One of the protagonist crops of a well-made garden is the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum or Lycopersicon esculentum), a dicotyledonous herbaceous plant belonging to the Solanaceae family and native to Latin America, from where it has spread all over the world. even the tomato plant is subject to diseases, which in organic farming it is advisable to recognize at first sight, we can discover them in the article dedicated to the diseases of tomatoes.
At the Amateur Gardening website they have a nice article along with pictures on rooting roses. That was a new one!We’ve had people comment that they have tried it and all they got was potatoes… no rooted roses. Others say they have tried using potatoes and it did work.I cannot say since I have not personally attempted it.
Have you ever wanted to add that little extra POP, style and class to your garden or patio… but were tight on a budget?Over at the Art Of Doing Stuff, they have a wonderful project to add that extra touch. When your guest experience it you’ll be giggling at how easy and cheap it was.These outdoor lighting orbs cost almost nothing to create a giant impact.
We’ve shared several posts on fountains like these homemade fountains just for inspiration, and these disappearing fountains. If you really want to, you can make a fountain out of just about anything.A fountain is made from 3 things: water, a pump and something the water runs over.Here is a tutorial on making a fountain using large stones found on-site but pavers, metals, or pottery can work.
Peas are an ideal legume to grow in the Italian climate, it is distinguished in dwarf and climbing varieties, depending on the height of growth.Dwarf peas are more precocious, in the family garden you can also think of sowing the different varieties in a to have a longer vegetable production.
Ladybugs are very nice insects for the horticulturist, in fact they feed on other insects (they are therefore entomophagous animals) and are excellent predators of the parasites that infest vegetable plants. It is said that these insects bring good luck, they certainly bring good to crops by eating aphids and other enemies of our vegetables.
Have you ever thought about growing peanuts? This legume is easy to grow in the garden and if you want you can also keep it in pots. Surely the peanut plant so loved by Super Goofy in the comics will not fail to surprise adults and children, when they see the extraordinary harvest that the peanut gives in the ground.
Among the natural insecticides, one of the most important for the family garden is the nettle macerate, because in addition to being completely organic it can be self-produced very simply, with great economic savings compared to the pesticides that are on the market. spontaneous grass very common and very easy to recognize, which is why they are an easily available ingredient to make an organic and economical pesticide, which does not require a license for use.
Harvesting potatoes can happen to find the tubers with rot, even if we are not in the presence of stagnant water or high humidity that could have caused them. This is not the classic soft and wet rot, but a different type of disease.This problem of the potato tuber is called dry rot or mummification and can greatly damage the crop.
Lettuces are plants of the composite family, they are very common in family gardens. It is a salad that is grown as an annual plant, avoiding it from going into seed, to collect the leaves when they are still tender, good to eat raw. There are several varieties of lettuce spread, we can basically divide them into two families: lettuces from head and cutting, also called lettuce.
Nematodes are small parasites, 2-6 cm large worms that attack the tissues of vegetable plants. Due to their shape they are also known as eels. They suck the tissues of the plant, form the characteristic galls from which we can guess the attack of these worms, they also transmit virosis to horticultural crops.
Solarization consists in causing a strong heat to the ground, exploiting the solar heat, it serves to sterilize the soil to be cultivated, eliminating insects and parasites, but also any weed seeds and many spores of fungi that bring plant diseases. the soil in the hot months, usually June, July and August, and a transparent plastic sheet must be spread over the irrigated soil and usually also dug.
In March, spring begins and soon we will have to roll up our sleeves with sowing and transplanting, it is one of the most important months for garden work because the temperature becomes increasingly mild and in many areas of Italy there is no more risk of winter frosts, there are also different crops that can be started this month.
The Colorado beetle is a beetle of American origin, once it arrived in Europe it did not find natural enemies and has therefore spread, becoming a problem for crops. In the vegetable garden, it attacks in particular the plants of the Solanaceae family, such as potatoes and aubergines. This insect has various metamorphoses: from eggs it passes to the larval state until it becomes an adult.
For the plants in our garden to grow and develop properly, some nutrients are needed. The main ones are three: N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), K (potassium). Obviously, just three substances are not enough to feed the complexity of reactions and processes behind the development of a plant, but these three are the fundamental elements.
The anchovies are also called earth fleas or garden fleas, they are small dark-colored insects, only a few millimeters long, belonging to the beetle family.They are a phytophagous insect, that is, which feeds on plant parts, in particular they love cabbage plants. In the event of an attack, even if it is not easy to see the tiny insect, it is easy to recognize the damage it brings: many small holes that punctuate the leaves.
Chives are an aromatic plant that is very simple to grow, does not take up much space and is a perennial crop, so it is not necessary to sow it every year. , a taste that can be very useful in the kitchen to flavor various recipes and flavor cheeses or salads.
Borage is a spontaneous herb that is also grown as a vegetable, being edible and indeed very good. It is part of the culinary tradition of some areas of Italy, such as Liguria where it is used for the filling of ravioli.It is an interesting presence for the organic garden, both because it is eaten and because its beautiful blue flowers as well as cheer up the gardens attract bees and other insects useful for agriculture.
Limiting the presence of spontaneous herbs is one of the most demanding jobs for those who grow vegetables, we can decide to get help from the fire, with the technique of weeding or thermal weeding.Unfortunately, a series of chemical herbicides are used in agriculture, particularly harmful products. for man and for the environment, a sadly famous example is that of glyphosate, obviously they are not allowed in organic farming.
Digging is the main working of the soil that is carried out in the garden. It is a work to be done cyclically, very important to keep the soil loose and draining.The tool used is the spade, as the term itself suggests, although as we will see there is also the digging fork that is often used. reveals better.
Phosphorus is one of the most important elements for the metabolism of plant organisms, in plants it presides over the flowering and fruiting phases, so it is easy to imagine how important it is for the vegetable garden.This element is of organic origin, if it is not supplied by means of fertilization tends to be scarce due to the consumption of the plants in the garden.