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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It’s important to rotate your gardens.


Rotate Your Garden

It’s a good idea to rotate your plantings, in fact you should do it..Sometimes it’s not that easy , particularly when you have limited space. But the advantages of doing it far outweigh the disadvantages. It helps prevents the recurrence of pests and different diseases in the beds.

Rotation is also a benefit to the soil, because certain plants will feed more heavily on certain nutrients therefore depleting the soil, so changing it up as far as plantings is always a great idea.

And it’s always a good idea to add compost and some type of organic matter  on an annual basis this will help rebuild it.

A couple of examples, onions for instance, you must rotate those every year. Reason being, if you had trouble with onion maggots, they will die out after you move your onions to another location. Another example, Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplants those must be moved because they’re prone to soil borne diseases. Once you move them it interrupts the life cycle of the disease, this is a good thing.

But remember you must move them a fair distance away from the place they were planted, a few feet is not enough. If your garden is very small you may find that you’ll have to discontinue growing certain plants for a year or so.

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Soil temperature is critical to Vegetable garden success


soil-temperature

We here at Watch Us Grow love to garden – And we want you to love it too!

 There is nothing better than harvesting your own fresh Tomatoes,Cucumbers, peas, Beans,Carrots,onions or whatever it is that you planted in your garden. But as much as we want you to love it , we also want you to be successful at it.


There is a little pre planting work to do besides the usual tilling of
your plot.


If this is your first go around with vegetable gardening you should choose a plot that will get full sun for most of the daylight hours, also choose a spot the is not to low as these areas will tend to be possibly to wet at times.

But most importantly make sure your not planting to early – we’re talking
about soil temperature.


Some cool weather crops such as carrots, leaf lettuce, peas, spinach,onions, can be planted in soil as cool as 40 degrees. Most of your other plants or seeds you should not plant until the soil reaches 55 to 60 degrees or higher.


You can check the soil temperature with  soil thermometer similar to the type you may use for composting.

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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.

Tips for Successful Flower Container Gardening


container-gardening

Mary, Mary, quite contrary. How does your garden grow? You may be familiar with the old nursery rhyme about the lady that planted silver bells in a row in the ground. If you are planning a flower container garden, then this will require more care to promote healthy vigorous growth.

Consider Your Container Choices

The first major consideration with flower container gardening is the container itself. They should be deep enough to accommodate the growing plant’s roots. Make sure you are not using a shallow container because it will dry the plant out quickly and stress the flower you have planted. The two considerations needed when choosing a container is the depth of the container and whether there are drainage holes in the bottom. The drainage holes ensure proper drainage so the plant will not drown in water while maintaining proper solubility of the s

 

oil. You may place some newspaper over the drainage holes to avoid the potting soil from leaking out of the drainage holes during watering.

Fertilize! Fertilize!

Before you plant anything in your container, make sure you add fertilizer into the soil. Slow release fertilizer is the best option because it will continuously fertilize the plant for about three weeks before you have to reapply. It is better to leach the soil of any old fertilizer before adding the new fertilizer to the top of the soil. You can do this by running clean water through the container until it runs out the bottom drainage holes. This should be done continuously until the water is pouring out as fast as it is being poured in.

Cut Your Plants Back

If it seems that your flowers are not doing well in the container, try cutting them back to encourage new growth of the plant. This should also be done for leggy plants or plants that are not bushing out. Once the plant has been cut back, apply liquid fertilizer to the soil, taking care not to touch the plant base. Any blooms or spent areas of the plant should be removed promptly to encourage new flower production.

 

 

Companion Gardening May Help Some Issues In The Garden


companion-gardening

Companion Gardening will not completely solve all of the many problems you
can have in your vegetable garden, but it will definitely help.

The following is a list of some of the most commonly planted fruits and
vegetables in the average garden, and the companion plants to help with pests and the
disease that may be caused by them.

Bush Beans : plant a small amount of celery with them, about one celery
plant to every six bean plants. Beans also do well when planted
with cucumbers.

Beets :  Beets do well around bush beans, onions and kohlrabi.
Broccoli : you can plant many different types of aromatic plants around
broccoli and it will do well.  Some examples are rosemary , dill , camomile ,
sage and peppermint.

