Backyard Vegetable Gardens: Choosing Fertilizers

When I moved from an apartment into my first house, a vegetable garden in the back yard was my priority. My goal was to plant vegetables in season, then can and freeze any extra for use later. While the goal was lofty, it was clear that I had a lot to learn. Take fertilizer for example. I had no idea that one kind was any better than the other. Fortunately, a kindly neighbor helped me to learn the value of soil analysis, reading the information on the packages before buying any product, and how the nutrients found in the product would affect the growth of different plants. If you are a novice gardener, let me help. I'll tell you what needs to be in that fertilizer, how to spread it properly, and what it will do for your vegetables.

How To Protect Your Propane Tank From Freezing When Temperatures Drop


No matter what the size of your propane gas tank, it's prone to freezing, particularly during the winter months when temperatures become frigid. And while a frozen propane tank doesn't pose a danger to you, the fact remains that it can be inconvenient, especially if you're trying to use your propane tank to grill. Fortunately, there are some simple options you can keep in mind for preventing your propane tank from freezing any time of year.

Keeping it Full

One of the easiest ways to keep your tank from freezing is to simply keep it filled with propane. Tanks with lower levels of propane are more prone to freezing because a closer-to-empty tank will contain more air, thus increasing the pressure draw. Therefore, if your tank is running low, you may be able to prevent it from freezing by taking it to your local propane supply store and having it refilled. While you have it refilled, be sure to have the professional check the tank for any signs of cracks or ruptures as well.

Using a Heating Blanket

If your tank has already frozen or is at risk of freezing, another option you have is to wrap it with an electric blanket. When trying this method, however, be sure to keep the regulator and the valve of the tank exposed, as these should not be heated. You can secure the blanket to the tank with some duct tape or any other safe adhesive that's easily removable; this will save you from having to hold the blanket around the tank while it warms to the necessary PSI. Just be sure to remove the blanket before you use the tank next.

Some Safety Precautions

Finally, keep some basic safety precautions in mind while working to prevent a frozen propane tank. For example, you should never use any form of open flame to heat your propane tank, as this can be a huge explosion hazard. Furthermore, never bring a propane tank indoors or place it in any kind of enclosed space to keep it from freezing; propane tanks should always be kept outdoors and stored in an upright position.

Overall, keeping your propane tank from freezing doesn't need to be rocket science. However, there are some certain considerations you'll need to keep in mind and precautions you'll need to take as you work to prevent your propane tank from freezing up in cold temperatures.


7 April 2015