Friday, April 29, 2016
Hi Gardening Friends. This is a article about growing Ever bearing Strawberries in a hanging basket. First of all this is what you need to grow strawberries in a strawberry basket. If you don't have a hanging basket then I would buy a basket that was 10 inch in size. That is the size basket that is idea for growing strawberries in a hanging basket. . Also you need the main item that is strawberries plants You can look on line or you can buy ever bearing strawberries in a mail order catalog that sells ever bearing strawberries plants. When you look in a mail order catalog for ever bearing strawberry plants make sure that they sell all different kinds of plants. Which means that they are a retail mail order nursery that grows many different kinds of plants. You can also go to your local nursery or garden center that sells many different kinds of plants and see if they sell ever bearing strawberries plants for you to plant in your hanging basket. Also if you go to your local big box store early in the season you can find different varieties of ever bearing strawberries in peat pots that you can plant in a hanging basket to make your strawberry basket. You also need to buy soil to put in your hanging basket. You need to go to your local garden center and buy potting soil for to put in your hanging basket or baskets. The kind of potting soil I use and recommend is Pro Mix BX in comes in different size bags that you can buy at your local greenhouse or your favorite garden center. Here are some varieties of strawberries plants that are ever bearing that you can buy for your hanging basket. These varieties of ever-bearing strawberries are great to grow in a hanging basket. 1. Ozark Beauty Ever bearing Strawberries. 2.Quinalt Ever bearing Strawberries. 3. Ft Laramie Ever bearing Strawberries. Planting your strawberries plants in your hanging basket. This is what you do after you buy your strawberry plants from your local greenhouse or garden center. You take the potted plants or if you can get in the spring bare rooted plants that are ever bearing . The bare rooted plants will work just as well as the potted strawberries plants that you buy. You take your empty hanging basket and you fill it up to the rim of the inside of the basket with potting soil. Then you take your potted plant or bare rooted plants of strawberries and you can one plant in the center of the basket or if your plants are small you can plant three in a basket or how about five for a fuller basket faster. Make sure when planting the strawberry plant in the basket be sure to be careful to keep the crowns just at the soil line and not to deep because it will cause the plant to rot or to shallow as they will heave. Then you don't have to wait so long as you do with just one plant or three plants in your hanging basket or baskets that you have planted. After you planted your strawberry basket then you can take and water your basket thoroughly and hang the strawberry basket or baskets on your porch and make sure that it is evenly moist after you planted it for the entire growing season. Also make sure you fertilize your strawberry basket doing the growing season. Make sure you do it about every 10 to 14 days when using a soluble liquid plant fertilizer when watering your plants. When to pick your strawberries that are ripe from your hanging basket or baskets. Do not pick your strawberries fruit off your strawberries plants in your basket or baskets until the fruit of the strawberry is completely ripe. when they are completely ripe then you can pick them off the plant and before eating them make sure you wash them in water to have them clean before you eat them. This way you will be safe and not carring any germs or disease that could be on the ripen fruit.Then you should sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. And start to eat what you have grown. You can eat them like they are or have them for breakfast in your cereal cut upwith milk on the cereal. Also you could have them for lunch in a nice big fresh salad with fresh garden lettuce and other vegetables and fruits. And put on top of your salad you favorite salad dressing. And this is a way you can enjoy your freshly grown strawberry fruit that you have grown. And other thing you can do with your fresh picked strawberries is to wash and clean them for to use in desserts Growing and culture information about strawberries plants. Common Name: Strawberry or Strawberries Scientific Name: Fragaria Bloom Time: Summer Habit and Height: USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8 Features & Usage: Fresh Eating Jams & Jellies Freezes Well Baking I hope you try growing ever bearing strawberries in a hanging basket. I hope you try growing ever bearing strawberries in a hanging basket and I hope my hub article helps you succeed in your goal of growing great big juicy fruit from your strawberry basket. I wish you many success with this and hope you try this project and are successful at it. Gardener Den
