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Square foot gardening is the practice of dividing the growing area into small square sections (typically 12″ on a side, hence the name). The aim is to assist the planning and creating of a small but intensively planted vegetable garden. It results in a simple and orderly gardening system, from which it draws much of its appeal. Mel Bartholomew coined the term “square foot gardening” in his 1981 book of the same name.

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Apr
21

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Pero Family Farms Food Company, formerly Pero Vegetable Company is a Sales, Marketing and Distribution group and a part of an American-based agricultural corporation headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida.
Pero is a large U.S. pepper grower, packager, marketer and shipper. Pero produces bell peppers (green, red, yellow and orange), specialty peppers (such as chili, pimiento, jalapeño, and cubanelle), cucumbers, squash, zucchini, green beans, eggplant, pickles, cabbage (red and green), cantaloupe and honeydew.

Pero was founded in 1908 in Western New York by Sicilian immigrant Peter Pero, whose ten-year-old son would bring their crops to the train station by horse-drawn wagon. Over four generations later, the Pero Vegetable Company is still family-owned and family-farmed.
Today the company has farms located in Delray Beach, Florida; Omega, Georgia; Benton Harbor, Michigan; Texas; and Tennessee. Operations include the sales and delivery of bulk commodities, whole freshwrap vegetables and fresh cut packaged retail products.
Brands are Pero Pride, Pero Fresh, FreshWrap, SteamyCuts and many packaged produce items featuring the Pero Family Farms, LLC company brand. Website: www.PeroFamilyFarms.com

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Apr
21

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There are many ways to garden in restricted spaces. Often a small or limited space is an issue in growing and cultivating plants. Restricted space gardens can be located on small lawns, balconies, patios, porches, rooftops, inside the home, or in any other available place. Gardening in small places can be applied to edible or floral plants. Growing your own food has many benefits including saving money; healthier, fresher, and better tasting food; knowledge of pesticide and fertilizer exposure. Gardening is a good form of exercise and has been proven to be therapeutic.

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Apr
21

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A grow light or vegetable light can be an artificial source of light, generally a power light, made to stimulate plant expansion by emitting an electromagnetic variety befitting photosynthesis. Grow equipment and lighting are being used in applications where there is either no in a natural way developing light, or where supplemental light is necessary. For instance, in the wintertime a few months when the available time of daylight may be inadequate for the required plant growth, lamps are being used to extend enough time the crops receive light. If plant life do not acquire enough light, they’ll expand long and spindly.
Grow lamps either try to give a light range similar compared to that of sunlight, or to give a range that is more personalized to the needs of the vegetation being cultivated. Outdoor conditions are mimicked with differing colour, temperature ranges and spectral outputs from the grow light, as well as differing the lumen end result (depth) of the lights. Depending on the sort of vegetable being cultivated, the level of cultivation (e.g. the germination/vegetative period or the flowering/fruiting stage), and the photoperiod required by the vegetation, specific amounts of variety, luminous efficiency and colour temp are advisable for use with specific vegetation and schedules.
Russian botanist Andrei Famintsyn was the first ever to use man-made light for place growing and research (1868).

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Apr
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Raised-bed gardening is a form of gardening in which the soil is formed in three-to-four-foot-wide (1.0–1.2 m) beds, which can be of any length or shape. The soil is raised above the surrounding soil (approximately six inches to waist-high), is sometimes enclosed by a frame generally made of wood, rock, or concrete blocks, and may be enriched with compost. The vegetable plants are spaced in geometric patterns, much closer together than in conventional row gardening. The spacing is such that when the vegetables are fully grown, their leaves just barely touch each other, creating a microclimate in which weed growth is suppressed and moisture is conserved. Raised beds produce a variety of benefits: they extend the planting season, they can reduce weeds if designed and planted properly, and they reduce the need to use poor native soil. Since the gardener does not walk on the raised beds, the soil is not compacted and the roots have an easier time growing. The close plant spacing and the use of compost generally result in higher yields with raised beds in comparison to conventional row gardening. Waist-high raised beds enable the elderly and physically disabled to grow vegetables without having to bend over to tend them.

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Apr
21

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Haga Trädgård is a garden located at the northern end of Haga Park, Solna, Sweden.
Haga Trädgård was founded by King Gustav III in the 1785. It was intended that it should become the kitchen garden to the royal household. At the time Gustav III had plans to build a very large palace just 300m from Haga Trädgård but eventually due to lack of available finance the palace was never built. The Haga Tradgard gardens were indeed established and provided the royal household with many different local and exotic vegetables and fruits. In 1812 the King purchased 20 figs from the gardens at a cost of 2 kronor each. At the time a garden employee earned just 7.5 öre per hour. The gardens flourished and became a well known source for flowers and vegetables.
In 1917 the department store NK took over the gardens to grow fresh vegetables for Stockholm’s inhabitants. It was at the tail end of the first World War and fresh vegetables were quite scarce. In 1917, NK built a splendid conservatory which now is Stockholms oldest conservatory. In 1933 the town council of Stockholm took over the gardens and produced flowers for official use and for embellishment of squares and gardens.
In 1989 Stephen and Marie Fried opened the Fjärilshuset (“Butterfly House”) in Haga Gardens which once again turned the area into a visitor attraction. The butterfly house was so successful that Stephen and Marie Fried bought all of the buildings from the town council with the Royal Swedish Land Agency retaining the land.
Nowadays Fjärilshuset is a national museum with the buildings being held privately and the land leased by Fjarilshuset Haga Tradgard AB. Haga Tradgard is successively being restored so that it mirrors its historical continuity.

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