Companion Planting: Find Your Plants Some Friends!

Companion Planting: Find Your Plants Some Friends! 440 627 Eco Garden Systems

  When it comes to planning your garden it is important to consider where you plant your vegetables and what you plant next to them because each vegetable is unique in structure and flavor. Competing for root space and above ground space or just keeping the bugs away are important to consider when planning your garden. With any garden experience, trial and error will give you an idea of what works and what does not. Three key points to companion planning in your garden are: Pest control Soil space and nutrients The cardinal points: north, south, east and west. Pest control is a big factor in any garden because most of your pests come from the plant itself or the soil you plant it in. Not all bugs are bad; however, some are extremely beneficial such as pollinators and predators. Walking out to your garden and seeing spider webs strung from plant to plant can be a welcoming sight; however, remain observant of these eight-legged guests as spiders do eat potentially bad bugs, but they can also eat their share of good bugs as well.  Planting companion plants next to each other can help deter a lot of the bad bugs. An example of this is decoy planting. Marigolds and Nasturtiums, which are edible, are good to plant between vegetables because they mask the smell of the vegetable plant, which in turn confuses the garden pests. They also repel pests such as nematodes and beetles. Root space and soil nutrients have a huge impact on what you plant and where you plant them. Heavy feeders such as cucumbers and cabbage should be planted next to light-feeding carrots so there is no competition for soil nutrients. Planting shallow-rooted vegetables next to deep-rooted ones will eliminate root competition, as well as planting…

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Indoor Gardening Blog-min

Plan, Prep, and Plant Your Seeds Indoors

Plan, Prep, and Plant Your Seeds Indoors 2048 1536 Eco Garden Systems

February is a good time to plan, prep and plant your seeds indoors. Planting your seeds indoors can be an inexpensive and self-satisfying way to make your garden grow. Not only does it give you a head start on growing plants, but it can also give you an opportunity to grow different varieties of plants you would not find available in garden centers. The rule of thumb is to start your plants indoors at least 6 weeks before your last frost date. Depending on where you live this can range anywhere from the end of February to the second week of April; you can check your zone area online to determine the average last frost date for your area. Checking the frost date for your area ensures you are not starting your plants too early. You want to produce seedlings that are mature, but not overgrown or as they say “leggy. Seedlings that are spindly can be hard to transplant because their roots are so delicate and their stems are weak, which can make them snap. Some vegetables that can start from seeds are peppers, squash, tomato varieties and some bean varieties. Planting these vegetables early means an earlier harvest and a higher produce yield. Now that you have a plan it is time to prep for planting; it is beneficial to start with clean containers to avoid disease or use containers that will break down in the soil. Choosing the latter will prevent you from disturbing the delicate roots and can be an easy alternative for a beginner gardener. To start your seeds it is recommended to use a soil-less medium. A sterile seed-starting mix or peat will work well because it expands when wet and because the seed contains the nutrients needed for the seedling, fertilizer isn’t necessary.…

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Get Your Garden Tools blog-min

Get your garden tools ready for spring

Get your garden tools ready for spring 1920 1280 Eco Garden Systems

The snow is beginning to melt, leaves are beginning to sprout, and your tools are ready to get back in the soil of your garden. The end of winter is a great time to begin prepping for your spring garden. Not only do your soil, mulch and seeds need time to get ready, but your tools are an important part of the preparation process as well. By the end of February and beginning of March, be sure to do the following to your garden tools: Scrub away any leftover dirt or plant matter from last season with a stiff-bristled brush, rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly to prevent rusting. If there is some rust on your tools, it can be removed with a wire brush or sandpaper. Soak them in white vinegar for a few minutes beforehand to help loosen the rust. If the tool is too rusty, it may be time to replace it with a new one. Organize your tools so they can be easily located when needed. Sharpen blades on your lawn mower, carefully. For first-time gardeners not sure what tools to buy, we suggest these: For digging – shovel, hand shovel, spade, spading fork and a trowel. For weeding – hand cultivator and hand weeder For pruning – floral shears and pruners A new, fun tool we got this season is the dibber! Funny name we know, but it’s the perfect tool for working in our Eco Gardens. Dibbers are pointed wooden – or metal – sticks that are perfect for poking holes in the ground so that seeds can be planted. These work great for when you’re first mapping out where you want to plan each vegetable in your garden. With each new season comes a fresh start to your garden. Take this time…

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Fall into Gardening blog-min

Fall into Gardening this Autumn

Fall into Gardening this Autumn 1726 2048 Eco Garden Systems

As the leaves begin to change, and jack-o-lanterns begin to appear on our neighbor’s porches, it is safe to say the fall season has begun. With Autumn’s cooler weather and crisp mornings, planting in the fall can produce a plentiful garden and harvest. Some vegetables that thrive in such conditions include the heartier varieties like broccoli, lettuce, kale, cabbage and Swiss chard. Planting seeds in late August to early September is the best time to do so; however, it is not too late to plant in October, but we recommend planting vegetables that are considered to be “frost tolerant.” If you’re starting your garden with seeds, Better Homes and Gardens suggests planting about eight weeks before your last frost date of the season. Frost-tolerant vegetables to plant in the Fall Lettuce: This vegetable is considered to be one of the most versatile of garden plants and comes in an array of varieties. We especially love working with lettuce in our Eco Garden Bed because the vegetable only needs a small amount of space to grow, leaving room for other vegetables to add to our salads. Broccoli: Tasty and easy to grow, broccoli is nutrient-packed and grows especially well in cold weather. In your Eco Garden Bed, plant seeds about ½ inch apart and make sure the plant gets a partial amount of sun throughout the day. Harvest about 2 months after planting. Cabbage: The perfect addition to any warm soup on a cool day, cabbage is a classic vegetable that grows well in any garden during the fall season. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to notice the sweet, nutty flavor found in these cool season vegetables. This is typically caused from the light frost conditions the vegetables are exposed to during the season and can increase the amount of nutrients found…

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