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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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Tomatillos

Tomatillos 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Grow Something New Every Garden season Last summer I saw countless posts on these green looking tomatoes (which are not tomatoes, but belong to the same nightshade family) that make the most delicious salsa verde. I thought that is something I am going to try in the Eco Garden System next spring. Traveling around to different garden shows I was often asked if certain vegetables would grow in the Eco System and of course my answer was yes, most vegetables and these are the ones I have tried. (I even grew peanuts which was fun to share with interesting buyers.) My goal after these shows was to make sure I tried a few new varieties of vegetables to ensure I knew what I was talking about. Tomatillos, what are they? They are intriguing and I couldn’t resist trying to grow some. Off to the garden center to find one to plant. I was lucky to find one and I proudly brought it home and planted it in my Eco Garden System. As I patiently waited for it to produce these amazing green colored tomato looking fruits, I realized I should have planted two of these overbearing massive plants. (It even said it on the plant marker! Oops) I decided to take my chances and see if one plant would produce and it did! There were lanterns everywhere and they were growing fruit in each of them. Success! Let me give you a little information on tomatillos because when you branch out and try something new you end up educating yourself on a plant you would have never taken the time to know. I have learned five things about the tomatillos: • It is pronounced to-ma-TEE-yo. No L’s in this pronunciation! • You DO need two plants to cross pollinate to…

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