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Summer Composting

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

It's very hard to enjoy outdoor gardening in the summer, this is why after clearing my raised beds of sun-burned plants, I now leave the beds to bake in the heat.. I will not bother to save my plants if I will not take care of them. it's too hot for me to do a good job. This makes summer my composting time. I've been having kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, garden prunings, and grass clippings piled over the last few months, and guess what? It's perfectly matured. Since I will not be doing any gardening until September, I decided to...

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Now What?

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

Its here. Summer may be our Kuwaiti gardening 'off season', but there's still a lot to do to improve your future garden. Just as gardners everywhere else have frost, which is in the winter, we have our summer scorch, as I like to call it. Since soil in containers can heat up as much as 30% above the air temperature, try to protect your container plants as much as possible, by grouping them together under partial shade, to create a micro-climate of cooler conditions. Summer is a dormant period for trees, with little, or no growth. By mid summer even...

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Collecting Basil Seeds

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

When basil flowers start to drop and the flower pods turn brown, it's time to collect seeds. Only pollinated flower pods will have seeds in them so dont expect to find seeds in every pod. This is why having bees and beneficial insects in the garden is important. Cut away the browning stems, and start unwrapping the pods to find the seeds. It doesn't get easier than this. Now is great time to plant basil seeds, so start collecting!

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Behind the holes

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

It was only yesterday, I was admiring my colorful Swiss chard. It's pretty obvious, I wasn't the only one enjoying the colorful leaves. Ive got Cabbage loopers, which are small caterpillars with big appetites. They can be one of the most destructive pests in the vegetable garden. The bugs love plants in the cabbage family, including cabbage and kale. This insect will also attack potato, tomato, spinach, and cucumbers. They leave behind nice gifts for me to hose of the leaves too. I used my regular Espoma insecticidal soap to spray on the underside of leaves. And every cabbage looper...

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Winter gardening

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

For me, winter gardening has been all about leafy greens, I found that these do extremely well in our very cold winter! Things like Kale, spinach, rocket, Swiss chard, parsley, cilantro, carrots, mustard, and lettuce did really well! On the other hand, a lot of plants suffered from the cold nights, like tomatoes. If you had success with tomatoes this season, you're one lucky gardener! Tomatoes love sun and warmth, and there's been too little of both to keep tomatoes going. Basil plants suffered from the lack of sunshine too, this resulted in small leaves and premature bolting.

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