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Gardening in an Eco Garden

Gardening in an Eco Garden 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Who Can Benefit From This Fantastic Garden? I have been busy planting the last two weeks and now with the gardens planted I am amazed how fast the Eco Gardens grow! I planted on May 12th and already the gardens are filled to the brim with a multiple variety of vegetables. I harvested the romaine lettuce for dinner last night and it was what fresh from the garden lettuce is…wonderful! No worries of bacteria or of getting sick from what comes right out of my front yard garden. It really is an amazing garden! I injured my back a month ago and if I had to face the ground garden I had years ago I would have had to of said “Next year!” But with the Eco Garden all I do is watch and harvest. No bending, no kneeling, and no pulling hoses to water every spot. It is not a complicated system. It is a self- watering system that has a water reservoir at the bottom of the garden. It wicks the water to the root of the plants to keep them hydrated at all times. It is the garden for the future generation. I say that, because I have raised three of the future generation and they are more in tune to the Eco concept than the dig in the ground concept. The millenniums are a busy bunch and social media has taken over their lives to the point that if they want to garden they have a small window of time set aside for just that task. Not to mention it is so easy to learn gardening in this system. When young people do sports year round the art of gardening just does not make the list of priorities. My niece Abbey has signed up to take…

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Spring Time Planting

Spring Time Planting 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Spring is finally here and everyone is anxious to get the yard cleaned up and the garden planted. So anxious we sometimes start too early. If you have a ground garden it is optimal to wait till the ground warms to about 50 degrees or warmer. With 80 degree highs it seems only right to start planting. Just remember a good rule of thumb is to follow what zone you are in.  In southern Wisconsin we are zone 5 and are pretty safe to plant after Mother’s Day.  Check to see what is the last possible day for frost to occur and then plant after that date. Planting in the spring means planting vegetables that love cooler temperatures. Five early spring veggies you can plant now are: Peas There are a variety of peas that you can plant in the spring and then again in the fall. Snow peas, sugar snap peas and shell peas are cold weather plants and are best grown by direct sowing into the garden once the soil can be worked. Once you harvest, wait to late summer and plant again for an early fall harvest. It is recommended to sow 6 weeks before the last frost and that is only if your ground and soil is not frozen. Spinach Spinach loves cooler temperatures that stay below 75 degrees. Plant at least 12 to 15 seeds per foot of the row to ensure plenty of growth. Spinach loves well drained soil and nutrient rich soil. It can be planted in sunny or shaded locations. Lettuce Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in the garden. There are many varieties of lettuce to choose from that can be sown directly into the garden or transplanted from a nursery purchase. I tend to plant lettuce in…

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The Health Benefits of Gardening With Our Senses

The Health Benefits of Gardening With Our Senses 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

  There are many articles on how gardening can be good for your mind, body and soul. The benefits of gardening that produce healthy foods and get us outside exercising are a fantastic combination to a longer, healthier life. Today’s health news and food trends lean to eating organic, whole foods that provide the essential vitamins that some of us take in pill form. Don’t get me wrong, vitamins are a great way to supplement nutrients you are not getting, but if you could grow your own nutrients straight from the garden why not do it? Gardening can, however, be more than just healthy eats. It can also have a profound effect on your mind through our senses. Mental health experts have warned about depression as a global epidemic. It has increased among our young and aging population and it is a concern. The use of “horticultural therapy” as a treatment is one way to combat stress and anxiety. Here are some ways gardening can trigger our senses to happy thoughts! There is nothing better than the smell of fresh flowers and just picked herbs. Some of my favorite herbs in the garden can trigger happy thoughts of delicious foods. Every time I walk by purple basil I not only think of pizza, I smell it! (and who doesn’t like pizza, right?) Rosemary is another herb that adds such a sweet aroma which has me craving a relaxing cup of hot tea. Rosemary is one herb that has actually shown in studies, to help against depression and improve moods. Many of your scented geraniums, like lemon, orange, and nutmeg (which smell like cookies!) will also add a variety of wonderful smells to the garden. Sometimes just the smell of fresh, healthy soil will trigger memories from those of us who…

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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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The Love of a Potato

