Garden Calendar February

Garden Calender
While mid to late spring is the busiest time of the year for most gardeners, there are a variety of chores that I reserve strictly for winter... here is the Garden Calendar for February Be sure to be making your spring order list from your favorite gardening catalogs! Here are a couple of quick ideas... Spread an inch of rich compost or rotted manure, plus an organic fertilizer, on your asparagus bed, and weed it well. The common, inexpensive, alcohol thermometer often varies more than 3 degrees from the true temperature, resulting in wasted fuel or improper plant growth in greenhouses. To check the accuracy of a thermometer, immerse it in a container of crushed ice and water for 3 to 4 minutes. Any deviation from 32 degrees F can…
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Still January

Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Our Homestead
Today I went outside to find the slightest whiff of spring in the air... or was it just wishful thinking? After checking with the online weather report, I realize it is probably wishful thinking and that peas will not be in the ground quite as early as I had at first hoped. It is going to RAIN. <sigh> The heirloom seeds have been ordered. The seed trays have been dusted off in the greenhouse, found their tables and are ready to plant. I wash them with castile soap, but you can also use a 3% bleach solution. ALWAYS start with things as clean as you can get them... especially if your supplies have sat around in a moist greenhouse all winter. I've heard that when the whippoorwill sings, it is time…
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Winter Garden Salad

Winter Garden Salad

Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Indoor Gardening, Organic Gardening, Year Round Gardening
If it is a bit early to begin growing seeds indoors for transplants for the spring garden where you are, you don't have to wait! Even if you don't have a greenhouse, you make a windowsill winter garden salad. You can eat it within weeks! Grow your own Micro-Greens! Use a window box liner with drainage holes as your container. You will also need a tray to set under it so you won't have a mess. Fill the box with soilless seeding mixture, lightly moistened. Don't fill too full or you will not be able to water without a mess Plant lettuce seeds. Be sure to use the leaf lettuce variety, not the heading types. You can even mix in other greens like kale, arugula, mizuna, mache or corn salad…
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Using Worm Castings For Your Indoor and Outdoor Plants

Using Worm Castings For Your Indoor and Outdoor Plants

Vermicomposting
Worm castings are one of the few available resources today that offer numerous proven benefits while offering no bad side effects. Not like pesticides and fertilizers with special hazardous handling advice, worm castings promote plants and root development without the side effects of ingesting malicious chemicals. Compost and worm castings are not one in the same.. Instead they are a biological process that takes place within the worm's digestive method. In fact composted material is what is actually fed to many worms in order to generate worm castings. [caption id="attachment_3140" align="alignright" width="300"] earthworm castings can be collected from your yard after a good rain.[/caption] This brings me to a second point that the worms should be cultivated in a controlled environment where the temperature is above seventy degrees Fahrenheit in…
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