Summer Gardening Tips

Here are a few helpful suggestions and tips to keep your gardens at their peak performance during the summer months.

Family planting in a garden

Weed once a week

Now is the time when tiny weed seedlings become huge monsters almost overnight. Pull them by hand or hoe them before they use the nutrients in the soil intended for your vegetables, annuals and perennials.

Feed the Roses

Any other heavy feeders should be fed now too. Continue to feed them once per month until frost. Most heavy feeders use a great quantity of soil nutrients to produce those big bold blooms we all love. Keep them producing regularly with regular applications of liquid fertilizer. Some compost isn’t a bad idea either.

Dead head remaining spring bulbs that have faded

Clip off any seed pods that may have formed on your daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths, etc. This will encourage growth underground for next year’s blooms. Leave the foliage and let it die back naturally. This lets the plant feed itself and the parent bulb for next spring as well. Plant spreading annuals such as lively petunias next

ZZ Plant A Narrative Guide

My Brooklyn apartment needed some houseplants. . . finally. My wife and I moved in three years ago, but after a newborn, new car, changes in jobs, we are still asking questions like, ‘Um, where is that box of picture frames?’ Our place is not too dark, but it’s not super bright either, and all the windows face north. This scared me at first—I wanted some success right off the bat to build my houseplant confidence. So I turned to a plant with a reputation for being hard to kill: the ZZ plant.

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“ZZ” stands for Zamioculcas zamiifolia. I promise I can pronounce the species name in person, but I’ll stick with ZZ plant here. The ZZ plant has been available as a houseplant for about 20 years, but it’s getting more attention and appreciation recently. In fact, I first noticed it on a list of foolproof, low-light houseplants right here at bbg.org.

Foolproof, attractive, tolerant of low light—it sounded like just the plant for my apartment. Still, I think of myself a good graduate of

A Japanese-Style Backyard Garden in Brooklyn

Many Americans think of Japanese gardens in terms of either the famed gardens of Kyoto or display gardens in parks or botanic gardens here in the United States. But in Japan, small residential gardens are also beloved and ubiquitous, especially in dense urban areas. One common style, the tsuboniwa, is an internal courtyard garden that first came into vogue in the 1600s. These gardens were a way for middle-class city dwellers, inspired by large estate gardens, to bring a bit of nature into their own homes. Tsuboniwa are still popular today, as are pocket gardens in other tiny spaces adjacent to the home.

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Many small spaces in Brooklyn and other cities are very well suited for similar gardens. Just look at this lovely small Park Slope Japanese-style backyard garden.

When the garden’s owner, Roberta Samet, bought her classic Brooklyn brownstone in 1985, the 20- by 40-foot backyard was filled with construction debris and badly in need of a cleanup and overhaul. “That gave me carte blanche to create whatever I wanted,” she says. Samet had always admired the

Take Care Of Your Green Friend

An arborist is a tree surgeon who will take care about A-Z of a plant. Be it a plant or a shrub or herb.  Calgary arborist is the group of companies who takes care the plants like a doctor take care of its concerned patients. From removal of stamp to fertilizing the soil for better plantation they talked care of every possibility related to our green friend. Such company’s offers tree services both for the residential concerns and for the commercial projects. Their specialty is such business organizations only use the organic terms. Be it vermin compost or cow dung for fertilizers or other amenities. Sustainable developmental products and methods will be useful for ensuring the health of the race around and also going to provide a positive impact in terms of the environment as well as the terms related to environments. Be it living or non living beings. Such organizations only use certified arborists to ensure the maximum quality can be reached to each seeker.

73The calgary arborist are such professionals who generally look after the safety

Container Gardening – How to Brighten Up the Paved Courtyard

Never let it be said that container gardens are second best to those gardens on the soil. They may be labor intensive but being as rich and extravagant as your pocket will allow is their reward. Containers solve many problems for would-be gardeners. They are the answer to a paved courtyard or a roof terrace or a balcony. They are an excellent solution for people who cannot bend easily to dig. A collection of window boxes can be used as a finishing touch to a house. Whatever the purpose the choice of containers is enormous.

Ground rules for container gardens that need to be considered are the potting and re-potting of the plants, the work involved in occasionally changing the soil and most importantly you need to consider the watering of the pots. Is there adequate drainage? All containers have to have holes drilled at the bottom for correct drainage. Is there a water supply nearby? Will you be able to use liquid feeds? Watering is by far the greatest chore and it needs to be done regularly and generously. Rain is never enough on its own and a downpour will fool you into thinking the

Have You Tried African Daisy in Your Flower Borders

If you haven’t tried African Daisy in your borders, you’re missing out on one of the most delicately beautiful daisies in existence. At least I think so.

