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Frame-It-All Animal Barrier Kit
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Animal Barrier Fences in size 4×4 & 4×8

 

Prevent pesky rabbits, woodchucks and other small animals — including pets — from raiding and romping in your garden. The Small Animal Barrier has a sturdy stainless steel frame; strong nylon netting attaches with VELCRO® brand ties at the top, and anchors to the soil with Earth Staples, included. Sets up in minutes.

These two sizes are specially designed to nest into our Composite Timber raised beds, but will fit most 4′ x 4′ and 4′ x 8′ raised beds by either setting the stakes inside or outside of the corners. 23″ H installed.

Hayneedle 4′ x 8′ Suggested Price: $109

Raisedbeds.com  Suggested Price: $69.95

Author: shazzam
Category: Garden Supplies, Planters for Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables
Date: April 11, 2014
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Wood Five-Drawer Apple Rack by William Sonoma
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Keep apples in excellent condition by storing them in this five-drawer rack, handcrafted in Europe of untreated solid beech wood.

The slatted drawers promote the air circulation apples require to stay fresh during longer-term storage. [click here to learn more..]

  • Set of five sliding, slatted drawers in a rack.
  • Handcrafted of FSC-certified solid beech wood.
  • Natural, untreated wood is free of chemicals.
  • Also useful for storing gourds, potatoes and other vegetables.
  • For best results, use in a cool, dry area.

Suggested Retail Price: $349.95

Author: shazzam
Category: Garden Supplies
Date: January 5, 2014
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DIY Wood Seven Drawer Food / Apple Rack
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(DIY) Do-It-Yourself Wood Seven Drawer Apple / Food Rack – credits: Ana White

Build your own a produce food storage drying rack! Free plans from Ana-White.com DIY Food Storage Shelf – PDF version instructions

When harvest time comes, you need somewhere to dry all of your produce and store it for the winter.  If taken care of properly, you could be enjoying garden fresh carrots and potatoes all winter long!  Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project.  It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section.

Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly.  Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris.  Always use straight boards.  Check for square after each step.  Always pre drill holes before attaching with screws.  Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold.  Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.

Author: shazzam
Category: Garden Supplies
Date: January 5, 2014
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Eco-friendly Compost Bin
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Large-Capacity Compost Bin with Natural Wood by Gardeners Supply Co

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This convenient composter makes it easy to transform all your kitchen and yard waste into nutritious compost for your garden. It has plenty of room for fruit and vegetable scraps, garden and landscape trimmings, and fall leaves.

The clever design has an attractive wooden front with a handy 10″ high access door at the bottom so you can remove finished compost. The sides are galvanized wire mesh that holds the contents securely and provides excellent aeration, which is vital for efficient decomposition. The wood is treated with an eco-friendly preservative.

The Eco Compost Bin with Lid has a wood-framed, wire mesh lid that opens from both sides and latches securely to keep out pests.  [click here to learn more…]

  • Holds over 17 bushels of kitchen and yard waste
  • Attractive wooden front with wire mesh sides
  • Easy-access door for removing finished compost

Suggested Retail Price: $125

Author: shazzam
Category: Garden Supplies
Date: January 5, 2014
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Top Quality French Raised Bed Garden Planters
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Raised beds make outdoor gardening easy.  It allows the growing season to extend and makes growing more in a smaller area.

French Raised Bed Garden by Farmer D

coloredbeds879_786_largeColored Rustic hand-made FSC Western Red Cedar raised bed planter with exposed galvanized bolts makes your garden pop with a unique flare.  These raised beds have an open bottom and comes in six color options (natural, white, yellow, green, orange, red or blue).  Painted on outside only using zero VOC paint.  [click here to learn more..]

Dimension options: 30″ x 40″ x 12″ deep or 40″ x 48″ x 12″ deep.

