There is nothing quite like producing your own fresh food and it is very easy to do. No matter what size your backyard may be, or even if you just have a patio or deck, you have room for a garden by building raised beds, pots, window boxes, or just about anything that will hold soil.
First, you must decide how much space and time you may want to devote to your new project. Like most new endeavors, starting small is a good idea, and as you learn from experience you can grow and grow from one season to the next. If all you have is a patio or deck, you should consider what we call “container gardening”. This is nothing more than something like a five gallon bucket or maybe a whiskey barrel or maybe a used wheelbarrow. Even … Read the rest
The key to making your waterfall look natural, is to be sure to remove plenty of dirt and recessing the waterfall into the ground. Many people make the mistake of constructing it above the natural grade level of the original grade. Rocks do not look natural sticking above the surface of the ground. This is especially true if the waterfall rocks are the only ones visible on the bank, hill or grade where the waterfall is located. The rocks of the waterfall should give the appearance that, over the years, water has washed down the hill or bank, eroding away the original surface soil and exposing the rocks hidden beneath.
The next step is to apply the 3/8″ rebar 8 to 10 inches on center, criss-crossing each other, and fastening them together in a grid using a tie wire … Read the rest
Review existing garden beds
How did your herbs perform last year? Do you need to test your soil to determine if fertilizer or organic nutrients need to be incorporated? This is also the time to figure out how much new potting soil you need to buy. Were you happy with the menu of plants from the previous year? Are there any you want to discontinue because they were a challenge to grow or you just didn’t find much use for them? Do you need to change the location of plants that require more or less sunlight? Maybe there were plants that would prosper more in the ground or, did you have vigorous herbs such as mint that took over your beds and need to be contained in a pot?
Completely clearing out the weeds before planting will save … Read the rest
Having the best sprinkler system doesn’t mean you must dig up your yard and install sprinkler equipment. It can be as simple as using a tripod sprinkler with a good quality sprinkler head.
Your main goal is to be able to water your garden as thoroughly and easily as possible. So your best sprinkler system may be either an above ground or in ground system.
In finding the best sprinkler head for your particular needs I would take a look at Rainbird or Orbit first. You can easily go online and get to their websites.
Orbit is first class all the way. Their sprinkler heads are a professional grade quality that will give you years of trouble free use.
Orbit also offers every type of sprinkler in use today including tripod sprinkler heads and popup sprinkler heads.
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If shade is unavoidable for a few hours daily in parts of the garden try to plant these areas with cabbage, lettuce, Swiss chard and any other leaf crops that appear to tolerate such conditions for short periods. Even theses crops, however, require several hours’ full sunshine a day if they are to yield satisfactorily.
Shade from distant trees and from buildings is not as damaging as that thrown by overhanging trees nearby. In addition, trees in such close proximity to the growing crop rob growing vegetables of valuable moisture and plant food because of the extensive surface root systems they develop.
Shelter is different from shade and is often very necessary in low-lying exposed situations. A sheltered garden will allow the growing of tender plants such as bush beans and tomatoes to be continued during the colder months when … Read the rest
Now that Spring is in the air and the soil in our garden is warming up, so the roots of our favourite plants are waking up from a long sleep. It’s time to don the gardening gloves, grab the secateurs, and make sure we give our roses the best possible chance for healthy growth and a long-lasting bloom of flowers in the summer and autumn months ahead.
While rose growers living in warmer climates generally prune over winter; for those people living in a cold climate, April is ideal the time to prune. Wait until the leaf buds begin to swell. For cold climate dwellers, this is also the time to clean up around the base of the bush, removing any old leaves or mulch that was used to protect the bush over winter.
The best time to feed your … Read the rest
In a perfect world, everything you’ve planned for your yard would be just that, perfect. It is not a perfect world, though, and there are several things to consider after you have finished the landscaping. Here are some simple maintenance tricks that might have escaped your mind.
The first thing that you should think about is the safety of your own kids. Weeds will grow and some of these weeds are harmful not only to your other plants but to your own children as well. You should check regularly for weeds and be prepared to immediately remove them from your garden.
Your kids are naturally curious and you make sure that thorns from your flowers (roses, etc.) are not problematic. You must also consider a tree’s branches, as big frail branches could easily fall, or may so low that they … Read the rest
Plants that grow out of control or spring up in unwanted spaces are a nuisance to the average gardener. Naïve homeowners who plant these species in the first place unknowingly are creating a potential maintenance headache. Some of these invasive species are so difficult to eradicate completely, that only containment is possible.
The Tree of Heaven or Alianthus is one of the worst culprits to fit the category of invasive plants of Sedona. It is also invasive across the entire United States and is extremely difficult to kill, let alone keep under control. It spreads from seeds that are so prolific and blow through an area, easily germinating in almost any conditions. Once it takes hold, it starts what is called a “colony.”
There are chemicals that are used to both spray the foliage as well as to inject or … Read the rest
Imagine, you have parties and grill outs with the friends and family members and you will love the overall look of your home. Many people have outdoor landscaping, gardens, and / or other beautiful, creative environmental conditions in their own backyards, even if it is just decorative furniture. For example: a fire pit in your yard could be a perfect place to have a safe bonfire, a great barbeque, a wonderful outdoor party and more.
Sit outside and sip on your after dinner coffee or wine and enjoy the stars and the outdoor air around a beautiful antique outdoor fireplace. There are also heating lamps available – if yours is just a problem with the cold night time hours. In the desert, for example, when the dark sweeps over the land it takes with it about twenty degrees or more … Read the rest