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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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5 Common Tomato Plant Problems And How To Fix Them

Growing tomatoes for the first time? You may run into a few problems with your plants as they flourish and grow. In this guide from The Soil King, we’ll take a look at 5 of the most common tomato plant problems – and how you can prevent or avoid them.   Blossom End RotYour tomatoes appear healthy – but when they ripen, you start to notice an ugly black patch on the bottom, and the inside is mealy when they’re cut open. This is called “blossom end rot” and happens when your plants aren’t getting enough calcium, or the pH is too low for proper calcium absorption. Make sure your plants have soil with proper nutrients and a pH of...

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What To Plant In Your Garden In June

June is the prime growing season for a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Not sure what you should be planting in your garden right now? Read on to get a few suggestions from the team at The Soil King.   BeansBeans are a great option for June plantings. They grow quickly in warm soil, and since they’re not frost-resistant, it’s a good idea to wait until the soil temperature is consistently above 50 to 60° F before planting. They grow quickly, and some varieties can provide you with a crop in 35-45 days. Take a look at the beans available in your nearest garden center – a few varieties we recommend are Midori Giant Soybeans, French Garden Beans,...

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