Monday, May 31, 2010
1) Start with good organic soil. You can even use the soil from your compost.
2) Mound the soil up to ensure proper drainage.
3) Veggies need a minimum of 6 hours of day light so plan your garden accordingly.
4) Plant larger plants to the east and/or to the back of your garden so they don't block the smaller plants from the sunlight.
5) Plant smaller plants to the west and/or to the front of your garden.
6) Plant veggies at least 12" apart for proper growth and the ability to weed throughout the growing season.
7) Put a tomato cage over your tomato plants early so they can grow comfortably within the cage. It's a lot easier to do early on vs. when the tomato plants are larger.
8) Water every 2-3 days.
9) Be sure to pinch your tomato suckers as they grow to ensure all the energy heads to the fruit and look out for our future blog on "tomato suckers".
10) Break up egg shells at the base of veggies, especially your tomato plants for nutrients through the growing season.
With these steps you will be well on your way to a healthy veggie garden and within months, you will have numerous/organic veggies at your finger tips.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hang your feeder on a pole/post as an accessory in your garden and near flowers that attract hummingbirds, such as bee balm, catawba rhododendron, delphinium, fuchsia, hibiscus, hollyhocks, lantana, red columbine, red impatiens, red or pink petunias, trumpet wines, sage, or zinnias. The colour red is by far their favourite. Once established, you can relocate the feeder to a better location for viewing. If you have multiple feeders, hang them far enough apart that you cannot see one from the other.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe:
1) Bring 4 cups of water to a boil
2) Remove from heat
3) Add 1 cup of granulated sugar and stir until dissolved
4) Let cool and fill feeder
5) Store any unused mixture in the refrigerator for up to 7-10 days
There are a variety of hummingbird feeders out there and we recommend blown glass ones since they do the trick by feeding the hummingbirds but are also a great décor item to add to your outdoor living space.
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