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

Growing Food with Vertical Gardening Techniques

vertical gardeningGardeners using space-saving techniques know it well that it is really simple to start a “garden from top to bottom.”

“Vertical Gardening” also known as the “up and down gardening” is the newest and revolutionizing method for people to grow their own food.

 Ignorance of the simple processes involved in vegetable gardens can be a serious threat to a family’s well- being. Vertical Gardening will guide folks through the step-by-step instructions for setting up their own indoor or outdoor vertical gardens, and advise them on the best ways to utilize the space they have.

Many potential gardeners are turned off by the assumed need for large plots of land and an expert knowledge base of growing food.In reality, Vertical Gardening is great for beginners and requires little to no outdoor space.  Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Time To Order Seeds

It is perfect time to place orders for your seeds.If you don’t have enough seed catalogs, borrow some from a friend or go online and search for “garden seeds and plants.”

You will sure locate few great seed companies that will send you a catalog or take your order online. You can search for “garden seeds” and find a treasure trove of seed companies specializing in organic seeds, heirloom varieties, exotic and unusual seeds, as well as your favorite varieties of vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees and shrubs. Don’t overlook the specialty companies, which feature potatoes, garlic or tomatoes. Read the rest of this entry

Post-Holidays Gardening Activities

You must be enjoying the holidays with full throttle these days and it is quite obvious that you are not paying full attention to your garden and gardening activities owing to celebrations of Christmas holidays.

As soon as you get free from these holidays you will obviously have certain activities that need your attention in the garden. You may start thinking and acting over any or all of these activities as per your convenience during coming days and weeks.

  1. Just surf on the internat and book tickets to any of the forthcoming gardening  shows scheduled in the year 2012.
  2. Clean out the garden shed or garage and reduce, recycle or re-use anything that you might otherwise discard to the every decreasing landfill sites. Read the rest of this entry

The days are shorter than nights and the leaves are flying in the wind. Color of the prairie is brown these days.This is the time of investment of good efforts in your garden. It is the time to protect your landscape from the ravages of winter.

It is time to drag out the hoses and water your landscape. Whether you are watering lawns, garden beds or woody plants, apply enough water to soak in 8 to 12 inches. Water when the daytime temperature is above 40 degrees, there is no snow cover and the ground is not frozen. Irrigate early in the day to allow moisture to soak in before nightfall. Remember to unhook and drain the hose at the end of the day.

This is the best time to check the level of mulch around woody and herbaceous plants and to wrap the trunks of newly planted trees. It will help you protect plant tissues from the freeze-thaw cycles that damage both roots and stems. Depending on the size and type of mulch, go for 2-4 inches of mulching.Remember to keep mulch an inch from woody plant trunks to discourage animals from feeding on the bark. Plastic or cardboard wrap etc. Read the rest of this entry

Tips For Winter Protection of Fall Planted Garlic

If you have planted garlic in this fall season in your vegetable garden and your area is facing extremes of hot and cold weather conditions then moderating soil temperature is quite helpful. For Garlic plants repeated freezing and thawing is not good. Frost heaves can tear the young roots from the cloves.

Frost heave is the result of pressure created from a combination of freezing temperatures and soil defrosting. The fluctuating freezing and thawing conditions heave, or lift, the soil, which is often characterized by deep cracking of the soil.

In extreme weather conditions leading to freezing ensure that your garlic plants are not uprooted from the ground otherwise this would become a major cause of worry for you.  Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Watering Tips for Your Vegetable Garden

Summer’s hot and dry weather generally results your garden looking wilted and droopy. You might have watered more frequently because of that. Vegetable gardeners should use wiser watering their gardens.

A vegetable garden normally needs about an inch of rain a week to do well.  The ideal times of the day to water are in the morning or in the late afternoon. Watering too late in the day is not a good idea as it could lead to dampness which can encourage fungus and mold.

It’s also important to give the garden a good soaking when watering. Regular shallow watering will encourage roots to grow shallowly rather than develop deeper, stronger roots.

You need to ensure that when watering the soil near the roots must get wet. Although the leaves may be drooping, plants take up water from their roots. Wet leaves do little to feed a thirsty plant. Read the rest of this entry

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