Gardening with your kids.


Gardening with your kids.

After the long cold winter sometimes we don’t think it will ever happen, but spring does come eventually. The Sun shines brightly, the soil warms up and some of our favorites start the pop through the ground ,daffodils,crocuses and such.

Getting the kids involved in gardening can be nothing but a good thing, they will learn so much, it can be a lot of very messy work and sometimes mother nature has plans of her own that don’t agree with yours. Pests may make their way into your garden and make things difficult, but don’t give up, the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

 The kids will learn understanding of where food comes from and what goes into producing healthy food. And there is the obvious benefit, Nutrition, I have found with my own daughter she is more likely to eat a tomato or bean or cucumber out of the garden,than one that is served to her that came from the store.

Before you know it the kids will know all the names of the plants, the difference between the weeds and the fruit or vegetable your growing.

Just the appreciation of the work that goes into growing your own food will greatly benefit the kids as they grow up.

So  go out and get some child sized garden tools, wheel barrel, hoes and rakes, and enjoy the growing season with your kids.

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Winter Burn


winter-burn

Why did my evergreens turn brown?

Here in the Midwest we had an unusually harsh winter , cold and snow
like we have not seen in quite some time.

Many evergreens may have turned brown or a golden color, this is called
winter burn.

The main reason this happens is because the tree or plant cannot take up
water from the ground because it is frozen.

They need to replace the water that the sun will evaporate from the leaves
or needles.

The extremely cold winds can also cause the winter burn.

Another cause is salt – salt from the plows that keep the roadways clear
or the salt that you may use to keep you walkways or decks free of ice.
This salt can be thrown from the plows or shoveled from your walkways onto
or under the trees or plants.

One way to protect your trees or plants is to wrap them in burlap for the
winter, they will not miss the sun as they are dormant in the winter.
But most of all you need to be patient – chances are very high that the
tree or plant will be just fine, after it warms up the tree or plant
should green right back up and look just fine.

Beautiful Gardens start with the soil


Spring, when we gardeners start thinking about digging in the soil. Soil preparation is critical to succesful gardens. Plants receive many of their nutrients from the soil, so building your soil up to a point of it being beneficial is important. This does not happen overnight, you should be adding composted material to your soil consistently.

We as gardeners are lucky, we have a simple and low cost solution to our number one problem in the garden….. Yes, compost is easy to obtain and we all produce the materials used in the making of it daily. Much of our common kitchen waste makes for wonderful compost, also lawn clippings and leaves.

Another good source is animal manure, but it must be composted or it will likely do harm to your plants due to the fact that fresh manure is high in ammonia. Fresh manure can be applied to your gardens in the fall and by spring will be perfect for you to plant.

Most plant material after being composted is beneficial. Peat moss is always a good addition to the soil. Now that your soil is prepped and ready to go for another season you need plants. If you choose to buy plants, we recommend going to your local independent Garden Center or Greenhouse, they will have knowledgeable people that can answer any questions you may have. When choosing your plants don’t automatically think you should get the biggest one. Look for a full , lush and sometimes smaller plant with tight buds [if it’s a flowering plant].

Remember to always look your plants over carefully,mainly keep a close eye out for bugs, you don’t need to bring any of them home with you. As far as planting your plants, the labels will tell you whether you should place them in the sun or the shade. Once they are planted feed regularly with a balanced liquid plant food. We suggest Watch Us Grow all purpose liquid plant food.

 

Thank You to all of our gardener friends and we really appreciate your support. Please contact us anytime with any questions, The Watch Us Grow Team
(800) 921-5542

Flower Gardening


The great thing about flower gardening is the fact that you can use it as a way of putting one of your biggest hobbies into practice, while relaxing and having a blast. Some people find listening to classical music the most soothing of all experiences; other, like you, prefer to spend hours giving care to their flowers and thinking of great ways to improve the display of their flower gardens.

There are many great tips and secrets you could put into practice and reach your goals as well, and one of them is, of course, the All Purpose Liquid Plant Food all-natural fertilizer that enables flowers, vegetables, fruits and other types of plants to grow rapidly into some of the most gorgeous varieties your eyes have ever witnessed.

If you are not familiar with this product but you’ve been contemplating the thought of trying it out, this might be a great time to do it. Your flowers definitely need it, whether we are talking about your roses, pink peonies or other choices of your own heart.

Perennials are exquisite plants that have the great tendency of springing to life month after month and beautifully blooming every time. They are the main strategic pillars of your flower garden, especially during those waiting periods when your flowers are not yet fully grown and your garden holds very few precious stones to be shown to the greater audience. These plants can last up until winter chooses to install its white coat over nature; you will notice these perennials fading away as soon as their leaves will start to die. But you’ll be their main greeter once they’ll return. Hostas or peonies and even daylilies are able to last for several decades, so you can see how advantageous it is to be growing this type of plants.

