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Beginners Garden Supplies

Gardening is a one of the most popular outdoor activities for any time of the year. Any backyard, patio or balcony can be turned into a garden with creativity and will. Here are some essential garden supplies to get you started.

A selection Of Garden Supplies

Garden Planters

Planters are very useful to gardening enthusiasts living in apartments or homes with modestly-sized backyards. These garden accessories allow you to turn any space into a miniature garden. Planters can help you create an herb garden in your kitchen or a colorful spread of flowers in your patio. Add restful splashes of green around the home with indoor plants in attractive flower pots and window boxes. Make your own recycled garden accessories by turning discarded or unused furniture and equipment into functional and attractive planters. An old gardening shoe, a wine barrel or even an old colander can be transformed into a unique planting pot for your garden.

Gardening Gloves

A sturdy pair of gardening gloves should be part of every garden supplies kit. Gloves protect your hands from chapping, scratches and blisters while you work in your garden. They also keep your hands clean, healthy and offer a comfortable grip.

A well-fitted glove is essential to a comfortable gardening experience. Stretchable spandex blends are a great choice for garden accessories like gloves as they provide a snug, comfortable fit. Look for breathable, antimicrobial materials that allow your skin to breathe. Bamboo blends are a good choice for gardening gloves, as they are both antibacterial and well-ventilated. Select gloves with close-fitting wrist cuffs, which keep out dirt and debris while fitting comfortably around the wrists.

A Gardening Journal

A journal is one of the most useful garden supplies any gardener can have. Every gardening enthusiast needs a place where they can record their notes, tips and progress reports. A gardening journal is a great way to keep track of that fertilizer formula that worked so well or the name of that prize-winning pumpkin. Jot down notes on weather patterns, new plants and garden suppliers, blooming cycles, garden equipment guidelines and more. Add diagrams and photos of garden plots and new designs and arrangements to try out. A garden journal allows you to organize and save all your hard-earned knowledge, ideas and plans in one, easy-to-access location.

Turn any corner of your home into a restful green retreat using these garden supplies and tips.

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How To Build A No Dig Garden

The no dig garden is exactly what it describes…a fertile garden bed with no digging at all. It involves layering clean, organic materials that will literally compost around your plants as they grow.

A flower garden

The No Dig Garden is built on top of the ground, so you can build a garden anywhere. This makes it extremely attractive for those sites that have poor soil or are weed infested. It’s also a great method of gardening for those that can’t (or don’t want to) dig a
garden patch!

The site you choose for your garden must get at least 5 hours of sunlight a day. Drainage will be good because of the materials that will be used in making the garden.

If you are planting over lawn or weeds, mow them to ground level. If you are planting on a hard surface, put down some cushioning organic material first (like seaweed or leaves).

To build your no dig garden start with a layer of newspaper (no colour printing), at least 6mm (1/4 inch) thick. Surround the garden with some sort of border material. This can be bricks, logs, planks or rocks but should be at least 20-25CM high (8-10 inches)
to contain the organic material within.

Lay down a layer of lucerne hay leaving no gaps, to a height of 10cm (about 4 inches). Layer some good organic fertilizer on top to a height of 20mm (1 inch). This can be just about any sort of good quality material like chicken, horse, cow or sheep manure.

Add another thick layer of straw to the garden 150mm (6 inches) and another layer of fertilizer and then top it off with a 100mm (4 inches) of compost.

Water the garden until it’s soaking and let it settle for a few days before planting.

Seedlings do better than seeds in the no dig garden.

Here’s what will happen. The seedlings will get a kick start in the rich, compost top soil. The fertilizer underneath will start the ‘composting’ of the lucerne hay and straw. The composting will generate heat and biological activity that will really kick along the seedling growth. The roots will further break down the straw and hay and it in turn will become solid enough to support the growing plants.

The newsprint is thick enough to discourage weed growth through the layers, but will deteriorate enough to allow earth worms to chew their way upwards.

Continue to layer mulch, straw and compost as the garden bed matures. Never dig this bed over, just layer more and more material as required. Rotate your crops and add fresh compost regularly.

Your garden bed will deliver consistent, spectacular results season after season.

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