Showing posts from April, 2021

Dealing with summer heat - Darren Wogman Gets Gardening

  While spring has been a very wet one this year, already plants are suffering from the summer heat, which leads to them not having enough water at their root systems. Water companies are maybe thinking about hosepipe bans and so how to use water efficiently and to benefit your garden is highly important.      Established large plants such as trees and shrubs are mostly ok. They have a greater spread of roots underground than there are branches, twigs and leaves about ground. There is a balance between the plant’s ability to draw water from the ground and the amount of growth attained above ground, and in a dry year, the growth rings of trees will be closer together than in wet years. Dendrochronology is the science of mapping tree rings from this data and tells us how the moisture has affected tree growth, enabling trees to be dated accurately. Plants can absorb nutrients only in soluble form, and in dry conditions the growth will slow down tremendously. A really good wat

Darren Wogman Gets Gardening - A Guide to Herbs at Home

 Darren Wogman Gets Gardening - A Guide to Herbs at Home Herbs are a great addition to any garden, no matter what the size. They provide an ongoing mix of scents and colours and tend to produce all year round. They're simple to cultivate and trim, for your own use. These plants have such varied uses. You can cultivate them for cooking or keep them in place to act as attractive shrubs or borders in your garden. Woody herbs like Thyme and Rosemary will do well outdoors in most climates, while tender herbs like parsley or basil may be better suited to a window box or something with much more shelter and protection from the elements. The nice thing about herb growing is that you can place them in purpose-built herb or vegetable gardens as well as in raised potting or flower beds. Herbs also do very well in pots and this may be a better option for people with limited planting space. Growing in pots also prevents the plants from getting too out of control and allows them to be moved arou

Darren Wogman gets Gardening - Top 10 Gardening Tips for Beginners

  Gardening Tips for Beginners Wondering How-to Start A Garden? Find Your Confidence With These Expert Gardening Tips for Beginners.   Never Gardened Before? No Problem. Make Your Grow-You-Own Dreams A Reality With These 10 Easy-To-Follow Tips. 1. Start it right. Starting a garden is just like finding a house, it's all about location location location. Mark out your growing areas in a part of your garden where you'll see it regularly (out of sight, out of mind definitely applies to gardening!). That way, you'll be much more likely to spend time in it and enjoy using it. 2. Follow the sun. Misjudging sunlight is a common pitfall when you're first learning to garden. Pay attention to how sunlight moves through your garden before choosing a spot for to plant. Most edible botany, including many vegetables, herbs, and fruits, need at least 6 hours of sun in order to really thrive and produce well. 3. Stay close to water. One of the best gardening tips you'll e