Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 at 12:10 pm
For a gardener the ideal situation in the garden would be rich soil, moist and crumbly, free of weeds and ready to plant. With the right products like compost, manure, fertilizer and a bio stimulant like effective micro-organisms (EM) you can have fertile soil, ready to grow great yields during the warmer months.
It is best to start with preparing the soil in your open planting beds. Dig in generous amounts of compost and inoculate with EM to start increasing the biological activity in the soil. EM will help improve the soil structure and increase aeration to start preparing your soil for planting. If you have clay soil, manure and EM will improve it by adding humus to the soil structure. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, April 26th, 2013 at 11:31 am
First 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
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 at 11:49 am
Garden Moss quite often starts developing when soil is compacted, wet or in too much shade. Growth of garden moss is technically attributed to the imbalance in the soil pH value.
It becomes extremely important for a gardener to determine as what are the conditions that are causing the problem and then it would be best to take the next step toward eliminating the garden moss.
Have your soil tested again to see if the nutrient content and pH level have changed since your last test three years ago. If the soil is deficient in nutrient content or needs lime, the test report will indicate how much fertilizer and lime to apply and when to apply it.
Moss growth usually starts in early winter and reaches its peak in early spring. This growth is caused by excessive rainfall. Moss growth normally declines in summer as conditions become drier and the grass growth increases. In shady areas, the moss may continue to grow through the summer. 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
Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
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
Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 8:28 pm
Making of the “All Natural Liquid fertilizer” at home is really very easy and you can start it with the waste in your kitchen.
When preparing vegetables for meals, we have peelings and inedible stems and parts that we toss in the compost bin, the garbage can, or are ground up and flushed away in our garbage disposals. Instead, keep a bucket handy and toss the peelings and other plant material in a bucket.
Buy good quality distilled water from the market and cover the plant material kept in the bucket with this water. You could also use clean rainwater instead. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, May 14th, 2011 at 2:14 pm
It is easier and better to use organic stuff to make fertilizer.You should buy all the ingredients separately so it is easy to customize. Things you might require to cutomize the fertilizer include canola seed meal, bone meal, kelp meal and lime and one cubic yard of steer manure.
All these items along with your home compost should provide all the nutrition for vegetables to grow in your garden.If you follow the procedure everything will grow just fine with about one gallon of the mix on a bed three metres by three metres.
Fertilizers contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, or NPK, which are expressed numerically on labels, such as 5-15-1. Each number represents the percentage of the total mix by weight. Read the rest of this entry