How To Prevent Weeds In Your Garden

How To Prevent Weeds In Your Garden

Weeds are naturally supplied by nature and can germinate faster than the vegetables you are growing, causing competition for the nutrients in your garden’s soil.

Weed control is very important in growing a healthy and productive organic garden. Turning the weeds over into the soil is not the solution. When garden soil is turned you can bring up to the surface weed seeds that are buried and the problem can easily worsen. It will help to suppress weeds while adding nutrients back into the soil for your plants to thrive.

Compost, grass clippings, leaves and straw are the most common organic mulches that can be used and will benefit your garden. Plastic used to mulch your organic garden can do more harm than good. It will raise the temperature of the soil and kill off the beneficial organisms that are hard at work keeping your soil healthy and full of natural nutrients, along with preventing water from being absorbed into the soil.

Another beneficial way to mulch your garden is with what is known as a living mulch. This is a method used commonly with companion planting. The planting of a ground cover or planting crops that will shade the soil around other plants is a great way to control the weed problem that can take over your garden.

Weeds are certainly something that we do not want to see in our gardens. There are many problems that are associated with the accumulation of weeds in the garden and certainly these are problems that we do not want to find ourselves. Weeds lead to the depletion of nutrients in the soil and at the same time they provide shelter to pests and viruses that attack the plants that we grow in the vegetable gardens.

This is an effective method of getting rid of weeds but certainly not an environmentally friendly option or healthy method. Weed killers can poison the soil that your plants are growing in and make it impossible for the plants to thrive well in the long run. These weed killers can in turn poison the vegetables and you will find you are eating vegetables that are not healthy. Weed killers are also known to cause serious harm to the environment as they are transported from people’s gardens during the rain spells and may end up in the rivers where they can kill fish and many other animals.

Getting rid of weeds naturally

There are quite a number of ways you can get rid of weeds naturally in home gardens. Most of these methods are used in growing organic foods and certainly the organic way is the healthy way when it comes to growing vegetables. Much like a spray tan, organic tanning solutions are a lot healthier for the human body. Our friends over at Bronzed By Bully only use organic tanning products to provide a great result without hurting the rest of the garden (human body). Simple cultivation is one way of getting rid of weeds in your garden. Just take a small hoe and use it to cultivate in between the plants. This will remove the weeds that have been growing in between the plants or vegetables. You may also use a garden fork to destroy the weeds that are grown in the garden while avoiding damage to the vegetables.

After making use of the above methods you may have to cover the ground between your vegetables so that no weeds grow there again. The perfect culture is always mulch in the form of dried leaves or grass. They provide a good cover for the soil and prevents weeds from getting any sunlight and thus they will in turn die from the lack of sunlight. As the leaves and grass decay they become an organic fertilizer for the vegetables and this is certainly the healthy way of gardening.

How To Keep Weeds Out Of The Garden: Youtube Video

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How To Water Your Garden

How To Water Your Garden

I strongly believe there is nothing better than having a lovely garden. You can use it as a place to relax, cater for people and host and it can be lovely to sit in a peaceful garden to have your dinner. As we’re now in the end of March and the weather has been absolutely glorious it’s time to start getting out gardens ready for the spring and summer. This article has been written to give you a few ideas on how to prepare your garden. I hope you’ve found the article informative and useful.

I know this sounds very simple but I find that a short and tidy lawn makes me see the garden in a different light and this will allow the scruffy areas of the garden to stand out so that you can know where to begin.

If you’ve got a vegetable patch I would recommend giving it a good harrow if it hasn’t already got stuff growing in it. It may also be worth giving the soil some nutrients so that it’s going to allow your vegetables to grow in the best possible way.

If you’re wanting to do major work on your garden such as bring up patios, decking, move flower beds. If you ring a local skip hire company they’ll normally provide cheaper skip hire quotes in comparison to calling a bigger firm.

Don’t forget if you’re planning the layout of your garden make sure that your table and chairs are in a little bit of shade so that you don’t over heat and that your flower beds and vegetable patches get plenty of sunlight but aren’t in the direct sun. It’s also worth bearing in mind how close they are to your water source. Also called trickle irrigation, it’s a method that delivers small amounts of water directly to your plants’ root system, rather than wastefully spraying excessive amounts of water everywhere.