Corn Poppy Corn Poppy Seed Classic red poppy seen in fields throughout Europe. Large, 3-4" blooms provide cheerful color to any garden spot. Long-blooming. Ht. 12-24". Avg. 208,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 500 seeds. Poppy DAYS TO GERMINATION:14-21 days at 60-75°F (16-24°C). SOWING:Direct seed (recommended): As soon as soil can be worked. Plant seeds 1/4" deep, as they require darkness to germinate. Thin when first true leaves appear. LIGHT PREFERENCE:Sun. SOIL REQUIREMENTS:Any moist, well-drained soil. PLANT HEIGHT:12-24". PLANT SPACING:6-8". HARDINESS ZONES:Annual. HARVEST:Fresh: When buds are swollen and showing color. Sear stem ends. Cut flowers last 2-4 days. USES:Naturalizing. Mass plantings, beds, and borders. Short-lived cut flower. View More Growing Information
VIOLA Penny Seed Count: 34,000 – 47,000/oz., 1200 – 1670/gm. GERMINATION – Stage 0 Media pH: 5.5 – 5.8. Low pH levels will discourage Thielaviopsis outbreaks and boron deficiencies which may cause tip abortion and stunted growth. GERMINATION – Stage 1 Expect radicle emergence in 3 – 4 days. Visual Note: At the end of Stage 1, the radicle will have emerged and roots are beginning to form. Moisture: Moisture level 4 (wet): Media is wet to the touch, but not saturated. Cover seeds lightly with coarse vermiculite to maintain moisture levels. Note: Non-uniform germination may result if media conditions are too dry. Media Temperature: 68° – 70°F (20° – 21°C) Media EC: < 0.5 Lighting: Not necessary for germination. GERMINATION – Stage 2 The emphasis in Stage 2 is on allowing the media to dry slightly to encourage root penetration into the media. Visual Note: At the end of Stage 2, germination is completed. The roots are developing, a stem is present and the cotyledons have expanded. Moisture: Moisture level 3 (moist): Media is black but not glistening. Continuously saturated media limits oxygen availability and discourages good root penetration. Media Temperature: 68° F (20°C) days and 65°F (18°C) nights. Fertilizer: Feed established seedlings at 40 – 75 ppm nitrogen, with a fertilizer formulated for pansies, or with a calcium-based fertilizer (14-2-14). An ammonium concentration greater than 5 ppm will cause seedling stretch. Media EC: 0.5 – 0.75 Lighting: 1500 foot candles (15,000 lux) maximum. Violas should not be given night interruption as premature flowering may occur. GERMINATION – Stage 3 Visual Note: At the end of Stage 3, the roots should be penetrating the plug cell and the first true leaves have developed. Moisture: Moisture level 3 (moist): Media is black but not glistening. Continuously saturated media limits oxygen availability and discourages good root penetration. Media Temperature: 65° – 68°F (18° – 20°C) days, 65°F (18°C) nights to prevent seedling stretch. Fertilizer: Increase rate to 150 ppm nitrogen with a calcium-based fertilizer. Media EC: 0.75 – 1.0. Violas are sensitive to high salts, avoid EC levels exceeding 1.5. Lighting: 3500 foot candles (35,000 lux) total. GERMINATION – Stage 4 Visual Note: At the end of Stage 4, the roots should hold the plug mass together easily. The shoots should have 2 – 3 sets of true leaves. Moisture: Alternate Moisture level 4/2. Moisture level 4 (wet): Media is wet to the touch, but not saturated. Moisture level 2 (medium): Media has changed color from dark black to a medium brown. Do not allow seedlings to wilt. Continuously saturated media will promote seedling stretch. Media Temperature: Reduce night temperatures to 59°F (15°C) to initiate early flowering. Fertilizer: 150 ppm nitrogen with a calcium-based fertilizer. Media EC: 0.75 – 1.0 Growth Regulators: If necessary, may apply B-Nine (Daminozide) at 2500 ppm. GROWING ON Media: Select a porous media that drains well. This is important during cool growing seasons when temperatures are <62° F, light levels are low, and media is slow to dry. pH: 5.8 – 6.2. At pH levels > 6.5, Thielaviopsis may develop as black lesions on the roots. Symptoms also include yellowing of lower leaves and die back of the plant. Stressed plants under high temperatures are most likely to be affected. Moisture: Allow media to dry slightly between waterings. When growing under cool temperatures and low light conditions, reduce the frequency of watering. Saturated media for extended periods will induce stretching. When growing under warm temperatures and high light conditions, do not allow the plants to wilt. Fertilizer: Feed every 2 – 3 waterings at 100 – 150 ppm with a calcium-based fertilizer. If desired, an application of ammonium nitrate will help expand leaves. During cool weather production, ammonium-based feeds may encourage root rot problems. High nitrogen concentrations may promote stretching. Nutrition: Malformed, puckered and upward cupped leaves indicate calcium deficiencies. To prevent this, fertilize with calcium nitrate or add calcium sulfate to the growing media before transplant. Boron deficiencies can be distinguished