Home Gardening

  • October 21, 2018

Gardening is a very satisfying experience which some people pursue as a hobby and some do it to enhance the beauty of their home. Growing different types of trees and flowering plants help in flaunting an aesthetic home garden. Thriving plants catch everyone’s attention and get admired by the visitors and guests.

There are many factors that influence the growth of plants like soil, water, sunlight, minerals, etc. If all these are provided in the right quantities then the plants grow in a healthy manner. It is crucial to know about a few basic things if you are planning to start a home garden–

Soil — Good quality soil ensures that the plants get all the nourishment they require. Soil provides many nutrients that are essential for the growth of plants. The type of soil can help in determining whether a specific variety of plants can be grown in it or not. Some plants can grow well in loamy soil and some can even thrive in soil that has high sand content. It is important to know what kind of plants you can grow in your home garden. You can get the soil examined in a laboratory before choosing the plants and the analysis can help you choose the right kind of plants for your garden. It can also help in determining whether you need additional nutrients and fertilizers to improve the soil quality.

Temperature and Light — Different plants have different requirements of temperature and light. Some plants require ample sunlight for growth and some can grow indoors in artificial light. Similarly, temperature also affects the growth of plants as some of the plants are equipped to handle extreme temperatures and some can survive only in moderate climate. Each variety has its own specific requirements and you should know about them before planting. There is a lot of detailed information available on the internet and you can also get suggestions from the local nursery.

Landscape — A well designed landscape contributes in making your garden look appealing. Gather your ideas, chalk out a plan and then start putting the plan into action. The design that you have in mind will help you to choose plants that would complement the landscape. If you are planning to construct a small pond in the garden then you can grow some aquatic plants in it like Lily, Water Hyacinth and Water Lettuce. Cactus and succulent plants that retain water blend well in rocky or desert landscape.

Type of plants — Select the plants as per your requirements so that they serve the purpose well. If you have a large area then you can plant shady trees and many other ornamental plants. In case if you do not have a lot of space then you can grow plants that require lesser area. You can also grow herbs, vegetables and fruits in your garden. Home grown vegetables and fruits are fresher and healthier as compared to what you get in the markets so you can try growing them in your home garden.

Tools and Techniques — Make sure to purchase the basic tools that are required for gardening like spade, trimmers, scissors, pruning saw, trowel and rake. If you have the right tools then you can maintain your garden well. Pruning and pinching are common techniques that help in the growth of plants and they can be mastered with time.

Get Creative Building Your Own Kitchen Garden

  • October 8, 2018

Planting your own kitchen garden is a great way to have the herbs, vegetables, berries, fruits or even flowers readily available for your everyday needs. They are not a new method of gardening and have been around since or even before colonial times.

Kitchen gardens are becoming a more and more popular way of gardening over the past few years. Most home or kitchen gardens grown by the home gardener are herb or salad gardens and are planted in a location near or close to the house for easy access of your everyday needs.

When choosing a location for your home garden you need to have an area that gets a minimum of eight hours of full sunlight, an area that has good drainage and a good healthy soil. These are the same requirements that are needed for any other type of vegetable garden. The most common methods for this type of garden are usually raised bed or container gardens.

Creating your home or kitchen garden using raised beds or containers gives you the flexibility to build your garden in location that you would normally not be able to work the soil and is a creative way to add dimension to your yards landscape. Raised bed and container gardens are also a type of garden that are easier to maintain than your stand home garden and it is not uncommon to build more than one garden using these methods.

Get creative and build your own home or kitchen garden. They are also a great way to attract wildlife to your backyard like hummingbirds, butterflies and even toads, while adding beauty to your backyard with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Home Gardening Ideas

  • October 8, 2018

Gardening is one great hobby to enjoy. Aside from the joy of seeing your flowers and plants thrive healthily in your backyard, you can also find many home gardening ideas and garden art to make your garden look amazing and refreshing to the eyes.

Imagine a great garden with waterfalls, with stone art and all those nice stepping-stones and other garden ornaments. Indeed, gardening is not just satisfying your senses wit the fresh environment of your garden but also a way to express your being artistic.

Hypertufa Garden Art

One amazing garden art that you can make in your garden is with the use of hypertufa. Hypertufa is an artificially made rock that is used as a substitute for the ‘tufa’ rock, which is a very good material for plants to grow and thrive because of its porosity. However, the tufa rock has now become rare and expensive, thus the creation of hypertufa is an alternative.

