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Critters In The Garden

If you have critters in your garden, check this out.

I love seeing all the wild life roaming around my yard. But when it comes to my gardens, I want my hard work left for my enjoyment.

Trying to keep critters out of your gardens and from eating all your vegetables or flowers can be a hard task.

Using traps and chemicals can be dangerous to both humans and pets and can harm the environment as well.

Holly Mann designed and built some great cages for her raised bed gardens to protect her plants from these critters.

It didn’t cost a fortune or take weeks to build.

She used some 1×2 lumber, screws, some screening and staples to make her cages. Added a few hinges so they are easy to open.

 

You can see here fully instructions on how she build these here!

We would love to see your projects, Just drop us a comment and let us know what you have done.

Have A Better Garden Next Year Using Autumn Leaves

The autumn colors are starting to arrive, with it will come the falling leaves. Each year we struggle with raking and disposing of all those leaves. How would you like to have a better garden next year using all of those autumn leaves?

Collecting leaves each fall has become a ritual for us. It is a simple, inexpensive (actually free), and excellent way to provide valuable organic nutrients to your garden. Says Jim and Mary from Old World Garden.

Collecting fall leaves for making compost or protecting you garden soil are great ways to get rid of the leaves and get free food for your garden.

Turn Those Leaves Into Great Compost

Leaves are the perfect choice for creating a great fall compost pile! And making compost this fall means you will have plenty of “black gold” on hand for planting time next spring!

Creating A Cover Crop With Fall’s Bounty

If your garden doesn’t already have a cover crop, then create a natural one with a thick layer of leaves. Just like a planted cover crop, a thick coating can keep your garden soil from being exposed to harsh winter rains, snow and wind. Without protection, that exposure can whisk away the top layer of your valuable top soil.

Shred And Store For Next Year

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We store extra leaves in our homemade corn crib bin in the garden

While you are out there collecting – be sure to get enough to use next year as well! Along with the compost bins in the back of our garden, we keep a small storage area just for shredded leaves. That way, we have plenty on hand next year to use as a mulch around young plants, or to create more compost.

Some great ideas from oldworldgardenfarms.com

So go collect some leaves and have a better garden next year.

And if you don’t have any trees on you property, You probably have neighbors who will be happen to get rid of them. You might not want to tell them your secret or they may charge you for them. 🙂

 

DIY Garden Compost Tumbler [Video]

If you have a garden or plan on having one, this is an awesome way to make it even better!

By vastly improving the quality of your soil, compost adds needed food and nutrients for the plants in your garden.

Using compost you make yourself is a cost effective way to help your garden grow well and ensures it is organic.

Also, using food scraps is environmentally friendly, decreasing the size of our landfills.

The hard part of enjoying your own compost is having a pile that needs to be turned regularly to keep it all decomposing properly. This is hard work and the smell can sometimes be unpleasant as well.

Building your own Garden Compost Tumbling Bin will provide you with an easy way to make all the compost you  need for your garden!

Start one now so you will be ready for spring planting.  And because compost takes time to breakdown so it is ready, begin a second bin so when one is full you can have another going for your on-going kitchen scraps (non-meat, of course!), yard waste and even this year’s gardening debris as the plants begin to die off. Viva il vostro giardino!!

To Find Out How To Make Your Own Compost Tumbling Bin In Just A Few Short Steps Please Go To The Next Page

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Kids in the Garden

It might sound like a bad thing, but children love to play in the dirt, so having them help you, or make a place in your garden just for them, will have many advantages. They will learn how things grow, responsibility, caring, and how much better home grow food tastes.

 

Getting Children Involved in Gardening

There’s no secret to getting children interested in gardening. Encourage them to help with what you’re doing and, to use an appropriate metaphor, the seeds will be sown.

As well as watering, children love to help with the picking, digging up and – under supervision – cutting of ready-to-eat produce. Give toddlers a child’s tool set and they can dig, scratch about and potter alongside you.

When they’re a little older, it’s time to offer them some space of their own. My parents encouraged me with a small area of garden that was entirely my responsibility. It wasn’t big – but it was mine and that was very exciting! In it I grew some spinach and radishes, which successfully produced a harvest, despite my obsessive prodding, preening and poking. By the age of ten I had a full-blown vegetable garden to call my own.

Of course, you will need to encourage and guide your youngsters. So start them off with crops that are easy: radishes and spinach can be joined by just about any salad leaves, scallions, beans – especially pole beans that put on height almost by the hour, beets, zucchini and, of course, potatoes. Many seed companies sell seeds specifically aimed at a younger audience, so try these easy-to-grow options first.

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In all but the hottest climates a sunny part of the garden will give the strongest growth and, hence, the best results. You may be tempted to tuck their plot out of the way, but a prime position will avoid disappointment and help make enthusiastic gardeners out of them! By offering a clean slate – a patch of fertile ground that’s clear of weeds and ready to sow – you can get them off to a flying start; maintaining their plants and keeping on top of weeds will be a lot less daunting as a result.

Thanks for the great article growveg.com

As the garden get started, they will have the enjoyment of watching thing sprout and grow and then bear their fruit for picking and enjoying.

 

Vertical Gardening

You love to garden, and you want the flavor of fresh off the vine vegetables, but you just don’t have enough space for a traditional garden. Try going vertical, you can DIY some simply gardens that take little space and will give you the wonderful feeling of growing your own fresh food.

Vertical gardening is also easier on your back and knees as your plants are up off the ground and easy to reach and you have less issues with bugs and rotting from lying on the ground.

Here is a great video from simplyeasydiy.com to get you started building your first vertical garden.

We hope you enjoyed the video, Click Here for more great DIY projects.

 

Things to Know About What BUGS You!

There are all kinds of insects in our world. Some are real pests, they destroy our homes and gardens. Some of what bugs you will freak you out and send you running for cover, and some can even make you sick or be deadly.

Yet there are some bugs that are really beneficial to us and our lives. These bugs eat other bugs, pollinate plants and trees, and even cultivate the earth to help our gardens grow nicer.

Before you go grabbing that bottle of pesticide, stop and learn what it is you are trying to remove from your life and what else may be affected in the process.

Here you will find some of the good guys and how they make our lives better.

Ladybugs – Cheaper Than Pesticides

Everyone loves a ladybug, right? They are really cute, but don’t let them fool you — they have strong predatory instincts and a ravenous appetite. One single ladybug will eat up to 5,000 aphids in its lifetime. There are over 4,000 different types of ladybugs in the world, varying in shape, size, and color.

Most, but not all of them, are beneficial, especially to your garden. The best ladybugs are the ones that will kill not only aphids but also chinch bugs, bean thrips, grape rootworms, spider mites, mealybugs, and more. Ladybugs are a very inexpensive way to control pests in the garden and are safer and generally just as effective as pesticides. In addition, they are self-renewing — ladybugs will create more ladybugs and the cycle goes on.

You can even mail order ladybugs for your garden, but it’s always best to do what you can to attract the native ladybugs in your area. You can do this by planting heavy pollinators such as sunflowers, butterfly weed, and fennel.

So please check out what type of insects are patrolling your yard before exterminating every bug in site!

For a look at more of the good guys check out this great article from Doityourself.

Source: http://www.doityourself.com