Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Basics of Hydroponic Gardening

Hydroponic gardening is a method of gardening without soil and receive the nutrients that they need to thrive through a source of water. Soilless media is used in some of the different techniques of this type of gardening. These medias can be of sand, gravel or perlite. The medias main purpose is for support or stability of the plants.

It is a very efficient, healthy and productive method of growing crops. There are a few techniques that can be used when choosing this method of gardening and they all have there own unique purpose. Some of these most common techniques are aeroponics, the ebb and flow system, nutrient film technique, drip system, and the wick system.

Hydroponic gardening is a method that can be done at any scale and the systems can be commercially purchased or you can build your own homemade system to fit your personal needs. There are systems for large commercial agricultural needs to sizes that will work for the urban gardener and if you live in an apartment there are even systems that will work there too.

This unique method of gardening not only is a healthy and beneficial way to grow your crops, but is also a great way to learn about the needs of the plants you are growing. Just as organic gardening is a method of gardening that you work in harmony with nature, hydroponics is a method of gardening that you work in harmony with the plants your are growing and understanding there needs.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Going Green With Your Lawn and Garden Tools

Everyone wants to have the picture perfect lawn and gardens in there yard. With the proper tools, this can be easy to do. Going Green is a great choice when choosing the proper equipment for your organic gardening needs. They are eco-friendly and easy to use.

The choice of garden tools you buy will usually depend on the amount of work you need to do, like are you starting a new garden or do you need tools to maintain an existing one. How big your yard is will be another factor when choosing tools or equipment to maintain your lawn. There are green products that can fit any of your home gardening and maintenance needs.

The type of soil you are working with can also be another factor in choosing the proper tools, depending on how hard or soft the ground is and the size of the garden. The bigger the garden, the more work and it can require the need of power equipment along with the everyday hand tools.

They are heard in all neighborhoods and at all hour of the day. The high pitched sound of the mower, trimmer or even leaf blowers. They not only pollute the air, they also are a source of noise pollution. Going Green with power equipment is easier than you think. There are many environment friendly cordless power tools on the market today. They range from your standard tools for cutting and drilling to mowers and trimmers. These tools are great to add to your organic gardening practices.

Organic Gardening - Reasons Pepper Plants Can Turn Yellow

One of the most common problems that the home gardener have with there pepper plants is the yellowing of there leaves. This can be caused by a few different reasons. The first is the lack of nitrogen and magnesium, another reason is chlorinated water, soil splash on the lower leaves from watering and a fungal problem.

The first reason, the yellowing of leaves is most of the times caused by a lack of nitrogen and magnesium in the gardens soil. This can be simply a result of the nutrients being leeched from the soil due to excess water. Pepper plants only need 1" of water per week. Another reason is the plants may need an application of fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to get past this problem.

Normally you wouldn't want to give pepper or tomatoes a high dose of nitrogen, it will usually result in lush foliage and not a strong harvest. You need to get the plants healthy again, so if they need a dose of nitrogen do it sparingly.

Another thing that works for me is to apply an epsom salt spray to my pepper plants. Epsom salt will supply magnesium and calcium that can be absorbed by the leaves for a quick recovery. You may want to try this foliar spray. I mix 3 tablespoons of epsom salt to one gallon of water and spray the foliage.Then I apply a slow release organic fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to the soil around the plant. At this time I remove any flower buds so the plants can solely concentrate their energy on there foliage. There is still plenty of time for a productive harvest.

If chlorine is the problem, you can simply rid the water of chlorine by just running the water into a bucket and letting the bucket stand for a few hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate.

Lower leaves that turn yellow on your pepper plants can be simply caused from soil splash when watering. They will yellow and wilt. Remove these yellow leaves and your plants should do just fine.