Inexpensive Landscaping Tips & Tricks

Landscaping TipsWhile almost everyone would love to have a beautiful garden, many people neglect their front and back yards, either out of pure laziness or because their busy life schedules restrict the time they have available to devote to home improvements. However, when the time comes to sell their property, even the laziest or busiest home owner has to bite the bullet and do something about their front yard. That’s because first impressions count for a lot when possible buyers roll up to view a residence that’s for sale.

Be that as it may, the big shocker for home owners contemplating a yard beautification campaign is the outrageous cost of landscaping work. These days, no one works for cheap, and so even basic landscaping is likely to cost home owners a bomb. Consequently, individuals have two choices: They can bite the bullet and pay whatever it takes to get their front yard up to snuff, or they can see if they can do some or all of the work themselves.

Before making any hasty decisions, home owners are advised to think long and hard about what needs doing.

Vertical Aeroponic Gardening In The Backyard

Vertical Aeroponic GardeningUrban agriculture is an acclaimed practice with many many followers around the world. Today’s urban society more than ever needs quick and easy access to organic, fresh vegetables. There are already multiple ideas for building beautiful small gardens. Vertical gardening has become increasingly popular as our yards and balconies turned smaller.

Aeroponics and Growing Veggies in the Air

The newest fashion in finding small-space garden solutions consists of growing vegetables by means of aeroponic techniques. Aeroponics is modern urban soil free agriculture system. In simple terms, it’s a process of growing plants vertically in the air without using soil or other growing media. Besides, it’s a form of hydroponics as roots hang down in a growing chamber. At regular cycles they are sprayed with nutrient solution and in this way the roots are kept alive. The watering cycles also provides all nutrients necessary for the plant growth.

Amazing Solution for Small Gardens

Aeroponics gains worldwide fame and wins recognition as a felicitous solution for farming in an urban environment. Compared to conventional gardening, it uses 90%

Vegetable Organic Gardening

Vegetable Organic GardeningGrowing a vegetable organic garden isn’t really the hard work that you think it is. In fact,if you do it the right way, it can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. You’ll be able to prepare much healthier meals for your family without really changing your diet. Eating organically grown food (grown without using harmful chemicals or pesticides) can lessen the risk of things like heart disease and high blood pressure and organically grown food tastes so much better and will last longer when stored as well.

When you get into vegetable organic gardening, growing your own vegetables, fruits and flowers is very satisfying and it saves you the time and money of going to buy them at the grocery store. Gardening can be even more fun if you get the whole family involved. Each family member can choose one thing to plant, tend to and harvest. You could make up stories and adventures for your kids that include the planting, tending and harvesting of the garden. Kids will be more likely to want to eat fresh fruits and vegetables if they’ve grown them themselves! Growing organically

Watering My Lawn

When, and how much water do I need to irrigate on my lawn? These are the questions I am going to attempt to answer in this article. The exact amount required by the lawn grass and when, would need a private consultation, and then the answer could only be given when average precipitation levels and soil temperatures are known.

With this in mind, here are a few tips on how your grass will show it requires watering. Firstly, broad leaf grasses tend to roll the leaves to conserve water. They do this to lessen the surface area exposed to the sun and heat, reducing transpiration, but also reducing photosynthesis which can show up as a slight yellowing of the grass, grass leaves with brownish edges that are dry, are evidence of dehydration. Grass observed from a low angle, that appear yellowish, but when observed from a high angle, or directly from above, show up green, is an early warning sign of grass requiring moisture.

Other thinner leafed lawn grasses, will leave evidence of mower movement, or footprints, long after the indentations made. This is because the leaves being dry become dehydrated and lack the potential to

The Advantage Of A Backyard Greenhouse

If you are an avid gardener like myself, you might want to consider building your own backyard greenhouse. A greenhouse just makes sense for those who have spent a lot of time on their medium to large gardens. Simply put, there are too many advantages of having your own greenhouse that a gardener cannot rule out the idea. Although it may take up some money and time to complete, in the end your work will certainly pay off. In addition to an enclosed garden, a greenhouse can provide your garden with sufficient sunlight year round whether you live in sunny California or the rainy suburbs of Seattle.

So you may be wondering what a greenhouse actually does? To understand the science behind a greenhouse we must go and revisit our middle school science education. Plants grow and receive energy from the sun light. Through a process called photosynthesis, they are able to convert raw sun light into an energy source. Now because the sun will always come up, the plants will always be able to receive some intake of energy. However, in places around the world, the sun does not shine bright or long enough to grow

Five Of The Best Flowers To Grow For Children

When you are gardening with children, simple is best. Growing flowers from seeds can be a daunting task for even seasoned gardeners if they choose a variety of flower that is fussy. Some flowers need special lighting conditions, some need watering done is a specific way, and some need extra food and attention. So if you want to grow flowers for kids to plant and tend- what are the best flowers to grow?

