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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Optimize Gardening Work

Light Space
After determining the area for your garden, you should determine which are the light and the dark spaces in your garden. In this way you can choose plants and flowers that require less or more light spaces.

Mowing can be Reduced
If you do not like the moving, you can still be a gardener by reducing the lawn space. For example, you can add fruit trees and berry bushes.

Using of Shovel
Many people have only one shovel for their gardening work. However, using of two shovels could improve your work:

  • The lighter shovel with short handle is suitable for more precise tasks.
  • If you want a greater control for digging up tasks, you should use a heavier shovel with a longer handle.

Moving of Objects
There are many tasks which require to move something in your garden. If you find them to be hard or you want to protect your back, you can use a garden cart. You should carefully check out all of the cart’s parameters before buying one. For example, if you look for a cart that will provide you an easy load and unload functionality, you should choose a garden cart with one or two wheels.

Mulch
Using of mulch in your garden could reduce needs for watering and weeding. In this way, you can improve the entire health of your garden as well.

Checking of Plants
You can prevent the problems of your plants in their early stages by regularly checking them if something unexpected happens.

Watering
You can improve the effect of the watering if you water your plants and flowers in the early morning. You should also try to water them deep.

Garden Tote
If you often lose your tools, you can use a garden tote that will help you to bring the smaller tools with you everywhere you go in your garden.

Hobby Greenhouse Kit

Size and Available Space:

Greenhouse kits can be designed to fit almost any space, big or small. If you have room for a garden than you easily have room for your own greenhouse. There’s also a variety of different styles from freestanding to lean-to’s that make it possible to have a greenhouse in almost any situation.

Time:

A hobby greenhouse creates the opportunity to spend as much or as little time as you like with your garden. You no longer need to worry about constant weeding or having to protect your plants from invasive creatures. If you’d rather spend time in the garden than the grocery store a greenhouse might be a great fit.

Budget:

Getting started with your own hobby greenhouse costs less than you might think. With a quality plan in place you should be able to begin growing your fruits and vegetables while staying on budget. In the long-run it is possible to save money with a greenhouse since you will be growing your own fruits and vegetables. A package of seeds is usually far cheaper than buying that same vegetable or fruit in a grocery store.

Types of Plants:

Nearly any plant can be grown in a greenhouse, however some thought needs to be put into what types of plants you hope to grow. When you have decided on the type of garden you want, a greenhouse will allow you to control the environment to provide ideal growing conditions for your plants. Doing some research before hand will ensure that you know how to effectively use your greenhouse and create optimal growing conditions.

Indoor Herb Garden Pots

Providing your plants the proper container can make you herb gardening successful. Garden pots that are made of clay able the plants to breathe properly and promote good air circulation.

Holes at the bottom of the pots – this will give them good drainage. Plants does not love wet feet. Over watering them can be harmful for them. We will notice if they have been flooded with water is their stalk turns yellow.

Gravel – by adding some gravel can also help good drainage for the herbs. This could increase their moisture.

Soil – Fill the pots with good soil to give them good growth.

Fertilizer – when planting your herbs in pots, there are some that does not require fertilizer, but there are some that would. Fertilizers act as food of herbs. But this must be observed in a correct weather.

Pruning – Potted plants also needs to be pruned. This promotes new growth and gives them a fuller appearance.

Sunlight – if your plants are grown in pots they must be given enough sunlight. If you have a wide yard then you can place them in a location where they can be exposed to direct sunlight. If you intend to grow them inside your home, then you can place them near a window.

Frost and insects – potted plants have less risk to frost and insects. You can provide them the greenhouse effect. If you have placed them inside your backyard, during frost season you can transfer them inside your house to give them full protection from frost.

Zone Gardening

In case you are not aware, growing zones are designated in the gardening hobby to help you determine which plants are appropriate for where you live. The zones are based on environmental factors, like heat and cold, plus moisture conditions.

Zone 5 is the upper midwest area, including northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, northern Indiana, and parts of Ohio. See our website for further details.

Now let’s talk about three plants that are ideal for containers in Zone 5…

Vincas are a pretty flower that love full sun and are really easy to grow. Just add water when they start to droop a little. Our aunt who lived in Chicago couldn’t grow anything in the container outside her front door. We introduced her to vincas and soon thereafter she had everyone on her block asking about her new pretty flowers! So if you’re lacking in gardening confidence, try vincas.

Lantana is another plant that is very colorful and easy to grow. As an added bonus, they are tolerant of drought so this too is another good choice for beginners. They are also known to attract butterflies!

Another great choice for containers in Zone 5 are petunias. A very popular flower, petunias will give you a nice cascading effect as they mature during the season.