Grow Your Own, Nevada! Fall 2012: Hillbilly Gardening
Hillbilly Gardening By Randy Robison AKA J.M. Gardener
A little historyRetiredParamedic/ Engineer Nevada State Fair Champion Gardener
Addictive behavior.• If a little is good and a lot is better
So what is Hillbilly Gardening?• A very old idea that’s become new again.• Times have changed as they do, and people have relocated to smaller locations• We still want to have a garden no matter where we live.• So let get started.
Care for your plants• Salt build up• drill hole so water can drain them out• Fertilization• Watering• Pest protection• Frost protection
Salts• It depends on the soil mix in your containers and whether or not your containers have drain holes in them. If you are using a fast draining mix, such as the gritty mix, and your containers have proper drain holes, then the salts will leach out easily.• If you are using a heavy mix with components like peat and compost it will not leach as easily and the salts can easily accumulate.• Of course if your containers do not have drains, then the salts will accumulate regardless of how well draining the soil mix is.
Fertilization• Apply water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks to supplement the slow-release fertilizer. Water-soluble ones deliver nutrients directly to plant roots and are easy to apply. Just dissolve them in water and pour the liquid into the container for a nutritional boost. Follow package directions for dilution rates• Organic choices such as fish meal emulsion and liquid kelp work well, too• Alfalfa pellets also contains a hormone, triacontanol, which promotes plant growth