Archive for the ‘Special gardens’ Category

postheadericon Natural pest control in an organic garden

Natural pest control in an organic garden

Image by wonderferret By Kat Yares Walk into any garden store and you will find shelf after shelf of chemicals to help control the pests in your garden. You can spend hundreds of dollars for these products every season. Not this year. You’ve decided to go organic instead. You know this means that you won’t be using those chemicals with unpronounceable names. You’re going to be using natural ingredients and nature itself to keep your garden pest free. So, the question is: what works and what doesn’t? Keep reading to…

postheadericon What are organic pesticides and are organic pesticides safe to use

What are organic pesticides and are organic pesticides safe to use

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Bonnie L. Grant Keeping ourselves and our children safe from toxic chemicals is a no brainer, but not all products on the market are as safe as they purport to be. Organic pesticides are a safer alternative to chemical formulas, but even these need to be used with caution. What are organic pesticides and are organic pesticides safe? What are Organic Pesticides? Organic pesticides for plants are considered to be those made from natural ingredients. That doesn’t mean they are free…

postheadericon Weed it and reap: how to weed your garden naturally

Weed it and reap: how to weed your garden naturally

Image by Mr Craig Simpson By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Weeds are plants that grow where they aren’t wanted. This is a simplistic description that does nothing to help gardeners who fight what seems like an endless battle – to create a tidy landscape free of encroachment by pesky weeds. It’s tempting to think that the secret to a perfect garden is to drown unwanted weeds with chemicals. However, there are ways to weed your garden naturally. For the sake of the environment – and your…

postheadericon What is a biofungicide: information on using biofungicides in gardens

What is a biofungicide: information on using biofungicides in gardens

Image by Debivort By Amy Grant Plants can be susceptible to a variety of pathogens, and just like a cold in a school group of children, be rapidly passed, potentially infecting an entire crop. A newer method for controlling disease amidst greenhouse and other commercial crops is called soil biofungicide. What is a biofungicide and how do biofungicides work? What is a Biofungicide? A biofungicide is made up of beneficial fungi and bacteria that colonize and assail plant pathogens, thereby thwarting the diseases they cause. These microorganisms are commonly and…

postheadericon Organic gardening supplies: basic tools for organic gardens

Organic gardening supplies: basic tools for organic gardens

Image by smadin By Kat Yares Organic gardening doesn’t require any different tools than a traditional garden. Rakes, hoes, trowels, soil forks, and shovels all are standard no matter what type of garden you grow. If you plant in raised beds, a tiller isn’t necessary, although a small one is a nice tool to have around for breaking up new ground. The difference lies in what products you use for fertilizer and pest and weed control. Let’s learn more about these organic gardening supplies. Using Organic Fertilizer Fertilizer supplies for an organic…

postheadericon Indoor organic gardening

Indoor organic gardening

Image by ccharmon By Kat Yares Many people believe that because they live in a city apartment, they could never have an organic garden of their own. Nothing could be further from the truth because as long as you have several windows, you can grow a lot of produce. Indoor organic gardening in containers allows you to grow nearly anything your heart desires. Let’s learn more about how to grow plants organically indoors. Organic Container Gardening Indoors Almost any vegetable can be grown in containers. Pots, hanging baskets, and numerous…

postheadericon What is a permaculture garden: the essence of permaculture gardening

What is a permaculture garden: the essence of permaculture gardening

Image by hardworkinghippy By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Permaculture gardens use techniques and practices that combine the best of wildlife gardening, edible landscaping, and native-plant cultivation into one low-maintenance, self-contained and productive ecosystem. Let’s learn more about the essence of permaculture gardening. Why Use Permaculture? Permaculture gardens serve many functions. Rather than limit the garden to only one use, permaculture gardens employ a variety of uses. A permaculture garden provides food and medicinal crops, wildlife habitats, crafting materials, an attractive appearance, and a private, relaxing atmosphere throughout…

postheadericon Fertilizer that is pet friendly: pet safe fertilizer for lawns and gardens

Fertilizer that is pet friendly: pet safe fertilizer for lawns and gardens

Image by Dennis Wright By Jackie Carroll Your pets depend on you to keep them safe both indoors and out. That includes using fertilizer that is pet friendly. Knowing that you don’t have to worry about your pet’s safety when he/she plays outdoors gives you peace of mind so you can focus on enjoying the time you spend together. Using Pet Safe Fertilizer for Lawns and Gardens Commercially prepared pet friendly fertilizers may list precautions and restrictions, and you should follow them to the letter. The label may suggest keeping…

postheadericon Compost gardening: making compost for your organic garden

Compost gardening: making compost for your organic garden

Image by Pixavril By Kat Yares Ask any serious gardener what his or her secret is, and I’m sure that 99% of the time, the answer will be compost. For an organic garden, compost is critical to success. So where do you get compost? Well, you can purchase it through your local garden center, or you can set up your own compost bin and make it yourself for little or no cost at all. Let’s learn more about making and using compost in your garden. Compost is nothing more than…

postheadericon What is an organic garden: information on growing organic gardens

What is an organic garden: information on growing organic gardens

Image by chailey By Kat Yares Eat organic, the ads in the ‘health’ magazines scream at you. One hundred percent organic produce, says the sign at the local farmer’s market. Just what is organic gardening and how can it be beneficial to you? Keep reading to find out exactly what makes an organic garden. What is an Organic Garden? Organic gardening is a term used to designate that the flowers, herbs or vegetables have not been subjected to any chemical or synthetic fertilizers or herbicides. This distinction also includes the…