These little floral jewels (usually about 2 inches across) make an ever-to-be-remembered show in spots or en masse in rock gardens, meadows, cutting gardens, or the front of the flower border.

Loves It Hot and Dry

Dimorphotheca (dye-more-foe-THEE-kuh) is commonly referred to as African Daisy or Cape Marigold. Native to arid regions of South Africa, it’s fast growing and seems to sprout from nowhere after a heavy rain.

If you live in the west where it’s hot and dry, these beautiful silk-like daisies in lovely pastel shades of yellow, pale orange, pink, and white with their dark centers should do very well for you.

If you live in a hot humid area like I do, it’s going to be a bit more touch-and-go. But I assure you, the display is well worth the effort.

How I Discovered African Daisy

I started gardening in the early 80s. My Grandmother was still alive then and lived in Idaho with my Uncle. One of her favorite flowers was the African Daisy. It was a regular in her flower garden. She saved seed

Rearranging Your Garden

All the gardens reach a point where they need a little renovation. Renovation is a huge work. It requires a lot of new ideas, time, and knowledge. Most of the people want to rearrange their garden to be more beautiful and more comfortable. Some people want to install a pond or a swimming pool. “The best place to plan your yard is just sitting in it”, says A Dutch gardening expert W. Oudshoom. In this article we will give you a few useful tips and make your rearrangement easier.

First, take a look at a plan of your yard. This plan should incorporate the current look of the garden and the future look of the garden. In your scale plan you should leave some space for the notes, abrupt ideas, plants’ names, and a lot of more. Do not forget to note how the light shifts in your area. Light is dramatically important for the plants and the need of the light for individual plants differ considerably. Later, decide where do you want to build your garden buildings. These buildings can be built in a sunny or shady area.

Moreover, carefully select the plants for

Tips for Planning a Vegetable Garden Plot

Planning out your vegetable garden is an important step in the process of setting up your garden in a way that provides an environment for optimal growth. Careful planning ahead of time will go a long way towards helping you reap abundant harvests of healthy home grown foods. Here are some things to consider when planning out your garden.

There’s never only one style of garden that works for everyone when it comes to vegetable garden planning because every gardener and their gardening wants and needs are unique. The type of soil you’ll be using, whether you’ll be sowing directly in the ground or using raised beds, how much sun and shade your garden area will get in a day, what types of fertilizers and supplements you’ll be using and what types of foods you’re looking to grow will all play a part in how your garden plan and your garden location is set up.

Settling on the best part of your yard for a garden is the first step. You want to look for an area that gets at least 6-8 hours of sunshine a day at a minimum, and has good drainage. The

How to Grow Happy Tomatoes in Your Home Garden

  • Starting Your Vegetable Garden
  • One of the best parts of spring and summer are the garden fresh tomatoes and other vegetables that make their way from your garden to your dining table. But making sure those tomatoes are the best they can be requires proper planning and planting.
  • Growing Happy & Healthy Tomatoes
  • There are several things to keep in mind when growing tomatoes. Some of these you may already know, but we hope you find at least one useful tip to help you in your garden.
  1. Find the right spot. Tomatoes like full sun, so avoid shady spots in your yard. If you are planting in a pot, make sure the pot is not in a shady corner.
  2. Choose the right tomato. Certain varieties may grow better in your climate zone. Make sure you do the proper research before planting your garden.
  3. Water tomatoes regularly. They are deeply rooted, so you want to water enough so the water gets down to the roots, but don’t water directly over the plant. Water the soil around the plant.
  4. Plant in raised rows. Mound the soil so you have alternating rows of dips and mounds. Plant the tomatoes

The History of Italian and French Gardens

The Italian Renaissance saw a dramatic development in the whole concept of gardens. In the early fifteenth century, as trade started to flourish again, merchants in the hot city of Florence began to build villas or farms on the surrounding vineyard hills where it was cooler. The earliest Renaissance gardens were at first in the formal, enclosed tradition but gradually a view was allowed into the garden through a hole in the wall. As a natural view became more important the enclosures were swept away and the hill side gardens were allowed to stride down their sites through olive groves and vineyards.

