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Information on soil management of home gardens, including soil health, soil testing, cover crops, nutritional requirements, irrigation, composting, fertilization and pH. Tips on container gardening and nutritional requirements of berries and fruits.
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Understanding Soil Fertility - Articles Articles

Understanding Soil Fertility

Mary Jo R. Gibson

Your garden soil is much more than dirt! This beautiful brown material decides the success of your plants. This article discusses how to adjust nutrients for appropriate soil fertility. More
Soil Testing and Cover Crops for the Home Garden
Soil Testing and Cover Crops for the Home Garden - Workshops Workshops
Learn about two topics that will increase the success of your home garden! More
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Understanding Soil pH - Articles Articles

Understanding Soil pH

乐动体育注册 Mary Jo Gibson

The acidity or alkalinity of soil is indicated by its pH measurement. Learn how to determine what your soil pH is and how having the correct soil pH benefits your plants. More
Workshop at Heritage Farm
Master Class: Soils, Urban Environments and Tough Choices - Workshops Workshops
An overview of urban soils and their use in a variety of urban roles More
Vegetable crops at Heritage Farm
Growers' Series: Fertility Strategies for Vegetable Growing - Workshops Workshops
Learn strategies for different vegetable crops and techniques for producing your own natural, low-cost fertilizers More
Growers' Series: Making and Using Compost
Growers' Series: Making and Using Compost - Workshops Workshops
Learn to transform recycled material from the land into super food for your farm or garden! More
Mulching Landscape Trees
Mulching Landscape Trees - Articles Articles

Mulching Landscape Trees

David R. Jackson

Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to enhance landscape beauty, improve soil conditions, protect plants from foot traffic and lawn equipment, and suppress weeds. More
Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes
Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes - Articles Articles

Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., David Lee Sanford, Ph.D., J. Robert Nuss

This publication explores the interrelationship of a plant and the soil in which it is rooted. More
Managing Soil Health: Concepts and Practices
Managing Soil Health: Concepts and Practices - Articles Articles

Managing Soil Health: Concepts and Practices

乐动体育注册 Charles White, Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D.

Information for farmers and gardeners who want to understand the physical, chemical, and biological components of healthy soil and how to manage them. More
Master Gardener Basic Training
Master Gardener Basic Training - Workshops Workshops
Are you passionate about gardening? Would you like to share your interest? Start your path to become a Penn State Master Gardener! More
Early Season Soil Pests
Early Season Soil Pests - Articles Articles

Early Season Soil Pests

乐动体育注册 Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

A cold winter will should slow the start of insect population development. More
How Much Phosphorus and Potassium are Really in Your Fertilizer?
How Much Phosphorus and Potassium are Really in Your Fertilizer? - Articles Articles
Calculating P and K in your fertilizer. More
How to Calculate a Fertilizer Ratio
How to Calculate a Fertilizer Ratio - Articles Articles

How to Calculate a Fertilizer Ratio

乐动体育注册 Peter Landschoot, Ph.D.

What is the fertilizer ratio and how to calculate it. More
Flowering Houseplants
Flowering Houseplants - Articles Articles
Great tips for bringing the outdoors In! More
Chrysanthemums
Chrysanthemums - Articles Articles
How to get great mums without a lot of work. More
Compost bins with easy access for turning the pile
Composting Leaves - Articles Articles

Composting Leaves

乐动体育注册 Vincent Cotrone

Before you bag up those fall leaves, consider their potential for your landscape. More
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Cover Crops in Home Gardens Improve Soil and Reduce Erosion - Articles Articles
Planting a cover crop at the end of the harvest will benefit your garden in the seasons to come. More
Annuals
Annuals - Articles Articles
How to choose the right plants, the right location and proper planting techniques. More
Fruit Production for the Home Gardener
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Fruit Production for the Home Gardener

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

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Grow your own fruit on a small scale. More
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents
Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents - Articles Articles

Home Fruit Gardens: Table 1.1. Fertilizer Equivalents

乐动体育注册 Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Kathy Demchak

Use this table to determine the equivalent amounts of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash of each fertilizer material. More
Nutritional Requirements of Stone Fruit in Home Fruit Plantings
Nutritional Requirements of Stone Fruit in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Shortly after planting, apply 8 ounces of 10-10-10 per plant. More
Stone fruit trees produce vegetative buds and flower buds.
Planting and Growing Stone Fruit in Home Plantings - Articles Articles
Conduct a soil test, and lime and fertilize a 10-by-10-foot area where each tree will be planted. More
Nutritional Requirements of Grapes in Home Fruit Plantings
Nutritional Requirements of Grapes in Home Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles
Test and amend the soil according to the soil test directions a year before planting. More
Grapes in the Home Fruit Planting
Grapes in the Home Fruit Planting - Articles Articles
American varieties such as Concord and Niagara thrive in most places in Pennsylvania that meet the criteria outlined in Penn State Extension cultural recommendations. More
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