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Growing, Caring For And Harvesting Peas

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Taking a trip down memory lane as we say I recall my childhood days of one day deciding to construct my very first home garden. I was so excited as I cleaned and prepared the planting site.

I still can remember lining the borders of the garden with stones, as I tried my best to make my little garden the perfect garden, my little hands with a shovel, rake, and other garden equipment working well into the evening very happy envisioning how wonderful everything would look.

I guess back then for most kids my age this would be the last thing on their mind but not me, I did what other kids do but at the same time, I wanted a garden of my own. I believe in part why I had this desire was because of my parents garden and also in my neighborhood, many families had a garden also.

Growing, Caring For And Harvesting Peas

A few favorite dishes that the natives enjoy here on the island where I live are peas n rice also peas soup which is so delicious. Just yesterday my mother invited me over for Sunday dinner and that is what I enjoyed some of her wonderful down home mouth watering peas soup. But how do peas get from the garden to the dinner table? I am so happy that you asked. This is what we will be looking at in this article.

But before we look at growing, caring for and harvesting peas what I want to say here is that peas are loaded with vitamins and other benefits which you can view Here. Peas one of natures health wonders.

Growing, Caring For And Harvesting Peas

1. A sunny location is ideal for the proper growth of peas.

2. The soil should be a good garden soil such as compost because this soil is great for its water holding capacity along with absorbing fertilizer.

3. When planting place 2-3 peas per hole at a depth of 1- 1/2 inch and 1 inch apart.

4. For the next several weeks keep the soil moist not waterlogged.

5. When plants reach 2-3 feet fertilizer with an organic fertilizer.

6. Optional but it is a good idea to mulch around plants. Mulches help to hold down weeds, retain water, keep soil temperature cool and adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down or decomposes.

Insects pest and disease of peas plant

One thing that the home gardener will face is insect pests and disease. Don’t let this discourage you because knowing what to do will ensure that you yield a good harvest.

Insect pest

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  • Thrips
  • Aphids
  • Spider mites
  • Armyworm
  • Cutworm
  • Cucumber beetles
  • Pea weevils

Using neem oil, insecticidal soap or an organic insecticide will give good results. Remember to always follow direction when using chemicals because the label is the law.

Peas tree disease

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Giving your plants a helping hand

white orchid-Repotting orchid plants

Orchid plants are very beautiful, exotic and can brighten up and area bringing that added flavor and soft touch.  I have worked with these plants over the years and have seen first hand the wonderful change they can bring.

The world of orchids is so amazing because of the many varieties. The colors are just dazzling from straight to mixed colors. Orchids can be planted outdoors on trees as well as a beautiful arrangement on the indoors.

Maintaining your orchid plants

Orchids plants are very beautiful as we discussed earlier but orchids to have their share of problems and we should do all that we can to keep them as healthy as possible.

One of the ways we can keep them healthy is to ensure they are potted correctly using the right potting mix because this is at the heart of not only orchids but all plant material we work with.

I have seen many beautiful plants deteriorate overtime because they were potted incorrectly.

In this article, we will be looking at orchid plants and how to pot them correctly to ensure not only their survival but growing healthy orchids we can be proud of.

Repotting Orchid Plants

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Orchids are somewhat different from other plants in that they don’t grow in other potting mixes as do with other plants. In order to have success with orchids, they must be planted in

barks, moss or charcoal. But before we go there and important factor is in choosing the right pot size in order for the roots to grow and establish. Using pots that are too small will not only hinder the growth

of your orchid plants but will also bring on other problems that will cause your plant not to grow as healthy. So ensure that pot is large enough to allow for root comfort.

Repotting Orchid Plants

Signs of orchids needing to repot is if the potting mix has broken down over a period of time or when roots begin to grow out of the container.

Note: Never attempt to repot orchids when they are blooming because this can affect the boom of plants. Wait until blooming period is over before attempting to repot orchids.

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Orchids, in general, can be repotted any time of the year.

Tools you will need

Tools that will be needed for transplanting operation include

  • Scissors or Sharp knife
  • Pots, new pots to be used should be larger than the original pot. An inch or two larger is ideal.
  • Potting mixes such sphagnum  moss, barks or charcoal
  • Newspaper
  • Wooden or Bamboo Stake
  • 32oz spray bottle with water

Transplanting operation

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Getting down and dirty

Spring is such a wonderful time when nature awakens from her long nap as our gardens and landscapes are painted with colors of beautiful flowering plants that gives such
wonderful feelings. I have spent many days in the garden during this time of year  taking in all that beauty as

I listened to the bird’s chirp as they fly about in the nice beautiful open sky or take rest in a tree nearby, butterflies in their array of colors flying back and forth about their daily task as bees are busy flying from plant to plant.

