Boost the nutrients in your garden soil now, but don’t use chemical fertilizers

By Jeff Lowenfels

Updated: September 15, 2022 Published: September 15, 2022

One of the reasons people still cling to chemical fertilizers is because they go to work quickly. Organic fertilizers, on the other hand, usually take time for the microbes to break it down. Sometimes this can take months. This is why now is the time to apply such things to your soils so that they can benefit next year’s crops.

There are several ways to do this. The first assumes all was well this year and your plants thrived and didn’t show nutrient deficiencies. You can probably forgo a soil test for nutrients. Apply an inch or two of compost or vermicompost to the surface of all of your containers and on your garden beds. You can do it now, even though there are plants still performing.

This can be followed with an application of mulch (once enough leaves

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Townhomes planned to replace demolished trailer park in Garden City

SRG applied to build 76 single-family townhomes on the site at 8373 W. Chinden Blvd.

The townhomes would be three bedrooms and two stories tall, spread out across a mix of four-plex and six-plex buildings. There are three different floor plans with the largest measuring 1,887 square feet, then 1,754 square feet, and 1,674 square feet.

“The difference in total square footage, building location and price creates variation for customers’ budget and layout preferences,” the application letter said. “The variation in unit depth also creates character on the Craftsman/Farmhouse building elevations. A variety in color schemes and cladding will create further unit distinctions.”

The application said a “central common space amenity” will be included. For parking, there would be two garage spaces for each unit. And there would be 38 total on-street guest parking spaces.

“The rear loaded garages for each unit are accessible from the service driveways, creating a

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Solar garden provides renewable energy for communities

A project launched this month as Australia’s “first large-scale solar garden” could be one of many to pop up around the country in the next five years.

A five-hectare paddock on a farm in Grong Grongan hour west of Wagga Wagga, has been earmarked as the site for a 1.5MW “solar garden” that includes “plots” that can be purchased by residents throughout New South Wales.

It’s a concept similar to community gardening, where people who don’t have a back yard can still garden by buying or renting a plot in a communal area.

Haystacks Solar Garden is being built by a not-for-profit organization Community Power Agency (CPA), Pingala Co-opand Komo Energy with support from other organisations, and funded by the NSW Government’s Regional Community Energy Fund.

Community power projects in Australia at the end of September 2020.

It’s technically not the first solar garden to pop up in

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Philadelphia Brewing Company hop garden destroyed, nixing Harvest from the Hood beer

The City of Philadelphia inadvertently destroyed tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of future beer, and officials are sorry to have killed your buzz.

On Wednesday morning, the smell of fresh-cut grass lingered around the well-kept garden lot next to Philadelphia Brewing Co. But the freshly cut lot was not scattered with weeds — it contained precious hops that were being grown to produce the brewery’s seasonal “Harvest From the Hood“beer.

Brewery co-owner Nancy Barton had arrived at the Frankford Avenue site the day before to a distressed employee saying the hop garden had been laid to waste just a month before the beer was scheduled to yield.

And the culprit was not vandals or invasive pests — but city cleaning crews with the Community Life Improvement Program.

“We thought the lanternflies would take them out, but no, it was the city,” Barton said.


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A Wondrous Wood Home in Hyogo Centers Around a Tranquil Garden

Houses We Love: Every day we feature a remarkable space submitted by our community of architects, designers, builders, and homeowners.

Project Details:

Locations: Hyogo, Japan

Architects: Atsushi Kawanishi Architects

Builders: Kohatsu

Structural Engineer: Jun Yanagimuro Structural Design

Landscape Designs: 3Leaves Garden Office

Lighting Designs: DAIKO

Footprints: 1400 square feet

From the Architects: This is a house that connects two gardens in a surrounding environment and three gardens inside the interior. In the front garden, where the neighbors’ children play, they do DIY projects and make firewood. From the south garden where the wind is blowing, Osaka Airport and Osaka’s city center can be seen far away. The inside of the third garden is a buffer that connects the outside garden with the interior. The lower flat roof hangs above the connecting section. The gardens gradually divide the residence and create harmony for the environment both at home and from

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