Gardening Products

Gardening Products Reviews, Information And Guide

Gardening Shoe: Clog

Clog have become hot selling these days simple because although they look clunky, they are comfortable to wear. They are a sandal like shoe worn casually.

Clog have many uses for example, you can wear clogs when watering your lawn, working in your yard or when you are talking a walk with your dog.
They are comfortable for walking because you don’t feel the gravel underfoot when you are walking. Furthermore, you can slip in and out of it easily as you can wear it without socks.

They usually have tiny holes for aeration purpose. The holes have different functions too. If your clog get dirty, say you stepped on muddy place, you can easily wash the mud by splashing them away using water hose.

Clogs are also very lightweight. If you are traveling somewhere distance and you may need to use sandals, clogs are recommended as they are light and easy to be carried around.

Depending to the quality of material used, some clogs get slippery in the long run. There are two types of clogs. One that is made of the plastic and another from rubber.

I have not tried the plastic clogs but the rubber clogs can get slippery after using it for sometime. I guess, cheap stuff always ends up like that.

So if you are intending to buy a clog, make sure it quality enough and wont make you slip when walking on slippery places.

Women Garden Hat

There are many types of garden hat that exist in the market today from one that is made to look beautiful to one that is made to be more comfortable and useful.

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garden hat

Among those there is this large sized field and garden hat is a great gardening product for women. It is so lightweight (4 ounces) that you can forget you are wearing the garden hat when you are wearing it.

This particular garden hat has a 4 inch brim and a spacious enough crown to ensure the wearer is comfortable while wearing it. The wide brim protect the wearer from sunlight away from the face while doing the gardening work under the sun.

It has a handy chinstrap you can use to keep the hat sit tightly on the head on a windy day. In fact it has a build in adjustable sizing band that allows you to custom fit.

This garden sun hat is not just for gardening use. You can use it for any other purpose. It really looks like a casual hat and it is.

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Women Bionic Gardening Glove

The woman’s bionic gardening glove is a great gardening glove you can use.
Women’s Elite Bionic Gardening Gloves

The cool part of using this glove is that it’s safety feature. For example, when you have to deal with thorny plants like the rose plants, you can touch, pick do whatever with them without fear of getting your hand or fingers hurt as the bionic gardening glove protects you from harms of the thorns.

They are also very soft to wear. Picking up stuffs are easy but they are not so useful when it comes to planting seeds or pulling away tiny weeds. Other than that the bionic glove is just great to use.

Hydroponic Nutrient Solutions

Hydroponic nutrient solutions are mixtures that contain natural minerals that soil possess. These types of ready made solutions are used by gardeners because they don’t have to worry about the quality of nutrient solution and the quantity they have to provide for their hydroponic plants or vegetables.

Although there are many good brands of hydroponic nutrient solutions such as the miracle grow, buying such products can be costly for small scale hydroponic gardeners. Although these nutrient formulas are kept secret for commercial purpose, it is not hard for home gardeners to create their own nutrient solutions.

You can buy the chemical compounds that makes Hydroponic nutrient solutions individually and mix them together to make hydroponic fertilizer. However, you must have the exact calculation of how much these compounds need to be mixed together and what to do with them. In hydroponic terms, nutrient solutions are divided into two categories; the macro nutrients and the micro nutrients.

Macro Hydroponic Nutrients are the most important nutritional element required by plants. They are mainly Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), Oxygen, Hydrogen, Calcium, Magnesium and sulfur. Each of these elements have different roles in keeping the plant healthy. For example nitrogen helps plant in making Chlorophyll, amino acids and proteins synthesis.

Micro Hydroponic Nutrients on the other hand is used to make the plant grow to its optimum level. These elements that makes micro nutrients includes Boron, Chlorine, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Sodium, Zinc, Molybdenum, Nickel, Cobalt and silicon. Each of these components have their own role to play in helping the plant grow. For example, chlorine is used to help the root of the plant grow.

The following is a hydroponic nutrient solution formulations and how to mix/dissolve them.

MACRO nutrient solutions;
Minerals ——— gram / 1000 liter solution (fertilizer solution)
Phosphate (P) —————— 18
Potassium (K) —————— 30
Nitrate (N) ———————- 60
Magnesium (Mg) ———————– 31

All these minerals must be diluted separately in hot water and be added inside the solution tank. Use chemical grade items for better dilution.

The MICRO elements are needed only in small quantity.

MICRO nutrient solutions;
Minerals ——— gram / 1000 liter solution (fertilizer solution)
Boron ———————- 1.7
Manganese —————– 3.2
Zinc ————————– 0.45
Copper ———————— 0.28
Iron —————————— 30
Molybdenum ——————- 0.13

All these minerals must be diluted separately and be added inside the solution tank. Use chemical grade items for better dilutions.

