Orchids: Everything You Need To Know

March 27, 2012 by Mario  
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Discover Everything You Need To Know About Orchids And How To Grow The Most Beautiful And Magnificent Orchids In Your Community!
Orchids: Everything You Need To Know

Basic Tips for Beginner Gardeners : Getting to Know Your Garden

October 18, 2010 by Mario  
Filed under Gardening Tips


Tips on getting to know your garden so that it grows successfully in thisfree gardening video. Expert: Allan Watts Contact: www.anythinggrows.com Bio: Allan Watts has been the owner of Anything Grows, a store for Gardeners for the past 12 years, located in Stratford, ON. Filmmaker: Melissa Schenk

What You Need To Know Before Getting Started in Flower Gardening

March 24, 2010 by Mario  
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What You Need To Know Before Getting  Started in Flower Gardening

Before you engage into your gardening activities, be guided with the necessary resources you’ll need in your gardening operations.

The nursery house, tools, implements and equipment should be ready for convenience in your day to day operations.

You can’t work satisfactorily with inadequate supply needed during the actual performance of your garden works. It is necessary that you should provide these items your utmost priority…

Nursery House

The nursery house is the first requirement you should give due consideration. It is where the life of seedlings, newly propagated plants depend – in other words, the storehouse for baby plants.

Before anything else, you must construct your nursery before you venture into flower gardening.

11  Factors you should consider  before constructing your nursery house

1. Location

The nursery house should be located in a place where the seedlings and newly propagated are safe and free from any disturbances during their growing period.

Locate your nursery house in areas such as…

access to road  and transportation networks available water supply free from industrial establishments or air pollution proximity to market outlets, climatic conditions topography of the land light supply labor supply

Construct your nursery in an East-West orientation.  This will be discussed in the succeeding topic.

2.  Road Access

Nursery accessibility is closely related to its potential customers. The production site should be accessible to the primary buyers, since your purpose anyway in putting up a nursery  is to provide ready available supply of flowers to customers.

3. Water Supply

For timely production, water must be provided when it is needed by the plants. Depending on the location, the nursery relies on ground water, lake, river, or local water supplies.

These sources vary in cost, quality, accessibility, and reliability of supply. Many nurseries depend on ground source for irrigation.

4. Light

Unlike greenhouse, in which supplemental lighting can be provided, field production relies solely on sunlight. Shade houses can be erected for plants that need such conditions.

Unwanted shading sometimes is experienced where trees are used to provide shelter from the winds.

5. Air pollution

Location of the nursery should be made in such a way that it will not suffer from air pollution.

If it has to be established in a heavily industrialized area, it should located upwind to escape the pollutants emitted from the various industrial facilities.

6. Topography

The terrain of the site has implications in drainage, soil erosion, ease of land preparation, and general ease of production operations.

If the site is rolling, use of machinery is hampered and irrigation systems are more difficult to install and operate. It may become necessary to spend additional cost to level the site to facilitate production operations.

On a rolling site, low parts of the land are likely to experience drainage problems and be susceptible to frost damage or water logging.

7.  Drainage

It is a must that the proposed site should be naturally well-drained. If it is not feasible, you should construct drainage canal, but it well add to your production.

A well drained location will provide good aeration of the soil and reduce the incidence of soilborne diseases. Furthermore, a well-drained soils allow rapid soil warming for early production in spring.

8.  Soil Texture and Structure

Field production of seedlings for sale requires that plants be dug up at some point. If bare-root production is intended, a soil with loose structure (sand or loam) is preferred.

For balled and burlapped production, the soil should be cohesive enough to form a ball around the roots.  A properly textured soil also drains well, holds moisture at a desirable level, and is easy to work and well aerated.

9. Soil Fertility

Fertilization is required for the newly planted plants for optimal growth. To minimize additional cost for fertilizer, you have to select the site with native fertility and be responsive to fertilization.

The higher the soil quality ( in terms of organic matter content, pH, and nutrition), the fewer the initial amendments.

9 Rainfall

The rainfall pattern in your area should be given due attention. Certain nursery operations cannot be delayed.

