• How to Plant Seed Potatoes

    Seed Potatoes
    Growing seed potatoes can be quite challenging for novice gardeners. The following suggestions should help remove some of the complexities when nurturing this crop. Buying Tips Go to a garden center and look at the catalogs. There are many different seeds to choose from. Whichever you buy, make certain that it’s certified free from viruses and diseases. Those that are egg sized are the best seeds to buy. Planting Put the seeds in a box. Place them in an area where there is light and plenty of air. The ideal temperature is 50 F. When growing seed potatoes, position the seeds so that the sprouts are up and stalk at the bottom. The stalk is the part which was cut off from the main plant. If you can’t figure it out, that’s okay. If the potatoes grow in the wrong direction, brush out the sprouts and turn it upright. Managing the Sprouts As the sprouts appear, cut all of them except for about four. The sprout length for planting is about an inch. The length isn’t as important as...

    How to Plant Rhubarb

    Rhubarb
    Growing rhubarb is less troublesome than most plants, as it’s not susceptible to a lot of pests. However there are other factors that need to be assessed to ensure good growth. Ideal Temperature The ideal climate temperature should be 40 F and below. For summer temperature shouldn’t go over 75 F for best results. The best places to plant them climate wise, is the United States and Canada. Usually, these plants can last for 10 to 15 years. Preparing the Soil These plants can grow virtually on any type of soil. The best ones however are soils that are well drained. The soil must have a lot of organic matter and fertile. Growing rhubarb requires a tidy site. This is the best way to get rid of the weeds. The best time for cultivation is in the spring. Fertilization The lowest acceptable pH level is 5. For best results it should be 6 or 6.8. The rhubarb needs a lot of general purpose fertilizers. The amount of fertilizers used can determine the quality of the product. A cup of 10-10-10...

    How to Plant Seeds

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    Anyone who wants to grow a garden or just grow plants in pots should learn how to plant seeds using a seed tray. It does not require much money or time in order to plant seeds. You do not even need a green thumb in order to prepare seedlings and be able to transfer them to your pots or your garden. Our following little guide will show you how to plant seeds using a basic seed tray. Materials Required The materials required to plant seeds are: soil seeds seed tray water You can buy the basic tray minus any frills to get things started. In fact, any flat plain seed tray will work just fine. The only thing you need is to know how to  plant the seeds correctly. It will suffice if you buy a plastic one that costs around 50 cents to a dollar. You will also need a sifter for the soil. Basic Pointers on How to Plant Seeds Keep the following pointers in mind when you decide to plant seeds. You should begin the process by determining the appropriate time to plant your seeds. You should consider...

    How to Plant Cucumbers

    Cucumber
    Turned into pickles or eaten as it is, planting cucumbers can be done by even novice gardeners. One simply needs to spend time caring for them and making the right preparations. Choosing the Site First consideration is sunlight, as the fruit needs plenty of it. The climate needs to be warm, but not too dry. Allow a few weeks to pass after the last frost to avoid problems. A large garden is necessary as these fruits grow fast. If the area is small, using trellis is recommended to help manage them. Readying the Soil The ideal soil setup is loose and sandy. However other soil types will do provided the drainage is good. If you’re planting cucumbers, take out the stones, sticks and other objects from the soil. Don’t take out the dead grass and small weeds; they’ll provide nutrients for the soil. When it’s ready, dig a hole 7 inches to a foot deep. Fertilizing A cup of 10-10-10 or 10-20-10 fertilizer must be applied for every 10 ft row. Set the fertilizer in place until the ground...

    How to Plant Bananas

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    Like other plants, growing bananas requires plenty of preparation. Prior to planting the rhizomes (the stems), careful consideration of the soil is necessary. Soil and Sun Requirements The banana needs a lot of sun. The soil draining system is also important. This point can’t be emphasized too much. If the roots get soaked, it can die in less than 60 minutes. Air flow is necessary but too much wind can damage the foliage. The soil needs to be a little acidic. Avoid utilizing yard soil as it’s too heavy. Make sure there’s enough soil to cover half the rhizome. Water and Fertilizers After the first water, don’t repeat it until the soil has dried half an inch deep. Water and fertilize simultaneously. Watering weekly won’t help in growing bananas. Only add water when the soil has dried to the specified level. Climate Condition The ideal sun exposure is 12 hours. It’s also best if you grow them during warm weather. The daytime temperature should be in the 80s. At night, it...