A Windy January Day in the Garden
The last few days have seen the garden shrouded in frosty stillness. But today I awoke to blue skies and a wind so blustery it was more reminiscent of a November day. Not having been able to do much in the garden because of the cold, I decided to venture out and see what needed doing.Starting Seeds Promotes Mental Health
Is there a relationship between starting seeds indoors and mental health? I would affirm that all aspects of gardening promotes a sense of mental well-being, relieves stress and empowers an individual’s self-esteem. There are few activities that reward your efforts so generously.Tulips: The First Worldwide Money Bubble!
Do you know a stockbroker or financial professional that has suffered losses recently? Cheer him up with some tulips! Here is the story and why things no matter how bad they seem can always be worse.A How to Aquaponics Guide
Aquaponics makes Organic gardening super easy! A guide on how to become part of the aquaponics revolution and how you can start benefiting from this amazingly simple technique of growing and rearing 100% percent organic tasty vegetables and fish in a most economical manner with no water waste and no fertilizers. Aquaponics will show you a new way of organic gardening that is both fun and highly productive without the hard work associated with a traditional vegetable plot.Start Your Cucumbers From Seeds
Last year was by far the best year for cucumbers that I have ever had. With a good mix of care and of course, excellent weather, the cucumbers I started from seed, blossomed and produced unlike any season before. Here is what I did last year. Hopefully you will have great success as I did.Planting a Wildflower Meadow
I have a friend who is lucky enough to have a small field attached to her property. Once her old pony sadly died last year, she no longer wanted to use the field for grazing but decided she would like to turn it into a wildflower meadow. Many of our truly wild meadows are fast disappearing, so it is great when someone decides to allow grassland to revert back to nature and help preserve some of the truly beautiful native species of wildflower we have. Creating a wildflower meadow or area is not as difficult as you may think. Here are a few tips and some species you might like to grow.How to Adjust Soil PH
Soil pH plays an important role on plant growth. Learn what it is and how to adjust it to get the most from your lawn, garden, and vegetables.Xeriscape Gardens
People who are interested in the concept of Xeriscaping generally come from arid or semi-arid climates and are looking to install a landscape that is not so water hungry. At the same time they want to see some color. There’s nothing worse than a minimalist landscape of bland rock and cacti dotted around in an attempt at interest. Planning is essential in Xeriscape gardens and here we will deal with the concept of the “three zone” approach to design.3 Benefits of Using a Natural Pesticide in Your Vegetable Garden
Last spring, I was feeling like a particularly ambitious apartment-dweller, and decided to plant a small container garden on my balcony. This was my first time trying to really grow anything myself, so there was definitely no lack of frustrations, but the worst thing of all was definitely the bugs. Disgusting, little, waxy, white bugs feasted on my tomato plant and could have destroyed it, if it weren’t for my natural pesticide remedy.Some of My Favourite Herbs and Their Uses
You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy growing and using herbs. I started my loved affair with herbs with a visit to a small local herb nursery which sold beautiful varieties of lavender, rosemary and thyme as well as herbs I have never heard of. The old lady who owned the nursery was not only knowledgeable but fascinating, with her tales of herb folklore passed down to her from her mother and interesting facts about where each herb came from and its uses. I was soon hooked! I started growing herbs amongst my flower borders until I decided to make a small garden dedicated to just growing these humble but endlessly useful plants. Here are just a few of my favourite herbs for culinary and remedy uses.Grow Your Own Potatoes From Seed Potatoes
Have you ever considered growing your own potatoes? They are a nutritious and popular vegetable, and everybody has a favourite method of cooking them, whether mashed, boiled or fried. The great thing is that are fairly easy to grow, and below are a few tips to get you started.Harvesting and Storing Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are delicious, nutritious and remarkably easy to grow. Get the most out of your harvest by following these tips for when to harvest mature sweet potatoes and how to store them.