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Farmers and gardeners have been using plant fertilizers for centuries. Fertilizers are often necessary for enhancing the quality of the soil to make sure that plants could grow more healthy, develop much more fruits, and remain in best of health whatever kind of the outdoor elements that may come and go. Most farmers, and also gardeners, use fertilizers particularly when their soil was already been exhausted through planting and harvesting and given that they would need added nutrients to help the seeds or vegetation to develop larger and more robust. Fortunately, there are plenty of gardening shops out there which do sell a variety of plant fertilizers these days. However, it is best that you make sure the kind of fertilizer to use since each specific kind caters a specific plant, situation or season.
Today, there are five basic kinds of plant fertilizer for agriculture use. These types are utilized in different conditions. That is the reason why if you’re planning on raising vegetation or looking after your garden, you need to know each by heart. Moving on to the types, the very first one is inorganic plant fertilizer which is used in instances when plants or even crops are terribly out of shape. This kind of fertilizer produces ammonia rapidly that helps strengthen the nutrients that plants need to stay in very good condition.
Liquid fertilizer is the second kind of plant fertilizer that’s being sold these days. Plant fertilizers in liquid form are perhaps the best kind of fertilizer to utilize when you need the nutrients to be absorbed faster by the plant to push growth and vigor faster too. Nevertheless, the use of this fertilizer only lasts for a short term basis and and are not really cost-efficient when land area is actually huge. You might require re-fertilizing in just a few months.
The third kind of plant fertilizer available today is plant specific fertilizer. As the name suggests, this type of fertilizer is only for specific plants because over-fertilizing can be very damaging. If you prefer a particular kind of plant within your garden or farm to develop much better and faster, then you might want to understand this one to help you get what you need. You can find this fertilizer very easily enough since most gardening supply dealers do have dozens at the ready as well as at prices that are perfect for your budget.
Another type of fertilizer are the time-release plant fertilizers which are the fourth type and the most commonly utilized fertilizer these days. This fertilizer gradually releases its nutrition in a period of two to six months so you won’t have to re-fertilize every once in a while. When water as well as moisture are present, the release of the nutrients will be faster. Although this is one type of plant fertilizer that is widely used, its price is somewhat steep but is well worth investing on.
Plant fertilizers and pesticide in one are the final type of fertilizers used for home garden and farming purposes. That one is fit for farms or gardens which have to cope with pests on a regular basis. This mixture of both plant fertilizer and also pesticide is one that is really worth utilizing if you wish to save your valuable crops or plants from becoming ruined by those annoying pests that can devastate your garden. However, you might want to ensure that the quantity of fertilizer and pesticide is well balanced so you will not destroy your crops either.
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I think of lettuce as one of those “staple” vegetables. In other words it can be used in a variety of recipes, from salads, to sandwiches.
Because lettuce thrives in cooler temperatures, it is best to grow it in early spring or fall.
Here are some steps you can take to improve the conditions where your lettuce will grow to optimize and increase your harvest.
As stated earlier lettuce is a cooler temperature vegetable. The seeds will germinate best when the temperature of the soil is between 40 to 60 degrees F (4 to 16 C). Once the seeds have germinated they thrive best when the soil temperature is 55 to 65 F (13 to 18 C).
Next, test your soil where you will be planting your lettuce for its pH level. Ideally the pH range of the soil for lettuce should be 6.5 to 7.0. You can pick up a soil testing kit at your local home or garden center or online where testing kits are sold.
Although it varies slightly from variety to variety, spread your lettuce out about eight to twelve inches for optimal growth.
Give your lettuce plenty of room to “spread” out has been shown to yield more.
Lettuce requires light to moderate watering and full sun for best yields although lettuce can grow even in partial shade.
As you can see growing lettuce is not all that complicated, but putting in that extra effort to optimize the growing potential will yield more lettuce than you ever thought possible.
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Article by Bill Zuckerman
Garden Life MagazineFebruary, 2007
Q: Do I really need irrigation for my home garden?A: The most compelling reason to use any type of irrigation system is to provide an assured, continuous supply of the most vial requirement for plant growth – WATER. Drought stress for even decidedly short periods of time like a week or even just a few days can dramatically affect the yield and quality of your garden at harvest. A reliable, efficient irrigation system protects the substantial amount of time and money you have invested in your landscape and garden projects, so yes, we believe it is absolutely essential to use an irrigation system for your home garden.
Q:What type of irrigation system is best for my needs?A:There are two primary considerations in determining the best type of irrigation system to use for any garden: uniformity of water delivery, and control over the quantity of water being delivery. In fact, it is often just as stressful and damaging to your plants to “overwater” as it is to “underwater”. In our experience, drip irrigation systems are far more effective and economical in addressing these issues than by other methods (sprinkler, flood, etc).
Q:What are the different types of drip irrigation systems on the market?A:1) EMITTER: These systems deliver water through non-porous plastic tubing to evenly spaced emitters or “drippers”. These emitters are fairly easy to install but require frequent maintenance to adjust flow and unplug. The initial investment is also quite significant, as is the ongoing operational expense of supplying filtered, chlorinated water.2) DRIP TAPE: This collapsible, black plastic film tubing has emitter holes spaced 8-12″ apart. Pressure and flow rates are reduced through sealed chambers which tend to plug even when using filtered and chlorinated water. The initial cost of the tubing is relatively low, but generally has a short life-span riddled with clogging issues.3) POROUS RUBBER HOSE: Made of scrap rubber tires, this product emits water through small perforations in the hose wall. It suffers from non-uniformity of water distribution, short product life due to rotting and clogging, and is considerably more costly than alternative products.4) MICRO-POROUS TUBING: There is only one manufacturer of micro-porous irrigation tubing that we have been able to find, International Irrigation Systems, located in Canada. Their primary product is the Irrigro Drip Irrigation System. This micro-porous tube has (as this phrase implies) millions of microscopic pores through which water is emitted. Using relatively low pressure such as that of a garden hose or gravity tank (anything 3-5psi) the tube, when pressurized, will fill completely until a critical pressure threshold of about 3psi is reached, at which point water begins to be uniformly emitted from all of the pores at once. The material used in the tube itself is a type of spun-bonded plastic supplied by DuPont that is extremely strong, immune to bacterial growth, and impossible to clog. If that weren’t enough, product life expectancy is about 10 years, which is very rare for irrigation systems. We are thrilled with the effectiveness of this technology, and recommend Irrigro Drip Irrigation Systems to everyone.
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Spring is the season when a host of pest organisms come to life and feed massively on our garden plants. Foremost amongst them are species of tiny flying insects, known commonly as aphids, which while not generally fatal, cause a lot of visual damage to a wide range of plants.
The initial symptom of aphid activity is the secretion of sugary substances on new leaves, stems, and flowers. This can be extremely unpleasant with honeydew dripping on to paths, parked cars, and other plants. More dangerous to the plants’ health is the sooty mold, which is a complex of fungi that develops from the honeydew. Left unattended, the soot blocks out light from reaching the plants’ foliage, thereby depriving the plant of its vital energy source.
Before going into how to deal with aphids, remember that the purpose of pest control is not the complete eradication of the offending organisms, but rather the control of their population levels to manageable proportions.
The indiscriminate use of insecticides only succeeds in clearing the way for pest populations to explode, as the insecticides reduce the population of natural predators. For this reason, quite apart from environmental considerations, it is best to avoid applying pesticides in the home garden altogether.
As intelligent pest management is about control and not elimination, non-poisonous, “environmentally friendly” insecticides, such as insecticidal soaps, can do a satisfactory job. Better still is to use the good old-fashioned garden hose at high pressure to wash off the aphids, with a little help from your thumb and forefinger. Will this be 100% effective? The answer of course is negative, which as previously mentioned, is a good thing in itself.
As aphids in the spring tend to attack young juicy growth, they are mostly found on the plants’ growing tips, making it easy to remove them by simply clipping the plants lightly.
This works perfectly for foliage plants such as Artemisia or Ivy, but of course might prove very unsatisfactory for flowering ornamentals and fruit trees. It is also possible to let nature take its turn. In the Mediterranean region for instance, periodic hot, dry winds kill aphids just as effectively as insecticides.
With pests in general and aphids in particular, timing is all-important. Ultimately, we should be striving to turn the garden into a balanced eco-system, but this is easier said than done. In the meantime, aphids should be treated at the first signs of infection.
