Whether you tend a vegetable garden, grow prize-winning blooms or cultivate containers, great soil is the place to start. As the saying goes, “For every dollar spent, 90-cents should be for the soil—and 10-cents for the plant!” Mike Darcy, host of KXL-FM’s “In the Garden” which airs Saturday mornings in Portland, Oregon, invited Cascade Minerals’…

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Soil

The key to growing healthy, disease-resistant plants is to begin with healthy soil. How can you tell if your soil is balanced? Healthy soil… Looks, smells, and feels alive Is soft, moist, and crumbly Is darker in color Is easy to dig into Has a sweet and earthy aroma Is home to worms and other…

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Tomatoes

Do you remember those delicious tomatoes from your childhood? They were very different from the waxy, tasteless tomatoes on the shelves of most supermarkets today. It’s not just childhood nostalgia, either. It has to do with minerals and trace elements in the soil—or rather, lack thereof. Commercial agriculture practices in the U.S. have led to a…

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