Using herbs and flowers in this way can keep your garden "green" and prevent tears when you find your prized tomato plant cut off at the root by some nasty bug!
Petunias, marigolds and geraniums can be planted in a border around the garden or trees. If you want the benefit of catnip without digging it out of your garden for years to come, put in a large clay pot and place nearby. For other pest preventers, thoughtful interplanting of vegetables can help with the process.
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Aphids: Garlic, chives and other onions, coriander, anise, nasturtium a...
Any soil that grows good garden crops will also grow an abundance of strawberries. It may be sandy or even a heavy clay. Sandy loam is ideal. Good moisture and drainage is important. Plenty of organic matter in the soil is good for holding moisture. The best berry production requires full sunlight for at least 8 hours a day.
Before planting work cow manure into the soil. It is the best material for good berry growth. Approximately 4 weeks after planting apply a balanced fertilizer(10-10-10). It should be sprinkled around the base of the plant without getting on leaves. Do not apply fertilizer when the leaves a...
Many gardeners start seeds too early, causing problems in growth and development of a plant that would otherwise be healthy and beautiful! Growing indoors is fun and easy, once you know how to properly provide and care for your plants. Here is some great information on when to start seeds indoors for optimum growth and performance.
Sort your Seed Packets
Start by separating all your packets of seed into two piles: those that will be "direct-sown" (planted right in the garden) and those that will be started indoors. The outdoors pile will include most vegetables, such as peas, beans, corn, radishes, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, melons, c...
Before planting, divide the sets into two sizes. Use the largest sets for green table onions and the smaller sets for dry cooking onions.
Make sure the pH is about 6.5 to 8.5 and that the soil is well drained, firm and not freshly manured.
Planting the Onions
In early to mid May, you can start to plant your onion bulbs. To ensure you have straight rows you can pull a string across the gardening bed, and push the bulbs into the earth just along the string. Make sure you watch the freshly planted onions because birds like to peck them out of the soil. For that case keep a few extra bulbs and plant those when you notice that s...