The Love of a Potato 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

If you are a potato lover you know that a home grown potato is a delicacy!  It is a treat to eat a potato straight from the garden.  My favorite is, without a doubt, the new potatoes harvested before they reach maturity.  Boil the baby potatoes, add fresh garden peas with a rich cream sauce, and you have heaven in a pot! Potatoes make for a hearty side dish with any meal especially if you are feeding hungry boys. I have two, and they are always hungry!  Potatoes are the go to dish that complete the feeding frenzy of severe hunger (so they say!) Growing my own potatoes has had some challenges through the years. I have tried many ways to solve issues with soil and insects.  From mounding to mulching to organic soaps, I have had some unsuccessful crops, which have included few potatoes to a wipe out of the plant leaves before they flower. This year I planted my potatoes in the elevated Eco garden System. Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in the Eco Garden System.  After years of growing potatoes in the ground this system was the answer to the age old dilemma of potato bugs! In gardening conversations, many gardeners sigh when you mention theses pesky little destroyers, and some will say “Just move your plot!”  Well, I am at the top of hill now and nowhere to go! In comes the Eco Garden System and wow, a season without bugs!  The plants were beautiful, and the flowers were stunning. Best of all, no bugs! The Eco system has many of the ideal conditions for growing potatoes. Potatoes should be planted at least 2 weeks before your last frost.  Seed potatoes can be cut to the size of an egg with at…

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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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Gardening at the Espelien’s

Gardening at the Espelien’s 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

My father loved to garden. When I was a young boy he only grew ornamental plants in our small backyard in St. Paul, MN.  When we moved to the suburbs (better schools, closer to his job) he was able to designate a large piece of our backyard to growing fruits and vegetables.  The front and side yards got more of the ornamental – but the new layered produce garden got most of his attention. An engineer by training and trade (although he never finished his degree as pesky youngsters started arriving to crowd the little house on Wilder Ave.) he became meticulous in his planning.  The upper tier did not start all strawberries – but it soon became that due to the creeping nature of the plants.  We had June berries, mid-berries and late berries and the quality was always just okay – not sure if it was soil or he just could not wait to pick them (or perhaps we lost all of the good ones to the critters – maybe one day I will tell the woodchuck stories which are hilarious or the bunny stories which are sort of sad) but the berries never were the greatest.  Either were the odd things he would plant – broccoli, asparagus, Kohlrabi, etc. – not sure the ground was right and weather in Minnesota was always problematic – but the Kohlrabi was always a weird taste experience. Tomatoes – on the other hand – were a thing of beauty.  I remember when the entire middle level of the garden was tomatoes – almost too many varieties to count and all with his one garden hack: a coffee can with nail holes punched in the bottom.  You filled the can with water and the water would slowly drip out to keep the…

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Eco Garden harvest has me saving green

Eco Garden harvest has me saving green 640 427 Eco Garden Systems

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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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Planting Your Eco Garden Gardening Bed

Planting Your Eco Garden Gardening Bed 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

[slider_gallery ids=”3245,3247,3252,3251,3248,3255,3244″] I think with anyone who starts or maintains a garden in the ground, the question each year is, should I try a raised garden bed this year?  Do they work and do they really eliminate the headache of weeding and watering?  Are they easy to build and how much time and money will I put in to them?  And, of course, the magic question, will they last? Well, the eco garden system self-watering bed is that one raised garden bed that can answer those questions and more when it comes to gardening in raised beds.  The Eco Garden will have less weeds and eliminate the worry of overwatering or underwatering.  The Eco Garden system gardening bed is easy to assemble and easy to plant.  Manufactured out of a high grade LDPE that is food-contact ready, it will last a long time through the years with very little wear and tear.  Once you have assembled your garden, the next important thing to do is find a great location for your garden. We recommend choosing a spot that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sun.  When you decide where that spot is you need to think about how to level the ground for this type of garden.  The Eco garden has a reservoir tank at the bottom which holds water that should be level in order to maintain water consistently.  If you have a hard surface such as cement or gravel this works well to ensure that the garden does not sink over time or become uneven making it hard to maintain a consistent water level. Having a water source close is ideal because you will need to replenish the water about every two weeks.   Now that you have an ideal spot and your garden is set it is time to…

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