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Untitled. Hardscaping 101: Raised Garden Beds: Gardenista. Older Hardscaping 101: Raised Garden Beds by Janet Hall Issue 2 · Cook's Garden · January 15, 2015 Newer Issue 2 · Cook's Garden · January 15, 2015 Don't let bad soil stop you from planting an edible garden. The solution? Are raised beds the right solution for your edible garden? Above: Not to be confused with garden planters or containers, raised garden beds have no bottoms.

What are the benefits of raised garden beds? Instant soil improvement. Above: Raised garden beds in the kitchen gardens of Daylesford Organic have sides of woven willow. Space efficiency. Above: At her Cape Cod home, architect Sheila Bonnell designed a raised garden bed in an outdoor nook conveniently located near the kitchen. Is there an ideal size for a raised garden bed? Several factors dictate size, including soil conditions, space limitations, and considerations of physical comfort. Length and Width. Height. For more of Art's kitchen garden tips, see Ask the Expert: How to Create a Beautiful Edible Garden. 15 Foods That Can Be Regrown From Scraps. I love gardening. Well, not actually the work behind the gardening so much – it’s the harvesting that I really look forward to.

There is nothing like fresh veggies from your own personal garden! I actually just planted a bunch of things in my vegetable garden, and may have gone a little plant happy at the feed & seed store. Oops. Obviously, we all know about the normal ways to grow plants – from seeds. Let’s count them out – from 1 to 15… 1, 2, 3, & 4. These are the ones I regrow the very most, I always have a mason jar of green onions regrowing above my kitchen sink. 5. You can regrow lemongrass the same way you regrow the green onions. 6. Plant a small chunk off of your piece of ginger in potting soil with the newest buds facing up. 7.

Pick a potato that has a lot of good formed eyes, and cut it into 2-3 inch pieces, taking care to be sure that each piece has at least 1-2 eyes on it. 8. You will need sweet potatoes with good formed eyes, just as you would want with a regular potato. Growing Tomatoes, Part 1 | Last Ranch on the Right. Tomatoes – you’re either already growing them or you want to. Of all the vegetable comparisons of store-bought vs. homegrown, you likely won’t find a more dramatic difference in taste and quality than what you’ll find with tomatoes. We’ve been growing and canning them for the past few years and while we’ve had good success, there’s something new to be learned and something to be improved on every season. There’s a bazillion tips and tricks out there for growing the ideal tomato, and in this brief series I’ll add what I know to that knowledgebase and hopefully you find it useful.

There are dozens of popular varieties depending on your preference, and most nurseries will have a good selection of seeds and young plants in the early spring. If you’re just starting out, go out and buy plants in common varieties. They’re cheap, already off to a good start, and your nursery will stock what works well in your region. The negative with hybrids is that they produce sterile or unreliable seed. Companion Planting. Totally Free Plants, Seeds, Bulbs, Tubers, Flowers with Free Packing and Free Delivery to your door steps. Make a compost tumbler. More Go Green! Projects Here’s how to tumble your way to rich compost for your garden and plants. Sturdy plastic 55-gallon (or so) food barrelDrillSawHammerAdjustable wrench8 3⁄8-by-3 1⁄2-inch carriage bolts8 3⁄8-inch nuts8 3⁄8-inch washers16d galvanized nails2 bungee cords (If barrel has a locking lid, you won’t need the bungees.)5 2-by-6-inch boards (Lengths will be determined by the size of the container.)3⁄4-inch galvanized pipe, threaded both ends (You can get a standard-size pre-cut threaded pipe.

The length will be determined by diameter of the barrel.)2 3⁄4-inch galvanized pipe caps Prepare the Barrel 1. Wash out the barrel and drill two 7⁄8-inch holes halfway between the top and bottom. 2. Build a Sturdy Frame 3. 4. 5. Layer yard waste into the tumbler. Bacteria breaks down the materials in your tumbler and turns it into rich organic compost.

Food barrels are used for things like juice or pickles. How to Grow and Store Potatoes, Onions, Garlic and Squash, Keeper Crops. During the winter months, when the ground is covered by a thick blanket of snow, there’s something particularly satisfying about still being able to eat food from your garden. There are many summer-grown crops including potatoes, onions, garlic, beets, carrots and winter squash, can be stored with relative ease to nourish you right through until the next growing season. Even a modest-size garden can yield a substantial crop of winter keepers. To be successful storing these keeper crops at home, here are a couple factors to keep in mind: Some varieties store better than others, so be sure to seek out the ones that are known to be good keepers. There are so many wonderful kinds and colors of potatoes to choose from: fingerlings, bakers, boilers, white, yellow, pink, red, and even blue.

