LGarden Power Greens

Power Greens Seed Mats

Power Greens, sometimes called Microgreens, are simply vegetables or herbs that are grown in a container and are harvested when plants are small and immature. In this tender young stage, nutrients are concentrated, textures are delicate, and you can enjoy the essence of each flavor as an accent to your favorite dish.

Power Greens may be tiny, but they’ve become a huge trend found everywhere from corner bistros to the grocery store. This micro green is highly coveted because it’s tasty, nutritious and beautiful.

LGarden’s NEW Power Greens are easy to grow, and in just 2-3 weeks, will be ready to add a nutrient boost and delicious flavors to salads, stir fries, smoothies and other savory dishes. Our Power Green varieties are embedded in five rows within a biodegradable mat. Using our seed mat eliminates the need to manipulate individual seeds during planting. Simply cut your seed mat to fit your LGarden, lay it over the prepared soil within the LGarden, cover it lightly with more soil, then water and watch your seedlings grow.

The best time to harvest these Power Greens is when they’ve developed their first set of true leaves, which is generally about 10-14 days after planting. To harvest, simply snip the plant just above soil level.

LGarden’s Power Greens are quick to plant and sure to succeed – no gardening experience needed. Your mat includes 1 row each of Red Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Fast Flowering and edible Brassica, Mizuna and Siberian Kale (the equivalent of 3 seed packets of each variety). Then, just choose your harvestMicrogreens after 2-3 weeks when leaves overlap, Baby Leaf greens after 3-6 weeks or Mature Plants after 7+ weeks (plants can be either harvested or transplanted at this time). These varieties are also cold tolerant, excellent for extending the season in early Spring or Fall.

These Seed Mats can be cut to fill your LGarden or LGarden Balcony completely, or plant your LGarden multiple times for multiple harvests.

Microgreens
Baby Leaf Greens
Mature Plants

Planting Peas on St. Patrick’s Day

Edible Peas
Many hold the tradition of sowing peas on St Patrick’s Day which is both fun and easy to remember! Peas’ sugary sweetness begins changing to starch soon after harvest which is why the flavor of grocery-store peas is so humble in comparison to the heavenly homegrown pea. Pea cultivars range from short (6″) to tall (8″), so no matter your container or garden space, you too can enjoy the bounty of freshly harvested peas.

When to Sow: Peas should be sown outdoors when soil temperature is at least 40°F (air temps. ideally 60°-80°F), which can be 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost. Peas grow best in cool weather (under 85°F) so in mild climates, peas are sown in fall or winter for a winter harvest. Soaking pea seed in water for 12 to 24 hours (no longer) prior to sowing speeds germination.

Did you know that pea shoots and tendrils are delicious? Harvesting a few pea shoots won’t harm the vines’ growth, but actually encourages more branches, potentially producing more peas at harvest. When plants are a few inches tall, select 2″-4″ shoots from the top of the plants and pinch them off using your fingernails or scissors, leaving at least one set of true leaves on the plant. Assuming you don’t snack on them right in the garden, add them to a salad or use them as a garnish for dinner.

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Urban Gardening

Urban Gardening clearly is more than a trend. Whether you call it ‘City Gardening’ or ‘Small Space Gardening’, or you just don’ t want to convert half of your backyard into a vegetable garden, Urban Gardening simply is growing your own veggies or herbs in a smaller “footprint”. With the LGarden, growing your own produce and herbs in limited space is easier and more convenient than ever.  Another benefit to Urban Gardening is being able to start plants and seeds earlier in the year because of the mobility of the LGarden. If there are cooler temperatures in the forecast, just bring your LGarden indoors or into the garage! Also, you don’t have to worry about the hassles that come with large-scale veggie gardens – weeds developing, carving up space in your yard, roto-tilling the dirt and adding compost to your dirt.  There has been much research about the way our food is being produced, using chemicals that you have zero control over. By being able to grow your own fresh produce you will not only be helping the environment, you’ll also be helping yourself.
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Spring is Here, It’s Time To Start Planting!

