This publication provides direction on estimating soil moisture by the "feel and appearance" method; taking a some soil and rolling it up in a ball then squeezing it between your thumb and forefinger to form a ribbon and noting how it appears and feels. Compare what you see with photographs and/or charts to estimate percent water available and the inches depleted below field capacity.
Discusses how to grow dahlias, beginning with soil preparation, fertilizer needs, and planting. Includes information on propagation, how to handle cut flowers, and digging and storing tubers. Also discusses insect and disease problems.
Differences between processed and organic fertilizers are explained in this article.
Most recently, my husband and I purchased a small farm in southern Oregon-ten acres in the Applegate Valley, a mixture of pasture, woodland, hills and weeds. We were delighted when we went into escrow and could not wait to...