Eco Garden Systems

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Starting Your Seeds Indoors

Starting Your Seeds Indoors 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Lessons Learned There is so much information online about how to start your seeds indoors that it can be overwhelming to say the least. It took me a while to motivate myself to do it after realizing it can’t be that hard to do. The supplies needed are not that expensive or that extensive. Any of your garden catalogs or boxed stores will carry a line of indoor seed starting products from trays to lights. What is really needed to ensure success is a warm area and sterile potting mix to germinate your seeds. I decided to try a self-watering tray last year and found myself purchasing another system to try this year. (We are a self-watering garden business after all!) Like our self-watering garden, The Eco Garden System, the self-watering seed trays work just as well! There is less worry of overwatering or under watering which is crucial in seed germination. I also use the peat pots that can be planted directly into the garden once the hardening off process is done. Some tips and tricks I have learned from starting seeds indoors come from failures to complete and total success once they are transplanted and growing. Here are a few tips to keep in mind from a fairly green indoor gardener. Tip #1: Start out small until you get the hang of where the best spot is to begin. Planting trays and trays of seeds only to find out they do not have enough warmth or light is wasted time and frustration. Lesson learned, I have moved my seeds to a table in the basement where I have electric wall heat that keeps the table and seedlings warm and productive. It is also near a large sliding door for added light when needed. I did purchase a heat mat…

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Preparing a Garden Journal

Preparing a Garden Journal 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

What’s your garden’s story? The days are longer and the temperatures are rising. Spring is just around the corner and it is time to plan your garden. If you are novice gardener, this will take a couple of years of trial and error planning to determine what grows best and where. One of the most important things you can do for a successful garden year after year is to start a journal and write down everything from what you planted to what succeeded and what failed. Keeping a journal gives your garden a story. There are so many variations of vegetables to plant that not all of them are successful in certain conditions and areas. If you live in an area where hibernating your garden for 6 months is necessary, forgetting what worked and what didn’t is likely. Having a garden journal guides you to plant new varieties and avoid old mistakes. Some of the things to keep in mind when keeping a journal are: Plant and seed names It is very important to write down the full name of the vegetable you are planting. Just writing tomato is going to confuse you when there are so many varieties. For example, Roma tomatoes are a determinate tomato plant and do not grow as big as a cherry tomato that is an indeterminate tomato plant. Documenting plants that are disease resistant will also aid in less stress for future plantings. Taping or attaching seed packets to your journal will help in identifying plants you have planted, not to mention add color and character to your journal. Map your garden Draw a map of your garden making sure to note companion planting as well as types of flowers you plant. Having several different drawings will give you options once you start planting.…

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Good Soil

Good Soil 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

A question on every gardener’s mind whether you are a novice gardener or a master gardener is what is good soil for my garden? Depending on the type of garden you have, it can vary. When I say types I am referring to raised garden beds, elevated garden beds, wicking beds, container gardens and of course the traditional ground garden. Each of these types of gardens can utilize a certain mixture of soil, soil amendments and added fertilizers. Companies are now getting on board and producing soil specifically for raised and elevated garden beds as well as additional soil with amendments to add to your ground garden. So, yes, it can be confusing as to what works best. One thing is for sure, that once you plant in soil it will need to be revived with nutrients to make up for the ones lost during growth. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing or amending your soil. Traditional ground gardens Not everyone lives where there is good soil! If you are determined to do traditional gardening and start a plot in your backyard you might want to have your soil tested to see what will need to be added to make it viable for plants. Well drained soil is a must for healthy plants. If you have clay soil, adding organic matter over a course of several years will improve the texture of the clay. Clay soil is full of nutrients, but is in need of good soil tilth (which relates to the soils ability to drain properly and provide proper aeration.) Adding aged-manures, compost and planting cover crops will eventually improve the soil. Soil recommendation: Add garden soil for ground gardens, compost, and aged-manures to improve texture. Raised garden beds There are soils you can purchase…

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The Health Benefits of Gardening With Our Senses

The Health Benefits of Gardening With Our Senses 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

