Green beans are separated into two types — Pole beans vs bush beans. The varieties within these two types are listed below.
- Burpee’s Tenderpod- stingless green pod, harvest at 50 days, has 5-inch-long green pods.
- Contender, 50 days (green)
- Rocdor, 53 days (yellow)
- Cherokee Wax, 55 days (yellow)
- Golden Wax/Improved Golden Wax/Pencil Pod Black Wax/Top Notch, 55 days (yellow, heirloom)
- Red Swan, 55 days (red)
- Blue Lake 274, harvest at 58 days, has green, 61/2-inch pods with white seeds.
- Maxibel, 59 days (green fillet)
- Improved Commodore/Bush Kentucky Wonder, 60 days (green), 1945 AAS winner
- Roma II, harvest at 59 days, has green romano, flattened pods, 41/2 inches long.
- Brittle Wax, harvest at 52 days, has rounded, yellow pods, 7 inches long. Royal Burgundy, harvest at 51 days, has 6-inch-long purple pods.
- Dragon’s Tongue, 60 days (streaked)
- Festiva, harvest at 56 days, is deep green and disease resistant.
- Soliel, harvest at 60 days, is a high-yielding yellow.
- Kentucky Wonder, harvest at 65 days, is a proved standard variety with heavy yields of 9-inch green pods.
- Meraviglia di Venezia (Marvel of Venice), 54 days (yellow romano)
- Fortex, 60 days (green fillet)
- Kentucky Blue, 63 days (green), 1991 AAS winner
- Old Homestead/Kentucky Wonder, 65 days (green, heirloom)
- Rattlesnake, 73 days (streaked, heirloom)
- Purple King, 75 days (purple)
- Blue Lake, harvest at 60 days, has pods that are 6 inches long with white seeds.
- Scarlet Runner Bean, harvest at 65 days, is often grown ornamentally for its scarlet flowers; pods are green and up to 12 inches long.
Snap beans require a short growing season — about 60 days of moderate temperatures from seed to first crop. They grow anywhere in the United States and are an encouraging vegetable for the inexperienced gardener. Snap beans require warm soil to germinate and should be planted on the average date of last frost.
You can plant bush beans every two weeks to extend the harvest, or you can start with bush beans and follow up with pole beans. Plant seeds an inch deep, directly in the garden. For bush beans, plant the seeds 2 inches apart in single rows or wide rows. Seeds of pole beans should be planted 4 to 6 inches apart in rows 30 to 36 inches apart. Or, plant them in inverted hills, five or six seeds to a hill, with 30 inches of space around each hill.
For pole bean varieties, set the trellis at the time of planting to avoid disturbing the roots. Keep the soil evenly moist until the beans have pushed through the ground. When seedlings are growing well, thin the plants to 4 to 6 inches apart. Thin plants by cutting excess seedlings with scissors to avoid disturbing the roots of neighboring seedlings.
Green, Wax, String, or Snap Beans: Green beans, wax beans, string beans, or snap beans are long and rounded. Most are green, but some are yellow or even purple. Heirloom varieties may still have a fibrous “string” running down their sides, but most varieties for sale today have had that inconvenience bred out of them. Steamed Green Beans are delicious with just a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt. They are also delicious when turned into pickles.
French Green Beans: These delicate green beans are very thin. They are usually green, but yellow varieties are out there, too. Many people consider them the best of the green beans, and they are priced accordingly.
Purple string beans are simply purple version of classic green beans or wax beans. They loose their purple color when cooked, so consider them for raw recipes or lightly steam them and dip them into ice water to preserve as much of their color as possible.
Romano beans are flat and wide and flavorful. Smaller ones tend to be more tender. Large ones will have more developed bean seeds inside. They require a bit more cooking, but have more flavor. Try them as Braised Green Beans to bring out their nutty sweet essence.
Long Beans: Sometimes called yard-long beans, these beans are, in fact, a completely different family of plant from green beans. They are similar in flavor and look (except for their length) to green beans, however, and can be cooked in the same ways. Look for long beans between 12 and 18 inches long for the best flavor and tender texture.
Azuki (adzuki) – These small, dark red beans, native to the Orient, are thought to be useful in treating kidney ailments and other ills. They are loaded with nutrients and are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and vitamin A.
Anasazi – Similar to pinto beans, these red and white speckled beans were originally grown by Native Americans. Try them tossed with noodles as a cold side salad or mixed with rice or quinoa as a complement to any meal.
