Rain, rain, go .... somewhere useful!
Ok so if you live pretty much anywhere south of Canada you are probably experiencing the same feeling that I am. ENOUGH OF THE RAIN!
However, my better senses come about me and I remember that July and August are just around the corner waiting with days of me begging for rain and checking plants almost hourly it seems. That got me to thinking about how I can turn these days of gloom into something that will be a shinning star in the months a head.
Have you ever thought of installing rain barrels? Since many of us are still spending the majority of our time at home now may be the time! There are many benefits of adding a rain barrel to you garden:
• Save Money. Reduce your water bill each month by catching and reusing rain water.
• Reduce Runoff Pollution & Erosion. Runoff from rains pick up soil, oil, pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminates and push them to other areas.
• Promote Plant & Soil Health. Leave the chlorine and other tap water additives out and let nature’s natural sources of minerals feed your soil.
• Conserve Water.
Some great instructions for constructing your own rain barrel can be found on the EPA website at https://cfpub.epa.gov/npstbx/files/KSMO_buildarainbarrel.pdf.
So consider a rain barrel project maybe even this week. There is plenty of rain right now to get you stared! Besides the dog days of summer will be here before you know it!
If you do decide to construct or install your own rain barrel, be sure to share some photos with us by tagging #Gardenscapes in your awesome pics!
If DIY isn’t for you, Gardenscapes would be happy to help you source and install a rain barrel that looks great in your garden!
It's that time of the season when many of our fruit and vegetable plants are beginning to put on growth as well as blooms. These blooms for the majority of our plants will need to be visited or "pollinated" to insure that the bloom does what it is supposed to do! (Transform into edible goodness!)
Pollination, for those that are unfamiliar with plant production, is simply plant sex that has to take place for fruit production in many of our summer crops. This can be done through different techniques (insect, wind, hand) but the easiest way to pollinate a plant is by letting nature and insects do the work for you!
Did you know that there are plants that must have insects around to pollinate? There are also plants that don't need insects to pollinate!
Plants that need pollination: (insects, wind, hand)
Plants that DO NOT need pollination:
Now that we know a little more about what our plants require in order to be productive for us, I thought I would share some more about which pollinators we want in our gardens and how to invite these helpers in and get them to stay.
Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds are all great additions to your garden due to their natural needs and desires to visit nectar and pollen rich flowers.
So, now that we know the WHY and the WHO lets focus some more on the HOW and discuss what these pollinators need to stick around.
If you would like more information about plant pollination and recommendations for specific plant varieties, feel free to contact us!
Want a pollinator garden installed for you? We can help with that also!