It will consist of a large hose called a “feeder hose” and a series of smaller hoses, or pipes, that make up the drip system. These pipes or hoses will have drip emitters (either holes, or nozzles) at regular intervals, or they’ll be constructed of a porous material that will allow seepage of water directly to the soil. The easiest type of system to install will be one that is simply laid along the surface of your garden, close to your plants. Some systems are made to be buried in the soil a bit, allowing great accuracy in water delivery; it goes straight to the roots of you plants.

When you hose down your garden, you’re giving it more water than it needs, and much of it just runs off into the ground around your garden. Sprinklers are also less efficient than trickle irrigation because the method of delivery isn’t very accurate. They tend to spray water beyond the boundaries of your garden, where it isn’t needed.

Using a drip irrigation system will increase the efficiency of your gardening water usage, and actually promotes a healthy garden. The targeted and constant method of water delivery benefits your garden more than the sporadic and excessive watering done by other means.

Water barrels offer the opportunity to reuse rainwater for purposes such as maintaining a garden or flower bed. A water barrel is used to capture and save rainwater for later uses. During a typical full day of rain, it is possible to collect up to 300 gallons, which can then be used later to water any vegetation that you have on your property.

People who have a large parcel of land with flowers or garden space will find the technique of water collecting to be beneficial. Even if you have an average size yard, you will still notice the amount of money saved to be beneficial. After only a month of collecting and reusing rainwater in your yard, you will notice the amount of water you are saving when you receive your next water bill.

The idea of collecting rainwater for your own use is something that many cities have done for years. When it rains the water collects in the storm drains and flows into the local water treatment plant. Once the water arrives there it is usually filtered and cleaned. Many cities then use that water to supply millions of homes and businesses with their water supply.

There are many ideas on how to establish this type of system on a much larger scale in development. Once the technology is put into use, countries all over the world will be able to provide clean water for people in need. This technology, if perfected, will provide water to many people who are in desperate need of clean water. Not only will they be able to grow and produce crops, but may alleviate the problem of not having enough clean water to drink.

The Easiest Vegetables To Grow

The Easiest Vegetables To Grow

If you’re just getting started on choosing vegetables to grow in your garden, you may feel a little lost. You’re certainly not alone. Raising your vegetables for home use is a wise decision you should consider seriously the fact that buying them in the market does not guarantee that they’re grown organically.

The best decision for you is to grow your own vegetables right in your garden or in containers. You’re sure that what you grow is safe and chemical free because you’re the one planting them.

There are many different vegetables that you can grow in your garden this year, but I have, what I think, would be the top 5 best. They are all very storable, so you can either can or freeze them to enjoy until the next season.

Spinach or Mustard Greens – Greens are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. They seed themselves and will usually come back voluntarily the next year. However, I would recommend that you go ahead and replant new ones, so you will be sure to have enough. Just as the plants are growing shoots up and are going to seed, you want to pick the larger leaves. You can add bacon, ham or other types of meat for flavor. If you have enough, they are easy to store in plastic bags and freeze for the winter.

Onions – Onions are another vegetable that are super easy to grow. You can buy them in small bunches and just barely stick the bulb into the ground. Many people enjoy what is called, “green onions”. These are onions that you have dug up before the bulb itself has developed into the ordinary onion. I can eat green onions with salt and crackers all by themselves. Yum! You can also chop the tops and use them in place of chives.

You can store garlic in a cool dry place, just like onions. They will actually keep a little longer than onions. Use them fresh in your recipes or chop them coarsely and freeze them for use all year!

Tomatoes – Nothing is better than a fresh, home grown tomato! I love to take the salt shaker with me when I go out to the garden, wash off a ripe tomato, sprinkle a little salt and eat away! You can plant cherry tomatoes to use in salads or larger slicing tomatoes for sandwiches and cooking. With proper watering you can have fresh tomatoes all summer long! You can also can tomatoes and have fresh vine ripe tomatoes for cooking all year. I also add celery, onion and a little garlic and make my own stewed tomatoes for canning. I can tomato sauce and picante sauce also. Add some Italian seasoning and you can have spaghetti sauce too!

Green Beans – Green beans are very easy to grow as long as they get enough water. Plant the seeds about 1 inch in the ground, cover and water! Within a couple of weeks you will start to see little blooms. Each bloom is going to be a green bean pod. Get ready, because when they “put on” you are going to have a lot of green beans all at one time. They will usually have about 3 good cycles before it starts getting too hot for them and the blooming will slow down. It is a little back breaking to pick all those beans, but it is so well worth it! Out of our small garden, we usually can between 30-50 pint jars of green beans each year. We can in pints now as out children and grown and gone. We always have green beans to last us all winter up until they bloom again in spring.