The Planting Season and What Goes Into It

The Planting Season and What Goes Into It

Hi there all you green fingers! Okay, so some of you don’t have green fingers yet, so this series of articles is designed to get you all in the mood and to More »

Top 7 Winter Bedding Plants

Top 7 Winter Bedding Plants

When it comes to plant out the winter bedding plants, autumn is the perfect time. I have learned this through my experience and that is what I would like to share with More »

Simple Tips That Can Make You a Wonderful Gardener

Simple Tips That Can Make You a Wonderful Gardener

I personally find gardening as one of the healthiest and noblest hobbies, wherein you not only fulfill your wishes and make yourself comfortable, but you also spend a considerable amount of time More »

Benefits of Having Gardening as a Hobby

Benefits of Having Gardening as a Hobby

They say that you need to have a hobby or two to be healthy – mentally as well as physically. How right they are! The present state of affairs in our daily More »

 

Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden

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.

  • Tomatoes

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.

Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

Gardening in my opinion is one of the best hobbies one can practice. It is not rocket science. However, at the same time, it is not that easy a practice as well. I have learned through experience that you need to follow a certain methodology in order to grow the best produces, and for that you need to avoid a few very rudimentary, yet critical mistakes that can ruin your venture. Here are some of them.

  • Under prepared Beds

This is a very common mistake that I find people ending up with, due to sheer ignorance or at times due to utter callousness and laziness. As and when the seeds or the seedlings are planted during the spring, we do this simply by digging small holes with the help of our hands or the small hand shovels, thinking that the room that we thus make will be sufficient for them. However, the fact is that when the soil subsequently dries up and becomes rock hard, the tender root tips are unable to penetrate that hard soil, leading to subsequent death of the seedling or resulting in the growth of a stunted plant thereafter. Hence, it is necessary to double-dig the garden bed and add sufficient compost and leaf mold that will make the soil loose enough for a good underground growth of the root.

Benefits of Having Gardening as a Hobby

They say that you need to have a hobby or two to be healthy – mentally as well as physically. How right they are! The present state of affairs in our daily life tend to take the hell out of our soul, leaving us only in a virtual vegetative state, albeit with a lifeless soul with striking similarities with a machine. That is why having a hobby comes as a fresh bout of air for the mind, body and spirit, and when it comes to gardening, it is really one of the healthiest refreshments as it has everything to do with nature and greenery and other colors that Mother Nature has in her offing for us! Believe me, I have stopped aging mentally since I took it up as my pastime and hobby, and I am only getting younger and younger. Frankly speaking, a couple of hours in my backyard garden in the morning and in the afternoon leave me utterly refreshed. Believe me, gardening as a hobby comes up with a string of benefits for you, as it has for me.

  • It creates a positive impact on health

I had an uncanny propensity of suffering from lethargy before, but this hobby of gardening has changed me. Believe me, it has the same effect as doing physical exercise as it burns calories, and keeps you healthy – physically and mentally. When gardening, I conduct activities likes mowing my backyard, trimming the plants and getting rid of the unwanted shrubs and weeds, cleaning the pots and planting seedlings and plants, watering them, and taking close look and getting rid of weeds and the likes. Now all these activities need a fair amount of physical mobility, which in turn helps be to burn calories that at the end of the day helps me to stay fit.

A Guide to Watering Plants During Winter

The first and foremost thing that I would like you all to remember is that plants do not need much care during the winters as they do during the summers. However, it is still important to take care of them during the winter. That means you just cannot afford to neglect them. You need to water them even during the winter. Let us discuss a few things regarding watering the plants during winter.

Plants are to some extent damaged due to ice and strong wind during the winter. In many regions, you will find that precipitation of normal winter is more than enough for plants, as the cold weather ensures that there is no need of too much watering. However, one very important thing that I would like you to ensure is that the plants have adequate hydration. It helps to protect them from the harshness of winter. Let us discuss some of the steps that you need to take:

Step 1: First of all, you need to water the garden in a proper way throughout the fall. Particularly, when it comes to watering the saplings or shrubs that you have freshly planted, you need to water deeply. The idea is to give your garden a thorough watering at the interval of every two to three weeks, till the arrival of the very first frost.

The Best Ways to Conserve Water for Your Garden

Conserving water is one of the most imperative aspects of garden. This has to be done if you are to excel in the art of gardening. This is not only your duty not to use water abundantly and spoil it, but this is needed so that you never have water scarcity, which is the last thing you should encounter. There are a number of ways in which you can conserve water. However, here I shall discuss the ones that I have practiced days in and days out.

Hold Water in Water Pots; Carry Out Gardening in the Morning

It is widely believed that it is best to water the plants during the day or in the morning, as this always has a noteworthy effect on the plants so far as their growth is concerned. However, my point is that you need to make sure that after you water the plant, you are able to preserve it for a considerable period of time, as you do not have to channelize too much of water for this purpose. This is more evident if you are staying somewhere that is infamous for scarcity of water. The best way to do that is to use pots that are made up materials that have a high moisture retention capacity. That means, you need to make sure that the plants do not dry out quickly simply because all the water that you have poured have simply drained out of the pot.

Taking Care of Your Garden During the Fall

As the fall sets in, it marks the arrival of autumn with the winter following just behind it. This is the time of the year where you need to pull up your socks and make your garden ready for the hard days ahead. It should make you start thinking about the lawn of your garden. With the arrival of autumn the mercury rapidly runs down and with occasional downpour, it gets even cooler, setting the perfect time for you to prepare your garden and its lawn.

I have seen a handful of homeowners who have a wrong perception that there is simply no need to turn attention towards the lawn of their garden during the fall as the grass does not grow as rapidly as the plants. This is absolutely wrong as during this time, just like the plant and other foliage, grass also keeps in absorbing all the energy, nutrients and moisture to prepare itself for the long, cold days ahead. Hence they keep in growing rapidly. So what are the steps that you can take? Here they are:

Mow regularly

You need to continue watering and mowing your lawn as and when you need, all throughout the fall days. Then, as and when the winter approaches and sets in you need to change the blade of your mower to the lowest point and go for two more mowing sessions. This will allow more sunlight to creep in to the soil through the grass. This will drastically reduce the amount of leaf turning brown due to lack of sunlight once the winter sets in completely. I would suggest you to set the blade settings in such a way that does not trim off more than one third of the blades of the grass one at a time.

Ventilate the soil of your garden

Another thing that you need to do during fall is aerating the soil. This is an imperative task because water, oxygen, and the fertilizers are able to get to the root of the grass without any hindrance. There are different types of soil aerators available in the market and you can easily opt for the one that you will find apt for your garden.