So, we're jumping on the Vertical Gardening trend. We're also going to do it mostly hydroponicly, using perlite as our soil-less medium and VermaPlex ® added to the water supply for the fertilizer. Occasionally, we'll add some liquid VermaMax ® as a nitrogen booster (liquid VermaMax® will be available soon). For our non-hydroponic plants (like beefsteak tomatoes) we'll still use organic worm castings Pure Black Castings™ in the potting soil mix.
Our vertical garden will also be self-watering. Self-watering worked wonders for us and we feel vertical gardening takes the self-watering gardening system to the next level of efficiency. Less, space, less labor, increased yields, fewer problems means more time for other activities (like digging holes for no apparent reason.)
Next: Now that the shade yurt is completed, we'll be building our plant towers and watering system.
It took some doing, but here it is:
After the yurt was put up, we discovered the roof ring separated and needed some screws. Would have been much easier before it was put up, but then ol' Bill would have missed out on hanging onto the ladder with his toes.
The clamps come out when the glue dries.
See that nice shaded corner? That's where I'm headed right now....
Next: Putting landscape edgers under the legs....another thing that would have been easier before putting it up.
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See those little daylilies growing off from the sides of your plants? Snap them off and transplant to expand your garden for free. Here's how.
Fill 5 inch containers with potting soil mix.
Break offshoots off when several leaves develop and there are some rudimentary roots forming.
And there you go - expand your daylily garden for free.
Pure Black Castings™: Certified Organic Worm Castings created using only organic materials.
VermaMax®: Chicken Litter organically composted using VermaPlex®.
VermaPlex®: Created from Certified Organic Pure Black Castings™. Innoculate your garden soil and your compost heap.
Organic Fertilizer Information: Find use/application guides and Monroe Works.
Here is how: So there you are, nothing to it really. Add worms to your garden and create compost without any distribution work on your part. That's the part I like.
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If you want to improve your gardens aeration and create compost right in your garden, add earthworms. Earthworms not only breakdown mulch and manures, they also leave behind nutrient rich castings .
Here is how:
So there you are, nothing to it really. Add worms to your garden and create compost without any distribution work on your part. That's the part I like.
a blog by a dog It's hot. It's sticky, It's wet. Welcome to Florida in July. Florida gardening in July can be a challenge, but I'm here to help.
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It's hot. It's sticky, It's wet. Welcome to Florida in July. Florida gardening in July can be a challenge, but I'm here to help.
Annuals for Your July Florida Garden
First, the dry heat, now the rains. Have you noticed any problems in your garden? If your annuals survived the heat, their probably suffering "wet feet" from all the rain that's come our way. Now, I'm not complaining. We certainly needed the rain, with the drought and all. But, you know, come on.... gemme a break.
Here are some common problem and concerns you may encounter now that we're in the mean season of July:
Below is a list of annuals you can plant now for our rainy season:
Garden stores will clear out their seeds this time of year, so get them a.s.a.p. or order online.
You may be like us and are gathering up materials for your compost heap and mulch for winter plant protection. Did you know that herbicides used on turf grass, hay fields, and other common compost/mulching materials can retain pesticide/herbicide residues that can harm your plants and trees?
And these herbicides can be found in horse and cow manures, too. As if we didn't have enough to worry about these days....
There has been a serious problem for gardeners since 1999 with herbicides that don't break down during the composting process. These herbicides, used to kill weeds in hay and grass can be deposited onto your garden soil and lawns, causing damage to plants, trees and vegetables.
The active ingredients, proved to not cause harm to animals but not proven safe for plants, include:
The last one is the active ingredient in the brand-name herbicide Imprelis and is attracting attention.
The above herbicides are in the pyridine family which kill plants by altering plant hormone levels. The reason they do not harm animals is that plants have different hormones than animals and it's safe for the animals to ingest it.
But, what about the manure from these animals? And what about using the treated grass clippings, hay and straw in our gardens and compost piles?The problem is that these herbicides is, because they remain in the environment for long periods of time , they are causing problems with plants that we all want to keep alive, like our tomato plants, for crying out loud.
The only real way to prevent these products from getting into the environment is to not use them in the first place. Avoid using herbicides yourself and don't import compost materials onto your property from outside sources who do.
Ol' Bill's been's working feverishly on his new garden project. If you've been following my blog (you have been following faithfully, haven't you?) we've struggled with our garden due to the area's weird weather patterns.
The "shade yurt" is just about ready to set up, just in time for unpredictable October.
Our Central Florida weather similar to Louisiana and Texas: Relatively mild winters with occasional freezes; early/late frosts and early/late heat. The summers can get hot early and do the tomatoes in before the fruit ripens. An early frost can wipe out young plants in the fall garden; a late frost can wipe out young plants in the spring. A mild winter can be a blessing, providing fresh vegetables year long. A harsh winter can freeze out the hardiest of plants. Whatever weather we get in any given winter is a crap shoot. We won't even get into the drought/flooding issues.
Well, ol' Bill has come up with a possible solution. To protect the plants from sun, frost and freezes, he's building a yurt - a Mongolian portable house. It's fast,easy and inexpensive to build, so we did. Or rather, ol' Bill did. I supervised as usual.
After the yurt is erected, we'll set up a self-watering container garden system in it, cover the yurt with shade cloth and have frost cloth covers at the ready. Oh Tricky Central Florida Weather, bring it on.
After construction, we set up the yurt to see how it went together. Then, we dismantled it and are just finishing up the protective finish. More to come....