In a previous article I recommended raised beds as one of the preferred methods of gardening. In this article I want to go into growing mediums for your garden. First I want to explain the three basic components to the process required for plants to grow. They are photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration. Photosynthesis is the process of capturing light energy and converting it into sugar energy, in the presence of chlorophyll using carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). Respiration is the process of metabolizing sugars for energy to grow, reproduce and perform other life processes. Transpiration is a process...Read More
Author: Leonard J Kovar Jr.
How Much Time & Work Is Required There are as many gardening styles and methods as there are gardeners. When planning the size of your garden you can’t overlook the amount of work it will take to maintain it. A wise man (or women) once said, “If you love what you do it isn’t work”. This is very true. However, everyone is much busier than ever these days. So you must consider the amount of time you will have available to spend taking care of your garden. When something needs to be done you can’t put it off. The...Read More
Sometimes all it takes is a little basic planning to avoid the most common mistakes made by first time gardeners. Start First With The Basics, It’s Important To Get That Right Plants require sufficient food, water and sun to thrive. If you can get these at least partially right you should see enough success to make gardening a regular practice. You should know something about the plants you plan to grow. Most gardeners will want some crops that produce fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers. Crops like these prefer as much sun as possible whereas greens like lettuce...Read More
At the time I decided to go with raised bed gardening I didn’t realize how advantageous they really were. With that said there are some things I would certainly do differently. For my first raised bed I wanted it to be an attractive addition to the backyard. Having experience with retaining walls I decided to build it using landscaping blocks. When it was finished it looked great but it was very expensive. Not having built a raised bed before I followed the recommendations of others on the net that said to cover the bottom with cardboard to prevent grass from...Read More
Most gardeners probably have their favorite tomato cultivar. Mine is an heirloom that’s been cultivated for over 100 years. I’m not sure how it got it’s name but It’s called Brandywine. The Brandywine Story There isn’t a lot known about it’s history but through my research into it’s background I learned that it first appeared in the Burpee catalog in 1886. There are references to it earlier than that but I couldn’t substantiate them. It’s hard to say what happened to this cultivar over the years but it resurfaced in 1982 listed by the Seed Savers Exchange. The submission...Read More