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How to grow flowers organically

Los Angeles farmer Tara Kolla shares her secrets to growing great blooms, using organic methods

Organic flower seedlings
Photo by Coral Von Zumwalt

2. Feed lightly

To ensure strong stems, Kolla feeds young transplants with fish emulsion once a week for the first month. Beyond that, she applies worm-​casting compost tea (localharvest.org  for tea bags) once a month for healthy growth.

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