Garden – All around the house http://allaroundthe.house for all your home needs Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:05:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/allaroundthe.house/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-AllaroundtheHouse-1-2.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Garden – All around the house http://allaroundthe.house 32 32 129978467 Build Great Garden Soil the Easy No Dig Way http://allaroundthe.house/no-dig-garden-method/ http://allaroundthe.house/no-dig-garden-method/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:29:25 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=3055

Whether you are installing ground covers or planting a new flower garden, soil preparation is often a major hurdle. Not only do you have to eliminate weeds and/or lawn grass, but you also need to spread organic matter over the site and dig it in along with other soil amendments. Spreading compost and digging it […]

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Whether you are installing ground covers or planting a new flower garden, soil preparation is often a major hurdle. Not only do you have to eliminate weeds and/or lawn grass, but you also need to spread organic matter over the site and dig it in along with other soil amendments. Spreading compost and digging it into the soil is a major workout, and is great exercise, but it can be very bad for your back. By planning ahead and waiting a few months between preparing and planting, it’s possible to eliminate most of the back-breaking work.

No-dig Supplies and Scheduling

At the very least, you’ll need a pile of newspapers and a pile of mulch such as shredded bark or bark chips to use this method. If your soil is extremely clayey, compacted, sandy, or poor, add a generous supply of compost and even some topsoil to the list. Watch the weather, too. You are going to be spreading newspaper, so select a day when it isn’t too windy. Use this smothering method any time, but you’ll need to plan on waiting several months before planting. Smother a bed in midsummer for fall planting, for example, or in fall for planting the following spring.

Start by marking the boundaries of the garden bed you are installing. Use stakes and string, or outline it with a hose. Step back to examine the size and shape, then adjust it if necessary. If you already have a fairly clear idea of where the new garden is going to go and what shape it will be, you can also skip this step and just start dealing with the weeds. Just be sure to check the shape of the final garden and adjust it if you need to.

If there are tall weeds or grass on your site, set your mower to as low a setting as possible and cut them down.

Smothering Weeds

The goal is to spread a thick layer of newspapers topped by a thick layer of mulch. The best way to accomplish this is to spread the newspaper in sections using scoops of mulch to keep the newspaper from blowing away. A layer of newspaper 8 to 10 sheets thick will eliminate lawn grass and most weeds. Use a thicker layer if you have especially vigorous weeds on the site. You can also use cardboard, but that will take longer to rot, making the interval between mulching and planting longer. Use only the sections printed on uncoated (not shiny) traditional newsprint. (Recycle the glossy advertising sections.)

Lay down a section of newspaper, then toss a shovel full of mulch in the center to hold it down. If there is enough wind to cause the newspapers to flap around, temporarily flatten them even further by spraying them with water from the hose. Continue laying down newspaper sections and weighing them down with mulch until you’ve covered the entire site. Be sure that the newspapers overlap one another so they cover the site completely.

When spreading, you can simply use folded sections of newspaper (about 11½ inches by 22½ inches) or open up the sections (23 inches by 22½) to cover more space with each section. You may find it’s handy to open up all the sections of the newspaper you’re going to use and stack them before carrying them out to the garden. Then count out eight or ten sheets to spread at a time.

After covering the site with newspapers weighed down with piles of mulch, cover the rest of the site with a 3- to 4- inch layer of mulch. Then leave the site for at least 3 months before planting.

No-dig Soil Improvement

You can improve any garden soil—completely organically—using this method. Mulch alone works fine on a site with acceptable soil, but plan on adding more layers if you want richer conditions for your plants. Adding additional organic matter is also a great idea if dry shade is a major problem in your garden. Start with a layer of newspaper, then top it with any of the following: topsoil, compost, well-rotted manure, chopped leaves, or other readily available organic matter. You can make the layers as thick as you like. A garden mulched really thickly is often called a lasagna garden. To give the garden a finished look, top the site with mulch. Then just wait.

