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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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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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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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