Bucket Garden Idea

Bucket Garden Ideas

 

nsw-bmlaphy4hpv4szwtywom3851oxdz38s0-9-eonmmq5umvr5j36ia2emq0cqmeel8l2j4wsh0z2sm77320-ff-iqbx7tsty02cs7vry24tcrqigvv8gshsd6cidq6h9eu
Bucket Garden Ideas

By Richard Godke

Bucket garden ideas is the answer for you if you have a small space, little time, and a limited budget.  This is an ideal solution for people that are away from home for days at a time.  The bucket garden idea video includes easy instructions on how to build and maintain and expandable self watering system.

Starting Seeds for Dummies – Beginners

By:  Richard Godke

Starting seeds for dummies can be easy, cost-effective, and fun for the whole family. As a gardener you are no longer held hostage by the plant suppliers. Starting seeds at home allows you to choose the vegetables and varieties you prefer, including heirloom and non-genetically modified organisms (GMO) varieties. By starting plants indoors you can get production up to a month earlier than planting seeds directly in the garden. Planting indoors also gives the seedlings protection against the cold, lack of moisture, and pests. My past failures with starting seeds at home have led to a surefire system that allows the beginner to be successful. My starting seeds for dummies system will cover what and when to plant, proper temperatures, correct lighting, choosing the soil and container, fertilizer, watering, and hardening off the plants. Remember, always read and follow the package information. I have also included a list of materials needed, and a step-by-step procedure to help you get started.

Starting Seeds for Dummies: What and When to Plant

If you’re just learning how to start plants indoors I recommend the following cool season vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, and kohlrabi. They need to be started about seven weeks before the final frost free date in your area.  My recommendations for warm season vegetables include: tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. This group needs to be started about six weeks before the last frost free date in your area. Here is a great website that will help you decide when to plant different crops in your area: http://allthingsplants.com/apps/calendar/.

nsw-bmlaphy4hpv4szwtywom3851oxdz38s0-9-eonmmq5umvr5j36ia2emq0cqmeel8l2j4wsh0z2sm77320-ff-iqbx7tsty02cs7vry24tcrqigvv8gshsd6cidq6h9eu
Figure 2. Starting seeds for dummies suggests only use a seedling heat mat only during germination. Photo from http://tscpl.org/home/growing-plants-under-artificial-lights.

Starting Seeds for Dummies: Required Environmental Temperatures

Every plant has a preferred germination and growing temperature. For more details on individual vegetables check out http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/mg/vegetable/temperature.html. The serious gardener uses a seedling heat mat that will keep the seeds a constant temperature (see figure 2). The heat mat along with a cover to hold in moisture will result in quicker and more uniform germination with less chance of diseases.  If one does not want to spend the money, find the warmest spot you have in the house. The top of the refrigerator is sometimes a good spot. Here are some general germinating temperatures I use. Tomatoes, peppers, or eggplants sprout best at temperatures between 80 to 85°F (27 to 29°C). Broccoli, cabbage, collards kale, cauliflower and kohlrabi are best germinated between 75 to 80°F (24 to 27°C). After germination, quickly move the seeds to a brightly lit area that is 65 to 75°F (18 to 24°C). Make sure to remove the plastic cover as soon as the plants start to germinate. This allows the plants get plenty of air movement in keeps the surface dry.

 

Figure 3. Lighting system at the proper height above seedlings. Photo by http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com/2012/04/30/how-our-garden-grows-week-2/

Starting Seeds for Dummies: Critical Lighting Requirements

Light is the most critical factor that affects starting seedlings indoors.  A south facing window with 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight will provide the minimum amount of light needed. I recommend an additional 12 to 16 hours of artificial fluorescent light. An outlet timer will help you manage the on and off cycle of the artificial light. It is critical to keep the lights 1 to 2 inches above the plants. A simple fluorescent shop light (4-footers with two 40-watt bulbs) works great (see figure 3). Light-emitting diode ( LED) lighting is another option for plants that cost about 50% more for the purchase and costs about 60% less to operate.  The big advantage of the LED light units is that with the proper controller you can adjust the color range that the specific plants best preform in. Be aware that the lights will cause the Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets to dry out quickly. A lack of light results in a tall skinny plant that is very susceptible to dampening off disease.

