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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Gardening Makes Good Hobby

· Gardening is a good stress reliever. How can anyone stay tense while puttering in the garden or greenhouse? Watching the seedlings grow into healthy plants with bountiful produce or flowers is very calming. If by chance the gardener is having a really bad day, there is always the compost pile which could use turning.

· With that being said, gardening is a great form of exercise. Digging, bending, walking, stretching, raking and planting is good for a person. Puttering out in the greenhouse keeps a person who may otherwise be a couch potato active.

· Not only does it provide fresh produce, but it saves money as well. Most people who garden as a hobby also preserve their harvest. They may have an initial investment of canning equipment, but that is much cheaper than buying frozen or canned vegetables and fruit. The equipment is generally a one-time expense and may be used year after year. The only replacements that may need to be made are broken jars or the need for new lids.

· In addition to the canning mentioned above, money is also saved when herbs are grown and dried for winter use. Herbs and spices can be very expensive, especially for those who use a lot in their cooking. Chives, dill, oregano, thyme, marjoram and garlic are just a few of the herbs that can be preserved for winter use.

· Gardening is also a great way to earn some extra money from selling bedding plants to selling the harvest. Depending on the family’s needs, occasionally the garden produces more than they will be able to use or can. This is when a trip to the local Farmer’s Market can prove to be lucrative. Many people do not have access to a garden spot and anxiously await the fall harvest. They will be happy to buy fresh picked produce as opposed to anything from the produce section in the local grocery store.

· Gardening may be done anywhere from the balcony of a high-rise apartment to the open fields of a quarter section of land. It is a hobby that has few boundaries.

Basic Garden Planning

The first thing to decide is the location of your garden. If at all possible you are looking for somewhere with which is well lit, has good drainage, reasonably exposed with room for air to freely circulate for ventilation though not susceptible to harsh winds. If you do live in an area prone to strong winds then the introduction of a few hardy bushes or small trees can act as a natural wind break.

Next have a think about the size of your garden. If you are new to the hobby it is perhaps best to start reasonably small to see how you get along before thinking about increasing the size of your garden. And remember that tending your garden is a regular activity so make sure you have the time and inclination to do that.

Once you have decided on size it is time to start thinking about what you want to grow. Sketch out a simple plan of what you see yourself planting and cultivating. This might include a few vegetables, some nice flowers and perhaps a couple of shrubs or bushes. Remember that what you do plant will need room to grow so be sure to leave enough space on your plan for this.

The final lay out of your garden will then start to take shape. Save your plan as a reference tool so that you have a record of what you planted where so you can take in to consideration future planning if for example any crop rotation is required to rest areas of soil so they can replenish.

Another consideration in your planning is the amount of growing time anything you plant in your garden will need to grow to maturity. Things you plant will grow at different rates so it is important to factor this in and plan ahead for anything which may be a slow grower, needs more space to grow in to or might need relocating in the garden as it develops.

Garden Insect Control

Having a lawn at house means that you have got to be well educated on the issue of garden control. The topic about garden insect control has been frequently discussed by many people all around the world, including the topic about vegetable garden pest control. Coming up with insects and diseases in the lawn truly doesn’t have to be difficult, however there are a few things which you’re going to need to be conscious of.

As soon as you start your lawn, you’re going to want to incorporate the right and the proper garden insect control methods to keep away from getting a pest trouble in the beginning and in the future. In order to eliminate problems with insects and diseases, you ought to always start with healthy soil which will offer the plants anything they need to thrive and growth.

Check out your plants on a regular basis if there are several signals of insects and diseases. The earlier you understand about the diseases and insects, the lengthier the age of your plants. The last insect control that you can do is to mist the plants frequently as some insect pets dislike the humidity.

Indoor Grow Lighting

A person can also make use of indoor grow lighting as a means of starting plants while the weather outside is still below freezing. This can help a gardener to get a jumpstart once springtime rolls around. Individuals that live in urban environments may not have the option of growing plants outside. Thankfully, HPS and Metal Halides can also be used by city dwellers that are interested in turning a little extra space in their apartment into a healthy and thriving garden. Just about any type of plant can be grown using this type of lighting, so long as the needs of the plan are being met.

Deciding which types of indoor grow lighting to use will involve determining the needs of the plants and using the space available as efficiently as possible. In extremely tight spaces, for example, incandescent types of lights might not be the best choice available. Because of the intense amount of heat that incandescent lights can put out, there is a risk of burning or drying out the plants if the lights are placed to closely to the plants. Fluorescent bulbs are great choice when it comes to growing indoors because of the fact that they are quite energy-efficient and put out very little heat.

A third option for indoor gardening enthusiasts when it comes to indoor grow lighting is to use specially designed LEDs. While LEDs are more expensive than fluorescent or incandescent lights, they more than make up for the initial investment because of their extreme energy efficiency and the fact that they outlast other types of bulbs by several times. A healthy, thriving garden is possible regardless of what is going on outside if a person chooses indoor grow lighting. Indoor grow lighting is easy to set up and can take a person’s hobby to an entirely new level.