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Organic Gardening

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The term 'organic gardening' generally refers to the avoidance of chemicals, pollutants, and synthetics in the cultivation of plants. Specifically, it may describe either informal commitments by the individual or government certified and regulated practices by the grower. Contributors typically want to know about the different types of organic gardening, the many environments in which it is practiced, and the most likely costs and benefits.

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Certified Organic and Organic Although the new label designates only certified organic foods, the use of the term "organic", with or without the label, implies adherence to government standards. Although very small farms (those which gross less than $5,000) are exempt from the certification req…
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Garden Seeds There are many companies from which to purchase organic seeds online. Some that specialize in organic seeds are: Baker's Creek Seeds of Change High Mowing Seeds Sustainable Seeds Co. and others Well-known seed companies like Burpee, Harris, Park Seed Co and Gurneys may also have o…
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Square Foot Gardening is a method popularized by Mel Bartholomew in the 1980's. Still active in the field, he has revised the original book (just found it; will buy it soon). His basis is that garden beds should be divided in 3-foot squares by walkways. Walking on the actual beds compacts the soil…
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No, biointensive and organic gardens aren't the same. The grouping together of plants that are considered to complement each other is what differentiates biointensive from organic gardening. Biointensive and organic gardening are similar in that neither uses pesticides or insecticides for pest and w…
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A non-chemical way of eliminating aphids (and the ants that serve as bodyguards in exchange for aphid-excreted honeydew) involves washing the plant with soapy water.
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Using plug spawn, just drill holes in oak branches or small trunks. Place plug spawn in the holes, and seal with hot wax. Bury upright about 6 inches in ground, and keep wet.
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Ivy is the name of the plant that grows out of old buildings. Specifically, the plant (Hedera spp) can climb and creep its way over, through and up abandoned, aged and empty structures. It generally is considered an attractive woody vine. But it also may be regarded as a weed when it is not where …
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Blueberry Muffins Eat Viburnum leaves! Ever since the MSOM (Muffin Society of Maryland) reconized the Blueberry Muffin as a breed in 1898, the Blueberry Muffin has continued a rare and relatively unknown species. But yes, it does eat viburnum leaves. Everybody knows tha!
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Least Toxic way to kill grub worms thatThere are many products sold to rid your lawn or grub worms, both organic and man made.The key here is not to confuse "least toxic" with the source of the product. Think back to the begining of the 20th century. The most commonly used pesticide/fungicide was le…
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they eat persons
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i think in the ground
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Answer New research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service of The US Department of Agriculture has shown some promising results in this area. It seems that natural fungi, which may be contained in compost, give plants a natural immunity to competing fungi (molds). The beneficial fungus, T…
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The only way I know is to actually take to root ball out that lingers below where the vine enters the soil. I have success,by cutting the climbing vine,and immediatley applying a roundup type product. This will knock it back for a season or so,but it always comes back. Maybe the best way is to …
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Are bag worms like tent worms? My grandfather and uncles used to pull the "tents" out of trees and douse them in gasoline in metal buckets. When they got all the tents with worms they could get, they had the land sprayed. It took care of it. Added by CassieMae: If your infestation is mild, you can…
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worms do eat grass
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ANSWER: Also known as tobacco worms, or hookworms. Either use an insect killer like sevin dust, which I dont recommend, cause it kills the pollinators. I just look for them and cut them in half with a pair of scissors. Instant compost material. Or you can have a little bit of fun and gather abou…
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Worms have semi-porous skin like ours, and they easily absorb anything that touches them small enough to pass between their pores. They don't have proper mouths, they basically digest anything touching them. They like to stay in wet areas because the water carries lots of nutrients, so that's why if…
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Birds eat it - get drunk - fall off the bush - get eaten by the cat. In that respect the berries are very fatal.This link suggests that the berries are completely edible and can be used for jams and jellies http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/recipes/pyracanjelly.HTML while the Center for Poisen Control sa…
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Mulch is a way to eliminate grass growing in Myrtle-planted areas. Specifically, myrtle (Myrtus communis) grows to a mature height and width of 9.8 feet/3 meters each way. Like other shrubs and trees, it is best off with nothing planted underneath it to the drip line (the furthest that a branch ex…
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Yes, they are excellent for adding to your compost, as well as grass clippings, shredded newsprint and vegetable waste. Answer Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen but often can be acidic. Composting well before adding to the garden may be better, but small amounts can be added directly to the g…
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Answer 1 Growing organically on a commercial scale means a loss of 25% of your crop on average, shorter shelf life, and limited choise of pesticides or fungicides to use. They usually cost more too. Growing organically also requires more labor per acre, mostly 'cos there are no organic weed killers …
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That they focus upon living organisms and systems through different agendas is the relationship between biotechnology and organic farming. Biotechnology stresses in-lab means which include genetic modification whereas organic farming will accept nothing genetically altered, non-organically made, or …
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Answer if it is really dried coffee ,so it is organig ,but now can`t trust ,so not sure 100% If it doesn't say organic on the package, then it's not
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Maybe, but i doubt it try it. But a worm has 5 hearts so it would be hard to kill unless inside the body.
