5 Ways To Improve The Health Of Your Soil Naturally, From Experts

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You can learn a lot about a garden by digging up its dirt. Ideally, the soil in your hands would be dark, moist, crumbly, and teeming with bugs and earthworms; signs it's effectively delivering nutrients to plants, storing water, and retrieving excess carbon...

7 Best Gardening Gloves Of 2021 (For Every Type Of Gardener)

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For starters, gardens can be full of prickly thorns, sharp rocks, and hungry bugs that can injure bare skin. Unseen threats like bacteria and parasites can also run amok in soil.Two of the most dangerous soil pathogens are listeria and Toxoplasma gondii. While...

The Environmental Reason This MD Wants Us To Rethink Superfoods

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There are millions of ways to eat well, it seems, but only one way to eat unhealthily: "And that's the one that we have embraced in the U.S.," Miller told us.The heavily processed foods and cash crops like corn and soy that are...

A Full Guide To Vermicomposting: Benefits, Steps & More

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Worms are what make vermicomposting possible: These invertebrate creatures eat food scraps and organic waste, digest it, and leave behind usable material.Although it may be tempting to dig around in your backyard and look for worms yourself, not all worm species are suitable...

Is LECA A Good Substitute For Soil? Plant Experts Weigh In

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Another reason someone might use LECA or another type of pebble is if they want to improve their soil's drainage. The idea is that placing them at the bottom of a pot (underneath the soil) can help store any excess water and keep...

4 Foods To Grow Yourself That Pack In Nutrients, From An MD

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Miller also touts the ease of kale trees. For those without a yard, don’t worry—these trees typically grow two to three feet tall, and they’re pretty resilient: “ can really take everything from tons of water to a minimum of water,” says Miller. She...

Design A Cut Flower Garden Using These Pro Tips & Starter Plants

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Once you have your germinated seeds or small plants, it's time to place them in containers with well-draining soil and at least one drainage hole so water can escape. “You have to make sure your plant is never, ever standing in water,” Viljoen...

Green Space Is Essential To Global Happiness, According To Study

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To do these kinds of nature and human health studies, researchers need maps of how green an area is and surveys or medical records on how healthy its constituents are. This data isn't as readily available in poor and developing nations that don't...

Why The 2021 Summer Solstice Is Special + 5 Ways To Spend It

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As the point in the year with the most daylight, the solstice pushes us to consider the sun's themes: fire, activity, and masculine energy. The fact that Sunday is also Father's Day makes this weekend an even more powerful time to explore the...

10 Sustainable Gardening Techniques That Promote Biodiversity

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Anyone lucky enough to have outdoor space knows the wonder that gardens can bring: fragrant plants, curious wildlife, and maybe some fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies. Beyond that, our yards can also be managed in ways that benefit surrounding ecosystems and the world...