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Sunday, 29 November 2009
While most everyone associates gardening with growing a garden outdoors, that is not how all folks do it. When the weather outside will not permit, some folks enjoy gardening indoors. Thus, we have now come up with a way to make that happen. Gardening indoors, under a glass housing, is called green house gardening. The following paragraphs will discuss greenhouse gardening, as well as some of the processes involved in doing it successfully.
Green house gardening does not drastically differ from the outdoor methods of gardening, although there are some differences. The main difference in green house gardening is it is highly important to learn how to properly control the temperature inside of your greenhouse. Most plants tend to thrive in temperatures slightly lower than normal room temperature, and most of the time require much more humidity than we live with in our homes. This is a general rule when it comes to greenhouse gardening.
The very best way to produce the proper amount of sunlight, heat, and humidity in your garden greenhouse is to construct your actual greenhouse in an area you can take advantage of maximum levels of sunlight all year long. It is important to pay most attention to the sun locations during the spring, as well as autumn, months, when the sun is at its lowest point in the southern skies. For this reason, the ideal location to construct a garden greenhouse is where sun rays will reach through a southeastern to southwestern direction without obstruction.
When you are green house gardening, it is important to space your plants out evenly throughout your gardening areas of your greenhouse. This should be done in order to help ensure that ventilation flows evenly throughout your greenhouse. You should also open your greenhouse doors during the morning hours, then close them in the late afternoon. This will, as well, help to ensure proper ventilation. You can use these methods during the winter months, too, as long as you make sure weather reports do not indicate frost or snow.
As with any type of gardening, a water source if vital to the healthy production of your different plants. This is absolutely true with greenhouse gardening, as well. It is important to understand that your plants will not have natural water sources, however, it is as equally as important to understand not to over-water as a result of this. Some sort of irrigation system may work best in your garden greenhouse.
Finally, there are many ways you can design where your plants will grow when you choose green house gardening. This is much like outdoor garden planning, except that with greenhouse gardening you will not be growing your plants in the ground, but in deep containers, growing boxes, as well as big tubs. By doing this, you are not only protecting the roots of your plants from freezing ground temperatures, you are also making them easy to move, in the event they need special attention.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Imagine providing your family with food that you know is healthy, because you grew it yourself without the help of chemicals. With organic gardening this is possible. Organic gardening involves using natural pest control and fertilizers to grow flowers, vegetables, and fruits, rather than commercially produced and environmentally hazardous pesticides and fertilizers. If you are interested in organic gardening, consider these ten tips.
Tip 1 - Use Natural Pest Control
Your garden is going to have pests. Once you have identified them, research natural controllers you could add to the garden. These natural controllers could be other insects, such as ladybugs to control an aphid population, or plants, such as garlic to prevent armyworms or apple maggots.
Tip 2 - Rotate Plants Regularly
Rotating your plant sites will keep them healthy and also help control some pest populations. When you rotate your plants, the soil has a chance to recoup. Each plant takes different nutrients from the soil, and some even return nutrients to the soil. Properly rotating your plants each year will keep your entire garden healthy.
Tip 3 - Prune Plants Carefully
Remove any dead parts you find on your plants. They are not going to heal, and they will cause the plant to become diseased. Do not leave them on the ground near the plant, either. Remove them from the garden and destroy them right away.
Tip 4 - Make Good Compost
Compost is the best way to feed your organic garden. Compost is not difficult to make. Simply layer leaves, lawn clippings, and organic kitchen waste in your compost heap. If you need to get the compost started quickly, you can add a compost starter to the mix. Keep in mind that the good compose is at the bottom of the pile, so you will need to have a way to turn it or access the pile from the bottom. Once you have a nice amount of compost, work it into your soil to create rich organic soil.
Tip 5 - Air Your Compost Pile
Compost needs air to properly decompose. You can add air by turning the compost pile regularly. You can also provide the pile with air by putting a PVC pipe into it in the center of the pile. Also, build the pile on a layer of branches and sticks to provide some air from the bottom.
Tip 6 - Choose Organic Fertilizers
Organic fertilizer will help your plants grow bigger and healthier. This is particularly important if you are growing food. Choose a low-dose fertilizer, however, because they will not burn the roots of your plants or provide too much of any particular nutrient.
Tip 7 - Purchase Organic Seeds
Since seeds come from plants, the only way to have a truly organic garden is to buy organic seeds. You cannot sell your produce as USDA certified organic if you do not use organic seeds. Organic seeds must come from open pollinated or hybrid plants. Seeds from non-organic plants have been exposed to pesticides and other chemicals, so they may not grow properly.
Tip 8 - Test Your Soil
Your soil is not going to contain all of the nutrients your plants need. Test it to determine what nutrients are missing. Then, alter your fertilizer and compost materials to provide the missing nutrients to the soil.
Tip 9 - Water Carefully
The soil in your garden needs to feel moist, but over-watering can lead to disease and strip nutrients out of the soil. Typically, plants need an inch of water per week. You can keep a rain gauge in the garden to help you determine how much water it needs.
Tip 10 - Intercrop
Intercropping, which refers to growing one crop in between rows of another crop, is an important organic gardening technique. Planting herbs and flowers, such as mint or marigolds, in between your vegetables will keep some pests away. Also, intercropping improves the soil nutrient levels.
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I'm off work tomorrow so I hope to finish my shingle path. Then I can get on with as much planting as I can afford (which isn't much). Bye for now.
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A Squirrel admires the view of the park.I wish I could have spent more time in Central park but my other half had another kind of spending in mind. As far as I could see there was nothing of interest to me in Bloomingdells (more like Bloominghells, going by the prices). The next time we go back will be summertime, I can't bear -10 degrees for long!