Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 4:44 pm
A vegetable gardener must have an inexpensive tool i.e. a soil thermometer.
A good quality soil thermometer helps throwing all guesswork away. As an experienced vegetable gardener knows , soil is the best indicator of when to plant a particular vegetable in the garden. Measuring soil temperature is the best and easiest way to determine timing for planting irrespective of the climatic conditions.
During the early spring season, you can plant cool-season vegetables such as peas and kale. This would not be good time to plant warm season varieties. Better keep them off.
Here is a brief description about the particular crop that will germinate at a particular soil temperature;
1. Below 40 degrees: arugula, fava beans, kale, lettuce, pak choy, parsnips, peas, radicchio, radishes and spinach seed. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:21 pm
An experienced gardener residing near sea level will perhaps spot out rhubarb pushing up ruddy red bumps out at this time of year.
However, on the higher altitudes like 1,000 feet above MSL there is still enough snow to make gardening a tough task. Those who have a high tunnel, a hoop house, a green-house , there’s plenty of gardening to be done no matter where you live.
In fact, it is time to get on the gardening. In case you are at Alaskan heights, you can at least move dirt around with your fingers, stick some peas in it. If not, start your peas inside. The trick is to know about the fine line between winter and spring as a gardener in higher altitudes who knows which plants are likely to make it. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 at 9:18 pm
During the month of July gardeners must be cautious of development of mold and fungal diseases in their gardens.
It is extremely important in gardening to monitor for mold and fungal diseases. If your flower garden having annuals and early blooming perennials has started appearing shaggy then it would be better to trim these plants back to improve appearance and promote more bushy growth. Trimming plants will further facilitate increased air circulation around adjacent and later-blooming plants. This in turn will reduce drastically the conducive growth for mold, mildew and fungus.
The vegetable gardeners should preferably use straw as a mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce fluctuations in soil temperatures. Straw will also serve as a potential barrier between fruits and vegetables and the damp soil. Do not ignore the factor of ensuring good air circulation which is needed to reduce probability of occurrence of mold and fungal diseases in the vegetable garden. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 11:55 am
Produce grown in your own backyard is fresh, nutritious, and economical. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for your vascular health. Better still, gardening is good exercise.
Increasingly popular, Americans are applying their green thumbs in backyard, window box, rooftop, and community garden plots. They’re growing their own fruits (strawberries, raspberries, peaches, grapes, and melons) and vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and cucumbers).
Their results are a health and wealth bonanza. One dollar invested in a community garden plot yields $6 worth of vegetables according to the article, Health Benefits of Urban Agriculture: Public Health and Food Security on www.foodsecurity.org. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 1:44 pm
Spring season is the best time to plant crop vegetables. April is a great month to sow pea, lettuce, spinach, carrot and beet seeds. You can also start with potatoes and onions. When selecting seeds a good rule of thumb is to choose disease resistant varieties – you’ll just have fewer problems in the garden.
Always plant vegetables you like and ones that your family will eat. Radishes can be planted now and will mature in about 20 to 30 days. For a continuous harvest, sow seeds every 7 to 10 days until late spring. Carrots are similar to radishes in that they can be sown in intervals for a continuous harvest from early spring to early August.
Leafy greens include lettuce, spinach, collards, and kale. All of these plants tend to become bitter with the onset of hot weather and their quality diminishes quickly. For lettuce try “Black Seeded Simpson” or “Salad Bowl.” Read the rest of this entry
Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Spring is here and the longer days and warmer weather provide the ideal time to start thinking about the edible garden. With dining in more popular than ever and more of us wanting to know the provenance of our food, lots of us are deciding to flex our green fingers and grow our own produce for the table.
There’s nothing more satisfying that growing your own. Home grown vegetables are much easier to produce than you might think. Even with the minimum amount of equipment and space, you can grow all sorts of delicious foods. It’s important to grow things that you like and that you have a plot in mind that offers some sunshine – even if it’s your front garden or an apartment balcony! Beetroot, squashes and even peas can look great in an ornamental garden so don’t be afraid to use any space you have. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at 11:18 am
Adding cheers and glory to your garden is easy with container gardening. You can have a good summer garden with splash of lovely colors if you grow some beautiful ornamental plants in containers. Even vegetables can also be grown in containers if you lack enough open space in your garden. You only need to try it and with a little knowledge, beautiful creations are possible.
Begin with selecting any container you like — something that suits your sense of taste and style. Containers now come in plastic, fiber glass, stone, concrete, terra-cotta, various metals, marble, wood, recycled drums, old buckets, bathtubs and so many other forms that even the most discerning taste or limited budget should be able to find one to suit.
In order to ensure that your containers can be used around the year you need to choose a type that will not crack during winter frost and must be capable of holding with extreme temperatures. Your container must have drainage holes in the bottom preferably more than one. Plants grown in containers that do not drain will die a slow, suffocating death. Read the rest of this entry