Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 12:39 pm
April is the prime planting month as the spring gardening season is here. This includes seeds and seedlings of flowers such as vinca, zinnia, salvia, cosmos and marigolds and edibles such as squashes, melons, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, herbs and peppers
It is now time to thin out trees, especially mesquites, to prepare them for rough monsoon weather.Pick up dead leaves under plants to prohibit insects and fungus from gathering.Make sure the automatic irrigation system is properly working. Replace the battery in the timer.
Start fertilizing. If you avoided feeding plants in March because of the frost, start up again. Set a schedule of once a week if you use water-soluble fertilizer, once a month with organic methods.
Wake the lawn. Spur Bermuda growth by fertilizing and watering the lawn. Sod should be laid as early in April as possible. Some available sod may still be overseeded with perennial rye, but Bermuda will pop up as the weather continues to warm.
Tuck bulbs away. Tulip, hyacinth and other bulbs begin to go dormant. Save them for fall planting by gently pulling them out, removing foliage that has died back and allowing them to dry for a couple of days. Sprinkle on dusting sulphur, wrap in shredded newspaper and put in a paper bag to store in a cool, dark area such as the pantry.
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
Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
Perfect watering to the plants during spring and very specially during the hot summers is really crucial to the health of your new plants. Gardeners this time must be investing serious efforts in to getting seeds propagated, re-potted and ready for the garden. To see them fail is demoralizing indeed.
Even a little negligence would be disastrous. Planting in the heat of summer need not be a horticultural death sentence. Timing is the key factor here. Never plant young seedlings at noon. Wait until the afternoon or even after dinner when it’s cooler.
Be extremely cautious about preparing the soil. Some plants can handle being abandoned in a gravel and clay chunk mix but most will not. Soil tilth or texture is important, so make sure that the soil is a nice crumbly loam to get your plants off to a good start. In new soils add plenty of gypsum, which will improve soil tilth and provide a good base for other nutrients and trace elements to survive in. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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
Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Sometimes it is great to go stylish in gardening. A garden designed with style and durable ideas will need to look stylish while nurturing your fruits and flower plants. To help nurture plants and add beauty to gardens here are three very useful tips:
- Add succulents for a low maintenance addition to your garden. Simply take a stem cutting of the succulent plant of your choice and let it heal for at least one month before planting. You can also dress them with ribbon or raffia and use them as ornaments on your Christmas tree.
- In case you are bringing greens or branches in from your garden to use in arrangements you must know that they will drink water more effectively if you slit the stems straight up 1 to 2 inches and gently pound the stems with a hammer. 7-Up added to the water helps them last a little longer.
- To prune your roses like a professional, know the specific type of roses you have.Hybrid tea roses are pruned differently than climbing roses.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Fall is a good and appropriate season to perform complete garden evaluation.This should also include all the successes and the failures. It is also a good time to add new plants including shrubs, trees, perennials, winter-annuals and seeds.If perennials are too large, divide and replant or sharedivisions with friends. As trees and shrubs begin to drop their leaves thedesign and layout of your landscape becomes more evident;perhaps you will decide to add some structure such as an arbor, a fence or abench. Here are some of the very useful tips and checkpoints for fall gardening;
Remove and dispose of any diseased foliage of perennials, roses, shrubsand trees. This will reduce populations of overwintering insects and helplimit disease problems next spring and summer. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 2:21 pm
A problem for older gardeners is finding tools that make gardening easier as getting up and down becomes harder. Noel Valdes, the 67 year old owner of CobraHead LLC, has designed two garden tools that are finding a following with “baby boomer” and older garden enthusiasts while at the same time are being recognized by all gardeners as useful and well-made tools.Noel has been working on solutions to weeding his own large home vegetable garden for over 25 years. In 2002 he introduced his first tool design – The CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator. This small tool makes light work of weeding, cultivating, planting and transplanting. It fills the role of several garden tools including trowels, small hand forks, dibbles, and hand hoes. The thin, sharp CobraHead blade is a “steel fingernail®” that cuts hard soil and works in tight places. The blade sharpness and the tool’s balance let gardeners with weak hand strength work efficiently. Read the rest of this entry