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Category: Gardening

Jun 27
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Conquering Wind in the Garden

The best laid plans of Mice and Men, often go awry. 

So often we hear from customers who are having performance issues with their sprinkler systems.  Everything looks great on paper.  They layout, installation, and operation are all top notch.  But they find their lawns and gardens are not getting a consistent flow of water because of one enemy; one that is unavoidable and impossible to predict: Mother Nature.

For example, I recently spoke with a customer from southern California, who, for most of year, doesn’t have many problems.  He recently … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Jun 04
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Managing Vegetable Gardens

About this time of year most people have their vegetables planted, whether they be in beds or grow boxes.  Now comes the task of managing these plants so they yield the crops you want.  Taking care of a vegetable garden isn’t too difficult.  A few simple steps will allow you to have healthy plants with as little effort as possible.

Since we’ve already set up the drip or spray irrigation system for the plants, they watering should be taken care of.  However, as the season changes and weather gets warmer—and sometimes … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 29
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Pumpkin Season Starts Now

Pumpkin pie, jack-o-lanterns, changing leaves and frost on the ground—these are the sort of things we many typically associate with fall. Right now, with the summer creeping in, it’s probably the last thing on your mind. But if you want jack-o-lanterns for Halloween or pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, now is the time to start planting.

You’ll choose the type of pumpkin you grow depending on what you want your pumpkins for (eating or carving). There are dozens of varieties of pumpkins (here’s a good site for learning more about each), but … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 22
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The Perennial Flavor of Summer

Perennials are valued among gardeners for their longevity. With perennials, you’re spared the extra effort of planting new ones every year and can enjoy them for years on end. Here are a few of the most popular perennials:

Astilbe is a beautiful perennial that comes in shades of pink, rose, and white. It is ideal for shady, moist spots. Astilbe flower clusters stand atop glossy, fern-like foliage and vary in size from 6 inches to two feet, and they rise to two or three feet tall. They may look delicate, but … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 15
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Garden Watering: So Many Options!

Watering your garden can be fun. It can also be confusing based on the amount of options available. From spray nozzles on risers to impact heads, and from pop-up sprinklers to drip emitters, it’s tough to go wrong as long as you get the necessary amounts of water to your plants.

I have experience watering multiple gardens a lot of different ways. When I was young, I often visited my grandpa and helped him irrigate his plants and vegetables. He lived in a farm area with a canal as the main … Read More

By Matt S Comments: 0
May 07
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Planning for a Vegetable Garden

Getting your vegetables from the supermarket is all well and good, but grocery store veggies never seem to taste as good as the ones grown in your own backyard. Even a small garden space in your yard can yield big results.

The first question you have to ask yourself when planning a vegetable garden is what to grow. If you’re just starting out, you may want to start small so you can stay on top of things with minimal investment and effort. Take a look at your family and think about … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
Jul 11
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Windowsill Herb Garden is Easy and Fun

For smart irrigation month we decided to put together a small planter to grow herbs (they’re the legal kind, don’t worry).  Herbs are a great plant to grow.  We’re growing ours outdoors, but they also do well indoors.  They smell good, grow fast, and are great for cooking.

To speed up watering, we decided to install some soaker hosing.  Ours hooks to a hose and is expandable, but these could easily be linked to an existing sprinkler system and other drip lines.

Here are the supplies we’ll use.

We’ve got 18 inches of … Read More

By Orbit Comments: 0
Mar 01

Sow Your Seeds Indoors

Winter may be digging its icy claws into the world, determined not to give up its hold. But we all know Spring will come . . . eventually. You can speed up the process in your own house by starting your vegetable seeds indoors. It’s fun. It’s easy. And it helps beat the late-winter blues.

Sowing your seeds indoors will not only bring you that little burst of life that you need, it will also give your garden a kick-start. Starting your garden inside gives your plants plenty of time to … Read More

By Orbit Comments: 0
Jun 04
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Square Foot Gardening

With processed foods increasingly prevalent, many people are seeking natural and organic options for their diet.  But a trip to your local grocery store will reveal that although going green may be healthier for your diet, it does little for your budget.

To combat these high prices many people are growing their own produce and square foot gardening is making it easy.

What is Square Foot Gardening?

Square foot gardening is an innovative approach to traditional single-row gardening.  At its basic level, square foot gardening consists of a 4′ x 4″ raised planter … Read More

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