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Learn How to Plan the Best Container Gardens for your backyard
By October 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Learn How to Plan the Best Container Gardens for your backyard

container gardensContainer gardens are an excellent way to brighten up every corner of your yard or patio and are ideal for anyone living in a unit. You are able to grow anything from flowers to vegetables to fruit trees if you have the right container and position.

It is also possible to have a window box container garden. It is important to remember that the plants are only getting the nutrients from the soil in the container, so it is vital that you feed them good quality fertilizer to achieve a good result. If you use a slow release fertilizer try to add some fish emulsion ever few weeks to give your plants a boost along.

Watering

It is essential to water plants in container gardens as the container dry out quickly. Mulching with good quality mulch is also a way to keep the container moist.

Containers

There is a large selection of container that area able to be used for your container gardens. Many nursery outlets and hardware store have a good supply of all size of containers. However it’s not always necessary to purchase expensive pots to have a successful container garden.

Recycling any old container that you may have lying around to give a different look to your garden. An old wheelbarrow is an excellent item to fill with good quality soil and can be planted with either vegetables or flowers, depending on your preference. An old bath is also a very good container to use.

Be sure to have a layer of rocks in the bottom to allow drainage for your plants. If you are very enterprising, you may also make your own containers from concrete. Not all container have to be on the ground. Hanging pots work well for certain type of plants.

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The right size

It is important when establishing container gardens that you use the right size container for the plants that you wish to grow. Overcrowding of a container will result in plants fighting for room to grow and to obtain their share of the sun and water. Light weight pots are necessary for some plants as you may wish to reposition them elsewhere if they look to be struggling to survive.

Flowers

By mixing a variety of flower plants when establishing container gardens you will produce a riot of colour. If you like flowers, then plants like petunias, violas and geraniums are all excellent types to use in container gardens

Vegetables

It is also possible to grow vegetables very successfully in Containers. Tomatoes are always an easy variety to have in your container gardens. A mixture of lettuce plants in a small container will give you a good supply for summer salads. By using container gardens for your vegetable plantings you lower the risk of poor drainage, pests and disease.

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Succulents:

If you are a fan of succulents, try growing them in old besser blocks. They don’t require a lot of water and you can mix a few different varieties in one pot.

Fruit Trees:

Whether you have a small yard or just a patio or balcony, fruit trees are able to be grown in pots. There is a number of varieties of dwarf fruit trees on the market that will suit any position.

Always ask for helpful tips from your local nursery or any of your friends who are keen gardeners. If you do that you are guaranteed to have established some very successful container gardens.

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How to Grow Vegetable Plants in your Garden
By September 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

How to Grow Vegetable Plants in your Garden

vegetable plantsGrowing your own vegetables is a sure way to save money and to have the best tasting vegetable plants imaginable. The best part about growing your own vegetables is that you know how they are grown and exactly what you are feeding your family. There is a multitude of vegetable suitable for any homeowner to grow.

Research and plan what will grow best in your area. Grow crops that will give you multitude crops and are high yielding, such as beans. Climbing beans are excellent to plant in small areas.

Climate

Climatic conditions will dictate to a certain extent what and when you are able to grow vegetables in your garden. Cold climates will grow some vegetables better than a more tropical climate.

Preparing the Beds

It is important to put some effort into preparing the garden bed before planting vegetable plants to give them the best start. Select a position where the vegetable plants are growing in the sun for at least 6 hours a day. Turn over the soil and add some organic matter to enrich it. Give it a good soaking and allow a few days before planting. When you are ready to plant turn the soil over once more and rake the garden bed over.

Seasonal

Vegetables are seasonal so be mindful of planting the right vegetable plants for the right season. Cool and warm season crops of vegetables will be planted at different times of the year depending on where you live.

growing vegetable plants

Winter Crop

Some vegetable plants to grow in winter in the colder climates.

  • Cabbage and Cauliflower
  • Broccoli and Brocolini
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Winter Lettuce
  • Silverbeet

Winter is also an excellent time to lift, divide and replant crowns vegetables plants such as Artichokes, Asparagus and Horseradish. It is also a good time to deal with Rhubarb.

If you live in more a more tropical zone, then try planting the following :

  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Spring Onions
  • Asian vegetables such as Bok Choy, Pak Choy and Chinese cabbage.
  • Zucchini
  • Corn

Growing your own tomatoes is easy and fun. Once the plants are established and growing up they will requires staking so that the stems don’t break under the weight of the fruit. There are a few varieties of tomato plants. If you wish to grow small ones for salads, try planting grape or cherry tomato plants. Larger varieties are Beefsteak and Black Russian and Roma.

Growing vegetables such as Pumpkin and Squash may not be really suitable for a small garden as their vines like to stretch out over a larger area.

how to grow vegetable plants

Potatoes

Growing potatoes is easy. They do well in hessian bags that are half filled with compost. Once the green shoots start to appear above the soil then just add more compost. Repeat this process until the bag is full. Don’t forget to water them

It takes around 10 to 20 weeks to maturity. Once the leaves begin to die back, then usually your potatoes are ready to harvest. Just tip the bag out and search for your potatoes.

Try staggering your planting so that you have a continuous supply of vegetables instead of them all requiring harvesting at once.

A gardening calendar is useful to have as it will advise what vegetable plants to grow and when to harvest.

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