Green Thumb Tips Soil pH, Soil Temperature, Potting Mix and More


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Follow seed starting directions carefully. Photo by Monica White

Have you ever tried planting tomatoes or other vegetables only to end up with less than picture perfect results? Well there is a good reason, and probably multiple reasons, why your garden didn't grow.

As with many recipes, a garden relies on many ingredients, in the best proportion, to end up with excellent results. If any key ingredients or important steps are missed, the desired results may not be fully realized. Here are a few green thumb gardening practices that will help turn your hard efforts into actual produce.

A garden's success or failure relies heavily on its soil composition. Before plants go in, nutrients must come out. Vital nutrients must be present in the soil in certain ratios or combinations. Different plants rely on certain nutrients to grow well.



The basic nutrients for general plant growth are: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.





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