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Video: Maximize Soil Nutrition With This Simple Tip

Maximize Soil Nutrition with This Simple Tip

Clover is great for your garden soil. It’s a natural nitrogen fixer and an excellent ground cover. People plant it in their gardens and fields as a soil amendment. It helps to replenish the soil of lost nutrients, after growing a heavy feeding crop like tomatoes and squash.

Clover also grows naturally and likes to seed itself among other weeds, like dandelions, grasses, thistles, plantain and many others. However, don’t pull out that clover and dispose of it along with the other weeds.

If you look carefully at clover’s roots, you will discover tiny nodules attached. The more pink they are, the more nitrogen they contain.

Check out the video below to see what you can do with clover, to maximize your soil nutrition.

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The Easiest Way to Propagate Mint

The Easiest Way to Propagate Mint

Do you grow mint? Mint is filled with a love and hate by many gardeners. They love to smell it, add it to tea and use it in cooking, but hate growing it, due to it’s reputation for being invasive.

However, store-bought mint is pricey and doesn’t smell as bright and fresh as home grown mint.

I discovered an easy way to propagate mint from cuttings. If you’re uncomfortable planting mint in the garden, don’t despair. It may be grown in a pot. However, I have a couple tricks for growing it directly in the garden too.

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Video: How to Harvest Your Garlic Scapes in 5 Seconds

How to Harvest your Garlic Scapes in 5 Seconds

I love growing garlic! It gets planted in the fall and is one of the first shoots to emerge in the very early spring. All the physical effort and time spent planting it, is done and forgotten in the previous year, leaving us with the anticipation of seeing it in the new year. It gives us comfort, knowing that something is growing and the season hasn’t yet begun.

If you grow garlic in your garden, you will find that it rewards you at three different stages. It may be harvested in the early spring as young garlic, when it resembles spring onion. Pull the entire plant, chop it up and sauté it with your other vegetables or eat it raw. It has a mild, sweet flavour and texture that resembles leeks.

The third stage is when we harvest the entire garlic bulb.

But for me, I always look forward to the second stage, the garlic scapes harvest!

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Video: A Surprising Tuberous Begonia Trick That Produces More Blooms!

A Surprising Tuberous Begonia Trick That Produces More Blooms

I love Tuberous Begonias! They come in a variety of bright and vivid colours and have either single or double blooms, which may be ruffled, toothed or plain.

They look great planted in a container, hanging basket or in the garden as a bedding plant.

Tuberous Begonias grow comfortably in a partially shady location, where direct sun won’t burn their delicate foliage. They are a great way to add the brightest colour in a location, where most bright flowers are unable to grow. Unlike Tuberous Begonias, most bright coloured flowers need full sun in order to set blooms.

Tuberous Begonia Trick

Begonia

Tuberous Begonia Trick

Begonia

I discovered a simple trick to increase the number of blooms on your Tuberous Begonia plants. Not only that, but it also seems to help increase the length of bloom time per flower.

Watch my quick video to see how you can do increase the number of blooms on your Tuberous Begonia plants. You’ll be excited to try it out on your own plants.

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1 Simple Tip for Cleaning Salad Greens

1 Simple Tip for Cleaning Salad Greens

How do you clean your freshly harvested salad greens?

Have you ever struggled with cleaning out all of the dirt and bugs from between your lettuces, swiss chard, kale, beet greens, herbs, arugula and any other cuttings? I have!

1 Simple Tip for Cleaning Salad Greens

My Salad Spinner

I used to work between sink, strainer and bowl and back again, rinsing and straining and it would take forever! I would place a large portion of the salad greens in one bowl, fill it with water, lift the greens out and into another bowl, which I would fill with water, lift up and back into the first bowl, to start the process all over again. Then I would use a strainer, then lay out my salad between paper towels to soak up the water. It took forever. At the end of a long and tiring day in the garden, I often left the salad soaking in a bowl overnight, to become stinky by morning. It was a big waste of time and effort!

Now I use one simple tool and it does all the work of straining, rinsing and soaking for me.

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