Tips You Need to Know Before You Start Your Garden

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a green thumb to be good at gardening. Patience may be your best friend when it comes to starting a successful garden, but there are additional tips you should at least be aware of.

Research before you start. Grow vegetables and fruits that are native to your area. Many experience failure in gardening because they are growing plants, fruits and vegetables that do not naturally grow in the area. Before starting your garden, do some research to find out which plants are native to your area before planting them. Also, research what each individual plant needs to thrive. Some will require more work and effort than others.

Give your plants and vegetables space. Broccoli, squash and cabbage require plenty of room for them to grow. Cramming your plants too closely together will stunt growth, so be sure to leave adequate space in your garden. Keep this in mind as well, corn takes up little ground space but the stalks will grow tall and potentially block sunlight from its neighbors. Account for this before planting any seeds.

Use fertilizer. Plants need nutrients to live and thrive just like humans do, so we need to feed them. Failure to do so will result in your garden failing to produce. Once you select a fertilizer to use, follow manufacturer instructions for how often you need to fertilize (which is often once a week), but be sure to stick to a regular schedule and never neglect fertilizing your lawn and garden.

Water frequently. All life needs water to exist, this includes your plants. Water draws nutrients from the soil and transports them throughout the plant. Without enough water in the plant cells the plants will begin to droop, this is one of the tell-tale signs that your plant is not getting enough water. The environment in which plants grow is rich with bacteria and microorganisms. Chlorinated water disrupts this environment by disturbing healthy bacterial growth and harming beneficial microorganisms. It also prevents nutrient uptake essential to the growth of the plant, as well as altering pH levels. To reduce this risk, use the Rainshow’r Gard’n Gro Filter System.

This Garden filter system is a non-toxic de-chlorinator that promotes healthy plant growth and plant nutrition. By reducing the effects of chlorinated water in your garden, you are also reducing the risk of disrupting healthy bacterial growth in your garden.

rainshow'r-gard'n-gro-filter-system“Excellent construction. Easy to use and does wonders for your garden!!”- Dave (taken from FiltersFast.com product reviews)

This Rainshow’r Garden Filter System is certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA). By using this garden filter you are reducing the risk of stunting the growth of your garden. The eventual success of your garden can ultimately depend on the quality of water you are using. The Rainshow’r Filter is not designed as a drinking water filter, but is designed to give you the best possible water quality for your garden.

Use caution. Be sure to apply a proper balance of water to your plant. If a plant’s soil has too much water, the roots will begin to rot and the plant will not get enough oxygen from the soil. If a plants soil has too little water, the nutrients it needs cannot travel throughout the plant. A plant cannot grow if it doesn’t have healthy roots, so take care to not over or under water your plants.

This is by no means a list of all the best gardening tips that you can use for a better garden this year. If you have experience in planting gardens or would like to share your gardening experiences, we would love to hear from you. What advice do you have?

7 Unique Gifts for Mom from Filters Fast

I love you momPerhaps you hadn’t thought about Filters Fast as the place to buy your mom that special gift that says “I love you.” But, we do carry a few items that are practical and will manage to make mom feel extra-special too. Even if you don’t buy one of these in time for Mother’s Day this year, there’s always her birthday, Christmas, next Mother’s Day, or even “just because.”

1. PUR 3-Stage Horizontal Silver Faucet Water Filter

This faucet filter removes or reduces lead, mercury, sediment, dirt, microbial cysts, and the bad taste and odor of chlorine. A stainless steel finish makes it the perfect addition to mom’s kitchen, and best of all, installation is easy. Simply snap the PUR 3-Stage faucet-mount filter onto your faucet with just one click. No messy, under sink installation for dad this Mother’s Day.

2. Mavea Elemaris Filtered Water Pitcher

Recently dubbed “the sexiest water filtration pitcher in town,” the Mavea Elemaris filtered water pitcher has a soft, rubber grip handle and a sleek look that is perfect for entertaining guests, while providing fresh filtered water, free from contaminants like chlorine, mercury, copper, benzine, atrazine, limescale, rust and more. This is one gift that mom will use over and over again.

3. Reusable Water Bottle

As we stated in a recent post, reusable water bottles are the perfect active wear fashion accessory. Besides that, they will help mom save money that she’d otherwise spend on single-use, plastic bottled water. A Klean Kanteen filled with already-filtered tap water, or a Brita bottle that comes with a built-in filter are the perfect gifts for moms who are constantly on-the-go.

4. Sprite Shower Falls Multi-Position Filtered Shower Head

Sprite is known for manufacturing some of the highest-quality water filters, and this particular filtered shower head not only reduces harmful chlorine; it features a beautiful chrome finish along with a 5-way massaging spray. Here is a gift that encourages relaxation and good health, all in one system.

5. Rainshow’r Gard’n Gro Garden Filter System

Help mom out with her garden this summer with a Rainshow’r Gard’n Gro Water Filter System. This non-toxic dechlorinator promotes healthy plant growth and nutrition by removing harsh, toxic chlorine from your water, before it reaches your plants. Those garden-fresh tomatoes, squash and zucchini will be better than ever, this year.

6. A Year’s Supply of Filters Fast Air Filters

Has mom been suffering from allergies this spring? A 6-pack of Filters Fast 1″ MERV 13 air filters will efficiently improve indoor air quality for at least an entire year. Give mom a gift that will last through next Mother’s Day.

7. A New Microwave Filter

This is one set of products that many people don’t know we carry. In fact, it’s one of the most neglected items in the home, as most people do not even turn on their microwave & hood range vents while cooking. Even if they do, the filter likely hasn’t been cleaned or replaced in quite some time. To learn more about the necessity for range hood filters, check out this post we did last year. In the meantime, mom’s microwave filter probably needs replacing, so buy her a new one from Filters Fast.

All the moms out there: which one of these items says I love you, best?