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Shawna Coronado, one of America’s most creative gardeners, gives you her library of clever gardening tricks in 101 Organic Gardening Hacks.
If you ask garden author Shawna Coronado what a hack is, she might just wave her hand toward her own back yard. She could be pointing at the garden bench she created from leftover wood posts and a few cinder blocks, or the rows of wine bottles buried soldier-style along a winding pathway, or even the garden soil itself, which is blended by hand from an organic soil recipe she devised.
In 101 Organic Garden Hacks you’ll find the top tips, tricks, and solutions Shawna has dreamed up in her career as one of America’s most creative gardeners. Some are practical timesavers; others offer clever ways to upcycle everyday items in your garden.
One characteristic every hack shares is that they are completely organic and unfailingly environmentally friendly. Divided into a dozen different categories for easy reference, each hack is accompanied by a clear photo that shows you exactly how to complete it. With these hacks, discover how easy it is to:
Fertilize your soil the all-natural way with tips on using manure, mulch, epsom salt, coffee grounds, and different types of compost made from kitchen and garden waste. Maintain your garden with eco-friendly tricks for repelling pests and conserving water, including making earwig traps and harvesting rain water. Attract pollinators with plant selections and DIY feeders and homes. Transform your outdoor space into an elegant retreat with garden decor from recycled items like an old chandelier. And much more!
If you are looking for resourceful ways to improve your garden and promote green living values right at home, you’ll love paging through this fascinating, eye-catching book.
From the Publisher
Homemade Water-Retentive Soil Mix Hack
Planting succulents and drought specific plants in containers is a great way to present a stylish garden with minimal water requirements. Photo taken by Shawna at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm garden.
1 part organic potting soil with worm castings 1 part organic rotted composted manure 1 part plain compost
# 5 Hack Your Way Through A Dry Spell
The secret to retaining water
Drought is devastating to a garden, and it seems to be more prevalent with every passing year. With watering restrictions and expensive fines for heavy water use, it truly makes sense to hack the drought so your plants can withstand low-water/highheat conditions.
Water-retentive soil is the number-one tool for keeping moisture close to plant root systems. One key to water retentive gardening is to practice a no-till approach (see Hack 1: ‘Retire Your Tiller’). It also helps to amend beds regularly with rich compost material that absorbs and holds water. Whether for containers or garden beds, create drought-resistant soil with the recipe on the right.
# 23 Beyond Beer Several Solutions To Solving A Slug Problem
Slugs are bothersome and horrid garden pests found all around the world. Technically, a slug is a mollusk that lacks a shell and secretes a slimy covering of mucus for protection. While some slugs are predatory and eat other slugs, worms, or snails, most species prefer feeding on a wide variety of organic materials, particularly prized plants in your garden. Once your garden is infested with slugs, it can be hard to get rid of them because a slug lays between 20 to 100 eggs several times a year and is hermaphroditic, meaning it has both male and female reproductive organs. One individual slug can produce more than 90,000 grandchildren.
How To Soak Bulbs
Soaking bulbs in a manure tea mixture can help give the bulbs an extra energy boost before planting.
1. Mix up a batch of full-strength manure tea (see Hack 18: ‘Brew a Batch of Manure Tea’). 2. Soak the bulbs in the manure tea for the recommended length of time (see left). 3. Plant as directed. 4. Drench the planting area with the remaining manure tea.
#50 Go Soak Your Bulbs
A short bath before planting time encourages germination
Flowering bulbs are a true delight in the home and garden. You can help give your bulbs a nice start by soaking them in manure tea. But soaking your bulbs for too long can be disastrous as it can trigger fungal problems, so keep an eye on the bulbs during the soaking process to make sure there are no complications.
For flowering bulbs Soak bulbs—both spring- and fall-flowering bulbs—in the manure tea for 24 hours. Add organic fertilizer to the soil as recommended by the grower at planting time, then drench the soil with the remaining manure tea after planting in the ground. For amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs These winter bulbs, particularly amaryllis, typically like it dry. Soak them for 30 minutes in the manure tea. Paperwhite bulbs can go longer, but not more than 24 hours. Water the plants with the manure tea once every two weeks. For vegetable bulbs Planting bulbs and stem vegetables in the same location every season can deplete your garden soil. Crop rotation is key, but so is soil amendment throughout the seasons. Bulbs and stem crops such as garlic, onions, asparagus, cardoon, celeriac, fennel, kohlrabi, leeks, shallots, and chives can also benefit from a soaking with the manure tea 24 hours before planting.
Publisher : Cool Springs Press; Illustrated edition (January 1, 2017)
Language : English
Paperback : 160 pages
ISBN-10 : 1591866626
ISBN-13 : 978-1591866626
Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches