Is bird poop good for plants? The easy answer is yes; it’s actually good to have some bird droppings in the garden. Keep reading for tips on how to compost bird droppings and other helpful information. How are Bird Droppings Beneficial to Plants? In short, bird droppings make great fertilizer. Many gardeners depend on bird droppings for plants in the form of rotted chicken manure, which increases the nutrient level and water-holding capacity of soil. You can’t, however, just toss a lot of bird poop on the soil and expect it to work miracles. In fact, large amounts of bird droppings in the garden may carry harmful pathogens. Also, fresh bird droppings are “hot,” and can burn tender stems and roots. The easiest and safest way to take advantage of the benefits of bird poop is to compost bird droppings before you add them to the soil. How to Compost
Calibrachoa, also known as million bells and trailing petunia, is a sun-loving, colorful and pretty annual. It looks great in beds, hanging baskets, pots, and window boxes. This plant should produce abundant blooms throughout the summer, but if your Calibrachoa won’t flower anymore, there are some steps you can take to re-invigorate it. Million Bells Not Flowering – Poor Growing Conditions One reason you may be seeing no flowers on Calibrachoa is that your plants are missing some important growing conditions. Inadequate sunlight, for instance, is a common reason they will stop blooming. Make sure you plant million bells where they will get day-long sun. Your million bells plants also need warmth. This is especially true in the spring. Make sure your plants are in a spot where they will be warm and get sunlight. This will help them begin to produce abundant blooms. In the height of summer, the
Plastic PVC pipes are cheap, easy to find, and useful for so much more than just indoor plumbing. There are so many DIY projects creative people have come up with using these plastic tubes, and they extend to the garden. Try your hand at a DIY PVC pipe garden with some tips and ideas. Gardening with Plastic Pipes PVC pipes in the garden may seem counter to the idea of a natural environments and growing plants, but why not use this sturdy material? Especially if you have access to used pipes that are only going to be thrown away, turn them into useful garden implements, beds, and accessories. In addition to the PVC pipes, all you really need to accomplish most of these plastic pipe garden projects is a drill, a tool that will cut the thick plastic, and any decorative materials you want to make the industrial plastic look
Daylilies are always popular with gardeners for a variety of reasons: season-long blooms, a variety of colors and shapes, and minimal care needs. If you are looking for a type of daylily that is a little unique, that maybe you haven’t seen before, try spider daylily plants with long, spindly, spider-like blooms. What is a Spider Daylily? Daylilies are perennial flowers that are highly dependable in the garden. They return year after year to provide pretty, colorful blooms. They tolerate a variety of conditions, including most types of soil and both sun and shade. Even if you mostly ignore your daylilies, they will likely thrive and produce day-long flowers for several weeks at a time. There are many varieties of daylily, with variations in plant size, flower size and shape, and flower color. If you choose a good assortment, you can get constant daylily blooms from spring through early fall.
Hugelkulture isn’t the only way to use logs and stumps. A stumpery provides interest, habitat and a low maintenance landscape that is appealing to nature lovers. What is a stumpery? A stumpery garden is a permanent feature which, when constructed properly, will resemble the fallen logs, moss and lichen and ferns of a wild rainforest. There are big and small stumpery ideas. You don’t have to have a lot of land to make a smaller stumpery and watch the wildlife come while you enjoy the natural appeal of this feature. What is a Stumpery? Stumperies take advantage of the ease with which downed trees shelter animals and provide nutrition for new plants. The appeal is also visual, with a finished stumpery garden appearing to blend into surrounding woodlands. Making this type of garden area takes a little time and patience for everything to settle and take root, but well worth
Gardeners who rely on planting by the moon’s phases are convinced that this ancient tradition produces healthier, more vigorous plants and bigger crops. Some scientists agree that planting by the moon really works. After all, the moon’s gravitational pull, the force that causes tides to rise and fall, is also strong enough to affect the level of moisture in the soil. Others think moon phase gardening is pure myth and malarkey. The only way to know for sure is to give moon phase gardening a try. After all, what can it hurt? (And it just may help!) Let’s learn a little more about how to garden by the moon. How to Plant by Moon Phases When the moon is waxing: This is the time to start planting annual flowers such as marigolds, nasturtiums, and petunias. Why? During the waxing of the moon (the period extending from the day the moon
Gardeners often assume that pruning citrus trees is much the same as pruning regular fruit trees, but citrus tree pruning is actually very different for a variety of reasons. For starters, citrus wood is tough, so it can withstand heavier loads of fruit. Additionally, pruning the center of the tree isn’t as critical because citrus trees are capable of producing fruit in less than optimum sunlight. However, that doesn’t mean that you can get away without pruning citrus trees. Let’s explore the basics of citrus tree pruning. How and When to Prune Citrus Trees Major citrus tree pruning, which controls the size of the tree, should be done after risk of freeze has passed, but well in advance of summer heat. Otherwise, uncontrolled growth results in a tree that is less vigorous and uses water less efficiently. You may need to prune the center of the tree if it is