Garden Tips

A Garden in your backyard can save you money!!

A small garden can produce enough vegetables to feed a family of four throughout the spring, summer and fall. Some people even have enough garden vegetables gardenleft over to sell to neighbors and local weekend flea markets. In this economy it never hurts to have a small garden in your backyard to grow a few home grown vegetables. No room…if you have a flower pot you can have a small garden. Remember when we had the tomato scare and no one wanted to buy commercial grown tomatoes? By growing a couple of tomato plants in flower pots in your backyard you can have home grown tomatoes within easy reach. But maybe you have never grown vegetables. It’s not hard and it could save you money.

Here is a good article from NMSU Extension Service on Seed Propagation of Plants. If you want to start your garden vegetables early outdoors to give them an head start for your garden this is a good article to read: Starting Plants Early Outdoors

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Manure for your Garden

NMSU Extension Service – Choosing Organic Matter for the Home Garden

Animal manure adds more organic matter and humus to the soil than nutrients, but it provides a certain amount of plant food.

Animal manure should not be used as a substitute for commercial fertilizer nor should commercial fertilizers be depended upon for humus.

Animal manures should be dried, aged or composted before being used in garden or flower beds. Top dressing a lawn with manure can cause serious problems because of the resulting organic
matter layering effect similar to thatch. The organic matter layer, if serious enough, actually can prevent air and water from entering the soil.

Unfortunately, manure contains numerous weed seeds. The disadvantage of weed seeds should be considered before deciding to use animal manure in a garden or flower bed. The weed seeds in treated
manures usually are killed, but the treatment adds to the manures retail price. Well-composted manure can be weed-free.

Make Your Own Rose Food

My Grandmother had some of the prettiest roses on the block. People would often stop and ask her how she got her roses to look so good. This is her low-cost make it yourself rose food:

Granny’s Rose Food

2 Tbsp Epson Salt
4 Tbsp Ammonia
4 Tbsp Vinegar
1 Tbsp Liquid bio-degradeable detergent
1 gal of water

You can mix this in a plastic 1 gallon milk jug. First add your ingredients, fill with water and pour around the base of the rose bush. Then water the rose bush normally. Treat rose bush once a month or every 2 weeks with this rose food.

Did you Know? – Roses need large amounts of water, even where rainfall is plentiful. Roses should receive the equivalent of 1 inch of water every 7 to 10 days throughout the growing season.