9 tips you must know. Growing strawberries

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I posted some videos recently about wild strawberries that I plant to grow in container in my balcony garden, now I am going to write about growing strawberries. But before that I would like to write how good these fruits are.
Just a few people know that strawberry have a lot of medical properties. Strawberry leafs and roots may be used to treat diarrhoea. Some time ago tea from strawberry leafs was used as a treatment against dysentiry. Fruits with leafs may also be used to treat urinary tract disorders. These berries reduce the risk of cancer and heart diseases as well.

Amazing, isn’t it? So that’s why it is a “must have” berry in your diet. We need to eat them as much as possible during the summer. Wild strawberries may also be freezed for winter time (berries will not loose their anti-cancer activity)

Growing strawberries

Strawberries may be easily started from seeds, or can be bought as transplants. On the market try to find healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds.

Put their roots in the water for about an hour before planting.

Plant them at ground level.

Strawberries may be easily divided in early spring just as the new growth appears. You need to lift the plants and pull apart the crowns.

Strawberries have to be planted in the sunny location with 5-8 hours of sun every day. But if you live in hot areas, try to choose location that receives protection from the afternoon sun. Strawberry prefer a well-drained, moist, fertile, slightly acidic soil.

Water them daily.

Some useful advices

In order to eliminate weeds and keep moisture you may want to mulch plants with straw.

To feed plants, apply some compost around the plants at the beginning of the season before mulching.

To prevent plants from freezing during the winter you can cover them with straw or loose leafs.

Read also:
How to grow carrots

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Wild strawberry in balcony garden

Today I am going to post a new videos about planting preparation for my balcony garden. I havve abandoned gardens 8 minutes away from my home. I went there and dug out some wild strawberry for growing them in the containers.  The video is below. Sorry for the quality – I was making them using my mobile.

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My Balcony Gardening

Today instead of writing an article, I’ve decided to show you what I am going to plant on my balcony. Balcony and two windows allows me to plant vegetables and herbs in one-room apartment.  I am going to grow cucumbers, tomatoes, dill, onions, sage and so on. I’ve already made some preparations and installed  a container on the balcony. I plan to buy and build some more in order to plant all vegetables outside when the weather gets warmer. So do you want to see my one room flat? 🙂 Then watch these videos.

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How to plant vegetables upside down.

On the 30 of March I wrote that you can grow tomatoes upside down. You can do the same with cucumbers and peppers as well. The idea is great and it saves a time as vegetables grow faster so you can harvest them about 4 weeks earlier. You can make upside down tomato planter from a bucket or you can buy it on Amazon.

Upside down tomatoImage by Carissa Marie via Flickr

Today I want to write about planting vegetables upside down as I saw a lot of questions on the gardening forums about that. The instructions are simple.

1) Grow seedlings from home garden seeds. Grow seedlings for big types of tomatoes, pepers or cucumbers.  Small sorts will die.
2) Insert the plant into the basket/bucket/upside down tomato planter. You can  put it in plant first, or root first. If the plant has a very small root ball, put in root first. Stop at the base of the plant, just beyond the roots. Hold the plant steady.
3) Add potting soil. You can ask someone to add it when you hold the plant. Then spread the roots into the soil so the plant will stay put and after that add more soil.
4) Water the tomato plant from the top of the bucket every day. Note that upside down tomato planter will become heavier as the tomatoes grow on the plant. So make sure you hook them properly.

Read also:
How to make compost
Organic weed killer or 4 tips for organic weed removal
Prepare soil
Grow Plants From Seeds
Grow Herbs Indoors

Help the world! Use paper pot maker!
Have a look on my home garden seeds for sale!
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Garden Gnomes for nowadays.

Garden gnomes are very popular in Europe. According to Wikipedia the first garden gnomes were made in  Germany in the mid-1800s by Philip Griebel.  In general it is cute statues. But today I’ve found something more useful. Actually this is not a garden gnome. However I think it is even better solution for the garden. Why? Well, just imagine: dark night, the thief knows what you are sleeping on the second floor and plans to go through your garden, brake a lock and enter your house in order to get something precious from the first floor. He climbs over the fence in your garden and sees this …

Zombie of Montclaire Moors

So why we should spend money on expensive security alarms? We can buy this cute garden zombie who’ll guard us better 😉
It is currently on Amazon for 89.95$.

Read also:
A few words about organic potting soil
How to make compost

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Some very VERY good news!

Hello everyone!
Let’s cut the long story short: a few weeks after struggling to find the cheapest paper pot maker, I found a letter in my inbox from the nice guy from USA who makes a next generation paper pot makers! They are even better than the wooden ones as
Pot Maker1) They are made from vinyl, NOT from wood so by buying them you save a forests. 😉
2) They are VERY cheap in comparison with the wooden ones. So you save your money!
3) Other pot making devices require you to struggle getting potting soil into the pot, properly moistened and compressed without damaging the pot you just made. So you save your time and nerves!

He offered me to become a dealer and of course I agreed. I’ve made a new page where you can buy Next Generation Paper Pot Maker for just 9.93$! This is an amazing price for such gadget and it is currently the lowest price on the Web!
So from now on if you are looking to buy one this is the right place to do that. I am not kidding and I am so sure this is the lowest price that I promise to send you the difference back if you’ll find this tool any cheaper. 🙂 However I do not recommend you to do that as it is waste of time. You could spend it in the garden 😀

The other news a wanted to share with you all: I’ve reduced the price for home garden seeds from 5$ to 3.99$ in order for you to be able to save a dollar because of the financial crisis.  😉 And the shipping is FREE by the way.

