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Just in Time for Winter: How to Build Your Own Mini-Greenhouse

Just in Time for Winter: How to Build Your Own Mini-Greenhouse
Gardeners looking to extend the growing season into winter can do so with a cold frame. These handy mini-greenhouses trap heat and keeping cool-season veggies growing in spite of frosty weather. Cold frames are inexpensive to build and don't consume a lot of energy. This modular cold frame design offers two frame options: single- and double-tier. The lid should be kept shut on cold days and propped open for ventilation on unseasonably warm days. COLD FRAME MATERIALS A — One 36-inch x 57-inch Lexan sheet B — Five 10-foot, 1 x 12-inch and two 10-foot, 1 x 6-inch cedar boards; one 8-foot 1 x 6-inch cedar board for braces C — 20 31⁄2-inch No.10 exterior-grade screws D — Two 3-inch heavy-duty galvanized steel hinges E — 13 size # 20 wooden biscuits F — Hand tools: saw, measuring tape, pencil, set square, 2-strap clamps, straight edge ruler G — Power tools: drill, table or circular saw fitted with a universal blade, miter saw, biscuit cutter Construction time : 6 hours Related:  Garden

66 Things You Can Grow At Home: In Containers, Without a Garden" Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don't have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they—and you—have to travel. As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil's about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiiiny little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry). WATCH VIDEO: World's Greenest Homes: Rooftop Garden If you're up to the challenge—and it really isn't much of one—growing your own food can be so rewarding. Here's a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home. 1. 2. 3. 4.

August gardening tips: storing fruit, harvesting onions, sowing fall veggies | Big Blog Of Gardening ~ organic gardening and organic lawn care By Charlie Nardozzi, Horticulturist and Leonard Perry, University of Vermont Extension Horticulturist Sowing fall vegetables, storing summer fruits, and harvesting onions are some of the gardening activities for August. August harvest includes sweet corn, tomatoes, carrots, beans, scallions and herbs. August is the time to sow veggie seeds for a late summer or fall harvest: Lettuce, broccoli, beets, carrots, radishes, and other short-season crops. Freezing berries and other fruits Don’t let fresh fruits and berries go to waste. Onions and garlic drying in the sun Harvest onions Begin harvesting onions when about half to three quarters of the leaves have died back. Harvest sweet corn Harvest sweet corn early in the day for the best flavor. Begin to sow cover crops As you remove spent plants from your garden beds, if you’re not planting a fall crop as mentioned above, sow a cover crop such as winter rye. Let rose hips develop Roses need to start their hardening-off period by the end of August.

Starting a Winter Garden can Seriously Slash Your Food Bill By Dr. Mercola Think about the last time you strolled down the produce aisle of your neighborhood grocery store in the middle of winter. If your grocer is like most, the "fresh veggies" were completely bedraggled at that time of year, looking pale and wilted and completely uninspiring. A Winter Garden That Will Make Your Neighbors GREEN With Envy Winter gardening is far easier than you might think. Gardeners Beware: Garden Chemicals Can Be Toxic One of the greatest advantages of being a home gardener is controlling exactly what goes into your food and soil. Things to Consider BEFORE You Start Moving Dirt In your exuberance from reading this article, you may be tempted to dive right in. What and When to Plant For your winter garden, your most important date to know is your "first frost" date. 60 Days to Maturity 30 Days to Maturity Herbs such as thyme, rosemary and sage will also do fine during a mild winter. Where to Plant Tips for Preparing and Planting Your Winter Garden Organic Pest Control

How to Buld a Pond - Build Your Own Backyard Pond If you've always wanted a backyard pond, you're not alone. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners already have them and thousands more are installing them every year. Why all the fuss over a water-filled hole? Well, for one thing, gurgling waterfalls are inherently appealing. Also, with the growing popularity of "water gardening," many people look at their ponds as an interesting, ongoing project. But before you can start stocking aquatic plants and animals, such as fish, frogs, tadpoles and snails, you need the pond itself--and a source for supplies and equipment. Keep in mind that the project doesn't have to be huge. Digging It Once you've chosen a location for the pond, lay out the perimeter using rope or a garden hose. Now, line the hole and the pit with screened mason's sand and rake it smooth. Laying Rubber Fold the rubber liner lengthwise, center it over the hole and unfold it. We built this pond out of red New England fieldstone, which is relatively flat and easy to stack.

