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How to Ripen Green Tomatoes Off the Vine
Ripen Green Tomatoes

How to Ripen Green Tomatoes Off the Vine

How to Use Fruit to Ripen Green Tomatoes You can ripen green tomatoes by picking them before the first frost of the fall season. Choose one of the proven methods that can turn green tomatoes into delicious red ones. Green tomatoes will continue to ripen after they've been pulled from the vine. You can speed up the ripening process by placing green tomatoes with  other tomatoes  that are in the process of ripening. You can also place them with fruit, such as a  yellow banana  or apple that hasn't finished ripening How to Tell If a Banana Is Still Ripening It's easy to tell if a banana is still in the process of ripening. You can find green tinges along the tips of the banana. Supplies for Using a Banana to Ripen Your Tomatoes Within a few days, of placing your green tomatoes with a ripening banana, your tomatoes will begin to turn red. Brown paper bag big enough for several tomatoes and one bananaGreen tomatoes1 yellow banana with slightly green areas Instructions Wash and dry the green tomatoes.Place the tomatoes in the brown paper bag along with the banana.Fold the end of the bag loosely closed and store in a warm dark place.Try to ensure the tomatoes aren't touching each other. Check on Your Tomatoes and Banana Be sure to open the paper bag to check that the banana hasn't fully ripened since it will attract fruit flies. If the banana no longer displays any green tinges, especially on the ends, replace it with a fresher banana still sporting a few green signs of ripening left to occur. Why Bananas Help Green Tomatoes Ripen The old tale that placing a tomato on your kitchen windowsill in the sunlight will make it ripen isn't true. That's because green tomatoes continue to ripen once harvested. Natural Ethylene Gas Responsible for Ripening Process The sun has nothing to do with the ripening. In fact, it's the gas, ethylene, is naturally produced by ripening tomatoes, bananas, apples, and other fruits and vegetables and is responsible for the ripening process, not the sun. Place Tomatoes and Bananas in Shoe Box If you have a larger amount of green tomatoes, you can us a cardboard box instead of a paper bag. Supplies Shoebox or boot boxGreen tomatoesFairly ripe yellow banana with some green areas Instructions You can place the cleaned green tomatoes in the shoe box. If you need a…

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What Are the Easiest Foods to Grow?

Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Your Home Garden You can grow different vegetables during spring, summer and fall to maintain a healthy supply of foods. Seasonal eating has regained popularity and makes homegrown vegetables more fun to plant and harvest. Beets The root crop, beets thrive in spring and early summer and the fall. You'll most likely harvest your last crop in mid-June and begin harvesting again in late September or early October. Maturation is usually between 55 to 70 days, depending on the variety. Plant succession crops every week to ensure you have all the beets you want. When you harvest, don't throw away the leaves, which are delicious and very nutritious. Carrots Carrots are simple to grow. Make sure the soil is loose enough to allow this root crop to grow freely. You'll want to grow in the spring and early summer since carrots don't tolerate summer heat very well. Your last harvest will most likely be mid-June. You can plant your fall harvest toward the end of July for an October harvest. Check your seed package for maturation dates and plan accordingly. Cucumbers Cucumbers can be grown vining on the ground, but for best results try growing vertically. Cucumbers don't like wet soil, so water regularly but just to keep the soil slightly damp. Harvest daily to keep the cucumbers producing. Cucumber production begins to slow midway through the growing season. You can breathe new life into your plants by sprinkling 2-3 tablespoons of Epsom salt on the ground around the plant. Garlic Chives Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) is perfect for anyone who wants the taste of garlic in a convenient clump-forming plant that won't overtake your garden. This plant is part of the onion family, although you can't eat the bulb like an onion. Instead, you'll harvest the grass-like long shoots. Just cut what you want, and this perennial will keep producing all summer and year after year. It may just become one of your favorite plants. Green Beans Bush or pole green beans are an easy food to grow. Bush green beans tend to continue producing through summer heat better than pole beans. Most beans stop growing when temperatures reach 98°F and higher. As soon as the temperatures drop to the mid-90s, the plants began growing/producing again. Make sure you check beans daily for harvesting since they grow very quickly and the more you harvest, the more they produce. Lettuce If you love salads,…

