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Two Sweet Petunias: Day 4

Two Sweet Petunias: Day 4 1194 795 Eco Garden Systems

Day 4: Looking Green Quick update on the growth in our Eco Garden! The garden is looking so green and healthy. We had a sprout in the area where we planted the peas (from seed), but it turned out to be a false alarm because there were similar sprouts throughout the garden. Probably something in the soil or possibly from the trees in the area. But this “false alarm” doesn’t take away from how well everyone seems to be settling into their new home. Some of the tomatoes had flowers when we planted them, but no new flowers yet. The couple of “sad” looking brussel sprouts have come back though, their yellow leaves turning now a nice young green color. We planted six Marigolds around the perimeter of the garden today as well. This will help keep the critters away, and are also recommended “companions” for the Tomatoes and other plants. Day 4: Looking Green originally posted on Two Sweet Petunias, May 23, 2018. Follow along with Two Sweet Petunias this summer as they chronicle their family’s journey in year one of their Eco Garden.

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Two Sweet Petunias: Genesis of the Garden

Two Sweet Petunias: Genesis of the Garden 900 600 Eco Garden Systems

We bought a garden. Yes, that is a play on “We Bought a Zoo” and I realize it doesn’t have quite the same effect. What I should really say is “We bought Costco,” or “We bought the farmer’s market,” because – just wait – we’ll soon be growing in an abundance that puts places like these to shame. Ok, not really. But one of the goals with our new garden is to grow our own vegetables (and herbs and fruit) so that we don’t have to buy them at the store anymore. With the way our families go through produce, we might actually save enough to buy our Costco…but I digress. Simply put, we’re looking forward to being able to head out back to the garden to “shop” for our produce. So that explains “why” we bought a garden. I bet you’re wondering “what” we actually bought… We bought an Eco Garden (< look them up)! Yes, I’ll explain. The elevator pitch is that our Eco Garden is a raised container garden of mammoth proportion. But the longer, more technical version touting the many features and benefits reveals that it’s so much more than a “container.” Here you go: The container itself is 4-feet by 6-feet and stands 3-feet tall. That’s right, no having to kneel down or bend over to garden! This garden saves knees. It’s the bee’s knees (which, if bees actually have knees, they won’t be needing them because, again, no kneeling necessary in this garden). The garden uses advanced “air gap technology,” that helps aerate the plant’s roots. This is exactly what it sounds like – there is a “gap” filled with air in the container. Quick logistical note: The bottom of the container has a reservoir which is filled with water, and above this is 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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