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Posted by Premier Realty Group, Inc on 11/4/2018

No matter how much experience you have as a gardener, mistakes happen to everyone. Some gardening mistakes are actually avoidable. Below, you’ll find some of the most common gardening mistakes and how to stay clear of them. Next time around that you decide to plant, you’ll have an even greener thumb than you did the season before. 

You Planted Too Early

When the springtime hits, it’s easy to feel eager to plant and get your crops going. Planting too early without proper grow cloths or warm enough temperatures can be completely detrimental to anything that is trying to grow. 

Watering Too Much Or Two Little

There is a finite amount of water that’s required for plants to thrive. The general rule is for plants to receive about an inch of water per week. Plants that have not been watered enough will show certain signs including yellowing leaves and wilting leaves. Any fruits that are produced will be deformed. Be sure that you make up for the deficit of water during dry spells that occur by watering accordingly.   

Plants that have been overwatered can also cause yellowing leaves. You don’t want your water to pool or cause puddles in the garden. If this happens, you’ll need to add a bit more organic matter to the soil itself. 

Not Planting In A Bright Enough Place

It’s a basic scientific principle that plants need sunlight to grow properly. If you have planted things in the shade, they may not thrive. If you don’t have a sunny spot to plant your garden, try using portable gardening containers that you can move around. Shoot for at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day for your plants.       

Not Weeding

Weeds can obviously choke your crops, sucking moisture and food away from the plants. If you don’t actively work to eliminate weeds, your plants will suffer greatly. Eliminate weeds as soon as you spot them. Allowing one weed to flourish is to allow them all to take over! Mulching can be a great start in helping to keep weeds away. If any weeds are found after the mulch has been put down, be sure to move them promptly. 

Planting Too Much

If you plant too much, space can become a problem. Focus on planting what you and your family like to eat and will actually use. This problem comes down to a matter of preference and taste. You don’t want to spend a ton of time gardening just to realize that  you’ve completely wasted your efforts. 

Keep in mind that there’s always something new to learn when it comes to gardening. Know that no matter what level of gardener you are mistakes are inevitable but not completely unavoidable.         

Posted by Premier Realty Group, Inc on 9/18/2016

As more and more enlightened persons seek to embrace a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle, the world trend is rapidly moving towards more earth-friendly farming practices. Indoor growing is fast becoming an ever evolving and quickly growing sector of the United States agricultural economy. For many persons, outdoor growing space is limited or is simply not an option. If you live in an apartment, condo or on a small city lot, it isn’t practical or feasible to grow outdoors. Outdoor, in-ground cultivation, is also restricted by the seasons. In most areas of the United States, outdoor cultivation is limited to a brief window from late spring to early fall. Hydroponic gardening offers a diverse array of benefits to our environment. Hydroponic gardening requires considerably less water than soil gardening, due to the continual reuse of the nutrient mixtures. Due to lack of necessity, fewer pesticides are applied to hydroponic crops. Because hydroponic gardening systems require no topsoil, topsoil erosion is not an issue. With hydroponics, you grow year around in the privacy of your home crops that produce up to 4 times as much as if grown in the same space outdoors. A well-designed interior grow room utilizes vertical space as well as overhead space to make the best use of all available square footage. Hydroponically grown plants grow faster and produce more abundant crops in less time. The growth rate of a hydroponically grown plant is 30-50 percent faster than a soil plant grown under the same conditions. Hydroponic Plants Are Healthier Aside from their outrageous growth rate and impressive size, hydroponic plants are just plain healthier. Fresh produce grown hydroponically can contain as much as 300 percent more essential nutrients than soil-grown produce. Go Hydroponic Today Hydroponics is an ideal, year-round, soil-free, eco-friendly method of cultivation that offers a high yield in a small space. With hydroponics, there is no need to wait for spring. There is no need to break your back turning over the soil or lifting heavy bags of potting soil, peat moss or soil enhancement mixtures. If water conservation is an issue, hydroponic gardening uses less than a fourth of the water required for outdoor soil growing. You can set up your hydroponic garden and start growing anytime of the year, regardless of the season. A tiny (10’ x 10’) hydroponic greenhouse or grow room can readily grow the year-round produce needs for a family of 4. Imagine enjoying vine-ripened, succulent strawberries in the middle or winter. Utilizing the latest advances in hydroponic growing technology, even novice gardeners successful cultivate vegetables, fruits, flowers and healing herbs indoors in a finite space all year long: the harvest never ends. Cannabis Cultivation One of the major factors in the stellar growth of the hydroponic gardening industry is that today, persons in 21 states, can legally grow or use medical marijuana. Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington State. No matter if you use marijuana for medicinal or recreational reasons, it pays to grow your own. Not only do you have control on how the herb was grown, but you can also rest assured of its potency and purity. Growing your own marijuana also takes the worry out of find a trustworthy and dependable supplier. There is no need to pay high street prices for quality weed when you can easily grow your own at a fraction of the cost. The love and care you put into your crop will be amply rewarded by the pleasure of knowing “you and you alone” are responsible for the sweet, smooth quality of the smoke. When you grow your marijuana, you can select and nurture your favorite strain or strains. Discover dozens of different varieties of cannabis, each with its unique flavor, potency, and THC content level. It’s enjoyable to experiment until you find your unique preference. For those growers that value privacy, safety, and security, an indoor grow room can be discreetly set up in a spare bedroom, walk-in closet, attic, under a stairway or in a basement or garage. In a hydroponic garden, all systems of watering, nutrient addition, lighting, ventilation, and temperature can be set up to be controlled remotely with just a click of an app on your smartphone, laptop or tablet. Interior automated hydroponic gardening is perfect for those that travel or maintain a busy lifestyle that makes it hard to spend a great deal of scheduled time maintaining a garden. Getting Started With Hydroponics If you are new to hydroponic growing, the process can be a bit confusing. Before you attempt to design and build a hydroponic growing system to fit your space, buy a simple system first to get “your feet wet” and to gain a better understanding of how hydroponic growing works. Do the research and ask questions.