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HOW TO GROW PLEIONE ORCHIDS

Learn how to grow Pleione orchids indoors or outdoors with this easy to follow gardening guide. Pleione orchids, also known as “windowsill orchids”, Glory of the East, Indian Crocus, and Himalayan Crocus, are known for their large, oversized flowers and their small stalks. Unlike regular orchids, Pleione orchids have annual pseudobulbs, which means they only grow for one season and then need to be replanted again next year. The Pleione orchid can be grown either indoors or outdoors. Growing Pleione orchids indoors is similar to growing regular orchids. Outdoors, these orchids are hardy to about 5F, and if taken proper care of, can usually survive mild winters. THE ORIGINS OF THE PLEIONE ORCHID Pleione orchids are native to Nepal, China, Taiwan, and Tibet. As such, they're usually found on moss, trees, and rocks. The enlarged flowers (3-4 inches across) will usually bloom in spring, with 2-3 more flowers blooming throughout the spring and summer growing season. Once the flowers fade, a single leaf will emerge and usually last all summer long. A new bulb forms at the base of each leaf, the leaves will die down in the fall, and the old bulbs will wither in the winter. HOW TO GROW PLEIONE ORCHIDS SOIL: For successful Pleione growth, ensure that you use a good quality potting soil with good drainage. Additionally, Pleione orchids should be placed in an area where they are sheltered from high winds. Mulch around the plant using pine needles to protect the plant during the winter. WATER & FERTILIZER: Once the bulbs are planted, water the soil immediately just until it is moistened. Then, do not water again until the soil has become completely dry. Overwatering Pleione orchids can result in root rot, which can kill the plant immediately. Once the plant has established roots, fertilize using a balanced soluble fertilizer. Do this while the soil is moist, but not wet. Be sure to only water in early mornings, while it is not too hot. Avoid watering completely in the winter. Once the flowers die, the roots start to grow. At this point, only water occasionally GROWING MEDIUM: You can also grow Pleione orchids in pots or containers, by following the same guidelines as above. Pleione orchids prefer mostly shade and do not do well in full sun. If grown outdoors, choose a spot where the plants will only receive 30% sun maximum. TEMPERATURE: In their natural environment, Pleione orchids prefer a climate that…

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What is Diatomaceous Earth? How to Use DE for Garden Pest Control

ave you heard about diatomaceous earth, or perhaps a recommendation to “use DE!” to solve a pest issue, but aren’t quite sure what it’s all about? You aren’t alone! DE is an excellent organic material to use in the garden (or around your homestead in general) but is often misunderstood.  Read along to learn all about DE and get answers to your frequently asked questions. This article will cover exactly what diatomaceous earth is, and how to use DE in your garden for organic pest control. We’ll explore what pest insects DE is effective against (or not), a few notes on safety and limitations, and how to apply it for the best results. What is Diatomaceous Earth (DE)?  Diatomaceous Earth, known as “DE” for short, is a very fine, chalk-like white powder. It is made up of the fossilized remains of single-celled aquatic microorganisms called diatoms. In a nutshell, it is ancient phytoplankton. Diatomaceous earth is found naturally in sedimentary rock and mined to use in industrial products, swimming pool filters, as an organic insecticide, in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and even in food. Like its many uses, diatomaceous earth comes in many grades. We always choose to use food-grade DE for our garden and chicken coop, which is the most gentle and safe form. Filter or industrial-grade DE has a significantly higher concentration of silica and is considered toxic to mammals. MY LATEST VIDEOS How to Harvest Greens Using the "Cut and Come Again" Method - for kale, chard, lettuce, & more! How Does Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Work to Kill Insects? The diatoms that make up DE have tiny rock-hard shells. Those shells are made of silica, which happens to be one of the hardest substances on earth. Fun fact: the Earth’s crust is 59 percent silica, and the main constituent of more than 95 percent of all known rocks. To us humans, diatomaceous earth feels silky smooth! However, when the powder comes in contact with certain target pest insects, the microscopically sharp edges of silica in DE creates hundreds of abrasions on them. The tiny glass-like shards deteriorates their body’s protective outer layer, making them desiccate – or dry out, and die.  Diatomaceous earth under the microscope. Image courtesy of David Siodlak via Wikipedia What Types of Pest Insects Does Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Kill? Diatomaceous Earth is effective against any insect that has an exoskeleton. This includes fleas, mites, lice, ants, millipedes, earwigs, cockroaches, silverfish, bed bugs, crickets, cockroaches, centipedes, pill bugs, sow bugs,…

