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A Quick Primer on Feeding Plants

August 21st, 2012

"Feeding" plants is more than just another way of saying "watering." According to the BBC, most flora needs three nutrients to thrive - nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Nitrogen helps promote leaf growth, phosphorus is good for roots and leaves and potassium is necessary for flowers and fruits. By knowing when to feed your plants, you can ensure that your garden flourishes...


Growing Broccoli in a Home Garden

June 6th, 2012

Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables to grow in a garden - not only is it tasty and easy to prepare in a variety of dishes, but it's also quite robust and takes well to many climates quite easily. If you've been thinking about starting a veggie garden and want something that you'll get a lot of use from, broccoli could be the solution. Here are a few things to keep...


Tips on Planting Potatoes

May 30th, 2012

If you've been gardening for a while, it may be time to introduce a new crop to your collection. How about potatoes? They're relatively easy to care for, and you should have no problem finding plenty of things to do with them once they've grown. After about four or five months, you may find yourself with a bountiful harvest. If you've never planted potatoes before, here are a...


Picking Flowers for Memorial Day

May 27th, 2012

As much as you may enjoy a nice barbecue this Memorial Day, it's important to never forget the main reason why we celebrate. If you'd like to commemorate our fallen soldiers, one of the simplest ways to do so is by planting the right flowers. When you have a nice bouquet selection assembled, bring it to a nearby cemetery. You may even be able to contact your local historical...


How To Grow Lentils

May 17th, 2012

If you're trying to prepare more Middle Eastern food, growing your own lentils is a great way to ensure that you always have a popular legume on hand. They are a cool-season crop that can be easily be cultivated as summer rolls in. According to Harvest to Table, as a general rule of thumb, you should plant between four and six lentils per household member. It's a relatively...


Organic Fertilizers 101

May 14th, 2012

It goes without saying that you need fertile soil in order to ensure that the plants in your vegetable garden successfully make it to harvest. According to the National Gardening Association, most soils benefit from the introduction of organic fertilizer. The main reason for using it is that it closely simulates the conditions necessary to meet the nutritional needs of a...


How To Prune Flowers

May 3rd, 2012

There are plenty of reasons to prune your flowers. It can help you define the shape of your garden, prolong flowering and help ensure that future generations are even healthier. If you've got the basics of gardening down and are ready to get into the nitty gritty of maintenance, pruning is definitely a skill worth learning. It's relatively uncomplicated as well! If you've...


Giving Your Seeds a Headstart Indoors

April 25th, 2012

Depending on where you live, the last frost of winter may not occur until late April or early May. This isn't a problem for people who inhabit warmer climates, but for those living up North, it can be a problem, as the growing season for many plants is shortened by about a full month. The solution? Give your seeds a head start by planting them indoors. This helps them develop...


Caring For Your Gardening Tools

April 25th, 2012

Gardening tools must endure a great deal of wear and tear - after all, you're using them to dig up soil, prune leaves and rake foliage. This is why it's important that you diligently take care of your equipment. The more careful you are with maintaining them, the longer they'll last. Luckily, most gardening tools should be fairly easy to keep in good condition, as long as you...


Why Mulch Your Garden?

April 23rd, 2012

Do you have problems with weeds or dry flower beds? A layer of mulch could be just what you need to solve them! According to the BBC, mulching is a fundamental gardening skill that you will want to learn as soon as possible. It provides nutrients for plants, helps lock in moisture, forms a barrier against weeds and can even help to insulate the roots of your plants from winter...