Driveway Design and Planning Tips

What material do you recommend for the building of a driveway? Many materials make satisfactory driveways, but much depends on whether the drive is straight or curved, flat or sloping, in cold country or warm. A good, cheap driveway for a level drive in the New York area can be made of either cinders mixed … Read more

Working with Sandy Soil

We have a sandy lot and wish to enjoy good results. Should we put black topsoil on? Yes. Extremely sandy soil needs loam but also plenty of organic matter. What depth of topsoil should we use on sandy ground? Add 3 inches of loam and spade to a depth of 6 inches. However, without additional … Read more

Green Manure Crops

What is a green manure crop? A cover crop? The term “green manure crop” refers to any crop that may be turned into the soil in an undecomposed, green tissue stage. In contrast, a cover crop refers to a more or less permanent crop used for the purpose of preventing erosion. How are green manure … Read more

Organic Fertilizers

What is organic fertilizer? An organic fertilizer is one which is derived from organic materials – plant or animal substances. All are compounds of carbon. Some of these materials, such as cottonseed meal, bone meal, tankage, and castor pomace, may add small amounts of humus as well as nutrients to the soil. Others, such as … Read more

A Test To Determine Soil Type

All too often, gardeners try to guess what is in their soil and – guess wrong. The only way to be sure is to make a wash test. Light sandy soils that contain little clay are easy to test. Heavier soils with a high clay content are difficult because of the strong electrical attraction of … Read more

Muriate of Potash

What is the best time and method to apply muriate of potash to a vegetable garden? If the amount of potash applied in the complete fertilizer recommended for vegetable gardens is not sufficient, apply an additional quantity (1 lb. per 100 sq. ft.) and incorporate it in the surface 2 to 3 ins. How often … Read more