Using organic fertilizers is beneficial because they can be safer for plants, people and animals than chemical fertilizers. In addition, organic fertilizers tend to work like slow release fertilizer, slowly releasing low doses of nutrients over a period of time. This allows plants to take up the nutrients better and also prevents fertilizer burn. Most of us are familiar with compost, which is one of the best types of organic fertilizers you can use. But what other types are there? These days there are many organic fertilizers available to purchase for the garden, and many of them include age-old tricks that farmers and gardeners have passed down through generations.
Here are 5 of the top organic fertilizers and their benefits:
1. Bone Meal – Bone meal is an organic fertilizer that is high in phosphorus and calcium. It is low in nitrogen so it does not burn plant roots. It slowly releases nutrients into the soil. Bone meal is made from pulverized, powdered animal bones, usually obtained from slaughter houses. Using bone meal as a fertilizer became popular in the early 19th century and has remained a go-to source for phosphorus and calcium in the garden.
2. Fish Meal/Fish Emulsion/Hydrolyzed Fish – Native Americans and many other ancient cultures used fish waste and byproducts as a natural fertilizer. Fortunately, today fish fertilizer products are available already made and deodorized. Fish fertilizers provide an excellent source of nutrients for plant, especially readily available nitrogen. Fish fertilizers are available in three forms: fish meal, fish emulsion and hydrolyzed fish. Fish meal is made from dried fish waste. Fish emulsion is a blended mixture made from fish waste. Hydrolyzed fish is made from the entire parts of fish. Fish fertilizers make excellent foliar sprays to green up chlorotic plants.
3. Earthworm Castings – Earthworm castings are, in short, earthworm poop. They are an excellent fertilizer for flowers and edibles. In addition to providing valuable nutrients organically, they also help repel pests like aphids, spider mites and nematodes. Earthworm castings can be bought in most garden centers or hardware stores, or you can make your own at home with a process known as vermicomposting.
4. Kelp Meal/Seaweed – Kelp meal, seaweed meal and calcified seaweed are all nutrient-rich organic fertilizers made from seaweed. Seaweed is the ocean’s natural filtration system. As water flows past seaweed, it collects and absorbs a wide variety of trace elements and nutrients. Organic fertilizers made from seaweed are becoming increasingly popular because of the nutrients they provide plants, but also because it quickly grows back after being harvested.
5. Animal Manure – Using animal manures as organic fertilizers goes back to the dawn of agriculture. While packaged manure products are available for purchase, many homeowners these days are choosing to raise chickens, horses and cows and use their own homemade composted animal manures. It is important to note that raw manures are extremely high in nutrients and can burn plants. It is recommended that animal manures be composted or cured prior to use.
It’s almost that time again, my favorite time of year! Time to get my hands dirty and my nails ragged, prepping the garden space for another season. It’s almost tomato planting time and if you’re tired of planting the same tomato cultivars each year, even if they are tried and true, why not mix things up a bit and try something new this season? Play around with a new tomato cultivar or two, or three.
This can be an exciting endeavor, but before you go all out willy-nilly and buy plants, be sure to arm yourself with some information. Fire up the internet and take a look at the Burpee seed and plant site. They’ve been providing non-GMO varieties for over 140 years, so it’s fair to say the company is not only reputable but you can count on their word for recommending new tomato varieties for the garden, or containers if your current growing space is limited.
-placead-For example, we recently added a deck to our home, so I started looking for just the right tomato to grow in a container for this area. It isn’t a big deck, so I didn’t want a huge plant. Sure enough, Burpee has a number of tomatoes that fit this space. The one that caught my eye wasn’t a cherry tomato either but a beefsteak! Yes, you heard me right.
‘Atlas’ hybrid tomato
The ‘Atlas’ hybrid tomato is a big, tasty beefsteak variety that “combines modern performance with old-time flavor.” Best of all, this tomato plant was made just for growing on decks or porches. It’s a bushy yet compact (36-40 inches across) plant perfect for growing in containers or small spaces, like my deck. It’ll be close to the barbecue, and we’ll be having freshly sliced tomatoes, and I mean FRESH, every night of the week.
