Category Archives: Garden Basics

Rose Gardening In Late Fall

Rose Gardening In Late Fall
Rose Gardening In Late Fall

The months of November and December can be an awkward time for many rosarians. While the growing season is coming to and end, the winter hibernation season has not yet begun. Some of us just don’t know what to do with ourselves or our rose bushes during this period of time.

Because your bushes are not yet in hibernation they still require some attention from you. Water continues to be a prime need, so make sure that the soil around their roots continues to remain moist. Give them a good soaking as need be, but, as always, don’t over-water.

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Stop Pests From Breaking Into Your Garden !

Keep Pests From Your Garden
Keep Pests From Your Garden

Unwanted pests in your garden are just that: unwanted. Unwanted insects may eat and destroy your crops, something shared by any farmer or home gardener. Organic gardening is a means of controlling unwanted insects naturally, without the use of dangerous pesticides. There are many ways to control garden unwanted insects naturally that are also cheap, easy and good for the earth.

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What the “Year of the Rat” Really has In-Store for Rodents

Year of the Rat
What the “Year of the Rat” Really has In-Store for Rodents

January 25th’s Lunar New Year rung in 2020 as the year of the metal rat. The first in the cycle of Chinese zodiac signs, the metal rat symbolizes renewal, success, and favourable outcomes for all signs this year. But beyond cultural personifications, Kari Warberg Block, CEO/Founder of award-wining plant-based pest prevention brand EarthKind®, emphasizes that it really may be the ‘year of the rat,’ and not in the metaphorical sense.

“In 2019, rat and mouse populations, particularly in urban areas, surged. And while there are a number of factors for this including accessibility to food waste and gentrification, warmer weather is certainly a culprit, too,” she states, “Rodents typically shut down and stop breeding once winter hits, so shorter winters and warmer weather equate to more breeding time throughout the year, and they breed fast. To put it in perspective, just 2 rats can turn into 1,250 rats in one year!”

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Bring a Plant Cutting Indoors

Bring a Plant Cutting Indoors
Bring a Plant Cutting Indoors

If you love an outdoor plant but it is too big to bring indoors you have the option of
taking a cutting from that plant. Once you have taken a cutting, you can start a new plant
that is smaller and more appropriate for an indoor garden. Depending on the type of
plant you are taking a plant cutting from there is a few methods you might want to try.

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Gardening Gloves

Gardening Gloves
Gardening Gloves

One of the best things about gardening is felling warm, moist dirt in your bare hands, but you will often end up with blistered, chapped, and scraped skin. The solution to this problem is gardening gloves. The more time you spend getting down and dirty in the garden, the more you need gardening gloves. Gardening gloves will be able to ease some of the pain you would otherwise be subject to, letting you spend even more time playing in the dirt.

There are hundreds of different types of gloves on the market, and the kind of gardening glove you buy depends on the way you garden. Some gloves offer protection against specific substances or things, for example, leather gloves are not the best for working with chemicals or water. Many gardening gloves are specialized for pruning thorns, refilling gasoline tanks, or using a chain saw, while others are for general tasks such as raking, digging, and weeding.

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