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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Indoor Over-Seeding Method for Planting Herbs (Oregano, Thyme Chives): Examples of Planting, Growth, Division and Transplanting

The Indoor Over-Seeding Method for Planting Herbs 
(Oregano, Thyme Chives): 
Examples of Planting, Growth, Division and Transplanting




Many perennial herbs are quite hardy. They don't need to be started indoors one single seed at a time. I follow Nature's practice of pods popping open and dropping thousands of herb seeds onto a small space. Oregano and Thyme have tiny seeds. I put 30 plus seeds easily into a single starting cell. I over seed them. You can do the same with Chives at about 15 seeds per cell, even with them having large seeds. As you get to even larger seed sizes like Parsley or Sage, you can over-seed at 8-10 seeds per cell.

Oregano:

Thyme:

Chives:


They are hardy strong plants and can take having their roots torn and handled when you split them and transplant them into transplant cups. Once they grow in the transplant cups, you can divide them again when they are put into the ground or outdoor containers. One over-seeded starting cell will get you four herb transplant plugs in the end.

Transplanting to Cups:



I start my herbs indoors 10-12 weeks before the would go outside. I live in Maryland Zone 7 and look to plant in March. The above herbs can take light frost and don't mind the cold. You can do this with most perennial herbs.







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Monday, January 25, 2016

Greensand for Vegetable Gardens: What Is It, How Do I Use It, Do I Need It?

Greensand for Vegetable  Gardens: 
What Is It, How Do I Use It, Do I Need It?

This video focuses on explaining Greensand and its use for vegetable gardens. I discuss where it comes from, how to use, the cost and do you really need it. Do you absolutely need Greensand? No, in my opinion but I want you to decide. It has an application I like and therefor I use it for a specific need but it is not absolutely needed. My goal is to inform you about many of the products out there so you can determine if it is product you want to buy and use. Simple!





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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Stop Fungus Gnats and Kill Insect Eggs - Seed Starting Mixes (Boil or Freeze or Both)

Stop Fungus Gnats and Kill Insect Eggs 
Seed Starting Mixes (Boil or Freeze or Both)



Every wonder where those Fungus Gnats come from when you use new seed cells and bag starting mixes?  Many mixes are organic and natural and therefore are outside before they are bagged. Insects lay eggs... the eggs hatch with your germinating seeds. Boiling water or 48 hours in the freezer will kill off the insect eggs.



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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Compost, Organic Fertilizer and Human Made Chemical/Processed Fertilizers

Compost, Organic Fertilizer and Human Made Chemical/Processed Fertilizers

I will be doing quite a few videos on fertilizers with the goal to educate.

The truth is plants don’t care what you give them; compost, organic fertilizers or chemical/processed fertilizers. The NPK and all the rest are elements no matter what form they arrive in to the vegetable plants. Plants could care less. There is no harm to humans via consumption related to fertilizer. End of story. Unless you ...unwisely choose to eat the fertilizer directly.

Soil might be impacted more by over, over, over (did I say over) use of chemical/processed fertilizers. Organic fertilizers need to be broken down by soil life to release their NPK. That is good for soil life. P/C fertilizers are made into a form that is readily available to a plant. They don't need soil life. High use of P/C could harm soil life. That won't happen if you don't abuse them. I recommend using them by ½ of what the packaged instructions say.

If you have it, good old compost will save you money, feed your plants, fix the soil, retain moisture and you won’t need any fertilizers organic or P/C but for emergencies.

You will need to use fertilizer regularly in container gardens. Typically, I make, and people use mixes that have very little soil life in them. The goal is a good growing medium with water retention. Therefore, you often have to add water soluble fertilizers. You can choose what you like.

My goal is to help people have a great garden and a good life experience with their garden. I am not 100% organic. I use compost, organic fertilizer and C/P fertilizers. I will always do that. For insect and disease sprays, I am 90% organic because I will consume the product. That is, to be honest what I think of as organic, the sprays I ingest. I use chemical dust when needed in a very specific and targeted way. My old videos show more use of poisons, sorry about that. I changed over time as I learned.


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Monday, January 4, 2016

Save 75% on Garden Supplies by Shopping Clearance Items Now: It's Not an Ad, it's a Method!


Save 75% on Garden Supplies by Shopping Clearance Items Now:
It's Not an Ad, it's a Method!


If you hit your local big box stores and even smaller local gardening jaunts, there is a good chance you will find clearance items for your gardening needs. The time frame for this is usually December through January, as things tend to go fast, check now! Basically, the new stuff is coming in and the old stuff is getting discounted. Your can really save a lot of money.

Every year I do sequence videos on what I do over the gardening season. This is what I do every year in January. This is how I save tons of money on my gardening needs. This video shows you why you should take advantage of the end of the year inventory clearances at stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart. I highlight several products I got at nearly 75% off. I saved about $120.




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Welcome Gardeners!