Starting Tomatoes from Seed

Starting Tomatoes from Seed

Growing Food
There are many advantages seed planting your own tomatoes Starting tomatoes from seed is a very rewarding experience. Watching them grow from a tiny (and tomato seed ARE tiny!) seed into a towering plant full of the most delicious taste experience ever is tremendously fun! It may have a few days of hard work involved, depending on how many tomato plants you decide to grow, but still, fun! You can eat them within minutes of picking them so they are as fresh as possible. You can grow them without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Even if you do resort to chemicals, you know what you have used and you can ensure you don't use them when the fruit is on the plants. You can grow tastier and better varieties than…
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Fall Cabbage Worms

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Cabbage butterflies herald the spring, but their caterpillars, hatching from hundreds of eggs laid during a single spring day, are among the most terrible of pests. They attack cruciferous plants from the Brassicaceae family - cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, bok choy, nasturtium and others. The most successful control is prevention. When you spot these lovely white butterflies, check the undersides of leaves of cabbage and other plants from the Cruciferae family for eggs, a concentration of yellow pinheads, and destroy them with the pressure of your thumb. [caption id="attachment_3374" align="alignright" width="300"] adult cabbage looperphoto courtesy, Keith Naylor, bugwood.org[/caption] If the caterpillars have already begun to eat leaves, only manually removing them or an organic insecticidal spray will get them off. Please don't use poison as they CAN be controlled organically!…
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How to Grow a Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden

How to Grow a Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden

Organic Pest & Disease Control
If you have a vegetable garden then you know that can you lose quite a bit of the harvest to pests every year, this is why people have adopted different methods of pest control. You can grow a chemical free vegetable garden! Plants which have been cared for in healthy soil will resist pests on their own. Good soil, water and care are necessary for growing healthy plants. First you'll want to choose plants for your garden that have a natural resistance to pests. Chemical Free Vegetable Gardening is About the Soil Can we hear it often enough? Compost... it does a a garden good. You don't need lots and lots of compost. A light dusting is all you need; too much and you run into nutrient imbalances. It's the…
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Winter Vegetables

Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening, Year Round Gardening
We often see different vegetables at Thanksgiving dinners like the root vegetables rutabagas and parsnips and Brussels sprouts. If you have grown root vegetables in your garden this year, you can leave them in the ground and harvest them as you need them throughout the winter. To protect them from freezing, mulch them with at least an eight inch layer of hay or straw. Potatoes should be stored in the dark under moderately moist conditions to prevent them from drying out and turning green, 40 to 45 F is a good temperature. Store onions in cooler, dryer conditions. October Gardening Calendar Watering - keep plants, trees, shrubs and lawn watered to help them prepare for winter; pay special attention to new plantings Cleanup remove and dispose of weeds and diseased…
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Planting Properly

Planting Properly

Organic Gardening
Healthy Beginnings No amount of watering or fertilizer will compensate for improper planting. On many occasions I have puzzled over the problems of plants only to discover they were planted six inches too deep or with their roots bound tightly. There isn't any mystery to good planting, just some common sense techniques. Dig the Hole First Before you un-pot your plant, prepare a hole fifty to a hundred percent larger than the plant's root ball. Work some compost, peat moss or other soil conditioners into the soil you've removed. When planting smaller perennials or bedding plants, rather than preparing individual holes, it may be simpler to amend a larger area and use a trowel to place the individual plants. In the case of large trees, it is generally best not…
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