Dust off your gardening gloves and clean your tools because it’s planting season! Spring is an exciting time for seasoned gardeners and new gardeners alike. But, before you dive right in and start planting all your favorite vegetables and herbs in your LGarden, make sure that what you’re planting is perfectly compatible with our LGarden. Because, not all vegetables and herbs are a perfect fit with our LGarden and may be better suited for other garden types. So, give this blog a quick read as it highlights a group of vegetables and herbs that flourish in our LGarden.

Tomatoes
Growing a full size tomato plant in the LGarden is possible because of its 16” depth, but a strong stake or cage and lots of water is required. A tomato cage can easily be found at your local gardening store. We recommend you start with a Patio Variety or Cherry Tomato because of their high yield and culinary versatility. You could even underplant it with lettuce, basil or a few flowers.
Recommended Varieties: Patio Cherry – ‘Small Fry’, ‘Tiny Tim’, ‘Tumbling Tom’.

Lettuce
Lettuce loves the LGarden as it grows tremendously well. If you grow loose-leaf varieties and cut only the outer leaves, the plants will continue to grow for months. However, sooner or later they will tire out, so keep planting seed every 3–4 weeks for a succession of harvests. Lettuce does best in cool weather, but the LGarden can be moved to a shady location and Lettuce can be grown all summer or moved to a protected location and grown into late fall and winter. Keep in mind; water is essential to keeping lettuce happy and healthy.
Recommended Varieties: ‘Buttercrunch’, red or green ‘Salad Bowl’ and any variety bibb.

Herbs
Growing Herbs in the LGarden is perfect, because they’re easy to grow, beautiful, and they give you a great bang for your buck. It is so convenient to be able to step out your door and pick a handful of fresh herbs from your LGarden. Grow what you like to eat or even just what you think is beautiful and aromatic. Basil is great for cooking and perfect for making Pesto. Parsley and Rosemary are great options too as they are incorporated in so many great recipes. Rosemary can be a little pricy in stores; so growing your own gives you that great satisfaction of cooking with homegrown herbs, and also saves you a little money!
Recommended Varieties: Basil, Parsley, Rosemary.

Water and Fertilizer
Once the veggies have been planted in your LGarden, be sure to water them in and fertilize with an organic fertilizer. Plants in the LGarden will require more frequent watering than plants in the ground. As the season progresses and your plants mature, their root system will expand and require even more water. Don’t wait until you see the plants wilting. Keep your plants happy and healthy and grow on LGardeners!

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Introducing The LGarden Balcony

Spring is here and patio season is in full swing. And with the nice weather, more and more people are flocking to their decks, patios and balconies to alleviate the stresses of the day. It was this awareness and reality that fostered our LGarden Balcony design. The combination of the natural Western Red Cedar with the permanence of the steel framework bestows a rich furniture feel enhancing this revered space. Technically engineered for structural integrity, the LGarden Balcony will function in style for years to come.

Ergonomically designed, the LGarden Balcony creates a waist-high gardening experience that eliminates the negatives commonly associated with traditional gardening. Having the vessel 32″ off the ground eliminates the need to bend, prevents weed seeds from blowing in and keeps rabbits out. Easily reached from all sides, the LGarden Balcony is also ideal for gardeners that require sitting while they work or have a limited range of motion. With a modern industrial design, our LGarden Balcony looks stunning on a stylish condo balcony or a country style ranch deck. It’s truly versatile.

Moving our LGarden Balcony could not be easier. So, whether you’re moving your LGarden to access the sun, rain or just making room for a party, the LGarden Balcony transfers quick and easy. Two scratch resistant wheels provide for smooth travel on almost any decking or balcony surface. The “balcony’s” non-wheel legs are firm to the ground, so your LGarden remains stationary. It would take a lot more than a little wind to move it around.

The LGarden Balcony also incorporates long lasting Western Red Cedar for the vessel’s inserts to house the soil and plants. The red-brown timber has a tight, straight grain; perfect for growing your garden. Also, Western Red Cedar is valued for its distinct appearance and its high natural resistance to decay. But unlike other elevated gardens, should you find that a board needs replacing; simply have one cut at any home center (no hardware is needed with the boards).