Starting Seeds for Dummies: Soil Media and Containers

My starting seeds for dummies system uses Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets instead of soil.  This compressed sphagnum peat moss held together in a find net bag help prevent soil disease problems. When water is applied to these pellets they swell to little bundles that the roots love to grow in. Watch how they expand when exposed to warm water http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UNNR_gcKzo&feature=youtu.be  . The seedlings can be planted directly into the garden, and the seedlings take off quickly because the roots are not disturbed. Make sure you start the Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets in a container big enough to allow them to expand. The containers should also allow for easy watering from the bottom. If you choose to reuse containers, rinse items in a solution of one part chlorine bleach and ten parts water. Let them dry before filling with soil.

My second choice for soil and containers are complete commercial growing kits. These kits include: properly mixed and sterilized soil, plastic growing cells, clear dome cover, and instructions. Some even include the seeds. These kits are more expensive, but the consistent results are worth the money.

Starting Seeds for Dummies: Required Fertilization

The Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets contain very small amounts of fertilizer. I recommend using a complete water-soluble fertilizer like (J. R. Petters inc. All Purpose 20-20-20 Water Soluble Fertilizer, or Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble Tomato Plant Food 18-18-21). After the first true leaves appear on the seedlings, apply the first dose of fertilizer solution. Use only one-half the recommended label rate for the first application. The fertilizer solution should be applied until the Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets will not absorb any more solution. Too much fertilizer will cause the plant to be tall, spindly and susceptible to dampening off disease. Use the fertilizer manufacturers’ label recommended rate; usually 1 tablespoon per gallon. Water with fertilizer every two weeks until the plants are set outdoors.

Starting Seeds for Dummies: Important Watering Suggestions

Only water the soil from the bottom of the growing media. Watering from the top encourages the dreaded dampening off disease. The environmental conditions in your home will determine how much and how often you will need to water your seedlings. Try to let the plants get as dry as possible without letting the plants wilt. Add a small amount of water in the base of the container until the media no longer absorbs water. You will soon be able to determine how often and how much your seedlings need to be watered. It is better to keep them to dry, than to keep them to wet.  For more information about raising plants without soil, check out: Easy Hydroponics for Beginners.

Hardening off plants is the process of acclimating your seedlings to the harsh outdoor environment. This process should be started two weeks before planting outdoors. When the temperature is about 45°F or 7°C., the plants should be set outside in a protected area for two hours each day. Gradually increase the length of time the plants are exposed to the outdoor elements of direct sun, cool temperatures, and drying winds. This is a very important step that will prevent the plants from going into shock when they’re transplanted.

Starting Seeds for Dummies: Materials

Waterproof container that can be watered from the bottom, with plastic cover to hold in humidity.

12 compressed Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets

1 South facing window with 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight and/or 1 fluorescent shop light

1 outlet timer

1 thermometer

1 4 cup measuring cup

12 labels

1 marking pen

1 packet of seeds

Starting Seeds for Dummies: Planting the Seeds

Figure 4. Starting seeds for dummies with health tomato seedling.
  1. Select a waterproof container large enough to hold Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets when they have fully swollen. The container needs to be small enough so the fully expanded pellets do not tip over when moved.
  2. Select and make labels for the seeds that you will be planting.
  3. Place Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets with the open side up. The container must allow the pellets to be watered from the bottom.
  4. One hour before planting, wet the Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets to a point where they will not absorb any more water.
  5. With a pencil make three or four holes in the top of each Jiffy-7 plant starter pellet that is about 2 to 3 times the size of the seed.
  6. Put 3 or 4 seeds in each pellet.
  7. Cover the seeds by pushing down the top of the Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets.
  8. Put your plastic dome over the tray holding the Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets to keep them from drying out.
  9. Place the trays in a warm spot in the house or a seedling mat. Do not place covered containers in direct sunlight.
  10. Remove the plastic dome when the seeds start to sprout.
  11. Move seedling trays to a South facing window that gets 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight or move under a fluorescent lights for16 to 20 hours a day.  Light should be placed 2 to 4 inches above the plants. Maintain night temperatures of 60-65°F (15-18°C); Daytime temperatures should be about 10°F higher.
  12. A fan blowing over the seedlings will help them adjust to the outdoors. Harden off the plants
  13. Thin to one plant per Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets by snipping the extra sprouts off with a pair of scissors. Do not pull them out by the roots.
  14. If the plants get too large. they can be moved into larger individual pots.
  15. . Water from the bottom as needed. Allow drying periods between each watering.
  16. Fertilize seedlings every two weeks as recommended above.
  17. Begin to harden off seedlings two weeks before moving the plants outdoors.

You can now easily start seeds at home with my starting seeds for dummies system. You are in control of the varieties and planting times. Here is a very good video from the National Gardening Association that gives you additional ideas for starting seeds at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FGH3MBZ21M&feature=youtu.be. By using the Jiffy-7 plant starter pellets you have a reliable, low cost growing media. The seedlings can be planted directly in the garden without disturbing the soil ball. Light is the most important factor in starting seeds at home. Allow direct light for 16 hours per day with the lights being 2 to 4 inches above the plants. Biweekly fertilization will result in stocky, dark green plants that are disease resistant. Two weeks before transplanting outside you will need to harden off your plants. Slowly introduce your tender seedlings to the harsh outdoor environment over that two-week period. This will prevent plant shock that slows the plant’s growth. My starting seeds for dummies system will allow you to reliably produce healthy vigorous plants for your garden at a reasonable cost.

Resource List

“Starting Seeds Indoors”, Publication HO-14-W, Reviewed 4/2001, Michael N. Dana and B. Rosie Lerner Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

“Starting Plants Indoors From Seeds”, Publication G6570, Revised 6/2010, David H. Trinklein, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri Extension.

“Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors” Fact sheet FS787, Published 3/1995, Peter J. Nitzsche, Morris County Agricultural Agent & Stephen Reiners, Ph.D., Extension Specialist in Vegetable Crops, Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension

Fall Garden Ideas Help Beginners

nsw-bmlaphy4hpv4szwtywom3851oxdz38s0-9-eonmmq5umvr5j36ia2emq0cqmeel8l2j4wsh0z2sm77320-ff-iqbx7tsty02cs7vry24tcrqigvv8gshsd6cidq6h9eu
Fall Garden Ideas Includes Lettuce

By Richard Godke

Here are some fall garden ideas that will get the beginning vegetable gardener started without waiting for spring to arrive. August and September are perfect times to start a fall garden in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4B and higher. The warmth of summer gives the new vegetable plants a quick start and can provide some of the best quality produce of the year. Yes, this is the time for beginning gardeners to get started. The experienced gardeners have been enjoying fall vegetable gardens for years.

Fall Garden Ideas – Which vegetables do I plant?

My favorite quick harvest, cool loving fall crops are frost sensitive. They include: radishes (maturing in as little as 18 to 21 days), kohlrabi, (one of my favorites), leaf lettuce, arugula, and spinach, (maturing around 55 days). A frost blanket row cover can keep the plants 4-6 degrees F. warmer and greatly increases the length of your production. I like the frost tolerant brassica crops that can take some frost like: kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. The frost sensitive root crops that I recommend are beets, carrots, turnips, and parsnips. If they are well covered with straw you can leave them in the ground until the soil starts to freeze, and they will become tastier. However don’t let them get frozen into the soil. I have had good luck with frost resistant crops like evergreen bunch onion, garlic, leeks, and chives wintering over in USDA zone 5A. Many gardeners recommend these risky frost crops including: bush beans, sugar snap peas, and cabbage. However, I would not recommend them for beginners. Any of these vegetables are great fall garden ideas.

