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Time to Prepare for Fall Gardening

Time to Prepare for Fall Gardening 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

The garden season here in the Midwest is at its peak and it is now time to pull the summer plants that are done producing and plant those that will bring you into a harvest in the fall. These can include numerous vegetables and even though it is hard to pull foliage that still looks good, getting a head start on succession planting will ensure harvesting before estimated frost dates. Fall plants can include peas, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, and kale. Tomato plants and pepper plants are in their prime and will continue to produce well into the fall months so they can be left alone to do what they do best in warmer weather, grow and produce. Here are a few tips to consider when preparing and planting your succession harvest. Location! Location! Lettuce is one vegetable I like to have all summer. It can be sowed continually as long as it has a certain amount of shade to cool the soil. If the soil is too hot lettuce seeds will not germinate. If you do get some growth, the heat can still make them bolt early so location is important. Mulching or planting lettuce near towering plants will ensure enough shade to encourage growth. Looking for lettuce seeds that tolerate heat will also help in maintaining lettuce all season long. Some examples include Green salad bowl, Black Seeded Simpson, Summer Bibb and little Gem. These are a variety of lettuce and include bibb, leaf, and romaine types. With the cooler temps going into the fall, lettuce will grow like it did in the spring. Sometimes I seed lettuce in smaller containers and transplant when space opens up in the garden. If it is a mild fall, having fresh greens for the Thanksgiving table is very likely. Temperature Beans! Beans!…

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The Trial and Error of Gardening

The Trial and Error of Gardening 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

How many of you have been discouraged after planting a garden to find out some of your vegetation is not thriving? From brown spots to yellow leaves to weird looking bugs on your tomato and broccoli leaves, gardening has challenges that can make you want to quit immediately or run to your computer and google “Why are my pepper plant leaves turning yellow?” (If I haven’t googled it once I have googled it five times and that can be in one day.) I want quick answers to salvage what is left of the plant from diseases that will NOT go away on their own! Because I garden in a very large self-watering container, the most common diseases I run into usually come from existing plants that I purchase from nurseries or from organisms that arrive via wind first class. I have had to pull one cucumber plant and one tomato plant as well as some nasturtiums this garden season due to a few significant reasons. Here are three gardening issues that I have had to deal with when gardening in the Eco Garden System. Yellowing of leaves This can be on just about any plant that is growing in the garden. It is common in just about every garden and can be caused by one of three main factors: water, nutrients, or pests. A process of elimination of these three factors and problem solved! My first thought is watering. In a self- watering container this should be the easiest to eliminate. I know our first reaction is not enough water or too much water which with the Eco Garden system this should not be the case! Overwatering gives you wilted plants and under watering gives you shriveled up dry plants. A good way to test is to poke your finger…

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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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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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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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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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Succession Planting in an Eco Garden System

Succession Planting in an Eco Garden System 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Follow one crop with another! Succession planting in the Eco Garden System is easy when you consider several different factors that will help you achieve a high yield on just about any vegetable you plant.  Succession planting is the ability to harvest and replant for continuous growth. Plan and Research Start by putting a plan together of what vegetables you want to plant for the garden season. Map out your garden using rows or square gardening methods or use the grids we provide on our website. Researching each vegetable you want to plant is important in order to determine the plants’ individual growth habits and climate preferences. There are vegetables that prefer cooler temps to those that thrive in hot weather. For example, peas and broccoli love cooler temperatures. Once summer sets in these plants can be pulled and heat tolerant varieties or heat loving vegetables can be planted in their place. Pick and sow  Succession planting of lettuce and radishes can be done throughout the garden season especially in an Eco Garden. The Eco Garden System maintains soil moisture and soil temperature allowing these crops to thrive all season. These vegetables have the shortest growing days and can be harvested and seeds planted right after. Because of the consistent moist soil, germination of the seeds during hot weather is easy to achieve. Most of your salad greens and carrot varieties work well with the pick and sow succession planting. Add nutrients between plantings When most of your spring plantings are done – such as peas, broccoli, spinach and beets – you can plant more varieties to harvest in the fall. If wanting a harvest of peas in the fall consider bush peas instead of the vine peas because they mature more quickly. Reading your seed packet will give you…

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Composting 101: Why good soil is vital

Composting 101: Why good soil is vital 950 631 Eco Garden Systems

Many say that good soil is the foundation of a healthy, productive garden. But not many may know that composting plays a large role in maintaining the vitality of a garden’s soil. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Not only does making compost help keep materials – like food waste, which produces greenhouse gases – out of landfills, but it also adds nutrients to your soil that wouldn’t be found elsewhere.   The main benefits of composting include:   Enriched soil Moisture control, which suppresses plant diseases and pests Reduced dependency on chemical fertilizers Increased production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that create nutrient-filled soil Reduced methane emissions from landfills, which lowers your carbon footprint   Fortunately, there are many different ways to make a compost pile, whether its created indoors or outdoors, and some tools are beneficial to the process, including pitchforks, square-point shovels, machetes and a water hose. Once your compost is established, make sure you mix or turn it regularly.   For backyard composting, pick a dry, shady spot to store your compost bin or pile. If you have to keep your compost indoors or in your garage, be sure to purchase a composting bin available at most hardware stores.   What to include in your compost pile:   Browns – dead leaves Greens – vegetable and fruit waste and grass clippings Eggshells Fireplace ashes Coffee grounds Water   What to avoid adding to your compost pile:   Dairy products Fats, grease, lard or oils Yard trimmings laced with chemical pesticides Pet waste Coal or charcoal ash Meat or fish bones, and scraps Whether it’s kept outdoors or indoors, remember to keep a close eye on your compost pile and keep track…

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