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The Right Time to Plant Roses

“The best time to plant roses is in early spring,” some would say. Others would disagree and quip, “Actually, roses are best planted in early winter when they’re dormant!” So, which is it really?

Hanging Tomato Planter

There is nothing better than a fresh tomato from your very own garden. If you want that reward of growing your own tomatoes but don’t have enough room in your garden for the tomato plant, then all you need to do is make a small amount of space outdoors in any place that gets direct sunlight and has enough room that you can hang a potted plant.

Go Green With a Garden Shed Greenhouse

For avid gardeners or someone looking for a backyard project, a garden shed or greenhouse is a good idea. The most prominent benefit is the possibility for year-round gardening, regardless of the climate you live in. Combining the functions of a shed and a greenhouse gives space for storing gardening supplies and growing healthy flowers, vegetables and plants throughout the year.

The Joys of Organic Gardening

I like the idea of feeding my family freshly harvested fruits and vegetables that are free from pesticides. Last spring I decided I would take our President’s lead and plant an organic vegetable garden of my own. I was amazed by how much produce I was able to grow and how rewarding the experience was.

Growing Miniature Roses – Major Advantages Over Big Rose Bushes

I just can’t say enough good things about growing miniature roses. Because of the versatility and multitude of uses of the mini they are great for the veteran grower and because of the heartiness of the mini they are easy to grow making them ideal for the budding rose gardener. The miniature rose is a newcomer to the rose world being less then a hundred years old.

Rose Bush Care – Using the Best Fertilizer

An important part of rose bush care is of course using the proper fertilizer. You’ve got your synthetic chemical fertilizers and your organic fertilizers. Plants have been on this earth for millions of years and doing just fine without the help of man.

The Year End For the Gardener

In industrial areas where you own a greenhouse, grime should be removed from the glass with a detergent, always provided that the gutters do not lead to a water tank, as they often do! Conservatory plants should be returned from the house to the greenhouse as soon as the flowers have faded.

Bulk Vegetable Seeds to Start a Small Farm in Your Backyard

Bulk vegetable seeds are perfect to purchase if you want to start a small farm or even an oversized kitchen garden in your backyard since you can get discounts from bulk orders, at the same time you can grow different kinds of organic vegetables. Starting a simple vegetable garden or a small farm in your backyard can certainly save you a lot of expenses when it come to food. It can also give you joy knowing that what you are eating is clean and healthy and that you actually grew it yourself. Starting a garden is more likely a combination of exercise and inexpensive healthy diet.

Cold Frames and Hot Beds – Get a Jump on Spring

Cold frames, hotbeds and cold frame greenhouses are loved by gardeners to provide a small protected growing area to extend the growing season. Either by building your own or buying a simple to install kit, you can get a jump on spring.

End of December Gardening

The herbaceous border may be tidied and digging between the plants may continue, providing the ground is not waterlogged. You are however going to be more concerned with indoor plants than outdoor.

Plant Potatoes the Easy Way – In Straw

Fresh new potatoes are one of the most delicious and satisfying vegetables. Learn to plant potatoes in your garden the easy way, from preparing the seed potatoes to determine potato size and quantity, to using straw as a growing medium, and even how to harvest them easily and with little damage.

The Secrets to a Successful Rose Transplant

For a rosarian, there will always come a time when you will need to transplant your roses be it due to declining plant health, landscaping or mere will. Transplanting a rose maybe tricky, though especially since most feel sorry to cut the already blooming top just to ensure survival.

Herb Gardens For All

I love fresh herbs and fortunately they are very easy to grow. Growing is also much less expensive than constantly buying fresh herbs at the market and sometimes having some of them go bad. When you grow them, you can cut off exactly what you’d like with next to zero waste. Also, even if you have no room for a bigger garden, perhaps not even room for a container garden, you can grow herbs almost anywhere including in an apartment or dorm room. Right now my wife has some going inside under an inexpensive grow light.

Are You Ready to Begin Indoor Spring Herb Seed Germination?

Although the snow is still falling, temperatures are below freezing and mid-February has arrived – spring is just around the corner and it is time to get those herb seeds ordered! Most mail order seed catalogs can take up to six weeks for delivery. You may have spent weeks pouring over the seed catalogs, dreaming and planning the herb garden for the upcoming summer. Now it is to act…and…get those seeds ordered. Depending on the garden zone where you live, indoor germination should begin around the end of March.

The Gardener in the Third Week of December

The first thing to do is to inspect fuchsias, hydrangeas and geraniums in their winter quarters to see that they do not dry out completely. Garden shrubs continue to need your attention at this time of year. Have a care and a heart when cutting the holly for Christmas decorations, and don’t rob the shrubs of their natural beauty and habit.

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