The amount of rain can be supplemented with irrigation if needed, but rains come during field preparations especially during tillage, making beds, and planting time could be a problem.

Your production schedules are delayed because, for example, the field may be wet to prepare it for planting. You should avoid in areas where unpredictable severe weather so occur.

You’ll loss in revenue if your seedlings are damaged due to hail or storms. Your plants may be too old to sell by the time the damage is corrected, and that well cause your frustration.

10 Temperature

Plants or seedlings produced in the nursery are sensitive than older plants to climatic changes because they are intolerant to rapid change in temperature.

If your nursery is located in areas like the West Coast, you need to provide a winter protection. While, if you’re in the East Coast planting plants in containers consider erecting structures for winter protection.

Tool Room

A part in your stock room should be constructed where all the tools, equipments, and  implements are properly stocked.

They should be properly labeled and arranged according to the order of use. Those that are used often must be placed where they can easily be accessible, while those that are seldom used are placed in a secured area.

The tool room should be secured and locked to avoid children to enter.

Fertilizers and chemicals (pesticides) should not be placed together with tools, since the fumes may affect the usability of the tools and equipment and to avoid accidental leakage that may cause hazard to human.

Tools

Garden tools that are needed in the nursery should be ready before doing the activites so that you’ll not be looking from anywhere else when the time to use them is required. The following tools you need are; hand rake, weeder, transplanting trowel, garden hoe, spade, rake, spading fork, pruning saw, hand pruners or pruning shears, dull and sharp bolos, budding/grafting knife, garden hose, hammer, pliers, steel tape, posthole digger, pegs and mallet, wood axe, crowbar, dibble, V-notched stick, pick-mattock, water hose, grass shear, sprinkler, pail.

Note: You need only to provide the tools that are to be used in your gardening activities. Don’t buy the unnecessary tools which you think are not needed required in your garden.

Equipment

Other garden equipment needed are the following; garden tiller, garden sprinkler, brush cutter, lawn mower, wheel barrow, power/hand sprayer, duster, hand tractor with rotavator attachment.

These are only suggested equipment for large scale flower gardening. For small scale gardener, like you who are only starting, some of them may be  costly for you to buy that may drain your budget.

Refrain from buying them if you can hire the services from other sources to minimize labor cost.

Materials

All materials needed for the nursery operations should be available before starting such as; seeds of various type, germinating trays (no. of holes varies), polyethylene bags, pots (earthen,  plastics or porcelain), string, soil media, manure (chicken dung, bat manure, horse manure, etc.) rice hull charcoal (carbonized), coco coir dust, fertilizers (various kinds), growth enhancers, fungicides, plastic mulch, fine net, culture nets, PP twine, oyster twine, tie wire.

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Cris Ramasasa, Freelance writer, writes about home gardening and Internet marketing tips. You can get a copy of his latest ebook “How to get started in Flower Gardening” and “Vegetable Gardening Made Easy”, and also get lots of tips, tools, Free articles, and bonuses at: www.crisramasasa.com

Gardening Tips Every Gardener Should Know

March 22, 2010 by Mario  
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If you are a gardener, then you most likely know that gardening can be one of the most peaceful and enjoyable hobbies. This hobby can also enable you to have a great abundance of flowers, vegetables, spices, and fruits; all completely home grown. Whether you are a novice or an extremely experienced gardener, one thing is for certain: there are many gardening tips you can follow to make the experience as pleasant and fruitful (no pun intended!) as possible. Let’s take a look at some things that can enhance gardening in your backyard.

When initially starting your garden, one of the most important things you can give your future plant is good soil. So, initially it’s best to prepare your garden’s living environment. First loosen the soil and remove any weeds. Good soil is light in texture and dark in color. It will be able to absorb water well and provide adequate drainage. Through nature’s process, soil is restored through the cycle of falling leaves, plants and bark. You can restore your soil with peat moss or compost. They contain organic matter that will refurbish the soil with nutrients that have been pulled from it by other plants. Mix the added compost with the original soil and you have given your plants a great nurturing environment.

