Williams-Sonoma gets into the garden

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This just in from Ellen Wells in the “Green Profit’s Buzz” on-line newsletter, some exciting news for those of us who love to shop that high-end kitchen and cooking supplier, Williams-Sonoma:

“The high-end gourmand retailer this week unveiled their new line called Agrarian. They offer a range of items such as raised beds and planting mix from Farmer D (remember him from last summer’s IGC Show?), tools, herb and vegetable plants, fruit trees, cheese making kits, canning supplies, chicken coops and beekeeping supplies, and some garden décor, too. From my sense of things, Williams-Sonoma has completely hit the target should their cooking customer consider getting their hands in the dirt instead of inside a chicken.”

Eggshells out of the compost

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For years I automatically crumbled and added eggshells to the compost, but not lately. Those eggshells pack some powerful garden nutrients, in particular calcium. Don’t waste them in the compost, instead dry the shells and then crumble them right into the garden where they will have the greatest impact.

Roses and a lot of other shrubs, perennials and annuals thrive on eggshells. Those plants that prefer an alkaline environment benefit from frequent additions of crumbled eggshells. I also like to scatter the shells around many herbs, lavender, rosemary, basil and others. And for plants plagued by slugs, a layer of crumbled eggshells can help prevent visits of those slimy pests. And, of course, you can still add eggshells to the compost mix too.

For some great composting hints, visit the IFAS site: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep323

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