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Strawberry Gardens To Do's: Planting and Renovation

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2023
 

It’s OK to remove old strawberry plants from your garden!

Every plant has its lifespan, even perennials only produce so long.

Strawberries are considered a biannual. Some plants will produce for three years while others may produce for 7 years. "June Bearing" berries are typically in this category. That means, if not properly managed the berries will reduce in size and production. It's all about management and knowing when to replant. Strawberry patches require fertilization, plant renovation, and covering with straw in Kentucky winters.

Renovating is a three step process that includes: mowing down the foliage directly after the harvest season; fertilization after harvest; and cultivating out the original plants to make space for the new growth (runners/new shoots/new plants).

THIS IS SO HARD for gardeners but overcrowded plants won't produce as long.

Fertilizers are needed for continued plant health especially ones containing...

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How to Plant Seed Potatoes NOW!

 

Tiny tips on taters: Buy seed potatoes from a local nursery May cut into 3-4 pieces but be sure there is an eye on each piece plant eye side up Plant 1 potato piece per square foot Plant 2-3 inches below the soil

Don't have deep soil? Plant in a pot OR on the ground underneath 2" of straw.

How to know when they are ready to harvest?

When the plants flower, the tubers are developed. If you harvest now, the skins will be soft so you must eat them right away.

When the plants "die back" and turn brown, the potato has cured underground and will store better. Harvest!

ENJOY!

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Lessons from the Garden: Growth, Bounty, and Loss

Uncategorized Dec 29, 2022
     
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5 Garden Gift Basket Ideas for You

Uncategorized Nov 28, 2022

I don't know about you, but I'm always searching for a way to extend my joy for home gardening into the off-season. So what can we do with the end-of-season harvests? I've found that most people enjoy consumable gifts!

So here are 5 Gift Ideas you can pull together to create a killer Garden Gift Basket!

1) Seeds! If you let your plants go to seed this year, try packing them in tiny ziplocks (from a craft store) and giving to a friend! It's okay if you didn't. If you need to shop for seeds go HERE!

2) Herbs! Everyone loves dried herbs in the pantry! If yours haven't froze yet - clip some stems and bring in to hang dry. Or if you have some that is completely dry you are in luck. Go ahead and crumble them off the stem into a mason jar. Pack them tight! Tie a red bow around the jar just below the lid. Viola! Super cute gift.

3) Herb Wreaths! I like using garden sage, rosemary or thyme the best! Use what you still have alive in the garden. Lots of herbs are cold...

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How to Germinate Seeds?

gardening courses Nov 18, 2022

The first step in gardening is the germination of seeds. Many might be hearing of seed germination, but only a few know the meaning of seed germination. 

Before we go into how to Germinate seeds, let's first go into what seed germination is.

Seed germination is the process of growing seeds into plants. In gardening, seed germination is the process of taking seeds into a sprout. Below is a planting guide on how to Germinate seeds.

You need to prepare the soil

The first step to take when you want to germinate is to prepare the soil to revive the seed. This means the soil should be tilled appropriately and loose to enable the seedling to establish a root system as the seed emerges quickly. After putting the seed into the soil, you will have to amend your soil to ensure the seedling gets all the nutrients needed for it to thrive well.

Adding water

Ensure the soil is moist and not soaked because moist soil softens the seeds and promotes germination. A lot of seed starting kits...

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What It’s Like To Work As A Garden Consultant

There are thousands of people in the world who are interested in gardening but don’t have the knowledge or skills required to build a garden. If you want to start your own garden, you need to find someone in your own community who is willing to teach and guide you through the steps of proper gardening. This is where a garden consultant comes in.

Garden consulting is a new type of work; it is not something you may come across every day, like a doctor, lawyer, or hairstylist. You may be curious about what it takes to become a garden coach or the services they offer. Here is a short guide to help you understand who a garden consultant really is.

What is a Garden Consultant?

A Garden Consultant is much like a gardening mentor. They provide advice and tips to beginners based on their growing location and garden setup. A garden consultant can also be a garden designer or landscaper, but what sets them apart is their approach to certain problems. When you ask your consultant to help...

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Edible Flowers For Fall in the Midwest

Dandelions, pansies, and chives oh my! 

Let’s talk about the edible flowers of the midwest! 

 

Below is a list of the fall edible flowers you can grow in Kentucky and the midwest as well as some ways to use edible flowers. Some add strong flavor, others are used in herbal remedies, and all of them look beautiful taking any dish from good to gorgeous! I always encourage gardeners to plant fruits, vegetables, and flowers to increase their food security through their garden. The flowers help attract more beneficial bugs and pollinators and if you use the flowers listed in the blog you can eat them all too so no space in the garden goes to waste.

 

Keep in mind when growing these treat them just like fruits and veggies, avoid using pesticides and herbicide on the plants especially the flower and try to only use natural fertilizers. Give me a call if you want to fertilize your beds because I’ve got a great all natural soil booster I can come and...

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The Ultimate Vegetable Planting Guide: How to Create a Thriving Garden

garden consultation Sep 12, 2022

Growing your own vegetables at home is a great way to save money and get closer to nature. For example, one tomato plant can give you 10 pounds of tomatoes over the course of the season. A Local Gardener can buy plants or start tomatoes and other favorite vegetables or herbs from seeds. See our Seed-Starting Blog for those details!

You'll also find that the taste and texture of garden-grown food are usually better than that of food from the grocery store. Also, taking care of your vegetable garden is a form of exercise! Learn how to grow the best vegetable garden with a professional Garden Consultation.

Size Matters

Start small if you're a beginner. It's better to be happy with what you get out of a small garden than to be frustrated by managing a large one. Also, you should learn the basics of gardening before expecting a miraculous harvest. Every loss will be a lesson. Every experience will bring you to a set of new choices. Grow well, then grow big.

Location, Location, Location

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10 Steps to Starting Your Edible Garden

 1. Look at your yard, this is vital. Look at it in the morning, midday, and afternoon. If you want, just sit in your yard for a day and if anyone asks, say you're working on your garden because it's the truth. You need to know where the sun hits in your yard. While you watching take note of where the sun hits at each point in the day. Placing your garden in the right place will set you up for success right away.

2. Once you've observed your yard, use the information you collected to find a spot that gets around 6 hours of direct sunlight. If you have to choose between shaded in the morning or shaded in the late afternoon choose the afternoon shade as this can be helpful in the peak of summer.

3. Make a plan. Before you put a shovel in the ground you need to make a plan for your garden. This will help you stay focused and motivated because you will have a clear goal. Your plan should include a garden layout; how every you want to organize your garden. Here at Edible Gardens, we...

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Top Foods to Grow For Preservation

Uncategorized Aug 29, 2022

Growing a garden full of foods you can eat now and preserve for later is a powerful thing, it increases your food security, and decreases your reliance on stores and the larger supply chain. It is also so healthy both while you are preserving and being able to eat from your garden during the winter. The act of harvesting and preserving your food takes time and can be a bit of a work out but I think that is part of the benefits. You are spending time being producing and keeping your mind and body active. The sense of accomplishment when you look over all you've stored is a reward in itself.

Below I will be discussing two categories of preservable foods, crops that are easy to store and last a long time, and crops that are easy to preserve through canning, freezing, or fermenting. Growing these crops will give you a level of control over what you eat not just in the growing months but in the winter months too and by storing food you are giving yourself independence from stores. In our...

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