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Posted by The Hunte Group Realtors® on 1/30/2018

Growing fresh vegetables and herbs in your own backyard can hold a lot of appeal to many but not everyone has the luxury of a large backyard to start one. If you’re home has a yard with limited space don’t give up your garden dreams just yet! Below are some tips on how to start your own small vegetable garden whether you have a postage stamp lawn or none at all! Start with research - No matter what the square footage you are working with is it is important to do some research first. You will want to create a list of the types of vegetables and herbs you are hoping to grow. You will then want to find out how much light they require, which season they produce during and if there are any plants they do not do well next to. Other things to consider are how deep and wide the roots grow. When you only have so much space to work with you want to maximize every inch. If one plant takes up a quarter of your garden while another can share that same space with several other plants you will want to weigh out how badly you want that particular plant. Choosing “dwarf” or “compact” varieties of plants will also help you make the most any small garden. Small land - With some careful planning and thoughtful placement you can get just as much or more from your small garden than those with larger plots of land. It’s all in the details. One technique you will want to favor is the vertical growing method. Essentially you place the taller growing plants in the back and the shorter growing ones in the front so that they are not deprived of sunlight behind your taller plants. Use a garden planner tool to your advantage to pre-plan your garden and how you will fit the different varieties of plants on your small plot. You may also want to consider using the succession planting method. When a plant has stopped producing you remove it and plant seeds for a new crop whose growing season is upcoming. This will allow you to truly maximize your limited space. Patio - Creating a container garden will be your best friend when you are lacking land to plant vegetables in. When choosing pots ensure that they have drainage holes on the bottom and keep in in mind that the larger the pot the better. A larger pot helps the soil retain moisture and maintain an even temperature. If your container is large enough you may even be able to get away with planting an upward growing plant with some under growing varieties. Window boxes - If you don’t have enough space in your backyard or a patio to dedicate to a garden you still have options. Window boxes can offer more than just space for perennial flowers they are also perfect for growing herbs and salad greens in. Planting several herb varieties per box will provide you with a homegrown spice rack at your fingertips! While it may seem that gardening is impossible without a large plot of land almost anyone, no matter the space of their home can grow a garden. With a little research and a willingness to get your hands dirty, you too can have home grown produce!

Posted by The Hunte Group Realtors® on 2/14/2017

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 The Hunte Group Realtors® on 8/16/2016

Warm weather has arrived. You have done a spring cleanup on your home landscape, turned over the flower beds and garden plot and added organic compost to enrich the soil; now you are ready to select new plants to introduce into your home environment. Before you head out to the nursery or home and garden store to make a big purchase, it is helpful to keep a few guidelines in mind. Avoid Purchasing Plants In Full Bloom When selecting plants it is difficult not to want to select plants that are already in full bloom: they are so beautiful and will add instant color to the yard. Resist that urge. Plants that are already blooming require a great deal of energy to sustain the blooms. Instead, select plants that exhibit flower buds that appear full and solid but have yet to open. Choosing plants that are in bud gives you the time to plant them in your garden allow the roots to become established. To further promote growth and vigor, pinch off the existing buds at planting time. The flowers will come back, and the roots will receive the plant’s full energy resulting in stronger and healthier plants. Healthy Roots Mean A Healthy Plant Before you purchase a new plant, check the roots. If you are purchasing a woody ornament, shrub or tree, don’t hesitate to pull it from its container. Healthy, vigorous plants will present roots that are light in color and evenly distributed without being overly cramped. Avoid plants will dark, damaged or tight and twisted roots. Select Disease Free Plants Inspect plants carefully for signs of insect infestation or disease. Look under the leaves for signs of mold and mildew, leaf stippling, a stick residue, or small black flecks on the underside of the leaves. These are all signs of disease. Appearance Is Important Resist purchasing garden plants that appear leggy or like they are stretching for the sun. This is an indicator that the plant was grown in less than adequate light or was either consistently under or over watered. Pale foliage is also an indicator of over watering. Do The Research Go online and check the United States Plant Hardiness Zone map to determine your growing region. Just because an attractive blooming plant is offered for sale at your local nursery does not mean it will flourish in your hardiness zone. If in doubt, contact your local county extension office to obtain a list of home landscape plants with a proven history of doing well in your area. Make Good Choices Avoid emotional choices and picking out the first colorful flat of plants that attracts your eye. The best way to keep your garden vibrant, healthy and attractive is to avoid introducing diseased plants into your environment.

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Posted by The Hunte Group Realtors® on 8/26/2014

You've just bought a house…or maybe you're about to sell one. You look around your property and realize it's less than attractive. The grass is patchy and yellowed in some areas; the shrubs that came with the property look overgrown or spindly; and there's no color anywhere. So how do you go about making your yard an inviting oasis--a place that you or a potential buyer would like to spend time in? You start with the base--the soil. An inexpensive home soil test kit will tell you if your soil is too acidic or alkaline. Depending on the results, you can add a lime or a sulphur mixture to obtain the correct pH. Another factor is your soil's composition and texture. The best soil has the perfect proportions of clay, silt and sand and has some organic components as well. If your soil is so dense you can barely get a spade into it, you need to to loosen it up with a good hand tool and some loam. Loam is basically "perfect soil", with the correct proportions of sand, clay and silt. Loam is available at your local landscape supply business and is sold by the cubic yard. You can mix it into your existing soil or--if your soil is very poor and rocky (as is often the case here in New England), you can remove it and replace it with loam. The other important component of soil--especially if you plan on planting flowers and/or vegetables is organic nutrients. There are two ways to enrich your soil: on the surface and in the soil itself. The best way to add nutrients from the inside out is with compost, which is organic material that has been partially broken down. Old-fashioned composting takes time and work. You need a bin, lots of organic material (leftover food, leaves, grass clippings, etc.), time for the material to break down and someone willing to turn the compost frequently (mixing it up). There is an easier method, however: recycling yard waste. Many landscape suppliers will take your branches, limbs and clippings and turn them into compost for you. Typically, you drop off your yard waste and drive off with someone else's that's already been turned into compost--everyone benefits. Once the soil is good, you can then go onto to the fun part--choosing and planting flowers, shrubs and trees.  

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