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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
4 Cote Lane, Bedford, NH 03110-5805
Phone: 603-647-7171
Fax: 603-647-0116

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