With Spring roaring into April, it is time to start thinking about planting. In many parts of the country, the old saying that “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is pretty true since plants need water (and soil) to grow and the increase in temperature from April to May creates improving growing conditions for all sorts of plants. But this does not tell the entire story. I mentioned water (April Showers) but have not yet talked about soil and water together, or more importantly soil and moisture saturation. Most ground based gardens are a bit at the mercy of Mother Nature for both soil and water – yes, you can adjust both but wouldn’t it be great if you could start with a completely blank slate (soil) AND manage moisture perfectly?read more
They say patience is a virtue. Gardening is considered to be a healthy pastime. Patience can help alleviate stress – so can gardening. So why do gardeners seem to forget patience when trying to get their gardens growing? If you are like we are, you are checking your seedlings daily, you check flowers and emerging fruit (and probably handle or touch them to make sure they are okay) and these are not patient acts. In gardening as in business, the fruits of your labors (profit in business and, well, fruits in gardening) are outcomes of the activities you perform. So, why can’t we just let things happen? That is the dilemma we want to cover today.read more
There is an old saying that the future is in our children. Teachers and administrators for schools are perhaps one of the largest groups of unsung heroes who invest their time and energy into making sure every kid has the opportunity to grow into their potential. At Eco Garden Systems, we see this as an opportunity to entice each new class into the amazing world of gardening. After Senior Centers, we think that raised garden beds can have the largest positive impact in a school environment.
The great thing about gardening with kids is that the simplicity and complexity can be matched to the age of the students. A few thoughts from our work with schools on the different age groups and some building blocks at every level.
Join us to explore the implications and things to keep in mind when implementing school gardens for various age groups.read more
Ahhh Spring – Planting Season!
Hope springs eternal (bad pun – sorry!) for our next great gardening adventure. What did we learn last year? What has changed for us since we plucked the last tomato rom the vine? What changes do we want to make? What sort of “new” will we embrace? What will we do again? The slate is clean, the days are getting longer and we can hardly wait until it is warm enough to plant. The key is to get started – have a plan. If you are like us, then you have probably already been thinking about next year’s spring planting season.read more
Yes, we do get asked questions all of the time. We actually created a specific section of our site to answer some of the more technical ones (check it out here). We also answer a lot of these on our Facebook page (check it out: EGS Page). Nothing makes us happier than answering gardener questions. If you have one, reach out!
In this blog, we will share additional insight into how we got started and why we do the things we do!read more
At Eco Garden Systems, we are all about raised beds – we believe they are fundamental to enjoying the #1 hobby in the US your entire life. So, if you are looking at raised garden beds, what questions should you be asking yourself? We have a few raised garden bed question that have come up from our work with both home gardeners and gardeners that are thinking more commerciallyread more
They say that time is always equal opportunity – we are only allotted so much and we are encouraged to use it wisely as it is the only commodity that you can’t purchase more of, and you can’t give or receive a gift of time. Now, that being said…read more
We have shared over the years the better garden performance of an Eco Garden relative to other gardens. Now, check out these findings from a local university.read more
There is an old saying that the future is in our children. Teachers and administrators for schools are perhaps one of the largest groups of unsung heroes who invest their time and energy into making sure every kid has the opportunity to grow into their potential. At Eco Garden Systems, we see this as an opportunity to entice each new class into the amazing world of gardening. After Senior Centers (remember, our Original Garden was first developed as an answer to a grandmother no longer being able to get down and crawl around the garden), we think that school gardens can have the largest positive impact in a school environment. The Eco Garden raised garden bed is the perfect format for school-aged children. Learn about the benefits of school gardens at different school age levels.read more
Are military base gardens personal gardens or are they organized more like a community garden? The best ones, we feel, are a bit of both. The individual nature of each gardener growing things for their unique needs would seem to favor the “personal garden” narrative. However, the nature of being transient in the military combined with the challenges military families face in blending into their new assignments means there is a need for a more organized program with some longevity and some continuity. Read more about our take on military base gardens.read more