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Pick a spot in the yard that is out of the way. Start piling up grass clippings, leaves, old hay, manure, pulled weeds. Turn the pile over with a garden fork every 3 weeks. You will have nice compost in no time. you can also add any organic waste from home such as onion peel, potatoes, fruit and…
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Maggets. They start off as small white worms usually in your garbage. Then they turn into flies and it will be alot of them. Get rid of the worms ASAP! So I recently found them on the ceiling of my kitchen too. We found out, we had oatmeal in our pantry, and the worms were coming from there. We thi…
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Earthworms do not have eyes, they do have cells that are sensitive to light distributed through their outer skin. These don't let earthworms see images, but it does allow their skin to detect light and changes in light intensity. earth worms are more sensitive to the chemical and temperature in the …
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ANSWER: You can't totally liquefy it, but you can make it into a usable tea for fertilizing plants. This works with composted cow manure as well. Take about 2-3 cups of the dry material and put it into a plastic gallon jug with a screw on lid and fill it with water to the halfway point. put the …
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If there are flies in a compost pile, there's an inbalance between carbon and nitrogen in the pile. There are a couple of ways to keep flies away from your compost pile... First of all try not to add meat, fish, or dairy products to your pile. Concentrated nitrogen sources like these and attract f…
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The removal of weeds from a field is called weeding.
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They live in soil, because that is where they get their food. They are decomposers. They eat decomposing animal carcases, dead leaves, etc.
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shrubs are smaller than trees. they have a woody stem and are less than six metres tall. the rose and hibiscus are some examples of shrubs. shrubs have a few stems that grow from the ground. unlike trees, the branches of shrubs grow close to the ground
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Ribbon worms or also known as nemertae commonly live in freshwater and moist soil. This type of worm usually measure form 25mm and is pale in color.
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Just about anytime but fall, when they would not have time to grow, and would look scalped until the following spring. The ideal time to trim non-flowering evergreens like cypress is at the end of winter.
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Organic foods are produced according to organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Generally, in developed countries, organic means crops were grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and with no use of radiation. For animal products it means…
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A patient who is under heart medication should consult his physician before taking Goji berries at they may interact with certain drugs. Otherwise, Goji berries are safe to eat moderately.
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Not everyone agrees on what an heirloom seed (variety) is. Some define an heirloom is one that has been grown for a certain number of years or since a certain year. Others define an heirloom as one that has been handed down from one family member to another for many generations. Another classificati…
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Nine thousand one hundred forty (9,140) is the number of organic farms in America. That total reflects publication in October 2012 of the 2011 USDA Certified Organic Production Survey by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Yes they take extremely small bites of it because it has bacteria on it all all other.
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Ribbon worms like to live in mud or in cool, damp places, such as under logs. Predators include birds and crabs. Their skin secretes toxins that keeps some animals from eating them.
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Benefits: You stop throwing food scraps and kitchen waste into the garbage where they end up as landfill, producing methane which contributes to global warming. You produce an excellent plant food and fertilizer for your plants. You throw away less garbage, thus saving fuel on garbage trucks and…
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Worms don't like it too hot or too cold, and they don't like direct light, so they should be out of the sun. They prefer 65 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (18 - 25 degrees Celsius). They can be kept in a garden shed, or on a balcony or veranda, or even inside the house. A well managed worm farm has no sme…
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Finding a balance between maximum yield and product quality within a context of environmental issues and profit margins is the main problem that faces urban agriculture. In other words, urban growers need to figure out how to get the most numbers of the best product from an environment that's stress…
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Yes, rabbit manure can be used in gardens. Rabbit manure (NPK 2.4-1.4-0.6) is one of the richest organic nitrogen sources available. It is so rich that it should be mixed into the soil as a side-dressing, away from the roots and stems of vegetables. It will break down more quickly in contact with so…
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Manure is a natural compost by the process of vermi composting .