One sometimes sees a gardener spraying the honeydew or even the sooty mold that has grown on the plants’ foliage and stems – a case of shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted. Aphids produce a number of generations within a single spring, so there is every chance that the gardener is spraying the symptoms and not the cause itself.
Join Robert Norris, Associate Professor and Associate Botanist at UC Davis, as he discusses home vegetable gardening. Topics include tools needed, recommended reading, ground preparation, planting dates, selection of varieties, and seed planting depths. Series: “California Master Gardener Lecture Series” [7/2002] [Science] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 6675]
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Article by Nazima Woozeer
Producing your own food in your own garden at home is a year round project. With proper planning and utilization of the techniques for canning, freezing, and storing your home grown food, it is possible to eat healthful, organic food that you have produce all twelve months of the year. If your planning your first garden, the initial step is turning over the sod and preparing a seed bed. A small garden can be turned by hoe and with a spade. Simply dig into the sod and turn it over so that grass is buried into the earth. A more effective way of preparing the garden is with a roto tillers, a powerful operated machine that drains through the soil, mixing the soil with the earth and this is the easy and fast type of home farming since you will use a machine that speeds up the process.
A successful garden depends, first and foremost on the condition of the soil. Good soil is always rich in humus, which conserve moisture and makes the necessary mineral nutrients available to the plant. Good soil should be living soil and friable with lots of organic matter in various stages of decay mixed throughout. Soil differ depending on locale and past usage. In most areas, the local agricultural office will analyze your soil and tell you what it needs.
Planting a home garden on the level affords a more even distribution of water, while on raised beds the rain or hose water runs off from plants that may need it. Other situations that are high, warm and day are more adoptable to forcing early vegetables. In low, moist areas which crops as cabbage, late cucumbers and onions should be grown. The presence of a large number on insect pests, which feed on plant foliage and damage vegetables and fruits, is often a symptom of improperly balance soil. Good soil management is their best control. Soil that lacks humus and the essential plants minerals provides weak, unhealthy plants that attract insect and disease. So using an insecticide should be implemented. Through nearly all plants can be grown in the open many crops must be started indoors, or in hotbeds or cold frames, otherwise they cannot reach maturity in a single season. Enough plants of tomato, eggplants, melon, pepper, cabbage, broccoli, cauli flower, and lettuce can be started well before soil is ready.
Watering is also a vital part when it comes to a good home gardening, whether your sprinkle or use over hand irrigation or an open house, one thorough soaking a week is more effective than a light daily sprinkling. Shallow watering tends to keep root growth near the surface. Thoroughly wetting induces deep downward root growth and strider, thought resisting plants. In using open hose let water to avoid washing out soil.
Great tasting vegetables, conveniently available right outside your door, grown organically and costing very little, the benefits of growing your own vegetables are certainly attractive. Many people have learned how to grow vegetables from their parents or grandparents, from following TV programmes or reading books and magazines and the popularity of the activity can be seen by the demand for allotments all across the country. Previously when income levels were lower and food less readily available, most people would have grown at least a few varieties of vegetables at home. Now that food costs are on the increase again, more and more people are attracted to the idea of growing their own.
It really ought to be simple to grow a few vegetables in your garden but for various reason, many people who try for the first time come across obstacles that affect the resulting crops and sometimes discourage them from trying again.. Weather has a big part to play with temperature and light both influencing the healthy growth of vegetables. Then there is the importance of nutrition because all living things need fuel to survive and grow healthily and of course pest and disease can cause issues too.
In order to maximise the success of your first vegetable crop it pays to plan your schedule and workload carefully from the outset and attempt, as much as possible, to manage the factors that have major influences.
One of the first things to consider is how you are going to get started with your new plants and whether you should grow from seed or started with small plants. Most seed varieties can be kept for around 2 years (except parsnips) with some like cauliflower and courgette able to remain viable in their seed packets for up to 5 years. However, to maximise your success rate always opt for fresh seed from a reputable supplier. Using a well known supplier and selecting a type that is well suited for your own growing environment will help you focus on some solid selections.
