It is important to know your type of soil by broad definition in order to cultivate it correctly. The accompanying chart indicates the usual classifications, the characteristics by which they can be identified, their good and bad points, and treatments needed for (more…)
These days, it’s only right and proper that we all do our bit to safeguard the future of our planet; not only for our own enjoyment but also for that of the generations yet to come.
Using garden compost at home makes a valid contribution to this quest, and gives us back a good return for our efforts in a very short time. Making garden compost at home really is very simple.
It needs a few very simple and easily obtained items to do a fabulous job and you don’t need any gardening knowledge at all; you just need to be able to follow a few simple guidelines.
You might even be unsure of what exactly you can add to your home composting project. No problem, check out the following… (more…)
Broadly, garden plants consist of two different but integrated structural systems—the above-ground system of stems, branches, green leaves, flowers and seeds; and the below-ground system of roots and root hairs, arranged about a common axis.
Though complementary, the root system is fundamentally the more important to plant performance. Apart from anchoring a plant in its environment, it has to supply it with water to sustain its functions and growth.
And with a wide range of (more…)
As we have seen, the soil teems with life, but it is doubtful if any of us appreciate its true worth. It is the gardener’s stock in hand, and as Sir Albert Howard, a pioneer conservationist, some decades ago once wrote, “a fertile soil means healthy crops, healthy livestock, healthy human beings and a healthy nation.”
It is therefore imperative that we keep the soil in a really good healthy condition, building it up and replacing those nutrients removed by growing plants. The aim should be to keep the soil.
Quick acting fertilizers will (more…)
The majority of garden owners have to continue coping with the particular soil they inherit. In the case of a newly built house, there may be special problems caused by the relics of building works that have churned up the site and left immovable rocks behind. Thorough cleaning of the site is essential; if really serious damage has been done, it may be (more…)
Home garden fertilizer and water are the two most important sources of liquid and nutrients for the backyard. Needless to say that, without water, nothing will survive.
With these two components, a lawn will support the plants you cultivate in it. The problem stems from application of these two sources. Specifically, it becomes a question (more…)
One of the best substitutes for organic manures may be the plant food organic waste provided by a compost heap. This is made by composting all garden and kitchen waste so that it is acted upon by soil bacteria and fungi and so converted into humus.
Before considering the material to use on the heap, some thought should be given to selecting a site, for the more favorable the position, the easier and quicker will be the process of decomposition.
Refrain from fully exposing the heap to outside elements such as rain, sunshine and wind. Another thing to avoid is extremely (more…)