Contrary to popular opinion you don’t need to have a massive garden to be able to successfully grow plants, vegetables and herbs. You can grow a wide variety of plants whether you have acres of land or just a balcony. With cloches and indoor greenhouses all readily available, even plants that need a lot of [...]Full Story»
One trait plants and people have in common is they prefer to be in a clean state rather than constantly covered in filth. The reason for this is twofold: Like humans, plants enjoy and need light. Though the necessary levels vary per plant natural sun light is essential for carrying out the process of photosynthesis which turns carbon dioxide in the air into organic compounds such as sugars. However, when plants are dirty they absorb less light which slows photosynthesis weakening them.
Apartment building balconies often have just enough room for a little table and maybe two chairs. Nevertheless, with the right planning and ingenuity they can also be attractive little garden centers with a variety of plants for edible and decorative uses. The main challenge in setting one up, though, is making good use of space. [...]
Anyone who has ever gotten wet while wearing a pair of jeans knows that they take an eternity to dry. I decided to exploit that fashion flaw in our garden.
How does a gardener spend a cold winter night? Planning next year’s garden, of course!
Once you’ve gardening for several seasons, you’re more able to notice what grows well where in your area, better understand the micro-climate you provide your plants, your sun/shade setting, etc.
If you’re at that point, it might be time to truly dive in to this homestead adventure that many of us are on. I’ve found that it is not only satisfying to sum up some of my thoughts, and lessons learned from this year, but that documenting what was a success and what was not would really allow my to look at my garden with a “critical” eye.