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Friends' cottage overlooking Lake Huron.

Hey guys, I have a free article for you to download today about organic fertilizing with biostimulants!

Ongoing fertilizing throughout the summer can really help boost plant health/nutrition/yields.

But first, I haven’t posted here for 4 weeks, and I thought I’d catch you up on what’s been going on.

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Cover Crops For Gardens - Build Soil/Control Pests With Cover Crops

Cover Crops For Gardens - Clover And Vetch
This is a small patch of clover and vetch I've let stay through the summer.

The least expensive organic fertilizer in the world is - cover crops!

Cover crops for gardens are simply plants that are planted to cover your soil, especially during the off season.

And they can also be used during the growing season, interplanted with food crops or even in ornamental beds.

But they do much more than just cover the soil. Garden cover crops:

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Organic Container Gardening - FREE Step-By-Step Guide Right Here!

Organic Container Gardening

Holy smokes, I’m in Amsterdam! I'm here visiting my sister!

We’re going on some little organic gardening adventures while I'm here, to get everything we need to do some organic container gardening.

And we’re going to take you with us. I’m super excited!

I'll be posting a new short video every day for 12 or so days, to give you some useful container gardening ideas.

Please share this on facebook, twitter, etc. by using the buttons up above the photo. I really want people to join us!

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Homemade Fertilizer - My 2 Favorite Easy-To-Make Fertilizers

Phil With Squash

I don’t mind buying the occasional organic fertilizer to improve the health of my garden.

But I’m also a big fan of making a homemade fertilizer for plants.

There are a bunch of possibilities, but today I want to keep it simple with 2 homemade fertilizers everyone can “make”...

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Worm Bin Composting - How To Build And Maintain A Worm Compost Bin

Worm Compost Bin

If you’ve always wanted a pet, but think:

  • Dogs are too messy,
  • Cats are too stuck up,
  • And goldfish leave something to be desired in the personality department

(no offence intended to my dog/cat/fish loving readers),

I have the perfect solution for you: worm bin composting!

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Organic Composting 101 - Making Compost That's More Nutritious

Organic Composting 101

Welcome to organic composting 101.

This isn't just a way to turn organic waste into nice dirt – organic compost is actually one of the most valuable things we grow in the garden.

What is organic compost?

It just means we're making compost from organic materials, without any added chemicals or genetically-modified ingredients or manure from animals that have received drugs, etc.

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Organic Weed Control - How To Kill Weeds Naturally And Forever!

Organic Weed Control Of Dandelions
Dandelions are highly beneficial weeds which often thrive in soils with low calcium//humus.

For many of us, organic weed control means many hours crouched in the garden pulling weeds.

And after a while, it’s easy for an organic gardener to begin to think of the buttercups or bindweed as the enemy.

So I’ll give some tips on how to kill weeds naturally in this article.

But at the same time, many of us may have an inkling that weeds aren’t simply the enemy, that it’s more complicated than that.

After all, many weeds are edible or have medicinal properties.

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Organic Garden Pest Control - Say Bye To Pests (Without Toxins)

Slug Eating Flower

As I’ve discussed in other posts, the best organic garden pest control method is a healthy ecosystem.

This means creating the right conditions for thriving, healthy plants by doing things like caring for the soil, watering properly, and having the right plant in the right place.

Then our plants won’t attract diseases or plant-feeding insects.

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Natural Organic Fertilizers - How To Choose For Your Organic Garden

Natural Organic Fertilizers In My Hand

There are a handful of very useful natural organic fertilizers for you to choose from, especially if you look online.

The hard part is knowing which ones to choose, but I’ll give you a few things to look for.

Natural organic fertilizers won’t look like much of a bargain compared with the high nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium numbers on chemical fertilizers, but they’re so much more valuable.

They often provide many more nutrients than just N-P-K, they don’t hurt soil life, and it’s generally better to add lower doses of fertilizers anyway.

Update: Nearly a year after I wrote this, I decided to start selling most of the following natural organic fertilizers, so you can learn a lot more about them here.

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Heather And I Are Splitting Up After 10 Wonderful Years

Heather And Phil

I mention my wife Heather here from time to time, and she certainly mentions me regularly on her website because I’m so involved with it.

So I think it’s fitting to let you guys know we’re splitting up after 10 years together, nearly 3 of those in marriage.

The good news is that so far, about 10 days since the decision was made, we’re still hoping to continue as distant friends and virtual business partners from our respective cities (wherever those may be).

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