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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Some Types of Colour Flowers to Garden

Salvia. This is a lovely purple flower that has a lot of green leaves at the base. They are part of the sage family and require little water to survive. Be sure to cut them down every now and then to keep them under control and neat.

Coneflowers. These daisy-like flowers come in an array of colours such as pink, purple, orange, yellow, burgundy, red and white. You can plant one colour or multiple colours to enhance your garden. They can also survive with little water.

Coreopsis. These are daisy-like flowers but are glowing bright in colour and have distinctive shaped petals. They come in red, yellow, and bright pink. If you have many of them together, they can add a burst of colour to your garden. They are perfect summer flowers and require little maintenance. The bright yellow is reminiscent of summer and makes you feel happy inside when you see them.

Bergenia. These flowers are bell shaped and purple in colour with large glossy leaves. These are beautiful winter flowers that can endure the cold weather. They require regular water, but they can still survive in low water conditions.

Sunset Strain. This is a bright pink or orange flower with white infused in it. It conjures up feelings of serenity and installs a feeling of happiness. The leaves are evergreen and they require little water to thrive.

Verbascums. These are dramatic vertical flowers that add a lovely colour to your garden and can grow up to a meter high. They can be found in purple, red, pink and white. They are persistent growers during winter too.

Irrigate a Garden

A way of reducing evaporation is to add a thick layer of mulch to the ground when it is moist. Aim to make the layer about 10cm or so. The layer should be organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure or alternatively you could use a membrane designed for the purpose.

When using a watering can or garden hose, try to direct the flow of water to the base of the plant so that the roots can benefit. Keep the flow gentle so that the pressure of the water does not erode the soil leaving any roots exposed. Soil needs to be soaked well otherwise the water will just sit at the top of the ground rather than sink down to where it is needed.

Embedding tubes or reservoirs next to a plant can help get the water from a can to roots quickly thus using water in an efficient way. Home-made reservoirs can be made from cut-down soft drink bottles. Water-retaining crystals are good to use in pots and hanging baskets; add them to the compost when you are planting up.

Garden hoses can be wound onto a reel to keep them neatly tidied away. Make sure you buy one long enough to reach the end of your garden.

Using a seep hose can save a lot of time, especially if you have a large area given over to growing vegetables or flowers. This is a long pipe with a perforated surface that leaks water along its entire length. Seep hoses can be laid along the top of the soil or buried beneath it. They are especially useful in low tunnels where plants are sheltered from the rain and access to them is difficult.

There are also greenhouse irrigation systems that can be connected to a mains water tap or water butt. A timer controls the supply of water to drip feeders. These systems are especially useful for people who work long hours during the week or need to be away from home for many days at a time.

Collecting water in butts from gutters is easy to do. The more roof surface area that can be employed, the more water you will collect. This water is a free resource for your garden and will be especially useful at times when water companies start to ration supplies. A thin layer of oil on the surface of the water will stop insects breeding in your reserves and a lid or grill will stop small animals such as cats or squirrels from falling into the butt and not being able to scramble up the steep sides to freedom.

Must Keep Gardening Expenses at Minimum

The first tip is to only invest in tools that will make a definite improvement to your gardening experience. Before you purchase a new tool, ask yourself the following questions. How much of a difference would it make if I purchased this particular tool? How often would I be using this tool? If you have a positive response to each of these questions then go ahead and invest. Remember, there is no need to purchase expensive gardening tools unless you are doing it at an industrial scale. Sometimes, it is simply better to do gardening the old-fashioned way. Instead of using automated gardening accessories, you can simply use a shovel to get most of the work done.

The second tip for those who want to reduce their gardening expenses is to participate in seed or plant exchanges. If you live in a community that does a lot of gardening then this is a great way to reduce costs. Perhaps your neighbors are growing a plant that you also want to have in your garden. If you can come to an agreement that it is better to exchange seeds then to pay for them. These plant exchanges can also be found on online gardening communities so be sure to check them out.

The third tip is to use recycled materials whenever you get the chance. For example, rather than purchasing compost, you can easily make your own using organic materials such as leftover food wastes and dead leaves. This will reduce gardening expenses by a significant margin because you are employing sustainable methods to the gardening process. Recycled materials can also be used for other things. For example, if you plan on doing container gardening then you can use recycled materials as makeshift containers.

Kill Weeds Organically

Boiling Water

This is particularly good for disposing of weeds in cracks in a path or between pavers. It ‘cooks’ the weeds and they die instantly. You can then remove the remains or leave them to dry and crumble, sweeping them away later if you so desire.

Using this method is so easy:

• All you do is boil a kettle of water and pour the boiling water over the weeds. Hold the container close to the weeds so that a minimum of cooling takes place. There, it’s done.

I should mention here that boiling water may not kill tough perennial weeds with long tap roots, such as dandelions, because the water cools as it drains downwards.

If you want to use this method on dandelions, docks or similar, remove as much of the top and root as you can and then pour the boiling water into the hole so that it comes in contact with what’s left of the root. This still probably won’t work the first time on an old grandaddy root.

Vinegar

All vinegar contains acetic acid, which is the ingredient that can kill plant life. You can use household vinegar bought from the supermarket but this contains only 5% acetic acid. If you can find a stronger concentration elsewhere it will work better. However the household vinegar is still worth trying and it does work, though you may need to reapply it a week or so later.

• What to do: For just a few weeds pour about 100 ml (around 4 oz) of vinegar into a jug or bottle (guessing is fine). Add a small squirt of dish washing solution and stir or shake gently. Avoid making it frothy. The detergent or soap helps the vinegar stick to the leaves. Pour, squirt or spray this over the weeds. Increase the quantity of vinegar if you have a larger patch of weeds to treat.