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There are a lot of little things that you can do around the garden that can really help to save you time and money and are really nifty things to do. Our goal is to provide you with some garden tips and tricks that you will find interesting.

What You Shouldn’t Plant Together:

Some plants just don’t get along together, and you may not really notice it until you start implementing this techniques then you will see the difference

Beans:

If you want your beans to fare well keep them a safe distance away from…marigolds, onions, peppers,garlic, leeks and chives too

Peas:

They don’t get along with onions, peppers, chives, leeks or garlic

Broccoli:

Keep away from peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, squash and peppers

Cauliflower:

Is the same as broccoli

Tomatoes:

They dislike cucumbers, cilantro, cauliflower, and broccoli

Dill:

Stay away from the carrots

Sunflowers:

They are not plant socialable so keep them away at least by one foot from any of the other plants

 

Potatoes a Plenty!

barrel potatoes

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Growing potatoes the old standard way is not easy, and neither is harvesting them. That’s why you are going to find growing potatoes in a barrel super easy and super fun…

1. Select and prepare a container
You’ll need to pick out a container such as a 50-gallon trash barrel or one of those half whiskey barrel planters. Alternatively, you can buy used food-grade barrels or commercially-available potato planters. Just about any 2 to 3-foot tall container will work, but be sure to select a container that either already has holes in it, or is okay to cut holes in. Next you’ll want to clean your container with a mild bleach solution to get out any of the nasties that have been lingering in there. If you don’t want to use bleach, you can make a bleach alternative to use instead.Good drainage is critical for the cultivation of healthy potatoes so you’ll want to cut or drill a series of large drainage holes in the bottom and bottom sides of your container. Alternatively, you can cut out the bottom altogether and place it on a well-drained surface like your garden bed.
Container gardening isn’t only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don’t even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they’re done, just tip the container over!After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I’ve boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest.

continue reading at weebly for the full instructions

Nifty trick for keeping unwanted critters out of your garden:

keeping critters out

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A firm but gentle way of sending the message to unwanted critters that they are not welcome in your garden.

 

Pineapple Anyone:

You may not have to live in the tropics to grow this fruit:

pineapple

You just might be able to grow your own pineapple even if you do live in a cold climate:

 

 

Pineapple is one of the world’s most unique and exotic tropical fruits, yet it is possible to grow it in a temperate zone under controlled conditions; with the most difficult part of the process just getting it rooted. Although you may not be able to grow as large a plant as is grown on a plantation in Hawaii, the following information should enable you to grow a healthy, attractive pineapple for your home. And it makes a fun family project for the kids!

With some patience, you can even grow a new pineapple from this plant. It takes about two to three years, though, and even then some plants are difficult to get to produce new fruit. However, I’ve searched the web and have provided below the best techniques for improving your odds of harvesting a ripe & delicious pineapple that will fill your house with its aroma. To make full-sized pineapples, the plant will ultimately need to get about six feet across and six feet tall. But, you can grow it as an interesting indoor plant and even get it to produce fruit (albeit small fruit) without letting it take over the living room 🙂

Here is some interesting trivia about your pineapple. The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. As such it is related to Spanish moss and some interesting ornamental plants sold in many nurseries. These ornamentals are interesting in that they absorb water and nutrients from a water-tight reservoir formed where the leaves come together, or by interesting absorptive hairs which cover the Spanish moss and similar bromeliads, allowing them to draw water and nutrients from the fog and dust in the air. The pineapple, however, uses its roots like houseplants with which you are familiar and should be easy to grow if you treat it like a normal houseplant that needs bright light.

There seems to be no definitive site given for the original discovery of pineapples in the new world. It is thought they may have originated in the northeastern area of South America, near what is now known today as Guiana. There are several different pineapples besides the grocery store variety. For example, an Ananas nana is one of the smallest, about eighteen inches tall and grows in a six-inch pot. One of the showiest pineapples is Ananas bracteatus, tricolor. When mature it is about four to five feet in diameter and about the same height. It flushes a brilliant pink at the base of its white and green striped leaves. It also has pink recurved spines so caution must be exercised when working around the plant. Our commercial pineapple, Ananas cosmos, var. Smooth Cayene is the one most people are familiar with, but only in a can, as a fruit.

For all the information you need to grow this amazing fruit visit rickswoodshopcreations.

Onions and more onions:

onion growing

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Whatever you can grow yourself means you don’t have to buy it, so give these onions a shot, as one of our gardening tips. Click on the image source for the instructions.

 

Kill the Grass? Only in needed.

There are times that you may have to kill a patch of grass so you can put your new garden in, but instead of doing it the back breaking way there is a easier solution…

grass killerImage source: creativegreenliving

For the full how to instructions click on the image link.

 

 

Odds and Ends;

Did you know that you can use epsom salts in your garden and let your plants benefit from its magnesium and sulphate compounds. Its a lot cheaper than buying commercial mixes. Just add a couple of tbsp. to your watering can water once or twice a month. This is especially good for tomatoes and peppers.

Water your plants with your veggie cooking water. Keep in mind though what we said above about what plants don’t get along. So the same is applicable for the veggie water. Otherwise the nutrients contained in the water is great for the plants.

 

Can Dirt Really Make You Happy?

Many people take great pleasure from gardening. Some because they love to grow their own veggies. Others because they love the flowers that are produced. There is now evidence that perhaps soil can play an even greater role in making one happy….

Soil Microbes and Human Health

Did you know that there’s a natural antidepressant in soil? It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide. The bacterium is found in soil and may stimulate serotonin production, which makes you relaxed and happier. Studies were conducted on cancer patients and they reported a better quality of life and less stress.

Read the full article at gardening know how

 

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