Many of the most popular organic fertilizers and soil amendments contain animal ingredients such as bone meal, blood meal, and chicken feather meal, fish-based fertilizers, and manures. But never fear, there are plenty of vegan alternatives that will keep your garden growing healthy and strong.
Planting seedlings in the garden is fun. Dealing with the resulting pile of unrecyclable black plastic containers? Not so much. I have trouble bringing myself to throw plastic away, so the containers stack up in my garden shed until I have a chance to take them back to my favorite local nursery, where they're reused. Luckily, things are changing. Many nursery operations, and even big box stores, are turning away from plastic and toward biodegradable containers. The containers are made from a wide range of materials, including recycled paper, cow manure, wood pulp, rice hulls, and coir (coconut fiber), and they quickly decompose in a compost pile.
When summer has finally arrived, that means it’s time to replenish your skin-care supplies. Whether you’re swimming, sailing, gardening or barbecuing, bugs bite, UV rays burn and hot winds dehydrate. The result: Your face and body likely need more pampering and protecting now than they do in the dead of winter. We asked skin and beauty experts not only for tips on solving common summer problems but which skin-soothing, animal-friendly products they’d recommend. Their answers, coming up.
Container grown plants need potting soil, but they definitely do not require a mix that contains time-released chemical fertilizers and superabsorbent polymers—ingredients that many common brands include. When you’re shopping for “potting soil” it is important to understand that this term is a bit of a misnomer. Most potting soils do not actually contain garden soil, because it tends to compact and drain poorly when placed in a container. Instead they contain a blend of ingredients designed to provide nutrients, keep the roots moist and drain well.