Mycorrhizae and Bacterial connections with soil

Typically, people believe that plant roots eat up dirt and water from the time you bury the roots in the ground. What actually happens for healthy plants to grow, and gardeners to improve their production will require a symbiotic relationship between soil, bacteria, fungus, and the root hairs extending from the plant root. Myco means fungus, and rhizo is the term used for root [...]

The Broadfork: A lost tool for farmers

This broadfork from has five tines. The original French design used many years ago has been adapted and altered by this company considering the advancement of metallurgy and CNC design. Other companies have utilized old designs of the original broadfork, using steel rounded tines, bent at an angle [...]

Insulate your crops for the winter!

Insulating crops during the winter is a key element in a productive harvest year round. A tip before we discuss blankets and covers is before the sun comes up, right after the frost settles, take a water hose, and spray off the frost before the sun rises [...]

Starting seedlings inside with heating elements!

Heat is essential for growing plants from seed to harvest. Not only heat, but also an also consistent temperature not exceeding 5 degrees from the suggested growing temperature is a key element in crop production. During day and night because of light and earthly elements cause the air temperature [...]

Ergonomic Horticulture: A new beginning for better health!

Ergonomic Gardening Gardening teaches us to listen to our body. The subtle strains and injuries that develop while doing work in the garden teaches us to use our body weight when pushing, pulling, digging, and lifting, while also using correct posture when maneuvering between plants. In this article, I will go over the unique skills […]

Utilizing tools effectively: No-till cover crops

I am not going to tell you that your garden plot requires regular tilling, let alone no tilling at all. In this article, we will go through practical technicalities that will work in the creation of wonderful soil. Soil with high tilth, powdery textures, aeration, dark, rich organic matter from […]

Common Greenhouse Invasive Plants

Each acre of cropland is said to contain 50-100 million weed seeds from decades of growing seasons. I spend a good hour each day in the greenhouse plucking weeds from the rows, and beds. There are a few plants common in a hoop house. Oxalis, an invasive low-level plant with clover-like […]

A quick way to fertilize!

Fertilizing with a siphon mixer allows hobbyist gardeners the ease of diluting, mixing, and spreading their liquid fertilizers evenly, and efficiently. Here we have a few types we will discuss such as the ‘Siphon Mixer’, Hozon Brass siphon mixer, and a ‘Garden feeder’. For local farmers that do not want to spend money and […]

The Farmer's Square

A Farmer’s Square is an adaptation of the carpenter’s framer square. As a framer’s square is used to do accurate measurements, and straight lines, the Farmer’s Square organizes rows of lettuce greens in a balanced way. The concept generated from a need to organize a simple rotation system for managing a staged crop harvest. A […]

Preparing a garden plot in Autumn for Spring

Get creative with your gardening project. Next season is a whole winter away. This gives gardeners and farmers alike ample time, roughly 3-4 months of composting that otherwise cannot be done during the productive months of the year. Are you preparing a plot to raise vegetables, or fruit on for next year? Search around the […]

The Symbiotic Relationship of Broccoli & Garlic

Here is our example of a healthy symbiotic relationship between broccoli, and a local heirloom variety given to us by Wendy Williams named properly ‘Old-man-Garlic’. Broccoli is a large plant, and requires a lot more specific nutrients than other plants. Broccoli generally uses more calcium so avoid planting next to heavy feeding crops like asparagus, […]

Companion Planting Basics

The companion planting concept is not new, it is quite old. Dating back to when plants were bred in nature early in their conception, they evolved together in order to make do with seasonal changes, and nutrient uptake from other varieties of plants. Plant secretions from within their roots, flowers, and leaves repel, and attract […]

Turning over a bed to be healthy and productive for seasons to come!

Harvesting greenhouse crops is as fun as seeding, and watching grow! This article covers the process of turning over soil beds for replanting the next crop. The tools you will need are trimming sheers, or a knife for harvesting remaining plants, and a shovel for digging. Begin by harvesting your remaining crops in […]

Jerusalem Artichokes, some know them as Sunchokes

Jerusalem artichokes or sunchokes are available to plant this autumn! Frost and cold temperatures do no harm, but actually enhance the nutty flavor of this perennial, which prefers to grow in zones 3-8. In areas of the United States where the ground freezes during winter, apply a thick layer of mulch to the surface for […]

Building a Raised Bed in a Hobby House

We will build semi-permanent raised beds out of non-pressure treated lumber. Lumber with a dark shade may be pressure treated, and retain residual chemicals that prevents weathering. Utilizing untreated lumber is the best option and last for years! Begin by clearing out debris and weeds from the garden plot. For years, weed seeds […]

Smother Those WEEDS!

While you pull weeds, you strain your back. Using chemicals hurts your soul, and soil, so what are we gardeners to do? A simple method for weed removal can also help add organic matter to the soil, and make it a nice texture and tilth! Take any kind of newspaper, construction paper, […]

Greenhouse Pest Control: Harlequin Bug

During restorations to the 20’x32’ hoop house, cabbage rows were found infested with the Harlequin bug. The adult (pictured here) is bright orange, red, and black and shaped like a shield. They are about 3/8 inch in length, and have black spot markings. Their favorite plants to eat include asparagus, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, […]

Quick Transplantation of Stray plants in the Greenhouse

In the greenhouse there might be a few stragglers or off shoots from the plants. Pictured here is a typical tomato plant, a big boy tomato. If you want to improve the chances that the plant survives transplantation, water around its base quickly to minimize transplant shock before uprooting. Take the tomato out of the […]

Making Temporary Raised Beds

Once soil tillage, and amendments have been completed, and further additions to the greenhouse been made, layout and design are an important feature to the finished growing space. Greenhouse layout and design allows the user to appropriate tools, paths, and raised beds to suit their growing style. There is no right way, and there are […]

Preparing a Garden Plot

This greenhouse is out of control! Often times we let the garden over grow, or a new plot of ground must be prepared for the upcoming season. Preparing a plot is just like cleaning up an over grown hothouse, except that process is always easier before the greenhouse frame is fixed into the ground. […]

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