How To Know What To Plant In Your Garden

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How To Know What To Plant In Your Garden
By Christina Lane

How do you figure out what to plant in your garden? There are a number of deciding factors that you can use to figure out what will be the perfect plants to grow in your garden. Some of them are things that you can do nothing about, such as your particular climate. Others such as availability can still allow you to get that particular plant, but with a little help. There are many online sites that can cater to finding you a plant that you may not be able to find locally for your garden. But doing your research, as with in anything, will be what pays off for making your garden all it can be.

A first time gardener should take the time to research what particular growing climate they are in before picking out plants. It is relatively easy to find this out by going to the USDA web page for the growing zones. Once you’ve confirmed which zone you live in it will help tell you what plants you can grow. But there are variances, a family that lives in Vergennes, Vermont is in a zone 5, but plants from neighboring zones such as zone 4 or even zone 3 can be sometimes be grown in that area. It’s just that those neighboring zone plants may not do as well as in their normal area. If you check out the USDA map and simply click on your state you can easily find your specific zone.

If you don’t grow your plants for your garden yourself from seeds, then you can check with your local nurseries to see what they have. Some hardware and lawn and garden stores will carry garden plants too; so that may be a good resource for you. But if you do grow your plants from seed the sky is the limit as to what you can try. Some plants that aren’t designated in your zone may be a harder grow and require more TLC; but it can be really fun to try. There are a number of seeds available in many of your local stores for choosing from. You may find them at: hardware stores, lawn and garden stores, nurseries or even your grocery and drug store. But if you’re looking for something specific, check out some of the tried and tested online seed stores.

But the biggest deciding factor in what to grow in your garden should be based upon space and a poll of the family members within your house. If you grow a garden full of say… turnips and nobody in your home eats turnips then, well… that’s a waste. But polling your family is a great way of getting them involved in what to grow in your garden.

Gardening is a great stress reliever along with allowing you to provide food for your family. Find more tips on gardening at LanDavi Farms . You can also find books, links and more tips on gardening at their sister site LOL Lane’s Online Lawnsale.

What To Plant in Your Garden?

Using Natural Pesticides

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Why You Should Be Using Natural Pesticides in Your Gardens

By Nicki Goff

Many farmers and gardeners use chemicals to kill bugs that harm their crops. These pesticides are an environmental and health hazard. Often local governments spray pesticides to combat mosquitoes and other insect infestations, and these sprays can drift… who knows where.

Understandably, we all want to protect our crops and maximize production. It shouldn’t be at the expense of your health, the health of those who consume produce, or the purity of our water supply. The good news is there are sustainable practices to keep slugs and bugs off your garden fruits and vegetables.

Improve Your Soil

This may sound odd as a pest control, but if you have built up a fertile, loose soil, your plants will grow much more healthy. Healthy plants can more easily resist the devastation of insects and disease. When you do see insect or pest damage, if the pests are visible, just pick them off and destroy them. If not, give these other measures a chance.

Make Your Own Natural Pesticides

You probably have in your kitchen or home some of the ingredients for natural pesticides. For example, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper and dish soap steeped together and sprayed on some plants will protect against slugs and many bugs. Combat caterpillars, aphids, and several types of worms with a mixture of water and tobacco. Look for more recipes for natural pesticides online.

Garden Pest Deterrents

Slugs and snails can destroy your plants and flowers faster than you can say “slimy”. You can deter them from getting near your precious plants in a variety of ways. They will have difficulty crossing a barrier of sharp gravel ashes and soot or broken eggshells or copper wire. You can set up a vertical barrier around plants with clear rigid plastic inserted on edge around a group of plants. Protect a group of plants by setting beer traps – containers filled with beer and set in the ground, with rims just above the surface. The slugs will crawl in and drown. Get rid of excess mulch and decaying leaves, as these are natural hiding places for slugs and snails.

Encourage Carnivorous Bugs

Ladybugs are wonderful for your garden. They eat aphids, scales, and mites. Many garden supply shops will sell them, or you can order them online.

Use Companion Plants

Finally, many plants work quite well to repel bugs from your garden. Plant marigolds among your vegetables. They look pretty and colorful, and also will repel nematodes, Mexican bean beetles, squash bug, thrips, tomato hornworms, and whitefly. Geraniums repel cabbage worms and leaf hoppers and mint repels ants and aphids, and the cucumber beetle. Plant garlic next to or beneath your rose bushes, and say goodbye to aphids.

What do pesticides do?

Pesticides (and there are well over 9,000 different acceptable pesticides approved by the FDA) have a number of health implications:

And a whole lot more. Scientists are only beginning to understand the level of contamination already existing, and how pesticides are affecting our health, the health of our children and our planet.

You can reduce or eliminate pesticide damage by buying or making natural pesiticides whenever possible, and by using natural pesticides when you grow your own fruits and vegetables. No one likes a bug-infested garden; however, it takes just a few simple steps to deter or eliminate them.

Gardening expert Nicki Goff offers a free e-mail starter course all about her main passion… herb gardening. For access, visit her website, [http://www.HomeHerbGardener.com], and to find more great tips, and her new comprehensive e-book, on creating, maintaining and enjoying your own home herb garden, along with bonus e-books on specific aspects of herb lore.

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Advice For Creating Beautiful Home Gardens

beautiful home gardensDo you have an embarrassing yard? Perhaps you use other expletives when you speak of your yard? Do neighbors say no whenever you invite them for a backyard party? You may feel like the joke of the neighborhood now, but you don’t need to remain that way! It is time to take action, and this article can help by providing you with advice to creating beautiful home gardens by creating a stunning and low maintenance garden.

