Finding the best garden hose

Watering is so important when it comes to growing your garden and Carol over at Best Garden Hose Info has some great advice here about what is the best water hose for your gardening needs. We also love Gardeners Supply Company to buy any other gardening products that we might like to purchase online. We often still like to go to our local gardening shop for any advice but often the prices can be best online, so shop around!

The number one thing to think of when it comes to buying a hose for your garden is how long do you need the hose? There is no use having a huge long hose if all you need to do is water your plants on a small patio. The longer the hose, the more weight you will have to lug around and will need a more expensive hose reel, like Carol recommends, to store all the weight.

Advice: Match the length of garden hose to your garden size.

Material of the hose is so important and especially on how long you want the hose to last. If you are on a budget please just go the cheapest hose as it is most important to just keep watering your garden but it may end up costing you more in the long run. If you can afford to buy a better hose, look out for the rubber ones rather than vinyl as they will last a lot longer.

Advice: Rubber hoses are better than vinyl hoses.

Garden Hose

How flexible the garden hose is can have a big effect on how easy it kinks. No one likes a kinking hose, it not only stops the water from flowing properly but you can end up with a splitting hose full of holes!

Advice: Try to get a flexible hose.

The connectors on the end of the hoses are important for what you are needing the hose to do for your garden. Do you want a big spray, soaker etc plus you also need to make sure that the connectors aren’t plastic as these will degrade over time. Look out for brass fittings as they last a lot longer.

Advice: Look for brass fittings.

We hope this helps you find the right garden hose for you and your garden. If you are keen on learning the best way to have a vegetable garden in a small space check out our post here.

 

Vegetable gardens in small spaces

All different sized spaces can have a vegetable garden, you don’t need a huge space to grow a great crop of veggies. The major ingredient you do need is plenty of sunshine. If you can manage this then you can make a vegetable gardening in a small space.

Vegetable garden design is extremely important when you only have a small space. Take some time to research what plants you want to grow in your garden. Some may need special care, others may need more sunlight and some plants won’t grow well next to other types of plants.

With all this information, you can make the right decisions about how you will grow these plants and whether you need a patch of soil or if a pot will do. It’s also important to know the right time for planting.

Whether you decide on plants or seeds you will then need to select the right sized planters for your small garden. The plants will need space to grow and it’s important to not overcrowd them.

Soil is very important and getting the right potting soil will help your plants grow. Small gardens can also attract insects so check with your local garden store what is the right product for you.

Pesticides can contain harmful chemicals and need to be used sparingly especially when animals and children are around. This becomes extremely important in small spaces and be sure to use protective gear if you do use them.

Get rid of any weeds regularly and make sure the soil is aerated from time to time. Watering is also very important and make sure your garden is watered regularly.

Small gardens can be just as great as larger ones, so don’t despair if you don’t have the space for a huge garden. With the proper care, any garden can produce excellent vegetables from any sized garden.

We hope you liked this article and if you are interested in more check out our post on benefits of growing your own vegetable garden here.

Composting 101

Learning to compost is one of the best ways to help your plants and vegetables grow while helping the environment . There are many ways to do this and you can even do this indoors! Here are a few tips on learning to compost and check out this great article from Planet Natural if you would like more advanced tips on composting.

Types of composting:

OUTDOOR

  • Buried
  • Piles/ Heaps
  • On Site Garden Piles
  • Outdoor Digesters

compost outdoors

INDOOR

  • Vermicomposting
  • Bokashi

Vermicomposting

 

What are the important factors of composting?

Making organically rich soil fertilizer from your yard, kitchen and other waste is dependant on one main thing, the microbes responsible for the decomposition of the matter. These single cell organisms, working in large numbers, turn your waste into a great addition to soils. Putting these organisms together with the right matter and conditions will yield many healthy, happy plants. Composting can require different things but oxygen, moisture, the right temperature and compostable materials usually make up the process.

How to get started in composting?

The first thing to do is start! You must first decide what is the best way to compost for you depending on how much room, time and space you have. Once this has been decided you can do a bit of DIY and build your own bins or purchase ready made systems. So getting started in composting can be as expensive or inexpensive as you like! Find some great plans if you are handy or look online if you have more of a budget.

diy compost bin

What do you do with composting when it is done?

Keep in mind that it can take from 3 to 12 months to produce compost. The decomposition process depends on a number of factors including temperature, what organic matter you used, the type of compost bin that was used, how fine the waste material was chopped and how often you turned it. There are numerous benefits of using compost in your garden. It builds good soil structure, soil can retain nutrients/water/air better, it can help protect against drought, a neutral pH can be maintained and it can protect plants from many diseases.

We would love to hear how you go with composting if this is your first time you have tried it. Leave us a comment below telling us how it went.

 

Benefits of growing you own Vegetable Garden

Growing your own vegetable garden at home is a fantastic way to spend your time in your garden. It can help you avoid the artificial chemicals and pesticides that are usually sprayed on farm food produce found in stores. These aren’t great for your family and if you would like fresh and safe food harvested from your own sources, then growing a vegetable garden’s a viable way to ensure the quality of the food that you get.

Save Money

Growing your own vegetable garden is also a great way to save money. With less than $100 dollars, you can benefit with more than several hundred dollars worth of vegetables and fruits. This is a great way to save money and also provide organic home-grown food for your family.

Common Questions

Common questions people ask is what kind of fruits and vegetables are best to grow and which are the best for their own vegetable garden?

Here are a few popular choices to grow:

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are currently the most popular vegetable grown in home grown vegetable gardens. They grow easily and can thrive under harsh conditions. It also doesn’t require extra special care and can be harvested well. 4-5 hours of sunlight a day will be sufficient enough to grow tomatoes. You can either buy them as small plants from stores or grow them from tomato seedlings. Growing from seeds obviously takes a lot longer and it should be grown indoors first for about 6 weeks before transplanting the seedlings outdoors.

Squash

Another popular fruit/vegetable grown in vegetable gardens’s squash. It’s a very popular choice due to it’s ability to produce a lot to harvest. Of the different varieties of squash, the summer squash like zucchini is a favorite.