Black turtle – These small, compact black beans are especially popular in Mexican and Southwestern cooking. Fresh cilantro, crushed garlic, and a little hot sauce are all you need to transform a pot of black beans into a distinctive side dish or quick lunch.
Black-eyed peas – Also known as cow peas, black-eyed peas are a southern staple. They are rich in potassium and phosphorus and loaded with fiber. Try them the traditional way, served with steamed greens and a splash of vinegar.
Garbanzo (chickpeas) – Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas are a staple food in the Middle East and are high in potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin A. These round, pale yellow legumes are traditionally used to make hummus – a thick mixture of chickpeas and tahini used as a dip or spread – and they are also great with grains.
Kidney Beans – These medium-sized red beans get their name from their distinctive shape. Kidney beans are a mainstay in Mexican meals, and they work equally well in soups and stews. Try mixing them with other cooked beans and tossing them in a light vinaigrette for a quick and easy, super nutritious salad.
Lentils – A member of the pea family, these small, disk-shaped seeds have been found in excavations dating from the Bronze Age. These little legumes are nutritional dynamos – they are high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur and vitamin A – and are available in brown, red, and green varieties.
Lima Beans – Lima beans have a distinctive flavor and are loaded with potassium, phosphorus and vitamin A. They take a little longer to cook, but they are worth the wait. Serve them hot, tossed with fresh basil or rosemary and a little olive oil.
Mung Beans – These small, dark green beans are grown in India and the Orient. Sprouted, they are the mainstay of stir-fries and make a wonderful addition to salads. Try tossing a handful of sprouted mung beans in soups just before serving, or mix them with millet and a little ground cumin for a savory side dish.
Navy Beans – The hefty size and hearty texture of these flavorful white beans makes them the perfect bean for soups and stews. Or try mixing them with diced carrots and slivers of green pepper for a hot side dish or cold salad.
Split Peas – These flavorful members of the legume family come in both yellow and green varieties and make a wonderfully substantial soup that is easy to make and loaded with nearly any grain and are especially delicious with buckwheat or wild rice.
Pinto Beans – Along with black turtle and kidney beans, pinto beans are a favorite from the Southwest. They are rich in calcium, potassium, and phosphorus, and they make great soups.
Soybeans – The soybean has been a major source of food and oil in the Orient for thousand of years, but it was unknown in Europe and America until 1900. The soybean is the only legume that’s a complete protein by itself, and it is the most versatile bean around – you will find soybeans in a variety of forms, from dried or toasted soybeans to tofu, miso, tempeh and tamari.
In general, beans are warm-season annuals (although the roots of tropical species tend to be perennial) that grow erect (bush types) or as vines (pole or running types). Field beans are mostly the bush type and are used as stock feed. This has also become the principal use of the ancient large-seeded broad bean (called also the horse or Windsor bean), still widely grown in Europe but seldom as food for humans.
The common garden beans comprise several bush types and most of the pole types; the most often cultivated and most varied species, P. vulgata, is familiar as both types. P. vulgata is the French haricot and the Spanish frijole. String beans, snap beans, green and yellow wax beans, and some kidney beans are eaten as whole pods; several kidney beans, pinto beans, pea beans, and many other types are sold as mature dry seeds. The lima or butter beans (P. lunatus, including the former P. limensis), usually pole but sometimes bush types, have a long history; they have been found in prehistoric Peruvian graves. The sieva is a type of lima. The scarlet runner (P. multiflorus), grown in Europe for food, is mainly an ornamental vine in North America. The tepary (P. acutifolius latifolius), a small variety long grown by Indians in the SW United States, has been found better suited to hot, arid climates and is more prolific than the frijole.
Other beans are the hyacinth bean or lablab Dolichos lablab, grown in E Asia and the tropics for forage and food and cultivated in North America as an ornamental vine; the asparagus bean or yard-long bean Vigna sesquipedalis, grown in E Asia for food but often cultivated in the West as a curiosity; and the velvet bean Stizolobium, cultivated in the S United States as a forage and cover crop. The carob, the cowpea or black-eyed pea, and the chickpea or garbanzo are among the many other legumes sometimes considered beans. The sacred bean of India is the seed of the Indian lotus (of the water lily family).
Soya beans: These are rich source of proteins. They can be used in preparing delicious dishes. You can extract milk from these beans. Soya milk is healthy and tasty.
Kidney beans: These are most popular beans and widely used in North Indian cuisine. These beans are soaked over night and then cooked. These beans good for women who are going to reach their menpause state.
