4 Organic Fertilizers to Use in Your Garden

June 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

If you have a passion for gardening then you are probably already aware of the fact that some of the most popular and common fertilizers are not only harmful for your garden and lawn, but harmful to you as well. This is because many commercial fertilizers contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and much more. Synthetic fertilizers may be cheap and easy to use, but studies have shown that they can endanger the lives of fish and amphibians, and can even pollute the surrounding rivers and lakes in your area if you’re not careful. Furthermore, because these types of fertilizers are best for feeding plants but not soil, it may even cause a gradual decrease in the organic matter of your soil, which could make your soil more prone to insects or disease infestations. If you’re tired of relying on commercial fertilizers that can be damaging to both [...]

How to Grow Organic Vegetables in Your Own Garden

May 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

With the whole world embracing green production methods, it is little wonder that organic products have become so popular. Cultivating vegetables organically simply means growing vegetables without using chemicals for pest control or fertilizers. When it comes to planting kitchen waste is no longer termed as waste. It is used to make compost to feed nutrients to the vegetables. You can purchase compost at dirtworks.net, lowes.com and homedepot.com. In addition to ensuring that your produce is well nourished, you must take the necessary precaution to prevent any weeds and pests from destroying your garden. The use of chemicals is not acceptable in organic gardening. Therefore, you will have to use pesticides and herbicides that are made from natural ingredients to get rid of the weeds and pests. The purpose of adopting this method is to prevent these chemicals from harming our bodies and the environment. Most people grow gardens on [...]

Topsoil Can Make Gardens Look Stunning This Summer!

April 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

In this busy, hectic and fast paced modern society, many people have different methods of relaxing and spending the weekend. One such activity that many people find relaxing and revitalizing is gardening. Gardening can help some people to forget worries or anxiety and can help many people feel reinvigorated for the new week ahead. Often, a beautiful garden can provide a retreat during the course of a hectic and busy week. If a garden is properly maintained to a high quality it can truly look beautiful and provide a haven for anyone feeling stressed and weighed down. Many people nurture a garden in order to feel close to nature also. With summer fast approaching, everyone wants a garden to be proud of! One method for achieving a beautiful garden this summer, whether for the purpose of a retreat, a beautiful haven or a wildlife refuge is by using topsoil. Topsoil [...]

Ways to Grow Broccoli in Your Garden

March 22, 2011 at 2:45 am

Growing broccoli in your home garden is a great choice for amateur garden enthusiasts. Having a vegetable garden is a good idea as it can help you save money by growing your own produce and it can encourage you to eat healthier. Choosing broccoli for your garden is ideal vegetable selection as it is not difficult to grow. Additionally, it makes a great side dish with many meals. Planting – At the ending of the winter and summer months is the ideal time to start cultivating broccoli in your garden. When planting, it is important to take into consideration what grew there before. The practice of rotating your crops can help maintain soil fertility. Therefore, it is best not to plant broccoli where similar vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce or radish were planted, especially within a two years. Keep Moist – When growing broccoli in your garden avoid any dry [...]

Tips for Growing Perennial Flowers

February 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Perennial flowers create the structure of a flower garden. They bring out the character and the breathtaking aura of your garden. When growing annual plants you must replant them each spring. However, herbaceous perennial plants become dormant after the spring period and flourish from the same roots during the next season. Besides the herbaceous type, there are woody perennials which do not die every year. These include trees and bushes. Perennial flowers come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. When selecting perennials you should consider your garden’s needs and the type of soil you have available. Types of Perennial Flowers Perennials flourish well in sunlight and certain types of soil. Astilbe, salvia, lavender, artemisa, chrysanthemum and poppy are considered as full sun perennials. They require high levels of exposure to the sun in order to bloom well. Foxglove, primrose and ligularia, on the other hand, are known [...]

How to Grow Mushrooms

October 30, 2009 at 7:49 am

Most of you must have always wondered how to grow mushrooms and then eat it when it’s ready. To say the least about the mushrooms, they surely do not look the greatest of the foods, however they taste really good. Here in this article, we will discuss quite a few ways to grow mushrooms in your home or garden. There are many ready made kits available in the market, you can use those to grow mushrooms, that will surely make your work easy, otherwise you can start from scratch and do it all by yourself. The first step to grow mushrooms is to choose the type of mushroom that you want to grow. Shiitake mushroom is the most popular choice to grow in your homes; apart from it there are oyster and white button mushrooms. To grow them you will need to by spores or seed and spawn or seedlings [...]

When To Plant Vegetables

December 22, 2008 at 8:49 am

As the term vegetables is such a loose term for the huge variety on offer I will give you a rough guide as to when you should plant and where you should plant specific vegetables. In January you sow early peas as well as broad beans in the soil, which you should protect with cloches. If you are looking to plant bulb onions they should be sown under the glass. In February you can continue to sow the early peas and broad beans and you can start to sow carrot seeds in a cold frame. Lettuces are also available to plant under glass and if you are looking to plant beetroot spinach and carrots are available to plant in the soil. In March you can begin to plant lettuces, radishes and spring onions in the soil. You can also sow tomatoes in trays at a constant temperature of around eighteen [...]

When To Plant Roses

December 18, 2008 at 7:01 am

When it comes to planting roses you can pretty much plant them all year round if they are containerized and if they are not the most suitable time would be in late autumn when the leaves are falling from their branches and you can also plant them between the end of January to the beginning of March before the growing season resumes in spring. If you are planting more than one set of roses you should create a trench around two feet wide and the depth of an average spade blade being sure to retain the dirt you have dug out. Fork over the subsoil and then turn in about half of the next strip then mix it together with the organic matter before completing digging of the second strip. Repeat this process across the bed using the soil from the first trench to fill up the final trench. If [...]

When To Plant Tulips

December 16, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Tulips are one of the nicest flowers to grow and as they are a spring flower your garden could be full of them during the months of March and May. If you would like tulips in you garden by the following summer then you will have to think about planting them in the month of November. Tulips like a rich soil for their growth and they also need a position in your garden where they will have lots of sun. You should plant bulbs in a hole around five to six inches deep and around the same distance between each bulb you are planting and try planting them with the pointed tips facing up. When it comes to watering them do not over due it as they do not like to be over watered so be aware of this. You can of course grow tulips in pots as well so [...]

When To Plant Seeds

December 15, 2008 at 11:58 pm

You should always begin your seed growing process by making sure you have all the materials that you will need with you at the growing area. You will need containers with provisions for the drainage so this can be either plastic pots or even peat trays. Most people prefer to use a soiless planting mix due to the sterility and ease of this method to begin with. If you are growing plants that need constant heat to germinate you could use a waterproof soil-heating mat, which can create a stable temperature throughout the soil for those seeds to germinate. When preparing your pots or trays begin by filling them to within a quarter of an inch from the top and then you should moisten the soil by leaving it in a pan of room temperature water until the soil is thoroughly well moistened. It is also a good idea when [...]