Tips & Tutorials

Summer Bugs and Their Control

Its full on Summer, June 22nd, and the heat is on all over the country. It has been a very early, hot, dry Spring and Summer here in Santa Fe and New Mexico. People have been calling in about BUGS!!!! There are 2 main types that are causing concern. First are aphids- very small, green, oval 'buggers', that attack plants and leaves and suck the juices. The Pac Chois are the worst for attracting these creatures, probably because they have the juiciest leaves and stalks.

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Cold weather protection

Cold weather got your plants down? Put an extra layer of row cover over your plants, and underneath your other cover(s). Each layer lowers the zone by 1-1/2. This should get your plants through very frigid conditions.

Soil Mix for the Raised Bed

The preferred mix for the 4'x8' unit is:

  • 1 yard topsoil/compost mix

  • 2 bags Moonshine Potting mix

  • add light sprinkling of Age Old Grow Root   

        Rally to top 1” of soil and work in with fingers.

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Preventing and Treating Bugs

Learn how to treat or prevent aphids and other insects in your raised bed garden. In addition to what Ken says in this video, be aware that you can protect your garden by planting mints, oregano, garlic, and onions.

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How to Plant Seeds & Starters

Ken Kuhne demonstrates how to plant starters and seeds in a raised bed garden.

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Tying the Cover on a Raised Bed

Learn how to tie down the cover on a Grow Y'own raised bed garden. Founder Ken Kuhne demonstrates how to attach the cover tightly without ripping the cover or pulling the string too far.

 

Small Raised Beds

Learn about small Grow Y'own raised bed gardens.

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Attaching the Summer Cover Hook

Learn how to add a hook to hold down the summer cover on a Grow Y'own raised bed.

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Placing a Winter Cover on a Raised Bed

Ken Kuhne demonstrates how to place a winter cover on a raised bed.

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Mounting the Summer Cover on a Raised Bed

Grow Y'own founder Ken Kuhne demos putting a deluxe summer cover on a raised bed.

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Leveling a Raised Bed

Learn about leveling a raised bed during installation, so that the water distribution is even.

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Positioning your Raised Bed Near a Wall

Ken Kuhne discusses placement of a raised bed garden near a wall.

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Using Remesh for Staking Tomatoes

Learn how to use remesh to stake tomatoes in a Grow Y'own raised bed garden.
**Note that the final height of the remesh should be 3', not 3.5' as the video says.

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Grow Y'own Winter Heating Tips

Baby its cold outside, but its nice and snug inside your Grow Y'own raised bed when the covers are on! Here are a few of the ways which people are keeping their crops warm during the coldest parts of the Winter!

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Letter from Ken to Spring Growers

Hello GROW Y'OWN Farmers!

Hope your grow beds were full of greens all winter long. It feels good to grow your own food supply, doesn't it? And your yields will improve over time. Terra and I harvested arugula, tatsoi, parsley, seven kinds of lettuce and Swiss chard right through the coldest New Mexico nights and days. Just look at the photo!

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