At the end I want to thank all people who has signed to my RSS feed and who has requested to receive updates via email. That means someone likes what I am writing about and it makes me think that the popularity of organic living will continue to grow.  Thank you all! Let’s force the world to change!

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DIY-Upside down tomato planter

Hello folks,
Sorry for 1 week break – I took a break from my Internet life and went fishing. Unfortunately I didn’t catch anything – the weather is still too cold and windy. Also I almost lost my wedding ring – it went off my finger and flew into the river while I was shaking the dirt off my trousers. So I had to take my shoes off and go into the cold waters (the water was about -5 C ) in order to take it. Anyway, let’s go back to our home garden seeds, plants and soil. 🙂

I wrote about upside down tomato planter recently and gave a link to Amazon where you can buy it for 13.99$. The price as affordable however for those who count their pennies I’ve got a video that shows you how to make your own upside down tomato planter! All you need to have is a bucket, soil (I recommend to use organic potting soil for best results), coffee filter or newspaper and a knife. Enjoy the video, guys! 🙂

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3 things you must know before planting cucumbers.

Cucumbers grow on vinesImage via Wikipedia

Ok, guys, first of all I want to write some facts about cucumbers: according to Wikipedia cucumber originated in India. It has been cultivated for at least 3,000 years in Western Asia, and was possibly brought to Europe by the Romans. The first records of cucumber cultivation

in France are dated by the 9th century, in England – 14th century, and in North America by the mid-16th century. Cucumber contains loads of rare vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C. It also contains Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc… Impressive isn’t it? Ok, now, let’s talk about planting cucumbers.

You can grow cucumbers in container or in your garden.  Before taking them outside I would recommend you to plant home garden seeds inside and wait for a seedlings.

1) Before planting them in the garden you have to find a sunny place as cucumbers like sun. They also require growing space so you need to bear that in mind. If you have a small garden and don’t have enough space you can use vertical structures such as trellises.

2) Cucumbers like warm weather. The average temperatures should be about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. So plant cucumbers in the late spring or early summer when there is no risk of frost. Remember that even a light frost can kill these vegetables.

3) What soil to use? Cucumbers are not picky about type of soils but you have to make sure that your soil is well-draining and has a pH of around 6.5. I would advice to add organic compost to your garden soil before you plant cucumbers. It will reach the soil with nutrients and your cucumbers will grow strong and healthy.

Read also:
A Few Words About Container Gardening

How to grow plants from seeds
How to Plant Home Garden Seeds

Have a look on my home garden seeds for sale!

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Can tomatoes grow upside-down?

Yes they can if you are using upside-down tomato planter! It can save you a lot of space and add a unique view to your home garden. You may want to hook it on your mansard or balcony and I am sure the friends or family will be surprised when they see the tomato that grows upside-down. 🙂 Also there are some other great benefits: you don’t have to take so great care about them as you do in normal garden: there will be no weeds and you’ll not find your tomatoes spoiled on the ground. Because they grow upside-down all nutrients go “faster” from the roots into the plant and the tomatoes are ready for harvest 4 weeks earlier than tomatoes planted in traditional way.

topsy turvy

The idea is so great that this product was called The America’s Best Invention by TIME magazine in 2005!

All you have to do is to have your tomato plant ready for that. You can’t just add home garden seeds into the bucket. They have to have their root system formed.  Water them as you normally do and that’s all!

Click here to order it on Amazon for just 13.99$!

Read also:
How to plant home garden seeds
How to make compost
Make a self watering container from 2 litres bottle

Have a look on my home garden seeds for sale!

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Upside-down tomato planter

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I’ve got an idea.

Ok, guys, I need your advice. I was writing about “Must Have” tool for organic gardeners – Paper Pot Maker. I think the majority of you know about this lovely little gadget that helps you to make paper pot, helps the nature and saves your money. But this thingee costs about 16-18$ in average. I think it is a little bit high, really. So I’ve decided to find a craftsman and ask him to make some paper pot makers for all of us.
What I need from you is simple. Just write in the comments if you would like to buy one, how much would you pay (inc. shipping fee) for that tool and what size would you like it to be. I want to check if it’s worth ordering or organic gardeners still prefer to use that nasty plastic pots 😉
I will be waiting for your comments on that. 🙂
P.s. I would also ask you for a BIG favour for me. If you have a Digg account, please digg this article for me (you can see the social button below the post) and ask you friends who are interested in organic gardening to comment as well. If you have a  gardening blog, let your readers know.  I promise to find the best solution for everyone.  Let’s unite and save forests! Are we organic gardeners or what?? 😀

I wish I could be read better in Spanish, but I found a great site that will be of help with my veggies. Most tutoring net companies just sell netting and have no real expertise in agriculture. Hortomallas has a great library available to farmers as tutora means tutor as referred to a plant. I ran into this site by mere chance as I was trying to find the ideal product to tutor my backyard vegetables, and did not know that using netting reduces viruses and fungi. I will try now to go 100% organic!