Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 11:11 pm
Your gardens might be approaching the harvest time this month and zucchini, cucumbers, summer squash, beans and tomatoes must be quickly approaching ripeness. Raspberries are plentiful, corn is tasseling, and annual flowers are also in abundance this time of the year.
Now is the time to renovate tired strawberry beds. Cut back foliage to about one-half-inch above the crowns. Thin rows, leaving only healthy, young, vigorous plants. Weed, then fertilize with 5 pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 feet of row, or an organic alternative. Water well and mulch with pine needles, straw mulch, wood shavings, or herbicide-free grass clippings.
Your garden container plants also require equal attention. Remove spent blossoms and sickly leaves. Cut back scraggly petunias, lobelia, alyssum and coleus. Strong new growth will be encouraged. Replace any plants that are doing poorly. Read the rest of this entry
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 11:36 am
If you are planning for a perfect water-savvy garden then start with selecting plants with adaptations for dry weather.
Subtropical plants in your garden will last through long dry spell. Heliconia subdulata with lobster-claw flowers is a tropical species having thick rhizomatous roots like ginger to store energy to survive through the drought periods. Heliconias bloom with lovely flowers in clumps.
Among many adaptive plants the succulents are the best survivors with their plump juicy innards acting like little water vessels in their natural desert habitat.
Banana plants contain plenty of moisture in their stems and trunks help the plant survive through the drought. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
Stop mildew from spreading on roses by spraying weekly with diluted skim milk (1 part skim milk mixed with 9 parts water) or with products containing triforine or chlorothalonil fungicide. Although no fungicide will remove mildew that is already on the leaves and buds, these sprays prevent mildew from starting on new growth. That way your roses can outgrow the effects of mildew. It also helps to spray rose foliage with plain water early in the morning, but never after mid-morning or in the evening.
To prevent or stop clearwing borers from damaging your peaches or nectarines, spray malathion on the trunks and branches now. New borer larvae hatch this month and must be stopped as they crawl from the ground to the trunk and branches, before they get inside the bark. Borers eat away at the growing and nutrient-carrying tissues inside. Neglecting this problem results in a dead tree – or in a tree so weak that it can hardly produce any fruit. Spraying in mid-May helps to keep peaches, nectarines and other stone fruits safe from borers. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 at 1:15 pm
There are some extremely important tasks that need to be addressed this gardening season.Start some flowers and other garden plants from seeds weeks before it’s warm enough to transplant them outside. Plants started from seed generally cost far less than you end up paying at the garden store. The timing of planting is really crucial and you must determine when to start plants indoors . Seed packets of those plants which are commonly started indoors usually contain special instructions for when and how to do it.
You can repurpose many would-be throwaway items — including cardboard boxes, toilet paper tubes, newspaper, egg cartons and even half-eggshells — to serve as miniature, biodegradable seedling pots. Some of the most common plants started from seeds indoors include tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, eggplant and a wide variety of flowers and herbs. If you’re short on sunny window space consider building a simple cold frame in your yard as a place to start seeds up to six weeks before planting season. You can find designs online of how to build cold frames out of inexpensive materials like bales of hay, scrap lumber, plastic sheeting and old windows. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at 3:29 pm
There are umpteen advantages of an herb spiral.It can be built at little or no cost from readily available materials, it’s a good way in a limited amount of space to grow a variety of herbs that need different growing conditions.
Creating and growing herbs in an herb spiral is really easy with planting. Tending, and harvesting. An herb spiral is sure an attractive idea in itself.
Considering the high cost of culinary herbs, an herb spiral can pay for itself in its first season, and imagine having an abundance of delicious and aromatic herbs right in your yard!
With an herb spiral or a typical herb garden you also create a variety of microclimates. Some plants, such as many of the Mediterranean herbs, need dry, sandy soil conditions, while others require a moist, bottomland type of soil. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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.
Too 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
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 12:10 pm
With oncoming spring gardening season here are some useful and perfect money saving spring gardening tips;
It would not be a better idea to plan for fertilizing until April. Do not tax your garden and its plants in advance.
In case your garden and specially the lawn has warm season grass varieties and those types need to start to turn green on their own first. You should prefer applying fertilizer at that point of time.
If your garden and lawn still has cool season weeds, meaning that because the weather is cool they will germinate and flourish amid dormant grass. These will die down when the temperatures warm up. You must wait for warmer weather.
You may find several garden products that claim to promote grass growth and kill weeds at the same time can disrupt the balance in the soil. Such products may not be eco-friendly and ecologically good.
It would be even better to spray herbicide on the weeds.