Itís Gardening Season!Written by Melanie Breeze
Itís gardening season again! Are you ready? Whether you are a seasoned gardener, or are looking to start gardening, you will likely need supplies and plants. If you shop smart, and use tips below, you can get that garden running with very little money. And you can save a lot of money on your grocery bill as well.
There are many different types of gardening, but it is important to learn basics of activity. Below you will find a list of my tips to planting a garden on a budget.
Learn as much as you can about gardening. Donít pay for gardening books, use your local library. It is free, and you can get a wide assortment of books to get you started. If you find something useful like a planting schedule, photocopy that particular page to keep it in your files. There are many hobby gardening sites online as well, so try to do a Google search for ďgardening.Ē
Plant what you like. Your first garden doesnít have to be a complex one. Donít take on more than you can chew, literally. If you have a small family, plant only what you can eat or give away. Donít plant a huge amount of crops, because you will end up throwing them away at end of season. On same note, donít plant things that your family wonít eat. A garden full of spinach might not go over well with your kids, so plan accordingly.
How to Grow BlueberriesWritten by Linda Paquette
How to Grow Blueberries
Along with lip-smacking sweetness, flower and foliage are also worthy reasons to grow blueberries. White, bell-shaped blossoms make a lovely addition to a spring garden and fiery scarlet foliage adds drama to a fading autumn landscape. In addition to taste and appearance, blueberries are ripe with medical advantages; they help lower cholesterol and studies suggest that blueberries also reduce risk of some cancers.
Types of Blueberries
1.Highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) are those usually found in produce department of your grocery. As you might expect, they are named because bushes grow to 6-feet in height. Fruits are large, from Ĺ to an inch in diameter. Depending on variety, highbush blueberries are hardy from Zones 4 through 11. 2.Lowbush blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) generally reach no more than 18-inches in height. Propagated from shoots spread through underground runners, lowbush blueberries form low mats of plants that produce best on a two-year cycle. The first year is growth year and second year is fruiting year. The sweet, quarter-inch fruits of lowbush blueberries commonly are known as Wild Blueberries and are hardy in Zones 3 through 6. 3.Half-high blueberries (V. corymbosum x V. angustifolium) are a hybrid between lowbush and highbush cultivars. Although shorter than high-bush blueberries, half-high grow in much same way as their taller relatives. Taste and size meet halfway between highbush and lowbush. An extra advantage for northern grower is that half-high blueberries were especially bred to withstand heavy snowfalls and cold winters of inland North America and are hardy to Zone 3. 4.Rabbiteye blueberries (Vaccinium ashei), native to Southeastern United States, are tallest of blueberry bushes, reaching up to 10-feet in height. Because of their thick skins, rabbiteye blueberries are able to withstand southern heat in zones seven through nine.
All types of blueberries grow best in full sun. Plants tolerate partial shade, but production declines as shade increases. Blueberries are shallow rooted and poor competitors against large rooted trees, shrubs, and weeds that compete for water, nutrients, and crowd airways necessary to good blueberry production.