Vermicomposting: Composting with Worms for Small Spaces and Limited Time

Compost is one of the best organic fertilizers for introducing nutrients and beneficial microbes to your soil, but many gardeners do not have the space or time to maintain a traditional compost pile. A vermicomposter, or a composter that uses worms, is an economical, time saving and space saving solution. Worm castings are full of beneficial microbes and nutrients which make an ideal plant fertilizer for houseplants, and for food plants in containers and gardens. Only red wigglers, or (Eisenia fetida or Eisenia foetida), should be used for composting in bins. E. fetida are also called tiger worms, redworms, and other [ ... ]

How to Use a Ladbrooke Soil Blocker

The easiest and most adaptable seed starting system is the Ladbrooke soil blocker. With this ingenious device, you can make your own soil blocks and forever eliminate buying peat pots, which often cause your plants to become root bound and do not break down in the garden. A Ladbrooke soil blocker is a one-time investment and is quality made in England. Commercial growers use these to make millions of soil blocks year after year without any wear and tear. Simply keep your soil blocker clean, and it will become an heirloom to pass down through generations. There are cheap Chinese [ ... ]

Garlic Varieties to Grow in Pots

Any variety of garlic can be grown in pots, but some varieties of garlic plants get larger than others, so should be planted further apart. Varieties which grow into smaller plants generally do better in a pot. When choosing which varieties to grow, consider how hot you prefer your garlic to taste, how you plan to use it, how long it will store and when it will be mature for harvest. Any variety of garlic can be used for any purpose, some are outstanding for a particular use. Plant most garlic varieties 4 inches apart, or 6 inches apart for [ ... ]

How to Make Nutrient Dense Soil for Growing Vegetables in Pots

Studies have shown that the more nutrients plants have available, the healthier and more disease resistant they are. Just like in the human body, diseases do not have a chance to take hold if the host plant is healthy. Conventional growing methods add only nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, but studies have shown that our soils are becoming depleted of the other nutrients needed by plants, which is causing our food to become less and less nutritious. For example, conventionally grown spinach now has only a tenth of the nutrition that it had 40 to 50 years ago. How to Grow High [ ... ]

How to Grow Vegetables in Pots – Economical Seed Starting

Starting your own plants from seeds is one of the most rewarding of all gardening projects. Instead of being limited to the typical varieties of plants offered as transplants, you can choose from a much wider variety of plants with an almost unlimited array of flavors, colors and attributes. Once you sample some of the gourmet varieties that are seldom seen in stores, your tastes will forever change. In the dead of winter, the bright light of a window or grow lights will cheer you up. Baby plants springing up from your grow trays will make you eager to get into [ ... ]

How to Grow Vegetables in Pots – Starting Seedlings Indoors

Growing your own vegetables from seed has many rewards. You will be able to grow varieties not available locally, and get a jump on the gardening season. Plus during the doldrums of winter, you will have a bright light, almost as bright as the sun through the window, cheering up your surroundings, and new life springing out of the soil. Get your children or grandchildren involved. Growing plants not only gets children interested in nature, but it teaches them to care for something that depends entirely upon them. Even if a few plants do not make it, it is an inexpensive [ ... ]

Why to Use an EarthBox to Grow Vegetables in Pots

Gardening is fun, but it takes time. Weeding, watering, improving soil, and many other tasks often get neglected when summer comes on full force. Gardening in containers gives the gardener some measure of control over weeds and soil, but watering is still difficult to keep up with in conventional containers. EarthBox takes the guesswork of how much to water and when, and when to feed your plants, because everything they need is always available. And weeding is virtually eliminated, so an EarthBox is one of the easiest ways to garden, and can produce yields higher that gardening in the soil. The [ ... ]

How to Grow Peppers in Pots

How to Grow Peppers in Pots Of all of the plants to grow for salsa, peppers will potentially ripen the latest. This, of course, depends on what variety of tomatoes you choose. With the help of Wall o’ Water season extenders, the harvest can be sooner by many weeks. As with tomatoes, dates for maturation stated in plant description and on plant tags are from the time of transplant into containers or outside.   How to Start Pepper Seeds Inside To figure out when to start pepper seedlings inside, take your last frost date and count back 6 to 10 weeks. The ideal size [ ... ]

How to Grow Onions in Pots — Onion Varieties

How to Grow Onions in Pots Choosing the correct varieties of onion to grow is necessary to get the best yield. Since onions are daylight sensitive and take several months to mature, there is some overlap as to which onions can be grown in specific areas. When choosing onions, consider the number of days between freezes for your area, how many daylight hours you get during the summer, how long you would like to store onions, your preference for sweetness or pungency, and how you plan to use onions. Growing onion from seeds will give you the widest selection of varieties, the biggest [ ... ]

How to Grow Salsa in Pots – Onions

How to Grow Salsa in Pots – Onions Onions (Allium cepa or A. cepa var. cepa) are daylight sensitive, and will not produce large bulbs if they do not get enough hours of daylight. Onions are categorized into three categories: short day, intermediate day, and long day. There is much overlap as to which varieties do well in each area, since the determining factor is whether or not there will be enough days in the growing season between freezes for the onions to mature. High temperatures also inhibit bulb formation. The further north you garden, the more daylight hours there are [ ... ]