Gardening FAQs

Gardening has so many facets that there is always something that you do not know and want answers. That is the time that you want to talk to an expert. The reality is that every gardener who is serious about the hobby becomes an expert on each plant after having seen it through a season or two. However, the problem is that his/her knowledge is area specific and may not apply if the same plant is grown in another area.

Gardeners tend to talk to each other and share experiences; that are the best resource that one can ever have for learning things about gardening, growing new plants, caring for the soil and garden maintenance. This translates into a situation where one expert may be able to answer your questions regarding annuals but not about perennials; about roses but about tomatoes; about gardening in the north of the country and not south.

In today's age of information technology, the Internet has emerged as the best resource for all answers about gardening; you type the relevant keywords and the answers are right there on your computer screen.

Can I use sawdust as mulch?

Mulch is, as you know, a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion. Primarily, it should comprise of vegetable matter. Since it seems that you have access to a lot of sawdust, you may use it but only after understanding the full implications of using it. First of all, you must ensure that the sawdust is derived from wood that has not been treat...


Does fish meal and kelp work for fertilizer when gardening?

Fish meal and kelp are used as soil amendments and generally referred to as organic matter as distinct from artificial fertilizers because they are natural substances derived from plants and animals. Fish meal is a byproduct of seafood processing industry and comprises of ground dried fish. It is used as a fertilizer as well as feed for domestic livestock. Fish meal has a foul odor but very usef...


How do I grow Magnolias?

The seeds have to be collected the right way, which is to collect them when they turn red just before they fall from the tree. Now you need to replicate what the seeds normally go through in nature. Since you have collected the seeds before they were fully ripe, keep them in a dry and warm place for two days. Remove the outer layer of the seeds and soak them in water for three days. Alternately...


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