Tips To Wipe Out Garden Thrips

thripsGardeners should not worry about gardening while there is cold and gloomy outside. As a matter of fact gardening never ends. There are always gardening tasks to do in the outdoor.

It is also the best time to get rid of garden pest – thrips. Gardeners who grow roses are normally familiar with this insect or at least the damage they do.

Thrips are very small insects that feed on many types of plant material; buds, flowers, leaves and fruits. These tiny garden pests have mandibles that they use to slash open the plant material and suck out sap. This feeding process can also spread diseases from one plant to another. 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

Gardening Predictions For 2012

It is the beginning of the New Year and gardeners across the globe must be curious to know about the gardening trends that are supposed to prevail and have an impact in the year 2012.

Some predictions can always be made in gardening. Growing your own fruits and vegetables were the prime focus in the year 2011. Wildlife gardening was also one among that attracted gardeners. Both these trends are most likely to be continued with same energy and aptness.

Sales of red, white and blue flowering plants are likely to surge as the world will be witnessing the biggest sporting event, the London Olympics. Planting up a border, container or hanging basket with red, white and blue flowers is a great way for gardeners. Read the rest of this entry

Nothing More Satisfying Than Growing That You Eat

Gardening is an extra-ordinary hobby the world over , and as gardeners get more confident in what they grow, they get a bit more daring and try out different garden plants and displays. There is nothing more satisfying than growing something that you can eat or just admire the sheer beauty of the blooms.

Many people believe the flowering season starts in late spring and end in early autumn, but of course can last much longer. There are a whole series of plants that bloom through the ‘off season’ and many are garden shrubs, but most of the season’s ‘long lifers’ are hearty bulbs.

While other plants go dormant during winter, garden bulbs are actively growing underground, as winter is the time these bulbs send their roots deep into the soil and begin to sprout. In early spring, while other plants are just beginning to stir, garden bulbs burst into bloom, while other plants come into their prime in the summer. Read the rest of this entry

Gardeners and homeowners should be aware that bees — both managed colonies of honeybees and wild bees alike — are in real danger simply because of Colony Collapse Disorder and other environmental factors.

Research shows that wild honeybee populations have dropped 25 percent since 1990, and more than 50 pollinator species are threatened or endangered. Planting a pollinator-friendly garden may be one of the best ways to help these beneficial insects, say experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Create A Gorgeous Side Yard

Side yards are normally overlooked by the homeowners and gardeners.You will easily spot the “side yards” with their tall fences or dense-growing evergreen screens between homes as some of the most underutilized areas in the landscape.

Side yards are those tricky areas between a house and its property line. Most of us use these areas merely as passageways between the front and back yards, a place for the air-conditioning unit or the storage of trash and recycling containers.Generally, grass doesn’t grow well there, and the scraggly bits that do are a nuisance to cut.

Many homeowners simply put their blinders on and resignedly tolerate the area. But one must understand that every square foot of outdoor property is horticulturally valuable. Read the rest of this entry

Inject Colour into Your Garden

Professional garden designers have a trick up their sleeve – they inject colour into the permanent structures in their gardens…

The plot brightens: Tulips, hyacinths and bellis in vividly coloured pots. Photograph: GAP Photos/Hanneke Reijbroek - Design: Jacque;ine van der Kloet Styling: Erik Klein Schiphorst

Gardeners work their green fingers to the bone trying to coax colour from plants, but as anyone with a few grey hairs will tell you, sometimes nature needs a little help. So why not add some permanent colour or a few highlights to liven up your outdoor space?

As with so much in design, less is more, so sticking to a single colour will give the garden a sense of unity. It pays to purchase sample pots and paint old offcuts of wood. These can be placed around the garden to judge the effects of light, weather and associated planting, all of which can change how colour performs. (Source: By Dawn Isaacs , The Guardian )

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