If you’re giving thought to the idea of completely revigorating or boosting the entire display of your flower garden by adding some perennials, you need to be patient, at least during their first year. This is normally the time when you’ll be able to see more of the clumps, and less of the flowers. Nonetheless, you needn’t let yourself be discouraged; your lovely flowers will have plenty of time to do their thing and grow into beautiful plants, and, by the end of their third season you will be amazed to admire their splendor. Should you choose to use the All Purpose Liquid Plant Food fertilizer, you can rest assured all of your flowers will soon start to look like they’ve been on steroids for plants!

You need to take into consideration the type of soil you have at your disposal, maybe contact your local flower shop guy and inquire about the plants or flowers you can rest assured are going to be efficiently growing and learn everything you need to know about the specific weather conditions in the area you live. While some plants might look awesome in those glossy gardening magazines, they might not really be at your reach.

Thank You to all of our gardener friends and we really appreciate your support. Please contact us anytime with any questions,
The Watch Us Grow Team

Tips on Getting Ready For Gardening Season


If you own a garden, here’s a few tips on getting ready for gardening session.  You might agree that the climate usually controls what you plant and when. While this sentiment might be shared by many, many garden owners are usually caught unprepared. They therefore end up planting and getting little or no yields at all. If you have found yourself in such situations, then follow these tips and see your yields increase the next planting season.

The main key to getting great yields is planning ahead. If you do so, the beginning of the planting season will find you ready and you will get full benefits from Mother Nature.

First, take care of the soil you are going to plant in. never wait for the planting season to begin so as to till the land. The main advantage of tilling before is that the soil will be aerated. This will accelerate in the
breakdown of organic material to compost, which is good for your plants. It will also help to free the soil of some disease causing organisms.
In addition to tilling the soil, you might want to check the soil ph. This refers to the acidity or alkalinity of the soil which mostly affects the amount of nutrients it has. This will help you determine what nutrients you might need to add to the soil for healthy growth of your plants.

Second, decide on which plants you will grow during the coming season. It is important to know which plants will do well during a particular season especially if you are growing them outside. A good example is that of plants that need to be grown in a nursery but the outside conditions cannot allow for this for a month or so. Rather than wait for the weather outside to become favorable, you can have the nursery indoors and transplant your seedlings as soon as the weather becomes favorable.

Third, you will have to keep all the planting accessories ready. These accessories include tools, fertilizers, and pesticides among others. Having your planting accessories ready will help you save time during your planting and ensure that your plants get what they need in time. As a result you will be able to get more yields.

The planting season is one of the most important times in the year for any garden owner. It will determine how much yield he or she will have. It is therefore important to plan ahead to ensure that you plant on time and take advantage of the whole planting season.

Thank You to all of our gardener friends and we really appreciate your support. Please contact us anytime with any questions,
The Watch Us Grow Team

Why Watch Us Grow all Purpose liquid plant food?


There are many dry and liquid fertilizers of varied formulas on the market. There are formulas for houseplants, gardens & lawns, formulas for trees and shrubs, formulas for vegetables and fruits.

If you buy a dry fertilizer that has an analysis of 10-10-10 that means that only
30% of that purchase is usable fertilizer, 70% is a filler of some sort.

The most inefficient method to fertilize is soil application, no matter what the plant or crop. There are many factors that may make the soil applied fertilizer unavailable to the plants.

  • Nitrogen is leached out of the soil and carried away by water. Nitrogen can also turn into gas and escape into the atmosphere.
  • Use of herbicides may kill the soil organisms so that nitrogen is not converted into a usable form.
  • Phosphates can be tied up in alkaline or acid soil.
  • Potash can leach out or be tied up in clay soils.
  • Dry weather also retards the availability of soil nutrients. The end results are ,that the plants do not get the full benefit of the fertilizer you purchase.

Your loss could be as high as 75%!  Almost all dry and liquid fertilizers do not have the important TRACE elements or MICRONUTRIENTS necessary for good growth.

Watch Us Grow all purpose liquid plant food is a 256 to 1 concentrate of the 3 major elements plus
5 TRACE elements or MICRONUTRIENTS. Diluted and applied to the foliage it becomes active plant
food within minutes and the plant uses 98% of the fertilizer applied. The one formula is perfect for all plants, trees, shrubs, grasses, house plants vegetables and fruit throughout the world.

Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food

New Years Resolution?? How about Gardening in 2010


By: Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food

The new year is here and it often inspires us to make resolutions. We here at Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food suggest Gardening, whether it be Vegetable Gardening , Flower Gardening or whatever interests you, it may be the most rewarding resolution you have ever made.

Did you know that the National Gardening Association estimated that 19 percent more people grew veggies in 2009 than in 2008?

