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Environment
by J. Larson
7 years ago
Soils 102

This article covers whats soils are made of? Providing basic information about sand, silt and clay as well as the the organic and empty space components of soil.

Environment
by J. Larson
7 years ago
Soils 103

Soil Horizons are layers that from in soil profiles of sufficient depth. These horizons give us clues on soil structure, chemistry, climate local vegetation and parent material.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
5 years ago
3 Benefits of No-Till Garden Planting

No Till is a method of gardening that utilizes none to minimal cultivation, heavy mulching and the use of cover crops to produces a loose fertile soil with minimal effort on your part.  When done correctly No Till gardening can improve yields, reduce labor and manage weeds and pests without chemicals or heavy cultivation.  

Environment
by J. Larson
6 years ago
The Hidden Consequences of Tillage

Soil tillage is not as simple and straightforward as we thought. It has many hidden consequences that are only recently coming to light.

Environment
by J. Larson
4 years ago
Disappearing Farmland: An American Tragedy

Did you know we are suffering a quiet tragedy in this country.  This tragedy is not one you hear about in the news or read in the paper.  But this tragedy is one that has the potential to alter a very fundamental aspect of our lives.  If we don't stop polluting, paving over and eroding the worlds best farm lands sooner than we think, we could be suffering from a famine of our own making.  

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
7 years ago
Pros and Cons of Synthetic Mulches

Outline the pros and cons of common sythentic mulches including rubber tires, plastic sheeting, and landscaping glass.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
5 years ago
3 Easy Ways To Prevent Weeds In Your Garden

Weeds is the five letter word that crossed the lips of many gardeners as they peered out over what was a beautiful garden.  Chaos has come to the order you instilled into to this plot of ground because you didn't take the appropriate preventive measure before you planted you now have many hours of hot sweaty weeding to do.  The key to effective, cheep and easy weed control is timing and just a little bit of imagination.  Read on to find out more about 3 Easy Ways To Prevent Weeds In Your Garden. 

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
5 years ago
Companion Planting: Maximizing Your Garden Space

For those of us that suffer from a lack of gardening space you are always looking for ways to best utilize what you have.  This can lead to growing space saving varieties of plants like the Spacemaster Bush Cucumber, or growing plants that can be trellised like beans and small squashes.  You can also use a technique called companion planting which allows you to plant different types of crops withing close proximity to each other that will provide benefits to each other.  

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
5 years ago
3 Ways To Improve Your Garden This Fall

So here we are at the end of another gardening season for most of us in the US.  September heralds changing temperatures, final harvests, and signals that it is time to put the garden tools away for the year and to leave the garden alone for awhile.  Hate to break it to you but if you do that you are missing out a golden opportunity to improve your garden for next year.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
7 years ago
Pros and Cons of Natural or Organic Mulches

A summery of Pros and Cons of various types of Natural and Organic Mulches.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
7 years ago
3 DIY Seed Starters for Starting Garden Seeds

This article breifly covers three seed starting techniques using materials from around the house that are effective at pre-starting garden seeds.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
7 years ago
Pros and Cons of Lawn Grass Mulch

The pros and cons of lawn grass mulch became apparent to me as I struggled with a big weed problem in the summer of 2011 in my 12x12 foot garden plot. Read on to discover what I learned on my own and where my research that summer took me.

Environment
by J. Larson
4 years ago
What is Permaculture Landscaping

Instead of agriculture we should be doing permaculture.  Permaculture is system of growing things that relies on natural patterns, perennials planting and good design. 

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
5 years ago
Companion Planting For Your Cucumbers

Everyone's favorite vegetable is a toss-up between tomatoes and cucumbers. I have to fall on the side of the cucumber as it is great fresh, cooked and as pickles. Cucumbers scientific name is Cucumis sativus and belong to the melon family so they share traits with watermelon, squashes and cantaloupe. Cucumbers can be paired with some unusual suspects as well as some more expected ones.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
6 years ago
3 Reasons To Go Native In Your Landscaping

The use of non-native and invasive plants has a long history in the United States in our landscaping, gardens and homes. These plants when allowed to escape into the local ecology upset the balance and cause native ecosystems to decline in health and vigor.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
5 years ago
Ways To Use Fall Leaves Around The Home

So here we are at the end of another summer and the fall season is in full swing across the country. With fall comes the final harvest, cool temperatures, and beautiful fall foliage to look at. But it also brings cold rains cleaning up the garden and raking of the leaves when they are done falling from the trees. Every year homeowners or renters like myself wonder what to do with the bags of leaves that get raked up every fall. Read on to discover a few quick ways you can use those leaves around the house rather than sending them away.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
5 years ago
5 Plants To Grow With Your Tomatoes

There are lots of lists and articles out there that tell you what plants should be planted together. These companion plants will help each other grow but I find that no one really tells you why they help each other grow. To try and remedy that I have decided to write articles telling you why those plants help each if the reason is actually know.

Environment
by J. Larson
5 years ago
3 Reasons To Build An Earth Sheltered Home

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the idea earth sheltered homes.  These homes  buried in the ground  offer incredible shelter from the elements, pollution, noise, rot, fire and the horror of the monthly utility bill.     

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
5 years ago
The Benefits of Deep Mulching Your Garden

Are you tired of back breaking labor of weeding and hoeing your garden? Don't you wish you could just throw something on you garden bed a couple times a year that would solve all those weed problems for you? Well luckily for you we have a new product that has been around since the oh I don't know forever. Its called mulch and it is going to change how you garden.

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