Zinnias – My daughter’s favorite garden flower. They grow tall and produce large, brightly colored blooms. Our favorite variety is Candy Cane. It produces striped blooms. Zinnias are great for centerpiece displays and their beauty ensures that they are always a conversation starter.

Sunflowers – As children, most of us grew sunflowers (even if they lived short lives in a dixie cup). Sunflowers are always a source of fascination with children and adults. Some varieties grow as high as 12 feet, but there are smaller varieties available for those who don’t want that tall of a flower. Sunflowers are pretty, hardy, and bound to make you smile every time you look at them. Planting sunflower seeds are easy and fun to do. You

Gardening In Urban Spaces

If you live in the city, you may have felt that creating a garden in your small space was impossible at times. However, the reality is that there are many successful gardeners living and working in urban spaces. This article will point out a few ways that you can create a successful, affordable garden in the city.

First, make sure you know what you’re doing before you get started. Think about how you are going to lay out your plants and where everything is going to go. Many people wind up spending a lot on plants because they simply have no idea how many they are going to need or what they have space for. If you are brand new to gardening, and you aren’t sure how to do this, use the Internet to your advantage. There are websites that can assist you in this process and allow you to create a space that is uniquely your own.

Do a little research to determine which plants will grow the best in the city. There are certain items that just make more sense to buy in the store; for example, corn is one vegetable that would be

Hydroponics Or Conventional Vegetable Gardening?

Hydroponics or tilling the soils, which way to go? A decision I was struggling to answer for myself, weighing up the pros and cons, the financial implications, and the ground work that would be the conclusion. Either way a certain amount of physical exercise, relaxation and a lot of pleasure would be the result. This is what I was looking for.

To produce my own vegetables, in the long run, should save me money, give me pleasure, as well as allow me to control what chemicals and fertilisers I use in their production. There is so much written today on “grow green”, organic fertilisers, substitute natural products for pest control, even to companion planting techniques, where differing herbs and plants aid in protecting the one to the other. The lists of combinations and recommendations are vast, the one I refer to is Wikipedia. The one problem I have with companion planting is that I do not always want to plant a certain vegetable. This was the reason I considered hydroponics, as I would have more control over the wanted plants.

As I am a “Green Keeper” on a Golf Course, I consider my knowledge of agronomy

Fencing Your Garden

Fencing, where needed should enhance your property.

Property fences today have become almost a necessity in certain countries where security is now a major issue. Southern African properties look decidedly like prisons, with palisades sharpen to remove the hanging parts of intruders, electric fencing atop, as a further deterrent. Walls so high, requiring ladders to enter, topped with electric alarm systems. Razor wire configurations planned to disembowel any person stupid enough to attempt entry. But do these, firstly enhance the garden, and secondly deter the intruders?

Garden fences require designing to suit the house as well as the occupants security needs. Palisades, disguise them by covering with low growing shrubs and creepers, protect your security need but enhance it. High walls, plant shrubs in groups on the outside, this way the construction lines broken, and the vastness of the wall camouflaged. Remember not to grow any plants near a gate entrance, this is where the “baddie” tries to hide and await your arrival. Make him come from afar, giving you time to lock the doors and drive away, or to get out and beat the living “katookers” out of him.

Razor wire is dangerous for

What Is Compost And Is It Worth It?

Composting really is very simple science: all you are doing is making a habitat with organic waste, for organisms that work in the decomposition cycle. For compost is nothing more then a living ecosystem that supports a very complex community of microbes. and other such organisms. These bugs need food, water, and air to turn your waste into good compost and all you are doing is supplying this to them and letting them get on with it for a few months.

Making compost is key to my management of gardening for I consider myself an organic gardener. It is part of my daily life to save as much organic waste from my vegetable plot as well as from my kitchen. The outcome of my composting is heaps of fresh compost that I can dig back into the soil to produce healthy crops of vegetables.

I have a plot that is 55 meters long (about 150 feet) and 15 meters wide (about 49 feet) and from that plot and what I bring in from my household waste I dug in 54 wheel borrows of compost. If you consider that two wheel borrows would make one bag of

Fertiliser, Organic Or Chemical, Which Is Best For The Garden?

