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How to Plant a Cutting Garden

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Garden

Grow a cutting garden and enjoy flowers indoors and out

If you feel guilty when you cut flowers in your garden, worrying that you’re destroying nature or leaving gaps in your flowerbeds, it may be time for you to plant a cutting garden, says the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN). A cutting garden is designed to provide flowers for indoor arrangements, and it will give you a new perspective on removing flowers from your garden.

Choosing the Right Flowers and Plants

As with any garden, the first step in planning your cutting garden is to select plants that grow well in your part of the country. Ask the experts at your local garden center for their suggestions, and keep in mind your soil conditions, the amount of sun or shade your garden receives and how much it rains.

Selecting a Color Scheme

After you’ve decided which plants will thrive at your site, choose a color scheme, whether bright and vivid primary colors, soft and muted pastel shades or dusty earth tones. Since the purpose of a cutting garden is to grow flowers to use indoors, think about how flowers of certain colors will look when you place them in main rooms of your house.

Finally, plant flowers and plants in such a way that no one will notice that you frequently forage for new material for your indoor bouquets. One way to achieve a continuously balanced look in your cutting garden is to group your plantings by color, so that when you clip several blue flowers one day and several yellow flowers another, the overall appearance of the garden is still one of continuity and growth.

You can also fill in around your flowers with shrubs and larger, bushy plants that can easily spare a few leaves or berries, as well as plant a mix of perennials, annuals and bulbs so your garden will bloom all year ’round.

This garden plants

Saturday, February 12th, 2011
Garden

If you approve of opportunities for you or your children gifts of the extended family to offer, or simply as gifts that are looking for a personal item to give them, then here’s a suggestion or two for you.

If you are looking for a gift for the gardener of the family or someone who has recently moved in her own home, someone in an apartment or a unit or a person who can not manage to field a full size, or a family member whom he loves, with fresh ingredients, etc. So why not consider giving them something to cook in the garden? Here I am on the plants you are talking about sharing your own garden plants.

There are many plants in the garden, the average may be divided or the course itself is layered. Where would you go along and have a pot of Article rooted they could, and with a little trim planter, creating a nice gift for someone you love.

These plants include many herbs and perennials or shrubs and even some trees that manage to send branches to self-release layers or the root system. Some perennials or bulbs increase in size or number of bulbs over time. Chance seedlings coming in the wrong place for you, can be used easily. All these offer the possibility to create a wonderful cost gift for someone else.

First, you have a number of pots with plastic ones go to the left of the entrance into the garden population, or someone you know, or you can go buy a plastic pot / ceramic / clay, etc. as needed. If the person you give the plant is not a real gardener, then you might think to take a pot with a water well to increase the soil to plant survival.

Then you need to start looking for your plant material to examine carefully around your garden on the ground level. Watch the plants show multiple stems growing from the floor. Or sprawling plants where a branch was based on the ground and took root along the branch, maybe one where a branch has become buried under the mulch.

Or where there is a sucker growing from the ground a short distance from the parent plant. Another possibility is seedlings growing in the garden of a distance from the parent plant material. Maybe there’s a bunch of plants or a big patch of bulbs, where you can make a division.

Many of these plants benefit from sharing or being allowed some more growing space in the particular area where you removed some of the material.

Different parts of Australia have a different number of plant species that have adapted to this form of self-propagation. If you can not find all the plants can be stored in your own garden, why not watch a friend or in the neighbors yard. Or you could maybe join forces and provide a joint presence with plants of another member of the family garden. Or another possibility is a plant in a pot that has several plants already established in their purchase.

Divide the half in front of you use in your own garden, and still have half to repot and give. Even if you are unsure of your gardening skills, you can always pick up plants at low prices on the market, the local church school fair / flea markets, etc. repot in a larger pot or more pleasant for a pretty cheap now.

Another option is multi-plant a few different plants in a long or large round tub. This garden will be an immediate transition. Some topics you might consider here is herbs, foliage indoors, bulbs, annuals, alpine / rock, cacti / succulents or even annual mix of patio and garden perennials.

