The Flower Garden Care

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Knowing the best way to care for the flower garden will make an impact in the look and overall health of your crops. Here are a few hints to create your garden bloom:

  1. The essentials should usually be given consideration

Your flower-garden should have an adequate supply of fertile soil, water, and sunlight. Any absence of the basic requirements will significantly impact the health of crops. Water the flower-garden more often during dry spells.

When planting bulbs, make sure they go in the depth that is proper. make sure that you don’t heap soil or mulch up around the stem when planting out shrubs and perennials. Water will drain off instead of sinking in if you do, and the stem could develop rot through overheating.

  1. Mix and match perennials with annuals

Flower bulbs require not to be re-planted simply because they bloom and develop for many years while annuals bloom and grow for only one time. Mixing several perennials with annuals will ensure that you will have blooms.

  1. Deadhead to encourage more blossoms

Just ensure that you just do not discard the dead-head on mildew or the backyard or your crops will be attacked by plant disease.

  1. Know the good in the bad bugs

Most backyard bugs do more good than damage. Beetles butterflies and bees are identified as pollinators. Crops are fertilized by them through transfer of pollen from plant to still another. Eighty percent of crops count on bugs for survival.

Dung beetles and sow bugs as well as other microorganisms, fungi and germs are required to aid in the decomposition of dead plant materials, so the soil will be enriched and more nutritional elements are produced which are obtainable to growing crops.

Other bugs like dragonflies and lacewings are normal predators of the insects that do the actual damage, like aphis.

When plants are flowering, an occasional application of liquid fertilizer will keep them blooming for longer.

Prune any branches that are ruined or dead. The branch that was damaged might be potted up to give a plant that was new to you, so it will not be lost.


Picking the Right Plants for Your Garden

Picking the Right Plants for Your Garden

How many times have you spontaneously purchased some plants for your garden and in the end they look as if they do not belong there, unmatched with the surrounding? Cute, unique, or beautiful could be one from so many reasons why you buy some plants on impulse.

Regret comes too late. So, to avoid that same mistake happen again, you better carefully examine your garden before buying the plants. Observe carefully how much sun and shade the plant will get, whether the soil is waterlogged or well-drained, and whether the position is sheltered or unprotected.  Now that you have already been well-informed, you are ready to go and buy the plants that suit your situation. For the sheltered areas, you can buy shade-loving plants. While for the warm spots, you can choose sun-lovers plants. If you have parched areas that might either sunny or shaded, get the type of plants that is drought-resistant. For the poorly-drained parts, you can buy swamp plants.

There is another important thing that you have to do before you buy your plants that is soil testing. At first, you should test the soil in your garden. The purposes are to determine your soil level of pH and to identify the kind of soil nutrient that you need to give, if any. Check whether the soil is alkaline or acid. Plants mostly prefer slightly acidic soil. However, there are other plants needing soil that have alkaline to grow. Although you can change the pH level of the soil, it is by far much easier to just plant for the soil you have.

You are almost ready to plant now, but there is still something that you must consider. For example, how are you going to plant, is it in groups or singly? Your garden might look rather spotty if you buy one flower for each kind. It will more organised and harmonious if you choose group plantings. Besides, it can also vary the colour for interest.

What you need to prepare before planting out is that you need to put the plants that you have chosen in their pots around the garden bed to observe how they will look. You can just re-arrange the plants to whatever your heart desires. Planting them in uneven numbers, like three or five, will look better compared to even numbers. Do not forget about the colour combination and plant texture. It is also something that you have to pay attention to. To give an equal view, place the tall plants in the back or the centre. To avoid the stealing of the nutrients and moisture that are meant for your flowers, do not plant them near trees.

One way of maintaining the harmony in your desired garden is the right scheme of colour. Picture the flowers when they are blooming, see how the colours will look like. Colours that clash with other colours can still be planted side-by-side if the flowers have a different season of blooming. The colour of the foliage is also necessary to be considered. There are many flowers that have a various colour of foliage, such as grey, purple or silver and those colours can be as appealing as the blooming season and give an added value.

Gardening of Hydroponics

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Hydroponics means “labor or water-working” which derived from the Greek word hydro (water). Growing plants with their roots in other nutrient solutions and without soil is how hydroponic gardening works.

Hydroponics gardening is simply like ordinary gardening. Sufficient light, water, temperature, light, and humidity are needed for both ways. The difference is, hydroponics don’t use soil. While nutrients are carried by the water, a soil substitute holds the roots instead. Plants respond well to this method of growing and indoor hydroponic gardening is not that hard.

Since it sustains the plants, this is one of the major considerations in hydroponics. You have to make sure that this nutrient solution maintains a pH level of 5 to 6 after dilution. The plants should be watered more than three times a day in hydroponics gardening. Usually, it is done by using a pump and timer.

The most suitable temperature is between 71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit for indoor hydroponics garden. However, the different types of plant you are working on can determine the temperature needs, e.g. tropical plants.

Place your plants somewhere they can receive ample amount of light since they should have sufficient light. Bulbs or high pressure Sodium lights are a suitable substitute for natural light.

Humidity is good since it lets the air to hold the sufficient amount of moisture your plants will need when the room’s temperature rises.

A hydroponics system can be automatic, fully. The gardener has no soil to dig or weeds to pull since it is water-based. To prevent wastage, the water can be re-used as well.

An excellent yield of quality plants can be easily achieved with hydroponics. In most hardware stores, home hydroponics systems and DIY kits are readily available.

Gardening Benefits for Kids

We are able to see how nature is treated these days. Sadly, people do not pay attention so much anymore to the environmental problems. However, we can do something about it by simply starting with children. It’s good to find out the children’s involvement with environment-friendly activities. Gardening is one of nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on.  Here are the reasons why you should consider gardening for your children:

Gardening Benefits for Kids

1. Science

Children are indirectly taught the wonders of science as in the plant’s life cycle and how human’s intervention can break or make the environment if they do planting.  They are able to have a firsthand experience on the wonder of life through a seed. This could be a new and pleasant experience for the children.

2. Life

The conception to birth and growth of a child can be represented by watching a seed grow into a tree. Children will learn to love their plants and appreciate life within them as the time goes by. Gardening could actually help simulate how life ought to be treated — it should be carefully. With the help of gardening, kids will understand the necessities of life which is water, sunlight, air, soil. You can teach how bad influences need to be averted to have the ability to exist smoothly by simply weeding out.

3. Relaxation

Studies show that gardening can reduce stress due to its calming effect. This does apply to anyone at all ages. Moreover, most of the five senses are stimulated by it. Gardening could possibly be utilized as treatment to those that are members of broken home or kids who’ve been abused, believe it or not. It helps to build self-esteem.

4. Quality Time with all the Family

It’s possible for you to forget about your nerve-racking work-life to get the wonderful ambience in the backyard and sooth a while. With your children, you are able to play and spend quality time together. While watering the crops, you can talk each other or just work quietly beside each other. The most important thing is you constantly do what you must do, together with your kids. While mingling together in your backyard, you could discover plenty of new things about your kid.

Let children become mindful of the requirements of their environment. And one way to jump-start that environmental schooling might be through gardening. It is hitting two birds with one stone — educate them to respect life while you bond together.