Properly planning your vegetable garden may be the single most important step in toward the most bountiful crops and plentiful harvest possible. Some gardeners wait until the last minute to think about their gardens and end up just plopping the plants into the ground without much thought. It’s never too early to start planning your garden, and her are a few things to consider while you’re doing it:
Culinary experts will tell you that we eat with our eyes first. A colorful plate in a variety of hues is much more appealing than one that is monochromatic. We can add color and visual variety to our dishes by using a variety of fruits, veggies, and even flowers.
In time, even the very best, and dare we say beautiful, asphalt driveways will eventually develop potholes. These potholes may be small and a little bit of inconvenience at first but in time they will grow and become a serious issue if left uncorrected. Fortunately, pothole repair in a driveway is an easy project that can be done by anyone willing to put in a little bit of work. Repairs done with a high grade patching material, such as UPM, may last as long as the rest of the asphalt.
Winter is in full swing, and with it the challenge of keeping walkways clear of snow and ice. Whenever salts or other de-icing chemicals are used to assist in the ice removal, special caution should be taken to reduce the damage these agents can cause to the surrounding vegetation. Salts are toxic to plants when they dissolve in water because sodium ions replace the phosphorous and potassium in the soil. Rock salt also absorbs the water in the soil, taking it from the roots. This causes stress and dehydration for the roots of surrounding foliage. Salt also reduces the cold hardiness of plants making them even more susceptible to frost damage.
Growing vegetables in the winter may not be something that normally crosses your mind, especially in colder climates like northern Utah. However, many people don’t realize their garden, if cared for correctly, could yield produce until Halloween, or possibly even Thanksgiving, without much extra effort.
Some people may love a fresh layer of new snow, with its serene covering of winter’s dormant lawns, coating everything in a beautiful and fluffy white blanket. But to others, the freshly fallen snow means another chore that needs to be done, the removal of the snow from driveways and sidewalks. When snow and ice removal is not done quickly or properly, it can lead to a hazardous slip-and-fall situation, especially if grandma comes to visit. The snow itself, along with its associated removal, can potentially damage asphalt, concrete, pavers, and other hard surfaces.
While many people grow their favorite herbs outside in the warmer months, then cut and dry the herbs for use during the winter, there are times when the dried herbs just won’t do the trick. When you are in the kitchen, cooking up one of your grandmother’s old recipes, there is nothing like using fresh herbs to add depth to the dish. Running to the grocery store to get fresh herbs can be inconvenient and expensive.
Winterizing your sprinkler system must be done before the first freeze every year. Winterizing a system eliminates the potential for water to freeze in the sprinkler lines and valves. Water left in the lines and valves could freeze and cause them to split, which may go unnoticed until you turn on the sprinklers in the spring, only to see gurgling water fountains in the middle of the lawn.
Unless you live in the tropics, having a year-round garden is probably out of the question. For those of you who live in the lovely land of seasons, one great way to grow in the off-season is by building a terrarium.
An important part of creating a beautiful landscape design is incorporating the right types of lighting. Not only will proper lighting allow you to enjoy your landscaping into the night hours, it can also help transform a great design into something truly breathtaking.