Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10:21 pm
An 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
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
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 12:01 am
During this time of year, it may be a little early to start with seeds but even if the ground is frozen a mini greenhouse could be best to start hardy annual seeds outside.
Utilize seeds from cold-hardy annuals, which are tolerant of colder temperatures and are capable of reseeding in most gardens. Use plants that might sprout up on their own, in your compost pile.
Vegetables may include tomatoes, squash and cantaloupe. If you are starting with flowers then including alyssum, cosmos, cornflower, larkspur or delphinium, lupine, marigold and zinnia would be better. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 11:33 pm
It is indeed possible if the plants are kept properly warm. It would be good to cover the plants during winters, tucking them in and letting the natural light do all the work. Learning this to do with a little skill would enable you to harvest fresh homegrown vegetables any time of year.
Gardeners know it well that planting vegetables normally wouldn’t grow well in winter. Every generation seems to have a better idea and sometimes these ideas give birth to new ideas.
An innovative idea would be to extend the growing season by at least a month on either end with the raised bed hoop house. The wooden raised bed with required dimensions needs to be installed with flexibility for removable hoops that could be draped heavy with clear plastic. The bed could be as long as we wanted. The plastic should be used to keep out the cold air but let the sunlight in. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 1:35 pm
In the garden you may begin with covering all water faucets and wrapping exposed pipes. This will protect sprinkler valves from freezing as well. Better keep wrapped and covered anything that could possibly be damaged by freezing temperatures.
During winters gardens go dormant , plants in containers as well as hanging baskets still need moisture periodically. Depending upon the size of your garden you must prepare months in advance and save approximately half of the grass clippings for the compost pile and half set aside for use as winter mulch. Use this grass in conjunction with fallen tree leaves as primary mulch material. Add a bit of mushroom compost to the blend to sweeten the mix.This mulch / compost recipe is piled liberally around the base of all our Esperanzas, Jatrophias, Lantanas, Plumbago and Vitex. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 10:35 pm
A greenhouse should be at least 6ft wide; 8ft if you want staging on each side. Frames are made from either wood or aluminium. Choose a site that gets plenty of light, but is sheltered from strong winds. Avoid shade, particularly in early spring and late winter, and don’t put it too close to any trees, as falling leaves will dirty the glass.
If you intend to heat the greenhouse with electrical heaters, the closer it is to the house, the cheaper it will be to install the electricity. Try to allow at least 2ft of access space around the greenhouse for cleaning or making repairs.
If the greenhouse is visible from the house, an attractive wooden model, or a well-finished aluminium design is worth considering. On the other hand, if it is at the end of the garden, a functional aluminium frame will do the job. [ Read Complete Post … ]