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Monday, July 21, 2014

Some of My Tips for Growing Cucumber Plants


Some of My Tips for Growing Cucumber Plants

Cucumber plants are loved by many gardeners. They are a great compliment to tomatoes when making fresh garden salads. Cucumbers aren't necessarily hard to grow but they can take a lot of care around watering, feeding, combating pests and diseases.

The best way to keep healthy cucumber plants is a well established planting base with compost and fertilizer. This will get the plants off to a great start. They have huge appetites for nutrients and really need scheduled feedings through the summer. They love water and need water almost every other day at peak size and high temperatures.

Insects damage  and disease is best handled by preventative spraying before any signs of pests or disease appear. The bottom line for cucumbers is to have a pretty strict care schedule. Here are some of my general tips on cucumber care.






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Monday, July 14, 2014

For Sale: 100% Cold Pressed Neem Oil with Azadiracthin

100% Cold Pressed Neem Oil with Azadiracthin 

Neem Oil and 360 Degrees Nozzle Sprayer - TRG 2014

I am selling 100% Cold Pressed Neem Oil with Azadiracthin
and all its natural pressed components.

The 100% Cold Pressed Neem Oil I am selling 
was imported from India and is manufactured by Parker Neem Oil of India.

Neem Oil has been used in India for centuries and it has many uses
including uses in the garden.

Azadirachtin, a component in Neem Oil, can inhibit feeding
 and other systems of over 200 insects.

You can find out all kinds of information on the internet. Here are some popular links.


I decided to sell 100% Cold Pressed Neem Oil with Azadiracthin because it is pure with no components added or removed by the manufacturer. Many products you buy in stores have had the Azadiracthin removed. This is commonly called clarified hydrophobic extract of neem seed oil. It will be listed as the main ingredient. I wanted to offer the cold pressed product with all its components.



My Garden Package is $18.75 and it Includes:

3 Four Ounce Bottles of 100% Cold Pressed Neem Oil with Azadiracthin (about 12 total ounces)

1 Sprayer Nozzle that can rotate 360 degrees to easily spray the undersides of plant leaves. It can be used on most standard spray bottles or recycled household spray bottles

4 Packages of Tomato Seeds 

There are many recipes for Neem Oil home sprays. I recommend you look a few up on the internet.
In general, they range from: 

1-1 1/2 teaspoon of Neem Oil per 32 ounces of water
or 1 tablespoon of Neem Oil per 1 gallon of water
(mild soap is needed to disperse the oil)


Soap is also added to allow the Neem Oil to mix thoroughly in the water. 
There are differences between hand soap and detergent dish soap.

You can save a lot of money from buying products and making your own recipes.

Most 24 ounces bottles of store bought spray cost $8-$12. If you read the ingredients the very often only contain 1% Neem Oil. You don't need a lot when you make a spray.

12 ounces of Neem Oil makes up to 24 gallons of spray.
24 gallons of spray is about 96 bottles of 32 ounce spray.

Let's say 12 ounces of Neem Oil makes just 80 - 32 ounce bottles of home recipe spray.
80 bottles x $9.00 (Price for store bought Neem Oil spray product) = $720

You can really save a lot of money by making your own home recipe sprays. I also recommend you always test spray some leaves of each plant when you use new sprays. Soak the top and underside of some leaves and wait 48 hours for signs of damage.

I am only shipping in United States right now. 
You can purchase  my Garden Package through Paypal.





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Thursday, July 3, 2014

How to Build a 6 foot Cucumber and Vegetable Trellis in 10 minutes for $15: Grow Vertically

How to Build a 6 foot Cucumber and Vegetable Trellis 
in 10 minutes for $15: Grow Vertically


Cucumbers and other vine vegetables can be grown vertically. It really can save a lot of valuable space. Instead of having just 1 or 2 vines take up my 2 feet x 6 feet space... I can get 6 or 8 vines in that space. That is a lot more delicious vegetables I get to eat or share.  I show you how to buy pre-made parts and assemble them in under 10 minutes. No screws, nails or bolts. It is held together with string.

The other benefit of growing things like cucumbers, pole beans, squash and melons vertically is disease and pest management. Vines that are off the ground have a lower risk of getting pest and disease. Perhaps more importantly it is much easier to spray them when you grow them up a large trellis. It is easier to spray the underside and top sides of leaves when treating disease and/or inspect them for pests.

This video shows you the supplies, my small space and how to assemble a 6 foot cucumber and vegetable trellis in 10 minutes for about $15.




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Friday, May 30, 2014

Why & How to Manage Tomato Diseases Using Aspirin: Beef up Defenses

Why & How to Manage Tomato Diseases Using Aspirin: Beef up Defenses


 Aspirin won't cure diseases but it can help prevent them from establishing on your tomato plants and it can greatly slow the progression of the diseases down when established. Aspirin is a preventative measure to help reduce tomato plant disease.

The process is preventative so it is best to start using it before diseases arrive. The aspirin spray essentially tricks the tomato plant.
The salicylic acid in aspirin mimics a natural hormone that tricks the tomato into initiating the SAR response or the Systemic Acquired Resistance response... which means you are turning on all your tomatoes defenses without a true attack occurring. I believe this method of management makes it harder for disease to establish themselves on tomato leaves. I use it yearly.

There is a lot of research on this topic. The video explains how to use aspirin in detail, including the mixture and spraying method.




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Creating a Tomato Disease Splash Barrier: Stop the Soil Born Spores!

Creating a Tomato Disease Splash Barrier: Stop the Soil Born Spores!


Many areas have their own diseases that tend to attack tomato plants. It might be Leaf Spot or a form of Blight but whatever the disease, they tend to come with regularity.

The best way to manage diseases is through prevention. Prevention is a practice of reducing the elements that may lead to the diseases taking hold on your vegetable plants in the garden.

One form of prevention for tomatoes is creating a disease splash barrier. Simply put hard rain or hose water can splash garden soil onto your tomato plants. Mixed with the mud are disease spores. If the spores can't land on your tomato... they can't establish themselves on the plant. You are reducing the chances of disease on your tomato by preventing soil splash.

You can use any viable material to create about a 2 inch layer of mulch in your garden beds. The video talks about a few types of materials you can use and how to basically mulch under around your tomatoes.





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