 

Fall Garden Ideas – When do I plant?

How does a beginning gardener know the best date to plant a fall garden? First click on Plant Hardiness Zones, then enter your zip code, and click on the zone it provides. It will show you the date of the Average First Fall Frost. Count back from the Average First Fall Frost, the number of days needed for your crop to mature. It will be found on the seed package. This will give you an estimated planting date for that crop. These fall garden ideas are just an estimate; mother nature does not always follow the charts. Areas within a specific zone may be affected by buildings, trees, hills, lakes, etc. creating a micro climate. You can reduce the number of days needed by using a frost blanket, closures, covering plants with straw, or by purchasing vegetable transplant from your garden center.

Fall Garden Ideas – How do I start?

Gardening in a bag, square foot gardening, and straw bale gardening are fall garden ideas that are easy, cost efficient, and productive ways for the beginning gardener to get started. Bag gardening is when you plant your vegetables directly into the bags of soil you purchase from the store. Yes it really works! I had two bags going this summer and they produced sugar snap peas, Swiss chard, and meal after meal of okra. I am now getting ready for my fall crops. Straw bale gardening is a method where one takes a wheat or oat straw bale, tip it on edge, soak it with water, let it set for a week, make a depression in the bale, fill with potting soil, and plant. As the bale slowly decomposes the vegetables will grow into the decomposing bale. Square foot gardening take a little more planning and cost but is well worth the effort. Build a small raised bed 4 feet by 4 feet by 6-12 inches deep and then fill it with quality organic matter. I have had square foot gardens that yield four times as much produce compared with a traditional row garden.
Fall is a great time for beginning gardeners to get started. Fall gardens provide seeds with faster germination in the warm soil. It is very pleasant to work outside in the fall weather and the soil takes less water while many of the common insects are no longer around. Try these fall garden ideas and enjoy the cool loving crops that thrive in the pleasant fall weather. So if you are a new gardener it is time to get started with these great fall garden ideas.

Garden designs and idea

Garden design is a feature that the Japanese perfected long years ago. Garden beauties outside a house always fascinate the people around and create a soothing experience. This is the one reason that people are nowadays going with garden designing and landscaping. This allows people to get closer with Mother Nature and relax the sunshine with their private area. A garden design always facilitates the land owners in enhancing the total property value which can be of greater assistance, especially when people are planning to sell their lands. With remarkable garden designs people can plant various plants and shrubs and can have an inimitable splash of color in their exteriors.

Whether the lawn is curved or straight people can design them in a stylish manner and have a comfortable area to lighten up their minds.

Choosing the right plant for the garden may be a complicated job, but can be done very easily. Native plants are the best option to have in our garden because they are available in the nearby nurseries. Having a splash of colors in the garden area can be simply done by choosing native flowering plants but blossom different colors.

Bamboos have always been a great alternative to home owners and are something that can go with the trends changing. In addition to this people believe that bamboos soak up all the negative energies in the surrounding and change it into positive energy. Water features are getting a very well accepted mode of enhancing the lawn area and make look the garden look more elegant. Water features act as a center of attraction for the guest and the slight harmonizing sound of running water always makes the environment lively. Many people find designing their lawn difficult and designing them with the garden designer will be the correct alternative.

Garden designers design correctly based on the customers need according to their budget and the space available. The best way to find a garden designer is surfing on the web or asking for reference to our neighbors, family or friends. A good garden design plan should be the most important element at the beginning of any new garden landscape projects. The design should reflect our taste and preference as well as taking into account our particular space and requirement. Well planned by a skilled garden designer our garden will give enjoyment and inspiration for years to come.

As accessories play an important role in decorating our indoor, they play an important role in decorating our outdoor. Gardens without garden accessories look incomplete. Garden designers design garden with the accessories to look them more beautiful. There are a lot of designs with the garden designers that inspires us for our garden.

