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