Hydroponics Gardening: Garden Anytime, Anywhere

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 05-02-2017

For most gardeners, when the winter arrives it is also the time their gardening experience stops. Now, you don’t have to be upset because hydroponics gardening will give you a chance to continue your hobby at the comforts of your home. You and your family can still have fresh vegetables even snow begins to fly.

There are many benefits to this type of gardening. Since they can be concealed in a place, no insects or pests will damage it. Also freezing and drought can never affect your garden and the condition of the soil does not influence the growth of your plants.

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Although many green houses today make use of the hydroponics to grow crops for commercials reasons, you can also have your own at your house or garage. You can use any container or unused closet in order to make your hydroponic garden. So you can still do gardening even when winter comes.

Benefits of Hydroponics Garden

A Garden for Any Condition

Hydroponics gardening does not need soil in order for the crops to grow and the gardener has the total control of the environment of the garden. As mentioned, this garden can be safely put indoor away from the diseases or pests. Since the gardener has the full control of the garden they can manipulate which and how much nutrients the plants should receive.

Lighting and water can also be controlled so one can have a healthy harvest in no time. This is the reason why many gardeners enjoy having hydroponics garden at their home.

Healthy for the Environment

This type of gardening is environmentally-friendly since water and nutrients are being recycled. Even though the plants only have limited space to grow, they still develop like in traditional garden.

In this garden, you can constantly see plants are placed in tubes or shelves vertically. This garden is definitely a space saver and contributes to the preservation of Mother Nature.

Gardening even in Winter

Hydroponics does not depend on sun, temperature or rain. This indoor garden can grow anytime and anywhere. Most gardeners start their garden in winter where they use container and artificial lighting in order for the plant to survive.

So you don’t have to stop gardening when you felt the first bite of cold breeze because with hydroponics, you can do your hobby for 12 months in a year. With few tips and tools, you can simply start your own hydroponic garden and make it successful.

Materials Used for Hydroponic Gardening

LED Light

The natural light inside the home is not sufficient to support plant life, so most gardeners make use of LED lights. These grow lights are usually the best choice in order to provide what the crop needs. They give off less heat than a fluorescent light and also they are inexpensive to operate.

Water Solution

The crops are placed in a net pot which is filled with vermiculite or gravel. This means that the plants are suspended in the water. Wide gardens make use of pumps for the water and nutrient recycle that is essential for the survival of the crops.

Plastic Containers

Most gardeners make use of containers or pots that is made of plastic. They are available in local garden stores and you can even choose your own depending on your preferences.

You can grow different types of plants in hydroponics garden. You can choose from vegetables, herbs and even flowers. Some even try to grow small fruit trees in order to have fresh supply of fruits in the table.

Make sure your crops receive the right amount of nutrients in order to survive. You have to research more on each plant you choose to place in your garden.

Since the roots can quickly get the nutrients, they also grow quickly so make sure they receive sufficient nutrients. Soon you will have fresh and organic supply of vegetables even in winter days.

As mentioned, you can use LED light in order to give the heat that your plants need for growth and development. Make sure that they receive enough in order to grow healthy.

There are different systems used for hydroponics and this will determine the container you will use so make sure to choose the better one. Don’t overcrowd your medium or your plants will end up intertwined with each other competing for the nutrients. Make sure the container has enough plants so nutrients and water can be distributed properly.

Hydroponics is not difficult yet you have to make things properly in order to make it an effective and successful garden. With helpful tips, right tools and knowledge about hydroponics gardening one can experience its advantages for four seasons. For gardeners, nothing is more special than tasting home-grown vegetables after all the effort and time you put in your garden.

How To Grow Thyme From Organic Seeds Found On Amazon

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 30-07-2015

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5500477321_380d0c061a_bThyme is one of the most beautiful and tasty herbs. Being a plant with medicinal properties, but also beautiful and decorative, thyme must find a place in your garden, no matter how big or small it is.
Thyme is a long life perennial plant that grows spontaneously on arid hills around the Mediterranean. There are about 30 different species of thyme. It has small leaves, green-gray interior with curved edges, thin branches and woody stems. From May to August small white or pink flower cones appear.

Thyme has a shaped shrub with a height of about 19 inches. The root is well developed and well branched. The leaves have a short petiole that is lacking for some varieties.

The flowers are small, with sharp aroma and they are arranged in an inflorescence. Brown fruits are very small and may be stored 2-3 years, during which they keep their ability to germinate in a proportion of 70%.