There are two main alternatives to growing from seed. Firstly potatoes, which are grown from seed potatoes that are stored upright from mid-February onwards while they begin to sprout young shoots. Seed potatoes are available in most garden centres, from online suppliers or at one of the many potato days or fairs held during January, February and March up and down the country. The other option for vegetables such as broccoli, cabbages and leeks is to purchase a plug plant. These are small plants that have already been grown from seed by a professional nursery. They are an option if you don’t have the time to sow from seed yourself, or you are making up time and are too late to grow from seed. Several companies provide plug plants in variety packs to give you a good selection of vegetable types to try out.
Once you have your seedlings or plug plants outside in your vegetable plot you then need to make sure they have the best conditions possible to grow well and stay unharmed until the crop is harvested. In the early part of the year the weather will probably be your biggest challenge. In the UK an overnight frost can arrive almost unexpectedly right up to May, so keep a sheet of horticultural fleece or other suitable material to insulate the plants if you think temperatures may dip too low. Heavy rain or thunderstorm can also damage a plot of young plants so afford your plot any protection you can if a storm is forecast. Your plants may look quite sorry for themselves after a storm, but don’t worry too much as they are able to continue growing as long as their roots are not exposed and you don’t step on the saturated soil right next to them.
Finally, as the vegetable garden fills out with crops, your plants may come under attack from disease or pest damage. There are various manual ways of protecting your plants such as covering carrot seeds with fleece, secured at the edges by soil, to prevent the intrusion of carrot fly and putting up some slug defences if you are growing lettuces, potatoes, beans and many other vegetables. Not all slugs will be interested in your precious crops but those that are will need to be stopped from getting to your plants if you are to keep your crop for yourself. All kinds of slug protection methods have been proposed, so if the one you try first is not effective, just try one of the others.
With a little luck and some simple effort you will enjoy your first attempt to you’re your own because the satisfaction of eating your home grown vegetables is very satisfying and very flavoursome too. But don’t give up if you experience a few problems to start with. Keep trying and as you get used to the challenges the problems will reduce and before long you’ll wonder why you waited so long from creating your home grown vegetable garden.
Article by RONA SPEARS
These days, it’s not necessary to put down thousands of dollars to have a well constructed and built in wind power generator or solar powered cells in the home to generate your personal Do it yourself green electric power. You’ll find straightforward Do it yourself earth-friendly electrical energy guides which point down to nuts and bolts on how you may effortlessly build your very own power equipment, on a tight budget of about 1 hundred money during the period of an afternoon’s time. These kinds of complete e-books are now changing the electrical power landscape as more and more home-owners are getting started to create their own personal DIY earth-friendly energy.
The benefits range from the evident saving bucks on electricity bills, improving the worth of your house on the whole as well as allowing yourself qualified to acquire electric power relevant duty breaks. One of the best aspects about “do-it-yourself” eco-friendly electrical power which home owners are beginning to grab hold of is you can change the idea for your own dependable supply of earnings. Let me reveal ways to get it done.
Virtually all house owners don’t know this. For each and every part of “build it yourself” eco-friendly energy source which you generate but don’t consume personally could be systematically given back in to the electrical power grid. At this point, you will be making cash with every single minor bit of that energy source and your specific power meter will actually turn in reverse. Thus, as opposed to your meter man dropping by your property to check out how much money you are obligated to pay per month, they will be dropping by to see the amount the company owe you.
This “build it yourself” renewable power is precisely similar as the electric power which you attain from your energy company, so it will be given back into the electric power grid and spread throughout different families in your area. The authorities will provide levy reliefs to property owners that make their individual energy source to start with as this electrical energy is much lower priced than them having to maintain limited energy belonging to the energy company.
Lots of home owners have started hooking up their own pv panels or wind mills to produce big levels of “build-it-yourself” eco friendly energy source. They then leave it in its place without any servicing needed so that they get a constant and reliable supply of profit for lifelong. House owners with extra terrain can certainly model their additional land with renewable electrical energy devices and churn out electricity grid electric power en masse.
The good aspects regarding this automated profit is that it is for life when the gear are made. Additionally, it is entirely for you to decide regarding the amount of Do it yourself renewable electricity that you generate simply because the addition of excessive photo voltaic panels or wind power generators exponentially elevates your electrical power productivity and income source. Plenty of household owners are obtaining 5 figure earnings in such a manner on its own and supplementing their existing profit.
