Soil temperature is critical to Vegetable garden success


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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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Tomato Gardening Tips for Tasty Fruit


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What better way to celebrate summer than planting your own tomato plant and picking fresh fruit right off the vine. It is never too early in the season to start thinking about your tomato garden. Growing great tasting tomatoes doesn’t just happen, however. It takes some time tested growing tips to get the earliest and sweetest tomatoes you can and continue to getting them all season.

Space Out Your Seedlings

Starting tomatoes from seed can be very rewarding if you remember one simple rule: give your seedlings room to branch out. When planting seeds it is important to remember their need for space when the plants become more mature. Close quarters can inhibit growth so you should transplant the small plants as soon as the first true leaves sprout out. They should then be planted in four inch pots to continue their growth.

Remember Light

Tomato plants are light loving and need strong, direct sunlight or at least 14 to 18 hours under grow lights every day. When considering where to plant your seedlings, you should look for the sunniest part of the garden and plant there. You can place containers or pots in that area if the soil is not conducive to planting directly in ground.

Bury and Mulch

If you purchase more mature tomato plants, you may have noticed the pots are rather shallow. You should remove them from the pot and replant them in the ground or another pot all the way up to the few top leaves of the plant. One great thing about tomato plants is they can develop root systems all along the stem of the plant. Once the plant is buried in the soil, you should mulch to conserve water and help prevent disease.

Prune and Water

Once the tomato plants have started growing, you should remove the bottom leaves of the plant. These leaves are the ones most affected by disease and fungus. You should also remove the suckers that develop in the joints of two branches. These suckers take away from the energy of the entire plant. The final thing is to remember to water the plant regularly while it is growing. If you do not, you run the risk of blossom end rot and cracking.

Onward and Upward with Vertical Gardening


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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.

Tomato Troubles?


Tomatoes sometimes become sick during the growing season. We will give you some of the causes, and some preventive measures you can take to have a healthy gardening experience.

Tomatoes can be attacked by a combination of problems. Insects, bacteria,fungus, viruses are the most common. Environmental factors often are the reason, some of these are over watering, excessive sunlight and temperature swings. Another problem is poor soil, it weakens their immune system.

Also insects can spread disease just by traveling from an infected plant to a healthy one. For instance, Thrips can carry spotted wild virus. Beet leaf hoppers are a major carrier of curly top virus. If you commonly have problems with these pests you will want to grow a variety that is resistant to them. There are cultivars that are naturally resistant to different viruses. Talk to your local Garden Center personal, they are very knowledgeable about what varieties will do best in your area.

If you have a sick plant, treat it quickly or remove it completely from your garden to help prevent the further spreading of disease. Remember if you prune diseased plants DO NOT compost trimmings , this may further spread the disease. The best thing to do is burn the trimmings. And remember to clean your shears completely after having any contact with infected plants.

Another way to help prevent pests is to do “companion planting” some companions to the tomato plant are Marigolds, Carrots and Nasturtiums. Plant them next to the tomatoes or around the border of the garden, they release scents that naturally repel many insects. You can also try “sacrifice planting”this is the practice of planting a plant that is more attractive to insects than tomatoes.

For example, plant some sweet corn on the opposite side of the garden, a large percentage of tomato fruit worms will be diverted to the corn plant. When the corn becomes infected and has eggs layed on it, pull it out of the garden and discard it, again burning is the preferred way to get rid of it. This will eliminate the next generation of pests before they hatch.

  The following are some solutions to common tomato problems

. Use mulch to hold moisture on hot days

. Space tomatoes far enough apart to allow good air circulation

. Harvest fruit quickly after it becomes ripe, over ripe tomatoes attract pests

. Make sure any compost used is fully decomposed or it can attract pests

. Support tomatoes with cages to promote good air circulation

. Always feed you plant with a well balanced all purpose 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
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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 Growing Tomatoes & Large Healthy Tomatoes


Buying tomatoes from your grocers can be hectic since they are used in many meals. Many of those sold are picked when green and ripen while they are at the grocers. During this time, they lose most of their quality and taste.

Many people are now turning to planting their own tomatoes. Even if you have little space at your home, you can also plant a few for your daily use. This way, you will have control over what goes into growing them, pick them when ripe and enjoy.

If you want to grow tomatoes in your compound, here are some tips on getting large and healthy ones.

Some tips on growing tomatoes are: The first thing you will have to consider is the soil type. Tomatoes are some of the plants that require large amounts of nutrients. These have to be supplied through the soil or spraying them with liquid fertilizer. The main nutrients which tomatoes will need are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. However, other trace nutrients are needed.

The soil you plant your tomatoes in should be rich in these nutrients. it is recommended you fertilize the tomatoes once every two weeks. The soil should also be able to drain off water since tomatoes need regular watering. Good drainage is important to prevent rotting of the roots and prevent diseases. As a rule you shouldn’t plant tomatoes in the same soil for two consecutive seasons.

Secondly, tomatoes are considered vines. That is, they don’t develop strong stems and therefore need some support. Vertical gardening tomatoes is the method used to support the growing tomatoes. It involves using different techniques such as planting stakes beside the tomatoes and tying the tomatoes to them.