Tomato ‘Shimmer Hybrid’
Of course, your search doesn’t have to stop here. How about something new for the garden proper? Perhaps you have a little more space for tomato planting and just want to add something different. Again, Burpee has the perfect selections – like their new ‘Shimmer’ hybrid tomato. It’s larger than a cherry tomato but smaller than a Roma and perfect for munching straight from the vine. You’ll need plenty of space for this indeterminate type though, as it may reach 7-8 feet in height but it’s a high-yielding variety, so expect lots of fruit. And, it’s so pretty. ‘Shimmer’ lives up to its name with its almond shape and gilded shimmering skin touched by green striations. Sounds like another winner to me (our editor has already put her order in)!
Burpee does it every time. Now how about the rest of the garden? Let’s see…
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Do you absolutely love gardening? If so, you’ll understand that nothing will hurt your garden quicker than parasites. Of course, ticks and fleas are worse. These pests will turn your backyard into a mess and they’ll also target you and your pets. These parasites want to feed on the blood of humans and pets. If you do not get rid of them right away, you’re going to have huge problems on your hands. So, how can you keep your garden free of fleas and ticks? You’ll find out in the comprehensive guide below.
If you want to get rid of the fleas as quickly and safely as possible, you should think about using water. Water is completely safe and it is enormously effective. This is the case because flea eggs and larvae will not be able to survive the water. With this in mind, you should flood them out. The water will also be able to wash away all of the feces in the yard. This will eliminate their chance of survival. Water is a cheap, quick and easy way to eliminate fleas. However, you’ll need to be cautious and use it safely or you’ll harm your plants. Just turn on the water hose and let it rip!
Use Cedar Wood Chips
Another excellent way to keep fleas at bay is by using cedar wood chips. Believe it or not, fleas absolutely despise the smell of cedar chips. Once you’ve placed these chips all around your yard, you can guarantee that the fleas will rush in the opposite direction. You can sprinkle cedar chips around your fence to prevent them from entering your yard altogether. Cedar wood chips are completely safe and they’ll keep those pests at bay. You can find them at pretty much any local hardware store.
Insecticides are a great way to deal with this problem as quickly as possible. According to a leading petcare website, some insecticides are dangerous to humans and animals while others are safe and effective. With this in mind, you should carefully consider your options. Insecticides will work, but you’ll want to be very cautious about harming yourself, your family members and your pets. Obviously, you do not want this to happen. Choose products that are safe for everyone in your home. Then, use these products sparingly to ensure that you get rid of the ticks and fleas, without causing unnecessary harm.
Limit Access to Wildlife
With a beautiful garden comes many challenges. One of these challenges is going to be keeping out the urban wildlife. It is likely that moles, squirrels, deer, rabbits, and raccoons will all be attracted to the vegetables that you are growing. Unfortunately, these warm-blooded animals are carriers of fleas and ticks. If you find that you are constantly facing the threat of urban wildlife, you might want to consider making your garden less appealing or making it more non-animal friendly. Squirrels are oftentimes attracted to bird seed, whereas mice like to feed of shrubbery and berries. Keep the wildlife away and those pests will steer clear of your garden
The Chinese Green Luobo radish, also known as the Qingluobo radish, is an exciting and unique heirloom vegetable that is known both for its delicious taste and its striking color. If you like radishes, but you’re tired of the plain old red and white varieties, then this radish is for you!
What is a Qingluobo Radish?
Chinese green radishes are best known for their color, which is bright green both inside and out. The skin is deep bright green toward the stalk, often fading to white near the roots. (Just like lots of traditional European radishes that fade from red to white). Inside, the flesh is also bright green, though it’s a lighter, fresher shade. The combined shades of green make for a really attractive cross section when sliced for salads or pickles.
The individual radishes grow to a decent size, reaching 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm.) in length, and are the same shape as a daikon radish. Their flavor is strong and spicy, similar to that of horseradish. There is, however, a very pleasant sweetness beneath the heat. They can be eaten raw, pickled, or cooked. The leaves are also edible and very pleasantly spicy.
Growing Chinese Green Radish
Qingluobo radishes are native to northern China, where temperatures get low. This means the plants are very well adapted to the cold and will grow well even in below freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, this also means they’re mal-adapted to heat and likely won’t perform well if you try to grow them in the hot summer. They are best planted as a fall crop.
