4 Tips For Growing Tomatoes

1. Create a Stronger Root System by Planting Your Tomatoes Deeper

When planting tomato plants you should always plant them as deep as you can without any leaves touching the ground. By burying the plant deeper, the stem will have more contact with the soil and produce more roots.

The increased root system will help increase the moisture content by having more roots to take in more water. The larger root system also helps the plant ‘anchor’ into the ground preventing it from bending over and being damaged by storms and high winds.

Use Epsom Salts to Prevent Tomatoes Yellow Leaves and Extend the Growing Seasons

Epsom salts have been used for generations to promote growth, stronger stalks, prevent yellowing of the leaves and to extend the growing season. Epsom salts can be applied to the soil at planting or watered in during the growing season.

When adding Epsom salts to the soil, scratch in one tablespoon in the hole prior to planting. To water in Epsom salts you will want to add one tablespoon of Epsom salt per gallon of water and apply to young plants.

After the initial application at planting, continue to water in Epsom salt using one teaspoon per gallon of water every two to three weeks. Doing so will had magnesium and sulfate which will produce strong, healthy plants.

You can save a ton by using Epsom Salt vs Magnesium Sulfate….check the prices next time your are at the store!

Cover rocks with mirrors and they look like melted disco balls. Add a little sparkle to the garden!

Cover rocks with mirrors and they look like melted disco balls

Blue Concrete Stain

How to stain concrete

Caribbean Sea Elements Concrete Stain, create marbled variations of color on cured concrete by chemical reaction with the minerals in the concrete. Every concrete floor will react with its own unique pattern. Once sealed with clear sealer, your floor will pop with an elegant look.

10 Medicinal Plants to Grow

10 Medicinal Plants to Grow

Great Burdock
The root is used to treat ‘toxic overload’ that result in throat infections and skin diseases like : boils, rashes, burns, bruises, herpes, eczema, acne, impetigo, ringworm, bites.

Marsh Mallow
The plant of which marshmallows are made of. The root is taken internally to treat : inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranes, counter excess stomach acid, peptic ulceration, gastritis.
Externally, the root is applied to : bruises, sprains, aching muscles, insect bites, skin inflammations, splinters.

Aloe Vera
The sap from aloe vera is extremely useful to speed up the healing and reducing the risk of infections for : wounds, cuts, burns, eczema, reducing inflammation.
Aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of : ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation, poor appetite, digestive problems.

Pot Marigold
Well known as a remedy for skin problems, the deep-orange flowered pot marigold variety is applied externally to : bites, stings, sprains, wounds, sore eyes, varicose veins,
Internally it is used to treat fevers and chronic infections. The tea of the petals tones up circulation and, taken regularly, eases varicose veins.

Gotu Kola
The gotu kola acts on various phases of connective tissue development and stimulates healing of : ulcers, skin injuries, decreasing capillary fragility, stimulation of the lipids and protein necessary for healthy skin.
Crushed leaves are poulticed to treat open sores. The gotu kola can also be used to : treat leprosy, revitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention span and concentration, treat venous insufficiency.

Has long been used medicinally as a remedy for problems regarding the digestive system. It has a soothing and calming effect in the area of aromatherapy, used to end stress and aid in sleep. The entire herb is used to treat common aches like toothache, earache, shoulder pain and neuralgia.

Chinese Yam
It is sweet and soothing to the stomach, spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys. It is used internally to treat : tiredness, weight loss, loss of appetite, poor digestion, chronic diarrhea, asthma, dry coughs, uncontrollable urination, diabetes, emotional instability.
Externally, it is applied to : ulcers, boils, abscesses.

The echinacea has the capacity to raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It also has antibiotic properties that helps relieve allergies. Basically, the roots are beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds and burns. It was once used by the red indians as an application for insect bites, stings and snakebites. The echinacea grows on any well drained soil, as long as it gets sunlight.

Great Yellow Gentian
The great yellow gentian root is a bitter herb used to treat digestive disorders and states of exhaustion from chronic diseases. It stimulates the liver, gal bladder and digestive system, strengthening the overall human body. Internally, it is taken to treat : liver complaints, indigestion, gastric infections, aneroxia.

Siberian Ginseng
The siberian ginseng has a wide range of health benefits, mostly as a powerful tonic herb that maintains good health. It’s medicinal properties are used for : menopausal problems, geriatric debility, physical and mental stress, treat bone marrow suppression caused by chemotherapy or radiation, angina, hypercholesterolemia and neurasthenia with headache, insomnia, poor appetite, increasing endurance, memory improvement, anti-inflammatory purposes, immunogenic purposes, chemoprotective purposes, radiological protection.

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What grows in shade, and what grows in full sun

What grows in shade, and what grows in full sun

If you grow it for the FRUIT or the ROOT you'll need full sun!

If you grow it for the LEAVES or STEMS or SPROUTS partial shade is all you need!