A-Z Gardening in Zone 3-4

For the organic gardner struggling in the short season climate


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Cucumbers

cucumber netting

netting for cucumbers to climb up on

cucumbers growing on netting

cucumbers growing on netting

cucumbers on vines

cucumbers on vines

We grow cucumbers in our greenhouse because the season is so short here. In May, after we hang  netting that has large spaces in it from the roof of the greenhouse, we plant our seeds in the soil of the greenhouse floor.  Then we put black plastic between the rows to keep the weeds down and to heat up the soil. Yes, we have weeds, they blow in the open windows and doors and we bring them in on our feef and clothes.  After that, we sprinkle Concern, ( diatomaceous earth, organic crawling insect killer), over the seeds before they come up.

You should be able to order Concern, at gardening stores or gardening catalogs. See the post (: https://51chevy.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/catalogs-that-…nhouse-growing/ ) If you still can’t find it click this site http://www.victorpest.com/search?page=1&search=concern.  Concern kills crawling insects like slugs and pill bugs that eat plant shoots and young plants.  It can be used in the garden, on house plants, or in the greenhouse.

I recently learned that Concern, cannot be shipped to all states, however, another product called Safer, diatomaecous earth can. Go to http://www.saferbrand.com/store/insect-control/51702  to order on line.

There are two different kins of  diatomaceous earth, one is used to filter swimming pools.  This type should not be used as it is dangerous to breath it in because it can cause lung damage.  The variety used for gardens is a much finer powder and does not pose a health hazard.

As the cucumbers grow up the netting you must weave the vines in and out of the netting spaces.  This is necessary in order for the vine to support the weight of the cucumbers as they grow.


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Catalogs that sell what you need to work your garden and to keep your greenhouse growing

So many catalogs so little time

Arbico Organics, this catalog features live beneficial insect, insect eggs, bumblee hives, and nematodes for the control of insect pests and desieses, natural insect pest control, pest problem solver, deer and small animal deterrents, fruit tree care products, plant disease preventative and control products, lawn care, weed control, soil care, fertilizers, worms, worm factory, composting supplies, botanicals, ant and roach control, horse products, pet care products, live and dried bird food,

Gardens Alive, this catalog features natural products for the home and garden such as fertilizers, insect and slug control, disease control, deer and small animal deterrents, fungicides, soil activators, beneficial insects, bird netting and row covers. Also has guides to help you recognize and treat naturally common insect pest, plant diseases and mineral deficiencies in vegetable and fruit crops and a selection of organic seeds and plants.

Gardeners Edge, this catalog features seed starting kits and supplies, upside down tomato pouches, bamboo and steel plant stakes, trellises, trellis netting, plant supports, wood chippers, compost makers and supplies, garden carts, wagons, wheelbarrows, rakes, hoes, hand tools, garden pins (used to hold down plastic and row covers), sprayers, hand mowers, lawn equipment, deer and small animal deterrents, arbors, pruning and hedging tools, watering supplies, and fountains.

Spray-N-Grow, this catalog features natural soil amendments, insect control, deer and small animal deterrents, compost makers and supplies and supplies, back pack sprayers, hand push sprayers, hand mowers, rakes and natural weed controls.

Gardner’s Supply Company, this catalog features seed starting kits and supplies, living wall planters, outdoor furniture, all weather rugs, garden containers, hand crank radios, self watering planters, deck planters, rain barrels, composting pails, compost makers and supplies, raised bed supplies, garden whimsies, tomato cages, plant stakes, and garden scoots.

Kinsman Company, This catalog features basket planters and basket liners, ornate ironwork patio stands, window box planters, stands for window boxes, wall planters,imperial hanging planters, hay-rack planters, cascade planters, cradle planters, European classic urns, cauldron planters, peacock planters, conical hanging baskets, old fashioned hanging baskets, sheet moss, Oregon green moss, down under pots and stands, tiered plant stands, arches, rose pillar obelisks, Moravian rose pillars, plant supports, trimming shears, floral frogs, watering cans, bird feeders, bird houses, rooting supplies, compost bins, trugs, trug-tubs, pruners, sharpeners, planters, pot feet and globes.

Lehman’s, This catalog features garden seeders, garden tools, low tech cultivators, push mowers, push cultivators, non-electric floor sweepers, insect traps, hand wringers, lawn furniture, cleaning products, children’s gardening tools and toys, household products, Aladdin oil lamps, canners and canning supplies, juicers, baking supplies, flour grinders, grain mills, hand crank ice cream makers.

Growers Supply, this catalog features garden and nursery supplies, greenhouses, greenhouse equipment and supplies, row covers, plastic mulch, ground covers, fencing, garden equipment, sprayers, drip irrigation supplies, and deer and small animal deterrent. If you are looking for savings on overstock and closeout inventory go to www.growerssupply.com/closeouts


Charley’s Greenhouse & Garden,this catalog features greenhouses, greenhouse supplies, seed starting kits and supplies, potting benches, copper tape snail and slug barriers, watering supplies, orchid supplies, fertilizers, compost makers and supplies, earth worms, garden tools, deer and small animal deterrents and repellents.

Real Goods, Solar Living, this catalog features everything you could possible want inorder to convert to solar living and then some.

Indiana Berry & Plant co. e-mail inberry@psci.net or phone 1-800-295-2226. This catalog features, all kinds of berry plants, grapes, asparagus, pawpaw, Rhubarb, seaberry and lingonberry, cranberry , kiwi, elderberries, berry boxes and crates, and promotional supplies.