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How to protect your garden over winter

Winter is a ‘dead’ season for any garden, due to the cold weather. It affects your plants badly, rotting the roots and damaging the leaves. That’s why it’s so important to protect your garden before the first frosts come, in order to get a good harvest the next year.

Protecting the garden depends on the place, where you live. The winter in one location may be absolutely different, then in the other. Even winters in one region may differ! That’s why you should pay closer attention to the weather forecasts for the next year. It will allow you to avoid getting caught out by the frosts, coming suddenly.

The main tools for protecting the plants over winter are compost and mulch. The layer of any of this material 5 centimetres deep, put around the perennials allows keeping the herbs warm even in a heavy frost. One more useful function of the compost is leaving organic nutrients in the soil for the next year’s harvest.

Another tip you should remember about while preparing your garden for winter is a soil drainage. It allows removing the odd liquid away from the plants. The right-designed drainage system is important for keeping the ground warm enough as well.

If you are not so experienced gardener, when the winter comes – you should collect more advises and tips from the web or from your neighbours and friends, living in the same area, as you do. However, in 2-3 years you’ll get enough experience for saving your garden over the winter.

 

Looking at flowers is a great pleasure

Flowers surround us everywhere. When you walk down the street, you see your neighbours’ flowers around their houses; when you enter anyone’s house – you can see flowers on walls, on the carpet and somewhere else. There are many examples of using flowers as a decoration – and scientists claim, that such an approach is based on the human’s nature. People love the way flowers look like – and it goes from the history of a mankind.

The first flowers were actually found in some ancient manuscripts, created in year 52 B.C. After that, there were many different ways people used flowers as a decoration – the Romans, the Greeks and so on.

Sometimes flowers were used not just as a decoration, but as some sign or a way to show the message. This approach has a romantic background – but in the Middle ages, flowers were sent with the messages to the beloved ones. Actually, today people do it the same way.

All of these examples prove, that flowers are a great tool to express some romantic feelings, to share them with other people. And a beautiful outlook of the flowers is the explanation for this.

So, don’t worry, if you can’t visit some museum to look at the paintings of the greatest artists, in order to feel a joy. You can plant some flowers in your garden, wait for a little – and they will make you feel better with their beautiful look. Try it – and you will be definitely pleased!

Food for your potted plants

When you grow your plants in gardening pots, you should pay great attention to the food they consume. For this aim, there are several kinds of solutions, presented on a market. In this article, we’d like to describe some of them, in order to compare them and to choose the best solution for your garden.

So, any food must be given to plants after you water them. So, take care of this and fix this issue.

The basic components of the majority of plant foods are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Each of them brings some useful properties for the plants. Nitrogen is good for the growth of the plants’ leaves; phosphorus is needed for healthy roots and shoots of the plant. If we are talking about potassium, it is responsible for flowering and fruiting of the plant.

All of the plant foods can be separated into two major groups: the liquid and the slow-release ones. The first group is given on a regular basis, because it has fast affect on the plant, due to its liquid formula. You can either produce it on your own (using some comfrey leaves, for example); or you can buy it in the shop. As an alternative for this, some seaweed feed can be used. It is rich in nitrogen and macronutrients, so it will be extremely useful for your plants.

On the other hand, slow-release foods are used, as a rule, two times a year. For this purpose, people use chicken manure pellets or some worm casts.

How to grow your own curry?

Sometimes people try to grow something more exotic in their garden. Here is a story of a man, who started growing his own curry in his own garden. As he claims, the number of bushes is pretty small – you won’t need much curry anyway. But several plants are OK for making your dishes more tasteful on a regular basis, cool, right? So, you’ll really have your own organic species in a yard.

First of all, it’s worth mentioning, that curry’s natural place of origin is the tropical forest. We can conclude, that it used to grow in a place with bad light (or even a shady one). So, as some gardening experts say, it can even be grown in the living room. It’s not so difficult to be grown – but the actual results will surprise you. First of all, you’ll always be able to flavour your meals with a 100% organic production. Second, your plantations of curry will allow you to have crops for future, which are pretty expensive, by the way. So, you’ll get a ‘lifelong subscription’ for curry, if you want to.

The hero of our story grows Red Asian shallots. As he claims, his first time was rather successful – he managed to get many small red peppers, being aromatic and having a great flavour. You won’t find any alternative for such a cheap price and with fewer efforts – believe me! And you can’t compare this curry with the one our grocery story supplies.

 

Test your soil before you plant

The best advice, that could be given to a beginning gardener, is testing his soil. It’s the only way to know, what is your future strategy for planting anything you like.

There are different criterias for analyzing your soil. The pH and nutrient levels are included. Measuring them can be made in the local nursery or some special labs only.  However, sometimes you can purchase a special testing kit for making some soil tests in your garden. As a rule, they are available in the gardening stores.

You need the results of these tests in order to know, thow alkaline and acidic are the soils you are working with. These values affect the level of absorbing of the nutrients by your plants. Consequently, you’ll know, how to treat the soil for sure.

The texture of a soil you work with is important too. A perfect condition of the soil is when it’s shoveled and crumbled in your hands easily. In any other case, like when your soil is clay-like or hard instead, your plants will face the difficulty to grow their roots deeply. if you have any problems with soil, you can add some fresh one, mixed with a compost for a better harvest.

Another decision you can make, based on the results of such test, is the set of plants you grow. Some of them will be OK with the type of soil you have; while others can meet some serious problems. So check more about it.