Your Questions About Gardening

Jenny asks…


Plz Give me important tips…..some necessary points which must be taken care of while gardening!!!!

Early thanks to all………!
thnx all for ur kind suggestions..these might help me in my gardening process….!!!

Thanks M A N for taking the pain of searching a related website..thnks again!

Tony answers:

Hi senn started gardening hmmmmmmmm………… Anyways i don hav much knowldge abt gardening all i knw is that water them regularly n haan make sure that u don spray harmful insecticides on them take gud care of them..

Richard asks…


im modernising an old home, and i have come up with a design for the garden, but i dont know anything about plants, etc, i only need to know the basics, like what plant accompanies what, plants for this time of year ,easy to maintain, that sort of thing, does anyone know a good website, for the basics, or if anyone has any tips, im not having little coloured shrubs, im going for a more green, grass plant look? please any help or advice.

Tony answers:

If you’re going to learn gardening….learn it right!
Go to the organic gardening fourms. Lots of very helpful people who would love to help you w/ all the info you need. Be sure to let them know where you are w/ each question. They’ll give you different tips, depending on where you are & what type of soil you have.

Paul asks…

Is gardening with tires bad for the environment?

I have read many articles that suggest using old tires for container gardening. My father is considering making a vegetable garden out of tires. Does the tire pollute the soil and there fore the vegetables? I it is bad to burn tires.. Should I be concerned about the quality of the vegetables? Have you seen any scientific evidence about this topic? Or environmental tests?

Tony answers:

If you already have the tires – I say use ’em. Don’t burn them, however. I can’t imagine there is any concern about the quality of the veggies since what that really depends on is the soil you put them in and how you fertilize etc. They make rubber mulch these days – probably from old tires…

One critter warning – if you are not going to turn the tires inside out to eliminate the ridges, or if you are going to “store” tires, I would give you a caveat about mosquitoes who LOVE to breed in the little bit of water that usually sits in those ridges. Make sure the tires are packed tight with soil.

If you don’t have tires already, I don’t see an advantage to this method over any other raised bed method.

There are lots of unanswered questions that would help determine what the best garden situation is for you :

Do you want raised beds because you have trouble up and down? If that is the case, build a box (make the bottom out of screening and landscape fabric so water will flow through) and set it on top of some table legs or horses.

Or is it because you only have a little bit of space? Container gardening is easily done with vegetables. See the book Movable Harvest for really great ideas. You can use pretty much anything you can put a drainage hole in (provided it didn’t have chemicals in it first!).

Personally, I think anytime you are recycling something for a good use it is worthwhile – but for the love of God – PLEASE don’t buy new tires to try this project out!

Just in case you DO have a bunch of tires laying around, I attached a link to a site that has many ideas for using them up in the garden.

Good luck to you and your dad!

Maria asks…

Gardening according to the phases of the moon, has anyone any experience?

I saw something about it on tv the other day and have read a little about it before.

Does anyone have any experience, does it make a difference or is it coincidence?

From my own experience, I find most things are reluctant to grow after June, when the days start getting shorter. I’ve never tried gardening by moon phases, I tend to go by the phases of the sun rather than the moon, but thought of trying it out this year just for fun.

Tony answers:

I tried it a few years back – but you really do have to be quite methodical about it!
My main problem with it was that it wanted me to sow/grow/harvest etc. At times I wasn’t ready to!
The idea is that you should expect bigger & better, pest free crops if whatever you grow.
My mum also did it a few years back, she is retired and was able to fit her schedule around the suggested times etc. More easily than I could and she reckoned she did see a difference – not sure if that was just wishful thinking though!

Mary asks…

How to get savvy with gardening?

Every time I buy a houseplant or look something up that’s related to any kind of gardening I get completely lost in all the terminology, latin names, etc.

I’d like to get better at gardening and growing things without having to get my degree in horticulture. Are there any sources (websites/books) for beginners who don’t understand all the “big words” ?

Tony answers:

What I did was to go to the local library, and grab a large stack of books on gardening. Ones with pictures are more inspiring. Out of a stack of 10 or so, there would be at least a couple that seemed to “speak” to me. Reading was not over my head, good visuals, and I actually learned things, or at least got ideas.

It’s a great way to spend a winter, when there’s not much going on outside.

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