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Lifestyle Benefits of Having an LGarden

Our LGardens are designed with you, the gardener, in mind. We wanted to give our customers that impeccable satisfaction of gardening, planting and growing their own gardens, in a way that benefits their home and lifestyle for years to come. Traditional gardening can be limiting if your outdoor gardens have sunlight interference or limitations, as well as invasive plants and hungry critters.

Working on your hands and knees can also be straining on your body and joints. But, with our LGarden, you have a raised bed that allows you to garden standing up, a pest free environment, an invasive specie free environment and an easy to move mobile garden. Here is a small list of the many lifestyle benefits our LGarden can offer you.

Mobility
Sunlight is vital to a successful growing season, but it can be fickle with a traditional garden. Your neighbor might decide to put up fence, your trees are in bloom and are shading your garden, or your home may block the sunlight for half of the day. But, with our easy to move, mobile LGarden, your garden can receive the exact amount of sunlight it needs. Simply wheel your garden into the sunshine when necessary, and tuck it away in the shade when needed.

Easy on the body
Our raised bed LGarden was ergonomically designed for healthy gardening. The LGarden’s raised garden bed creates a waist-high gardening experience that will eliminate back and knee strain. With easy reach from all sides, the LGarden is also ideal for gardeners that require sitting while they work or have a limited range of motion. It’s also just low enough for young gardeners, of course. No more gardening on your hands and knees, we bring the garden to you!

Healthy eating
One of the driving forces behind LGarden is the idea of living and promoting a healthy lifestyle. With our LGardens, you’re able to grow delicious vegetables, herbs and more and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Farm to table is taking the culinary world by storm, so why can’t LGarden-to-table be the next trend? Growing a garden with your whole family can be extremely beneficial in more ways than one. It teaches kids a new skill, it promotes healthy eating, it exposes gardeners to new ways of gardening and a garden is simply a gift that just keeps on giving.

Raised Gardens are Growing From Decoration to Convenience

Raised garden beds or raised “container” gardening has always been a part of the gardening community. Raised beds allow the gardener to protect their plants from animals who would use the green for cover or food. The raised area also protects your garden from invasive plants and weeds that can consume resources and choke the primary plantings, eventually killing your plants. Raised garden areas also prevent or help prevent trampling and soil compression that will prematurely kill off intended plants. You won’t see any human footprints in your LGarden!

Raised beds just 30 years ago were primarily little-used decorative landscaping features. They were immovable wooden boxes with a ¼ ton of dirt in them. From a recent article in Costo Connections regarding raised gardens “Some people would incorporate them (raised garden beds) into their gardens and around swimming pools or along the perimeter of their house or property to highlight flowering shrubs and vegetative plants like trailing petunias [or} to give a nice cascading effect to trailing foliage plants like ivy.”

Today the raised garden or elevated gardening solves many more issues and brings gardening to a whole new level of cool, chic and convenience, beyond protection from animals, invasive plants and compression. The garden now can be on your patio or balcony, just steps away from your kitchen. The evidence of your green thumb can be readily accessible to you and shared easily with guests when it is right where everyone can see and enjoy it. Gardening can now be done in a multi-use space, which is essential for city and condo dwellers.

The key to making the raised garden experience work for the modern area is to make it mobile, keep it up where it is easy to work with and especially durable.

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“Companion Planting” with Nasturtium Flowers