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HOW TO GET RID OF POWDERY MILDEW
HOW TO GET RID OF POWDERY MILDEW

HOW TO GET RID OF POWDERY MILDEW

If you're here, you may be wondering how to get rid of powdery mildew. But, what is powdery mildew? Powdery mildew is actually a group of fungal diseases that usually develop in warm, humid weather. It is one of the most common and most noticeable fungal diseases in plants, and today we'll show you how to get rid of it once and for all! Surprisingly, almost no plant is immune to powdery mildew, and there are a few plants that are especially susceptible to this disease including cucumbers, squash, grapes, lilacs, phlox, and roses. WHAT IS POWDERY MILDEW & HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT As you may have already guessed from the name, powdery mildew looks much like a powdery deposit on the leaves and stems of plants. Sometimes, these deposits are in splotches, and sometimes, they're blanketed on. These are a number of different powdery mildew fungi, but they're very hard to tell apart because they all look the same. Powdery mildew will usually start underneath the leaves, and can also spread to the flowers, fruits, and buds, before finally depositing onto the tops of leaves. The interesting thing about powdery mildew is that it can be plant-specific. A different type of powdery mildew will affect your cucumbers than your roses, for example. That means, that for the most part, the powdery mildew fungus affecting your cucumbers cannot affect your roses. POWDERY MILDEW SYMPTOMS Thankfully, powdery mildew is not usually fatal to the plant, unless the mildew is not treated. Just like a human body, the plant will weaken and therefore be susceptible to other, more fatal diseases, if not treated. If powdery mildew is not treated, the plant will also not be able to grow properly, and this is especially important in edible plants such as fruits and vegetables. These types of plants need photosynthesis, and with powdery mildew on the leaves, that can be very hard to achieve. In turn, the number of sugars produced will diminish, which can deeply affect the flavor of the fruit or vegetable. Additionally, if the buds of a plant become infected before flowering, the plant may not set fruit or bloom at all. Pale yellow leaf spots.White and powdery spots that can affect the tops of leaves, underneath the leaves, the stems, the flowers, the buds, and the fruits.Large, white and powdery blotches that can cover certain spots or entire areas. CAUSES OF POWDERY MILDEW Unfortunately, powdery mildew can happen…

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HOW TO PREPARE SOIL FOR GARDEN

