Monthly Gardening Plan!

Gardening plans are an important part of maintaining a successful garden. Just throwing some seed on the ground is not a good way to have a bountiful harvest. Plans on location of vegetables and flowers are necessary to ensure healthy plants.

Rotation of vegetables helps prevent disease and plans ensure that companion plants are placed together and those that inhibit growth will not. \

Plans also help remind gardeners of activities that must be performed all through the year to keep your garden bountiful.

The following is a monthly plant for those gardeners in colder climates. Southern gardeners may or may not experience some of the conditions that are listed in this plan. Continue reading

Organic Beekeeping Basics

It is a proven fact that the honey bee population is dwindling drastically. Pesticides are being used more often and that kills bees along with other pests.

Beekeeping is not hard and if anyone who had the land, resources and minimal time would keep bees, there would be less of a shortage. It is important to note that if there are no pollinators to pollinate gardens and farms, we, we will not have food. Continue reading

AeroGarden Ultra!

The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED Pod Kit is a neat way to plant indoors. It has an innovative hydroponics design and it’s intent is to make growing herbs, vegetables, and more from home easier so you don’t have to run out to the garden every day and deal with outdoor pests.

Is it a must have for those who do not have a lot of space and want to try indoor gardening? Let see.

Features Of The Aerogarden Ultra!

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Beneficial Insects for Your Garden!

It is unfortunate that some people think all insects are harmful to the garden. Many are, but just as many are beneficial to the garden. They eat other harmful insects or their eggs and save the garden from being eaten alive.

It is important to know which insects you want to attract and keep in the garden and those that can do harm. Using beneficial insects to control problems in the garden is an organic method and it extends to the flower garden, vegetable garden, fruit trees and lawns.

Benefits Of Using Beneficial Insects

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Make Money From Herbs and Vegetables!

In this guide we will discuss how to make money from herbs and vegetables you grow from home.

Front yard farmer’s markets are a common sight in rural areas. Just travel a few miles out of town in late summer and find two or three selling fresh tomatoes, peppers, corn and other vegetables. The owners of these little stands are making money selling their home-grown produce and today, locally grown food is making a big comeback. Continue reading

What to Plant In The Fall!

Not only are there flowers and vegetables that can be planted in the fall for beautiful viewing and harvest that same season, but also for prep for beauty the following spring.

You can also make sure your garden is ready for the next seasons as well when the chore list around the garden is dwindling down for the cooler, end-of-year months.

Gardening organically doesn’t have to change what you plant or when, although it will help if you do some prep work for the next year. You also want to keep in mind what types of pests you will be encountering so you know how to head them off easiest.

Seed Flowers

There are certain flowers that grow from seed you want to plant in these cooler fall months. It will lay dormant for the cold winter and sprout in spring and summer, used mostly for ground cover in larger gardens. Continue reading

Managing Powdery Mildew!

Powdery Mildew is a common disease that affect many different plants including vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees, shrubs and more.  This fungus grows best in warm and humid environments and it will overwinter in the soil in even the coldest temperatures. 

It is spread by insects, water run-off and wind.  If your plants are affected by powdery mildew there are many things you can do to stop it and prevent it from even happening. 

Identification

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How To Use Shade Cloth!

Shade cloth is a lightweight fabric that has tiny holes throughout. Some sunlight and water are able to go through shade cloth, yet it keeps plants safe from high temperatures and hot sun so they do not burn or dry up.

Agrfabric shade cloth used on a greenhouse.

The shade cloth in the picture above is offered by Agfabric and it can be used in small or large gardens and greenhouses. It can be purchased here. Continue reading

End Bitter Lettuce!

Have you ever taken a bite of lettuce and thought, “Boy this lettuce was really sweet last week but now it is a little bitter?” It happens. Many factors can cause lettuce to become bitter, but the most frequent is the age of the lettuce plant and the amount of heat to which it is exposed.

There are a few other factors too and most of them can be remedied easily. It is not possible to remedy age and temperature, but you can try to fool the lettuce into thinking it is still young and that the temperature is not that hot.

Heat and Age

Lettuce is a cold weather crop, which is why it is planted in the early spring or late fall. When it starts to get hot in mid-July, lettuce tends to bolt.

This means it sends out a stalk and flowers and this is normal maturation process of the plant. Any lettuce that is produced while this is happening will be bitter. Continue reading

7 Veggies to Plant In The Spring When Growing Organically!

Organic gardening not only ensures you will have a beautiful garden that provides you with a bountiful harvest but that the foods you bring into your home or the homes of your family and friends will be safe and healthy.

Enjoying foods that are free of chemicals is important to many of us which is why we choose to garden for ourselves, not to mention the act of gardening is peaceful and relaxing.

The following 7 vegetables are perfect for planting in the Spring and are hearty enough to grow organically without too much trouble. Are you ready to dig into your garden?

Carrots

There are several varieties of carrots that will give you a rainbow when harvesting, from the typical orange, to red, yellow and purple. Grow a rainbow of carrots. They are not only sweet, but they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Continue reading