  There are many articles on how gardening can be good for your mind, body and soul. The benefits of gardening that produce healthy foods and get us outside exercising are a fantastic combination to a longer, healthier life. Today’s health news and food trends lean to eating organic, whole foods that provide the essential vitamins that some of us take in pill form. Don’t get me wrong, vitamins are a great way to supplement nutrients you are not getting, but if you could grow your own nutrients straight from the garden why not do it? Gardening can, however, be more than just healthy eats. It can also have a profound effect on your mind through our senses. Mental health experts have warned about depression as a global epidemic. It has increased among our young and aging population and it is a concern. The use of “horticultural therapy” as a treatment is one way to combat stress and anxiety. Here are some ways gardening can trigger our senses to happy thoughts! There is nothing better than the smell of fresh flowers and just picked herbs. Some of my favorite herbs in the garden can trigger happy thoughts of delicious foods. Every time I walk by purple basil I not only think of pizza, I smell it! (and who doesn’t like pizza, right?) Rosemary is another herb that adds such a sweet aroma which has me craving a relaxing cup of hot tea. Rosemary is one herb that has actually shown in studies, to help against depression and improve moods. Many of your scented geraniums, like lemon, orange, and nutmeg (which smell like cookies!) will also add a variety of wonderful smells to the garden. Sometimes just the smell of fresh, healthy soil will trigger memories from those of us who…

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How to Garden in an Eco Garden System

How to Garden in an Eco Garden System 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

What is it? How does it work? How do you fill it? How is it different? It is unique and different! It is an old system that has been around for a while in a new and improved body. It is a way to garden that can elevate backaches and muscle strain as well as breakdown the barrier to the question, how do I start a garden? It is a system that not only guides you to learning gardening if you have never done it before, to a system that enhances your knowledge of gardening if you are advanced and want to grow new varieties. It is easy to maintain and clean and can be landscaped around for an aesthetic “welcome to the garden” atmosphere. It is the Eco Garden System! The Eco Garden System uses the wicking method of gardening. This method has been around for decades and involves a reservoir at the bottom of your garden that wicks water to your soil that than allows your plant’s roots to find and use when needed. This system helps all of us with the one thing that makes a garden grow and that is WATER! Good soil plays an important part but without sufficient water nothing will grow in it. In the Eco system, over and under watering become minor, because the system waters itself. There are no bad gardeners just forgetful waterers! We are a busy society and forgetting to water a garden is common. Watering extra to make up a day lost can mean overwatering. The Eco Garden System lets you sow and go without the guesswork of watering. The Eco Garden System is delivered by truck to your front door. It comes in a large box with the legs and feet inside the garden box. Establish a…

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Zone Gardening and the Eco Garden System

Zone Gardening and the Eco Garden System 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

For those of you trying gardening for the first time, it is important to know what zone you live in. Growing up in the western state of Montana, it was known that the winters were long and the growing season was short. Gardening, was at best, a summer past time that kept rural kids busy when school was out! When I moved to Wisconsin it was mentioned to me that you planted potatoes on Good Friday. Well, in Montana, snow can be 6 inches deep on that day, so how on earth do you plant a potato? Key word in the gardening world: ZONE!  Southern Wisconsin and Central Montana are two different zones! In the northern regions, the winters are cold which means gardening goes into hibernation till the first sign of spring. The southwest, south, and southeast regions do a little more hibernating when the summer heat becomes too intense in these areas. Gardening is year round in these regions even though wintertime lows can be pretty cold and frost warnings are possible. Having a complete understanding of your zone will help you in determining what to plant and when to plant.  Locate your zone on a plant zoning map( USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard) and research your average last frost date and your average first frost date. This way you will know when to start your seeds indoors and when to cover your plants outdoors. Other factors to consider that affect individual growth of plants are soil, moisture, humidity and wind. In the Eco Garden system gardening can start earlier and end later due to the fact that consistent moisture and temperature can be sustained and the ability to cover when needed is convenient. The food grade plastic insulates the soil to maintain consistencies in…

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Soul

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Soul 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

There is no doubt, gardening is therapeutic! It not only helps our bodies physically but it gives our minds a break from everyday stress we have little to no control over. It provides the spiritual awakening in of all of our senses from listening, tasting, seeing, smelling, and touching. The garden is truly an oasis to get lost in whether you are a gardener or not. Having a relationship with nature has so many benefits and gardening can definitely enhance that bond. Here are some reasons gardening will improve your mind, body and soul.       Meditation is powerful! If you are not one to do yoga, gardening is a very close second. When I am in the garden it is so easy to let go of all of the outside intruders that include work and everyday tasks. Making the garden your main focus in thought is good for promoting calm and relaxation. A cleansing of our mind helps to enhance our senses that in turn improve our mood. Sounds of bees and water add nature’s music to the mix which creates a feeling of solace and comfort. There are no words for the beautiful flowers and produce that give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation. And, above all, the fragrance and feel of gorgeous flowers, plants and soil that makes every gardener happy. A true meditation paradise!      Growing healthy food is a hot topic. When I had children I decided a summer garden would teach my kids not only to eat the healthy vegetables but to develop a fascination with how they grow. It did that very thing! Just having a garden meant my children were taking their friends to the backyard to show them the carrots, tomatoes, and lettuce that grew from the soil.…