The majority of weeds underneath all that newspaper, mulch, and organic matter will simply rot. If you do see weeds, either pull them or rake back the mulch, cover them with more newspaper, then replace the mulch. Another thing that happens during this process is that beneficial soil organisms like earthworms begin to stir up the layers. They’ll take organic matter down through the newspaper layer, and bring up soil from below. Keeping the pile well watered hastens the process.

The end result is lovely weed-free garden soil that’s ready to fill with flowers, ground covers, or other treasures you would like to grow. What better use for newspapers that need recycling?

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Laying Out and Planting a Vegetable Garden http://allaroundthe.house/vegetable-garden-planning/ http://allaroundthe.house/vegetable-garden-planning/#comments Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:22:31 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2699

As you start planting vegetable gardens it’s important to know how the garden will be laid out. The layout of your own garden will depend on what vegetable you want to grow, the planting space and if you would like to opt for companion planting. Here are some helpful tips on how to layout your […]

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As you start planting vegetable gardens it’s important to know how the garden will be laid out. The layout of your own garden will depend on what vegetable you want to grow, the planting space and if you would like to opt for companion planting. Here are some helpful tips on how to layout your own garden and start planting vegetables.

Sit Down and Plan

Before choosing a garden layout you need to decide on what type of vegetable you would like to grow and where you would like to plant them.

Here are other factors you need to consider for your garden layout:

You should also think about whether you want to grow one type of vegetable like lettuce and tomatoes or if you want one type of vegetable with different kinds. Researching about the amount of light a certain vegetable needs and the amount of space that each need to be planted are both helpful facts to find out.

Make a list of vegetables you want to plant and find out the plant requirements of each and compare it with the garden space you have. This should give you an idea of where you want to plant certain vegetables in your space.

Check out the post: How to Set up a Backyard Garden

Choose your Garden Layout

There are three basic vegetable garden layouts and they are: rows, beds and “potager” style.

The most popular rows style of layout requires planting seeds in a row which could either mean planting one type of seed in a row or different seeds in a row.

The bed type of layout is similar the rows style but in a smaller level. This layout allows access to the plant beds from the exterior of the garden or as you walk through the garden path instead of coming from inside of the plant bed. This is particularly convenient to avoid stepping on the beds which tends to pack in the soil and makes it difficult to dig and aerate in the spring or fall. Plant beds are great ways to maximize a garden space and you can even use raised beds for easy gardening.

The most decorative style of layout is the “potager” which means kitchen garden in French. This layout is described as geometric which allows you to layout your garden in circles or arrange plants by color or even food type.

A raised bed garden is something you should consider, check out this post to learn all about raised beds

Consider Companion Planting

The idea behind companion planting involves planting different kinds of plants together so that they help each other grow. A perfect example of this is planting beans, corn and squash together which were commonly done by Native Americans. While the corn gives the beans a place to climb, the beans gives its three companions nutrients in the soil and the squash serves as a shade to the roots of the plants beside it. This not only prevents weeds from growing, it also saves up on water.

Other great plants for companion planting are onions, which scares slugs and aphids away, tomatoes, which grow well with carrots and basil, which improves the taste of tomatoes. Another example is horseradish and potatoes which when planted together give your potatoes protection from disease.

In planting vegetable gardens, this concept is certainly worth considering and if you want to get more information about it, you can do some research online or in your local library.

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3 Steps to Make a Garden Plot http://allaroundthe.house/proper-garden-plot/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:52:13 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2544 prepare your garden for great yields

Certain steps must be taken in order to successfully make a garden plot, including choosing the correct area and amending the soil before plants can go in. Matching the plants to the area chosen is a crucial, yet often over-looked aspect of garden design many beginners forget about.   3 Important Tips to Making a […]

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prepare your garden for great yields

Certain steps must be taken in order to successfully make a garden plot, including choosing the correct area and amending the soil before plants can go in. Matching the plants to the area chosen is a crucial, yet often over-looked aspect of garden design many beginners forget about.

