Sunday , November 19 2017

Reduce High Water Dependency

There are many situations in your garden when there is need for lots of watering. Some garden features and crops require supplementary watering, depending by their type or by weather. You can reduce their needs by the following methods.

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Make Raised Beds and Paths

Using raised beds in your garden will not only help you grow your plants easier but they will also keep the garden tidier. In bed system garden the areas that are planted are divided into semi-permanent or fixed beds. Here you will find information on how to make a fixed raised bed and also how to make a path between beds.

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Leeks

This member of the onion family is a biennial that is grown as an annual. It can reach 45 cm tall and 15 cm across. The edible part is the sweetly flavored, thick, white shank that forms below long, blue-green leaves. This part may be blanched by deep planting or by earthing it up. Leeks are used cooked, as a vegetable or in soups.

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Willow Walls

Screens of living willow make excellent garden sculptures with the contrast between the lines of the stems and their exuberant and fresh young growth. Willow screens are in the same time functional items and sculptural features in your garden. The willow can also be used to create even more functional items for your garden beside screens. Use them to create seats, arbors and arches.

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Protecting Fruiting Plants

Fruit trees and bushes may need protection from bad weather or frost. This can be done using windbreaks or fleece. They may also need protection against birds and animals. Protecting your fruiting plants will ensure a healthy and rich crop.

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Bulbs in Containers

Bulbs, like most other plants can be grown in containers. Planted in ornamental pots, windowboxes or other types of containers, bulbs will provide a varied and spectacular display which can be extended throughout the season by moving the containers into view as they come to flower to obtain the maximum effect. Choose carefully the bulbs and you will be able to lengthen the season to include late winter as well as spring and summer.

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Growing Herbs from Seeds

You can grow your own herbs from seeds. It is easy to collect your own seeds from most herbs grown in your garden. You can sow the seeds in containers or directly in the open ground in drills if you need larger quantities. Herbs seeds may also be sown direct into the cracks between paving stones where it would be difficult to insert mature plants. If you are sowing herbs seeds indoors and then transplant the young plants out you need to prepare a fine seedbed for these seedlings. Spring is the best time to sow seeds but some annual herbs may also be sown in early autumn.

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Winter Protection for Plants in Containers

Many container-grown plants need protection from severe cold if grown in frost-prone areas. The plants that need protection include all tender plants, the not very hardy ones and a number of reasonably hardy plants like rosemary and lavender that may suffer frost damage to the roots if the compost from their containers becomes frozen.

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Radishes

Radishes are of several types. Some of them are annuals, others are biennials and they are all grown for the swollen roots. The small types can be either round and measure up to 2.5 cm in diameter, either long and grow up to 7 cm long. Large forms include oriental radishes known as mooli or daikon and the large, overwintering, winter radishes. The round large form may grow over 23 cm in diameter and the long form will grow up to 60 cm long.

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Frost and Wind Protection

In cold climates, most tender plants and not very hardy ones will need protection from frost and wind in order to survive the cold season. It is best to select the plants that you are growing to grow in your garden so that they will thrive in your climate. If you are planning to grow very tender plants in a cold climate will end in disappointment as they will not survive the hard conditions of the cold winters. They will need to be grown under cover in order to survive. For some of the not very hardy plants that normally do well in a site but may suffer in harsh winters, providing protection against wind and frost over the cold period is a necessary precaution for them to survive.

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