Strawbale Gardening can be a great way to grow food fast in small spaces, because it holds warmth, doesn't get too hot and increases microbial activity/ biodiversity. The podcast below provides a brief outline on the benefits for this form of gardening that is being used by many avid gardeners all around the globe.
In my travels to South East Asia in 2015 I was trialing many different plants to grow in the Philippines. I had a wonderful time and made some fantastic discoveries.
One one of them was a food that was growing wild like weeds, on the sidewalk and street paths. It was self sowing all over the place and growing to great heights.
I asked one of my local friends to prepare a dish for me and my daughter Karin, She created a tasty recipe using the wild Egyptian Spinach.
I was later to find out the local name for it was Salayut and it wasn't indigenous at all.
This plant had traveled all the way from Egypt and was regarded as delicacy over there,
Left is the first video I made on this plant when I was just starting to grow it as a seedling. Actually, I was interested to see if it would make a good microgreen. As it turned out it doesn't make a very good microgreen, but as a mature annual it's awesome.
The Egyptian spinach is also known as Jute, Molokhai. I found it to be very hardy and pest resistant. The grasshoppers didn't like it and I never once saw an Aphid, even on the plants I gave less care too.
So, I give a huge THUMBS UP for this amazing fast summer growing Spinach.
TO BUY EGYPTIAN SPINACH (Molokhai) SEEDS HERE
Just click the image or link above to purchase seeds. They are extremely cheap and after the first season you can then harvest your very own.
There will be even more than enough to give out to a few friends or just spread around the garden.
Please share this post with others that are interested in learning how to grow fresh food at home fast. Growing your very own fresh food is not only healthy, it's great for your well being and relaxing!
Marty Ware (Australian Agricultural Horticulturist)
For more information about the Egyptian Spinach plant can be found at Wikipedia
.The mission is to build a green wall using recycled plastic bottles. the student council representatives know what to do and set off fully competent to accomplish their missions.
Some go into the class rooms to show the kids how to cut the bottles and to help them with the process.
The bottles that are ready are taken outside and the solar garden team fastens the bottles to the wall.
the kids make their way to the school yard where they are greeted by members from the student council.
Just like a school yard the whole place is in a buzz of activity.
The instructions are easily understood, The work is easy and carried out industriously, and with a deep sense of purpose.
Tenderly and carefully the bottles are filled with fresh earth and seedling plants.
The work is overseen and carried out by the students themselves
Meanwhile another group of students assemble the water system. Which will be computer operated.
The students clean up the school yard and assemble in the schools common area.
One bottle, one seedling, and one day of gratifying team work.
The result. The school environment is lush and green. The wall fosters a sense of belonging. Making the the students feel they are part of this environmental achievement.
A source of great pride.
TEXT SPOKEN (transcribe) IN THE CONTENT TRANSLATED BELOW
0;13: This bottle is going to be picked up by a truck.
0;15: The truck will take it to the recycling centre.
0;17:At the recycling center they will grind it up, wash and heat it until it melts.
0;22: And only once that is done, they can turn it into plastic.
0:26: We can skip that whole process when we reuse the whole bottles.
1.36: They will give you a plant which you can choose
3.00: Environmental change requires a team effort by all of us
3:06: The aim of this wall is to show you that, when each one of you makes a small individual effort
3:10: Together we can work together to achieve really great things.
3:14: You all built it, but each of you made just a little part of it
What an amazing video. It truly makes me proud that young children, older students and projects managers made this green living wall in one day. What an achievement.
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If you want to learn how to grow Papaya fast at home and in pots too, then I have a great discovery for you.
Marty Ware (Australian Agricultural Horticulturist) has mad a super series on the subject.
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The Super Series covers the green Papaya Salad recipe, soils, potting mixes where and how to plant. I highly recommend that you don't miss this series.
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Happy Gardening from the Potted Vegetable Garden
Fact: All container potting and soil mixes are not created equal and generally what you pay for is what you get, unless you strike it lucky and find some on sale reduced to approximately half the price.
Photo Above: Marty's Garden microgreens compost container mix, with his worm farm close by!
What Should I be Looking For When Purchasing Container Soil Mixes?
This really is a great question that I hear often, so I thought it's about time I answered the question with this article.
First up I would like to start with indoor potting mixes, because many struggle with what to purchase to get the best results.
One huge issue with indoor garden container mixes is the smell especially if you want to grow organically.
Certified Organic mixes made for container gardens do no not contain synthesized petroleum made fertilizers, so all the fertilizers contained are 100% natural and if they are still in decomposition then there will still be an odor present. However, of you were to buy a premium product the chances are all the manures and compost will be completely broken down and just have a nice earthy smell.
When possible I always recommend organics.
If you are only growing indoor plants and not crops then I would recommend a soil mix such as Espoma, it's 100% organic has great reviews.
I also believe that this product Espoma would make a wonderful microgreens container mix for indoors and outdoors.
Read reviews and View the product here
Espoma Garden Container Mix Review 1: I used this to grow a patio tomato out on my deck. I have never seen such an obscenely healthy plant. The leaves are deep, deep green, and the little tomatoes are plentiful. They should be delicious, too, when they are ready.
Review 2: Hands down the best Organic Potting Mix I have ever used!
I started my tomato seeds after cracking them in this Organic Potting Mix a week ago, my plants are almost 2 feet high already, twice the size I am used to in the same time period! I have already purchased 10 more bags!
Below: The Authors Microgreens growing in compost, with excellent results
Which Container Mixes For Outdoors?
Avoid cheap container potting mixes that are full of wood chip and saw dust. Basically the real cheap potting soils are full of saw dust, that has been composted. Now, this type of mix may be okay for orchids, ferns etc but not for growing big healthy lush veggies or indoor plants.
