Assessing Your Garden
Whether you have the blank canvas of a new garden or are trying to make improvements to an existing design, the first step is to decide exactly what you want as well as what changes you will have to make to achieve your ideal garden. This may seem a simple question, but in practice it can prove problematic, especially if there are two gardeners in the house. The easiest way to decide what you really want is to make several lists.Passion Fruit Pleasures
Summer would not be complete with out having a passion fruit vine in the garden. Widely grown in the warmer parts of the world it is a native plant of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. It is now grown commercially from Sri lanka to New Zealand and Australia. A climbing plant that grows quickly in a position it likes, covering unsightly fences and walls with its interesting flowers and fruit. There are three varieties, Banana passion fruit, “passiflora mollisima” an oval or elongated fruit not unlike a rather squat banana. The fruit of this vine has very sweet tasting fruit. The drawback to this vine is that it can become a pest so maintaining control over its growth and spread is essential. It also tolerates cooler weather and light frosts. The most common is the edulis variety can also tolerate weather to a light frost. A prolific cropper, I had over 200 fruit off a 1-year-old plant. The third is the giant form “quadrangularis” it has huge sweet purple fruit and like the rest of the variants is a vigorous and fast growing plant.Shaded Garden Tips
Most homes have a sunny side and a shaded side. In the southern hemisphere the warm side is the north side of the property, while in the northern hemisphere it will be the southern side. Often a problem to grow plants because of the lack of sun and sometimes it is also the windy side as well. Another problem that occurs is that the overhanging eaves of a home protect the shaded garden from getting its fair share of rain. This can make it very dry as well. Many plants like these conditions and are hardy enough to survive and look good. Before planting it could be wise to do a soil test to ensure the acidity of the garden is suitable. These parts of the garden get ignored very easily, so when buying another property and there is wasteland on the cold side of the house you will need to know how the land lies! Note how long the sun is on this area if at all. It may only suit a playground for children as an alternative use, Spread some good compost and mulch after digging over the garden beds.Reasons to Be Conscious of High Pollen Flowers
What gender a plant is has a lot to do with how much pollen it produces and how much an allergy sufferer could be subject to. Who knew plants had gender, and, unlike what most people would think, it’s the males that produce the most pollen, in the flowering process.Compost – Ancient Roots
Have you ever wondered who thought of decomposing trash to enrich vegetation? Where did the idea of composting originate? Read to discover the rich history of compost.Organic in the Garden – 5 Tips and Many Benefits of Growing Silverbeet in the Home Garden
A very nutritious vegetable, Organic Silverbeet is high in many nutrients including Iron and Chlorophyll. In the kitchen it has many uses ranging from a boiled or steamed green vegetable to a rich flavouring in Soups, Stews, Casseroles and my favourite in a rich Bolognaise sauce. The young leaves of Silverbeet can be used in salads though I find it rather bitter when raw…Choose Hand Pruners Wisely to Make the Job Easier
There are some tasks in the garden that some people love and there are some that people have some trouble with. Pruning is one of the tasks that have divided opinion. This may be because there is a little bit of uncertainty about exactly how to go about the job, maybe it’s because the task leaves you with sore hands or maybe it’s because you don’t use the right tools for the job.Organic in the Garden – 5 Steps to Growing Pumpkins in Your Home Garden
Pumpkins are a popular vegetable grown in many home gardens around the world. There are many species, all of which propagate easily from seed and can be used in a variety of ways in the home kitchen…Fundamental Gardening Skills
Most people find a garden a relaxing place, but for the gardener the pleasure is immeasurably increased. Firstly, there is the fun of deciding on a design, then the satisfaction of preparing the ground and planting, followed by the sense of achievement from the careful maintenance that keeps plants looking their best.Finding a Suitable Garden Blower Vacuum
Why must any gardener choose the garden blower vacuum over a normal leaf blower? When you begin to clean the yard, you would know that it is time consuming and a very tiring job, especially when the trees are shedding leaves. To do the work, one may use raking or a normal leaf blower. This could be time consuming.Preparing Your Containers For Growing Vegetables
How easy is it to grow your own vegetables? It is getting easier and easier to grow your own fresh, delicious tasting vegetables. Containers of all sizes are there for you to choose and get growing! The number of vegetable varieties that are available now makes it feasible to grow number in pots. Among the vegetables that can be grown in containers are beans, carrots, courgettes, beetroot, lettuces, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines (eggplant) rocket, all the herbs and a number of fruits.The HomeLite MightyLite is the Best Back Pack Blower For Your Buck
Blowers are important machines for many of us. They help us clean the mess outside our big apartments. Trees planted on the backyard or along the sidewalks shed their leaves heavily in autumn.Don’t Have Enough Space to Grow Vegetables? Think Again!
You can grow a bountiful array of vegetables in a “small space” garden. The trick is to plan your vegetable garden by choosing varieties suitable for small spaces.Growing Miniature Roses Has Great Options
Growing miniature roses is probably a great option for those who are new at it, and want to be able to enjoy them without having to give a lot of time on maintenance. Miniature roses are pretty much the same, as they come in a wide variety of colors and styles.