First lets define what is a chemical fertiliser? It is a fertiliser manufactured using synthetic materials with additives to bind the nutrients in a small granular form.

What is an organic fertiliser, it’s sold either in pellet, or powder form, and derived from chicken excretion, cattle droppings and many other living animals by products.

Chemical fertilisers are probably the most complex of fertilisers, due to the amount of differing types and mixtures. The main ingredients, or nutrients, are the elements nitrogen, phosphate and potassium, however micro elements and pesticides are sometimes added. Deciding which to use can be a bit of a “head scratch” if you have no idea what the soil requires. Green keepers of golf courses will never guess as to the requirements of their grasses, but will sample the soils, have them analysed and from the results, decide on the grasses requirements.

There are fertilisers available that are slow release, heat sensitive, and moisture sensitive, all requiring certain conditions before nutrient release takes effect. All very technical, and not a subject that I intend to cover, let the manufacturers sell their own products. The bags, marked with exactly what is the mix,

How To Install A Pond Liner

When I was about twelve years old, I decided I was going to create a pond in the back garden. Having never undertaken anything like this before, I was blissfully ignorant of any technicalities or possible problems that might be encountered.

I just dug a pear-shaped hole in the ground and with the help of my cousin, mixed up a quantity of cement and sand (which handily came from the excavation). I think we had roughly the correct ratio and simply slapped it onto the sides and base by hand, let it dry and there it was.

And there it stayed, for many years as a matter of fact and this was somewhat miraculous because this concrete liner had absolutely no form of re-enforcement, no water-proofing agent and no leaks! Over the years, I made a few improvements such as a rockery into which I eventually incorporated a circulating water cascade (that was a learning curve) and I doubled the size of the pond itself.

The point is that from an early age I was hooked. From just a hole in the ground to a well established and attractive water feature, which was admired by

How To Grow Ageratum

Ageratum, also known as floss flower, is a beautiful annual that is excellent for boarders and edging of your garden. This half-hardy annual produces fluffy, long-lived flowers in blue, pink, white and bicolor such as blue-white. The ageratum grows in small compact mounds that are covered with clusters of flowers all summer long. The main species grows to a height over two feet but dwarf varieties that grow to a height of six inches are available. This article will discuss how to grow ageratum.

The ageratum can survive in a range of locations. It is native to Central America and Mexico but it can prosper from Florida all the way to Ohio. USDA ranges from Zone 5 to 10. However, the plant is done when the frost hits. Locate ageratum in a sunny spot for the best results. The plant id a sun lover but those in Zones 8 or above should give the ageratum partial sun. The soil should be a well-drained and enriched with rotted manure of compost well ahead of planting. When using containers use multipurpose compost and ensure that there is good drainage.

Ageratum can be bought from most major nurseries or

How To Care For Carnivorous Plants

Are you interested in having plants around but you dont’ want the boring green kind that just sits there? There’s a large family of plants that often gets overlooked but one that is most interesting. These plants usually don’t get the time of day they deserve. Some people don’t like them and can send shivers up the spines of some of those people. These plants are quite unique in all areas and can serve quite a useful purpose in your indoor garden at home.

I’m referring to Carnivorous plants. That is the 720 member family of plants that eat bugs, flying insects and other things that get too close. There are several types usually available in high-end nurseries or exotic plant stores. Your local area will likely have one of these shops.

The Venus Fly-trap (Dionaea muscipula) This one is probably the most popular and most widely available. They eat by waiting patiently for a bug to walk across their gaping jaws, which are equipped with little hairs that trigger the jaws to close when the fly or bug triggers them. They absorb the juices of the bug to the point only the carcass remains. It

Imagine Yourself Starting Seeds Indoors

Can you imagine yourself starting seeds indoors? It’s easy if you you try.

John Lennon gave the word ‘Imagine’ a challenging context with a song using imagine as his title.

While you may not usher in world peace or the brotherhood of man you may imagine a way to see the world with an entirely fresh perspective.

Imagine that your hobby could be how you get food from now on. We simply don’t know what the future holds for us. Many things have happened in my lifetime that have exceeded my early imaginations.

I was caught up in the excitement of the 1960’s when so many things were going on. I never imagined so many people would ever again rally once that movement lost momentum. Now that it is fifty years later the flower children, along with millions of others, are immersed in the explosive imagination the internet has made possible. But the internet does not grow fruit, vegetables or flowers.

