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Organicgardening. The Best Garden Bed Edging Tips: The Family Handyman. Metal: A nearly invisible border 1 of 5 Metal borders A metal strip subtly separates the lawn from the garden. 2 of 5 Photo 1: Dig the trench Cut a narrow, 4-in. deep trench with one vertical side along the lawn edge. 3 of 5 Photo 2: Place the edging in the trench Snap together the 8-ft. border sections, drop the edging into the trench and lay it against the vertical edge.

The Best Garden Bed Edging Tips: The Family Handyman

Ergonomic Tools That Prune Away Gardening Pains. A decade ago, my wife and I built an absurdly ambitious garden that involved homemade fencing, a bamboo-and-string trellis for the beans and, for me, about 10 backbreaking hours behind a tiller.

Ergonomic Tools That Prune Away Gardening Pains

As we planted, a neighbor strolled by, grinning. “Growing some deer food?” Hilarious! Weeks later, our little farm verging on a big harvest, we awoke to find the fence trampled, the trellises flattened and the vegetables gone. It was farmageddon. I have since avoided gardening, and not just because of the deer. In recent years, though, I heard enough about the virtues of ergonomic gardening tools that I thought it might be worth another shot. My question: Is the buzz surrounding ergonomic gardening tools just noise, or have there been legitimate innovations lately? “When I started gardening 30 years ago,” Ms. And much of that improvement, my panelists and others said, has come in recent years, as manufacturers and retailers moved away from the one-size-strains-all approach. Ms. Mr. Ms. Ms. Ms. Savor snack-tastic sunflower seeds once the radiant blooms have faded — if the birds have saved you any, that is. 5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden.

It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest.

5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden

As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 1. With ‘no-till’ gardening, weeding is largely eliminated. 2.

Gardeners are always on the lookout for free sources of clean organic mulch to add to their garden. Plants That Stop — Even Eat — Mosquitoes. While I’m still gathering feedback on DEET -free repellents I thought you’d appreciate some information on plants that may help keep mosquitoes where they belong–far, far away from you. (Note: the leaves of the following must be crushed to release the aroma. Otherwise mosquitoes can’t smell them): Photo: NellsWiki Horsemint has a scent similar to citronella and grows wild in most of the Eastern United States, from Mexico, Texas up to Minnesota to Vermont. What to Plant Now: Central-Midwest Gardening Region. Tips for Controlling Weeds in Your Yard. Tips for Controlling Weeds in Your Yard By: Danny Lipford Weeds are a problem in every yard.

Tips for Controlling Weeds in Your Yard

The best way to prevent weeds is to make sure you have a healthy lawn by: Planting grass that’s suitable for your climate and yard.Providing good topsoil with the right pH and nutrients.Making sure your lawn receives the correct amount of water.Mowing your lawn to the proper height for your type of grass. The type of weeds you have can give clues as to what you need to do to improve your lawn. When pulling weeds, try to get all the roots so the weeds can’t grow back. Watch this video to find out more. Further Information Please Leave a Comment. What your weeds can tell you about your soil. What do you do when you see a weed in the garden?

What your weeds can tell you about your soil

Jump in and frantically hack away with a hoe? Throw up your hands in despair? Learn something? Yes, learn something! Those weeds are excellent indicators of soil conditions. The Basics of Planning Your Vegetable Garden — A Cultivated Nest. Gardening 101 Pt. 1 – Planning Your Garden Before we get into planning your vegetable garden, I’m sure some of you are asking why should I even bother to grow my own vegetables?

The Basics of Planning Your Vegetable Garden — A Cultivated Nest

There are many many MANY reasons to have a vegetable garden but here are my top 3. Best Shade-Tolerant Vegetables - Organic Gardening. Even in shady conditions, you can bask in great garden harvests if you choose the right crops and make a few easy adjustments.

Best Shade-Tolerant Vegetables - Organic Gardening

By Colleen Vanderlinden When considering which crops to grow in shady areas, think of them in terms of leaves and roots. Crops we grow for their leaves (kale, lettuce, spinach) and those we grow for their roots (beets, carrots, turnips) will do fairly well in partially shady conditions.