How To Right The Right Gardener Every Time

Getting the very best help can be very important. The ability to find the right company who are able to provide the right expertise is absolutely essential and should not be overlooked. Whatever you need help with, taking the time to find the right firm to perform all of the required services means that you will get the best possible results and allow yourself to form a long standing and excellent working relationship with the right gardener. So when it comes to finding the very best in landscaping and professional gardening services, how should you go about tracking down the right company to help you?
How to right the right gardener every time

The first step should always be to evaluate the process which lies ahead. You will likely have a great deal of work which will need to be done, but you might not know the specifics of what it is that you need help with. When it comes to finding the best help, it is essential to know what you need help with. While you will lack the expertise to know how to accomplish your gardening goals, you will likely have an idea of the long term goal for your garden and what it is that you would like to achieve. Whether you want topiary or a pond area, knowing the end goal when it comes to your garden means that you will be able to find a firm which will offer the kinds of services which really make a difference to you.

As well as having an excellent idea of the kind of solution which you are looking for, it is important that you have a reckoning on the details of the job itself. It might be that you have a large garden with some specific features or it could be that there is only a small area which needs expert attention. Having an understanding of the dimensions and features will allow companies to provide a more accurate quote for their services and will allow you to find the company which is right for you and your situation. As well as the factors involved in the garden itself, you can also have a think about the budget and price range which you have available to your requirements and the time and the schedule which you would like to work towards. Again, this will mean that you are better able to get the service which really suits your needs.
How to right the right gardener every time2

 

Once you have an idea of these kinds of factors and the details of your gardening and what you require, it is time to start thinking about potential companies. One look through the phone book or a quick internet search should be enough to turn up some names and you should begin to call these companies up and explain the services which you require. It can also help to talk to people you know and find out if there is anyone who they might recommend. This can mean that you are better placed to find a good service which is endorsed by someone you trust. Similarly, internet reviews can deliver an excellent means of judging what a company has to offer so it can be worth doing some research on these kinds of reviews.

Once you have talked to a few firms, you should find yourself with a variety of quotes from a number of companies. Now, all you need to do is to look through these quotes and find the ones which work best with the factors which we established earlier in the process. Doing this should provide a good idea of the gardeners who are best able to help you.

For more tips go to: http://www.gardeningservicesgardeners.co.uk/gardening-chiswick/W4-garden-maintenance-chiswick.html

Amazing Decomposing / Recycling Facts

181046_498983486816585_1875230248_nWho would know that the decomposition of these items was so long. My family has always done it’s best recycle and do composting – we even shred office papers and junk mail and add to garden soil. The items decomposition years are staggering – will make me look more at our consumption of products in the future.

Old Spoons Get Garden Repurposing

532902_466968153376330_2117252090_nUse your old spoons as garden markers: Mod Podge the names/drawings of what plants you have planted. Dip spoon repetitively in polyurethane to weather proof it. If you do not have old spoons, cheap ones (10 for $1.00) are available at discount department stores and used ones can be obtained at thrift/yard sales. This would also make a great gift for someone: A spoon and packet of seeds with variety, some miracle grow, bulbs, rhizomes, and hand garden tools all put into a small basket with a bow.

Magic Jelly Beans

555114_478480305534822_1906957858_nAs the weather gets nicer outside I am dieing to get out and garden. I found this great little planting treat on Face Book on $5-10 Dollar Meals- Cheap Eats. Grab a handful of Jelly Beans and plant them in the garden with your children. Have them water them thoroughly and talk to them about planting and how something that starts from seeds can grow and provide us with food to eat. Do tell them though that these Jelly Beans are a fun magical experiment and that if they plant them and nourish them carefully something might grow that they will love. In a couple of days after you see them watering and caring for their magical beans – when they are not looking – take the beans out and “plant” a huge lollipop. They learn something about the process of gardening, doing a little work pays off and may want to help more in the garden.

\

Save Your Garden Seeds

How to Save Seeds

There are two categories of plants in terms of seed saving, those with wet seeds and those with dry seeds. When you save wet seeds, you need to wash them to separate them from the surrounding pulp of the fruit. This can be accomplished by putting the pulp in a bowl of water. The seeds will sink while pulp and any dead seeds will rise to the top. The seeds will then need to dry thoroughly before storage. Some wet seeds will also need to be fermented before saving, such as tomato seeds. Fermenting removes substances from the seed that inhibit germination.

Dry seeds are harvested from the plant when their husks or pods have dried. The seeds then have to be separated from the chaff. When the seeds are dry, you can crumble them up and place them in a dish. Swirling the dish will cause the larger pieces of chaff to rise to the top where you can remove them by hand. To separate out the smaller pieces of chaff, you can use screens. One screen will let small pieces of chaff fall through, leaving the seeds behind. The next screen will allow the seeds to fall through, while larger pieces of chaff remain behind.