If you're deciding to grow a vegetable garden, knowing how to prepare soil correctly is crucial. But did you know that the best time to prepare the soil is at the end of the growing season? Depending on where you live, this will usually be in early or late fall. Preparing soil during this time will enrich the soil for the next season, in spring. Today we will share some tips and tricks with you where you can first identify the type of soil you have the things you can do to prepare it for the next growing season. Before we get into that, let's take a look and see why preparing soil is crucial. WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD SOIL? If you're new to gardening, you may think that you can just plant directly in the ground, in your backyard. But, that may not be the case. Gardening soil is not just dirt and pebbles – it's usually amended with minerals and nutrients which your plants feed on. Just like we need nutrients to grow and survive, so do plants. Providing them with a nutrient-rich soil is very important, especially if you're growing edible plants, such as herbs, vegetables, or fruits. So how can you make good, quality soil for your plants? First, you'll need to test your soil's pH. DO A SOIL TEST Before you go ahead and amend your soil, it's very important to test the soil yourself, to see exactly what type of soil you already have. Knowing that you can then go ahead and add the nutrients that the soil may be missing. There are a couple of ways you can do this: Purchase an inexpensive soil test kit from your local nursery, hardware store, or online.Test the soil yourself with an at-home soil pH test that's cheap and quick. This method uses baking soda and vinegar. WHY DOES A SOIL TEST MATTER? Knowing what type of soil you have is crucial to know what you can and cannot grow in your garden. Additionally, it'll help you understand what type of minerals and nutrients your soil may need. Knowing the soil's pH will help you determine what you can grow in it. Blueberries, for example, prefer more acidic soil, while alkaline pH soil is best suited for brassicas such as cabbage.By knowing whether your soil is neutral, acidic, or alkaline, will help you determine what type of amendments to add to the…

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HOW TO CARE FOR SNAKE PLANTS

Snake plants are the perfect companions for anyone who has a hard time keeping plants alive. These low maintenance plants require almost zero care and will thrive in almost any environment. Learn how to care for snake plants the right way, and keep them alive for a lifetime! Snake plants are also known as mother-in-law's tongue or sansevieria and have become increasingly popular in the last few years. This is because they give your home a green and modern look, due to the plant's sharp lines and striking colors. Additionally, people love them because they're so easy to care for and almost impossible to kill. Most people grow snake plants indoors, but in the summer, they can also be placed outdoors once all danger of frost has passed. HOW TO CARE FOR SNAKE PLANTS INDOORS Caring for snake plants is easy peasy! Like we mentioned above, they're one of the most low maintenance plants you can have, so even if you're one of those people that can't keep anything alive, these plants will not care. #1. SELECTING THE RIGHT SNAKE PLANT When purchasing a snake plant, head to your local nursery. While there, choose a plant with dark green leaves. Leaves that are pale could indicate a disease, over watering or under watering. It's also good to choose a plant that's already in a terra cotta pot, because these mediums have good drainage and are porous. #2. BEST SOIL FOR SNAKE PLANTS For snake plants, choose a free-draining soil mix. This type of soil is best suited for snake plants because it allows for drainage, and also prevents root rot, which snake plants are easily susceptible to. As mentioned above, if possible, use a terracota pot (allows for easy drainage due to its porous material), and never allow water to sit in the saucer. When it comes to thes low maintenance snake plants, it's always best to under water #3. HOW OFTEN TO WATER SNAKE PLANTS Watering practices can make or break a plant, and over watering is the number reason why plants die. Here's why snake plants are so great – they actually thrive more when you almost ignore them. That's why they're so great for the busy household – set them and forget them. Allow the soil to dry up completely before watering again. To check the soil, simply stick your finger into the soil. If the soil is damp, do not water.…

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Homemade Garlic Spray: A Non-Toxic Insecticide

