Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Drip Irrigation - Q&A

In today's episode we look at answers to some of the most commonly asked questions on drip irrigation. Watch this episode to get answers to all your questions!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Growing Jasmine (Jasminum sambac)

They call it the flower of the Gods. This fragrant flower is easy to grow and will adorn your patio or backyard. In today's blog post we look at how to plant and care for your jasmine plant

Jasmine Plant
Growing Jasmine

1. Planting

Planting Jasmine
Planting Jasmine

Planting Jasmine
Planting Jasmine

Jasmine can be easily propagated by cuttings. You can take cuttings from existing plants and then plant them in a small pot. Transplant later when the first set of new leaves have developed.

2. Plant Care

Caring for your Jasmine Plant
Caring for your Jasmine Plant

Jasmine Plant Care
Jasmine Plant Care

Jasmine needs partial sun or full sun to grow well. Water evenly, according to the temperatures in your area. The Jasmine plant needs a balanced fertilizer in the Spring season when it develops new leaves. In the summer season, when it is in full bloom, apply a bloom booster or flowering plant fertilizer. Do not fertilize the plant when it is dormant (fall/winter season)

3. Harvest

Jasmine Flowers
Jasmine Flowers

You can harvest jasmine flowers in the summer season. They are very fragrant and can be used to make jasmine tea

4. Pruning

Pruning Jasmine Plant
Pruning Jasmine Plant

Jasmine plant needs to be pruned to maintain shape and control growth. Prune well in the dormant season (fall/winter) and the plant will grow nice and bushy

5. Repotting

Repotting root bound plants
Repotting root bound plants

Jasmine plants become rootbound in 1-2 years. We recommend that you repot your jasmine plant every 2 years.

Enjoy this video on how to grow jasmine plant

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Starting summer vegetable seeds indoors - A complete guide

It's THAT time of the year when you start your summer vegetable seeds for the next growing season. In today's episode we look at how to start vegetable seeds indoors. We begin with how to choose a seed starting kit or build you own seed starting mix and use hex trays or small pots or small containers to start your seeds. Once you start your vegetable seeds 6-8 weeks before your frost date, you will be well on your way to grow some great fruits and vegetables in your garden.

Starting summer vegetable seeds
Starting summer vegetable seeds

Summer vegetables
Summer vegetables

Starting  a vegetable garden for beginners is no easy task so we look at all aspects from starting seeds with your own seed starting mix or soil and then how to provide nutrients for seed starts and finally to transplant them in your garden.

In today's video we look at how to start summer vegetable seeds indoors:

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Growing Dwarf Bananas In Your Garden - Dwarf Rajapuri Banana Tree

Everyone loves bananas! They are delicious, nutritious and hopefully after reading this blog article - they are easy to grow in your home garden as well!

In the video below, you will learn how to grow a banana tree. We look at all aspects on growing a banana plant from planting all the way to harvest. In this year spanning three years you will learn everything on how to grow and harvest bananas from your banana tree. In addition, you will get insights to questions like these:

- How to grow bananas at home
- How to grow banana trees
- How to plant banana plants in your garden
- How to grow banana plants in pots or containers
- How to care for your banana plant
- How much sun, water and nutrients do banana plants need
- How to harvest parts of the banana tree like the bud (flowers), stems and the fruits
- Growing bananas in California, Texas and other moderately warm climate zones
- When to get your banana plant indoors to protect from frost
- Whether you should grow in your banana plant in a greenhouse

And a lot more. So sit back and enjoy this 3 year journey on how to grow bananas!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Spider Mites - How To Get Rid Of Spider Mites

Spider mite infestations are common in vegetable gardens. In today's blog post we show you how to get rid of spider mites in your garden.

Product used in this post: Dr Earth organic spider mite control

This is how spidermites look like:

Spidermites are tiny insects which suck the sap out of plants. We will show you how to identify spider mite damage on your plants, we will see how spider mite eggs look like and also how to prevent spider mite infestations in time.

We then look at different ways to control a spider mite problem on your plants, especially on tomatoes. Although spider mites can affect any plants, even weed, the most common plants that get affected by spider mites are tomatoes and eggplants.

Spider mite are small orange colored insects that thrive in hot and dry conditions. Its very important to identify spider mites on plants and buds before they cause major damage. We look at home remedies for spider mites where you can effectively control spider mites with essential, natural and organic oils.

In this video you can see how to get rid of spider mites:

Here are some more pictures of spider mite damage in the garden:

Hope this technique helps you to get rid of spider mites in the garden.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Best Gardening Channels On YouTube

Feedspot just announced the Top 100 Gardening Channels on YouTube.

California Gardening is proud to be a part of the top 5 fastest growing gardening channels on YouTube.

Gardening Youtube Channels

See the entire list here: Best Gardening Channels On YouTube

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Monday, November 27, 2017

The monthly gardening series is something you can use your plan the planting in your garden, month by month. In today's episode we look at the California Garden in the month for November.

California Gardens
The November Garden

We cover the following topics in today's episode:

  1. Garden tour of our organic fruits, vegetables and herbs.
  2. We look at harvests of avocado, the GEM avocado, bitter gourd and ivy gourd. We also look at how amendments like Azomite (Rock Dust) can be beneficial for your garden.
  3. Things to do for your November Garden. We learn the best time to plant a garden, especially a Winter garden. The Best California Gardens start with a nice foundation of soil so we show you how to prepare your raised bed garden soil. We then look at the best vegetables that can be planted in the southern California garden. California just came out of a drought so make sure you follow the guidelines for watering in a drought garden as well.
  4. We round up the episode by looking at some excellent fruit plants you can buy from your local garden stores like Home Depot.

GEM Avocado

Bitter Gourd seeds



This monthly garden calendar will help you organize and plant all your vegetables in California as well as around the world.

We'll see you again soon, Happy Gardening!