Imagine getting away from your keyboard and finding relaxation starting seeds. You watch your sprouts. You adjust your lights. You water them. You commit your worries to auto-solve while you’re engaged in

5 Tips For Better Shrub Care

Previously, shrubs were thought of as back-garden plant perfect for filling up free space. Presently, they are featured as focal points of landscaping projects due to the rich colours and beautiful flower displays.

If you are after introducing shrubs to your garden, but you are not sure what gardening service is needed to make them thrive, the following guide is perfect for you. A number of factors play a very important role when it comes to optimal shrub performance.

In order to improve the longevity of such plants and ensure they produce the desired visual display, read these tips:

– Make sure you get the right shrubs – one of the most important steps in planting shrubs is selecting the right type for your garden. In order to determine that, you need to look at several factors. The environment you want to grow them in is perhaps the most important – sun exposure of the garden, moisture characteristics and temperatures. Another very important thing to consider if you want to ensure success of your landscaping efforts is Hardiness Zone. Check what works best for your zone and go with plants that have proven to thrive

Grow Backyard Garden Planning Tips

Although the idea of having fresh home grown vegetables is extremely appealing to most people not everyone follows through and makes their own vegetable garden, because it does involve hard work and dedication. But if you are one of those who have decided to grow backyard garden planning tips that will help you get started. You will find you need to think about the type of soil you have, what vegetables you can grow, where should it be positioned and planting.

Grow Backyard Garden Planning Tips – Location and the Soil

You should choose somewhere that gets a lot of direct sunlight and has good drainage. Ideally when growing vegetable garden you want soil that is fertile with texture and moistness. You can improve what you have already by adding organic humus. Create a compost in your garden that you can use to mix with your soil by digging a hole and then filling it with food leftovers, cuts and peels of vegetables not used, any rotting fruit and so on. All the degradable waste you and your family create can go on it and add some soil over it then leave for a few days.

The Cascading Bonsai Style Definition

Cascading Bonsai trees are a style of the Japanese art of miniaturizing trees, aka Bonsai. This is a specific style of Bonsai that is truly mesmerizing to look at. It’s an art style of tree which when done properly will wow anymore. It’s a good display tree. Here’s just exactly what are cascading Bonsai trees.

Cascading Bonsai trees have one main feature, and that one main feature is that they go ‘over the side’, as it were. The top of the tree is below the roots and the bottom of the pot! How can this be? Well, the tree grows straight up until it makes a u-turn in form, and goes back down the side. Often these trees will level out again, but they won’t grow back up. Imagine a mountain river, pouring down the side – this is what these Bonsai trees look like.

Of course, the cascading Bonsai requires it to be displayed on a stand, so that it can go down the side. This makes the tree look even more spectacular, as it almost appears to ‘float’ off the floor, ‘hovering’ as the branches creep out from each side.

How do you

How To Grow Cucumbers Indoors

Cucumbers are one of those vegetables that just scream fresh, and you can’t get any fresher than growing them yourself. Coincidentally, cucumbers are easy to grow indoors. Cucumbers are also beautiful plants when cared for properly. If you don’t know how to grow cucumbers indoors look no further. I am going to give you a quick and winning guide to starting your cucumbers on the right foot.

Location

Choosing the site is the first and most important step. Cucumbers really like two things: sunlight and warmth. Cucumbers need 8+ hours of direct sun each day. A south-facing picture window or larger is ideal for growing cucumbers indoors. If you have a sunny room you when the grand prize of awesome cucumbers.

The second need is warmth. Much of the warmth will come from putting them in the right place for sun. You can also help the sun by adding some heat absorbing material covered in the tips section later in the article.

Container Selection

Cucumbers have shallow roots, so you don’t need a deep container. One with 6″ of depth or more will work fine. Wider pots offer more room to trail and

Best Herbs To Grow Indoors

If you’ve been thinking about growing some herbs in your kitchen, you’re probably wondering, “What are the best herbs to grow indoors?” Well, all herbs are not created equal. Some work splendidly in a kitchen garden. Other herbs do not do well indoors at all.

The best herbs to grow indoors are annuals. Annuals are plants that have a life cycle of one season. After they are done producing leaves, they die. It is possible to keep some annuals alive for a longer period of time by growing them in a controlled indoor environment. However, they still will not last for years and years. Basil, dill, marjoram, parsley, and cilantro are all good annual herb choices for your kitchen garden.

Even though perennial herbs (herbs that live for many seasons) are not especially the best herbs to grow indoors, it is still possible to have healthy, happy indoor plants. Mint, sage, thyme, and rosemary are all good container plants, inside or out. They will do much better if you place them outside during the warm part of the year than if you try to grow them indoors year round. Their growing needs are much more demanding