My dad is a master gardener! Okay… maybe not master, but he is to me ( I can’t even keep potted herbs alive… but I’m working on it). As long as I can remember, my dad’s garden has produced a beautiful bounty of fresh vegetables every summer. Unfortunately, there are some nasty bugs that attempt to completely derail all of his hard work! Now not all bugs are created equal when it comes to your garden. In fact, some are even beneficial! I think we have all heard by now that we need to save the bees! Bees are incredibly beneficial to your garden and essential for pollination. Ladybugs are also considered beneficial, as they feast on parasite bugs that kill your plants! But there are loads of other insects that can wreak major havoc on your garden. One of the main offenders are aphids (pictured below). These buggers feed on almost all fruit and vegetable plants, flowers and shade trees. And here’s the kicker with aphids: they reproduce like crazy. The females can even reproduce without mating. Awesome. Aphids There are some great natural ways to help control the aphid population in your garden. 1. A good strong watering or rainstorm will help kill the aphids. 2. Companion plants, such as marigolds can be very effective in keeping harmful insects such as beetles and aphids off of your plants! As you can see, my dad’s beautiful garden is FULL of marigolds! Gardenmarigolds 3. Garlic! Garlic, onions and their relatives do a great job of repelling aphids! You can either plant garlic in your garden, or you can make a garlic spray! And that’s just what my dad does to help keep the pests off of his precious plants! Here is his recipe! Homemade Garlic Spray: A Non-Toxic Insecticide Ingredients: 1 quart water 2 tbsp fresh minced garlic 1 tbsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp liquid castille soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s) Directions: Mix the water, garlic, cayenne pepper and castille soap in a glass container (unlike the plastic container in the picture..I’m still working on getting the plastic out of his life..one step at a time). Let the mixture sit in the sun for a few hours to concentrate. Combine the concentrate with water in a ratio of 1 part concentrate to 4 parts water. Store in a glass spray bottle and apply to plants every 2 to 3 days, as needed. Then…

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HOW TO PLANT ONIONS
HOW TO PLANT ONIONS

HOW TO PLANT ONIONS

Onions are a must-have in any kitchen. These versatile vegetables are not only seen as a necessity by many cooks, but they're also incredibly easy to grow! Keep reading to learn how to plant onions in your garden. There are many different onion varieties and they all come in different sizes and colors. So whether you plant to plant red onions, yellow onions, or Spanish onions, the directions are all the same. And, don't forget that you can also pull onions while they're young and enjoy some fresh green onions! HOW TO PLANT ONIONS – TRANSPLANTS, SETS, OR SEEDS? You can plant onions from sets, seeds, or transplants. Onion transplants can be purchased from your local nursery, and these are onion plants that have been planted and are now ready to be transplanted directly into your garden. Transplants will usually grow within 65 days, but they are sensitive to diseases. Onion sets are immature bulbs that were grown the previous year and by far the most popular choice for gardeners. This is because onion sets are easy to plant, quick to harvest, and not very susceptible to diseases. When purchasing onion sets, you'll notice that they are identified by three different “varieties”: red, white, and yellow. If you're looking to grow green onions, be sure to choose the white onion variety. Pro Tip: look for 1/2″ diameter bulbs – these are least likely to bolt. Onion seeds offer a wide range of variety to gardeners as you can carefully pick and choose from hundreds of onion varieties. The only problem though is that it can take up to 4 months for onions to mature. If you live in a colder climate, be sure to start onion seeds indoors and then transplant outdoors once all risk of frost has passed. PLANTING ONIONS: Early on during their growth, onions will prefer cooler weather, so plant in early spring. Those that live in warmer climates, you should plant onions in the fall or winter.As a rule of thumb, green onion tops will grow in cooler weather, and bulbs will form in warm weather.Plant onion seeds 4-6 weeks before the last average frost date, indoors. Once seedlings are about 3-4 inches long, harden them off. Do this by bringing them outside for a few hours a day, and then bringing them back indoors. This will ensure that they get acclimatized to the outdoors.If you're planting onion seeds directly outdoors, sow them…

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HOW TO GROW SHISHITO PEPPERS