Companion planting is a tried and true method of pest control, even with a few hits and misses; it’s a good practice, especially for organic gardeners. Mixing vegetables, herbs and even flowers in the garden is always beneficial for the plants, the gardener and the cook.
Nasturtium is a great option for Companion Planting. It is Easy to sow from seed and it is a perfect partner to radish, cabbage, collard greens, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, tomatoes, and cucumber. It’s known for deterring whiteflies, cucumber beetles and squash bugs. It also acts as a “trap crop” for aphids. This means they attract the aphids, so they stay away from the vegetables.
Nasturtium is an easy-to-grow annual. These plants with their bright greenery and vibrant flowers are good for containers or ground covers. Their pretty fragrance also makes them a good choice for cut flowers……. AND its leaves and flowers are both edible. Check out this great recipe for Nasturtium Pesto!
Nasturtium Pesto (Makes 2 cups)
Ingredients
4 cups packed nasturtium leaves
2 cups packed nasturtium flowers
1 1/2 cups olive oil
5 cloves garlic
1 to 1 1/2 cups walnuts
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
Method
Pick a basket full of fresh, healthy leaves and flowers without any blemishes. If your plants aren’t blooming yet, using only the leaves is fine too. Because Nasturtiums are highly beneficial in the garden for being natural aphid traps, you’ll want to make sure you’re not harvesting a colony of aphids along with them! Thoroughly wash and dry the leaves and flowers; tear larger leaves in half. Add the leaves, flowers, garlic, olive oil, walnuts, and Parmesan to a blender or food processor. Blend all the ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Ladle the pesto into small jars, refrigerate, and enjoy!

Growing a Pizza Garden

Growing a Pizza Garden is a great way to get children outdoors and motivated to both plant, and eat vegetables. Your Pizza Garden could include tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, basil, arugula and rosemary.  A pizza garden can easily be grown in the LGarden on a sunny patio or terrace. Make sure the soil mix in your LGarden is light and loose to at least a foot in depth, and amend it with organic compost, and a balanced organic fertilizer.  Most pizza plants are sun-lovers; so need 6-8 hours of sunlight for best production and flavor. Again, some recommended veggies for a Pizza Garden are;

TomatoesTry red, orange and yellow Garden Candy and juicy Camp Joy cherry tomatoes for slicing and baking directly on pizzas, or for making sun-dried tomatoes in a dehydrator.

PeppersFor a colorful pizza, grow Jewel Toned Sweet Bells in red, orange and gold.

OreganoThe sweetest and most flavorful variety for fresh eating is True Greek. Many other Italian types taste too hot, spicy or bitter.

Arugula – An excellent arugula for pizza is Rustic Arugula. Since it is a perennial, it lasts all season in the garden, whereas annual arugula goes to seed faster and must be continually replanted. It has the most delicate flavor, and it’s finely cut dark green leaves contrast beautifully with the white cheese and red sauce! Top pizza with arugula just before serving instead of baking it since it will quickly burn to a crisp in a hot oven.

Basil Good choices for pizza include the extra-large Salad Leaf Basil, and the spoon-shaped and fragrant Profuma di Genova . For abundant harvests of basil for pesto, try Italian Pesto Basil. Another favorite pizza is spread with pesto and topped with slow-cooked caramelized onions. As with arugula, add basil right before serving rather than baking it in the oven.

ENJOY!

 

 

4 Seasons of LGarden

Our calendar says Spring is here.  Our slowly melting snow says we’re getting close.  It’s time to plan your LGarden’s 1st crop of the year.  Every Vegetable or Herb requires a different soil temperature for outdoor planting.  These varieties will also differ in how many days each will take to mature and when they will be ready to harvest.  To maximize your LGarden’s output for up to 3 or 4 seasons you’ll want to plan accordingly.

 

Season 1 Recommendation (Based on zones 5-6)

Many Vegetable and Herb seeds can be started indoors in March or April.  When planting seeds or plants outside you are supposed to wait until after the last frost, which is typically mid to late May.  However, to get your LGarden broken-in, plant some Pansies along with Parsley, Chives or Thyme which can be planted a couple weeks in advance of that last frost.  After the last frost, go ahead and plant Beets, Leaf Lettuce, Radish or Spinach. These can all be planted immediately following the last frost and will be ready to harvest in 30-50 days.  (Keep in mind, by planting in the LGarden you will be most likely dealing with warmer soil temperatures that are far ahead of the ground’s soil temperature so you may want to gamble a week or so on your planting time – your early bumper crop will be a great reward.)

Season 2 Recommendation (Based on zones 5-6)

In early to mid-June, consider planting Basil, Cilantro, Eggplant, Peppers or smaller Tomato varieties.  These are our mid-Summer varieties that will need 60 to 80 days before harvest.  As temperatures heat up these varieties will flourish.

