3 Ways to Keep a Winter Garden

Posted by Guest on October 3rd, 2013 filed in Seasonal Garden Maintenance
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3 Ways to Keep a Winter Garden

Have you ever wanted to keep a garden over the winter, but you live in a climate that doesn’t exactly agree with the sentiment?  I know I have, and during those months, I always wondered how much extra money I was spending buying fruit and veggies at the supermarket versus growing my own, like I do all summer and into the fall.  Not to mention, buying veggies that are less than stellar.  Do not get me started on store bought tomatoes!  Sure, I can freeze or can preserve anything I don’t use fresh, but, honestly, I’d like to keep the fresh stuff coming.  There are a few ways to accomplish this with varying degrees of effort (and, of course, cost).

 

Build a garden around cool weather plants.
Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, and snow peas are prime examples of vegetable that do well in cool weather.  Once the temperature gets too low, however, …

Why Gardeners and Landscapers Should Go Metal Detecting

Posted by Guest on August 6th, 2013 filed in Garden Maintenance
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Why Gardeners and Landscapers Should Go Metal Detecting

About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. Michael enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors. He’s been writing about metal detecting and treasure hunting since the mid 1980’s.

 

If you’re a professional landscaper or gardener or even a hobbyist you have a great opportunity in front of you if you just pick up a metal detector.  While metal detecting might not be the first thing on a gardener’s mind, it can be a great payoff and it’s always a lot of fun too.

 

When we’ve told other landscapers about metal detecting their sites, they’re a bit skeptical to say the least; and you probably are too.  But, there are some distinct advantages gardeners and landscapers have when it comes to metal detecting.  So, to help you learn more about metal detecting your gardens and landscaping …




Incorporating Non-Plants in Your Garden

Posted by Guest on July 6th, 2013 filed in Garden Design
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Incorporating Non-Plants in Your Garden

Lisa Henfield is an exterior designer who spent a few years designing garden furniture covers for hotels in Las Vegas. She mostly writes about her design experiences, providing tips on outdoor accessories and furniture for both businesses and the average person. When she isn’t practicing her sewing or writing about the right colors for the outdoor seasons she usually works on her paintings.

We’ve gone a long way from the occasional gnome hiding out in your garden. These days there are all sorts of objects that can be effective and especially useful for your garden while also providing that decoration mentality and making sure it’s safe for the environment. If you don’t have any ideas for some, you can find plenty in this pin collection. Just be careful, not everything in this pin is totally safe for your garden habitat. But we will talk about a couple …


Why You Want Wildlife in Your Garden

Posted by Guest on June 7th, 2013 filed in Wildlife
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Why You Want Wildlife in Your Garden

Author Bio:

Mackenzie Kupfer has been a lover of all things green since the age of six when she began gardening with her Nana. She is currently an online publisher for Avant Garden Décor, a supplier of flower gardening supplies. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys attending garden shows, hiking, and collecting ceramic tea sets.

Not everyone knows why you would want to increase wildlife traffic in their garden. In fact, some people actively try to discourage birds, bugs, squirrels, and other wildlife from nibbling around their gardens. And while an abundance of animals can lead to annoyances such as harmed plants, there are many reasons why you do want animal activity in your garden.

Plant Value
[caption id="attachment_2583" align="alignright" width="300"] Ladybugs make a colorful addition to your garden and help keep aphids at bay.[/caption]

Many insects and animals are actually …



When To Buy Organic

Posted by Ena Clewes on May 26th, 2013 filed in Fruits, Veggies and Herbs
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When To Buy Organic

The next time you are in the Organic produce aisle, you might find that you are a bit confused as to what produce you should buy. There are so many choices available that it can be mind boggling.

To reduce your potential exposure to pesticides on produce,  it is a possible idea to look at organic labels on certain fruits and vegetables. It was not all that long ago that the term’ organic’ applied to anything food producers wanted it to. Only when the Department of Agriculture decided to regulate the meaning of the term, did things begin to change.

Produce can be called organic when it is grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and without bioengineering.

One basic rule:  If you eat the skin or leaves of a fruit or vegetable, it is usually better to buy organic. When you buy organic, you will know you are reducing your potential exposure to synthetic …


Hydroponics – Plants Without Soil

Posted by Ena Clewes on April 20th, 2013 filed in Hydroponics
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Hydroponics - Plants Without Soil

Hydroponics, a method of gardening which does not use soil, has been developed during the past 60 years or so.

