Category Archives: Gardening and Wildlife
Hey there! Have you been enjoying yourself with us? We reckon that if you’re reading this article today, you must be. You’re really getting into the swing of things, sleeves all nicely rolled up like and ready for the next gardening shift. Awesome, guys! We also reckon that if you’re really this much into your gardening, you really must love nature. And if that’s the case, well, strictly speaking, you love flora and fauna.
Flora, that’s an easy one to figure out, is the plants, trees and flowers in your garden. We hope you’ve got some of those sprouting up by now. Now, this is for those of you who are still struggling to get into the green swing of things. It’s going to be encouraging for you anyhow. Just remember, that if you love plants, you must love animals too. The two go well together. Especially the birds and the bees. No, we’re not here to give you that talk.
Hey there all you green fingers! It’s time to get planting again. Come on guys, down on your dirty knees and hands, all soiled green and brown by now. Okay, that part was easy. If you’re reading this now, you’re motivated and excited. You’re really into this green gardening thing. We’re really happy for you because there’s nothing better than gardening to contribute towards you all creating an organic and sustainable life that’s not only good for you and your family, but good for your neighbors and even your city folk too.
We’re also here to tell you that now is not the time to give up. Yes, some of you guys are going to find all this physical and emotionally draining gardening stuff to be really tough, so much so that you may want to chuck it all up. One of the usual reasons for novice gardeners giving up so easily is because they’re doing some of the things wrong. They’re not planting the right plants either. It depends a lot on your natural surroundings and your area’s climate.
Is it too hot and dry, or do you guys get a lot of rain in your area, those sorts of things. Because we’re mainly here to motivate you and give you a push and a shove whenever you need it, we’d like to remind you that when the going gets tough, well, can you complete that positive statement, well, alright then, the tough get going. If you’ve got green fingers, you must be tough. Part of the problem of an unsuccessful first-time gardening campaign, is not planting the right plants.
We’d like to remind you then, especially those of you are who are seeing your plants wilt or shrivel up and dry up completely, that what your soil and garden needs are perennial plants. Especially for those of you who are completely new to gardening, it’s our job to explain to you all what this basically means. To have perennial plants in your garden means that they’ll be growing and flourishing all year round. Yes, that’s right folks; perennial means all of the time, more or less.
Winterizing garden – this is something that needs to done very carefully and this is the topic on which people keep on asking me questions after questions and very rightly so. This is something that will make your garden ready to face the upcoming long winter months. There is a specific way to do that. Let us look into some of the techniques:
- Chop, cut, clip and clean: First of all, you need to tidy up your garden and help it get rid of unwanted stuffs. You need to remove the spent stalks and the debris of shrubs or dead plants or the ones that are unwanted or have grown here and there by default. Otherwise all these debris might become home or incubator for pests and diseases once the long chilly winter sets in and everything goes under snow. You need to get rid of the dying foliage as this will give your garden a much trimmer and slimmer look all throughout the winter. Also, it will help remove the grooming chores in the spring that will follow the winter, when you will be carrying out all the “good funny” things and may be planting new seeds and seedlings.
- Remove Invasives: You need to pull out the weeds or other plants that are unwanted. Here you need to take special care to get rid of the invasive plants, particularly the seed heads. You need to use a covered garbage container to remove the compost pile so that you do not mistakenly spill them while carrying. If left unnoticed, they can again be a home for the pests and diseases that will cause ‘health concern’ for your garden.
There is one aspect that helps the very practice of gardening a lot. It is the aspect of pollination. And when it comes to discussing pollination, insects play a crucial role in that. In fact, there are a few beneficial insects that help in pollination. Thus, it is imperative that you try to attract these beneficial insects into your garden. I had succeeded in doing so and I am sure with a little practice and application of thought and imagination you will be able to do the same as well. Let us look into some of the ways to attract these beneficial insects.
- Frankly speaking, attracting beneficial insects entirely depends upon planting of plants or flowers that attract insects. Some of these insects are very small and they would like to be attracted by smaller flowers like alyssum.
- You need to allow the plants to grow adequate flowers and that also as fast as possible to attract the insects and hence you would like to create situations conducive to fast growth of the plants and appearance of these flowers.
- Bees are another variety of beneficial insects and in order to attract bees you need flowers like foxglove. The lip of this particular flower acts as the landing pad for bees and provides them all the chance to collect the nectar. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that bees do not see colors as we do, though they are attracted towards blue and yellow flowers.
The first and foremost thought that crossed my mind after I decided to turn the backyard of my house into a little garden was that what am I going to do with my garden? Am I going to grow flowers or something else? My husband advised me to grow vegetables as for me that was an easier venture and there I was, growing vegetables in my backyard garden. But then again, choosing the ones to grow was a big thing. I had to opt for the ones that are easiest to grow, rather than opting for the ones that are fairly difficult to grow. Let me discuss a few vegetables that are easiest to grow in your garden, as they have been in mine.
- Lettuce and Other Salad Greens
Lettuce is something that grows fairly fast and is really simple to grow or harvest. You just need to snip off the tops from the plants or pick the leaves if and when needed. They take hardly any space to grow and they can even grow in the confined places of containers, may be accompanied by the flowers or when placed under the shades of much taller plants. I have been successful in directly seeding and growing them even in areas that are partially shaded.
It is regarded as one of the most popular and one of the most widely harvested vegetables for gardens of any size, and that had actually prompted me to grow tomatoes in my garden. You can do the same and actually you can grow tomatoes in baskets that you can hang from places or in other containers or anywhere you like. However, you need to be sure that the place you select gets a lot of sunshine. Also, do not forget to provide adequate support for their tendrils or stalks. However, if you are a starter just like I had been a couple of years back, I would recommend you to opt for the smaller variety of tomatoes, like cherry tomatoes.