10 Killer DIY Garden Hacks Gardening is one of the most rewarding home hobbies you can do. It's fun, sustainable and you get healthy, tasty results. A lot of people like the idea of gardening but find excuses like it's too time consuming, it's too expensive, they don't have enough space, blah blah blah. There's no room for excuses when going green, all you need is a little initiative and a little ingenuity to overcome these so called excuses. Here are 10 killer garden hacks that can help you save time, space and money while satisfying your green thumb... 1. Vertical Gutter Garden When Suzanne Forsling moved to Juneau Alaska from Iowa, she found that it was a little bit harder to get her garden to grow. 2. Reclaimed Tire Garden If you have some old tires laying around that you don't know what to do with, you could burn them... if you hate the environment, or you could put them to work as cool looking raised garden beds. 3. DIY Earth Box An Earth Box is more than just a box with soil. 4. Self-Watering Garden 5. 6. 7.
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. 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.
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Vegetables High in Protein Although animal protein is a good source of protein, it is a storehouse of unhealthy saturated fat, high calories, and high cholesterol. So, a healthier alternative is plant protein, which packs all essential vitamins and minerals required for good health, and is low in fat as well. It cannot be denied that plant protein is not on a par with animal protein. However, by following a well-balanced diet, which comprises a variety of foods, meeting the daily protein requirement should not be a challenge. The following tells you about vegetables which are good sources of protein. Broccoli A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, broccoli is a no-brainer for a low fat high protein diet. Spinach No healthy diet is complete without the special green called spinach. 1 cup (180 g) of cooked and boiled spinach (without salt)* packs 5 grams of protein. Asparagus This lanky, green perennial plant always makes it to the menu of health-conscious people. Other Vegetables and Foods High in Protein
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. 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. (The crops we grow for their fruits — such as eggplants, peppers and tomatoes — really do need at least six hours of full sun per day.) To learn more about how to grow crops in shady gardens, check out Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade. The estimates in this chart are based on the experiences of the author and the experts mentioned in Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade.
What to Grow in the Shady Bit I’m asked on a regular basis what to grow in the shady part of a vegetable plot so I thought it was about time I wrote a post on the topic. So here goes. Firstly, you’re not alone in wondering what the heck to grow in the shady bit of the garden. Mtp has a shady bit – or if you’re going to get technical, a ‘north facing wall’. This is the type of shady bit that is totally usable in a vegetable garden. Now for the cream – what ‘can’ you grow in partial shade? Here’s a list of the vegetables that will tolerate shade LeeksKaleCalvo NeroRadicchioChardSpinach BeetCressRadishSageRosemaryBayLettuce (winter varieties)Mustard GreensAsparagus (although fewer spears will be produced) And here’s a list of fruit: Alpine StrawberriesAutumn RaspberriesPlums (Czar etc)Pear (Conference, Emile D’Heyst etc)Morello CherryGooseberriesRedcurrantsRhubarbElderflowerAnd Quince (apparently, although I have no experience of this) There are also crafty ways that you can get around the shade problem.
When To Plant Vegetable Seeds (2 EXCELLENT Printable Charts) | Knowing when to plant seeds is crucial to successful germination and healthy plants. I don’t know about you, but I am always eager to get sowing seeds indoors this time of year. Trouble is I always sow too many and too soon. These two charts have been created by the lovely folks at Roots Nursery and I don’t need to tell you how useful the charts will be. 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. By Colleen Vanderlinden When considering which crops to grow in shady areas, think of them in terms of leaves and roots. To learn more about how to grow crops in shady gardens, check out Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade. The estimates in this chart are based on the experiences of the author and the experts mentioned in Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade.