Raised beds are the perfect solution for problem soils and perfect for gardening organically. Having a raised bed garden makes garden easier. There are less weeds, less bending down, better soil and they look nice in the yard.
Raised bed gardens improve soil conditions. The soil is premixed and put into a bed that is framed with wood, bricks, stone, cement block or other materials. No one ever walks on the soil to pack it down and the soil is light; just right for the roots of plants to grow and flourish. Because the beds are raised, water drains nicely and roots are never sitting in water. Then the whole bed is used to grow plants and the gardener walks around it on paths. Not only can vegetables be grown in a raised bed but also flowers and herbs.
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 →
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 →
The soil is always filled with rich nutrients that can be able to nourish your plants and crops as they grow, but it’s not always a happy world in plant life. There can be weeds and other pests that might be eating away your soil and plant’s nutrition without your knowledge. To easily remove them, a method called solarization is usually done in small gardens. It’s similar to putting up a greenhouse but only on a smaller scale and with cheaper materials.
You have probably seen it from a couple of malls, public establishments and even a few city buildings – plants and crops hanging on layers of shelves. This is known as vertical gardening and it aims to be a space-saving type of gardening that can be done even in the city or metropolitan, urban areas.
Vertical Garden Crops.
There are a couple of plants that you can easily grow on a vertical garden. These include: tomatoes, gourds, melons, pole beans, peas, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash and many similar plants. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
Pests like aphids and cutworms are true enemies of your garden. They can annihilate your plans in a matter of a few days, sometimes it takes just a few hours if your garden is small.
The best way to combat pests is to treat your garden before they start infesting it. Most newbie gardeners plan their garden and they go into reactive mode once pests start to infiltrate their garden rather than using preventive measures from the get go.
So start your preventative measures first. Buy or use your own concoction and spray your vegetable garden with organic sprays that will deter pests from choosing your garden as their meal. Continue reading →