 

3 Important Tips to Making a Garden Plot


Make a Garden Plot- Choose the Location Carefully

a quality location will make or break your gardenChoosing the correct location is very important to the success of the garden. Considerations must be made for sunlight and drainage requirements when considering which plants to grow in the area to make the garden plot most successful. For plants which require full sun, an area which receives at least six hours of sunlight will suffice. For part shade plants, four to six hours of dappled sunlight is good. Full shade means not much light at all can be gotten by the plants, so an ideal location would be under a tree or next to a building or fence. Many different techniques can be used to increase sunlight in an area without cutting down a tree or knocking down a wall. The use of reflective elements, such as glass, can improve light conditions. Mirrors should be avoided in climates that get really hot during the growing season, as this is a fire hazard.

Consideration must be made for all areas of the yard available, including the front yard, side of the house, and tucked-away back corners of the yard. Careful observation of potential areas chosen to make a garden plot should be made at least four months prior to the implementation of the garden to ensure the proper amount of sunlight is had at the specific location considered. Different areas may be considered to make sure the ideal conditions exist for specific plants considered. It is important to remember that during the winter time in certain areas not as much sunlight will be observed as would be observed in the summer. For example, in Northern climates, in a specific area, only six hours of sunlight may be observed in January whereas more than eight hours of sunlight may be observed in July.

 

Make a Garden Plot- Amend the Soil

Know how to prepare your garden soilThe soil in the specific location chosen due to sunlight requirements should be amended before planting. Timing of amending the soil often depends upon the specific type of plants to be grown in the area. For example, hardy perennial fruit-bearing bushes, such as blueberries, require soil amendment a year before planting the bush. Annual flowers and vegetables can be successfully grown in soil which was amended a few weeks before planting. Amending the soil will ensure the best success to make a garden plot.

Soil can be amended in a number of ways. One important step for most soil types regardless of what is ultimately added to the soil includes aerating the soil. The best way to do this is to dig up the area where the garden plot is to be made with a shovel, digging two feet below the surface. This will ensure that the soil is friable and light, making it much easier for plant roots to grow. An often over-looked aspect of gardening is the fact that plant roots require air as well as water. If organic growing is the method of choice for the garden plot, compost can be added when digging the soil. If non-organic methods are to be used, fertilizers typically should be added slightly below the surface to ensure the roots of the plants can easily take up the available nutrients.

Learn more about quality soil in this post

Make a Garden Plot- Choose Plants Wisely

great companion planting will yield resultsPlants should be chosen wisely in order to ensure the best success to make a garden plot. Along with selecting plants for shade tolerance or sunlight requirements, plants which have been bred to not become susceptible to common diseases should be used. These plants can be grown organically easier than those susceptible to diseases. If buying plants from a reputable nursery, information on common diseases and immunity should be available for plants purchased.

Tags in the plant pots or information on the backs of seed packets will explain sunlight requirements for specific plants. As a rule of thumb, fruiting vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and zucchini require six to eight hours of sunlight per day during the growing season. Other vegetables, such as beans and peas, can be successfully grown in partial shade. Broccoli and spinach can be grown in shade. Various flowers have certain requirements as well. Some flowers which have traditionally been grown in full sun have been bred to grow in part-shade with much success.

Heat tolerance is another important aspect to consider when choosing plants. Certain plants should not be grown in Southern climates during the summer but can be very successfully grown in cooler weather. Cold tolerance is important as well for Northern climates, especially when considering perennial plants. The prudent gardener will know his or her USDA zone before shopping for plants.

Following these basic guidelines, anyone can make a garden plot with success. Choosing the area, amending the soil, and choosing appropriate plants are important aspects to consider to ensure the most success.

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Tillers, Turning Bare Ground into Gardens http://allaroundthe.house/tillers-turning-bare-ground-gardens/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:21:32 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2502 Perfect Garden soil by tilling the ground

Tillers are workhorses that churn through soil, destroying weeds as they break up the ground. Tilling a garden saves the gardener backbreaking work. It would take hours or even days using a shovel to turn a medium garden plot. Tillers do a consistently better job preparing gardens for planting. All models can be used to […]

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Perfect Garden soil by tilling the ground

Tillers are workhorses that churn through soil, destroying weeds as they break up the ground. Tilling a garden saves the gardener backbreaking work. It would take hours or even days using a shovel to turn a medium garden plot.

