Welcome To The Gardening Expert!

 

Thank you for visiting our website – Thegardeningexpert.com. This website has been created by gardening enthusiasts to provide useful advice, hints and tips to help you create a wonderful garden that you can be proud of! Whether you are a seasoned gardener or someone that is just getting into gardening, we are sure you will find plenty of useful advice here to help you on the way to improving your garden and get the creative juices flowing.

Our site is still in the early stages of development but over time we are going to continue adding pages to create a detail and comprehensive resource for all gardening enthusiasts and cover a vast range of gardening topics. We hope you will bookmark our page an check back regularly for updates; we are continuously adding to the content. The areas that we are going to focus on include:

Grass

The foundation of any great garden. Choosing a grass type and growing the grass can be a difficult and frustrating task, best-grass-seedespecially if you are unsure where to begin. The topics of grass that we are going to cover include:

  • Grass Type –  there are so many different types of grass and the choice of grass for your garden greatly depends on your location and climate. We discuss the best grass type for the area/climate that you live in to help you identify the best grass type for your garden. We also have a separate page dedicated entirely to centipede grass; one of the more common types of grass as we as we have had multiple inquiries about this particular grass type.
  • Growing Grass – planting grass is one thing but ensuring the grass seed germinates properly is a completely different ball game! After choosing the correct grass type for your garden and planting the grass seed you must then take the necessary steps to ensure the grass seed germination process happens efficiently. This delicate process depends on several factors including the choice of starter fertilizer and these are all topics that are discussed on the pages of the website. You can navigate to these pages using the menu on the right hand side.
  • Garden Care – even when you take all the necessary to ensure a wonderful looking lawn there are times when lawn repair will be required to maintain this appearance. We have provided our best points and advice for lawn repairr to help you with this tedious task as well as providing an overview of other methods such as the use of grass sod to aid the health and appearance of your grass.

Sheds

More and more people are opting to build their own sheds – diy style! And why not? DIY sheds can be a cheaper way to have your own shed and it’s not as difficult as you may think, especially with a detailed construction plan or blueprint to follow.

We will provide you with some general information about sheds and how to go about building your own shed.  These discussions will include ideas and guides for various types of sheds including storage, wood and custom made.

We will also point you in the direction of some excellent construction plans and shed blueprints that you can follow; no matter how big or small your project!

Growing Plants & Flowers

Adding plants and flowers to your garden is a great way to add some class, color and character. It is important that you research which plants and flowers you wish to use to compliment your garden design and we will provide information about this to help you get started. Plants and flowers really can bring a garden to life so it’s worth spending time on choosing the right ones for your own garden.

Growing Organic Vegetables

With the price of organic produce continuing to climb, growing your own organic vegetables is a great way to save on these costs and grow your own delicious food and vegetables. It’ll also save your a trip to the grocery store! We will provide you with plenty of useful information and resources that will help you understand more about growing your own food and vegetables. Tasty!

Aquaponics

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term ‘Aquaponics’, it simply means a method of creating a sustainable food production system. It involves raising aquatic animals such as small fish, prawns or even snails (this is known as aquaculture) and combining this with hydroponics (plants cultivated in water) in a symbiotic environment. It is the method of raising fish and growing plants has now come in a whole new level. Now, you can grow plants and raise fish in a way that brings balance to our ecosystem.

There are several types of aquaponics system:

Raft or Deep-Flow

This kind of aquaponics is commonly used for commercial purposes. The system uses a floating raft which is made up of Styrofoam or a floating board with holes for the pots that allows the plants to sit firmly, enabling the roots to absorb water.

In a raft system, the raft sits in water which is separated from the fish tank. The raft acts like the bio-filter of the water wastes from the fish tank. Thru this type of system, you can observe that the more you feed your fish, the more the plants will grow and flourish. So if you don't have enough space for planting, make sure to have a separate bio-filter to hold the wastes from the fish.

Media Based

It is commonly designed for backyard aquaponics system where every people can see it even from afar. It uses pebbles or clay's for drainage and for cleaning purposes. The pebbles in the plant beds will in the regulation of water flooding in the drainage to ensure that it flows continuously, and avoid any blockage that may interrupt the function of the system.

NFT - Nutrient Film Technique

Another type of aquaponics system that can be used on either backyard or commercial system is the NFT or Nutrient Film Technique, however, it is rarely used. In this system, plants are placed in the pots and small amount of water drips from the base of the pots where the roots can access a little amount of water from it.