Some vegetables that go well with broccoli are onions, beets and potatoes
Carrots : will do well when planted around tomato plants also onions ,
leaf lettuce, leeks, radishes, sage and rosemary.

Corn : Corn enjoys the companionship of cucumbers, squash, pumpkins ,
peas, beans, and potatoes.

Cucumbers : cucumbers like corn along with sunflowers , peas , beans and
radishes.

Kohlrabi : cucumbers along with onions , beets and aromatic plants benefit
kohlrabi

Lettuce : Lettuce does well with strawberries , cucumbers , carrots and
onions. the onions also help keep the rabbits away.

Onions : onions like tomatoes , lettuce , beets , strawberries and all
members of the cabbage family.

Peas : peas do well with potatoes , cucumbers , carrots , radishes , corn
, beans and turnips.

Radishes : Radishes will do well with kohlrabi , bush and pole beans
Tomatoes : tomatoes are compatible with basil , carrots , parsley , onions
, chives , marigold and nasturtium , also garlic

All of the plants in your garden need to be fed throughout the growing
season , we recommend feeding all of your garden with “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant
food  if you have never used Watch Us Grow , try it! You will be pleasantly surprised with the
results you will experience.

Is our food supply in danger


Lets face facts , if we had to raise our own food to survive most people would not make it.

This is a very real possibility – with the technology of patenting seeds called Genetic Engineering (GE). This technology is imperfect at best,it’s cell invasion that transfers selected traits of one specie to the engineered specie. This can result in a plant that will resist some of the common problems some crops have. But in natures complex world, such manipulation of genes and cells can cause major problems.

For example some of the GE seeds have genes from pesticides in them , causing the plant to behave like a pesticide. These muti national corporations with their bought and paid for Governments and regulators expect us to eat the GE foods produced from these seeds. They of course have obtained approval for human consumtion by saying that their GE foods and fibers are “substantially equivalent” to the heirloom types , but in the same breath also say that their products are “quite different” and should have patent protection.

Wait a minute ,- who invented the first seeds which they are messing with. Oh yeah -… Mother Nature! They ( the mutinational corporations) need to wake up , don’t be messing’ with Mother Nature, she has a way of always coming out on top.

The worlds Farmers are the ones that have developed the best hybrids , over many years of testing and trials. Natural hybridization is the natural genetic modification of seeds , this practice has gone on for thousands of years. But when the mutinational corporations came on the scene they used agricultural scientist to gain the trust of the farmers, who in turn helped them promote their GM (genetically modified) seeds.

Actually got them to believe that the GM seeds were better than their own. The typical farmer wants to boost his yield because he believes it leads to more income,and this is exactly what the mutinationals want them to believe ,this is not the truth . If all farms had bumper crops consistently the prices crash and no one suffers worse than the farmer. Farmers who understand the market and consumer behavior make money.

Many of the GM seeds that promised greater yields have failed to perform, but have been successful in contaminating
exsisting farmland and the environment. The use of these GM seeds is possibly the largest uncontrolled biological experiment ever released into the open environment.The mutinationals don’t know the long term affects of the continued use of the GM’s nor do I believe they care.

Biological pollution replicates itself in the environment, and it will intensify with time. At this time we know of no way to reverse this, but we do know some of the consequences of continued use of these GM seeds.

One extremely alarming fact is (CCD)Colony Collapse Disorder,  70% to 90% of bee colonies disappeared in two states in the United States where GM’s were extensively used. A study by German scientists found traces of genes from the GM’s in the gut lining of baby bees, and believe that the GM’s are responsible for the CCD.

Albert Einstein once said that without the honey bee man would not survive for more than 4 years. Of all the multinationals none of them compete with each other, for instance Monsanto has control of canola, soybean and vegetable seeds. They also have 25% to 30% of cucumber , potato and tomato seeds.

Here’s a surprise-not  , the USDA is in bed with Monsanto, owning stock in a company that Monsanto succesfully took over. I guess this is just a fact of life, man is out to destroy this planet ,all for the cash.

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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.

 

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(800) 921-5542

Growing Fruits


Considering the hardships we’re all experiencing when it comes to buying eco-friendly fruits and vegetables that are not entirely injected with harmful substances for our own health, growing fruits in your own garden seems to be a top-notch idea. There are plenty of tips and pieces of advice you really need to be fully aware of, if you’re planning on becoming your own fruit provider, and you’re about to read some insightful ideas.

