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vermicultureComposting with worms would be an educative gardening for your entire family. Children find it fascinating to watch worms create nutrient dense compost for use in the garden.

There are umpteen advantages of using worms in composting. According to Aristotle, worms are “the intestines of the world” in reference to their ability to compost waste. Compost is organic material that has been decomposed by soil borne organisms.

It is one of the cheap option to compost and it is easy to make your own vermy-compost. Vermiculture is composting with the help of worms. Read the rest of this entry

grow your ownSpring is here and the longer days and warmer weather provide the ideal time to start thinking about the edible garden. With dining in more popular than ever and more of us wanting to know the provenance of our food, lots of us are deciding to flex our green fingers and grow our own produce for the table.

There’s nothing more satisfying that growing your own. Home grown vegetables are much easier to produce than you might think. Even with the minimum amount of equipment and space, you can grow all sorts of delicious foods. It’s important to grow things that you like and that you have a plot in mind that offers some sunshine – even if it’s your front garden or an apartment balcony! Beetroot, squashes and even peas can look great in an ornamental garden so don’t be afraid to use any space you have. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Eco-Friendly Spring Gardening Tips

As the spring season approaches days are getting warmer and longer and that gives more time to spend outdoors in the gardens.

It may be a little cold and even snowy on the ground with sub-freezing temperatures in some parts but it is also the perfect time to start planning your eco-friendly spring gardening regime.

Have you ever thought about whales ever? Why not saving some water for these creatures this year? You can do that easily with more consciousness and effectively in your water usage. It would be great if you invest in some quality hoses and sprayers tto spread the water through the plants, shrubs, and flowers evenly. If you use an automatic timer for your sprinklers, be vigilant in turning them off after a good rain shower.

eco friendly gardeningToo much watering will not only cause damage and stunt the growth of the plants but also dilute the soil and render the fertilizers.

Pest control issues must be handled more carefully. Be gentle with use of sprays on the sensitive flowers. Better adopt practice of  using eco-friendly pest sprays to keep your garden organic.

Harsh chemicals may promise extraordinary growth but cause more damage as well. Adoption of natural and organic gardening solutions could help the environment at the same time.  Read the rest of this entry

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

In April Plants Need Nutritional Support

In April, it is time to fertilize. The plants are waking up quickly and nutritional support is critical at this stage.

The lawns should be supplemented with carefully selected “Lawn Fertilizer”, organically based for a slow-release.

The bulbs will be finishing with their blooming, it is time for the leaves to re-charge the bulbs for next year – they need fertilizer. You may use specific “Bulb Food” which is organically based from fish bones, so it is very high in calcium and lasts 2 months per application. Alternatively you may also use the “Bulb Food” which is organically based and lasts 1 month per application.

Trees & Shrubs need fertilizer to build all the leaves, roots and woody branches. If the soil is quite alkaline you need to lower the pH of the soil . You may use 5% sulfur to lower the pH and provide organically based major and minor nutrients. Once in the early spring and once in the late fall is all they need. Read the rest of this entry

The days are shorter than nights and the leaves are flying in the wind. Color of the prairie is brown these days.This is the time of investment of good efforts in your garden. It is the time to protect your landscape from the ravages of winter.

It is time to drag out the hoses and water your landscape. Whether you are watering lawns, garden beds or woody plants, apply enough water to soak in 8 to 12 inches. Water when the daytime temperature is above 40 degrees, there is no snow cover and the ground is not frozen. Irrigate early in the day to allow moisture to soak in before nightfall. Remember to unhook and drain the hose at the end of the day.

This is the best time to check the level of mulch around woody and herbaceous plants and to wrap the trunks of newly planted trees. It will help you protect plant tissues from the freeze-thaw cycles that damage both roots and stems. Depending on the size and type of mulch, go for 2-4 inches of mulching.Remember to keep mulch an inch from woody plant trunks to discourage animals from feeding on the bark. Plastic or cardboard wrap etc. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Container Gardening Tips

Containers and pots come in numerous designs and sizes. Glazed pots would sure attract you and your visitors equally.  These colorful pots can be integrated into a color scheme to match paint colors of your home or color themes of the flowers in your garden. Pots also can be used to complement flower colors. For example, yellow flowers in a purple pot. The only caution would be to stay away from dark colors, such as black, as these containers heat up and can damage the roots of your plants.

Make sure the containers are at least 12 inches in diameter. Smaller pots will dry out to quickly. Many people like to elevate their pots to allow for better drainage. This can be done by placing bricks under the pots. Read the rest of this entry

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