Indoor Aquaponics system

It can grow veggies and herbs while self-cleaning the water in your fish tank. It's one of the most popular aquaponics systems because people can just use their traditional aquarium. However, like any other types, you need to take extra care in dealing with fish and plants like most other types requires-constant monitoring, proper filtration, and proper water circulation.

The aquaponics systems vary enormously in size, depending on what they are needed for but regardless of the size, the system uses the same technology. The systems and technology can be seem quite complicated to understand but actually the process is quite simple once you grasp the concept.

Self-made aquaponics systems are becoming increasingly more popular as a method of home food production. If you are one of the many people considering exploring aquaponics and want to set up your own system we are here to help. We will explain the concept to you and share our favorite ‘how-to’ guides that detail every step of the aquaponics design process.

Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a way of cultivating plants, by providing nutrients they need to grow in water. Hydroponics is a method of gardening that grows plants in the absence of soil. All that is required is water, light, nutrients, and an inert material to physically support the plant roots.

Hydroponics is a method of gardening that grows plants in the absence of soil. All that is required is water, light, nutrients, and an inert material to physically support the plant roots.

Ebb & Flow hydroponic systems

The Ebb and Flow (or Flood and Drain) system is a "media-based" hydroponics system. This means that the planting tray is filled with a moisture-retaining growing medium such as vermiculite, grow rocks or coconut fiber.

A reservoir of nutrient-enriched water regularly floods the planting tray with the nutrient solution. he growing material helps the plants absorb the nutrients. As the nutrient solution drains back into the reservoir, it pulls growth-promoting oxygen - also important in hydroponics - around the roots of the plants.

An advantage of this hydroponics system is that it's simple and suited to growing a wide variety of plants, making it the most popular choice for homemade hydroponics systems. The ebb and flow system is also ideal for flower and ornamental plant lovers. You can place potted plants in the tray instead of mass-planting, and remove and display your plants whenever you like.

Wick hydroponic systems

A second choice of hydroponic growing systems is the wick system. It is also media-based but, unlike the "active" ebb and flow system, the wick system is "passive" - it uses no energy.

Quite simply, one end of a wick is placed in nutrient-rich solution while the other is embedded in the growing medium close to the roots. The wick acts much like a straw - the solution travels up the wick to the roots of the plant, as needed.

An obvious advantage of wick-based hydroponic systems is their simplicity - the easiest option for homemade hydroponics systems. However, they are not suitable for large and therefore very thirsty plants as the wick cannot keep up with their needs. In addition, it can be difficult to ensure that plants receive an adequate supply of oxygen, affecting growth.

Water culture hydroponic systems

A third option is a "water-culture" (or raft) hydroponic gardening system. Plants are suspended on a Styrofoam platform which floats on nutrient-enriched water while the roots dangle below. An air pump bubbles through the water to create an oxygen-rich atmosphere around the plants.

The advantage of this hydroponics system is that it is simple and relatively cheap, and highly-effective for growing plants like lettuce that thrive on a lot of water. However, it is not suitable for plants that don't like this level of saturation.

All these systems can be built at home, simply and inexpensively, and tailored to the amount of space you have available. For optimum results, decide which of these hydroponic systems best suits the type and variety of plants you want to grow.

Landscaping

Landscaping projects such as swimming pool and patio develop really can transform your garden into a work of art! Unfortunately many people don’t know where to start with landscaping as it is a large project to undertake, and often hiring a company to do the work is the most sensible choice.  However, these days there are a wealth of landscaping resources that can take you by the hand and show you just what you can accomplish with your garden by following along with their landscaping ideas. We’ll show you how when we complete the landscaping category on our site.

Dealing With Pests & Disease

Garden pests such as aphids, ants or flies and plant diseases can destroy the your precious garden that you have spent hours perfecting. Eliminating these pests and diseases (and preventing recurrence) can be an incredibly frustrating and tedious process. However, fortunately as these pests and diseases become more common, more advanced strategies are being developed to banish them for good and we will be sharing these strategies with you here. No longer will you have to worry about pests/diseases ruing your garden – let it flourish in confidence!

Greenhouses

If you wish to explore growing your own plants and produce in your garden you may require the use of a greenhouse as it creates the perfect warm environment in which they can grow. Greenhouses come in all shapes and sizes and are made from all sorts of different materials. We will break down the vast amount of available information about greenhouses to help you decide if you will require a greenhouse in your garden, what materials and sizes would be best and if it would be better to buy one or build your own.

We hope you find the information you are looking for on our website. We are working hard to bring fresh, informative content for you and although in it’s infancy, we have big ambitions for creating a fantastic web based resource for experienced and aspiring gardeners alike. If you have any ideas about topics you would like to see on this website you can contact us using the contact form here.