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Integrated Pest Management:Natural Garden Balance

Integrated Pest Management:Natural Garden Balance

Striking a balanced equation between all the natural elements in gardening is the key to success. Light, nutrients, temperature and moisture all work together to make a proper environment for plants to thrive. Organisms including bacteria, earthworms and countless other micro-organisms play an important role in maintaining a harmony in your garden. Any imbalance in the natural conditions creates a lot of interlinked complex problems. The “Integrated Pest Management”(IPM) therefore becomes extremely important which  helps…

Composting: It’s All about Changing an Attitude

Composting: It’s All about Changing an Attitude

For gardeners across the globe second week of the month of May is special in one sense. It is the “International Compost Awareness Week”. We are at the hinge of entering this second week now. Composting at home, composting yourself, making your own compost or in whatever terms you may take it but in the core it is about owning a responsibility by composting. Use of home generated waste adds to your garden and soil…

Benefits Of Roof Top Gardening

Benefits Of Roof Top Gardening

A Green roof, also known as a rooftop garden or rain garden, is a roof that is partially or completely covered with plants and provided with an irrigation system. Such greenery reduces the ‘urban heat island’ effect which makes a built-up area significantly warmer than its surroundings. Green roofs also: Conserve energy use in the building by keeping temperatures down so less air-conditioning is needed; Improve air quality; Reduce noise pollution; Enhance a building’s aesthetics; Store rainwater…

Creating Edible Landscape Eith Good Soil Preparation

Creating Edible Landscape Eith Good Soil Preparation

The first step in creating an edible landscape is good soil preparation. Soil is composed of sand, silt and clay mineral particles in varying proportions. It’s a soil’s tilth — its texture — that determines how well plants grow and the ease with which plants are able to take up water and nutrients. There are 12 basic soil types and most common soil types are loamy sand, loam, clay loam, and clay. You can determine…

Mercury Accumulation in Plants and its Effects

Mercury Accumulation in Plants and its Effects

Mercury is one of the most dangerous toxic trace metal pollutants that can affect the growth of many plant species. It accumulates biologically and enters in to the food chain system generating long term health problems. Industrial development has been considered as one of the major factors responsible for increasing levels of mercury accumulations within the plants. Anthropogenic activities have contributed significantly to the mercury adulteration of our atmosphere. Some of these common causes include…

Good Lawn Care Practices

Good Lawn Care Practices

Summer is prime growing season for lawns. Lawns that are not performing their best can be made better through the fall. If you did not fertilize your lawn during the spring, you still have time to fertilize and get your lawn in good shape prior to fall. But only keep with a fertility program through early to mid-August, and water your lawn deeply once or twice a week as needed. Watch for chinch bugs in…

Perfect Tree Growing Practices

Perfect Tree Growing Practices

Spring and early summer is perfect time to add new trees to your landscape. Many people plant trees quite incorrectly by placing them too deep into the ground. This is one of the leading causes of premature tree loss resulting from girdling roots around the buried portion of the stem. Most trees planted by homeowners come as potted or container-grown trees because they are easy to maintain on the sale lot and easy to handle…

Growing Vegetables on The Rooftop

Growing Vegetables on The Rooftop

Interest in green roofs is increasing. but there is not yet much information on rooftop vegetable gardening. Some gardeners are also growing herbs and vegetables on roofs. Vegetables such as tomatoes and okra and herbs such as basil are combined with flowers in large containers may also be grown on these green roofs. Green roofs categorized as “extensive”— those with a growing medium depth of 6 inches or less — are not well-suited to growing…

Crop Rotation Beneficial For Backyard Gardeners

Crop Rotation Beneficial For Backyard Gardeners

There are many positive sides of crop rotation. Rotating crops among the beds of a backyard garden is actually an important and interesting practice, and also one that we needed to adopt in our garden. Disease Control Many diseases and pests tend to affect plants of the same types. Rotating crops reduces the likelihood of diseases which can remain in the soil. For example, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes are in the Solanaceae family and…

Beware of Misleading Marketing To Favor Toxic Chemicals To Combat Pests

Beware of Misleading Marketing To Favor Toxic Chemicals To Combat Pests

Despite a surge of interest in organic gardening, green fingered consumers continue to favour toxic chemicals to combat pests. But they are being exploited by clever marketing and inaccurate labelling. As oxymoronic as it may seem un-green gardens and sheds full of toxic chemicals are endemic across the globe.  For most amateur gardeners the closed loop system – as striven towards by followers of permaculture and organics – is an alien concept. Instead fossil fuel…

Creative Outdoor Garden Lights

Creative Outdoor Garden Lights

Creative garden lighting concentrates on subtle schemes that create atmosphere and enhance the planting, garden features, and architecture. Suitable lighting serves many purposes. A garden that has been “designed” – one with focal points, structured layout, good planting and a sense of perspective are more likely to bring out the best from lighting design but any outdoor space is benefited by suitable lighting. The creative use of light and shadow is the key to achieving…

Containers For Easy Edible Gardening

Containers For Easy Edible Gardening

A gardener establishes a direct link with the mother earth when it strats with eating straight from the garden or container.The fresh taste is so incredible that once you’ve eaten peas or strawberries that you’ve grown, you’ll wait eagerly for the next season to come so they can ripen again. Unfortunately, there are many stereotypes about edible gardening that scare many people away before they begin. But it is always better to pull an old…

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