White beans: These are widely used in south-Indian cuisine. They are generally used with cauliflower, brinjal, reddish and tomato.
Black eye beans: They are rich in taste. These are generally prepared by soaking them in water overnight. Tomato and black eye bean combination is very tasty.
Other varieties are:
- Pitto beans
- Cranberry beans
- Azuki bean
- Lima bean
- Black bean
- Red bean
Caution: These beans must be cooked thoroughly to prevent toxins. That is why we need to soak them overnight and then cook on pressure for 5 to 6 whistles.
There are many different varieties of beans, Below is a list of all the different types of beans from around the world:-
1, Black-eyed peas, also known as; Field peas, cow peas, cream peas, Jerusalem peas, ton kin peas, crowed peas, and marble peas. These are small and shaped like kidneys with a black patch.
2. Cranberry beans, these are oval with a nutty flavor.
3. Fava beans, which are long sometimes nearly 18 inches long, they are also known as broad beans, horse beans, and Windsor beans.
4. Lima beans, these were named after the capital of Peru.
5. Ford-hook Lima’s, also known as sieve beans, butter beans, civet beans, saawee beans and sugar beans.
6. Baby Lima’s.
7. Soya beans.
Most beans that people use today are canned or dried. They should be used regular as part of a healthy diet. They are high in dietry fibre and complex carbohydrates. Soya beans are the only beans that are a complete source of protein.
There are numerous types of beans, but very few were known before the discovery of the Americas. Broad (fava) beans, soy, mung, lentil and French haricot were the main beans known to the ‘Old World’, and they are still extremely important beans in much of the world.
Usually the main motivation for planting a fruit tree is just the joy of maintaining a tree and eating the delicious fruit that comes from it. However, in my personal experience it is possible to go on a quite lucrative venture with fruit trees by operating a fruit stand or participating in a farmer’s market.
When I moved to Florida, I was slightly depressed at the fact that I had just left behind years and years of hard work to get my lawn to the point it was. However, I was able to channel this depression into the desire to get a new and more beautiful garden and lawn setup going. The house I moved into was nice, but the previous owner obviously had no gardening prowess. The lawn was barren of any features besides grass. Lots and lots of grass.
I decided that since I was now in a new climate that I had never experienced before, I would grow some trees that I didn’t have the opportunity to grow before. I decided to do the truly Floridian thing to do, and get a few orange trees. It was a lot easier than I had imagined. I’ve had some rather disastrous experiences with planting trees in the past, and planting the orange trees was no problem at all. I decided to go with Valencia oranges, just because they are the most popular orange to grow and almost everyone is able to grow them successfully.
After I picked out what type of orange I wanted, I decided to get three trees. It took me about 3 days to dig all the necessary holes and install the trees. It was a flawless operation, and I truly felt like an expert. The trees grew healthy and straight, and produced fruit at the time of year they were expected to.
For the three or four years, my orange trees didn’t produce very much fruit. Sure I never ran out of oranges for my own personal usage, and I drank almost nothing but orange juice, but I didn’t have the ludicrous amount that you might expect from 3 trees. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed with my trees. I was happy to be getting any fruit at all. But I had heard of people getting thousands and thousands of oranges from several trees, and I was slightly baffled as to why I wasn’t so fortunate.
About a year after that, my orange trees really took off. I walked outside one day to see about 5 times as many oranges as I had grown in any previous seasons. I thought I was seeing things, but they all stuck around. I harvested so many oranges that year, I hardly even knew what to do with all of them. That was when my neighbor suggested to me that I sell at a farmer’s market. I found out the time that they go on, and rented a spot for my truck (some farmers markets allow you to come and sell for free, but mine charged rent just to park my truck).
Within the first day at the farmer’s market, I had made back all the money I spent on the original trees. My oranges were truly a hit, and I was getting more customers than any of the other participants. After that week, I didn’t miss a day at the farmer’s market. It wasn’t enough money to live off of, but it was a good amount for just selling some oranges. Besides, what else would I have done with them? I certainly couldn’t have eaten them all by myself. So if you have any excess fruit, you should never throw it away or try to eat it all by yourself. Take it to the farmer’s market and try to get some extra cash for your gardening labor. If your products are delicious, you might just be a hit with the consumers.
