background preloader

Top 6 most cost-effective vegetables to grow

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. 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. 1. You may have noticed the price of lettuce has risen considerably in the past two years. In our garden we grow two varieties of leafy lettuce, Magenta (red leaf) and Concept (green leaf). 2. Green bell peppers cost about $1.50 each at our supermarket, and yellow and red peppers are even more expensive due to their extended ripening times. 3. 4. 5. 6. Related:  Garden II

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. Garden Designs If you need inspiration for flower garden designs, start here. Garden Gate Store Plans Garden tips and videos delivered to you FREE by e-mail each week. Garden Plans Small to Large Garden Plans LiveToGarden Spring is here – it’s time to get planting. Texas Chicken Coop Garden Coop Plans Coop Thoughts Blog Lila K. and her husband live on the Gulf Coastal Plain of Texas. Planning a Texas Vegetable Garden You can do almost everything efficiently if you start with a plan before moving into action.

Growing mushrooms in a laundry basket Thought you might like to see a great way to grow mushrooms outdoors if you have a shady place that gets watered regularly… This technique also works indoors, but the laundry basket is usually bagged or boxed until the straw is completely colonised with mycelium. This technique has both upsides and downsides, but most importantly, it’s easy, and gets people growing mushrooms! Zodd’s oyster mushrooms VelaCreations’ colonised straw Fungifield’s golden oysters VelaCreations’ basket, bagged and ready to fruit VelaCreations’ fruiting oyster mushrooms Grow your own’s oyster mushrooms – delish! At Milkwood Farm, we’ve opted to grow our oyster mushrooms in double buckets. However, many home mushroom propagators use the laundry basket technique, and it illustrates yet another way oyster mushrooms can be grown inside, outside and upside down, once you have the basic knowledge, skills, tools and of course mycelium… mmm mushrooms. >> More posts about mushrooms at Milkwood Farm

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. 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 Black Chinned Hummingbird Blue Throated Hummingbird Board Billed Hummingbird Broad Tailed Hummingbird Buff Bellied Hummingbird Costa's Hummingbird Lucifer Hummingbird While they are mostly attracted to tubular blooms. they also love orange, pink and yellow blooms. I’ll be looking forward to your feedback and ideas. Anna's Hummingbird

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.

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. Prepare the Barrel 1. 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.

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes By Jason Knight There are a variety of both wild and cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes. Almost anywhere you go, it is reasonable to find several plant species that you can use to ward off these pesky critters. Plant-based mosquito repellents are especially useful for people who spend a great deal of time in the wilderness. It is important to note that it is compounds found within the plants that do the repelling. These compounds need to be released from the plant to unlock the mosquito-repelling qualities. Below are separate lists of wild and cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes: Cultivated Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus) is the most popular cultivated plant used for repelling mosquitoes. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a common garden plant that can be used to repel mosquitoes. Additional cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes: Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Marigolds (Tagetes spp.) Wild Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

The Gravity of Illusion: Dyson’s Mysterious Garden Fountain A simple water feature can take an ordinary deck and turn it into something magnificent. But a water feature fashioned by celebrated industrial designer James Dyson (of Dyson vacuums fame) is bound to be the most unforgettable water feature ever. This fountain, part of an overall garden design dubbed “The Wrong Garden,” was created by Dyson for the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2003 Chelsea Flower Show. Like everything else designed by Dyson, it accomplishes a seemingly impossible task with highly astonishing style: in this case, it makes water flow uphill. Dyson’s inspiration for the highly unusual outdoor fountain was M.C. The secret is deceptively simple: the water is actually flowing inside and through the tanks and being propelled through small openings at the highest corner of the tanks.

Solar Food Dryer From Cardboard Boxes - DIY It seems that — at long last — a goodly number of people in government and industry are beginning to come around to the notion that, yes, there might be something to this sun-energy concept after all! Unfortunately, whenever the bigwigs begin "talking solar," they invariably speak in terms of multimillion dollar projects, brain-trust technologies, and the all-too-familiar decade-long implementation schedules. Well, all that may be necessary (although I doubt it) for some solar energy applications, but I've designed a solar food dryer that anyone — and I do mean anyone — can put together for pennies ... and in minutes! To build your sun-powered unit, choose a long, shallow cardboard box and cut a few holes in each of the narrow ends. Now, take another cardboard box and make several holes in one side. If you really splurged on this device, you might be able to spend $1, but I doubt it! The Solar Food Dryer book, by Eben Fodor.

Solar Greenhouse Building Our BatchGeo world MAP shows the locations of green building and renewable energy projects featured on Solaripedia. ALMOST ANY STRUCTURE that is built to look like a solar greenhouse will work. That is to say, the solar greenhouse concept is so right that you can ignore (or not know) the fine points of solar design and still build a house with much less need for supplemental heat than a traditional greenhouse. ©1978 Organic Farming and Gardening Dave MacKinnon, Ph.D., ORGANIC GARDENING greenhouse designer, has put it all together after three years of experimenting and has created a design formula that gardeners in any climate can follow. The best measure of a solar green house is the plant-growing environment it creates. ORGANIC GARDENING researchers have built two different greenhouses that have worked well despite unusual winter weather. In December and January we harvested enough salad greens every day for three or four people. In spring and fall the harvests are bigger.

Related: