Dec
03
2015

Techniques for Long Term Seed Storage

While seeds ripen on the plant they prepare to fall off and dry out a little during the dormant period. This will slow down their internal processes, and by convert food reserves from sugars to more stable fats and starches. Wait until your fruits are ripe before harvesting your seeds so they will be prepared for drying and dormancy. Some seeds even germinate better after drying versus going in the ground “fresh.” Continue Reading

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Dec
03
2015

Long Term Harvest Storage

In most instances, harvests taste best fresh; straight off the vine when it comes to fruits, flowers, herbs and leafy greens. Just one of the great reasons to grow your own year round!
However, in some types of plants—and even with some variance from strain to strain, the best qualities come out overtime with storage. Continue Reading

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Nov
04
2015

Cloning – BEYOND the Basics for Heavier Harvests Faster

Cloning plants, or “asexual propagation”; the process where plants can be replicated without exchanging DNA, allows growers to replicate their favorite… Continue Reading

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Oct
30
2015

Aquaponics is Easier Than You Think

The best way to describe Aquaponics is as a symbiotic relationship; the fusion of aquaculture and hydroponics. Continue Reading

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Sep
30
2015

Harvest Season Tips and Tricks with Eric Biksa

Lets have a look at several ways you can improve your harvest efficiency this season (or through the year) through proven harvesting management tips. Continue Reading

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May
07
2014

Drip System Problems and Maintenance

Drip systems are one of the biggest time savers in any garden. They are also easy to design and install and are relatively inexpensive. Once set up, plants are fed regularly and precisely on the schedule you choose. In my own gardens I have found that not only do drip systems save me a whole lot of time but they have also saved my garden from sure death when life gets busy and I don’t have time to spend with … Continue Reading

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Mar
31
2014

How to Prevent Early Spring Flowering

Growing outdoors successfully hinges on how happy your plants are. Giving them a good start from day one makes a big difference, as well as the timing of when you decide to put your plants outside. But when is too early to plant your garden? This depends greatly on your geographic location and sun exposure of your garden location. The general consensus in planting zones north of Central California is to put your plants outside around memorial day weekend or … Continue Reading

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Sep
10
2013

How to Prevent Plant Diseases

Benjamin Franklin said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and he may have been referring to plant health and disease prevention. Rather than discussing the vast array of grey black fuzzy brown wilting diseases lets focus on prevention. It’s far easier. Light, air, and water are the most important factors to plant health. A healthy plant in prime conditions will be far less likely to fall victim to disease. Plant health depends on good light and … Continue Reading

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Jul
12
2013

Am I Over Watering My Plants?

Watering potted plants during the summer months can definitely be tricky. In high light and high temperature situations, with transpiration, evaporation, and water utilized during the photosynthetic processes taken into consideration, most plants need a healthy dose of fresh water daily. Although the leading cause of death among potted plants is under watering, symptoms of over watering can be similar and hard to distinguish as times. In both instances,  leaves curl, can yellow, and drop from the plant.  Usually an … Continue Reading

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Jun
09
2013

Caring for Transplanted Plants

This is a continuation of How to Transplant Cuttings and Seedlings. Once your plants have been placed in their new home it is not uncommon, during the first week, for your plants to show signs of stress. After about a week you should start to see them take to their new environment with thriving new growth. A healthy vigorous vegetative growth phase is key to having a bountiful, successful harvest. Here are a couple things that will assist in boosting your … Continue Reading

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Jun
04
2013

Vitamin B1 and Your Garden

Anyone can improve upon nature by providing their garden with specific plant vitamins that assist in steady, healthy, and (most importantly) rapid growth rates. Researchers have demonstrated that plants naturally produce Thiamine, also known as Vitamin B-1, in the foliage and transport it to the root zone. There it is utilized by root tissues to assist in new growth or cell generation. Additionally, symbiotic organisms such as beneficial bacteria and fungi use Vitamin B-1 to regulate their metabolism. In this … Continue Reading

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