Take Care Your Young Trees

If you have planted new trees on your property and you plan to grow them over the coming years, you need to invest in the right care for them. That is the only way to ensure that a tree survey doesn’t reveal unpleasant signs later on.

The first 3-5 years are crucial for the health of the tree. With the proper tree care, you can up the chance of growing a healthy specimen. This in turn means reduced maintenance costs and minimises the potential issues that may develop. Make sure you follow the instructions below:

Watering – one of the most important aspects to looking after young trees is proper watering. Young trees can do with regular watering in order to fight off diseases. It is important to deep water them frequently in order to prevent surface roots. You can use the indication of soil moisture on how often to water. When the soil 4-6 inches below the surface of a tree feels moist (not wet), you should water. Be alert for drought symptoms, such as wilted, yellow/brown leaf edges. Mulch can greatly

How To Growing Your Mint

Round leaf, Apple, Hairy or Horse, Middlesex, or Spearmint and Bergamot,to name but a few of the many species of mint that are used today.

Mint is one of the oldest herbs and comes from around the Mediterranean area, however the plant has been found everywhere expect the Poles. As far as I know there are well over 30 varieties of Mint.

The herb is very easy to grow and does well in cool, damp places, however Mints will also grow in the full sun quite well.

The plant was first written about in English by one John Ray in the year 1696.

There is something about Mint that not many people realize and that is the plant is a very hungry feeder. Before you plant, make sure that you put some well rotten manure or good vegetable compost at the bottom of the hole. If you grow mint in pots; do renew the compost every two or three years

I know many people think that mint is a bit of a rouge, in so far as it will spread and take over you whole garden. This is true

Garden Design For Your Home

The garden is one of the most beautiful and peaceful parts of a home. It brings us closer to nature, gives us a glimpse and feel of greenery with the comfort of our lawn. You can spend a perfect afternoon in your garden reading a book or unwind after a tiring day enjoying the beauty of green, all these will bring you such solace which you cannot find even if sitting in a fancy decorated room. But in order to get peace and happiness in the garden, its look and design should be pleasing. If you are not happy about the look of your garden then you will hardly find any peace there over all the grumping. The design of garden plays an important role in your outlook towards it. So choose the design carefully.

Before choosing the design for your garden you need to understand the shape and condition of your yard. If the shape of your garden is small then you should not opt for a large number of tall trees. It will hog up extra space, leaving you only a

The Reason Gardening Need Plan

Not sure if you realize it but even “gardening without a plan” needs a plan. Ooops, wow! This kind of gardening doesn’t take a ship-size plan but requires just a little pre-thinking or pre-planning.

What are the most important things to consider?

  • Where you live
  • What your neighborhood statement is (condo -living?)
  • What is your budget?
  • What are your goals?

Now, what’s your plan?Condo Gardening

If you live in a condo or in an apartment, then your gardening might be limited to flowerpot gardening, or windowsill gardening or patio gardening. Whatever the case, you can still garden! There are ways to do this –even in apartments and even in the strictest condos. Ears open now?

Private Home Gardening

If you live in a home, your own home, you might have less rules than a condo has, yet, even in most neighborhoods, you have that “unspoken” rule, “green grass rules”! Not to worry, you, too, can garden. You can still have your own personal space, your own style and stay right where you are.

Mansion Gardening

If you live in a mansion, yes, a mansion, you can still be a personal gardener for your own space. The key to happiness is all in knowing or realizing that, yes, “YOU CAN DO

Savvy Cost During Gardening

As most other outdoor activities, gardening is a pleasant and relaxing occupation. What’s more, it is rewarding to observe the beautiful green spot you created on your own. However, it would be right to assume that gardening is not a cheap hobby. It consumes a lot of time as well. If you want to find out more affordable and faster alternatives to a beautiful yard, continue reading. You will discover that correctly planning your lawn can be as healthy as never before. In the same time, you will be able to avoid unnecessary spending.

Water – this is an essential resource related to gardening. It’s proper usage can spare you both time and extra costs. Over watering your lawn is bad for the budget and useless for plants. Grass has long roots that go deep into the ground. Little water is enough for it to be green and lively. In the same time, you will cut some expenses. Professional landscapers recommend that you water your lawn in the morning. It is the best moment since colder air prevents water from vaporizing. Creating such a habit will reduce waste of water.

Grass – the height of grass matters, since it can cut down

How To Plant Water Lilies

Since time immemorial, water lilies have captivated humans’ attention towards its enchanting beauty. The plant has been gorgeously immortalized in religion and art. Majestic palaces and gardens were once its home, but today it found its place even in your home garden. Intrigued? We will tell you how you can grow and care for water lilies in your river side patio.