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Organic farming means the use of methods of growing and managing crops and livestock without use of pesticides, man-made fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones. So for instance, instead of using pellet fertilizers that you buy in bulk from your local seed supplier, you put on manure from farm …
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The word "guano" originates from the Quichua language of the Inca civilization and means "the droppings of sea birds". The Incas collected guano from the coast of Peru for use as a soil enrichment agent. The Incas also assigned great value to guano, restricting access to it and punishing any disturb…
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any things that is biodegratable
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It is through one reaction which releases heat and another which absorbs it that urea is synthesized in industry. Specifically, the first reaction involves ammonia and carbon dioxide. The energy release results in the formation of ammonium carbamante. The second reaction will break above-mentioned …
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"Organic architecture takes this thought from within the nature of the thing. It is a profound nature study." - Frank Lloyd Wright, the father of the philosophy known as organic architecture, 1952
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2 worms go side by side, wrap each other together in mucus, and eject sperm from their male glands(worms are both male and female).later they go their separate ways and fertilize their eggs by making a cocoon over their body,sliding out while going past the male and female glands, the eggs and the s…
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The difference is that organic, in some cases, like milk, can be healthier. Also, organic foods are thoroughly checked for pesticides to make it healthier and taste better. This also goes for cheese and other dairy products. Organic foods must be certified and have the certifying company indicated…
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The Gumamela Flower is more commonly known as the Hibiscus in the US. It is in the family Malvaceae and also known as Rosemallow. A flower is the part of a plant that facilitates fertilization. It contains the mechanism for and products necessary (sperm and ovum) for reproduction. Unless the plant …
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"Of or relating to the application of ecological principles to the production of food" is the meaning of the adjective "agroecological." The suffix "agro-" can be used to refer to the production of food, feed, fiber and other goods by the systematic raising of domesticated plants and animals. The n…
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Compost is a nothing more than a mixture of brown and green materials that is left to rot and is turned to keep the mixture heated up in the center and provide the necessary oxygen to the 'rotting material' to futher the rotting or composting of the materials.You can use a mixture of green grass cli…
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Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) and pyrethrum are examples of non-chemical, non-synthetic pesticides that organic farmers use to control pests.
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It depends on how much you use. Red worms do best in neutral soil that's neither too acidic, nor too alkaline. Wood ashes are alkalizing, so if they're added to an acidic soil, they bring it closer to neutral and make it more hospitable for red worms. If you add too much, or add them to an already a…
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In the ground but when it starts to get close to winter they move far down in the dirt
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A fence is a natural cure that keeps dogs out of the garden. Welded mesh hung from a fir board fastened across the top of steel fence posts works very well.
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Leeches are worms and they are attracted to blood. They can be dark brown, as well.
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Organic is all natural and made from the Earth. Non organic uses chemicals and man made products.
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Conventional banana production involves the use of chemicals. Synthetic fertilizers are used to encourage quick growth and high yields. Chemicals are used to control disease, insects, and pests. Organic banana production follows a natural growing program. Such a program can be known as Integrated pe…
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The fruit is the sloe, which is a plum-like fruit used largely for the flavoring of alcoholic beverages, e.g., sloe gin.
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Organic farms follow a strict set of rules dealing with what they can and cannot use in regard to fertilizers, pesticides, etc. http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/Organic/complianceguide/faq.htm
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Many garden supply or hardware stores sell pH test kits that are inexpensive and simple to use. You mix a small amount of soil with the supplied chemicals and compare the color with a scale. This will tell you the pH of your soil.
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Organic food is the certified food that is monitored by the officials while being grown in organic farms, manufactured, produced or packaged without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in compliance with certain standards.• Organic involves a great variety of foods: milk, meat, poultry,…
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Earthworms aerate soil, allowing water, air, and plant roots to penetrate deeper into the soil. Red compost worms (Eisenia foetida) live near the surface of the soil, under accumulations of leaves, dead grasses, or manure. Worms eat the bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter in the soil o…
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Sawtooth oak and pine.
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Microscopic organic matter and plankton are what tube worms eat. Fine hairs and tentacles ensure that the food sources move from outside to inside every tube worm.