Thyme is a resistant plant and not quite demanding to environmental factors. It needs a lot of light and heat in summer, but it feels perfect at medium temperatures of 77ºF.
It is not demanding in terms of water, being satisfied with what it receives naturally, if in the garden. Thyme grown in pots should be watered only when the soil is dry. A dripping wet drops the essential oil concentration and therefore the flavor.

It can be grown in almost all soil types, but it is sensitive to weeds instead. It should be taking into consideration that in the beginning, plants grow slowly and may be overgrown by weeds.

Thyme Herb Seeds

Thyme is cultivated well in the garden and very well in large pots, to make way for high root systems. Thyme requires nitrogen fertilizer, especially in spring.

Find Them On Amazon

Seedlings are formed from the herb seeds on Amazon, which should be sown directly in the garden or in pots in late March. 0.1 – 0.2 ounces of seeds per square meter are quite enough.

The bushes should be cut in order to grow and extend faster. The plants can be harvested after the first flowering and the branch harvesting should be done at flowering.

You may use thyme to flavor the meat and it also goes well with all kinds of vegetables. It can be used for aromatherapy, but also as a decorative plant.

How to Create a Shady Garden

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 10-12-2013

Most plants thrive well under the sun so what happens on those shady areas outside your house? You can’t keep them barren and unattended or else it will just ruin the outdoor beauty of your place. There are lots of plant varieties that grow well in cool areas and don’t need the direct heat of the sun.

Small homes in urban areas are mostly surrounded by tall buildings and walls which makes it hard for the sun to penetrate the ground. Creating a garden in shady spots can be challenging but it’s worth all the effort and time afterwards.

Best Plants in Shades

Making a good garden in shady portions of your front house may seem daunting but it is not impossible. The secret of this garden is choosing the best plants that grow well in this kind of environment.

  • Camelias – most shrubs and flowering plants in shady areas are actually vibrant and exciting. This variety of plant has glossy, dark green foliage which complement its pink, orange and white blooms.
  • Toad Lily – this is a perennial that grows easily all year round. This looks good on its white flowers towering massive low shrubs.
  • Ajuga – this plant is known for its massive and glossy foliage with blue flowers. It spreads easily, perfect for large shady areas.
  • Hostas – this is the most common plants found in shady gardens. They showcase their dominant large leaves which are available in dark green, blue and gold shades. Also, they are easy to grow and sturdy, ideal for zone 3-8 areas.
  • Evergreen Ferns – among the many favorites of gardeners, nobody can miss this foliage. They grow superbly in shady areas, whether in pots, beds or planters. Its leaves seem to be soft and waving, adding texture for an appealing garden setting.
  • Bleeding Heart – this unique plant has a heart-shaped flower dripping. Its tiny blossoms are usually the highlight in the shady garden. It comes in other varieties so you can choose which one suits your garden theme.

Categorize the Level of Shade

When planning to create a lovely garden in an area where light is not available, and before choosing the type of plant to consider, it is best to determine the degree of shade. This way you can properly recognize which plants will grow healthy in the kind of environment and situation.

  • Light Shade – this is the usual scenario if you house is beside a high wall. The garden is open but the shadow of the tall wall or trees cover most of the area.
  • Partially Shaded – this setting is where the sun supplies light in the area at least 3-4 hours a day.
  • Severely Shaded – this is in a scenario when the entire area is covered by shades or shadows, the sun can’t penetrate to give light.

There are limitless ways to create your own garden at home regardless of the setting and scenario. It actually depends on your creativity on how to input genuine ideas on your garden to make it appear brighter even without the presence of the sun. These lovely flowers in cool areas are usually the most fragrant and appealing – this is nature’s way of balancing things out. So keep in mind to always choose a variety of plant that is appropriate on the degree of shades in your garden.

Basic Home Gardening Tips

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 10-11-2013

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Green leafy vegetables and other healthy produce have become expensive nowadays.  With the current status of the economy, prices will not go down any time soon. If you are worried about not being able to eat healthy produce because of its price, why not try growing your own.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a homeowner or an apartment renter. Homegrown vegetables can be planted in a vacant lot in your backyard or in small pots. These pots can be chosen from a wide variety. They are suited for those people who rent apartments and do not have enough space for vegetable gardening.small garden box

How to Make a Small Garden Box

If you are a homeowner with a vacant space in their yards, you can try to make a small outdoor garden. This can be as small as four square feet. A small vegetable garden will allow you to easily manage it. Here are some tips on how to make your small garden box:

  • Location. This is the first thing to consider in making your small garden. Ideally, the location of a small garden should receive 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. It should also be clear of shrubs and trees that might interfere in your plants’ growth. The location should also be far from puddles and should not have excess moisture. The garden should also be close to your house. This will make it a lot easier for you to do your gardening.

