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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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elevated garden

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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Indoor Gardening Blog-min

Plan, Prep, and Plant Your Seeds Indoors

Plan, Prep, and Plant Your Seeds Indoors 2048 1536 Eco Garden Systems

February is a good time to plan, prep and plant your seeds indoors. Planting your seeds indoors can be an inexpensive and self-satisfying way to make your garden grow. Not only does it give you a head start on growing plants, but it can also give you an opportunity to grow different varieties of plants you would not find available in garden centers. The rule of thumb is to start your plants indoors at least 6 weeks before your last frost date. Depending on where you live this can range anywhere from the end of February to the second week of April; you can check your zone area online to determine the average last frost date for your area. Checking the frost date for your area ensures you are not starting your plants too early. You want to produce seedlings that are mature, but not overgrown or as they say “leggy. Seedlings that are spindly can be hard to transplant because their roots are so delicate and their stems are weak, which can make them snap. Some vegetables that can start from seeds are peppers, squash, tomato varieties and some bean varieties. Planting these vegetables early means an earlier harvest and a higher produce yield. Now that you have a plan it is time to prep for planting; it is beneficial to start with clean containers to avoid disease or use containers that will break down in the soil. Choosing the latter will prevent you from disturbing the delicate roots and can be an easy alternative for a beginner gardener. To start your seeds it is recommended to use a soil-less medium. A sterile seed-starting mix or peat will work well because it expands when wet and because the seed contains the nutrients needed for the seedling, fertilizer isn’t necessary.…

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Get Your Garden Tools blog-min

Get your garden tools ready for spring

Get your garden tools ready for spring 1920 1280 Eco Garden Systems

The snow is beginning to melt, leaves are beginning to sprout, and your tools are ready to get back in the soil of your garden. The end of winter is a great time to begin prepping for your spring garden. Not only do your soil, mulch and seeds need time to get ready, but your tools are an important part of the preparation process as well. By the end of February and beginning of March, be sure to do the following to your garden tools: Scrub away any leftover dirt or plant matter from last season with a stiff-bristled brush, rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly to prevent rusting. If there is some rust on your tools, it can be removed with a wire brush or sandpaper. Soak them in white vinegar for a few minutes beforehand to help loosen the rust. If the tool is too rusty, it may be time to replace it with a new one. Organize your tools so they can be easily located when needed. Sharpen blades on your lawn mower, carefully. For first-time gardeners not sure what tools to buy, we suggest these: For digging – shovel, hand shovel, spade, spading fork and a trowel. For weeding – hand cultivator and hand weeder For pruning – floral shears and pruners A new, fun tool we got this season is the dibber! Funny name we know, but it’s the perfect tool for working in our Eco Gardens. Dibbers are pointed wooden – or metal – sticks that are perfect for poking holes in the ground so that seeds can be planted. These work great for when you’re first mapping out where you want to plan each vegetable in your garden. With each new season comes a fresh start to your garden. Take this time…

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Fall into Gardening blog-min

Fall into Gardening this Autumn

Fall into Gardening this Autumn 1726 2048 Eco Garden Systems

As the leaves begin to change, and jack-o-lanterns begin to appear on our neighbor’s porches, it is safe to say the fall season has begun. With Autumn’s cooler weather and crisp mornings, planting in the fall can produce a plentiful garden and harvest. Some vegetables that thrive in such conditions include the heartier varieties like broccoli, lettuce, kale, cabbage and Swiss chard. Planting seeds in late August to early September is the best time to do so; however, it is not too late to plant in October, but we recommend planting vegetables that are considered to be “frost tolerant.” If you’re starting your garden with seeds, Better Homes and Gardens suggests planting about eight weeks before your last frost date of the season. Frost-tolerant vegetables to plant in the Fall Lettuce: This vegetable is considered to be one of the most versatile of garden plants and comes in an array of varieties. We especially love working with lettuce in our Eco Garden Bed because the vegetable only needs a small amount of space to grow, leaving room for other vegetables to add to our salads. Broccoli: Tasty and easy to grow, broccoli is nutrient-packed and grows especially well in cold weather. In your Eco Garden Bed, plant seeds about ½ inch apart and make sure the plant gets a partial amount of sun throughout the day. Harvest about 2 months after planting. Cabbage: The perfect addition to any warm soup on a cool day, cabbage is a classic vegetable that grows well in any garden during the fall season. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to notice the sweet, nutty flavor found in these cool season vegetables. This is typically caused from the light frost conditions the vegetables are exposed to during the season and can increase the amount of nutrients found…

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