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Planning A New Garden

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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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A Garden for Everyone

A Garden for Everyone 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

If you knew you could grow your vegetables 12 months out of the year, would you do it? I sometimes chuckle at comments that remind me of the old saying “I can’t boil water!” I have heard everything from, “I can’t get anything to grow” to my favorite one, “I kill weeds I am that bad.” With the right setup and tools available, gardening CAN be for everyone! Gardening does not need to be that difficult. It can be simple if the conditions are right. For a first time gardener there are many failed attempts followed by years of successful gardening. It takes time and patience and the ability to shrug off those failed attempts with “I will try again next year.” For the new generation that is not getting the same exposure our older generation received, there are ways to teach and promote a gardening life. Many schools across the country are bringing gardening back with raised and elevated garden beds as well as hydroponic and aquaponic systems. Gardens are popping up all over the country in preschools to elementary schools to high schools. Even though the hydroponic and aquaponic systems offer a diverse way of growing vegetation without soil, I firmly believe we need to teach children to play in the dirt. Good soil is hard to come by and has been depleted due to high demands for food production. We take more nutrients out than what we put back. Helping our younger generation understand water and soil conservation as well as recycling nutrients such as composting is vital to our future food production. Many people do not have access to land to start and maintain a garden. With the Eco Garden System we bring the land to you. We recently set up a garden at Roosevelt High…

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The Love of a Potato

The Love of a Potato 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

If you are a potato lover you know that a home grown potato is a delicacy!  It is a treat to eat a potato straight from the garden.  My favorite is, without a doubt, the new potatoes harvested before they reach maturity.  Boil the baby potatoes, add fresh garden peas with a rich cream sauce, and you have heaven in a pot! Potatoes make for a hearty side dish with any meal especially if you are feeding hungry boys. I have two, and they are always hungry!  Potatoes are the go to dish that complete the feeding frenzy of severe hunger (so they say!) Growing my own potatoes has had some challenges through the years. I have tried many ways to solve issues with soil and insects.  From mounding to mulching to organic soaps, I have had some unsuccessful crops, which have included few potatoes to a wipe out of the plant leaves before they flower. This year I planted my potatoes in the elevated Eco garden System. Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in the Eco Garden System.  After years of growing potatoes in the ground this system was the answer to the age old dilemma of potato bugs! In gardening conversations, many gardeners sigh when you mention theses pesky little destroyers, and some will say “Just move your plot!”  Well, I am at the top of hill now and nowhere to go! In comes the Eco Garden System and wow, a season without bugs!  The plants were beautiful, and the flowers were stunning. Best of all, no bugs! The Eco system has many of the ideal conditions for growing potatoes. Potatoes should be planted at least 2 weeks before your last frost.  Seed potatoes can be cut to the size of an egg with at…

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Have Complete Control of Your Garden!

Have Complete Control of Your Garden! 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Have complete control of your garden! We love to emphasize this in a growing, busy world that is trying to be active and eat healthy.  The Eco garden system is the perfect way to grow organic, healthy vegetables without the time consuming art of gardening.  Don’t get us wrong, we love to garden! But, with time being a precious commodity in a fast pace world the Eco System is the answer to growing your own vegetables on a limited time schedule. So easy to assemble, fill and plant. What makes the Eco system stand out among the many other raised and elevated gardens out there?  Here are five reasons why you may want to invest in an Eco garden system. Materials You want to garden and you want to do it with ease. Deciding on what type of garden you want and where to put it for ultimate sun can be a challenge. Most of your raised and elevated beds are made of wood. However, they can also be constructed from rock, cinderblock, concrete and metal.  These options can get expensive and they may not last as long as the amount of money and time you have invested.  Mother Nature is not always a friend to these materials and over time they can deteriorate, rust and crack.  The Eco system is constructed out of food grade plastic and can be the last garden you will ever need.  It resists fading and cracking and also maintains the moisture and temperature of the soil.  If you don’t like where it is you can move it. It can also be brought indoors in a controlled environment for year round gardening.  The Eco garden system comes with easy to assemble parts and can be constructed in as little as 30 minutes Sustainable This is…

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Fall Gardening in the Eco Garden System

Fall Gardening in the Eco Garden System 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

It is that time of year where people find themselves saying “I am so happy I live where there are Octobers.” How true especially here in the Midwest where October brings so much fun and color. With the cooler nights and the shorter days, the turning colors of the foliage are not the only things changing. Your summer garden is starting to beg for a new beginning or to be put away for a long winter. The Eco Garden System’s gardening beds offer you the opportunity to plant a fall garden and with much ease. Even with the threat of frost around the corner, vegetables will thrive and grow well in the raised garden beds during fall. The end of August or the middle of September is a good time to start your fall vegetables. By that time there is something in the garden that needs to be harvested or just pulled because it is done producing. You can then add compost and replant your seeds; it is that easy in this system. Fall vegetables that do well in the cooler temps are spinach, broccoli, peas, carrots, radishes and lettuce varieties. Onions and green beans do very well from seed as well in this system. It is like summer gardening all over.   How is it so different than other raised beds or ground gardens? Well, the Eco Garden System is a self-watering, elevated garden that is made out of food-grade recyclable plastic. It is durable and can retain heat that is beneficial for a fall garden. It is also easy to add nutrients to the soil whether in the form of compost or a dry fertilizer. The water in the reservoir below will wick to the surface of the soil maintaining consistent moisture for your plant roots.  Attaching a…