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Posted by Premier Realty Group, Inc on 6/26/2016

garden toolsIf you've ever walked down the garden section of The Home Depot and were amazed at the amount of garden tools you're not alone. For such a simple pastime, gardening has become increasingly complex in recent decades. From small, gas-powered cultivators to electric grass shears, the tranquil art of gardening has been commercialized with all of the latest technology. If you're just keeping a small flower or vegetable garden, there's no need for all the gadgetry. Our ancestors made due for thousands of years with simple tools. Here are the five utilitarian tools that will prove useful in your garden today.

1. The Spade

Let's start with the basics. Every gardener needs a spade. You'll use them when the ice melts to till the soil, you'll use it in early spring to dig holes for your plants, and you'll reach for it in the fall when you're cleaning up after the harvest. A good long-handled spade will last years, require zero maintenance if you keep it out of the rain, and help you multitask in the garden.

2. The Trowel

Like its big brother, the spade, the trowel is also going to help with tasks like digging and mixing soil. But a trowel's small size allows you to work up-close with the delicate plants in your garden. The trowel helps you shape the rows and sculpt the finer details of your garden.

3. The Rake

There are rakes for every purpose.  But for our purposes you can get away with having two for your garden: one leaf rake and either a hand or bow rake. If you're the type to kneel down in the dirt and work closely with your plants and soil, go with the hand rake. If you don't want to do a lot of bending and kneeling a long-handled bow rake is your best bet. Once you've tilled the soil in your garden with a spade, you'll want to rake it even and break up large clumps of dirt with the bow rake. Then throughout the season you can use the leaf rake to clean up debris from plants, nearby trees, and so on.

4. The Shears

Gardening isn't just a matter of putting plants in the ground and watching them grow. For a garden to flourish you'll need to take care of your plants, pruning dead leafs. Some gardeners even prune the first buds of certain vegetable plants to allow the plants more time to grow before they start devoting resources to producing fruit. Good garden shears must be taken care of. Clean them after use, oil the pivot area, and sharpen them once per year to keep them in good working condition.

5. The Watering Can

All would be for naught if it weren't for the watering can. It may seem like an item you don't need to put much thought into. But there are certain things you should look for in a watering can. Firstly, the can should strain water into small streams when you pour it out. This allows you to cover the soil evenly and to avoid dumping a heavy stream of water onto delicate plants. You should also be sure to pick a can that's both big and sturdy. Know your limits; if you don't think you're up to carrying 3-5 gallons of water for prolonged periods go with something smaller and elect to take more trips to the tap.   These five time-tested tools are all you need to keep a healthy garden.  

