Urban gardening is becoming more and more popular each year, as city dwellers come up with new and innovative ways to use the little outdoor space they have to grow gorgeous vegetable or flower gardens. Even if you don’t have a large yard with plenty of open space, or if you live in an apartment with either a balcony or no outdoor space at all, you can start a productive and easy to manage garden using containers, temporary raised beds, hydroponics or small space gardening techniques. You can even produce your own organic fertilizer using small home composting systems.
While urban gardening used to be considered a radical idea, cities around the country are starting to embrace the concept as they realize the positive effects it has on beautifying urban areas, cleaning the air, and giving people more control over their food source. For example in Los Angeles, it became legal in 2015 for anyone to plant a garden along unused land in between sidewalks.
Gardening in the city may sound like an intimidating prospect, but it is easy to set up your own urban garden. We have put together this easy guide on how to start your very own organic urban garden on any budget, no matter how little space you have.
These three fabulous low-maintenance gardens don’t sacrifice beauty, even if they do slash your water bill.
BY ALEJANDRA SARAGOZA
Feeling guilty every time the lawn sprinklers switch on at your home? If so, you’re not the only one. Given California’s historic drought, many homeowners are looking for water-wise ways to keep their yards and gardens beautiful year-round.
Here are three gardens that use native plants, smart design, and other tricks that will help inspire your own low-water oasis.
How to Make Compost Tea at Home – Gardening Tips at Home.>> Compost tea is already used as natural garden tonic since a long time ago. Compost tea can fertilize and improve the overall health of your garden crops. So in this article, I will share about compost tea recipe andhow to make compost tea at home.
There are several compost tea recipes available around the world but basically there are two methods to make compost tea as follow:
1. Passive Compost Tea
Passive compost tea is the simplistic and most common used. To make compost tea using this method, just soak tea bags in water for a couple of weeks. The liquid is then used as fertilizer for plants.
2. Aerated Compost Tea
Aerated compost tea is more costly and need more effort compared with passive compost tea. You will need some additional ingredients such as humic acid, kelp, and fish hydrolysate. Additional tool like air and/or water pumps is also required. However, making compost tea using aerated method give some advantages, it takes less brewing time so the fertilizer will be ready within a few days as opposed to weeks.
A Kitchen Herb Garden perfect for any backyard or deck.
Putting the garden together is rather easy and be customized many different ways. We chose to use galvanized containers because I have a lot of them – so many, in fact, I made a Christmas tree out of them. However, any selection of planters would work. We also used a small vintage door but that could easily be replaced with painted plywood or stained hardwood. Or, you could create something similar to this project.
Door or plywood Wood for bracing
Screws and washers
Rocks for filler
Empty bottles and cans for filler
Herb plants of your choice
1. Drill Drainage Holes You want to drill holes in the bottom of your containers. Not only will this be beneficial for drainage for the health of your plants, allowing water to drain will also cut down on the weight of the hanging containers. We used a large drill bit and it went through quite easily.
Tips On Companion Planting With Herbs In Your Garden
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Companion planting with herbs will give some benefits for the plants themselves and power to help each other to grow and thrive. For example, companion planting your home-grown tomatoes with sweet basil will improve your tomatoes taste, companion planting some caraway plants throughout your garden will help to loosen the soil, or companion planting feverfew with your roses will also help to keep the aphids away. Certain herbs and other plants will do better simply by planting them nearby to each other but other herbs and plants should be kept far away. So you need to consider several factors when choosing companion plants for your herb garden.
Here’s a new garden idea that will help make you a master gardener fast. SimGar – the Simple Garden – is a container gardening system that will have you harvesting delicious fruits and vegetables in no time. That’s because SimGar is patented; it isn’t just another garden box. Among its many benefits is that it automatically provides the right balance of water, fertilizer and temperature needed to grow all your favorites: tomatoes, garlic, herbs, strawberries…you name it, we even show you how to grow them.
Your first hint that this is a radically different kind of container garden design is the SimGar solar panel. The panel powers the LifeFlow Technology that keeps the soil cool and damp while maintaining ideal growth conditions for herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Providing this kind of consistency greatly reduces stress on your plants so they can grow big – and fast – up to 2x faster than competing container gardening options.