Monthly Archives: August 2017

Growing Peas In Your Home Garden

The idea of companion planting is extremely simple. Certain combinations of plants, when planted next to each other, will improve the growth of one or both of the plants. This can be due to the effect one of the plants has on the soil, by attracting beneficial insects to the area (for example, attracting pollinators like bees), or even by repelling pests.

I mentioned earlier my husband’s stinky work boots. Ever Bamboo Shoe Deodorizer has my seal of approval, especially since my husband works outdoors and his work boots smell like a pile of rotten vegetables. I’m sure a squirrel crawled in his boots and died, I have yet to find any squirrel remains but the smell serves as definite proof of the critters death. The Ever Bamboo Shoe Deodorizer comes with two black satchels that i placed in the husband’s work boots. Within two days, the musty and stinky smell was gone. We have tried foot and deodorizing powders for his work shoes before, but nothing has ever worked as well as Ever Bamboo Shoe Deodorizer. I have two more unopened packs to use, and since my shoes never stink, I’ll be placing them in my husband’s other footwear.

We know that when we plant lettuce that the bulk of the crop will be ready within 30 days. The problem with that is that we can not consume an entire crop of lettuce before it goes bad and becomes compost. So we can estimate that we can utilize X amount of lettuce between 25-35 days from now. This tells us how much lettuce to plant. This also means that our next harvest of lettuce will not occur for another 25-35 days. So we cheat. We plant 10 lettuce plants every 10 days, and in doing so, we have a constant supply of lettuce. This is true for many crops.

If gardeners plan accordingly, we can have a garden each season. One of the beautiful facts about Organic Gardening here in Sacramento is that many crops blend across the seasonal lines. It is not uncommon to have cherry tomatoes all the way up to November, or to have Cabbage growing as late as June. It is in these tiny details that we gardeners are blessed with the opportunity to grow organic vegetables.

Ward off infestation of annoying garden pests like aphids by lightly spraying the stems, leaves, and buds of your flowers with a heavily diluted mixture of warm, soapy water and a few drops of liquid dish washing soap. Next, follow-up by rinsing with a generous spray of water. This is effective for even the most serious aphid problem.

So to help speed up this process, we can use the days-to-harvest and plant our seeds in containers two weeks before we harvest our lettuce. This allows us to have transplant-ready lettuce seedlings ready to plant when we harvest our lettuce crop. This also cuts down on the time it would take for our seeds to mature to harvest because we overlap the two crops. While the first crop is finishing up, the second is growing in containers.

As you can see, organic weed control doesnt disagree on using products to control or remove wild plants. The idea of this process is to prevent them in the most natural way possible. So if you want to use sprays, fertilizers or any other kind of chemicals on them, make sure that you read their labels well.