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Not all light is the same by Michelle Moore Plants respond differently to different colors of light. Light on either end of the spectrum, blue light or red light, have the greatest impact on photosynthesis. Kind of Lights Blue light, referred to as cool light, encourages compact bushy growth. Red light, on the opposite end of the spectrum, triggers a hormone response which creates blooms. Orange and...

You’ve seen me mention Thrive, a sponsor, before and asked me about their line of products. Thrive is a liquid mycorrhizal fungi for your garden. The analogy that I like to use is that it’s a probiotic for your plants. It helps to set them up with a healthy root system, so they can better absorb nutrients. Before I get into more detail about mycorasdfajfla (because I know that’s how you are pronouncing it), let’s learn how to say it. Here is the phonetic pronunciation: mahy-kuh-rahy-zuhl Much better. Let’s...

This post was written by SaferBrand. Not all ‘Organic’ Products are created the same… With the rise of organic gardening, comes the rise of products claiming to be the ‘best’ organic gardening solution. The retail landscape in organic gardening is daunting… …there are countless products all claiming to be organic or natural and solve the problem you are experiencing in your organic garden. It seems that every chemical company has a set of organic products they are trying to convince you to buy. How are you to know...

I’ve mentioned before that when you are gardening in containers that you’ll need to amend your soil and keep your plants well fed. As the water drains out of the containers, so do the nutrients that it needs. One other thing that your garden will benefit from is a living microbial treatment. The treatment that I am using is from one of my sponsors Thrive...

People often ask me if Miracle-Gro is organic. My response is usually, “Who cares?” The majority of Miracle-Gro’s product line is filled with chemicals and synthetics. They do have some product that is organic and certified by OMRI. Scott’s, the parent company of Miracle-Gro, is in bed with Monsanto and are the exclusive agent of Round-Up. For...

  It’s frustrating to say the least when you spend hours tending to your tomato garden and the tomatoes still aren’t as big and vibrant as they could be. The soil quality will determine your success with each plant, and the more organic material you mix into your soil (versus synthetics) the better the plant will grow! Chemicals Aren’t the Solution Most people do not want chemicals anywhere near their garden, family, dinner table, pets or the soil. They do not want exposure to dangerous toxins and once they contaminate the...

When I wrote about having sponsors, some people mentioned that they wanted me to review the products. This is something that I wanted to get more feedback from you on. To give you my thoughts, a straight review isn’t something that I’m really that interested in. For the most part they are pretty boring. I will definitely be using the products of my sponsors more, but don’t want to dedicate an entire post to a specific product (sans contests). Before Botanical Interests even became a sponsor, I wrote a post about them....

If you are using manure tea to amend the soil in your there are a couple of different ways that you can use it. Directly in the reservoir container. If you made your self-watering containers with the pipe, you can pour the manure tea into the pipe as you would normally water. If you aren’t using the pipe, then you can remove the planting container and pour...

One of the questions that I’ve been getting a lot in the past week is just how mobile the Stack N Grow mobile planter is. When it’s filled is it too hard to push? The short answer to that is – no. It’s on wheels and can easily be pushed around from spot to spot. I actually had to move mine to the since the gutter is broken above my balcony, the rain water was pouring directly into it. It now sits in the front of my balcony garden. You can easily move it around your space to follow the sun or to suit whatever needs...

Since I’m running the contest for the Stack and Grow Mobile Herb Planter I thought I’d show you how to set it up. The set-up was a bit mess for me and potting soil got all over, but overall it was pretty simple. Here’s how you set it up: Check all of the planting trays. One of them has a closed center. If you want to grow smaller plants, then put that tray at the top. If you want to grow a small tree or shrub, put that tray towards the bottom. Place the cart down on a solid surface. Put the wheels into the holes....

It’s been a week since I’ve started my indoor mushroom garden. Per the instructions, I’ve been misting the bag two times a day. I was starting to get a bit skeptical, but after the eighth day I started to see some growth bursting out the front of the bag. At this point it almost looks like a piece of cauliflower. On the side of the box, it says that you can harvest your first mushroom as early as 10 days, so I’m not too far off. This seems like a good way to not only grown some of your own food, but also a good...

It’s been almost two months since I started to test the soil amendments in my container garden. I was testing using manure tea versus using regular compost. I had two cucumber plants that I had started from seeds. In looking at the two containers, it’s hard to make a definitive statement on which works better. If you were just to look at the containers, you’d think that the regular compost was performing better since it’s a larger plant and has more flowers. If you were to take a closer look at the plants, you...

Now that I’ve remembered to amend the soil in my container garden, I’m going to be running a side-by-side test of soil amendments. Here is the test that I’m going to run. I have two cucumber containers on my balcony garden. In one of them, I have amended the soil with straight compost. The other container I have watered with the cow manure tea that I brewed up. The plant that I used the cow manure tea already started out slightly smaller than the other, but I want to test and see if the manure tea help to promote better...

I am making cow manure tea to use as a soil amendment in my container garden. I’m brewing cow manure tea from Authentic Haven Brand. The brewing process will take 1-3 days to complete. You’ll need the following: One five-gallon container filled with water Bag of cow manure tea bag Towel or cloth to keep the bugs out You just need to drop the tea bag into the bucket of water and let it steep for 1-3 days until it looks golden brown. Put a cloth over the top of it if you are keeping it outside to keep the bugs out. For more...

One of the mistakes that I made last year was not feeding my plants and amending the soil in my container garden. When you first plant the potting soil that you use should likely have all the compost, nutrients and minerals for the plant to initially survive, but over time the plant will use these up and they will deplete. If you were growing in the ground, the soil would likely take care of itself with the worms and everything that’s going on underground. I was a having a discussion with someone the other day about this and it makes...

I’m not really into gardening books because in my opinion most are boring and don’t hold my interest. This made me a bit hesitant to read Grocery Gardening by Jean Ann Van Krevelen (@JeanAnnVK) since she is a friend of mine. My beef with most gardening books is that they are usually written for people that are already into gardening and over the heads of people who are mildly interested. This book is written for someone who is curious about growing their own food or seeking out fresh locally grown sources. You aren’t...

Posted on Apr 30 2010 - 3:54am by Mike Lieberman
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I’m going to start selling organic gardening supplies through a company called OpenSky. Why would I start a gardening supply store since most of the projects that I do are DIY projects? Yes, I make my own self-watering containers, hanging planters using soda bottles and even my own compost bin. Not everyone is into making their own, and I’m cool with that. Lately people have been asking me about products and what I’d recommend. I haven’t had any recommendations because I haven’t used any products. This will...