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Posted on 25 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

3 Uses for Eggshells in the Garden and Beyond

Photo Credit: Egg Shell Mulch by London Permaculture used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: Egg Shell Mulch by London Permaculture used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Eggshells are such a wonderful nature created invention.

They provide the perfect protection for the raw egg material inside, which will become either human breakfast or a chicken.

But did you know they can also benefit the garden.

Well, they can and the tips below will help you maximize the use of these amazing little calcium-rich containers.

1. Eggshells in the garden. Crushed eggshells are a great addition to the garden space. They provide calcium to the soil, which is very important when it comes to raising tomatoes. A tomato plant low on its calcium uptake will product bottom rot. To prevent this, add Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 21 February 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Fertilizing for the Absentminded Gardener

Photo Credit: Happy Bokeh Wednesday! Garden Style by Matt Harris used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As an avid gardener, I have tried many different approaches when it comes to fertilizing.

I have made my own fertilizer with manure and compost.

I have also gone plain Jane and just let incorporated compost fertilize the plants.

While both approaches have worked, I have longed for an easier way. This is when I found Winchester Gardens products.

Getting older and busier has forced me to look for ways of doing things easier. I use self-watering containers and mulch gardens so that I do not have to water as often. I choose disease-resistant plant varieties so that I do not have to treat for plant disease and/or pests. I also choose to use a once a season fertilizer program and that is where Winchester Gardens comes into my planting scheme.

In my vegetable garden, there has always a Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 February 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Gardening for the Forgetful

Photo Credit: Fertilizer Spike courtesy of Winchester Gardens

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As my life gets pulled into hundred different directions, I find myself forgetting to do certain things.

This includes forgetting what I entered a room for, forgetting names, and forgetting the date.

While some may view it as old age, I, with my science background, know it is not but instead too many things going on in my head.

My little brain can only process so much and as much as I would like to remember everything, something has to give.

This something is always very important but is especially important when it comes to my “bread and butter” plants or in other words my beloved vegetable plants.

While I have given up my daily vitamins in exchange for fresh vegetables, I have not given up on feeding my plants but Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 February 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

A Product Review – Blood Meal by Winchester Gardens

Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Winchester Gardens

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Blood meal, to some, may seem like a boring topic but the importance of this product is what makes it interesting.

Blood meal, by nature, comes from organisms that bleed and in doing so that means animals.

Winchester Gardens have come up with a way of providing the organic gardener with an organic source of blood meal.

At this point, one may be asking how and the answer is simple. Their blood meal only comes from organically grown porcinis, which provides a hormone-free and antibiotic-free product.

But what would a gardener need blood meal for in the first place. First, the blood meal Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 08 July 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Growing Your Own Fertilizer

comfrey2By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As I was searching the Internet I found a response on a website that dealt with agriculture that sadden me.

A boy from Africa had a question on fertilizer.

He was doing a project in school and reached out to the global community for the answer or at least for some direction or hop.

Throughout his response he mentioned how the government was pushing for the farmers in Africa to use more and more synthetic fertilizer to compensate for reduced yields. He reached out to the global community with a simple question that still rings in my ear.

This question was simple and brief. “How long does it take for our soil to recover when soil fertility is gone?”

Soil fertility much like the Gulf after this disaster is hard to bring back to its original state. We as a society have lived through the Exxon spill, the dust bowl, and the black blizzard but as human history goes we have not learned a thing. But you as a gardener can start today by growing your own fertilizer.

Starting Comfrey

Comfrey’s name comes from the term Read the rest of this entry »

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