We’ve written about when to lime your lawn, and applying it in the garden and landscape as well. The use of lime for soil is a subject many homeowners write off as – unimportant. We’ll continue to bang the drum.What Is Lime Used For?Some garden experts suggest that lime is a soil amendment. Others claim that it is a soil conditioner.
Go the the store to buy an ocean-grown sponge and you’ll pay a few bucks for a medium-sized one; spend that same amount for seed of the natural loofah – luffa gourd and you’ll end up with enough sponges to scrub your skin and your friends’ to remove the dead skin cells for a lifetime.Not only that – the bath sponges you grow yourself are bigger, better and more durable than the ocean-bred variety.
When you walk through the produce section of your local grocery store, you’ll see many fruits and vegetables which we know well.However, there are many unusual varieties which never make it to the market. Then there are the new odd hybrids.Take for example the “Pluot.” They say it was created by a geneticist in Nebraska who crossed plums and apricots.
Soil is a Living ThingIn the tiniest area, several million animal and plant organisms carry on their appointed tasks. The greater the bacterial activity, the more fertile your soil is.Fertility requires four elements: bacterial life, sun, water and food. Given the sun, all of the other elements can be added to the soil by proper treatment.
Fresh onions are a wonderful and delicious ingredient that can be added to a variety of homemade recipes though aren’t always the easiest to come by. Did you know that onions are about the only vegetable used in almost every world cuisine.Grocery store onions may lack in fresh flavor and growing them in a conventional garden is not an option for everyone due to the space required.
Most people know that you can cut and cook green onions to create a tasty healthy meal. But… few people realize you can actually use the left over bulbs to grow new green onions.To create your own green onion plant simply put the leftover bulbs from any green onion in a glass with water. Learn how at baked by Rachel blog… details here:… or check out Grow Onions Vertically On A Windowsill.
Here is a cool simple and beautiful DIY project that shows you how to transfer an image to a rock or piece of marble, for decorating.You may be saying… “Cool Idea, but WHY?”There are many ways to make a garden, deck or patio unique. Much of it depends on you, your garden, and the role a garden has played in your life.
Summary: The following article is by gladiolus enthusiast Carlos Larus. Carlos shares his planting and growing process. One of the best ways to improve your success is by reading what others are doing and adapting some of the “tricks” to your growth toolbox.As a Gladiolus enthusiast, I am a strong believer that there is no other flower with a better claim to a place in your back yard.
There is nothing like walking outside and picky off your own fresh strawberries to pop in your mouth.Even with limited space like on a deck, patio or balcony, you can grow fresh strawberries in a strawberries tower made from 5 gallon buckets.Master Gardener Charlene Landreau shows how to build a tower (with pictures) out of cheap (or free!
We’ve all seen those large 50 gallon barrels sitting round. Have you ever thought what you could use an empty barrel for?Well over at YouTube, Scott Hayden of Spiffyguy Adventures has the answer.With his 50 gallon barrel, Scott created an amazing planter which includes a worm composting tube that can hold up to 50 different plants at once.
You would never see it advertised at the garden center but the lowly garden hose still hold lots of “life” even after it has been retired for water use.This post has 30+ uses for old garden hoses – from creating artwork for the garden to leveling a patio and helping keep saw blades sharp and safe.Landscaping Tool – Perfect for laying out a flower and landscape beds.
Broccoli stalks along with the florets is an old-fashioned, traditional food that people have enjoyed for many centuries.It’s a great choice for staying healthy because it is really one of the original superfoods.Low in calories, high in fiber and packed with nutrition, stalks of broccoli plants are an excellent and delicious addition to any diet.
What are Keyhole Gardens? – Keyhole gardens look kind of like a well and flourish with food waste (compost).What are they used for? – Keyhole gardens are used for nourishment and can contain both fruits and veggies.How can I help? – There are organizations available that will help people in other countries to build keyhold gardens.
When the rainy season starts ant piles show up. Recently, I was looking for a simple “natural” method to destroy ant piles.One post suggested finding two ant piles, digging one up and mixing with the other. The idea was that the colonies would fight to the death for the queen. Not sure how well that would work.
The term “blood pressure” is much like air pressure in a tire or water pressure in a hose. It is force of blood pushing against the walls of the artery as it moves through the body. The arteries only have a certain capacity.Too much pressure “high blood pressure” can threaten healthy arteries resulting in conditions which can lead to heart disease and stroke.
A PVC trellis can be used to grow a variety of vegetables such as cucumbers, grapes, or other plants that grow in vines. This may not give the exact “How To” but does provide a good framework to get started.A trellis can easily be made from PVC materials, and is therefore affordable, with easy to find materials.
One of the joys of gardening is eating the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labor.You can quickly and easily create your own pickles from your fresh cucumbers in your own refrigerator, with no canning experience required.Nothing in the stores compares to the taste of a homemade pickle from a cucumber that grew right outside your window.
Some people might argue there’s not a big difference between organic and non-organic.However, when it comes to mulch the fine people at Growveg.com would beg to differ.Using organic soil keeps the soil healthier in the long run, and has numerous other positive qualities.But the author, Ann Marie Hendry also notes organic mulches’ have drawbacks as well.
When the weather begins to get cooler gardeners know it’s time to think about how to protect plants from frost.Gardeners know how freezing temperatures and deadly frosts can destroy their precious plants or cripple their crops.While sometimes it’s necessary to rush outside in the middle of the night to cover delicate and cold-sensitive plants, it always helps to plan ahead in protecting tender plants from cold temperatures and subsequent damage.
Most people who grow tomatoes use some type of tomato cages. But not all tomato cages are created equal and they “Are Not Just For Tomatoes.”Once the tomato growing season is over, your tomato cages have other uses. They can be used to:Rope Light TreeMake a Halloween GhostMake mini composters and leaf collectorsProtect late vegetable cropsCheck out this fun collection of “other” uses for the common, ordinary tomato cage at: Other Tomato Cages UsesJOIN Our FREE Plant Care NewsletterBy entering your email address you agree to receive a daily email newsletter from Plant Care Today.
Epsom salt has been used as a fertilizer and with organic gardeners for decades. It is believed to aid in plant nutrient uptake.This coupled with the fact that it is easily soluble in water and leaves no trace of chemical residue, makes it the ideal fertilizer for health-conscious gardeners.The magnesium in the Epsom salts helps the plant take advantage of the phosphorus and nitrogen in the soil which is an essential component in plant fertilizer.