Hydroponic System

Hydroponic is a system of growing vegetables or flowers without using soils. The word hydroponic is said to be originated from Greek language which means ‘water (hydro) that works(ponos)’.

According to the history hydroponic system have long been practiced since 16th century. It is also believed that Babylonians were using hydroponic gardening system in the Hanging Garden of Babylon.

It was commercially introduced in 1937 by W.F. Gericke of California Agricultural Research Center. Since then the hydroponic system have grown and many new types of techniques have been developed for the purpose of commercial hydroponic farming.

In the hydroponic system the entire nutritional need of a plant is given directly to the root of the plant in the form of liquid soluble. This hydroponic system is possible because plants does not use soils to live but it uses the nutrient or vitamins hidden in the soil. The purpose of using hydroponic system for gardening or farming is to enable the roots of the plant to take these vitamins or nutrients directly from the solubles.

For a home gardening, hydroponic system can be practiced by using basic hydroponic system tools which includes equipments such as the hydroponic container, hydroponic container cover, fertilizer measuring cup, media basket, seeds, fertilizers and water.

One can grow just about any plants with hydroponic system from vegetables such as Broccoli, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Chinese Kale, Spinach, Mustards, to flower plants such as the Lilies or Chrysanthemum.

There are a lot of benefits for using hydroponic system for gardening such as hydroponic system is much more practical and easier to implement. It does not require large area of land because hydroponic system does not use soil. One only need to properly plan a systematic use of small area for preparing the hydroponic system.

Hydroponic system can be grown indoor or outdoor alike. Can be grown even in apartments. Minimum care needed for plant. Does not require a lot of workers or hand. Heavy works can be reduced such as using tillers, etc.

By using hydroponic system we can minimize the use of fertilizer as nutrients can be recycled. We save money in buying fertilizer. No more weed problems. Pesticide problems can be reduced or no pesticide problems at all if hydroponic system done in greenhouses.

Since no poisonous pesticides are used, consumer does not have to worry about getting poisoned.
Because the pre-used solutions can be recycled; water can be saved. Controlled fertilization by using proper fertilizer solutions ensures quality control and quality produce.

Plants can be grown in hydroponic system anytime of the year, even during winter as soil is not required. However, using hydroponic system during winter requires greenhouse and proper lighting for better success.

Can harvest in shorter period of time compared to conventional growing or gardening system. Anyone can use the hydroponic system. It only takes little research to get the working knowledge. Environmentally friendly.

Planting Annual Flowers

Annual flower plants are plants that lives or completes its life cycle in a year. It means the plant go through a life if germination, flowering, seed production and dying all in a year.

Annual flowers comes in many varieties of colors from white, red, pink, yellow, green, or mixtures of all these colors. Common annual flower plant includes Ageratum, Sweet Alyssum, Begonia and the Celosia.

Wide number of reasons exist why gardeners love to plant annuals in their garden. For one, it gives the gardener to change different types of flowers every year which gives fresh new look for the garden every year.

Annual flowers are not hard to grown. Once you know the type of annual flower you want to grow and have the seeds in hand, you can begin by locating proper place or spot to plant the seeds. Annuals are good in growing under the sun but recognizing the type of annual seeds you are planting is important as some annuals does not grow well under direct sun.

You can determine the type of annual seeds by reading the label of the seed packet your have bought or by simply asking your seed supplier.

Choose the best location for your annual seeds. The best location will usually be the area where soil drains well because annual seeds thrive badly under wet soil. You can measure your soil drainage by making a 10 inch hole and pouring water in it.

If the soil drains too quickly it wont have enough for water retention for your seedling or plant roots to rely. If it drains by overnight it means the soil retains too much water, which can soak the root to die. Good or properly drained soil means the water on the soil will drain between one hour to two hours.

Locate such soil area within your garden and prepare the seed bed. It will be good if you can raise the bed by mixing the soil with organic fertilizers. Ensure the bed is free from unwanted leafs, waste, clods or stones. Wet the soil with water and let it drain. Leave the soil for few days.

Than make the seed bed smooth and begin sowing the seeds directly into the soil in a straight line about half inch deep. Some gardeners just leave the seeds on the soil and leave to germinate by itself. It is better to grow your seeds on a container indoor or in a greenhouse and transfer the seedling to the raised bed outside later.

After sowing the seeds or planting the seedlings in a straight row on the raised seed bed, water the seeds or seedlings with high phosphorous fertilizer that has been well diluted with water. Do not put the fertilizer near the seeds, seedlings or its roots as it can kill the plant because the fertilizers will be too hot for them to handle.

However, you can do this if you are using organic fertilizer such as the cow dung. Cow dungs are excellent natural fertilizer.

Water your annual flower plant regularly till they grow and produce flowers.

