Helpful Lighting Hints for Better Growing Results

Light Intensities: A. For germinating seeds and rooting cuttings: Ten lamp watts per square foot of growing area. The light source should be 6″ to 8″ above the soil or planting media. Recent studies indicate that a high germination percentage is obtained if seeds are exposed rather than being lightly covered. Another system that may be used is to cover […]

Freezing Tomatoes – Heirloom Tomato

Preparation: Tomatoes can be frozen whole, sliced, diced or halved. If you prefer to freeze our tomatoes without their skins, dip them in boiling water for about a minute until the skins split, then carefully peel them away from the fruit. To extend the time frozen foods taste fresh, package foods in material intended for freezing and keep the freezer’s […]

Landscape Design – Prairie Garden

Against a backdrop of gently swaying tall Grasses, this garden recreates the look of a prairie wildflower meadow. Make sure you have enough room for the Saccharum Grass-it gets huge! If space is limited, you may want to use Calamagrostis `Karl Foerster’ in its place. Give this garden a full day’s sun and average soil. Before planting, clear the area […]

Flowering Fiesta Bright Colors Garden Designs

Flowering fiesta Bright Color Helpful Hints Subsitute Penstemon ‘Scarlet Queen’ for Physostegia ‘Vivid’ and this could be a Zone 4 collection. Plant this garden in the sunniest location of your yard for best performance. Add in crimson, fall-color shrubs like Burning Bush or spring blooming border Fosythia to add to the excitement. Planting with posthole digger make it a quick […]

Tips for Cleaning Your Greenhouse

Weekly, remove dead plant material from plants and soil. Watch for slugs and other pests on plants, in pots, under trays, in corners, and beneath benches. Sterilize pots and flats with Physan 20 (#7620) before reusing them. At least once a year, take all your plants out of your greenhouse and thoroughly clean the greenhouse, benches, shelves, and walkways. Spray […]

Humidifying Your Greenhouse

Misting Guidelines Apply mist only during daylight hours to avoid excessive humidity at night, which encourages disease. Remember, when the greenhouse cools at night, the relative humidity will rise even with the misting system off. Use a 24-hour timer to shut off the misting system 2 hours before sundown. Cooling Shading and ventilation are required during summer to prevent a greenhouse […]

Climate Control for Healthier Plants

Greenhouse Growing Tips Ventilation Use a ventilation system to automatically protect your greenhouse plants from withering heat build-up. No need to daily open and close vents, trying to out-guess the weatherman! Let a thermostatically controlled system do all the work. The thermostat turns the system on at the temperature you select. The fan expels hot air and fresh, cool air […]

Coastal Perennial Garden Designs for the home garden, Landscaping designs

Transforming your barren, coastal home landscape into a seaside oasis can be an impossible task to imagine undertaking. The constant challenges of poor, sandy soil, shifting dunes, glaring sun, strong winds, and salt spray could be enough for many to throw in the trowel. Paying attention to the microdimates around your coastal nook can help you to create the perfect […]

Important Facts About Hobby Greenhouses

It doesn’t matter if you’re investing in your first-ever greenhouse or have had one for many years. Everyone should know a selection of key facts regarding their greenhouse. A hobby greenhouse is a greenhouse used for gardening projects such as growing your own fruit and vegetables or your favorite selection of flowers. It is often used for preparing upcoming projects, […]

Canning Tomatoes – Heirloom Tomato

Carefully can tomatoes to avoid spoilage and food poisoning. Some tomato plants, even high-acid varieties, produce lower-acid fruits under some conditions. Always add bottled lemon juice or citric acid to avoid the risk of botulism. Whole or halved raw tomatoes packed in water: Raw whole or halved tomatoes packed in juice: (Tomatoes packed in juice need a much longer processing […]