Perfect City Home Gardening Tips

city home gardeningHaving a perfect garden in cities where space crunch is a big issue needs perfect planning and approach to execute. Setting up a garden and maintaining it also require good gardening practices to be adopted.

Too much of plants and green cover can make the task of upholding their beauty, a very grueling one. Lawns, small rooted plants, flowerpots can enhance the splendor of the garden. Avoid planting deep-rooted plants such as Mangoes and Neem as they can destabilize the foundation of your home.

Grow Fruits and Vegetables

The vegetables such as Tomatoes, Cucumber, Radish and Carrots can grow in the backyard if properly maintained. Fruits such as gooseberries can add a value to your garden and serve as a juicy treat. The external temperature should be conducive enough for them to survive. Factors such as sunlight, soil and water play an important role in determining their success. It helps to decide on the selection of seeds for the underlying soil layer. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Planting Tips For Summers

plantingPerfect 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

Perfect Eco-Friendly Spring Gardening Tips

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.

eco friendly gardeningToo 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

Bare Root Planting During Winters

The big thing that happens during winter is bare root planting, Winter is an optimum time to plant fruit trees, berries and selected ornamentals. Bare root plants are much more affordable than containerized stock. Nut trees, maples, grapes and stone fruits can all be planted.

When planting bare root plants it is better to make the hole twice as big as the roots. Make sure the graft is three inches above the soil line. Face the graft to the north so the tree doesn’t get scalded, and put some white latex paint on the bark before it begins to leaf out. Winter is also a good time to apply dormant spray to fruit and ornamental trees.

Mulching is a good idea for many plants, but leave the fertilizing.

This winter’s lack of water is concerning and you may need to water some of the plants. But water- not too deeply and infrequently.

December Gardening Tips

Gardeners know that summer with spring and cold, heat and rain require specific gardening care in the moth of December.

If it has rained enough then it would be a wiser step to apply dolomite to roses and give lawns a light application of lime. Roses are quite prone to some frugal diseases and will need a spray with copper oxychloride when the spring flower flush is finished.

In case of tomatoes the overall growth could be limited. You should boost them with Flourish and a handful of blood and bone.

When the heat arrives don’t cut lawns too low, and remember, a deep watering every three or four days is better than just watering the surface each day.

You must have started your Christmas preparations and in the garden you must ensure that the garden beds should have been completed weeks ago but if this hasn’t been done, plant out some instant punnets of annuals in flower. 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

One should expect to start having some moisture issues if warmer temperatures prevail with little to no rain, according to the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service.

“If we do not see rain in the region in the next few days or weeks, supplemental watering is going to be essential for plants. Plants will be put under high amounts of stress, wilting, or could possibly die without an adequate amount of water”, mentions The University of Minnesota Extension .

First of all, most of you already have been watering plant containers fairly regularly. They are going to continually need water anywhere from every day to a week between watering. Check moisture by touching the soil to see how much water is available. Often it is recommended to water with a liquid fertilizer at half the recommended rate every time you water. Read the rest of this entry

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