Onward and Upward with Vertical Gardening


vertical-gardening

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


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.

How To Choose The Right Compost and Create Happy Plants


Compost = Great Soil = Great Garden

How to choose the RIGHT compost. As we have talked about many times before, good soil will help you have a good gardening experience. So much great composting materials end up in the landfills everyday.

Compost is like fine dining to plants – they love it!  Some people think that compost is grass clippings and leaves collected from the yard, they are right, but it is so much more than that.

We here at “Watch Us Grow”all purpose liquid plant food we get asked quite often “what can I put in my compost pile?” and “How to choose the right compost”So we put together a list of some of the many items you can compost.

  • cow manure, pig manure, horse manure, chicken manure, rabbit manure, bat guano
  • apple cores & peelings, potato peelings, tea bags, bread crusts, toast
  • cooked rice, cheerios, macaroni & cheese, shredded brown paper bags, banana peels, fruit salad
  •  peat moss, melted ice cream, moldy cheese, old yogurt
  • crab, lobster, shrimp shells
  • human hair, pet hair, dust bunnies
  • vacuum cleaner bag contents, coffee grounds, egg shells, paper towels, shredded newspaper
  • houseplant trimmings, pie crusts
  • orange, grapefruit rinds, old pasta
  • finger & toenail clippings
  • onion skins, nut shells, watermelon rinds, old beer & wine.

Remember this is just a SMALL list of the possible composting material.

You get the idea,  just about anything can go in the compost pile.

If you have all this in your compost pile, your plants are going to love you after you add it to the soil. And also remember to always feed your garden with “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food every 10 to 14 days throughout the growing season.

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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Organic vs. Conventional Farming


Organic vs Conventional Farming…. Do we have enough?

Many people in first world countries don’t even give it a second thought. Never having to worry about where your next meal is coming from rarely goes through the mind of these people. But throughout the world many do think about it,and for many it’s daily. I’m not writing this article to bash Organic farming, I think it has it’s good points as far as mother earth is concerned. I do believe that people are brainwashed to a certain extent about Organics vs. Conventional farming. For instance,most think that anything called or labeled Organic is good.

It’s just not true, there are many grey areas in the Organic laws & rules that are turning the whole organic farming movement into a cash cow for those involved. And as is with most everything our Government is up to their eyeballs in it.

The real point I want to make  with organic vs conventional is that we need conventional farming to feed the worlds population!

If we tried to do it with Organic farming we would starve, the following are some Statistics from the National Agriculture Statistics Service of USDA, organic corn yields could only produce 71 % of the national average for conventional corn production.

Organic soybean yields could only reach 66% of the national average, and organic wheat yields could only produce between 62 to 66% of the national average grown conventionally. To put these numbers into perspective,the organic yields of corn in 2008 are equal to what conventional farming was producing 22 years ago.

Organic soybeans equal to what conventional farming was producing 29 years ago, and organic wheat equal to 57 years ago. These numbers are alarming at best. Until organic production can equal or surpass conventional ways of farming, I believe we need to stay the course with finding even better ways to improve conventional farming.

One way we here at “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food suggest is to incorporate foliar feeding along with conventional dry fertilizing. It has shown that growers can lessen the amount of dry fertilizer applied to the ground. Use “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food as a supplement and have as good 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
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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

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

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

Tips on Getting Ready For Gardening Season


If you own a garden, here’s a few tips on getting ready for gardening session.  You might agree that the climate usually controls what you plant and when. While this sentiment might be shared by many, many garden owners are usually caught unprepared. They therefore end up planting and getting little or no yields at all. If you have found yourself in such situations, then follow these tips and see your yields increase the next planting season.

The main key to getting great yields is planning ahead. If you do so, the beginning of the planting season will find you ready and you will get full benefits from Mother Nature.

First, take care of the soil you are going to plant in. never wait for the planting season to begin so as to till the land. The main advantage of tilling before is that the soil will be aerated. This will accelerate in the
breakdown of organic material to compost, which is good for your plants. It will also help to free the soil of some disease causing organisms.
In addition to tilling the soil, you might want to check the soil ph. This refers to the acidity or alkalinity of the soil which mostly affects the amount of nutrients it has. This will help you determine what nutrients you might need to add to the soil for healthy growth of your plants.

Second, decide on which plants you will grow during the coming season. It is important to know which plants will do well during a particular season especially if you are growing them outside. A good example is that of plants that need to be grown in a nursery but the outside conditions cannot allow for this for a month or so. Rather than wait for the weather outside to become favorable, you can have the nursery indoors and transplant your seedlings as soon as the weather becomes favorable.

Third, you will have to keep all the planting accessories ready. These accessories include tools, fertilizers, and pesticides among others. Having your planting accessories ready will help you save time during your planting and ensure that your plants get what they need in time. As a result you will be able to get more yields.

The planting season is one of the most important times in the year for any garden owner. It will determine how much yield he or she will have. It is therefore important to plan ahead to ensure that you plant on time and take advantage of the whole planting season.

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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.

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How To Successfully Setup Organic Container Vegetable Gardening


It requires quite a bit of effort as well as time to succeed in container vegetable gardening. To be a success you will have to understand some information and facts about the basics of organic container vegetable gardening so that you will have the ability to correctly setup your organic container vegetable garden correctly and effortlessly.
Home gardeners will have the opportunity to take pleasure in the fantastic flavor of homegrown vegetables with organic container vegetable gardening and make it better for the ecosystem at the same time, and this may be accomplished without having a sizable backyard. There are a number of products you can utilize to plant your veggies like old bottles, cans or any reused container. These can very easily be put on the porch, window sills or balcony.

Starting up your container vegetable gardening mission will call for you to acquire some seeds. While seeds can be purchased all over the place, you ought to make sure that you purchase organic seeds and not the seeds from the main stores which may be genetically altered, so that you will really possess an actual organic garden.
It’s also wise to seek information by reading your plant guide or browsing the web to become conscious of when you need to be seeding. In a number of instances the ideal place to begin is indoors, nevertheless you ought to additionally make sure that your plants are given sufficient sunlight, about five hours exposure on a daily basis would be effective. For your fertilizing, purchase some slow-release organic fertilizer so that the crops will be nurtured through the entire growing season. In organic container vegetable gardening, soil can be used however more desirable outcomes may be accomplished with a peat mix. Bear in mind that plants in containers have to be watered more often in comparison to plants in your yard, and don’t forget that as the plants mature, their water demands will also increase so you need to examine them a lot more as this occurs.

What makes organic container vegetable gardening distinctively amazing is that you can cultivate them in almost any house. It will require a great deal of time and energy to effectively carry out container gardening however it becomes much simpler and is definitely more handy than the typical practice of gardening in a section of your backyard. Starting off can also be quite inexpensive since the main requirement is to have suitable containers and a good soil mix, and we all know you can recycle old items for the containers.

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The Watch Us Grow Team