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Know Your Soil

Know Your Soil!
Host: Karen Lynn “Lil’ Suburban Homestead

SoilKaren Lynn is so excited to have guest Annie Haven owner of Manure Tea  or “Moo Poo Tea” and blogger at Manure Tea.com they have a full line of all natural premium-soil conditioner teas for the home gardener, landscape, and farmer.  Karen Lynn actually refers to Annie affectionately as the “Compost Queen” and Annie is an extremely knowledgeable about gardening as well.    You can’t know compost without knowing the soil so this will be a great show to call in and ask Annie your compost, gardening, and soil questions. Continue reading Know Your Soil

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Gardening without Soil – Understanding Hydroponics

Gardening without Soil – Understanding Hydroponics

hydroponics277x185For most people, gardening involves spending some time working the soil, adding compost or fertilizer, and planting seeds. But there are many people who don’t have the land, space, time, or physical ability to do conventional gardening. So how can they still get involved in growing their own food? One answer is hydroponics, growing plants without the use of soil. There are many different setups that can be put together to meet the individuals needs. It’s a fun and productive way to grow most any type of vegetable. And for those with low water supply’s, hydroponics allows you to use the water much more efficiently than simply pouring it into the ground. Also, hydroponics allows you to give the plants exactly what they need to flourish, without guessing whether or not they have enough fertilizer. So if you’re short on time, or can’t move like you used to, join us on Preparing to Provide for a lot of information and suggestions on how you to can began growing your own vegetables, without soil.

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Feeding your soil for a successful garden!

Fertilizer442x442Feeding your soil is the most important aspect of successful gardening.  Chemical fertilizers are not only an unnatural way of boosting nutrients, but also a very temporary solution, as nutrients are often quickly lost.  Compost, also know and gardeners’ black gold, will not only help add nutrients to your soil, but also help retain them as well as moisture, air, and beneficial organisms.

This week on The Prepared Canadian, we will celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, by discussing what is rotten in the state of your garden.  We will Canada 125look at the benefits of compost as a soil amendment, talk about building a compost bin, how to build your pile, and the various uses for compost.  From top dressing to brewing compost tea, as many aspects of composting as I can fit into a show will be on the docket, along with two, no effort ways to get compost that I have found, quite by accident.

Tune in to find out the whys, how’s, and what’s of composting your organic waste into gardeners’ black gold!
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Worm Farm with Paula, some great info and a lot of fun!

Bexar4-16paula2Bexar4-16paula1Lots of people have worm farms because worms help plants and other living things such as: food for birds. Worms soften the soil for the trees so water can get into the ground easier and can reach the tree roots. If you want to have a healthier self-sustaining garden joins BexarPrepper on Preparing For Life’s Storms and Paula on April 16th 8pm central time at Prepperbroadcasting.com to learn more than you wanted to know about worm farming. I keep hearing about harvesting castings so let ask Paula what’ that all about?

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Garden Fertilizers – Feeding Your Plants

Fertilizer442x442MHPBefore you plant a seed or seedling, you need to apply some fertilizer to the soil or container. What kind and how much depends on what you’re growing, and your particular style of growing. So it’s important to have a good understanding of the nutrient needs of the specific plants. Whether you’re organic, or just a conventional gardener, there are plenty of choices when it comes to feeding your plants. For this week’s show, I’ll be talking about N-P-K…the fertilizer ratio that is printed on each bag. For many people, the preference is simply a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 (triple 10). But suppose you want to address the nitrogen issue for side dressing a heavy feeder like corn. Or maybe you want to increase the flowers in your flower garden by adding some phosphorus. What products are available? How do you know which is best, or when to apply it? Join me tonight on Preparing to Provide for an interesting discussion as I answer these questions and many more, and try to help you gain a better understand of what you can do to grow a better garden.

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Gardening and the Farmers Market!

You say it is already mid-year 2012! Seems only yesterday we were turning the soil over and getting ready to plant! Now we are already into the harvest. Join The Other Side as we move to a new date and time and let you in on Keeping up with the Jones’s no no wait not the Jones’s the GARDEN Keeping up with the Garden and the Pantry. Listen to this show as we will check behind the garden gate and see whats happening there and in the pantry as well as swing by the Farmers Market. Listen in player below!

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