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Organic Gardening

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2007

Deck planters
-Wood should be untreated
-Be sure they drain easily
-Ours is filled with gravel and soil

Organic soil mixture
-Sand
-Composted manure: adds nitrogen, calcium
-Garden compost
-Perlite
-Wood chips: adds carbon

Vegetable plants
-New hybrids: small plants with full-size veggies
-Show variety of vegetables
-You can grow all in a container

Start planting
-Plant materials close together
-Mix up plants to vary nutrient needs

Selection of vegetables
1. Bush cucumber
-Grow to 12 to 18 inches tall
-Bear 5- to 7-inch fruits

2. Bush beans
-Grow to 18 inches tall

3. Tomatoes
-Dwarf plants grow 12 to 15 inches tall
-Produce 4-ounce tomatoes

4. Pepper varieties
-Sweet peppers
-Hungarian hot peppers
-Red cayenne peppers

5. Eggplants

6. Lettuces, cabbage, and brussels sprouts

Pest control
-Hose plants down -- knocks off pests
-Use insecticidal soap spray
-Interplant herbs and flowers
-This attracts wasps and other pollinators
-Wasps are natural insect eaters

Plant selection of flowers and herbs
-Dianthus: edible flowers
-Marigolds: repels bugs in the soil
-Yarrow: aids other plants' growth

Weed control
-Plant tightly -- eliminates space for weeds to grow
-Pull up weeds when they appear
-No need for weed sprays

Fungus control
-Spray plants with baking soda and water mix
-Changes pH to inhibit mold growth

Care for your container garden
-Water well
-Let dry slightly between waterings

Special Thanks
Enviro-Tote
4 Cote Lane, Bedford, NH 03110-5805
Phone: 603-647-7171
Fax: 603-647-0116
enviro-tote.com

Comments (3)

  • 20 Feb, 2013

    Video won't load...anyone else experience this?

  • 11 Feb, 2008

    I'm wondering if it matters whether or not you plant tall plants next to short plants. If it effects the amount of nutrients or light the short plant might be getting. I just figured, because the tall plant is, well, TALL, it might be robbing the short plants of its nutrients. Or does it not matter? Purplehazevoodoochild@yahoo.com

  • 11 Feb, 2008

    I'm wondering if it matters whether or not you plant tall plants next to short plants. If it effects the amount of nutrients or light the short plant might be getting. I just figured, because the tall plant is, well, TALL, it might be robbing the short plants of its nutrients. Or does it not matter? Purplehazevoodoochild@yahoo.com