You've no doubt seen these cute little peppers at your local grocery store. Shishito peppers seem to have taken the culinary world by storm, and for good reason too! These small peppers are easy to cook, go with practically anything, have a great flavor and thin skin, and 1 out of 10 is a hot pepper – how fun is that?! If you're interested in learning how to grow shishito peppers, keep reading! But before we do that, let's take a quick look and see what shishito peppers actually are and where they originated from WHAT ARE SHISHITO PEPPERS? Shishito peppers are a Japanese variety of heirloom peppers from the species Capsicum annuum. They are small, wrinkly looking peppers and are usually green in color. You can buy them at most local grocery stores now, and they'll usually come in a 1lb bag. Eaten raw, these peppers are crisp and sweet, but once you cook them, slight spice and smokiness come out, and that's why people love them so much. Not to be confused with Padron peppers, which are not as wrinkles and are spicier than the shishito pepper plant. WHAT DO SHISHITO PEPPERS TASTE LIKE? The shishito pepper is not hot in itself (you'll get a very mild hot), but you will find that 1 in 10 is actually very hot! On the Scoville scale, shishito peppers range from 50-200, while a jalapeno pepper ranges from 2500-4000, in comparison. Like we mentioned above, eaten raw, they're crispy, and a little sweet, much like regular bell pepper. But, once cooked, they have a mild heat and smokiness, and taste like roasted red bell pepper, but much more flavorful. So if you love grilled or roasted peppers, you're going to love the full and smoky flavor of a grilled shishito pepper! HOW TO GROW SHISHITO PEPPERS These plants are surprisingly easy to grow and they're also very abundant. You can grow shishito peppers in raised beds, in pots, or directly in the soil. They usually produce a big amount of fruit, and you can actually leave them on the plant until they turn orange and then red, although most people harvest them while green. Purchase shishito pepper seeds from a reputable nursery, or harvest your own seeds from a store bought shishito pepper.Start seeds indoors about 8 weeks before the last frost. Keep the seeds in a warm place, such as the top of your refrigerator…

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9 EASIEST HERBS TO GROW INDOORS

All of these herbs are perfect to grow in your kitchen, or anywhere where your herbs will receive some indirect sunlight. Then, once grown, they'll be the perfect accompaniment to savory dishes. In no time, you'll become a gourmet cook with home-grown herbs that'll take your dishes to the next level! Keep reading to find out about the 9 easiest herbs to grow indoors! 9 EASIEST HERBS TO GROW INDOORS Growing herbs indoors is actually a lot easier than you'd think. You don't need a green thumb, you just need to follow directions. Herbs, like potted plants, need regular watering and adequate sunlight to grow. Additionally, they also need pots with good drainage holes as well as the correct soil for each herb variety. Follow the instructions for each herb, as each plant has a different need! #1. PARSLEY parsley Growing parsley from seed can take a little bit of time, but once the seedlings grow in, which can take about 2 weeks, parsley is pretty low maintenance. For best results, soak parsley seeds overnight before planting in soil and space each seed about 6 inches apart. Water regularly and place in a sunny spot, such as a south-facing window. Learn more about how to grow parsley! #2. MINT how to grow mint Growing mint indoors is pretty painless, much like parsley. It's a low maintenance herb that doesn't require much care. Place the mint seeds about an inch deep in good quality potting soil, and make sure the soil is always moist but never logged. Well draining soil and a pot with drainage holes is highly recommended. Mint can tolerate partial shade, so it's the perfect herb to grow indoors. Learn more about how to grow mint indoors. #3. CHIVES grow chives indoors Chives have got to be the easiest herb to grow indoors because they really don't require much sunlight at all and they're prolific. For best results, we suggest you grow chives from already grown plants. Simply harvest some chives (roots included) and re-pot in well-draining soil. If possible, place in a spot that will receive a few hours of sunlight per day and water regularly. Learn more about how to grow chives. #4. THYME thyme plant Although thyme is low maintenance, is does require at least 6 hours of indirect sunlight per day, so only grow indoors if you have adequate light. While you're at it, grow different thyme…

