GARDEN TIPS

Some tips and tricks to turn the blackest of fingers, into the greenest of pinkies.

Growing edible plants do take a little more effort than growing ornamental plants; you have to make sure they’re cared for well enough to make sure you get a good harvest at the end of the day. It may be a little confuddling at first, but trust us – it’s worth it!

CHEAT SHEETS

Everybody gets to cook with fresh ingredients -- and edible flowers -- in the Intensive Garden Program (IGP) at Farallone View Elementary School. 
We're learning how to cook tasty healthy snacks, and all about the different plant parts that make up our food. Stems, leaves, stalks, shoots, flowers... delicious!
#thehealprojectusa #intensivegardenprogram #eatsshootsandleaves #eatsshootsandlearns #faralloneviewelementaryschool #CUSD #coastside #coastsidebuzz #halfmoonbay #sanmateocountyschoolfarm

Everybody gets to cook with fresh ingredients -- and edible flowers -- in the Intensive Garden Program (IGP) at Farallone View Elementary School.
We're learning how to cook tasty healthy snacks, and all about the different plant parts that make up our food. Stems, leaves, stalks, shoots, flowers... delicious!
#thehealprojectusa #intensivegardenprogram #eatsshootsandleaves #eatsshootsandlearns #faralloneviewelementaryschool #CUSD #coastside #coastsidebuzz #halfmoonbay #sanmateocountyschoolfarm
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Starting plants that are propagated via seeds is kind of like starting a little nursery for baby plants. Choose good seeds (that are not expired!), keep them moist, tucked in, and they should do fine. And if they don't germinate in two weeks, try again with a different batch of seeds as they may have lost their viability.

Have you had any issues with sowing your seeds recently?  Share them in the comments below 🌱

#eatsshootsandlearns #eatsshootsandroots #seeds #urbanfarming #propagation #growing

Starting plants that are propagated via seeds is kind of like starting a little nursery for baby plants. Choose good seeds (that are not expired!), keep them moist, tucked in, and they should do fine. And if they don't germinate in two weeks, try again with a different batch of seeds as they may have lost their viability.

Have you had any issues with sowing your seeds recently? Share them in the comments below 🌱

#eatsshootsandlearns #eatsshootsandroots #seeds #urbanfarming #propagation #growing
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The second phase of propagating basils via cuttings comes 1-2 weeks after rooting it in water. Out of all your cuttings, some may root, some may rot. Some tricks out there to speed up the rooting process involves either dabbing with some rooting hormone powder, or even honey. What have you tried before and how did it turn out? 

#cuttings #stemcuttings #basils #eatsshootsandlearns

The second phase of propagating basils via cuttings comes 1-2 weeks after rooting it in water. Out of all your cuttings, some may root, some may rot. Some tricks out there to speed up the rooting process involves either dabbing with some rooting hormone powder, or even honey. What have you tried before and how did it turn out?

#cuttings #stemcuttings #basils #eatsshootsandlearns
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Grow all sorts of basils using this method 🌱 Just make sure to choose a nice solid stem from a nice healthy seedling / plant. Try it out with Thai Basil, Holy Basil, Italian Basil, Globe Basil... what other basils are out there? 

(🎬🖖🥬 Featured Green Fingers: Zhi Yun)

#basil #lemonbasil #eatsshootsandroots #eatsshootsandlearns #stemcuttings #plantpropagation #urbangardening #ediblegardening

Grow all sorts of basils using this method 🌱 Just make sure to choose a nice solid stem from a nice healthy seedling / plant. Try it out with Thai Basil, Holy Basil, Italian Basil, Globe Basil... what other basils are out there?

(🎬🖖🥬 Featured Green Fingers: Zhi Yun)

#basil #lemonbasil #eatsshootsandroots #eatsshootsandlearns #stemcuttings #plantpropagation #urbangardening #ediblegardening
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QUESTIONS WE GET ASKED A LOT

Edible plants require at least 4 hours of sunlight a day, so you can grow anywhere (on a balcony, on a lawn or even on a rooftop), as your plants can get a decent amount of sunlight.

You can try, but more often than not, that’s still not enough sunlight nor ventilation — they would do much better if they could get 4 hours of full sunlight outside.

Small Balconies
Short plants like:
• Mint
• Thai Basil
Water Spinach
• Pak Choy
• Curly Dwarf Pak Choy

Large Balconies
Short Shrubs like

• Pandan
• Lemongrass
• Eggplant
• Tomatoes
• Ladysfinger

Vertical Spaces
Climbing plants like
• Four angle beans
• Cucumber
• Malabar spinach

Potting soil is good to start with for a container garden.Our potting soils already have compost in it so they don’t require more at the beginning.

Compost then can be added after a harvest.

If you’re growing on ground, you can just add Compost to your existing soil to condition it.

The best organic way is to physically remove them with your hands if you see them!

If that’s not enough, try a natural pest repellent like Neem Spray which will coat the plant with a bitter layer to repel bugs.

You can also install a large agricultural net that looks like a mosquito net, to keep bugs from landing.

Edible plants need a mixture of organic fertilisers (e.g. worm poo, cow poo) for nutrients, and microbes to enable the plant to absorb the nutrients.

They are usually applied once every 1-2 weeks, depending on the plant and its conditions.

You can grow as many things as your pot can handle – a good rule of thumb is to google the mature size of your plant before deciding on the size of the pot.

Yes you can, provided that your ornamental plant can handle sandy loamy soil.

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