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Agricultural Tools Benefits

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Cultivators
Quality agricultural produce can be ensured with the use of soil and land preparation tools. A full array of soil cultivation tools is available with the manufacturers that play a significant role in removing weeds. Apart from mini tillers and tractors, other forms of cultivators in use include rotovators and rototillers with efficient features and functionality are also used worldwide.

Soil Test Kits
A soil testing kit is among the most useful agricultural tools available for the farmers these days. These kits are designed to help the farmers analyze the pH value of soil to adjudge its nutrient value. This further helps in deciding the quantity of different nutrients that must be added to different parts of the agricultural land in order to improve productivity.

Organic Fertilizers
After estimating the nutrient value of soil using soil testing kit, the next important step is to add fertilizers that can help to improve the soil’s productive quality. Organic fertilizers are the agriculture products that are preferred over traditional fertilizers due to many advantages. Apart from being cheap and of good quality, these fertilizers are environment-friendly and safe.

Different Sprayers
It is important that organic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides are evenly distributed over the soil and crops. The soil testing kit results must be taken into account in this regard to ensure that the soil always has designated pH value. A variety of sprayers are manufactured by the manufacturers to serve the purpose. These agricultural tools may appear as small and insignificant, but can definitely contribute towards improved agriculture production.

Other Tools
Irrigation systems must have the right components to ensure that the crops are watered in the right manner. Irrigation pumps can play a significant role in this direction. Some of the best types of irrigation pumps include displacement pumps, centrifugal pumps and submersible pumps. Post harvesting tools are also required to process the crops and obtain the desired output. Sugarcane harvesters and potato harvesters are the good examples of such tools that help in harvesting as well as processing tools.

All about Growing Summer Squash in Your Garden

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Summer squash is one of the all time most popular vegetables grown in a vegetable garden. Summer squash is, as the name implies, a warm growing season vegetable. It can grow in most parts of the US during the warm months. Summer squash grows on bush plants well suited for rows, rather than vining squash plants like winter squash, or pumpkins.

These vining varieties of winter squash need to be grown on a hill or a trellis. Hills are not needed for summer squash, as there are no vines. The main varieties of summer squash are scallop, crookneck, zucchini, and cocozelle. Once the last chance of frost has passed, plant seeds one per square foot, following the depth guides on the seed package.

Summer squash has a shallow feeder root system, so routine moisture is a requirement, as well as having well drained soil. The fruits ripen quite fast, and unlike winter squash, summer squash needs to be harvested before the skin becomes tough and woody. The woody texture, and off flavors occur when the fruits hit maturity. Summer squash produces every two days, the squash are ready a week after the flowers appear. Picking squash from the plant encourages it to grow more fruits, allowing the extras to remain on the plant wastes energy that could be devoted to growing more squashes. Summer squash does not keep long after being harvested. Use them immediately, or the next day at the latest. As always, leave an inch of stem on the fruit when you cut it off the plant, this will help it stay fresher longer.

Some gardeners pick the baby fruits at only two days of growth, these ‘gourmet’ squashes are extremely tender and quite delicious. You can even eat the florets with the green pea sized squashes just emerging, both raw and cooked. Handle your harvest with care, as the skin is still thin since it has not reached maturity.

Summer squash produces both male and female flowers at the same time. The males have a thin stem, and the females have a small squash forming in them. You can pinch off most of the male flowers, to help the plant focus on fruit production. You do not need to peel summer squash, in fact – don’t, it’s where all the nutrients reside.

Learning to grow summer squash in your backyard is just that easy.