Tillers do a consistently better job preparing gardens for planting. All models can be used to distribute compost or fertilizer. Smaller, slimmer front-tine models work best to keep weeds under control. Larger rear-tine models are capable of chewing through small tree roots and can plow large plots of ground in a short time. All power tillers have a depth bar adjuster so the operator can select how deep the tines dig.

prepare your garden bed with a tillerWhat are Tines?

Tines are the rotating steel blades on a garden tiller that break through the ground and turn the soil. There are significant differences between front-tine and rear-tine tiller models.

Front-tine tillers are designed with the rotating tines in front of the drive wheels and under the engine. Tillers with tines in the front are best suited for jobs where the ground is soft and easy to work, such as an old garden from last season.

Rear-tine tillers are designed with the rotating tines behind the drive wheels. These models generally have greater digging power. A metal safety shield covers the tines to protect the operator from flying dirt, rocks, and debris.

Learn what else it takes to have good soil in your garden, here

Does It Matter Which Direction the Tines Turn?

The tines of a front-tine tiller turn only in a forward direction and can actually pull the tiller along the top of hard ground instead of turning the dirt. Front-tine machines are thus more suitable for working very soft soil.

tillers create good loose soil for gardensRear-tine machines operate with either counter-rotating tines (CRT) or standard rotating tines (SRT).

  • CRT … Counter rotating tines turn in the opposite direction of the drive wheels. By resisting the forward motion of the front wheels, the tines literally chew at hard ground, breaking up large chunks of soil. CRT models offer the best choice for large jobs and for making new gardens.
  • SRT … Standard rotating tines turn in the same direction as the drive wheels. The design and heavy weight distribution allow SRT models to break up fairly hard ground. The same-direction rotation makes this model an excellent choice for mixing compost or fertilizer into the soil.
  • CRT to SRT … Some tiller models allow the operator to switch tine rotation from one direction to the other, offering the best of CRT and SRT functions.

Be aware: Some companies refer to standard rotating tines in their rear-tine models as forward rotating tines, or FRT. This should not be confused with front-tine tillers.

Selecting Tillers that are Right for the Job

  • Cultivators (mini-cultivators) … Available in manual, electric, and gas models, these tilling machines have tines in front and are great for weeding or periodically loosening soil between rows of flowers or vegetables. Lightweight and portable, some models even fold for easier storage.
  • Small Power Tillers … Available in gas and electric models. Front and rear-tine tillers with minimal horsepower are handy for making small gardens or maintaining old gardens that already have loose soil. Small machines can also be used for weeding and aerating soil between rows of flowers or vegetables, provided the distance between rows is wide enough.
  • Front-Tine Tillers … Not recommended for breaking new or hard ground. Front-tine tillers can be difficult to control when the going gets rough.
  • Electric Tillers … While they may be quieter to run, electric powered tillers are more suitable to gardens with softer soil. Electrical outlets may not always be available where you want to work.
  • Medium and Larger Rear-Tine Tillers … The more horses under the engine, the more power available. Heavy-duty tillers cut through hard soil and churn heavy clumps into loose dirt. These machines do the best job overall, including mixing nutrients into the soil and maintaining weed control. These models are easy to maneuver during operation once new ground is broken.

As shown on TV, many tillers can be operated with one hand in places where the soil is light and soft. It’s always wise to do a little research before investing a large sum of money in any new product. Test drive a few models before you buy to see which works best for you. Renting each a front-tine model and a rear-tine model is a good way to test the products on your home turf.

Tillers are great for the weekend garden enthusiast, as well as the serious landscaper. Organic gardeners rely on tillers to mix compost into the soil. Listen to what friends and neighbors have to say about tillers they own, but remember: Your neighbor’s needs may be different from yours, so take inventory of your own garden and landscaping requirements before deciding what model to buy.

