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  • Fertilizer good or bad
    Effects of organic and inorganic fertilizer on the environment
    Fertilizers perk up your grass and plants by strengthening their root systems. They can be beneficial for new or frail lawns or plants. A healthy lawn also prevents pests. There are two types of fertilizer, inorganic and organic. Inorganic...
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    No time for compost? Try these homemade natural fertilizers
    Are you looking for natural fertilizer alternatives? Do you like the idea of compost, but don't have the time to make it? There are simple steps to compost making. Still, if you have no time, there are ways to feed your vegetable garden...
  • Reporter doing a story on human poop fertilizer handles a sample barehanded
    Reporter doing a story on human poop fertilizer handles a sample barehanded
    It is not uncommon for an employer to hire someone who “isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty.” No can ever accuse KSDK reporter Elizabeth Matthews of being afraid of getting her hands dirty. The KSDK reporter did a piece on...
  • Catachino
    Organic fertilizer using coffee grounds
    Since coffee is extracted in water, oils, carbohydrates, lipids, triglycerides, calcium and magnesium remain in the grounds. Coffee grounds contain approximately two percent nitrogen. Nitrogen is essential for seed germination. The carbon to...
  • manure
    Add manure to fertilize your garden
    Spring is here and it is garden time. While seedlings are sprouting and hardening off in indoor greenhouses and cold frames, the soil also needs a boost of nutrient rich material to keep them growing for an abundant harvest. Why use chemicals when...
  • Maryland's new fertilizer law: What you need to know
    Maryland's new lawn fertilizer law: What you need to know
    Maryland residents must follow specific procedures when applying lawn fertilizer, according to a state law effective Oct. 1. The Fertilizer Use Act of 2011 is designed to prevent fertilizer from washing off lawns and into local waterways that...
  • Maintaining the perfect lawn for the garden enthusiast
    Maintaining the perfect lawn for the garden enthusiast
    Gardeners know that being in the garden is not always about keeping the flowers and plants beautiful. It’s also about maintaining the lawn that surrounds those colorful flowers and plants. Because the lawn is an extension of the garden, it...
  • Uralkali
    Potash cartel: Fertilizer prices could drop drastically for farmers
    Farmers could be looking at a great break on fertilizer prices. Today, Reuters announced that Russia's Uralkali, a Russian fertilizer company, quit one of the two biggest potash cartels. Uralkali, with Belaruskali, made up the Belarusian...
  • Apis mellifera -- the honeybee
    Summertime lawns: How green is too green?
    It starts in the spring, when the salesmen go from door to door offering their lawn care programs. A popular service in the 18045 ZIP code, according to Trugreen, is the TruHealth Lawn Plan. This plan offers "pre-emergent and targeted weed...
  • Green plants
    Benefits of CO2, study shows CO2 fertilizes foliage
    There's good news about carbon dioxide. While climate alarmists speak only of unrealized dangers of CO2, Australian scientists research its benefits. Here’s a big one: deserts are greening as CO2 fertilizes foliage in warm, dry...
  • composting
    Curb side composting growing followers
    Composting is one of the greenest things we can do: Methane produced in landfills by decomposing organic material is a more dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and the EPA says landfills are the single largest source of methane. Despite...
  • Lawn care
    Spring done Sprung! Lawn Care
    It would appear Spring finally arrived and EVERYONE wants to be outside. I’m now seeing those dandelions I talked about 2 weeks ago! Remember, you can eat them if you haven’t blasted them with any chemical yet. I started loading up my...
  • Farming
    Ammonia for fertilizer
    Ammonia as fertilizer has made the news and a lot of questions are floating around about its use. In the field of food and nutrition, why is it important? There has been confusion about why a product that most equate with cleaning is used to...
  • Understanding fertilizer
    Understanding fertilizer
    Knowing your individual plant's nutrient requirements and how to satisfy those needs can be the difference between a vegetable garden that is just ok and one that produces eye popping yields. All plants have different needs. Beans, beets and...
  • A rice paddy in Sayo City, Hyoko, Japan
    Consumer Reports finds elevated levels of arsenic in rice and rice products
    NBC News reported on September 19, 2012, that Consumer Reports looked at the levels of arsenic in rice and found them to be elevated. And it's not just the white grains in the bag at your supermarket. It's in all sorts of rice products,...