Posted by Premier Realty Group, Inc on 6/17/2012

With the recent scrutiny being placed on food quality in America, many people are looking to starting their own gardens. While there's no denying that keeping a garden can be a lot of work, the benefits of growing your own produce are hard to ignore. If you are thinking about trying out your green thumb, there are a few things to consider. What would you like to grow? Would you prefer a garden that you can keep indoors, or do you want an outdoor garden? How much time are you willing to dedicate to your new project? Herb gardens are a good start for anyone interested in growing useful plants. You can grow any combination of herbs indoors. Many herb kits exist, and can be purchased from your local gardening store for relatively cheap. These kits take the guesswork out of picking a complementary combination of herbs, and come complete with full instructions on how to maximize your little garden's potential. If your ambitions are bigger, you can opt for an outdoor garden. Outdoor gardens give you much wider selection of plants to choose from. Living in New England, you can count on about 120 frost-free days, so pay attention to the plants that you choose for your garden. You'll want to choose fruits and vegetables that can survive the occasional frost, and are considered relatively hardy. Here's a few ideas to get you started. Plants that do well in the climate of New England include tomatoes, asparagus, snow peas, zucchini, peppers, eggplant, and cucumbers. Tomatoes in particular offer a lot of variety, from the smaller cherry tomato, to more robust varieties like beefsteak. A newer variety of tomato called Glacier does fairly well in colder climates, and packs the same zest as the more fickle, hot-climate tomatoes. If you want to add a more unique fruit to your garden, you might also want to consider one of the heirloom tomato varieties. I've heard of a tomato called "White Wonder", which is a nearly all-white tomato that packs a whallop of flavor. Many types of berries do extremely well in New England summers. Why not try your hand at strawberries? Cavendish are a large, sweet variety of strawberries that do extremely well here, despite the harsh, unpredictable nature of our climate. For more information on gardening in New England, please visit the following link. Good luck!

Posted by Premier Realty Group, Inc on 4/8/2012

Eating fresh-picked corn or vine-ripened tomatoes is a life-altering experience. But where do you start? How do you choose from racks of seeds, catalog after catalog and rows upon rows of nursery seedlings? Successful small-scale farmers know what and when to plant, and how to start the crops. Here are some tips from eHow on how to get started. 1. Grow only those vegetables you enjoy eating. Give priority to those prized for incredible flavor when eaten fresh from the garden: sweet corn, beans and peas, tomatoes and young spinach, among others. 2. Prepare a plot of flat ground that gets full sun nearly all day. Break up and turn the soil and add compost or other organic material (See How to Buy Soil Amendments). A full day of blazing sunshine is especially important if you grow vegetables in the cool weather of early spring, early fall or winter. 3. Figure out how much growing space you have and plant accordingly. Lettuce, for example, can be grown in a solid mat, but tomatoes need to be spaced about 2 feet (60 cm) apart. Give pumpkins at least 4 feet (120 cm) of growing room. Growing requirements are provided on seed packets, in catalogs, and on nursery tags, as well as in books on growing vegetables. 4. Choose crops that require less room if you have a small vegetable garden or grow vegetables in a container. Lettuce is a great pot plant, and 'Patio' or 'Tumbler' tomatoes will grow well in a hanging basket. Plants that climb and vine, such as cucumbers and pole beans, can be trained up a trellis to take up less room horizontally. Tuck herbs and parsley into flower beds. 5. Schedule plantings around the two main growing seasons which vary by region: cool (spring and fall) and warm (summer). Common cool-season vegetables include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips. Warm-season crops include beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes. 6. Sow some seeds directly in the ground as they grow best that way: beans, beets, carrots, chard, corn, lettuce, melons, peas, pumpkins, squash and turnips. Starting seeds is, of course, much less expensive than planting seedlings sold in flats, packs and pots. 7. Start with nursery seedlings of certain other crops unless you are an experienced vegetable grower. These plants tend to do better when set out in the garden as seedlings: eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Squash and cucumbers are among a few you can plant just as effectively as either seeds or seedlings. 8. Buy seeds at nurseries or by mail order starting just after the New Year, when the selection is freshest. Look for seed packets marked as having been packed for the current year. 9. Buy vegetables online and from mail-order seed companies for a far greater selection than you'll find at neighborhood nurseries. Burpee (, Johnny's Selected Seeds (johnnyseeds .com), Park Seed Company ( and Thompson and Morgan ( are a few long-established sources. 10. Shop for seedlings when your soil is prepared and you are ready to plant. Keep them moist and don't let them sit around for more than three days. Buy healthy and vigorous seedlings. They should stand up straight and be stocky, not lanky, with no yellow leaves or bug holes. 11. Save money and get truly involved with your garden by starting seeds indoors in winter and transplanting them into the garden in spring. It's simplest to start with complete kits, sold at garden centers and through catalogs, containing fluorescent lights, soil mix, containers and watering devices. 12. Sow seeds of colorful radishes or giant sunflowers to introduce children to the satisfaction and fun of growing their own food. Or lean 3 stakes together, tie them together at the top, and train pole beans up the stakes. Voila! A bean teepee.