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Gardening is a great hobby and wonderful pastime that people receive pleasure from worldwide. For all the time, hard work and effort put into designing, planting and maintaining a garden, a gardener’s reward is the beauty of lush, lovely gardens. It gives them a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction looking at the plants and flowers they planted and the nurturing care they gave them. Many gardeners find working in their garden and getting close to Mother Nature a therapeutic, relaxing hobby that makes them forget about the stress and worry of everyday life. Gardeners also get a lot of exercise and a great deal of fresh air, which is an added bonus while they are doing something they have a passion for and love. Here are some gardening tips that can help you have a beautiful property and gardens.

· First time gardeners should begin small to make the experience enjoyable and successful. It is easier for a beginner to plan, plant and manage a small garden while learning the essential basics of plant care such as watering, fertilizing and the secrets of pest, weed and disease control. Once you master this, you can increase the size of your garden or create larger spaces. An overly large or ambitious gardening project for beginners that will require several weeks or even months to finish is a quick way to feel frustrated, upset and defeated. It is all right to think big but you should divide your gardening projects into small sections.

· Water is essential for a beautiful, successful garden but watering too frequently results in plants and grass with shallow root systems. The best way to water most plants is once or twice weekly but for a longer length of time so the soil becomes well soaked. Early morning watering is best because the plant and flower leaves will dry during the day and this will help prevent diseases such as fungal infections.

· Weed the garden thoroughly and then use an organic mulch to help prevent new weeds from appearing. Mulch also helps hold nutrition and water in and stabilizes the soils temperature.

· Use your own homemade compost to reduce costs and reuse the organic material from your garden, lawn clippings, kitchen and your fall leaves.

Gardening on a Slope

· For any areas of your property that are steeply sloped, stay away from planting grass or any type of garden that required maintenance such as cutting or weeding. Trying to look after plants or cut grass growing on a steep slope can certainly be dangerous. Instead, plant shrubs and trees that require no maintenance but will anchor the soil and slow water runoff. If you enjoy a garden with a natural look, sow wildflowers, plant tall perennial grasses or even groundcover but make sure its maintenance free.

· For shaded slopes, shade-loving perennials such as hostas, some types of ground cover, ferns and low growing vines will look great but also help prevent erosion.

Frugal Garden Tips For the Gardener

With the price of produce going higher and higher these days, a lot of people are planting gardens. However, if you’re not careful, a garden can also cost more money than you might expect. You can avoid this, though, if you adhere to the following frugal garden tips. They will save you money without compromising the quality of your garden.

WAYS TO SAVE

First, plant from seeds rather than starts. Although this takes some patience, the savings are well worth it. You can get dozens of plants for less than a single pack of starts. This is one of those frugal garden tips that people rarely follow, though, because they don’t want to wait for their plants to come up. So if you do decide to buy seedlings, purchase smaller ones. They cost less than larger plants, and adjust easier when they are transplanted. Also, you can turn one plant into many by taking cuttings and collecting seeds. But be sure that any plant you collect seeds from is open pollinated. Otherwise, it will not grow plants that are true to the original.

Another way to save is to work with friends and neighbors. You can trade your extra seeds with them, and swap any cuttings you might have. If you grow too much of something, make a deal with a neighbor for some of their excess crop. Since plants are much cheaper when bought in bulk, split an order with a friend. You may even find yourself swapping frugal garden tips! Everyone has some neat little bit of advice to help you save money.

Finally, use what you have and do not let anything go to waste. When you are raking up your leaves or cleaning your garden, save the rubbish instead of throwing it away. Eventually, it will become great compost. Every time you empty a container, think about how it might be used in your garden. You may be able to plant seeds in it or use it to cover seedlings. It may even provide a good barrier for keeping pests away. Even old newspapers can help your garden by keeping weeds down. In short, do not toss anything into the garbage before thinking about it in terms of frugal garden tips. You may find that you actually need to buy less things than you thought.

Gardening Naturally

It’s that time! Time you’re looking forward to the taste of all the wonderful vegetables from your garden. Wow I know I am! I thought I would give you several good gardening tips to help you grow a lush vegetable garden this year. You don’t need a lot of chemicals, just the right information and a little elbow grease.

Tip # 1.

How Often Should You Weed Your Garden.

Weeds not only make your garden look untidy and uncared for but they also rob your vegetables of water and necessary nutrients, so be sure and pull them when you see them. This is especially important in the early stages of growth in your garden. Studies show that keeping your garden weed-free for the first four to six weeks can have a significant impact on the productivity of your plants. Preventing weeds from returning is not that difficult if you put down three to six inches of coarse mulch. A study by the Ohio State University showed that shredded newspaper suppressed the weeds and increased the yield of tomato plants.

It is always a very pleasant sight to view a well kept vegetable garden from your deck or patio.

Tip # 2.

Do You Need To Buy Imported Lady Beetles (Ladybugs) From a Store To Add To Your Garden?

While lady beetles do consume many harmful pests such as aphids, the ones you can buy at your garden centers have been hibernating. They probably won’t stay around long enough to be very beneficial to your garden. Once they wake up their natural instinct is to fly away. Most likely you will have some ladybugs (Lady beetles) visit your garden any way. One of the most helpful visitors you can have in your garden are earthworms. They perform a variety of good deeds to help your soil and your plants. They aerate the soil, digest organic matter, and produce great nutrients for the plants roots. If you have healthy soil there is no need to run to the garden center to buy some of these little guest, chances are these worms are already making themselves at home. If your soil is not so healthy try adding a little aged manure or compost to you garden and they’ll come to visit on their own.

