Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vegetable Gardens

Surrounded by timbers and filled with compost rich soils a raised garden bed brings your vegetable garden to you. Imagine, fresh vegetables with little stooping, and easy digging and if the width is only two times the length of your arm you can harvest with out climbing into the bed and compacting the soils by easily walking around the garden. Sounds good?

We have been building raised gardens for a number of clients and Landscape Architects. The area needs to receive a minimum of 6 hours full sun - all day is best – for great crop results. We use a special blend of sandy loam enriched with compost and nutrients. And for clients who live where gophers, moles or other burrowing critters are a problem: the bottom of these beds can be lined with a layer or two of steel mesh Today’s trends in home vegetable gardens lean towards ORGANIC gardening—which really means using less or no chemical additives or pesticides. Depending upon your interests, the home gardener can create their own compost to feed the garden using vegetable matter from left over table scraps ( just make sure to not add animal tissues or fats to your compost pile). But compost piles may sound like a lot of work… luckily there are special organic blends of compost that you can purchase by the bag at the local home improvement store to keep your garden nourished.

A New Leaf crews use DR. EARTH products on our gardens with really superior results. This one for vegetable gardens is 100% natural and organic blends of fish bone meal, kelp, beneficial soil microbes. And DR. EARTH also markets Organic insecticides including a Fruit and Vegetable spray to control Aphids, Mealybugs and Scale.
Gardeners relied upon nature to repel insects prior to the development of commercial pesticides. Some of the easy garden tricks are to plant Marigolds which repel many insects, including the bright green tomato horn worm. The kitchen herb Basil is know to repel white flies and a few other winged insects. To rid your garden of Snails or Slugs, an excellent organic pesticide is Diatomaceous Earth. This powder created from ground up shells of diatoms won’t harm you or visiting birds but destroys the soft bodies of slugs and snails.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Edible, Artistic, Living Walls for Vertical Spaces

Wondered how to make the narrow walkway that your dining room window looks out upon look more interesting? How about an edible art piece? Living wall technology has taken a leap forward. In these installations, modular wall trays are installed upon waterproofed walls and utilize drip irrigation systems.

Not really interested in dealing with an herb or veggie garden? Decorative annual flowering plants such as pansy for viola or longer living perennials, ferns or even succulents are options to consider. Designs can be completely customized.

Living walls are even perfect for the interior courtyards of many homes in Southern California. With appropriate lead times, your custom wall can be fully grown for you and ready to be installed upon delivery.