Pests can put a damper on joy you get from your garden, to combat the unwanted pesky critters and pests. Try creating your own homemade pest control solution. check the homemade remedies below, and keep your garden free from unwanted guests.
Raw or cooked, dried or fresh, onions are an essential part of a variety of salads, soups and casseroles. They are easy to grow, and a great plant to plant in a corner in your garden.
Butternut Squash are a variety of winter squash. Unlike summer squash it is often eaten after the fruit reach the mature stage, it is often harvested after the rind harden and become thick. It stores well even without freezing or canning. It's a good source of carbohydrates, potassium, iron and fiber. And each Butternut Squash vine produce between 10 to 20 fruits, if you properly the care of the plant. Growing butternut squash in your home garden is easy if you follow this basic steps.
A big healthy tomato plant use a lot of magnesium in the growing process and fruit production process. Keeping the soil magnesium level balanced can be hard. But you can accomplish that with applying Epsom salt regularly. Adding Epsom Salt to the soil, help tomatoes produce more blossoms, reduce the chance of getting blossom rot, and help tomato plants produce bigger fruits.
Plants that lack the right amount of magnesium may also have a decrease in sweetness, Epsom Salt is a good cheap source of magnesium. The plants absorb it easily and quickly, making it one of the best sources of magnesium for your garden.
New to gardening? are you worried that planting your 1st garden well be fruitless? Then fear not, while not totally foolproof, some plants are ideal for novice gardeners who want to raise their chances of success.Here's the list.
- Carrots – As long as you have soil with good drainage. you'll have great success with growing carrots. They most likely won’t grow as big as the ones that you see in the market . But they'll grow sweet and delicious.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes grow quick and bear lots of fruits. For best results, try growing Determinate varieties of tomatoes. also called "bush" tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes. Which won’t need as much staking.
- Green Beans – Many varieties of beans are excellent for novice gardeners. Bush beans are small, don't need any staking and grow very easily with few issues. Pole beans are easy to grow as long as you've got some type of support.
- Peppers – Bell peppers and sweet peppers are very easy to grow plants. If the plant get droopy, simply add some stakes and tie them with some nylon. For the novice gardeners, they're best grown from seedlings. If you leave the green peppers on the vines long enough and they will turn red.
- Radishes – this is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Most Radishe varieties are ready to harvest in about 20-25 days.
For more info try reading this book "One Magic Square Vegetable Gardening" The instructions are easy, the index of fruits/veggies/trees in the back is indespensible, and the colored pictures are timely. Yes, the theme is of a magic square, but before you know it you'll have 4 or more going, without that much effort. I'm using this book to plan my garden and can't wait to companion plant some rosemary with our pear tree.
The good thing about bush and Pole beans (more commonly called green beans) is, you don’t need to have a green thumb to be able to grow them. they're easy to grow, fairly hardy, and almost fool-proof!
How do you plant green bean?
Choose a sunny area and plant the beans ten to sixteen inches apart and a foot or two in between rows. If you choose to raise pole beans, you’ll have to leave lots of room for whatever contraption the plants will be climbing.
Make sure the soil has good drainage, and lots of compost mixed into it. Planting should begin once the soil has warmed up, so you don't need to worry about the frost killing your seedlings.
What pests likes to eat bean plants?
cutworms, leafminers, and Armyworms are some of the common caterpillars who enjoy munching on bean plants. cucumber beetles, Bean weevils, and stinkbugs like eating them too.
When to Harvest green beans?
Beans are typically harvested once the pods are still small and tender. If you wait till they are very big, they are usually rather tough. However, if you're planning on saving some seeds for next session, wait until the pods turn yellow. You’ll be able to shell the beans and save the seeds for next spring’s planting.
You can get more info from this book "The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden" This book has helped me become quite the accomplished gardener. t's got a lot of great information. It covers a lot of topics, And it's laid out clearly with illustrations and photos, which definitely helps if you're a novice gardener.
This one is highly biased to what you prefer to put in your smoothies. I’m going to list some common smoothie & juicing foods, but obviously, if you find that you buy something regularly for your smoothies that you can grow. Then add it to your planting list!
Sweet potatoes aren't started by seed like most other types of vegetables, they're started from slips. And slips are shoots that grow from mature sweet potatoes.
To start rooting the slips, you'll need several healthy sweet potatoes.
To create sprouts, wash and cut the sweet potatoes in half. Place each part in jar of water with half of the sweet potato below the water line. You can use toothpicks the sweet potato in place.
The sweet potato slips need warmth, so put them on a window that get a lot of sunlight or on top of a radiator. Keep adding water as needed.
In a few weeks your sweet potato slips will be covered with leafy sprouts on top and roots on the bottom.
Once you the slips have a good amount of roots, you can plant them in your garden.