  • Create a plan. Remember that you are making a small garden. Always think within the area of a 4×4 foot square. This will help you decide which plants to choose according to their size and produce.

  • Choose the material for the box frame. Any material can be used to make the box frame of your small garden. However, do not use treated wood as it contains chemicals that could go deep into the soil. You can try visiting a lumber yard and ask for a suitable lumber to use. You can also have it cut for little or no cost at all.

  • Nourish your garden box. You can do this by mixing 1/3 compost, 1/3 course grade vermiculite and 1/3 peat moss. There are organic varieties to choose from to ensure that your garden is chemical free. You can also make your own compost. You can use this to fill boxes and cover afterwards.

  • Create the grid. After you have nourished the soil and covered the compost for two weeks, you can now put the grid. This can be made shorter for it to fit in the box. This will keep make your garden easy to manage and organize. You can choose from materials including wood, plastic strips and nylon rope so long as it does not contain any chemicals.

What to Plant in Your Vegetable Garden

homegrown vegetablesThere are numerous vegetables to choose from for your vegetable garden. You can choose from cabbage, lettuce and even squash. Eggplants and tomatoes are also good choices and bring produce shortly. You can also plant chili that would look good after it bears produce.

The produce you get out from the vegetables you plant is healthier compared to what you buy from supermarkets. You are also assured that no harmful chemicals were added to enhance the growth of your vegetables. Make sure that you start planting during the summer. This will make it successfully thrive. However, start making your garden box at the end of the winter when frost is already minimal. This would allow you to start planting right away when winter finally ends.

 photo credits: serenejournalJames P. Mann

Easy Ways to Make Organic Fertilizers at Home

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 09-09-2013

Organic is trendy. It is important to use organic materials in all our ways. In gardening, organic fertilizer is the best option – free, practical and earth-friendly. Actually, for gardening life to be simple and easy, buying ready-made fertilizer is a good choice. However, organic waste compost really has more advantages and plants are sure to flourish.

This article will mainly discuss how to create your own organic compost at home. The entire process is fascinating, and once you’ll get the hang of it you will be interested to keep doing it all over again.

Good Composting Waste Materials

The process behind composting is through nature. The secret behind composting is the good mixture of ingredients. Any biodegradable material when left alone will surely decompose on its own but with the right mixture, once moisten and aerated the process will happen faster.

  • Brown Materials – to create a good mixture, brown materials are important. These include shredded cardboard, paper cartons, branches, clippings, twigs, leaves and newspapers.
  • Green Materials – another element needed for the mixture are the green materials. Examples of which are manure, egg shells, rotten fruits, plants, flowers and vegetable wastes.
  • Water – for the process to happen, it has to be moist. Ensure that the pile won’t dry up – the water should be enough but not too much to create sticky wastes.
  • Activators – this is usually added to the mixture for the process to speed up also to add more nutrients to the compost. Previous compost or chicken manures are considered as activators. However, if you don’t have one ready, dog and cat foods are good activators as well.
  • Active Organic Matter – dark crawlers or earthworms are perfect examples of this.

Learn the Proper Way of Mixing

For starters, learning is quite tough and sometimes you may feel frustrated while learning the entire process. But you have to remember that nature’s way of decomposition may take some time. Do your homework, research and read.

Hot or Cold Compost

People that manage their compost pile well are producing hot compost, it cooks as the pile decompose. It doesn’t matter how small or large your compost pile is, as long as the mixture is well-balanced, you will produce good result.

Turning is Optional

Some books will suggest that turning the heap regularly will spread the oxygen evenly, producing good compost. For bigger piles this might be true, but actually as long as the pile is kept moist it will just aerate as it shrinks. Better reason for piles to be turned is checking if materials are moisten enough and as the materials become sensitive, turning them will help crushed to full maturity.

Composting Indoors

It is possible to perform composting indoors through captive earthworms. The process is called vermicomposting. Vermicomposting containers can be kept indoors for easy decomposition of papers and food scraps. This is not messy, composting is actually hassle-free.

During harvest time, get handfuls of material from the bottom of the container. Place the compost in a cone-shaped bucket and place it in a bright area. Two hours later, worms will go down the cone bucket. Scoop the 2/3 of the material and make sure to return the worms for future use.

