Gardening

Gardening secrets – how to cultivate, how to grow, how to take care of plants, trees and flowers.

How Compost Turns Yard Waste Into Black Gold

In nature, there is no such thing as waste. Fallen leaves, twigs, and bits of plant material fall to the ground, where they are broken down by microorganisms, and their nutrients recycled back into the soil to feed another generation of plants. You can mimic this elegant cycle by using your yard waste as mulch, or by turning it into compost. You’ll be keeping a …

Should You Compost Your Poop? Studies and best composting systems!

While many of the nutrients we eat are released in a convenient liquid form (which is why diluted urine is great for immediate use in the garden or compost pile), the residual bulk and nutrients are delivered in a somewhat more problematic form: poop. Why problematic? Well, it’s heavy, bulky, and smelly, but, most importantly, in its raw form, poop is significantly more likely to contain …

Getting Started in Hydroponics

If you’d like to get started with hydroponics, make sure you have the room and the time to dedicate to the process. Once you’ve gotten your led grow lights chosen, half the work is out of the way. Since the led grow lights are so important to the process, we recommend choosing them from http://www.thelashop.com. Hydroponics is basically growing plants without soil, but still using water …

Composting – a method of decomposing garden waste

What is Composting? Composting can be defined as a method of decomposing garden waste under controlled conditions. Leaves, grass clippings and weeds are broken down by microorganisms into a dark, crumbly material called humus. The art of composting is setting up and maintaining the environmental conditions under which these microorganisms work best. A Fall Activity That Pays Big Dividends Soil condition is the single most …

Outstanding Crabapple Cultivars for Maryland

Crabapples are one of the most desirable small trees to incorporate into today’s smaller landscapes. They are easy to grow in zones 3 through 7, have a dramatic spring floral display, tolerate a wide range of soil and climatic conditions, and are readily available. However, they are often mislabeled, have messy fruit, have problems with the understock, and are frequently susceptible to a number of …

Hemerocallis Headaches

Daylilies have enjoyed a surge of popularity in recent years. With their adaptability to heat and drought and their spectrum of colorful flowers, they have a well earned reputation as low maintenance perennials that fit the lifestyle of the busy gardener. Daylilies are not without pest problems, however. Fortunately, most are not serious and can be managed without using pesticides. Three major pests afflict daylilies …

Hosta La Vista Baby: Not Schwarzenegger

The genus Hosta is the essential and could be the predominant perennial for your shade garden. Dare to compare Hosta with any other group of serviceable garden plants. Hosta has all of the positive traits such as low maintenance requirements, hardiness, shade tolerance, and beauty. They are native to China, Japan and Korea and have been grown in the USA for about 150 years. During …

Planning The Perennial Garden

Man does not live by herbaceous perennials alone, even if his name is Bloom, and neither does a well-rounded garden. Like stage performers, they need to play off some scenery. This is where shrubbery comes into the picture. Consider the typical “foundation planting,” a common sight in the Americas but not Great Britain. Almost all-new homes in North America have some such set of shrubs …

Potpourri: Makes Scents To Me

Flowers, herbs and spices have been used for thousands of years to add fragrance to our homes. From the earliest writings we have found evidence of the important various scents have played in our history. We can’t at all pout 18 inches of rose petals down in our homes the way Cleopatra did for Mark Antony, but we can enjoy that wonderful aroma just the …

How to Grow and Flower Gardenia Plant

Why are our favorite plants often the most difficult to grow well? Do we just need the challenge? Or, do we gardeners have some psychological need to always struggle? For whatever reason, I really like gardenias flower as a houseplant, and of course gardenias are one of the more difficult houseplants to grow properly. Let’s see if we can understand what these attractive and fragrant …

How to Start a Garden of Vegetables and Flowers

If you have decided to grow your own food but don’t know how or where to start, I would suggest – before picking up a shovel – to gather gardening information. I asked myself what I would need to know if I wanted to start all over again and decided that planning is where I would begin. To assist in the planning, I have come …

Fern Valley’s Old Field Meadow – species of plants

The present Fern Valley meadow was started in the spring of 1984. For the three years prior to this the area was mowed as a low maintenance lawn. A four year period preceded this mowing when the area was allowed to grow as a meadow. The meadow covers almost 2 acres. Fern Valley’s Description The Fern Valley’s meadow soil has a shallow layer of topsoil …