Knowing exactly why this is may not be that difficult for many of us to understand. There is just something very satisfying about planting,caring for,and then harvesting your own food.

For those of you that have made this resolution for 2010, we will offer some simple tips to help you be successful.

First, it’s not a bad idea to start small in your first year, this will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed with tasks like weeding .You can expand your gardens as you become more experienced and confident. Choose the location of your garden, be mindful that it should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day, this will give your plants enough to grow to their full potential. Also make sure the spot you choose has good drainage, you don’t want to be sitting in a pool of water after a rain. You want a soil that will drain nicely, any chance you get add composted material.

Next you will want to choose what to grow, choose what you like to eat.

The following is a short list of veggies that are easy to grow.

GREEN BEANS- bush type or climbers use some type of trellis for the climbers.

TOMATOES- to many types to list. Talk to your local Garden Center folks , they will be happy to assist you in choosing the variety that will work best for you.

CUCUMBERS- again ask your local Garden Center folks.

RADISHES

ZUCCHINI

CARROTS

SALAD GREENS (Swiss Chard, Lettuce, endive, watercress)

All of the veggies you choose for your garden will need to be fed throughout the growing season, foliar feeding (feeding through the leaves) is by far the most efficient way to supply your plants with the nutrients they need to grow to their full potential. Watch Us Grow All Purpose Liquid Plant Food is the product that will give your plants all they need.

Go to www.watchusgrow.com and get a free copy of our Instruction Guide .

Look and Feel of Spring in your Home During Winter Months


By: Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food

Yes.. You can have that look and feel of spring in your home during the winter months, And it’s easy to do , It’s called “forcing” bulbs , some good choices for this are Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Hyacinths .

In this writing we will talk about forcing in pots.

You should get new or sterilized pots for this project.

Your soil mixture should consist of 3 parts good garden soil 2 parts peat moss and 1 part sand, the fertility of the soil is not crucial for forcing, as the bulbs have enough food stored within to bloom once.

Plant bulbs of the same type together in their own pot, as different types have different planting needs. A good guide to go by is a 6 inch pot will hold 15 Crocus , 6 Daffodils , 3 Hyacinths or 6 Tulips.

Plant bulbs according to requirements on package , usually the nose of the bulb will be exposed.

Always use good quality and good sized bulbs.

When planting leave soil mixture loose and never press the bulb into the mixture.

Dip your bulb in a diluted solution of Natural All Purpose Watch Us Grow Liquid Plant Food before covering with your soil mixture.

Allow approximately 1/4 inch of depth from top of pot to soil as to leave room for watering. Water immediately after planting and never allow the soil to dry out.

Now your planted bulbs need a cooling off period or better known as a cold temperature treatment.

This needs to be 35 to 48 degrees F for a minimum of 12 weeks.

You can do this a number of different ways, unheated basement, attic, or outdoor cold frame, even a refrigerator. If you choose the refrigerator cover them with plastic and put a couple holes for breathing.

If you choose a outdoor cold frame, cover with straw or some sort of mulch approximately 6 inches deep.

You cannot allow the bulbs to freeze.

After the proper amount of time has passed , bring in your pots and place them in a cool sunny location . 50 to 60 degrees F is ideal for the first week or until the first shoots start to appear.

Then move them to a warmer area of the house , try to avoid direct sunlight.

Once the bulbs are blooming you will want to move them to a cooler area in the house at night to extend the life of the blooms.

You can go to www.watchusgrow.com For more gardening tips and a free planting guide.

Winter Care of Houseplants with All Purpose Plant Food


To Feed or Not to Feed

By: Watch Us Grow

Feeding of houseplants in the winter months is a subject with many different opinions.

We here at Watch Us Grow Natural All Purpose Plant Food are of the belief that all plants will need some sort of feeding during the winter months.

Just like any other living thing, nutrients are essential for good health. Watch Us Grow will deliver one of the most well balanced feedings that a plant can get.

Houseplants do not go dormant in the winter , they are still carrying on photosynthesis and respiration -keeping their systems orderly. They are just doing it all at a much slower rate.

But of course there are so many different situations with peoples houseplants. The soil is very very important. In order to have a healthy and happy houseplant you must choose the right soil, use a fast free flowing mixture that drains quickly.

Do not allow the plant to sit in the mixture that has drained through for an extended amount of time.

For flowering houseplants such as African Violets or Christmas Cactus , continue to feed them as you normally would during the rest of the year. 1 tablespoon of Watch Us Grow per gallon of water every 2 weeks, apply to soil or mist as a foliar feed.

The African Violet for instance will need to be fed through the soil.

Your nonflowering houseplants will need their feeding

dosage cut back to 1 teaspoon per gallon of water and feed them once a month.

And as always with Watch Us Grow you Natural All Purpose Plant Food can feed either through the soil or mist as a foliar feed.