How to grow Cabbage

Cabbage is a green leafy vegetable grown throughout the world. Growing cabbage can be a challenge, and some varieties tend to need a lot of care and attention. Cabbage needs a cold environment for growth and is susceptible to pest attacks. Consider pest control strategies that compliment cabbage like composting or use of plant covers. If you like the vegetable, with the careful attention, you can grow it in your home garden.

Proper planning and care can provide up to two crops in a year.

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Planting cabbage

Finding cabbage seedlings may be difficult in your area, but you can germinate cabbage indoors at >70 degrees. It is best if you sow the seeds in containers and transplant before the last frost. Alternatively, you can sow seeds directly a few weeks before the last frost – if planting in the fall plant 8 weeks ahead of the first Winter frost.

Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart in straight rows. If you want the full-size plant heads, plant them at least 20 inches apart. If you plant closer, the heads will grow smaller in size.

Mulching

Mulching is essential to retain the moisture and regulate the soil temperature. Make rich mulch from leaves and wood pulp and mix it with the soil to put around the plants.

Make sure do not plant the broccoli and cauliflower near the cabbage as they all belong to the same family. Planting them together can deplete the soil form the nutrients and attract the same diseases and pests.

Cabbage Care

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When the plants attain a height of 5 inches, make sure that they are at the required distance. After the transplantation is over, you can fertilize the soil for three weeks. Also, make sure you mulch and water the soil regularly to keep it moist.

There are many pests like cabbage maggots, cabbage worms, and cutworms that attack the cabbage plants. The pests like slugs chew ragged holes in the cabbage leaves. Growing in the right conditions, crop rotation and the using the disease resistant cultivars protects your cabbage plants from pests and diseases.

Using a barrier like a plant cover or copper edging can keep posts like slugs and snails at bay.

You can also grow the Dill weed plants between the cabbage plants, which attract the wasps that kill the pests like cabbage worms and maggots.

Harvesting

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Check whether the cabbage heads are fully grown and became firm. Most varieties of cabbage take around 70 days to develop the firm heads. If the heads have become hard, you can cut them using a sharp knife leaving the stalks and roots.

To get two crops from your cabbage plants, leave the outer leaves and roots after cutting the cabbage head. The stalks and roots will produce new heads which you should not harvest until they grow to the size of a tennis ball.  When grown to the required size cut them to use as a vegetable or salad.

Final Note

Cabbage grows well in cold weather. You need to time its planting correctly, traditionally in the early Spring or late Fall. Growing cabbage can be fun and easy, but you need to protect your crop from a range of pests.

How to grow Microgreens

Microgreens are among one of the fastest-growing crops. Go to any food stall or restaurant and you will likely find one of these microgreens adding color, and flavor to most of the dishes. These tiny seedlings are perfect for windowsill gardens. To grow these microgreens indoors, one must have crucial things available at his place.

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Go through this brief article to get an insight into the steps that you will need to follow when growing microgreens at your house.

Find the Container

To begin with, you have to have a container to grow the microgreens. Gently sprinkle the moistened potting soil throughout the container. The layer of potting mix must be around 2 inches from the base. Then take a cardboard and gently flatten the soil. Take note that it must not be overdamped.

Sprinkle the Seeds

Once the potting mix is scattered and leveled in the container, take the seeds and sprinkle them uniformly on the surface of the mix. Again, either with your hands or a cardboard, press the topmost layer to flatten it. Take care of the force that you exert, because too much of it can cause issues.

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Cover the Seeds

In most of the cases, seeds need a layer of soil over them to start germinating. Here for the microgreens, you need to cover them with a thin layer of soil. You can also use vermiculite for the same. Vermiculite keeps the seeds damp by absorbing the water.

Time to Shower with the Water

Do it gently so that water soaks the vermiculite and does not wash away the seeds. After watering the seeds, place the container in a sunny location, preferably south-facing windowsill. Hang on for a week or perhaps a day or two more than that to let the seeds germinate.

Cover the Container

To maintain humidity, you should cover the container with a lightweight sheet of plastic. Not only does it promote germination, but it also encourages the growth of seeds into sprouts. All this while, mist the soil once or perhaps twice every day to keep it moist. Don’t let it get too wet because it might hinder the growth of the microgreens. Also, keep the container in a light heat source like a mat or a pad so that the seeds can start.

Taking Care of the Plants

When the seeds are finally germinated, take off the plastic cover and remove the heat source as well. Make sure that the planting medium stays damp during the period. Water it from the bottom by pouring it into the tray in which the plant container is placed. This allows the soilless mix to absorb the water and help microgreens grow properly.

