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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Garden Tricks for Summer

Get Rid of Weeds:

As your plants grow, they should provide enough shade to hinder the growth of weeds, but they still need to be removed if you see them so they don’t prevent more weeds later down the track.

Pick Your Vegetable Plants Clean:

Fruiting plants such as tomato vines can be picked clean as the fruit begins to ripen. This will prevent the plant from producing over-matured fruit and ensures the longevity of the plant.

Water Your Plants in the Morning:

It’s best to water your plants before the sun rises so the heat of the burning sun doesn’t evaporate all the water before the plants have the chance to absorb it. You can also water your plants in the late afternoon but you may have to fend off those pesky mosquitoes.

Remove Dead Flower Heads:

Picking these off will allow the plant to focus more energy into being able to flower again. And new flowers will mean a more beautiful garden!

Get on Top of Pest Management:

It pays to watch for signs of pests and disease while your weeding or watering your garden to keep on top of any issues as early detection is key. Welcome the good bugs and insects such as worms and bees into your backyard, but keep the nasties out.

Fertilise Your Garden:

Your plants may need a top up of nutrients especially in the extreme heat of summer. Fertilising your plants will give them a much-needed nutrient boost, especially if they were planted more than a month ago.

Clear Your Gutters:

The beginning of summer marks an excellent time to assess the state of your gutters. With summer brings an increased risk of bush fires. One way to reduce this risk is to install gutter guards. Gutter guards are a metal mesh insert that prevents the build-up of leaves and other debris in your gutters, reducing the risk of embers starting a fire by falling into the leaves on your roof.

Aquaponics Indoor

Many gardeners who do traditional gardening or who have a desire to garden but do not have enough land have turned to Aquaponic gardening or farming. This method of growing allows production for fruits, vegetables, and fish. Both horizontal and vertical growing can be accomplished.

Beginners often start their first project in the home. Do you have an aquarium in storage or want to do more with your current fish tank? People enjoy the living art and the d├ęcor which this system introduces into living quarters. The beauty of the colorful fish and the greenery adds nature to the indoors while also growing foods. If there is no interest in growing foods many flowering plants may be considered.

Many gardeners enjoy traditional gardening. Some people like to use both methods.

Traditional Versus Aquaponics:

  1. Land vs water
  2. Large space vs small space
  3. Seasonal vs year-round
  4. Gardening tools vs some tools
  5. Seeds or plants are used in both systems
  6. Fertilizers vs organic fish wastes
  7. Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides vs none required for indoors
  8. Hours of maintenance vs one hour a day
  9. Manual labor vs automatic operating equipment
  10. Natural weather conditions vs controlled indoor environment
  11. Eat produce vs eat produce and fish

Growing plants with water and fish is much easier. This is a more pleasant way of obtaining organic vegetables and fresh fish raised on the homeland with minimum of effort and costs.

Fish has become very expensive at grocery stores. If you enjoy eating fish this becomes more affordable than shopping at your local store.

Why are home gardeners and commercial farmers using this method of growing crops or fish or the combination of crops and fish?

  1. Requires less water than traditional farming
  2. No waste water is produced
  3. No soil eroding conditions
  4. No requirements for harsh insecticides
  5. Toxin free fish

This type of farming coupled with fish farming has been done for thousands of years. Home growers have made great strides and the more ambitious gardeners are using abandoned buildings, such as warehouses, to build a commercial business. Once again, a hobby has become an entrepreneurs career.

How is this gardening accomplished?