Gardeners report that, unlike other radishes, they retain their peppery flavor even in cold weather. Seeds are about 60 days to maturity. If allowed to bolt (which may very well happen if you plant them in the summer), the plants produce lots of delicate purple flowers.
“The rose is the flower and handmaiden of love. The lily, her fair associate, is the emblem of beauty and purity.” Dorothea Dix
Lily bulbs are steeped in myths, history and symbolism. In Ancient Greece, it was believed that white lilies sprouted up from spilled breastmilk of the goddess Hera. Therefore, white lilies symbolize motherhood, femininity and purity…and were also associated with the Virgin Mary. Lilies are the traditional 30th anniversary flower, representing devotion and love. They are also the birth flower for those born in the month of May. Lilies are traditional flowers for births, wedding and funerals, celebrating all the passages of life.
Like roses, the color or variety of lily flowers also has specific meanings. White lilies can also symbolize peace, virtue and sympathy. Yellow lilies represent good health and healing. Orange lilies symbolize confidence, pride and wealth. Red lilies represent passion and love. Peruvian lilies symbolize friendship and devotion. Stargazer lilies represent ambition, wealth and prosperity. If you want to communicate in the language of flowers, lilies are an open book.
Lily Container Growing
With all their symbolism and history, it’s no wonder that lilies were named the Summer Bulb of the Year. Lilies are commercially grown as cut flowers, but unlike many of the blooms you’ll find in a florist shop, lilies are extremely easy to grow in nearly any garden or container.
Growing lily bulbs in pots has its benefits:
It allows you to grow lilies even if you have limited space in the garden or on a balcony. In fact, lilies are long blooming plants that make excellent potted specimens for decks or patios.
You can gift lilies to people for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or funerals as potted living plants that will last much longer than cut flowers.
Many varieties of container grown lilies will survive just as well indoors, as out in the garden. Just keep in mind that lilies are toxic to cats.
Lily bulbs need to be planted 2 inches (5 cm.) from other plants. If you choose to do containers with only lilies, try to select those with different bloom times to ensure that something is always in flower. Madonna lilies, Asiatic lilies and Trumpet lilies are all early to mid-summer bloomers. Oriental lilies, Nepalese lilies and Speciosum Hybrid lilies will pick right up where the early bloomers left off, about mid to late summer.
You will also want to pay attention to the mature size of the lily bulbs you’ve selected, so you can properly arrange them in container designs. Generally, the tallest varieties are planted in the center of the pot, with shorter varieties around them. This will give the container a nice symmetrical look that won’t change if you turn or move the pot. However, taller lilies can also be planted toward the back of pots, with shorter varieties in front. Many lily bulbs require a cold period to produce blooms, so this is another thing to research before planting.
Planting Lily Bulbs in Containers
Potted lily plants will require a medium to large pot, 10 inches (25 cm.) or more in diameter. The pot must have drainage holes, as lily bulbs will rot when the soil does not drain well. You can add a layer of rocks in the bottom of the pot for extra drainage. While this will make the container heavier, it can also help prevent the pot from tipping over. The potting mix you use, should be somewhat sandy, as lilies grow best in partially sandy soils. You can ensure the soil is slightly sandy by mixing 1 cup of sand to every 2 cups of regular potting mix.
To plant lily bulbs in pots, fill the pot about one third full of potting mix. Then set the lily bulbs where you want them, 2 inches (5 cm.) apart. Gently cover the bulbs with enough potting mix so that just a small tip of the bulb is poking out of the soil. At planting, you can also apply a slow release fertilizer for blooming plants if desired. Water your newly planted lily bulbs deeply, then do not water again until the soil surface is visibly dry. As the blooms fade, deadhead them to keep your potted lilies looking neat and encourage reblooming.
As stated previously, potted lilies make excellent gifts. There are hundreds of different choices for potted lilies, so it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are fabulous websites, such as Bulb.com, where you can find all the information you need about specific lilies as well as order healthy bulbs, which are essential for growing beautiful potted lilies.
What are the pros of planting bamboo in the garden, and are there any reasons not to grow bamboo? That is what’s at question here, and we hope to provide some insight into both sides of this common debate. Read on for information about bamboo benefits vs. bamboo disadvantages so you can decide which choice is best for you – to plant bamboo or not to plant bamboo.
