Creating a Raised Bed

Creating a Raised Bed

If your current planting goals involve plants that require good water drainage, I am sure you know how frustrating it is to have a yard that just won’t cooperate. Some plants can handle the excess water that comes about from being in an area that doesn’t drain properly. In fact, it might just cause them to bloom more lushly. However, other plants don’t cope as well, and it will cause them to die a gruesome, bloated death. You should always find out about the drainage required for every plant you buy, and make sure that it won’t conflict with any of the areas you are considering planting it in.

In order to test how much water your designated patch of soil will retain, dig a hole approximately ten inches deep. Fill it with water, and come back in a day when all the water had disappeared. Fill it back up again. If the 2nd hole full of water isn’t gone in 10 hours, your soil has a low saturation point. This means that when water soaks into it, it will stick around for a long time before dissipating. This is unacceptable for almost any plant, and you are going to have to do something to remedy it if you want your plants to survive.

The usual method for improving drainage in your garden is to create a raised bed. This involves creating a border for a small bed, and adding enough soil and compost to it to raise it above the rest of the yard by at least 5 inches. You’ll be amazed at how much your water drainage will be improved by this small modification. If you’re planning to build a raised bed, your prospective area is either on grass or on dirt. For each of these situations, you should build it slightly differently.

If you want to start a raised garden in a non grassy area, you won’t have much trouble. Just find some sort of border to retain the dirt you will be adding. I’ve found that there is nothing that works quite as well as a few two by fours. After you’ve created the wall, you must put in the proper amount soil and steer manure. Depending on how long you plan to wait before planting, you will want to adjust the ratio to allow for any deteriorating that may occur.

If you’re trying to install a raised bed where sod already exists, you will have a slightly more difficult time. You will need to cut the sod around the perimeter of the garden, and flip it over. This may sound simple, but you will need something with a very sharp edge to slice the edges of the sod and get under it. Once you have turned it all upside down, it is best to add a layer of straw to discourage the grass from growing back up. After the layer of straw, simply add all the soil and steer manure that a normal garden would need.

Planting your plants in your new area shouldn’t pose much difficulty. It is essentially the same process as your usual planting session. Just be sure that the roots don’t extent too far into the original ground level. The whole point of creating the raised bed is to keep the roots out of the soil which saturates easily. Having long roots that extend that far completely destroys the point.

Once you have plants in your new bed, you’ll notice an almost immediate improvement. The added soil facilitates better root development. At the same time, evaporation is prevented and decomposition is discouraged. All of these things added together makes for an ideal environment for almost any plant to grow in. So don’t be intimidated by the thought of adjusting the very topography of your yard. It is a simple process as I’m sure you’ve realized, and the long term results are worth every bit of work.

Choosing and Planting Perennials

choosing and planting perennials

If you’ve been growing a vegetable garden for a while, you might be feeling slightly disgruntled at how plain it is to look at. I too began my gardening career with a vegetable garden, but I decided that it wasn’t quite as pleasing to look at as I would have liked. I heard from a friend that the use of perennial flowers could be a great way to liven up my garden without adding any extra work for me.

Perennial flowers are strong, local flowers that come back every year without having to replant or do any extra work. During their off seasons, the flowers and stems die back and you can hardly even tell the plant is there (rather than just dying and looking like hideous brown clumps in your garden). When it’s time to bloom, entirely new flowers shoot up where the old ones were.

Before deciding whether to put in perennials or not, you need to make sure that your soil has proper drainage. If the water stays saturated for long periods of time, you should build a raised bed. To test, dig a hole and fill it with water. Wait a day, and then fill it with water again. All traces of water should be gone within 10 hours. If the hole isn’t completely dry, you will need to build a raised bed.

Picking your perennials can be a complicated process. The goal should be to have them flowering as much as possible during the year, so you should create an outline of the year. Research the different types of flower you want, and create a timeline of flowering. If you plan it right, you can have a different type of flower blooming at any point in the year. Getting just the right mixture of seeds can give your yard a constantly changing array of colors.

When you go to buy the seeds from your local florist or nursery, you might be able to find a custom seed mixture for your area. This takes the really tough research part out of the job. Usually these blends are optimized for the local climate, and do great jobs of having flowers always grow in your yard. If one of these isn’t available, you can ask the employees what they think would be a good mixture. They should be happy to help you put something together which will be optimal for whatever you desire.

You should definitely use mulch when planting perennials. This will reduce the overall amount of work you have to do, by reducing the amount of weeds and increasing the water retention. Bark or pine needles work great, I have found, and depending on the rest of your yard you might have them on hand at no charge. As for fertilizer, you should use it sparingly once your plants start to come to life.

When you actually go to plant the seeds, you should put them in small, separate clumps according to the directions. This is because they tend to spread out, and if you have too many too close together then they will end up doing nothing but choking each other out. As you plant them, throw in a little bit of extremely weak fertilizer. In no time at all you should start to see flowers blooming up.

Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You

Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You

If you’re thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you will have. There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down. But by narrowing it down, you’ll make the gardening experience easier on yourself and the plants. If all your plants are similar, then it shouldn’t be very hard to care for them all. So here are some of the main garden ideas for you to choose from.

If you’re just looking for something to look nice in your yard, you’ll want a flower garden. These are usually filled with perennial flower. Perennial flowers are flowers which stay healthy year-round. They’re basically weeds because of their hardiness, only nice looking. Different areas and climates have different flowers which are considered perennials. If you do a quick internet search for your area, you can probably find a list of flowers that will bring your flower garden to life. These usually only require work in the planting stage – after that, the flower take care of themselves. The only downside to this is that you don’t have any product to show for it.

