Get Your Plants to Water Themselves

If you’re going on holiday and you don’t want your vegetables to die from a lack of water, these vegetable garden tips will absolutely ensure that they survive your time away. Let’s face it, if you’re going on holiday, chances are – so is everybody else! Your neighbours, friends and, of course, family. So, it’s pointless asking them to take care of your plants but, if you follow these tips, you won’t need them.

Mulching

I’m sure you are well aware of the many benefits of mulching plants because it keeps the ground moist and stops water from evaporating too quickly. Plants like that and it also saves you money because you don’t have to apply water as often.

But here’s the thing. Don’t make the mistake of watering the mulch. Rather, water the soil thoroughly first and then put the mulch on. This will cause the moisture in the soil to last longer – sometimes up to a month using sugar cane mulch. You could test this in your area yourself before leaving.

Irrigation Spikes

These irrigation spikes are very easy to use. Grab some used plastic bottles, screw the spikes to the bottles and fill with water. Then insert the spikes into the soil next to your plants.

Indoor Plants

There are several methods to handle indoor plants – some good, some not so good, like the one where you place your plants in the bath with a wet towel. That doesn’t work so well because the towel tends to dry out.

But I particularly like this method because it’s simple and it works.

Get a large, flat tray with no holes and lay several sponges at the bottom. Use ordinary household sponges as they’re cheap and are perfectly adequate for this. Fill with water to cover the sponges and then take your potted plants and place them on top of the sponges.

Leave plenty of space between the plants to ensure that air circulates freely as this will greatly reduce the chances of attracting fungi.

Find a shady spot like on a patio or veranda and put the tray there. Don’t put the tray in direct sunlight; just choose an area where the plants will receive enough daylight while you’re away.

Self – Watering Containers and Probes

If you have some money to spend, a very good option is to use self – watering containers and probes. There are so many different ones available that you won’t have any problem finding those that fit your needs and budget – for example, the Aqua Planter, EarthBox Garden Kit and Vacation Plant Waterers (self – watering probes) are all worth trying.

Just make sure that you set them up properly and follow the instructions carefully so that you don’t get a nasty surprise (dead plants) when you return.

These are all good vegetable garden tips to follow. If nothing else, you won’t feel guilty about leaving your vegetable plants behind and, therefore, will enjoy your holiday a lot more.

Fall Vegetable Gardening Tips

With a bit of careful planning and appropriate timing, you can enjoy a second harvest of cool weather crops throughout the autumn months with fall vegetable gardening …

For most garden enthusiasts, the arrival of fall means a harvest and a long rest for the vegetable garden beds. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. With a bit of careful planning and appropriate timing, you can enjoy a second harvest of cool weather crops throughout the autumn months with fall vegetable gardening. There are a number of vegetables that will thrive in the cooler months of fall, like root vegetables and leafy greens and a variety of cabbages. To select the best fall growers, check packages for descriptions like “cold hardy” or “quick maturity”. This will ensure that the plants you select for your fall vegetable gardening will give you the harvest that you are hoping for.

Fall Vegetable Gardening – Timing

Timing is truly everything when it comes to fall vegetable gardening, since you will want to beat the first hard frost to ensure that you get a good, healthy crop. Some plants don’t even survive the first fall frost, so they would probably not be good choices for your fall vegetable gardening efforts. To find out what the frost calendar is for your area, you can contact your local extension office. They can give you the best ideas of dates to plant for fall vegetable gardening, as well as a list of potential crops that will work well this time of year. Some plants actually like the shorter days and cooler temperatures of the autumn months, and will reward you with sweeter tasting veggies than you would enjoy in the hotter summer harvest.

Fall Vegetable Gardening – Protection

Some of the crops that you choose to plant in your fall vegetable gardening will require some protection to survive the frosty nights of this season. This means that you will need to keep your eye on the weather reports during the months of September and October, and be prepared to cover those vulnerable plants when the temperatures begin to threaten to drop to frost point. You can purchase protection for your plants, or you can construct your own out of old milk bottles or worn bed sheets. By protecting your plants through the colder nights, you can allow them to thrive during the warmer days, and extend your harvest by a few weeks. Some plants will even continue to grow through hard frosts if they have proper protection at night.

