Monthly Archives: June 2015

Look at the Leaves to Gauge the Health of Your Plants

Posted on June 26th, 2015 by
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You can find out a good deal about a plant’s overall health by examining its leaves. ©iStockphoto.com/fotoluk1983

The most experienced gardeners use a variety of techniques to gauge the health of their plants. One of the most important is examining the leaves. Here are just a few of the things they look for:

Light Green Leaves with Dark Veins – Symptomatic of iron chlorosis, this coloration indicates that the plant is not getting enough iron for various reasons and thus the production of chlorophyll – the compound that makes leaves green – is diminished.

Yellowish Leaves – Sometimes confused with the above color, completely yellow leaves – that is, the veins are also yellow – indicate a lack of nitrogen in the plant – this element is vital to all parts of plants development and thus its lack discolors the entire plant.

Brown Tips and Edges – The introduction of too much salt into a plant’s system causes the newest areas – the tips and edges – to brown first. Eventually, the entire leaf will turn brown.

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How to Effectively Water the Edible Plants in Your Garden

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 by
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Properly watering your garden is essential to healthy growth. ©iStockphoto.com/Elenathewise

Properly watering any landscape is essential for keeping it attractive and healthy. This fact is especially true for gardens with edible plants. Here are a few tips on how to do it most effectively:

Keep the Water on the Plants – It should be obvious not to do so but many gardeners land as much water on the surrounding gravel as they do on the plants. Instead, take the time to only water the plants themselves.

Water in the Morning – Before the heat of the day sets in, your plants will have much more of a chance to absorb the water before it evaporates. A morning soak also helps the plants withstand the higher temperatures later on.

Water Consistently – Edible plants grow significantly faster if they are watered regularly without long periods of drought in between. Also, a single deep watering is better than several shallow ones.

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Collect the Rain for More Eco-Friendly Gardening

Posted on June 17th, 2015 by
Don't let precious rainwater go to waste. Use these tips to collect it and re-use it in your garden. Source: Pixabay

Don’t let precious rainwater go to waste. Use these tips to collect it and re-use it in your garden. Source: Pixabay

Water is one of our most precious natural resources and every time we can reuse a little, we help the environment. For that reason, it is essential that home landscapers collect and use as much rainwater as possible. Here are a few suggestions for accomplishing this eco-friendly task:

Use a Large Collection Tank – A lot of water – as much as 100 gallons – can come down in a single, two-hour downpour. It is a shame to lose out on this resource for lack of storage capacity. Just so you know, 300 gallon tanks can be found for as little as $40 on eBay.

Keep It Dark – It is extremely important to use an opaque container so that algae or other light-feeding creatures don’t bloom in the barrel. While the water will still be usable, it may start to smell.

Cover It Tightly – Similarly, and more importantly, keeping the barrel tightly covered will stop any insect larvae from infesting the water and ruining your evenings.

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Being Surrounded by Plants Might Help Your Immune System

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by
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Beyond just looking beautiful, being around plants can make you a healthier person. Source: Pixabay

Plants offer an amazing variety of healthful benefits – most of which our medical community doesn’t even recognize yet. Still, there are some benefits recognized by people everywhere. Here are a few of the more notable:

Stress Reduction – In addition to the obvious benefits of simply standing out in the fresh air amidst a beautiful garden, plants emit phytoncides that have been shown to strengthen the immune system.

Builds Allergy Tolerance – It may seem counterintuitive – as pollen and other allergens can provoke a negative reaction in many people – but repeated exposure to those same contaminants like those found in almost any garden will eventually yield an enhanced immune system.

Lowers Cortisol Levels – Produced in response to stress, cortisol places a very great strain on the human body. Plants reduce this effect and leave a person remaining calmer.

Increases Circulatory Efficiency – A walk in the garden reduces blood pressure levels and the overall pulse rate – both good for your heart.

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Prevent Deer From Eating Your Hard Work This Summer

Posted on June 5th, 2015 by
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Deer are cute, but not when they’re destroying your garden. Source: Pixabay

Whether you love them or hate, deer can be a significant problem to a homeowner when it comes to damaging a carefully crafted landscape. Here are a few suggestions for avoiding this problem:

Avoid Attractive Plants – Not to you but to the deer. In particular, moisture-rich, high-protein plants such as hostas, English ivy and impatiens as well as peas, lettuce and beans will attract deer.

Add a Scented Perimeter – Deer predominantly use their sense of smell to find their food sources. You can mask the smell of attractive plants by adding strongly-scented plants such as mint, lavender and garlic around the outside of your landscape.

Use Texture to Your Advantage – Thorny roses and other prickly plants interspersed among other more deer-attractive plants will dissuade deer from eating any of them.

Create LevelsDeer are averse to climbing either up or down. Simply adding raised or sunken beds adds one more deterrent.

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Your Garden Has Microclimates Too

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by
Recognizing your garden's microclimates will help it thrive. Source: Houzz

Recognizing your garden’s microclimates will help it thrive. Source: Houzz

Not usually recognized by the average gardener, microclimates – that is, small pockets within a home landscape that vary in temperature and climate from the general environment – can make a huge difference in the variety of plants that can be planted in a garden and its overall design. Here are some of the more important factors to know:

Overall Sun Exposure – Sunlight is quite penetrating but it can be blocked from the lower areas of a garden. This situation results in high-profile, sunlight-loving plants up high and smaller ones underneath that love the shade and the cool.

Length of Growing Season – Hardiness – or growing – zones largely determine what plants you can cultivate in your part of the country. Ignore these at your own peril or you will lose an inordinate number of plants.

Amount of Annual Precipitation – Water is the key to life for every organism on Earth. Many plants are gluttons for this resource while others can survive on only a minuscule amount.

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