To separate dry seeds from the chaff using an ancient method called winnowing, you need a breeze or a fan. Put a sheet or bucket on the ground and drop seeds onto it from a height of a few feet. The breeze or fan will blow the chaff away, while the heavier seeds collect below.

There are some tricks and techniques for saving seeds from different plants. In many cases, a plant or two will need to be sacrificed to get the seeds. Vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, and broccoli will need to be allowed to bolt, while for others you will need to allow the fruit to dry or over ripen in order to get the seeds. Account for this when you plan your garden and grow extra plants for the purpose of collecting seeds.

Certain plants will need to be isolated from each other to avoid cross-pollination. This is only important for plants from which you hope to save seeds. For instance, if you have two different varieties of peppers from which you hope to collect seeds, you need to keep them from mixing pollen. These plants can be bagged or surrounded with wind-proof caging. If the plants that are bagged normally require insects to pollinate them, you will have to lift the bag and use a small brush to hand-pollinate the flowers.

Beans

To harvest bean seeds, let the pods dry on the vines before you pick them. Shell the beans and let them dry thoroughly before storing. You can harvest most of your beans for eating and leave just a few pods on the vine to dry for seeds.

Beets

If you are growing beets and Swiss chard, they will need to be surrounded by wind-proof caging or bagged. They will easily cross-pollinate, even at distances of a mile. Allow your selected beet plants to over-winter. They will flower and produce seeds in the spring. When the seeds are mature and dry on the plants, simply rub them off of the stems. They can be stored as is for up to five years.

Broccoli

To get seeds from broccoli, you need at least ten plants to make sure there is enough of a genetic base. You can harvest the broccoli’s central head to eat and let a secondary shoot on each plant over-winter. Collect seed pods in the spring before they split open naturally. Dry them upside down in paper bags and the seeds will fall from the pods and into the bag.

Cabbage

Cabbage should be isolated from broccoli, collards, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Like broccoli, you need ten plants for a good genetic base. The cabbage plants will need to over-winter, and you will not be able to harvest any for eating from your seed plants. In the spring, collect the pods when they are dry but not yet split.

Carrots

Carrots can cross-pollinate with Queen Anne’s lace, so they need to be isolated for the purpose of seed collection. Only a small area is needed to let carrots remain in the ground for seeds. Pick the seed umbels when they have dried on the plant. Let them dry, and the umbels will easily crumble away.

Cucumbers

To get seeds from cucumbers, let the fruits over ripen on the plant. When fruit is removed from the plant, let it sit for three weeks before removing, cleaning, and drying the seeds for storage.

Garlic

It is not common practice to collect seeds from garlic for future use. Instead, save a bulb or two and plant the individual cloves to get new plants.

Lettuce

Lettuce produces many flowers throughout its flowering season. Collect dried seed heads from the plants every few days. Hang them upside down in a paper bag or over a tarp. The seeds will fall out as they dry.

Melon

Melons are a wet seed plant. Allow melons to be harvested for seeds to ripen on the vines until their skins are very hard. Pick the fruits and let them sit for three weeks. After this time period, you can remove the seeds, clean them and dry them.

Onion

When flowers form on the onion plant, you need to let the seeds ripen and dry before picking them. However, you need to watch for this carefully to avoid losing seeds. Harvest them as soon as they are dry. You can only store onion seeds for one or two years before they go bad.

Peppers

Some varieties of pepper will cross-pollinate, but you can safely grow one sweet pepper and one hot pepper without worrying about separation. To collect seeds, let the fruit mature and fully dry before picking. The seeds can be easily removed from the inside of the fruit at this point.

Squash

Allow squash fruits to remain on the vine well past the stage at which they can be eaten. They are ready to be harvested when the skin is hard and leathery. Store the squash for three weeks before opening them for the seeds. Remove the seeds, clean them, and dry them before storing.

Tomatoes

Most tomato plants will not cross-pollinate and do not need to be isolated. Pick tomatoes for seeds when they are very ripe and just past the eating stage. Once the seeds are removed, they need to be fermented to remove the germination-inhibiting gel that surrounds each seed. Put the seeds and pulp in a jar and leave it in a warm place. When you see bubbling in the jar for a day or two, remove the seeds and clean the pulp from them. The timing is important. If you allow the seeds to ferment for too long, they will begin to germinate. Watch the jar carefully. The process should take between one and a half and five days.

Original text from http://www.heirloomsolutions.com