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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Tips for Successful Flower Container Gardening


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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.

 

 

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.

Companion Gardening May Help Some Issues In The Garden


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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.

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

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
(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

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.

What kind of Gardening Supplies?


If you’re thinking about starting a garden it’s a good idea to make a list of all the supplies you’ll need to get going. First and foremost, you’ll want to decide what size of garden you want, and what types of produce or flowers you want to grow. After making those decisions, you’ll need a few tools and other things to make your gardening experience a great one.

Tools

The basic tools you need for gardening are handheld a couple shovels, a trowel, shears and a cultivator. These tools are crafted especially for the work you’ll do on your knees digging, planting, pruning and weeding. You’ll also need a pair of gloves to protect your hands from the soil and other things needed to prepare, plant and maintain your garden.
You might also consider buying a knee cushion since most gardening is done down on your knees.

Seeds

When buying seeds for your garden it’s crucial that you do some research and learn which types of plants grow best in your climate and location. Some seeds need direct sunlight to grow, while others grow best in shaded areas. You’ll also need to determine how much water your garden will require. In some places with stricter water policies, lists of low-water plants and trees were compiled to keep water usage within limits.

The purpose of growing a garden is to produce plants, flowers or vegetables and so you want them to be able to survive. Consider buying buds of plants that you want to grow. A baby plant is often more successful than trying to grow plants from seeds alone.

Irrigation

Your garden will need to be watered regularly. You’ll definitely need at least one watering can, and depending on the size of your garden you’ll have to decide if you’ll invest in a hose, drip or sprinkler system. Watering cans are great for spot watering or if your garden is fairly small. Whichever system you choose, you want to be sure to give your garden as much water as needs.

Fertilizers and Pesticides

Gardens need to be fed with fertilizers. Fertilizers promote growth and help plants to grow lush and green. There are store bought inorganic and organic fertilizers to choose from, We recommend a natural product made in Wisconsin ( Folletts Watch Us Grow all purpose liquid plant food concentrate ) for results you thought could only be obtained by professionals.
Pesticides keep weeds, insects and fungi out of your garden. Similar to fertilizers, they can be organic, inorganic, purchased or made at home.

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

Lawn Fertilizing – How To Grow A Greener Thicker Lawn


Lawn fertilizing – How to grow a greener thicker lawn is the target of many home owners who have a lawn. It makes the home look attractive and actually makes a great place to sit out and enjoy the sun.

There are many elements which go into growing a greener and thicker lawn. One of the most important you must consider, is the soil type and the nutrients provided to your grass. While grass is capable of getting nutrients it needs from the soil, you should remember that these nutrients can be depleted resulting in malnourished grass.

The lawn looks dull and can start to look like straw, and you start noticing thin areas with patches of soil. So what can you do?

The answer lies in applying lawn fertilizer or compost to your grass regularly. One very effective way is to apply liquid lawn fertilizer. This method has many advantages over the other fertilizing methods and they include the following.

Firstly, the liquid lawn fertilizing is absorbed and utilized by the grass almost immediately. You might apply it today evening and notice a change in the morning when you wake up. This fertilizer is absorbed through the leaves as well as roots. This way, nothing is lost.

Secondly, you will apply the fertilizer as you water your lawn. This type of fertilizer is applied by attaching the garden hose and nozzle to the fertilizer spray bottle. This way, you won’t have to apply the fertilizer first and then water your lawn later.

Thirdly, it is an easy method to use. You simply read the instructions of use and you are good to go. However, reading the instructions is an important part of using this type of lawn fertilizer. Incorrect applications can damage your lawn.

Fourth, liquid lawn fertilizer supplies the main nutrients that grass needs, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK). Besides NPK, micro nutrients are essential to a well balanced feeding. These micro nutrients are also provided by the lawn fertilizer.

Although this type of lawn fertilizer has many advantages, you may it has some disadvantages of its own. They may include being expensive as well as the need to fertilize the lawn regularly, since liquid lawn fertilizers are taken up by the grass almost immediately.

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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