How to Grow Blueberries - Growing the Superfruit. Common Poisonous Plants and Plant Parts. Wild Edible Plants. How to Grow Stevia and Make Homemade Stevia Extract. Agros Cultura. How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet. On many occasions, we've been tempted to grow our own potatoes.
They're fairly low maintenance, can be grown in a pot or in the ground, last a fairly long time if stored properly, and can be very nutritious (high in potassium and vitamin C). Here's more incentive: according to this article, you can grow 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 sq. feet. Learn how after the jump... According to this article from the Seattle Times, potatoes planted inside a box with this method can grow up to 100 pounds of potatoes in just 4 square feet. Propagating and Starting Potatoes. Sunday, 13 March 2011 10:35 Seeds growing from seed is almost unknown (GV) seed potatoes, which are small potatoes saved from last season's crop are the preferred method of starting potatoes.
Growing Sunflowers. What Should I Do?
A perfect addition to any garden by Phil Williams Monday, May 19, 2014, 10:46 AM Everyone identifies with the sunflower. It’s ubiquitous in its representation of gardening everywhere, yet I don’t see people growing sunflowers like they would say tomatoes or peppers. Sunflower Head History The sunflower is native to North America. Growth Habit. When to Plant Vegetables. Spring Vegetable Planting Dates. Something happened to our link to this document (Thank you for letting us know!)
, so I'm re-posting it here. This is a chart that Jamey created and it's what we use to know when to plant. You might not be able to see the entire chart here (depending on your screen size), so please right-click on the image and save it to your computer, then print it out because you'll want to write dates on it. In the instructions, it says to write the dates "above" the 00, etc. That's a typo. 75 Things You Can Compost, But Thought You Couldn't - Planet Green.
The basics of composting are simple.
Most people know they can compost fruit and vegetable peels, leaves, and grass clippings. But what about that tea bag you used this morning? Or the fur that collects in the brush when you groom your cat? The following list is meant to get you thinking about your compost possibilities. Not every item on the list is for everyone, and that's fine. From the Kitchen 1. 2. The science of compost. Composting at home is fairly straightforward, but can go wrong quickly, and your nose knows when the compost container isn’t working properly. A functioning compost pile should smell faintly like warm earth.
There are several causes of foul-smelling compost, and several practical solutions. Mark King is a compost expert with the division of solid waste management at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. He said all stinky compost problems come down to “breakdowns in pile management,” largely due to neglect. Neem Insect Spray: Making And Using Neem Garden Spray. When making your own neem insect spray you can adjust the concentration to the purpose and situation.
There are no hard and fast rules, only guidelines. Some insects are more persistent than others. A preventative neem spray can be weaker than one used for fighting a severe infestation. The ultimate urban composting guide. If the idea of composting fills your head with images of a large backyard and a big compost bin, it's time to rethink what composting means.
Today, everyone can compost — even if you live in a bustling urban center. If you think your city balcony is too small for composting, think again. Even a fire escape is big enough for a small compost bin. How to start a compost pile in 4 steps. Now is the perfect time to start a compost pile.
You can do it fancy or simple. And if you know me, you know I always prefer simple. Compost is the most important thing you can use in your garden to improve your land’s fertility (lawn, garden, and landscape), get rid of kitchen and yard waste efficiently, and save time and money. The only science involved is the science of decomposition — when things decompose, they turn into the most potent, valuable fertilizer on the market.
Why buy it in the store when you can make it at home for free? Completely Free, Detailed Seed Saving How-To for All Common Garden Vegetables. Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook Amaranth Amaranthus spp.
Amaranth is self-pollinating, but will also cross-pollinate (possibly even between different species). Further, wild amaranths are common in most areas worldwide. From Bare Dirt To Abundance - A Year In The Life Of The Love For Life Food Forest. 10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations to Set You on the Path to Food Independence. Alex Pietrowski, Staff WriterWaking Times The issue of food quality and food independence is of critical importance these days, and people are recognizing just how easy and fun it is to grow your own food at home.