by tip abortion, upper leaf stunting, puckering and thickening of leaves, along with shortened internodes and/or a gnarled mass of lateral shoots. Violas tend to be more sensitive to boron deficiencies than pansies. Boron deficiency is more prevalent during warm weather with frequent watering. pH levels below 6.0 will ensure boron is more readily available to the plant. A one-time application of Solubor will help overcome these problems. (Note: An overdose of Bonzi (Paclobutrazol) may also produce symptoms similar to boron or calcium deficiencies.) Media EC: Avoid EC above 1.5. Viola roots are sensitive to high salts. Temperature: 68°F (20°C) days or as cool as possible during warm weather conditions. During the cool season, a night temperature of 59°F (15°) will promote early flowering. Temperatures below 59°F (15°) will promote a hardier plant, but will increase crop time and delay flowering. Growth Regulators: Violas respond to DIF, B-Nine (Daminozide) and A-Rest (Ancymidol). Note: Malformed leaves and leathery growth may occur if B-Nine (Daminozide) is applied at 5000+ ppm when temperatures exceed 90°F (32°C). Common Pests: Aphids Common Diseases: Alternaria Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Thielaviopsis Root Rot, Cercospora Leaf Spot SCHEDULING Timing will vary for production depending on whether the crop is grown under warm or cool conditions. Crop time for Spring sales is longer due to cooler temperatures during the Winter months. Plug crop time: 6 – 7 weeks Pack crop time from transplant: 7 – 8 weeks 4 inch crop time from transplant: 9 – 10 weeks 6 inch crop time from transplant: 10 – 11 weeks GARDEN SPECIFICATIONS Light: Full sun Garden Height: 4 – 6 inches (10 – 15 cm) Width: 4 – 6 inches (10 – 15 cm) ASDA Hardiness Zone: 8 AHS Heat Zone: 9 – 1 www .goldsmithseeds.com
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Hi Gardening Friends Here are how to plant and grow everbearing or day neutral strawberries in a strawberry jar. This is what you do to be successful with growing everbearing strawberries or day neutral strawberries in a strawberry jar. First you need to go out and buy a clay strawberry jar and some good potting soil. You can buy some potting soil that is good for growing in containers or pots like Miracle Gro potting soil or Pro Mix potting soil. Also you need to buy some strawberries plants unless you would like to buy seed and grow your strawberries from seed.Here is a name of a strawberry from seed the strawberry is called Fresca it is 84 days from seed it is (12in/30cm) You should be able to buy the potting soil from your local garden center and you also should be able to buy the strawberry plants there to. Produces fruit that is medium size fresh berries that are four weeks earlier than the variety called sweetheart - the first summer to fall continues fruit bearing strawberry. These Fresca strawberries are perennials. You can grow these strawberries from seed. You should start your seeds 12 weeks before you want to plant your strawberries from seed. So that they would be ready to plant into the strawberry jar at the end of May when you would want to plant them into your strawberry jar. The first thing to do if you want to start strawberries from seeds is to count back from the end of May. 12 weeks and that is when you start the strawberries from seed. What you need to start strawberries from seeds is a clean flat for germinating the seeds in. Next you need a good germinating mix to put into the flat and start the seed in. Now take the flat and fill the flat half full of the germinating mix and then take the flat and soak it with water and let it set and drain on the propagating bench. Then after you let the flat drain you can sow the strawberry seeds. What I said about the above starting seeds is for starting all kind of seeds besides just starting strawberries seeds. After the strawberry seedlings were 3 to 4 leaves you can transplant then into the strawberry jar. Now take your strawberry jar and cover the bottom of the hole inside the jar with a piece of a old broken clay pot. Then fill the strawberry jar with soil to the bottom of the first holes in the jar. Now take and plant your strawberry plants in the bottom holes of your strawberry jar. Then repeat the process until the jar is filled to the top of the pot. Then take the jar and water it completely and keep it water until the strawberries are well establish. Here is some more everbearing strawberries that you can grow in a strawberry jar. a. Ozark Beauty (Everbearing) These strawberries are high-yielding and they have mouth watering flavor. They are excellent berries for preserves or freezing. They are large and red in color. b. Jewel (Day Neutral) These berries are large and juicy and they have superb flavor and quality and textural. c. Festival (Day Neutral) These strawberries have excellent flavor with deep red,glossy fruit. The plants produces large ,firm strawberries with high yields. What are everbearing