Archive for the ‘Special gardens’ Category

postheadericon Caring for hydroponic herbs – tips on growing a hydroponic window farm

Caring for hydroponic herbs – tips on growing a hydroponic window farm

Image by Jon Kalish By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Interest in indoor hydroponic gardens is growing fast, and for good reason. A hydroponic window farm is the answer for urban dwellers without outdoor planting space, and a fascinating hobby that provides fresh, chemical-free vegetables or herbs year round. This article focuses on using an urban window garden for growing hydroponic herbs. Indoor Hydroponic Garden So what is an indoor hydroponic garden anyway? In simple terms, hydroponics is a method of plant cultivation in which the roots attain…

postheadericon Container gardening supply list: what do i need for a container garden

Container gardening supply list: what do i need for a container garden

Image by -lvinst- By Liz Baessler Container gardening is a fantastic way to grow your own produce or flowers if you don’t have the space for a “traditional” garden. The prospect of container gardening in pots can be daunting, but, in reality, virtually anything that can be grown in the ground can be grown in containers, and the supply list is very short. Keep reading for more information about container gardening products. Container Gardening Pots The most important item on your container gardening supply list is, obviously, containers! You can…

postheadericon Earthbox gardening: information on planting in an earthbox

Earthbox gardening: information on planting in an earthbox

Image by thotfulspot By Amy Grant Love to putz in the garden but you live in a condo, apartment or townhouse? Ever wish you could grow your own peppers or tomatoes but space is at a premium on your tiny deck or lanai? A solution just might be earthbox gardening. If you have never heard of planting in an earthbox, you are probably wondering what on earth is an earthbox? What is an Earthbox? Simply put, earthbox planters are self-watering containers that have a water reservoir built in that is…

postheadericon Novice container gardening tips

Novice container gardening tips

Image by idyllbirder By Jan Richardson With container gardening, you don’t have to live in the country to enjoy getting your fingers dirty and growing something in the soil. Even people who live in metropolitan areas can surround themselves with bright splashes of floral color and taste the fruits of their own labor. Let’s learn more about how to garden in containers. Novice Container Gardening Container gardens are popping up everywhere from nostalgic window boxes to balcony terraces. Container gardening is a great way for apartment dwellers to still be…

postheadericon Guide to fall and winter container gardening

Guide to fall and winter container gardening

Image by YourNikonMan By Liz Baessler Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean you have to stop gardening. A light frost may mark the end of peppers and eggplants, but it’s nothing to hardier plants like kale and pansies. Does the cold weather mean you don’t want to trek all the way to the garden? No problem! Just do some fall container gardening and keep your cold weather plants within reach. Keep reading to learn more about container gardening in cold weather. Container Gardening in Cold Weather Fall…

postheadericon Hydroponic water temperature: what is the ideal water temp for hydroponics

Hydroponic water temperature: what is the ideal water temp for hydroponics

Image by Cara Harpole By Teo Spengler Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in a medium other than soil. The only difference between soil culture and hydroponics is the manner in which nutrients are supplied to the plant roots. Water is an essential element of hydroponics and the water used must stay within the appropriate temperature range. Read on for information about water temperature and its effects on hydroponics. Ideal Water Temp for Hydroponics Water is one of the mediums used in hydroponics but it is not the only…

postheadericon Vegetables for hanging baskets: growing vegetables in a hanging basket

Vegetables for hanging baskets: growing vegetables in a hanging basket

Image by Cy-V By Bonnie L. Grant Space-saving fruits and vegetables have become so popular that a cottage industry has been built around planting solutions for small gardens. One easy way to garden in a small space is to grow vegetables for hanging baskets. Hanging vegetable plants, such as dwarf tomato varieties and snow peas, allow the space-challenged green thumb gardener the ability to provide his or her own organic produce. Mix herbs in with vegetables that grow in hanging baskets to provide a near complete meal in a container….

postheadericon Are grow bags any good: types of grow bags for gardening

Are grow bags any good: types of grow bags for gardening

Image by JONATHANEASTLAND By Liz Baessler Grow bags are an interesting and popular alternative to in-ground gardening. They can be started indoors and moved out, repositioned with the changing light, and placed absolutely anywhere. If the soil in your yard is poor or just nonexistent, grow bags are a great choice. Keep reading to learn more about gardening with grow bags. What is a Grow Bag and What are Grow Bags Used for? Grow bags are just what they sound like – bags you can fill with soil and grow…

postheadericon Tips for container gardening design: what is a thriller, filler spiller

Tips for container gardening design: what is a thriller, filler spiller

Image by jorgeantonio By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is a thriller, filler, spiller? This set of simple rhyming words – thrillers, fillers and spillers – removes the intimidation factor from container gardening design. Read on to learn how to create professional-looking container plant designs by grouping plants into these three basic categories. Container Gardening Design with Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers Container flower gardening need not be intimidating to those new to the garden world. In fact, a simple method for ensuring beautiful focal points in…

postheadericon Container vegetable plants: suitable vegetable varieties for containers

Container vegetable plants: suitable vegetable varieties for containers

Image by HeikeRau By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener You may think vegetables aren’t well suited for container gardening, but there are many good container vegetable plants. In fact, nearly any plant will grow in a container if the container is deep enough to accommodate the roots. Read on for more info on some good container vegetables. Veggie Plants for Container Growing As a general rule, the best veggie plants for container gardening are dwarf, miniature or bush types. (A few suggestions are offered in the list…