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Raised Beds for your Garden http://allaroundthe.house/raised-bed-garden/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:47:42 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2400 raised bed gardens will save you time and money

Raised bed gardening is just what its name implies, plants growing in beds of contained soil, raised above ground level. Besides having an attractive garden with straight, weed-free boxed rows, raised bed gardens save time and money, provide ease of access to garden plants, and promote healthier plant growth. How to Build Raised Beds for […]

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raised bed gardens will save you time and money

Raised bed gardening is just what its name implies, plants growing in beds of contained soil, raised above ground level. Besides having an attractive garden with straight, weed-free boxed rows, raised bed gardens save time and money, provide ease of access to garden plants, and promote healthier plant growth.

How to Build Raised Beds for Your Garden

stained treated lumber can be used for raised beds as wellAlthough raised beds can be of any length, width, and height, your garden area will determine the sizes needed for construction of your raised beds. Untreated cedar is the best type of wood to use for raised beds, as it is strong and more rot-resistant than most other types of wood. Average depth of raised beds is 12 inches and an average size is four feet by eight or ten feet.

To begin, measure an area four feet by eight feet where you want your raised bed to be located. Leave about a two-foot walkway between each raised bed. In each corner place one 15 inch long four by four corner wood brace in the ground four inches deep (NOTE: If not wanting to place the wood braces in the ground, than use four by fours that are 11 inches long.). You can also place one in the middle of each eight-foot side to act as a middle brace. You can use nails to nail the eight-foot long, two-inch by six-inch cedar boards to the outside of the wood braces or for lasting dependability use wood screws (NOTE: You can mark and pre-drill the holes if using screws.). The two eight-foot cedar boards are positioned on top of each other to create a depth of 12 inches.

Your raised beds are now ready to be filled with rich organic soil.

Know what to plant in your raised bed garden? This post will walk you through some top vegetables for gardening.

How to Save Time and Money Using Raised Beds

Although you will have an initial cost of making your raised beds, the long-term cost is minimal. The ground will not need to be plowed or tilled, eliminating the need to either buy or rent a tractor and/or tiller, thus there is a cost and time savings. If you are unfortunate enough to have poor soil, instead of having to have the soil tested and having to add the proper soil amendments to build up your garden soil, you can add rich organic soil to your raised beds.

no room for a greenhouse? You can cover your raised bed gardensHow Raised Beds Provide Easy Access and Less Work

Plants in raised beds are higher than ground level, which will help to reduce knee problems and back strain from not having to bend over as far. Most work is done using hand tools, allowing the gardener sit alongside the beds on an overturned bucket or garden caddy. Raised beds can be made strong enough to incorporate a small sitting board all along the top, providing even more ease of comfort.

How Raised Beds Produce Healthier Plants

Raised beds help keep weeds and tunneling insects down allowing for healthier plants. Weed growth is at a minimum, which allows the plants more room to grow and less chance for diseases to occur. Raised beds can easily be made into mini green houses, providing the gardener an early start on their planting as well as extending the growing season.

Raised beds can be built using a number of different materials, such as decorative paving stones, and more recently, plastic timbers. They can be used to display beautiful flowers, scrubs, or trees. Elevated beds (raised beds that are built at different heights to accommodate the individual), are an excellent choice for those who are bound to a wheelchair or for the elderly.

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A Summer Garden for All Seasons http://allaroundthe.house/year-round-summer-garden/ http://allaroundthe.house/year-round-summer-garden/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:01:35 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2315

One thing that is often overlooked when planning and creating a beautiful summer garden for homeowners to enjoy is the fact that the garden exists throughout the year. Unfortunately in the vast majority of summer gardens there is a huge hole in the garden for the vast majority of the year. Carefully planning in order […]

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One thing that is often overlooked when planning and creating a beautiful summer garden for homeowners to enjoy is the fact that the garden exists throughout the year. Unfortunately in the vast majority of summer gardens there is a huge hole in the garden for the vast majority of the year. Carefully planning in order to avoid this process and planting flowering plants that bloom during various seasons of the year as well as plants that provide beautiful foliage and greenery even when the flowers may not be blooming can prevent this absence of life within your summer garden from occurring.

