Why Use a Greenhouse

Why Use a Greenhouse

Greenhouse Gardening
Gardening enthusiasts in the more interesting temperate climates and any place where there are four seasons are faced with great benefits as well as challenges. But why use a greenhouse? Because of the four seasons, gardeners are blessed with huge plant varieties for planting in at least one or two of the seasons. In the period of a year, they are given an opportunity to plant varieties that must grow in cooler climates, and take advantage of the sunny summer to plant those that would require more exposure to light and heat. However, the seasonality of plant varieties may pose challenges to those who would rather grow plants continuously, regardless of season. This is especially true for flower and fruit varieties that require continuous sunlight for an entire year, for…
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Time To Feed The Fungi

Soil & Compost, Sustainable Landscaping
Considered as one of the most strenuous annual chores when owning a home, dead leaves blowing in from a neighbors yard or just simply blowing makes one understand the invention of the chain saw. They provide shade in the heat of summer and spectacular color in autumn but the most important function of leaves on deciduous trees is to die and fall to the ground. Healthy soil consists of many organisms including bacteria and fungi. Both microbes are major contributors to the soil food web. Bacteria thrive on green food. A perfect example would be grass clippings dispersed on the freshly cut lawn. Fungi love brown food. That resource is readily available as dead leaves. Grass clippings and chopped leaves are an invaluable supply of organic matter that feed the…
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Troubleshooting Tomato Problems

Troubleshooting Tomato Problems

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes are one of the great joys of summer. However, sometimes diseases, pests or environmental stress get in the way of our tomato harvests. The best way to avoid tomato troubles is to start with healthy plants. Healthy plants are more able to fight off disease or pests than stressed or weak plants. Make sure that you provide adequate nutrients, water, space and sunlight for your plants. How you do that depends on your local climate. In some northern areas, you may need to stake the tomatoes in order to maximize sunlight; however in southern areas you may need to shade the plants during the hottest part of the day so they aren't scorched by the sun. Listed below are some of the most common tomato problems and…
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Tomatoes – Pests and Disease

Tomatoes – Pests and Disease

Growing Food
Although tomatoes are relatively easy to grow, there can be problems with a variety of tomato pests and disease. The most common tomato pests and disease Aphids - I wouldn't use pesticides when there is such an easy way to kill them. An organic way of dealing with them is to spray with soapy water. Greenhouse whitefly - use the same methods as for aphids. Potato cyst eelworm - rotate planting so tomatoes (and potatoes) are not planted in the same place every year. Tomato Mosaic Virus - symptons are mottled yellow curled leaves sometimes with brown steaks on the stems. The only thing to do is to destroy the entire plant including roots and fruit. Don't put it in the compost, it is better to burn it. Pototo Blight…
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How to Choose Tomato Plants

How to Choose Tomato Plants

Growing Food
Zeroing in on the Tastiest Varieties From North to South, and coast to coast, tomatoes are consistently the most popular vegetable in American gardens. But for most gardeners, just any old tomato won't do. How do you choose tomato plants? Some like them red, some like them yellow, orange or even purple! Some prefer tomatoes as tiny as a dime and some want them as big as a melon. Some like them juicy, some like them dense and pulpy. Fortunately, there are almost 700 different tomato varieties in cultivation today. Plenty of choices for everyone! If you've been gardening for many years, you probably already have a few favorite tomato varieties that you plant every year. In my own garden, I've tried at least two dozen different varieties over the…
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