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Its hardening off time!

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

The growing season is here! And this means its time to get those seedlings planted outside, but before you do that, make sure you harden them off.. Your seedlings have been pampered indoors for weeks. They need to be introduced slowly to the elements of wind and intense sun. Initially, you will put plants outdoors only for short periods of time, perhaps for a couple of hours. You'll want to set them in a semi-shaded area. Gradually, you will increase the time plants are kept outdoors; you also will gradually increase their exposure to sun. after about a week, these...

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Pruning peppers

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

To get pepper seedlings growing strong and healthy before making their move outside, prune them back for bushier and lower plants that branch out and give much more fruit. Cut them back, right under the first fork, and side shoots will grow. Below is the same plant a few weeks later.. With all plants, go for low, bushy plants instead of tall single stemmed. This is especially applicable for basil plants, the more pruning you do, the more basil you get.

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Now What?

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

Its here. Summer may be our Kuwaiti gardening 'off season', but there's still a lot to do to improve your future garden. Just as gardners everywhere else have frost, which is in the winter, we have our summer scorch, as I like to call it. Since soil in containers can heat up as much as 30% above the air temperature, try to protect your container plants as much as possible, by grouping them together under partial shade, to create a micro-climate of cooler conditions. Summer is a dormant period for trees, with little, or no growth. By mid summer even...

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Itallgrows In Kuwait Times

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Collecting Basil Seeds

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

When basil flowers start to drop and the flower pods turn brown, it's time to collect seeds. Only pollinated flower pods will have seeds in them so dont expect to find seeds in every pod. This is why having bees and beneficial insects in the garden is important. Cut away the browning stems, and start unwrapping the pods to find the seeds. It doesn't get easier than this. Now is great time to plant basil seeds, so start collecting!

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