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Friday, 01 August 2008 07:57

My friend, Gail M. Lang, Ph.d. has written a book, "Horticulture", (Chelsea House Publishers). Summarized from it here are a few ideas you might not be familiar with:

1.) Plants have evolved to use the red and blue wavelengths of light for the photosynthesis process. Blue light has shorter wavelengths and greater energy. Far red light can cause thinner stems and alter growth from vegetative to flowering. The quality of sunlight that reaches the plant is affected by the plants location in relation to the sun's rays. Light coming from an angle closer to the horizon has less high energy than sunlight from directly overhead (more blue light).

2.) Rainwater is slightly acidic because of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and may become more so due to pollution. Microbes swept into the atmosphere can travel in rain drops.

3.) If you have poor soil or are suspicious of what may have been dumped in it, containers and commerical soil may be a better bet for you. The benfits are less prep and maintenance than beds and in addition they can be moved to take advantage of light conditions. They also won't be as prone to weeds or soil invaders. Plastic retains moisture more so than clay and dark colors absorb more heat.

4.) Staggered planting is a strategy for planting crops earlier or later in the season to confound the usual suspect insect pests. This works for plants that are day neutral and do not rely on length of day for flowering.

5.) Watering too late in the day or close to dusk or at night can create a fungi problem. Spores can reproduce in cooler moist conditions.

6.) Don't work in a wet garden, you can inadvertently spread microbial disease in the water droplets. Spores can adhere to shoes, gloves and tools and spread to healthy plants. Soil can be compacted when wet and stepped on.

Garden on, folks...

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2008 08:26
 
Jersey City Gardeners Group Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 15:17
Sunday, July 20th 2008 6 members of the Jersey City Gardeners Group (based in the Hilltop Section of Jersey City) held tours of their gardens and exchanged planting tips and ideas about urban gardening. They are planning an outing to the Cloisters Gardens in NYC on August 3.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2008 15:22
 
Jersey City Gardens Photo Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 June 2008 10:39
Daisies
Photo: Kim Funk

This week's feature is a slideshow of some of the "secret" gardens of Jersey City. Who would've guessed what hid behind those walls and buildings? Some of us are growing flowers and shrubs while others grow fruit trees, vegetables, greens, etc. There has been a groundswell of interest in growing things at home. No wonder, who wants to eat a bad tomato and be inside all weekend? As more photos are submitted more albums will be put up. To find out more about gardening/outdoor events in Jersey City visit our calendar page.

Visit the GARDEN GALLERY.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2008 05:57
 
Plants improve the health of office workers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008 16:17

A recent study found that potted plants can improve the health of office workers. Plants reduce stress, thus reducing the number of sick days that the workers take. A good solution if you work in a cubicle that has no light is a small Aerogarden for flowers. Hey, we'd all love to just stay in the garden this time of year, but eventually we have to get back to work

Researchers from the Agricultural University of Norway conducted the survey. Its result serves as yet more evidence that plants in the work place are good for the office environment, and the health of the workers too.

Visit this site for more info: Plants for People .

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2008 16:33
 
Garden Scenes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008 20:19

Here in Jersey City an informal group of gardeners has formed in the Hilltop area. This past Saturday they got together and visited each other's secret gardens which ran the gamut from almost half an acre backyard veggie and flower garden to vestpocket front flower gardens to a grotto type. Information on cultivation and plants was exchanged. Plans are being made for future visits and a possible community garden. Below are shots from one of the gardens. Stay tuned for an album of photos of some Jersey City Gardens. Coming soon...

garden view

water garden

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2008 16:27
 
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