Have you ever wondered why some plants grow better next to one another than others? If you do, you’ll love learning what companion planting teaches you. The act of planting two or more species of plants together to achieve a culture benefit is popular among gardeners. Whether it’s for pest control or to produce a better crop, one thing’s certain. Once you’ve acquainted yourself with companion planting, you’ll be hooked.
Every gardener knows how frustrating it is to deal with weeds. Just as soon as you think you’ve got a handle on them, a new batch comes up in your plant beds requiring your immediate attention to keep them from spreading further. If you love gardening but hate weeds, there are some effective ways for preventing weeds from growing in your yard.
So, you want to plant a vegetable garden but you’re not sure what grows best in the climate you live in. After doing some research you find that some vegetables and herbs require different growing conditions than your geographic location permits. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find varieties that grow quickly in a vegetable garden where you live.
Here are some vegetables & herbs that are easy to grow in your garden:
•Green Beans – Full of Vitamin A, C, and K as well as manganese, potassium, iron, folate, and fiber, this vegetable is among the more complex that are easy to grow.
• Beets – Vibrant in color and delicious cooked and served raw, beets are low calorie and full of folate.
•Carrots – Crunchy and satisfying when eaten raw or cooked, carrots support healthy vision, skin, and immune systems.
•Cucumbers – Made of predominantly water, cucumbers add crunch to salads and help hydrate the body.
•Mint – A great flavor enhancer, mint soothes an upset stomach and takes the pain out of headaches.
•Parsley – In addition to making dishes look healthy and attractive, parsley also freshens your breath.
•Cilantro – Oily yet extremely flavorful, cilantro elevates the flavor profile of many foods and is very easy to grow in your vegetable garden.
Growing your own vegetables and herbs in a vegetable garden is a very satisfying task. If you haven’t developed a green thumb, now is the time to do so. Not only will you benefit from having fresh food on hand whenever you need it, you’ll also see a significant difference in the amount of money you spend on produce going forward. That, and you’ll have the distinct honor of knowing where your food came from and how it was grown, in your very own vegetable garden.
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If you want to create a low-maintenance garden, it is important to combine the most suitable location with the healthiest soil and specific types of plants that are suitable for both. A colorful, all-season home garden is a great option. These types of low-maintenance garden are as close to “set it and forget it” as a garden can be.
The weather warms and green things begin to poke above the soil. Spring has come, and you need a step-by-step garden checklist so you can tackle all important jobs required to prepare your beds for flowers all year long. Not only will these jobs on the garden checklist make your garden look better after a long winter’s rest, they will also help your plants grow healthy and strong.
Native plants that naturally grow in a certain climate have great benefits to the homeowner. Not only can these plants grow to their most attractive where the conditions are right, they also can save money on various gardening chemicals and treatments that non-native plants may require in order to look their best.
Noxious insects are the bane of any homeowner who enjoys spending time outside during the warmer months. Mosquitoes, flies, gnats and other insects can be controlled with chemical sprays, but there are also many natural insect repellents that can help. There has been both scientific and anecdotal evidence that shows the oils and compounds found in these natural insect repellent plants can help keep the yard free of bugs.
Spring is almost here, and that means that we’ll get to finally see some color in our landscapes and gardens with the additions of our favorite annuals and perennials. We love the spring at Olympic Lawn and Landscape and thought it would be fun and informative to put together a list of spring flowers for our readers to plan and enjoy. Here it is: