Tending a garden can sometimes take up a lot of your time, but there are other things you can do, especially on days when you’re not busy working in it. Below are some garden-related activities for you to try on your time away from the garden. Go visit gardens. If the day is cool but sunny, why not take a trip down to a botanical garden or conservatory. Gain inspirations for your own garden as you marvel at well manicured
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A cold frame is basically a small greenhouse where you can keep growing crops well into the colder months of fall and winter. It’s a space-saving way of extending your growing season, and starting off your plants early if you don’t have the space for a greenhouse. This project is relatively easy to do and is a great way to reuse old windows and timber.
A low grow tunnel is perfect for covering your raised beds and vegetable beds in your home garden or allotment, allowing you to extend your growing season, so you can grow and harvest even during the colder months. And it’s so easy to do. Here’s how you can build a very simple, low one out of easy to source materials. 1. Gather your materials Here’s what you’ll need: PVC plumbing pipes Heavy-duty plastic drop cloths or greenhouse plastic Several pieces
Here are 6 clever ways of sneaking a greenhouse in even the smallest of places. Table top greenhouse Table top greenhouses are available at home improvement stores. Even stores that sell home décor and furnishings carry these mini-greenhouses that you can place on a table or a sunny windowsill. It comes in varying sizes and heights and is perfect for small house plants and growing seedlings. Glass tanks You may also use glass tanks, such as an old fish tank,
It’s amazing what innovations farmers and growers come up with to make their crops much more interesting. With the use of plastic molds, they have managed to turn ordinary-looking fruits and vegetables into something fantastic and totally unusual. 1. Shaped Japanese watermelons We’ve probably all heard and seen the cubed-shaped watermelons from Japan. These novelty fruits made such a buzz because of their square shape, totally unusual because watermelons are round. These watermelons are put in molds when the fruit
Retaining walls are good features in the garden. Both high and low, they’re perfect for defining your property and particular areas in your garden. They’re good alternatives to hedges because maintenance wouldn’t be as frequent. They’re also very useful to help level a sloping property, creating a barrier on one end to create a pit that you can fill with material. This in turn makes the area much more usable and easier to plant. Retaining walls can also be used
Keeping a garden can be a lot of work, but there are ways to make tasks easier to do. We present to you these 11 tips which we hope will make taking care of the garden much more easier for you. 1. Sit on a low stool when you need to work low. If you can, get one with a waterproof, cushioned seat so you’ll be more comfortable as you do your chores. Use a kneeling pad or cushion if
One very useful tool for gardeners and growers is a garden journal. It’s a record of useful information and techniques that can help you keep track of everything that pertains to your garden. If you don’t have one yet, it’s never too late to start your own. Here are 7 reasons why you should start your own garden journal today. 1. Plant information. Keep all your plants’ information inside the journal so they’re all in one place. Information from the
If you like to grow your own vegetables, and are very much into growing food organically, then keeping chickens in your garden might be something to consider. Taking care of chickens is not that hard, and even the smallest of gardens can benefit from having a chicken or two living in it. Here are 5 reasons why. 1. Rich, chicken manure. Chicken manure is rich in nitrogen which plants love. You can add chicken manure to your compost bin to
If you’re looking for a garden style that’s beautiful but low maintenance and water efficient, then a xeriscaped garden might be for you. Read on to learn more of what xeriscaping is about. What is xeriscaping? Xeriscaping is gardening and landscaping that uses methods and creative design to reduce the use of water. It is perfect for hot climates, arid regions and where freshwater is scarce, but it would also work in other areas throughout the country. It conserves water.