How To Turn Bad Potting Soil Into Good Potting Soil

I’ve been noticing for the past few years that the quality of commercial potting soils has gone way down. This is the case with every brand I have tired, including Home Depot’s Vigoro, Lowes’ Sta-Green, Walmart’s Expert Gardener and Kellogg Garden Organics.  The problem with these potting soils (especially Kellogg) is that they are composed of a large amount of non-composted wood chips.  As a result, these wood chips rob much-needed nitrogen from the plants “grown” in these potting mixes and my plants always suffer as a result.

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Pine and Spruce Needles Increase Soil Acidity – An Old Wives Tale Debunked

Gardeners all over the internet seem to agree that dead pine and spruce needles have a high acidity and therefore will acidify any soil where they are used as mulch or dug-into the soil to decay and feed the soil for the following year.

But the truth is, while live needles on the tree are in fact acidic and while the fallen, dead needles are somewhat acidic, they decay so slowly that they do not alter soil pH at all or so little that it really doesn’t make any difference. And here’s how I know…

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A Warning to Gardeners: Your Manure or Compost May Be Contaminated with Aminopyralid Herbicide

If you are a gardener and you use any composted manures or compost from an outside source (whether you buy them or get them for free), thinking that it’s safe, organic and full of goodness, THINK AGAIN.

Farmers and other sources of manure and compost often treat their land with herbicides, some of which are designed to not break down in an animals digestive system.  One such herbicide is aminopyralid, which is a selective, hormone-based, broad-leaf herbicide.  Aminopyralid is marketed under many brand names throughout the world and is used on hay, grain corn and grass crops to suppress broad-leaf weeds.  If unknowingly introduced into your garden or farm, the affects can be devastating.

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Proper Phone Etiquette for 2018 & Beyond

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As you may have realized in the past 7-or-so years, the FCC has pretty much given up on the Do-not-call (DNC) list idea as an consumer protection method.  What I mean by that is, when the DNC list was first invented, if you put your phone number on that list, telemarketing and scam calls pretty much ceased.  It was a beautiful thing.  But  somewhere around 7 years ago, telemarketing and scam calls began to ring on my home phone several times throughout the day, despite the fact that my phone # was listed on the DNC list. 

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How To Remove the Scrub Brush from the Libman Nitty Gritty Sponge Mop


I bought the Libman Nitty Gritty Roller Sponge Mop for my mom a few weeks ago.  I needed to get a mop that was easy for an older, aging person to use (yet still get the floors clean) and this seems to fit the bill the best out of all mops I looked at.  However, as many of you know, the Libman Nitty Gritty mop isn’t a perfect mop.

I’m not going into the details of all the pros and cons of this mop since this was not intended to be a review, you already know what’s good and bad about this mop.  That’s why you’re here.  YOU WANT TO REMOVE THAT WORTHLESS, WAY-TOO-ABRASIVE SCRUB BRUSH!  And I’m gonna show ya! 

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Best Way to Cut Square or Rectangular Holes in Plastic Project Boxes or Enclosures


I’m going to “cut” right to the chase and tell you what the best 2 ways are to cut square or rectangular holes in a plastic project box or enclosure.  But regardless if you agree or not or whatever method(s) you do use, I’m also going share a little secret to make any square or rectangular hole look professional with very little work, even if you aren’t good at cutting nice, tidy angular holes (most people aren’t).  So let’s get to it…

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