The 5 Most Searched For Gardening Questions on Google
Gardening is getting more popular, and we’re spending more time in the garden , but it’s tricky knowing your herbaceous borders from your perennials, dandelions to creeping buttercups. However, for the novices and less green-fingered among us, Google has all the answers. From getting rid of weeds to growing vegetables, every year thousands of budding horticulturalists are searching online for ways to maintain and perfect their garden.
Whether you’re starting out and have a question you are too embarrassed to ask, or you’re more experienced and are just looking for a little more guidance, we’ve answered five of the most commonly searched gardening questions.
Which Vegetables Grow in the Shade?
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Whether it’s at the back of the garden where sunlight barely grazes, or you’re looking to make the most of your apartment’s balcony, these problematic patches mean that choosing the right vegetable to grow is vital. Otherwise, your efforts might be wasted. Always be aware of how much sun your plants are getting.
- Full Sun – 6 hours + each day.
- Partial shade – 3-6 hours of direct or partial sunlight each day.
- Full shade – No direct or reflected sunlight, not ideal. All plants need some light to grow.
The following vegetables can be easily potted and placed in partially shaded areas:
Remember, all plants need some light to grow, so places that are entirely shaded all day aren’t great.
Which are the Fastest Growing Vegetables?
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Here’s a list of some of the fastest growing vegetables and leafy greens around. During peak season, you can see some remarkable results - in less than a month and without a lot of planning you can have a bountiful harvest.
- Radishes (25 to 30 days)
- Green Onions (Scallions - 6 months for the bulb to mature, just 20-30 days for the stalks to be ready)
- Lettuce; romaine, butter, red & green (30 days)
- Kale, watercress, spinach and other leafy greens can be picked for their baby leaves as early as 25 days.
- Baby Carrots (30 days while other varieties can take up to 80 days to mature)
- Turnips (60 days)
- Telegraph Cucumber (50 to 70 days)
- Courgette (55 to 70 days, when they’re still small and just ripe they’re at most flavoursome)
- Cress (as little as 14 days)
- Tatsoi (mustard green (30 to 40 days)
- Kale (30 days)
How to Get Rid of Weeds in your Lawn?
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Combating weeds is an unenviable task. Not only is getting rid of them a chore, but these invasive plants make your lawn look patchy and fill your garden with unusual and often unwanted wildflowers.
From selfheal and daisy weeds to dandelions and creeping buttercups, many of the most common weeds can quickly establish themselves, and their roots can suffocate the grasses’ roots you’ve so carefully maintained. Usually, common weeds can be tackled in the following ways:
- Crowd them out – A healthy and stable lawn with fewest gaps will help keep them at bay. Most weeds are simply opportunists. Minimise their opportunity by keeping your lawn free of bare patches. Remove weeds from their root and re-turf or re-seed the affected area accordingly.
- Just the right amount of fertiliser – Getting the right balance of nutrients to your garden is vital for healthy growth.
Always follow the recommended guide provided by your fertiliser. Use slow-release fertilisers in autumn and winter, and then high nitrogen fertilisers in spring. Too much nitrogen will cause grass to grow straggly and it will quickly become more susceptible to weeds, moss and pests.
- Be patient – Come the end of summer through mid-autumn, when the is typically soil is looser due to rainfall, you’ll be able to dig out hardy herbicide-resistant weeds easier. Then, simply re-turf and re-seed accordingly. To keep your grass healthy, make sure to keep an eye out for lawn friendly weed killer.
- Mow higher – mowing your grass too short can cause it to weaken, weeds can soon overcome your lawn if cut too short, too often. Instead, by letting it grow slightly longer, the quality of your lawn will improve. A good rule of thumb – never cut more than a third of the length of a grass blade.
How to Grow Herbs Indoors?
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There’s nothing better than having fresh herbs growing in your kitchen. To grow herbs indoors, though, you’ll need to find a spot with plenty of natural sunlight – ideally over 4 hours a day.
- Make sure that your herbs benefit from enough sunlight, east and west facing windows are good, but a south facing one is preferred.
- Make sure your pots have decent drainage and be sure to use a saucer to avoid leakage over your table tops or windowsill.
- Overwatering your plants or letting them stand in water can be damaging for them, this can suffocate their roots or lead to root rot which will kill them.
- Give each of your herbs separate containers to stop them fighting for nutrients and space.
- Some herbs are invasive. Mint, for example, needs to be kept in separate pots as it will quickly choke other herbs. It’s advisable to keep these in different containers.
- Try glazed containers to stop them from drying out too quickly. Clay pots have a habit of drying out. Especially with central heating and dry homes.
- Typically water your herbs when the soil feels dry to the touch. Bear in mind that different herbs have different preferences; basil can be kept in moist soil, while others need to be potted in completely dry soil between watering.
- It’s best to purchase plants that haven’t been growing outdoors, the trauma of bringing them inside can negatively affect a plant’s growth.
Great herbs to start:
When to Plant Perennials?
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Plants can be classified as annual, biannual and perennial. Annual plants live for one growing season, biannual for two seasons, and perennials live for more than that. They’re favoured by many green-fingered gardeners because they can be planted to create gorgeous blooms year on year.
Perennials should be planted in spring (mid-March to May) or autumn (late September to October) for best growth. That’s because the ground is still moist and warm, giving your plants the best chance of bedding in their roots. Putting in the hard work early will result in a beautiful display for years to come.
Here are 10 of our favourite perennials that brighten up any garden:
- Japanese Anemone
- Sea Holly
- Geum Chiloense
- Gloriosa Daisy
- ‘Moonshine’ Yarrow