Plant continuously and groom your garden consistently throughout the year. Obviously the winter months are not great months for planting in the earth but this doesn’t mean that you cannot use flowerpots filled with seasonal offerings to fill the gaps of green within your garden. There are all kinds of flowers that thrive in winter weather that would make a beautiful addition to your winter garden without taking anything away from the beauty of your summer garden. In fact, the ability to incorporate these flowers and plants into your garden without necessarily planting may be an excellent incentive to keep your garden up to date even in seasons that aren’t traditionally thought of as gardening seasons.

Check out: 10 Steps to a Dream Garden

Add features to your garden that aren’t plant related to bring splashes of color to your garden during winter months while preserving the space needed for planting your summer garden when the appropriate time comes. Flowerpots are a great example of this but so are lawn ornaments and statues that may be either moved to a different location during summer months or removed all together. Keep the earth warm for the summer garden to come during those long cold winter months.

Use the winter months to plan your summer garden.

The spring is often spent in preparation and the fall months are spent harvesting. The winter months would be put to excellent use planning the new additions and possible movements that need to occur in the coming months. Working on your garden and improving your garden does not necessarily require working in your garden. Once you have those gaps filled in and a little bit of green and color in your garden for the winter months you can focus your undivided attention on making the coming summer garden even better and more spectacular than ever before.

Check Out: Top Vegetable Picks for Your Home Garden

Be careful not to plant all of your seeds in one garden spot so to speak while you are making your plans. By this I mean you need to keep a certain willingness to make adjustments and corrections as you go and learn more about the growing process and the specific gardening needs of your yard. Every growing season will bring a season of new lessons to learn take the time to reflect upon the lessons learned during previous seasons when making plans for the coming seasons and make the adjustments that present themselves along the way.

By learning from the mistakes of the past and always looking to and anticipating the needs of the future you are insuring greater success each year for your summer garden not only during the dog days of summer but throughout all the seasons of the year.

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A Little Gardening Know How http://allaroundthe.house/gardening-know-how/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:20:15 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2177

Over the last few years home gardening has become an increasingly popular past-time and hobby. In fact, studies show that home gardening is at an all time high in America right now. In the United States 8 out of 10 households take part in some type of home gardening activity. Obviously from the number of […]

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Over the last few years home gardening has become an increasingly popular past-time and hobby. In fact, studies show that home gardening is at an all time high in America right now. In the United States 8 out of 10 households take part in some type of home gardening activity. Obviously from the number of people that are doing it, home gardening is one of the most popular recreational activities in nation.

Most people that try their hand at home gardening plant flowers; at least they start out planting flowers anyway. Roses will probably be the first thought into any gardeners mind, but roses will take extra time and work, and should probably be left to those who have gardened before. When planting flowers many choices are available, such as bulbs, perennials, and annuals.

Edible plants are another big thing in home gardening. Perhaps the best thing about edibles is the reward of eating them. The list of edible plants that gardeners can grow at home is endless.

Some of the most common edible plants in the vegetable arena are;

  • potatoes,
  • peas,
  • corn,
  • carrots,
  • squash,
  • and cucumber.
Check Out: Top Vegetable Picks for Your Home Garden

Many gardeners opt for fruits, such as;

  • watermelons,
  • tomatoes,
  • peaches,
  • plums,
  • apples,
  • pears,
  • and apricots.

 

Small fruits, such as;

  • strawberries,
  • blueberries,
  • and raspberries.

All of which usually require less work and less space, making them much more feasible for home gardening. Herbs, most often used as spices in cooking, are growing in popularity every day; some of the most grown include basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, and cilantro. One of the most important things to watch for when planting edibles is insects and disease, after all, you don’t want to miss out on the feast you will get to enjoy from healthy plants.

Many people don’t realize it, but landscaping is a form of home gardening. Landscaping covers many different areas and forms of gardening. You can even classify mowing your lawn as landscaping! Keeping in the line of grasses, landscaping nearly always involves decorative grasses, and the great thing about them is they don’t take much work for upkeep. Types of grass include monkey grass, pampas, buffalo grass, flame grass, and ornamental millet. Landscaping is not just limited to plant life, but also includes anything done to a yard for decoration, such as adding rocks or stones, putting a small pond, statutes, or a waterfall.

