Monica's Smart Gardening

  • How To Grow Carrots

    Carrots come in handy when making meals. Be it a salad or a smoothie; these vegetables always come in handy in bringing out the flavors. They also come packed with a load of nutrients and are thus popularly used across the globe. The great thing about them is that they are easy to grow and can thrive in almost all climates. You can choose to cultivate them in a pot, a planter box, wooden shed or your garden where you have adequate space. All you need to do is to ensure that the soil is ready before planting the carrots. With the following steps below underway, you can rest assured that you will harvest fresh carrots in about two to three months. Here is what you need to do: Variety Selection There are six main carrot varieties, and they feature different root sizes. Additionally, they do ... (More)
  • Gardener Monica's tips: How To Grow Cucumbers

    Cucumbers are relatively easy to grow, a factor that has made them attractive gardening options over the years. In addition to their ease of planting, they also produce high yields during harvest time, and you are sure to have a continuous supply over time. If you do not have enough space in your garden, you can opt to plant them in containers, a porch or a wooden shed. For the latter options, you need bush varieties as they grow well under these conditions. As long as the plants have adequate access to sunlight and water, they should grow fast and healthy. Here’s what you need to do: Prepare The Soil Select a Location One of the things that you will notice about cucumbers is that they do well when they are in optimal conditions, including access to sunlight. For this reason, you have t... (More)
  • Gardener Monica: How To Plant Clematis

    Clematises are perennial vines which come in an array of colours and blooming stages. The good thing about these plants is that you get to enjoy them in the summer and the spring before they die in the winter and autumn. They can grow up to heights of six metres, and you can enjoy their beauty for as many as eight decades. When planting these crops, you should keep in mind that their blooms require sun while their roots require shade. It is only with this combination that you can achieve healthy clematis. What other tips come in handy when planting this crop? Preparation Before getting to the sowing stage, it is essential that you ensure that you are ready for the task ahead by carrying out the following steps. Picking a species Thanks to their growth in popularity over the years, there a... (More)
  • Gardener Monica: How To Plant Ginger

    Ginger is a great herb which comes in handy when making concoctions to treat common colds and adding a spicy taste to foods and teas. As such, it is an excellent plant to have in your garden. Growing it is quite a simple process and what you need most is adequate water and patience in the process. Both edible and ornamental gingers exist, and they all require the following steps during growth. The Planting Stage Suitable conditions The time at which you plant your ginger determines how well it does. Ginger does not grow well in cold conditions, and it is thus crucial that you start cultivation towards the middle of spring. If you live in the tropics, the best time to begin planting would be at the beginning of the wet season. Supposing you live in an area with a limited growing season, yo... (More)
  • Gardener Monica: Growing Vegetables Indoors

    There are a couple of really great things about growing vegetables indoors during the winter. First, these fresh, home-grown veggies supplement your diet. Second, they provide good bacteria for your gut. Finally, it can be nice to have a bit of greenery inside during the snowy, darker months of the year. A bit of nature improves your mood! If you think you might be interested, stay tuned! We will cover everything you need to know about growing vegetables indoors during this inhospitable time! What Vegetables Can You Grow? Easier   * Potatoes   * Broccoli   * Spinach   * Kale   * Lettuce   * Tomatoes (the smaller the better)   * Onions   * Carrots   * Garlic   * Beets   * Cauliflower   * Herbs   * Peppers   * Beans Harder   * Cucumbers   * Pumpkins   * Sq... (More)

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