South Carolina Smart Gardener Handbook

The S.C. Smart Gardener Handbook is designed to help you learn the … The handbook, which is the centerpiece of the S.C. Smart Gardener …

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South Carolina Smart Gardener Handbook
FoREwoRD… 3 PaRt onE: Start with healthy soil…. 4 Healthy Soil: An Investment in Your Garden… 4 Understand your soil…. 4 Protect your soil\’s health…. 5 Enrich your soil before planting…. 5 How do I know good compost?… 5 Mulch your plantings…. 6 Fertilize moderately and responsibly…. 6 Test your soil…. 8 PaRt two: Composting at Home… 9 A Guide to Managing Organic Yard Trimmings… 9 Composting Organisms… 9 The Compost Process… 10 Factors Affecting the Composting Process… 11 Organic Materials… 11 Building a Compost Pile… 13 Composting Alternatives… 15 Using Compost… 16 Compost Questions and Answers… 16 Composting Food Scraps… 18 Worm Bin Composting (or Vermicomposting)… 19 Summary: Successful Composting… 20 PaRt tHREE: Smart watering… 22 Smart watering is as easy as 1, 2, 3…. 22 PaRt FouR: natural Pest, weed and Disease Control… 26 Basic Steps to Manage Your Garden Naturally… 26 Start with prevention…. 26 Reduce the need for pesticides… 27 What can you do if a pest problem develops?… 29 Use least toxic pesticides when physical controls don\’t work…. 30 Use synthetic pesticides only as a last resort…. 30 What about weeds?… 31 PaRt FivE: the Right Plants… 34 Hints about Shape, Size, Color and Fragrance… 35 Is it evergreen or deciduous?… 35 How to Select the Right Plants for a Beautiful, Trouble-free Garden… 36 PaRt Six: natural Lawn Care… 41 Try going natural…. 41 Six Steps to Natural Lawn Care… 41

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