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How Do I Keep My Raised Garden Bed From Drying Out? Our Top Tips

Raised garden beds are a fantastic way to maximize the space in your garden, and to ensure a healthy growing environment for plants if you have low-quality soil near your home. But they do have a few quirks – including a tendency to dry out quickly due to shallow soil. So in this guide from The Soil King, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can stop your raised garden bed from drying out.   Choose The Right Soil MixYou can’t just use potting soil for a garden bed. We recommend a mixture of about 60% topsoil, 30% compost, and 10% potting soil that contains pumice stone or peat moss. If you're looking for a simple solution, Big Rootz...

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How To Grow Giant Pumpkins!

Welcome to another episode of Soil King and the giant pumpkin patch. I mean, come on! We love junior farmers and we produce and give seeds to all the kids in the area. Even far and beyond. And we teach them how to grow giant pumpkins. So, this is a great educational class right here on how to do it. You're going to follow this series. This is going to be exciting series. At the end of the year at the Soil King Garden Center. Every year we have the giant "pumpking" competition. So, the winner of that contest, we have an adult class and a junior class. The winner of that class gets a $1,000, which is pretty neat....

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Worm Castings Vs. Compost – Which Is Better?

Looking to maximize the health of your garden or landscaping? Wondering if you should use compost or worm castings? In this guide from The Soil King, we’ll take a look at worm castings vs. compost, and help you understand more about each one, and which product may be right for your garden.   What Are Worm Castings? Worm castings are also known as “vermicast” or “vermicompost.” Worm castings are the byproduct of the decomposition process of various worms. In other words, they’re worm poop. When worms eat vegetable matter, they excrete nutrient-rich waste that contains lots of water-soluble nutrients, and has very low levels of contaminants. Worm castings also have a high concentration of “humus,” a spongy carbon-based substance that...

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What’s The Difference Between Garden Soil And Topsoil?

Do you think that topsoil and garden soil are the same thing? Wondering what you should use for your garden – or for a home improvement project like changing your landscaping? In this guide from The Soil King, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the difference between these two types of soil.   Topsoil Is The Uppermost Layer Of Soil – It’s An All-Purpose Soil “Topsoil” is the uppermost layer of soil that’s found in the ground – and in the landscaping industry, this refers to earth that’s excavated from the ground, and is sent through a special screening process to remove debris (concrete, roots, rocks, etc.) and to create a consistent texture. It’s sometimes just called “fill...

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How To Naturally Prevent Pests In Your Vegetable Garden: 5 Techniques To Try

It can be very frustrating to put time and energy into growing your own vegetables only to have your garden become overridden by pests. Wondering how to avoid this? Here are a few natural techniques you can try to fight back against pest infestations in your vegetable garden! 1. Minimize Insect Habitats & Dispose Of Weak Or Dying Plants Clear away debris and weeds from your garden regularly, and pull out weak or dying plants that may be dying or have already been affected by pests. This will help prevent pests in your vegetable garden. 2. Avoid Wet Foliage Try to water your garden in the early morning so that your plants will be dry for most of the day....

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