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It is Large and Green

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It is Large and Green “What is that?!!!  There is something large and green on the tomato plant!” My daughter was in shock when I arrived to see that it was what I suspected…  A Hornworm!  There was not just one but several by the time we were done searching because if there is one there is a colony.  For the rest of the summer the search for these very large and interesting creatures became a sport in the hopes that she or one of her friends would find one of these slow moving terrifying monsters.  The word was out! The tomato hornworm is a non-beneficial insect in the garden.  It can be very destructive to a beautiful tomato plant in a matter of hours.  It is cleverly camouflaged which is why the discovery is so shocking.  They have a life cycle that starts with eggs that are laid on the leaves of the plant.  Keep in mind, if you buy a tomato or pepper plant at the greenhouse it may have the eggs already on it.  So, now you have brought it home. After that it goes thru 5 stages of larva growing from a small worm to a large and green caterpillar.  The scary one!  It is at this point you can take measures to get rid of them while they are on the plant. Picking them off by hand and throwing them in soapy water or just stepping on them will end the scary.  If they are left on the leaf they will eventually go beneath the soil and become a pupa where it will than emerge as a moth and then start all over again.  When you pull the tomato plant, tilling the soil where the plant was will help you discover the pupa to which…

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Gardening at the Espelien’s

Gardening at the Espelien’s 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

My father loved to garden. When I was a young boy he only grew ornamental plants in our small backyard in St. Paul, MN.  When we moved to the suburbs (better schools, closer to his job) he was able to designate a large piece of our backyard to growing fruits and vegetables.  The front and side yards got more of the ornamental – but the new layered produce garden got most of his attention. An engineer by training and trade (although he never finished his degree as pesky youngsters started arriving to crowd the little house on Wilder Ave.) he became meticulous in his planning.  The upper tier did not start all strawberries – but it soon became that due to the creeping nature of the plants.  We had June berries, mid-berries and late berries and the quality was always just okay – not sure if it was soil or he just could not wait to pick them (or perhaps we lost all of the good ones to the critters – maybe one day I will tell the woodchuck stories which are hilarious or the bunny stories which are sort of sad) but the berries never were the greatest.  Either were the odd things he would plant – broccoli, asparagus, Kohlrabi, etc. – not sure the ground was right and weather in Minnesota was always problematic – but the Kohlrabi was always a weird taste experience. Tomatoes – on the other hand – were a thing of beauty.  I remember when the entire middle level of the garden was tomatoes – almost too many varieties to count and all with his one garden hack: a coffee can with nail holes punched in the bottom.  You filled the can with water and the water would slowly drip out to keep the…

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Eco Garden harvest has me saving green

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http://frauzinnie.blogspot.com/2017/08/eco-garden-harvest-has-me-saving-green.html

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Laura’s Garden

Laura’s Garden 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Don’s Italian grandmother was a heart of gold with a passion for cooking and gardening. Growing up in hard times it was easy to see why the older generation never took for granted the ability to grow food, which the younger generation today refers to it as a hobby.  Grandma Laura had an abundant variety growing in her garden and planted a garden every spring. It was large enough to ensure a healthy harvest for the summer and plenty of canned goods for the winter. She grew the basic garden variety: lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers, potatoes, strawberries, peas and beans. Because of her Italian heritage there was an endless supply of canned tomatoes and sauces. But the one dish that brings the most memories was a dish she made with her garden green beans. This green bean dish is still a request at meals from my own children simply called Great Grandma’s Bean Dish. The recipe is simple and I do believe the key ingredient needs to be FRESH, picked-from-the-garden green beans! Maybe the olive oil plays a part, but the garden-fresh beans are a delight. Add in onions, celery, and of course chopped garlic, and you have a gardener’s delicacy. To accommodate his grandmother’s ailing health and loss of mobility Don designed an elevated self-watering garden to help her garden through her later years. This made sure that the bean dish remained a staple on the dinner table. It just wouldn’t be grandmother’s recipe without the fresh garden beans. I remember the day he built her that garden and the look on her face, as well as the smile that never ended. Please enjoy Grandma Laura’s Green Bean dish! Grandma Laura’s Green Beans  4 cups fresh green beans or yellow wax beans 2 celery ribs chopped – approx.…

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Mistress Zinnie, Quite Merry, How Does Your Eco Garden Grow?

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From one of our blog partners – Frau Zinnie! http://frauzinnie.blogspot.com/2017/06/mistress-zinnie-quite-merry-how-does.html

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The original Eco Garden will transform the way you garden. Quick and simple to setup, sustainable, and efficient — this garden is for any level of gardener.

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Started in 2016, Eco Garden Systems has a long history of gardening, gardening innovation and gardening for seniors.

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