You Can Grow Your Garden During the Winter

Some people seem to have gotten the impression that all your gardening activities stop during the winter periods. But that’s not correct.

I just read a fine article by Faith Fernandez on how you can take care of your garden during the colder months of the year.

You Can Grow Your Garden During the Winter
You Can Grow Your Garden During the Winter

The first thing you can do is to protect your plants against cold and maybe even frost, if you live in a cold climate. But how can you do that?
One way is to heap mulch around the roots of your plants. If you have potted plants it’s a good idea to take them inside during the cold months.

But protecting your more fragile plants isn’t the only thing you can do in your garden during the winter. I know that this may come as a surprise to some people, but you can actually grow plants – vegetables and flowers – in your garden during the winter.

Of course you can’t grow just any kind of plant during the winter, but Faith Fernandez mentions such plants as broccoli, spinach, collards, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These plants can actually be sown during the winter. And one of the advantages of doing this is that your plants are not as vulnerable against pests and plant diseases as they are if you sow them in the warmer months. Again, this may surprise many people, but to me this has given Organic Gardening a completely new perspective.

If you want to protect your plants during the winter you can also grow your plants in a greenhouse or a hothouse, if you have one. Another solution is to use raised containers that protect your vegetables and flowers against frost in the soil.

You can read Faith’s article here, if you like:
http://organicgardentip.blogspot.com/2010/09/organic-gardening-in-winter-fridays.html

Best,
Anette

Be Cautious About Using Weed Killer

Should you use weed killer in your garden?

In an article on Infozine.com the author warns against using weed killer. According to the author weed killer can do a lot of damage to the vegetables, fruits and the trees in your garden. The week killer contains chemicals, such as Herbicide Atrazine, that not only kill the weeds but also kills the other plants in your garden and can poison the plants and the underground. Even the producers of the weed killer know about the dangers of using them, says the article. Consequently, on many weed killer products you can read warnings about not using the weed killer in places where you want to save your plants. And even if you use the weed killer you should always carry gloves, so that you don’t get in touch with the toxic chemicals.

Instead of using weed killer with toxic chemicals the article quotes a gardening expert, Garrett, who uses organic fertilizers. By using these you don’t damage the plants in your garden.

Read the rest of the article here:
http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/42213/

Best,
Anette

Problems with your petunia flowers?

Petunias are popular, and it’s easy to under why. They’re easy to grow and they look beautiful. However, sometimes petunias can cause some problems. Petunias can get different virus diseases and illnesses that damage the flowers. One example of these diseases is Rhizoctonia solani, a nasty fungus.

What can you do to solve this problem?

Patrice Campbell just wrote a useful article with different tips on how to prevent and solve the problems you can run into when you want to grow petunias.

You can read her article here: Gardening Tips for Petunia Problems

Patrice shows what danger signs to look for and what to do if your petunias have been affected by some disease.

Hope you can use the advice you’ll find in the article.

Best,

Anette