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Ensure that it Gets enough Sunlight

Microgreens grow properly only when they receive at least four hours of direct sunlight every day. If the season is relatively colder, the exposure time has to be increased. If there’s not enough of the natural one at your place, you can use grow light as well. Use one which has comparatively lesser heat output for a simple reason that you don’t want to overheat the plant. If the leaves of microgreens appear to be leggy or pale green, it’s a sign of lack of sun exposure.

When to Harvest

Depending upon the type of seed, the greens in your home get ready to be harvested in two to four weeks after plantation. When you see the first true leaves unfurl, take it as a sign that the time has come to harvest the microgreens. Take a scissor and snip the plants just above the soil line.

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Now chop them and use them to garnish your salads, veggies, and other dishes. They make a healthy addition to the food items while giving them a beautiful sight at the same time.

How to plant Rye grass

Perennial ryegrass, also known as Lolium Perenne, has been used in the United States for a very long time. The application, however, differs with the location. People love to grow it because of its comparatively faster germination. Ryegrass comes in annual form as well. Annual ryegrass, as the name suggests, lives for just one season.

The grass has a tendency to tolerate relatively less temperature and is thus used in northern climates. Unlike other grasses that fade away with the first frost, ryegrass keeps shining all through the winter season.

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If you want to grow it in your garden, there are certain things that you need to prepare in advance. Keep reading the post to know what you need to grow ryegrass in your yard.

Prepare The Planting Area

A soil test is the first and foremost that needs to be taken to grow ryegrass. No matter how expensive seed to sow, you can’t simply outweigh the necessity of nutrients that ryegrass needs. Also, it is not a great idea to make changes to the soil once the seed has been sown. Ryegrass germinates more quickly in the damp soil. You should harrow or till the soil evenly before sowing the ryegrass seed.

Choose The Right Rye Seed

As mentioned earlier; the ryegrass is of two types- annual, and perennial. The perennial one germinates much better than the annual one. This means that lush that you achieve because of the perennial seed does not come easily with the annual seed. You can also use pre-grown patches of rye and plant them in the planting area. This is called Sod.

Fill The Soil

This holds true for both seeding and sodding. You need to fill in the existing soil so that it can reach required depth. For ryegrass, the correct depth is about 6 inches. Always remember that the soil must not have more than 20% clay content. Also, it must not contain any herbicides, which can hinder the growth of ryegrass.

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Spread Fertilizer

For ryegrass, phosphorus and potassium are the best available options. You should uniformly spread the fertilizer all across the area of the yard. This is necessary because soil needs nutrients to get fertile and let the plants grow without any issues.

Water The Lawn

You have to water the lawn before and after sowing the grass seed. This is to make sure that the soil has enough moisture content for ryegrass seed to germinate. Don’t water to a level that the yard gets muddy. Keep note of the pace at which water is being drawn into the soil, so you know when is right the time to stop. Thoroughly water the entire surface area of the lawn.

Maintain It Properly

You cannot expect ryegrass to grow unless you take enough care of it. Throughout the growing season, ryegrass remains thirsty. Also keep a record of the pH levels of the soil because unlike other grasses, ryegrass can grow with pH, as low as 5, which is quite acidic.

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Harvesting of Rye Grass

It requires at least 50 days of growth before getting ready to be harvested as hay. Over-harvesting and overgrazing don’t do any good to the ryegrass, so you must keep an eye. The recommended time to harvest hay is when nearly half of the flowers have opened up to bloom.

Corn – frequently asked questions

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Corn is the most widely produced crop in the entire world. It is considered as whole grain and vegetable at the same time.  Like rice, it is also a staple food in many countries. It is a member of the grass family and grow in a grass-looking stalk and produce ears or cobs. These cobs are used for several food products and ingredients which makes up the 20% of the world’s nutrition. Corns usage extends to cosmetics, medicines, fabrics and several materials.

If you are planning to grow corns, these frequently asked questions should provide you the basics to start your own cornfield someday.

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1. How long does corn take to grow?

Corn grows between 60 to 100 days. It depends on the variety of the corn and the soil temperature during the growing season. Corn germinates faster when the soil is warmer. So it important to plant corn when the air temperature is between 60 degrees to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. How many ears of corn per stalk?

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On average, sweet corn and field corn produce one to two ears per stalk. According to agriculturists, the density of the stalks affects the number of ears that corns produce. The less density, the more space for the corns to grow and produce more ears.

There are varieties of field corns that produce between 6 to 10 ears or cobs depending on the size. These are the baby corns that we typically use in salads and dishes.