Most of these cheap mixes the plants get 90% of their nutrients from the petro chemical fertilizers which are added during the bagging process.
I know this because I worked for a company in my younger years doing just that, where the main base was composted sugar cane.
The best quality soil mixes for container gardens I believe are home made or 100% certified organic blends. Some brands have had a long outstanding reputation such as this product sold at Amazon, which has great reviews.
These quality mixes contain no synthetic plant foods or chemicals. They will also contain water crystals, Ziolite minerals and even possibly worm castings.
Water crystals are essential in hot climates as garden container mixes are highly prone to drying out, especially if you are growing your plants in clay pots. Wind, sun and heat can really dry out potting mixes fast and when you have water crystals in your blends it can slow up the process providing a rink to your plants when required.
Worm castings also work like a water crystal and have an amazing water storing capacity. They also do not burn young tender roots like other stronger fertilizers and store an amazing amount of nutrients that can be easily taken up by plants.
Worm casting are wonderful for seedlings and come highly recommended, but they can at times be expensive, so my advice is to purchase or make a worm farm. This way you have free worm castings to use whenever required.
To conclude: Avoid the cheap blends and pay the little extra, so you get great results. It can be extremely frustrating when your plants get sick, contract disease or just don't grow well. If you purchase a premium blend,keep water to your plants, your almost unstoppable, and who knows, maybe your thumbs will turn green after all.
photo below: The Author Marty Ware (You can do it!)
In the last five years microgreens have definitely been a growing trend. Actually, it's steadily is becoming one of the fastest and easiest ways to grow food in small spaces.
The reason being is because, they can be grown indoors on the kitchen bench, on the windowsills and even outside in the warmer months.
Many gardeners love to grow these indoors in winter, to keep away "CABIN FEVER" and they really believe it's a wonderful remedy.
Watch the video below and learn a simple method on how to grow microgreens with tissue paper and tray and water!
If you are seeking a microgreens kit then this one comes highly recommended CLICK HERE TO VIEW KIT
My preferred method is to grow mcrogreens is in compost outdoors, but I am blessed to live in a sub tropical climate where I can grow food year round. In the cooler months I grow most of my microgreens in a mini greenhouse. You can purchase there same mini greenhouse here that I use.
Outdoor microgreens are a little more susceptible to nature, as you just can't control the weather. My tip is to plant 2 -3 times a week to get the best results. This way you harvest more and you get better long term results over the cool season.
Example: This Spring in Australia (Byron Bay) we had one week of above average temperatures, my microgreens went crazy and grew twice as fast!
If you truly are interested about growing fresh food fast in urban places and small spaces then please come and check out my channel at Marty's Garden. Don't forget to subscribe when your there, so you don't miss out on the cool, tips, tricks and seeing what Karin and I are up to.
Watercress Microgreens are a top pick because you can cut again many times and keep growing on until the plant matures.
As with many microgreens you only cut once and have to throw away of compost, not so with Watercress!
Photo Above: Marty Ware with his homegrown Watercress that he grows in his backyard.
How to Grow Watercress as a Microgreen?
It's a very simple plant to grow and just needs plenty of fresh clean oxygenated water. This plant grows wild in slow flowing creeks and streams, so it can be easily simulated, actually much easier than you think.
But for microgreen Watercress we can use kitchen tissue paper, cotton wool or even a damp cloth. You will need to purchase some Watercress seeds though to strike your new babies.
Here are the simple steps for you to follow using the no soil microgreens method
What will You Need to Keep Growing Your Watercress into Tasty Mature Plants?
You can find this plant available at grocery stores, nurseries and even at local farmers markets. When you purchase Watercress it still contains the roots, so you just need to separate them and pot on into containers.
Make sure you keep the water fresh and avoid using chlorinated town water, rain water or mineral water is best.
You can remove chlorine from your town water by pouring it into a container and letting it sit for 24 hours, after this time all the chlorine would of dissipated and not be present any longer.
Watch the video how to remove chlorine from town water over at the Marty Garden Show, click her now if you want to find more information on this subject.
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I grow a wide range of Microgreens and and them to salads, sandwiches, as a garnish and some of them to stir fries, I just throw them in at the very last minute.
Actually, in the near future I plan to be posting a variety of microgreens recipes for you all soon.
Click the link above and purchase your seeds, so simple to grow, everyone loves to eat them, even the kids!
Scroll Through the List Below to Access Varieties
Click the arrows in the slide show below to see all the different varieties and possibilities for your home Microgreens garden.
Hi my friends, today I have a "RIPPA" of a post for you all. Yes, it's an awesome Microgreens List for the Home Gardener!
I decided to put this list together for you all so you can pick and choose exactly which microgreen is the best for you to grow.
Above in the podcast I discuss why you should grow local crops in season to get the best results, and some tips for those who want to grow microgreens in the tropics also.
If you wish to learn more about growing Microgreens from me you can follow me at the places below
The Potting Mix Grow Bag is so simple it speaks for itself. If you want to grow Tomatoes out of it like this image then make sure you have a cage like this. Beware, they can fall over, so you may want to take some of the potting mix out of the top.
Also, pierce a few drainage holes in the base, so the water flows through. I must admit, it's a super simple way to grow many types of crops and totally eliminates the need for a pot or container.
My advice is, don't do this in a cheap container mix, go for a premium brand to get the best results, with potting mixes it truly is, you get what you pay for.
image discovered at Pinterest
Gidday my friends, this is my very first podcast for The Marty's Garden Show and today we are discussing how to grow Microgreens with soil.
This Thursday 21st of May I also have a video on the subject.
Please feel free to download and share this informative podcast with others, and let them know about my new show.
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