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Hello folks! I hope the weather is nice in your area and you spend your free time in the garden. That’s what I was doing for the last two days. As you know, my garden is not really big: just two windows and the balcony. But that’s enough for me to grow cucumbers, tomatoes, flowers and different herbs. Such as dill, basil, etc.
I am going to publish a new videos today. Container gardening is the best solution if you have limited space so I made a wooden container for my cucumbers. It took me about 2 hours in total (in two days period as I was tired yesterday and left the work till today), didn’t cost me anything and… I had a fun making it Enjoy the videos
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.
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.
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 …
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$.
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.
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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.
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!
How to plant home garden seeds
How to make compost
Make a self watering container from 2 litres bottle
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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?? 😀
String beans are very popular in many countries. For example in England canned beans are the leaders on the list of the most popular products. They are a good source of fibre, carbohydrates, vitamin C and vitamin A. So lets talk about planting these vegetables.
String beans prefer rich soil in a sunny location and a lot of moisture. So make sure that you water them frequently in the heat of the summer.
Do not try to get an early start with them – you’ll waste a lot of home garden seeds! String beans are fragile and you should not plant them until all frost danger has passed and the soil remains above 65єF.
You have to plant them in the area that will give them at least six hours of sunlight.
Before planting the beans you need to prepare soil. It has to be worked with a garden hoe, rake or spade down 8 to 10 inches. You have to brake up all dirt clods and remove any rocks or weeds.
Plant garden seeds 10 inches deep, every two to three inches in rows 24 inches apart. You have to cultivate them frequently and shallow until flowers appear. After that, be very careful, try not to disturb the roots as it can cause the flowers to drop.
(c) Home garden seeds
Carrots. This vegetable is loaded with vitamins, taste good, help to control your weight, good for your skin and blood.
There are a few ways of planting carrot home garden seeds. But before planting them don’t forget to prepare soil. Work it deeply adding some compost or peat moss. Try to remove stones as in may affect downward formation of the roots.
Carrot seeds are one of the smallest of home garden seeds and it is important to thin the seedlings before crowding impairs their growth. There are two tricks you can use:
1) You can add several scoops of fresh coffee grounds to the mixture. It will help you space the carrot seeds by increasing the volume you have to pick up. The grounds will also help repel pests, as well as help fertilize the soil.
2) Also you can add some radish home garden seeds to the mixture. The radishes will sprout first, so you will be able to see where your rows are. It will also help you space the carrots out more when you cultivate them.
After the carrot home garden seeds have germinated, I recommend you to thin them to two inches apart.
Keep them well weeded early in the season. Carrots are easily overcrowded, and weeds usually winning out.
They also need a good supply of water, in soil that drains well. They respond well to fertilizer applied prior to sowing carrot seeds, and a couple of times during the season.
Carrots are ready to pick approximately 65 to 75 days, depending upon their sort.
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Carrot Seeds “Karlena”
The late-ripen sort. These carrots are very good for storage during the winter time. The carrots are crunchy, juicy and sweet. The seeds are for planting during March-middle May. Plant them leaving 25-30 cm between the rows. Thin out leaving 5-8 cm between the plants.
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Today I want to write about one very important thing for all gardeners. In fact the normal gardener will not plant home garden seeds without using it first. I am sure you all have it somewhere in your garden. It’s called compost pile.
To make a good compost for planting your home garden seeds or seedlings, you need organic material plus microbes (bacteria, fungi, etc.) and other small creatures that will break down that material.
In order to get the best compost the most quickly, you’ll have to keep the microbes happy. The three elements for making them happy are: the right amount of moisture, enough oxygen, and the right types of food.
Let’s talk about the food first.
A lot of people add special chemicals but there is a much better way to have a great harvest. It is cost effective (actually it won’t cost you anything!), healthier and easy. The secret is – nature around you. Yes, the nature and nowadays mass production gives a lot for your compost heap.
To survive, the bacterias in your compost pile need carbon and nitrogen.