During the sixteenth century the initiative passed to Rome, where the architect Bramante designed a papal garden within the Vatican. This was forerunner of the High Renaissance style, with a magnificent arrangement of steps and terraces, which became a prototype for everything which became followed. From then on gardens became even more ostentatious in design, with terraces at different levels retained by walls and interconnected by grand staircases. Water again became a major feature, as it was in Islamic gardens. It was pressurized and used spectacularly, progressing down an incline or displayed in an

A Plan To Create A Simple Herb Garden

You’ve watched television chefs toss, stir, marinate, and garnish meals with fresh herbs. You’ve seen them at the garden centers, and read recipes and articles promoting the potent flavor achieved by adding delicate plant foliage to a dish. The heat activates the natural oils and causes addictive aromas to erupt.

You may have purchased the fresh edible vines enclosed in clear packets at the grocery stores. But this year you’ve decided to stop eating from the sidelines. You’ve chosen to jump into the game, wield a trowel and put your own green thumb to work creating a simple herb garden. To achieve a win with any project you need the support of a good step-by-step plan. Here’s the method I devised years ago and have continued to implement each spring.

1. Research if you’ve never had an herb garden before, if you want to try different plants, or if you want to experiment with new techniques

Most herbs are pretty simple to grow and you will learn a lot from your first season. But before you dig into the potting soil you need to invest some time in research. There are plenty of books

Growing a Herb Garden

When we started our backyard home garden, we had a raised bed garden designated for herbs only. We chose to plant our favorite herbs that we usually use in our cooking such as sage, rosemary, sweet basil, mint, and thyme. We love using fresh herbs that will add fabulous flavor to home-prepared meals.

If you’re just starting a herbs garden, or if your garden space is limited, you’ll probably want to stick with basic culinary herbs. Homegrown herbs straight from the garden offer the freshest of flavors – something you just can’t get from store-bought herbs. It gets so expensive also when buying from the store. It’s easy to dry herbs at home, their savory flavors will remain to add a taste of summer to midwinter meals.

Some of the most dependable herbs for cooking we have in our home garden includes basil, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint and cilantro. One tip for herbal cooking I know is, fresh and dried homegrown herbs are interchangeable in most recipes. Most herbs don’t require cooking, you can add them just before serving. For the freshest flavor, simply add a pinch of herbs to each plate at

Creating A Bog Garden for An Accent in Your Garden

Creating a Bog Garden is a little more involved than sticking some plants that love moisture into a soggy part of your yard. It takes some planning, some planning, and some hard work. First of all you have to decide where a good spot is to put your bog garden. A place in your yard that’s soggy or collects water would be perfect. You’ll need to dig a trench with a flat bottom and sloping sides. Put all the soil you dig out on a tarp for use later. The deeper the trench, the less watering you’ll have to do. About 18 to 30 inches deep would be a nice size.

Next you line the hole with a hard shell liner or even a small plastic pool. The bottom of your bog should be watertight. However, you need to provide drainage for the top and sides. Poke small holes through the liner at intervals of about 12 inches apart. Your bog will need to stay moist evenly so you need to integrate a watering method. There are three ways you can do this.

1. Install a PVC pipe that has been perforated in each corner

If You Have Limited Space You May Want To Consider Vertical Gardening

Pole beans are great for vertical gardens. You can set up simple sturdy bamboo pole teepee’s and train your pole beans to grow up and over the simple bamboo teepee. If you’ll make your teepee just right you’ll be able to crawl under the teepee and pick the pole beans growing under there and you can also pick the beans growing on the outside.

You’ll want to start your pole beans growing as soon as all danger of frost has passed and you want to plant your beans around the base of the support frame so you can get the beans started growing up and over the simple wooden frame or poles that you put up for support. Be sure to fasten your support poles in a sturdy way so the heavy weight of the grown beans and vines don’t cause your teepee support frame to fall down. You’ll find in time that pole beans are one of the best vegetables there are for vertical gardening.

Cucumbers are another perfect vegetable for this type of gardening. You can grow your cucumbers several different ways. You can let them grow up a wire fence section or

Gardening – How to Start Seeds With Free Materials

There are many different ways to save money when it comes time to start your seeds for your garden. Starting your plants from seeds can save you a lot money and buying all of the materials necessary to plant the seeds can be expensive. You can avoid these expenses by saving common household items that you would otherwise throw in the garbage, By doing this you can practically start your seeds for free. You will only need to pay for the seeds.

One way to save money is by making your own compost and use it in place of potting soil. Composting materials are free. You need green material and brown material to make compost. Food scraps such as coffee grounds, egg shells and potato peelings are known as green material. Paper, cardboard and leaves are known as brown material. You have to have layers of green and brown composting materials to make compost. It’s not that difficult and all you need to do is keep it turned and moist and simply wait for it to decompose into that rich brown golden compost. There are many websites and books available on how to make compost. Back

Guidelines for Beginners in Gardening and Landscaping

Having a garden is similar to having a sanctuary. A garden is a place that, if all the natural elements are brought together by a clever and harmonious design, can effectively restore a person’s peace of mind. Many homeowners want to have their own landscaped areas within the property that is filled with colorful and fragrant flowers and plants. Aside from the increased aesthetic value of the place, this garden can serve as a place where they can commune with nature, relax, and restore their spirit.