There isn’t much difference between home gardening and gardening anywhere else. Plants still need to be planted in a good location. The plants still need water and they still need the same nutrients. Home gardening shouldn’t cause anyone to get nervous. If you do decide to try homing gardening and finding out that you don’t have a green thumb, don’t get discouraged. Get some information, read up on gardening, and try it again the next planting season.

 

 

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Tips for Starting Your Own Garden http://allaroundthe.house/tips-starting-garden/ http://allaroundthe.house/tips-starting-garden/#comments Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:27:09 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=1898

When thinking of starting your own vegetable garden, it is best that you begin small. Do not make an attempt to plant several vegetables, herbs or fruit plants than you can’t manage. Rather, try to cultivate a few quality vegetables, fruit plants and herbs that you love to eat. Starting your own vegetable garden will […]

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When thinking of starting your own vegetable garden, it is best that you begin small. Do not make an attempt to plant several vegetables, herbs or fruit plants than you can’t manage. Rather, try to cultivate a few quality vegetables, fruit plants and herbs that you love to eat. Starting your own vegetable garden will be a joyful experience when the end produce will be something you will consume.

There are many beginners who lose their interest in vegetable garden very fast. The ideal location for your garden, therefore, should be a place, where you can have a clear view. It is true that regular sight of your garden will amplify your love for it. If you can watch your garden in the morning from your breakfast window and follow its growth, the chances are that you would find time for your vegetable garden.

There is plenty of information on this site on the way to achieve the maximum from your garden. Undoubtedly, all those tips are useful. However, when you attempt to apply all your resources at one go, before becoming comfortable with your vegetable garden, the chances are that you may become overwhelmed. The information on companion planting, organic gardening, crop rotation, bug control ideas, etc, can be kept at abeyance till you are at ease with your gardening abilities. As you progress in your vegetable gardening, you can initiate to trickle them through.

The tools needed for starting your own vegetable garden are simple enough. Do not have the erroneous belief that you require a number of tools for your garden from power driven ones to the most modern, which you can procure from your neighboring home garden store. There is no doubt that such tools will make vegetable gardening quite simple, but what you actually require are only the essentials. The required tools include a shovel, which helps you through hard soil, a pitchfork, which lifts and pitches soil, and a rake, which makes the surface smooth.

You are now all set to begin your expedition for starting your own vegetable garden. The tips discussed here will not quickly make you a master vegetable gardener immediately, but they definitely help you understand that vegetable gardening is a simple matter and starting slowly, but steadily will bring you progress.

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Growing Your First Backyard Vegetable Garden http://allaroundthe.house/growing-first-backyard-vegetable-garden/ http://allaroundthe.house/growing-first-backyard-vegetable-garden/#comments Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:53:32 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=1878

Many people are trying to grow their own vegetables at home in a backyard garden. This is something that most people in America used to do about 60 years ago. For awhile the practice stopped but many are returning. If you aren’t sure what you are doing, you won’t have very much success. There are […]

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Many people are trying to grow their own vegetables at home in a backyard garden. This is something that most people in America used to do about 60 years ago. For awhile the practice stopped but many are returning. If you aren’t sure what you are doing, you won’t have very much success. There are things you should be doing to increase the chances of growing better vegetables.

Plant vegetables that are designed for your zone. Look up your growing zone and start off with the vegetables that best grow in it. This takes care of temperature for the most part making it easier to have success the first time you attempt to do this.

Sunlight is something that you need to be careful about. Many plants are picky on getting proper sunlight each day. Look at your yard and notice where the shadows are during the day. You need to plant things exactly where the sun shines properly.

Follow the watering for each plant carefully. Notice the signs of too much and too little water. Either way will ruin the crops that you are trying to grow.

Insect pest problems can damage the plants in your yard. The easiest way to control these is with chemical products. Others like organic methods instead. Either way, you will need to buy products to stop these problems early on else your vegetables will be ruined before they even grow.

You should avoid using the soil in your yard. The soil in the yard doesn’t have very many nutrients in them. Many will try this and get small plants that never produce any vegetables. If there is nothing to work with in the soil, you won’t get anything to grow properly. Invest in quality soil. Also get into compositing so that you can make your own soil which will help you grow better plants in the future.

