Archive for the ‘Special gardens’ Category

postheadericon Information on the biointensive planting method

Information on the biointensive planting method

Image by Edinburgh Greens By Kathleen Mierzejewski For better soil quality and space saving in the garden, consider biointensive gardening. Keep reading for more information on the biointensive planting method and how to grow a biointensive garden. What is Biointensive Gardening? Biointensive gardening focuses a lot on the quality of the soil. When farmers use biointensive gardening, they will loosen up the soil at least twice as deep as normal gardening preparations. This way, their plants’ roots can penetrate through the soil deeper and get more nutrients and water from…

postheadericon Designing organic gardens: the ultimate organic gardening book

Designing organic gardens: the ultimate organic gardening book

Image by aussiegall By Kat Yares Many people are looking to improve their lifestyle, their health, or the environment by making the decision to grow organically. Some understand the concepts behind organic gardens, while others only have a vague notion. The problem for many is not knowing where to start and not knowing where to find reliable information. Keep reading for my take on some of the best organic gardening tips with this organic gardening book review. Comprehensive Book for Designing Organic Gardens For the backyard organic gardener, there is…

postheadericon Natural home pesticides: organic garden pest control

Natural home pesticides: organic garden pest control

Image by badmanproduction By Heather Rhoades Organic garden pest control is on the minds of many gardeners these days. Natural home pesticides are not only easy to make, they are cheaper and safer than many products you can buy on store shelves. Let’s take a look at some natural insect repellents you can make for the garden. How to Make Natural Pesticide The best way how to make natural pesticide is to use natural products that you have laying around your house. Garden pests are repelled or killed by a surprising…

postheadericon Cornmeal as weed killer and pest control: how to use cornmeal in the garden

Cornmeal as weed killer and pest control: how to use cornmeal in the garden

Image by ZakariaSnow By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Cornmeal gluten is the by-product of corn wet milling. It is used to feed cattle, fish, dogs, and poultry. Cornmeal is known as a natural substitute for chemical pre-emergent herbicides. Using cornmeal as weed killer is a great way to eradicate weeds without the threat of toxic chemicals. If you have pets or small children, gluten meal is a great option. Cornmeal as Weed Killer Researchers at Iowa State University discovered by accident that cornmeal acts as an herbicide while they were…

postheadericon Sugar on weeds: using sugar to kill weeds in lawn and gardens

Sugar on weeds: using sugar to kill weeds in lawn and gardens

Image by Melissa Wiese By Bonnie L. Grant Sugar is more than the addictive sweet stuff we stir into our coffee and gorge on at Easter and Halloween. Using sugar to kill weeds is the subject of study by several university horticultural and agronomic professionals. Weeds are the stuff of horror to those of us who want a lush green lawn and the effects of sugar on plants seem to point to the white powder as a safe herbicide to deter unwanted weeds. Effects of Sugar on Plants All plants…

postheadericon Salt recipe for weeds – how to use salt to kill weeds

Salt recipe for weeds – how to use salt to kill weeds

Image by vmiramontes By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Sometimes we gardeners are sure that the weeds are going to get the better of us. They test our patience to the very core, sneaking up where they don’t belong and creeping in where they are hard to pull. While there are many different chemical sprays to combat weeds, some of these can be quite dangerous and costly. For this reason, some of us may consider using salt to kill weeds. Let’s learn more about killing weeds with salt. Can You Kill…

postheadericon Choosing containers for potted environments

Choosing containers for potted environments

Image by Liz Jones By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Containers are available in nearly any color, size or style imaginable. Tall pots, short pots, hanging baskets and more. When it comes to choosing containers for your garden, indoors or out, how do you know which one is best? Let’s take a look at choosing containers for potted environments. Choosing the Best Container for Gardening Tall pots are best suited for deep-rooted plants, shrubs or small trees. Small pots are ideal for shallow-rooted plants and flowering bulbs. Trailing…

postheadericon Designing your container vegetable garden

Designing your container vegetable garden

Image by Mike Lieberman By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) If you do not have adequate space for a vegetable garden, consider growing these crops in containers. Let’s taking a look at growing vegetables in containers. Container Gardening Vegetables Almost any vegetable that can be grown in a garden will work well as a container-grown plant. Vegetables normally suited for growing in containers include: tomatoes peppers eggplant potatoes beans lettuce carrots radishes Most vine crops, such as squash and cucumbers, also do well in containers. Generally, compact varieties…

postheadericon How to easily & organically improve your clay soil

How to easily & organically improve your clay soil

Image by Soil Science By Heather Rhoades There are some patches of earth that seem to have been made for gardens. The soil is loamy, rich and dark and crumbles just right in the hands. This is the type of garden that gardeners with clay soil are insanely jealous of. If you live in an area that is plagued by clay soil, you know how that feels. You sigh when having to put a shovel to the ground because you know that if only your soil was better, that the…

postheadericon Urban garden rat problem – tips for rat control in city gardens

Urban garden rat problem – tips for rat control in city gardens

Image by scooperdigital By Amy Grant Urban gardeners battle the same set of pests and diseases that rural gardeners do with one wily addition. Finding rats in a city garden is an unpleasant but darn near guaranteed fact. What kind of rat control can be practiced in city gardens to deal with the urban garden rat problem? Read on to find out. Urban Garden Rat Problem I live in a large city, albeit in a suburb. The suburb is a microcosm of the city and, as such, is a reflection…