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If you want to protect your fruit tree from pests during the summer, this is almost impossible to accomplish without the use of pesticides or chemicals. This might scare some people into thinking that the actual fruits will contain traces of the chemicals. If you do things correctly, you can get rid of all the pests and not infect the actual tree. If you’re going to be spraying chemicals, you most likely will be using either a handheld pump or a hose-end sprayer.
If you’re using the pump sprayers, you will be able to more accurately determine the mixing of the chemicals. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to spray it very far. Usually it won’t reach the tops of trees. This can be achieved with the hose end sprayers, but getting the correct mix of chemicals is quite a challenge. It all depends on your water pressure to get the correct mixture of chemicals, but water pressure is not constant. One day it might be lower, in which case your chemical content would be higher. The types of materials you buy for hose application are generally in an extremely strong form. They need to be severely diluted before they are weak enough to apply.
When you are mixing the chemicals for spraying, you need to follow the directions exactly. You are dealing with dangerous chemicals, so its best to do exactly what the professionals recommend and wear the proper protective gear. When you’re dealing with chemicals like this, you should always wear rubber gloves. Use the exact portions indicated on the label. Estimation won’t work in this case, and you could end up killing your tree or not killing any bugs. You should usually start by putting in the proper amount of pesticide, and then top it off with all the water.
Now comes the spraying. The goal is to spray the same amount over all the areas. You still don’t want to spray so much that enough builds up to drip off of the leaves. Usually you will want to get a ladder so that you can get within spraying distance of all the portions of the tree. Apply the pesticide in even, full sweeps as to hit every piece. Never go over the same part twice, because that is when you start to drip.
If you’re dealing with a large and well developed tree, you should stand on a ladder under the base of the trunk. Spray all segments from the inside towards the outside. After you are done spraying the outer canopy, you’re ready to get out from under there and work on the rest. Once you are done cleaning, be sure to fully and thoroughly clean off every bit of equipment you used, including your clothes. Don’t include the clothes you wore while spraying in the rest of your family’s laundry.
While you’re spraying for pests, the main thing to keep in mind is to avoid dripping onto the ground. When this happens, the pesticides will be absorbed by the roots of the tree and be transported to the actual fruits on the trees. As long as the pesticides stay on the outside and you wash your fruit thoroughly before you eat it, you will have nothing to worry about as far as being poisoned goes.
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Home garden tips are not that hard to come by. In fact, you can get a gardeners advice from another gardener, in a gardeners catalogue, gardeners books, garden and home magazine, and even from gardening advice websites. Although you will have variations with each plant, there are some home and garden tips that are universal and those rules go for any plant.
For example, the home gardening tips given for planting is pretty much universal. You must place plants where they will have room to grow so they don’t overcrowd each other. Good air flow is a plus, and plants must be in a position where they will receive adequate amounts of sunlight. A gardeners advice will always tell you to add some type of nutrients, such as mulch or compost, to the soil to promote better plant growth.
Home garden tips on watering plants is a little more varied, because every type of plant needs different amounts of water. For example, you wouldn’t want to water a cactus near as much as you water a tomato plant. How much you water will obviously also depend on where you live, the climate, and how much rain your area receives.
A gardeners advice from nearly every source will tell you that your plants not only need fertilizer when you first plant them, they will also need to be fertilized throughout their growing season. What type of fertilizer you use will depend on the soil content and pH balance, but fertilizer will definitely be needed just about for every plant. Organic composte can be used instead and it is easy to find advice on how to make a compost pile as well as when fertilizer and compost needs to be utilized.
Home gardening tips on weeds, insects, disease, and how to get rid of them is probably the most sought after advice of all in the world of gardening. These pests invade all types of gardens and if you don’t get rid of them, they will take over and ruin your garden. There are many different chemicals and pesticides that can be used, and a gardeners advice will usually clue gardeners in on which chemicals are better, which are harmful, and which ones are easier to administer.
Gardening is not an easy task; you have to fight against many outside forces, such as weather, insects, disease, and weeds. Even the most seasoned of gardeners will seek out a gardeners advice once in a while. Who wouldn’t when there are so many forces that could take a garden out? There is a lot of general home garden tips on the market that goes for any plant, but if you look a little harder you will find specific advice for that one plant that is the only one giving you trouble. A gardeners advice is relatively easy to find, and while you may come across the occasional bad apple, most of it is relatively sound and will help with any gardener questions.