I believe this is when nature is at her best as trees and other plants put forth new leaves and that once sleeping lawn burst out with such a beautiful green color that seems to say I am happy that winter has passed and spring is here.

Let’s get down and dirty

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Kitchen scraps a gold mine


Don’t trash the gold, regrow it to save $$$$$$$$. This ought to be our mindset in this day and time especially with the cost of living that ever seems to be on the increase. Now is the time for us to become not only health conscious but also penny conscious because there is an old saying that goes”a dollar saved is a dollar earned.

How many of us over the years have thrown away that piece of veggie that could have been regrown instead of having to keep purchasing from the supermarket. Believe it or not, millions of dollars are being trashed every year simply by throwing away parts of vegetables that can be reused.

I have been guilty of this but the time has arrived to educate and empower ourselves on starting a home garden if only for this reason. My wife often goes to the supermarket but whenever I have the chance to go I often go to the produce section

where the veggies and herbs are and it is really amazing to see the high prices. But we can counter-attack by starting a home garden that offers so many benefits besides saving money, we can also benefit from our home garden by connecting with nature by giving nature a helping hand, getting that much-needed exercise, if our families are working with us then this is a great hobby to create a stronger bond with that love one, we can not only educate our selfs but our children about the importance of growing our own foods, teaching them about the varieties of veggies and so on

So as you can see, there are a lot of benefits of starting a home garden. To be able to feed both yourself and family is so awesome because in this way they along with you will be empowered on how to survive.

So how can we regrow vegetables from kitchen scraps?

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Tips for growing turnips successfully


Turnips are a great choice to add to your spring garden. What makes these veggies so awesome is that they can either be planted in the spring or in the fall and eaten cooked or raw. Turnips are easy to grow so adding these to your garden will be of great benefit.

So what are the steps in growing turnips?

Steps for planting, growing and harvesting turnips.

1. Location is so important, turnips require full sunlight although partial shade will do.

2. Using an organic soil or compost will help your plants to establish easier thereby helping you to yield a good harvest.

3. Level and smooth area before sowing seeds.

4.Wet soil lightly.

5. Sprinkle seeds and gently rake 1/2inches into the soil.

6. Next, gently water don’t overwater or soak the soil. The goal is to wet the soil enough for proper seed germination.

7. Turnips should develop a good root system therefore as the plant begins to develop thin plants to about 3-5 inches.

Planting, growing and harvesting turnips

Care of turnips

When to harvest turnips

Turnips can be harvested anywhere from 5-10 weeks after planting. The leaves taste best when they are tender and young.

For fall harvesting should be done after the frost before it becomes very cold.

Turnip pest control

There is nothing like having uninvited guests that seek to make a meal of your plants. The good news, however, is by following these steps will help to eliminate these pest problems.

  • Aphids are pear-shaped insects that have piercing-sucking mouthparts that suck the juice from turnips. Signs include welt or leaf curl. Aphids can be eliminated by spraying plants with a strong spray of water knocking them off and killing them or by applying insecticidal soap sprays when the weather is 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Flea beetles can either be tan, black or another color, there are many species of these beetles. Flea beetles are best to identify by there ability to hop as they move from plant to plant.
  • Flea beetles eat plant parts making holes in your tender growth of plant leaves. Symptoms include blight and wilt of the plant. Using insecticidal soap or an organic spray will bring these beetles under control.
  • Whiteflies are another problem of turnips. These flys once disturbed will fly quickly from the infected plant but will return just as quickly. Whiteflies have piercing-sucking mouthparts that are injected into the plant extracting plant juice.
  • The secretion of the whiteflies will cause sooty mold to form on plants. To control white flys either use horticultural oils or insecticidal soap sprays.
  • Cutworms live in the soil and damage plants by feeding on the lower hanging leaves and stems. Signs of these pests are when seedlings are cut down to ground level. To eliminate the eggs and larvae plow soil 10 days before planting seeds also applying diatomaceous earth around the base of plants offers help.
  • The seed corn and cabbage maggots are both small legless and white. These larvae live in the soil and feed on turnips roots and younger plant. To control apply diatomaceous earth around plants base.

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