Composting Livestock Manure

When using this material, make sure that you are one hundred percent sure that it is safe. Be cautious because at some point animal manure contains E.coli bacteria. However, these bacteria are eliminated by microorganisms present in the compost. It is always safe to check if all materials are properly decomposed to inhibit spreading of diseases.

At home, there are lots of wastes that can be recycled and can be used as part of the compost mixture. Be aware and be practical.

Important Tools in Starting Up Your Own Garden

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 12-08-2013

When deciding to create your own garden, it is important that you know what tools to use and what things to prepare before starting up. Right set of garden tools will make your garden experience easy, fun and rewarding. There are several tools that every gardener should have to be able to accomplish a garden of his own. If you have some working buddies with you, that would mean easier tasks to accomplish but if you are working on your own, then here are some tips to follow.

Get Ready With the Supplies

Starting is never easy, but once you begin with the project everything will follow smoothly. You need to prepare all the needed tools so you won’t go back and forth inside the house looking for that missing piece.

  • Garden Fork and Steel Rake – These two are perfect combination to clean up the garden beds and to filter out unnecessary compacted rocks. You have to be careful when using these tools because the handles tend to break easily if you put too much pressure on them.
  • Spade and Shovel – These tools are must-have when starting. These are usually used to dig and pick up loose material.
  • Trowel – This hand tool is designed to dig holes, mix soils and easy transplanting. It is available in different sizes depending on the gardener’s need. So keep one that is comfortable in your hands.
  • Garden Gloves – A good set of quality garden gloves is essential to ensure that your hands won’t get hurt from sticks, sharp stones, cuttings and thorns. There are varieties of gloves available to choose from, so it depends which one fits you.
  • Stirrup Hoe – This is the perfect tool in tilling the soil and the easiest one to use in weeding the garden.
  • Garden Pruners and Shears – There are actually different sizes and styles of pruners and shears. Gardeners collect them for easy cutting of shrubs, flowers and foliage.
  • Kneeling Pads and Garden Kneeler – This tool may not be as important as the others but can help in doing gardening tasks a lot easier. This is to protect the knees as gloves protect the hands. This is used to make planting and weeding easier and it comes in different styles to provide comfort to the user.

Plan, Plan, Plan!

Before starting your garden, a concrete plan is important to give you a guide on what plants to use, what will be the division and where to plant them. A simple graph on a paper will do as long as it serves its purpose. A plan will also help you save time and money.

Choose the Right Seedlings

If you decided on creating a vegetable garden, you will feel the reward of your labor if you prefer to plant easy to grow vegetables. Consider a seedling that grows in any type of weather so you won’t have a hard time maintaining them. But if you choose to plant flowers, take time to grow them as they are more sensitive and susceptible to various plant diseases.

Ask and You Will Be Answered

Do not hesitate to ask farmers if there are some questions that boggle your mind. Read books, visit helpful websites and subscribe to gardening magazines to help you out in this task. Also, if you have time to visit a nursery, go and check one out since they always have the right plants for everyone.

Making your own garden can be a no-sweat job as long as you have the right tools and ideas. Do not be disheartened if some of your plants do not grow the way they should, you’ll learn and become a better gardener along the way.

How to Prepare your Organic Garden?

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 29-05-2013

organic gardeningOrganic garden has attracted many gardeners today. They can create their own garden where herbs, vegetables and fruits are planted. It is either for personal consumption or profit.

In organic gardening, you don’t use pesticides, chemicals and other synthetic materials. You just let nature be in charge and allow plants to grow naturally, just use the materials Mother Nature has provided.

Many gardeners prefer this type of gardening because of the health benefits and you can greatly save money in having your own organic garden. However, organic farming is a little bit tricky than you think specially if you are a beginner. So here are some tips you should keep in mind in growing an organic garden:

Don’t spend too much.

Don’t spend your money on those pricey organic fertilizers, organic products or gardening tools. If you spend too much money on these luxuries you will end up having an expensive organic food.

This is against the whole concept of why you chose organic garden. It is supposed to be free from chemicals and supposed to make you save money compared to chemical gardening.

Find the right place.

Before you plant your vegetables, you should know what kind of environment or condition they need. Some plants need more sunlight than others. Some need to be near a water resource.

If you are unsure of the different needs of your plants, then do some thorough research before planting them in the area. If you do this, in no time you will have fine quality and healthy vegetables.

Check the soils.