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Most of us are ready to make an investment for landscaping to give a face lift to our homes. Yet we failed when it comes time for some basic plant pruning when our plants need it most. Then we wonder why our highly invested landscape looks terrible. Check out the following home garden tips to avoid garden fungus and to better maintain the life of your garden and lawn:
Home Garden Tips for Pruning
Pruning plays an important role in home garden maintenance. If you accidently make a mistake while pruning, don’t lose heart because it’s like a bad haircut, it is going to grow again.
Avoid Watering in the Evening
During summer, you may experience high humidity, which might result in a lot of problems in your garden. To get your plants nice and dry, tuck them in for the night. In addition to this, watering in the evening should be avoided to prevent damage to the plants.
Powdery White Mildew
Powdery mildew is the most common fungus that affects your ornamental plants. This will create a white film on the leaves of the plants in your garden. Other ornamental plants such as Sand Cherry and Dogwoods are now becoming infected with this fungus. Efficient gardening is necessary to curtail the growth of this fungus. You can easily prevent this by spraying general fungicide which is found at your local garden centre.
Pythium Blight Treatment
If you’re in the north and have perennial Rye grass, then you ought to be very careful not to leave your grass wet at night. A dreadful fungus called Pythium Blight may produce its upper hand. This fungus loves to grow in high humid conditions, mostly during the night.
Pythium blight can easily be seen in the early morning. You can easily recognize this fungus resting on top of the lawn which looks like white cotton candy. You will most likely find this fungus mainly along driveways and walks, where the soil is moist. Pythium rot can easily be controlled by watering in the day at the earliest possible time.
Fire Blight Treatment
Fire Blight is yet another garden fungus culprit which prefers to mostly grow during the summer season. This fungus prefers to attack Pyracantha, cotoneasters, crabapple trees, and Apple trees. The presence of Fire Blight can easily be recognized once one of the branches of the plant turns red and dies. Fire Blight can be prevented by pruning the affected branch and removing it from the main plant as soon as possible.
It is also important that the cut branches be burnt since Fire Blight is extremely contagious. Also wash or dip the projected shears by using alcohol in order to prevent the spread of this deadly fungus to other parts of the branch.
This little gem like fungus, which prefers to grow in mulch and tends to swell, has been termed as the “Shotgun Fungus”. This fungus can fly up to 8 feet in the air and will spatter your house with tiny brown specks. Once Shotgun fungus sticks to your house or windows, it sticks like glue. Most of us suspect the spiders and other aliens for this tiny brown speck. You can’t prevent this fungus, but you can do something by keeping the mulch loose so air can circulate inside to keep this fungus out. Although mulch is great, don’t allow it to get packed and try to remove it at least once a year. Additionally, rake it flat periodically as if it will look like you’ve just mulched.
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We can all see how nature is treated these days. It’s a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention so much anymore to the environmental problems. What can we do about this? It’s as simple as starting with our children. It is good to see the children’s involvement with environmental-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is kids gardens. Why should you consider gardening activities for kids?
Here are some gardening lesson plans for kids:
Through childrens gardening, they are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plant’s life cycle and how human’s intervention can make or break the environment. They can have a first hand experience on the miracle of life through a seed. This would definitely be a new and enjoyable experience for the kids.
Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as wondrous as the conception to birth and growth of a child. In time, kids will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life plants provide. Gardening for kids could actually help simulate how life should be treated — it should be with care. The necessities to live will be emphasized through children and gardening such as – water, sunlight, air and soil. Those necessities could easily be corresponded to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, food. By simply weeding out, one could educate children on how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life happy and productively.
Studies show that gardening in general can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group. More so, it stimulates all the five senses. Believe it or not, gardening may be used as a therapy to children who have been abused or those who are members of broken homes. It helps build one’s self-esteem.
4. Quality Time with the Family
You can forget about your stressful work life for a while by being soothed through the lovely ambience in the garden. It a chance to play and spend quality time with your children. You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other. The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your child while mingling with them in your garden.
Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. One way to jumpstart that environmental education may be through gardening. It’s hitting two birds with one stone — teach them to respect life while you bond with them as well.
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Various home garden magazines are available in the market today. But would you like to know which stands out from the rest? Here is a selection of home garden magazines that anyone that has a passion for gardening will appreciate.
COUNTRY GARDENS often showcases the more unusual gardens around the country. It introduces wonderful new ways to enjoy garden sights and scents. It helps the avid gardener to create an eye-pleasing, fragrance – filled country garden.