First and foremost, you need to realize that growing fruits is not the easiest task you might handle, but it is not the hardest either. You need to know that pesticides and fertilizers are still going to be a big issue; luckily, you can lay your hands on a great gardening product that can really do you a lot of help: Watch Us Grow All Purpose Liquid Plant Food. You can use this fertilizer to rapidly grow your favorite fruits in a very health-oriented manner, you can ensure the quality of your fruits and their exquisite taste and you won’t have to worry about having wasted your money on seeds and other specific products.

Next, you need to decide upon the type of fruits you are most interested in. Make sure the soil you are about to use for your fruit garden is appropriate for the type of fruit you have in mind. Then choose soft berries, because these are some of the easiest fruits you could grow at home, they have excellent flavors and they are ready to be harvested when they are fully ripe.

Of course you also need to rely your decision on the actual size of your garden; you can also choose to grow tree fruits, provided you are have enough space to plant these trees and maintain them properly. Dwarf fruit trees might be some of your best choices, considering these trees are small in size and you can pick up their fruits extremely easy from above the ground. You can opt for blackberries, strawberries or berries that are known to grow on vines or bushes.

Picture these trees and the way they would look like inside your garden and make sure you’re making the perfect pick. Contemplate the growth of apples, pears or cherries, if these are some of your favorite fruits. Don’t worry about your crop being shred to pieces because of improper soil or damaging weather conditions. You can make full use of the All Purpose Liquid Plant Food fertilizer and enjoy your fresh and healthy fruit.

If you’re worrying about crawling pests, you don’t have to; there are plenty of ways of getting rid of those, and one of them refers to the use of tree bands that can actually capture these pests while they’re climbing up the trunks of your fruit trees. You can also use some highly efficient sticky plastic bands that are able to prevent ants and caterpillars from ruining your fruits.

All in all, there are many things you should be aware of before embarking on this sometimes demanding trip of fruit gardening; but with the right plan in your mind and Watch Us Grow All Purpose Liquid Plant Food, you’ll be ready to go.

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

All Purpose Liquid Plant Food


Whenever you think about gardening, your heart starts to melt down. You’re probably one of those passionate gardeners who love to look over their fence and peek at competition. And you always feel content whenever you notice your own garden looks way better than everybody else’s. All Purpose Liquid Plant Food is definitely one of your secrets, which, combined with your infinite love for gardening can turn pretty much any soil into the most fertile soil in the world.

Even though you might find it quite hard to pick your plants, flowers or seeds at the market, it’s best to take things slow. Think really hard about your favorite flowers you like to admire or veggies and fruits you love to taste and go from there. Whether you are the owner of a petite garden or you have your own kingdom of plants inside your backyard, you can rest assured that with the help of the All Purpose Liquid Plant Food by Watch Us Grow, you will be able to provide your neighbors with quite a sight and your eyes and stomach with a genuine feast.

You need to think about your exact budget limitations, namely how much are you willing to spend in order to see your dream come true, and check out which are your options that relate to this budget. If you’ve got your mind set on some specific specimen plants which tend to be quite expensive, you should think of some clever ways of putting some money aside and making that crazy purchase that will definitely make you real happy.

Don’t forget about your special friend, the All Purpose Liquid Plant Food, and you’ll be one step ahead of your plans.

Think about the trees your backyard is probably displaying and decide the exact location of your newly formed garden. Should you choose to do some planting juts beneath those trees, you should check and see which are the exact plants that are able to survive under the shade. Once you manage to make this important decision, it’s time to go even further with your analysis and decide on the exact plants or flowers you are willing to plant.

You probably already have your own gardening style or a style you are willing to give a shot to, so you should put it into practice. Whether you love to see certain themes every time you look out the window and admire your garden, or you are more of a fragrance type if gardener, you need to do a little research and buy all the right tools, seeds and, of course, your special secret – the All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.

It might be a wise idea to limit your flower choices to 2 or three types or maybe colors; the All Purpose Liquid Plant Food can help you fool everyone into thinking you’re some kind of a gardening guru; your roses will get all the right nutrients they need and they will be able grow into some of the most beautiful flowers you’ve ever seen.

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