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Fertilize Your Garden with Compost

It is never too early to start working on next spring's planting season!

By creating fertilizer from household table scraps, old coffee grounds, or empty eggshells, you are taking economic and straightforward steps to improve your soil and have a beautiful garden next summer.

Adding table scraps to a new or existing compost pile and using this compost as fertilizer can save 90% of the money you spend on commercial fertilizers. There is an additional benefit of using no artificial ingredients, which is healthier for plants and insects.

Fruit and vegetable peelings create some of the best composting material around.

When baking homemade items, think about what scraps you can save. A homemade apple pie will generate a lot of apple peelings for your compost pile. Stews and pot roast dinners use vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and beets, which all create peelings.

You can also save citrus rinds for the pile and leftover leafy vegetables like lettuce, kale, and spinach. Instead of throwing the remains in the garbage or tossing them down the garbage disposal, save them for composting. Nearly all fruit and vegetable skins can be broken down as compost.

Used coffee grounds are an excellent garden fertilizer because they contain many helpful nutrients and nitrogen, which fast-growing plants and vegetables need to thrive. Sprinkle the grounds around your plants or work them into the soil. Tomato plants especially like the acids found in coffee grounds.

Eggshells add nutrients to your soil, especially calcium, essential for plant cell growth

In addition to offering nutrients, you can use eggshells to combat pests like slugs and cutworms by sprinkling coarsely ground shells in insect-prone areas.

Large pieces will take a long time to break down in soil or compost piles. When using eggshells for fertilizer, you should finely grind the eggshells. Roughly 30-40% of all your household waste can be used as fertilizer or converted into compost. Save money this season and create your fertilizer!

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Black Eyed Susan - TN Nursery

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan has vibrant yellow petals and dark, contrasting centers, is a popular and delightful addition to any landscaping project. This native North American wildflower offers a host of pleasing attributes that make it a sought-after choice for gardens and outdoor spaces. From its adaptability to its visual appeal and ecological benefits, it stands out as a versatile and attractive plant. Black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is a type of long-flowering Rudbeckia in the aster family Asteraceae. It's also called "brown Betty," and "gloriosa daisy." This upright, fast-growing plant is native to eastern and central North America, with angustifolia, Florida, hirta, and pulcherrima varieties growing in separate regions of the continental United States. Their yellow and gold blossoms tend to bloom from June until after the first frost. Black eyed Susans: Cultivation If you're looking for a flower that's versatile enough to grow well in everything from containers to flower beds to more naturalistic landscapes, they are the perfect choice. Their bright, cheery, and prolific blooms are attractive in garden borders, butterfly and wildflower gardens, and meadow plantings. They also make beautiful cut flowers with a vase life of up to ten days. Black eyed Susans: Size, Shape, and Color Most varieties grow 1'–3¼' tall and 1'–1½' wide. Their long, bristly leaves grow near the base of the plant, while their daisy-like flowers rise high above the foliage. Each 2"–4" wide blossom features eight to thirty yellow-gold florets that radiate from a dark brown, black, or greenish-colored cone-shaped seed dome. Black eyed Susans: Pollinators and Birds To attract pollinators like butterflies and bees throughout the summer, be sure to include black eyed Susans in your landscaping plan. These flowers are also loved by mosquito-eating dragonflies and birds. Pollinators enjoy the flowers' nectar as they move from plant to plant, causing them to grow seeds that birds eat in winter. When left alone, their seed pods usually dry out and disperse nearby, which may open areas and roadsides with new flowers the following year. Black eyed Susans: Longevity Some varieties will start to flower the same year, in June, while others bloom later. Removing faded flowers, also called "deadheading," can prolong the blooming season. However you select and maintain your plants, you're sure to love the way they brighten your garden.

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