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Planning For Organic Vegetable Gardening

Organic vegetable gardening is a rewarding and healthy hobby. With the proper planning and supplies, your jaunt into the world of organic vegetable gardening can be all that you are dreaming it to be. But remember, you will not have a successful garden on accident. You will want to take these steps to make your organic vegetables everything you are dreaming them to be!

Planning Your Space

The first step to organic vegetable gardening is choosing your location. Make sure that you choose carefully, so you have enough space, but not too much. In other words, try to avoid growing more than your family can use. Remember, growing an organic garden does take a lot of work. Your location should have a well drained soil that is close to your water source. Also, if you keep the location near your door, you will remember to use the products of your organic vegetable gardening work. Now, once you have your space, consider drawing your garden on a piece of graph paper so you can arrange your veggies where you want them, before you start planting.

Preparing Your Soil  

An important aspect of organic vegetable gardening, is preparing your soil. This is because the fertilizers you will use in organic vegetable gardening are slow to do their job, unlike non-organic fertilizers. So, you will want to place the fertilizers into the soil no less than three weeks before you are ready to plant. Mix the soil carefully to make sure that all of the clumps of fertilizer is broken up, and has begun to rot in the soil.

Irrigating Your Garden

When working on organic vegetable gardening, you will want to think about how you are going to water the plants in your garden. You will want to have a plan in place to thoroughly wet your soil every week. If it rains sufficiently, then you can skip this moistening, but only with plenty of rain. Remember, this has to be a drenching rain in order to get all the way down to the root of the plants. If you use organic soil conditioners, your soil will have an easier time absorbing the moisture from your watering attempts.

Should You Use Mulch?

Mulch is an organic material that you place around your plants. This helps to keep the water in, keeps weed growth down, and also provides nutrients to the plants as the mulch decomposes. Leaves, grass, and wood shavings are all good options for mulch. This is a very important part of organic vegetable gardening.

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5 Steps To A Better Lawn And Garden

If you’re lucky enough to have a lawn with a good topsoil base, much of the hard work of keeping a lawn beautiful is already done for you. But many of us do not have this luxury, and besides, even with a good topsoil base, you still have to work hard to keep a beautiful lawn and garden.

1. The best time to mow a lawn is when it is cool and dry. Wait for the morning dew to dry off, and before the afternoon heat takes hold. Alternatively, late afternoon or early evening following a watering in the morning is also a good time.   

2. A hedge is a much better boundary divider than a fence. It will provide better privacy and keep pets and children in – or out. It will attract birds to its shelter, and provide a great backdrop for plants and flowers.

3. Bring the beauty of your garden to you; plant hyacinths near walkways and doors. Their magnificent perfume will swamp the spring air and make your garden really come alive.

4. Add your garden to non-garden items, such a lampposts and mail boxes. Surround these items with flowers planted to take advantage of the earliest to the latest flowerings. You could have white snowdrops, purple and gold crocus, blue hyacinths, and various colored tulips. You could also surround the posts with rocks to provide added interest.

5. Simple, but effective weed control can be achieved on your lawn by mowing often during spring. This will prevent dandelions spreading by eliminating the yellow blossoms and preventing seed formation. Mow high during late spring and early summer. This will allow grass blades to shade the ground, and will help prevent crabgrass from sprouting.

Your lawn and garden should be a source of pride and beauty. You don’t need to spend lots of money on expensive fertilizers and herbicides, or fancy lawn furniture and ornaments. A little commonsense and thought can go a long way to making your lawn and garden a much better place.

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Gardening With Hydroponics

Hydroponics was derived from the Greek word hydro, which means “water” and ponos, which means “labor or water-working”. Hydroponics gardening involves growing plants with their roots in other nutrient solutions and without soil.

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Hydroponics gardening is as simple as ordinary gardening. Both of them necessitate sufficient light, water, temperature, light, and humidity. But with hydroponics, no soil is used. Instead a soil substitute holds the roots while nutrients are carried by the water. Indoor hydroponic gardening is not that hard and plants respond well to this method of growing.

This is one of the major considerations in hydroponics gardening since it sustains the plants. One has to make sure that this nutrient solution maintains a pH level of 5 to 6 after dilution. In hydroponics gardening, the plants should be watered more than three times a day. this is usually done using a pump and timer.

If your hydroponics garden is located indoors, the most suitable temperature is between 71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, this temperature may change depending on the different types of plant you are working on, e.g. tropical plants.

Place your plants somewhere they can receive ample amount of light. Otherwise artificial light must be used. High pressure Sodium lights or bulbs are a suitable substitute for natural light.

Humidity is good. When the room’s temperature rises, the air will be able to hold the sufficient amount of moisture your plants will need.

A hydroponics system can be fully automated. Since it is water-based, the gardener has no soil to dig or weeds to pull. Also, the water can be re-used to prevent wastage.
With hydroponics, an excellent yield of quality plants can be easily achieved. Home hydroponics systems and DIY kits are are readily available in most hardware stores.

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