Archives for : April 2013

Bird Friendly Gardening  1

bird friendly gardeningMany gardeners absolutely hate it when birds find their way into their garden. They will obviously eat the seeds and can damage the plants as they grow. Other people, however, love watching birds so they don’t mind when they fly into their homes. As a matter of fact, some even like it. There is a way to have a thriving garden which also brings in many birds to watch as long as you plan it out carefully.

Birds Say No to Veggies

The first thing to note is that birds don’t like many types of vegetables. Having a vegetable garden will be most convenient if you want to have birds around, since you don’t need to worry about birds eating your garden. You can choose a variety of fruits and vegetables that you like but birds don’t, so you can make sure that you get a good harvest from your garden.

You can then combine these with plants that birds do enjoy so you can help encourage them to come visit your yard. Things like corn and berries are delicious for birds so consider adding them even if you don’t really want to harvest and eat them.

Feed the Birds

If you don’t want the birds to eat your garden and not scare them away either, you need to keep in mind that just about all animals will eat the food which is easiest for them to get to first. To attract birds, you can put up several bird feeders in and around your garden. They will fly in for the food and they will ignore most of the plants since they will have easier access to the bird feeders.

One of the nicest things about bird feeders is that you can purchase specific types of bird feeders and bird food to attract the types of birds you want to see most. If for example, you like humming birds and they are naturally found in your area, you can put up a humming bird feeder. Many types of birds can eat out of a traditional feeder so you’ll be able to enjoy a wide variety of different birds even from just one feeder.

If your bird feeder runs out of food however, it is important to know that the birds will just fly down to your garden and start eating the seeds and vegetables closer to the ground. Most plants can survive without a problem from a few birds, but if there are too many it can cause some significant problems. It is important therefore to make sure that your bird feeders are full so you can avoid this problem entirely.

Organic Vegetable Gardening Tips  4

organic gardeningOrganic vegetable gardening is very beneficial because it is safe for both humans and the environment and costs less or sometimes, free. If you are just a newbie in the world of organic vegetable farming or you are interested in this type of vegetable cultivation and propagation, you have to know a few tricks on this. I will be sharing with you not one, but three wonderful and useful tips in organic vegetable gardening.

Compost and Healthy Soil

The condition of the soil is very important especially in vegetable gardening. The soil is the source of the nutrients and water that the plants need to manufacture their own food. To make sure that the soil is healthy, mixing soil with compost is encouraged in organic vegetable farming.

Compost is organic matter (usually the remains of dead plants and animals or animal manure) that has been decomposed and is the key in organic farming, used as soil amendment or fertilizer. It is very rich in nutrients that plants need in order to grow healthy. It is also used to condition the soil for problems like being sandy or clay-type.

Compost can be commercially bought from organic farming stores or you can make your own compost if you want to, for free. You can prepare a composting pit at your backyard and throw everything that can be decomposed in it like dried leaves, spoiled or leftover food and let nature do its work of decaying things.

Companion Plantingcompanion planting

Companion planting is the term used in farming or gardening when two or more different crops are planted in close proximity to each other. These companion crops help and assist each other in the uptake of nutrients, pollination and the most important purpose for companion planting – pest control. Other factors that are necessary for successful gardening and increased crop productivity can be achieved with this method.

Organic Pesticides

Did you think that pesticides and insecticides are only synthetic, chemically-prepared commercial poisons? Think again. Organic farming also makes use of pesticides and insecticides to protect plants and vegetables from harmful and damaging pests and insects, but in a natural way.

Organic pesticides and insecticides are prepared from natural ingredients (mostly plant extract) to fight, kill or drive away harmful pests from crops. This is a very effective way to control plant diseases just like synthetic chemicals. What makes this idea better than commercial synthetic pesticides and insecticides is that the crops and vegetables that are used with it are guaranteed safe for human consumption.