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The growing medium for plants, primarily consisting of rock fragments, organic material, water, and organisms.

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How can you analyze if a land has good soil?

I have a feeling that my question is not a good question, but don't know how else to formulate it. I'm an engineer by profession, but I did spend a full season working in an organic farm. I'm ...
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How to grow Trailing Rosemary as a ground cover in very heavy clay?

I want to cover a large area that is on a steep slope with ground cover. There is absolutely no soil at all, it's all pure clay: hard rock when dry and soft when wet. I was thinking of putting a ...
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What are the steps to prepare an overgrown, grassy area for gardening?

We have an area that we attempt to use for gardening every year. It makes a nice garden area of about 10 feet wide by 20 feet deep. It will probably end up being the subject of several questions. ...
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Should I fertilize my tulips in the spring?

I planted some tulip bulbs outside last fall for the first time. We had a week of warm weather last week and they're coming up nicely. Is there anything I should do to ensure a nice bloom? More ...
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How much additional fertilizer should I add to a vegetable garden?

I'm beginning to prepare the soil for my vegetable garden. Overall, it's clay-type soil, and I've added some of the leaves from last fall and the grass clippings from last year into the soil and ...
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How much soil is needed for turf to survive?

Our garden currently has a small gravel border all the way around. When removed it leaves a few inches before it reaches the foundations for the wall. If we were to turf the lawn, after filling the ...
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How can I revive these house plants

This first house plant/tree I bought around 6 months ago here in London UK, I water it every few days or so, but haven't changed the soil or repotted it. Most of the leaves have since fallen, it does ...
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Do I need to mix rice husk and clay soil?

Someone gave me 1 sack of rice husk and multiple sacks of clay soil. I've been thinking if just planting in a pure clay soil is enough or do I really need to mix it to rice husk? If I need to mix it, ...
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Can I measure chemical elements in soil myself?

What sort of equipment would one need to ensure that plant soil contains the right concentration of the 13 mineral nutrients necessary for plant growth? Specifically, can this be measured in real-time ...
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What should I consider when putting raised garden beds on concrete?

I have a bunch of raised garden bed frames, and I'm considering putting them on a slab of concrete that I have in my back yard. I wanted to avoid putting them on the grass, as when I've done this ...
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How can I soften clay soil and enrich it for plants?

A few years ago, we used a clay type soil for filling holes in our garden. Later the soil became very hard and most of our plants and trees are not healthy. Only unwanted plants are growing. Is ...
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Can I use greens, such as grass, as a fertilizer for tomatoes?

In my country I don't have fertilizer products, but I know that I can get nitrogen from any greens. I already knew that I can soak them in water to make liquid fertilizer, but what if I want to make ...
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How to 'clean' topsoil of weeds & pests before giving it to a friend

We're removing a layer of topsoil from a section our yard to lay brick paving. A friend who donated the bricks has expressed an interest in taking this topsoil for their own garden in exchange (they'...
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Will burning sticks in my garden affect the soil?

I live in a northern climate and won't be planting my garden for 4-6 weeks. Will burning sticks in my garden negatively effect the soil?
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Would it be better for me to set up my garden in the fall, or wait until spring?

I recently moved into a house with a yard, and am eager to start getting a garden started. The ground here isn't really clay, but it's not really dirt that I would want to use for gardening. It's ...
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Which soil types are the best and worst thermal insulators?

A lot of plants are supposed to do better with warmer roots. So, it stands to reason that they would do better with soil with poor insulation qualities during the growing season, and that they might ...
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Ideas needed to sort out this waterlogged, dark, mess in front of my house

In front of my North facing window, on a slight tilt, is this 1.5m x 3m patch of, well, mud. There is are paving slabs just underneath the window, but the moss is happily growing which gives you an ...
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How far down do I need to dig when sifting out rocks from a garden?

I'm still working on sifting through an area of my backyard in order to make a garden for next year. I'm pretty sure it used to be a gravel lot, since all the rocks are the ones found in gravel roads,...
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What products should I fill raised garden beds with?

I've built a raised garden bed and would like to know what types of soil or mix I should use to fill it with? Should it be a mixture of top soil and compost? I'm looking for an affordable option. I'...
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What insects killed this red cabbage?

Watering the lettuces, I spotted a Red Cabbage head leaning sideways on the ground. On close inspection, here's what I saw: Three little worm-like bugs having a feast of the bottom of the stalk of ...
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Aerating with a garden fork: is it making the problem worse?

I would like to aerate my lawn but do not poses a lawn aerator. Would spiking the lawn with a garden fork be sufficient in aerating the soil or is it simply going to further compact the soil around ...
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Do nutrients always flow downward in soil?

I've been reading and watching planting techniques. Many people place fertilizer at the bottom of the planting hole before putting in the plant. The first example is from Osmocote's fertilizer ...
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Can I start a fruit orchard where cedars used to grow?

Looks like I have about 2 acres of cedar trees on a southwest facing slope. If I clear all this land and open it up can I start an orchard (apple and cherry) on it right away or will I need to do ...
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For how much area should I amend the soil for a given plant?

My question is not about depth, but area. For a given individual plant, do I amend the soil for an area the size of its seed spacing recommendation (12 in., etc.)? Or is less required? I am a ...
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Is there an accurate way to test a mixture of multiple soils?

