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Odd and Awesome crops to add to your Garden and Pantry
Old and largely forgotten heirloom vegetables and some fairly new, but little known hybrids challenge the reign of the mundane produce that rules the supermarkets.
Many modern seeds are bred, designed and [yuck] genetically modified to make produce profitable. The endeavors of commercial agriculture, while they do keep market costs down and feed more people, more affordably, are not really all that pleasing to the palette or the eye.
Growing Tomatoes From Seed
Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable garden crop. Most gardeners buy seedlings for transplant, which works just swell. Starting your own tomato plants from seed involves a tad more diligence, but is more cost effective and in my opinion more rewarding.
By growing your own seedlings you also have a much wider range of varieties to choose from, rather than the handful available from your local nursery or garden center. Full Article
Starting and Transplanting Seedlings
It's advisable to be very selective about the varieties of fruits, berries, herbs and vegetables you start indoors, and when you start them. Select varieties that will benefit the most from an early start, and plant them at the appropriate time.
Transplanting your seedlings outdoors at the proper time is critical. If done too soon , they may not survive or properly acclimate to the outdoor environment. If you wait too long, they become 'pot bound' and may not be able to adapt properly either. Full Article
Companion Planting and Sustainable Gardening
Companion planting is the placement of various crops in close physical proximity to one another so as to symbiotically compliment each others progress. One traditional practice was interplanting corn and pole beans. The cornstalk would serve as a trellis for the beans. The beans fixed Nitrogen for the corn. The squash serves as a living mulch and completes the Three Sisters technique, pioneered by Native Americans.
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Hydroponic Basics - Getting Started in Hydroponics
Hydroponics gardens are inexpensive, easily maintained, pesticide free, and relatively simple to set up. For these reasons hydroponics has become extremely popular. Hydroponics is used to grow healthy vibrant and lush indoor plants ,food and herbs. The basic requirements of most plants can be met without natural sunlight or soil using tried and true Hydroponics methods. Plants are supported in an inert medium and nutrition is provided by mineral elements that are water soluble. Full Article
Fruit Bearing Bonsai Trees
Bonsai is the art of tediously training what would be standard sized trees to grow in a miniaturized fashion while maintaining the shape and basic structure of a full sized tree. They are not different tree species. This is done by restricting their growth by keeping them in containers and shaping them via pruning. Keeping them miniaturized and properly shaped also involves some root trimming.
The best fruits to choose for Bonsai are small fruits. You wouldn't expect a standard apple that weighs 1/3 of a pound to grow on a branch that weighs about half that, it's basic physics. You can however get an edible crab apple that weighs 3 - 4 ounces or even a berry that weighs less than that to grow just fine on a Bonsai tree. Full Article