Pros of Planting Bamboo
Mary’s viewpoint: There are countless good reasons to grow bamboo, a fast-growing plant that provides many benefits in the home garden and beyond. Let’s learn more about the many advantages of planting bamboo.
Versatility. There are more than 1,000 different types of bamboo in a nearly endless range of heights, colors and growing habits. Some prefer shade and others thrive in bright sunlight. Hardy varieties may tolerate winter chill to -20 F. (-29 C.), while some types can’t tolerate a light frost. There’s bound to be a perfect bamboo for your particular situation.
Pest resistance. Bamboo is definitely not on top of the food list for deer, which for many gardeners is one of the best reasons to grow bamboo. Rabbits and other mammals also tend to stay away. Bamboo is rarely bothered by insect pests, with the exception of bamboo mites, which may be a problem in dry climates.
Environmental benefits. Bamboo absorbs greenhouse gases and releases oxygen into the atmosphere. It is also a renewable resource that may help save the world’s dwindling forests. A hardwood forest isn’t replaced for many decades, but bamboo, among the world’s fastest-growing plants, can be harvested in one to five years, depending on the species. Because of its extensive root system, prevention of soil erosion is a valuable bamboo benefit in many soil-depleted areas.
Aggressiveness. Bamboo has a well-deserved reputation for invasiveness, but not all types are rampant spreaders. If you’re worried that it will get out of control, plant clumping bamboo, a well-behaved bamboo that spreads only about an inch (2.5 cm.) per year. Clumping bamboo isn’t as gigantic either, topping out at about 6 feet (2 m.).
Easy to grow. Pros of bamboo include the plant’s easy growth habits. As long as the climate is right, bamboo grows in nearly any type of reasonably fertile well-drained soil. It requires little maintenance and is relatively drought tolerant, although it performs better with regular irrigation.
Privacy screening. Bamboo is an attractive, inexpensive, fast-growing privacy screen. If invasiveness isn’t a concern, running types can grow more than 3 feet (1 m.) per day. Climbing types take a little longer to fill in.
Used around the world. Bamboo is a highly nutritious plant that provides food and medicine for people (and livestock) around the world. The strong fibers are used for building material and to make necessities ranging from floor mats or paper to fishing poles or musical instruments.
Cons of Planting Bamboo
Shelley’s viewpoint: Bamboo may make a very attractive hedge or privacy screen but don’t let aesthetics bamboo-zle you into growing it. Read on to discover the downsides of growing bamboo in the garden.
Bamboo is invasive. It is world renowned for being one of the most invasive plants on the planet. That alone is one of the best reasons not to grow bamboo. Sure, some types are less invasive than others, but do you really want to run the risk of planting the wrong or *gasp* even a mislabeled variety? Bamboo rhizomes can grow underground several feet (upwards of 20 feet/6 meters or more) in just a single season and it is said that some bamboo varieties, under the right conditions, can grow 3-4 feet (1 m.) in height in just 24 hours! Wow!
A threat to biodiversity. Like any invasive plant, bamboo is a threat to native plants and will outcompete them for habitat.
A strain on neighborly relations. Let’s say you bucked the advice not to plant bamboo and now it has taken over your yard. And now the neighbors are raising pitchforks and giving you the stink eye because it has taken over their yards as well. That invite you received for the cookout? Consider it revoked. Talk about bamboo disadvantages!
Bamboo wants a relationship, not something casual. Are you one of those gardeners who get bored easily and like to redo their garden layouts, ripping out plants every season to try something new? If so, stay away from bamboo. One of the downsides to growing bamboo is that it is a long-term relationship and, as you will find out, breaking up is hard to do…
Difficult to eradicate. Bamboo is difficult to control when it gets out of hand. Once a running bamboo is established, its thick and tough rhizomes, which are resistant to most herbicides, can stretch out more than 100 feet (30 m.) and send out shoots at any point. Your options are to repeatedly mow down the bamboo to stymie the rhizomes, physically dig up and remove the rhizomes (manually or with power equipment), or try applying many applications of herbicides. You will probably use a combination of all those options. And, I hope you have a lot of time and energy on your hands, because it will take a few years and a lot of due diligence to totally eradicate. Maybe your neighbor will let you borrow their pitchfork to dig up the bamboo…
Do the Advantages of Planting Bamboo Outweigh the Disadvantages?
