Thursday , March 30 2017

Climbers for Color

Colors are one of the most important thing to consider when you design a garden. You don’t need to be a specialist to create a beautiful arangement, you just need to consider some simple things. Color effects vary according to light levels in different parts of your garden. For example, in a sunny spot, deep or bright colors which absorb light will show up more strongly than paler colors. Paler colors instead, will successfully illuminate a dull space and may be used to great effect in places that are most often viewed in the evening.

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Outdoor Nursery Beds

New plants and seedlings in containers can be grown on in an outdoor nursery bed after they have been hardened off. You can arrange this area by covering an area of cleared and levelled ground with water-permeable woven fabric, black polypropylene or weed matting. Any of these will suppress weeds and will provide a clean growing environment isolating the plants placed on its surface from soil-borne diseases.

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Renovate a Neglected Tree

There are situations when you find in your garden a tree that is too old to crop well and has rotten or severely diseased branches or trunk, then you should grub it out and burn it. When the tree is old but the trunk and the main branches are sound and the tree is merely overcrowded, then it can be rejuvenated by renovative pruning followed by a correct routine care.

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Hardening off the Propagated Plants

One of the most important thing you must consider when you propagate plants is that they need to be harden off before they are planted into the garden in their final position. Hardening the plants is the process by which the young plants are acclimatized to the outside air temperatures.

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Okra

Okras are tender annual plants grown for their edible pods. They are also known as ladies’ fingers. The pods are 10-25 cm long and can be white, green or red depending on the cultivar. Immature pods are eaten as a cooked vegetable and mature pods may be dried and powdered for use as a flavoring.

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Improve Soil Drainage

If the waterlogging in your garden is not severe and the water excess is only on the soil surface you can divert this water by shaping garden surfaces so that the water will flow into drainage ditches. If problem is deeper you can improve the drainage by installing an underground drainage system. It is best to hire some specialist contractor to do this job for you. If drains already exist and you still face the waterlogging problem then you should check for blockages in the drainage ditches or for damaged pipes. Underground drains will not work if there are any drainage barriers above them, like a hard pan for example.

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Crop Rotation

This is a system by which vegetable crops are grown on different area of the garden in succession in consecutive years. The main reason for rotating vegetable crops is to prevent a build-up of soil-borne pests and diseases specific to one group of crops.

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Use Weedkiller Safely

Where is a garden there are weeds too. Weeds can be controlled by manual means: hand-weeding or hoeing, by physical methods: smothering under a mulch, or by using chemical weedkillers. There are few things that you should consider when using weedkillers. Also consider that well-established weeds may need several treatments or prolonged persistence to eradicate them.

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Minor Salad Vegetables

There are many lesser-known vegetables that can be cultivated for using raw in salads. They are also good for small gardens or containers as they do not occupy too much space and can be grown as cut-and-come-again crops. They are more tolerant and usually pest and diseases free and can be grown under cover even in winter. You could try some of the following.

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Plant a Herb Garden to a Design

If you decide to plant a herb harden, whether creating a simple, informal design or an intricate, formal one, you must consider careful planning, both on paper and on site as this is essential for the success of your garden. Make sure you do the plans well in advance. Start in winter for planting in the spring, or as early as the preceding summer if you decide to raise the plants yourself instead of buying them.

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