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Trellising and Training Pepper Plants using HORTOMALLAS

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Clearly training vegetable plants with some sort of trellising system (like trellis netting ) will pay back the initial investment many folds as the plant will grow more vigorously and maintain its branches and fruits away from the ground humidity.

Peppers, like tomatoes, are subject to bacteria attacks as well as viruses and fungi, which are usually transmitted mechanically by some sort of vector, we most often blame insects like thrips and white flies for the contagion as they jump from plant to plant and spread the disease with pure mechanical touch (not only are lymph feeding insects the cause of pathogens). Mechanical transmission of pathogens is caused by workers and supervisors who inadvertently come in touch with an infected plant (or a cigarette with tobacco virus) and start spreading the virus, bacteria or fungus from plant to plant during pruning and training operations.

The company HORTOMALLAS that manufactures this trellis net specializes in crop support and offers a great deal of information in their web site on all aspects of plant training: since the great majority of their technical blog entries are in Spanish I suggest you look up entries that include the word entutorar and then run the online translator in case you are not fluent.

No matter how much we try to spray and disinfect workers before coming in contact with pathogens and bringing them unto our planted fields, it seems to be a common trait of hired employees that having to perform due to a per-piece pay structure are forced to work under time pressure and tend to skip on quality if necessary in order to bring in the required quantity measurements scales.

HORTOMALLAS trellis netting permits farmers to finally reduce the amount of labor necessary in the field, allowing the plant to grow freely and lean on the meshes of the vegetable support net, without needing further manual guidance like with raffia twine methods, where the plant needs to be “shown” the way inch per inch.

As pepper and tomato plants will grow through the meshes of HORTOMALLAS, they will orient their leaves towards the light source effectively and organically, without mechanical stress which reduces crop yields and reducing the rate of transmission of pathogens. This video on this trellis support net might help visualize how this system works.

Overall my vote on this type of trellising system is a 8/10, I would have given it a 9 or even a 10 if they had the same amount of reading material in English as they have in Spanish. I must say though that this is a serious company, and they responded all of my emails in perfect English!

Choosing the Right Sprayer for Your Garden and Lawn

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Gardening is a wonderful and relaxing hobby. Everyone who has a garden space will know the importance of having garden sprayers, which serves as agricultural spraying equipment to help tend different kinds of plants and crops. There are a lot of types of sprayers and that each type can perform well depending on your needs. You can choose from a knapsack sprayer to power garden tool to supply your gardening requirements. Thus, here is a list of the different sprayers that you can use to maintain your lawn.

Knapsack sprayer

This type of sprayer is carried just like how you would carry a knapsack. A backpack spray machine is made up of a apparatus with a nozzle and a big bag or cavity as one of its parts that allow you to hold a specified amount of liquid. You can use the backpack power tool to carry liquid fertilizers and spray the mixture evenly to your plants. It is very convenient and is considered as one of the most portable sprayer that you can use. You operate it by pumping the liquid out.

Battery sprayer

Compared to the previous tool mentioned, a battery powered sprayer looks just like a backpack garden sprayer. The battery garden sprayer also comes in with the container and the nozzles as one of its parts. However, what is different is that it is operated using a small battery thus instead of pumping to release the liquid, you just press something and the battery will work to release the liquid from the power tool.

Garden hose sprayer

One of the crudest types of sprayer for your garden is the garden hose sprayer. The garden hose sprayer is very simple. It is made from a long hose and has valves that you can control manually. You can also replace the sprayer parts easily unlike the other three types of sprayers used. The different valve sizes make the hose sprayer release different sprinkles from a fine mist jet of water to a bigger stream of water. On the other hand, they are usually attached on the faucet due to other garden parts that allows you to connect it directly to the faucet.

Power sprayer

A power sprayer is one of the most high-powered sprayers that you can use for bigger gardens such as botanical gardens. A power sprayer is usually operated by gas or electricity and shoots off water as fine as a stream or as powerful as a jet of water. Having said this, a power spray machine is extremely helpful if you have a farm or a big garden to maintain since a garden sprayer can reach a lot of areas easily. However, its garden sprayer parts are somehow expensive than the other sprayers.

You can browse online web portals for more exhaustive info on sprayers that are used for gardening and agricultural purposes. One can even buy good quality garden sprayers through reliable online e stores. For example the Solo 425 knapsack sprayer is one of the best kinds of sprayers for garden purposes. It can be controlled manually and the nozzle discharges small droplets for greater exposure. Latest sprayer brands offer large capacity tank, large barrel for greater pressure, belts, flexible and durable hose and adjustable sprayer lance.