  1. Select ornamental or edible fish
  2. A floating platform of containers with a plant or seed is placed on top of the water
  3. The roots are attracted to their nutritional needs with fish wastes
  4. The fish are placed below the plants.
  5. Feed your fish as their waste matter is the essential fertilizer for the plants
  6. The roots of the plants keep the fish tank clean

Care for Young Trees

The first 3-5 years are crucial for the health of the tree. With the proper tree care, you can up the chance of growing a healthy specimen. This in turn means reduced maintenance costs and minimises the potential issues that may develop. Make sure you follow the instructions below:

Watering – one of the most important aspects to looking after young trees is proper watering. Young trees can do with regular watering in order to fight off diseases. It is important to deep water them frequently in order to prevent surface roots. You can use the indication of soil moisture on how often to water. When the soil 4-6 inches below the surface of a tree feels moist (not wet), you should water. Be alert for drought symptoms, such as wilted, yellow/brown leaf edges. Mulch can greatly help with moisture retention in the soil. A 3-5 inch thick layer of mulch does wonders in that regard. Don’t rely on lawn irrigation, since light sprinkling for 5-10 minutes a day is only enough to moisten a few inches of the soil. Here are some practical watering instructions you should keep in mind throughout the life of a tree.

Year 1 – a few days after planting you should be watering every single day by filling the tree basin with 15 gallons of water. Reduce the amount of times you water to once a week within the next 3 weeks. The next 6 months you should fill the basin every other week for the remainder of the first year. At this point, roots require not just water, but also oxygen.

Year 2 – when rain is scarce, you should water every 2-4 weeks with about 15-20 gallons of water. Don’t water on the surface, because that creates water dependency and shallow roots. The goal is to water deeply but infrequently, so as to allow roots to seek moisture underground in order to develop properly.

Years 3-5 – watering once a month with 20-30 gallons of water is ideal. That maximises soaking and conserves water at the same time. Keep in mind prolonged dry periods, because proper watering during such times means the difference between a thriving and a struggling tree.

Weeding – despite the fact that trees usually tower over other plants, that can leave them deprived of nutrients and moisture. It is best to keep the base of the tree free from grass and other plants.

Perfect Sitting Area in Garden

Gazebos add beauty and luxury to your gardens. It will give a unique look to your gardens. It not only covers the extra space of your premises but also provide room for you. You can install gazebos, flowers, ponds, fountains, benches and hedges altogether in your backyard. If you require somewhat privacy in your gazebos, you can fix it with gazebo side panels in your yard. The open sides of the gazebos will hinder your privacy. You can surely take various steps to make it convenient for your leisure time. The intensifying structure of the gazebo will give your lawn a geometric feel. You can use them for meditations, relaxation, gatherings and other fun activities.

Gazebos add value and grace to your lawns:

Different homeowners primarily concentrate on large and spacious rooms, useful garages and the necessary facilities in a house like electricity, plumbing etc. Nevertheless, nowadays they are focusing on creating a fancy look to their residential property that will also add immense value to their land. It is not only beneficial for their outlook of beautiful premises but also it will prove advantageous in future if they want to take a selling transaction.

Selecting the wrong type of gazebo can pull down the value of your property. There are many kinds of gazebos. Some of them are written below:

1. Pergola

2. Pagoda

3. Rotundas

4. Belvederes

5. Pavilion

6. The folly Gazebo

If you install belvederes in your small lawn, it will not prove a good idea because it will block the scenery you wanted to gaze at to forget and release the stress. Similarly, a pavilion built in a snowy or freezing area, cannot benefit you at all without gazebo side panels. Until it is sheltered by trees or a wall etc. the wrong choice of gazebo will defeat the purpose of it.

Accessible in various varieties:

Gazebos can be constructed and purchased as kits and pop-ups. They are also available in personalised forms. The constructors can build the gazebo fulfilling your requirements. You just have to ask them the kind of gazebo you want to have for your gardens. Same designed gazebo and canopies will be at your doorstep in the fixed time. They are the little bit expensive. However, you have various other cheaper options as well. There are many manufacturers in the market, who can take custom orders from you for the ornamentation, size, colour and seating arrangements of gazebos for your backyards and lawns.

They let you spend time out of your house:

Several people in our society profess a business or do a job. They do not have much time to spend at home. Whereas there are, many people found in the community too, who spend their most of the time indoors or they do not belong to a background of those persons who have jobs. Staying indoors is a tough task. It is why they need a change. For that change they get their selves indulge in other activities. Enjoying nature is one of the best exercises for them. They can do it spending their most of the time over there. In such situation, gazebos play its best role being picturesque and children friendly too.