Vertical Gardening Ideas....Tube Planters - Gardening Gone Wild I was transformed into a lover and student of vertical gardening after seeing Patrick Blanc’s vertical wall designs years ago in a magazine. I’ve written about vertical gardening on GGW over the past few years. Since then, the field has continued to grow at a quick pace. The horticultural industry is focusing more and more on green roofs and vertical gardening, realizing that these two forms of gardening are not only environmentally beneficial but can help expand peoples’ horizons of how to create a garden when dealing with an unconventional space. In he 1980s, Pat McWhinney noticed that many rock and waterfall type projects were lacking plant life around the rock formations. Tube planters are made of an industrial cloth: Patrick has them sown up by a seamstress into circular tubes and lengths of varying dimensions. Five tube planters secured to a latticed screen, ready to be planted. An example of a single tube (on the production table) planted with a lush variety of succulents

Build Your Own String Garden in 7 Steps | Living on GOOD Kokedama, which means moss ball, is a style of Japanese bonsai that takes presentational aesthetics outside the box—literally. Kokedama are made by transferring your plant out of its pot and into a ball of soil held together with moss and string. String gardens take this tradition a step further by suspending these little green worlds in the air. They're a great way to bring the outdoors inside of your—dare I say—teeny, tiny apartment, where surfaces are reserved for your collection of Jerzy Kosinski novels and your laptop, but definitely not more plants. String gardens are simple, fun to make, and really…tie the room together. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Step 1 Knock the soil from the roots. Step 2 Once you've managed to free the roots from the majority of the soil, give them a quick dip in room-temperature water. Step 3 Take your sphagnum moss, enough to wrap around the roots, and squeeze out the excess water. Step 6 Cover the ball with your sheep moss. Step 7 Pick a spot and hang it.

Year-Round Gardening | Square Foot Gardening I am a big fan of using year-round gardening to harvest fresh food twelve months a year – even in cold climates. Not only is fresh food more nutritious and tasty than canned or frozen, but it is a lot more energy-efficient. When I was a child, we planted our entire row garden within a 2-4 week time period, and usually had to harvest each crop within a similar narrow time frame. This resulted in a glut of food that we had to eat within a few days or weeks. Successful year-round gardening involves: expanding the varieties of fruit and vegetables in your dietlearning to eat more fresh food in seasongrowing varieties of fruit and vegetables that store easilyextending the growing season of some cropsextending the harvesting season for many crops Enjoy More Variety Many Americans grow only the standard summer vegetables – tomatoes, corn, peppers, white potatoes, melons, etc. The easiest way to enjoy fresh crops all year is to also learn to grow and eat a variety of cool-season vegetables. .

No-till Gardening Gardeners traditionally dig, or turn over the top layer of soil before planting to get rid of weeds, and make it easier to use fertilizers and to plant crops. This also speeds up the decomposition of crop residue, weeds and other organic matter. Tilling the soil is often the most strenuous of a gardener’s tasks. A complex, symbiotic relationship exists between the soil surface and the underlying micro-organisms, however, which contributes to a natural, healthy soil structure. Digging into the bed can interfere with this process and disturb the natural growing environment. It can also cause soil compaction and erosion, and bring dormant weed seeds to the surface where they will sprout. With ‘no-till’ gardening, once the bed is established the surface is never disturbed. Benefits of no-till gardening Promotes natural aeration and drainage. Saves water. Thick layers of mulch allow water to pass through easily while shading the soil. Reduces or eliminates the need to weed. Saves time and energy.

