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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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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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5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Growing Tomatoes In Containers

If you’re going to be growing tomatoes in containers this spring and summer, you’ll definitely want to avoid these 5 common mistakes to ensure your tomatoes grow to be healthy, beautiful, and delicious. Read on, and learn everything you need to know! 1. Growing Tomatoes In Pots That Are Too Small First, make sure that you choose containers that are large enough for your tomatoes. They need plenty of room to spread out their roots and grow, unlike herbs and some other plants. Larger pots also can hold more soil and water, which ensures proper growth for your tomatoes. When in doubt, always choose a bigger pot or planter! 2. Over-Watering (Or Under-Watering) Your Tomatoes You don’t want to give...

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