Amaryllis Flower Guide

Amaryllis (also sometimes called ‘naked lady’) is a beautiful flower plant that has its origin from the southern part of Africa. It looks like the lily flower and comes in many variety of colors from red, pink, crimson, purple, purplish white, pinkish white, white, greenish white, orange red and so on.

The amaryllis flower blossoms on a leafless stem that reaches up to 60 centimeter tall. The amaryllis flower on top of these stems can grow up to 10 centimeter in diameters which makes the plant very beautiful to be planted along long fencings. The amaryllis flower also looks good if they are taken with the full stems and placed in a transparent flower vase.

The Danger Of Amaryllis
Despite being beautiful, the amaryllis flower plant contain toxins such as lycorine. Accidental or intentional ingestion of amaryllis have been reported to cause stress, pain in abdomen, diarrhea, tremors, depression, anorexia, vomiting and on going hypersalivation. It is advised to keep the amaryllis bulbs away from children or pets like dogs and cats.

How To Grow Amaryllis
Amaryllis can be grown through seeds. You can get amaryllis flower seeds by pollinating (pollination) it. You can do this by collecting the pollens on the flower and leaving them on the stigma of the flower. An easy way to do this is through using soft brush that can collect the pollens easily.

You can see the pods opening within few days after pollination. Wait until the seed is black in color. It means it has dried and matured. Wait for the pod to burst open by itself which means it is ready to release the seeds. Don’t worry about the stalk as it will wither away gradually.

Now you need germinated the seeds you have collected. Some try to germinate the seed by directly leaving them on a pot of fertilized soil. The easiest way though, is by floating them on fresh water and plant them once you see the seeds have roots.

Once planted, you need to care for the amaryllis by constantly watching over it such as watering it when necessary etc. It will take about between three and five years for amaryllis to grow into mature plant and bloom. But that is okay, because this flower is beautiful, the thrill of waiting for it to bloom is worth it.


Garden Tool: Weeder

When we mention ‘weeder’ there are two ways to define it. First, a weeder is considered as a farmhand who is hired by farm owner to remove weeds in the farm. Second, a weeder is considered as a farming or gardening product that is used to remove garden weeds or unwanted grasses.

The weeder is also called hand weeder by gardeners as it used with hand. In fact, there are many types of hand weeders in the market today. For example, the angle weeder, dandelion weeder, flame weeder, precision weeder, winged weeder, fulcrum weeder, cape cod weeder and the crack weeder.

All these different types of weeders are either long handled weeders or short handled weeders. Some weeders have a split tip or point which looks like a snake’s tongue, some has a head which looks like a spoon or scoop, and some weeders are even in curved shape. All these shapes and design of weeders have their own functions.

Some gardeners may prefer using weed control liquids like roundup instead of using weeder but using a weeder is less dangerous and much more environmentally friendly compared to the pesticides. Think about the danger a roundup or pesticide can bring to your children.

Some old folks may be concerned with backache and thus sort of decide to use roundup or pesticide, but there are many types of long handled ergonomic weeders in the market today where you can protect not just your back, but at the same time take care of your other parts of the body.

Using weeder is far more greater than using a pesticide or roundup to control weeds for the gardener. Of course, this is not very practical for large farms. But for the small gardener or home gardener, pulling out or removing weed can be a great activity to do with children in the evening or morning.

Garden Tool: The String Trimmer

String trimmer is a gardening product (hand tool) that is used to trim the grasses or weeds. The string trimmer uses a thick line that looks like a nylon monofilament line that spins in a high speed and acts like a blade to cut off or trim the grasses or weeds.

There are three main parts to a string trimmer. 1) The handle 2) The engine 3) The string.

The handle of a string trimmer can be either a standard long handle or a telescopic handle. The engine or motor that makes the machine run can either be a gas powered or electric powered motor. The string trimmer’s string is made of a monofilament nylon.

A number of popular brands like Black & Decker, Worx, Poulan, Weed Eater, Ryobi, American Gardener and Troy-Bilt are leading manufacturer of this string trimmer.

Gardening Tool: Shovel And Spade

A shovel is a gardening product used to loosen or move materials like snows, soils or sands. It is also used for digging purposes. The shovel is used widely in construction field. However it is also a useful tool for the gardener.

The shovel consist of a long handle made from either steel or wood and a broad shaped pointed blade made from either iron or strong steels.

Shovel does not only refers to shovels as we understand generally. A shovel can also refer to large excavating tractors or machines such as the power shovels.

The spade is also a gardening product that looks like a shovel. However, the spade looks more flat with a square type end without pointed tip. Similar to shovel, the spade is also used for working with soils, snows or sands. You can use the spade to break up clumps in the soil or snow.

The spade is also made like the shovel that is with a wooden handle and a steel blade that acts like a scoop.

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