Winter Tips on How to Make your Plants Survive the Cold  50

Winter is the time most garden beginners wonder how they can take care of their garden. Keeping your garden in good condition during cold months would require a set of special skills. It is essential to change your gardening routines as the season changes.

Plants can adapt very well as the temperature changes in their environment, but as a gardener, you should help them out. You have to make sure your garden will survive until spring and summer. Trying to revive it for those seasons would be a waste of time. So you should to have the right knowledge and right tools in order for your garden to survive during the colder months. So what are the steps you should do to protect them?

gardeningYou should:

  • Continue planting in colder months with the right type of plants. However, do not push the plants to grow in an unhealthy habitat. Plant when the ground is in good condition to dig up.
  • Mulch from autumn can be put in the soil to decay. This will protect the roots from extreme cold temperature.
  • A small amount of compost will nurture your plants and soil for the winter days.
  • If a big freeze is coming, then water your plants immediately. This will provide water to your plants before the water starts freezing. It will also add some protection to the roots from frost damage.
  • Heat is essential for the plants survival so you can put heating material as a source near your crops. You can purchase it in a garden store and put in your potted plants.  Doing this and moving your plants near or inside the house could help them survive the winter season.

You should not:

  • Put fertilizer in your plants. Fertilizer means you are encouraging your plants for growth and flowering. However, during winter your plants are in hibernate state in order to survive the winter days.
  • Overwater your plants. A healthy amount of water is enough for the survival of your plants but generally they need less than the required water in winter days.

 

It is essential that you follow these steps in order for your plants to hibernate in a healthy way during the extreme cold weather. These tips will condition your plants when spring comes. As the gardener, you are responsible for the health and wellness of your plants, so make sure to help your plants survive the chilly winter season.

How to Start Your Container Gardening  2

You don’t need to have a wide backyard to place your garden. You can have the relaxing benefits of having a garden even if you live in an apartment or have a small yard. Container gardening gives you the chance of moving your plants around your house but still harvest bountiful vegetables. As a beginner,you should know some basic tips on how to get your container gardening started.

First and foremost, you should choose the appropriate plants that will suit your lifestyle and budget. Container gardening is affordable, but if you don’t have the right knowledge, then you will definitely spend more. If you are tight in budget, you can go to a second hand store to purchase affordable containers for your garden.

gardeningIf you don’t have time to water your plants, then make sure to choose plants that don’t require much water. Before you place your plants, make sure that your container has drainage holes. Drainage holes are essential for the survival of your plants. These holes will drain the excess water which will prevent the soil from becoming wet and soggy, and eventually make your roots rot. If you think adding gravel or rocks at the bottom of the pot could reduce the drainage problems, then you are wrong. Nothing will prevent roots from rotting, only the drainage holes.

Let your plants get accustomed to the environment. Some plants easily swoon and die while others can take heavy beating. Let your plants adjust to sunlight, water and temperature. This will maximize the survival rate of your plants. This is very essential if your plants are very young or are recently purchased from a greenhouse or plant store.

For container gardening, you should know where to stop. If you placed many plants in just one container, then you just will increase the death rate of your plant. If you see your plants dying, then it is time to cut it back.

Make sure to pay attention to your plants in the container. If you see a plant dying, replace it with healthy one. If it suffers from a disease, then immediately quarantine your container.

Container gardening might not be for everyone but with the right knowledge and patience, you might find out that this type of gardening works for you. If your plants die, don’t lose hope, just remove it and replace it with a new one.

Flower Garden – Beauty and Appeal for your Yard  1

Flower gardening is a kind of hobby that is fun and practical. Many homeowners today like to grow their own flower garden in the exterior of their house. Flowers are very good garden enhancers that will certainly keep your surroundings beautiful.

Aside from being a hobby, flower gardening can also be a good source of income by selling your flowers or by joining a contest for flower gardening. This article will provide you tip son how to make your own flower bed in your backyard.

Space

You don’t necessarily need a wide area for your flower garden, but just enough space for your garden not to get overcrowded. If you have a balcony or a smaller area, then choose the type of flowers that don’t consume a lot of space when they get mature.

gardeningClimate

If you live in tropical countries, then perennials and annuals are the best choices for your garden. However, if you live in a four-season country, then perennials are more suitable flowers because they can survive the cold season.

You may also consider the annuals. It is advisable to have different varieties of flowers in your garden.

However, annuals need to be replaced year after year.  Make sure to be smart in choosing the flowers that will easily adapt to the climate of your location.

Type of Flowers

Choosing the right type of flowers is very essential, especially if you are just a beginner in gardening.  You have to choose flowers that work well with the temperature and soil in your area.

Consider the color, height and leaves of the flowers. In order to achieve a harmonized flower garden, you should know how to organize variations.

Flower arrangement is not just about recklessly putting flowers in a vase. Flowers must be properly arranged in your garden in order to maximize the space.

A piece of advice,place the tall ones behind and the short ones in front. This is for plants to have the amount of sunlight it needs for the growth and development.

You can actually buy your flowers according to your preferences. You can buy flower seeds and plant them or buy seedlings or grown flowers that you can replant the on your garden. Make sure to look for a reliable supplier of flowers.

Soil

The soil should have the moisture and nutrients your flowers need to grow healthy. You will also need water and fertilizer.

Make sure to give attention and care to your flowers. Flowers will easily get wilt when they don’t get the essential things they need for survival such as sunlight and water.

Flower gardening is indeed simple and easy. It might take time for your flowers to bloom but with tender love and care, you will slowly see the blooming beauty of your chosen flowers.

Benefits of Growing a Hydroponic Garden Today  1

gardeningSummer is the best time to start growing your vegetables. Many people today prefer eating straight vegetable fresh from the vine. They are convenient, inexpensive, and very healthy.

Organic vegetables are juicier and healthier than the commercial ones. Consuming your homegrown vegetables will give you satisfaction from all your great gardening efforts, especially during the hot season.

Many people today consider gardening as a hobby. However, some do get upset when winter comes because gardening will not be a seasonal hobby anymore. But no more worries, thanks to hydroponic gardening.

Hydroponic gardening can be bought inside your house when the first snow appears, so you can still enjoy fresh vegetables even in winter days. There are some amazing benefits from this type of garden that make it popular these days.

Gardening All-Year Round

Hydroponic vegetable gardening does not need soil in order to grow their plants and the environment is totally controlled by the gardener. Indeed, this is true for plants that are placed indoors which are away from the potential disease and pests outside. Gardeners control the nutrients being received by the crops, how often and how much they should receive.

If you have control over the water and lighting, then you can produce healthy plants and a large possibility of harvest. Many prefer this type of gardening because it reduces the frustration of fighting the annoying pests and possible diseases.

Environmental-Friendly Benefits

Hydroponic vegetable gardening uses recycled nutrients and water which is good for the environment. This type of gardening can make crops grow faster than the traditional vegetable garden.

Plants are usually placed in hang shelves and tubes so they grow up in a few square feet. This will definitely save space and most importantly, save the planet.

Indoor Gardening

Hydroponic vegetable gardening do not depend too much on the sunlight or rain, it can grow on its own anywhere and anytime. Many gardeners make their gardening inside homes using containers and artificial lighting in order for the plants to grow. This means that no gardener has to stop being a gardener once the winter arrives.

You will enjoy your vegetable garden all year round, and you have enough vegetable supply for the cold months to come. Many tools are available that you can use easily to get to start your hydroponic vegetable garden.

These are the reasons why hydroponic is such a trend. If you want to have a garden that expands until winter and does not need much of an attention, then hydroponic garden is the one for you.

Prepare your Fall Garden for Cold Months to Come  1

Falling LeavesFall is spent mostly outdoor because of the perfect temperature and autumn colors are breath-taking. Fall is also the best time to prepare your home for winter. There are a lot of important things to do that you might end up forgetting about your garden. Like your home, it is essential to make your garden ready for the cold months.

It will just take a few minutes of your time to winterize your garden. A large job can be cut into series of small tasks, and through this you can get a lot of things done even before winter comes.

