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Saving Time in the Garden

Garden Sprayer

We do not have many big tools in our garden tool box but, we have a few key tools that have begun to save us a ton of time. The sprayer pictured above is holds a gallon. It pumps the air out of the container and you hold the lever down for a continuous spray powered by air pressure. The more pressure the more liquid sprayed. There are sieves to filter the liquid so, what you put in the container must be fairly liquid. For things that are less liquid like our ground pepper and water mix we use the water can. We can more than cover our garden space with 2 passes of the water can. The holes in the water can are larger and should be able to hold most mixtures you apply to your garden.

Besides watering the garden, we also fertilize on a regular basis. We have also been applying different mixtures to the soil and plants to discourage pests. You will find that your Organic Remedies are less processed than chemical remedies and, thus may require a water can or sprayer that can hold a less refined liquid.  Thus far the water can, oscillating sprinkler and sprayer are all we need to apply what we need to the garden as well as save time. The most expensive item was the water can because we opted for metal over plastic. There is always something to do in the garden so, anytime we can automate or save time in a manner that makes financial sense for our size garden we do so.

Did you know that you can use wooden paint stirrers to stake smaller plants? Do you know how to stake a plant? Read our article “Stake Holder” dated May 9, 2020 to learn more about staking. Curious as to how you can save time in your garden? Just Ask! Did you know that you can get globes that water your house plants as needed? All you do is fill the globe. Want to know more? Just Ask. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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Stake Holder

Several people we know like tomatoes. If there is one plant we have several varieties of, its tomatoes. We have Roma, San Marzano, Early Girl & Delicious tomato varieties. The weather has been unusually cold. Once the plants get past one thing, here comes another. Although we are well into May, we expect some low temperatures tonight and early morning. And the day has been pretty chilly although sunny. A few of our tomato plants came to us as plantlings already and not seeds. When we put them in the ground, we immediately put a stake in the ground too. Because tomatoes grow into pretty large plants and bare weighty fruit, they need to be staked to help the stalk of the plant from giving into the weight of the fruit it bares and its sheer size.

As you can see pictured above, we took some gardening twine and tied thus tomato plant to the stake so that the plant is standing straight up and no longer bending away from the stake. We found the gardening twine at the local dollar store in the gardening section for $1. There are several yards in the twine package. It is more than enough for staking a few plants and can be used for other tasks in the garden. As the tomato plant continues to grow we will continue to tie its stalk to the stake replacing it with a taller stake if necessary depending on the ultimate height of the plant. This tomato plant came to us as a plantling and is growing up nice and tall.

My gardening cohort helped me stake this tomato plant. he gets creative and resourceful finding sustainable sources of wood such as old wood pieces; cut tree limbs and old two by fours cut into stakes. What are some ways you could make your in or outdoor garden sustainable? Did you know you can stake herbs too? We used a Popsicle stick and sewing thread to stake our Dill plant. Curious which plants need to be staked and which ones do not? Ask. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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