3. When is corn season?

The corn season varies per country. Since corn thrives better in warmer temperature, the corn harvest season reflects at the end of the summer to fall season. In the US, planting corns start normally from April to June and the harvest season is from June to October. Tropical countries have longer harvest season due to warm weather all throughout the year.

4. How do you harvest corn?

Harvesting corn is easy. Once corn kernels are mature, just hold the corn ear with your hand and twist it on the side. And then pull the ear and yank hard. Use your other hand to steady the stalk. If you are harvesting sweet corns, preserve or prepare it for eating right away as sweet corns lose their sweetness right after harvesting.

5. How do you know corn is ready to harvest?

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There are several signs that you can check. First off, the tassels must be brown. These are the stuff that looks like hair at the top of the cob. If it’s still green, that means it is not ready yet. The cobs also start to swell when its ready. And lastly, the kernels must be full and milky. You can check this by pulling back the corn silk and squeezing the kernel.

6. Is corn easy to grow?

Growing corn is not that complicated. Corns require minimal aftercare. It needs warm and healthy soil, at least 6 hours of sunlight and a constant supply of water. Weeding and adding fertilizers might also be needed from time to time.

Aside from the basics, it is important to remember that corn needs other corn to grow and produce kernels. Corns are wind pollinated and need pollens from other corns. This is why it is also important to plant them by rows and about a foot apart from each other.

7. Can I grow corn in my backyard?

It is possible to grow corn in your backyard as long as the location meets the basic needs of the plant. It is important that you have rich soil, proper drainage, and good water supply. And that you plant the corn plants that they can pollinate each other properly.

8. How much sun is needed to grow corn?

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Corn is a summer crop so it is best to plant them where it can get a full sunlight. At the minimum, corn requires at least 6 hours of sunlight. Corn is sensitive to cold and susceptible to frost so avoid planting them during the winter season.

9. Does corn need a lot of water?

Corns need water at least once every week or when the soil starts drying. Pour at least 1 inch of water to the soil. It is important to keep the soil moist and keep it from drying. Drought conditions can result in stunted growth of the corn and lack of kernels.

10. Where does corn grow best?

Aside from the warm weather, corn grows best in sandy loam soil. Sandy loam soil is a rich soil composed of sand, silt, and clay. It has good drainage and normally stays moist without being too wet which is ideal for corn growing. Corns also like slightly acidic soil or has a pH scale of 5.8 to 6.8.

 

Growing pumpkins in Florida

Growing pumpkins in Florida seems to be a Herculean task. After all, it’s way too hot to sprout them that long south. Nevertheless, you can grow healthy and juicy pumpkins in the northeastern region of the state. It may not be easy, and the capital needed may be a bit high for an average earner. But you can definitely do it!  

Though pumpkin is native to North America, English and Irish immigrants introduced the custom of carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween in America. They would use beets and turnips in England & Ireland to sculpt their festive moments. Pumpkins replaced turnips and beets as they were more suitable for engraving and setting a light inside.

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Northeastern Florida is known for growing potato and cabbage, but the market is also available for venturers looking into growing other crops in the area. Pumpkins need a significant amount of fertilizer and 3-4 months long  growing season. You’ll need to plant your seeds around late May to early July in the southern states. The month of July and the state of Florida is probably the worst time and place to do back-breaking work such as planting pumpkins, but you must endure the extreme heat if you want your juicy harvest-ready by October!  

CHOOSING THE  GROUND 

Pick  an area with full exposure to the sun (at least 8-12 hours+ sunlight per day) and enough space for vines.  If you have a limited garden space, no worries! Pumpkins can still thrive at the outskirt of your garden, provided that vines can grow across your sidewalk or up a custom trellis. You can also try miniature  varieties to fit in with your space. Pumpkins are heavy feeders that prefer well-drained soil. Before sowing the pumpkin seeds or transplanting them, you need to mix lots of  (6-8 bags for 300-900 sq feet space) aged manure and compost into the growing site.  

PLANTING  SEEDLINGS 

Hand-plant seeds with a row spacing of 2.75 feet, and with 6.5 feet between row centers. Spread reflective plastic mulch over the rows to deter pests and insects as well as to keep the ground cool. Pumpkins are likely to grow best when you plant the seeds directly in the  selected area. If you plan to transplant,  harden them off ahead of transplanting. The ideal soil temperature is at 95ºF.  

