How To Grow Spaghetti Squash In Your Garden

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Spaghetti squashes take 90 to 100 days to harvest, require regular watering, warm weather and a full sun. For this reason, the seeds should never be out before the frost day has gone by. Of course, you can start the seedlings indoors. For that, you will need to culture the seeds a month before the frost date.

Keep this in mind that you are not to bring them out until after two weeks of the last frost date. Dig up the soils well and loose when planting the seedlings and make sure to add some manure and compost to the soil so that it becomes nutrient-rich. When planting, you must allow a space of at least three inches between each hill.

Some consider the idea of planting vertical spaghetti squashes, but it is normally not a good idea. These fruits grow large and heavy in size and the mature ones cannot be expected to hang unless you provide enough structures and trellises to support the fruit.

For the first few weeks, weed out the space around the hills. Thereafter, once the plants have started to mature, they will create their own sheds and would be able to keep the weeds at bay. Once the peak of summer has passed, we advise you to remove any new blossoms that are there since there will not be enough time for them to grow.

As for insect care, a spaghetti squash vine is robust enough to withstand most insect damages. However, keep an eye out for big cucumber beetles and squash bugs. They can hide inside blossoms or under the leaves, so make sure to check carefully. If the large leaves turn mildew, apply some fungicide sprays and water the plants only at the soil and not on the leaves.

Unlike other varieties of squashes, you cannot pick spaghetti squashes when small. You can harvest them only when they are fully mature. You can tell that they are fully mature when the outer skin of the fruit becomes hard enough to withstand a hard push from your fingernails.

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Growing Eggplants The Right Way

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Heat-loving eggplants are easy to grow where summer is long and warm. They produce the biggest fruits during this growing season and will give you a handful of eggplants a week. Eggplant varieties differ mainly in size, shape, the color of the fruits, growth habit, and maturation period. Here are some methods on how to grow eggplant to get a bountiful harvest and a glowing garden in return:

Any fertile soil with a pH level ranging from 6.3 to 6.8 can satisfy this plant, but raised beds enriched with composted manure are the best growing sites. Gardeners in cool climates grow their plants in a large and dark-colored containers for warmth. Although the eggplant’s leathery leaves can withstand hot weather, make sure to leave a generous mulch of hay or any biodegradable materials beneath the plants to keep the soil cool. This method will not only hold the moisture, but it will also keep the weeds down.

Another important thing to consider is your gardening space. This factor is important because eggplants usually grow tall and with angular plants. Your space should keep them 24 to 36 inches apart. To fertilize plants, mix a balanced timed-release or organic compost by following the rates provided on the label. Make sure to keep your plants watered so they will not be small and bitter. Tie them to stakes to avoid the fruits from falling over. Alternatively, you can use small tomato cages for additional support.

In some areas, a common soil-borne fungus called Verticillium Wilt is the reason eggplants wilt and die. To avoid this problem, fill your eggplant containers with premium potting mix. You will know that the eggplant is ready for harvest if they have hard flesh and small seeds. A perfect fruit has a glossy skin and well-formed but immature seeds. They will taste bitter when underripe or overripe, so knowledge in harvesting is a must if you want to master how to grow eggplant.

Eggplants may be considered a finicky plant, but if you can keep them warm and free from pest damage, you can enjoy an excellent harvest.

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The Basics Of Growing Leeks In Your Garden

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Leeks are sweet, easy-to-grow, elegant cousins to onions—they play the role of onions in our dishes, only that they are a bit toned down. Unlike onions, they don’t produce bulbs; they store their flavor in juicy stems, similar to giant scallions. They are famous for leek and potato soup and are also great when steamed like asparagus, chopped in quiche, oven-roasted, or when wrapped in ham and baked.

Growing leeks is pretty simple and doesn’t require much space in the garden. Frost-tolerant leeks can survive well in cool weather conditions. In zone 7 and warmer areas, they can overwinter, making them suited for planting in fall.

Planting and Care

Leeks do well in sunny spots with fertile and well-drained soil. They need to be spaced 6 inches apart during planting and can thrive in conventional garden beds, raised beds, or containers. Leeks need lots of nitrogen and consistent moisture. Accordingly, endeavor to add organic fertilizer or compost to the leek garden or bed prior to planting. After planting, try to mulch the leek bed with organic materials to help the soil around them retail moisture.

To develop succulent stems, leeks need to be blanched—hidden or covered from the sun. So ensure that you plant them in deep holes. Inconsistent moisture yield leeks with tough stems, so it is best to water leeks as appropriate—an inch of water in a week.

Harvesting Leeks

You can begin harvesting leeks just about any time. Typically, it’s recommended to allow them get at least 1 inch or bigger in diameter; however, you are allowed to dig young ones to eat like scallions. In zone 7 and warmer areas, you can harvest them all winter long. In cold areas, however, it is advisable to extend the harvesting season by deep mulching (up to 1 feet deep) before a hard freeze. Leeks can still be harvested until they are locked frozen in the ground. However, there is no need of waiting for that to happen; you can harvest and store. Before you store leeks, wash the stems to remove the soil or grit which may have been trapped between the leaves.

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Growing Brussel Sprouts In Your Garden

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Brussel sprouts are an incredibly delicious vegetable. The tiny cabbage-like heads are readily available all through the year and they are delicious roasted, pan-fried, or braised. The good news is that you don’t have to spend money buying these vegetable as you grow them quite easily at home. Here are a few tips that should get you started:

o Brussels sprouts are a hardy plant and sprouts are ready for harvest in 90-120 days of planting. In fact, you do not need a large garden patch for the plant and you can cultivate the plant in a garden box, terrace box, or window box.

o Seeds are readily available. Plant the seeds indoors for 6-8 weeks. Once the seeds sprout, you can then move them to a well-watered window box. Plant the seedlings 12-24 inches apart. Make sure you plant before the frost as the plant does well in light cool weather.

o The plant requires six hours of sunlight and soil pH should be on the higher side. Use a soil pH tester to ensure that the soil has the acquired nitrogen content. Fertilize the seedlings three weeks after they’ve been transplanted.

o Do not cultivate as the plant has very shallow roots. Mulching is preferred as the plant likes cool sand and cool weather. Try to use a liquid fertilizer as this is absorbed much faster than solid fertilizer.

o Sprouts start at the bottom and are ready to harvest when they become 1-2 inches in size. Remove sprouts by twisting them off the plant. You can refrigerate the sprouts for up to five days after harvest.

o The plant continues to produce sprouts as it grows and it has an extended harvest period. A single plant can produce up to three pounds of sprouts in a single season.

As you can see, you can learn how to grow Brussel sprouts quite easily. All it requires is a little hard work and effort. In case you are having problems, you can always write in to us at suppliesforgreenhouses.wordpress.com. We welcome queries and our staff will be happy to help you with any problems.