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

Using Leaf Mold as Fertilizer

In using leaf mold as a fertilizer should it be used liberally or sparingly? Leaf mold is not a very high-grade fertilizer. It is a good soil conditioner, and as such can be used liberally – a covering 4 ins. deep is all right. What effect do pine needles have on soil? They acidify it, … Read more

Using Manure as Fertilizer

A local riding stable gives away manure for the hauling. How can it be used in the garden? Although manure is a valuable soil amendment when composted, most riding stables spray their stalls with disinfectants, fly repellents, and other toxic chemicals. Is cow manure a good fertilizer for a vegetable garden? Not if maximum production … Read more

Building a Compost Pile

What is “compost”? Compost is the term applied to organic matter – such as leaves, weeds, grass clippings, and the like – which has been sufficiently decayed to form a light, crumbly mold. In making compost in a compost heap, soil and manure are often mixed with the vegetable matter. Should the average home gardener … Read more

Restoring Depleted or Poor Soil

Improving Depleted Soil What is the quickest way to bring an old used garden spot back into quick production? Spade in organic matter in the fall. In the spring, apply superphosphate, hoe, rake, and plant. Add complete fertilizer just before planting, and again during summer. I have been raising flowers on the same ground for … Read more

Mossy Soil Problems

The soil turns green in one of my perennial garden beds. What is the best way to remedy this condition? As it is probably caused by poor drainage and lack of aeration, improve the drainage by one of the methods previously suggested. Moss usually means a soil low in fertility. Add organic matter and fertilizer. … Read more