It is the best on the ground around the plant you’ll be working very well before you do the border, as this will remove the maximum amount of root mass during the wet ground.

The first step is to divide the clump or cut the branch members at the plant separately. Then with a shovel to dig, fork or gardening trowel, so far from the plant potential as possible as this will be the largest root mass.

how far you think you need (this will depend on factors like the size of the new facility, the type of feedstock, type of soil, plants or landscaping materials to others around the area, etc.. ) As gently as possible to excavate the new facility. Shake off excess soil and fill the resulting hole in the ground if necessary.

Reduce the foliage of the new facility at approximately the same size of the root ball and tried to protect some of the growth of new leaves. Repot as soon as possible so the roots will wither and die.

Another thing to consider is the type of pot you are going to the plant if it is just a plastic pot, then you do not need to prepare before. However, if you look at the painting, that before digging.

When the paint pots, you have to want to stick to certain preparations for the right colors. plastic pots should be roughened surface with sand paper. While some terracotta pots must have a base coat to the outer surface before painting. Try not to finish or paint the inside of the pot, because if most usual, there are colors that chemicals which affect or contaminate the soil and plants over time included.

Other possibilities for decorating up pots are easy to pack paste on pieces such as stones, tiles, buttons, sticks, shells, jewels, ribbons, stickers and decals, etc. Other ways of decorating a pot for the first presentation the pot (not the actual work), or with wrapping paper, cellophane, material, a cloth or cheap burlap. Hold these wrappers in place with twine, ribbon, bandana, scarf, etc.

Other means to increase the value of the potted plant is growing information and name tags for the plant / s are included. Add other foibles, you must include a personalized name tag, (Hi, my name is David …), the Diffenbachia or little watering indicator, miniature hand tools, small amounts of fertilizers, ornamental pot, watering can, etc.

So as you can, creating a very personal gift to be easy for anyone within each range. Why not go into the garden and think about what you present for Christmas this weekend to prepare.

Stunning Contemporary Garden Studios

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
Garden

Garden studios and garden offices are lifestyle buildings or offices that are set up in the garden. This is generally targeted towards those who wish to work out of their home but not in their home, at their own convenience.

 

There are multiple benefits of Garden Studios or Garden lodges. Besides the fact that it allows you to work from the comfort of your home, you also get to work in a very beautiful place as the office is built after a careful site survey. The garden surrounding your office offers you a spectacular view, as the company building your garden office will also help you design your garden as well. The garden studios can be personalized according to your needs. You can set it up in such a manner that you enter your garden office by walking through a winding walkway. The serene, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere at your garden studio will be absolutely amazing. A little bit of customization can turn your studio into a guest room or even an extra bedroom. You won’t feel the need to return to your home.

 

Women who need to work and also look after their family would greatly benefit from these garden lodges that can serve as a home office for them. Besides, those with disabilities would love to work in an environment where everything has been personalized according to their needs, in addition to the fact that the surroundings of the office are so spectacular. The horror of daily commuting to the head office, thanks to traffic congestion or unreliable train services is the chief concern, apart from other issues. Not only are modern parents keen to spend more time with their kids, but most of us are looking for a better work/life balance. There’s more to life than making money, especially if you’re doing it for other people – and much more to working than being a cog in someone else’s machine.

 

Gardenlodges.co.uk offers the best services to construct garden studios in the UK. Each studio is built to meet the exact requirements of the individual. The customer’s tastes, preferences and needs are all kept in mind while constructing garden studios. Gardenlodges.co.uk doesn’t compromise on the quality of their products and offer a 10 year insurance backed guarantee. They also provide excellent after sales service. Maintaining good customer relations is another plus point of theirs. Constant interactions between the customer and the representatives of Gardenlodges result in the final quality product and service. Another special feature offered by gardenlodges.co.uk is that they conduct the Site Survey, free of charge. This helps the client to understand and then determine the exact nature of the product that he/she would like to purchase.

