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10 simple tips for your best tomatoes ever!

By Tim Stark - Organic Gardening Secrets to Tomato-Growing Success - 1. Choose a bright, airy spot. Plant tomatoes where they will get at least 10 hours of light in summer. And leave room between plants for air to circulate. 2. Rotate even a little. Alternate your tomato bed between even just two spots and you diminish the risk of soilborne diseases such as bacterial spot and early blight. 3. Pass up overgrown transplants. When buying tomato seedlings, beware of lush green…

How to Grow Garlic: A Growing Guide

By Chester Aaron - Organic Gardening - Soil preparation: Garlic will tolerate some shade but prefers full sun. While I've seen cloves sprout in gravel pits, garlic responds best in well-drained, rich, loamy soil amended with lots of organic matter. Raised beds are ideal, except in very dry regions. Planting: To grow garlic, you plant the cloves, the sections of the bulb; each clove will produce a new bulb. The largest cloves generally yield the biggest bulbs. To get the cloves off to a…

Cotton market: Ginners may raise asking prices amid slow arrivals

December 31, 2014 - BR Report - Prices maintained upward march on the cotton market on Tuesday amid tight supply of fine quality, dealers added. The official spot rate was higher by Rs 50 to Rs 4,950, they said. In the ready session, around 13,000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 4700-5350, they said. In Sindh, prices of seed cotton were unchanged at Rs 1900 and Rs 2500, in Punjab prices rose by Rs 100 to Rs 2200 and Rs 2900, they said. Market sources said that phutti arrivals…

Cotton market: prices improve amid tight supplies

December 27, 2014 - BR Report - Tight supplies of phutti helped rates to go up on the cotton market on Friday in the process of trading, dealers said. The official spot rate was unchanged at Rs 4,800, they added. In the ready session, around 20,000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 4600-5100, they said. In Sindh, prices were unchanged at Rs 1600 and Rs 2500, in Punjab inferior quality rose by Rs 200 to Rs 2200 while the best type was unmoved at Rs 2600, they said. According to…

Cotton market: Exporters show little interest amid slow arrivals

December 23, 2014 - BR Report - Exporters showed little interest in fresh buying on the cotton market on Monday in the process of slow arrivals of seed cotton, dealers said. The official spot rate was unchanged at Rs 4,750, they added. In the ready session, around 13,000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 4600-5000, they said. In Sindh, prices were unchanged at Rs 1600 and Rs 2350, in Punjab prices were at Rs 1800 and Rs 2550, they said. Cotton analyst, Naseem Usman commenting…

Water Spinach Ipomoea aquatica – New Crops

World Crops -Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) is a member of the Convolvulaceae (Morning glory) family and the same genus as the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas). Water spinach is an herbaceous aquatic or semi-aquatic perennial plant of the tropics and subtropics. It has a creeping growth habit but may grow erect in water. There are two major cultivars of water spinach. Ching Quat, also known as “green stem” water spinach, has narrow leaves and white flowers and is usually grown in moist soils.…

Spinach Growing Guide

Organic Gardening- Spinach is one of the most satisfying cool-weather crops to grow, producing large yields of vitamin-rich, dark green leaves that are excellent for salads and for cooking. Since both hot weather and long days trigger spinach to bolt (send up a seed stalk) quickly, the secret to success with this crop is to start sowing seeds as soon as possible in spring, to make small, frequent plantings during late spring and summer, and to concentrate on fall as the season for…

How women cotton-pickers wage protest paid off

Dec 8, 2014 - By Agencies - A woman works in a cotton field near the city of Multan Azeema Khatoon, a mother of five, has spent most of her life labouring in sunbaked cotton fields for less than $2 a day. Last year, she and a group of around 40 women struggling to feed and clothe their families on their meagre wages did something almost unheard for poor women working in rural Pakistan – they went on strike. The gamble paid off. Khatoon, 35, says she has nearly doubled her wage in…

How to grow potatoes in bags

by Thompson & Morgan - If you’re lucky enough to have space on your vegetable plot you can grow your potatoes in the ground. If you only have limited space read this potato growing guide to find out how to grow potatoes in containers. Nothing beats that freshly dug, earthy taste of your own home grown potatoes! Growing your own potatoes isn’t as complicated as you might think, particularly if you grow them in potato bags. It’s the perfect method for growing spuds in small gardens,…

7 Ways to Plant Potatoes: 7 Different Methods – Organic Gardening

By Doug Hall - Organic Gardening - 7 Ways to Plant Potatoes We tested 7 easy ways to grow potatoes: 4 in containers, 3 in the ground. I planted organic ‘German Butterball’ seed potatoes in the Organic Gardening test plots near Emmaus, Pennsylvania, using the following seven methods. For the five raised planting techniques, I used a mixture of 2 parts topsoil to 1 part compost. Through the course of the growing season, the benefits and drawbacks of each became clear. 1. Hilled Rows…

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