The tomatoes will then use the stakes as their support and grow upwards. The main advantages of using vertical gardening tomatoes methods is that it helps prevent splitting and infection to the tomatoes. Also, it eases pruning of the tomato plants.

Thirdly, you will have to consider the two contrasting elements that are good for healthy tomatoes, sunlight and water. Tomatoes will grow well under sufficient amounts of sunlight. However, strong sunlight means a lot of water loss from the soil. The best thing to do is to apply mulch on the soil surface. Mulch can be in the form of plastic sheets to dry plant material.

To conclude, to get large healthy tomatoes from your home garden you will need, sufficient sunlight, water, practice vertical gardening techniques and a good well balanced liquid fertilizer feeding program.

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

How To Start An Organic Garden


When you want to start an organic garden, contained raised beds tend to be the most favored type of raised beds, and they’re perfect for vegetable and vegetable gardens, in addition to flower gardens. Many fruits, like blueberries, raspberries, grapes and strawberries likewise prosper in a raised vegetable garden bed.

You are able to select from a range of materials to build the elevated bed for your organic garden. Wood is an extremely popular option, as it is easy to use and it’s also affordable. As most contained elevated boxes are made out of wood, listed below are guidelines for constructing ones own wood raised bed vegetable garden.

Once you know that you will be cultivating herbs or vegetables, or flowers which love the sun in your brand new backyard garden, pick a location which receives no less than 8 hours of sunlight daily. A flat area is necessary, and you ought to additionally ensure that the location will have quick access to water in addition to space so that you can work.

Ensure that you can easily get to all sections in the garden without having to step into the bed. One of the primary benefits of an elevated bed is the fact that soil does not get compressed the way it can in a traditional bed as they are designed for ease of access. It is a wise course of action to keep the vegetable garden to about four feet, so that you are able to get to the center of the bed from each side.

As soon as you are aware of the dimensions and design of the bed be it to start an organic garden or any type of raised bed garden, you can begin to prepare the area. Just how much preparation you will need to carry out will depend on the depth of the bed you’re planning, and also the crops you intend to cultivate there. Should you be considering an herb or vegetable garden, a six-inch deep bed is ideal.

Make use of rot-resistant wood like cedar or one of the newer types of lumber, to build your bed. Cut the wood to the preferred dimensions, and then connect them to create a basic framework.

Ensure the frame is level everywhere to stop water from draining off of one section of the garden and not the other.
The entire aim of a raised bed vegetable garden is that it affords you the chance to do some gardening in perfect soil. Take this opportunity to fill up your organic garden bed with an excellent blend of high quality topsoil, fertilizer, and rotted manure. As soon as it is packed and raked level, it is time to sow or plant the seeds.

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

Growing Tomatoes your neighbors will envy


By: Watch Us Grow

Tomatoes are considered by many as a must have in your garden, besides being delicious they have many uses once harvested. My favorite is to grab the salt shaker and eat them like an apple. Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce , salsa the list goes on and on.

But we are writing about how to grow that wonderful fruit, and it’s easy with the assistance of our” Watch Us Grow” natural all purpose liquid plant food.

First , are you going to start your own plants or buy them from your favorite local greenhouse or garden center?

If your starting your own the one thing to remember is to start them at the right time, do this 6 to 8 weeks before the frost free date, after planting be sure to water them in with a solution of 1 tablespoon per gallon of water of Watch Us Grow natural all purpose liquid plant food.

Then give them as much light as possible either a south facing window or if you have the room use grow lights, and have them lit for at least 12 hours a day and keep the lights as close to the plants as possible without touching them.

Or like many gardeners do patronize your local Greenhouse or Garden Center, they will have many different varieties to choose from. You need to know ahead of time what variety will work best for you, if you have ample space in your garden you may want to select a indeterminate variety ( these will grow as big as you let them) or if you do not have much space or are doing container gardening you will want to choose a determinate variety ( these only grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet )

Both are good and will produce many tomatoes if you take the time to care for them properly throughout the growing season.

Next, now we are ready to plant, dig your hole, and then we suggest putting some composted material at the bottom of the hole. Set the tomato in the hole and cover it up to the first set of leaves. Tomatoes will grow roots the whole length of the stem therefore making the plant stronger .

Make sure you give your plants ample room to grow, they will need about one to one and one half feet between them , this provides room for plenty of air movement through and around the plants. Which is needed to help ward off some of the many possible problems you can have by planting to close together.

Once the plants are established you should mulch around them, there are many different materials you can use (commercial plastic, landscape fabric, grass clippings) these are just some of them, we recommend straw, lay it down several inches thick all around the plant , as you should do with any compostible material you may use. This is done for a couple reasons , to keep weeds down , to keep the soil temperature more constant , keep the water loss at a minimum , and keep the fruit clean.

Now the most important step you need to take in order to have a bountiful harvest is water and feeding. Tomatoes do best when kept at a constant moisture level , don’t let them dry out.

And they will grow and thrive to their potential when fed with a well balanced food . Your answer to this is Watch Us Grow natural all purpose liquid plant food.

1 ounce per gallon of water every 2 weeks from time of planting till you see flowers , skip a feeding and then go right back to 1 ounce per gallon of water every 2 weeks .

You will be amazed at the amount and size of tomatoes you will be harvesting. Now go grow some tomatoes.