There are so many garden projects to refer to and the Internet is an amazing source of gardening and landscaping ideas. If you are thinking about setting up a garden within your property, then here are a few guidelines that you might find useful.

The very first consideration that you need to take note in planning a garden is your lifestyle. Before committing to the project, you need to ensure that your lifestyle fits the choices to be made. Is the garden that you have in mind something that you will have time to maintain? What is your weekly routine? What are the plants available in your area and

Spring and Gardens Go Together

April is the first full month of spring and it is the time when garden planting kicks into high gear. Plant smart now for months of beautiful flowers and a bounty of vegetables.

Plant Color for Summer: Summer-blooming bedding should be planted in April. Annuals that bloom all summer include alyssum, amaranthus, dahlia, daisies, gloriosa, marigolds, morning glory, petunia, statice, sunflowers, verbena and zinnia.

Plant Heat-Loving Vegetables: No need to spend money on potted vegetable plants. With a little patience, you can plant vegetables from seed now for vegetables by June. Vegetables that do particularly well from seed are beets, carrots, corn, cucumbers, green beans, melons, okra, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes and radishes.

Plant Citrus Trees: Choose a location that gets full sun and is protected from wind. Make sure the soil is well draining. Place the root ball of the tree in the planting hole so it is about an inch higher than surrounding soil. Fill with natural and amended soil. Remove most of the fruit that may be on the tree to avoid transplant shock. Keep your citrus tree well watered during its first year. Its roots will eventually borough deep and

Two Garden Edging Techniques You Can Try At Home

There are many edging techniques you can use for your garden. An edging can be constructed with a variety of materials as long as you are willing to be a creative person. Whether you want a simple or high-class garden edge there are ways to create it. If you like it when your home looks natural and beautiful, you may use special flowering plants. In this article two techniques of edging will be discussed. The first method entails use of brick and cement pavers. This is a professional means of creating a border for your garden. Read the following steps to learn how this technique works.

– Measure the brick and cement pavers to ascertain the width required for a trench to accommodate them.

– Dig a trench along the edge of your garden. Ensure the trench is two times as wide as the pavers themselves. It should be about seven inches deeper along with the height of our paving blocks. To do perfect work you may require a shovel, a spade and a half-moon edger.

– Pour gravel or crushed rock in the trench so that it occupies about six inches. You should

Tips on Landscape Design for Gardens

Thanks to the plethora of information available in the market, a lot of people are thinking about landscaping their outdoor space themselves. A garden adds to the overall aesthetics of a home, and a well-designed one not only transforms the whole look, but also provides serenity and tranquility to homeowners. Many people have been landscaping their gardens for a long time, but those who have been introduced to it recently usually need some guidance to go about the task. Well, help is at hand for people looking forward to beautify their gardens. The following landscape design tips will help you in getting an insight on the things to follow while landscaping your garden. Take a look.

Tips on Garden Landscaping for Beginners

• It is important for you to get an idea on how much space is available to you. You need to take a look at the available outdoor space and analyze how much of it can be utilized for gardening purposes. After you have the required information, with the help of scaling, you can create a rough draft on how you would like your garden to be. This will ensure that good planning

Creating A Miniature Fairy Garden – Imaginative Fun For All The Family

Fairy gardens are a variation of the miniature gardens which have been creating quite a buzz for a couple of years now. Fairy gardens seem to look best in a container of some sort although of course it’s also possible to create one as part of your main garden or as a feature in an existing area. You can buy a beautiful tub, half barrel or similar, or get creative with Belfast sinks, tin bathtubs, old tyres or large flower pots- there’s no right or wrong container!

What makes up a fairy garden? It’s really only limited by your imagination, but in general a fairy garden will consist of a container, miniature plants either in pots or planted, moss, crystals, stones/pebbles, and perhaps a fairy house or two. It’s also possible to incorporate ponds, rivers, and accessories- there are manufacturers producing a wide range of amazing items to fully accessorize your garden, from stepping stones and seats to swings and garden implements. Generally speaking the more unique the better- try beachcombing or countryside walks to find unusual objects, wood, rocks, fossils etc which might come in useful.

It’s a good idea to have everything ready