Interior Hydroponic Garden: With Clones For a Quick Start

Friday, February 4th, 2011
Garden

Clones or cuttings from your favorite plants is the best way to perpetuate their existence. It is also the best way to start up a hydroponic garden. For example, I had a very prolific plant Rosemary growing on my kitchen window. However, there was dirt and I really do not like dirt in the house. I took cuttings of health and ended up with three new clones, which I planted in a LECA (small balls of clay) mean in my hydroponic garden inside.

With a hydroponic garden, you can always fresh with new clones. You must never without an herb, flower or vegetable special that you really like, again and again. Here are some tips to get perfect lighting for your indoor hydroponic garden clones.

However, if you start planting, clones need daylight after rooting. It’s a good idea, with a low intensity and diffuse light from sources such as T-5 or T-8 fluorescent tubes to start. In the early days, the cuttings do best with only one or two 24 watt strip on top of standard 10 “x 20″ pan spread plants in your hydroponic garden inside. You can gradually increase the intensity a few days after lowering the lights near the dome of propagation. However, the temperature does not houseplants bit in your hydroponic garden to 85o increase CF/29o inside the dome, after this adjustment.

Once roots develop, you can change the HID lamps are primarily red and blue, growth stimulating spectra. metal halide lamps, grow lights should be used for vegetative phase of growth of plants in your hydroponic garden inside. metal halide lamps, rear light spectrum bright lights in the blue and white, which mimics effective to produce a typical summer day. Vapor lamps, high pressure sodium lamps, light emissions in the red spectrum, which mimics the angle of the sun in the fall produce. If your plants are ready to bloom, you must pass the metal halide grow lights, sodium vapor light of your high pressure in your hydroponic garden plants.

condition of your equipment to the bright light in your hydroponic garden plants by gradually decreasing the distance between plants and lights. After a few weeks should encourage your plants to be able to very bright light, this degree of healthy, robust and fast growing plants in your hydroponic garden inside handle.

A hydroponic garden are a source of great joy and astonishment of all, you started it and the fastest of clones or cuttings. As summer draws to a close, take cuttings from the garden and start new plants for your indoor hydroponic garden. Teach children what you do, and they can share the magic of the starting point for new plants for your hydroponics garden plants.

 

Why do you need a professional and secure Garden Office

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

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Sun Garden offices are specially designed offices in the garden of a person. It offers a very comfortable atmosphere for those who want to work from home. away from home just a stone’s throw, you get the same comforts of home to work without the experience usual distractions. New mothers, a person with a disability, a person whose head office is far away, or even someone who simply wants to work from home could benefit from a garden studio at home. A garden office or to introduce blends beautifully with the garden and in fact makes it even more attractive. The materials used are environmentally friendly. You can not only home to the garden to work, but also convert a room or an extra bedroom if necessary.

The varied selection of garden offices available gardenlodges.co.uk is one of the most comprehensive available on the market. The flexible and modular structure allows you to customize the desktop to suit your needs and also to tailor to your beautifully landscaped garden, must be adequately solve all your gardens. The garden is built gardenlodges.co.uk Office so that you stay in them and can all year without problems. A very small amount of heating is necessary and it’s the same with air conditioning. Electricity consumption is minimal. Respect for the environment is highlighted in the construction of the garden office. The materials used and technique that both attach importance to this fact. Provisions to add a bathroom or kitchen, you can use your garden as a mini home office.

The office furniture, see gardenlodges.co.uk are designed to maintain the standards of building regulations in the United Kingdom. Each office gardenlodges.co.uk garden is constructed after a thorough study of local conditions and taking into account other aspects such as a garden fence. They are also carefully insulated and double screw. Environmental factors are also during the construction phase and larch environmentally friendly coating used to consider the construction is complete. Cedar shingles are used not only for protection, but they spend too soft over the years. Excellent sound insulation is provided that you can not worry about his beaming is extra and assured the passage of natural light.

How to Start a Garden

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Garden

How to Start a Garden

Planting a garden can be easier and more enjoyable with these gardening tips

Planting a garden, whether it is a vegetable plot or a flower bed, is an adventure where your creativity and patience are put to the test! You are directly responsible for the beautiful rose blooms or the delicious tomatoes that develop in this section of the land. Therefore to have the most success you need to determine where you plant!