Season 3 Recommendation (Based on zones 5-6)

In mid to late-June consider planting Cabbage, Kale, Lettuce, Pumpkin and Fall Squash.  Outside of the late season lettuce, these other varieties take longer to germinate, 70-100 days.

Season 4 Recommendation (Based on zones 5-6)

Following the first frost of the Fall, remove all roots and foliage from Spring and Summer plantings.  Consider planting Spring-blooming bulbs like Crocus, Daffodils or Tulips in your LGarden.  The LGarden can then be rolled into the garage or covered to give the bulbs the insulation they need to survive the winter.

 

Don’t be afraid to mix crops above.  You may want to consider planting short season crops, such as radishes and beets, between long season crops like tomatoes, peppers, and broccoli. Interplant lettuce with long season crops for added shade from the sun and relief from the heat so that your lettuce won’t have a bitter flavor. Grow several crops throughout the season in the same row. Start with cool weather crops, such as radishes or leaf lettuce. Harvest those and replace them with a second planting of an unrelated crop like beans or cucumbers to reduce the plant’s risk of disease.

Summer Breeze…..in the Deep Freeze #1

Fresh, fresh, fresh…you will hear Bartenders talking about fresh ingredients all the time. Using fresh squeezed juices, garnishes at their peak and fresh herbs to make “basic” cocktails spectacular.  You cannot get any fresher than growing your own berries and herbs in your LGarden.

If you enjoy gardening anyway, there’s no reason not to design a portion of your plantings around your drinking preferences.  Planting a Bartender’s Garden is just one more way to customize your gardening, and drinking experience.  When you see the following drink recipes, you may want to consider adding Strawberries or Mint to your LGarden!

STRAWBERRY MARTINI

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup (or to taste)
  • 5 FRESH Strawberries
  •  ice

Preparation:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, crush or muddle 4 strawberries
  2. Add Vodka and simple syrup
  3. Fill shaker with ice and shake well
  4. Pour and strain into a frosted martini glass
  5. Garnish the rim of the martini glass with the remaining strawberry

MOJITO

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Place the sugar, the mint leaves, and a little club soda into a highball glass
  2. Muddle well to dissolve the sugar and to release the mint flavor
  3. Squeeze the juice from both halves of the lime into the glass
  4. Drop one half of the lime into the glass
  5. Add the rum and stir well
  6. Fill the glass with ice cubes
  7. Add the rest of the club soda
  8. Garnish with the mint sprig

Growing a Salsa Garden

Growing your own fresh vegetables can be rewarding to say the least. A salsa garden is a wonderful way to grow your own vegetables and spices so you can enjoy fresh homegrown, homemade salsa anytime!

Tomatoes – A flavorful salsa begins and ends with tomatoes. Any tomato will taste good when used in salsa, but here are some varieties we recommend for the LGarden.Salsa gardens are delicious!

Patio Princess If the word “patio” is in the name then they must be good for growing on patios, decks, and balconies. The Patio Princess is a relatively small plant that produces some of the most delicious little tomatoes ever. The plants typically only reach about 2 feet tall and produce a continual stream of 2″ tomatoes.

Bushsteak The Bushsteak tomato is ideal for growing in the LGarden since the compact plant only grows to 20 – 24 inches in height, but produces large, juicy tomatoes.

Sweetheart of the Patio The Sweetheart of the Patio is another variety that is perfect for your LGarden. Another compact plant that produces 1” tomatoes, bursting with super sweet juiciness.

Baxter’s Bush Cherry Baxter’s Bush Cherry features vigorous growth and productive yields that’s perfect for the patio or balcony. The fruits are a deep red color and are resistant to cracking. This bushy variety doesn’t need staking or cages.

Sweet Baby Girl A variety that doesn’t get too tall, but produces sweet, red cherry tomatoes loaded with rich tomato flavor.

Gardener’s Delight An heirloom cherry tomato that has become a favorite among many container gardeners. This productive plant features 1” tomatoes that have a nice balance between sweetness and rich tomato flavor.