Tip #3.

Old Wives Tales About Table Scraps – Fact Or Fiction?

We’ve all heard them, from our parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles etc. Tales about how different foods and scraps from the kitchen can benefit our gardens. Some of these claims work and others don’t. It’s hard to know which of these “Old Wives Tales” to believe. It just takes trial and error to check them out. Here are a few that have been proven to work.

Eggshells: Eggshells are a great source of calcium which is great for your tomato plants. Without calcium they will develop blossom-end rot. All you have to do is sprinkle the crushed shells on soil around your plants.

Milk: Milk can be a great fungicide for problems like powdery mildew. This is easily detected, there will be a white powder on the leaves. A mixture of milk and water sprayed on your vegetables and fruits can work just as well as chemical sprays.

Hot Peppers: Hot peppers can be used as an insect repellent for you plants when made into a spray. The ingredient that burns you mouth when you eat it (capsaicin) is the ingredient that kills the harmful insects.

Garden Tips For Winter

Garden tips for winter should be all about helping you cope with a difficult time in the garden. It’s still winter and spring seems to be reluctant to show itself, but there are a number of things you can do in the garden in preparation for the warmer and sunnier days to come. This is a time when many things can be prepared as there is often not a lot you can do if there’s snow, heavy rain or a lot of wind about. However, there are fine days in winter too, and when they come around, make the most of them.

Bulbs should be planted at this time, your gladioli, tulips, crocus, amaryllis, daffodils and lily bulbs, perhaps. Plant your bulbs in holes about four inches, or 10 centimetres if you prefer metric, deep. Cover them over carefully with soil. Also push the soil around them gently to ensure that there are no air pockets, as pockets of air can cause the bulbs to rot.

This is a good time to give your trees, shrubs and fruit bushes a little food boost. Place compost or fertilizer around them all, making sure that the fertilizer contains the right proportions of phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium. This will give these plants a new lease of life when the warmer days come and some serious growth starts to take off.

If you have a small garden these garden tips are easier to do, but even if you have a lot going on in your garden, the work is still very much worth doing. If you have a path, and if it has been quite wet over the winter, there may be moss or algae accumulated. The same may be true of a patio or decking, and it all needs to be cleaned off. It’s best to use a tar-oil winter wash for this purpose, which can be purchased at any good gardening store.

Birds are your friends in any garden, so don’t forget them when it’s cold. If you don’t already have a bird feeder, now is the time to get one. Don’t forget water either. Birds will thank you for giving them access to water. If the water freezes, as it probably will, break the ice gently each morning. Never use anti-freeze! Really! You may laugh at the idea, but it has been done by well-meaning people, and of course, the birds who drank it were killed. Garden tips like this one should not have to be mentioned, but…

Ponds freeze over too. However, don’t break the ice in the usual way. The shock wave this creates could kill some of the life in there. Instead, use warm water at the edge of the pond to create a hole in the ice. This will allow any build up of gases to escape.

Organic Gardening Tips

5 Quick and Easy Organic Garden Tips for Beginner Gardeners

Organic gardening is becoming a lot more popular as people become more aware of the chemicals that are used in conventional food production. It can be a little trickier than chemical-based gardening, but it’s worth it in the end. If you’re new to growing plants this way, these tips could help you increase your chances of success.

1. Start with the basics. Don’t be tempted to spend an enormous amount of money on your first supplies, materials, and tools. There’s no such thing as a magic bullet, and you’ll only end up with very expensive vegetables. Organic gardening can actually be done much less expensively than conventional gardening. Compost, manure, and other soil additives replace expensive fertilizer, and natural control methods keep pest levels down.

2. Grow your plants in the right spot. Take the time to plan which vegetables you’ll be growing and find out what kind of sunlight requirements they have. Take the time to find an area of your yard that will provide the amount of light and the soil qualities that these plants need. The right conditions can help you avoid many problems before they even begin.

3. Prepare the soil correctly. Check the pH, moistness, and type of soil you have available, then add amendments to make it what you need. You might need to add in compost, animal manures, grass clippings, ashes, or other substances to improve the condition of your soil. This might seem like a lot of work to start with, but it will help your garden grow, and will keep on working for you down the line. Setup of an organic garden is the hardest part.

4. Start your own compost pile.
 Compost can be purchased cheaply, but you don’t know what goes into it. Composting your own kitchen scraps and yard waste can help you dispose of these substances cheaply and in an ecologically friendly way, plus you’ll get great free fertilizer that you know is organic. You’ll be amazed at the difference that a good compost pile can make for your garden. Composting might seem like it’s a complicated process, but it really isn’t. Almost anyone can do it.

5. Don’t ignore your garden. Once you’ve tilled and planted your organic garden, it can be extremely tempting to ignore it. This isn’t a good idea in conventional gardens, either, but it can be disastrous if you’re growing organic. A little daily weeding and pest removal, a careful check over all plants, and some regular attention will do more to help your garden than any product you can buy. If you take the time to love your garden, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful results.