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Easy Vegetables & Herbs That You Should be Planting

Easy Vegetables and Herbs That You Should Be Planting

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So, you want to plant a vegetable garden but you’re not sure what grows best in the climate you live in. After doing some research you find that some vegetables and herbs require different growing conditions than your geographic location permits. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find varieties that grow quickly in a vegetable garden where you live.

Here are some vegetables & herbs that are easy to grow in your garden:

•Green Beans – Full of Vitamin A, C, and K as well as manganese, potassium, iron, folate, and fiber, this vegetable is among the more complex that are easy to grow.
• Beets – Vibrant in color and delicious cooked and served raw, beets are low calorie and full of folate.
•Carrots – Crunchy and satisfying when eaten raw or cooked, carrots support healthy vision, skin, and immune systems.
•Cucumbers – Made of predominantly water, cucumbers add crunch to salads and help hydrate the body.
•Mint – A great flavor enhancer, mint soothes an upset stomach and takes the pain out of headaches.
•Parsley – In addition to making dishes look healthy and attractive, parsley also freshens your breath.
•Cilantro – Oily yet extremely flavorful, cilantro elevates the flavor profile of many foods and is very easy to grow in your vegetable garden.

Growing your own vegetables and herbs in a vegetable garden is a very satisfying task. If you haven’t developed a green thumb, now is the time to do so. Not only will you benefit from having fresh food on hand whenever you need it, you’ll also see a significant difference in the amount of money you spend on produce going forward. That, and you’ll have the distinct honor of knowing where your food came from and how it was grown, in your very own vegetable garden.

Olympic Lawn & Landscape is your local source for plant care tips. For more information, call (816) 875-9645 in the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City area.

Your Spring Garden Checklist

Your Spring Garden Checklist

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The weather warms and green things begin to poke above the soil. Spring has come, and you need a step-by-step garden checklist so you can tackle all important jobs required to prepare your beds for flowers all year long. Not only will these jobs on the garden checklist make your garden look better after a long winter’s rest, they will also help your plants grow healthy and strong.

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Spring Flowers for Your Garden

Spring Flowers for Your Garden

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Spring is almost here, and that means that we’ll get to finally see some color in our landscapes and gardens with the additions of our favorite annuals and perennials. We love the spring at Olympic Lawn and Landscape and thought it would be fun and informative to put together a list of spring flowers for our readers to plan and enjoy. Here it is:

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Preparing Your Yard for Spring

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It’s almost that time of year!  That time when the landscape of brown, dead grass and barren tree limbs transforms into a beautiful display of fresh budding leaves, pink and white flowers and healthy, renewed green grass. Spring is almost here! While we know spring won’t “officially” be here until March, it’s never too early to get your spring landscaping in place! By taking a few steps early in the season, you can help create a beautiful, healthy yard for the upcoming season.

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Feeding Your Lawn the Proper Fuel: How to Keep It Green

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Too many homeowners experience lawn envy when they look at their neighbors’ yards. The reality is that anyone can achieve a lush, green yard without spending a lot of time. The secret is to focus your lawn’s needs.picnic basket on green lawn

Test the Soil

Even yards located in the same neighborhood can have very different soil. Accordingly, the lawn food your neighbor uses may not be right for yours. With a soil test kit, which you can find at any garden center, you can quickly and affordably discover which nutrients your lawn needs and which ones you should hold back on. Perhaps the most important component of these soil pH test kits is that they tell you how much nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is currently in your lawn. These are the main nutrients in fertilizers, and getting the right balance is important.

Find a Good Fertilizer

When you choose a fertilizer for your lawn, you’ll need to look at the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in each formulation. These are listed as three numbers, such as 20-10-10 or 20-5-10. Each of these numbers represents the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the fertilizer, and the ingredients are always listed in the same order. If your soil pH test kit showed that your lawn was particularly low on phosphorus, then you’d definitely want the 20-10-10 fertilizer.

How Often to Fertilize

Many fertilizers come in granule form and feature slow release technology, which means that it’s not necessary to fertilize as often. Lawn fertilizer is also available in liquid form. These can be effective, though it can be tricky to achieve an even application.

Let the Professionals Handle the Work

While it’s true that any lawn has the potential to be lush and green, sometimes it’s just not a task that homeowners want to take on. Fortunately, a professional lawn care company has all the tools, technology and know-how to make any yard look worthy of an award.

Ready to learn about our lawn care services? Call (816) 875-9296 or contact an Expert.

Complement Your Patio With A Container Vegetable Garden

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Nothing says summer like fresh veggies. Slice a deep red and beefy tomato, toss in some home grown basil and a good mozzarella and you’ll have the perfect summer salad. Few things compare to stepping outside and picking the tomato yourself with a snip of herbs on the way back inside.