Suggested Retail Prices range from: $169.95 to $219.95

About Farmer D
Farmer D Organics sells environmentally conscious farm and garden products, including raised bed kits for edible gardening and window boxes for urban gardeners. Additionally, the company produces living, organic compost for optimal soil improvement and plant nutrition, along with fertilizer and planting mix for ideal fertility. Owner Daren Joffe was born in South Africa and raised in Atlanta, but it was his experiences in college, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, that paved the way for his career in farming and gardening. There, he studied at the Michael Fields Institute Biodynamic Learning Center, attending workshops and working on an organic farm, learning about growing healthy food with intention.

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Author: shazzam
Category: Planters for Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables
Date: January 5, 2014
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Raised V-shaped Beds / Box Patio Planters by Vegtrug
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Grow plants at an easy working height in this unique patio garden; no bending or kneeling to plant, tend and harvest. The elevated bed means no weeds and fewer pests, too. The V-shape makes efficient use of space and planting mix — grow deep-rooted plants like tomatoes in the center, shallow-rooted crops like salad greens along the edges.

Plant and harvest vegetables at a comfortable height in this sturdy raised planter. The deep V-shaped bed provides a range of soil depths to suit the preferences of deep-rooted vegetables like tomatoes, ground-hugging herbs like thyme and everything in between.

Because it’s portable, you’re free to move the planter to take advantage of microclimates as seasons change as well as to accommodate changing outdoor spaces.

Includes a fitted fabric liner to keep soil contained while letting excess water drain. Plastic feet protect wood from wet surfaces. Quality construction and easy assembly.

WILLIAM SONOMA NATURAL STAINED EXCLUSIVE

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  • Elevated design minimizes discomfort of bending over and helps keep pets and pests out.
  • V-shaped bed provides ideal growing conditions for a range of plants.
  • Small enough to fit small outdoor spaces with enough capacity to yield an abundant harvest.
  • Crafted of FSC-certified sustainable Fir.
  • Treated with a food-safe water-based wood preservative.
  • Includes a fitted, breathable fabric liner for drainage.
  • Replacement drainage liners are available (sold separately).
  • Assembly required.
  • Predrilled for easy assembly; all hardware included
  • Small: 39 1/2” x 30” x 31 1/2” high overall; 7 1/2 cu.-ft. cap.
  • Medium: 71” x 30” x 31 1/2” high overall; 14 1/2 cu.-ft. cap.

 

VegTrug™ Patio Garden, Charcoal Exclusive | Award-Winning VegTrug™ is a Convenient, All-in-One Growing System
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  • FSC-certified, sustainable, plantation-grown fir with non-toxic stain; plastic feet; fabric liner
  • 70″ L x 30″ W x 31-1/2″ H
  • Holds 380 quarts of container mix
  • Easy assembly; requires a Phillips screwdriver and adjustable wrench
  • Liner fabric is imported
  • Gardener’s Supply Exclusive suggested price $249

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Author: shazzam
Category: Planters for Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables
Date: January 5, 2014
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Pyramid Shaped Strawberry and Herb Planter
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williamsonoma_pyramid_img92c These planters are unique and provides a wealth of space for growing strawberries, other fruits, herbs or vegetables. They have a pyramid-shaped base. The tall vertical design allows you to grow efficiently in tight and small of spaces. Great for city or patio gardens.

Place the open base in a square container or directly on the ground, fill with potting soil (tip: fill with wheat straw before adding soil) and insert your plant starts between the slats.

The Larger Terrace Planter by Critter Cages in North Carolina
This simple but functional planter is great for every garden.  It has a three foot by three foot base, is six feet tall, and can hold over 100 strawberry plants.
Suggested Retail Price: $125

The Medium Cedar Terrace Planter by William Sonoma
The small planter has a two foot by two foot base, is four foot tall.
Dimensions: 22” x 22” x 48” high.
Suggested Retail Price: $295.95

  • Crafted of untreated western cedar that is naturally rot and insect-resistant.
  • Vertical design provides plenty of growing space within a small footprint.
  • Handmade in the USA.
  • Simple assembly required.
Author: shazzam
Category: Planters for Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables
Date: January 5, 2014
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A Frame Garden Trellis
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farmerd_trellisLARGEStandalone and planter Trellis for the home gardener comes in many sizes.  High quality Trellis are hard to find but can be an asset to any garden and will produce more and last longer through tough weather conditions.  A trellis is used for many  are summer favorite tomatoes but they are also ideal for beans, peas, cucumbers, and other climbing vegetables.