Balcony This variety is just the right size for the LGarden. It produces 2” fruits bursting with flavor.

Tumbling Tom Yellow This variety will cascade over the edge of the LGarden so should be planted along the perimeter. It bears a ton of yellow tomatoes that deliciously sweet and between 1” and 2”.

Peppers – Peppers are the ingredients that make your salsa unique. Like tomatoes, a variety of at least two or three peppers will add flavor depth to your salsa. A sweet red or green pepper is a good starting point; accompany the sweet pepper with at least one chili pepper, depending on your tastes. Jalapeno, Habanero or Serrano peppers can add heat, while Poblano, Colorado or Anaheim chilies are zesty, middle of the road peppers.

Onions and Garlic – The Onion is an important salsa ingredient. Although any firm, blemish-free onion will result in delicious salsa, its flavor is a matter of personal taste. Onions such as Sweet Spanish, Walla Walla Sweets or Bermudas are sweet and mild either raw or cooked. Like it’s cousin the Onion, Garlic is a cinch to grow in the LGarden. Any variety of garlic will complement the flavor of your salsa.

Herbs – Dedicate a small, sunny corner of your LGarden to Cilantro. It is easy isn’t to grow, and will add a distinctive flavor to your salsa.

Getting Started With the LGarden!

You can’t keep a good gardener down, even in the face of ever-shrinking yards, condominium restrictions or apartment life. Many people with little time or space for a traditional garden can grow veggies in the LGarden with great success.

Location, Location, Location –   Vegetables need 6 to 8 hours of sun per day. For heat-loving plants, a south or southwest exposure is best.  Thankfully the LGarden’s wheels make it simple to move from place to place, as necessary.

Soil – To grow veggies or herbs in the LGarden, we recommend you use a Container Mix, or any Soil-less, Peat-based Mix that your local garden center offers.

Vegetable Varieties – Not every vegetable is right for LGarden life — choosing the best plants for your patio or balcony ensures you’ll enjoy sun-ripened veggies by Summer.  Our future blogs will go further in depth as we explore the unlimited Garden Themes for your LGarden (Pizza Garden, Bartenders Garden, Miniature Gardening).  To start, we recommend the following basics;

Tomatoes– Growing a full size tomato plant in the LGarden is possible because of its 16” depth, but a strong stake or cage and lots of water is required.  We recommend you start with a Patio Variety or Cherry Tomato.  You could even underplant it with lettuce, basil or a few flowers.  (Recommended Varieties: Patio Cherry – ‘Small Fry’, ‘Tiny Tim’, ‘Tumbling Tom’)

Lettuce – Lettuce loves the LGarden.  If you grow loose leaf varieties and cut only the outer leaves, the plants will continue to grow for months. However sooner or later they will tire out, so keep planting seed every 3–4 weeks for a succession of harvests.  Lettuce does best in cool weather, but the LGarden can be moved to a shady location and Lettuce can be grown all summer or moved to a protected location and grown into late fall and winter. Water is essential to keep lettuce happy. (Recommended Varieties: ‘Buttercrunch’, red or green ‘Salad Bowl’ and any variety bibb).

Herbs–Growing Herbs in the LGarden is perfect, because they’re easy to grow, beautiful, and they give you a great bang for your buck. It isso convenient to be able to step out your door and pick a handful of fresh herbs from your LGarden.Grow either what you like to eat or what you think is beautiful. Basil is great for cooking and perfect for making Pesto. Parsley and Rosemary are great options too.  Parsley is great for so many recipes, and  Rosemary is expensive to buy in stores, and it is an impressive looking plant. (Recommended Varieties: Basil, Parsley, Rosemary)

Water and Fertilize Once the veggies have been planted in your LGarden, be sure to water them in and fertilize with an organic fertilizer. Plants in the LGarden will require more frequent watering than plants in the ground. As the season progresses and your plants mature, their root system will expand and require even more water. Don’t wait until you see the plants wilting.

GET OUT THERE AND GET STARTED!

 



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