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It is Never Too Late to Begin a Garden

By   May 20, 2017

You live in a cozy house surrounded by lawn and a few trees. That’s nice. You are the typical homeowner. You water and fertilize the lawn so you can have the privilege of mowing it every week during the summer. Over and over again you follow the same routine. By the end of summer, you are thoroughly sick of it. Then, as refreshing cool fronts boldly begin to intrude, you are required to deal with all those leaves. It is then you begin to wonder, “Who invented this ‘lawn-thing’ anyway?” When it dawns on you that all it does is make work and require expensive water and fertilizer, you may begin to wonder about the sanity of it all. My question to you is, “Why don’t you kill some of that lawn and redirect your water, fuel and energy, toward growing something you can eat?” When you bought or rented the place, gardening may not have entered your mind. Now you think you might like to grow some stuff. So where will you put the garden? Good question. Let me try to help you.

Space is what you need

Space…the final frontier. You must boldly go forth and find a spot where the sunlight reaches the ground for at least six hours a day in the summer. A few vegetables, such as some peppers, grow well in dappled shade. But, for the most part, if you don’t have a sunlit spot you’re out of luck. The next option is to find a space somewhere else, perhaps a vacant lot or a space along the alley, behind the fence, etc. You must also have easy access to water, but later on we’re going to discuss ways to use very little of that precious and pricey resource. Now that you have found a place to garden, there are several preparatory steps.

You will need some hand-tools: shovel, digging fork, rake, wheelbarrow or garden cart, trowel and hand fork. It is important to have a place where these can be covered or stored away from the elements when not in use.
Make provision to get water to the vicinity of your garden (hoses or pipes). You will eventually need to think about drip irrigation – the most efficient way to water in our semi-arid climate.
Begin stockpiling mulch. You will never have enough! Save newspapers, cardboard, leaves, clippings, trimmings, and put them in a place where you have enough room to work with them. In my town and many other cities in the region, you can fetch loads of mulch from the local recycling center.

You will need to plan space next to your stockpile for some tools such as a grinder/shredder and, hopefully a cement-mixer in which you will seldom mix cement (these are not absolutely necessary but make life easier).
Begin a compost pile or bin if you have not done so already. All vegetable scraps from the kitchen, plus tea leaves, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc. make excellent compost. You can also begin a worm bin.
Buy enough compost to cover your garden beds two inches deep and have it on hand. If you have a pickup or trailer, buy bulk compost. It is substantially cheaper than the bagged variety.

It is never too late to begin a garden. This time of year when the weather is cooler is ideal. Start small and add more space as your needs dictate. The result: fresh, safe, delicious and nutritious vegetables!

Choosing a Pot for Your Plant

By   May 3, 2017

Choosing a Pot for Your Plant


Whether they’re natural crops, flowering crops, succulents, cacti, grasses or woods, various crops require different types of earth and care. Selecting the most appropriate containers for the crops is portion with this care. Rose containers are as easy as terracotta containers and saucers, or glazed containers with hand-painted types on them. How will you find the appropriate container?

  1. Fit the design of the container to the design of your home.

Informal, people artwork containers match proper in with place style. No real matter what the design of your property is, make certain the look of the container does not “outshine” the plant.

  1. Consider maintenance.

However terracotta containers and planters digest water easily, in addition they dry up quickly. Clay containers are closed with glaze. Some glazes are simple and some are crackled. Wooden planters are unsealed and you might have to close them, and continue steadily to close them, to avoid diminishing and splintering.

  1. Take into account the basic precise location of the plant.

Terrace containers and package yard containers need to be stable enough to tolerate weather. Your containers must enable drainage. Set big saucers below big containers to guard wooden decking. It’s also possible to hope to purchase holding crops for the terrace or patio.

  1. Hold degree in mind.

You may be getting a seed for the espresso table. A container of chrysanthemums can look proper in the home on a sizable desk, while a tiny bonsai place can look proper in the home on a tiny table. Position an internal pine in a large place that enables for growth.

  1. Find out about place growth.

Some crops choose limited groups and the others choose big groups for his or her scattering origin systems. Select a rose container that fits that growth. Learn if the place wants strong or blocked sunlight. The local rose store or room may encourage you on the very best container for the plant.

Bear in mind that big containers are difficult to maneuver following they’re full of soil. You may decide to obtain a coming place mover once you purchase the pot. And check always discount shops for imitation rock containers manufactured from plastic or resin. These containers are beautiful, light, and work for years.

Maybe you are fortunate to locate rose containers at church rummage income, regional flea areas, and traditional shops. Several containers are one-of-a sort and you will not locate them again. Whenever you visit a container you like, get it. (You might have the ability to speak down the price.) Nothing cause a seed more compared to proper rose pot. Pleased shopping!