Life in the Mojave Desert is a challenge in just about all ways. There’s little water available, barely any rainfall, and it’s an extreme, savage environment whether you are down on the valley floor or up higher, like we are. Really, people are just not meant to be here. I’ve heard more than one person […]
A cover crop is a crop planted in a garden bed to protect the soil from erosion, control weeds, loosen soil, improve the soil by adding organic matter and depending on the cover crop it may be used to increase the nitrogen in the soil. Most garden beds can greatly benefit from the use of […]
Many of us inherit gardens and yards that consist of lifeless or hardpan soil unfit for growing edibles. Good quality soil is essential for an abundant garden and reducing the incidence of pests. While there are many ways to improve soil quality for the purpose of growing food, these are the seven methods that have […]
Does your soil turn rock hard and crack in the summer heat? Or perhaps it is composed of hard clods of dirt that are almost impossible to break, or is a sandy dust that easily blows away? If so, you probably have a case of damaged soil. You are not alone in this problem, as […]
If you are new to gardening, or if you’ve always just had a brown thumb, then you need to know about soil pH. Why? Don’t you just plant the seed, water it, and then wait for the seeds to sprout? In simple terms, yes. If you want to get more out of your garden though […]
Now that you’ve decided where your garden will be built on your homestead, you’ll need to find out if your soil is up to the task of feeding and housing your plants. Here are some things you will want to consider as you plan your garden.