Alice Cristenson grows gorgeous flowers, especially lilies. Despite already having much success, she wanted to try adding worm castings to her garden. She says these are the biggest, brightest, and most beautiful flowers she has ever grown! Mrs. Cristenson has been kind enough to send us photos...enjoy!
Worm Castings Success Story A customer, Maegan, recently contacted us to share her experience using worm castings. She and her in-laws bought their plants the same day, at the same location, and planted them at the same time. Her in-laws are experienced gardeners; it was her first time to plant a garden. A week later, her father-in-law noticed that her plants were twice the size of his plants. He asked her what she [...]
We look forward to seeing our friends at the Cotton Mill Farmers Market on opening day! Locals from all over Carroll County offer fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and more. We hope to be there with our all natural worm castings that can help keep the fruits and veggies coming!
Georgia Gardens Worth Visiting Even though many of us have gardens in our backyards and flowers around the porch and patio, great ideas can be garnered by visiting other green spaces. What would be some great places to visit in Georgia if you want to take a day trip? Consider the following list. Callaway Gardens Probably the best-known gardens in all of Georgia, Callaway is conveniently located just outside Pine Mountain on the [...]
I just love this time of year. The yard is ’scaped, the green is vibrant, everything is blooming, the garden is planted, and the vegetables are ripening. Much of this wondrous development growth is possible only because of the insects that pollinate the flowers. Bees, Bees, Bees One of the most important pollinators is the mighty bee. Honeybees have been receiving increased attention because of their declining population. In the 1940s, beekeepers managed about [...]
Spreading - and pH Balancing - the Love Soil is constantly being covered by leaf litter. Left to decompose without earthworms, it can take up to two years for leaves to decay. Earthworms can shred surface detritus in a few months. Not only does this return vital nutrients to the soil faster to be absorbed by the plants, but it gives other soil organisms like bacteria and fungi access to the food value in [...]
Yea!! I am so happy to see sunshine two days in a row. It seems that more people I know than ever before are affected negatively by successive days of gloomy, rainy weather. This is especially true for those of us who love to work outdoors. Seeing the yard strewn with leaves makes us anxious to clean it up, even though we know it will look the same in a few days until all [...]
Gardening is Good for You: Benefits and Recipes Veggies and eggs fresh from the farm! Gardening has many benefits. The two I appreciate most are the fresh produce I use to craft delicious recipes and the exercise I do to burn calories. According to WebMD, weeding and planting burns 250-350 calories an hour, and hoeing and raking burns 350-450 calories an hour, depending on the vigor with which you approach [...]
Choosing Fertilizer: Surprise—Chemicals Are Bad It’s an Underground Food Web The soil beneath your feet is a complex habitat comprised of an intricate food web. According to the book Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, most soil life is in the first four inches of soil. Microbial geneticists have measured a billion bacteria, several thousand protozoa, yards of fungal hyphae, and a few dozen nematodes in the average [...]
How to Get the Most out of Your Garden Many pollinators love lavender, and its strong smell can protect your garden! Let Your Plants Work for You Plant rosemary, bee balm, yarrow, heather, rockcress, hollyhock, and lavender to attract insects that pollinate your plants AND eat bad insects that harm your crops (rosemary and lavender—due to their strong scent—as well as yarrow—due to its texture—have the added benefit of repelling [...]