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Container Gardening - Suited to any size space PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 April 2008 14:30

Photo: Kimberly Funk

Whether it's terracotta pots, plastic, milk bottles, window boxes, tub gardens they all work wonderfully in a small space like a terrace or a deck, small yard or even inside. There are any number of sizes to choose from for the space you have. You can use small stands and pedestals to create a layered effect.

Both ornamental and edicble plants can be grown. We have grown dwarf lemon and lime trees, strawberries and tomatos both cherry and plum. You can even grow pots of lettuce, herbs and mesculan. (and if you check out the price of organic mesculan you'll have plenty of incentive to try growing some yourself.

Next month we'll have more on the best varieties of greens for small space and container gardening.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2008 16:20
Homemade Aeroponics Unit PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008 09:11

Here is a photo of the aeroponics experiment. There is a unit called the AeroGarden that makes this a lot easier because the timer controls the light, the pump and notifies you when it needs water and nutrient. This was started back in late March. The parts were from Home Depot, Martin's (Jersey City), Home Depot (Manhattan), Drs.Foster and Smith.com (aquarium products).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2008 07:52
Aeroponics PDF Print E-mail

The word aeroponic is derived from the Latin meanings of 'aero' (air) and 'ponic' (work). Aeroponics uses air and water with nutrient for the growing of plants. Instead of being in soil the roots are suspended in the air with water sprayed or running over them. You can buy a unit that is commercially produced or make one yourself out of materials from aquarium and gardening equipment suppliers.

This method of growing works great inside in the kitchen, in the living room, where ever you have the room. The root systems are really strong on these plants cause they aren't battling the usual culprits of viruses, bacteria, fungus and insects. We started cherry tomatoes and transplanted them outside when it was warm enough. They grew well into the first frost and had almost no problems.

We will be publishing more articles of interest to aeroponic gardeners here. You can also visit AeroGarden for more info on a self contained unit that works really well.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2008 07:55
Herbal Companion Planting for Vegetables PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 July 2008 13:37

This chart augments our Companion Planting for Vegetables Chart. Now you can see what herbs will benefit your veggies.

Basilapples, asparagus, grapes, tomatoes
Chivesapples, cabbage, carrots, grape,
leeks, roses tomatoes
Cloverapples, brussel sprouts, cabbage and pears
Corianderradish and spinach
Dillbrussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kohlrabi and leeks
Garlicapples, string beans, lettuce, peaches, pears, plums and roses
Lavendercabbage, citrus, tomatoes
Lemon Balm   potatoes, tomatoes
Mintbroccoli, cauliflower, kohldrabi, peas, tomatoes
Nasturtiumapples, apricots, cucumbers, zucchini
Parselyartichokes, asparagus, lettuce and potatoes
Sage carrots, cauliflower, grape, kohlrabi and tomatoes
Thymebeans, cauliflower, eggplant and lettuce
YarrowCorn and rasberries

Happy Gardening

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 July 2008 14:03
Info on Companion Planting for Vegetables PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008 10:32

Companion Planting for Veggies

Asparagus Tomato, Parsley, Basil  
Beans Most Veggies & Herbs  
Bush Bean Cucumber, pototo, corn
Cabbage Beets, onion, herbs, chard
strawberry, dill, tomato.pole beans
Carrot Pea, lettuce, onion, sage,
rosemary, tomato
Celery onion, cabbage, tomato
nasturtium, bush bean
Corn Beans, potato, pea,
pumpkin, squash, cucumber
Cucumber Pea, Sunflower, radish.bean,  
Eggplant Marigold, bean  
Lettuce Cucumber. Carrot, Radish, Strawberry  
Onion Lettuce, beet, carrot, cabbage beans, peas
Parsley Asparagus, tomato  
Peas Radish, carrot, turnip, bean corn pototo, onion
Potato Corn, bean, cabbage, marigolds squash, tomato, pumpkin,
sunflower, cucumber
Radish Pea, Nasturtium, Lettuce, Cucumber  
Spinach Strawberry, fava bean  
Squash Nasturtium, Corn, Marigold Potato
Tomato Onion, Nasturtium, Marigold,
Carrot, Parsley, Cucumber
cabbage, potato, fennel
Turnip Pea Potato
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2008 11:28
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