10 Tips to Decorate Your Home Garden

September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Your garden isn’t just a place to grow your flowers or healthy vegetables.  It is also a place for you to create an oasis; a special place for you to escape after a long hard day at the office or with the children.  Decorating your home garden can range from simple, elegant décor to over the top, extravagance.  The way you decide to make the space “yours” is totally up to you. The following are a few tips on how you can get started decorating your home garden.  How will you take your garden to the next level? Decorative pots. The easiest and most cost efficient way to decorate your garden is by choosing an assortment of decorative pots to house your flowers and plants.  Available in countless sizes, shapes, and colors, you can let your imagination run wild when choosing decorative pots for your space.  If you are crafty, [...]

10 Easy Ways to Bring Your Outdoor Space to Life

August 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Some people have a creative mind that allows them to turn even a small boring space into something really spectacular. Others avoid doing anything with their deck, patio or yard because they just don’t know where to begin. If this sounds like you or maybe you’re just looking for a little inspiration to get you excited, below are 10 easy ways that you can bring your outdoor space to life. Hanging Baskets – Such a simple thing can really make a dynamic impact. Hanging baskets can be filled with flowers or plants and hung pretty much anywhere you can install a hook for a chain or tie a string. Create Borders – When you have a well-defined space, everything looks neat and organized. You could buy edging or borders or you could simply plant rows of flowers. Seeds are inexpensive, sometimes even free and they will define your lawn. Lighting [...]

4 Organic Fertilizers to Use in Your Garden

June 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

If you have a passion for gardening then you are probably already aware of the fact that some of the most popular and common fertilizers are not only harmful for your garden and lawn, but harmful to you as well. This is because many commercial fertilizers contain toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and much more. Synthetic fertilizers may be cheap and easy to use, but studies have shown that they can endanger the lives of fish and amphibians, and can even pollute the surrounding rivers and lakes in your area if you’re not careful. Furthermore, because these types of fertilizers are best for feeding plants but not soil, it may even cause a gradual decrease in the organic matter of your soil, which could make your soil more prone to insects or disease infestations. If you’re tired of relying on commercial fertilizers that can be damaging to both [...]

When To Plant Vegetables

December 22, 2008 at 8:49 am

As the term vegetables is such a loose term for the huge variety on offer I will give you a rough guide as to when you should plant and where you should plant specific vegetables. In January you sow early peas as well as broad beans in the soil, which you should protect with cloches. If you are looking to plant bulb onions they should be sown under the glass. In February you can continue to sow the early peas and broad beans and you can start to sow carrot seeds in a cold frame. Lettuces are also available to plant under glass and if you are looking to plant beetroot spinach and carrots are available to plant in the soil. In March you can begin to plant lettuces, radishes and spring onions in the soil. You can also sow tomatoes in trays at a constant temperature of around eighteen [...]

When To Plant Roses

December 18, 2008 at 7:01 am

When it comes to planting roses you can pretty much plant them all year round if they are containerized and if they are not the most suitable time would be in late autumn when the leaves are falling from their branches and you can also plant them between the end of January to the beginning of March before the growing season resumes in spring. If you are planting more than one set of roses you should create a trench around two feet wide and the depth of an average spade blade being sure to retain the dirt you have dug out. Fork over the subsoil and then turn in about half of the next strip then mix it together with the organic matter before completing digging of the second strip. Repeat this process across the bed using the soil from the first trench to fill up the final trench. If [...]

When To Plant Tulips

December 16, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Tulips are one of the nicest flowers to grow and as they are a spring flower your garden could be full of them during the months of March and May. If you would like tulips in you garden by the following summer then you will have to think about planting them in the month of November. Tulips like a rich soil for their growth and they also need a position in your garden where they will have lots of sun. You should plant bulbs in a hole around five to six inches deep and around the same distance between each bulb you are planting and try planting them with the pointed tips facing up. When it comes to watering them do not over due it as they do not like to be over watered so be aware of this. You can of course grow tulips in pots as well so [...]

When To Plant Seeds

December 15, 2008 at 11:58 pm

You should always begin your seed growing process by making sure you have all the materials that you will need with you at the growing area. You will need containers with provisions for the drainage so this can be either plastic pots or even peat trays. Most people prefer to use a soiless planting mix due to the sterility and ease of this method to begin with. If you are growing plants that need constant heat to germinate you could use a waterproof soil-heating mat, which can create a stable temperature throughout the soil for those seeds to germinate. When preparing your pots or trays begin by filling them to within a quarter of an inch from the top and then you should moisten the soil by leaving it in a pan of room temperature water until the soil is thoroughly well moistened. It is also a good idea when [...]