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The Ultimate Guide to Raised Bed Garden Soil

The Ultimate Guide to Raised Bed Garden Soil 824 824 Eco Garden Systems

What’s the difference between soil types? Which should I use in my raised garden bed? Read this post on raised bed garden soil before heading to your garden center!

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Ten Ways To Make Your Backyard Garden Something To Be Proud Of

Ten Ways To Make Your Backyard Garden Something To Be Proud Of 974 547 Eco Garden Systems

The concept of gardening isn’t just about nurturing nature. Your house equally needs to be beautiful. Gardening ensures that your spare time is useful. And a backyard garden is a great place to start.

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2018 Learnings from my First Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

2018 Learnings from my First Raised Bed Vegetable Garden 974 729 Eco Garden Systems

Thinking about starting a raised bed vegetable garden in 2019? Our affiliate gardener Jessica shares 3 things she learned from her first raised bed garden.

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Growing Herbs in the Eco Garden System

Growing Herbs in the Eco Garden System 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Herbs are the wonderful accent to every meal whether it is for extra flavor or to just add a little culinary art to the dish. Most of us feel like gourmet cooks when we use one or two of the many varieties of herbs available. Using fresh herbs is the bonus that every chef would like to have at their fingertips. Planting and growing herbs is very simple especially if you plant them in an elevated bed or a container that is easy to reach for an easy harvest. There is a variety that you can choose from to plant depending on your cooking style. Here are five herbs to consider the next time you plant your garden: Parsley I begin with parsley because it is very easy to grow and will continue to grow with each harvest. Parsley adds a lot of color to salads, soups, and mixed vegetable dishes. It is widely known for its use as a garnish. Parsley grows best in moist, well-drained soil which makes the Eco Garden System and ideal garden to grow in. It is used in Mediterranean dishes and is packed with nutrients rich in vitamin A, K and E. Oregano Two common varieties of oregano are Greek or Italian. The flavor of oregano is best before the plant blooms. Harvesting and allowing to dry is better for this herb because it does not hold up well to prolong cooking. If using fresh oregano it is best to add towards the end of cooking. Oregano tends to grow in a drier environment with a neutral pH. However in the Eco Garden System it thrives well due to the well-drained soil and the fact that it is easier to contain and control. It should be snipped regularly to keep it bushy and tender. It…

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The Trial and Error of Gardening

The Trial and Error of Gardening 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

How many of you have been discouraged after planting a garden to find out some of your vegetation is not thriving? From brown spots to yellow leaves to weird looking bugs on your tomato and broccoli leaves, gardening has challenges that can make you want to quit immediately or run to your computer and google “Why are my pepper plant leaves turning yellow?” (If I haven’t googled it once I have googled it five times and that can be in one day.) I want quick answers to salvage what is left of the plant from diseases that will NOT go away on their own! Because I garden in a very large self-watering container, the most common diseases I run into usually come from existing plants that I purchase from nurseries or from organisms that arrive via wind first class. I have had to pull one cucumber plant and one tomato plant as well as some nasturtiums this garden season due to a few significant reasons. Here are three gardening issues that I have had to deal with when gardening in the Eco Garden System. Yellowing of leaves This can be on just about any plant that is growing in the garden. It is common in just about every garden and can be caused by one of three main factors: water, nutrients, or pests. A process of elimination of these three factors and problem solved! My first thought is watering. In a self- watering container this should be the easiest to eliminate. I know our first reaction is not enough water or too much water which with the Eco Garden system this should not be the case! Overwatering gives you wilted plants and under watering gives you shriveled up dry plants. A good way to test is to poke your finger…

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Good Soil

Good Soil 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

A question on every gardener’s mind whether you are a novice gardener or a master gardener is what is good soil for my garden? Depending on the type of garden you have, it can vary. When I say types I am referring to raised garden beds, elevated garden beds, wicking beds, container gardens and of course the traditional ground garden. Each of these types of gardens can utilize a certain mixture of soil, soil amendments and added fertilizers. Companies are now getting on board and producing soil specifically for raised and elevated garden beds as well as additional soil with amendments to add to your ground garden. So, yes, it can be confusing as to what works best. One thing is for sure, that once you plant in soil it will need to be revived with nutrients to make up for the ones lost during growth. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing or amending your soil. Traditional ground gardens Not everyone lives where there is good soil! If you are determined to do traditional gardening and start a plot in your backyard you might want to have your soil tested to see what will need to be added to make it viable for plants. Well drained soil is a must for healthy plants. If you have clay soil, adding organic matter over a course of several years will improve the texture of the clay. Clay soil is full of nutrients, but is in need of good soil tilth (which relates to the soils ability to drain properly and provide proper aeration.) Adding aged-manures, compost and planting cover crops will eventually improve the soil. Soil recommendation: Add garden soil for ground gardens, compost, and aged-manures to improve texture. Raised garden beds There are soils you can purchase…

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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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Zone Gardening and the Eco Garden System

Zone Gardening and the Eco Garden System 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

For those of you trying gardening for the first time, it is important to know what zone you live in. Growing up in the western state of Montana, it was known that the winters were long and the growing season was short. Gardening, was at best, a summer past time that kept rural kids busy when school was out! When I moved to Wisconsin it was mentioned to me that you planted potatoes on Good Friday. Well, in Montana, snow can be 6 inches deep on that day, so how on earth do you plant a potato? Key word in the gardening world: ZONE!  Southern Wisconsin and Central Montana are two different zones! In the northern regions, the winters are cold which means gardening goes into hibernation till the first sign of spring. The southwest, south, and southeast regions do a little more hibernating when the summer heat becomes too intense in these areas. Gardening is year round in these regions even though wintertime lows can be pretty cold and frost warnings are possible. Having a complete understanding of your zone will help you in determining what to plant and when to plant.  Locate your zone on a plant zoning map( USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard) and research your average last frost date and your average first frost date. This way you will know when to start your seeds indoors and when to cover your plants outdoors. Other factors to consider that affect individual growth of plants are soil, moisture, humidity and wind. In the Eco Garden system gardening can start earlier and end later due to the fact that consistent moisture and temperature can be sustained and the ability to cover when needed is convenient. The food grade plastic insulates the soil to maintain consistencies in…

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