The location of the garden should be determined by several factors: sunlight, soil conditions, water and wind exposure. Take notes on when this area of the yard is exposed to sunshine. This can determine which plants will thrive there. Test your soil to see if conditioners are needed to bring it up to optimum growing conditions. Pay attention to whether water collects in this section of the lawn. Some plants do well in soggy locations, but most need well-drained soil. Strong winds can dry out soil and plants, so try to locate the plot out of direct winds. Once you have determined where you will create your garden masterpiece you are ready to select plants!

Choose plants that will grow in your zone. Although you might have your heart set on a certain flower or vegetable, if your climate or garden location won’t support this choice, you will inevitably be disappointed. To avoid this, choose plants that are meant for your growing zone (ideally native plants), and disease-resistant and drought tolerant plants. Ask the employee at the nursery for assistance in selecting these. Be aware of the future size of each plant. A tree planted near a house will eventually provide shade, but it could also be a hazard during storms.

Plan out what flowering plants you would like for the seasons. Most perennials only bloom for a short time, so by mixing in some annuals there will be constant color in your garden. By having seasonal color you can change the look of your garden and create excitement and personality!

Now that you have your garden location selected and your plants purchased, you are ready to start digging! What tools are required to get things started? These include:

Rake: for seasonal cleanups and spreading/leveling soil

Trowel: for transplanting and weeding

Shovel: for digging, scooping, spreading compost and planting

Hoe: for chopping weeds and tilling soils

Pruners: for clipping flowers and pruning trees

Garden Gloves: for protecting your hands from blisters and dirt

Garden Hose: invest in a top-of-the-line hose that will resist kinking, is flexible and coils easily. Invest in high quality tools. They will last longer and are more durable than their cheaper counterparts.

Have fun starting a garden. Don’t try to create a masterpiece your first year-build up to it. Select a few choice plants that are more expensive. The rest can be less expensive, smaller complementary plants to round out your garden. Gardening is our nation’s number one leisure activity so go out and have a good time in your own piece of earth!

Starting your own organic hydroponics gardening setup – hydroponics gardening supplies and points to remember

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Garden

When Starting your own organic hydroponics gardening setup, you should remember that you will need to arrange two beds or layers in your hydroponic garden. The upper bed is, actually, a box to keep the plants in. This box should contain a growing medium for the plants to grow in. You can use perlite, coconut fiber, lava rock, Styrofoam pellets, rockwool or vermiculite for this purpose. The main thing about medium is that it should be able to keep a small amount of moisture for a long time. Experts assure that lava rock is best in this respect.

The lower bed is necessary to keep the water with the dissolved nutrients in it. The water is pumped with the help of an aquarium pump to the upper bed in order to water the plants. This procedure is repeated several times a day at equal intervals, being controlled with a timer.

Gardeners sometimes find it difficult to maintain the pH level of the water, its nutrition rate, and the ration of nutrients at the right level. These are, actually, the key factors, due to which a hydroponic garden or an organic hydroponics prospers. If these three crucial things in gardening are kept in balance with the help of Organic fertilizers, such technique of plants growing is called an Organic Hydroponic Garden.

Organic fertilizers are better for the plants than the chemical ones, as the latter are capable of burning the roots if used in higher concentrations.

When water solution is pumped to the trail with plants, it is partly absorbed by the medium and by the plants roots till saturation point. Consequently, the pumped water, returning back to the reservoir, contains lesser amount of parts per million (ppm) than before.

Organic nutrients make hydroponic gardening easier, as they do not contain any chemicals, which can change the pH level or ppm of the solution. As a result, many problems, listed among the most common ones of organic hydroponic gardening, get solved on their own.

It is a common knowledge that the upper part of a plant’s root uptakes nutrients, while the lower one absorbs water. To increase plant’s saturation with nutrients, it is possible to directly add them to the upper part of the roots, which, in the long run, will result in the more efficient organic hydroponics. To introduce such technique into your organic hydroponic garden, you should develop an organic hydroponics system.

