Thursday, April 30, 2015

How To Make Compost - The Easy Way!

For a lot of us, making compost is something we always want to do, but just like that new year's resolution, we keep postponing things that are quintessential. For the gardener, compost is like Black Gold.

finished compost

In today's episode we look at easy ways to prepare compost at home with just the basic ingredients - vegetable and fruit scraps, plant remains like leaves, stems and grass clippings.

compost bin

compost leaf mulch

We go over the composting process in detail, explaining each step so that you can make your own compost easily and provide valuable nutrition to your plants. We also list out what needs to go in your compost bin and what needs to be excluded.

Compost is almost a necessity in any form of gardening. We hope you enjoy today's post ! Happy Gardening!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Growing Radish - Japanese Minowase - The Classic Radish!

Aah...that classic radish taste! One bite into the Japanese Minowase radish will keep you wanting for more. Although radishes come in a variety of colors and flavors, the Japanese Minowase radish is one that is not only crunchy, hot and delicious, it also has a very acceptable size compared to the other radish varieties.

In today's episode we will look at how to grow the Japanese Minowase radish in raised beds. We will look at the entire life cycle from sowing the seeds to harvest. We will also see why the radish bolts. All this and more. So it back and enjoy this episode on growing the Japanese Minowase radish.

Happy Gardening!

Friday, April 17, 2015

The effect of Mycorrhizae on plants

A symbiotic relationship is a mutual association between two organisms in which they benefit each other. Such a symbiotic association with plants and fungi is a Mycorrhizal association.

Roots mycorrhizal association
How plants benefit from mychorrizae

What happens in a Mycorrhizal association is that the beneficial fungi attach to the roots of the plants to get nutrition in the form of glucose while the plant benefits by improved uptake of nutrients from the soil using these fungi.

ProMix HP makes an excellent ready to use professional growing medium containing Mychorrizae and you can see how effective it is in growing plants in this video:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why every gardener should grow sweet corn in their garden

When it comes to growing vegetables in your garden, its usually the mighty tomato that takes the first spot. Well, that's not surprising. If you have ever bitten into a tender, juicy, home grown tomato, you will know the difference between that and one bought from the supermarket!

How to grow sweet corn in your garden

And what if I told you there is another vegetable that tastes even better when harvested an eaten soon? Yes, that is the Sweet Corn. Due to the way the sugars are present in Sweet Corn, the sweet corn kernels are the most tender and sweet when harvested and slowly turn into starch, diminishing the flavor of the corn.

Corn is broadly classified into three types:
  • Sweet corn
  • Field Corn
  • Specialty Corn
To see more details on how to grow sweet corn in containers and a step--by-step fertilization schedule, check out this video: