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How To Build a No Dig Garden

How To Build a No Dig Garden

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If you have poor soil or very hard clay soil the no dig garden is for you. If this is your first year growing vegetables this is also a great option to save you time and effort in digging it out.

You can build this type of garden on a slope too, you just have to add terraces (like a raised bed) to stop the contents falling away. I made a few of these a few years ago and they produced a great crop.

How To Build a No Dig Garden

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Propagation of Fruit Bearing Trees by Air-Layering

Propagation of Fruit Bearing Trees by Air-Layering

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Most of us want to plant and grow fruit trees at our home garden or in an orchard for their tasty fruits. There are many ways a fruit tree can be propagated – from seeds, from a nursery-bought seedling or by means of Air-layering. The problem with growing fruit trees from seeds is that it may take very long to bear fruits – some times more than ten years – and there is no guarantee that the fruits will taste same as the one from which you got the seeds.

Air-layering is one method of propagating a fruit tree from an existing one, which will bear fruits sooner, and the fruits will taste same as the mother-plant. See how to do this below:

Propagation of Fruit Bearing Trees by Air-Layering

 

101 Gardening Secrets Experts Never Tell You

101 Gardening Secrets Experts Never Tell You

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In these uncertain times, planting your garden may be more important than ever. If you are on a tight budget or just want to be more fugal. Then this article is for you! Continue reading from Squidoo at the link below

101 Gardening Secrets Experts Never Tell You

19 Foods To Naturally Detox Radiation

19 Foods To Naturally Detox Radiation

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Radioactive isotopes have been detected in rainwater in the United States. Many  people are checking into iodine supplements and other ways to protect the long-term health of their families. But there are a lot of side effects to using iodine, However, there are plenty of foods that naturally protect our bodies from radiation. Continue reading at the link below from The Examiner

19 Foods To Naturally Detox Radiation

** INCREASE YOUR VEGETABLE HARVEST **

** INCREASE YOUR VEGETABLE HARVEST **

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1) INTENSIVE PLANTING BEDS
The best way to increase the yield from your vegetable garden is to reduce the space between plants. The idea is to plant wide bands, thus reducing the amount of ground devoted to paths.

To start an intensive garden, make a bed of any length, but limit its width to 3 to 4 feet across so you can reach the center of the bed from either side. Although it’s not necessary to make a raised bed, this is a good idea. When you enclose a bed with vertical boards, it’s not only neater, but the soil won’t collapse onto the paths. It also will be much easier for you to install row covers or erect supports for vertical growing.

STEP 1
Before planting the bed, prepare the soil by digging at least 8-12 inches and turning over soil to loosen and aerate it. Add in organic matter, such as compost or manure. The more organic matter you mix in, the better. Then run lines of string to establish a grid. The grid will help you position young plants at the proper distance from one another.

STEP 2
Use a trowel or dibble to dig holes for transplant-sized vegetables. Gently remove the seedling from its container, then grasp the leaves to guide it while supporting the root ball. Set the plant in the hole at the same depth at which it was growing in its container. Firm the soil gently over the roots around the stem. This will help put the roots in contact with the soil.

Make evenly spaced depressions in the soil with your finger if you are planting seeds. Be sure to follow the recommendations on the seed packet to know how deep to make the depressions

STEP 3
Water well. For transplants, apply a gentle shower using a watering can or hose-end sprayer. For seeds, use the lightest setting on a hose-end sprayer to avoid disturbing the soil.

2) VERTICAL CROPS
You’ll find that some vegetables grow better with support. They do well on trellises, fences, and other structures. By growing up instead of out over the ground, your garden will produce more per square foot. Vegetable plants grown up on a support also tend to suffer fewer disease problems.

VEGETABLES BEST SUITED TO VERTICAL GARDENING

TOMATOES– Choose indeterminate varieties, which continue to grow and produce over a long period — often until frost. Grow tomatoes in wire cages or support them by tying them to 7-foot-tall wood stakes driven 2 feet into the ground. Cage-grown tomatoes require minimal attention, but are more prone to fungal diseases. Tomatoes grown on stakes benefit from being pruned to a single stem; this means constantly pinching out new branches that arise in the crotch between the main stem and a leaf.
POLE BEANS– Although they take longer to mature than bush-type beans, pole beans produce over a longer period. Train pole beans up tall wooden poles or a tepee of sturdy bamboo.
CUCUMBERS–Vine-type cucumbers (as opposed to the bush varieties) do well on fences and trellises. Vertically grown cucumber fruits also tend to be straighter and more uniform than those grown on the ground.
SNAP PEAS– These super-sweet edible pod peas are among the most productive vegetables in the spring garden. By selecting tall vining varieties (such as the original Sugar Snap pea), you can easily grow them on 5- to 6-foot-tall mesh trellises. Pick carefully to avoid damaging the brittle vines.
MELONS AND WINTER SQUASH–These long-season crops require heavy-duty support if you choose to grow them vertically. Larger varieties may even need slings made of cloth to support the fruit. You’ll also need to tie the vines to the support using strips of cloth; avoid string or wire, which can cut into the vines.

3) EXTEND THE SEASON
The simplest form is to plant varieties that produce for a limited amount of time over a period of weeks. For example, instead of planting 48 corn seeds at once, you could plant 12 corn seeds a week over a four-week period. This will give you corn for a month instead of all at once.

Here’s another example: Plant Bush beans every two weeks to ensure a continuing supply. If you want to have three crops, plant one-third of the bed every two weeks. Other crops that benefit from this type of succession planting include Corn, Carrots, Radishes, Kale and heading Lettuce.

REPLACE SPENT PLANTS
The second type of succession planting takes a little more planning. It means that when a crop is done producing in your garden you take it out and plant something else in that spot.

For example, after your Peas are done for the season, pull out the vines and plant Cucumbers in their place. The key to success of this system is to have a new batch of seeds or seedlings ready to go when the first crop is done. This system works best when you are starting with vegetables that do well in cool weather, but not so well in summer’s heat. In addition to Peas, you can use this technique with Lettuce, Spinach, and Radishes.

A related technique is to plant several varieties with different maturities. For example, you might plant an early-maturing Tomato such as ‘Early Girl’ at the same time as a main season
Beefsteak variety.

4) INTER PLANTING
This technique takes advantage of the fact that some vegetables grow quickly, while others take their time. For example, if you plant carrots and radishes together, you can harvest the radishes in about 30 days, when the carrots will still be quite small. Another option is to combine a vertical vegetable ( Tomatoes, for example) with a low-growing crop (Melons, for example).

Here are some inter-planting combinations that work well.
Grow sprawling Melons and Squash under stake-grown Tomatoes.
Surround Corn with Lettuce or Peas with Radishes.
Combine quick and slow vegetables such as Lettuce with Tomatoes, Beets with Pole Beans, Spinach with winter Squash, Leeks with Sweet Potatoes, and Radishes with Sweet Corn.

 

Source: Danny Look the Seed Guy’s website info set as link to page

11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce

11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce

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Nothing is more upsetting then expecting to pull a luscious piece of produce out of your freezer only to find a mashed, frost-bitten bit of mush! Learn how to properly freeze produce from the Design Mom at the link below

11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce