Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gardening How To: Transplanting Your Potted Plants

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Hello everyone, a lot of people are not sure as to why they should transplant their potted plants. The reason is that as time goes by perhaps 6 months to a year your plant reaches it maximum growth. Your plant is a living thriving being and needs constant food and minerals to keep growing and producing fruit or flowers as the case may be. As your plant reaches maturity inside it pot the roots use up all of the space available to expand and grow. This causes your plant basically stop growing and producing more and more leaves, flowers, and fruit. If transplanting does not take place your plant will not be able to take up vital nutrients and water because of the compact state their in. This is the reason for transplanting you plants.

The first gardening how to step in transplanting your potted plants is to find the garden planter or pot that you desire. The key here is to select a pot that either has pre- drilled holes or a plain pot where you can drill your own holes with a knife or electric drill. You may prefer to add small pebbles such as river rock at the bottom so that the soil does not compact over your holes, and you get the necessary drainage of water out. Garden pots come in all colors and sizes under the rainbow. You should select a new pot based on you old plants roots.

The second step to do is to remove your plant root ball from the existing pot by using a knife and running it along the outside diameter of the soil ball in the pot. Once this is complete apply a gentle tap on the bottom to your pot to loosen up the root ball even further. Gently lift out the plant from the pot and examine the compacted roots. You must free up this existing root ball by gently pulling and separating the roots all along the bottom of your plant so that you can see free roots dangling from the bottom of your plant.

The third step is to get your newly selected pot with the new drainage hole and fill it with new
organic potting soil about half way in the pot. You don't have to compact it down. It will settle on it's own.Take your existing plant and place it in the new pot and make sure it is properly centered it the transplanting pot. Cover the exposed root ball with the remainder of your potting soil up to the crown or stem of your plant. You can now pat down the soil a bit. Your plant is now ready for a cool drink of water! Pour enough water in the pot so that you see it drain down through the drain holes on the bottom . This indicates that your plant is okay and ready to grow and thrive until it out grows it's new home.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Organic Vegetable Gardening

Organic Gardening

Hi there, Welcome to Grow Organic Vegetable Gardening. I hope to help you with all of your garden questions and issues. A Lot of people ask what is Organic gardening? To me the term organic refers to natural  gardening in quality rich soil without using harmful chemicals in the soil or on your plants. I have learn that the start of organic gardening begins with the soil.
Let me paint a picture for you. In nature-- the forest there are many trees and leaves. These trees grow over time and then a lot of the old leaves die and fall to the forest floor where they eventually mix with the soil and various microorganisms break down these leaves into the soil. This break down along with animal waste produces the best rich soil available . My friends this is Organic soil at its finest. We Organic gardeners attempt to duplicate nature by trying to create the best soil we can.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Winter Kale and Lettuce

Hello Everyone, it will soon be Spring. This is the time when leaves start sprouting on bare trees and the time changes to let more daylight in preparation for Summer. You should be making decisions on what to plant in your Spring garden. I love this time of year; I can't wait to look through my garden seed magazines and decide what I will plant .

I always start my plants from seed. It's both economical and satisfying to plant a seed and nurture it all the way up to a mature plant. I have wrote and article on how to start any of your favorite plants from seed. You can read the article here: Garden tips.

This past Winter I have been experimenting with growing Kale and lettuce using a T-5 growing light and Agribon cold weather cover. This cover protects crops and nursery stock in freezes down to 24°F. This winter has had some cold  night time temperatures that if your plants are not covered they would be damaged by frost.

I set the growing light on a stand on my patio with the cold weather Agribon cover draped over that . I used standard growing trays and seed starting mix. I would like to mention that you can buy seed starting kits that self water your seedlings by filling up the water tray underneath and by a wicking action your plants take up as much water as they need. I have found that you must be careful not to over water your seedlings to much. 

This will cause a condition called (Damping off ) where your seedlings will start to wilt and bend over at the stem. I have good success by using a regular seed starting tray with your choice of seed starting mix  and watering sparingly. One key thing to remember is to have a grow light set on a timer  to turn on everyday at a specific time. Young seedlings need up to 14 hours of daylight every day! I also use a seed heating mat which warms the soil 10 to 20 degrees above room temperature.

Once your seedlings start poking through the soil they need sunlight right away in order to grow strong and straight. You then need to ad some fertilizer when you start to see the first true leaves on your plants.

The results of my Winter lettuce experiment is great! If you want to grow lettuces and Kale all winter you can. All you need is a dry space, a grow light and heating mat. All of these items can be purchased on my website under the heading Burpee growing supplies. 

Check out my pictures Below of Kale and lettuce growing under my grow lights:
On the left is Kale and on the right is Mesculan a french lettuce mix-you will also notice the timer used to light the seedlings daily.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gardening for Beginners: Garden tip # 5

Hi friends, this tip is to help you avoid those pesky caterpillars that eat holes in your garden lettuces such as Kale, Collards, and Cabbage. I personally planted mixed greens called (Mesculan) and Kale which I started from seed.

I had a healthy crop of greens which were started this spring. I recently noticed that a lot of my lettuce leaves had holes all over them. I also saw small green caterpillars called cabbage worms. These caterpillars come from moths and butterflies who lay their eggs on the leaves. The eggs hatch quickly and start feeding.

The best way to keep these critters out of your yard is to use floating row covers which will prevent egg laying on your lettuce leaves. These covers are light weight and let air through. There are different weights which let 60 to 95 % of sunlight through. Please click here click here to find all your gardening needs.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Garden Tips # 4 Grow Organic Vegetable Gardening

 Garden maintenance is very important to helping your plants thrive. You need to check your plants every day! There are enemies all around us in the form of insects, and weather. Go ahead and stick your finger in the soil and check for moisture. Check your leaves for signs of decay or insects chewing on your plant. Old dead leaves should always be removed so as to not cause bacterial fungus growth.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gardening tips #3

Garden Harvest

The best thing about gardening is planting seeds and watching them grow. You need to feed the soil, and the soil will supply all of your plants nutritional needs. An example is you may notice yellowing leaves and want to know why ? The answer is your plant may be lacking all of the nitrogen in needs which is the first letter in the old NPK fertilizing chart. Visit our website to learn more!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Garden tips # 2 Gardening for the beginner

Raspberry Plant    
Berry plants such as raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry produce new canes every season. Once fruit is produced on a singular vine or cane it will not bear fruit on the same vine any more. The old canes on these plants should be cut backed in the fall-winter season. This is so new canes will grow the following season.