rainstorm gardeningHeavy rains, rain-storms, and cooling temperatures, all become a big cause of worry for gardeners during the spring season. Protecting garden from these natural risks is extremely important else the hard work invested in a lovely garden may go waste in destruction. You need to take necessary steps to protect your garden so that it grows happily during entire spring.

It becomes extremely essential in the spring to harden your plants. This means setting your bedding plants outside for a few days before you plant them. It will help the plants prepare themselves for the harsh conditions they will face during a cool spring. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips for Blooming Perennials Garden

perennialsIf you are planning for a garden that grows flowers throughout the season then you would require many perennials to grow in it. It is mainly because the majority of the perennials have a short blooming period of bloom. Annuals on the other hand long blooming period as bedding plants.

Best option would be to buy and transplant some long-blooming annuals between the perennials to ensure continuous floral flash and dazzle in that space.

Daylilies (Hemerocallis species), sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa), purple coneflower―some with purple flowers and others with white flowers but both are Echinacea purpurea species, gold Plate yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) and old-fashioned hardy chrysanthemums have springtime contribution as a background for varieties in bloom. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Soft and Hard Landscaping Tips

hard landscapingGardens generally have two types of landscaping materials, i.e. soft and hard materials. In common parlance “soft landscaping” refers to plants, trees and lawns while the “hard landscaping” includes non-living objects such as paving, fencing and other structural features.

In order to give an elegant landscaping appearance you need to plan very carefully for each and every element. Hard as well as soft landscaping depends largely on how and what to use in your garden. Any wrong choice will give your garden landscape an awful look and you may end up with utter failure.

Soft Landscaping

The age-old-gardening-saying, “right plant at right place” holds true with the soft landscaping and it is not just limited to the plants but also goes well with the flower beds. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Early Season Planting Tips

high altitude gardeningAn experienced gardener residing near sea level will perhaps spot out rhubarb pushing up ruddy red bumps out at this time of year.

However, on the higher altitudes like 1,000 feet above MSL there is still enough snow to make gardening a tough task.  Those who have a high tunnel, a hoop house, a green-house , there’s plenty of gardening to be done no matter where you live.

In fact, it is time to get on the gardening. In case you are at Alaskan heights, you can at least move dirt around with your fingers, stick some peas in it. If not, start your peas inside. The trick is to know about the fine line between winter and spring as a gardener in higher altitudes who knows which plants are likely to make it. Read the rest of this entry

Growing Lovely Palms in Home Gardens

palmsPast few years home gardeners have shown great interest in growing palms in home gardens. Nowadays exotic palm species and varieties are more readily available. Gardeners are more inclined to grow the most reliable palms for landscape use.

The best time to plant palms is May through September.The soil is warmest this time of year, and warm soil is one of the most necessary criteria for palm root growth.

It also is important to transplant a palm as soon as possible after digging. Never allow the roots to become dry. But this should not be a problem with container-grown plants. Read the rest of this entry

Late August Gardening Tips

august gardeningYour 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

Perfect Mold and Fungal Diseases Control Tips

mold and fungal diseases in plantsDuring the month of July gardeners must be cautious of development of mold and fungal diseases in their gardens.

It is extremely important in gardening to monitor for mold and fungal diseases. If your flower garden having annuals and early blooming perennials has started appearing shaggy then it would be better to trim these plants back to improve appearance and promote more bushy growth. Trimming plants will further facilitate increased air circulation around adjacent and later-blooming plants. This in turn will reduce drastically the conducive growth for mold, mildew and fungus.

The vegetable gardeners should preferably use straw as a mulch to retain soil moisture and reduce fluctuations in soil temperatures. Straw will also serve as a potential barrier between fruits and vegetables and the damp soil. Do not ignore the factor of ensuring good air circulation which is needed to reduce probability of occurrence of mold and fungal diseases in the vegetable garden. Read the rest of this entry

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