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postheadericon Hydroponic gardening indoors

Hydroponic gardening indoors

Image by Our photo stuff via Flickr 404 By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Hydroponic gardening is one of the best ways to grow fresh vegetables year round. It is also a great alternative for growing a variety of plants in smaller spaces, such as indoors. Hydroponic gardening is simply a means of growing plants without soil. When plants are grown hydroponically, their roots do not find it necessary to seek out the required nutrients for survival. Instead, they are provided with all the necessary nutrients for strong,…

postheadericon Proper soil mix for evergreen container plants and trees

Proper soil mix for evergreen container plants and trees

Image by Shaer Ahmed By Heather Rhoades Container gardening has become a very popular form of gardening in the past few years. It only stands to reason that people would want to plant evergreen trees and shrubs in pots as well. Using evergreen container plants is an excellent way to add winter interest to your container garden or to had formality and structure to your year round container garden. One of the most crucial parts of growing evergreen container plants is the soil. Your evergreen tree pots need to be…

postheadericon Raising vegetables on decks: how to grow vegetables on your deck

Raising vegetables on decks: how to grow vegetables on your deck

Image by mriggen By Amy Grant Growing a vegetable garden on your deck is exactly the same as growing one in a plot; the same problems, joys, successes and defeats can be had. If you live in a condo or apartment, or sun exposure around your house is limited, a container or raised vegetable garden on your deck is the answer. In fact, a portion of a roof, window box, or outdoor stairway or stoop are all excellent options for vegetable garden containers, provided they will receive at least six…

postheadericon What is an olla: learn about olla watering systems

What is an olla: learn about olla watering systems

Image by Gardening Know How By Amy Grant If you are a cook familiar with southwestern cuisine, speak Spanish, or are a fanatic crossword puzzle player, you may have run across the word “olla.” You do none of these things? Ok, what is an olla then? Read on for some interesting historical info pertinent to today’s environmentally friendly trends. What is an Olla? Did I confound you with the above last statement? Let me clarify. An olla is an unglazed clay pot used in Latin America for cooking but it’s…

postheadericon Evergreens for pots: best evergreen plants for containers

Evergreens for pots: best evergreen plants for containers

Image by Siraphol By Liz Baessler Looking outside at your barren or snow-covered garden in the dead of winter can be disheartening. Luckily, evergreens grow very well in containers and are cold hardy in most environments. The placement of a few evergreens in containers on your patio will look good all year and give you a much welcomed boost of winter color. Keep reading to learn more about container grown evergreens. Care for Evergreen Container Plants When a plant is grown in a container, its roots are essentially surrounded by…

postheadericon Deep water culture for plants: how to build a deep water culture system

Deep water culture for plants: how to build a deep water culture system

Image by stnazkul By Amy Grant Have you heard about deep water culture for plants? It’s also referred to as hydroponics. Maybe you have a gist of what it is and how it can be used but really, what is deep water hydroponics? Is it possible to build a deep water culture system of your own? What is Deep Water Hydroponics? As mentioned, deep water culture for plants (DWC) is also called hydroponics. Simply put, it is a method for growing plants without a substrate media. The roots of the…

postheadericon Overwintering container plants: preparing potted plants for winter

Overwintering container plants: preparing potted plants for winter

Image by Bec By Bonnie L. Grant Freezing temperatures, gusty winds and dry winter conditions can adversely affect your potted outdoor plants. Container plants in winter need tender loving care to see them through until the balmy spring season. A few steps and tricks will provide protection for container plants in winter. Container plantings give dimension and texture to the outdoor living space, but they need some extra help to withstand cold temperatures. Potted plants winter care is important because there is not much buffer between the roots and the…

postheadericon Container plant watering: how much and how often to water potted plants

Container plant watering: how much and how often to water potted plants

Image by Kim Love By Bonnie L. Grant It is often difficult to gauge how much water for container garden plants is necessary. There is a fine line between drought and soggy soil, and either one can be detrimental to plant health. Summer is the most difficult time for container plant watering. Some tips and hints can help the gardener determine when to water container plants. Tools like moisture gauges are helpful for ascertaining how much water for container garden plants is the healthy amount. When to Water Container Plants…

postheadericon Portable garden ideas: types of portable gardens

Portable garden ideas: types of portable gardens

Image by EyeEm By Karen Boness, Owner of Wild Willow Landscape Design, ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Permaculture Designer If you love to garden but find yourself low on space or you’re simply one of those people that travel often for extended periods, then you might benefit from having a portable garden. Let’s learn more about them. What is a Portable Garden? Portable gardens are really nothing more than small container plantings that are relatively easy to relocate. They are perfect for people who are renting, in transition, have limited funds…

postheadericon Aquaponics how to – information on backyard aquaponic gardens

Aquaponics how to – information on backyard aquaponic gardens

Image by Nicolas Boullosa By Amy Grant With our ever increasing need to find solutions to environmental concerns, aquaponic gardens serve as a sustainable model of food production. Let’s learn more about aquaponic plant growing. What is Aquaponics? A fascinating subject with a myriad of dizzying information, the topic of “what is aquaponics” can most simply be described as hydroponics combined with aquaculture. Advertisement With adherence to the following practices, aquaponic systems may very well be a solution to hunger, conserving resources and eliminating contaminants such as pesticides or other…