The container can be similar as in the hydroponics gardening, or it can be a coir fiber container. It should be half filled with lava rock at the bottom. Then it is preferably to use a medium divider (e.g. coir fiber). The upper part of the tray should contain a mixture of 1/3 horticulture perlite of coarse grade, 1/3 potting soil, and 1/3 of large horticulture vermiculite.

When all this is set, it is necessary to place this container in the grow bed, with water level being a bit lower than the mixture of soils. Such arrangement will ensure the higher efficacy of the organic hydroponic gardening.

Lava rock with the secondary roots of the plants will be submerged in the water, and it will also serve to make this water flow up and moisten the soil mixture. At the same time, the upper layer of medium will be free to absorb the nutrients added directly to the primary roots.

Such hydroponic system saves a gardener from constant controlling and maintaining of the pH level and ppm of the growing medium. Nevertheless, beware of adding too many liquid nutrients to the soil layer: they may leak into the lava rock layer and disarrange your organic hydroponics gardening.

Hydroponic gardening organic vegetables – Introduction

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

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Wed hydroponic gardening and plants in growing media other than soil is known to man since antiquity. It is known that during the time of King Solomon, the man-garden soil, the practice later known as hydroponic gardening

The word “hydroponics” is derived from two Greek words. “Hydro” which means water and “ponics” which means work. The principles of gardening without the use of land and many have been developed several years ago. Since then, this type of gardening shows some important advantages over conventional power plants in soil. One of the main advantages is that hydroponic plants 30-50% faster than plants grown under typical conditions in soil.

Traditional Organic gardeners always have a certain degree of contempt for the culture hydroponic gardening identify the type of effective and successful. Fans of traditional hydroponics gardening soil envision a kind of gardening chemicals. Organic gardeners have always been very pessimistic about the care of their plants with a balanced and calculated chemical, which is a common practice in the hydroponic gardener. However, this attitude of the gardener’s consumer and professional has changed hydroponics, according to Steve Fox showed his achievements in hydroponic gardening.

One of the most Important gardening hydroponic growing media is an inert material that provides a contrast in soil, no chemicals or nutrients to the plant. There are several types of media culture today. The examples are sand, gravel, coir, perlite, vermiculite. Amazing, but the air can be used as growing media for hydroponic cultures under certain conditions.

The biggest advantage of culture hydroponics is that it protects the fertile soil exhaustion. it is not the use of chemical pesticides and other chemicals that are extremely harmful to the environment. In general, hydroponics can provide returns higher, and at the same time, allow the regeneration of fertile land for farming more.

While hydroponics gardening has also used some of the chemicals in food plant breeding all chemical plants, fertilizers and nutrients are in the closed area of ​​the hydroponic greenhouse and contained no spoil the outdoors, water and fertile soil.

Organic gardening – General Notes on organic horticulture Organic gardening systems

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Garden

Organic horticulture employs the crucial principles of organic agriculture for the successful herbs, fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants growing. These principles concern the management of pests in the garden, soil composition and conservation, etc.

General Notes

Mulches, Double Digging, compost, Vermicompost, cover crops, mineral supplements and manures are the main constituents of the soil mixture in this kind of gardening in contrast to the commercial farming. Organic horticulture expects to minimize the risk of insects, fungi, and diseases development with the help of maintaining the high quality of the soil. Nonetheless, sometimes it is still necessary to use insecticidal soaps and sprays, pheromone traps, or other pest-control means, created especially for organic farmers.

Experts define five fields of horticulture:

-           olericulture, which stands for the production and marketing of vegetables;

-           pomology that means the production and marketing of fruits;

-           floriculture, which is the production and marketing of floral crops;

-           landscape horticulture that includes the production, marketing, and      maintenance of landscape plants;

-           and finally, post harvest physiology that studies and practices the preservation and maintaining of the quality of horticultural crops

All these areas can utilize the key principles of organic gardening.

