The Best Planting Tip I Ever Received This spring my wife and I started to convert the expanse of lawn around our newly purchased ranch house into gardens. While we focus on renovating the insides of the house, the focus for our garden is its infrastructure and bones. To that end, we’ve been smothering several hundred square feet of lawn under cardboard, newspapers, and compost; planting young shrubs to create screens; carefully carving specimens out of overgrown trees; and generally preparing the soil for future garden spaces. Last week we installed several hundred perennials and grasses on the side of our house. During that planting, I remembered the best planting advice I’ve ever received. This advice came to me by way of a representative from Monrovia Nursery. The advice focused on techniques of installing container plants. I had known how to direct the roots away from the plant using a root hook, or by scoring the sides of the roots with a sharp blade. How do you deal with this problem? Want to really baby that plant?
16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps By Andy Whiteley Co-Founder of Wake Up World Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops? Re-growing food from your kitchen scraps is a good way to do it! There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin. It’s fun. Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel You can either use the white root end of a vegetable that you have already cut, or buy a handful of new vegetables to use specifically for growing. Simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. Lemongrass Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Ginger
My Green Way of Life | Ontdek op deze blog dat "a green way of life" helemaal niet moeilijk of saai hoeft te zijn, integendeel! How to Grow The Top 10 Most Nutritious Vegetables in Your Garden By Colleen Vanderlinden Treehugger A perfectly ripe, juicy tomato, still warm from the sun. Sweet carrots, pulled from the garden minutes (or even seconds!) before they’re eaten. Growing your own vegetables is one of those activities that balances practicality and indulgence. And don’t let the lack of a yard stop you – all of them can be grown in containers as well. 1. Broccoli is high in calcium, iron, and magnesium, as well as Vitamin A, B6, and C. How to Grow BroccoliGrow Broccoli in Containers: One broccoli plant per pot, pots should be 12 to 16 inches deep.What to Watch Out For: Cabbage worm. 2. There is nothing like peas grown right in your own garden – the tender sweetness of a snap pea just plucked from the vine is unlike anything you can buy in at a store. How to Grow PeasGrow Peas in Containers: Sow peas approximately 2 inches apart in a pot that is at least 10 inches deep. 3. How to Grow BeansGrow Beans in Containers: Bush beans are your best option for growing in containers.
Edible Landscaping With Charlie Nardozzi Ordering Seeds and Plants One of my end-of-the-year rituals is to sit down with seed and plant catalogs and place my order for the next year. It's a fun project right... Read more » How To: Prune Grape Vines Grape growing is booming across the country. December Q & A Question: This year I've had more green tomatoes than red in my Oklahoma garden. Answer: Yes, you can ripen your tomatoes indoors if the fruits are mature enough. Question: Last fall we moved into our new Pennsylvania house after all the garden had been cut down. Answer: Congratulations on your new home. Most blackberry varieties need two years to produce fruit. The exceptions to this pattern of fruiting are the new everbearing blackberry varieties such as 'Prime Jim' and 'Prime Jan'. NGA offers the largest and most respected array of gardening content for consumers and educators.
Cool Thumb-controlled Watering Pot Made With Recycled Materials | Fun In The Making I got the idea to make these thumb controlled pots from the pottery ones I’ve seen at Historic Williamsburg. The original earthenware “thumb pots” were used in 17th and 18th century English gardens. I reproduced this clever watering device using salvaged plastic bottles and jugs. To Make: Find a suitable “pot.” Drill a hole in the center of the cap of your container. How it works: It works similar to holding your thumb over the top of a drinking straw. 1. 2. 3. 4. How to hold a thumb pot.
Gedeeld:Door - Home Survival Gardening And a Way to Relax and De-Stress Survival gardening can be fun, relaxing and actually quite simple… Many people seem to think they don’t have enough space for a garden but the areas where you can learn how to grow a basic vegetable garden are endless. Yep, I am talking about those spaces we try to fill in with all kinds of flowers, shrubs, and even in some cases, gravel, so that it looks nice…. :) Plant your veggies there. Along Side Your House The area alongside the house is perfect for plants as it is protected from many things, such as: Frost, will stay frost-free longer in the fallcritters, we have to protect everything we grow here in Montana from hungry deerhail, heavy rains, strong wind… plus the plants seem to grow faster and I think it may be because heat is magnified. You may want to use non-hybrid seeds to do gardening as you will be able to harvest your own seeds for the following year this way. Visit our Survival Garden Ebooks page for simple green thumb helpsbooks..
Yummy Yards DIY: How To Make Your Own Green Terrarium To Keep or Give Away for the Holidays! - A clear glass jar, vase, bowl, glass, or whatever interesting glass container you have on hand - Rocks, pebbles or recycled glass chunks - Activated charcoal (sometimes called activated carbon) - Potting soil appropriate for your plants - Moss (optional) - Figurines, sticks or decorative items (optional) - Various small plants - A scoop, spoon or shovel - Scissors - Gloves Source your containers from a thrift store or an antique store or scrounge around your house for an old jar. Even simple jelly jars or canning jars can make beautiful terrariums. They can be open or closed – it’s totally up to you. As for the plants, the sky is the limit, but generally speaking look for small plants that you can fit inside your jar.