Education, Garden, Gardening, Information, Soil

How to improve soil with an easy soil test.

We finally got our soil test sample results back from the state extension office and was baffled by our soil results. I put of a lot of thought into and hard work to improve the garden space I figured that I would get better results or should I say different results. I research the internet to see what all the numbers indicated. I found the video from One Yard Revolution and he broke down the results on his soil sample and it all made sense.

Assuming anything can be a bad thing and you need to know the numbers to make sense of what you have and don’t have. A soil sample from a professional lab is one of the best investments you can make to your garden, plants and yourself.

The old cliche “knowing is half the battle” fits best with this ideology.

Please contact your local extension office and invest your time and get the information about your soil and your plants will thank you for it.

Here is a link to find your local extension office.

http://npic.orst.edu/pest/countyext.htm

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Education, Gardening, Information

Fall Crop Strategy And Succession Planting – T.O.T.S

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There are 4 key factors that are crucial to have a successful garden in my opinion.

*Timing*
Timing is the 1st and most important step. You have to time your fall crops to the rhythm of mother nature. The season change around a certain time and this software helps predict the best time to start and plant your crops.

*Organization*
By making your self organized you take out the trouble that most gardeners suffer while gardening. I organize my seeds with a CD holder case and label all my plants with clothes pins to make sure everything is properly labeled and sorted.

*Tools*
To be a carpenter you have to have the right hammer to do the job just as a plumber has to have the right kind of wrench. Well to be successful starting a 2nd crop for the fall you need to have the right tool to start your plants indoor. I use the Sunleaves IV 4ft 4 x T5 blub Vitaluma Plus System. It has 4 grow blubs at 6500k. It is a great system for any beginner or any novice gardener.
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*Success*
The best advice that I could give to any gardener is to look for the positive. In gardening there is always a positive aspect to everything we do. No matter how big or small it is you can find if you look. The success is how to look for that eureka moment and store it in the grey matter between our ears.

Glass Gem Corn

The gardening software that I use to help with timing is
http://www.growveg.com

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Education, How to, Recipe, Recipes

I scream, You Scream, We all scream for…

Recipe to make Orange Sherbet Ice Cream. This recipe requires only 2 simple ingredients to make this super summer time treat.

To make our orange version of sherbet, combine 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and 1 two liter of orange soda in an ice cream maker.

Mix for 20-30 Minutes. Enjoy

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Education, Gardening, How to

How We Cross Breed Our Tomatoes

After the Tomato Video: Sunny Gürl, we got several comments on how we crossed breed our tomato plant. This is a “how to” video on how to cross breed tomatoes.

We crossed a Brandywine Studdeth Tomato with a Black Krim Tomato. By doing so we hope to increase the size of the Black Krim from a 12 oz – 15 oz size to a 2 pound tomato. We named this new F1 Hybrid Black Wine. But we are asking for your help with our new name, leave a comment below and the best name will receive seeds from this cross. The tomato name contest ends August 15, 2014

When breeding plants you don’t know what you are going to get on the other side of a cross and that is the appealing part.The game is to wait and see.

Here is some more information that I found about Cross Breeding Plants:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_breeding
http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/vista/html_pubs/PLBREED/pl_breed.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/p/plant_breeding.htm

You can also find a video on YouTube from Gardening In Norway as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vydxMrMRkLA

Check out Alderman Farms here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/AldermanFarms

Bush Early Girl and Sunny Goliath - Cross Breeding Tomatoes

Education, Pest Control, Pests

Does Diatomaceous Earth Deter Slugs In Your Garden – Talladega Slugs?

Slug is the name for a shell-less earth gastropod mollusc.
Slugs live in the earth and usually eat plants and other decaying matter. Slugs can be controlled with salt and iron phosphate how ever salt will effect plants in your garden.

Will Diatomeaceous Earth kill or slow down slugs in your garden?

OneYardRevolution had a great video demo stating this issue and this video is the Vegitate version to that question.

Check out Patrick Dolan’s Video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7u40KTieeA

And his channel too.
https://www.youtube.com/user/OneYardRevolution

Other References On Slugs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slug
http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Garden-Slugs
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/slugs/

Slug on a table

Education, Gardening, Seeds

Tomato Breeding: Sunny Gürl

Our 1st tomato cross breed and we wanted to landmark the date and time on YouTube of our first Tomato Crossing. We crossed a Bush Early Girl with a Sunny Goliath. The fruit did fall off early due to a wind storm but we saved the seeds and hope that a new cross Tomato plant will come up soon and start our F1 generation.

We fermented the seeds for 3 days in water to remove the gel sacs.

Bush Early Girl and Sunny Goliathhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_breeding