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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 28
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Shady Business

Do you have shady spots in your backyard that you don’t know what to do with? You may have tried to grow sun-loving flowers here, with no results. But don’t fret; these areas don’t have to be devoid of life. There’s a good selection of plants that can thrive in shade. You just have to choose the right one. Here is a list of five good flowers with which to start your garden.

In order to properly plant the flowers below, it’s necessary to establish definitions for the various levels of … 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 21
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First Summer Install

This past week a group of Orbit employees got the chance to experiment with some of our products in the real world.  These were employees who don’t work in the field doing installs of sprinklers, but they volunteered for the opportunity knowing it could generate some out-of-the-box thinking and get people’s minds going in new directions.

Orbit is sponsoring the sprinkler system, landscape lighting and thermostats in a soon-to-be-featured new home in the Utah Parade of Homes.  We wanted to specifically highlight the ease of Orbit’s Eco-Lock and PVC-Lock products, to … Read More

By Justin S. Comments: 0
May 16
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Salt Lake Bees “Green Team” Night and Orbit

Orbit is sponsoring “Green Team” night during the Salt Lake Bees game at Smith’s Ballpark on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Orbit encourages you to use water wisely this season. Visit orbitonline.com to find tips and tools for conserving water by optimizing your sprinkler system, installing water efficient drip zones, and using hose faucet timers to monitor and automate hose watering.

Be sure to visit us at our booth in the plaza between 5:00 pm and 6:35  pm before the game for water savings tips and free giveaways. The game starts at … Read More

By Matt 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 14
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Letting Your Plants Go to Pot: Planting Potted Plants

Having potted plants is a nice way to enjoy nature on your own terms. It lets you tend a wide variety of flowers and vegetation to be grown where space is limited and allows people in cool-weather climates to grow plants all year round. I love the way they add color and interest to my otherwise boring porch. Here is the basic process you should undergo to nurture your potted plants:

Choose the right pots. Make sure each pot has one or more holes in the bottom to allow water to … Read More

By Matt S Comments: 0
May 08
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Getting the Garden Ready for Vegetables

Once you’ve decided to grow vegetables in your home garden, now comes the actual implementation.  To get a garden ready really doesn’t take all that much, but a few practices greatly improve the chances of quality production from your plants.

After a long winter the soil will likely be compacted and quite tough.  Get the soil ready for planting by breaking it up using a tiller or pitchfork, perhaps working in some nutrient giving mulch or compost at the same time.  Besides adding minerals plants thrive in, it loosens the soil, … Read More

By Justin 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