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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mother's Day Special

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Garden Talk - Planting Mix

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Recently, I posted about our small Veggie Garden -it is looking luscious and abundant. But last year was a different story. Drought hit Texas so bad, we lost several of our most cherished plants during that summer and even beyond. On top of the drought (or because of it) our community reduced watering time to two days a week -that hardly counts in Texas -never mind the drought- geez! If you've experienced summer in Texas, you would know what I mean. Twice-a-day-watering in Texas is like a drop of water in a heated pan -it's gone before it touches the surface.


Our yard is still smarting from that blow and already summer is around the corner. We're still apprehensive. We are not taking our chances this summer. We need a good planting mix -one that can hold more water that basic potting soil. After seaching in the local garden centers, we found  Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix.Up to 3X the flowers and vegetables versus native soil. Significantly improves soil for multiple years.Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3X when water is added. Feeds for up to 6 months. And most of all, all natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil. Our serch is over! This is what we're looking for. We'd rather invest in good planting mix than mulch!


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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Veggie Garden in a Container

Container Gardening Part 1 : Banana Peppers
Miriam's Container Garden!

Spring is here and what do you know... the Garden Centers around the area are selling all sorts of tempting plants and gardening stuff! But hey, it's cheaper to buy a pack of seeds. Check out Yam's Banana Peppers.



My 11-year-old niece, Miriam, and her container garden - Banana peppers.


We thought they were full grown at 6-7 inches. . . 


Yam harvested them to use them for Dadads's dish - "Dinuguan" (blood stew)


Don't they look huge? 


But the ones that we did not harvest grew bigger! Turned out, the ones Yam harvested are still babies.


See how much they've grown... see how healthy and robust they have become. 


And they keep growing! Who would have guessed they have always been planted in a small rectangular pot since they were seedlings?


 After a few more weeks, I harvested some more.. and they were this big already!


The ones that we left on the mother plant, surprisingly,  turned red.


Here's a days harvest. Looking good huh.

Gardening doesn't always have to be  on the ground. Container gardening has its benefits too. For small yard and tight spaces, container gardening is the best option. 

Here are some things to remember about container gardening. Make sure you choose a sturdy container that can hold the pressure of your plant's growing roots. Check and make sure it has good drainage -roots become weak and rot when they are soaked for a long time. See to it that you situate your container in a spot where your plants get at least 6 hours of full sun exposure. Make it a point to invest in good potting soil, complete with the necessary nutrients - that are supposedly readily available to ground-based plants, to sustain your thriving plants. Periodically check for bugs and other pests.  Remember to pressure-wash the leaves and stems of the plants to keep it clean and pest-free. However, water moderately on the base of the plant. Unlike ground plants, your container will hold water and might overly soak the roots of your veggies. Plants hate "wet feet"  this can cause root rot and can kill your plant.

Stay tuned for  more container gardening tips and photos.
Happy Gardening Everyone!

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