May 19, 2016

How To Get The Most From Your Backyard Garden

It is garden season, and gardeners all through the Midwest are hard at work planting their vegetables.

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It is garden season in the Midwest!

Backyard gardening is one of America’s most favorite hobbies, and for many, it is a chance to grow some or nearly all of their family’s fresh food right in their own backyard!

So for today’s Weaver Barns’ Backyard Lifestyle Post, we thought we thought we would share 3 helpful tips to get the most from your garden this year.

How To Get The Most From Your Backyard Garden

1. STAY OFF YOUR PLANTS

Whether you have raised beds, raised rows, regular rows, or just a few simple garden plants tucked in your flowerbed – don’t walk near them. When you compact the area around a plant with soil-clogging foot prints, it makes it hard for the roots to expand and grow.  Less roots = less ways for the plant to soak up the valuable water and nutrients from the soil that benefit the plant. If you leave the area around a plant alone and un-compacted, it makes for much healthier plants. It’s one reason raised beds and container gardens can be so effective.

2. MULCH YOUR PLANT

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Mulch is essential around garden plants to keep the moisture in place and the weeds out.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a pepper, cucumber, or tomato plant. Applying a healthy amount of mulch around the base of the plant really can make a difference! It helps the plant retain valuable moisture and keeps the soil temperature around the plant more regulated. It also helps keep out weeds that compete for nutrients. What to use as a mulch? Old grass clippings, shredded leaves, finished compost and straw all work great.

3. WATER SMART

This may be the best advice of all. Just remember 3 things when it comes to watering that make it simple. WHEN, HOW and HOW MUCH.

WHEN:

Watering in the early morning is best. Before the sun has a chance to really get hot. Water at the base of the plants and let it soak in. If you water in the afternoon – you not only run the risk of burning the leaves from the sun scorching the water that may hit the plant – but you lose a lot more to evaporation than watering in the early morning.

HOW:

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Water slowly and at the base of each plant. Let it soak in and come back a few times and apply smaller amounts that soak right in where it’s needed most at the root level of the plant Spraying the whole garden with a big hose and spray nozzle can lead to a lot of problems besides just scorching plants – like damaging plants, destroying the blooms that create the vegetables, or helping fungus and rot develop on wet moist leaves.

HOW MUCH

Too little water and they shrivel up. Too much water and they won’t develop the good and deep root structure needed for big plants. A good rule of thumb is that a garden plant typically needs to receive about 1 inch of water a week. If mother nature isn’t supplying that – then you need to supplement. If you are experiencing a prolonged dry spell – water every two to three days with about a 1/2″ of water to the plant at a time. This allows enough water to go deeper into the soil and build deeper roots – and gives the plants more consistent watering.

Why not every day you might ask? If you water every day – the plants will never send their roots deeper looking for water – and you end up with much less hardy and developed plants. Call it tough love watering to develop stronger plants – but it works.

And if you are an avid gardener – what could be better than your own personal beautiful backyard garden shed to keep all of your tools neat and organized? Check out our complete line of sheds at Weaver Barns and find the perfect structure for your backyard oasis! Weaver Barns…Because everyone needs a little structure in their lives.

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Apr 27, 2016

5 Heirloom Tomatoes To Grow In Your Backyard This Year

Many of our Weaver Barns’ customers are avid backyard gardeners. In fact, quite a few have created their very own custom potting or garden structure from a Weaver shed model to prove it!

The beauty of heirloom tomatoes

The beauty of heirloom tomatoes

Each year, more and more people are starting to plant backyard gardens. There is something so special about growing your very own vegetables in your backyard.  When it comes to that amazing flavor, nothing can quite top the list like the taste of fresh home-grown heirloom tomatoes!

Heirloom tomatoes are becoming increasingly popular every year, and with good reason! If you have ever savored a thick, juicy, sweet slice of a Brandywine or Purple Cherokee tomato just picked from the vine, then you know that it’s nearly impossible to ever go back to eating those bland “supermarket” tomatoes again.

We thought for this week’s backyard post, we would share 5 delicious and great tasting heirloom tomato varieties to try in your own backyard garden this year.

Black Krim :  Like the name implies – Black Krim tomatoes become a dark blackish-purple color when ripe.  The variety originates from Russia, and has really become a favorite among heirloom tomato lovers. The taste is simply amazing! A word of caution – be prepared to support this one – it grows large and will take up some space.

Amish Paste :  This is the heirloom variety of what most know as a “Roma” style of tomato.  Thick walled and great for making sauces and ketchup – this is a perfect tomato for canners!  They are also great for salads because they stay nice and firm when sliced.

Black Cherry :  If you like cherry tomatoes – you will love this black cherry heirloom variety.  They produce tons of small round black and reddish fruit that are perfect for salads, salsa – or just eating one after another!  They have a super-sweet rich flavor that can’t even be compared to those bright red cherry tomatoes you find in plastic boxes at the grocery store. They keep on growing and producing til frost – so be prepared to have plenty on hand!

Nothing quite say "I'm a Gardener" like your very own garden or potting shed!

Nothing quite say “I’m a Gardener” like your very own garden or potting shed!

Cherokee Purple:  This is one of the classics! It produces large, beefy tomatoes that have a dark deep red to purplish hue. When sliced open – they are meaty and really make the perfect tomato sandwich.

It is said to have been grown and handed down from the Cherokee tribe – hence the name. This one can easily grow 6 to 8 feet tall.

Brandywine: A favorite among many gardeners, the Brandywine tomato is renowned for its rich, sweet flavor. It is probably the most widely known and grown variety of heirloom tomatoes. They will grow quite large and dense, and a single tomato can nearly make a meal.

We hope you enjoyed our list, and feel free to let us know of your favorites as well!

If backyard gardening and living are your cup of tea – be sure check out some of our Weaver Barns shed models to create your very own custom potting or garden shed.

Weaver Barns…because everyone needs a little structure in their life….and some fresh heirloom tomatoes too!

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