raising the stakes on container gardening - polymer absorbent crystals
Every Saturday morning, as I go through this section of the Toronto Star, I am reminded that dramatic changes are taking place in the city.
A few weeks ago, an article in the new house and apartment section told us that the new home currently built in GTA is single in less than a quarter --Family separation. Almost two-
There are three apartments in the new house.
In a generation, the concept of "average batch" may be several hundred square feet from the ground, not thousands of terra firma.
In the new vocabulary of urban development, we hear more reinforcement than ever before.
As gardeners, our response to this may be negative.
There is less space left for us, less and less of our garden wings, and fewer choices to attract songbirds, butterflies and hummingbirds.
As always, the other side of the coin.
Moving from a spacious suburban house to an apartment with a 200 square foot balcony does not mean you have to give up the pleasure of gardening.
You can immerse yourself more strongly in these pleasures while enjoying the scenery.
The garden design close to the balcony or the small footprint of the townhouse backyard requires the same approach as any other garden project.
First of all, think about how you want to use the space.
If your new property is the place you want to sit down and have fun with, maybe you'll want to make this space an extension of your indoor living space.
Think about it: Do you want privacy?
Use the wall space you can use.
The fence supports the vines like a brick wall.
Do you need to reserve space for food (a barbecue)and the like?
Before you fill the area with pots and plants, carve out the space.
Do you want to harvest food from your little yard or balcony?
Herbs, vegetables and walls
Growing fruit can provide an amazing amount of fresh food.
Are you exposed to street noise in outdoor spaces?
If so, consider a moving water feature that distracts your attention from the sound of traffic.
Do you have a special view?
If so, as you think about the answers to all of these questions, enhance it and draw attention through your "garden" design, I have seven suggestions for you to consider: planting small
Baskets or pots, window boxes and other walls-
The installed flowerpots can help you to maximize the harvest of products from small spaces.
For delicious green vegetables, leaf lettuce is grown from seeds, spinach, basil, Oriental Vegetables and pea shoots.
Many of them can be replanted or sown two or three times during the gardening season.
Look for "compact" or "dwarf" plants.
Many of the ornamental plants we are familiar with are provided in the form of immature monsters.
If you want to eat lilac, come to Korean spice clove. Apples?
Buy only real dwarf varieties, most of which are grafted on 26.
In the world of evergreen trees, consider Mo Yusong (Trim once a year
, Short Alberta spruce, short nest spruce and countless slow-
There are too many plants planted here.
Ask the Experts where you shop. •Mix and match.
One of the benefits of gardening in this era is that there is no rule in where you grow things.
A new generation of gardeners is teaching us all to plant ornamental plants with food.
Plant a cherry tomato sweet One Million with your morning glory and wrap them together.
Mixed Gazania flowers (
Consumption of golden flowers)
There are Kingfisher grass, leeks, roses and onions.
Enjoy delicious food.
I use this term to describe the vegetables that look great in the garden.
Swiss beets Northern Lights, sweet potato vines lime, nasturtiums, purple basil and ornamental kale are all edible (
Although I will question the idea of kale)and look great.
Grow compact vegetables.
Tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, cucumbers, eggplant fairy tales, scallions and mesclun mix are all great in small spaces. •Go vertical.
Rose climb up, honeysuckle, Widodo, bittersweet, Kiwi (to zone 2 —Edmonton! ), clematis . . .
The list continues.
In addition to the natural climbers, they either wrap themselves around the grid, or "catch themselves" to climb the wall or fence and grow outward by trimming, you can train the short Apple into two dimensions.
The French call it Spanish.
It's not hard, it's interesting. •Intense soil.
If you strengthen your garden and expect good performance from the plants, you have to use quality soil.
I change the soil in the container every year (
Good advice for all gardeners).
You ran out of soil for plants last year.
Nutrients are gone, and more importantly, diseases and weeds are shown in the used soil in the second season.
This always raises the question of how to deal with the old, used soil, and the answer is not to throw it away.
Pack it up and give it to the person you know who owns the ground Garden.
They will thank you for adding valuable things to their garden soil.
Containers when choosing soil for your small garden or container, be sure to use a quality mixture from a reliable supplier.
Like most things, the el cheapo brand contains top soil or other ingredients that will not support plant life throughout the season and can cause disease.
Looking for a light mixture of peat and weed
Free compost, vermiculite stone, and calcined soil, a kitten litter that helps keep moisture in place while permanently adjusting the soil.
Many containers contain water.
Retain ingredients like polymer crystals that expand when they absorb water and slowly release water when the surrounding soil dries.
Use these soil carefully as these blends are easily submerged.
Contains coconut shells in other blends
Coconut products as a substitute for peat.
I like the coconut shell most of the time because it lasts longer than clay coal, it is easier to absorb water and it is renewable, this (arguably)peat is not.
Some coconut shell products, however, contain highly undissolved salt, which is not good for anything you grow.
When choosing plants and containers for the balcony, please consult your building charter for weight limits.
If overloaded, an ambitious gardener will cause permanent damage to the balcony and the ceiling below.
The new building is designed to load reasonably, but don't take a chance to see it.
As for the container itself, keep this in mind. Rule No.
You must like how it looks.
It is likely that you will watch it empty for most of the year.
When it is full of leaves, flowers and fruit in real time, it should praise the plants and the surrounding environment.
Make sure there is enough drainage for the container and there are other places to go to besides the balcony under your neighbor.
Finally, if you find yourself craving a streetlevel, old-
Then consider signing up for one of the community distribution programs offered by almost all municipalities.
For more information, visit your local municipal website.
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