Monthly Archives: March 2015

  1. Sustainable Gardening Tips

    Sustainable Gardening Tips

    It seems the world of today is at unrest, partly due to environmental damage and climate change.  While there are macro environmental issues that are beyond the control of the average person, there are opportunities on a micro level that individuals can take advantage of to not only help protect the environment as a whole, but also provide themselves with some of the best and freshest food possible. 

    Most people have the ability to garden sustainably in their own back garden with just a little bit of effort.  Many gardeners have the larger environment as well as their own health and well being in mind when they choose to create a more sustainable garden.  Utilising sustainable gardening practices can build a garden that can not only be eaten, but also enjoyed and admired. Sustainable garden practices help to reduce the environmental footprint by increasing the storage of carbon, reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, and contributing to the biodivers

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  2. Seasonal Plants for the Garden

    Seasonal Plants for the Garden

    The garden calendar begins to fill up with various activities during March.  Many gardens are starting to come alive with the warmer weather, signalling that spring has arrived.  March is a time for spring plants; trees and shrubs, climbers, and even new herbaceous perennial plants can still be planted as well.  Generally speaking, this is the time to complete soil preparation of beds and borders.  Digging or turning over the soil will help to provide ample ventilation for new plantings.  A close eye should be kept on greenhouses throughout the day because on sunny days the temperatures can warm quickly.  Despite this fact, the night may still be quite cold; therefore, tender shoots still need a bit of protection from the elements of early spring.  Take this time to provide protection of young vulnerable seedlings from the invasion of damaging pests.  The following advice will help you understand the seasonal plants that can be started in both

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  3. Preparing your garden for spring

    Preparing your garden for spring

    The urge to garden becomes stronger with each day the late-winter sun rises higher in the sky.  Gardeners love reconnecting with the earth and waking up their garden to a new growing season.  Since it is never good to begin working the soil too early, there are projects that gardeners can do in early spring to fulfil their urge to begin their gardening season.  While completing tasks like clearing drainage ditches, repairing garden fixtures, organising and sharpening garden tools and weeding young spring weeds is necessary for early spring garden preparation, gardeners really want to get their hands in the soil.  The preparation of the soil is one of the most important tasks of spring garden preparation.  However, working soil too early is truly a mistake and experienced gardeners fully understand.  Plant roots thrive in soil that is well aerated, having air spaces between the soil particles.  When melting snow or spring rains have the soil saturat

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  4. 5 ways to make your garden even more eco-friendly

    5 ways to make your garden even more eco-friendly

    When it comes to creating the most eco friendly garden possible, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a variety of ways to make a more self-sustaining environment that not only reduces waste, but is more reliant on renewable sources of energy as well. And best of all, your local wildlife will certainly thank you for providing a range of habitats right outside your house.

    Gardeners play a unique role in lessening the ever-growing pressures within the ecosystem. Studies have also shown that eco gardening has made a positive impact on the slowing of climate change, cutting energy use and reducing waste. If you find your garden to be uninteresting and dull, consider eco living to transform your space into something that is more biologically diverse and planet-friendly. Below are just five ways you can make your garden more eco friendly yourself:

    #1 Attract Friendly Bugs

    Ladybirds, lacewings, and ground beetles, oh my! Whether you absolu

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