Veggie Garden

Vegetable Gardens

Herb Gardening! October 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:19 pm

Hi Everyone!

I just got a herb gardening kit to grow indoors and I figured I would share it with you. I am so excited! I am not much for cooking but I think I will be now that I have fresh herbs to add to my food. Well, I don’t have them yet but I will in a couple weeks when they start to grow. I got my kit from http://www.herbkits.com/culinary.htm. The one I chose was the indoor culinary kit that included a hanging garden stacker (pictured below) for $59.99. The kit included Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sweet Marjoram, Chives, Savory, Garlic Chives, Mustard and Sage. The planter will hold 9 different types of plants and each herb packet comes with more than enough seeds to experiment with and plant more if you need to. The kit comes with everything you need to plant your seeds and detailed instructions on how to plant and care for your herbs.

Hanging Herb Garden

Hanging Herb Garden

This is the perfect kit for people who love to cook and it makes a great gift. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in growing herbs inside.

Another item I bought was a bowl to crush my herbs in (pictured below). I cannot wait to be able to crush my fresh herbs in it and cook with them.

I will keep you posted on how well my herbs are growing as the weeks come.

Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween!

 

Maintaining your vegetable garden! October 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:35 pm

Hi everyone,

Now that you know how to start your garden and how to transplant your vegetables, I think it is time to give you tips on how to maintain your garden.

1) Watering is very important. You do not want to over water or under water your plants. It is always best to water in the early morning or late evening when the sun is not so hot. Use a nozzle that has big droplets rather than a mist or spray. As your plants get bigger, give them more water. The soil around the roots is all that needs to be moist, so the larger the plant gets, the deeper the roots go, the more water they need.

Tip: If you are unsure about whether your plants need water or not, a good way to tell is to sample the soil. Dig a narrow hole about a foot away from the plant and about a foot down (or as deep as the roots go). Take the soil you dig out and squeeze it in your hand. If it clumps together then you do not need to water. If it crumbles or is dry, give your plant some water.

2) Use mulch to help hold in the moisture. Landscape fabric covered with wood chips works the best. For a less expensive mulch use newspaper, grass clipings or compost leaves. The mulch will also help keep the weeds from taking over.

3) Staying on top of weeds is an important part of gardening. Mulch will help as I said before, but you will still need to keep an eye out for those persistent weeds that grow. Every time you water you should inspect you plants to make sure no pests are invading, weeds are pulled, and that everything is growing properly and upward.

Tip: Read the packages for all your different plants and try to follow directions carefully.

Tip: Do not use pesticides when the vegetables are about ready to be picked unless it is absolutely necessary.

Picture taken from http://z.about.com/d/gardening/1/0/R/9/OverviewSonny.JPG

 

For further descriptions on maintaining a vegetable garden, visit: http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4DMG/VegFruit/maintain.htm

 

Fall is here! October 16, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:24 pm

Hi Everyone,

As you all can feel Fall is here. The leaves are falling, the air is chilly, and the days are getting shorter. I love this time of the year except for one thing. No more vegetable garden and no more fresh tomatoes on my vines. I am sad! : (

But I do have next year to look foward to, and all winter to sit inside and read up on vegetable gardens and how to grow plants successfully. I cannot wait until next year. I plan on having so much more in my garden.

If you haven’t done so already, you should pull all your old plants. If there are any vegetables left hopefully you can still salvage them. However, we are having cold nights now and I would be surprised if they last. I just pulled my tomato plants out of their planters the other day. A sad moment at that.

Until next time!

 

Transplanting! October 9, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:39 pm

Hi Everyone,

If you are the type of person who likes to get an early start and plant your vegetables in pots to store inside; here are a few tips for transplanting your vegetables when the time is right.

1) Remember to wait until the last frost has hit for transplanting heat sensitive vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, eggplant etc. If you are transplanting cabbage, broccoli or other hearty vegetables, a week or two before the last frost is just fine. These types of vegetables can withstand harsh weather.

2) A week before you transplant you need to harden off your plants. This means each day gradually leave your plants outside longer and longer before completing the transplant. The first day leave your plant outside for two hours in part shade. The next day leave it out for four hours. Gradually increase the time each day until you can leave it out all day and all night. You are then ready to transplant.

3) Try transplanting on a cloudy day or in the evening when it is not so hot.

4) Make sure you have everything ready before you take your plants out of their pots so that their roots and bulbs do not get to much exposure.

5) Prepare the soil first. Loosen the soil to at least 12 inches deep. Add some manure or fertilizer to the hole. Do not plant your plants to close together (this could cause disease problems). 

6) Make sure the soil is moist by watering right after you transplant. Remember not to over water though.

Here is a table with the difficulty level of transplanting certain vegetables (2). This could come in handy when deciding what vegetables you want to plant early.

Relative difficulty in transplanting various vegetables
Easy to transplant Medium difficulty Difficult to transplant
broccoli cauliflower cucumber
brussels sprouts celery muskmelon
cabbage eggplant squash
lettuce onion watermelon
tomato pepper

These few little tip will hopefully help in a successful transplant.

For more tips try going to these web sites:

1) http://nga-gardenshop.stores.yahoo.net/transplantingvegetables.html

2) http://www.thefunplace.com/house/garden/transplant.html

3) http://rps.uvi.edu/CES/gf4.PDF