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Gardening Tips and Techniques

Welcome fellow Gardener's.  We are glad you could join us for some gardening tips and techniques. 

All gardeners enjoy reading and hearing from other gardener's as well as seeing pictures of your beautiful gardens.   Therefore, SaleGreenHouse will help to accommodate our visitors and customers by accepting your suggestions, tips or questions through a controlled environment.  The same as our greenhouses offer you a controlled environment for your plants and gardens.  We will accept your suggestions, tips or questions about garden equipment, gardens or planting by contacting us with an email. 

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Free Self Watering Seed Starter Kit

Free Self Watering Seed Starter Kit

Free Self-Watering Seed Starter Kit

1.  What you need:

    One empty, plastic pie container with clear top
    Container or bowl that pie container can sit on top of
    Sharp scissors
    Cooking twine or string
    Seed starting mix
    A large bowl or small bucket
    Watering can with rose attachment spray bottle
    Spray bottle

Definition: A "rose" is the round or oval attachment that fits over the end of a watering can spout. A rose has small holes that transform the stream of water from the can to a gentle shower. This is particularly important when watering tender plants and prevents the water stream from creating holes in soil.

2. Adding Wicks To Free Seed Starter

Take a sharp scissors and poke several large-ish holes in the bottom of your plastic pie container.
Cut as many 2-foot lengths of string as you have holes.
Poke string through holes and pull about 8 inches of string through the bottom of the pie container. Leave strings dangling.

3. Add Soil to DIY Self-Watering Seed Starter

Spread out excess string on the bottom of the pie container. It will look like a pile of spaghetti.
In a bowl or bucket, mix your seed-starting medium with water until soil is moist, not wet.
Fill pie container with damp seed starting mix, until it is about ½ an inch from the top. It will go right on top of the string pile
Gently flatten and pat down the soil

4. Plant Seeds in Your Free Seed Starter

Follow the directions on the back of your seed package carefully. Do not plant seeds deeper than is recommended.
Gently pat the soil on top of seeds.
Replace plastic cover over pie container

5. Fill Self-Watering Container With Warm Water

Fill the bottom container or bowl with warm water, and set the container with your seeds on top of it, so that the strings, hanging down are sitting in the water. That way they will wick up water into your soil, keeping it moist, not wet. You don't want the seed container itself sitting in the water.
Check every day to make sure bottom is filled with water.
If soil feels dry use a spray bottle to mist until soil is moist.

6. Seed Starting Hints for Your DIY Free Self-Watering Seed Starter

Hints For Seed Starting:
Make sure to label your seeds
Place seeds in a warm spot until after they have germinated
Remove clear plastic cover after seeds have germinated
Keep bottom filled with water -do not let soil dry out
Make sure seeds get enough light after germination

Hydroponics Gardening

Hydroponics Gardening

Hydroponics Gardening is the technique of growing plants without soil in a controlled environment, a greenhouse. A hydroponics system can be set up in any size greenhouse. However, this technique of growing plants is usually done on a larger scale due to all the work that is involved. 

Hydroponics is not new. It has been around since the 1600's when Sir Francis Bacon first wrote about it. Today hydroponic systems range from the simple system to the sophisticated system. It can be done with kitchen windowsill herb gardens to the high-tech setups in massive commercial greenhouses. Hydroponics comes from the Greek word meaning water and ponos meaning labor and literally means water working. 

The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems free these farmers from many of the limitations of field-grown crops. For example - seasonal production is done year round, variations in soil quality and mineral content is not a concern, weather and weeds are no longer a problem.  The water nutrient solution is the main key to making this hydroponics gardening work.

Hydroponics works thru a nutrient flow-tray system that pumps the nutrient solution from an in-ground tank into plastic PVC channels. Then the PVC channels are built to allow the water to flow through them via gravity, coming in contact with the roots of each plant as it passes through the channel, then drops into a gutter and returns to the nutrient tank.

The only water that is consumed in the process is the water taken up and transpired through the plants. It's an enclosed system that runs 24/7 and it's very effiecient from a water-usage standpoint since the water is recycled.

Constant regulated uptake of an exact mix of mineral nutrients also makes hydroponically grown crops consistently nutritious and flavorful. Hydroponics gardening requires constant attention and a significant investment. Hydroponics is not for everyone. It will work for anyone that is willing to work at it. It is a lot of work.

There are six different types of hydroponic delivery systems. However, there are only two types of hydroponics that exist. The first is plants grow in a non-soil medium, such as sand, clay, vermiculite or rock wool, which stabilizes plants and wicks up nutrient solutions. The second is known as "true hydroponics" which uses no medium and is only a water-based solution of plant nutrients.

Hydroponically grown plants get their nutrients from one of six different types of delivery systems that range from simple to complex. Typically, to have a hydroponic system you need to have a greenhouse. Greenhouses can range from small to very large and the plants grow in a controlled environment using water as their source for nutrients.

Let's take a look at the six different types of hydroponics delivery systems.

1. Drip System is the most commonly used. This is done with a timer-controlled pump that drips growing solution onto the base of each plant.

2. Wick System is the simplest system. The nutrient solution is drawn up from a reservoir by means of material such as vermiculite or coconut fiber.

3. Ebb and Flow System is when the growing medium is flooded with the nutrient solution via a timer-controlled pump and the excess solution flows back into the reservoir for reuse.

4. Water Culture System is effective for lettuce production. The active system wherein plants float atop nutrient solution while oxygen is pumped into solution to aerate plant roots.

5. Nutrient-Film Technique System is used mostly by commercial farmers. It is a high-tech system in which a constant flow of nutrient solution is pumped over plant roots with no growing medium. Plants are supported in plastic or mesh baskets.

6. Aeroponics System is the most sophisticated of all the hydroponics delivery systems. It is when the plants are suspended in a rack and exposed roots are misted frequently with nutrient solution.

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