Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Build an Aztec Floating Garden

The Aztec floating garden looks like a floating garden. In reality, it is a garden that is supported by pylons. This picture is an Aztec floating garden called a Chinampas. The benefits of growing a Chinampas garden are: they provide shelter for the pond fish against predators, Chinampas use far less water than traditional irrigation, and vegetables grow healthier and yield 7 times more crops.

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Monday, January 5, 2009


ROCK for HUNGER has caught the Feed the Hungry Garden buzz. Chris from Rock will be helping to launch the fund raiser to help turn empty city lots into vegetable gardens to feed the poor and hungry. Way to go Chris!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Wheatgrass BLOG Day 1

Wheatgrass Blog - day 1
Just slight growth poking out! How exciting! These seeds were purchased from a neat lady on eBay andI was amazed to see how fast they started! Gotta love it!

Friday, January 2, 2009

How to Grow a Winter Vegetable Garden

How to Grow a Winter Vegetable Garden

A vegetable garden can be started even if you live in a very cold region. A few simple tools will help you get started!

The Best Winter Vegetables
All winter veggies can be sown before the last frost of the season. Begin your garden by sowing seeds indoors. The following are vegetables that grow best in cold weather.

90 Days to Maturity Plants


Planting: Plant young starter plants 10" apart with leaves partially buried in surface soil.
Growing: Moderate watering. Fertilize 1 time per month.


Planting: Mulch a 12" hole then plant young starters in the soil about 3" apart.

Growing: Moderate watering. Do not allow soil to dry out. Harvest when carrots are deep orange.

Globe Onion

Planting: Mulch an 8" hole with compost then plant young starters about 5" apart.

Growing: Easy to grow & produces beautiful flowers. Moderate watering.

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Also see: ☼ Winter Water Gardening LIGHT BOX

All vegetable plants grow best in Full Sun. The minimum amount of sunlight your garden will need is 6 hours per day. When starting the plants indoors, it is heat and water that will get the seeds started instead of light. After they have sprouted, however, the seedlings will need a sunny window to grow. Light may also be increased with the use of mirrors reflecting the sun's rays and a simple LED grow light too.

The process of "mulching a hole" involves mixing the ground soil or potting mix with cured garden manure or compost. The compost should consist of decomposing leaves and grass clippings. Mulching the topsoil involves spreading out fall leaves, grass clippings, or straw to keep the plants warm and to keep the moisture in the ground.

Germinate your seeds faster with a heated grow mat from Burpee Seeds online or any hydroponics store. The one in the image shows a growing tray with a dome lid; which is the most effective way of propagating seeds. You will definitely notice the difference with a setup such as this. The mat is water proof, safe to use, and cost effective too.

Outdoors, add a string large Christmas tree lights on top of the soil to keep your young plants from freezing. Inside a greenhouse or cold frame, Christmas lights will increase the air temperature by 20 degrees.

Greenhouses and Cold Frames

Also see: Affordable Greenhouses and Cold Frames
and Build a Greenhouse for Under $25

Cover plants with a cold frame or small pvc greenhouse. A greenhouse not only protects young plants from frost, but also increases the humidity needed for growth. The use of a greenhouse with C-9 Christmas tree lights will increase air temperature up to 20 degrees. Grow a vegetable garden in the middle of winter even when the weather gets down to freezing.

ALSO SEE: ☼ HOW TO GROW house plants and ☼ HOW TO GROW Wheatgrass


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