When planting seeds, always follow the packet’s instruction on how deep to place them. It is important not to bury them too deep. By planting too deep, you may eliminate natural sunlight’s ability to reach the seeds for germination. Some people will begin their garden from plant starts instead of seeds. They believe it will save time, but they are missing out on the true miracle of plant growth.

You can encourage a plant’s growth by using foods, which will supply nutrients, such as, nitrogen for the leaves and stems, and phosphorus and potassium for increase flowering and root growth. These are water-soluble fertilizers. If you do not wish to expose your plants to chemicals, you can go organic by using slower but healthier compost. However, do not fertilize until you see at least two true leaves on your plant. Early fertilization can be harmful.

Seeds or plants should be watered as soon as they are put in the ground, and on a regular basis thereafter. The soil must be kept moist in order to promote a healthy and productive growing environment. In addition, regular weeding is required. Get rid of these bad boys as soon as they show up. They will rob your seedlings and mature plants of the nutrients and water in the soil, and leave them looking unhealthy.

Protect your seedlings and plants from harmful pests. You can use chemicals or other nontoxic solutions available at your gardening center. Support tall or droopy stems through the use of twigs or stakes as they grow. This will protect them in harsh downpours. Also, keep plant-eating animals out through the use of a fence.

There’s nothing quite like being outdoors, especially in the spring, summer and autumn days. There is also nothing quite like sitting amidst the beautiful scenery created by your very own garden, in your very own yard. If it’s a vegetable garden you are growing, can you imagine your sense of pride as you make dishes from your creations? Or simply being able to go out your door to pick something for your dinner, as opposed to having to run to the grocery store on yet another trip. You can enjoy what you and Mother Nature both helped to create and feel a sense of fulfillment.

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Flower Gardening in Containers – All That You Should Know!

March 17, 2010 by Mario  
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There are many questions that need to be addressed before you start on with your practice of flower gardening in containers. Few of those questions are as follows:


- What size of container do you have in mind? Would you prefer planting several different flowers in one large pot or you would like to use small containers for planting various flowers?


- Are you open to the idea of few hanging plants besides the stationary containers?


- Would you like to keep a provision for rearrangement in your container garden in case its looks start getting boring after a certain period of time?


- What’s purpose is your endeavor of container gardening serving?


- What type of visual appeal are you planning to give to your container garden?


- Will it be mini plants or large plants in your container garden?


Though, given the right conditions and care, almost any plant can be grown in a container, however, if you are planning to have mixed plants in your container garden, there are several important points that need consideration. For example, the strawberry plants are usually not very competent when it comes to extracting nutrients and water from the soil. Therefore, planting them with an aggressive plant can result in strawberries being deprived of all the necessary nutrients required for their growth. Thus, it will be better if a small study can be done beforehand to find out the plants that possess similar characteristics and can be planted together for equal growth opportunity.


While its feasible to grow any flower plant in a container, you will still need to provide it with necessary ingredients like water, light, soil and nutrients. You may even be required to employ a grow light (can be purchased at the local gardening store) for flowers needing full sunlight. The flowers that can survive even with indirect sunlight will fare well even near the window space. You must also be cautious that you don’t use the normal garden soil for container gardening as it will transform into compact-hard type after some time, resulting in cramped roots.


It’s better to use enhanced solutions like sterilized potting mix, soil-less potting mixtures or the prepared potting soil that can be bought at any nursery in your vicinity. In case you prefer adding some organic matter to the enhanced soil, you can use peat moss. Some specific plants like African violets and orchids demand special types of potting mixtures. All such requirements must not come as a surprise, thus, you must keep yourself updated and aware of all the needs of the plants in your container garden.


Even though you may be all geared up to create the best possible container garden right now, please remember, it’s not possible to maintain such high enthusiasm levels throughout the journey. Hence, you must carefully plan out the plants you will grow depending on your availability and effort that you will be able to spare. Plants like African violets are relatively easier to grow as compared to exotic breeds like bird of paradise that requires great attention.


