More Gardening Ideas

by on August 21, 2012

A New Concept in Rain Barrels

Rain BarrelsThe purpose of a rain barrel is brilliant: Capture rainfall (save money, conserve water!), and use it when and where you need it.

Yet many gardeners forego them. Why? Access and appearance. It’s not always easy to draw the water from them, and they’re not especially attractive.

Those problems are solved with the Pop-Up Rain Barrel. It’s made of flexible, puncture-resistant, laminated polyester, so it’s durable. Yet it collapses so that it can be easily stored flat when not in use.

Unlike traditional rain barrels, this one has a mesh top that can be zipped open for dipping a bucket or watering can and then closed again to keep out debris. Or use the on/off spigot to attach a hose. The barrel holds 50 gallons of water, and at only 32 inches high x 25 inches wide, it can be tucked under downspouts even in tight spots.

Now you see it, now you don’t!

Soil Testing Has Never Been Easier

Soil TestPutting plants in garden beds without knowing anything about the soil is a little like making a casserole and then trying to bake it in the dishwasher. Plants (and casseroles) can’t reach their full potential unless the conditions are appropriate to their needs.

For plants, that means the soil must be well-suited to what you’re trying to grow. That’s why soil testing is so valuable, and it’s easy to do yourself.

Luster Leaf’s 1601 Rapitest Soil Test Kit is a quick and convenient way to test pH, nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium levels of all your outdoor and indoor plants. Each kit contains 40 tests, 10 of each type.

Just collect samples of soil, mix with water, and dissolve a test capsule, which produces a color you can compare to a color-coded chart. The kit also includes optimal pH and nutrient levels for more than 100 plants, as well as tips for adjusting soil conditions.

Do the test to get the best!

Grow Your Own Geraniums

Geraniums Geraniums are, quite simply, a gardener’s dream plant. They’re reliable, versatile—and, oh, those brilliant colors! While you might find an ample supply of plants if you buy them at garden centers, you won’t find much variety in colors. For far greater color options, grow your own from seed. They flower about 12 to 16 weeks after seeds are sown, so now’s the time to get planting.

Follow these tips for success:

  • Plant seeds 2 to 3 inches apart and 1/8 inch deep in a seed-starting mix.
  • Cover the container with clear plastic and place in bright indirect light at about 75°F. Keep soil moist but not soggy.
  • When the first set of true leaves appears, transplant seedlings into individual containers filled with potting mix.
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  • Lisa John

    Yes soil always is big concern while gardening. I always used earthworms who are great cultivators. They really help me a lot Gardening tips 

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