Types of Water Lilies

Beginners! Go for the hardy lilies because they are easy to plant and maintain. They will bloom even in winters if planted below the freezing line of the pond. Tropical water lilies, on the other hand, need a little extra care and attention. But, the wait is worth the effort because they have stronger fragrance and their flowers bloom even in vibrant hues of purple and blues. Another point of difference between the two is that the hardy water lily is day blooming whereas the tropical one can bloom during the day as well as nighttime.

How to Grow Water Lilies?

True, a pond covered with water lilies do look attractive, but if the river body gets completely covered, it will inhibit the growth of flora and fauna living deep inside. Plus, they have the tendency to propagate. In

Benefit Algae For Your Ponds

Due to the very nature of algae, you find it in most bodies of water body which in fact, is a good sign that suggests good health of a pond. But, when the amount reaches unsustainable levels, you need to take action. If algae get out of control, it makes the pond water murky and clogs filters and pumps. Special attention needs to be paid during the spring (March – May) season.

Algae Types

The types of algae that you can spot in your pond could be –

1. String or Filamentous Algae

Since the string algae have the tendency to forming long threads around rocks, plants and other objects or dense mats, they are commonly referred to as blanket weed.

2. Suspended Algae

The suspended algae are at work to turn your crystal clear water into the murky green. When the algae cover extensive region, it resembles a pea soup and you will be unable to spot your vibrant, colorful fishes that lie just a few inches below the water surface.

Reason behind Algal Bloom

Primarily, there are three reasons due to which algae grow quickly and cover the water body in no time and those are –

1. High Content of Phosphates & Nitrates:

Dead and decay

Things About Smartweed

Over the years, the scientists globally have been in the pursuit to find medicinal plants to cure illnesses and discover effective drugs to sustain mankind. Towards that end, many realized the importance of smartweed, botanically known as polygonum hydropiperoides. For long, it was known for its hot, peppery flavor and still find its place in many homes across Eurasia and America. The wet ditches and damp soil along banks are the place where one can spot smartweed from a distance.

The herbal therapies that are ancestors and natural healers knew of from centuries are now known to us too. Thanks to the recent studies that have been conducted in this niche. Traditionally, smartweed was known for curing respiratory and gastrointestinal related diseases, but now it has grown in benefits.

The benefits of Smartweed are as follows

1. Smartweed as an Antioxidant

Oxidation of free radicals is the main reason behind aging. Antioxidant serve as the guard against it. You can definitely lessen the oxidation process with the intake of smartweed.

2. Smartweed for Cholera

A person gets afflicted to cholera when he either drinks contaminated water or eats adulterated food. The decoction of smartweed is the remedy to treat cholera. And it has been practiced

How To Be Great Gardener

Every Gardener knows how important it is to take time to reflect on ways in which you can improve the performance. Gardeners are observant people and as such, they can scrutinize, monitor, and take different signals from the plants so as to make a determination on whether the plants are the way they need to be.

Most professional gardeners make use of approaches that are idiosyncratic, so as to give the gardens everything they need. There are many tips that can help you be the best gardener and they include:

Design

Form and texture are more important than the color. The atmosphere and space are also very important. If you notice that the shrubs have no space below, you may need some pruning. You need to think about the design of your space and decide on what you should plant there and in what quantities.

Sowing

This is a very important part of growing a garden. When you sow your seeds, you need to water them using some warm water. Avoid using the ice-cold water as it ends up delaying the germination. After they germinate, it is important that you only handle the seedlings using the leaves since they are tougher than stems at this

Tricks To Cutting Your Tree

Trees are all around us without a doubt, and one cannot argue about their importance in our life and environment.

They provide us with shade in the harsh summer heat, and offer us flowers, fruits, and an amazing surrounding to hang swings.

However, odds are you most likely don’t put too much effort into how to appropriately watch over your trees. A large portion of us don’t consider it by any means until the point when an especially strong hurricane or storm blows one down, expels, or falls on our homes or vehicles.

Knowing how to tend to your plants is vital and it can enable you to avoid these calamities. A tree, just like any other living life form, has a number of requirements to develop and keep up the balance of its own system. A few things that you do with your plants could be hazardous, and neglecting the necessities of your plants can have negative outcomes.

There are a couple of the essential steps for tree care that you need to take to guarantee that your yard remains in a healthy condition, and it will help in keeping away diseases from happening. This begins with planting them in the right zones.

Every

How To Saved Potter Saved During Winter

If you are an avid gardener, you know well enough that growing plants in containers is a tough job. Even more so is when winter comes around and you need to invest effort in keeping plants safe.

