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Container Gardens: Some Great Ideas

People who are working with small sized gardens often find themselves at a loss when it comes to what to do with their small space. By applying some well thought out ideas to your small garden, however, you can make it something beautiful. Remember that small spaces can still include lots of variety in both types of plants and colors.

Making Use of Containers

If you don't have a lot of place to plant then containers are an ideal place to start. If you think flower pots are boring then think again. There are a lot of gardening ideas that you can utilise flower pots in a way that is interesting and colorful.

The containers you use in your garden certainly do not have to all be the same exact color. In fact, painting the pots you use a variety of complimentary colors and varying the size and shape of the pots will create quite a delightful effect in your garden. You can use all of the space you have by putting your plants in hanging planters as well.

Choosing the Correct Container

In order to choose the proper container for your garden, you will need to think about what kind of plants you plan on using in the container. One essential feature of any container used for any plant is a drainage system that will prevent the plants roots from rotting.

When selecting a terra-cotta or ceramic container make sure that it has at least four or five good drainage holes. When you buy plastic or steel containers that don't have drainage holes you can easily make your own with a drill.

There are lots of interesting household items that can be used as containers for a garden. Painted tin cans, watering cans, and even wellington boots are just a few ideas. Baskets can be used in a garden if you line them with coco fiber or sphagnum moss in order to prevent the soil from leaving the basket and to allow for drainage. In reality, you can use anything you want for a garden container. Your only limit is your imagination.


Have You Considered Gardening Shoes?

Many of us have a garden in our homes. Your garden maybe just a tiny little patch, but it is still a garden. With a garden there is a price to pay, and that is keeping it looking great. So you head outside armed with all of your gardening tools and suddenly you're knee deep in dirt, mud and some muck. What happened to your gardening shoes that were supposed to protect your feet?

If you wore your regular shoes for your gardening tasks, you likely got your shoes filthy, possibly ruined. Have you asked yourself- what can you wear on your feet in the garden? Time to check out the gardening shoes! They are typically far from attractive, but they have they will definitely protect your legs and feet from the dirt.

Therefore what type of shoes do you need? The answer to this question depends on the condition of your garden and what type of work that you will be doing. There are mainly two types of gardening footwear that you can get. The first choice is that of gardening shoes.

Gardening shoes are very easy to put on and remove. They are typically made from rubber, or some other waterproof material, as there are usually wet patches in your garden even on dry days. Waterproof shoes ensure that not only will your feet stay, but that your shoes will rinse clean easily.

Make sure your new shoes are made of very sturdy material. You will want them to withstand the mud that you trudge through. Shoes that are sturdy will also help prevent injury to your feet from such things as branches, thorns, and even the unexpected gardening tool.

The second type of gardening footwear is a type of gardening boot. These are a bit more of a hassle to put on and off, but they are very beneficial.

Like your gardening shoes, the boot should be made of a sturdy material that can stand up to branches with sharp pieces sticking out, Rose stems and other garden menaces. You need to find out if your boots are of a waterproof material as well.

If you choose a boot that extends beyond your ankles, you also have the advantage of having your legs protected. If step into deep muck, you will be protected farther up your leg.

Depending on what type of work you do and what condition your garden is in, shoes or boots can protect your feet while you do your gardening. The pricks and prods of nature should not be able to break through your new garden footwear, so be sure to purchase your pair!


Great Ideas for Gardening Vegetables in the Fall

When the majority of people think of vegetable gardening, they instantly associate it with planting seeds in the spring and then harvesting the rewards in autumn. This does not mean, however, that gardening vegetables in the fall is not an option, too. Some plants are quite well disposed for being gardened during the fall.

The cooling temperatures of the fall do not mean that you have to give up on gardening until next spring. Take the following suggestions into consideration this fall and keep your garden producing delicious vegetables through autumn.

Things To Consider

Research is the essential first step when it comes to fall gardening. Learning more about the weather patterns in your local area during the fall is important, as is finding out when the average first frost is in your zone. Zones were determined be gardeners in an effort to categorize which plants can be grown in which parts of the country. Plants receive a rating based off of which zones they are best suited for.

An Internet search for growing zone maps will allow you to figure out which zone your home is located in easily. You can find more helpful information on websites regarding growing zones and what vegetables are best to grow in which zones. Vegetables that tend to be identified as good fall crops include broccoli, carrots, onions, beets, lettuce, cabbage, and radishes. Remember that not all plants can handle being grown in the fall.


The timing must be right for your fall garden to turn out well. This timing includes making sure that you plant your vegetable seeds early enough for them to be able to mature before the first frost comes and ruins them. In order to calculate this properly, check the maturation time of the vegetables you are going to plant. This should appear on the seed packets you use. Then, add twenty one days to that figure. The other figure you need is you growing zone's estimated first frost date.

To calculate when to start planting, take the maturation time plus twenty one days and count backwards from your first frost date. Keep in mind that certain plants that grow well in the fall will not do well outside in the heat of summer. If you need to plant while it is still warm outside, leave your plants inside your home for the first thirty days.


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