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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We are Launching Our First Gardening Coast2Coast Video with a Seed Giveaway!

We are Launching Our First Gardening Coast2Coast Video with a Seed Giveaway! 
(WINNER WAS PICKED)

Kim and I thank you all for being part of #Gardeningcoast2coast. Our first video is all about peas. Check out how our zones differ greatly! You will learn about planting, tending and harvesting.

Come to our FB Group Gardening Coast2Coast to enter the giveaway. Just follow the pinned post instructions. Thanks! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1896995967235016/

We are giving away 20 random packs of seeds from my collection and Kim is adding in her gardening ebook and garden coloring book. The latter being a great way to introduce kids to the world of gardening. The rules are below.




This group is all about your gardening zone and we wanted to design something where you could easily find out what is going on in your zone. Just search the posts by zone #hashtag as described in the pinned group introduction and it will let you see what other gardeners are doing in your area.

The contest is simple. Share this group to you page and add your gardening friends as members.

Write in the comments below that you shared and you will get an entry into the prize package

drawling. You will also get an additional entry for each member you refer to the group! I can see who refers members. I will draw the winner Sunday April 2nd around 7 PM Eastern.

Thanks for Your Help & Good Luck with Your Gardens

Kim and Gary

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

No Room for a Vegetable Garden - Try a Community Garden: Containers, Planting Peas & Broccoli, Basic Tour


by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Gardener)
If you don't have room for a garden, try looking locally for a community garden. My plot, as seen in the video, is about 20' x 25' and costs me $40 a year. That is a bargain, as I get an endless supply of wood chips and water and the people there are wonderful. 
Community gardens have a beauty, I think on we gardeners can appreciate. The picture, to many, looks like a dump and the whole area of 60 plus plots looks like some strange post apocalyptic tent city. Through the gardener's eyes, we see trellises, planting space, creative ideas and an artist's canvas.  We can see what will be growing and blooming and the endless possibilities. It fills us with an energy and excitement many don't understands.
I will be doing a regular series about my community garden. It usually is a about 10-12 videos each year. The first one is a quick tour of my space and I cover many things. I don't go into depth with teaching but more cover gardening points. The goal is to show you a lot of things to stimulate ideas. 
In this video I show you basic container use, an easy way to amend raised bed soil to plant transplants, ways to plant peas in containers. trellising, greens planting and rabbit protection. Lots of ideas for your gardens!


Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Seed Starting Basil Indoors: Starting Mixes, Light, Fertilizing & More - Grow as I Grow Series

Grow as I Grow Series
Seed Starting Basil Indoors: Starting Mixes, Light, Fertilizing & More 

Ill be doing a series for new gardeners  called Grow As I Grow for 2017. It will take you through the process of seed starting,  planting, tending and  harvesting many kinds of herbs and vegetables. Follow me and I will  help you have a successful garden.  My garden is in Zone 7. If you are close to that zone, you can do as I do in real time!

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Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

5 Cucumber Garden Tips: Care, Feeding, Spraying, Transplants & Trellising

5 Cucumber Garden Tips: Care, Feeding, Spraying, Transplants & Trellising

by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Gardener)

Cucumbers love the warmth of summer  As the season goes on, your cucumbers can begin to look "beat up" and tired. It may be from the high summer temperatures, insects, diseases or all three.  A lot of times, here in Maryland Zone 7, I get great production from my cucumbers from late June until the end of July. But as August approaches, the plants just get beat down. That leads me to my first and most under utilized cucumber tip.




One key point that I want to stress is that cucumbers needed to be watered consistently from planting.  A well amended planting hole with compost and manures will set your cucumbers up for success. Consistent watering will be needed. At some point in the season, you will have to water daily. Any plant dealing with drought, won't be healthy.

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Tip One
Start some new cucumber transplants mid July. Select a fast maturing variety and start the seeds outdoors in 16 ounce cups. Replace your old beat up plants with 2 week old transplants, come the end of July. They should be up producing by the end of August. It is easier to replace an insect plagued or diseased plant then to try and save the larger plant. Remove it and replace it.





The smaller plant can be treated much more easily with sprays to manage pests and diseases. Less foliage, means it is easier for you to spray the entire plant, top and bottom. The plant is also disease and insect free which means they sprays will provide maximum protection as the disease or insects try and take hold. You are also removing the older plant that often carries various stages of insect and disease growth.





