Open a bag of Cascade Minerals Remineralizing Soil Booster and the first thing you’ll notice is the color—a deep, dark gray. The source is volcanic basalt, taken from Central Oregon’s legendary Cascade Mountains and turned into a finely milled product that contains the essential minerals and trace elements that plants depend on for healthy growth…

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Lavender

Lavender is as beautiful as it is hardy. Although often associated with English gardens, lavender is native to the Mediterranean where it grows in dry, sunny and rocky conditions. Fortunately, lavender can adapt to a variety of different growing conditions. For example, lavender thrives here in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is mild yet…

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Bonsai

Bonsai are natural tree forms in miniature. As an art form, bonsai has been practiced for hundreds of years in China and Japan and there are bonsai enthusiasts all over the world. Unlike trees planted in the ground, bonsai cannot extend their roots in search of essential minerals and nutrients. Instead, they get their nutritional…

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Crops

Soil pH is a hot topic among gardeners and one worth taking a look at. People talk about how ‘acidic’ or how ‘alkanine’ their soil is but they don’t always consider other factors that are essential to proper soil management. Let’s start with a basic pH primer. Like the temperature of the human body, pH…

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