Another choice for your garden is to have a vegetable garden. These usually require a little more work and research than a flower garden, but can be much more rewarding. No matter what time of the year it is, you can usually find one vegetable that is still prospering. That way you can have your garden be giving you produce almost every day of the year! When starting a vegetable garden, you should build it with the thought in mind that you will be adding more types of veggies in later. This will help your expandability. Once all your current crops are out of season, you won’t be stuck with almost nowhere to put the new crops. A vegetable garden is ideal for someone who wants some produce, but doesn’t want to devote every waking hour to perfecting their garden (see below.)

One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden. It’s definitely the most high-maintenance. When growing fruits, many more pests will be attracted due to the sweetness. You not only have to deal with having just the right dirt and fertilizer, you have to deal with choosing a pesticide that won’t kill whoever eats the fruits. Your fruit garden will probably not produce year-round. The soil needs to be just right for the plants to grow, and putting in another crop during its off-season could be disastrous to its growth process. If you’re willing to put lots of work into maintaining a garden, then a fruit garden could be a good choice for you.

So now that I’ve outlined some of the main garden types that people choose, I hope you can make a good decision. Basically, the garden type comes down to what kind of product you want, and how much work you want to put into it. If you’re looking for no product with no work, go with a flower garden. If you want lots of delicious product, but you are willing to spend hours in your garden each day, then go for a fruit garden. Just make sure you don’t get into something you can’t handle!

5 Plants to Grow in Your Garden that Treat Hemorrhoids

Like many gardeners I am often guilty of lifting heavy pots and plants incorrectly doing so on a frequent basis will often result in a bout of painful hemorrhoids. Now there are three things you can do to counter this inconvenient and uncomfortable issue;

  • Soldier on and try to ignore them. Not only is this unadvised, but it is practically impossible especially when you have to endure a painful visit to the bathroom!
  • Shoot off down to your local pharmacy and get an often expensive cream, ointment or suppository. This sounds like a quick fix and in most cases you will get some pretty fast relief but for how long?
  • Take a walk around your garden and pick some herbs and plants that cost nothing yet are way more effective than anything you will buy from the shelves of your local pharmacy. Not only is this the most natural and safe method of treating hemorrhoids, it doesn’t cost a penny either.

The following herbs can be added to your daily diet to both treat hemorrhoids and keep them at bay. If you leave your hemorrhoids untreated or only treat the symptoms of the problem and not the cause then your problem will only get worse, sometimes even to the point of surgery. There is no reason for your hemorrhoid problem to get to that point start healing them from the inside by attacking the main cause.

Bael Fruit for HemorrhoidsBael Fruit Tree (Wood Apple)

The fruit of the Bael tree is very effective for treating and healing hemorrhoids and has been used in traditional Asian medicine for hundreds of years for a multitude of ailments not just hemorrhoids.

Bael fruit contains ingredients that are beneficial in treating hemorrhoids, including rutin, which provides the benefit of improving the flow of blood in capillaries and the blood vessels that often swell and become painful with hemorrhoids. In short, rutin promotes healthy blood circulation and heals damaged veins.

Another benefit provided by Bael fruit is that is also contains quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid that helps to keep the walls of the intestines lined with a lubricating mucus that are essential in the passage of and easier evacuation of stools. Bael fruit also acts as a mild laxative and as such will also aid bowel evacuation by keeping stools soft.

Horse Chestnuts for HemorrhoidsHorse Chestnut Tree

I could understand it if you hadn’t heard of a Bael tree before but if you haven’t heard of the Horse chestnut tree then I don’t know what planet you originate from! The extract from the horse chestnut seed or ‘conker’ as it is known in Britain and Ireland has been used to treat hemorrhoids almost since its introduction throughout the Northern hemisphere from its native Balkan location. The horse chestnut has properties that are effective in improving the health of veins and circulation.

Horse chestnut seeds contain anti-inflammatory ingredients tannin and saponin which help reduce hemorrhoidal swelling. Horse chestnut extract can be taken internally as long as it has a poison called esculin removed from it and any guidelines are followed, but it can also be applied directly to the affected area.

Butchers Broom for HemorrhoidsButcher’s Broom

Butcher’s broom is yet another plant that provides excellent healing benefits that are useful in treating hemorrhoids. The root of this shrub is used to improve the health of blood vessels and to improve circulation by strengthening and constricting the walls of veins which helps stop blood from pooling or clotting in veins that are swollen.

Butcher’s broom is a mild laxative and also provides ruscogenin, an anti-inflammatory which will also help to reduce any swelling.

Bilberries for HemorrhoidsBilberry Bush

The Bilberry bush is native to Northern European countries and produces small berries almost black in color. The shrub and fruit is very similar to the blueberry, native to North America.

Bilberries contain anthocyanoside an ingredient that is excellent for reducing swelling and as such has been used in traditional herbal medicine as a treatment for hemorrhoids. Although Bilberry is usually taken in capsule form, particularly in North America where it doesn’t grow wild, bilberry fruit can be eaten instead.

Red Root for HemorrhoidsRed Root

A native plant of North America, Red root is a hardy shrub the roots of which have been used in herbal medicine for centuries.

The root is used to treat a large number of different ailments, hemorrhoids among them, this is due to its astringent properties beneficial in reducing inflammation and shrinking hemorrhoids.

Natural Remedies for Healing Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids can be effectively healed and more importantly, prevented with the help of herbal treatments. The five plants I have covered above all work to remedy existing hemorrhoid flare-ups as well as preventing the formation of new hemorrhoids.

If you want to be hemorrhoid free then your treatment must be taken as part of your daily diet for several months or even ongoing.

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