While there are many good reasons to grow bamboo, there are also a number of downsides worth considering. If you’re thinking about growing bamboo, don’t rush into a decision. Take time, and then select the best type for your garden. Bamboo can become a big bamboo boo-boo if you commit to it without carefully considering the cons beforehand. If you value biodiversity, your relationship with your neighbors, and maintaining a casual relationship with your plants, then bamboo is not for you.
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Everyone has problems with insects now and then in the garden, but pests on houseplants can also be a problem. That’s why Gardening Know How strives to provide answers to those in need. Here you will find the 10 most commonly asked questions we get when it comes to controlling pests indoors.
There are a number of bugs that commonly afflict houseplants such as thrips, spider mites, aphids and whiteflies. While these pests are all different, the methods of contending with them are, in most cases, quite similar. Generally speaking, you should isolate the affected plant from the rest of your houseplants, blast the insects off the stem/leaves with a gentle spray of water, treat your plant thoroughly with neem oil, closely observe and inspect your plant for further insect activity and then apply more applications of neem if deemed necessary. Neem oil is often the best go-to pest control, as it is considered to be a safe and effective insecticide for over 200 species of chewing or sucking insects.
Whenever you have a plant afflicted with an insect infestation, such as thrips, your first course of action should always be to isolate the affected plants from others so that the infestation doesn’t spread and become an even bigger problem. Heavily damaged leaves and flowers may be pruned. Try spraying your plant leaves and stems in a sink or shower and, working with your fingers, coax the thrips and their eggs off your plant. Repeat this cleansing again in a few days as a precautionary measure. If the thrips still persist after these cleansings, then repeated applications of either insecticidal soap or neem oil may prove fruitful in curtailing the infestation.
The best natural remedy for dealing with spider mites is to take a nozzled hose and spray your plant down to extricate the insects from your plant. The next best approach would be to administer an application of insecticidal oil, such as neem oil, or perhaps even a miticide. However, caution needs to be exercised with miticides given that they are a chemical based solution and, as such, the most toxic option presented here.
There are a few different ways to tackle this issue. Light infestations can be controlled by hand-picking, crushing the insects and scraping the egg larvae from the leaves. Another tactic would be to place the houseplant in the kitchen sink or shower and use the sprayer attachment to gently spray the aphids away. As you are spraying, tilt the houseplant underneath the sprayer in such a way so you are not saturating the houseplant soil in the process. There are a number of sprays you can use to treat aphid infestations as well, including homemade garlic sprays, insecticidal soaps and neem oil sprays. You will probably need more than one spray application to fully eradicate the problem, so stay vigilant after every treatment to determine long term effectiveness.
Before bringing your plants inside, a thorough inspection for insect pests is in order. Examine all the leaves and stems thoroughly, particularly the underside of leaves for small insects such as aphids, mealybugs and spider mites, just to name a few. While you could remove insects and their eggs by hand, a much easier and probably more effective means of dislodging insects would be to hose your plant down with a gentle spray. I would also go one step further and spray your plant with neem oil before bringing it inside as well, as an extra layer of assurance against bringing in any unwanted hitchhikers.
The only way to remedy this issue is to eradicate the existing mice in your home and to prevent them from getting inside. Motivated house cats can be effective in helping you resolve this problem provided they can freely roam your house at night. Barring that, the use of rodenticides or snap traps (baited with bacon, peanut butter, etc.) may be utilized; however, snap traps are a more favorable and recommended option, as they are much safer to use around children and pets and prevent mice from dying and decomposing in out of reach places. In order to prevent mice from getting inside your home, you may consider enlisting the services of a professional pest control agent or you can try to address the issue on your own, which will require some sleuthing on your part. Look for any space that a mouse could squeeze through (and they can squeeze through incredibly small and tight spaces). Be on the lookout for cracks in foundations, gaps underneath doors and windows and in and around utility pipes entering your home. Mice like to bury food in and around houseplants, so be sure that house scraps are contained and that pet food is stored away after pets have eaten.