Potatoes can be grown in a standard garden row, in a raised bed or in a container such as a Potato Grow Bag. Onions Onions should be cured before they are stored. Garlic A perfect bulb, just after harvest. How to Grow a Lemon Tree Indoors. My dad makes his Caesar salad dressing from scratch, which calls for fresh lemon juice. He squeezes the lemons by hand, which yields juice, and sometimes a few seeds...

One time, I noticed a tiny, green shoot emerging from one of the seeds. It had sprouted. Question is, if you plant the seed, will produce fruit someday? Here's the deal: As long as the seed is not damaged, and it didn't dry out while you were doing the dishes, the odds are good that it will produce a plant. Lemons on the other hand, don't mind life as a houseplant and will be comfortable in containers as long as the container is large and the soil in them is well drained.

According to Leslie Land, garden writer for the New York Times, if you're serious about citrus, consider trees that are sold for growing in containers because they are generally dwarf varieties, like the Meyer lemon, or grafted onto dwarfing rootstock. Meyer lemons are hardier than other lemons and more generous about fruiting. Have fun! P.S. Growing-vegetables-chart.jpg (JPEG Image, 1000 × 2300 pixels) Companion_Planting. Companion Planting Guide Anise - Plant anise and coriander seeds together.

They will both germinate more quickly. Keep soil moist and separate when seedlings have grown a little. Apple - If planted with chives there is less chance of apple scab disease. Asparagus - Becomes more vigorous if planted with parsley. Basil - Basil repels white fly and makes a good companion to tomatoes, in the garden & the kitchen. Use 3 basil plants to each tomato plant. Beans - Less likely to suffer from beetles if petunias also planted alongside. Beans (Bush) - Plant with sunflowers, they like partial shade and the sunflowers attract birds and bees. Bee/Lemon Balm - Plant with tomatoes, it improves growth and flavour.

Beetroot - Grow better if planted with onions, kohl rabi, basil, beans, lettuce, cabbage and tomatoes. Bergamot - Attracts beneficial honey bees. Borage - Plant with strawberries to increase crop. Broccoli - Planted with dill or mint grows better. Chives - Carrots grow larger planted near chives. The Epi-Log on Epicurious.com: Five Great Websites for Farmers, Wannabe Farmers, and Consumers. How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden | Mama Knows. Rating: 7.2/10 (159 votes cast) These little creatures were first discovered by Spanish explorers who called them “joyas voladoras” – translation: “flying jewels”. They are really something else – beautiful to watch and admire. But they are a whole lot more than just one of nature’s wonders. Their physical capabilities are truly amazing. They can migrate at least 2000 miles from their breeding grounds to their wintering grounds. And can you believe that hummingbird can actually cross the Gulf of Mexico?

If you think about it, it is astounding, that something that small can actually fly 500 miles without rest. Here are a few interesting facts about these beautiful birds and some of their most common species: If you were to compare hummingbird’s energy to humans, you would learn that a hovering hummingbird has an energy output per unit weight ten times that of a person running 9 miles per hour. Here are some the most common species: Allen's Hummingbird Berylline Hummingbird Costa's Hummingbird. Companion Planting - Vegetable Gardening Plant Companions and Combining. Home > Companion gardening Companion planting and combining means growing plants together that like or benefit each other.

Vegetable companion gardening can have a real impact on the health and yield of your plants. In nature everything interacts to create a whole life force. This is a basic understanding... that everything organic and living has a mutual influence on every other living thing. Every plant has an effect on every other plant and every creature has an effect on every other creature. Over time, gardeners have observed these interrelationships, and scientists have studied them. It’s well worth while reading a little bit about how and why companion planting is so important before we get into which specific plants go with what. . . .

Plants, unlike many people, are not timid. Nature's Way of Companion Planting The companion effect happens naturally in the wild. Just like us, life's too short for putting up with bad conditions... so aim for the good life for your plants too! Uh oh... Remedies. Homemade Fertilizers Fish emulsion and seaweed extract are the best store-bought natural fertilizers. You should follow the directions on the labels or make your own fertilizers: Compost Tea I’ve read that the active ingredients in compost actually help control disease and shoo away insects. You should use composted manure, not dehydrated manure for this recipe. Simply add 1 cup of compost to 1 gallon of water and 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses to a bucket and let sit for at least 2 weeks. Stinging Nettles Tea or Comfrey Tea Mix these greens together or use them separately.