Last night I started putting together a mixture of soil for blueberry plants. This mixture includes: top-soil garden soil organic mushroom compost sphagnum moss (I also have pine ...
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What are good plants for sandy soil?

I live in the San Francisco Bay area and my landlord asked us to take care of the overgrown yard in exchange for reduced rent. I cleared a lot of the dead weeds and piles of leaves out and it looks ...
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Can urine return moisture-holding capacity to the soil?

I've been urinating on dead lawns for a while. I consider myself an expert. In my home town we've been having a drought for some time; yet I had great success there, turning dried out, dying areas of ...
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Should I do a soil test before or after amending soil?

I want to plant blackberries, raspberries, and a vegetable garden in the heavy clay soil in my backyard. So, I plan to heavily amend it by spreading 3" expanded shale and 6" of compost and working ...
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Is it okay to have bonfires on my dormant garden bed?

Is it ok to have bonfires on my garden bed when I'm not growing anything? Should I do anything special with the aftermath or just rake it into the soil?
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Is it possible to plant vegetables just in compost without soil added?

I am new to gardening and I have started to grow my own vegetables at home. I have used only compost - and now that I am reading more about gardening, I am not sure if what I did was right. So do I ...
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Are there any non-aesthetic benefits to planting grass?

I have a small patch of soil (let's say 4x4 meters) which passes as my front garden. Right now it has a small tree and a couple of tomato and pea plants, but the rest of it is essentially bare soil. ...
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What type of soil do cacti prefer? (acidic or alkaline)

I have done some research and found some sites suggesting alkaline soil while others say that alkaline soil will inhibit the growth of a cactus.
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What is the name of the French pioneer of organic/sustainable farming?

I can't remember his name. I think he was active in the 50's to 70's. His techniques involved creating berms of fallen branches and twigs, and later incorporating the decayed matter into his soils. ...
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How should I remove long grasses/roots to prepare a fresh bed?

I am currently attempting to remove a bunch of dead grass in a roughly 5'x5' plot. When the grass fully grows sometime in early-to-mid summer, they are like very small, long-grassed shrubs, sort of ...
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What are these things in my house plant?

I recently found these little things growing in the soil of our mother-in-law-tongue house plant and have no idea what they are. I couldn't find anything on the internet about what they are and am ...
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What is the benefit of using peat?

What is the point of adding peat (peat-moss/sphagnum-peat/sedge-peat/etc.) to soils and substrates? What benefit does it provide? I like the texture of it, and being that it's composed of partially ...
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What exactly happens to potting soil if it is stored for a long period of time?

The story: I have bought a few sacks of "Plagron Royal Mix" here in Chile. This soil is supposed to be sufficient for my "tomatoes" for roughly six weeks. After four weeks in the soil I noticed ...
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Transplanting into seedling starter?

I have four apple tree seedlings that are in one pot and they're getting too big to get enough light for each of them. I have some pots that I bought to transplant them, but I bought some of this. ...
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Soil Depth for Bougainvillea

I am an architect working on a project in Malibu, California. This is new construction of a single-family residence. The house features a green roof and the client is convinced that it must be planted ...
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Will top dressing over moss kill the moss?

I have some very mossy areas in my lawn, I began to address this with soil samples, aeration, branch removal for more sun and of moss killer last summer/fall. This spring I plan to top dress areas of ...
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Can I prevent the leaf loss from my fern?

I’ve had this house Fern for around two months, and made every attempt to keep it healthy. It had been put in a slightly larger pot with pebbles at the bottom to help the water drain. I ensure the ...
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Ground is rising up next to patio

I'm not familiar with this effect. It seems to be getting worse by the day. Is there a common cause for something like this?
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Euphorbia stems keep rotting in succession

I purchased an Euphorbia from IKEA last October. It was very robust in the beginning, but after being repotted multiple times it lost a lot of its vigour and some parts of died. I'm looking to ...
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Which soil should be used with Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, Stockton variety?

The question Is this soil appropriate to plant this succulent baby? is relevant to some unknown Aloe but this question is specifically related Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller, Stockton variety that has ...
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Are aquarium-water nematodes harmful to plants?

I water my houseplants and potted patio plants with the water drained from my aquarium filter as part of its routine maintenance. The canister filter is full of fish waste and nitrates that would ...
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What is the advantage of a raised bed over clay soil vs just amending the clay soil?

Assuming: There are no tree roots or moles around to worry about. I am young and don't mind bending over the extra 6-12 inches. What is the advantage of building a raised bed vs just heavily ...
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What is the scientific term that describes soil that resists water?

I know this is an odd one, but I know there is a special word that horticulturists use to describe soil that is so arid that it resists water. So, when it rains, the water initially rushes off of the ...
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How do I prevent my soil from compacting?

I have several raised beds for vegetables and I don't walk on them but they still compact over time from watering. What can I add to the soil to keep it from compacting?
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Is cow dung really bad for potted houseplants? (There are videos in the question.)

Disclaimer: This question might be off-topic or weird. This question is not to hurt anyone's feelings or to disrespect opinions and knowledge of any person or user here. I do remember asking this ...
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How can I get a map of my plot of land for planning purposes? [closed]

I'm studying permaculture and I would like to design before I start doing anything. Is there any software that could give me a map of my plot of land, like from Google maps or from sigpac in Spain? ...

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