Metro Blooms - What is a Raingarden A raingarden, as seen above, is a shallow depression that is designed to capture rainwater and allow it to soak into the ground within a 24-48 hour period. Most gardens are best designed with plants that are well adapted to the unique conditions of the garden and your region (such as local native plants or cultivars of those same plants). What is a raingarden? A raingarden is designed and planted to capture rainwater so it can penetrate deep into the soil to help protect and restore water quality. What causes rainwater pollution? Rainwater pollution comes from various sources such as road salts, leaking oil, and road sediment. Indirect sources (or non-point source pollution) enter our water supply from soils and groundwater that contain the residue of fertilizers or pesticides, and improperly disposed industrial wastes. What plants should I use? How can I build a raingarden? Attend a Workshop through Metro Blooms. See this link for more information:

Building a Square Foot or Raised Garden Box with Wood | My Square Foot Garden This spring my friend Tara and I tackled this project together. Here’s a list of materials and costs: wood (two 16′ 2×10 boards, one 8′ 2×10 board-$31 total)16 corner brackets ($.56 each, $9)wood stain (1 can from the “oops” pile-$5)screws ($5)miscellaneous parts ($3)weed mat (free)kite string (free)1 bale peat moss ($8)1 bag perlite ($13)3 bags chicken compost ($11)11 bags steer compost ($15)6 gallon bucket of coffee grounds (free) Total Cost: $100 Tools and equipment: electric drillscissorsshovelglovespaintbrush First, of course, we made a plan. We made a bit of a mistake at HD-we allowed the store employee to pick our boards for us (they were heavy!). Since we knew the exact lengths we needed, we had the HD employee to cut the wood right there. We lay the boards on a flat surface (patio) and screwed the corner brackets on the insides. Upon the advice of the guy at HD, we bought stain and stained the boxes. One of us stained, while the other prepped the area. Voila! Happy gardening!

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.

8 great sites to grow the perfect garden Spring is here and in full swing. Hopefully your garden is starting to blossom as well. Whether you’re an expert gardener with a green thumb, or just a beginner who’s green behind the ears, you can use these 8 sites to help your garden grow more fruitful. If you need help while you’re in the garden or on the go, don’t forget about these fantastic gardening apps. GardenGuides – Gardening can be a relaxing hobby, or it can be incredibly frustrating. Weeds can run rampant, and your plants could be withering away. That’s why you should check out Garden Guides. PlantNative – PlantNative is dedicated to helping people learn about native plants. Smart Gardener – Want to eat tasty, healthy food for less? Sprout It – When... To continue reading sign in or join Kim's Club

Bottle Drip Irrigation | I prefer to have the bottle standing right-way-up as I think it looks nicer and it keeps debris out of the bottle thus keeping the holes from blocking. The materials: * 2 litre plastic soft-drink bottle or water bottle * Sharp small screwdriver, pointed hole-maker or drill This can be used in container gardening, raised bed gardens and open vegetable gardens. Using your pocket knife, make 2 small slits in the bottom of your bottle. Dig a hole next to your tomato plant. This will slowly deep-water your tomato plants and most other vegetable plants. You can learn more about this on another website. Only two very small holes are needed at the lowest place on the bottle. I prefer to leave the lids off. Place bamboo stakes next to each bottle. Here I am making another hole slightly higher up the bottle. However, if I remove the lid, water will come out this hole as well as the holes in the base. You can make larger holes, and partly fill the bottle with coarse-sand or soil to slow the flow.

VERTICAL HERB GARDENS - gardening, planting, nature, garden, sustainable lifestyle, do-it-yourself, creative environmental options, craft, organics, gardening, planting, flower pots, reusing, old and vintage, nature, environmental news comments on 04/22 at 01:35 AM Oh wow, I like this too. I'll have to research how do they get the plants to stay in the box?! I also like the boxes themselves. I am hoping to build a similar one soon for a tabletop salad garden. on 04/22 at 12:56 PM Hey! I want to build one too! on 04/22 at 01:00 PM My question would be how to water it. on 04/22 at 01:02 PM Inside the house environment. on 04/29 at 12:33 PM Wow, that's pretty awesome (not really a word I use that often!). on 05/26 at 03:40 AM Idon't know if you can do vertical planting, but I am doing an art project in which I give out seeds of trees that survived the atomic bombing to the people of US and the world. on 05/28 at 01:14 PM Saw this article and it made me think of your post...