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postheadericon Xeriscape design ideas

Xeriscape design ideas

Image by Mark F. Levisay By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Most gardeners understand and implement the important elements required for successful landscape planning and design. However, when the design also focuses on xeriscape principles, the need for some of these elements, such as water, will be decreased. The xeriscape planning and design process should not only organize landscape ideas but also identify the specific needs of the plants the gardener wants to use. The best way to accomplish a xeriscape design, as with any other design, is…

postheadericon Urban apartment gardening: gardening tips for apartment dwellers

Urban apartment gardening: gardening tips for apartment dwellers

Image by ChiccoDodiFC By Bonnie L. Grant I remember the days of apartment dwelling with mixed feelings. The spring and summer were especially hard on this lover of green things and dirt. My interior was festooned with houseplants but growing veggies and larger specimens was something of a challenge, having minimal room on the patio or balcony. Fortunately, urban gardening ideas abound and there are a host of ways to grow tiny gardens for the space restricted gardener. Challenges for Urban Gardening in Apartments Finesse and commitment are required for…

postheadericon Learn more about balcony vegetable gardening

Learn more about balcony vegetable gardening

Image by Michael Stange By Kathleen Mierzejewski Today, more and more people are moving into condominiums or apartments. The one thing that people seem to miss, however, is no land for gardening. Yet, growing a vegetable garden on a balcony is not all that difficult, and you can truly have a fruitful balcony vegetable garden. Plants for Balcony Vegetable Gardening Almost any vegetable plant you can think of to grow in a backyard garden will also thrive in your balcony vegetable garden under the right conditions, including: Advertisement Tomatoes Eggplant…

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 Organic garden soil: the importance of soil for an organic garden

Organic garden soil: the importance of soil for an organic garden

Image by izettachambers By Kat Yares A successful organic garden is dependent upon the quality of the soil. Poor soil yields poor crops, while good, rich soil will allow you to grow prize-winning plants and vegetables. Here are a few ideas for adding organic matter to soil to help provide the nutrients it needs for an abundant harvest. Organic Soil Amendments Adding organic matter to soil for organic gardens is crucial in the health of your plants. Here are some common organic soil amendments for creating healthy garden soil. Advertisement Compost…

postheadericon Homemade pet friendly weed killer

Homemade pet friendly weed killer

Image by Christine Majul By Heather Rhoades Your pets are as much a part of your life as your garden is and you want to make sure that they can enjoy your garden without it making them sick. While stores sell a number of weed killers, most of them are not very healthy for your pets, and you may want to use a pet friendly weed killer. Fortunately, there are a number of organic and pet safe weed control methods you can use to keep your garden healthy for your…

postheadericon How to grow an organic garden

How to grow an organic garden

Image by sshreeves By Kat Yares Nothing quite compares to the wonderful plants grown in an organic garden. Everything from flowers to herbs and veggies can be organically grown in the home garden. Keep reading for more information on creating this type of garden and just how easy organic garden maintenance really is. What Does Organic Gardening Mean? The first step to growing an organic garden is understanding what the term organic means. Organic, in the definition of gardening, means to grow without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides….

postheadericon Five benefits of growing an organic garden

Five benefits of growing an organic garden

Image by Eurofruit, Asiafruit & Americafruit By Kat Yares No matter where you go today, people are talking about organic foods. From the daily paper to the local super-center, organic is definitely in. No longer are organic fruits and vegetables just for the treehuggers or the old hippies; they have come into the mainstream diet with a bang. So what exactly are the benefits of growing an organic garden? Keep reading to learn more. Benefits of Growing an Organic Garden Below, I’ve outlined five of the reasons why, if you…

postheadericon Planning guide for organic gardens: ten tips for organic gardening

Planning guide for organic gardens: ten tips for organic gardening

Image by Julie Gibbons By Kat Yares A healthy organic garden is easy to accomplish if you know the basics of gardening. It takes only a bit more effort to grow organically than it does to use chemical pesticides and herbicides. Keep reading for some organic gardening tips every gardener can use. Planning Guide for Organic Gardens Everyone can benefit from a planning guide for organic gardens. For this reason, I’ve outlined ten organic gardening tips to get your organic garden off to the right start. Advertisement A successful organic garden…