Dirt Cheap Garden Ideas Not everyone can afford a bath size water garden kit, but what about using an old tub that was cast off from a remodeling project? What about old teacups turned into bird feeders? Or signs made out of old lumber, or the newest trend... making stuff out of wooden pallets? In the following sections: learn how to save money in the garden. Dividing your plants will … [Read more...] about Moneysaving Tips for Gardeners
I have large tomatoes, plenty of them...that is not the trouble. Hornworms. and cracking, those are the troubles. Right now, I am picking the fruits just turning red and ripening them on my window. Hornworms are officially called Manduca quinquemaculata. As caterpillars they are voracious pests, munching through incredible amounts of your tomato harvest. How To Prevent Hornworms? Till … [Read more...] about Tomato Troubles
At the time I write this June is closing. We have plenty of moisture in the ground this year, but that is not always the case. Especially as the summer marches on, drought becomes a real possibility. A few water saving tips can make a difference in how your plants weather the heat and dry times ahead. 5 Tips To Weather A Drought 1 Add compost. To make your soil more moisture retentive and help … [Read more...] about If You Need To Save On Water In The Garden
Planting Depth For Peonies . "Plant peonies for a lifetime of spring flowers, but remember not more than three inches below the surface" From Kim, Hypertufagardener If the growing points are too far below the soil surface, it hinders or even prevents the plant from blooming. A general rule is to place the plant about two inches below the surface. More about Peonies, here. … [Read more...] about Tip for Blooming Peonies
I gathered up some expert gardening tips from around the web, from beginners to a few unusual ones. 1 Soak your seedlings ...the roots of the seedlings become so entangled that separating them without damaging the roots is not easy to do. What can you do in such a case? Fortunately, here’s a trick that works without fail: soak the roots before you divide. Here’s how it works: From the … [Read more...] about 10 Useful Gardening Tips For Spring
The Bare Essentials Some essentials when brand new I've done a lot of tweeting and writing about weeding this season. There are a couple of reasons for that including the unusually wonderful weather (from my perspective, anyway), and my desire to have my yard look like I actually garden, despite many trips to visit the children and grandchildren. The weather: It has been a … [Read more...] about The Down And Dirty Weeding Tool List
Go Slow Slow Food and Slow Gardening are related. What is slow food you ask? Sourcing your ingredients locally and using high quality is the gist of it. Growing your own would be a part of it, but patronizing the farmer's markets and encouraging your grocer's to supply locally produced products would be part of it, too. How about slow gardening? I suppose there is something of an … [Read more...] about Ready To Eat Local? How About Slow Gardening?
originally posted Dec 1, 2008Christmas gardening isn't really winter gardening. It is set apart quite like the holiday itself. The Christmas garden might find itself lit up as we brave the cold to string lights on our bushes and along the eaves of the porch. Some of us can't resist a few evergreen or berried prunings to "deck the house". We temporarily forget about weeds, and work, and as we sit … [Read more...] about Christmas Gardening
In the interest of how people find my gardening pages I occasionally see certain questions pop up. If I were the searcher I would like those answered. After you garden for awhile you sometimes forget how many things were a mystery at first. So to the person who asked,"What is peat moss used for in gardens?" there is my post, I ♥ Peat Moss, but in sum I would say it is simply a soil … [Read more...] about Answering more of your questions
It finally heated up and this is what we expect in July: hot muggy weather.It is time to keep up with the weeds, hoeing them out in the morning means that the hot sun is killing the weeds and not you. Afternoons are made for sipping lemonade in the shade of a tree. Look for bargains beginning in the garden sections of the stores.Keep your tomatoes and other veggies watered, either in the morning … [Read more...] about Mid July Chores
small pile from the latest stormFor many parts of the nation it was a tough winter, although as my husband and I were discussing, the world events put our little complaints into perspective. The heart goes out to those in Japan who are suffering from an epic disaster. Prayers, also.The seasons of life march on in the background of our tragedies, comedies, and dramas... with long spaces, … [Read more...] about Winter’s Damage- Is There Anything I Can Do?
I just made that number up, but not the helpful garden tip!Buy lots of Bounce Dryer Sheets.The Garden Professors shared this nugget:Entomologist Dr. Raymond Cloyd of Kansas State University and his group were intrigued by Master Gardener anecdotes of dryer sheets repelling mosquitoes, though no research had been done. Could your common Bounce sheet also repel other pests? And, to take it a step … [Read more...] about Garden Hints and Tips #457