This magazine has very useful advice on setting up and caring for your garden. Every issue contains profiles of fascinating people and their gardens, inspiration gardens and detailed garden design plans. Best of all, it’s a trusted source of information that’s easy to understand. Every season carries a vast harvest of ideas to delight, motivate and guide any gardener.
How about a gardening magazine for those who want to become a better gardener? FINE GARDENING MAGAZINE from The Taunton Press brings you amazing design ideas, beneficial techniques, and the know-how to get the best results from your gardening endeavors.
In each issue you’ll find eye-opening bits of advice from the experts, detailed information on all types of plants, effective techniques and time-saving tips, straightforward tool reviews from editors and readers and planting suggestions for specific regions.
But for more intensive information on how to maintain a garden packed with style and color, then you’ll want to read GARDEN DESIGN. This home garden magazines eye-popping photos, illustrations and useful recommendations brings out inspiration on how to create a picture-perfect garden. It is written and designed for those who are passionate about their homes and gardens. Garden Design is more than just a dig-in-the-dirt gardening magazine; it’s for people who enjoy bringing in more aesthetic value for their homes through their gardens.
Garden Design encourages you to create stylish outdoor living spaces and rare gardens through cultivating rare breeds of plants, with updates on the best tools and techniques. It contains magnificent photographs and articles that capture the imaginations of gardeners everywhere.
For passionate gardeners, HOLTICULTURE MAGAZINE is the ultimate guide to gardening. The authoritative voice of gardeners, Horticulture serves as an essential guide and trusted friend, and is a main resource for serious gardeners from every corner of the country.
These magazines aim to instruct, inform, and inspire serious home gardeners. There are gardening magazines for beginners and expert gardeners. Discover or develop your green thumb with their latest gardening techniques and garden design information.
For Australian readers, there is BURKE’S BACKYARD. Springing form a TV series of the same name, Burke’s Backyard focuses on gardening décor as well as the all-important small backyard garden makeovers that have become so popular.
YOUR GARDEN is another beauty, claiming the prestige of being Australia’s gardening magazine, it usually features two or three popular flowers and how best to grow them, with a wealth of tips and information on other plants, tools and products for the garden.
GARDENING AUSTRALIAsprings from the ABC’s feature of that name it features many wonderful articles by gardening experts and often holds a free catalogue from one of the larger nurseries.
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Beautiful small backyards can still hold a well-maintained garden design, only two things are required – determination and know-how. Here are some tips on how to keep your small backyard oasis looking spruced up and glamorous.
1. Deadheading Flowers
Keep your borders free from wilted flowers and dried leaves. Deadheading plants or removing dead flower heads will encourage the plants to produce more blooms for a longer period of time. Many perennials such as geraniums and dahlias, and some annuals benefit from having spent blooms removed.
2. Pinching Out Plants.
Certain plants – especially foliage plants like Coleus – respond with a spurt of growth when their tops are pinched out. Pinching out plants encourages a more bushier plant and so more blooms are produced. Fuchsias are prone to becoming leggy unless they are pinched out.
3. Don’t Over Fertilized Plants.
A minimal amount of fertilizer will further boost the growth of your vegetation. If you water your yard frequently, you will have to fertilize it more regularly because of the nutrient depletion. A nightly application of liquid fertilizer is sometimes more beneficial than granules as it is more readily absorbed by the leaves. Your container gardening plants will be considerably healthier with a half-strength solution of liquid fertilizer applied regularly.
4. Weeding Plants.
One of the best ways to preserve the beauty of your small garden design is to weed it out. Remember, weeds compete with your plants for both nutrients and moisture. If the weeds are not close to seeding, leave them on the bed to rot down for mulch. If you must use a weedicide, try and get a wick applicator, rather than a spray. This will protect your plants from spray-drift.
5. Water them well
One good tip when it comes to watering your small backyard oasis is to give it a thorough soaking once a week, making sure there is no run-off to cause erosion. Deep watering will encourage the growth of deeper roots that will be able to withstand dry spells in the weather.
6. Say no to chemicals
Chemicals are dangerous to humans and often kill the natural predators of the common garden pests in your garden, so avoid them if possible. There are many organic alternatives that work almost as well.
With these simple tips, your beautiful small backyards design will soon be the envy of your neighbors.
Even though there is a lot of information you need to absorb and understand about backyard designs for small yards, the rewards are worthwhile. A small garden design is easy but only with a bit of knowledge and patience. This article was provided to get some of your gardening questions answered. Be sure to read the rest of the articles indicated to the right…. for further knowledge…order my book…
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