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  • Karen Chiarini

    Reply Reply April 29, 2020

    Hi, Paul. I think I saw a sow bug (this city girl never heard of them before!) yesterday when I lifted up the cardboard I have laying over the soil. I wasn’t sure if this was one of the good guys. I’m guessing not! But there is nothing for them to eat. So, are they searching? I thought they would have been dead due to lack of air. Should I put that plastic around them even though there is no plant at this time? Thank you! Also, can you share which bugs are beneficial, though you may have a video on that that I didn’t get to yet. I only know about ladybugs!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply April 30, 2020

      Hi Karen – yes, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did see one. They like to crawl around underneath of things. I wouldn’t worry about them right now. If you plant into the area and then find out you have problems with them – that’s when I would look into ways to deal with them. Otherwise, having a few of them around isn’t usually a problem.

      Also, we don’t currently have a training on all the beneficial insects. Really, we couldn’t cover all of them since there are thousands of insects – but that’s a great idea. We should consider talking about them more!

  • Judi Piscitello

    Reply Reply April 30, 2020

    I have to do patio container gardening only (due to a neighbor’s HUGE black walnut tree dropping walnuts all over my yard) and just ordered the containers but still need to purchase the soil. Do I need to test the soil I purchase?

  • Sally

    Reply Reply May 7, 2020

    Can I add nutrients to my soil while my vegetables are planted? Would that improved the quality of the crops I’m growing now?

    • Paul

      Reply Reply May 8, 2020

      Absolutely Sally! We call this “side dressing” your plants. You’ll want to just scratch the nutrients into the soil around the base of the plants. You don’t need to “till” the nutrients in. Just scratch them into the soil and water it in well. And yes, it will definitely benefit your plants!

  • Karen Chiarini

    Reply Reply May 19, 2020

    Hi, Paul. Can you tell me what you mean by a “balanced garden”? You use this term when at the end of this video. Thanks!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply May 20, 2020

      Great question Karen! What we mean by a balanced garden is that you are focusing on building healthy balanced soil (with the right balance of nutrients and minerals in it for your plants as well as microorganisms). But we also are talking about the whole ecosystem. You want to encourage a balance of beneficial insects to help combat negative ones. When nature is in balance it runs the smoothest. Does that make sense?

      • Karen Chiarini

        Reply Reply May 30, 2020

        Yes, that does makes sense Paul. thank you!

  • Karen Chiarini

    Reply Reply May 19, 2020

    Paul, I loved watching how these protectors were built. Of course, I’ll never need one in my tiny 10′ x 7′ garden, but it was so informational. Thank you!

    • Paul

      Reply Reply May 20, 2020

      You bet! Glad we could share it! 😀

  • Lyn

    Reply Reply June 21, 2020

    Hi Paul Thanks for keeping us informed. Particularly at this time of COVID, your story on the 100 days of prayer and your gardening site has been beneficial. May the Lord bless you and family and keep everyone else in the family safe.

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