Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 5:48 pm
Having 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
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 11:47 am
Spring gardening is never complete without vegetable gardening. It would be a good practice to plant a few vegetables now with a little precaution that you also need to protect young seedlings from just in case frost or light freeze during the early spring time.
This is also the best time to start preparing your garden and explore if you can avoid tilling this year. You also need to be careful of the garden weeds and ways to control it as this would otherwise cause much harm to vegetables. Do not try over-applying the harsh chemicals.
No-till gardening involves seeding or planting directly into the soil, using some type of mulch cover. When tilling a garden, it turns up not only the soil, but also the “seed bank”, those weed seeds that are under the ground and just waiting for a bit of sun, oxygen and a little water to begin growing. If you use no-till, these seeds remain undisturbed for the most part, so the possibility of a less weedy garden is much better. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
As the spring season approaching crocus, daffodils, and snowdrops have a good time to pop from the ground to unveil their colorful and magical flowers.
You will also find good growth in veggies like lettuce, kale, cabbage and Swiss chard. There is still time to plant seed potatoes, onion sets or plants along with broccoli, the green leafy veggies and the root crops like carrots, beets, and radish.
These veggies and crops will grow better and yield more harvest the quicker you plant them. Waiting too long will leave you battling with summer heat and will produce less fresh produce to enjoy at your table and to share with family and friends. You can plant the cool season crops all the way into early April but the sooner you plant them the more produce you will get. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 2:42 pm
Apple growers usually irrigate their trees so their apples can be almost twice the size of homegrown ones.
If your apple trees are producing smaller than usual fruit apples then it may be because of the heat stress. Some apple fruits might have been vigorously pecked by birds desperate for food. There may be a chance of observing signs of codling moth.
First thing for you you to do is to pick the smaller ones from clusters to give the others more chance of getting to a reasonable size, and reducing the ability for apples to touch and transfer or harbour pests. Ensure that your apple trees are well mulched several times a year when the soil is moist, but there’s not much point in mulching too deeply when the soil is super-dry, as it will be hard for occasional showers to penetrate the soil. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 11:54 pm
Gardeners now need to share the responsibility to grow vegetables with optimum nutrients in their gardens. They should prefer growing the biggest, fastest-maturing fruits and vegetables on the planet. At the same time they also need to deal with dilute natural fertilizers, and pay attention to taking good care of the soil. That is the real mantra for producing high quality fruits and vegetables.
In order to maximize your food production from a small lot or even a balcony you need to grow “up.” That means we must erect a trellis of some kind. You could set poles, bamboo, conduit pipes, PVC or even rebar, in containers, and tie up string trellises.
String trellises could easily be bought from the garden centers, but it adds up cost when in use for years altogether. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 1:48 pm
There are umpteen black flowers varieties to spice up your garden. A black flower garden with pops of silver, white or red could be quite dramatic.
“Black Velvet” petunias grow well in containers and hanging baskets and do best in full sun. They grow to a height of 8 to 12 inches.
“Black Coral” elephant ears is a tropical flowering plant with large-leaves that thrive in moist soil in full sun, but will do fine in lower light situations. You will need a large container for this plant and can also be placed at the edge of pond or even submerged in shallow water at the pond’s edge. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
As gardeners count down the days until they can get outside and begin planting, a new consumer survey shows edible plants will be a large part of their gardens this year. The survey of 600 gardeners nationwide, conducted by Garden Safe® brand, shows that 75 percent of respondents plan to grow vegetables in their gardens and 50 percent indicate they will be growing fruits and herbs.
Gardeners cite better taste, fun activity and cost savings as the primary reasons to grow their own produce.
As the garden-to-table or gardening for food trend has grown in popularity over the past several years, so have gardeners’ appetites to branch out beyond the traditional garden staples and try their hand at growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs. Additionally, while long seen as a rural and suburban hobby, food gardening is now actively embraced by people living in urban areas. Decks, roofs and small city yards now play host to productive personal gardens. Read the rest of this entry