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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

(5 of 9) Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: Pruning Peppers, No Flowering, Feeding & Progress

(5 of 9) Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: 
Pruning Peppers, No Flowering, Feeding & Progress


This is the 5th video in a 9 part series on growing tomatoes and peppers from start to harvesting. This video quickly explains why you would and how to prune peppers. It is a great way to get stronger more productive plants.. Feed your tomatoes ever 10-14 days with a water soluble fertilizer and don't let them flower while you wait for final transplanting.




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(4 of 9) Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: Cup Transplanting Tomatoes, Fertilizing, Stem Bumps, Tips

(4 of 9) Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: 
Cup Transplanting Tomatoes, Fertilizing, Stem Bumps, Tips


This is the 4th video in a 9 part series about growing tomatoes and peppers from seed starting to harvesting. I show you how to transplant the tomatoes into cups and talk about fertilizing. I also show you some over-grown tomatoes in starter cells that are doing well from processed fertilizers. The tomato stems have bumps, this occurs on many stems and it is nothing to worry about. Make sure you have annotations on. There are lots of notes.



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(3 of 9) Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: True Leaves & Fertilizing, Purple Stems, Cinnamon Anti-Fungal

(3 of 9) Growing Tomatoes & Peppers: 
True Leaves & Fertilizing, Purple Stems, Cinnamon Anti-Fungal

This is the 3rd video in a 9 part series about growing tomatoes and peppers from seed starting to harvesting. This video shows you when to fertilizer your tomato starts (1st True Leaves) and discusses water soluble fertilizer and how much to use. I give you an update on the pepper transplants, talk about purple pepper stems, how to use neem oil for insects, cinnamon as an anti-fungal and the way I label my seedlings.



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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Quick Ideas for Frost Protection of Plants in a Vegetable Garden

Quick Ideas for Frost Protection of Plants in a Vegetable Garden




Well as the story goes... "What? Frost this time of year. Are you kidding me?" This is the time of the season where we have put out a lot of our plants, some warm weather plants, but mostly the cool weather crops. Luckily the cool weather crops can take a frost and the leaves can freeze. The problem is that we don't want their roots systems to freeze. And any frost damages the warm weather crops.




If we get a light frost, the cool weather plants survive. The leaves might get beat up and new ones may need to grow but the plant survives. Cool weather crop leaves can freeze and survive. The warm weather plants leaves can't do this and are destroyed if they freeze.

If the root system or area where the roots and stem meet, freeze out hard, the plant can die. So with a 25 degree night on the horizon... here are some tips that I will use to add some protection to my cold weather crops like kale, lettuces, broccoli, endives, beets and kohlrabi.





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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Identifying Slug and Snail Damage: Using Iron Phosphate to Effectively Kill and Manage Snails and Slugs

Identifying Slug and Snail Damage: 
Using Iron Phosphate to Effectively Kill and Manage Snails and Slugs


Slugs and snails are common in most gardens. They love leafy greens. They come out with the warming spring rains. I found the best way to manage them is with Iron Phosphate baited pellets. It can be used in organic gardens. 




I had such a problem that anything green would be destroyed.I had small snails that would chew 100's of holes in plants like Chinese Cabbage and Bok Choy. The larger slugs would make large holes in my Kohlrabi and Cabbages. The cabbage heads would form and I would find many many small snails in them.

Iron Phosphate is so effective, I forget I have a problem. As long as I use it regularly, I notice little, if any damage. I use it about every 2 weeks and I don't over sprinkle/concentrate it around the garden. A nice light broadcasting of the pellets is all you need.





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