Prepare the row hills in  advance  with a mixture of old manure placed about one foot deep into the ground. If manure isn’t available, you can slacken the soil and blend in a 2-4 inch stretch of  compost. Plant the seedlings an inch deep into your cultivated rows with about four or five seedlings in each row. Make sure to allow a space of 4 to 8 feet  apart between each row.  Expect the seeds to germinate in a week with the right soil temperature and emerge in about 5 to 10  days.  

PLANTING 

Incorporate fertilizer into the soil, and lay the plastic with poked holes. When you see the plants to be around 2 – 3 inches long, snip off the unnecessary plants without harming the roots of the desired  ones. Cut down the excess plants to trim the placement to 1 plant for every 1.5-3 feet. 

 

CARE 

Use  row plastic covers  to protect the plants early in the season and to prevent insect infestation. Pumpkins need lots of water. Northeast Florida gets a fair amount of rainy weather, but you may still have to irrigate your rows when necessary. Therefore, you need to water deeply, especially during the fruit  setting. Try to keep the foliage and fruit dry because the dampness or extra moisture will make rotting and other diseases more  likely. You can add  mulch  around your pumpkins to preserve the required moisture and curb weeds.   

Do not over-cultivate to avoid damaging the roots. Most small vine varieties can climb up a customized trellis, which would save you space in your garden, but be sure to make them sturdy to support the expected weight. 

Bees  are crucial for pollination of your crops and fruits, so avoid using insecticides for killing pests. If it’s extremely necessary, use it in the late afternoon or early evening, when the blossom of flowers is done for the day. To entice more bees, you can try setting up a bee house  in your  garden. 

PESTS AND DISEASES 

Squash bugs  and  cucumber beetles  are common pumpkin pests, particularly in late summer. Aphids, Powdery Mildew, poor lighting, and poor weather can adversely impact a healthy fruit set. So, spray for fungus and downy mildew on a 2-3 day regular basis for 3 or 4 weeks, but be wary of driving off the honeybees.

Also, pumpkins are highly vulnerable to leaf burn from bug-killing chemicals due to the intense Florida heat and sun conditions. So, use the smallest dosage possible.

HARVESTING AND STORAGE 

The best time to harvest pumpkins is when they reach maturity. They will best stay fresh this way. Avoid picking pumpkins off the vine as soon as they reach your intended size, you should let them reach their maturity. If you prefer small pumpkins, purchase the small  variety of seedlings. A pumpkin is due for ripening when its skin takes on a deep, sturdy orange color (in most  cases). The shell will feel tough and it will make a hollow sound when you thumb the surface. Try to nail the skin as well. If it repels puncture, it should be  ripe.   

To harvest your pumpkin, cut the fruit off the vine carefully without rupture. Make sure you don’t cut too close to the pumpkin and you handle it very gently to avoid bruising. Keep them under the open sun for a couple of days to further harden the skin. Store them in a cellar, or  anywhere with a temperature of about 55ºF. Remember that pumpkins grown in Florida will never be the big jack-o-lantern types so expect your produce to be around 8 to 15 pounders.  

Do you think growing pumpkins in Florida worth the risk? Yes, of course! Florida-grown pumpkins taste good enough to compete with those grown in other states and are of supreme delectable quality for consumers to buy. Follow the tips above and you’ll soon see that pumpkins are easy to maintain if you have  space and enough determination! 

Growing Orange trees: all things that you need to know

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Orange is a Citrus family plant and one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. They thrive better in a warm climate. Like any other citrus fruit, growing orange trees is easy. The orange tree is a low maintenance plant and it is possible to grow them indoor, in small spaces or even inside a greenhouse.

If you are planning to grow your own orange trees for an endless supply of fresh orange juice, here are some essential things you should know about growing orange trees.

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Where do orange trees grow?

Orange trees grow almost anywhere but they grow better in places with warm weather. They thrive in temperatures between 55 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit and survive at 35 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter season.

If the weather is colder where you live, it is best to keep the tree indoor to protect it from frost. And take them outside when it’s warmer.

When is the best time to plant orange trees?

An orange tree can be planted all year round. However, it is advisable to plant them at the beginning of spring. This gives the tree enough time to acclimatize before winter.   

How long does it take for an orange tree to bear fruit?

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The orange tree produces fruits depending on your planting process.  A tree grown from seeds might take up to 15 years to produce fruits. Buying tree from a local nursery and transferring the plant to your garden might take between 3-4 years. And grafting orange tree from rootstock might only take 3 years to start bearing fruits.

What type of soil is best for orange trees?

Citrus fruits survive better in the slightly acidic soil. For orange trees, a soil pH (level of acidity) of 6.0 to 7.5 is recommended.

What kind of fertilizer to use on orange trees?

Slightly nitrogen rich or balance NPK fertilizers are great for orange trees and other citrus trees.

How long does an orange tree live for?

An orange tree can live between 50-100 years when given proper care. Citrus trees, including orange, are known for long life span and it’s not uncommon to hear orange trees that live more than a hundred years.

How do you plant an orange tree?

There are 3 ways to plant an orange tree.

1. Grafting or budding orange tree

Grafting is a horticultural process wherein two plants are joined together to grow as one. Scion – which is the upper part of the plant – is attached to the lower portion of the plant known as rootstock. Horticulturists use this process when it is impossible to grow a plant through seeds.

Budding, on the other hand, is a form of grafting best suited for citrus trees like orange. You can do this if you already have orange trees in your backyard and you want to plant more trees. Or if you have a neighbor who is willing to give you scion and rootstock for budding. Some local nurseries might be able to help you graft materials as well.

  • Select a healthy orange tree that you wish to cultivate.
  • Prepare the scion and rootstock. Remove any leaves or torn on the branch.
  • Using a knife, make a one-inch vertical cut on the rootstock and at the bottom of the cut, make a horizontal cut. Try to avoid cutting the entire branch. This should create an inverted “T” on the rootstock.
  • Cut a one-inch bark from a budded twig or scion.
  • Insert the bark in the rootstock “T” cut.
  • Wrap the graft for 30 days.

To learn more about grafting orange tree, you can check this tutorial video.

2. Using seeds

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Using the seed is the traditional way of planting orange trees. However, keep in mind that it takes years to see the tree grows if you choose to start from the beginning. Success rate of planting orange tree is also lower if you use seeds and especially if you are a beginner. It is more challenging to grow trees from seeds as it is more susceptible to diseases. Also, even if the seeds might come from a good orange fruit, it doesn’t guarantee that it will produce the same result.

  • Buy healthy orange fruits in the supermarket. Make sure the orange fruits are not seedless.
  • Cut the orange carefully and avoid cutting the seeds. Select the undamaged seeds once you’re done.
  • Wash the seeds to remove any fungus or mold spores. Then soak the seeds in the water for 24 hours. Do not soak it longer than 24 hours.
  • Drain the water and transfer it to a prepared pot or containers.
  • Make sure the pot has good drainage holes and you put it in a place where it can get a constant supply of sunshine.
  • Water the seeds once to twice a week or once the soil starts to become dry.

3. Buying a tree from local nurseries

This is probably the easiest way to grow an orange tree. If you are not confident to do grafting or use seeds, then buying a tree from local nurseries is a good option. However, this doesn’t mean that the tree will just produce fruits on its own. An aftercare still remains important for your orange trees.

  • Citrus trees are not a fan of overwatering or underwatering. It is important to water the orange trees once or twice a week. Keep in mind that the goal is to preserve the soil from drying. So, adjust your watering schedule accordingly
  • The orange tree is sensitive to cold.  Try to place them where it can get sunlight for at least 8 hours. Keep them indoor if the temperature is colder.
  • Add fertilizers as needed.

 

How to grow lemon trees in a pot

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Lemon is a popular fruit that people use for a variety of reasons. We use it for cooking, drinks, as a cleaning agent and as part of our beauty regimen. Lemons are also a good source of vitamins and nutrients. Its benefits are endless that it becomes an essential part of our grocery shopping list.

If you use lemon a lot, then growing lemon trees at home is a practical way to save money. Growing this citrus fruit is also not that hard. You can also plant the lemon tree in a pot or container. And if space is a problem, then growing lemons indoor is also possible.

Here is a complete guide on how to grow lemon trees in a pot.

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Which variety of lemon trees is best to grow in a pot?

Meyer and variegated pink Eureka are varieties of the lemon family that are both suitable for containers and indoor. These lemon varieties don’t grow too high. They also both produce fruits all year round, especially when grown in a warm climate.

Meyer lemon is also sweeter than the regular lemon and is known as the easiest lemon tree to grow indoor. Eureka lemon, on the other hand, is more acidic than Meyer lemon. But like the rest of citrus family, both are sensitive to cold weather that it can’t survive below 20 degrees Fahrenheit for temperature.

What do you need?

  • A two-to three-year-old lemon tree that you can buy from a local nursery. You can also start with the seeds but it takes longer to see the tree grows. Lemon trees start producing fruits between 3 to 5 years old. So if you want to cut down the waiting time, selecting a plant that produces fruits in a shorter time is a better choice.
  • A medium-sized pot with drainage holes. Depending on how fast it grows, you might have to change the pots every couple of years. Just make sure that it is always bigger than the root ball of the tree.
  • A supply of slow-release fertilizer or liquid fertilizers to make sure the lemon tree gets constant nutrients.
  • Slightly acidic potting mix.
  • A constant supply of water and sunshine.

How to transfer the lemon tree to a new pot

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1. When you remove the lemon tree from its nursery pot, make sure to avoid breaking the roots. Take out the roots from the soil carefully. Massaging the roots before you transfer it to the new pot, also helps absorb nutrients faster.

2. Fill the pot halfway with soil mix. Then, position the tree upright and fill the pot with the rest of the soil mix. Make sure that no roots are exposed outside the soil. Also, avoid putting soil on the branches as it can cause fungal infections to the tree.

3. Water the lemon tree immediately after transferring it. The soil must be damp enough but not waterlogged. This way, the soil is habitable enough for the new tree to adapt.

Tips on how to grow the lemon trees properly

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Aftercare is an important part of growing a healthy lemon tree. To ensure that your tree will produce fruits, it is a must that you follow the tips below.

1. Water the lemon tree once to twice a week. Avoid overwatering or under watering the plant as it will affect the fruit production. The drainage holes in the pot help avoid overwatering. But keep in mind that it is important to keep the soil from drying. Check the soil every few days. Stick your finger on the soil to check if it’s dry. If you notice that the soil is a bit dry, then it is time to water the tree again.

2. Potted lemon trees produce better when it’s fertilized properly. Using slow-release fertilizer helps the plant gets constant nutrients. It is also more practical as part of the maintenance process as you only need to apply it once a year. However, if you want to control more the number of fertilizers, then applying nitrogen-rich fertilizers every few months will work too.

3. Lemon trees are sensitive to cold weather and strong wind. So avoid placing them in windy areas and put them where it can get at least 8 hours of sunshine every day. If you are going to place the tree indoor, make sure it is located near a window to get proper sunlight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 creative ways to grow strawberries in small spaces

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A lot of people think that growing plants require big plots of land and space. So growing fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits, such as strawberries, can seem out of reach. However, you don’t really need big space to grow your plants. You just need to be creative.

Strawberries are one of the fruits that don’t require a large space to grow. It is a low-maintenance compact fruit that you can grow in small containers. It is also everyone’s favorite!

So if you want fresh strawberries and you have limited space in your backyard, here are 10 creative ways to grow strawberries in small spaces.

1. Hanging Basket

If you have unused baskets, then it’s time to take them out and use them for growing your strawberry. You can hang the basket outside your window, outside walls, patio, small backyard or anywhere where there is enough sun for your plants. Aside from saving you space, it is also a good ornament.

What you need:

  • unused baskets
  • basket liner
  • bracket and hooks
  • wall plugs and screws (if you need to fix it on your wall)
  • compose
  • metal sanding file

You can watch the tutorial below on how to create a hanging basket for your strawberries.

2. PVC Pipes

Planting your strawberries in PVC pipe is not only practical for your space but also a cheap way to do it. PVC pipes are inexpensive, and it’s also sturdy. You can create strawberry towers out of these pipes, and you can either line it up by your fence or create beautiful garden columns out of them.

What you need:

  • PVC pipes
  • power drill
  • hacksaw
  • potting soil
  • lines, screws, and hooks (if you need to attach your pipes somewhere)
  • metal sanding file

For the complete tutorial, watch the video below.

3. Cement Block

Planting your strawberry in an unused cement block is another practical way to do it. Aside from the fact that they don’t consume too much space, it is also the easiest way to organize your plants. You just need to find a perfect spot to place them.

What you need:

  • cement blocks
  • plotting soil
  • metal sanding file

4. Pocket Planter

Do you have an old shoe organizer or any hanging organizers? You can also use this to hang your plants. The best way to do this is to hang it by your fence or by a wall to create a vertical garden. Aside from the fact that it saves space, this pocket planter will give your fence a new look.

What you need:

  • hanging organizers
  • plotting soil
  • metal sanding file
  • hooks, screw, and lines

For instruction on how to create a pocket planter using a hanging organizer, watch below.

5. Hanging Pots

Just like hanging baskets, pots can also be used to hang your strawberry plants. This also another good way to give vibrancy to your small garden or backyard.

What you need:

  • pots
  • basket liner
  • bracket and hooks
  • wall plugs and screws (if you need to fix it on your wall)
  • compose
  • metal sanding file

6. Recycled bottle planters

One of the cheapest ways to plant your strawberry is by using recycled bottles. It doesn’t only save you money, but you are also helping the environment. The best thing about recycled bottle planters is that there is no limit to what you can do it.

You can hang it by the wall or fence and create a vertical garden, or you can attach it in a pole and create a garden tower. You can also hang it like pots and baskets or pile them vertically in a ladder. The ideas are basically endless.

What you need:

  • used plastic bottles
  • compose
  • metal sanding file
  • lines, screws, paint, wood (depending on where you are planning to put it)

7. Barrels Planters

Old wooden wine barrels are another space-saving containers that you can use for your strawberry garden. Wine barrel has the timeless and rustic look to it that it works well with any garden theme.

What you need:

  • old wine barrel
  • compose
  • metal sanding file

8. Ladder Planters

As they say, if you can not go wide then go tall instead. The idea is to create a planter box and put them on a ladder. This way, you can save space by aligning your planter box vertically. You can use any type of ladder. Just make sure it has enough space to handle your planter box or pots.

What you need:

  • ladder
  • compose
  • metal sanding file
  • planter box or pots

For the complete tutorial on how to create ladder planters, watch the video below.

9. Railing Planters

The best way to give your deck or porch railing a new look is to put railing planters on them. This doesn’t only save you space but it gives those boring rails color. And what’s the best way to enjoy your drinks on your deck? You will have an access to fresh strawberry to compliment your drinks.

What you need:

  • a wooden pallet or planter box
  • compose
  • metal sanding file
  • bracket and hooks
  • wall plugs and screws
  • power drill
  • hacksaw

10. Wooden Pallet

The wooden pallet planter is a good way to organize your strawberry plants. You can either make a garden bed or a vertical planter. The frames also help to cut down the time spent weeding as they help protect your plants from the bad weeds. To make this, you can either repurpose an old pallet or buy ready-made ones.

What you need:

  • wooden pallet
  • compost
  • metal sanding file
  • bracket and hooks
  • wall plugs and screws
  • power drill
  • hacksaw

Growing strawberries doesn’t have to take up a lot of space. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either. All you need is creativity and lots of sunshine.

Vegetable gardening: 15 tips and ideas to vegetable container garden design

Nothing is as exciting as preparing food with fresh vegetables from your own garden. Imagine harvesting lots of tasty tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, melons, herbs such as Aloe Vera or any other vegetable from your garden. You don’t need so much space in your backyard or garden to grow a vegetable of choice.

With proper planning and the right choices, you can get a bountiful harvest of herbs and vegetables grown in your home garden. You won’t just get tastier vegetables with a better texture than what you buy from your local grocery, but also get to save money. Gardening is also fun, letting you spend your time productively outdoors in the sun or indoors during cooler months.

Furthermore, gardening can also improve the appearance of your home, giving it a colorful and bold look. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced gardener, and despite your reason for wanting to garden, you’ll find this article resourceful. Here are 15 tips to help you start a vegetable container garden in your backyard:

Top 15 Vegetable Container Garden Design Ideas

  1. Add Color to Your Garden

Grow various herbs and vegetables in your container vegetable garden. Each has distinct, but attractive foliage, and varying textures and colors, perfect for adding visual appeal to your garden. Swiss chard with red stems, leafy rosemary, red hot pepper, and round midnight basil are some vegetables to consider.

Red Hot Pepper

Red Hot Pepper

Herbs such as thyme or lemongrass can also make your garden more colorful and attractive. Other ornamental vegetables to add color to your garden include hyacinth beans and scarlet runner beans.

  1. Opt for Colorful Pots/Containers

Colorful pots can also brighten your container vegetable garden. Choose containers in bright colors such as red, orange and yellow to grow your herbs and vegetables. Alternatively, pots in neutral colors such as white, black or grey can create a perfect backdrop for your choice of colorful vegetables and herbs as explained above.

Brightly Colored Gardening Pots

Colored Gardening Pots

  1. Grow Herbs in a Pot with Multiple Openings

Find a pot with multiple openings to grow various herbs such as oregano, dill, rosemary, thyme, chives, and sage. It helps save space and increase yield.

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A One-Pot Garden – Image Courtesy of Bonnie Plants

  1. Grow Vines and Climbers to Create a Vertical Garden

Cucumbers, bitter lemon, pole beans, gourds, vine tomatoes, pumpkins, Malabar spinach, peas, melons, and squashes are examples of vines and climbers you can include in your garden. They make use of vertical space and yield produce in plenty.