Fall vegetable gardening will allow you to enjoy your favourite hobby past the warm weather months, and give you a crop of sweet vegetables that you might be able to enjoy all the way to Thanksgiving with a bit of luck in some areas. Happy fall gardening.

Rose Gardening

About Rose Gardens

Fans of roses spend a great deal of time growing the perfect roses, but rose gardens do not have to take all your time and energy to be gorgeous …

Rose Gardens

Rose gardens provide beauty and colour to your outdoor areas. Fans of roses spend a great deal of time growing the perfect roses, but rose gardens do not have to take all your time and energy to be gorgeous. With the range of roses available you can find some that grow under challenging circumstances and bloom almost continuously from late spring to fall.

Use natural pesticides and insecticides in your rose garden or purchase commercially available products and use exactly as directed. Rose gardens can be susceptible to fungus so you may also need fungicide. With these tools, almost anyone can be successful as a grower of fantastically beautiful roses.

The Number One rule in creating a great rose garden is to start with good stock. When you choose rose plants, select two year old field grown plants that are already budding. These plants, if not pruned, should have three or more canes of 18 inches or so. If you purchase pruned rose plants, the canes should be about one-quarter inch in diameter at the top. If possible, purchase plants potted in paper pots so they can be transplanted easily at most any time of year.

When planting your rose garden, select a location that provides good drainage and has lots of sun. Trim any broken or bruised roots from the stock and cut the top growth to about eight inches. Create a hole that is at least six inches deeper than needed for the roots. This allows the roots lots of space without crowding or bending them. Place a fistful of small rocks in the bottom of the hole to help with drainage.

Mix one tablespoon of rose fertiliser with the soil placed over the drainage pebbles. Then add soil until the level desired for planting the rose plant is reached. Set the plant into the ground, spreading the roots out and then fill the hole with soil. Pack the soil firmly two or three times as you fill the hole.

If you plant hybrid tea roses, polyanthus or floribunda types in your rose garden, the first feeding should be in early spring as the leaf buds begin to swell. Clear any mulch away and work plant food that is especially formulated for roses into the dirt around the plant. Use about 1 tablespoon per plant and do not over feed. The next feeding should be at the same rate and should occur after the first heavy rose bloom. The third feeding, again at the same amount, must be done in late summer. Perform the third feeding no later than mid-August. In the south where the blooming season can last until October or even November, you can add a fourth feeding during early October. Some rose gardeners feed monthly and have good results. You can experiment to learn which method works best for you.

When feeding tea roses in your garden, use half the amounts recommended for hybrid tea roses. Apply in the same manner and on the same schedule; simply reduce the quantity of rose food applied. With hybrid perpetual, climbing and shrub roses, feed one tablespoon of rose food for each square foot of space around the rose bush in the early spring and again when blooms appear.

Your rose garden may require watering during the summer months. If the soil is well drained, there is little danger of over-watering. Soak the soil so that it becomes damp at least six inches deep. Don’t just sprinkle the rose plants. Keep the soil in your rose garden loose and aerated and remove any weeds that invade. Mulching your garden will help prevent weed growth and keep the moisture in the soil around your roses.

Rose gardens are susceptible to black-spot, mildew and blight. Insects such as thrips and red spider mites can cause problems. Control of the insects can be accomplished by use of insecticides or natural insect deterrents. Chemical dust that can control fungus diseases as well as most insects can be applied every week to ten days if you prefer this method of control.

Rose gardens containing bush roses must be pruned in the early spring when the leaves begin to bud but before growth starts. You must remove all wood that was killed or injured during the winter months. Cut back to solid, healthy tissue and remove any weak or twiggy growth. You can shape the roses in your garden to create plants of a uniform height or shape them as desired but remove as little healthy woody growth as possible. Old canes can be pruned back to ground level when necessary. Hybrid roses can be pruned back to 18 to 24 inches while rambling roses should be pruned after blooming by removing unwanted canes at the base of the cane.