While it has been proven both reliable and effective, it has not yet become a familiar technique to most gardeners. It is the art of cultivating plant life in a nutrient water solution
whose roots are supported by a substance other than soil.

All plants require light, water, air, nutrients, and root support. It isn’t soil that plants require, it’s the reserve of nutrients contained in the soil, as well as the support the soil gives the plant.

Eliminating this type of medium also eliminates the usual soil related problems such as insects, weeds, poor drainage and disease. The inert mediums used in hydroponics cause none of the previously mentioned problems.

A limestone …



Good and Bad Bugs.

Posted by Ena Clewes on March 18th, 2013 filed in Garden Pests and Diseases
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Good and Bad Bugs.

Organic gardeners divide the insect world into two camps: good bugs and bad bugs

The bad bugs bring death, disease, and destruction, they suck the life out of plants, infest the soil and lay eggs by the thousands.

Good bugs eemind me of an army of peacekeepers, who come marching in bringing peace and harmony.
They work quietly, taking care of the bad bugs by munching on them and generally getting rid of your enemies for you.

Now, you would think that bad bugs would look horrible and good ones would be pretty but that is not always the case i.e. A ground beetle, which eats slugs, is distinguished from a darkling beetle, which eats plants, by a ridge on its head from which the ground beetle’s antennae protrude.

Now, I don’t know if you have ever tried to get down and close enough to a beetle to see this difference, I haven’t, and I …


Fertilizers: Chemical versus Organic

Posted by Ena Clewes on February 9th, 2013 filed in Garden Maintenance
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Fertilizers: Chemical versus Organic

A natural fertilizer is one that consists of some natural earth product which may be processed mechanically, but is not  treated with acids or substances to increase its solubility.

Phospate rock, finely pulverized, is a natural fertilizer.

An artificial, chemical fertilzer is a combination of some earth product and a strong acid. Super phosphate, which is made by treating phosphate rock with sulfuric acid, is an example.

A hundred pound bag of superphosphate includes 50 pounds of phosphate rock and 50 pounds of
sulfuric acid.

An organic fertilizeris a mix of plant and animal residues. These may be fresh residues or residues which have been accumulated and have been preserved for long periods of time, such as peat, marl and limestone.

A raw, organic fertilizer is made up of raw ( unfermented) plant and animal residues. Or it may be made of raw, organic matter to which such materials as pulverized phosphate rock, potash rock ,oyster shell …



Natural Repellents

Posted by Ena Clewes on January 12th, 2013 filed in Garden Pests and Diseases
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Natural Repellents

BANANA PEELS placed around roses and other plants bothered by aphids, make a natural repellent and will make the pests disappear. Why this is I do not know, but I have tried it very successfully.

Keep putting the peel around the base of the plants as long as the aphids are present. As an added bonus, the potassium in the banana skin stimulates larger blooms.

CITRUS RINDS as a natural repellent have a chemical in them that deters corn earworms. I make a solution of citrus rinds by chopping them up and placing them in a container with a quart of hot water. I then let it sit overnight. After this I strain out the rinds and spray the affected plants.

PEPPERMINT TEA sprayed onto plants has been shown to repel Colorado potato beetles.
Steep two peppermint tea bags in a quart of hot water for thirty minutes. Let the …


Insect Repellents

Posted by Ena Clewes on December 22nd, 2012 filed in Garden Pests and Diseases
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Insect Repellents

I will list some of the Insect Repellents that may help you to ward them off when they are active..

All-Purpose Repellants.

Anise.
Anise is a good insect repellant for a variety of pests Many gardeners report less of a problem with aphids, fleas,and cabbage pests when Anise is planted nearby.

Catnip
Catnip deters many pests , such as Colorado potato beetles darkling beetles,flea beetles, japanese beetles, squash bugs,
weevils and the biggest pest of all ANTS!
You will only have to be on the lookout for the neighborhood cat!

Garlic
Garlic has been known to repel not only insects, but animals. Plant edible garlic between vegetable rows or next to roses to repel aphids and many other insects.

Garlic powder can be dusted directly on the plant ,or garlic can be made into a spray for a more concentrated dose.

Try one of these garlic sprays for insects;

6 cloves garlic
1/2 onion
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid
1 quart water.

Put first …



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