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How To Set Up A Backyard Garden http://allaroundthe.house/backyard-garden-tips/ http://allaroundthe.house/backyard-garden-tips/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:49:09 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2128

For every home, a garden is not just an extension of one’s home, but a place to relax, unwind and soak up the nature. A beautifully contoured landscape, blooming flowers and just spending restful hours in the midst of beauty is what every homeowner yearns for. Gardening can definitely become a passion; when you get […]

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For every home, a garden is not just an extension of one’s home, but a place to relax, unwind and soak up the nature. A beautifully contoured landscape, blooming flowers and just spending restful hours in the midst of beauty is what every homeowner yearns for. Gardening can definitely become a passion; when you get to pick your very own fresh vegetables and fruits. Although there are landscaping firms who can take care of your backyard just as well; but you could end up paying thousands of dollars just to recarpet a lawn and perhaps a little more to maintain it. It is especially important for the beginner gardener to choose the right types of plants, determine the spot in the backyard where the garden needs to be designed; select the right garden space, adopt appropriate techniques to take care of one’s plants in the backyard and much more. Pre-plan each and every step before setting up your backyard garden, so it becomes a fun filed adventure rather than a nightmarish ritual.

Research and Analyze the Best Garden Plot

The first step is to evaluate the maintenance needs of your garden and pre-determine the space that needs to be allocated to the garden in your backyard. Design your garden with a practical approach and pre-set a budget for yourself. If you face a paucity of time; try and find solutions to high-maintenance issues. A systematic approach will lead you to decide on the right tools required for the development and maintenance of your backyard garden. Alternatively; opt for a weekend backyard garden that needs little to moderate maintenance. Also, take into consideration the current condition of your backyard. In case your backyard has a few existing plants; you would need to decide on which plants you require and the ones that you need to get rid of.

Keep it simple and uncluttered

The focus should be on having a breathable garden rather than a cluttered one. Make sure that your garden is not overcrowded with plants; or it will lend it a cluttered look. Besides that; having too many plants will just attract insects and mosquitoes. Best approach is to draw a rough sketch of the garden lay-out and take into account every minute detail.

 

Selecting the Right Kinds of Plants for your Garden

If the homeowner wants that their garden should attract butterflies; they should opt for plants that butterflies are strongly attracted to. These plants include aspen, dill, aster, lilac, pansy, milkweed, marigold, clover, chokecherry, aster and dill among others.

Identifying the right spot

The direction of the sun in your backyard is the deciding factor when identifying the right spot for your garden. North corners are ideal for ferns. The southern direction gives constant sun exposure all day long and each side gets balanced warmth from the sun. The rows should be aligned north and south; so the plants get the sun rays during morning and afternoon hours. If the garden is facing towards the southeast; it may be subjected to little or moderate western sun. In this case; run the rows northwest and southeast for an even sunlight distribution. The northern exposure is definitely not a very good idea; as it would not receive any sunlight. For north-eastern and south-western directions; the plants may be subjected to an uneven distribution of sunlight. The idea therefore; is to plan it in a way that the garden plants receive an evenly distributed sunlight for the longest time period.

 

The Garden Soil

A new garden spot is most likely covered either with turf or rubbish. For a larger garden area you will need to till up the ground, whereas with smaller gardens; the sod is removed. In order to remove the sod; stake out the garden path. The line will help you with an accurate course to be followed. Then you would need to cut the edges along the marked line with the help of a spade.

The sod can be put to good use as it makes a good fertilizer. Here you have two options to choose from:
1. You could turn the sod over after having dug holes in your garden. The sod can then be put in the hole and then cover it with soil.
2. Identify a spot where the sod grass can be packed together. Leave it to rot. Over a period of time; it can be used as fertilizer.

Learn more about good soil structure in this post

Make sure that the ground where the planting needs to take place is fine so that the seeds get finely packed into the soil particles. Avoid large lumps as these create larger spaces and the tiny hair root of the plant will not be able to penetrate though.

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