For many, gardening is just something they think about doing and don’t
because of lack of space. Well , even if you only have a very limited area , you can
garden and produce a surprising amount of veggies or flowers , depending on what type of
gardening you want to do.
The following are some ideas and tips for making your venture into
vertical gardening a success.
First decide what you want to grow, then pick your spot, making sure that
the spot will get sufficient sun throughout the day.
If you are going to give it a try next to a chain link fence ,whether in
a container or right in the ground you already have your trellis. And the bonus is the plants
foliage will cover up that ugly old fence.
Lets say that you only have a deck or porch to grow from, that means you
will want to use a container to plant in. Then you will need something for the plant to
climb on,you can use many different things.
You can try some lattice ,that can be purchased at your local lumber yard.
Then just attach it to the building or railings of the deck directly behind the container.
You can use something as simple as rope or wire. Use your imagination , it
is your masterpiece to create. Remember there is no wrong way to do it.
Some plants naturally climb and some you will have to train, just tie them
with a piece of cloth or twist ties or twine . Again there are many different things you can use.
After your plants are in the soil and begin to grow , you will need to
keep them fed properly.
It’s a good idea to use a well balanced liquid plant food , we suggest
“Watch Us Grow”all purpose liquid plant food , it will supply outstanding results on all
vegetables, flowers and crops.
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
If you are suffering from poor soil in your yard and still wish to grow vegetables you are in luck. Raised bed vegetable gardening is a very effective method for growing healthy vegetables without using any natural soil from your yard. The basic idea of a raised bed garden is to escape harsh weather conditions, battle against poor soil and build above ground where you have complete control over everything. This includes the location of the garden, which soil you use and ease of care.
You can build your raised bed garden out of wood, cinder blocks, bricks or even fiberglass. Raised bed gardening has become very popular among elderly and young people alike. Below are a few more advantages to building a raised bed garden.
When you build a raised bed it will warm up in the spring much sooner than if you were to plant in the ground. This will allow you to plant your vegetables much sooner and get more use out of the spring season. They also drain much better than anything else. This will allow your plants to take the water they need and not be suffocated by trapped water. One great tip to help with drainage is to place a layer of rocks below the soil.
After the initial cost and time investment, they require less maintenance. If you are careful in your planning and placement of your raised bed then overall maintenance is slim to none. Be sure to choose a place that you can work in without hassle. You want to be as comfortable as possible so you continue to keep an eye on your vegetables to ensure they are growing properly. Place your raised bed close to a water source so you do not have to carry large buckets of water or drag a hose across your yard.
The best advantage is the ability to keep pets and other pests away. If you build your container high enough you can avoid the problem of having dogs, cats or any other four legged animals running through your vegetables. You will also notice other insects much sooner in a raised bed. By avoiding pets and other insects you can ensure your vegetables grow quickly and are healthy.
Raised bed vegetable gardening is a great hobby for any plant enthusiast. It just takes proper planning to make sure the process is a success.
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
But did you also know that all plants require other basic nutrients as well? All purpose plant food products were created to provide plants with an ideal mix of nutrients that they require in order to grow and thrive. These nutrients
include both macronutrients, which are nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium,
sulfur and potassium, and micronutrients, comprised of boron, copper, iron,
manganese, zinc, and molybdenum. Though plants can receive most of these
chemicals and minerals from healthy soil in which they are planted, plants
that receive all purpose plant food tend to grow bigger and more beautiful,
helping gardens and lawns to fill in quickly for your enjoyment you will grow
bigger vegetables,brighter flowers, greener grass. All purpose plant food
products can be used on plants of all types, from indoor to outdoor
varieties. Fruits, vegetables, flowers, and even grass can all benefit
from an application of an all purpose plant food product.
The average person need not worry about difficulty when it comes to
feeding their plants. All purpose plant food products are very easy to
use and require surprisingly little effort. They can come in many different forms including sprays, spike sticks, powders, premixed soils, and liquids.
