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How to Use Worm Castings for Your Tomato & Vegetable Seed Starts: Starting Tomatoes NO Grow-Lights!

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How to Use Worm Castings for Your Tomato & Vegetable Seed Starts: Starting Tomatoes NO Grow-Lights!

You can save a lot of money by starting your vegetable seeds indoors. It is a lot of fun and you can grow plant varieties that you just won't find, as transplants, at your local stores. There are two major issues that impact seed starting and they are lighting and fertilizing. I address both of them in the video. A lot of gardeners, that are seed starting for the first time, get thin tall flimsy seedlings. This is called 'legginess." When a germinated plant breaks the surface and it is NOT met by intense light, it keeps growing and stretching...

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The Most Complete Video Guide For Growing Tomatoes & Peppers from Seed Starting to Harvest: A Digital Table of Contents

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The Most Complete Video Guide For Growing Tomatoes & Peppers from Seed Starting to Harvest: A Digital Table of Contents

This is probably the most complete guide on YT for starting tomatoes and peppers indoors, through harvesting them and all the steps in between. Every step can be found in the digital table of contents.

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A Complete Guide to Planting Blueberry Bushes: Acidity & Two Different Varieties are Key!

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by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden) This video shows you how to plant 1 gallon blueberry bushes. I go through soil preparation, acidity, planting and feeding. All the steps you need to get your blueberry bushes established and off to a great start. Two keys... 2 different plant varieties and acidity! Visit my YouTube Channel with over 800 gardening videos: The Rusted Garden You need to have two different blueberry varieties for effective pollination. Like varieties will pollinate each other but the berries are generally smaller and problematic. When two different varieties of blueberries cross-pollinate, you get nice large plump...

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A Complete Guide on How to Oven Dry & Store Hot Peppers: Cayenne, Facing Heaven and Jalapenos

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By Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden) This video will show you how to oven dry hot peppers. I dry Red Cayenne, Facing Heaven and Jalapeno peppers. The general setting for the oven is 180 degrees F or less. It will take 4 - 8 hours to dry your peppers depending on several factors. I found this method to be the best way to quickly process and dry your peppers. If you want more flavor and less oil evaporation... drop the temperature down. Visit my YouTube Channel with over 800 gardening videos: The Rusted Garden Cayenne and Facing Heaven peppers are...

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How to Make Inexpensive Garden Container Soil: Organic Fertilizer, Lime, Peat Moss, Compost & Dirt

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How to Make Inexpensive Garden Container Soil: Organic Fertilizer, Lime, Peat Moss, Compost & Dirt

by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Gardener) Do not get fooled into thinking you need to buy expensive container/potting mixes for your container vegetable or flower gardens. There is nothing magical about the base ingredients they use that you can't buy separately, mix and make something as good if not better. Why make your own container mixes? It will save you a ton of money that you can use in your garden in other ways and you can tweak your recipe, based on the needs of your garden. For instance, high summer heat... add more peat moss, coco coir or water retaining organic...

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