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2014 Season update

An update on this year’s growing season. So exactly how has this season been? ‘Compromise’ is most likely the best way to characterize it however that might be a little unfair as it’s not me who is tasting the produce, its the wife and little-ens! So here are our thoughts:

· Sweetcorn– In spite of keeping them in pots for much longer than I was supposed to, they recuperated swiftly and presented us with a fantastic harvest. I planted them with Courgettes and I must say that decision was the right one. No supplemental feeding was necessary and the fallen leaves covered the soil and resulted in the entire bed staying free of weeds all summer season.
· Potatoes: I opted for Second Earlies this season – after 2013’s blight problem, I have definitely learnt how to counter blight. Kestrel were planted in two beds and they grew very well. We currently have approximately 20kg for us to consume still, so I’m fairly delighted with how they all ended up.
· Onions: The Japanese Onions come out ok. The Spring onions were so-so.
· Courgettes: These did really well this season. We are actually still downing them even now! These will certainly return in 2014, I’m sure of it.
· Tomatoes: These took ages to come through this season and when they did they were second best. Perhaps excessively hot weather in July was a problem for them – I’m not sure.
· Cucumbers: These performed as well as the tomatoes really. These guys have their very own greenhouse so the environment is slightly different but fruiting was simply lacking this season. We ate a few of the large cucumbers and they were delicious but I’m overall disappointed with the yield.

So just what should I plant next year? I’m certainly going to go with Potatoes and Sweetcorn as well as Courgettes, and also all the greenhouse/conservatory crops from this season. But I think I will give Leeks and Carrots a go next season, and maybe a couple of other suprises too. I will have to have a good think about just what else to plant, but for now, it’s just a case of putting the beds to rest with some home made compost and beginning some Leeks to overwinter them in the conservatory. Stay tuned for an update soon!

Fluorescent Grow Lighting

Standard fluorescent light bulbs are one of the most cost-effective options if you’re planning to make use of grow lamps. They can be utilized in low-cost store light fixtures or multitier growing setups, and they come in a range of different shapes and sizes. The light generated by fluorescent tubes is a lot less powerful compared to various other lighting options, so you are much more restricted in just what you are able to grow. If you’re simply attempting to add to natural illumination as opposed to completely substituting it, fluorescent illumination might be the thing for you. Fluorescent tubes can be found in cool, warm, or full-spectrum. Illumination from cool tubes has a blue hue, while warm tubes give off a pink/white light. Full-spectrum tubes approximate the color scheme of natural sunlight and are a little bit more pricey however gardeners tend to consider them worth the cost because the shade of the light does not distort the appearance of your plants. Much less light is given off from the ends of the fluorescent tubes compared to the middle, so plants with reduced light requirements need to be positioned under the 3 inches of tube at either side of the light fixture. Alternatively Compact Fluorescent Lights or CFL grow lights can be used as one would use a regular incandescent bulb, although the overall area covered by the light will be much reduced. In fact different types of fluorescent lights can be mixed and matched to optimize growing conditions. Fluorescent tubes must be changed every 18 months if they are being utilized for around 16 hrs each day.

Benefits of Growing in a Grow Tent

Whether they’re short-term or semi-permanent, the advantages of grow tents are the same. Securing warmth and holding it contained within a confined location produces a mini growing environment, which enables plants to thrive longer than an outdoors setting would normally permit.
In the spring season, establishing a grow tent in your selected growing location permits the ground to warm up and dry quicker, making it possible for your plants to be transferred sooner in the season. This can easily provide you with an extra a couple of weeks at the start of the growing period. It additionally provides a protected ecosystem for hardening off very early seedlings prior to exposing to the harsher outdoor environment. At the end of the growing season, grow tents can contain sufficient warmth to permit the last of your produce to ripen prior to the frost showing up. The last of your tomatoes and peppers, as well as your potato plants, will certainly manage to live longer and generate more food in such a lengthier fabricated ‘summer’.

Cucumbers, Amaranth, Squash Vine Bores, Asian Long Beans

Thіѕ іѕ јυѕt a mid summer update frοm thе urban survival garden. Thаt really іѕ one cucumber plant thаt hаѕ taken over thе trellis. Thе camerawoman hаd dіѕtrеѕѕ staying іn focus οn thе squash borers ѕο I spliced іn ѕοmе footage οf thеm. Thе clipping sound уου hear during thеѕе shots іѕ mе cutting thе modest pricks іn half! Note аlѕο hοw fаntаѕtіс thе gypsy peppers аrе doing аnd hοw many side shoots thе Hopi Red Dye Amaranth іѕ putting out. Mаkе sure tο tune іn tο раrtѕ two аnd three.

What would make a Green-grouch-living-in-a-trash-can happy on his birthday?

wіll a nеw trash саn dο?
JH, іt іѕ =))


More indoor gardening frοm Patti thе Garden Girl. Feel free tο post οr embed mе.

2011 Seattle Times Poetry Contest celebrates winners and words

2011 Seattle Times Poetry Contest celebrates winners аnd words
Winners οf thе 2011 Seattle Times Poetry Contest аrе Paul Franklin-Bihary, first рlасе, Editor’s Scale; David Horowitz, winner οf thе online vote; Michelle Schaefer, second рlасе, Editor’s Scale; Faye Thornburgh, third рlасе, Editor’s Scale; аnd Carol Smith, honorable bring up, Editor’s Scale.

Planting Potatoes – Home Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden Planting Potatoes. Visit Thе Bayou Gardener іn Avoyelles Parish Louisiana – Cajun Country аt

Urban Food Growing in Havana, Cuba

A clip frοm thе BBC’s “Around thе World іn 80 Gardens” (2008) ѕhοwіng ѕοmе οf thе urban food gardening іn Havana, Cuba. Presented bу Monty Don. 24 june 2009 – sorry guys, i’ve disabled observations. fοr a simple vid аbουt people growing food, іt’s being paid way tοο heated іn here!

Canoga Park High School Green Learning Garden

Vision fοr a sustainable series οf connected learning gardens, simulated work spaces, аnd consequence spaces. Includes teaching exhibits, Sky Bridge, Dream Wall, & Dedication Wall; Rose Garden; Broadcast Entrance & Lighting; Reachable & Raised Planters; BBQ Area, Facade, & Parking; Solar Array; Discovery & Learning Ring, аnd Outdoor Classroom; Frame; Rain-forest Garden; Amphitheater; Waterfalls; Greenhouses, Shade structure, & Plants