Tips and Tricks

    • 15
    • May

    Best Container Vegetables to Grow in the Shade

    You’ve scoped out your garden space…

    …and determined how much direct sunlight it gets.

    Your garden gets less than 6 hours and you feel hopeless.

    Sorry to break it to you, but that means you can’t grow tomatoes.

    Don’t worry there are other vegetables you can successfully grow in that space.

    Shade loving vegetables

    The following vegetables will do just well in containers and the shade:

    The following vegetables will do just well in containers and the shade.

    • Beans
    • Beets
    • Broccoli
    • Brussel sprouts
    • Cauliflower
    • Leafy greens
    • Peas
    • Radishes
    • Scallions

      Helping you to succeed in your garden

      The purpose of this list is to serve as a guide in helping you to minimize the mistakes you make and set you up for success in your garden.

      If you want to, experiment in your garden. See if other vegetables do well in the shade. No one will get hurt if you do.

    Posted on May 15, 2012 in Tips and Tricks

    • 11
    • May

    Cloning Tips

    Cloning, or asexual propagation, is the act of generating a genetic copy of a plant by replanting a part of the original plant. The technique is used successfully by many commercial greenhouses throughout the world to successfully grow large quantities of standardized  plants. Wild plants such as spider plants and strawberries, and even trees like poplars use this method to increase their size. Cloning is a great way to maintain a perpetual garden and cut down on the cost of buying seeds every year. Also, because each clone is a genetic copy to the original plant there will be little to no variability between clones. To take a clone you must:

    1) Find a healthy above-ground stem on the plant, preferably a lower branch. 2) Look at the stem you selected, make sure there are at least 3 total nodes on the stem. One node at the very top, one at the bottom and one in the middle. A node is where the petiole connects to the main stem. 3) Remove the leaves and petioles completely from only the bottom node, roots will emerge only from nodes so it is important to get this right. 4) Using a sharp blade angled downward at a 45 degree angle, cut as close to bottom node as you can get without actually cutting the node off. The bottom stem of the plant should be angled like the tip on a hypodermic needle. 5) If using a cloning gel or solution apply that generously to the entire bottom node.



    • You should take cuttings from stems with a diameter of ⅛” to ¼”, these will root the most easily.
    • Feel the node where the roots are going to grow. If it feels hard/woody try to select a stem with softer vegetative tissue
    • Use a clean razor blade or scalpel. Sharper is better, but be careful!
    • If you have taken a cutting which has very large leaves or a smaller stem, cut off part of the leaves to prevent losing too much water to transpiration.
    • Oxygenate your water!


    Posted on May 11, 2012 in Newsletter Articles, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials
    Tags: Newsletter

    • 11
    • May

    Silicon - Armor for your Plants!

    Silicon – Armor for Your Plants

    Strong plants yield more than weak ones, so it is best to start supplementing your plant with silicon once your  plants are well rooted. Plants can uptake silicon through their roots, and with also through the stomata on the leaves. Silicon is naturallychelated by potassium and so it helps to improve nutrient uptake and transfer into the vascular tissue. Once inside the plant,it is incorporated into and around cell walls strengthening the tissues of the plant further protecting it further from pathogenic and fungal infections.

    Silicon has also been shown to protect plants from high salinity stress, which will protect your plant from heavily  accumulated nutrients in your medium. Silicon can also protect your plant from drying out, by increasing its drought resistance. Plants that have accumulated silica into their cell wall spaces have been shown to tolerate dryer conditions.

    Concentrations of dissolved silicon between 10-50ppm have been shown to be beneficial for many plants, and in almost all trials plants supplemented with silicon grew better than those that were not supplemented with silicon.


     HOW TO USE SILICON IN SOIL: Diatomaceous earth is 80-90% silicon, so amending it into your soil before planting at the rate of ¼ cup diatomaceous earth per 1 gallon of soil will work best. You can also water in diatomaceous earth(2tbsp per gallon) or another silicon supplement(see below) by hand with a watering can.

    Diatomaceous Earth (an organic supplement)


    HOW TO USE SILICON IN HYDRO: There are many silicon supplements available on the market, the ones we recommend are: Dyna-Gro ProTekt, Grotek Pro-Silicate, or Botanicare Silica Blast. All of these products can be added to reservoirs at the rate of 1-5ml per gallon of water. Please note that the silicon solution is basic, and adding it to your reservoir may raise your reservoir pH. Make sure your pH stays in the correct range and add a small amount of pH down if necessary.

    Dyna-Gro - Pro-Tekt

    Grotek - Pro Silicate

    Botanicare - Silica Blast

    Posted on May 11, 2012 in Newsletter Articles, Tips and Tricks

    • 11
    • May

    Fighting Spider Mites

    Theres nothing worse than watching your plants get eaten by spider mites. It is truly a sad sight to watch all your hard work undone by those nasty little critters.

    Don't let your plants get eaten by those pesky bugs this season! Fight back!



    The staff here at GrowGreenMi is happy to introduce you to an effective product! We have been using Mighty Wash and have nothing but positive results.

    Heres some information about Mighty Wash:

    • Mighty wash is an effective solution to any spider mite problem. It is easy to use, and is a great addition to any garden.
    • Mighty Wash is people and pet safe, and contains no harmful/toxic chemicals.
    • It can be used at any point in the growth season, no need to worry about getting a nasty chemicals on your precious flowers.
    • Foggers and spray-cans may seem like the best solution, but the people have made the switch from can-based pesticides to Mighty Wash have given us so much positive feedback.





    Might Wash comes ready to use, no dilution is required. Diluting the product will render it ineffective, so DO NOT DILUTE IT. 

    This products works great with a hand sprayer, but larger applications we prefer to use an atomizer.

    Mighty Wash will eliminate spider mites, along with their eggs and larvae. This is an all-in-one spider mite solution.




    1. 1) Load the Mighty Wash undiluted into the spraying device.
    2. 2) Get it your plant wet. I mean really, really wet. Get it soaking wet. Cover the tops and bottoms of the leaves, the stems, the flower sites and the top of the soil/medium.
    3. 3) Allow the water to evaporate, which will leave a thin film of the product on your plant. Do not wash the film off immediately, wait at least a day for the plant to dry completely.
    4. 4) Repeat once more in 5-7 days.


    Two treatments are generally sufficient to remove the infestation, but some gardens with more advanced infestations may require 3 treatments.

    This most important thing is to completely cover the surfaces of your entire plant with the product, and not to leave any plants uncovered.

    Posted on May 11, 2012 in Newsletter Articles, Green Room Fights, Tips and Tricks
    Tags: Pests, Organic, Newsletter, Natural, Mighty Wash, Green Deals, Bugs

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