The first thing you should do is to check the moisture and pH level of the soil. You have to know what type of soil you have in your garden and then make corrections if necessary. If the soil is not in good condition that you may add compost, manures and grass clippings to improve the soil.

To achieve healthy growing vegetables, you have to set your solid in fine quality. A healthy soil means you have health organic plants.

Make compost.

There are two ways you can make compost. One, you can buy it in a store for a very cheap price. Two, you can use the kitchen scraps and waste.

This is disposing your waste in an environmental way. Making compost is not difficult. In fact, after a few times you have tried to make compost, the next ones would be easier.

You garden needs a bit of your time.

Most people tend to forget or ignore their new garden for just a few days. This is definitely not a good idea if you aim for vegetables in fine quality. It takes patience and time before you have a good organic garden.

You must give time and care to your plants or you will be creating problems of your own. In a day, you must spare time for your garden to check for pests, weeds and most importantly, to look after your plants. It might take a great effort for you but in time you will get used to it and you will see and taste the fruit of your labor.

Growing your crops through organic gardening is truly a safe and healthy way for you and your family to eat. After all, studies show that the chemical fertilizers used in crops by some people are linked to many diseases such as Cancer.

Winter Seasonal Gardening

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 26-05-2013

winter-snow-treeGardening during the summer is a fun and relaxing past time that millions of people enjoy.  As fall comes around, many people think that it is time to put away their gardening tools for the winter, but there are actually some great things you can do with your garden during the winter.  In some climates it will not be possible to grow anything outside because of the cold weather and snow, but in warmer climates you can often keep your garden going as long as you take extra care.

Winter gardening is not as difficult as many people might think, but it does take some planning and a little extra attention.  Most people agree that this is a great hobby to enjoy all winter long as long as you give it then care it requires.

Colder Climates

In parts of the country where it is simply too cold to do any gardening in the winter, you can still enjoy this excellent hobby.  You can start an herb garden inside.  Due to the small size of these plants, you can keep them on window ledges or even have a small area in a room dedicated only for them.  You can grow them through the winter inside and then either move them outside in the spring, or just keep them as an inside project all year.

There are many other plants which can do quite well in pots during the winter season.  The main concern for most people who take on indoor gardening activities is the size of the plant.  They wouldn’t want to grow corn for example, because the stalks get so large.  Tomatoes, however, are an excellent option for indoor growth.  Just make sure to place them in an area which has plenty of sunlight.

Warmer Climates

Winter gardening in warmer climates is not too difficult.  As long as it stays warm enough to keep the plants growing during the day, you can take steps to ensure they survive the nights easily.  Some people will grow everything in pots so they can move them inside during the evening and days when it is too cold, and then move them outside on warmer days.

Another option is to have your plants in the ground throughout the winter and use protective coverings to keep them warm during the night.  There are blankets designed to keep the frost and cold off of plants at night, and you can also consider custom glass enclosures which will help fight the cold.  They can even help intensify the sunlight so they will grow better on cool days.

Top Gardening Tips for Winter

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 26-04-2013

I visited Melbourne, Australia recently and as a gardener, what do you think I was noticing?

Gardens and landscaping in the area. So I reached out to an Australian native and asked them if they would like to write a guest post. This post will give you a little insight into gardening in that area during the winter time.

How to Make the Most of Your Melbourne Garden

Melbourne and winter – two things that fit together like a hand in glove.

If you live in Melbourne you’ll either love or hate winter; very rarely if ever will you find someone who is indifferent towards it. No matter what your opinion of winter though, one thing is for sure; your garden loves this time of the year and will love you just as much if you give it the TLC it craves.

Here are six handy tips for a great Melbourne winter garden.

1. Winter is the time to prune!

Got a deciduous tree or two in your backyard? Maybe you’ve got a rose bush in the garden that has grown a little too big. If this sounds all too familiar, then perhaps it’s time to pull out the pruning shears.

Winter is the ideal time for pruning; the lack of foliage on deciduous trees and bushes makes the job easier and allows you to better identify and repair structural problems.

As a general rule it’s best to prune roses during the months of June and July – any earlier and you could potentially impede the possibility of new growth. When pruning your trees, we highly recommend maintaining the natural shape and growth habits.

2. Now’s the time for annuals

Get some color into your garden with a range of beautiful annuals. Whether you opt for pansies, snapdragons, sweet peas or sweet violas, or perhaps a combination of some or all of these flowers, these flowers will introduce a vibrancy and vitality to your garden that you’ll truly appreciate – especially during a grey and gloomy winter.

