A guide to Hotbeds and Cold frames

By using a cold frame or hot bed you can extend your growing season. Your crops will be protected from the cooler outside temperatures as the microclimate the cold frame creates is a few degrees warmer than the surrounding air temperatures and thus you have protection.

How to Keep your Soil pH Correct

When you add fertilizers to your garden you may effect the pH of the soil. It is important to keep the pH of the soil in the range that the crops you will be growing prefer. Some plants prefer soil on the low side of the pH scale while others like a higher pH. Thus you much adjust your soil accordingly.

How to Compost: Getting Started Composting

You can get started composting with kitchen scraps, leaves, lawn clippings and other decaying matter. Adding compost to your garden is one of the best ways to improve your garden. You can use a compost bin, or a commercially bought compost maker. Or even just through your items in a pile in the yard.

When to Start Seeds Indoors

When spring arrives one of the more exciting activities of a gardener is to start their seeds indoors. Generally each seed packet will list how many weeks before transplanting outside that you should start your seeds indoors. Seeds can be started in darkness but ones they germinate they will need adequate light.

Growing Vegetables in a Greenhouse

For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have a climate that supports a garden all year round, you may consider growing vegetables in a greenhouse. If you live in an extremely cold climate the energy costs associated with heating the climate make make greenhouse vegetables an un-economical choice. However this may be an option for those living in a more moderate climate.

Transplanting Tomato Plants

If you have started your tomato plants from seed eventually it will come time to transplant the tender seedlings outside. To do this properly it is best if you harden them off first. This is done by leaving them out for a few hours at a time, and each day increasing the time that they are left outside to the more extreme conditions.

How to Start Vegetables from Seeds

Starting your vegetables from seeds is a way that a gardener can save money. When you buy seedlings from the nursery they are much more expensive than if you started the seedlings yourself. If you have grow lamps you can start seedlings indoors because generally they will require more light than just putting them in a sunny window sill.

How to Choose a Location for your Garden

One of the most critical decisions you have to make about your garden is where to put your garden. You want a location that receives the most amount of sun possible. At the same time you want an area that isn’t wet. You should pick a location that has easy access to irrigation or water as you will need to frequently water your garden throughout the season.

How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Starting a vegetable garden is easier than you think. However you need to follow a plan. The steps are simple. You must first choose what you want to grow and make sure that you can grow it in your growing region.