There are many challenges for your potted plants during winter: drying out, wind, sudden temperature drops and root damage, to name a few. Even hardy plants, which are acclimated to your zone, can sustain damage during the cold season. The top part of a plant may be dormant, but the roots don’t enter such a state. Any plant in a container will have its roots exposed to ambient temperatures. Here is how you can protect root systems in the winter:

Avoid exposing plants to temperature fluctuations – fluctuating temperatures are the main issue of winter. Going from hot and cold can stress roots and cause other side effects. For instance, it is common for such fluctuations to heave the plant out of the pot. That is easy to avoid when you place the pots on the ground and not on pavement. The main source of heath comes from the earth. A problem with pots on pavement is that it can get warmed up significantly during

Gardening During Spring

Although the winter has been mild this year, there’s nothing like spring (which officially begins March 20), to kick off the planting season.

Keep Weeds in Check: Just about everything grows in spring-including weeds. You might already see weeds starting to invade your garden, especially after a rain. To avoid the drudgery of plucking weeds from your yard throughout spring and summer, take the time now to remove weeds while they are still small. Once removed, cover the weed-free area with a two-to-three-inch layer of mulch. Mulch is a natural weed suppressant. No chemicals needed.

Prepare Garden Soil: After winter, soil often needs to be revitalized with the proper nutritional mix. Add soil amendments based on the soil type. There are products available to loosen heavy clay soil so that water can more easily reach a plant’s root system. Other products give sandy soil structure to reduce erosion.

Spruce Up Your Lawn: Your lawn may have been damaged by winter frost and have become naturally compacted. Revitalize your lawn by first lightly raking the lawn to remove fallen leaves, Then, aerate (aerators are available for purchase or rent at most garden centers) to loosen the soil and allow water and air to reach

Understanding Dandelions

History:

Dandelions are herbs and have been around for millions of years. The Chinese mention this herb in the early 7th century and the Arabian doctors did not get around to the Dandelions until the 10th century. The dandelion is classed as an herb and for centuries was part of herb gardens.

Soil Type:

Dandelions need sun and light soil to grow well, however they will grow in any type of soil partially recently disturbed soil. So, having deserted the herb garden you will find them everywhere and how they relish it.

How they spread:

After they flower, they produce a seed head that blows on the wind or even a slight breeze. It has been estimated that a seed will travel up to a hundred miles. How they worked that one out, I have no idea. What I do know is that last autumn we had sand on our cars here in Oxford that had blown over from North Africa, so anything is possible. Dandelions are a master of endurance and you may be dismayed of never getting rid of them. However, they are ways of controlling them.

Iron Resolve

Getting rid of Dandelions must be treated as warfare with its goal: total annihilation of the

Trying Aquaponics Indoor

Do you have an interest in growing organic foods?

Many gardeners who do traditional gardening or who have a desire to garden but do not have enough land have turned to Aquaponic gardening or farming. This method of growing allows production for fruits, vegetables, and fish. Both horizontal and vertical growing can be accomplished.

Beginners often start their first project in the home. Do you have an aquarium in storage or want to do more with your current fish tank? People enjoy the living art and the d├ęcor which this system introduces into living quarters. The beauty of the colorful fish and the greenery adds nature to the indoors while also growing foods. If there is no interest in growing foods many flowering plants may be considered.

Many gardeners enjoy traditional gardening. Some people like to use both methods.

Traditional Versus Aquaponics:

  1. Land vs water
  2. Large space vs small space
  3. Seasonal vs year-round
  4. Gardening tools vs some tools
  5. Seeds or plants are used in both systems
  6. Fertilizers vs organic fish wastes
  7. Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides vs none required for indoors
  8. Hours of maintenance vs one hour a day
  9. Manual labor vs automatic operating equipment
  10. Natural weather conditions vs controlled indoor environment
  11. Eat produce vs eat produce and fish

Growing plants with water and fish is much easier.

Trying Hydroponic Farming

Hydroponics is definitely an innovative way of growing your fruits and veggies and never having to handle dirty soil-based growing solutions. Hydroponic growing actually means growing within water, however, often hydroponic methods blend a number of growing in water-base nutrient solutions and in organic and natural root-zone media. You need the most suitable hydroponic growing equipment to really make the best of your personal crop

Hydroponics horticulture is as elementary as common gardening. Each of them need an adequate amount of light, water, heat, in addition to moisture content. However with hydroponic growing, absolutely no soil is applied. Instead a soil substitution supports the plants roots whilst nutrition are transported by the water. Household hydroponic gardening is not that hard and plants and flowers respond effectively to this technique for growing.

Hydroponics farming should be as difficult as you allow it to become. It could be tricky if computing devices with alerts are used to control water cycles, nutrients, and light for the plants and flowers. Having said that, it’s also as elementary as a hand watered container which has a solitary plant.

As a flower develops, its nutrient requirements vary day by day. By way of example, nitrogen aids first stages of

All About Greenhouse

A greenhouse is a plastic or glass enclosed building which is used to grow a variety of plants. The purpose of this structure is dependent upon how the gardener wishes to care for their plants. The style and design of the greenhouse is dependent upon the types of plants, amount of available space, location, and utilities.