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First: the caveat. With the possible exception of spiny Barberries (Berberis) there are no absolutely deer-proof plants. If the herd is large enough, and food is scarce enough, deer have been known to eat almost anything. That said, there are plants that are much less palatable to deer. Please see …
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the same way you make any kind of compost Chicken droppings on their own do not make good compost as they are very high in Nitrogen,spread layers between other material and this will speed up the formation of the compost. A good way to use them it put them in a canvas bag and suspend it in a barrel…
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Compost Tea is made from extracting some of the beneficial nutrients and microbes from compost into liquid form so that it is easy to apply to plants and allows for these nutrients and microbes to be absorbed by plants and soil easily.
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Yes it is a weeping variety, and I would expect it to be available in Australia as I have one in my back garden here in New Zealand. It is self fertile and provides good shade as well as abundant medium sized fruit which preserve well, although the skins lose their dark colour and become greenish du…
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Non-genetically modified, non-synthetic, and on-site inputs are ways in which an organic farm differs from a conventional farm. The organic farmer depends upon local resources and follows a year-round schedule of biological, botanical, cultivational, and mechanical controls which admit nothing subje…
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It is far better if you have tomato plants to hand pick off the caterpillars/worms and then spread something along the ground that prevents them from approaching the plant. That is because poisons have a way of getting into your food.
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The hybrid Hibiscus are propogated from cuttings the species from seed.
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A compost bin is usually square and come in many sizes, but it should have a panel or door at the bottom to access the the compost that is oldest. Since you fill from the top. It can take 3 months or more for the first compost to start degrading.
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Yes, damaged seedlings do regenerate new sprouts and no, they do not. The particular response is dependent upon the herbaceous or woody plant in question and the type of damage. For example, Quercus muehlenbergii (chestnut, chinkapin, rock, or yellow oak) generally regenerates in wildfire-ravaged ha…
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The weight of this product is approximately 3 pounds. When you are creating an organic garden these worm castings can really go a long way in helping you.
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Good plants for planting around above ground pools are plants that have a compact, rather than spreading root system. Many common shrubs fall under this category. Some species, such as forsythia are highly resistant to chemical damage from accidentally slashed pool water. Another good species for th…
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Holly is eaten by pigs and wild boar, sheep, deer and a variety of birds. Most herbivores will have a go at holly but the holly will fight back and you will find that holly trees grazed by cattle will produce needlelike thorns at the lower end that will deter grazers.
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by stem cutting =3
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Coffee grounds contain substantial nitrogen and potassium, both important for plant growth. They also includes many other trace minerals and carbohydrates. This also makes it a good fertilizer. But since coffee grounds lack phosphorus (used in plant food for flowering plants) it is better for use o…
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to reduce the loss of water due to transpiration Also if some of the bottom leaves are left and buried they can cause the cutting to rot. Take the soft growth off the tip as this will wilt . Leave at least 2 pairs of leaves above ground.
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Oleander is poisous to humans, but not to the touch. You have to eat it or make a tea with it in order to be harmed. The most recent sad story I know was a family on a driving trip pulled over and roasted hotdogs on sticks cut from oleander. The smoke from that plant is dangerious too and, as I reca…
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Night crawlers are a sign of healthy soil. They help to loosen the soil around plants to provide oxygen. They also help to create fertilizer by consuming rotting material and turning it into work castings. However, they can be easily gotten rid of by using herbicides, pesticides, diatomaceous earth,…
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Green manure's nitrogen content is very high, and it will burn growing plants. Green manure is great, on the other hand for starting a compost pile, if you mix it with some plant matter. It's also great for turning into a compost pile which hasn't been composting well. The best use of green manure …
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All fresh and processed foods must follow national organic production standards and be certified by a USDA-accredited inspection agency. Only approved materials can be used in the production. No material can be used that harms the life of animals, people, or soil.Specifically, organic farmers can't …
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Compost diluted in water and used as nutrient-rich irrigation is what worm tea is. The dark-colored, fresh-smelling, nutrient-rich humus (organically broken-down, decomposed matter) in question results from the work of such composting worms as red wrigglers and white worms.
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If you mean to ask if running water through PVC pipe to your garden is harmful, the answer is no.
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To mate  More informationThey come to the surface as a response to high relative humidity after rain because they can move around safely without drying out. Some people believe this is an evolutionary response satisfying the need to disperse. But it is more simple than that.Earthworms don't ha…
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A compost pile is made by alternating layers of "green" and "brown" materials. "Green" materials, like kitchen scraps, chopped-up plant stalks, and succulent, leafy material, are higher in nitrogen. Animal manure, which is also high in nitrogen, is considered a "green" material for purposes of compo…
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Cross pollination.
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Not very long, Probably about a week
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