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Weatherguard Walk In Hoop House Kit
This is the hoop house I’ve been using for over three years. It does a good job of helping me in three areas: (1) It helps me get an early start on starting seedlings in late winter and early spring. (2) It extends the growing season in the late fall. (3) It allows me to salad greens nearly year round. Get more information on this hoop house kit here.
Giantex Cold Frame Kit
This is the cold frame I’ve used for over a year. It’s made of polycarbonate panels and a wood frame. I like how the hinge allows you to prop open the top when the temperature inside gets too warm. I’ve found that on on sunny days, even in the middle of winter, it’s important to vent the cold frame because the temperature skyrockets.
Nesting Soil Block Maker
Nesting soil block makers make a small soil block that fits inside a larger soil block so that you can easily grow the area for the root system as the plant grows. This saves you space under the grow lights or hoop house. Get more information on this soil block maker here.
Burpee Seed Starting Mix
Burpee Seed Starting Mix performed best in my seed starting mix test. This is the seed starting mix I use. Get more information on this seed starter here.
Promix Organic Pro Seed Starting Mix
While Burpee is the best seed starting mix for when you are NOT using a soil block maker, Promix is best when your are using one. The mix stays packed together better than Burpee. Learn more about Promix here.
Coast of Maine Organic Potting Soil
I’ve had really good luck with Coast of Maine Organic Potting Soil. I use it when I transplant small seedlings into larger pots. Get more information on this potting soil here.
Miracle Gro Tumbling Compost Maker
If you are looking for a compost tumbler that can withstand the weather, here it is. Get more information on this tumbling composter here.
Oatey Mystic Rainwater Collection System / Downspout Diverter
I have the Rainreserve downspout diverter, but many people have told me that they like this one better. It’s made with UV-resistent plastic, which can be painted. Get more information on this downspout diverter here.
Good Ideas Rain Barrel
This rain barrel has a brass spigot (not plastic) and an overflow spout. Good screening keeps unwanted things out of the barrel. Get more information on this rain barrel here.
Transplanting & Beyond
Stainless Steel Soil Thermometer
Do you have problems finding out when is the best time to start planting your seedlings and young plants? You can avoid transplanting too early, and measure the temperature of your compost pile, with this high quality tool. Get more information on this soil thermometer here.
Neptune’s Harvest Liquid Fish and Seaweed Fertilizer
Neptune’s Harvest is the best liquid fish and seaweed fertilizer I’ve used. But be careful. I’ve found that skunks and raccoons will dig up plants where you used the liquid fertilizer because they think there’s a fish down there. Get more information on this liquid fertilizer here.
Coop Poop Chicken Manure Pellets
Coop Poop pellets by Healthy Grow is the brand of chicken manure pellets I like the best. I like this brand because it seems more potent than other brands I’ve tried.
Plus, it’s OMRI-listed, which is important if you are an organic gardener.
But don’t use too much chicken manure because your plants will have very healthy dark green leaves, but fewer fruit (if we are talking about fruiting plants). The dark green leaves will likely attract insects that you don’t want.
Get more information about Coop Poop here.
Tangkula Chicken Coop with Small Run
If you’re only going to have a couple of chickens, this is the coop for you. It will require some modification. Screening the bottom of the run is a must because you don’t want predators digging into the coop. Get more information on this chicken coop / run here.
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