Protect your rose garden in winder so that the frost does not kill the plants. Mulching with straw, peat moss or other material is necessary in all but the southern-most climates. This allows the soil temperature to remain above freezing and prevents the plant from repeated freezing and thawing which can kill or seriously damage the roots of the rose plant. To mulch properly, pile soil around the base of each plant to a height of about six inches just after the first light frost. Apply a thick layer of mulch when the first frost is expected or not later than immediately after the first frost.

Growing rose gardens can be satisfying. You’ll be proud of your beautiful blooms and gorgeous colours. Roses are available in a rainbow of colours and varieties, so enjoy planting and tending a rose garden in your landscape.

Hydroponic Gardening

Common Questions About Hydroponic Gardening

In this article, we address many of your questions regarding the practice of hydroponic gardening and the results that hydroponic gardening systems produce …

Hydroponic gardening is quickly gaining popularity in the world of gardening. The cost-efficient methods and greater yield that hydroponic gardens produce make this style of growing one of the most used practices for gardeners and people who enjoy fresh vegetables year-round. As a result, there are many companies online and in local areas that provide a wide-range of hydroponic gardening supplies. We would like to address many of your questions regarding the practice of hydroponic gardening and the results that they produce.

Why should I grow my plants in a hydroponic gardening system?

By growing your plants in a hydroponic gardening system, you will undoubtedly notice and enjoy the many benefits that come with a hydroponics garden. For one, they are easier to maintain, especially if you invest in some inexpensive equipment that provides the nutrients for you at regular intervals. You can also choose from a wide-variety of methods based on your personal preferences for maintenance. In addition to being more beneficial to the plants because they promote a disease-free atmosphere, you can also enjoy the plants for the entire year since you can maintain the plants indoors. With all of these benefits, there is no reason to choose any other method for growing your plants other than with hydroponic gardening systems.

Why do fruits and vegetables tend to taste better when they are grown in a hydroponics garden?

If you’ve compared the taste of fruits and vegetables grown in a traditional gardening system and those grown in hydroponics gardening system, you’ve probably noticed that the latter has a much richer taste. There are many reasons that contribute to this. For instance, the plants in hydroponics gardening system are allowed to grow stress-free in a solution that provides all the nutrients that are essential for healthy growth. The plants are able to take full advantage of these nutrients and the growers have complete control over the quantity of materials that are given to the plants. This also helps to give them a better nutritional value which promotes a better tasting yield.

Why do plants grow faster with hydroponic gardening?

Plants have a tendency to grow at a faster rate with hydroponic gardening because they are getting concentrated nutrients that they need. In soil, the nutrients are often broken down before they reach the roots of the plants. With hydroponic gardening, on the other hand, the roots get the full nutrients available to them. Since they get their ideal dose of nutrients, the plants can use their energy to producing larger vegetation and larger blossoms. Typically, plants grown through hydroponic gardening methods grow twice as fast, if not faster, than other traditional gardening methods.

What is the difference between a passive and an active hydroponic gardening system?

The two main categories of hydroponic gardening system are active and passive. With an active hydroponic gardening system, the gardener uses some type of electronic pump or mechanism to provide the plants with the nutrients that they need. Oftentimes, the pump is on a time so the plants will receive the nutrients at regular intervals. This helps to flow the nutrients around the root system of the plants to ensure that they get the nutrients in the solution. With a passive system, on the other hand, no pump or mechanism is used. The nutrients are provided to the plants by drawing them to the plants as needed. Either way is an effective method for a successful hydroponics garden system.

What is a drip system?

In hydroponic gardening, a drip system is used to refer to the method of using pump and drip emitters to irrigate the hydroponic plants. The pump supplies the plants with nutrients via slow drips to ensure that the roots get the essential nutrients that they need to thrive. With a drip system, each plant has access to fresh nutrients, oxygen, and water. Once the roots have absorbed the nutrients and water needed for growth, the excess solution is flushed away into a drainage tray for later use. This is one of the most effective and widely used methods in the world of hydroponic gardening because of its convenience and cost-efficiency.