By the time the growing season draws to an end, even avid gardeners seem glad that they can take of the gardening gloves and put away the rakes, shovels for the season. But a true gardener knows that the work does not stop when the blooms begin to wither and die off. In order to maintain a healthy lawn and garden during the spring and summer months, there is plenty of work that must be done in the fall.
The same applies for the home. If it is expected to run efficiently and keep its occupants warm during the winter months, there are things that must be done each fall.
Winterizing the Home
The following steps will help to prevent potential winter disasters, and keep the home running more efficiently.
* To keep heating bills down, have the furnace serviced and cleaned each fall.
* Change furnace filters regularly to ensure that it runs efficiently.
* Check all doors and windows for drafts. Close off any drafty areas with weather stripping or fill with foam caulking. Caulking comes in many colors and is available in both indoor or outdoor, so before purchasing, always read labels carefully to be sure that it is the right product for the job.
* Exterior walls, attics and basements that are not properly insulated can result in heat loss and increase heating costs. Replace or add to any insulation that is not providing the insulation value that it is supposed to.
* If the home has a wood burning fireplace, clean or have the chimney cleaned before the beginning of each burning season.
* Clean all debris from gutters and down pipes.
Winterizing the Lawn
A beautiful, well maintained lawn is a big part of a home’s curb appeal. Keeping it looking great is easy when the right steps are taken in the fall.
* In the fall give the entire lawn a thorough raking to remove all leaves and debris that may have accumulated over the spring and summer months. Add the debris to the compost bin.
* It is a good idea to aerate lawns in the fall. Aeration pulls small bits of soil from the lawn which allows more water, air and nutrients to circulate through the soil. Aerators are available at to rent at most home and garden centers.
* Give the lawn one final mowing before the start of the cold weather.
* Apply an environmentally friendly fertilizer. There are many organic and chemical free fertilizers available on the market.
* Reseed any sparse or bare patches of grass.
Winterizing the Garden
After the garden has done its job and provided color and beauty during the long hot summer months, the fall is the perfect time to reward it with some TLC.
* Dig up bulbs for flowers such as dahlias and gladiolas after the first frost. Store them packed in peat or a similar material in a cool dry place where they are out of the reach of hungry rodents for the winter.
* Divide perennials. This can also be done in the spring, but some plants such as hostas and peonies seem to thrive better when divided in the fall.
* Rake out flower beds and apply a layer of mulch, so that the beds are clean and full of healthy nutrients come springtime.
* Remove and safely all ornaments that can crack or break in the cold.
* Clean and oil all gardening tools before storing for the winter so that they do not become rusted.
Fall might mean that winter is on its way, but that does not mean that the growing season has to be over. A properly winterized home that is no drafts around the windows is the ideal place to continue growing indoor plants as well as a variety of delicious and healthy herbs.
Article by Claude Oconnor
Home gardening is a quite Green activity, and is really fantastic for the surroundings aiding reducing pollution amounts in numerous communities. It is also a way to conserve income, and eat more healthy meals.Economically speaking the resurgence of residence farming could have an impact on producers of food, that usually supplied a lot more wealthier householders with their fruit and vegetables. Quite a few of these goods had been imported from creating Nations, or in the scenario of Europe, new poorer members of the European Union.There is no doubt that property gardening tends to make sense, we had been dependent on factory farms that usually utilized pesticides that had been potentially linked to illnesses in a lot of western Countries. Some of the solutions we ate, had been portion of the Globalization of agriculture, which includes importing poultry from Thailand.Countries that may well be hit by the new trend of home gardening, could be Thailand, that is dependent mostly on agriculture, Slovenia and Poland, each exporters to the EU. Whilst flower gardens are turned into vegetable, and fruit patches, and property owners purchase chickens, instead than obtain eggs from our supermarkets.Getting green out of economic necessity, is a trend we all could have to experience in the potential, as land may well get started to grow to be scarcer due to the fact of growing sea amounts, and our awareness of eating far more wholesome meals, turns us away from far more unhealthier factory farming create.Even so, like every little thing in this age of globalization, other individuals have been co-dependent on us for getting their foods. And the large organizations that developed the veggies, eggs and poultry for us, are in all probability laying off employees, and reconsidering had been they can uncover new markets, to a new era of residence gardeners and home gardening.