Showing posts with label Garden & Lawn Care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Garden & Lawn Care. Show all posts

Summer Gardening Tips For Beginners

Gardening Tips

In the hot summer months, some plants will flourish while others struggle. But with some care all should survive the heat. By using plenty of mulch in your garden soil will stabilize the soil temperature and help to retain the moister. Using a layer of mulch on top of the soil can help reduce the rate of evaporation of water. And by watering your plants in early morning can reduce water loss due to evaporation.

Did you know that you can use wood ash in the garden? Yes you can!


How to use wood ash in the garden:

Ash was used hundreds of years in agriculture. It recycles the nutrients back into the soil. It is often used as fertilizer but does not have nitrogen. It aids in the increase of the earths ph level which in exchange, aids in the growth of the plants. (But due to the continuous increase of the ph level, not all veg and fruit thrive from it. like potatoes).

It encourage the growth of plants that love calcium, like spinach, peas, avocados, tomatoes, vineyards, beans, garlic etc. Even rose bushes. you can add 1/4 cup of ash before you start planting.

It help Prevent frost damage to the plants in winter. if you add a layer of ash over them.

Plus animals hate ash. you can free your garden of insects and numerous parasites, like slugs and snails.

Problems with useing wood ash:

Wood ash is a useful by-product of bonfires, however there are a couple of things to avoid.

  • Avoid using an excessive amount of wood ash to not cause an excess in alkalinity in the soil.
  • Avoid using ash from treated wood as they may contain potentially harmful chemicals.
  • Avoid using wood ash in areas where potatoes are to be planted in the following spring, because too much alkaline can encourage potato scab.

For more info get this book "Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach" This book is a must to set you on the path to learning and maintaining the living soil system in your back yard. You will find that you opened a door for yourself into what is going on in Nature which will create a passion in you. Wonderful and well worth every penny spent.....thank you Elizabeth Murphy.



The Best Seed Starter Mix For Successful Germination


I have used various number of seed starting mixes over the years i have been gardening. And have found several of them lacking. This Espoma organic seed starter is one of the finest out there.

  • First of all, it has a slight amount of pebbles to interfere with the placement of the seeds.
  • Secondly, it readily absorbs water therefore i don't need to be mindful that the seeds don't have enough water.
  • Thirdly, it is organic, so I don't concern myself with the presence of elements that i don't want in my mix.
  • And finally, the results are precisely what I wished for: vibrant, healthy seedlings that I can expect to mature to healthy big plants!

I might also add that for that quantity and the low price, it is a bargain.

You can get the mix from here - Amazon



How to measure soil moisture?

Since my indoor plant selection appears to be growing exponentially, I wanted to get something know the water needs of my plants. So I surfed around the net for a while and came across this Soil moisture meter. At first i was somewhat skeptical because most of the reviews were from folks that got it for reviews.

Well, I got it and tested it out. My impression at first was not so good. I did the water test and it barely went up to five, which means barely moist. I kept messing around with it for ten minutes or so with no luck. I was getting ready to send it back. I told myself to try it one last time in water. I told myself to try it one last time, but this time in water. i got the same result. I was mad now so I gave it a good flick with my finger and the Moisture Meter went all the way past wet!!! i don't know what happened however it worked.


I promptly started testing it out on my plants and sure enough it definitely was giving me some readings that i know were way more proper than before. After I sprinkle some water on the plants it shot to wet were before it was almost dry.

Even with plants that looked dry on the top of the soil read wet. So I stuck my finger in the dirt, and sure enough it absolutely was moist to the touch. So my experience started off not so great but ended up much much better. I'm not certain flicking it with your finger can work for everybody but it worked for me. It was a good flick by the way. (:-)

Gave it 4 stars for the flicking and it additionally says it's a pH meter which it is not. Also, all my plants aren't listed which is acceptable, however some are pretty common house plants that are not included in the list. Lastly, there is one plant that i feel is on the incorrect spot on the list. The Sansevieria aka "mother-in-law's tongue" is in the last zone which is 6-7. I'm not an expert however these plants like to grow in the dry soil, i would place them in the 1-3 zone, but if your afraid that you will kill the plant then 4-5 tops. Especially in the winters.

Generally, most plants like to grow in the moist soil but just do your research on what plant you want to grow, to get a better idea on its needs.

You can get the Soil Moisture Meter from here - Amazon