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secrets for how to keep outdoor plants watered while on vacation

How to Keep Plants Watered While on Vacation

How to Keep Plants Watered While on Vacation 468 312 Eco Garden Systems

Summer is the prime time for family vacations. Here are the best kept secrets for how to keep outdoor plants watered while on vacation.

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Bee Pollinators

Why Pollination is Vital for Your Vegetable Garden

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The Beginner Gardener: Why Pollination is Vital for Your Vegetable Garden In the Garden with Jessica. Did you know that most of our food requires pollination? The hardworking bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and other insects make it possible for us to eat a diverse, healthy diet. And the wind helps, too! When I started my vegetable garden last year, it was the first time I learned how different vegetables produce. Pollinators work their magic by moving pollen from the male part of the plant (anther) to the female part (stigma) of the same species of plant. This results in a fertilized plant that will produce seeds and the fruit surrounding those seeds. Pollination is beneficial to both the pollinators and the plants—it helps plants reproduce and keeps pollinators fed with pollen and nectar. Vegetables that need pollinators Squash, zucchini, and cucumbers (and melons, too) need extra help from pollinators. The male and female flowers grow separately and the only way to produce is through pollination. Last year, I grew cucumbers, melons, and zucchini. Luckily, I had bees visiting the big, beautiful yellow flowers often. They were so fun to watch! Unluckily, I didn’t get much of a harvest due to overwatering and poor soil—see my 2018 “learnings” post here. This year, I’ll be growing cukes, yellow neck squash, and zucchini, so hopefully the bees and other pollinators will be back when those flowers bloom; the garden is doing so much better. Vegetables that self-pollinate Some vegetables, like tomatoes, peppers, beans, and peas, contain both male and female parts on the same flower so they do not need pollinators to produce. But pollinators can still help by giving them a boost of pollen for larger yields. Vegetables that don’t require pollination Root crops, broccoli and other cruciferous veggies, and leafy greens do…

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How an Elevated Garden Bed Will Enhance Your Backyard Landscape

How an Elevated Garden Bed Will Enhance Your Backyard Landscape 944 640 Eco Garden Systems

No matter what you choose to do with your backyard landscape, an Eco Garden Systems Original Garden elevated garden bed fits just about anywhere and makes your yard better.

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Harvest Endless Greens from Vegetable Garden

How to Harvest Endless Greens from Your Vegetable Garden

How to Harvest Endless Greens from Your Vegetable Garden 974 729 Eco Garden Systems

One of the best things about spring is growing salad greens in your vegetable garden. There are many varieties to choose from, and each has its own unique look and flavor. Greens and lettuce are so easy to grow, especially in an Eco Garden.

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Vegetables in Basket on raised garden bed

15 of the Best Vegetables to Grow in an Elevated Garden Bed

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You don’t have to be a pro gardener to grow your own veggies. It’s easy to grow vegetables in an elevated garden bed like an Eco Garden Systems Original Garden.

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An elevated garden bed by Eco Garden Systems

Planting Vegetables in an Raised Garden Bed

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Jessica shares her planting experience in her Eco Garden Systems elevated garden bed with both the seedlings she nurtured and seeds.

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maximize your raised garden bed

4 Tips to Maximize Your Raised Garden Bed

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Learn how to maximize your elevated garden bed and get the most out of this high-performance garden with these 4 growing tips.

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seed packets from Baker Creek - tips for buying seeds online

Buying Seeds Online For Your Raised Bed Garden

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Buying seeds online for your raised bed garden is exciting as long as you know what to expect. Here are the pros and cons of both hybrid and heirloom seeds.

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Growing Zucchini in an Elevated Garden Box

4 Easy Steps to Growing Zucchini in a Garden Box

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If you want to start a vegetable garden, zucchini is easy to start. Let’s look at 4 easy steps to start growing zucchini in an elevated garden bed.

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senior woman gardening

5 Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

5 Benefits of Gardening for Seniors 974 729 Eco Garden Systems

How an Elevated Garden Bed Keeps Seniors Vegetable Gardening One of the main reasons we started our company was to make sure Grandma could keep vegetable gardening. We built her an elevated garden bed because she could no longer stoop, crawl, or kneel to tend to her vegetables. Our mission, in part, is to make sure more people can keep gardening into their golden years. Did you know that gardening is the #1 hobby in the United States? People over the age of 65 are the fastest growing population in the United States and most of them have had gardening as part of their lives. Here are some of the benefits seniors experience from gardening: Purpose: Gardening gives seniors a sense of purpose and duty, which pays off with delicious fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers. Better Health: Moving around the garden is a great way to get exercise. And eating fresh vegetables is part of a healthy diet. Community: Adding a garden, like an Eco Garden Systems’ Original Garden, to senior centers can help boost that sense of purpose and provide more opportunities for socializing. Mental Stimulation: Gardening helps slow down or even stave off dementia and can improve overall mental health. Better Quality of Life: Being in nature helps increase everyone’s well-being. A 2016 review of over 76 gardening and wellness studies showed that the health benefits from just one gardening session persisted for three months (imagine if you garden every day!!). Our Eco Garden Systems’ Original Garden will keep seniors growing vegetables, even as age begins to limit mobility. The elevated garden bed sits at a comfortable height so you can garden without bending or stooping. Plus, the garden is compact enough that it can fit in small, urban areas—like a senior center or assisted living facility. If…

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