Archive for December, 2011
Christmas is over and a new year beckons with the promise of spring around the corner. However, the garden is still gripped by winter weather - winds and rain, or frozen in the stillness of a hard frost. As a gardener you are itching to be out there, frustratingly waiting for the first bulbs to poke their heads through the hard ground. Not much to be done in the garden, but you can console yourself with planning for the year ahead in your garden with a nice cup of tea and a seed catalogue. There are an abundance of good seed catalogue companies and it is both enjoyable and enlightening to peruse new varieties in either hard copy catalogues or online.
You may want to construct your own grow room in your home or apartment, but the area of your place makes it a bit difficult. If you live in a tiny place, you can still order a grow tent or chamber to start a stealthy operation to mature any type of plant you wish inside your home. One of the beauties of making an indoor grow room is that any area inside a home can operate as a growing environment, from the walk-in closet to a cupboard in your kitchen; all you need is the creative genius and equipment to make it happen.
Hydroponics gardening is the method of growing plants without the use of soil. You can use this method of gardening to grow almost any plant, from flowers and herbs to edible vegetables and fruits. There are many different types of hydroponics gardening. Ebb and flow, aeroponics, continuous-flow solution culture, and deep water culture are just a few of the systems in use today.
Pruning hedges, trees and plants not only tidies up their appearance but also encourages new growth and aids in controlling pests and disease. There are a range of pruning tools available to the gardener, all have their purpose, some are designed to cut thick branches while others will only cut small stems. Choosing a pruning tool is fairly easy if you know their capabilities and how they work.
You might imagine that gardening in Spain would be a pleasant pastime. What could be nicer than spending a balmy evening doing a little gentle dead heading? Actually, it's the hardest gardening I've done anywhere but here are a few tips that I've picked up during my time here for people who live on the Mediterranean Costas.