Gardening season is here! The sun is shining and it is time to break out your gardening gloves. Potting soil is the first essential item you will need to get started. Did you know you can make it right from home? Making your own potting soil is fun and cost-effective. Not only is it cheaper than buying pre-made, but you can customize your potting soil to make sure your plants have the specific nutrients they need to grow. Potting Soil Ingredients With just a few ingredients found at many home improvement or gardening stores, you can make customized potting soil for your garden. You can use ground soil as a base for your homemade potting soil, but horticulturists found in the mid-1990s that peat moss was a much more ideal soil base for encouraging plant growth. Peat moss is excellent at water retention and aeration. You can replace peat moss or add multiple base ingredients such...
Spring is here, but your lawn might not know it!Frost and cold winter weather can leave your lawn with something to be desired. Your grass may have grown in patchy and foliage debris might have built up.Ensuring your lawn is prepared in the spring will make for a stress-free summer. With the proper care and maintenance, you will be enjoying your lush green lawn soon enough!Clearing Your LawnThe first step in a beautiful lawn is performing damage control. A few leaves on the lawn could be a good thing for the soil, but too much will suffocate it and stunt its growth. Begin by raking the yard thoroughly – this will also help to control thatch (dead grass or roots that have built up) and snow mold. You can spot snow mold if your grass becomes matted and loses it color. After your lawn is cleaned up on the surface, check below ground for the soil pH level. The pH level may vary depending on what type of ...
Spring is just around the corner…It is time to start prepping your garden! During the winter months, our gardens tend to become rather messy without maintenance. It is important not only to prepare the land, but also to set aside time to plan your crops, make sure you have the right equipment and supplies, and repair any gardening fixtures such as fences or greenhouses.Caring for Existing PlantsBefore thinking about all the new and exciting plants you are going to grow this spring, do not forget about any winter plants that are in need of attention! If you have perennial flowers such as roses, and you live in a warmer climate, January and February are great times to prune them. If you live in a colder climate, it is best to wait until closer to April. Start by using a sharp pair of pruners at the base of the plant and cut at a 45-degree angle, about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing toward the outs...
Cool Weather Vegetable Season is HereIf you are hoping to add some homegrown goodness to your cuisine this fall, here is a list of what to start planting now – and start eating within the month!These delightful fall-weather vegetables are the perfect addition to savory stews, crock-pot delicacies, hearty vegetable dishes, and so much more.Carrots and RadishesSweet, crunchy carrots and tangy red radishes both thrive in the cooler seasons, and also make some tasty meal additions. To plant seeds, start with well-drained soil – preferably low in nitrogen levels. Carrots require loose soil to sprout; radishes are therefore an ideal companion plant, as they sprout quickly and will help move the earth around to aid carrot roots. Place radish seeds around ½ inch into the ground, and carrot seeds around ¼ inch deep. Not sure which types of each to plant? Here are some different varieties of carrots and ra...
It may be midsummer, but your garden’s harvest does
not have to follow suit! Although the mild, delicate days of spring often come
to mind when considering ideal gardening weather, summer’s consistent warmth
and sun is perfect for certain vegetables. If you plant now (from mid-July to
mid-August) you will be ensuring a plentiful fall harvest of hearty summer
crops.“Seeds germinate fast when the soil is already nice and
warm,” noted Gardener’s
Supply Company. In
fact, “planting vegetables in late summer is a great way to maintain
sustainability” and will “maximize garden space,” wrote Susan Patterson, a
master gardener for Love
to Know.There are a few general rules you can follow to make the
best of your summer growing season. First, do not be tempted to overwater your
plants to withstand the summer heat. Many summer vegetables will rot from too
much moisture, and some even thrive fr...