Aloe Vera prefers dry conditions with well-draining soil. Such as cactus mix, or add plenty of perlite to normal potting soil to achieve this. Aloe Vera requires a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. When watering, water deeply and saturate the soil, and do not water again until the soil has completely dried out. When feeding, select a feed high in phosphorus, something like 10-40-12.
What are sweet potato slips? They are the sprouting shoots that grow out of the sweet potato tubers. Sweet potatoes do not grow from seed, you need to produce slips from a tuber and then grow these on to propagate a sweet potato plant.
Why do seedlings get leggy? There are a number of reasons seedlings get leggy. But the most likely is lack of light. The seedling is in the growth phase and is searching for a better light source. It is important to provide adequate light levels at the right range and spacing when your seedling germinates.
Lemongrass or Citronella as it is otherwise known is a tall perennial grass originating from Asia. It is very easy to grow from the lemongrass stalks you can buy at supermarkets. It has a mild citrus or lemon scent that really fills the house when used to cook with.
To know when to harvest there are many indicators, If soft-neck garlic you may notice that the leaves have all flopped over very much like onions. When you notice this you can harvest your garlic. If it is hard-necked garlic the first sign will be that the garlic scapes will appear, they start off curly but as the garlic becomes ready you will see them straighten up. This will coincide with the bottom leaves of the garlic starting to yellow. Again your garlic is ready to Harvest.
Giant Marrow preparation starts during the winter months. I prepare the soil in readiness for growing these Giants. These plants grow large and depending on how many you wish to grow will determine the size of the area required.
One way my partner and I have experimented with growing mushrooms is by inoculating hardwood logs. We buy dowels impregnated with the mushroom mycelium and just drill holes in the log and bang them in. The mycelium will then take between 8 months and a year to spread through the log and will give spring and autumn crops for up to 4 years! We are currently growing, Oyster, Shiitake, Lions mane and Chicken of the woods. It is very exciting.