Invest in a watering system which is a drip style for your yard. These types of watering systems are simple to install and help you to provide your new and beautiful homes gardens with the correct amount of water. Irrigation systems actually use less water, because they use a slow drip rather than large streams of water.

TIP! Consider re-edging flower beds with subtle curves for a new look. Curved beds are a lot more up-to-date as opposed to straight lines and sharp corners.

Have your soil tested before you begin your garden or landscaping project. Making sure the soil is tested helps you know what it needs so you can make changes before you start planting. This will ensure your garden and landscaping have a greater opportunity to flourish under optimum conditions.

Favor high quality over low prices when shopping for landscaping supplies. It is easy to find products in many home improvement stores that are reduced cost but low quality. Go to a specialty store to get quality products and useful advice from qualified workers. Spending a little more may be advantageous, as your products will be better, as well as the advice you receive.

There is more to creating beautiful home gardens than just planting grass and trees. Including wood, iron or cement structures in your landscaping design can add both substance and texture. Archways, birdbaths, decks and pergolas create complex and attractive looks. These are usually available in many different prices so you can stay in budget.

TIP! Use local plants for your yard. Native plants are easier to care for because they are already comfortable in your climate and soil.

Using the great ideas above will have the whole neighborhood asking about your beautiful home gardens when they visit. The most difficult part of this project might just be persuading your friends that you did it all by yourself, as the tips outlined here will make your yard garden as if it was taken care of by a landscaping professional. Good luck!

Planting a Garden

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In order to get the maximum garden area, get the very best growing potential out of your soil, as well as benefit from the natural light and temperature ranges in your area you will need to spend some time planning before planting a garden. If you want a low maintenance garden as well, this is even more of a requirement.

Location

It’s better to evaluate the location for planting a garden before even thinking about which plants you would like to include. Some locations will have more shade than others, while others, could see sunlight all day long. Certain vegetation is likely to do better with a little bit of shade, while others may need that full sun. A good rule of thumb is that most plants will need a minimum of five hours of sunshine to be able to grow well, so you need to make sure the trees, fencing, along with other shading sources will not affect the newly established plants.

Water

You will also plan to evaluate where your water sources are located. When planting a garden you’ll find nothing worse compared to needing to carry buckets of water to the garden. You’ll need to be near to a garden hose faucet for making watering convenient. You’ll also make certain your garden area includes both proper soil and water drainage. And, depending on your property lay out, it is a good idea to select an area for planting a garden where its is handy for making daily checks for weeds, pests, or wilting.

Plants

Once you know where you are going to be planting a garden the next phase is selecting plants that will flourish in that location. Remember, certain plants just like a little bit of shade, others like full sun, and of course they all grow at different rates. Arrange your garden so you can take advantage of those fast-growing plants to shade others. Also, make sure that the same fast-growing plants will not shade the plants that want full sun.

Will You Be Including Vegetables When Planting a Garden?

If you do, now it’s time to think about how frequently your vegetables are going to yield. This means that, you don’t want to disturb pumpkins that render in the fall by constantly weeding and taking care of your radishes, beets, or spinach you will be using through the entire season. When planning your garden, incorporate conveniently reached areas so that you can perhaps plant more to get a second harvest, or even remove them while not disrupting the roots of the other vegetation.

Its also not a bad idea to conduct a bit of investigation in terms of partner veggies. This means that some vegetables are going to improve the development of other types of vegetables, and naturally, the reverse is also true. Potatoes are eminently able of inhibiting the growth of certain kinds of squash, and tomato plants.

Through taking a little extra time in planning before planting a garden it will have much better results, be easier to care for, and be a way more pleasurable undertaking.

Tips for the City Gardener

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Gardening in an urban setting

Tips for the frustrated City Gardener

If your garden space is located in a city, or urban, area it is more than likely that your space is bordered by walls or fencing of the adjacent homes. If so, then you will have some different challenges than gardens in more rural, or open, areas.

A Warmer Environment

For one, if they are close, the surrounding structures will have a significant effect on your garden’s climate. Hard surfaces reflect both heat and light which will raise the air temperature for your plants in both summer and winter.

To some degree, this effect can be reduced by introducing climbing vines onto the surrounding walls. If they aren’t yours, the same effect can be achieved by putting up a simple wood trellis in front of the wall and growing the vines there. Of course, any vine you use must be able to thrive in warmer temperatures. Many times Ivy is a good choice but care must be taken to ensure that it doesn’t invade your neighbor’s property.

Design

A smaller space will also present challenges to the city gardener in both design and plant selection. In a larger area it is pretty easy to designate certain areas for certain plant groupings but a city garden requires a lot of forethought before you start planting.

In a small area it is important that your design be “clean” throughout and not jumbled. If you have enough room, installing a path with stone or gravel does a great job of adding interest, dimensionality, and depth in even a smaller area.

Choose The Right Plants

For the city gardener, plant choice is critical regardless of the garden size but even more so as the available space gets smaller. More care must be taken to choose plants that have similar water and space requirements. If you choose plants requiring a large space to grow it is easy to quickly run out of room before you get everything in.

Gardening is Fun!

Don’t allow these considerations to prevent you from trying a small city garden. After all, if you don’t like the look or results, changing it won’t be difficult. A large part of the fun in gardening is trying new plantings and plant groupings. Get out the paper and pencil and start on your new small garden design soon!