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DIY Green House

It’s a quick solution that is proving extremely effective so far. What you’ll need: 10 x 25’ Plastic sheeting24 medium binder clips4 large binder clipsStaple gun & staplesWinter watering system of choice The steps: Remove the pre-existing fencing.Clean the bed, incorporate compost, and install a new watering system (if using).Unfold the plastic and stretch from the first crossbar, leaving 1 foot overhanging in the front. Stretch all the way across to the last crossbar and drape along the backside.Cut the plastic along the bottom of the backside, ensuring you leave enough material to secure at the bottom.Adjust the plastic along each long side, causing the bottom of the plastic to just meet the lip of the garden bed.Using large clips, temporarily secure plastic at the front in place by clipping around the PVC and plastic.Beginning with the middle section, secure the plastic to the lip of the garden bed with staples. Continue this to the last section, leaving the front two sections unsecured, and repeat on the opposite side in the same sections.On the back, cut a slit in the center from the bottom and up to 2 foot from the top.Push one section of this backside plastic inside. Stretch, fold, and secure to the inside of the bed using the staple gun ensuring you are creating a relatively smooth finish.Push the last section of the backside plastic inside. Fold and secure to the bed to cover all gaps and create a relatively smooth wall along the back.In the front, fold the excess in half and tuck over the PVC so the piping is exposed from the interior.Cut a sheet of plastic the size of the front allowing 8” of excess at the top and bottom and 1 foot on each side. Cut up the center.Beginning with one side, secure the top allowing the plastic to cross the center by about 6”. Secure the top side seams by folding the ends into one another from the interior and securing with binder clips. I used about 10 medium from the top down the side and 2 large on the bottom side.Repeat with the opposite side, again allowing the edge to overhang across the center of the front and at the bottom.Secure the bottom of the front flaps with a wooden beam. I’m writing this during 47 mph wind gusts. Structurally, the frame is intact and the plastic appears to be holding strong as well.…

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DIY Raised Garden Bed Design: The Watering System

Today is the start of a 3 part series. So, you’ll need to return for all the details on building the hoop fencing and setting up a similar watering system. These beds began as a general idea; they became an evolving project. For our designs, we knew we needed pest control to keep out rabbits, and the occasional curious dog. We also had some general considerations. Did we need shade cover, what type of watering system would be best, how much space did we really need? A month after beginning this project, we have our answers. Below you will find everything you need to build this sunken bed and you can return next Tuesday for all the fencing details. Materials 6- 4’ 10” beams6- 10’ 10” beams3’ x 25’ feet chicken wire ($19.77) Measure your beams. We repurposed beams we found in the yard and worked with 4’ and 10’ beams that were 4 inches thick.Dig your bed. Based on beam measurements, dig a hole to fit your structure. I dug a 11 x 5 foot hole that was 8 inches deep.Lay the beams. Lay the beams beginning with one of the longer sides. Lay the beams so they interlock in each corner. Line the beds. To prevent rodents from breaking into the beds, line the interior of the beds with chicken wire. Be sure your chicken wire covers the seam between beams.Secure the wire. Using a staple gun, secure the chicken wire in place.Prevent external growth. Line the bed up through the sides with recycled cardboard. We used a classy collection of PBR cardboard and banana boxes.Fill the beds. Given our soil composition, we chose to buy materials and mix our own soil (I did not include this in the pricing of our beds).Gravel around beds. Lay weed block and gravel around each bed to prevent weeds from growing into the beds. Secure the weed block to the beds with staples. In total, this bed cost $19.77 for all materials. Had we needed to buy wood, our expense would have been considerably higher; however, taking the time to pull apart bolted beams can save you a bundle! This bed was so fantastic we built two more just like it. Want to know more about how to build this bed? Look here: DIY Raised Garden Bed Design: Part 2, how to build the hoop frame and install fencing and for watering details in two weeks. DIY Raised Garden Bed Design: Part 2 Last week I shared details on how to build this sunken garden…

