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Dear Joel, I am currently researching the in’s and out’s, do’s and don’ts, of putting in asparagus plants. What kind of soil? How deep to plant? How to harvest and when? How much sunlight? I live in central Minnesota. I ...

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How to Have the Best Soil in Raised Beds

How to Have the Best Soil in Raised Beds

Hello Joel-

This year I want to create a garden out of raised beds using concrete blocks (about three or four high). Besides using earthworms, do you have a good recipe for the soil to use? About how many earthworms per foot would you start with, or is there a formula? Also, which seeds would be best to plant in this type of “garden?"

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How To Deal With Poisoned Soil

How To Deal With Poisoned Soil

Dear Joel,

What should I do with a yard that contains an "arsenic content" of 12.5? (Lack of recall on exactly what the measurement reflects other than the fact that "over 5" is a level considered to require some possible remedy which has yet to be determined.)

Thanks Joel!

-Kimie R.

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Soil Fixes

Soil Fixes

Once you know basic soil types and characteristics, as we’ve outlined in another article, you have several response strategies, and will probably end up using more than one: Harvest what already grows, and expand or reduce its extent as appropriate. ...

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Five Secrets to a Productive Garden

Five Secrets to a Productive Garden

If you’re considering a food garden as part of your long range emergency preparedness plans, the number one piece of advice you need embrace is: “Do your research.” The rules for successful gardening are very much local. Even the best ...

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