in some locations soil is able to grow great results easily, and in others, gardening is so difficult? Before you give up on your soil and decide that the more exact science of high-tech gardening is the only way to succeed at growing, there a few things you should know… Even though hydroponics continues to grow in popularity, soil is still the stuff to grow on. There are many types and compositions of soil. It’s no news that having healthy and fertile soil is important for...

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DIY Fish Fertilizer

This article written by Ryan Martinage was originally published in 2015 Garden Culture Magazine Issue 5, where it appeared under the same title. You can buy liquid fish just about anywhere garden fertilizers are sold, so why bother messing around with DIY fish fertilizer? It’s liquid gold – the best possible 100% natural plant food. Thanks to the many benefits gained using inputs made from fish in gardening, fish-based products are a familiar sight within the retail gardening industry. With all the products on the market, the liquid fish fertilizer segment has two separate categories: fish hydrolysate and fish emulsion. Outside...

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