Choosing Containers For Larger Plants

If you plan to grow large trees or shrubs, you need an equally large container. It must be in proportion with the plant and must blend in with the design of your garden.

There are a number of things to think about when considering large containers. Many large plants, trees and fruit shrubs will need as large a container as you can provide, if they are to flourish and attain anywhere near their potential proportions.

Larger plants are best grown in raised beds or in special large containers chosen so that they fit in with the overall design of the garden. Even large containers need to have drainage at the bottom and an automatic watering system is of great assistance in keeping the plants moist.

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Simple Rules To Composting At Home

These days we know that we need to recycle as much as we can, and anyone with a garden has a head start and can make a great contribution. To many novice gardeners, this subject can be somewhat difficult to grasp;new composters sometimes feel frustrated as they struggle to learn more about how the process works — an understandable problem since there is a wealth of information available about composting and not one, absolute “right way” to do it. But in fact it is really straightforward – there are just a few very simple rules:


You need a compost bin, and the type you decide on rather depends on the size of your garden. There are a couple of options. A purpose built plastic bin purchased from a garden centre, not too expensive, and you just fill up from the top and a few months later, you can take compost from a small hatch at the base.

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Getting A Green Lawn Tips

Probably you looked at your neighbor’s yard last summer, and you couldn’t help but think, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” assuming that it is only green grass — and grass of good pedigree — that you wish to see carpeting your yard in emerald splendor, weed control is necessarily a part of any collection of tips for growing green lawns. The key to winning the war on weeds it to keep a nice healthy lawn in the first place. All these instructions on how to get a green lawn and other gardening advice depends on where in the world you live, what climate you have, temperature, sun, rain, snow and so forth.

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How To Protect Tulip Bulbs From Rodents

Gardeners must plant the bulbs in the fall and wait all winter before the plants and blooms emerge. It can be disappointing to wait months only to have a rodent deny you the payoff. Fortunately, gardeners have developed several methods to thwart rodents in their bid to destroy or carry off your tulips.
Crocus and tulip bulbs are favored food for rodents, but a few easy steps will protect bulbs for your enjoyment. To guard against burrowing invasion, select an appropriately sized pot and bury it in your garden. For most plantings, a 5-gallon pot is large enough. Place the rim flush with the ground.
What you need: Large plastic pot, Shovel, Hardware cloth.

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Tips For Flower Cutting And Cultivation

It is a particular luxury to have fresh flowers on display at home on a daily basis. What a delight it is to be surrounded indoors by bouquets and arrangements of fragrant, colorful blossoms – to have a bit of the garden in the house. For gardeners the ultimate pleasure is to be able to cut flowers from their own garden to bring indoors and to give away to friends and family. Many also love to have homegrown blossoms, foliage, and seedheads handy for fresh or dried floral crafts and cooking. However, the problem is always that picking flowers from the garden reduces the floral show in the yard. The perfect solution to this problem is to establish a separate cultivated area specifically as a cutting garden.

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Testing Garden pH Levels

Testing the pH level of garden soil is an important step to maintaining a healthy garden, even if it has been successful for many years. PH levels range from 1 to 14, with the neutral value as 7; 1-6 is considered acidic, and 8-14 is alkaline. The most plants grow well in the middle of that range from a 6.0 to 7.0. PH levels also affect the nutrients that a plant receives, and those levels can change over time.
If you grow pH-sensitive landscaping plants or vegetable crops, knowledge of your garden’s soil pH level is an essential part of proper plant maintenance. Without knowledge of your soil’s pH, soil preparation and fertilization is essentially a shot in the dark. Under-or over-fertilization can lead to poor plant performance, plant damage, and even plant death. Furthermore, over-fertilization is taxing on the natural environment.

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