Growing, processing and shipping one pound of lettuce consumes approximately 5,000 calories of Fossil Fuel Energy, while returning a mere 80 calories to the consumer. Great for the waist line, but not so good for the waste line. Growing your own greens is the most cost effective, energy efficient thing imaginable. Even a couple small pots… Continue reading Grow Your Own Greens
Rainwater is fantastic for plants and a great way to cut down on your use of municipal sourced H20. Chances are you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much rain you can catch off one small roof. One inch of rain falling on a 1000 square foot roof will produce enough runoff to fill… Continue reading How Much Rain Can One Roof “Catch”?
More! Is the answer most gardeners would likely give. But how much land do you really need? If your goal is simply to connect with plants the answer might be zero. A few potted houseplants could give you all the gardening time you need or an intensive indoor hydroponics system might provide a significant amount… Continue reading How Much Land Does a Gardener Need?
10 Common Vegetables and How Much to Plant!
So much depends on climate, soil and weather but the following list will at least give you some ground rules to figure out how much to plant. Things like carrots, beets or cabbage are easier to gauge...you know how big they are so if you account for a few inches extra for wiggle room and leaves etc. you have a pretty good idea of how much you will get for your space. Others are more difficult to plan. Those are the ones included here.
While there are exceptions to every rule, a green rule of thumb is you can tell what growing conditions a plant wants, simply by noting their color. Yellow blossoming plants thrive in sunshine while those with white flowers tolerate shade. Plants with silvery leaves like it hot and dry while those with colorful foliage such as hostas, brunnera and coleus… Continue reading Reading a Plant by its Color
You often see the word Zone on plant labels followed by a number. What do these mean? North America is divided into garden "Zones" according to the climate. The lower the number the colder the winters are in your area and the hardier a plant needs to be to survive. With Zones on the left… Continue reading What Are Garden Zones in Celsius?
Garden Zones are based on the minimum temperature at which a perennial, shrub or tree can survive. Find out the lowest temperature your area experiences and then choose plants at or below that zone. The lower the number the hardier the plant and the colder the zone. Zones are listed on plant labels. The following shows what minimum… Continue reading What are Garden Zones in Farenheit?
When you order topsoil it generally comes to you by the cubic yard. How many yards do you need? Here is a simple formula to make your order easy on the mind, if not on the back! To figure out how many square feet one yard of soil will cover simply divide 36 by how… Continue reading How Much Soil Do You Need?