Our favorites A-Frame Trellis is by Farmer D.  This hinged A-Frame trellis is handmade in the USA using FSC certified Western Red Cedar.  They fit perfectly into Farmer D raised beds or can stand alone in any in-ground garden bed as well as beds on legs.  [click here to learn more..]

36″ tall by 30″ wide hinged A-frame trellis.  Suggested Retail Price: $159.95

60″ tall by 30″ wide hinged A-frame trellis.  Suggested Retail Price: $199.95

 

 

Author: shazzam
Category: Garden Supplies, Planters for Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables
Date: January 5, 2014
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Frame-It-All Animal Barrier Kit

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Animal Barrier Fence 4×4 & 4×8

Prevent pesky rabbits, woodchucks and other small animals — including pets — from raiding and romping in your garden. The Small Animal Barrier has a sturdy stainless steel frame; strong nylon netting attaches with VELCRO® brand ties at the top, and anchors to the soil with Earth Staples, included. Sets up in minutes.

These two sizes are specially designed to nest into our Composite Timber raised beds, but will fit most 4′ x 4′ and 4′ x 8′ raised beds by either setting the stakes inside or outside of the corners. 23″ H installed.

Raisedbeds.com 4 x 8 Suggested Retail Price: $69.95

Hayneedle.com  4 x 8 Suggested Retail Price: $109.99

Author: shazzam
Category: Garden Supplies, Planters for Fruit, Herbs and Vegetables
Date: January 5, 2014
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Squash Vegetables attacked by Bugs & What to do

Squash Bug Management

BUG 1

Vegetable Squash Bugs

 

BUG 2

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Squash vine borer prevention

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Author: shazzam
Category: BUGS, Squash, Warm Season Veggies
Date: July 19, 2013
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The basics to Gardening, things you need to know
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Where do you begin if you want to have a garden?

The five things you need to decide:

1) What kind of garden do you want to have and how much space do you have? Do you want to grow flowers, fruits or vegetables or all of these.  Most people over plan and build a garden too big.  Don’t try to be a farmer out of the gate.  Take your time.

2) Learn about gardens, research and find out what you can grown in your climate.  Buy some books and or research on the internet.

3) Buy all your supplies for your garden.  Start small and complete one project at a time.  At a minimum you will need:

a) soil.
b) soil additives.  For example if you want a vegetable garden then you will need xyz, if you want a fruits and citrus then you will need a very acidic soil so you will need extra abc.  If you want herbs then you will need a simple garden soil.
c) fertilizer.
d) mulch.  So many times people want to have a garden but they fail to realize the covering the ground after they plant and fertilize is just as important to saving the moisture.  It also prevents the soil from forming a hard compact on the top layer with a hard rain.
e) the garden beds or containers.  This could be the raised bed, the square foot garden boards, rope and/or simple pots to put your vegies, fruit, seed or starter herbs.
f) gloves, hats, hoes, rakes and trowels.
g) watering hose, drip hoses or automatic watering systems.  This can be as simple as watering your pots or creating an automatic watering system.  The larger the gardener the more sophisticated the system should be.  The most economical way is to capture rain water.  Plan for this as you don’t want to be watering every day and trapped to your home.  You want to have a piece of mind that your plants are getting the proper amount of water with our without you.

Check back here as we will be expanding the items above for more details.

Remember to plan ahead for the most successful garden and crops.  If you are new to gardening then start simple.  Herbs are always the easiest to grow.  And you will be amazed how often you use herbs once you start growing them!

