If you are new to gardening, then you probably at least know the basics. So you understand that having effective composting is critical to your garden’s life. But once you take a walk through your local garden center, you may find yourself quickly confused as to what kind of compost you need, and why there are so many varieties. Here is a quick explanation on what is involved with the various forms of composts. (more…)none
Archive for July, 2008
When it comes to creating good feng shui for the home, most of its practitioners agree that manipulating the surroundings of the house is far more decisive than whatever is done inside.
In last monthâ€™s article, I shared strategies on designing an outdoor living space for your home, based on aesthetic appreciation. Todayâ€™s article will focus on designing to achieve a sense of balance and harmony. (more…)
If you have mastered the art of vegetable gardening, then perhaps you are considering expanding your skills of gardening into something a little more advanced, such as herb gardening. There is in fact a myth that herb gardening is something unique and advanced, but fortunately for you, herb gardening is even easier than gardening other plants and is a great way for beginner gardeners to get their hands dirty and learn how to garden. (more…)none
Shrubs are a wonderful way to add elements to your garden that provide both privacy and ornamentation as a means of highlighting focal points. When choosing shrubs, most people start off thinking about what they like and donâ€™t like. Instead of going with this method, start thinking like a professional garden designer, and choose shrubs that will act as a landscape element in your garden â€“ highlighting the pieces you want highlighting, and acting as a significant garden support element. (more…)none
Many people have the misconception that perennials are the most maintenance free flower. While this is somewhat true, you need to do some low maintenance pruning with your perennials over the summer to ensure a well groomed garden all summer long. (more…)none
This year has brought on a lot of issues for tomato gardeners. Seems like just about everywhere in the world, the tomato season has been a difficult one. Spring temps have been erratic, and summer is not yielding necessary precipitation in many parts of the world. With water restrictions on the rise, this could be more than a challenge. This can lead to far too many hot dry stretches for your tomatoes. (more…)
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For those that are new to growing vegetables and have started their own vegetable garden, or are thinking about it, there are some important considerations you need to keep in mind before you start. Fortunately, growing veggies is a lot easier than it is to grow many other different plants. You only need to plan well, plant well, and care well, in order to ensure you have a wealth of tasty vegetables in no time. (more…)none
With Spring and Summer comes the advent of those creepy crawly ants and anthills that seem to be impossible to remove. Ants are an incredible nuisance, and if you spend a lot of time outdoors, then you will need some tips on how to get rid of them. The key? Go after the anthills, as once their primary residence is destroyed, they will not be able to stick around to pester you. Here are some ant killing recipes for your garden delightsâ€¦
Baking soda and Icing Sugar. Ants love sugar and are attracted to it. If you combine icing sugar with baking soda, they will eat it until they swell and explode. Prepare a mixture with equal parts baking soda and icing sugar, and keep it in a bottle. Poke some holes in the top of the bottle and they will find their way inâ€¦.it wonâ€™t be long after this. You can also spread the mixture around noticeable anthills and let the chemicals do the work themselves.
Grits or cornmeal. Ants like corn as well, but with cornmeal, they are unable to digest it. As a result, they will bloat up again until they explode. Prepare a mixture with some water in the same way as described with the baking soda trick. Spread some around your hot spots, and let the mixture do the work.
Other tricks that you can use involved spreading products around areas, or lines, where ants are known to cross. If they â€˜cross the lineâ€™ then they will look for areas in your home or garden to attack. But there are chemicals that ants wonâ€™t cross, and using these methods you can get them to stay inside their anthills until they de-populate themselves, or use it in areas of your home where they are known to prevail.
Chemicals such as lime, baby powder, and salt are all good chemicals to spread around areas that ants are known to habitate. You can also use these chemicals directly on top of the anthills to kill an entire population. Lime particularly is corrosive to ants and will destroy them almost immediately. If they find it in areas they cross, they wonâ€™t go near it. The same goes for the other chemicals mentioned.
All of these methods will work, and require very little cleanup. Once you have killed your populations, the next rainfall will take care of the debris very easily for you.none
The creativity in gardens today is only limited by your imagination, so if you are wanting to add some artistic features to your garden, and have the space to do so, then you certainly should. Gardens are not simply a haven of growth anymore, they are a space of tranquility and relaxation, and if adding some art to your garden will help you achieve that, then we can help you do so.
There are three kinds of garden art that you can choose to complement the growth in your garden. Formal art pieces are statuary and sculpture form and these come in the form of sundials, statutes, obelisks, and formal pieces of art. Semi-form art are the kinds that are more children and family friendly. You will see these in birdhouses, copper wind chimes, or statues of children and animals. Informal art is the miscellaneous category for everything else, and these are signified by true pieces of imagination that reflect who you are as a person, and as a gardener.
Your personality should be reflected in your garden, so donâ€™t confine yourself to one form of art. Mix and match as you see fit, and if you find something you have an emotional attachment with, even better. Garden art can be found wherever you want it to be found, the most exquisite sentimental pieces can be found right in your own attic.
As you place your garden art, use places where visual interest will be maximized. Or, if your piece is more sentimental, put it where only you can cherish it. Use your art as focal points that draw the eye to the piece, and complement the rest of your garden. If you have bare spots or patches that need *something* this will be a good place for a piece of garden art.
The key to garden art is to accent and complement your garden, not to overtake it. Approach your garden from both sides when you are placing your pieces. Both the selection of your art as well as the placement should be a reflection of who you are. This alone will set your garden apart from anyone elseâ€™s, as well as maximize your enjoyment of your garden oasis.none
Hydroponic gardening is something that not many people know much about, but is a gardening trend that is coming out of the woodworks, literally. The many benefits of hydroponic gardening are that it provides plentiful crops, is practically organic, and is weed free. It is a beautiful system for you to implement in a small courtyard garden, or even indoors.
Hydroponic gardens are ideal for small spaces, and so those that live in apartments need not lose out on the benefits of gardening with hydroponic gardening. Most apartment dwellers feel that they can not run a conventional garden simply because they donâ€™t have the space.
Hydroponic gardening however will allow you to avoid that issue. Because hydroponics depends on essential nutrients in water, you wonâ€™t even need soil for this gardening. All you need is the right set up, and the proper amount of nutrients in your water.
There are many different sizes of set ups for hydroponic gardens, and you will need to purchase an actual hydroponic kit for this. They range from small to extremely elaborate. Some of them simply look like a deep sealed tray. You only need the right kind of container space, with the right mixture to stand your plants in, the proper nutrients, and correct lighting. With these factors in place, almost any plant will grow easily.
There are many methods of hydroponic gardening, and which method you choose will depend on your setup of hydroponics. If you are just a beginner, purchasing a kit will be your best way to start hydroponic gardening. An inexpensive system will come with full instructions, and will enable you to get your feet wet, while still providing a good understanding of how hydroponics work. You will gain hands on experience, and be able to reuse the system parts when you choose to build your own.
Set up your plants in such a manner that only the roots are in the water, and the leaves are above the water. You can do this several ways, and this will all depend on the size of area you have to set up your hydroponic garden. Most hydroponics are set at waist level, and this is where their convenience comes in as you eliminate all of the back breaking work. You can use one trough or many, depending on your space. You may also need to purchase lighting kits, but check your box of instructions when you are buying your start up kit.
Hydroponics are an excellent way to build your own vegetable or fruit garden in small spaces without all of the back breaking work.
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