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Nature is Calling Us

Nature is Calling Us 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Trends come and go with each changing year. Gardening trends do the same with many different focuses on edible flowers to wall gardens to what to plant and not plant. The gardening world is no different than the fashion world with the “What’s hot, what’s not! However, one thing for sure never changes and that is the focus on nature and environment. One focus is loud and clear and that is how do we improve our environment? Each year there is a list of trending gardening ideas and the list for 2019 is not disappointing for the environment. There is one clear message in all the trends: We all can get out there and grow something green! It is possible!  Here are some remarkable trends predicted for 2019: Urban gardens Urban gardens are on the rise and should be. With all the possible products and devices out there to choose from everyone should grow something. Small place complaints don’t mean anything with the new and improved pots and raised garden beds available on the market. You do not need land to garden anymore. Small and middle size gardens are available and can be landscaped around or accessorized for aesthetic appeal. If you have acreage it does not mean you have to go big or go home! Pick a location and start small. Community gardens are a nice way to contribute as well. Restaurant gardens Who doesn’t want to eat at a restaurant that brags we grew it ourselves. The popularity of sitting among your food is on the rise just like the trendy restaurants that used to display meat as you walked in to ensure you knew right where your food was coming from. Rooftop gardens are popping up all over the world as the #farmtofork becomes a trademark. Growing…

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Winterizing the Eco Garden System

Winterizing the Eco Garden System 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Another garden season has ended here in the Midwest and it is time to put the Eco garden System away for the winter. When life gets busy it is hard to keep up with the seasonal everyday tasks that come with gardening especially in the spring and in the fall. The Eco garden System was designed to eliminate most of those tasks and still produce healthy garden vegetables. Winterizing these gardens is as simple as gardening in these units. Because the gardens are made out of recyclable durable plastic, they can with stand many climate changes and extremes. In the northern states this time of the year those extremes are freezing temperatures. The Eco system has a water reservoir that should be drained to avoid expansion of the garden itself. Putting a cover on the garden will also avoid the possibility of rain or melted snow refilling the reservoir. There is a cover that is made especially for these gardens and can be purchased on our website. There are five simple steps to winterizing the garden for the winter months using the Eco garden cover: Step one: Open the spigot located on the side of the garden. This should be turned until it stops to ensure it is completely open. Leave this open throughout the winter months to allow drainage if needed. (Now you may have some debris that will need to be removed to clear the opening for the water to drain out. A simple tweezer or even a stick will remove what is clogging the spigot.) Step two: Let water drain out. This might take fifteen minutes to one hour depending on how much water is in the tank. If some water is left in the reservoir that is not a problem. What little water left on the…

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Starting Your Seeds Indoors

Starting Your Seeds Indoors 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Lessons Learned There is so much information online about how to start your seeds indoors that it can be overwhelming to say the least. It took me a while to motivate myself to do it after realizing it can’t be that hard to do. The supplies needed are not that expensive or that extensive. Any of your garden catalogs or boxed stores will carry a line of indoor seed starting products from trays to lights. What is really needed to ensure success is a warm area and sterile potting mix to germinate your seeds. I decided to try a self-watering tray last year and found myself purchasing another system to try this year. (We are a self-watering garden business after all!) Like our self-watering garden, The Eco Garden System, the self-watering seed trays work just as well! There is less worry of overwatering or under watering which is crucial in seed germination. I also use the peat pots that can be planted directly into the garden once the hardening off process is done. Some tips and tricks I have learned from starting seeds indoors come from failures to complete and total success once they are transplanted and growing. Here are a few tips to keep in mind from a fairly green indoor gardener. Tip #1: Start out small until you get the hang of where the best spot is to begin. Planting trays and trays of seeds only to find out they do not have enough warmth or light is wasted time and frustration. Lesson learned, I have moved my seeds to a table in the basement where I have electric wall heat that keeps the table and seedlings warm and productive. It is also near a large sliding door for added light when needed. I did purchase a heat mat…

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