Important Macro and Micronutrients in Garden Soil

Vegetable and flower plants need proper amounts of macro and micronutrients in order to flourish.  Macronutrients are nutrients that plants need in larger quantities, while micronutrients are needed in lesser amounts.  In this article you will learn what each of the macro and micronutrients are, why they are important, and…

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Read more about the article Sweet Potato Black Rot: How to Identify and Manage
Sweet potato black rot, Andrew Scruggs and Lina Quesada, NC State Vegetable Pathology Lab

Sweet Potato Black Rot: How to Identify and Manage

Sweet potatoes are a popular crop with home gardeners and commercial growers alike. The sweet root vegetable is easy to grow and a nutritious side dish to be enjoyed throughout the year, not just at Thanksgiving. But just like other root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and beets, sweet potatoes…

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4 Ways to Test Garden Soil Type

If you want your garden to thrive, it is important to know the type of soil it contains. Soil type or texture, as it is also called, determines the soil’s ability to retain moisture, drain properly, and provide plants the nutrients they need.  The four main types of soil are…

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Praying Mantis, Getty Images, Paul Starosta

3 Ways to Attract a Praying Mantis to Your Garden

Praying mantises are carnivores. It is no wonder that many gardeners consider them a free source of organic pest control. Their flexible necks enable them to turn their triangular heads from side to side while remaining stationary, giving them an advantage as they search for prey.  In addition, their large,…

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Praying Mantis: What You Need to Know

The praying mantis is one of the most fascinating creatures in the insect world. It belongs to the genus Mantis and derives its name from the seemingly religious pose it strikes when its long front legs are folded as if in prayer. Mantis, which means diviner in Greek, was thought…

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Anthracnose Fungal Disease: How to Identify and Treat

Anthracnose refers to a group of fungal diseases that can infect ornamental trees, fruit trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetable-producing plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and squash.Fungal spores that have overwintered in soil, seeds, and plant debris, spread in the spring when new plant growth appears. The wet and cool spring…

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4 Soil Types and What Grows Best in Each

Whether you are growing flowers or vegetables, the most important element needed for a successful garden is proper soil. Unfortunately, not all soils are created equal. In this post, you will learn the four main types of soil and examples of what can be grown in each one. Type and…

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