Sunday, March 24, 2013
DON’T STEP ON THE SOIL............ Remember, it’s all about movin and groovin “OUTSIDE THE BOX!!
One of the greatest advantages of Raised Bed Gardening is the light and airy, well-drained soil. Stepping inside your garden bed will compact the soil and reduce aeration. If you need to maneuver your way across your RAISED BEDS, try laying a long board across the beds.
Early Spring. Now is the time to start clearing the way and setting the stage for a successful growing season ahead. The soil in raised beds is constantly settling. Now is the time to add some soil if needed, and bring the soil levels up to the top of your beds.
Amendments such as lime, peat, rock phosphate and compost can be added at this time. But not so fast on the manure........ Manure is best applied about two weeks before seeding in Spring.
While waiting for the soil to warm up, you can use this time to set out stakes, poles and trellises for your tall crops. Make sure your garden beds are looking good and ready for take off.
NOW it’s time to exercise some restraint as you wait for the soil to warm up!
Wait until the soil is 60 degrees F before planting seeds, 70 – 80 degrees F is best for germination. Don’t be tempted to jump the gun. Even early cool weather crops like peas do best when the soil is about 75 degrees F.
Kim in the Garden ~ ~
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
OK, we do have a ways to go. Here in Wisconsin it could snow in May - and HAS!! But it is never too early to start dreaming and planning that Summer garden.
It's exciting to visualize how one will lay out their 2013 garden. All of life begins with a vision. And so begins another exciting year of gardening.
This is the time to savor your garden dreams. Mull things over, make changes in your head. Now is the time, soon planting time will be upon us. And quick decisions will need to be made.
Every gardener knows, once the season begins, things move quickly and time is of the essence.
Just a reminder to Enjoy Each Day........... Looking forward to another Joyful Season Of Growing.
Kim at RaisedBedGardenKits.com
Monday, November 26, 2012
DEHYDRATOR CHRISTMAS GIFTNewly added - Just in time for Christmas. Raised Bed Garden Kits just added 3 top of the line FOOD DEHYDRATORS.
We carry the Excalibur line. Excalibur has 35 years of manufacturing excellence! They set the industry standard for design, quality, and dependability. If you are serious about RAW FOOD DEHYDRATION, you would not want anything but an Excalibur.
There are so many healthy treats you can make for your family that normally would be expensive in a store or would contain preservatives. With a dehydrator, food retains 100 percent of its nutritional value of vitamins, enzymes and nutrients. Dried foods can be stored in air-tight containers for long-term storage.
A dehydrator makes a fun and practical gift. See our three DEHYDRATORS here.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
WHEN TO PICK SUMMER SQUASHZucchini, yellow crookneck, patty pan or scallop, yellow straightneck and any other squash that has a thin tender skin are all considered summer squash.
WHEN TO PICK WINTER SQUASH & PUMPKINSWinter squash includes: butternut, acorn, spaghetti, buttercup and any squash that you can store through the winter.
Winter squash are harvested when they are fully mature. This means that you will harvest winter squash at the very end of the growing season, near the time of the first frost.
** Immature squash and pumpkins do not store well, therefore, you must make sure they are mature before harvesting. Mature winter squash have very hard skins that cannot be punctured or bruised easily.
Also, as winter squash mature, their bright surface sheen changes to a dull, dry-appearing surface.
Kim in the garden...... ;o)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Pick peas on a regular basis to encourage more growth and a superior harvest. Try not to get your plants wet when watering, instead, use a weeper hose or low level watering device. Harvest peas while young for the sweetest flavor.
Make sure your soil drains well - PEAS can't tolerate wet soil. Peas grow well in Raised Beds. Digging in plenty of compost should provide the right texture. Avoid any soil additives that are high in nitrogen; like beans, peas are able to capture nitrogen from the air.
Choose your PEA!!! There are many kinds: General GARDEN PEAS (only the seeds are eaten), Chinese or snow peas (picked when the pods have reached full size but the seeds are still small and eaten pod and all), and snap peas (picked when both pod and seeds are mature; both are edible).
You can make a simple trellis for your peas or plant them next to a fence. Most peas, - even dwarf varieties - like to climb. Peas are natural climbers, and will be more productive, and not as susceptible to rot, if given some support or planted along a fence or trellis. So please trellis your peas!!
Make sure young plants get about 1/2 inch of water a week (1 inch in very sandy soil). When plants begin to flower, they need an inch per week regardless of soil.
Help ensure heavy yields by feeding liquid seaweed or compost tea. Expect peas to be ready for picking about three weeks after the plants begin to flower.
Companion planting for your GARDEN PEAS:
Peas do well with carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, early potato, radish, spinach, pepper and turnip.
Enjoy SOWING & GROWING your GARDEN PEAS!
Kim in the Garden..................... ;o)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
And it yields.......... and not surprisingly, the fruits of the spirit! LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF CONTROL, and FAITHFULNESS.
And that's a whole lot of teaching in one School Project!
With Spring approaching, we highly recommend a SCHOOL GARDEN project for any school who is looking for a fun way to instill some great values into our children. And at the same time, teach valuable common sense and life skills.
Our most popular SCHOOL GARDEN kit.
Please visit us at www.RaisedBedGardenKits.com to view all of our garden kits. All are Non-Toxic, and most are no-tool assembly!
Kim in the Garden (anxiously awaiting Spring) ;o)