strawberries? Everbearing strawberries are ones that produces the largest berries in June and a second crop in August through frost. What are Day Neutral Strawberries? Day Neutral Strawberries produces a heavy crop in June and followed by a continual harvest until frost. They will bear more if watered frequently in summer months. Were you can get Fresca Strawberries seeds? Stokes Seeds Inc. Box 548 Buffalo,New York 14240-0548 Tel: 1-800-263-7233 web site www.stokeseeds.com Were to get Strawberries plants from? Burpee W.Atlee Burpee & Co. Warminster,Pa 18974 Tel: 1-800-888-1447 Web Site: www.burpee.com New! Constant Fruiting Strawberries They are Plant Patented varieties. Eversweet: Which produces very firm,large,sweet berries. Eversweet Always has fruit in different stages of develoment so you will always have some strawberries that are getting ripe. Albion These strawberries are great for growing in strawberry jars,hanging baskets and Al's Flower pouches. Were to order these kind of strawberry plants. .K.van Bourgondien & Sons, Inc. P.O. Box 2000 Virginia Beach,VA 23450-2000 Sweetheart and Fresca Strawberries they are two varieties that are grow from seed. Sweetheart and Fresca, two varieties that are grow from seed. Sweetheart is suitable for container growing but Frescais great for hanging baskets. Both of these Strawberries varieties would be great to grow from seed and then later after they would grew big enough you can plant them in a strawberry jar by the instructions on how to do plant them into the jar.You can grow both of these Strawberry varieties from seed. If you do here is some information that I believe will help in starting them. First of all in buying the seed go to a seed company that you know and you like to buy from that carry the strawberry seeds you want. Strawberry Seeds 60,000 seeds in an ounce (2,116/g). Germinates in 21 to 28 days at 65 degrees F (18C). Temperatures above 75 degrees F (23C) are detrimental. Cover seed lightly. As always use a clean flat to start your Strawberry seeds in. Then fill the flat half full of germination mix and soak the soil and let sit and drain. Then after the flat drains you can then sow the seeds.You should sow the seed very thinly don't sow the seed to thick in the flat. After you sow the seeds mist the seed flat lightly. Seedling should be ready for transplanting into cell packs in about 6 weeks. After the seedling are big enough you can transplant them into the strawberry jar. Here is what you should do with your strawberry jar if you live in a colder climate for the winter season. With the way this past winters haves been with all the heavy snow in the northeast and across the country. You are probably saying what should I have done to protect my strawberry jar from the extreme weather? Well first of all in the fall when the weather was getting colder if you have a sun porch or a sunny window you can bring the jar with the strawberries plants inside for the winter and keep the plants growing and you may get lucky and have strawberries inside. I think that the way the weather haves been that this is the only way to keep the strawberries plants alive and the strawberry jar from cracking from the extreme weather we had this past winter. You have the jar in a heated area so you should fertilize and water like you did when they were outdoors and you should be getting some strawberries indoors to. So I hope this helps all my gardening friends. I hope everyone would try this and enjoy growing strawberries in a strawberry jar. Would you also let me know if this information on growing strawberries was very helpful to you? Well good luck and Happy Gardening! Gardener Den
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hi Gardening Friends! Here are some pictures of plants that are growing in my greenhouse in 2016. Enjoy! Gardener Den
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Tomato Plant Production Basics By Melanie Olech 1/15/2009 Like most projects, the key to producing high-yielding tomato plants begins at the planning stage. A grower needs to understand and control the various factors influencing his tomato crop even before he begins sowing his first seeds. Sowing and Germination When sowing, use 288-plug trays and a plug media consisting of peat moss (pH level between 5.0-6.5), perlite, starter charge, wetting agent and a cover layer of vermiculite. Whatever you use, it's important to know the nutrient concentrations of your growing media so you can adjust your fertilizing program accordingly. After sowing, incubate the plug trays at an average temperature of 70F (21C) for 4 to 9 days. Germination times will vary. After germinating, we move the seedlings to a cooler bench having an average temperature of 65F (18C) for about one week, after which time they spend their last two weeks hardening off at 60F (15.5C) prior to transplanting. Plug hardening (reduced temperature and watering) increases the plant's carbohydrate reserves that are essential for