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Landscape Design

Let’s not forget how important it is to properly design your crop, farm, greenhouse, operation or your home or business.

The process of investigating and studying weather patterns, sunlight, obstructions, pests and traffic are absolutely HUGE factors when running a grow operation or even just for your home or business. The last thing anybody would want to do is spend tons of money for plants or seeds and plant them in the wrong place.

Before you plant, research. If you don’t have a background in design, it’s definitely worth the money to hire a landscape designer. A good designer will come and evaluate the land, weather and tons of other factors that the common greenthumb like me won’t even think about.

Once you have a design, you can actually visually see how things will look before you get digging and decide halfway through that you hate the way plants and irrigation is set up. That is definitely worse case scenario.

If you have a grow operation, it’s advised to have a good, trustworthy and affordable designer in your back pocket and accessible all the time for help and advice even after the plants are installed.

So look around your area and try to find some design firms. We find it’s often good to save a little money and find someone who is freelance. We love Page from Designs By Page in Oklahoma because she is super knowledgable, affordable and has a passion for plants and the environment. So, don’t waste time finding your very own landscape designer!

If you don’t have the budget to spend on a designer or artist, you can try to go to your local university and see if they have programs for students that you can get involved with.

As always, happy planting and stay close for our next tidbit of useful information.

~Julie

Posted 27 weeks ago

How to grow vegetables on a large scale

Crop cultivation and harvesting:

Owning a farm is a satisfying business as you realize that you are supplying the food to the business. Agriculture is also known as the backbone of every country as this sector is responsible for providing a major chunk of food to the whole nation. The agriculture also plays a huge role in the economy of the country.

Vegetable farming:

Vegetable farming is a good option for the people having a big piece of land at a good location. It is a profitable business if done with the right planning and management. Following are the guiding points for the people willing to invest in it:

1: Location of the land:

The location of the land matters a lot. As the growth of vegetables is heavily dependent on many natural factors so the location of the land must be ideal for the plant growth. The land must receive the direct sunlight. Minimum of 6 hours of sunlight is necessary for the good growth. However, the more the sunlight, the more will be the growth and quality of the crop.

2: Soil conditions of the land:

Another natural factor which is quite important is the soil condition of the land. The soil must be favorable to the plant growth. The soil should have basic nutrients and it should be fertile. The softness also matters as the hard soil doesn’t allow the roots to penetrate deeply. The land should be plowed thoroughly before planting the seeds.

3: Spacing between the crops:

The proper spacing measures should be followed for the crops. If the crops are too close to each other, they compete fiercely with each other for the water, nutrients and the sunlight. And due to this competition, many crops die out. So carefully read the guidelines on the instruction manual which comes with the packet of the seeds and carefully follow the spacing guidelines and maintain a minimum recommended space between the seeds.

4: Invest in high-quality seeds:

There are different varieties of seeds available in the market. One should invest in the high-quality seeds as the cheaper options are bad for the business. The whole business is dependent on the seeds. If the seeds don’t germinate then your whole investment and time will be wasted. So always buy the high-quality seeds.

5: Fertilizing at the right time:

It is impossible for the soil to supply all the required nutrients to the plants and seeds. So the fertilizers are used for that purpose. They complete the nutrient deficiency in the soil and ensure the complete supply of essential nutrients to the plants. You can consult the expert of your area to inquire about the type and quantity of the fertilizers required for the specific vegetables. One should use the fertilizers within the limit. Using them in large quantities cause damage to the soil and the nearby water channels get polluted. So use the required quantity only.

Watering should be done timely as it is the most important thing for the plants. There should be a good source of water on the farm to ensure the supply.

Posted 79 weeks ago

Basic Gardening and Lawn Care Tips

Beautiful lawn and garden:

A beautiful lawn with lush green grass and properly arranged plants on the border is surely a great thing at the house. The experts of real estate suggest that the house owners should make their lawn beautiful and maintain it as it can increase the price of the property by many folds. And proper landscaping can surely add a lot to the beauty of the lawn. Gardening should be done to add flowers on the sides of the lawn. One can also opt for organic vegetable cultivation in the garden.

Tips for a healthy lawn:

There are many tips for the people having a lawn at their house. Here are some basic tips to maintain the great look of the lawn and garden. So let’s discuss:

1: Soil conditions:

The first priority should be given to the soil condition. Healthiness and beauty of the plants are dependent completely on the soil. Lack of nutrients in the soil could result in unhealthy or no plants at all. Another problem in the bad soil is that it forms hard pieces which make gardening nearly impossible. The pH of the soil should be checked before sowing the seeds. The pH should be in the healthy range to support the growth of the seeds.

You can ask the local expert about the recommended pH range for the seeds. The local expert on plants has the meter to check the pH of the soil. So he can guide you about it.

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2: Cutting the grass too short:

The whole scene of the lawn is dependent on the grass. The grass should be in good shape and condition. One important thing to care about the grass is that it must be cut 1/3 of its length when it is fully grown to its maximum length. Cutting the grass more than this length could lead to a condition known as scalping. Under this condition, the grass is pulled out by the trimmer. So the roots of the grass break away from the soil.

3: Fertilization of the soil:

Fertilization is necessary to ensure the supply of essential nutrients to the plants. The fertilization is done on the basis of the plants. So consult a local expert about the fertilizers necessary for the lawn and garden. The urban lands are exposed to a lot of pollution that’s why nutrients are washed away so this deficit is covered by the fertilizers.

4: Keep it sharp:

The mower blades must be kept sharp. The rough blades cut the upper part of the grass improperly and make a tip having more than one point. This makes the grass look weird. So keep the blades sharp.

5: Edging:

Edging should be done as it provides two in one feature. The edging provides aesthetic as well as health benefits to the plants. The edging is done to create a clear barrier between grass and plants. So it also stops them from penetrating in each other space.

That’s it for today, just some basics that I’ve received a lot of questions on.

Be sure to head to the website for other great information: http://www.reitstall-herrmann.com

Posted 81 weeks ago

Agriculture In The USA

juliereitstall:

There is plenty to get excited about in the world of agriculture these days! I, for one have been in the industry for over 10 years and have been taught everything I know from my father, who owns his own major corporation.

Our family raises cattle and a plethora of fruits and vegetables. There’s really nothing that I love more than getting my hands in the dirt. So, come along with me on my blogging journey to post everything that I feel is new and exciting in the world of ag, gardening, landscaping, livestock and sustainability.

~Julie

Posted 82 weeks ago

Agriculture In The USA

There is plenty to get excited about in the world of agriculture these days! I, for one have been in the industry for over 10 years and have been taught everything I know from my father, who owns his own major corporation.

Our family raises cattle and a plethora of fruits and vegetables. There’s really nothing that I love more than getting my hands in the dirt. So, come along with me on my blogging journey to post everything that I feel is new and exciting in the world of ag, gardening, landscaping, livestock and sustainability.

~Julie

Posted 82 weeks ago

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