Archive for the ‘Special gardens’ Category

postheadericon Vegetables in a 5-gallon bucket: how to grow vegetables in a bucket

Vegetables in a 5-gallon bucket: how to grow vegetables in a bucket

Image by lemonhalf By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Container planting vegetables is not a new concept, but what about using buckets for growing vegetables? Yes, buckets. Keep reading to learn more about how to grow vegetables in a bucket. Why Plant Vegetables in a 5-Gallon Bucket? You don’t need a huge backyard to grow food for your family. In fact, you don’t even need a backyard at all. More and more people are container planting vegetables and getting plenty of food. In addition to saving space, using buckets for gardens…

postheadericon Gardening with strawberry jars

Gardening with strawberry jars

Image by Jill Clardy By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Strawberry jars are nothing more than planters with small planting pockets along the sides. These were originally used for growing strawberries, but they aren’t just for strawberries anymore. Nowadays strawberry jars are used for growing nearly any kind of plant imaginable. With an assortment of plants, some potting soil, a frozen bottle of water and imagination, you can create a striking addition for the garden. Let’s learn more about gardening with strawberry jars. Plants for Strawberry Jars Strawberry…

postheadericon What are hydrogels: learn about water crystals in potting soil

What are hydrogels: learn about water crystals in potting soil

Image by Michael Lehet By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener If you’re a home gardener who spends any time browsing in garden centers or on the Internet, you’ve probably seen products that contain water retention crystals, soil moisture crystals or moisture beads for soil, which are all just different terms for hydrogels. Questions that may come to mind are, “What are hydrogels?” and “Do water crystals in potting soil really work?” Read on to find out more. What are Hydrogels? Hydrogels are small chunks (or crystals) of…

postheadericon Miniature landscaping: great gardens come in small packages

Miniature landscaping: great gardens come in small packages

Image by Michael Coghlan By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Miniature landscapes are an assemblage of plants, soil and imagination all rolled up into one creative tiny scene. You can create them as interesting focal points in the garden, or you can create them for use in the home or office. You can create them using only containers, or you can place your miniature gardens directly into the landscape. Types of Miniature Gardens There are all sorts of miniature landscapes, each one being unique to the individual gardener….

postheadericon Growing with aeroponics: what is aeroponics

Growing with aeroponics: what is aeroponics

Image by Qinrong Lim By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Aeroponics is a great alternative for growing plants in small spaces, especially indoors. Aeroponics is similar to hydroponics, as neither method uses soil to grow plants; however, with hydroponics, water is used as a growing medium. In aeroponics, no growing medium is used. Instead, the roots of plants are suspended or hung in a dark chamber and periodically sprayed with nutrient-rich solution. Growing with Aeroponics Growing with aeroponics is not difficult and the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks….

postheadericon Rehydrating potted plants: watering an overly dry container plant

Rehydrating potted plants: watering an overly dry container plant

Image by Freerick_k By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Most healthy container plants can tolerate short periods without water, but if your plant has been badly neglected, you may need to implement emergency measures to return the plant to health. This article will help you with fixing a dry container plant. Can I Save My Overly Dry Container Plant? Leaf wilt is a sign of stress and the first indication that a potted plant is too dry. At this point, regular watering may restore the plant. Advertisement…

postheadericon How to grow container trees

How to grow container trees

Image by Quinn Dombrowski By Heather Rhoades For those of us with little yards, or even no yards at all, having a tree in the ground is simply not an option. But that does not mean that we cannot have trees. Planting a tree in a container is a nice way to add some height and shade to your container garden. Let’s take a look at how to grow container trees. Choosing Trees for Containers Not all trees are suited to containers, so think carefully when choosing both the container…

postheadericon Winter windowsill garden – foods to grow on a windowsill in winter

Winter windowsill garden – foods to grow on a windowsill in winter

Image by Marianne Madden By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener You don’t have to give up on the joys of gardening as soon as it turns cold outside. While your garden outside may be dormant, a winter windowsill garden teaming with life, will bring a smile to your face during those long, cold days. Growing plants in windowsills is a great family project that everyone will enjoy. Whether you pick a specific theme for your garden or plant a variety of herbs and vegetables, a winter windowsill garden is a practical…

postheadericon Growing a basement garden: can you grow vegetables in your basement

Growing a basement garden: can you grow vegetables in your basement

Image by Sheryl Westleigh – Noadi.etsy.com By Bonnie L. Grant Setting up a growing space indoors for sun-loving veggies can pose a few challenges. Whether you just have no space outdoors or you want a year-round garden, the plants’ basic needs have to be met. You need to provide water, light, space, support structures and nutrients. Basement gardening may be done hydroponically or in soil. Another consideration when growing veggies in a basement is heat. Your plants will need temperatures of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C.) to flourish….

postheadericon Dish garden plants: tips for designing a dish garden

Dish garden plants: tips for designing a dish garden

Image by ljmacphee By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Plants in a dish garden are an excellent way to bring nature inside. In any shallow, open container, a thriving and eye-pleasing ecosystem can be created. While many different types of plants can be put in a dish garden, it is imperative that you choose dish garden plants with similar light, water and soil requirements. Containers for Plants in a Dish Garden When designing a dish garden, you need to choose an appropriate container. Select a shallow container that is at least …