Archive for June, 2011
Garden sheds have their own inherent benefits which most gardeners can’t deny. These sheds are useful structures to keep garden tools and accessories. The cost of putting up a shed varies and the biggest hurdle for the gardener is to find a contractor who can set up the shed at minimal cost. The other option is to construct it yourself.
Here is a step by step instruction to constructing your own shed.
- Collect necessary items. The list of items include : Drill, Hammer, Concrete, Shed Kit, Insulation Materials, Shovel, Wood Preservative.
- Finalize the location where you want to put up the shed. Level the land and prepare the area for setting up the shed.
- Next, utilize wooden boards or construct a concrete base at the requisite location where you intend to set up your garden.
- It is critically important that you follow the maker’s directions exactly in putting up the shed. The various pieces will contain pre-drilled holes for the consumer’s convenience and ease of use. Utilize these holes in order to screw the shed together.
- To effectively protect the interior of the shed from mildew and leaks, properly seal and insulate the windows utilizing mastic for sealing frames. This will prevent water from seeping into the window edges. It is extremely important to meticulously seal the shed or else any leakage can damage the items stored inside by infesting the place with mold and mildew.
- Some of the recommended items that can be utilized for sealing the shed are fiber glass. This material will safe guard your important machinery and any sensitive chemicals and nutrients from extreme temperature changes inside the shed.
- Any electrical cables that you have run to provide lighting, power, or air conditioning must be properly buried beneath the ground.
- Also ensure that you treat the wood used in construction with a good preservative in order to prevent rotting. This needs to be done at regular interval or else the treatment will cease to be effective.
Rock gardens, a popular form of landscaping used in residential buildings is an excellent way for utilizing sloping lands or apparently unusable areas of your backyard. Japanese are the pioneers in rock garden and it is prevalent from medieval times. These gardens are designed on the Buddhist principle of Zen.
The main requirement for a rock garden is to get a suitable area with good drainage conditions. Rock gardens are preferably built on areas where water can easily run off. Any area with a gentle slope is the best choice. In absence of sloping land, raised beds can be built. It is advisable to build a rock garden in an area that faces southeast or north so that plants are not exposed to harsh sunlight for a long duration.
Steps you need to take to prepare a rock garden:
- Dig about one foot into the mud to remove any weeds and loosen the soil. This helps in laying down the foundation.
- Line the bottom of the rock garden with boulders and then with several large rocks.
- After that fill the area with several smaller rocks to cover the entire space and improve the look aesthetically.
- In the top layer ensure that the stones and rocks are of different sizes to give a better visual impact.
- Ensure that the area is sturdy. A solid foundation needs to be built for proper functioning of the rock garden.
- The best option is limestone but you can also look at using granite or other types of stones. Naturally occurring rocks of that region will give it a more natural look.
- After the rock foundation is laid, it is time to lay soil. You can mix topsoil with sand so that the soil is not very heavy with clay and has good drainage.
- Regarding plant options, you can choose from verbena, alyssum, delosperma, and geraniums. Any type of alpine plant or flower will grow well in the dry soil and add beauty to the overall design. Space flowers out in the pockets of soil and let them grow naturally around the rock.
- Use general hydroponics for your rock gardens.
If you are a gardening enthusiast you can look at simulating your favorite vegetable gardening. Growing indoor vegetable garden is actually quite easy and cost effective. Using hydroponics you will be able to grow vegetables all year round and have access to fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables. You do not have to fret and fume about extreme weather conditions and pests that damage plants when using an indoor hydroponic garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers grow well in this type of garden.
Purchase soil grown seedling or seeds and transplant them into your hydroponic system. Ensure that you transplant seedlings which are at least 2 to 3 inches in height. Before transplanting the seedlings into your hydroponic system, rinse the roots properly with water to remove all traces of soil.
Also double check the pH of your nutrient solutions. It has to be in the range of pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Adjust the pH if required by adding either phosphoric acid or potassium hydroxide, depending on the pH level. Make sure the water contains the proper amount of hydroponics nutrients to feed the plants — many commercially available brands come “ready-to-use.” Add nutrients when you add or refresh the water.
To be a successful hydroponic grower, educate yourself about the various types of hydroponic systems to evaluate which one best suits your needs. For your vegetable hydroponics garden you can opt for either a deep water or ebb and flow system. You can purchase it either from your neighborhood hydroponic store or make it yourself using an 18-gallon plastic tub. Fill the reservoir with water to verify everything is in working order before setting plants in the growing containers. Water culture systems are the oldest type of hydroponics. They work by suspending the plants in a growing medium while the roots are in contact with water and nutrients via a reservoir system. Both drip and ebb systems are perhaps the most readily available form of hydroponic systems, and they function by using a pump to recycle water and nutrients to the roots. Wick systems, on the other hand, are very basic and essentially use a simple wick to automatically get the nutrients to the plant.
And lastly read and find out about various growing mediums and plant nutrients. Knowing as much as possible about the ins and outs of hydroponic vegetable growing will give you the best advantage. So reap the benefits of hydroponic growing and move on to a healthier lifestyle