Recover from Summer

After summer, it is time for you to repair the damage the heat has brought to your garden. Fall is the best time to feed or fertilize your garden and this will give time for your garden to recover. You have to make sure your garden is well and healthy before winter.

It also means that your garden would be healthier and more attractive when spring comes. You can stop by a gardening store for this task.

Re-seed Your Garden

Reseeding your garden specifically your lawn will keep it attractive year after year. You simply have to use a fine quality of grass seed and make use of the seed spreader. After seeding them you can use fertilizer for better results.

After you have re-seed the damaged spots of your lawns make sure you water them every day. This is to make sure your grass seed will germinate.

Tidy Up

If you have a vegetable or flower garden, then you have to tidy up things before winter days arrive. You can pull up the vegetable in the garden that has finished bearing. Pull off the weeds that have germinated.

Early time of fall is the perfect time to trim perennials and shrubs. You can ask the help of a garden expert to make the proper cutting of these plants so they will still grow healthy.

Cover Them Up

Most people use mulch to cover up their fragile or new plants in order for them to survive the winter months. This is very essential for areas that receive a massive snow or extremely cold weather.

Your plants need special care to last until spring. You can wrap them up with burlap while there are plants that you need to dig up to be placed inside protected from the cold weather.

Spring Bulbs and Flowers

You should plant spring bulbs as many as you can in the fall. You should also plant flowers like crocus plants, tulips and daffodils. Pansy’s and asters are colorful yet classic fall flowers that add character and appeal to your garden.

You can also add some bright peppers and harvest them when the season ends. You can you have them in delicious and healthy ways. Through this, you will ensure your yard would still be appealing and colorful when spring comes.

Falling leaves is a big headache for homeowners. However, make the most of it and use them to compost as treatment for your spring garden. Compost is good for the garden and these dried leaves have nutrients that your garden needs.

Pack the leaves into a bin and make sure you use it two or three times a week.  All your hard work will pay off when you see your garden blossom for spring. So before winter comes, make sure you have done all the preparations and your garden is protected from snow and cold temperature.

Trees & Shrubs to Add Beauty to Your Yard  9

landscapeIf you are thinking of ways to add beauty to your yard, there are few things that can give your yard a long-lasting and dramatic change – using trees & shrubs. These strong plants may grow slowly, butthey usually get quite large and come in a diverse set of sizes, colors and types. Depending onthe size and layout of your yard, they can be used in different ways to help improve the look of your yard.

Trees

While many people think of trees as being tall and large, there are also smaller trees which are excellent for landscaping. There are even trees which have colored leaves and flowers if you want to add extra creativity to your yard. Trees can be used in a variety of ways ranging from adding depth to the entire area, to giving additional color and even providing some additional shade and privacy.

 

Many people opt foradding multiple trees along the property line to give a more enclosed feelingto their yard. This can be used along with a fence or on its own to give some sense of security. It can be used as your boundary line, your own piece of privacy mark.

Tress grow comes in various types and varies in growth so make sure totake that into consideration when picking your trees. If you want to have a good amount of shade and privacy quickly, you’ll want to choose a tree which can grow several feet high every year.

Shrubs

Shrubs can seem similar to trees in some cases, but they are distinguished in a variety of ways. Theyoften have multiple stems and don’t grow nearly as high. Most shrubs are well under twenty feet talland often grow out wider than a tree would at that height. Many bushes are actually shrubs and theycan be used in many ways in your yard.

 

Some people choose to add these great plants for additional privacy, and they can even be combined with larger trees to get privacy both in the lower and higher ground. You can also add a shrub to just about any part of the yard for a great focal point. Some shrubs will have flowers onthem during certain times of the year which is always a benefit when it comes to landscaping.

 

Whether you choose trees or shrubs, or a combination of both for your yard, it is important to make surethat you plan it out wisely. Remember, both trees and shrubs have fairly large root systems so you need tomake sure they both have plenty of space. Planting them at the same time can help ensure they will do well even when placed fairly close together.

Consider the kind of maintenance that you will have to do to keep these plants and trees as a beautiful addition to your landscape. Take your time in choosing the right options in these twogreat categories and you won’t have any trouble at all.

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.