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Joy

Meet Joy! She was born Monday evening, May 6th. Her mother, Willa, surprised us about a week before she was born and in her cowish ways told us she was expecting.  Her name is Joy because that is how I often feel when I watch the cows. They are peaceful and entertaining. When the new babies come it's a small miracle - just like all new life. Willa is a sweetheart and it seems like Joy will be a sweetie too. She and her momma are letting me pet her. They are so frail the first day but in a few days it's hard to hold them in one place. They just grow so fast.

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Stop the Not-So-Fun Fungi in Their Tracks

Have you ever wondered why one day your seedlings look healthy and the next day they are falling over and drooping? It's caused by a disease from bad fungus known as damping off. Vermicompost can help prevent this disease from attacking your seedlings. This picture from Cornell's website shows seedlings that were grown with and without vermicompost. http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/vermicompost.htm  This beautiful poster shows how vermicompost helps prevent damping off. Too much information? Don't worry, just add 10% vermicompost to your seed starting and potting mixes to give your seedlings that extra layer of protection.  

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Do You Cherish Your Roots?

For your plants, one of the most important things that you can give them is good, strong, healthy roots. Good roots will enable your plants to get nutrients out of the ground. Remember, nutrients are made available to roots by microorganisms releasing and making available nutrients in the soil. Good roots also let your plants become drought resistant so that they will not be negatively affected by dry spells. An easy way to put valuable microbes into your soil and make it healthier is to add Devine Gardens vermicompost. The above picture shows on the left a tomato grown in a pot with commercial fertilizer. The roots on the right are from a tomato plant grown with vermicompost. An amazing...

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Are Older Seeds Still Good?

Have you been looking over seed catalogs deciding what to grow this year? Before you spend money on new seed do an inventory of what seeds you have from the years before. Some seeds store better than others. High Mowing Seeds has a helpful chart listing the longevity of different seeds. For example, turnip seeds are good for 5 years but corn seed may only last for 2. Here is a link to High Mowing Seeds chart.  Vermicompost has been shown to increase the viability of seeds. In a research study done by Michelle Wills and Gary R. Bachman, Tennessee Technological University, they found that vermicompost added to a coir based potting mix had a positive effect on seed germination of Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower). More...

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