Tag Archives: Soil


Sep. 8, 2011 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips

Seed or sod…a fast finished turf project or the time for the seed to mature…that’s the question. Sodding is transplanting of a mature turf, while seeding is a real adventure of wits and circumstances (sometimes all stacked against getting the seed to take). While there are more grass types to choose from now than there used to be and it is (maybe) less expensive, seeding time is limited mainly to late summer and early fall and moisture is critical. (Have you noticed any rain lately?)

Egg Shells

Sep. 2, 2011 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips

Egg shells add calcium and carbon to your soil and they are great for tomatoes. Put egg shells in a gallon of water (a jug that you can seal) and water your plants. When water is all gone, empty the shells and start all over again. Boiling takes lots of minerals from the shells so cool the water and use it for your house plants…right away otherwise you’ll get a stinky odor…yikes. Add crushed clean egg shells to bird feeders, this will add calcium to the birds and helps them sharpen their beaks. Slugs don’t like crushed egg shells, so use them under your hostas.

What a fun topic. I have a Christmas Cacti that was my Mom’s. She gave me a slip over 45 years ago. That was at a time when I really didn’t know anything about anything…except her plant was so pretty when it bloomed…large pink blooms, mostly around Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, she let me know, was because she didn’t have a dark closet to put it in for most of the day hours. I laughed. Who is going to go that? Plenty of people, I guess, because there are always Christmas Cacti blooming at Christmas.

Language of seeds and love. Deuteronomy 26:9 “He has brought us to this place, and given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey”. Be a Gentle Gardener by protecting native plants, enriching the soil, strengthening the trees and caring for the wildlife.

Dirt vs. Soil. Dirt is what you sweep up from the kitchen floor…Soil is the community of living micro organisms and produces the tomatoes and flowers. Gentle Gardens is doing some spring seed sowing with several home school children…we’re looking forward to it…keep in touch.

Create a zoo…one that is the foundation of healthy soil…use crop rotation, cover crops, mulch and protect the ecosystem beneath the surface…remember that your health and that of the soil are really tied together.