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A Basic Soil Chemistry Review

By Justin Keay [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue. It is part of a 4-part series of articles on how to test soil, get the sample analyzed, understand the report and use it to apply the correct type and amount of fertilizer.] Before you take on the task of analyzing a soil test, it

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How to Interpret a Soil Test

By Justin Keay [This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue and is part of a 3-part series on how to take a soil sample, receive a test report, and how to understand it and fertilize properly. Links to the other articles in the series can be found at the end of this article.] Having your soil

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How, Why and When to Test Your Soil

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Soil testing is an important practice for anyone trying to grow healthy and productive plants. By Justin Keay [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue.] MU Extension offices across the state processes thousands of soil samples every year and MU Extension Specialists are always happy to help you understand your soil test results. Soil testing

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How to Choose and Apply Fertilizer

By Justin Keay [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue, and is part of a 4-part series on how to take a soil sample and how to analyze a soil test report and then use that information to purchase and apply the appropriate fertilizer.] Now that you’ve taken a soil sample, had it analyzed and

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Sowing Native Plant Seeds

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For many of us, there’s nothing like the joy of holding a packet of seeds in the winter. Seeds are little morsels of hope that have such potential, especially on cold, wintery days. By Jennifer Schamber [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue.] For many of us, there’s nothing like the joy of holding a

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Find Holiday Decor in Your Garden

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Cut evergreen stems form a foundation for winter decorations that can be accented with dried flowers, festive berries and ornaments. By Abby Lapides (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Winter 2019 issue) Cut evergreen stems form a foundation for winter decorations that can be accented with dried flowers, festive berries and ornaments. Many of the common trees

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Egyptian Onion: The Most Shared Veggie in the Garden

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Harvest season is the most fun of all! One of the easiest to harvest and share are my Egyptian onions. By Steffie Littlefield [This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener September 2019.] Harvest season is the most fun of all! One of the easiest to harvest and share are my Egyptian onions. First, I should tell you how these

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Plants that Root for You!

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From bald eagles to pelicans, Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area located in Columbia, Missouri, is a haven for many of Missouri’s waterfowl. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in the September 2019 issue of The Gateway Gardener.] From bald eagles to pelicans, Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area located in Columbia, Missouri, is a haven for many of Missouri’s waterfowl. Eagle

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Mantid Mayhem!

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Praying mantids have long been subjects of intrigue in the garden. Their discrete lurking and ability to blend into their surroundings, along with their huge eyes and turret head… By Robert Weaver [This article was first published in the September 2019 issue of The Gateway Gardener.] Praying mantids have long been subjects of intrigue in the garden. Their discrete lurking

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