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The Basics of Seed Starting

The Basics of Seed Starting 814 610 Eco Garden Systems

Planning is important when starting seeds. Get a head start on vegetable sardening season planning with these seed starting tips.

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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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Preparing a Garden Journal

Preparing a Garden Journal 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

What’s your garden’s story? The days are longer and the temperatures are rising. Spring is just around the corner and it is time to plan your garden. If you are novice gardener, this will take a couple of years of trial and error planning to determine what grows best and where. One of the most important things you can do for a successful garden year after year is to start a journal and write down everything from what you planted to what succeeded and what failed. Keeping a journal gives your garden a story. There are so many variations of vegetables to plant that not all of them are successful in certain conditions and areas. If you live in an area where hibernating your garden for 6 months is necessary, forgetting what worked and what didn’t is likely. Having a garden journal guides you to plant new varieties and avoid old mistakes. Some of the things to keep in mind when keeping a journal are: Plant and seed names It is very important to write down the full name of the vegetable you are planting. Just writing tomato is going to confuse you when there are so many varieties. For example, Roma tomatoes are a determinate tomato plant and do not grow as big as a cherry tomato that is an indeterminate tomato plant. Documenting plants that are disease resistant will also aid in less stress for future plantings. Taping or attaching seed packets to your journal will help in identifying plants you have planted, not to mention add color and character to your journal. Map your garden Draw a map of your garden making sure to note companion planting as well as types of flowers you plant. Having several different drawings will give you options once you start planting.…

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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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