Thursday , March 30 2017

Growing Fruits under Cover

The fruiting trees, shrubs or wines that are native to warm climates are ideal for greenhouse cultivation in cooler climates. Peaches, nectarines or grapes are some of the fruit crops that are suitable for growing under cover, but skill and attention to detail are required to maintain them in good condition and obtain satisfactory crops. As for plants grown in open ground, the soil for the greenhouse crops will need to be fertile and well-drained for the plants to thrive.

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Greenhouse Exterior Maintenance

In order to keep the greenhouse in good shape it requires a constant maintenance, inside and outside. Ann annual check in autumn will be enough to keep your greenhouse in good working order. For routine work on the outside of the greenhouse you should choose a dry, still day. Before starting the work, gather together all necessary materials that you need for cleaning, repairing and repainting.

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Planting and Sowing Tools

We are often using general garden tools or household items for planting and sowing but specialized tools do make some tedious and repetitive jobs simpler and quicker. If you are only doing these operations for fun and the volume of work is not too big you can still use a stick or pencil instead of a dibber to make a planting hole.

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Greenhouse Watering

The best method of watering a mixed collection of plants in a small greenhouse is the traditional watering can. It might be time-consuming using one but it allows you to monitor the flow and ensures that all the plants are watered according to their individual needs. A useful addition to a greenhouse is an automatic watering system, especially in the summer or when the greenhouse is left unattended on a regular basis, since some pot plants may need to be watered several times a day in very hot weather.

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Advanced Techniques

Many new propagation techniques have been introduced commercially since the mid 20th century. Some of these techniques are generally confined to laboratory nurseries because they are using advanced technologies, but the following developments affect several branches of horticulture and have direct or indirect relevance to gardening.

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Trench Composting

A simple alternative to a compost heap is a compost trench. This can reduce the number of times the organic matter needs to e handled and is an easy way to accumulate and use plant debris in order to keep a plot within your garden looking tidy and neat.

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Raised Beds Fertilization

The key to success and the fist reason to garden in raised beds is soil that is contained in them. This way you can control the type of soil you are gardening in. For best results prepare a good soil mix for your raised beds using good topsoil, organic matter, lime if needed and the appropriate amount and type of fertilizer. Mix all the ingredients together before placing the mix in the raised beds. Lightly compact the mix to take out excessive air space. You should know that most mixes will settle during the first year, so you will need to add more soil mix in the second season.

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Warm Up the Soil

In late winter, in the vegetable garden, you can start warming up the soil with cloches or floating mulches to get your vegetables off to an early start. Although most of the early vegetables are not sown until early spring, you need to have your cloches in position several weeks before you plant to sow - this effectively lengthens the growing season and provides early crops in your vegetable garden.

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Improve Your Soil

In early winter, before the weather gets too cold, it is a good idea to spend some time tidying up your garden and improve your garden soil. If you don’t know much about your garden soil, it may be useful to buy a soil testing kit and find out what type of soil you have and to make any necessary improvements before plantings begin again.

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Propagation Environment

During propagation, plants are at their most vulnerable period of their existence. The right environment for them during this period is vitally important and depends on which method of propagation is used and also on the relative maturity of the plant material itself.

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