I think there is an epidemic of people adding wood chips to the soil as an amendment. Part of this trend is fueled by social media like YouTube and internet discussion groups and experimentation by gardeners with concepts such as Hugelkulture. It works, but it must be done correctly.
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Gardening in large containers and raised beds is the best option in many situations, such as when poor local soil conditions make it difficult to garden. Fill a few large containers with potting soil or good purchased topsoil, and you need not worry about your garden soil at all. And making use of recycled materials to make raised beds appeals to a gardener's natural fondness for self-sufficiency.
Q: My tomato plants are growing nicely, but some are getting very long vines. Should I cut them back or continue to let them roam? A: Tomato plants stop setting fruit when daytime air temperatures are in the mids or above. Many people who try pruning them back in the summer fail because the vines are pruned too severely.
You may now add items to your collection anywhere you see the Add icon. Learn more about the Project Box here. Planters and trellises are great additions to your patio, deck or garden.
Some plants need to be overwintered indoors, and setting up a grow room with reflective materials to catch as much sunlight as possible can keep those plants looking healthy through the coldest winters. When choosing a reflective material, match the amount of light it reflect to the plants' light needs. Increase reflectivity by painting the grow room's walls, ceiling and even its floor with flat, white, latex paint.
I would like to know what constitutes proper watering of tomatoes. How often and how long to water varies greatly with the type of soil and climate. Near the coast where you live, and where I garden, you can water tomatoes in the ground less than once a week. I sometimes go two weeks between watering my tomatoes if the weather is mild.
Wood is a very versatile material for vegetable gardens. Whether it is used to create raised beds, the edges of paths or a frame for protective netting, wood is the natural choice for many gardeners. So when I set out to create a set of long-lasting raised beds for my front garden, wood was my material of choice.
Protection methods are either passive or active. Passive protection includes methods that are done in advance of a frost night to help avoid the need for active protection. For example, passive management activities include:. Proper management of each of the passive methods is discussed in the following sections.