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.

 

 

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.

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.

Modern Methods to Get the Best Yields Out Of Your Gardening


The advances in science have enabled the growing of higher amounts of yields within a short period of time. This has mainly been through the production of hybrid plants and fertilizers. One type of fertilizer that is gaining popularity is the liquid plant food. It is simply a solution of the essential nutrients that a plant will need to grow and produce yields.

This type of fertilizer can be composed of artificial nutrients or organic nutrients. the fertilizer that is composed of artificial nutrients usually works faster but has a downside of being harmful to the environment and can also harm the plants if not applied effectively. It is therefore recommended that you read and follow the directions on the packaging carefully.

These fertilizers can be divided into two main categories. First, there are those which are applied directly to the plants leaves and stem and secondly, those that are applied on the soil.

Applying plant food on the leaves and stem of plants is called foliar feeding. It works by directly providing the necessary nutrients to the plant through the small openings called stomata. This method has an almost immediate effect on the plant since the nutrients don’t have to be delivered through certain medium such as the soil.

If you intend to use foliar feeding on your plants, it is recommended that you spray them either in the early morning or late evening when the sun isn’t hot. This is because the stomata close during the day to prevent excessive water loss from the plant. This method is suitable for leafy plants or plants grown particularly for their fruit.

Applying liquid plant food to the soil occurs in the same way as applying granular fertilizers is done. However, the plant food will find its way into the plant faster than the ordinary fertilizer. However, in many cases, it doesn’t last that long in the soil (especially chemical type) and therefore regular fertilizing is needed. Some important aspects of these types of fertilizers include the following.

They are the most expensive type of plant food available today. Therefore, before going for them, you will need to consider if they are an affordable way to grow your plants. If they are too expensive, you can go for the other types of fertilizers. They will give you the best yields available since they give the plant
exactly what it needs and when it needs it. If you spray your plants regularly, you are
sure to get larger and better yields.

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

The Basics Of Container Vegetable Gardening


Container vegetable gardening has become more commonplace in these times of lesser back yards and more dangers with our food supply. More individuals would like to cultivate some of their own fresh vegetables so that they can refrain from purchasing non-organic merchandise or having to pay the high costs of organic food. With the present incidence of breakouts of e. coli and salmonella among other things from food items like spinach and green onions, we are left thinking about whether or not any of the fresh foods we purchase is actually safe. The thing is, the food we consume is mass produced and mass processed. This simply means lots of hands are holding every single product we end up eating. Once you cultivate your own fruit and vegetables, you are aware of whose hands are pressing the food!
Needless to say, many of us do not have the room for large home gardens. A lot of us have extremely small back yards. Condo and apartment residents might have no space! This is where container vegetable gardening is extremely useful. Growing vegetables in pots means you can cultivate your own veggies on a patio or terrace, or possibly inside your home with the use of special grow lights. Because of container gardening, we are able to grow our own vegetables regardless of where we reside.
Several varieties of vegetables tend to be more suitable for container vegetable gardening than others. A few of the larger varieties will not do as well in pots. Case in point, corn is so big that an individual would need to make use of a huge, extremely large container to hold it. Big melons grow on lengthy vines and can put down several root systems; therefore they won’t prosper in containers. Large types of squash and tomatoes might be hard to grow in containers.
Several varieties do particularly well in containers. Spinach, lettuce, and various other leafy vegetables usually prosper in containers. Smaller types of tomatoes like plum tomatoes, salad tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and grape tomatoes are ideal for container vegetable gardening. Various kinds of bush peas and beans flourish in containers. If you utilize huge containers, it’s also possible to plant potatoes. It certainly is not challenging to accomplish this, plus they grow extremely well in this particular way. The reality is a good number of smaller types of vegetables will flourish perfectly in containers.

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

A picture is worth 1000 words, Can you say RESULTS!


Watch Us Grow all purpose plant food has always provided it’s many users with wonderful results, some like to show us their results with pictures.

This one was sent to us by a happy gardener in Oregon, we were told that they had a terrible growing season this year.
This makes us wonder how big the carrots will get when they get a good season. He also told us that the rest of his garden did great, and is looking forward to next season.

Thanks for the great picture we look forward to more.

TALK ABOUT PROVEN RESULTS!! Bugs Bunny will be moving in to Watch Us Grow after seeing this one!!

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.