When renegade gardener Ron Finley said, “growing your own food is like printing money,” he was remarking on the revolutionary nature of re-establishing control over your health and your pocket book as a means of subverting the exploitative and unhealthy food systems that encourage the over-consumption of processed and fast foods. Thanks to the internet, the availability of parts and materials, and good old-fashioned ingenuity, there is a wide range of in-home, and in-apartment, gardening systems that are easy to construct and maintain, and that can provide nutritious, organic, and low-cost food for you and your family. Aquaponics. The urban guide to being self sufficient'ish. This is an easy recipe to follow and creates a delightful, if not usual tasting beer. It is very cheap to make and follows a traditionally english recipe.
Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plant were used to flavor the ale including nettles. How to Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet. 10 Simple, Cheap Home Gardening Innovations to Set You on the Path to Food Independence. Seven Vegetables You Can Harvest in Winter. We tend to think of plants developing their edible crops in the spring and summer. This seems intuitive given that spring is associated with new life after the harsher conditions of winter, and the fact that many animal species give birth to their young in the spring, giving them the maximum time to feed up and grow before the relative privations of the colder months of the year.
And indeed, many crops are ready for harvest in the warmer times, with the longer days giving them more sunshine and so energy to ripen. But there are also plenty of vegetables that can be harvested in fall and winter, including some of the most nutritious of all veggies. Seed Cups from Newspaper. Worm bin instructions. How to become a composting guru. Propagation of Plants by Stem Cuttings - Rainyside.com.
When we first become gardeners we rush out in spring to buy annuals in six packs and start a few seeds in the ground. As we become more knowledgeable, we venture out and start planting perennials, shrubs and vines. Our pocketbooks become lean from the expense of buying plants from the nurseries so we start to wonder how we can save money and still have a beautiful garden. One inexpensive way to obtain new plants is by taking cuttings. Many of us have successfully started new plants by rooting houseplant stems in water on our kitchen windowsill.
Coffee compost. If you are a big coffee drinker and are just getting into composting, use your grounds as a fantastic, free, natural fertilizer. (And if you ever have cold, leftover coffee in the pot, go ahead and pour that directly onto your garden or lawn, too.) You’re right that grounds can be a teensy bit acidic (though used grounds are far less acidic than raw grounds), so they’re great for clay-based alkaline soils. Or sprinkle the grounds over acid-loving plants (which like a low pH of around 4 or 5) like azaleas, rhododendrons, potatoes, and blueberries. If your soil is on the more acidic side, and you’re not interested in growing any acid-loving plants, just temper the acidity of your grounds by throwing them in the compost heap instead of directly on your garden. And guess what else? For those out there who don’t drink coffee, but want to fertilize naturally and save money: Ask the barista at your local coffee shop for some leftover grounds.
How to start a compost pile in 4 steps. The science of compost. 5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden. Why winter is a smart time to garden. Before you settle down to your long winter's nap, there's something you should do before dozing off. Take advantage of year-end plant sales, select a few choice plants and plant them in the garden. Square Foot Gardening 101. Perennial Vegetables: Years of Bounty. Perennial vegetables—crops that you plant just once and harvest year after year—are relatively rare in North American gardens. With the exception of asparagus, rhubarb and artichokes, most gardeners are probably unaware of the tasty, extremely low-maintenance bounty that can be harvested when many annual crops aren’t available.
Permaculture for Urban Homes and Small Spaces. How To Start A 1-Acre, Self-Sustaining Homestead. (Mother Earth News) Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management. Your 1-acre homestead can be divided into land for raising livestock and a garden for raising fruits, vegetables, plus some grain and forage crops. Illustration by: Dorling Kindersley.
8 Most Profitable Plants To Grow. Vegetable growing cheat sheet - Imgur. Urban Vertical Garden Built From 100's Of Soda Bottles. As part of an innovative partnership called Home Sweet Home (Lar Doce Lar) between multidisciplinary design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck, the teams went through dozens of Brazilian homes doing dramatic makeovers of interior and exterior spaces. On their 48th home Rosenbaum designed a pretty amazing vertical garden that was suspended in a narrow walkway just outside the house. Reponse to the garden was so huge the firm quickly released design schematics (in Portugese) detailing how to build one. A huge thanks to the team at Rosenbaum for sharing these photos with Colossal! Vertical Herb Gardens.
Comments on 04/22 at 01:35 AM Oh wow, I like this too. We like it wild: bottle gardens. As much as we love to garden, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. If there’s a way we can shorten our to-do list, we’ll take it. This week’s project, a no-fuss recycled windowsill herb garden, has knocked watering the plants off our list. Small Space Garden Inspiration.