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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 Early Spring Gardening Tips

spring gardeningAs 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

Start Seeds With Mini Greenhouse

mini greenhouseDuring 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

Growing Vegetables Outdoors All Winter Long

Hoop frameIt 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

winter garden protectionIn 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

How To Buy A Greenhouse

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  …  ]

Julie Astonis, an Australian housewife from Brisbane, and her communities North Lakes, have stood out from hundreds of other communities in the Best Master- planned Community Competition, and ranked as Redcliffe’s top ten best community.

Days before the 42th World Earth Day, Xinhua reporter made a special trip to visit Julie, in a move to expand understanding on the practices general Australian families do to protect the environment.

Even though Autumn has been approaching Brisbane in April, we can still see colorful blooming flowers in Julie’s exquisite little garden while Julie greeted us from her front-yard. Read the rest of this entry

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