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Epsom salts make the best and easiest fertilizer. For potted plants, dissolve 2 tablespoons of epsom salts per gallon of water, and substitute this solution for normal watering at least once a month. Or sprinkle it into the soil before planting seeds.

7 Steps to Building Healthier Soil (HobbyFarms.com)

Best Ferns for Problem Clay Soils: Matteuccia struthiopteris — Ostrich fern

Tame Your New Plants: Here's an attractive way to prevent invasive plants such as dwarf bamboo from overrunning your garden: Plant them in terra-cotta chimney flue tiles. Use a tile with a diameter that is at least 4 inches wider than the plant's root ball. Sink the tile into the soil so that the lip sticks up 1 inch; plant inside the tile.

DIY: PVC Pipe Strawberry Planter: it seems pretty clear that they have taken a length of PVC drainage pipe, cut out holes for the plants and then filled it with soil. I could see 3 or 4 of these in a row along a sunny fence. Holes are cut in the sides of the pipe and seedlings planted into them. The tower is watered from the top down.

Earthworms (Red Wrigglers – Eisenia fetida) help keep the soil loose – they’re Mother Nature’s very own spade!

succulents as edging

The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating. it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.

Live Succulent Wreath on 12 inch diameter frame, from "Fairyscape". Made using succulents and organic soil wrapped around with moss. Will continue to bloom and grow with watering (once a week) and some sun exposure.