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How to Use Diatomaceous Earth for Fungus Gnats and Crawling Insects: Seed Starts & More

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How to Use Diatomaceous Earth for Fungus Gnats and Crawling Insects: Seed Starts & More

by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden) Diatomaceous earth or DE is not a poison. It is basically the sharp fossilized remains of microscopic sea creatures made up of silica. It is not harmful to us as it is a fine powder that feels like chalk. You should take precautions not create a lot of floating dust and breath it in as it can be an irritant in the lungs. However it is perfectly safe to handle. For crawling insects, it can be devastating. The microscopic dust or silica is extremely sharp and it will grind an insect's shell and body down over time. The...

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Ten Tips About Tomato Plants

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Ten Tips About Tomato Plants

by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden) Tomato Tip One: Two Types of Tomatoes Determinate and Indeterminate: There are two types of tomato plants. A tomato plant is either a determinate plant or indeterminate plant. A determinate tomato grows to a set height and stops growing. The fruits mature all at once or relatively close in time and the plant dies shortly after the final fruits mature. This determinate type of tomato is great for getting the first round of tomatoes from your garden (as they mature quickly) and they do well in containers. You might be able to plant two rounds...

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Planting & Growing Guide: The Farmer's Almanac

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Planting & Growing Guide: The Farmer's Almanac

There are many different ways to plant your vegetables, herbs and flowers. The planting & growing guide found on The Farmer's Almanac site is what I highly recommend. It is the most in-line with how I plant my seeds. It is packed full of great information. You can find planting instructions, growing tips, feeding routines and pest & disease management information there: Planting & Growing Guide: The Farmer's Almanac Below is an excerpt for tomatoes. You can find guidelines for vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers there. Tomatoes are America’s favorite garden vegetable. (Yes, we technically eat the fruit of the...

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