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Scientific, educational and practical information on how to grow high quality, productive crops in a sustainable, ecological and economical manner.

A model of a tank fertilizer system.

Organic Fertilizers for Horticulture

Natural products such as these generally do not have high N-P-K num­bers, but offer a wealth of readily available nutrients to plants in a living soil.

Cat in a greenhouse

Protecting Vegetable Seed Starters from Rodents & Insects

I have tried many different tactics to keep the mice out of my trays, but the only thing I have found that really works consistently is reemay (row cover).

A seeder setup in a plug tray.

Vegetable Seed Propagation Strategies

If you let the plug trays dry out when germina­tion first occurs, you will most likely lose the whole tray.

A horticulture greenhouse.

Horticultural Terms for Vegetable Growers

The following are more general terms relating to plants and growing. Some are actual botanical terms and some are simply descriptive words you will likely hear in the plant trade.

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Deciding What Amount of Nutrients to Apply

This table shows the means (mass flow, diffusion or intercep­tive root growth) by which nutrients are taken up through the roots.

Soil samples are prepared to run through analysis.

Water-Soluble Soil Tests for Crops

Plant tissue testing, as done by most labs, is not as informative as water-soluble soil tests. Tissue tests only test the soluble contents of the cells.