Tip Two
Your cucumbers might be a bit weathered and worn come mid season. You can use Epsom Salts as a way to green them up and  give them a boost. One time, mid season for your heavy feeding plants, is all you need in the way of Epsom Salts. Despite what you might hear, Epsom Salts work. The key is to use it this way. It is not needed as a weekly ongoing feed.

This is also a great time to good give them a  liquid feeding with a balanced liquid fertilizer that covers N-P-K and micro-nutrients. This is true for both container and ground planted cucumbers. If you are growing cucumbers in containers, you should be feeding them at least 2x's a month when they are producing. However, come mid season, your plants would appreciate a bit more
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Tips Three
Sometimes you get a lot of flowers and little cucumbers that seem to turn brown (starting at the tip) and die after growing briefly. That is because the female flower with the tiny cucumber wasn't fertilized by a male flower. You can actually hand pollinate cucumbers to increase production.



Learn the difference between male and female cucumber flowers and try your hand at hand pollination. This will help you get more mature cucumbers. A female flower actually bears a tiny cucumber but the cucumber won't grow to maturity if the female flower isn't pollinated. Once you see the difference between the flowers, it easy to... well, see the difference.




Tip Four
Grow your cucumbers vertically. It makes care so much easier! Cucumbers can take up a lot of space in the garden. Trellising cucumbers is a great way to save space and better manage pests and disease. It is a lot easy to spray cucumbers that are growing vertically. You are able to get both sides of the leaves much more easily as well as find mature cucumbers. You will be able to plant many other vegetables in the space the ground sprawling cucumbers once covered.





Tip Five
Start spraying 2 weeks before problems arise in your garden. I use Neem Oil for insects and baking soda at times as an anti-fungal. Make notes when diseases and insects show up in your garden. Make a plan for the following year, to spray early.

Cucumbers are often attacked by cucumber beetles and other insects.  I use Neem Oil and soap to make my spray. They also can get powdery mildew. For that, I use a baking soda spray. Spraying before problems arise is key. Know when problems show up in your garden. Write down the dates and start spraying 2 weeks before they arrive. I stressed this twice, because it is that important and makes a huge difference in managing pests and diseases.



AND.... ALWAYS test spray anytime you make a new spray, it is important to test a few leaves with the spray and wait 48 hours to see if any damage occurs. Don't spray in full sun or when temperatures cause leaves to droop or wilt. The leaf will be damaged.





Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Frost Protection for Your Cool Weather Crops: Cups & Bags Make A Difference!

Frost Protection for Your Cool Weather Crops: 
In Maryland Zone 7 we get the four full seasons of temperatures. We often get a period of great weather in February or March and think the frost is gone and spring is here, only to be hit be a deep freeze. You would think I would learn but I don't and I try to get plants out early.



Your cool weather crops like; lettuces, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and peas can actually take a frost and a freeze into the upper 20's and survive. Now the cold can still damage them, so simple easy frost protection is always valuable. In this video,  I talk about 17 degree and 20 degree F nights that came back to back.  That is just too cold for newly planted transplants.

The freezes killed off my unprotected peas and lettuces but the plants that were covered by the rigid plastic cups survived nicely! I also used a large trash bag as a second layer of protection for one of my container planting of peas. Here is the method and proof it works. This is a quick and inexpensive way to protect your plants.






Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

A Complete Guide for Starting Peppers Indoors: 12 Points Covered!

A Complete Guide for Starting Peppers Indoors: See Description for All that is Covered! 
I cover just about everything from starting mix preparation to pinching off the peppers. I use 3 week old peppers, 5 week old peppers and 7 week old peppers for visuals. Great for beginners.  My hope is you get peppers like in the picture this season!



It is a 19 minute long video that covers all 12 of these aspects of starting peppers indoors. I wanted to create a video that answered a lot of questions, where you could fast forward through the parts you didn't want to watch but didn't have to go searching all over the place for questions your had about starting peppers indoors. Enjoy!

  • Seed Starting Mix (Preparation, Fungus, Insects)
  • Planting Cell Preparation
  • Planting Seeds
  • Germination and Heat Mats
  • When to Start Peppers Indoors 
  • When to Transplant Peppers Outdoors
  • Bottom Watering & When to Water
  • When & How to Fertilize 
  • Acclimation to the Outdoors
  • When & How to Transplant Them Up
  • Basic Lighting Guidelines
  • Pinching off Pepper Tops



Good Luck with Your Garden,
Gary (The Rusted Garden)

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