Fall gardening

What To Do With All That Parsley?

What To Do With All That Parsley? 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

One of my favorite herbs to grow in the garden is parsley. Most people think of parsley as the useless garnish on the plate that gets thrown out after the meal is done. Why this may be true, parsley is a nice addition to any garden that adds beauty, fragrance, and flavor for certain dishes. If you plant parsley regularly in your garden you know there will be enough to share even with the beneficial bugs! I plant new parsley each year even though you can harvest and let it grow a second year. The second year growth will not have as much flavor but it will produce seeds that you can keep for up to three years and plant on your own the following years. Parsley is more than just a garnish! It contains high levels of flavonoids which makes it a powerful anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Parsley can be used in soups, stews and casseroles. It has such a rich green color and strong aroma when harvested it is a no wonder it is heathy for you. Because it is in the same family as carrots and celery it can grow well into the fall season even with cooler temperatures. Planting just one plant in well drained moist soil will yield an ample supply of parsley that can be used fresh, dried, or frozen for future use. I even share some of my parsley with the caterpillars that eventually become pollinating butterflies. Why not, there is so much of it. I enjoyed using it fresh throughout the garden season making sure to harvest it when there were at least three branches on one stem. In past years I was cutting just the top part to use as a garnish and now know that if you use it for…

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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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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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