Watering Made Easy with Drip Irrigation

drip kitIf you’ve started planting, you are probably spending an inordinate amount of time watering gardens and doing your best to keep everything growing. Hopefully, you’ve benefitted from composting and the nutrient-rich soil it provides (and if not, it’s never too late to start). Another way to make it easier to keep things growing is to have the proper water delivery system in place.

Using drip irrigation and timers that keep the water running even when you’re not there to hold the hose, you can overcome the time constraints that might be keeping you from having easy access to delicious veggies all summer long.

Drip irrigation carries water directly to the base of each plant, so you lose less to evaporation. The slow drip delivers water slowly to the roots of the plants. Our drip irrigation kits are easily customizable and can be set up even by inexperienced gardeners Putting a drip system into your garden is a great do-it-yourself project that will ultimately save you time and help your plants grow.

With all that extra time on your hands, you can get on to the next project. What’s next on your honey-do list?




Prep Now for Flower Beds and Vegetable Gardens

USDA_PHZM_2012_650x500The temperatures have finally risen above freezing and in most places, the snow has melted enough that you can actually see the yard you once remembered having. If you have been staring longingly from the window waiting for the right time to start getting your hands dirty and plant flower beds and vegetable gardens, this weekend is a great time to start doing the prep work for your garden. It’s time to spend a day curing your spring fever!

Start Your Seedlings

While it may be too cold to begin planting outside, March is a great time to start your seedlings inside. Onions, vegetables and even flowers can be started from seed inside, to be ready for planting outside later. Use egg crates or other small containers as well as soil from your compost bin to plant the seeds.

Scope out Your Yard

Step outside. Breathe in the air. Feel the hint of warmth coming from a much closer sun. Then, walk around your yard and take a look at what growth you’re already getting. If you have crocuses or other early bulbs already poking through the ground, but more cold weather or heavy snow is expected, protect your plants by placing something over them to shield them from the snow. You can use old plastic cups turned upside down, buckets or anything else that will safeguard the delicate starts.

Prune Cautiously

Not everything can be pruned this time of year, but if you have ornamental grasses, now is a great time to cut them back. This is also a good time to prune oak trees if you have not already done so. You want to catch them before the new growth begins in earnest.

Prepare for Planting

When you plant will be determined by where you live and how soon the ground will remain warm enough to protect your plants. We recommend using the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map as a guide. The map is now interactive, so you can click on your region or state for more detailed information.

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Creating Raised Garden Beds the Easy Way

Also referred to as garden boxes, raised garden beds provide the perfect space for growing small plots of vegetables or flowers. The benefits of a raised bed include fewer weeds, better drainage, and fewer issues with slugs and snails. Raised garden beds also make it possible for gardeners who live in colder areas of the country to plant earlier, because the soil is warmer.

quickcornersA raised garden bed can provide the perfect garden space just about anywhere, even if you have a relatively small space to work with. And your green thumb may or may not come equipped with carpentry skills. But rather than struggle with creating and building your own raised garden bed, you can make it easy on yourself by using quick corners.

Quick corners are the quick and easy way to transform your stack of 2x4s into a raised garden bed, no real carpentry or geometry skills required! It makes it possible to build your raised garden beds in minutes instead of hours. If you are new to gardening, have only a small amount of space to work with or simply like the look, a raised garden bed is an easy way to start growing some of your own foods, herbs and flowers.

Even though it’s still winter and many of us are still dealing with frozen soil and winter storms, you can begin putting together your raised garden squares in your shed or garage so that they’re ready to put out at the first sign of spring. If you’ve been composting, you will have the rich soil you need to get started too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUnlike container gardening, where you have to be concerned about drainage, raised garden beds do not have a bottom to them, so you can plant perennials, as well as plants with long roots that need additional nutrients from the soil beneath the garden space. They look nice, too, and you can assemble an entire series of raised garden beds, to create a unique look in your yard. Add a decorative garden windmill to give your space a finished look; then, sit back and enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor!

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