Unfortunately a vegetable garden requires yard space, may interfere with landscaping or just be difficult to maintain. This is where the container garden steps in. Most any summer veggie can be coaxed into growing in the proper pot and the bounty can be delicious. Watering becomes easier, fertilizing is simple and they can actually add to the beauty of a patio or deck. So if you want the privilege of the backyard side dish there are lots of plant varieties that love the container.

I Say Tomato!

The granddaddy of the summer garden and the number one pick of all vegetable growers the tomato is very happy to be contained. A full size plant need a container with a soil capacity of at least 20 quarts and a water capacity of at least a gallon or more to keep up with this water lover. Patio varieties are also available for smaller spaces and produce smaller but just as yummy fruits. Buying tip: You may be tempted to buy large plants at the garden center with blossoms already set. Avoid this and buy smaller plants with dark green leaves and few or no blossoms. Blossoms can be a sign of stress in a plant that sits in a tiny pot. Give a small plant a big home and you’ll get a happy plant.

Wouldn’t You Like to Have a Pepper, Too?

Green, red, yellow, orange or even purple. Sweet, spicy or fiery. Large, small or just decorative. Pepper plants come in all kinds of delightful varieties and are well suited for containers. They love heat and consistent moisture and some varieties are compact enough to grow well in medium containers or even mix with other small plants in a larger one. Growing tip: Peppers need lots of light and heat so don’t be discouraged if they take a while to get going.

Lettuce Entertain You!

Lettuce is a fabulous container vegetable with almost as many choices for color, texture, size or taste as stars in the sky. They need constant moisture so a self-watering container is ideal. And because they are an early season plant that won’t tolerate summer heat you can use the container again for flowers after your lettuce season ends. Leaf lettuces are wonderful for “cut and come back” harvesting as you can cut the whole plane an inch above the soil and it will grow a new set of leaves.

Cukes Are Cute!

Cucumbers from the garden are a world away from the waxed and dry variety from the supermarket. They need heat, a consistent amount of food and lots and lots of H2O so this make them great for containers that can be tended just outside your door. They’ll need something to climb so if you don’t want that to be your patio furniture provide them with a trellis. Make sure your container is deep enough to sink support stakes into to secure the trellis as the vine can become heavy. Harvest when they’re smaller then the store variety as they will taste better. Beware of powdery mildew and cucumber beetles.

Squash Isn’t Just a Sport.

Summer squash is actually a bush rather than a vine so they can be grown in containers without invading your patio or everywhere else. Plant in the largest container you can manage, self-watering if possible, and deep. Like cucumbers summer squash in the garden should be harvested well before the size you see in the supermarket. Whether green zucchinis or yellow banana yellow squash you’ll be pleased with how well these container plants taste.

Herbs Are Well Seasoned.

Don’t forget the huge and wonderful varieties of herbs that can be container grown. Basil is the champ with colors from dark green to vivid purple and widely varied in taste. Rosemary is a wonderful, pungent Italian herb with a smell that will follow you anywhere once you’ve brushed against the silvery leaves. Thyme, sage, oregano, chives and parsley offer many choices of color and flavor. They can be planted together or separate and add a lovely foliage complement to annuals and perennials. Sneak a pot of chives into the house for the winter and clip the leaves as needed.

If you’ve never planted vegetables or herbs in containers you’ll be amazed at how easy it can be. And it can truly be a pleasure to step out of the kitchen on a lovely summer evening, collect a fresh selection of edibles and serve them for dinner. Entice your guests at a patio party with tiny orange peppers, striped tomatoes and edible nasturtium flowers in a fresh salad at the table.

Help Your Lawn Recover from Last Year's Drought

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Kansas City went through a severe drought  in 2012. With these conditions, your lawn has become water stressed. This will cause many lawns to go dormant and turn yellowish or brown. It’s possible for your lawn to then go from dormant to dead.

The easiest way to determine signs of drought stress is through the color of your grass. If your grass has discolored to yellow or tan, your lawn is experiencing drought dormancy. Drought dormancy can be somewhat good news because it hasn’t died, it just simply stopp

ed growing. Once you have determined that your lawn needs some extra care in recovering from the drought, it’s time to dethatch. Thatch is a layer of dead organic matter, likes leaves and grass clippings, between the green matter and the surface of the soil. It’s important to remove these after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. It’s important to remove these during or after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. Once the thatch has been removed, you can begin to aerate the soil. In other words, puncture holes in your lawn. This way, any moisture will go directly to your lawn’s roots.
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To begin replenishing the nutrients that were lost during the drought, feed your lawn with a fertilizer developed for grass. This will especially help with the bare spots. If rain isn’t in the forecast, it’s time to start watering deeply once or twice a week. As the temperature rises, begin to increase the length of time you are watering.

Now you’re probably wondering- to mow or not to mow? It’s ok to mow if you mow high and mulch your grass clippings. This will also help retain any moisture.

 
Once your lawn begins to slowly recover from its dormancy, you can start seeding and treating the weeds. If you have any further questions about recovering your lawn from a drought or other lawn care, contact Olympic Lawn and Landscape, Inc.

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