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Thanks Golddusttwin, Very interesting article!

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New survey shows winter Mexican habitat at smallest on record. Genetically-modified crops in the corn belt is the primary culprit behind the precipitous monarch declines over the past 3 years. At least 167 million acres of monarch habitat has been lost since 1996. www.startribune.com/lifestyle/healt
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Hi everyone, just a line or two. To my surprise today I go out to the garden that I plan to tear up and find beautiful watermelons growing. It is so late in the season. I really hope they survive, as they are a nice size already. I haven't replanted, they are just a few late blooming seeds that didn't germinate during the original planting. And watermelon is my favorite melon...yum

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9/19/13 9:52 P

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These are just a couple of links I subscribe to, and enjoy reading. Especially when they articles on heirloom varities on plants and veggies. Have fun!!



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Well manure is vegan as cows and horses do not eat meat... and eat grass, oats, straw and hay. And as farmers say " they are taxed at both ends of the cow" Lol What goes in is what comes out and farmers in Merry Ole England swear by their horse manure. In fact for the hearty winters they like to lay it over the turned and prepared beds for the spring, so all they have to do is mix and plant as soon as the fear of frost is over..

Other than that, just keep creating your compost... Ruthey you may want to get your soil tested. Or just use garden soil from the bag..I would recommend Miracle Gro. Some gardeners have actually just layed the bag into the garden container and cut it open. Then just sowed their seeds right into the soil. Or buy their seedling starters, so they don't have to worry about thining the plants. This works well for people who don't have a lot of room. You may have better luck with small containers and just starting with a few plants at first, until you find what works in your area. I keep a journal of what I plant, how well it does and when to roatate the plant in the containers. And I'm constantly researching websites for anything new.

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Good morning team! emoticon time to rise 'n shine! emoticon hoping to finish the apple butter and get onto my cherries emoticon for winter. emoticon

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Thanks your information has helped me also

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@ Shar - Wimpy plants, poor crop quality and quantity. I have always used Jobe's tomato spikes but didn't know if they were organic. With the heart problems DH has, I want to stay away from chemicals as much as possible.

@ Survivor - Thanks for the hay or straw for mulching tip. I'm vegan and since I don't eat meat I don't want to put cow or horse anything on my veggie beds. Is there a non-animal substitute for manure? Thanks also for the night crawler advice, we get really big ones, 10 - 12 inches long sometimes, out of our back yard. Might as well put them to work. emoticon

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Miracle Gro is the best soil for raised beds. I've tried those store bought organic off brands and they are horrible and lack the valuable nutrients needed for a healthy garden bed. Check out miracle gro's web site. You'll also need some hay or straw for mulching, as it decomposes for the next plant season. Then you will probaly need some manure(cow or horse is best) along with a good black top soil. Add a few night crawlers to keep the soil areated. Good luck

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9/9/13 4:37 P

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A mix of good topsoil and compost should work well in raised beds. What kinds of problems did you have?

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I'm new to organic gardening and have a question. We have limited space for gardening so we use containers and raised beds. What is the best mixture for a planting medium. We tried organic compost and organic soil mixed equally and our plants didn't do very well. We live in western WA state and have a very short growing season, 10-12 weeks. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Links to websites will be appreciated. I'd like to be "armed" with information in the spring.

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