Gardening vegetarians and vegans: what sort of fertilizer do you use?

I’m new to gardening and I’m using liquid seaweed for my tomatoes.

People at the gardening centers have been telling me I won’t get awesome tomatoes without using blood meal/bone meal.

Have you used seaweed? What do you use?
I would really love to be composting, but I live in a one-room apartment that’s smaller than my childhood bedroom. I’m trying to garden on my huge, south-facing windowsill. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m Vegan. I grow cabbages, peas, carrots, corn, tomatoes and butternut squash and I use NO fertillizer what so ever.

Whats the difference between gardening tools and gardening equipment??

Please help me with this, i also need a list of gardening equipment..or where i can find them..

I would call a hoe, a shovel, a rake a gardening tool. A tiller, a mulcher, garden hose would ge gardening equipment. All of these can be found at any hardware store, most nurseries or WalMart, Sears, etc

How do you keep fingernails clean when gardening?

Does anyone have any “Martha” tips on how to keep nails from looking like an auto mechanics when you are an avid gardener? Martha Stewart suggested to put rubber gloves under gardening gloves, but they make your hands sweat badly! Or, how best to clean “gardener’s hands?” Thanks!

Wear gloves. Or, if you don’t like wearing them, dig your fingernails into soap so it wedges under. If you’re also working with water, you’ll have to dig into the soap again. To get the dirt out of your skin, use a knuckle brush & lava soap. Then moisturize your hands afterwards with a bit of olive oil

To clean gloves: Put the gloves on, take a bar of soap outside and wet the gloves under a faucet or hose. Soap up the gloves and scrub them, then rinse, remove and let dry.

I also found this site for more information http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf806260.tip.html on how to clean gardening hands!

How organic is this black mulch you can usually find at nurseries and would it be good to work into clay?

I am wondering if I tilled this black mulch that you usually find at nurseries into clay dirt, if it would make it like a nice topsoil quality type of dirt or not.

and how organic is the stuff used to make black mulch usually?
what is usually in it ?

and would this make the clay dirt drain a lot better by tilling it with this mulch?

thanks for your answers!

You really have to read the label to see if its organic or not. Organic matter acts sort of like a sponge. It will help retain water. But that IS the best thing to add to your clay soil. If the mulch is something that will ‘break down’ fast in your clay soil that will be good. You want organic matter because the worms will come and leave their little bits of fertilizer for you. They will also aerate the soil. If the mulch is wood chips, its only good on top, not mixed into the soil. Too much carbon (wood chips) suck up any nitrogen that is there for the plants.

What should I get for my gardening grandfather for Christmas?

I’ve bought for everyone but my grandfather. He’s 82 and loves gardening and water gardening. Usually, I get him a bird feeder (he loves bird watching) or something that has to do with hummingbirds. This year I’m at a loss. I’m a first year teacher on my own and on a very limited budget. Any ideas?

Get a flower pot and fill it with accessories for gardening and wrap it like you would if it was a gift basket.

*things to fill the flower pot with; soil, gardening tools, flower/plant seeds)

ALSO you can find some really cool toys and tools at Garden Decorative Items.com

How do I turn my garden into a "no-till" garden?

Will this work, or is there something more I need to know… I have an empty garden (but a bit of last year’s debris is still in it) and it hasn’t been tilled. I want to put newspaper down, wet it, and put straw on top. Then dig holes to plant transplants.

Also, what if I want to be direct sowing early growers like peas, onion, lettuce, etc… do I do that before I put the newspaper / straw down – and wait for them to emerge or just dig a bunch of little holes for them to grow through?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Your method will work well for transplanting. For the peas, etc., plant them first, and mulch when they’re a couple of inches tall. It’s asking too much of newly emerged plants to grow through holes in the mulch, and some of them won’t germinate, anyway.

Is there any difference between flower arrangement and gardening?

Is there any difference between flower arrangement and gardening?There are various types of gardening these days-gardening, terrace gardening & indoor gardening? Does indoor gardening differ from flower arrangement?

Yes, there is a difference.

Gardening has to do with growing living plants (flowering or not) – and the venue doesn’t much matter. traditional (outside in the ground), in containers, terrace, indoor…it can all be called “gardening”.

Flower arrangement has to do with assembling cut flowers into pleasing displays. They are not growing – they’ve been cut.

What is your favorite gardening site for flowers?

I don’t know much about gardening. I’ve lived in apartments all my life, and I still do… but my landlord is letting me play with a patch of land outside my kitchen window. I live near Salt Lake City, UT. The weather looks like it might be spring.

so… what is the URL of a gardening site that has helped you? Any sites good for beginners?

check out these sites… whichever does the job for u!!! hope they can help!!! good luck… :o)

www.gardenweb.com
www.backyardgardener.com
www.GardenDesigner.com
www.gardenguides.com
www.thegardenhelper.com/