Organic horticulture employs the methods and uses data, which have been collected for thousands of years. Generally speaking, this type of gardening is based on the natural, long-term processes and eco-friendly, global approaches, in contrast to horticulture, based on the use of chemicals that speed up the processes and aim at the separate results and reductionist strategies.

Organic gardening systems

There exist various formal organic gardening systems that utilize peculiar methods. They are listed among the general organic standards, but are more specific than them. For example, Rudolf Steiner developed the so-called biodynamic farming. Masanobu Fukuoka, the Japanese writer and farmer, practiced Natural Farming, based on the so-called no-till system for the small-scale production of grain. Finally, intensive and biointensive techniques and SPIN Farming (Small Plot INtensive), developed in France, also belong to the small-scale gardening methods.

A garden in a container or growing box provides healthy, organic, and highly nutritional food. Moreover, it is also the means to share one’s experience, to improve local economy, and to offer better and more sustainable way of living. A small raised bed garden of 32 square feet is capable of supplying tasty, healthy, and organic greens to a family, requiring, at the same time, less water and fewer nutrients if it is based on the postulates of bio-intensive planting and square foot gardening.

In addition, the existing garden can be improved with the help of composting or vermicomposting. These methods allow getting the best organic fertilizers by reusing organic matter, which provides necessary nutrients to the organic garden. Besides, compost and vermicompost are always an easy way to improve the results.

Hydroponic Gardening: What makes it Different from In-Ground Gardening?

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
Garden

What makes hydroponic gardening different from traditional in-ground gardening is a soilless growing medium. No dirt! All plants require support, to be held up. This basic requirement is dealt with by soilless growing mediums which are inert, mostly non-organic materials.  Non-organic refers to the medium not being derived from living organisms, unlike soil, which is. There are a perplexing jumble of growing mediums available for hydroponic gardening. Generally speaking, these mediums are porous, light and coarse, allowing oxygen and nutrients to be easy accessible  to the plants roots.

Some of the most common used in hydroponic gardening are:

Coconut Coir ~ This is produced from the husk that surrounds the coconut shell. Made up of millions of tiny micro-sponges, it can absorb and hold up to eight times its weight in water, perfect for hydroponic gardening. It lasting three times as long as peat moss so is fairly sturdy. It is also called palm peat, coco, or just coir.  Some of the advantagesof this medium  for hydroponic gardening are better water retention and aeration.  The disadvantages of coconut coir are its breakdown after several uses and some drainage issues.  It is often mixed with other media to improve drainage for hydroponic gardening.

L.E.C.A / Lightweight Expanded Clay Aggregate ~ This is clay which has been heated under high temperatures until it puffs up.  It makes a very coarse medium as the clay balls are about 1/4″ across. Superb drainage, holds moisture, stays put and is reusable after sterilization to continue with your hydroponic gardening. These are just some of the advantages of this medium. On the downside, it doesn’t hold moisture as well as mediums like coconut coir and can be more costly.

Perlite ~ Glass flakes (Silica) are heated until it expands producing what we know as perlite. These tiny nodules hold water well and provide drainage. A common medium for hydroponic gardening due to its low density and somewhat lower cost.  Its advantage is its re-usability. That being said, it cannot be used alone for ebb & flow hydroponic gardening because it will float away or move during flooding cycles.

Rockwool ~ These cubes are made of fibers spun from melted Basaltic rock. The density of this growing medium for hydroponic gardening can be adjusted by changes in the amount of pressure during production. Large slabs are cut into smaller slabs and propagation blocks for easy handling in hydroponic gardening.  Advantages of this medium are the ease of handling, convenience, better control over nutrition, being able to plant seeds in it and allow the plants to be very stable.

So you see, soil  is not necessary for growing plants and you have plenty of other choices for your hydroponic gardening.  There are many other ways to germinate a seed  and support a plant.  What is vital is water, food, light, warm and oxygen. As long as you provide these things, plus the support, your plants will grow and flourish. Visit http://www.hydroponicgarden.net to find all these choices and supplies for successful hydroponic gardening.