Author: shazzam
Category: Basics, BUGS
Date: June 17, 2013
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Everyone’s a Winner at AFI Awards, But Some Have More to Look Forward to Than Others
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Screens on smartphones vary largely in both display size and display resolution. The most common screen sizes range from 3 inches to over 5 inches (measured diagonally). Some 6-8 inch screen devices exist that run on mobile OSes and have the ability to make phone calls, such as Huawei Ascend Mate, Asus Fonepad and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Ergonomics arguments have been made that increasing screen sizes start to negatively impact usability.

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Author: shazzam
Category: Gadgets
Date: August 10, 2012
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SnagFilms Takes ’The House I Live In,’ ’Beware Mr. Baker’ & Six Dream Team Docs
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Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources which are continually replenished such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat. About 16% of global final energy consumption comes from renewable resources, with 10% of all energy from traditional biomass, mainly used for heating, and 3.4% from hydroelectricity.

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Author: shazzam
Category: Science
Date: July 30, 2012
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Chicken Coop & Run with Planter
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Raise farm-fresh eggs—and herbs and vegetables to enjoy with them – in space-efficient coop-run-and-planter combination.

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It’s hand built in Washington state from solid western red cedar custom milled by a local, family-run saw mill. A galvanized metal roof keeps the spacious interior dry, while a mesh floor allows manure to fall through, virtually eliminating the need to clean inside the coop.

The two nesting boxes are accessible through a drop-down back door at waist height, for easy egg collection. Beneath the coop, a mesh-enclosed run gives hens 25 square feet of space to forage and exercise. The planter box arrives ready to fill with soil and plants and is equipped with a drainage system that keeps water from falling into the run below.  [click here to learn more..]
Suggested Retail Price: $1,499.95

Other Resources:

www.backyardchickens.com

www.crittercagesnc.com

Author: shazzam
Category: Chicken Coop & Run with Planter Ideas, Garden Supplies
Date: July 16, 2012
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How to Grow Vegetables from Seed also known as Direct Seeded Crops
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Direct-Seeded Crops

Sow cool-season crops, such as lettuce, kale, spinach, onions and broccoli, directly into the garden up to four weeks before the last expected frost. These crops germinate within three to 10 days under optimal conditions and tolerate daytime temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Plant semi hardy vegetables, such as turnips, carrots, cauliflower, parsnips and potatoes, two weeks later. These crops typically take seven to 10 days, although carrots and parsnips take longer. Carrots germinate in 10 to 15 days; parnsips in 15 to 25 days. Wait to plant beans, corn and melon until the soil is warm and all danger of frost has passed. These seeds germinate within six to 10 days under optimal conditions.

Some crops, such as peppers and tomatoes, take so long to grow that they won’t mature before the first frost if sown from seed in the garden. Start these crops indoors four to six weeks before the last frost. Plant tomato and pepper seeds in seed starting trays, waxed milk cartons or even yogurt cups. Sow the seeds 1/8 inch deep in a soilless starting mix. Moisten the soil with a spray bottle and cover the seeds with plastic wrap until they germinate. Tomatoes germinate in six to 14 days; pe

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When seeds germinate is based, in part, on the temperature of the soil. In cold soils, many seeds such as bean seeds are slow to germinate, or may even rot, never germinating at all. Read the seed packet and wait to plant seeds until the soil is adequately warm. Conversely, cool-season plants, such as lettuce, kale and spinach, germinate best in cool soils and may not germinate well when planted midsummer for a fall harvest. Store these seeds in the refrigerator for two weeks prior to planting to increase the odds of successful germination.

Moisture

Although some plants are drought tolerant once established, all seeds need moist soil to germinate. Moisten the soil before planting vegetable seeds and water lightly after planting, as well. Water at least weekly or as needed to keep the soil moist, but not soggy, which may cause seeds to rot. Don’t allow the soil to dry out because it forms a crust that is difficult for the growing plant to emerge through. Use a light hand so you don’t wash seeds away.

Author: shazzam
Category: Basics
Date: July 1, 2012
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