How to Maintain & Care for Your Garden Tools Knowledge on how to care for your garden tools is important to keep your tools in good condition at all times. For tools with wooden handles, you can simply use sandpaper if it starts to have rough parts. Note that wood handles in poor condition can […]
Why buy organic seeds? Looking at the seed catalog sold in a farm, you might notice that organic seeds are priced a bit higher than ordinary seeds. What gives? Usually, crops grown for seed stock take longer to harvest. Hence, they stay in the ground for a longer period of time. A longer period of time means that the seeds are exposed to more agricultural chemicals. Notably, many agricultural chemicals have been known to have harmful effects on human health as well as on the environment. Organic seeds have been exposed to fewer chemicals if not at all.
Guide on How To Care for Your Garden Tools Compared to other tools, garden tools are usually the neglected ones. They go through a cycle of use and abuse with hardly any cleaning. After some time, these tools begin to rust and become less effective. However, with proper care and attention, your tools can be […]
Don’t let the delicate appearance fool you! These little gems are hardy enough to grow outdoors in zones 6-10 without winter protection, and with a good cover of mulch they will survive winters as far north as zone 4. Miniature roses are surprisingly easy to grow, and they look great as edgings for your beds or borders, accent plants for rock gardens, and as houseplants. Miniature roses range in size from the micro-minis which grow to about five inches, up to a height four feet or more.
Animal manure is not only a good fertilizer, but also helps to condition the soil. Here are some guidelines for using manure in the garden:
- Don’t use dog or cat manure. These manures often carry diseases that can be spread to children.
- Never use fresh manure, since it contains soluble nitrogen compounds and ammonia that can burn plants and interfere with seed germination. Manure that is well composted or has aged for about six months is best. When added to the compost pile, manure will speed the composting process.
Dill is one of the easiest herbs to grow and would make a great first herb for someone who has never grown herbs before. You’ll find lots of uses for both the fronds and the seeds in the kitchen. A sprig of dill will perk up almost any soup, salad, or main dish. You can buy transplants at your local garden center, but there is no need because dill is easy to grow from seeds. You won’t even have to start them indoors – just plant your dill seeds right in the garden where you want them to grow.
The structure and fertility of any garden soil can be improved by adding organic matter in the form of compost, manure, leaf mold, or similar materials. This organic matter is food for the microorganisms that transform soil into humus. The process is quite simple: without food, the microorganisms cannot thrive; without microorganisms, there is no production of humus. The higher the humus content, the more friable the soil, and friable (easily crumbled) soil is what you want for your plants.