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

Perfect Soil Preparation Tips for Your Garden

rich-soilFirst thing you need to do with your garden soil is to get a soil test. Results of the soil analysis will guide you for what you need to add to correct the pH and boost deficient nutrients.

A soil rich with organic matter is considered to be best for plant growth. It is a good gardening practice to mix compost into soil at the start of the gardening year. It enhances the soil’s physical condition, resulting in improved drainage, increased moisture retention and better aeration. Compost compliments soil with organic matter that contains plant nutrients and act as fertilizer.

Based on specific plant requirements you should add extra nutrients, fertilizers and additives. For indoor as well as outdoor plants bat and seabird guano provides fast- and slow-release nutrients. It is a nematocide. Bone meal is high in phosphate and good for bulbs and root crops. Blood meal is nitrogen-rich dried powdered animal blood and builds leafy green plants. It also helps in controlling moles, squirrels and deer. Cottonseed meal is a high-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer that also adds organic material to the soil. 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

Tips For Mild Winter Care For Your Garden

Leaves from deciduous trees decompose much more slowly than other garden waste and should not really be put on the compost heap.

Piled separately, they rot down into leaf mould after about two years and then make a fantastic soil conditioner or mulch. The mould is not rich in nutrients like compost so it is always better not to put it on your vegetable patch. After raking the leaves, it can’t hurt to give the lawn a more vigorous rake to remove the thatch which has been collecting over the summer.

If you have planted pansies in pots or the geraniums in the pots these still could be having potential for a plenty of flowers.You may hope to give them a few more days to flower before they were knocked off by the cold weather. This time these must be flowering away cheerfully, putting on new flowers thanks to the warm weather and regular rainfall.

The shrubs which you might have lightly pruned last month to keep them in trim for winter will soon be getting on a new growth.

Fall is Good For Planting,Composting and Mulching

Fall is certainly the most appropriate time of year  compared to the spring season for planting various plants or transplant  trees, shrubs, and many other perennial plants. The soil tends to be warmer  which promotes root growth, and — unlike with spring planting — there’s not the  potential of a long, hot, dry summer facing the young upstarts.

Fall is also generally the best – and cheapest – time to do it.  Many nurseries dramatically discount their remaining container-grown plants and  other nursery stock, both to avoid over-wintering them and to make room for the  soon-to-arrive Halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees. I’ve found it’s a great  time to negotiate an even better deal by simply asking for an additional  reduction on already discounted nursery stock. Read the rest of this entry

If your garden has water-logging problems or gets flooded during rains you need to take extra care of your own garden.

Plants that need thinning, seedlings in need of fertilizing, and a truckload of compost that you need to spread. However, you also sink ankle deep into the soft mud of your vegetable garden.

This can be truly frustrating, and even heartbreaking for families that make their living off of a short growing season.

Just staying out of the garden has its benefits to the soil. If you do not do that you will destroy the soil structure by compacting the mud and tearing up the garden. You should wait until it dries out enough that you don’t sink will keep the soil structure, with its pockets of air and moisture, stable and benefit the garden in the long run. Read the rest of this entry

How To Make Garden Land Drought Resistant

Gardeners facing hose pipe bans may wish to use a good layer of compost to make the land drought-resistant.

Helen Gazeley, freelance writer and creator of Weeding the Web, declared that established plants are more likely to survive harsher climates, as there is water underneath even if the topsoil is “like concrete”. “Anything young and tender you don’t want to forget about,” she remarked.

The expert recommended compost, as “the more compost you produce and get into the ground, the more the ground hangs on to moisture“.

Garden watering does not necessitate a hose and watering cans are just as effective, she declared, adding she is “not very worried about the lawn” suffering in hotter weather.

Ms Gazeley concluded by stating that gardeners will find they have a reduced workload if they put effort into making their plants suitable for drought weather.

This comes as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced on earlier this month that parts of the Anglican region are officially undergoing a drought.

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