Three basic types of greenhouses:

  1. Cold Frame Boxes: Portable framed boxes which service seedlings or plants to become stronger or acclimated to withstand an environmental change before being transplanted into the traditional garden.
  2. Lean-To Greenhouse: The lean-to green house is a three-sided structure which is attached to the side of a stable building, wall, or fence. Its design presents the appearance of a half-house with a slanted roof and three sides covered with plastic, shade cloth, or glass.
  3. Free standing building: A permanently constructed building for the serious horticulturist.

The cold frame box is a square portable container usually constructed of wood with a slanted lid covered with glass or 6 ml polyethylene sheeting. The purpose of the cold frame is to transplant young seedlings from an indoor setting to a temporary controlled environment before being planted into the main garden area. It helps the seedlings to not

Understanding Aquaponic

The definition of aquaponics is in its name – it is a combination of AQUAculture (the growing of fish) and hydroPONICS (the growing of vegetables and herbs). Aquaponics is a perfect example of sustainable food production, and many people are turning to this system of home food growing. Using aquaponics to grow your food will save you lots of money and give you food that is organic and of higher quality than what you’d buy in shops.

In an aquaponics system, the water from the fish reaches the hydroponic beds. The plants will take up some of the water, and with it the nitrogen in the water. This nitrogen will have originated from fish manure and decomposing feed. If the nitrogen is allowed to build up in the fish tank, it will reach toxic levels. However, this nitrogen happens to be a perfect fertilizer for the vegetables! This saves you from having to add artificial fertilizer, which is expensive and contains synthetic chemicals that are potential harmful. After the plants have taken up the nitrogen, the water returns to the fish pond squeaky clean. Hence, you won’t need complicated filtering systems for the fish water, as the plants will do this

Tips To Deal With Cucumber Bitterness

Latin Name:
Cucumis Sativus, part of the gourd family. In the Middle Ages the plant was called the Cowcumber.

Many people will not eat or grow Cucumbers because they are bitter to the taste. This is true of older varieties and is caused by a bitter gene which is part of the make up of Cucumbers.

Almost all the research that has been devoted to the Cucumber has been in and aimed at trying to remove this bitterness. The result of this research has been a host of new varieties that do not contain this bitter gene, or very little of it.

If you are harvesting bitter Cucumbers, the most likely explanation is that you are growing them incorrectly.

On no account let your Cucumber become stressed (lack of water, for example), they tend to bitter up.

If you grow the right kind of Cucumber, and keep the plant free from anything that might check their growth then you will have perfectly nutritious cucumbers that are crisp, refreshing pick-me-ups on a hot summers day.

However, if you want to be on the safe side, there is a trick for removing bitterness. This bitterness is almost all concentrated in the leaves, stems and skin of the Cucumber.

Guide To Spring Foraging

Spring is a time for rebirth. A call to leave the darkness of winter behind and head outside for sunshine and longer days. The shift from winter to spring happens quickly, providing the baseline truth in the phrase “spring has sprung”. You may be shoveling the driveway one day and then see a skunk cabbage pushing up through the snow the next. The plant world is undergoing the transformation from winter storage and dormancy to spring growth and expansion. This makes spring a wonderful time to get outside and forage.

Before heading out on your foraging journey there are a few tips and tricks to keep you and the plant world safe:

  • Identify the plant correctly. Always be 100% sure of the plant’s identification before you harvest and consume. Many plants have poisonous look-alikes so it is imperative you can ID with certainty. Pay attention to the old adage “when in doubt, throw it out”. There are a number of great plant ID books on the market that cover most geographical areas. You may also find foraging classes in your area which can be a fun way to learn about local plants.
  • Practice sustainable harvesting for any plants you harvest. Never take more

All About Wooden Garden Shed

There are wooden shed kits or traditional construction materials for building a garden shed. This type of shed may be a simple box shape or designed to be a more elaborate structure. How the shed will be used is the major determination for construction. The neighborhood location or the architecture of the home determines the style.

Most garden sheds are used:

  1. To store small hand-held and large garden tools; manual and electrical
  2. A place to park the lawn mower, tiller, and other large gardening equipment
  3. Storing vegetables
  4. Cutting, planting, and transplanting plants
  5. Tool repairs

Many people prefer wooden constructed garden sheds rather than vinyl, resin, plastic, and various metal type sheds. It may be more expensive up-front, but lumber seems to have a longer life and therefore is less expensive. Wood is also easier to repair. The other types of sheds would need to be discarded and a new one purchased.

Plan before you start building. There are important considerations which need attention. Decide if you would like to build it or hire a contractor. Do you wish to assemble a shed kit or build it from scratch?

There is a wide variety of wooden type garden sheds which may be ordered from local sources or from online. Note