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Adding worms to clay soil - worth it?

There's little point in adding worms to soil which seems to have none, they'll just go elsewhere - the thing to add is as much organic material as possible, so if you can get hold of things like leaf ...
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Why it is bad to add sand to soil?

This reference says that you need to add prohibitive amounts of sand to remediate clay soils. And if you don't get it right, you get a soil like concrete The problems occur when sand and clay are ...
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What can you use in your soil to kill bugs before planting vegetables?

You never, ever, want to kill your soil. This is basic Soil Management 101. If you want to keep your growing medium arthropod- and annelid-free, then build planters or raised beds that do not have ...
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What can you use in your soil to kill bugs before planting vegetables?

With some exceptions (cicadas - but these live off plants already in the soil) you likely don't want to get rid of bugs or insects in the soil before planting. When you study horticulture one of the ...
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To be effective, how long does Glyphosate weed killer need to be applied before it rains?

From pioneer.com: "Foliar absorption of herbicides occurs in a liquid phase only; once a water droplet has dried on the leaf surface and herbicides have crystallized little to no additional ...
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What is this caterpillar?

Hippotion celerio (Linnaeus, 1758) Gabi Moth, Vine Hawk Moth You must have disturbed it as it has tucked its head under its thorax and expanded its eye segments. It's agriculturally important as the ...
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Which soil is better: mud like brown soil with lots of worms or black colored soil with no worms?

The microbiome of the soil is very important - having worms present are an indication of soil with an established microbiome as well as organic matter. That soil is probably good. The black soil you ...
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Ideas needed to sort out this waterlogged, dark, mess in front of my house

It's not good for that water to be sitting around your foundation like that. I have a few suggestions that vary in the level of time, money, or practicality. The simplest is going to be to add dirt ...
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Is cow dung really bad for potted houseplants? (There are videos in the question.)

First, cow dung doesn't have a very high level of nitrogen, specially compared to other forms of manure - the problem with fresh cow dung is a very high ammonia level, but if its dried in heat or sun, ...
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Why are mineral fertilizers not allowed in organic farming?

There are several reasons: Where to put boundary for organic and “traditional?” What is the difference between a pesticide, an growth regulator, a herbicide and a fertilizer? Maybe for most of cases ...
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Is it helpful to add coffee grounds to a droopy mother-in-law's tongue?

No; the current fad for coffee grounds use is just that, a fad, and its not helpful for almost all potted plants. Remove the coffee grounds, or as many as you can, they don't do any good at all and ...
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Medium you can add to soil to improve airiness and create loose soil

This link (10 Ingredients to Make Your Own Potting Soil) lists ten ingredients for making your own potting soil. The only thing I would add is, where it talks about compost you've made yourself, it ...
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What are these small white balls that appeared on the soil in my greenhouse?

How impressive! I think you can relax - this is not a sign of a massive insect infestation and not a fungus, but one of nature’s wonders known as slime mold. The “eggs” are the spore-carrying ...
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Which soil is better: mud like brown soil with lots of worms or black colored soil with no worms?

The ideal soil is considered a "loam". That is approximately equal parts sand, silt and clay, which are different particle size fractions, and some organic matter (up to 10% or so). We are ...
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Help me decide in a location for my raised bed garden

Full sun - most vegetables like as much sun as possible, although in very, very hot countries, some shade from the midday sun may be beneficial.The berries falling doesn't matter either way, but they'...
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Covering soil of Ponytail Palm

I've only seen this practice a few times in plants sold through the big-box stores. I believe they glue the gravel together so it doesn't fall out of the pot during shipping. The gravel is meant to ...
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How to prepare a soil that is compacted and has a lot of rocks

Depends on what you really have, soil-wise, what want to do with it and how you will do that. Bury it in 3-6" of topsoil is a perfectly normal option - not one I usually reach for, but common enough, ...
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How much soil to remove from root ball when repotting?

In theory, when you perform a transplant you should avoid damaging any of the roots at all, since any damage to roots causes the plant stress during transplant. In practice, you will always damage ...
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How can I soften clay soil and enrich it for plants?

You need to incorporate as much humus rich material into the soil as you possibly can, so that means things like composted animal manures, good garden compost you've made yourself, leaf mould, spent ...
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What makes potting soil good for pots?

Potting soil also gets compressed over time. The most important thing about potting soil is that it shouln't contain fungus spores, insect eggs and weeds. I say "it shouldn't" because I have bought ...
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Why are mineral fertilizers not allowed in organic farming?

The term 'organic', in this instance, essentially means anything used on the land must contain carbon. Therefore, things like composted manures, composted plant waste, green manures,essentially, waste ...
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Which soil types are the best and worst thermal insulators?

I think you are looking the problem from a wrong point of view. Thermal insulator is not a good term and also not good way to have warmer soil. First fact: the soil temperature. The surface ...
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Why can't dry soil absorb water well?

It's due to surface tension and adsorption. If you take a beaker of water you will see how the water clings to the glass sides of the beaker in a meniscus. At a molecular level the surface is really ...
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English word for a "soil filter machine"?

Screen ,or screen drum, strainer or sieve could be used. For analysis of particle sizes in limited volume, screen sieves ( Taylor is a common name ) are commonly used.
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Is it really important to give blueberry plants acidic soil?

Pine needles will not acidify your soil! They are slow to decompose, and even after they do, dead pine needles are pH neutral and thus have no effect on soil pH. It's amazing how many people, ...
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To be effective, how long does Glyphosate weed killer need to be applied before it rains?

Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide. It really only needs a few hours to get into the plant before a rain. It is not a quick killer in basic formulation, but absent resistance, it kills the whole plant....
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Can I start a fruit orchard where cedars used to grow?

As with any other agricultural endeavor (especially of large and or potentially for profit nature) start with soil tests, before you even cut a single tree, unless you are doing that anyway. Since you ...
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Is manure bad for potted plants? Why?

It's a little bit complicated - properly composted manure can be added to potting mixes, but its the 'properly' composted bit where the problem arises. Manure should be composted with other materials ...
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Is cow dung really bad for potted houseplants? (There are videos in the question.)

This is not a weird question at all. Growing up in India, I saw cow dung used in a 100 odd ways all the time. But, I don't believe in these miracles. I am almost certain that they are touting these ...
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Why did my sunchokes barely produce?

While wild sunchokes may grow from a meadow, they don't produce like John Kohler's do either. For production, I'd keep the soil soft, and all other plants away. Lots of compost would help a lot. Deep, ...
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