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Which compost bin do master gardeners prefer?

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Many home gardeners recognize the value of composting, but the thought of wrangling big, unwieldy bins is overwhelming. So many never get started. The master gardeners at the Sacramento County Cooperative Extension hope to make the task easier for you. To test which of the many styles of compost bins are most effective, master gardeners set up a variety of bins and used them this year to see which ones…

Cover Crop

Not planting a winter garden? Here’s how to cover your beds for a fertile spring

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You’ve had a fruitful garden this summer, but now it’s time to pull out those straggly tomato bushes and get ready for winter. But what if you’re not enthused about being busy outdoors during the cold, rainy months? You can take the winter off and do your vegetable beds a big favor at the same time by simply planting a cover crop instead of winter vegetables. What is a cover…


Compost the easy way with worms

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If you’ve ever wished there was an easy, compact and clean way to use your food scraps while feeding your garden, a worm bin may be just the thing. Compared with large, unwieldy compost piles outdoors, vermiculture can be easily accomplished indoors in just about any size space. “Worms are a no-brainer. I can’t tell you how easy it is,” says master gardener Patty Peterson from the Sacramento County University Extension…

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Start seeds indoors for a jump on the growing season

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In the upper Midwest, it is crucial to start some of our fruit and vegetable seedlings indoors. Here at Heart and Soil Farm in North Dakota, our growing season is short (roughly Mid-April through early October) and you never can tell when spring will arrive. We have what we like to refer to here as Weather— with a capital “W”. Everyone talks about the weather here; people watch the news…

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5 ways to coax your kids into the garden

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There’s something very soothing about being outdoors, isn’t there? Feel the breeze on your face, listen to the rustling of the leaves in the trees, hear the birds chirp. Watch a squirrel run up and down the trees, stopping to watch you as he does. See the birds finding insects and bits of nesting material. Feel the warmth of the sun as you dig in the soil. If you love gardening,…