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Perfect Water Gardening Tips

water-gardeningA water garden is basically an outdoor aquarium, where the gardener manages the nutrients, plants and animals in the system.

You need to take a little extra care when you stock the water feature. Invasive plants or animals can be ordered and delivered to you or purchased locally. Invasive plants and animals are often part of plant orders in the water or solid plant medium. Therefore it is required that the plants should be inspected carefully and cleaned before being added to a water garden or water feature.

Any hardy, non-native plant or animal species might become the next problematic invasive species. Several plants can hybridize with the native species, often passing on aggressive traits. Ergo, while choosing the plants, always prefer species native to the region. In case of choosing the exotic plants, you need to manage them carefully and dispose of them properly. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Garden Watering Tips

Most of the garden plants have an incredible ability to keep themselves cool. But it is extremely important to know how much water does the garden need.

Basically, moisture from the soil is taken in through the plant’s roots and pushed out through its leaves, creating an ongoing cooling effect (transpiration).

So long as there is adequate moisture in the soil, the leaves on a healthy sun-loving plant should not become scorched.

On a normal mild summer’s day, a well-grown tomato plant is likely to use four to six litres of water a day.

However, when temperatures spike, water use also spirals and the tomato plants may use 8-12 litres to avoid stress.

Similarly, a medium-sized fruit tree with an average crop, two to three weeks away from harvest, may use 100 to 300 litres of water a day under normal conditions but soak up double this amount under high heat. Read the rest of this entry

Grow No Soil Plants in Your Apartment Garden

Are you living in an apartment? You have space crunch to grow a great garden in that apartment? You must be thinking of the ways that could help you with a small space garden in your apartment without getting worried about cleaning and maintaining soil.

There are plants that do not need soil to grow. These ‘no soil plants’ could easily be grown in just an old wine bottle or a broken vase. Without soil, they thrive in a bottle that supports, provides ideal temperature and oxygen. These plants have the power to absorb oxygen from water. Orchids 

The beautiful lilac flowers can be your property if you know the best way to take care of them. Orchids do not demand soil, they are plants that require support but loose substrata. Orchids can be grown like creepers, epiphytes (grown on trees) or lithophytes (on rocks). A long nozzle bottle with half filled water that needs to be changed often will be enough for the orchid apartment garden. A bed of sand, glazed stones can also be the substrata of the bottle. Read the rest of this entry

One should expect to start having some moisture issues if warmer temperatures prevail with little to no rain, according to the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service.

“If we do not see rain in the region in the next few days or weeks, supplemental watering is going to be essential for plants. Plants will be put under high amounts of stress, wilting, or could possibly die without an adequate amount of water”, mentions The University of Minnesota Extension .

First of all, most of you already have been watering plant containers fairly regularly. They are going to continually need water anywhere from every day to a week between watering. Check moisture by touching the soil to see how much water is available. Often it is recommended to water with a liquid fertilizer at half the recommended rate every time you water. Read the rest of this entry

With the rising temperatures the risk of droughts increases manyfold. Water shortages can be a threat to your home and community. That’s why it makes sense for all the gardeners to conserve water as a matter of course. The best place to start is right in your own backyard.

Here are a few perfect water conservation tips for all the gardeners;

1.Capture Rainfall

Make the most of the rainwater that Mother Nature provides. Rain barrels are effective in capturing the rain that falls on your roof; reuse the water for your plants. Other rain capture techniques, such as rain gardens and rainwater harvesting , can help capture rainfall and keep precious water on your property to replenish the ground water.

2. Water Wisely

When rainfall is insufficient and supplemental watering is needed, do so effectively by: Read the rest of this entry

Plants For Your Water Garden

Plants surrounding the pond create the whole seamless look of your garden pond blending into your garden, so it looks like the pond naturally occurred there,” says Beck.

Creeping Jenny is a perennial ground cover with yellowish-green leaves that turn orangebronze in the fall. The trailing plant looks good next to a pond or waterfall and masks any artificial edges.

Rushes and grasses add softness to a pool and dwarf cattails are excellent background plants, great for small ponds as well as tub and container gardening.

Beck cautions against using the larger variety of cattail: They have extremely aggressive root systems and they can grow through your pond liners. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Aquaponic Gardening Tips

What do discarded bathtubs, spent IBC Tote shipping containers, and recycled plastic storage barrels have in common?

They can all be easily converted into inexpensive backyard aquaponic food growing systems with the help of now avaialable specific Aquaponic Gardening Kits. 

Aquaponics is a unique, synergistic growing technique in which fish and plants are grown together. The fish waste feeds the plants using organic hydroponic techniques. The plants, in turn, clean and filter the water that returns to the fish environment.

Aquaponic gardening needs less than 10% of the water used by traditional soil based growing methods and sustainably produces food that is 100% organic, with no worries about pesticides or mercury. The system waters and fertilizes itself, is free of weeds, and can be set up at waist height, thereby eliminating most of the mundane chores and back pain associated with conventional gardening.

Making large items headed for the trash heap into fish and vegetable producing systems is not only a unique way to produce food, but also helps us reduce our overall burden on the planet. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) estimates that in the U.S., the waste coming from construction and demolition debris accounts for 20% of all landfill waste.

What if some portion of this could be used to grow food? “The best sustainable design transforms waste into exciting new products.” states Sylvia Bernstein, President of The Aquaponic Source. “With these systems you are doing that twice. First, by reusing discarded tubs and containers and second by naturally converting fish waste into the organic fertilizer needed to grow spectacular plants, all through aquaponics.”

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