Tips for getting rid of weeds

You do not want to find menacing weeds among your lush blooms, fruits and vegetables. It is true, that while the things you plant – your herbs, flowers and vegetables – sometimes battle along, unfortunately, this isn’t true for weeds like crabgrass – they seem to thrive. There are fortunately some getting rid of weeds tips where you don’t have to resort to toxic chemicals that will make your herbs and veggies toxic too. So how to get rid of menacing weeds without also killing your crops? The soil’s Ph is neutralised by baking soda; you can safely use it around the edges of your herb- and flower beds to check the weeds growth into the beds. Getting rid of weeds this way simply requires sprinkling the baking soda lightly onto the soil so as to cover it lightly. The best part is that you only have to do this once a year – before the spring when the weeds literally spring to life.Getting rid of weeds

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Tips for getting rid of weeds

Tips for preparing the soil for the garden

Some people love the idea of getting wild plants and flowers from the woods and having a wild garden on the very own grounds. Whatever kind of garden you have in mind, preparing the soil is important if you want it to produce lavishly. Some seriously keen gardeners even have their soil analysed first to prepare for spring garden and to see if there is a lack of nitrogen, potash or phosphoric acid for instance. The soil test will also reveal whether or not your soil is acid or alkaline. Organic substance is the primary means of building good soil, and a good source for this is barnyard manure if you’re lucky enough to live near a farm. Also, barnyard manure increases the ability of the soil to hold moisture and also promotes good root development. In the Spring when preparing the soil for planting, manure can be used mixed with straw for instance as a mulch and worked into the top soil.

Preparing the soil

Tips for preparing the soil for the garden

Urban Gardening: Gardening on pavement and concrete

If you have the right tools, gardening does not have to be time-consuming, hard or expensive. Gardening on pavement and concrete is now a way of life for millions of people from all cultures. Thanks to the advancement in technology, Urban gardening is not just a myth anymore. It is a reality and a beautiful one at that. Imagine being able to make a salad from vegetables that were grown in your own garden. Gardening on pavement and concrete is not only the cool thing to do, but is the right thing to do. Imagine a world where there is homegrown food in every city on every street. As we look for more and more ways to live a healthier lifestyle in harmony nature, urban gardening becomes a practice followed by more people all around the world. Food is essential for our very survival and growing it locally is the smart choice. Enjoy the food you grow and share it with friends and family!

Urban Gardening: Gardening on pavement and concrete

Gardening myths you need to be aware of

Gardening myths

Gardening is a very popular past time in the world today, as it has been for centuries. Most people will tell you that they learnt the art of gardening from either their parents or grandparents. It is a hobby that has been passed down from one generation to another. The art of gardening is also passed down with a lot of myths that we practice to date. Here are some common gardening myths: That adding a little sand to clay soil will improve drainage, a pruned area of a tree should be covered with paint or tar and that organic pesticides are safer than synthetic ones. Some of the most popular gardening myths are those that deal with composting, Debunking compost myths is a matter of presenting facts, for example, a common compost myth is that the heap or bin must be placed outdoors. Well if you are doing the worm type of composting then you need to do it indoors, and if worms creep you out, then you can simply use electric composters that are very efficient for indoor composting.

Gardening myths you need to be aware of

Gardening myths you should be aware of

Gardening myths

There is an ongoing battle between 2 groups of gardening experts as to whether or not fertility is best kept up by use of chemical fertilisers or organic substances. Certainly, organic fans will say that chemical fertilisers are damaging to our health and that the effects on gardens are one of the common gardening myths. Gardening myths exist, but nobody can deny that organic matter preserves the soil’s fertility. There are 5 Myths about organic gardening that are furthermore worth talking about. Myth 1 is that the absence of pesticides means the presence of pests. Organic gardeners know however that there are many eco-friendly alternatives. Myth 2 is that many people assume organic plants produce less than chemically-enhanced alternatives, but this isn’t so. Myth 3 is that people think organic gardening is expensive, when in fact, it is cheaper, especially because you’re recycling. Organic gardening isn’t only for professional landscapers; it has advantages for amateurs too. There is plenty of information on how to start organic gardening. Myth 5 is that people say organic gardening doesn’t make a difference. It is, however, healthier for us and gentler on nature, which are two good reasons to change to organic gardening.

Gardening myths you should be aware of

Gardening using plastic bottles

gardening-using-plastic-bottles-can-be-very-creative

With the world becoming more conscious of waste, recycling is no more something new and trendy; it’s here to stay. Plastic is one of the most abundantly manufactured packaging materials, so the re-using of the plastic bottles is nothing short of good for the environment. Gardening using plastic bottles seems to be one fruitful way of using up plastic in a creative and imaginative way. Plastic bottles are an unlikely flower pot, however, using them for flower pots is easy and fun. You can hang them, build with them, while still planting in them, as it is one of the most versatile gardening materials available. They offer a way to sprinkle water as well, watering a whole patch of land evenly. For this simply attach a hose to the nose of the bottle after having made plenty of small holes on the bottom end. You are also able to have a go at hydroponics with bottles. This is the process where you feed plants nutrients through water, from a hose. This method does not require soil and is a becoming a popular way of managing the growth of plants and is increasing efficiency and giving better results. Gardening using plastic bottles is great fun, and only your imagination is the limit with this popular recycling activity.

Gardening using plastic bottles

Growing Spearmint in your garden

Spearmint for freshness and health

Spearmint is a species of mint known for its sharp aroma. It is used in beauty products, food and also as a medicine. It is native to Europe and Asia. It is a herb which grows all round the year. Planting a spearmint plant in terrace garden is rewarding and useful. The lavender flowers make it really nice as an ornamental plant.

Growing and Caring for the Plant

Spearmint is different from other mint varieties. It is not delicate but a hardy plant which grows best in shade with diffused light a place where most plants will die. It requires a well-drained moist soil with a pH of 7 at the most.

It can be grown from a plant very easily. You just need to uproot and sow at the desired location. You can also grow the plant from seeds. The seed sowing has to be done in summer taking care to sow them 1 foot apart after soaking in water overnight. Plant them away as they can invade other plants and eat away their nutrients. The best way to plant is planting in a separate area or a suspended pot.

Regular pruning and mulching are enough to keep the plant in good health. You can use the leaves on your salad daily as a refresher. The leaves can also be used as a natural mouth freshener.

Growing Spearmint in your garden