How Do Self Watering Planters Work?

In many cases, self watering planters and containers are very beneficial especially if you live in a dry zone or are prone to forget to do the watering of the garden. The way self-watering containers work is that there is a reservoir at the bottom of the container that holds enough water for a long period of time.

The plant receives water from the reservoir through a channel of soil that works as a wicking agent pulling the water up through capillary action.

How Does It Work?

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Balcony Gardening Tips!

Balcony gardens are a good option for those that live in apartments, and love to garden. Most plants including vegetables, flowers, herbs and some fruits grow beautifully out on a balcony during the summer months.

Balcony Gardening Requirements.

One of the most important requirements in starting a balcony garden is to assess how much sun the plants get. A good 6 to 8 hours is necessary so that flowers bloom, vegetables produce and herbs stay healthy. Some balconies are just not situated in the right direction to get that much sun, or they may be shaded by trees and other buildings. Continue reading

Making Money Microfarming!

Can you make money microfarming? Well, decades ago, the only way to make money from agricultural pursuits was to invest the time and money necessary to build up a major farm operation.

But these traditional, sprawling farms are beginning to become less and less common. In their place is rising a new trend, and it’s providing average hobbyists with opportunities to pursue their passion while potentially making some money along the way.

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Facts on Urban Farming!

Urban farming has become very popular in the last few years. Growing food in heavily populated municipalities is becoming mainstream. Large cities often boast several urban gardens and farms and some may also have community gardens.

What differentiates an urban farm from a community garden or urban garden?

The urban farm actually sells their produce either to local restaurants or at farmer’s markets while community gardens and those in the backyard of a city lot are for consumption of the people that keep the garden maintained. Urban farms can also grow food that will be given away to a soup kitchen or at a food pantry. The food is grown and exchanged in some form of commerce to another person or entity.

Urban gardens appear on vacant lots, on rooftops or in brownfields; wherever there is a little bit of space on which to grow plants. Many times these little plots of farming land are self-sufficient. Continue reading

Using Grow Lights to Start Seedlings!

Grow lights are an essential gardening tool when starting seeds indoors during the last part of winter and early spring. The sun’s rays are not strong enough in the Northern Hemisphere to allow seeds to germinate and grow inside.

Seeds require light to germinate and put forth stems and leaves. Properly installed and used lights enable seeds to develop into strong plants that are planted outside at the earliest time in order to capitalize on the growing season.

Once the seed germinates and breaks through the seed casing, the stem and leaf pushes up through the soil. Once it gets there, the energy has been depleted and it needs a source of energy, which is the sun or light. If they do not receive enough light, they remain weak and are susceptible to fungi and other diseases. Continue reading

Rooftop Garden Basics!

Rooftop gardens are a great alternative to having a yard and garden or having a balcony filled with pots. In many cases a rooftop garden insulates the roof and helps the roof reduce storm run-off that can damage siding and gutters. Rooftops are often left bare and are a big waste of space. A green roof can be efficient and produce food for the family.

Local Laws and Permissions.

Many urban municipalities have laws or ordinances that might apply to rooftop gardens. Always check with city hall before installing a rooftop garden. Those that rent or have home owner associations should also check to make sure there are no regulations on gardening on a rooftop. Continue reading

Organic Rose Gardening

Roses are often thought of as being delicate and hard to grow and they do take a little more care than many other types of flowers. It is an old wives tale that you can’t grow roses without the aid of chemicals. They do take a little special care, and they can be grown without chemicals. Old roses are especially resilient, but the delicate tea rose can successfully be grown without any chemical products at all.

 

It is especially important to remember that any plant will resist disease and pests if it is healthy to begin with. Pests zero in on plants that might have a problem and disease hits plants that are not in the best of health to begin with. If your roses are healthy, they will be able to withstand any pest invasion and avoid disease. Continue reading

Best Fruits and Vegetables to Grow in Different Seasons

When we were first taught by our science teacher on how to plant seedlings and water the plants, we thought at first that all plants can grow on any time of the year and can yield crops. But sadly, that is not the reality.

It takes time, patience and sometimes risk to get a plant growing healthy and to be able to produce crops. Not every plant was built for a specific season and this is why if you really want to start your own home organic garden, you must first make an initial research on which plants are much suited for the current season in your place or locality. Continue reading

Rain Barrel Tips for Organic Gardening!

Most of us are not so confident with using rain water to irrigate our home-grown plants, especially that they are edible. There could be a couple of natural and artificial pollutants in the rainwater, but according to recent scientific studies, it is quite safe to use rainwater by using a rain barrel to water the plants.

Many countries and localities use rain barrel water for watering their organic gardens because of the climate or season in their place. For instance, they have long summers or droughts and drastically need to water the plants. For starters, here are a couple of ways and tips on how to effectively set up and utilize a rain barrel for organic gardening:

Know your Roofing Materials.

know your roofing materials

Make sure that your roofing isn’t made up of toxic materials or chemically treated to kill algae or moss, because this definitely means it will be toxic to plants. These roofing materials include wood-shake roofing, copper gutters and zinc strips. Continue reading