Posted on 23 December 2009 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
For many of us, gardening season is coming to an end.
The leaves are changing, and the promise of snow looms in the near future.
While you may keep some plants indoors in the house or greenhouse, you anxiously await spring.
Some, though, are a bit more fortunate. They live in the warmer zones where it rarely snows and you can garden for most, if not all, of the year. I used to enjoy that (sigh), since I spent my first 20 years living in Zones 9/10 California.
Back home in Southern California, we would get rainstorms during the winter. Since I lived in the mountains, the wind would blow especially hard and the storm wreaked havoc on the yard. Our banana tree was destroyed this way.
When you have a container garden, it’s important to Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 30 December 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
I think that gardeners have a special responsibility to take care of the land we work on, and finding new ways to preserve resources is one way to care for our earth.
Using an old idea, a rain barrel, is one new way to preserve the local water supply and grow a healthier garden.
Many gardeners find that their plants thrive when watered with the collected rain water which is free of chlorine and unfluoridated.
There are several approaches to saving rain water. You can buy a large rain barrel at many retailers both online and in garden centers.
These have the advantage of being easy to use- simply take home and run a drainpipe directly into the reservoir. However, many rain barrels can be expensive, and some aren’t Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 27 July 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
What is the weather forecast for your region tomorrow?
Chances are, if you’re a gardener, you know the answer to that question.
However, for non-gardeners who don’t have barbecues planned, the fascination with the weather may not be the same.
I grew up on a farm, and it was our business to keep an eye on the weather. Our hay and crops, and sometimes even the safety of our livestock, all depended on trying to guess what nature had in store for us. Farm kids grow up knowing that a dry summer will mean Read the rest of this entry »