Vicki Burris

How Much Oil Should You Put in Your Lawn Mower?

How Much Oil Should You Put in Your Lawn Mower?

A lawn mower requires regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. One of the most crucial aspects of this maintenance is ensuring the right amount of oil in the engine. But how much oil is the right amount?
The Right Oil Level
The engine of a lawn mower is its heart. Just as our hearts need blood to function correctly, a mower’s engine requires oil.
Lubrication
Oil ensures that the various parts of the engine move smoothly without grinding against each other, which can cause wear and tear. This lubrication is essential to prevent any potential damage from friction.
Cooling
The …

How Does Hard Water Affect Your Plants?

How Does Hard Water Affect Your Plants?

Whether you have a farm or a garden, water is essential to the growth of plants. However, you should not use every type of water for your garden. For example, some plants require lots of water, and if you end up feeding them with contaminated water, they may not grow well.
You have to test water hardness before you use water on your plant. However, you don’t have to do this test every day. When you test the source of your water, it becomes easier to maintain your water supply to plants.
Hard Water in Plants
When you don’t live in places like the United States, you need to be careful with your tap water because of…

Tips for Organizing and Storing Seed Packets

Tips for Organizing and Storing Seed Packets

Some gardening enthusiasts still have little to no knowledge about seeds, let alone seed packets. All they know is that it is something that you plant on the ground, and then it will grow into whatever plant that seed comes from. As a person who enjoys planting and owns a garden, I have learned a lot about seeds, plants, and growing them.
What most people don’t realize is that seeds have a long lifespan. Seeds can last for much more than a year. Impressively, most seeds can last ten years, and some can last even longer than that. In my case, I never throw out seed packets except for when they have stopped germinating.

Tips for Choosing the Ideal Grow Lights

Tips for Choosing the Ideal Grow Lights

There are a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to buying grow lights for seed starting. Consequently, it can be daunting and confusing to choose the right one for your garden.
Read on to know why you need to grow lights and how to choose the best ones.
Before we dive deeper into the details of grow lights, let’s have a quick look at the explainer video below. Here is all you need to know about grow light:
Why are Grow Lights Essential for Growing Seeds?
For you to grow healthy seeds at home, grow lights are essential. Seeds of …

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Set Up an Irrigation Timer

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Set Up an Irrigation Timer

Are you tired of having to maintain a constant vigil over your garden or lawn or frequently move a sprinkler to every corner of your garden? If so, then you should consider installing an automatic irrigation timer.
Thanks to technology, sprinklers now have automated features. Maintaining a green lawn and keeping your vegetation healthy has never been this easy. You just need to set a timer that goes on when you set it to and goes off after some time.
More and more people are moving towards solar irrigation controllers, as the irrigation timer market is …

My Food Pantry and Hoop House Garden Story

My Food Pantry and Hoop House Garden Story

I have a small hoop house right outside my house. I built because there is enough space on my lawn for my gardening activities and it has taken care of my plants very well throughout the year. My loop house is unheated and has been home to brassicas, greens, and onions until I decided to do some reorganization.
Since the space was full of greens, onions, and brassicas like broccoli and cabbage, I decide to move them all outside and into the non-shaded part of the garden. I did this because these kinds of plants can survive throughout the cold season as long as I will cover them with light-row covers.
After I moved the winter …

My Experience with Growing Kale, Escarole, and Spinach

My Experience with Growing Kale, Escarole, and Spinach

Most gardeners don’t utilize their backyard during the winter season because they don’t know what to grow. However, did you know that winter plants like spinach, kale, and escarole can actually do well in winter?  In my career as a garden writer, I have come to know that it is possible to grow cold-hardy crops as much as other crops.
Well, the secret lies in using winter tunnels. For instance, spinach does well during the cold season because it increases its sugar content in the vasculature and this serves as an anti-freeze to protect it.

Winter Gardening: How I Water My Winter Tunnels

Winter Gardening: How I Water My Winter Tunnels

Winter can be a difficult time to grow plants, especially those that can’t survive in the cold. For this reason, I had to be creative and use winter tunnels to continue my gardening hobby even during this unfavorable time.
Currently, I have planted winter greens like spinach, broccoli, arugula, kale, and escarole in my winter tunnels. These plants are tough and I knew they would do well in winter.
Last week, I decided to check up on my winter tunnels to see how my plants were doing. As …

Creative and Interesting Garden Ideas

Creative and Interesting Garden Ideas

During my first few months of creating an astounding, self-sustaining, and creative vegetable garden, I focused on researching the outs and ins of planting vegetables. You are most probably brought here because you’re researching when and how to plant every vegetable you are planning to grow in your backyard.
It can be a thousand tomato varieties or a bunch of onions. Also, you might want to know about the difference between newly sprouting vegetables and weeds. Familiarizing with these important gardening details will keep you busy and productive for the first few months of gardening.
As soon as you finally settle into…

How to Grow Your Own Garlic

How to Grow Your Own Garlic

Garlic is one of the most important ingredients in every delicious recipe. Thus, there is no question why you should include it on your gardening list. The natural cycle of this gardening season is wonderfully represented through our garlic crops’ health throughout this year. We can start planting during the fall season and hibernate it during winter. Then, it will soon sprout in spring and, finally, harvest it during summer.

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