This post is a continuation of my post from 3/18/2015. See Successful Container Gardening Part 1 for details.
Container Gardening in a Blast Furnace?
The Micro Farm Project is located in Phoenix, Arizona, which certainly has its challenges, from our alkaline mineral soil, to lack of adequate space, and, of course, a shortage of water and abundance of heat (I could have entitled this class "Successful Gardening in a Blast Furnace.")
But challenges are not unique to us. Though the problems vary, just about anywhere one lives, the gardener has to deal with soil, climate, water and pest issues.
Container gardens are a wonderful way to overcome these issues in order to grow beautiful ornamentals and productive edibles in our urban environment. Fun and easy for aspiring and seasoned gardeners alike, container gardens offer flexibility and manageability that in-ground gardens lack. In fact, the endless possibilities can make "pot culture" (growing plants in flower pots and other containers) addictive.
Control Bugs Naturally
Spring heralds the arrival of warmer temperatures and soft rains. The earth begins to awaken from its winter slumber. Flowers bloom, trees bud, birds sing and baby animals are born. New life abounds. So, too, do the summertime pests that emerge from dormancy to proliferate in our landscapes. Our yards and patios are a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the spring weather, but sharing the space with mosquitoes and flies can ruin the ambiance. Besides their annoying buzzing and biting qualities, some pests carry diseases and others are detrimental to our vegetable and flower gardens.
It may be tempting to wield a high-power pest control spray when bugs begin to proliferate in areas where they are unwelcome. But many forms of insect control have negative side effects, not only for humans, but for the beneficial bugs that frequent our landscapes.
Kari Spencer is a happy wife and the mother of four beautiful daughters. Always on the go, she invests her time in nurturing her family and farm, volunteering as a Master Gardener mentor, and teaching Sustainability online at South West College of Healing Arts. A popular teacher and speaker in Phoenix, Arizona, Kari enthusiastically shares her passion by training others to garden, raise livestock and nourish their families.