GBW Garden Blog

21 Jul

Vegetable Planters

I believe that to eat healthy you need to know the source(s) of your food.  While trips to a farmers market can be fun and provide you with locally grown food, growing your own food is even better.

I have a variety of vegetable planters to make growing easier and denser.  I have a bean tower for supporting  pole beans, an a-line structure for accommodating cucumber and squash plants, and of course tomato cages and planters.  Our gardening space is limited and so these vegetable planters make vertical vegetable gardening possible.

Tomatos can present a unique need for good vegetable planters.  Their size increases through out their growing season.  If the vegetable planters are not strong, they will end their season on the ground.  Bugs and squirrels delight when that happens.  You want the produce for your table – not theirs.

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21 Jul

Self Watering Planters

As gardeners, we all know how critical water is. We have seen plants thrive when adequately watered. We have pulled up brown withered stalks when watering was neglected. Because we travel a lot, this spring we decided to invest in self-watering planters.  We installed “spaghettis” – drip lines. (My grandsons so named them when they saw the finished products.)

We lease this house, so there is a limit to what we do that is of a permanent nature. Our lease-or who provides the property with a sprinkler system agreed to the project. It was not a difficult job, dirty and time consuming, but not difficult. We,the lease-es, tied the spaghettis into sprinkler system water lines using garden hose connectors, anchored them to our pots and monitored results. It took several attempts to get the time the self-watering planter lines running correctly.

Now, I am not lugging water buckets around when we are home or worrying about how the plants are faring when we are away. If this a possibility for you, I urge you to consider spaghettis. Make your planters self watering planters.  Especially, if you are growing vegetables and you don’t want to miss out on the harvest.

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21 Jul

Outdoor Rocking Chairs

outdoor-rocking-chairs-and-sets-I have been keeping house a long time.  I could really use some new indoor furniture.  I have, however, decided that for the next few months I would rather have new outdoor furniture.  We have a nice front porch and I am going to purchase some comfortable outdoor rocking chairs.  We have a great neighborhood and neighbors.  We tend to congregate at one house in the evenings.  My new outdoor rocking chairs will be an invitation for it to be at our house.

It is nice to catch up with everyone, but it is even nicer when we can view a beautiful yard and sit in comfy outdoor rocking chairs while doing it.

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11 Jun

UrbinGrower

Have you ever agonized over how much, too much water is needed for your plants? Have you ever wished you could extend your growing season?  Then the UrBin Grower is something you should consider. It is a compact self-watering organic growing system. It can be used on a patio, balcony, fire escape, backyard, greenhouse, or even inside during the cold months. Its innovative design allows for portability.  It can provide a bountiful harvest.

The UrBin Grower allows you to grow endless vegetables in a manageable container.  It has a unique sub-irrigation watering design that waters plants the way nature intended – from the bottom up. Watering into the UrBin Grower’s visible reservoir allows you to monitor the water much more effectively than in other self-watering containers which require you water through a tube into a hidden reservoir. With the UrBin Grower there is a soil wick which pulls moisture up to the plant roots, drawing nutrients with it.

The soil system also air prunes plants to keep the root growth constant and prevent root circling. With the constant exposure to oxygen you no longer need to worry about over watering. The fresh air prunes the tip of the roots which causes them to branch off, creating an even healthier root system.  This a great, useful gardening product.

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20 May

My Patio Furniture

outdoor-rocking-chairs-and-sets-I love being outdoors.  I love being outdoors in Colorado.  The humidity is low, the breeze is calming, and I think the sky is consistently the bluest in my corner of CO.  What I really love is having comfortable patio furniture to relax in and watch my garden grow.

Wicker is my preferred material.  It can be faux wicker but must look good and be sturdy.  We have two grandsons, 5 and 9, and a labradoodle that share our love of the outdoors.  They and we eat, work, and play in our yard and on our patio furniture.  Sturdy, cleanable outdoor furniture is a must.

Our outdoor furniture is not new.  It is not a matchy, matchy set.  Most of the pieces could have come from a recycle, repurpose shop. I must haul some of the cushions inside if rain comes.  I really want some new outdoor stuff. I purchased a new outdoor rug early this spring.  So I am now shopping for new outdoor love seat and chairs.  I can have new matchy, matchy or new unmatched pieces.  The patio umbrella is gold.  Rug has beige and brown tones.  I want to choose complementary colors.  There are many sources available that are fun to shop.  Decisions, decisions.  I look forward to delivery.

 

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20 May

Soil Amendments

I wished for perfect soil to grow all my favorite kinds of plants when we moved to Colorado.  I quickly learned that that would only happen if I made it.  Our soil is clay.  It is very compact and not good for many of the plants I love.  We purchased some organic  soil amendments and added to the clay.  But, more importantly, we got our compost going.  Every year we add amendments.

We garden organically so we only use grass clippings from our yard.  We know there are no  chemicals used on our lawn.  We rake leaves and bag them.  We add them to the compost after they sit in black trash bags for a season.  Kitchen waste, newspapers, etc., they all go in the bin.  The earth worms love us.  Bags of compost can be purchased, but homemade is better.  Compost is the ultimate soil amendment.

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20 May

Worm Factories

I recently read that Americans throw away 34 million tons of food waste into landfills each year, more than any other type of waste (www.EPA.gov). That’s a lot of waste!  Worm composting uses worms to do the work of breaking down waste and is more efficient and easier to manage than a traditional backyard compost pile. The design of the Worm Factory 360 is compact and  possible to use in any household.

We all know it is important to create a more sustainable lifestyle by recycling and improving soil quality. Worm composting makes it easy.  Recycle your kitchen scraps, paper waste and cardboard into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your plants, The Worm Factory® 360 houses thousands of composting worms. These worms work 24/7 to efficiently produce  rich compost packed with microbes and water soluble plant nutrients that are beneficial for our soils.

The Worm Factory 360 eliminates all the work of traditional composting and yields a much more valuable end product. Worm compost has been proven to have ten times the nutrients of traditional backyard compost. The more nutrients that are available to your plants, the larger they grow and the more bountiful your harvest is. This system allows you to enjoy ORGANIC vegetables, fruits, and flowers grown with the help from your kitchen scraps.

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20 May

Self Watering Planters and Vacations Go Together

Have you ever dreaded a vacation because you worried about your plants?  I have.  But in these times of sprinkler systems, you don’t need to worry.  If the system itself doesn’t take care of all your plants, you can run lines to pots or specific spots.  My grandsons call the lines “spaghettis”.  A caution is to select plants with similar water requirements when selecting plants as everything watered by the system lines will get the same amount of water.

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