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Water and Your Garden

Water and Your Garden 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Water is essential for plants to grow. Good quality water is even more important if you want healthy plants and vegetables to thrive. There are many questions asked about the different filtered waters that people have in their homes when it comes to watering a garden. There are four water types: hard water, soft water, reverse osmosis, and of course good old Mother Nature’s rain water. If there was one to choose as the best for gardens, rain water would win hands down. However, we all know that relying on nature’s rain comes with a lot of inconsistency either in the form of drought or flooding, neither that is good for gardens. Hard water Hard water can be good for your plants. If you are using water from a well without a salt softener than that is consider hard water. Hard water contains minerals in the form of calcium and magnesium which can benefit your garden as long as there is not too much of it. Most of your fertilizers will contain these minerals to help growth and healthy foliage. If you notice stunted growth in your plants than you might want to check your soil to see if it test high for any of these minerals. I use hard water in my Eco garden systems and have notice in different locations that a white calcium build up will show up on top of the soil. No worries plants are healthy and soil is at a neutral pH level. Hard water can increase your alkaline level which means acidic loving plants may struggle. If the soil is to acidic plants can’t access nutrients very well. Hard water in an Eco Garden System White build up on top of soil from hard water Soft water Soft water is questionable and is…

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The Pros and Cons of Elevated Garden Bed Options

The Pros and Cons of Elevated Garden Bed Options 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Raised beds have taken the garden world by storm by giving people a stress free gardening choice. There are so many varieties available to the consumer it is hard to choose one that fits all your needs. We have traveled quite a bit this year across the U.S. with our garden, the Eco Garden System, and have listened to numerous questions about elevated gardens from many different gardeners we have encountered at these events. Some of the comments range from “Is it chemical free?” to “Will it last?” Needless to say, elevated gardening is on the rise and consumers are looking for solutions to gardening headaches. How are they different in comparison? Here are a few points on three different elevated beds available and how you can choose one type or many types for your gardening needs. Wicking Beds The Eco Garden System is the largest wicking bed (as we know) on the market right now. It is made out of recyclable food grade plastic (HDPE) that resists fading and cracking. It is durable and will last 20 or more years. Here is what makes Eco unique from other elevated wicking beds. Eco has an automated watering system which recycles the water below to sprinkle the top of your soil. This is very beneficial when germinating seeds and replacing nutrients to your plants. It uses 65 percent less water and because of the size of the garden there is less evaporation and salt build up that you can get with smaller wicking systems. The Eco garden bed is easy to install with fewer parts than other kit systems. It is also easy to clean and store, as well as move, if you relocate. (No garden left behind!) The Eco system also has about an inch air gap between the grate…

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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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