Vertical Container Garden

Vertical Container Garden

Use sticks, cages or trellis to support your vines and climbers, directing them upwards to create a vertical garden. Vertical gardens help make use of the little space you have available in your yard or patio.

  1. Add a Few Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets can also optimize vertical space in your garden while still letting you use containers on the ground. Herbs such as rosemary and vegetables such as tomatoes, coriander, and strawberry can successfully grow in hanging baskets. They can also add visual appeal to your vegetable container garden.

Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

  1. Create Space in Your Garden for Herbs

Your garden isn’t complete without herbs. They’re handy in making your meals tastier. Choose at least two herbs to add to your vegetable garden. Select the herbs you like the most and can do well in your geographical location. Consider mint, parsley, oregano, thyme, cilantro, sage, coriander, rosemary, etc. Grow them in pots or containers, window boxes or hanging baskets.

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A Spice Herbs Container Garden

  1. Find Unique, Stylish Planters

Find unique planters in a stylish design to add visual interest to your container garden for vegetables. Use empty containers in your home to make unique DIY planters for your vegetables. It would also help with recycling such containers, especially those made from plastic.

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A Stylish Kettle Style Planter

Alternatively, buy unique planters in varies sizes and shapes to give your garden an appealing look. Other household items such as tires and candle holders can also help come up with exceptional DIY planter ideas.

  1. Grow a Productive Vegetable for Successive Harvesting

Asian greens, chilies, and peppers, radishes, spinach, carrots, peas, eggplant, cucumber, squash, lettuce, beans, and tomatoes are productive container vegetables. They do so well when grown in pots, atop being easy to grow. Make sure you pick one and grow in a container to start your garden. Moreover, you’ll harvest your vegetable successively many times before replanting your garden.

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Gardening Tomatoes for Successive Harvesting

  1. Add Edible Flowers

More than 42 flowers, according to the Tree Hugger, are edible. Flowers such as sunflower, clover, hibiscus, fuchsia, impatiens, jasmine and lilac, among others, are edible. Therefore, they’re a perfect addition to any garden. Use them to garnish your meals, make salads or prepare sharbat. Moreover, they add color and visual interest to your garden, making it more beautiful.

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An Edible Red Hibiscus Flower

  1. Grow Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a vegetable often used in the kitchen to prepare salads or even cook meals, making it a must-have in your garden. They’re also attractive and bound to add color to your container garden. Choose at least two different varieties to grow in your garden for a bountiful harvest.

Bush Champion, Big Boy Bush, Celebrity, Bush Goliath, Patio F, Early Girl Bush, Tumbling Tom, Window Box Roma, Sweet 100, Sun Sugar, Sun Gold, and Manitoba, among others are ideal for container gardening.

  1. Add Plants with Varying Heights

Grow vegetables with varying heights to kick boredom out of your garden. Planters of different heights and sizes can also help achieve the same effect. Place containers of varied sizes and heights in groups to create a layered look for visual appeal. Organize plants according to height with the tallest at the back of your container vegetable garden.

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A Garden with Plants of Varied Heights

  1. Create a Potted Vegetable Garden

Pot gardens come in handy if you don’t have much space to accommodate larger containers. They’re ideal for open windows with enough exposure to the sun and small balconies. Grow a few vegetables in a single pot to optimize space you have available for gardening.

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A Potted Garden

  1. Buy a Vertical Planter

Vertical planters are designed with layers of space to accommodate as many vegetables as possible. Find one to grow your greens and fresh herbs vertically to save space for other plants that require more space to grow.

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A Vertical Planter Mounted on a Wall

  1. Grow a Citrus Fruit

Dwarf citrus fruits varieties such as lemons easily grow in pots and containers. Find a suitable variety to plant in your vegetable or home garden.

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Lemon Tree Growing in a Container

  1. Consider Vertical Gardening

Old bookshelves, shoe racks, and plant holders can create more space in gardens to ensure there’s enough for all your vegetables. Hanging planters such as baskets and railing planters are ideal for creating vertical gardens in balconies.

Pallet planters and holders, picture frames, pallet planks, layered gutter gardens, apartment hanging gardens, shelves, and staircase stands also come in handy when creating vertical gardens.

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Organic Vegetables in a Hydroponic Vertical Garden

Conclusion

Whether you already have some veggies growing in your garden or want to start one from scratch, you won’t go wrong with these great tips. Remember to find out the growth requirements of your vegetables and learn to keep your vegetable container garden free from weeds and pests.

Contact us to find out more about vegetable container gardening and what it takes to start a successful garden of veggies in your yard or even indoors.