maintaining the plant during the transplanting process and also for providing sufficient energy for new root and shoot promotion. Fertilization Proper fertilization is also key for producing healthy tomato plants. We use a formulation of 13-2-13 prior to transplanting, then change to 15-3-17 after transplanting. Use a constant feed of 75 ppm post-germination as needed, then switching to 150 ppm after transplanting. Alternate to intermittent fresh water feed if growing conditions call for it. Water For proper watering, the amount and frequency varies depending on the plug tray size, growing media, weather conditions and greenhouse ventilation. A thorough moistening of the entire plug is necessary for good root growth. Watering should be done in the morning, allowing the plug to then dry down preferably to a near-wilt stage. Keep in mind that plugs remaining wet Disease For disease control, use a moisture management program for disease prevention, with an emphasis on air flow. Use biological predators preventatively for insect control (with our main threat being aphids) with the option of spraying Marathon II should infestation exceed threshold limits. Transplanting and Finishing After about four weeks, plugs are ready for transplanting into 4-in. pots. Plugs should be 5 cm high with straight, thick stems and good root development. Evidence of adequate carbohydrate reserves can be seen by purpling at the base of the stem as well as on the underside of leaves. The time from transplant to a finished product is about three weeks. During this time, proper ventilation and air flow are extremely important, as is maintaining proper nutritional and moisture levels. While it seems seven weeks from sowing to sale is a relatively short period, in reality a tremendous amount of processes occur during this time. As long as you use quality inputs, stay aware of the greenhouse conditions, and remain vigilant about proper nutritional and watering needs, you can be assured of raising a hardy and healthy tomato plant crop.
How to Plant all types of Strawberry plants Hi Gardening Friends! Here is a article on how to plant Ozark Beauty Strawberries plants. But you can use this article to plant any kind of Strawberries. June or Everbearing Strawberries. Hope you try to plant and grow some strawberries in your garden. Enjoy! Happy Gardening! Gardener Den Overview Of all the fruit varieties that you can plant in your home garden, strawberries provide the most return for the least effort. Strawberry plants can be easily started in the home garden, require minimum space to grow and provide large yields a year after being planted. One of the more popular varieties of strawberries to plant are the Ozark beauty variety. Ozark beauty is an ever-bearing variety that produces crops in the early summer and the fall. Step 1 Test your soil's pH with a home testing kit six months before planting by placing soil from your berry bed in the testing compartment. Fill the testing chamber with the liquid that comes with the test. When the liquid changes color, compare it with the color chart that comes with the test. Step 2 Adjust the soil of your strawberry beds for growing Ozark beauty strawberries by mixing dolomitic lime or powdered sulfur to the bed up to change the pH. Dolomitic lime will raise the pH, while sulfur will lower it. Ozark beauty strawberries like a pH that ranges from 5.5 to 6.5. To mix soil amendments into a berry bed, spread the amendments over the top of the soil. Then mix them to a depth of 6 inches with a rototiller. Step 3 Trim older leaves from strawberry plants with garden shears. Step 4 Soak the roots of plants for one hour. Step 5 Dig a planting hole with a garden trowel just deep enough that the crown of the plant is level with the surface of the soil. Step 6 Place the strawberry's root ball in the planting hole. Cover with soil. Step 7 Space the strawberry plants 1 foot apart in rows that are 1 foot apart. Step 8 Dissolve 2 tbsp. of a balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer in 1 gallon of water. Apply 1 cup to each plant to help establish the plants.
Eversweet Strawberries Everbearing Long, conical berries are very sweet and flavorful. Great for eating fresh, pies, and preserves. Eversweet is a day-neutral everbearer that is heat tolerant with no loss of fruit quality. An ideal selection for the south and all across the nation. Eversweet will bear luscious berries from spring through fall.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Jewel Mix Nasturtium Seed Well-known mix of singles and doubles. These bright, 2" blooms of red, pink, orange, and yellow are held above light green foliage. Use the leaves and pods in salads or as garnishes. Also known as garden nasturtium and Indian cress. •Edible Flower: Use the flowers as garnishes, or stuff with soft cheese. The flowers can be minced and added to butters and the immature seed heads can be pickled. Nasturtiums are a popular choice for adding color to salad mix.