Perfect Early Season Planting Tips

high altitude gardeningAn experienced gardener residing near sea level will perhaps spot out rhubarb pushing up ruddy red bumps out at this time of year.

However, on the higher altitudes like 1,000 feet above MSL there is still enough snow to make gardening a tough task.  Those who have a high tunnel, a hoop house, a green-house , there’s plenty of gardening to be done no matter where you live.

In fact, it is time to get on the gardening. In case you are at Alaskan heights, you can at least move dirt around with your fingers, stick some peas in it. If not, start your peas inside. The trick is to know about the fine line between winter and spring as a gardener in higher altitudes who knows which plants are likely to make it. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect City Home Gardening Tips

city home gardeningHaving a perfect garden in cities where space crunch is a big issue needs perfect planning and approach to execute. Setting up a garden and maintaining it also require good gardening practices to be adopted.

Too much of plants and green cover can make the task of upholding their beauty, a very grueling one. Lawns, small rooted plants, flowerpots can enhance the splendor of the garden. Avoid planting deep-rooted plants such as Mangoes and Neem as they can destabilize the foundation of your home.

Grow Fruits and Vegetables

The vegetables such as Tomatoes, Cucumber, Radish and Carrots can grow in the backyard if properly maintained. Fruits such as gooseberries can add a value to your garden and serve as a juicy treat. The external temperature should be conducive enough for them to survive. Factors such as sunlight, soil and water play an important role in determining their success. It helps to decide on the selection of seeds for the underlying soil layer. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Bird Feeding Tips

bird feedingWhile feeding birds during wintertime you must keep on providing food and water during nesting season. Natural food sources may not be readily available during spring season, and time spent on the nest or tending to new hatchlings leaves fewer hours for birds to hunt food. Cold can put a damper on spring blossoms which leaves birds and butterflies looking hard and long for nectar and pollen. Most plants have not yet produced a crop of seeds or nuts this season, and freezing nighttime temps can lessen the number of insects available to birds foraging for meals.

Residents who keep bird feeders, bird baths and / or nesting boxes in place while birds raise their spring broods not only help their feathered friends provide for their young, they can also enjoy watching the bird’s comings and goings. Read the rest of this entry

Heuchuras Are Lovely Plants To Grow

huchurasHeucheras is also known with names as alum root and coral bells. ) are related to the saxifrage, and all species, of which there are around 40, are indigenous to North America; the Native Americans used some species for medicinal purposes.

Heuchera may appear as a nondescript-looking plant, but it is infact pretty enough when producing its coral-red flowers in early summer.

‘Palace Purple’ is a typical variety in herbaceous plants with both stunning foliage and attractive flowers. Heuchera species hybridise with gay abandon to produce some of the most sought-after plants around today.

Most of the eye-catching varieties available include hybrids of H. americana, a plant with leaves variously colored from pale green to purplish, and hybridizers have produced an enormous number of cultivars from this and other heuchera species,in a wide range of leaf colours in green, pink, yellow and bronze, often mottled or variegated, and white, green, pink or red flower spikes, often described in catalogues as appearing in spring. Read the rest of this entry

How to Control the Growth of Nutgrass

nutgrassIf your lawn is heavily infested with nutgrass then it must be a cause of worry for you. It is tough to get rid of it. Nutgrass is an extremely difficult weed to eradicate.

Nutgrass is perennial weedy sedge in the genus Cyperus that is often mistaken for a grass. Also called nutsedge, it is a nuisance in turfgrass when its shiny leaves and fast growth rate disrupts the otherwise uniform texture of a lawn. The invasive nature of nutsedge may cause it to destroy the appearance of a flower bed.

Nutsedge may spread by seed or by underground stems called rhizomes. Each plant is attached to a tuberous bulb-like structure often called a nut or nutlet.

Under optimal conditions, a tuber can give rise to as many as 7,000 new nutlets annually. Somewhat like a potato, each nut has five or more “eyes,” with each eye having the ability to produce a new shoot.  Read the rest of this entry

Growing Lovely Palms in Home Gardens

palmsPast few years home gardeners have shown great interest in growing palms in home gardens. Nowadays exotic palm species and varieties are more readily available. Gardeners are more inclined to grow the most reliable palms for landscape use.

The best time to plant palms is May through September.The soil is warmest this time of year, and warm soil is one of the most necessary criteria for palm root growth.

It also is important to transplant a palm as soon as possible after digging. Never allow the roots to become dry. But this should not be a problem with container-grown plants. Read the rest of this entry

Late August Gardening Tips

august gardeningYour gardens might be approaching the harvest time this month and zucchini, cucumbers, summer squash, beans and tomatoes must be quickly approaching ripeness. Raspberries are plentiful, corn is tasseling, and annual flowers are also in abundance this time of the year.

Now is the time to renovate tired strawberry beds. Cut back foliage to about one-half-inch above the crowns. Thin rows, leaving only healthy, young, vigorous plants. Weed, then fertilize with 5 pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 feet of row, or an organic alternative. Water well and mulch with pine needles, straw mulch, wood shavings, or herbicide-free grass clippings.

Your garden container plants also require equal attention. Remove spent blossoms and sickly leaves. Cut back scraggly petunias, lobelia, alyssum and coleus. Strong new growth will be encouraged. Replace any plants that are doing poorly. Read the rest of this entry

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