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Garden The Eco Way

Garden The Eco Way 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

What is Eco anyway? The word Eco is short for ecology, the study of organisms and their environment. However, when we use the word Eco-friendly we are describing human ecology, meaning ways to preserve environmental quality of our natural resources through conservation. When we say Eco-friendly it merely means having little to no harm or impact to the environment. Goods and services that are eco-friendly help sustain and promote a healthy environment. This is becoming top priority for most people who fear environment tragedies that can include depletion of the earth’s water. Top gardening trends for 2018 have mentioned the need to conserve and sustain and the idea of changing how we garden. The Eco garden system is an elevated garden container. It applies the three R’s of environmental change which are reduce, reuse, and recycle. In gardening it is very easy to consume a lot of water due to the fact that vegetables and plants need a lot of it. In the Eco System there is a reservoir that is filled once every two weeks in the heat of the summer and once every three to four weeks during spring and fall. This reservoir provides enough water to sustain the plants for healthy growing. It also uses a sprinkler system on top of the soil that recycles the water from the reservoir below. This system ensures that nutrients won’t be washed away and that they will be returned to the soil. This garden not only saves on 65 percent of your water usage, but recycles and reuses the nutrients. The garden itself is made out of recyclable food grade plastic that can last up to 40 years. This cuts down on the need to replace wood raised gardens that deteriorate after time. If you think about it, no more…

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Those Glorious Seed Catalogs

Those Glorious Seed Catalogs 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

The after holiday winter blues tend to set in about now as we anxiously await warmer air and longer days. The idea of flowers and fresh vegetables are on the foremost thought of every gardener. Seed catalogs are arriving and Sunday afternoons are spent marking old and new vegetables, fruits, and flowers to plant. Like many catalogs it can be overwhelming and a bit enticing to purchase more than we need or to purchase seeds we always wanted to try, only to find out they do not work in certain climates or soil types. Here are some basic terms to think about when shopping catalogs and seed packets: • Hybrid: This is a term used to describe any seed that has been cross-pollinated. An example might be cross-pollinating a drought tolerant vegetable with a vegetable that produces a high yield giving you a drought tolerant, high yield producing vegetable. Plants grown from these seeds do not produce seeds that can be used to plant again, or if you do, it may have poor results. One that comes to mind as an example is sweet corn. • Heirloom: Your grandparent’s tomato! Heirloom varieties are open-pollinated meaning the seeds you collect will produce plants with the same characteristics as the parent plant. It is like preserving the past. They tend to be less expensive than the hybrid seeds and gardeners swear by better flavor and more nutrition. As a new gardener, heirloom seeds give you an opportunity to save the seeds to plant later. These seeds planted each year tend to eventually adapt to your climate and soil. They are hardy and will resist diseases and pests as well. • Organic: Seeds that are produced without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. These seeds produce vegetables that are better for beneficial insects. There are…

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Planning A New Garden

Planning A New Garden 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Don’t just plan it, Plant it! New Year resolutions are made every year and with those resolutions come excitement and motivation. January starts out with a bang and off we go running to change our old ways and start new ones. Exercise and diet seem to always top the most popular New Year’s resolutions. If changing your lifestyle by eating better is on your list, why not try and grow your own organic food. It is that simple! Most of the population has had some exposure to gardening with either growing up gardening or getting some education in school programs. Finding the resources to start a garden can be a challenge. Not everyone has access to land or for that matter space. Container gardening is always an option when there is no place to dig. If planning a new garden is on your list of resolutions, here are five things to consider with container gardening that will not just get you thinking about it but get you planting it: • Selecting a container      Selecting a larger container to plant will eliminate the constant need for watering. Smaller planters will dry out faster especially if wind is a factor where you live. Self-watering planters are a great way to start a new garden because it takes the guesswork out of the too much, too little fear of over or under watering. Having a complete understanding of the amount of time and money you want to put into gardening will also help you with the first phase of starting a garden. Choosing a container that will last the duration of garden seasons will help you grow and learn with your garden. • Choosing a spot     Choosing a spot to put your container garden can be overwhelming. Decks and…

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