What’s in a Candle?

Candles.  Nothing adds warmth and gentle ambiance to a space like a flickering flame over a candle.  Whether you want to be festive, relax, or set a mood, your well-placed choice of candle can accomplish just that.  There are a myriad of different fragrances available, ranging from subtle to powerful.  There are also a lot…

Cover Crops

We’ve put together a short and sweet guide to using cover crops in your home garden or farm, focusing mainly on what we have available. Also known as “green manure,” cover crops are an integral part of sustainable agriculture. They provide an excellent set of benefits to promote and maintain soil health, and also promote…

The Magic of the Victorio Steam Juicer

The apple trees branches are bending with heavy fruit, pears and apples are falling off the trees, and grapes are threatening to take over the yard.  What to do with all of the excess?  You can only dehydrate and can so much fruit.  The next best option is juice! Photo courtesy of our housewares supervisor,…

Beneficial Bugs as Pest Control

Integrated Pest Management is the practice of using biological, cultural, mechanical, physical and ‘chemical’ interventions as a preventative or corrective control for plant health. Using larval and adult predatory and parasitic insects to target unwanted pests is recommended within IPM. Encouraging Predatory Insects- Bring All The Bugs To Your Yard If you have pests present…

Le Parfait Canning Jars

There are many ways to preserve the harvest.  Freezing, dehydrating, pressure canning, and waterbath canning are all great ways to take surplus food and store it for later use.  We proudly carry Le Parfait canning jars, which are not only beautiful, but can be used for water bath and pressure canning.  Le Parfait jars have…

Help Your Summer Veggies Grow Their Best

The summer heat is setting the fruits of our labor in the garden.  Now that you’ve planted, watered, and weeded around your veggies… what next?  This time of year, plants like cucurbits (members of the gourd family such as melon, pumpkin, squash, and cucumber) could use a little nitrogen and potassium boost to ensure healthy…

All American Pressure Canner

We are in the midst of canning season.  Berries are ripening, and as the summer starts to heat up, gardens are busy growing future harvest bounty.  Soon there will be more vegetables and fruits than we know what to do with!  There are many opportunities to make delicious jams and jellies, pickles and preserves with…

Why use Langbeinite?

The gardening season quickly approaches, and it’s time to start thinking about fertilizers and amendments to help make your garden the best it’s ever been! First off… what exactly is langbeinite?  Down To Earth™ Langbeinite 0-0-22 is a naturally mined crystalline mineral that supplies the water-soluble sulfate form of three vital plant nutrients: potassium, magnesium…

Black Gold Cactus Mix vs. Potting Soil

There are so many available options of soils and amendments, which can make it difficult to figure out which one you need that will benefit your plants the most.  At Down To Earth, we sell many different soils for your specific indoor/outdoor gardening needs.  We’ve also begun to expand our houseplant selection quite a bit,…