Some come with hose end sprayers that can be attached to your home garden hose,
which results in an evenly mixed nutritional spray known as foliar feeding or leaf feeding and a refreshing douse of water. A few products
even provide protection against pests such as aphids, caterpillars, and other
bugs that love nothing more than to feed on your plants. Products made
specifically for grass and lawns may even be formulated to be used in the
control of weeds and even to help repair brown patches as well.
All purpose plant food products can be found in any lawn care or
gardening center, such as Garden Ridge or Home Depot, as well as most
hardware and home improvement stores, such as Sears, K-Mart, or Ace Hardware.
Always remember to check your local independent Greenhouse or Garden
Center if you have questions as they will undoubtably have answers to all
your questions The next time you get a green thumb, don’t just throw down some seed or toss a plant in a pot with some water. You wouldn’t let your pet scrounge around the house or outdoors for whatever scraps of food they can find; why let your lawn or garden suffer in the same way? Feed your plants the nutrients and supplements that will give you the best garden you could ever ask for.
The Watch Us Grow Team
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.
By: Watch Us Grow
Many folks who are interested in vegetable gardening have the issue of
not enough space to do it, No need to fret, just do it in containers.
You can use anything your imagination can dream up to grow Vegetables in.
Think outside the pot.
Just make sure that the water can drain through whatever it is you have
selected to grow your Veggies in.
You can always go the traditional route to, pots of all shapes and sizes.
And pots made from many different materials are readily available.
We here at Watch Us Grow always suggest that you go to your local
Garden Center or Greenhouse to get your plants , potting soil and
whatever you may find that you need. They offer the knowledge and have
the experience to get you the best products for your project.
The plants are always superior to the big box selections, ask them if
they have the same potting mix they use for sale to the public.
Usually they do, and it is far better than the nationally known
REMEMBER YOU MUST START WITH GOOD QUALITY PLANTS IN GOOD QUALITY SOIL TO
As always you will need a good All Purpose Liquid Plant Food, we suggest Watch Us Grow.
Just a few examples of some popular container vegetables:
- Look for plants that are listed as patio types ,bush ,space saver and compact
- Tomatoes- patio, Tiny Tim ,Small Fry ,Toy Boy ,Saladette
- Cucumbers- Bush Pickle, Spacemaster ,Salad Bush Hybrid
- Green Beans-French Dwarf, Blue Lake ,Kentucky Wonder or use a trellis and grow pole type
- Peppers- Jalapeno, Sweet Banana, Frigitello, Robustini
- Squash-Gold Rush, Ronde de Nice
- Leaf Lettuce-Salad Bowl ,Bibb ,Buttercrunch
- Radishes-Cherry Belle ,Scarlet Globe, Icicle
These are just some of the many Veggies you can grow in containers
From here you just need to have fun with it, be creative move your
plantings around throughout the growing season if you get tired of
looking at the same old arrangement.
Then enjoy the harvest , there is nothing more satisfying than
growing your own veggies and nothing tastes better.
By: Watch Us Grow All Purpose Plant Food
Most gardeners either professional or novice are aware of most of the different plant foods available to them. But many are not aware of one particular All Purpose Plant Food that has been around since 1952.
This Liquid All Purpose Plant Food has been tested for many years by growers of all types. Follett’s” Watch Us Grow” is the name of this product, which has remained a secret to most, but a great discovery by it’s loyal users.
In order to get the word out about this outstanding product we are offering a sample for $1.00 to try while supply lasts.
Apply it as a Foliar Feed (feed through the leaves)or apply directly to the soil in potted plants. We challenge you to test it against any other Plant Food . You will be pleasantly surprised by the results that you will see from using Watch Us Grow.
Your neighbors and friends will ask, what are you using on your plants? They look so full and vibrant.
For your sample go to www.watchusgrow.com. Limit 1 sample per customer . You may also obtain a Free copy of the Watch Us Grow instruction guide.
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.
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 .