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Best Organic Fertilizers for 2021

Fertilizing your plants is as important as feeding yourself good wholesome foods. Fertilizer provides your plants with the nutrients they need to grow strong, look their best, produce more, and reduce risks of pest infestations. However, plants need more than food, just like us. We need water, plenty of sleep, and a comfortable home. Organic fertilizers give plants what they need by creating long-term soil and plant health, all without polluting the environment.

Why Organic Fertilizers?

Clean and Safe

Most store-bought fertilizers are not safe for humans or animals to consume. However, organic fertilizers are safer for your plants, and your local ecosystem. They are derived from plants, animals, and minerals. They do not contain the harmful chemicals, acids, or petrochemical-based materials that synthetic fertilizers do, which pollute local waterways and damage local ecosystems.

Better for Beginners

Organic plant foods are much more beginner-friendly than synthetic fertilizers because you don’t have to worry about accidentally using a little too much and harming your plants. Synthetic fertilizers are highly concentrated and can cause ‘fertilizer burn’ if applied too heavily. For someone who is just starting out and doesn’t know much about fertilizing, it is very easy to go overboard and damage plants. Even if you get it right, over time toxic buildup can occur.

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How to Get Rid of Cutworms in Your Garden

When it comes to caring for your garden, cutworms are among the nastiest and most harmful pests to encounter. They’re often mistaken for grubs, but they’re actually the caterpillar of an adult moth. The worst part of cutworms is the damage that they can cause to plants and seedlings. You may not know how to get rid of cutworms in your garden, but there are several methods to choose from, ranging from all-natural and organic to synthetic pesticides.

What Are Cutworms, Exactly?

Cutworms come in many different species but are generally on the smaller side, with a soft, pliant body about one to two inches long. The adult moths lay eggs in tall grasses, hatching in the fall. The larvae then spend winter tucked safely in the ground or other vegetative debris, like leaves or a woodpile. It isn’t until early spring that they emerge from hibernation and immediately start feasting on your garden or any plant they can find, causing lots of damage.

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When Do You Need to Add Organic Matter to Your Soil?

Have you struggled for years to get anything to grow in your garden? If so, the problem may be the quality of your soil. Whether you’re trying to grow larger plants or just trying to get anything to grow at all, you should be adding organic matter to soil annually. Here’s what you need to know about when, specifically, you should be adding organic matter.

When You Should Be Adding Organic Matter to Soil

You should be adding organic matter to soil at least a month before you intend to plant anything for the season if you are adding raw, or unfinished, organic matter to your soil. Examples of raw organic matter include manure that hasn’t decomposed, and leaves.

Giving your raw matter at least 30 days to decompose ensures your plants won’t break down before your raw organic matter. Add finished organic matter right before you plant.

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What Is the Best Time for Planting Sweet Corn in Florida?

The crisp and delicious crunch of sweet corn is distinctly reminiscent of warm and lazy summer nights spent eating, grilling, and laughing with family and friends. Luckily, planting sweet corn is relatively simple, as long as you sow at the right time and give it all the nutrients and water it needs to thrive. It’s particularly effortless to grow this seasonal treat in Florida, which may be why they’re the number one state for production and value of fresh market sweet corn in the U.S.

Even gardening newbies should have no trouble producing ripe ears all summer long to be enjoyed freshly boiled and promptly slathered in butter and salt or even wrapped in tinfoil and thrown on the grill. Here are some tips on when and how you should plant your sweet corn if you live in the Sunshine State and how to get the best yield out of your crop.

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How to Get Rid of Aphids Without Damaging Your Vegetable Garden

Gardening is a relaxing hobby and a great way to spend more time outdoors. Cultivating natural spaces is good for the environment, and growing your own vegetables can be immensely satisfying. However, like most plants, vegetables are vulnerable to aphids, which can be difficult to eradicate. Although chemical pesticides are effective, these substances can ruin your vegetable garden. Luckily, there are some natural options if you’re wondering how to get rid of aphids without ruining your crop.

How to Get Rid of Aphids Without Damaging Your Vegetable Garden

Nothing puts a dampener on your gardening enthusiasm like an aphid infestation. Maybe you grow vegetables outside, or in a polytunnel, or on your windowsill – aphids can affect plants grown in almost any environment. Aphids are also notoriously versatile and can develop in most places where greenery is abundant.

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How Many Varieties of Peppers Are There?

If you’re planning to grow your own peppers, you may be wondering how many varieties of peppers there are and which ones are best to grow in a home garden. It’s a good idea to know which of the peppers are of top quality, especially if you plan to use them in your culinary creations. Despite popular perception, peppers can’t just be interchanged with each other when cooking. Specific peppers yield specific results.

How Many Varieties of Peppers Are There?


There are an estimated 50,000 different varieties of peppers grown throughout the world. That’s a massive number, but most of those aren’t considered “hot” peppers. In fact, just 4,000 of those are considered chili peppers.

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Growing Collard Greens In Florida

Collards can be grown almost year round in Florida, and should be on your list to plant since it is high in minerals and vitamins. In fact collards receive a completeness score from nutrition data of 90!

Growing Carrots in Florida

Carrots are a very popular vegetable I believe because they are colorful, sweet, and fairly easy to grow. This makes them popular for the gardener to grow. A very commonly used vegetable in a great many dishes also contribute to its adoption.

Home Gardening Made Easy

Many people set out with a sense of joy and excitement when deciding to start a vegetable garden. Unfortunately what is sometimes absent is proper planning.