Homemade Pest and Disease Remedies Insecticidal soap, rotenone/pyrethrum liquid spray, and diatomaceous earth for horticultural use (silica particles from the skeletal remains of sea creatures that penetrate the bodies of insects on contact-sold as a dust) are good store-bought natural pest remedies. Alcohol spray for Aphids Mix ½ to 1 cup alcohol with a quart of water. Three Sprays for Powdery Mildew. Japanese garden, a photo from Monte-Carlo, North. Extreme Urban Gardening: Straw Bale Gardens. Here’s a very simple technique for gardening in tight spots and in places with no/terrible soil (from the arctic circle to the desert to an asphalt jungle).

It’s also a great way to garden if you have limited mobility (in a wheel chair). What is Straw Bale Gardening? You simply plant your garden in straw bales. Here’s an example of what a straw bale garden looks like (via author/expert Joel Karsten — he’s got a good book on the topic and he teaches it in seminars) As you can see, the basic technique is actually quite simple. You simply grow your garden inside the bales and the results can be pretty amazing. How to grow a Straw Bale Garden There are lots of techniques on how to grow a straw bale garden. Days 1 to 3: Water the bales thoroughly and keep them damp.Days 4 to 6: Sprinkle each bale with ½ cup urea (46-0-0) and water well into bales. Essentially, plant the seedlings like you would do in the ground.

Plants Number Per Bale Resiliently yours, Gift Ideas for poor creative souls (1) Posted by: Cathy on Apr 22, 2010 Tagged in: Untagged Having just spent hours in the garden, I thought this idea was perfect for this time of year. I know in the US they will celebrate mother's day on the second Sunday in May, so this gift is perfect and really inexpensive. What's more, you'll be doing your bit for the planet. This idea comes courtesy of Giver's Log. The intent of seed tape is to make planting easier when you have teeny tiny seeds that need to be planted just inches apart (like carrots and radishes).

Here’s what you’ll need: -1/4 cup flour + enough water to make a paste -strips of paper to make the tape: black and white newspaper (no colored ink), single-ply toilet paper, and a thin paper bag all work -something for dabbing on drops of the paste, like the back of a paint brush -and seeds! You can also add a pretty flower to your boxes to pretty them up a bit. For tutorials on how to market yourself online, go here. Grow 100 lbs. Of Potatoes In 4 Square Feet: {How To. Quite the clever gardening tip here folks! Today’s feature includes tips from three different sources for growing potatoes vertically (in layers) instead of spread out in rows across your garden.

If you have limited garden space or want to try some nifty gardening magic, this could be a great option for you. First, there’s this article from The Seattle Times: It’s Not Idaho, But You Still Can Grow Potatoes: The potatoes are planted inside the box, the first row of boards is installed and the dirt or mulch can now be added to cover the seed potatoes. As the plant grows, more boards and dirt will be added. You plant in one bottom layer, boarding up the sides of each layer and adding dirt as you go higher (you wait until the plants have grown a bit before adding a new layer). I traced the information provided in the article to Irish Eyes Garden Seeds, they also advise you can skip the box and try growing them in a barrel or wire cage instead. Bonus! Here’s a photo: Guidelines For Growing Vegetables Chart. Hugelkultur - the ultimate garden bed. Top 6 most cost-effective vegetables to grow. There are many benefits to growing your own vegetables, but saving money is not necessarily one of them.

Some vegetables are simply cheaper to buy at the grocery store, and no amount of gardening savvy will result in a cost-saving benefit. Over the years we have experimented with many vegetable crops, and while saving money is not the prime reason we grow vegetables, it is a consideration in our choice of what to plant. Although we are fortunate to have plenty of ground space for gardening, the work required to keep the beds fertile and weed free discourages us from planting some crops which are ‘dirt cheap’ when bought in season.

If you are growing vegetables in the hope of saving money, or want to make the most from limited garden space, here are some suggestions for crops which have delivered real cost savings for us. When planning your garden and buying seeds, however, be sure to choose varieties which do well in your growing region. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Garden plans | Home Garden. Garden Design, advice, & ideas for garden decor, furniture, photos, & living green; for readers who are passionate about having the best gardens. Garden design Garden design is the art and process of designing and creating plans for layout and planting of gardens and landscapes. Garden design may be done by the garden owner Plan a Vegetable Garden – Home Vegetable Garden plan Take the time to properly plan a vegetable garden for maximum success.

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