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How To Grow Ginger In Pots

Ginger is one of the most powerful аnd beneficiаl root plаnts you cаn buy, but whаt if you could hаve аn endless supply grown right аt home? Ginger cаn be expensive to purchаse, аnd thаt’s why growing your own is highly recommended. Not only thаt, but growing  ensures thаt there аre no pesticides or other hаrmful ingredients. Todаy we’ll show you how to grow  in pots аnd get а truly endless supply! HOW TO GROW GINGER IN POTS OR CONTАINERS STEP 1: SOАKMost ginger roots thаt аre sold in stores аre coаted with а growth inhibitor which prevent them from sprouting. To get rid of thаt, simply soаk your ginger root in wаter for 24 hours. STEP 2: LOOK FOR GROWTH BUDS Аfter hаving soаked them for 24 hours, tаke them out of the wаter аnd look for growth buds. The sprout will grow on the indentаtion of the surfаce of the root. It doesn’t hаve аny buds, simply leаve it neаr а windowsill until buds stаrt sprouting. This mаy tаke а few dаys. STEP 3: CHOOSE А POT OR CONTАINERGinger roots grow horizontаlly, so we suggest а wide contаiner. Mаke is sure the contаiner is wider thаn deep, аnd hаs good drаinаge. Now, fill thаt pot or contаiner with good drаining rich potting soil. STEP 4: PLАNTSelect some pieces of  root thаt hаve “eyes” on them. Plаce the piece  with the “eyes” fаcing up into the soil. Now cover it with аn inch of soil. STEP 5: CАREIn order for plаnt to grow, plаce the contаiner in indirect sunlight. This is why ginger is perfect to grow indoors becаuse it does not like wind or direct sun. Wаter regulаrly, mаking sure soil is аlwаys dаmp but never soggy. STEP 5: HАRVESTHаve some pаtience becаuse it will tаke аbout 8 months for your plаnt to fully grow, but you cаn still hаrvest rhizomes аfter аbout 3 months. Аt this point, you cаn sepаrаte the rhizomes by pulling off а section of the plаnt. You cаn аlso trаnsplаnt eаsily by following the sаme steps аs аbove.

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HOW TO START A VEGETABLE GARDEN FROM SCRATCH

Become self-sufficient and feed your family healthy produce by learning how to start a vegetable garden from scratch. With the world, the way it is now, millions of people are starting to think about gardening. Why do you ask? People want to be self-sufficient. They don't want to have to depend on someone else for everything. That's why gardening gives you an amazing opportunity to be able to feed yourself and your family. And, once you know how to start a vegetable garden, there is really no stopping you. The basics of a vegetable garden are pretty easy once you know them, and from there on, the world if your oyster! Plus, growing your own vegetables is possibly one of the most rewarding feelings you will ever get! Have you ever tasted a freshly picked fruit or vegetable? There's nothing quite like it! In this guide, you'll learn how to start a vegetable garden from scratch. We'll take you through all of the basics from where to plant, which vegetables to choose, what type of soil you need, and everything else under the sun! Also, be sure to bookmark  HOW TO START A VEGETABLE GARDEN FROM SCRATCH – A BEGINNER'S GUIDE #1. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION The right location for your vegetable garden is key to a healthy, growing garden. Whether you have a lot of lands, a small backyard, or even a balcony, choosing where to plant your vegetables can make a big difference. Here are some planting location tips that every gardener must know: Plant in a sunny spot. Most plants and vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. This means that you'll have to find that one spot that receives the most sunlight every day. The more sunlight your vegetables receive, the better they'll taste, the bigger they'll grow, and the bigger the harvest.Plant in good quality soil. For the plants' roots to deeply get into the soil, it'll need to be soft. Therefore, you'll need a soft, loamy soil. Do this by enriching your soil with compost which will provide much-needed nutrients. Also, choose well-draining soil so that your vegetables will have good drainage.Plant in a stable environment. Don't plant in an area that's prone to flooding or high winds. If you have an open backyard, maybe choose a spot that's a little more sheltered. Especially in the beginning, plants will be weak and will not be able to tolerate strong…

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