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How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Your Tomato Plants to Stop Fungal Diseases: Mix Ratios, Spray Routine & Theory

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How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Your Tomato Plants to Stop Fungal Diseases: Mix Ratios, Spray Routine & Theory

Hydrogen Peroxide is H2O2, two hydrogen atoms and 2 oxygen atoms bonded together. It has one more oxygen atom than water, which is H2O. Studies have shown that plants create H2O2 and similar molecules in response to fungal and bacterial attacks. You can keyword search: The Oxidative Burst in Plant Disease Resistance for detailed information.  This an extremely simplified explanation of how Hydrogen Peroxide or H2O2 works to kill fungi and bacteria on your tomato plants. The bonds that form a molecule of hydrogen peroxide are very unstable. When we spray H2O2 onto  tomato leaves, the fungi like 'Leaf Spot' and...

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How to Water Your Vegetable Beds & Container Gardens: Calculating Temperature with Other Factors for A Weekly Watering Routine

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How to Water Your Vegetable Beds & Container Gardens: Calculating Temperature with Other Factors for A Weekly Watering Routine

I get asked all the time, "How much water should I give my plants?" or "How often should I water my plants?". The answer is... it depends.
I can't answer that question with a single simple answer because many factors need to be considered when determining how often and how much water to give your plants each week. The following factors have to be considered:
  1. Plant Size
  2. Soil Type
  3. Temperature
  4. Weather Conditions: Full Sun, Cloudy, Rain
  5. Container Size for Container Gardens
  6. Planting Density for Earth Bed Gardens

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How to Use Worm Castings for Your Tomato & Vegetable Seed Starts: Starting Tomatoes NO Grow-Lights!

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How to Use Worm Castings for Your Tomato & Vegetable Seed Starts: Starting Tomatoes NO Grow-Lights!

You can save a lot of money by starting your vegetable seeds indoors. It is a lot of fun and you can grow plant varieties that you just won't find, as transplants, at your local stores. There are two major issues that impact seed starting and they are lighting and fertilizing. I address both of them in the video. A lot of gardeners, that are seed starting for the first time, get thin tall flimsy seedlings. This is called 'legginess." When a germinated plant breaks the surface and it is NOT met by intense light, it keeps growing and stretching...

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The Most Complete Video Guide For Growing Tomatoes & Peppers from Seed Starting to Harvest: A Digital Table of Contents

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The Most Complete Video Guide For Growing Tomatoes & Peppers from Seed Starting to Harvest: A Digital Table of Contents

This is probably the most complete guide on YT for starting tomatoes and peppers indoors, through harvesting them and all the steps in between. Every step can be found in the digital table of contents.

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A Complete Guide to Planting Blueberry Bushes: Acidity & Two Different Varieties are Key!

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by Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden) This video shows you how to plant 1 gallon blueberry bushes. I go through soil preparation, acidity, planting and feeding. All the steps you need to get your blueberry bushes established and off to a great start. Two keys... 2 different plant varieties and acidity! Visit my YouTube Channel with over 800 gardening videos: The Rusted Garden You need to have two different blueberry varieties for effective pollination. Like varieties will pollinate each other but the berries are generally smaller and problematic. When two different varieties of blueberries cross-pollinate, you get nice large plump...

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