For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Nov 25

Your Questions About Gardening

Joseph asks…


okay well i have to find 3 images of different landscape designs for gardens that include edible plants such as watermelon,tomatoes,pears,strawberries,parsley
If you find any images can you write down the link
miley cyrus is cool

GardenersCardiff answers:

Search your garden catalog sites.

Daniel asks…

Where can I buy red, blue or colored Calla Lilies bulbs other than the white variety?

I hope I can order here in Canada some of the bulbs.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Most gardening catalogs sell them as bulbs: springhill, parkseed, burpee, etc. You can often buy them potted at Lowes, Home Depot or other such garden shops. Walmart often sells the bulbs in their garden shop.

Callas don’ t come in either blue or true red. They come in yellows, pinks, lavenders, burgandy’s & shades of orange and there is one called a “black calla,” which is a darker color than the color of an eggplant. (Not actually black-black. Super dark purple almost black.)

Sandy asks…

My first garden – help please!?

I am looking for help with my very first garden. I just rented an entire house in Northwestern NJ with a large property. I’ll be moving there in about a month but I will have full access so I can start as early as this week. There’s no garden currently established but I’m sure the soil will grow things just fine – the property is right in the middle of good ole Jersey farmland – I just need to dig up an area and get to work!

I’d like to plant some vegetables (thinking maybe tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, peppers and green beans), some herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme, basil, parsley), and I would love it if I could have flowers that attract butterflies and maybe even some hummingbirds.

What is the best and most cost efficient way to do this? Am I too late in the season to start? I’m so excited and really want to do this but unfortunately don’t know the first thing about it. Thanks in advance for any and all help – I really appreciate it!

GardenersCardiff answers:

You are gonna love gardening, don’t try to do it all in one year. Get to know where the sun shines the most, and where the shaded areas are. Because you will need flowers for the sun areas, and flowers for the shaded areas.

Since you are a beginner, this year start your garden with plants that you get from a garden center or nursery. They are called bedding plants and come in a six pack. Look for a little tag sticking in the six pact showing directions on how to grow the plants. If the tag is not there, ask for one or buy something else. Directions are VERY important.

Seeds are not always easy to grow. And wildflowers are the hardest so don’t be disappointed if they don’t show up.

Two good things to do for yourself is to call your local County Extension Service and ask for all the information that they have about gardening in your area. They usually have a packet/kit of things for the home gardener.

And number two would be to pick up a couple of beginner books. You really do need to know about soil, compost, mulch and etc.

To keep from over watering or not watering enough, buy a water analyzer from a nursery or garden center. Be sure to read the directions. This will be one of your best tools.

Send for some free gardening catalogs and get use to the different types of plants, colors, and when to plant. They are filled with good informtion and pictures. And they will keep you company during the long winter months. Here is a list of just a very few. There are hundreds more: (Roses)

Other catalogs: (all types of animal control)

Container/pots/window boxes needs:

All need holes in the bottem for water drainage,
Potting soil that comes in bags,
Slow release fertilizer for flowers (not for green plants), OR liquid fertilizer that will need to be used more often-read directions,
Water crystals to be mixed into the soil for holding water,
Bedding plants or full grown plants.

Here is an excellent link to check out for color combinations and plants that look good together:

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