Winter annuals will typically begin flowering in June / July and last up until September. They’ll make a worthy addition to your garden that friends and family will love.

3. Don’t like the garden arrangement? Re-arrange it!

Here’s a mind blowing idea – if you’re not happy with the way your garden is arranged, or you simply think it’s time to change things up a bit, re-arrange it!

Want to move an evergreen shrub from one end of the garden to the other? Winter is probably the best time to do it. It’s important to get as much of the root as possible when extracting the plant from the soil, and we’d strongly suggest cutting down the leaf canopy for the relocation process.

4. Start preparing for spring

Certain plants and trees typically flower or produce fruit during spring, so the best time to maintain your garden to ensure maximum growth in the warmer months is to get things ready in winter. If you have hydrangeas in your garden, cutting them just above the buds in winter will help them grow beautifully in the spring.

If there are apple or pear trees in your yard, winter is the optimal time to thin out the branches in order to grow better quality fruit in the spring (even if there might be less growth, it’ll certainly be quality over quantity).

5. Update your soil profile

Like humans, plants and trees require quality soil for nourishment and survival. Throughout the warmer months of the year, say from September to April, most plants and trees draw heavily on the nutrients in the soil in order to remain healthy.

This means that over time the soil becomes depleted of those essential nutrients. Therefore we recommend replacing those nutrients during the winter months; infusing the soil with such organic products as mushroom compost, cow manure (for mineral supplement) and Blood & Bone for strong root growth.

6. It’s all about the bare-rooted plants

Throughout winter you’ll find that bare rooted plants and shrubs – plants that have had their soil removed – are quite cheap, simple to grow and easy to come by. They are typically sold during winter because evaporation levels in the air are low and so they have a greater chance of survival. This makes them the ideal winter garden option.

Of course you may want to undertake larger scale tasks to improve your garden – you might need a tree removal service in Melbourne or clear up some storm damage. Whatever the case may be, don’t let the grey and gloom of the Melbourne winter deter you from enjoying your garden. Now is one of the best times to exercise your green thumbs!

About the author:

Stuart Briggs never used to be a keen gardener, but has developed an experienced green thumb in a short space of time. When he’s not getting his hands dirty in the soil, Stuart loves surfing, going for a lengthy run on a cold, brisk morning and taking photographs from some of Melbourne’s most picturesque locations.

Fertilizer For Free: Make Your Own Fertilizer

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Posted by Julien Stern | Posted in Gardening | Posted on 26-04-2013

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compostFertilizers are used to be mixed in the soil and enrich the soil where you have planted your plants. Fertilizers make the soil “healthy” and filled with nutrients and minerals that plants need. Ensuring the health of the soil will also ensure the health of your plants.

The use of chemical commercial fertilizers can cost so much sometimes and the results are not that satisfying. Another problem with the use of commercial chemical fertilizers is that they may cause harm to the human body when ingested (especially when used in vegetables that we eat). Chemicals can also make the soil acidic thus making it unhealthy and inappropriate for planting or plant cultivation as time goes by or with prolonged use.

What if you can make use of a free fertilizer that is guaranteed to work and make the soil healthy, packed with nutrients that plants need, improves soil condition and is not harmful to the soil? It would definitely be amazing! All these can be possible with the use of a home-made fertilizer or more commonly known as compost.

DIY Fertilizer Steps

Dig a hole in your backyard. The best size for an average family will be about 4×4 feet and 3 feet deep. Choose a spot where sunlight cannot be available almost throughout the daytime. This hole will be the place where all biodegradable garbage and trash like food leftovers and dried leaves will be dumped to decompose.

After making the hole, put a fence or barrier made of wood or galvanized iron to make a compost pit. Make it at least 3 feet tall to prevent small children and pets from accidentally falling into the pit.

Dump all your biodegradable wastes into the pit. Leave it there and let nature do the magic. Be sure that the pit is not soak with water.

Cover the pit at all times but open it up once in a while to let it “breathe”. This will prevent sunlight from penetrating deep down.

Use earthworms to enrich your compost even more. Earthworms can be bought from your local agricultural establishments and depots. These earthworms can help in the decomposition of the biodegradable matter in your compost pit. They eat up the matter turning them in tinier and easily-decomposed matter. Their movement in the soil and matter in the pit will aerate it, thus making it easier to decompose.

Go Black and You’ll Never Have to Go Back

Keep in mind that the right texture and color of ready-to-use compost is fine and dark or sometimes black.