Regardless of which type of scale you are confronted with (soft, armored or mealybug), the method of control is pretty much the same. Isolate the houseplant in question. For light infestations, you may simply be able to just pick off or scrape any scale that are present and/or dab each scale with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to kill them. A weekly application of neem oil, insecticidal soap or a homemade oil spray for at least a month is also recommended for controlling scale bugs.
If the worms in question are approximately ¼” long and look something akin to centipedes (flat and segmented) with long antennae, then they are most likely what are known as ‘garden symphylans’ or ‘garden centipedes.’ These white, creamy, almost translucent looking critters attack root systems, destroying vulnerable seedlings and weakening mature plants. To combat garden centipedes in containers, try applying a soil insecticide to the potting soil. If this proves ineffective, your next measure should be repotting the plant in fresh potting soil after ensuring that the infested soil has been completely washed away from the roots.
The presence of gnats in houseplant soil typically suggests that your houseplant is being overwatered or is housed in a container without proper drainage. Proper watering is key to preventing gnats, as they thrive in damp soil. To discourage the developing gnat population, you could refrain from watering your houseplant long enough allow the top few inches of your potting soil to dry out. Adding chunks of raw potato to the top of the soil or inserting popsicle sticks with pieces of yellow sticky traps attached will serve to entice gnats to congregate in one place for easy disposal later. The most surefire means of eradicating gnats, however, is to completely repot the plant in fresh gnat free soil. When repotting, carefully extricate the plant from the soil and wash all the infected soil from the plant roots. If reusing the same container, be sure to wash it out completely in a weak solution of bleach water to kill any vestiges of gnat eggs or larvae that may remain.
Yes, a houseplant can recover from whitefly damage provided you have taken measures to ensure the whiteflies have been completely eradicated and are following good horticultural practices to prevent re-infestation. If you continue to follow your plant’s care plan, it is in the best possible position for a comeback! However, if you are still struggling with eliminating whiteflies, there are a number of things you can try. Force the whiteflies to disperse by hosing your plant down with water. Spray your plant with applications of insecticidal soap or neem oil, being sure to spray the underside of the leaves where they congregate. Reduce adult whitefly populations by sucking them up with a small handheld vacuum or by capturing them with yellow sticky traps. Trim the most heavily infested leaves and dispose of them outside. Inspect, and treat, your other houseplants for whiteflies as they have been known to transfer from one plant to the next.
1. How does this book “boldly go where no planter has gone before”?
With Potted, we have taken on large planters…planters you have to plunk down real money for. Larger projects can be intimidating but our philosophy is if we can do it, so can you.
2. What skill set, budget, materials and time investment are needed to make the creations in this book?
The projects vary from very simple painting to using a skill saw but if you have any DIY bones, none of them are complicated or scary. We figured out every one of the projects ourselves through trial and error and tried to make the mistakes for you…but feel free to experiment and make some of your own. We were always conscious of budget and practicality and think we achieved a good balance.
3. With an infinite number of possibilities for pot design, was it really difficult deciding what made the cut?
What are some ideas that almost, but didn’t, make the cut? It was really difficult to decide. When we started we had a list of something like 75 projects. But then we began culling, deciding that smaller, indoor projects had been given their due and what we wanted to concentrate on was larger scale projects. But some of those didn’t pan out either. We really wanted to do a fence of open steel pipes with plants spilling out of the top but then we started pricing steel and went hmm, this is not cost effective in anyway at all.
4. What is your favorite pot DIY featured in this book and why (and may we reprint it on the blog post?)?
One of our favorites projects was the Cement Tile Custom Container. Cement tile is so beautiful and colorful and just plain fun that being able to make it into a planter was something we loved doing. In fact we’ve been making them in the store and they’ve been flying out the door. I think it’s also because people really respond to the tile but don’t always have an application for it or maybe can’t afford it. (and by all means, please reprint!)
5. What was the inspiration for your designs?
Our inspiration comes from many things…Pinterest, magazines, Instagram, driving around and just looking at gardens…but the biggest inspiration we went to for this particular book was building supply stores. Since we wanted to create the projects using easily obtainable objects, we thought why not go to the mother lode of building supplies. Some of the projects literally leapt off the shelves at us like the attic vent project we called The Gables. We really couldn’t believe we’d never seen it before…and it was so easy.