Once you have figured out the plants that you will be growing in your containers, it’s time to start thinking about the designs and placements. Let your imagination take over at this point and indulge in whichever way to enhance the visual appeal of your garden. You can either consider clustering up the containers together or placing them away from each other at strategic locations. You can also think about lining them up neatly on wooden benches or adorn your bland looking stairway. Nothing looks beautiful than cute looking small containers with beautiful flowers in them giving you company while you climb the stairs. Window boxes can even be employed to brighten up the windowpanes.


Coming now to the actual planting procedure, you must start by placing some chipped wood or rocks at the containers’ base. This is a better drainage solution as compared to holes that may lead to soil loss. Now start filling up the container slowly with your soil mixture (containing organic matter) and the beneficial fertilizer. Don’t go on filling till the top as yet and stop at the level where you’d like your plants roots to settle. Place the plants root ball on the soil and start filling up rest of the container with soil up till one inch from the top. Once done, put plenty of water into the container immediately. In order to prevent the soil from drying up, you can also add dried moss or pebbles around the plants’ base.


Plants that are most optimum for growth in containers are some tender perennials and non-hardy ones like coleus, delicate bulbs, lantana and asters. Annuals are also a wonderful option for container gardens as they bloom in no time and can endure even winter conditions.


The container gardens, though relatively easy to create, need good maintenance. They require constant watering as the soil in the containers dries out swiftly as it is fast-draining and lighter in nature. Plants in the container will also require all necessary nutrients to grow naturally like their counterparts planted on the ground. If taken care of well, your container gardens can liven up your living room and keep your spirits always high.

Gardening Tools – Know Where To Find The Best Bet On These…

March 13, 2010 by Mario  
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Gardening vegetables becomes easier and more fun when you have the right tools. If you know which tools to use for gardening it can also make visiting a garden shop to buy tools easier. One thing which you need to keep in mind is that you should resist the temptation to buy everything that you see. You will be able to choose the perfect tools as you learn the art of gardening.

Here are a few tips on how to choose the perfect gardening tools.

The first thing you need to do is choose a spade for digging holes and cultivating your garden. Try to pick out a spade that has a handle that is comfortable. A good one to choose can be one with a D-style type hilt.

Get a hoe for weeding and to aerate your soil in your garden. There are many hoes that have long handles such as drawing hoes, digging hoes, Dutch hoes, or triangle hoes. There are also some that will have a combination having a fork on one side and a couple of prongs on the other side. Any gardener may need at least three different types of hoes. However, one should choose the hoe to be purchased by looking at one’s requirements. The onion hoe is most easy to carry as it weighs very less. The next best option is to opt for the Warren hoe which has a pointed end. You can purchase the other types of hoes when you are more adept with your gardening skills.

Choose a trowel and a hand fork to use in smaller garden areas or raised beds that do not have a lot of space. It is a good idea to use ones that have wood handles, as the metal can get cold when gardening in the winter.

Choose a four-pronged fork for lifting vegetable crops and general cultivation in your garden. Try to pick a fork that has a head and neck that is made of one piece of wood, which will make it safer and more stable.

Choose a garden rake to level and break up the soil in your garden. A stronger rake is a flathead one with more teeth. Rakes will have 3-foot wide carbon steel blades that have 5-foot shafts made of either wood, vinyl coated metal, plastic, or aluminum.

You can use a cultivator in order to break up the soil in smaller gardens. There are either three or five pronged types of cultivators.

You can also look into a power cultivator or a rototiller for larger gardens. You should choose an electric model with a front, middle, or rear engine. Pick the right sized horsepower depending on the size of your garden.

Safety is also of prime importance when you are enjoying the gardening work that you are doing. The following tips would help you stay safe.

You have to choose the gardening tools that you are comfortable with so they are not too heavy or too long. When you choose tools make sure they are also comfortable in your hand. Many of the less expensive tools will have plastic handles and may not be as good as the wooden ones.

When using the tools always try to work with a good set of gloves. Gloves will keep your hands from blistering. When you are hoeing always make sure that your back is straight so you do not injure your back.