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Top 6 Simple Gardening Tips for Winter and Spring | Eastern Daily …

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The organic approach to gardening, which includes natural fertilizers and natural pesticides, is the correct way to grow healthy fruits and vegetables.

With proper care of plants in the garden soil, you should try as much as possible to create natural conditions. Plants gradually deplete the soil and therefore it is necessary to nurture and regularly enrich natural nutrients.

Autumn is the ideal time to create these favorable conditions in the garden. And not only that — you preserve the land, air, and water — a healthy environment for all living creatures.

Healthy soil for healthy plants- Gardening Tips

For growth and development of plants water, air and the sun alone are not enough. It takes many nutrients in the soil. Soil composition depends on the origin of the rock and organic matter content, and the amount and availability of nutrients depends on the type of soil, its structure, breathability, moisture, acidity or alkalinity.

The forest is almost an untouched blanket of organic matter — leaves, branches and twigs — constantly falling on the ground (especially in autumn), and the animals are dying — it is valuable biological material deposited and broken down into nutrients.

Gardening Tips

The basic step in preparing the soil for the winter is cleaning the area where you will be planting.

Get rid of the weeds and anything that is sickly or dying. Make sure you have healthy soil to plant in.

Compost- Gardening Tips

Collection of organic matter is something you can do all year.
This is the simplest, most natural and ecological way of disposal of plant waste.

You can use:

  • Vegetable waste from the kitchen
  •  Vegetable waste from the garden
  •  Weeds (without roots and seeds)
  •  Cut grass
  • Branches after pruning fruit trees, shrubs and hedges
  •  Sawdust
  • Ash
  •  Paper

Composting takes place in the compost bin.
You can use plastic composter in the garden or make your own compost flower beds or mounds. Completely decomposed compost can be used throughout the year.

Digging soil- Gardening Tips

Digging the soil is a must if you do not mulch. Very hard ground in the fall needs deep digging because of the rain and snow during autumn and winter months.

The use of natural fertilizers and nutrients- Gardening Tips

Humus is responsible for looseness and fertility of the soil and the abundance of different organisms and their activity in the soil. To ensure sufficient amounts of humus, you regularly need to add at least partially decomposed animal manure and compost. In the garden, it is very helpful to have algae, coir, shot from castor and substrate left over from the production of mushrooms.

Hoeing plants- Gardening Tips

Bathe the soil with plants that will collect in the spring — the stem brassicas, onions, garlic, lettuce and herbs that leave the working seed. In places where you have planted perennials such as roses and shrubs — as needed hoeing can put a certain amount of natural fertilizer. If you can, put a layer of mulch to prevent further soil compaction.

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Green branding for Millennials – Garden Center Magazine

Editor’s Note: Look out for more branding and marketing tips from Katie Dubow of the Garden Media Group and other experts in the February 2017 issue of Garden Center magazine.

Millennials are the industry’s top new consumers. Brands must work to reel them in now if they want to stay relevant in the future.

Millennials are a bigger generation than Baby Boomers, comprising an estimated 25 percent of the U.S. population. And, with a collective buying power of $200 billion annually, they already have an indirect spending power of $500 billion. Their buying power will only grow as they grow older, buy houses, settle down and make more money. This generation engages with content an average of 18 hours per day and in new ways, creating even more touch points for garden businesses to reach them. 

They are three times more likely to follow a brand than a family member on social networks, but what are Millennials looking for in the brands they engage with? Here are 5 tips for branding your garden center to appeal to Millennial customers: 

1. Give them options to show off style! 

 Millennials are always on the lookout for ways to stand out from the crowd. They want to show off their personal style.

Tip: Carry as many colors, patterns and design variations of a product as you can. Even better, take it to the next level, and give them modular pieces that can shift with their mood.

2. Streamline purchasing: Mobile Made Easy for Buying

41 percent of Millennials have already made purchases with their smartphones — and that number will continue to grow. Since Millennials always have their phone with them, buying is only a click away. Talk about easy and perfect for those looking for instant gratification!

Tip: Optimize your website to provide the best mobile experience possible, meaning everything done on your desktop site should still be mobile. Then, add a one-click purchase feature like Amazon or some other form of e-commerce.

3. Share your knowledge: Make Knowledge Tips Accessible

Since Millennials are used to learning and having information at their fingertips, they are big DIY-ers. Millennials are just learning how to garden and are hungry for information. Now’s the time to establish yourself as the gardening expert and become their trusted friend.

Tip: Get your content marketing plan in line. Answer questions Millennials are asking about gardening. Start a blog, teach simple tips in Instagram videos, and answer all questions asked of your brand on social media.

4. Rope in mom dad: Appeal to Parents

A record 36 percent of Millennials move back home after college, partly because of the economy and partly because it’s now cool to be friends with mom and dad. Leverage this relationship to get Millennials in the garden.

Tip: Host digital or in-person workshops geared towards parents and their 20 something Millennials. Make it fun, practical and straight to the point. Also, market to parents to make sure when they recommend a garden brand, it’s yours.

5. Focus on the future: Get Serious and Talk about the Future

Unlike past generations, having a trusted, long-term brand isn’t enough to win over Millennials. This generation is much more interested in what you can offer now, and how you can make the future greener and cleaner.

Tip: Tweak your Millennial messaging to focus on long-term goals. Answer these questions about your brand with Millennials in mind: “Why is this important to me right now?” and “What can this product do for me?”

Katie is creative director at Garden Media Group.

Photo courtesy of English Gardens.

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"Tanked" stars ready to give aquarium tips at home show – Corpus Christi Caller

Wayde King, who co-stars with his brother-in-law Brett Raymer on Animal Planet’s weekly show “Tanked,” knows his way around aquariums.

He should. His company, the Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing, has built 10,000 of them since 1997 in private homes, offices, businesses and even for Sea World. King and Raymer will share their wisdom with the at this weekend’s 18th annual Corpus Christi Home Garden Show at American Bank Center.

“Brett and I will pull up and stay all day and interact with people. We’ll talk about fish keeping and it will be pretty entertaining,” King said during a phone interview, adding that the two will make appearances on Saturday and Sunday. The two also will sign autographs and take pictures with show visitors after their stage shows.

King said some of their most interesting projects have not been without challenges. One of the most memorable was an aquarium they installed at a large church in Duncanville about 8 years ago, King said.

“It was 70,000 gallons, took 2½ years to build and cost $4.5 million,” he said.

The best part about doing the show is to see the project through from beginning to end, King said.

“I like seeing the reaction of people,” he said about his show, which began airing in 2011.

In addition to the appearances of the “Tanked” stars, this year’s Corpus Christi Home Garden Show promises to be the biggest ever, said Pam Rogers, director of corporate sales for Show Technology Productions, the company hosting the event.

“We have the largest landscape exhibits and plant sales since the inception of the show and over 4,000 square feet of outdoor living, including tiki bars, outdoor furniture and island kitchens,” Rogers said.

The show will feature more than 150 exhibitors with 300 exhibits, including the New Product Zone, which makes a return appearance this year, she said.

“It will feature all the latest gadgets and gizmos available to improve efficiency in the home,” Rogers said.

The Nueces County Master Gardeners will offer free activities for the kids and informative seminars on the garden stage all weekend. All seminar times and celebrity appearances can be found online at


What: 18th Annual Corpus Christi Home Garden Show
When: 2p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19
Where: American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi
Cost: $7.50, adults 17 and older; $6.50, seniors 65 and older; free, children 16 and younger, active military with ID, $5, onsite parking. 
Receive a discount of $1 for donating a canned good for the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.  


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