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How to test your soil for a healthy garden

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It’s spring — and we urban gardeners are itching to throw some seedlings into the ground. But wait! Before we proceed, let’s review how we did last year. Did any of your veggies poop out early in the season? Or never thrive in the first place? It’s likely because of the condition of the soil. This season, rather than planting first and dousing with a fast-acting fertilizer (as some of us have…

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4 water-saving tips to help your garden thrive during a drought

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Here in California we’re entering a fourth year of drought, so the thought of conserving water as our vegetable gardens spring to life is a bit unsettling. Fortunately, there’s no need to forgo a bountiful vegetable garden. A few simple reminders can help you keep your garden in tip-top shape while conserving precious resources. Here are four ways to optimize your water use: 1. Avoid overwatering. This tip is probably the…

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…

culinary herbs

Spice up your kitchen with a beautiful, edible herb garden

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One of the joys of gardening is the ability to snip fresh herbs as you cook. Fresh herbs liven up a dish in ways you can’t imagine if you’ve always used dried spices. When you have a culinary garden just steps from your kitchen, you’ll use fresh herbs more often — and reduce your reliance on salt and sugar to season fresh vegetables and stews. Herbs can also complement your other…