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!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

October End Garden Tour - Harvests & Things To Do In Your Garden This Month

Its been a warmer than usual October this year. In today's California Garden tour we go over the following topics:

  • A tour of the garden
  • What's growing in the California garden
  • Harvests we made this month
  • Things to do
  • Gardening products

Here is a video with all the details on the California Garden in October.

Happy Gardening!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

How To Make Your Own Potting Soil For Cheap

The growing medium is one of the most important aspects of growing any kind of plant. Commercially available potting soils are expensive and they are usually not as good as the ones you can make yourself. And its so easy that you will be wondering what was holding you back!

In today’s blog post we will learn how to make your own potting mix. Potting Mis is different from Potting Soil. Potting Mix is a soil-less mix and is very light. It enables strong root growth as plants do not have to struggle growing in this medium. It also provides excellent drainage while retaining water the plants need, for a few days.

What you need:

      1.      Peat Moss OR Coco Coir

     2.      Perlite OR Vermiculite

     3.      Compost

     4.      Manure OR Worm Castings

     5.      Measuring containers – one 2 gallon and one coffee can sized

That’s all!


     1.      Using the 2 gallon tote, add 3 parts of peat moss. You can use coco coir if you desire. Coco coir is usually better than peat moss as it has a neutral PH (Peat Moss is acidic) and is a renewable resource.

     2.      Add 1 (2 gallon portion) of compost

     3.      Now use the coffee can measurement to add 1 coffee can full of perlite

     4.      Add 1 coffee can measurement of manure or worm castings

      5.      Mix all ingredients thoroughly

You now have your own potting mix that is far superior to anything you can commercially get.

Additional amendments:

1.      If you are planting vegetables, add a handful of garden lime per container. It improves soil pH and also adds valuable nutrients in the soil. This is especially helpful for plants like tomatoes and peppers.
      2.      Azomite is a great addition, it replenishes lost nutrients in the soil

To watch the video of making your own potting mix, see this: