Sunday, 27 May 2012

Get Out of My Garden, You Sucker!!

As your tomato plant is growing you have to keep an eye out for suckers...which are not bugs but small branches that are trying to join from an existing branch.  So, how do you find a sucker? Here is a picture of one.

Suckers suck the energy out of the plant therefore taking the nutrients away from the plant. The best way to get rid of it is to pinch or snap it off.  It allows the plant to grow taller and produce more tomatos which are better tasting!

See you next Sunday!

Happy Gardening...The Green Gourmet Gardens Team!


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Happy Mothers Day!

We are starting early to plant our gardens because the weather forecast looks fabulous.  If we do get frost over the next few weeks, here are a few tips to protect your garden.

  • If you have empty plastic milk jugs hanging around your garage, you can cut the bottoms and place them over your plants.  This will create a mini green house and protect your plants against frost.
  • You can also use a card board the lid during the day to let the sunlight in and close it at night to protect the plants from frost.
  • Best method of all is using floating row covers that are available at any garden centre.  They come in rolls usually about 4 or 5 feet wide and they come in various thicknesses depending upon what you are looking for. You roll it over the garden and hold it down with rocks.  It will allow sunlight and water to get through, retains heat and keeps bugs out.  Don't use clear plastic covers because they allow the heat to escape.
See you next Sunday!

Happy Gardening!

The Green Gourmet Gardens Team

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

May has finally arrived...yeh!!  The long weekend is rapidly approaching.  Are you ready to plant a  garden?  Do not hesitate to buy a garden us and we will build it and deliver it by the long weekend in May!  Please visit our site for the benefits of raised bed gardening

If you are too busy right now to plant seeds then don't worry you can purchase your plants into June from a garden centre.  Garden centres are offering a wider variety of vegetable and herb plants because more and more people are interested in planting their own garden. The cost benefit ratio is remarkable! As an example a tomato seed costs approximately $.02 cents and nursery stock $2.00 and one plant could produce a crop of 20 or more tomatoes.  Who said that healthly eating is expensive! Most grocery stores are purchasing mass produced genetically altered vegetables that are grown for quantity and not taste.  Just think, you can grow your own vegetables for taste. Now, that makes good shopping sense!

Happy Gardening!

The Green Gourmet Gardens Team