The author of this article has expertise in Garden designs. The articles on garden designs reveals the author’s knowledge on the same. The author has written many articles on Garden designs as well.

Garden designs and idea

Garden design is a feature that the Japanese perfected long years ago. Garden beauties outside a house always fascinate the people around and create a soothing experience. This is the one reason that people are nowadays going with garden designing and landscaping. This allows people to get closer with Mother Nature and relax the sunshine with their private area. A garden design always facilitates the land owners in enhancing the total property value which can be of greater assistance, especially when people are planning to sell their lands. With remarkable garden designs people can plant various plants and shrubs and can have an inimitable splash of color in their exteriors.

Whether the lawn is curved or straight people can design them in a stylish manner and have a comfortable area to lighten up their minds.

Choosing the right plant for the garden may be a complicated job, but can be done very easily. Native plants are the best option to have in our garden because they are available in the nearby nurseries. Having a splash of colors in the garden area can be simply done by choosing native flowering plants but blossom different colors.

Bamboos have always been a great alternative to home owners and are something that can go with the trends changing. In addition to this people believe that bamboos soak up all the negative energies in the surrounding and change it into positive energy. Water features are getting a very well accepted mode of enhancing the lawn area and make look the garden look more elegant. Water features act as a center of attraction for the guest and the slight harmonizing sound of running water always makes the environment lively. Many people find designing their lawn difficult and designing them with the garden designer will be the correct alternative.

Garden designers design correctly based on the customers need according to their budget and the space available. The best way to find a garden designer is surfing on the web or asking for reference to our neighbors, family or friends. A good garden design plan should be the most important element at the beginning of any new garden landscape projects. The design should reflect our taste and preference as well as taking into account our particular space and requirement. Well planned by a skilled garden designer our garden will give enjoyment and inspiration for years to come.

As accessories play an important role in decorating our indoor, they play an important role in decorating our outdoor. Gardens without garden accessories look incomplete. Garden designers design garden with the accessories to look them more beautiful. There are a lot of designs with the garden designers that inspires us for our garden.

The author of this article has expertise in Garden designs. The articles on garden designs reveals the author’s knowledge on the same. The author has written many articles on Garden designs as well.

Having The Best Garden Idea

A garden idea is the art of designing a picture layout of planting in landscapes or a garden. The garden idea is best if it comes from you, the owner, and if you are not satisfied by your own judgment it is best to seek professional advice. The professional advisers are reliable due to their level of experience as well as expertise. Most garden advisers are highly trained in the principals of horticulture and design.

It is best that you explain the idea that you have in detail to the professionals. Once you present the idea to the professional adviser then he or she may ask you to draw a sketch of the garden. You as the owner of the garden are highly expected to participate in order to confirm if the garden idea you had in mind is turning into reality.

Factors to Consider in Your Garden Idea

The location of your garden is very important for it influences the idea.

The garden location should be topographically significant with a microclimate that is suitable for the plants. A garden idea should include the fastest and easiest way to access water. The soil that is going to be used for planting should be rich soil.

The quality of the soil too has influence on the achievement of the plants as well as garden. A garden seed requires sufficient soil nutrients as well as water. If the soil is not rich, there is no need to panic as you can improve the soil by amendment, which is the adding of beneficial materials in the exhumed native topsoil or subsoil. However, not all soils are to be amended as most plants also do well in impoverished soil.

A garden idea requires you to think of the boundaries, as this really influences the final look of the garden. Large gardens may need internal boundaries which could be in the form of shrubs or hedges. If your garden idea is an outdoor garden, then you may need to think about the garden furniture. You may consider the patio set that consists of four to six chairs, a parasol and a table.

Sunlight is a very important feature in your garden; therefore, you should select a part that has sufficient sunlight to be the garden. This is very important as it regulates plant processes such as phototropism, photoperiodism and photosynthesis. All this processes help in the growth of the plants. Therefore, when you have a garden idea remember to consider all the above factors.

If you love this article, you will also love another article written by this article’s author on wire shelving racks and wire shelving unit.