Holmes Lawn Care, Inc. - Maryland Gardening - Hanover, MD
Holmes Lawn Care, Inc. - Maintaining a Greener Environment™
We here at Holmes Lawn Care are devoted to the notion, that the care of the earth is our responsibility. It is our goal to both educate and assist homeowners in the implementation of simple projects that not only help the earth but also provide the owner with beautiful gardens to rest and relax in. As an additional benefit, you will be rewarded every day with a diverse array of nutritously dense organic food at a fraction of the cost of store bought produce.
Self-Sustaining Gardening
What is a self-sustaining vegetable garden? As the name suggests, it is a garden that sustains itself through proper planning, planting and cultivation of its crops. If your vegetable garden is self sustaining, eventually you will not need to buy anymore vegetables from the market or grocery store because you can eat from your own vegetable garden year after year. This should be your ultimate objective as a vegetable gardener. But how can you cultivate such a self-sustaining vegetable garden?
  • Decide on the available space
  • Determine needed yield
  • Select vegetable types
  • Test soil for sutabilty
  • Install soil amendments
  • Till soil
  • Install desired plants
  • Install garden protection
  • Decide on irrigation method
  • Enjoy
While this may seem like a substantial upfront investment the rewards of self sustaining gardening will be enjoyed long after the sweat of the initial set up has dried of your brow.
At Holmes Lawn Care, we would be happy to assist you in all phases of your project. You provide us with the area and we will work with you to plan your garden. Our staff can come in, prep and plant your garden leaving only the enjoyment of harvesting your fresh produce for you.
Should you prefer to do the installation yourself, someone from our team can provide you with a material list, blue print and instructions for you to install and maintain a succesfull garden.
Nothing compares to the taste of a tomato or pepper from your garden and eaten just minutes later in your kitchen. You can feel free to feed your family without worry of what chemical, waxes or antibiotics have been injected into your produce.
Happy Gardening!
Salad Tables
Do you love the idea of eating home-grown salads from April through November? There are two types of container gardens that will enable you to produce fresh, flavorful greens close to your back door without the need to dig in the soil.
Here are the basic steps…
  • build a Salad Table or Salad Box
  • place it on a level and convenient spot
  • select crops you want to grow
  • fill with growing media
  • sow seeds
  • water enough to keep the growing media moist
  • sprinkle on the fertilizer after seedlings emerge
  • remove extra seedlings so that plants are 1-2 inches apart
  • harvest salad greens with scissors
  • the plants will re-grow for a second cutting. Then, just remove the spent plants and sow another crop!
Matrix Planting
Matrix planting is based on matching plant to space. The idea is that, when done successfully, plants replace spades, rakes, and hoes as the controllers of what goes on in the garden.
Wildflowers grow all over the world with no help from humans. They are successful because the plants within each plant community have established a balance with one another: they each obtain a share of resources, living space, and opportunities to reproduce.
Matrix planting is based on this natural model. It aims to set up similar self-sustaining communities in gardens, by bringing together plants that meld with one another in a balance: all survive and flourish; weeds are excluded.
Matrix planting is based on choosing and managing plants in ways which enable them to form similar matrices in the garden. The aim is to enable the plants to occupy the ground and the space above it so effectively that no space is left for weeds and to do this in ways that are decorative and sympathetic to the setting of the garden.
The aim of matrix planting is 1) encourage the plants you do want, and 2) discourage the plants you do not want. The key to success lies in the choice of plants. Ill-judged choices result in excessive dominance by one or two species, and the disappearance of those that cannot cope. Well judged choices lead to the establishment of persistent communities of plants which are diverse, self-renewing, resistant to invasion by weeds, and look attractive. It is not possible to plant and walk away as matrices take time to develop and depend on positive, rather than neutral, management.
The strongest matrices consist of a succession of layers of vegetation through which sunlight filters, until at ground level there is enough only to support plants that can cope with very little light. The best examples of such matrices occur in deciduous woodlands, but that does not mean all gardens have to become micro-forests—effective matrices can also be formed by shrubs and perennials in mixed borders.
Some may argue that matrix planting is just another term for Ground Cover, but matrix planting is concerned with successive layers of vegetation, one above the other, through which plants form multi-dimensional communities. Few would refer to the stratified vegetation of a wood as ground cover, though seen from a bird’s-eye view the cover is most effective.
The essential quality of a plant matrix is the occupation of space, and matrix planting draws inspiration from the ways plants grow together naturally yet it is not a mere imitation of nature.
Creating a Family Butterfly Garden
One of the most interesting theme gardens you can plant with your children is a butterfly garden. A butterfly garden provides a colorful array of nectar-producing plants that not only attract butterflies and hummingbirds, but can also draw your children to explore the intricate relationships of plants and animals. What do you need to establish a butterfly garden?
See this cool link for more info on butterfly and youth gardening...
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