One good thing about using hypertufa for your creative home gardening ideas is that, you can actually do it yourself and shape it according to what you want. You can make planters, troughs, pots, rocks, even hypertufa leaves and just any garden accent you want. You will just need Portland cement, peat moss and perlite, mix these ingredients with water and mold to your chosen size and shape and let it cure and dry for several days.

Unlike ceramics, clay or plastics that will crack, hypertufa is durable, lightweight and can withstand harsh weather especially the freezing temperatures in winter. Because of its porosity, it is also a good material for plants to thrive even with little maintenance and watering.

You can actually find some hypertufa recipes for you to start with for your DIY home gardening ideas. You must be guided according to the hypertufa recipe fit for the product you want. You can make your hypertufa very lightweight or very strong by following a slightly different recipe.

Garden accents and planters from trash

Aside from making your own hypertufa for your garden needs, you can also make use of some junks that will be good garden decors, planters and accents. You can make use of an old wheelbarrow as an accent or a planter for you garden, or you can reinvent old containers and pots by adding some modern look into it. Old watering cans can also be repainted and designed to give a unique look to your garden.

Old chairs can be repainted and redesigned to make excellent plant stands. Old bathtubs can also be great ‘mini ponds’ for your garden where you can put your stone art and hypertufa creations. Indeed, you can find treasures from the junk that will make your garden look amazing.

You can actually find many home gardening ideas that will inspire you to make your home garden more refreshing and attractive as well. You do not need to have expensive decors and accents, you can actually find them in your trash, or you can make it on your own with just so little cost.

Diggin’ My Indoor Home Garden

  • October 7, 2018

Are you thinking of starting an indoor home garden? Climbing costs and crazy chemical coatings on grocery produce are creating fast fans flocking to join you. Planting an edible garden indoors to grow some of your own vegetables and herbs all year is a low cost alternative for safer healthier produce. No more worrying about chemicals or worse…scary bacteria like E. Coli on your food.

Getting started can stump you…sure happened to me. So to help you dive into diggin’ your first dirt, here are 3 kitchen herbs I discovered were great to grow as starters for my own indoor home garden.

Starting with an indoor herb container garden makes the most sense for lots of reasons. Here are a few:

  • easier to grow than most other plants
  • require little attention, easy care
  • add kick to your cooking
  • add aroma to your home
  • decorative as well as culinary
  • few pest issues, not disease prone
  • swift savings in your pocketbook
  • low cost to start and maintain
  • continually replenish themselves after cuttings

Time to get started with these 3 exciting herbal additions as a foundation of your glorious first indoor home garden adventure.

1- Chives Talkin’Chives plants have to be my all time favorite for anyone’s maiden plunge into planting their own indoor home garden…or frankly any beginner garden. These emerald green gems are forever forgiving of beginner blunders.

A perennial herb, chives produce a purple ‘pom-pom’ type flower that is also edible in addition to the long chives leaves. Chives survive any manner of neglect and conditions. You really can’t hurt this herb. My kinda plant!  But, please give them lots of light. They are sun lovers.

Their onion-like flavor is deliciously subtle but rich. Far superior to the dried store counterparts. Chives herbs are vastly more versatile than as an addition to sour cream. The chopped leaves are perfect for flavoring soups, eggs, butter, salad, and vegetable dishes.

2-Dill Discoveries

Since dill grows easily from seed, you can plant your dill seeds directly into a container of potting mix. Dill is another sun lover and considered a ‘calming herb’. Feel stressed? Snip some dill out of your indoor home garden and chew it to calm yourself! Mother nature’s way to relieve tension.

Dill’s gentle light green fronds grow atop thin stems. Chopping up both provides a much milder flavor than what you may be accustomed by using the dried version. Dill is an herb delighting creative cooks because of its diverse uses. Familiar with dill pickles? But did you know you can make a dill vinegar? Other seasoning choices for dill are butters, cakes, bread, fish, soups (try it on potato and leek soup!), and vegetable salads.

3-Basil Is Never Boring

For Italian cooking, basil is essential as part of your indoor home garden! Basil seeds happen to be extremely easy to germinate in moist warm potting soil. Since it’s a sun worshiping annual herb, locating your indoor home garden in your kitchen is perfectly suited for basil’s ideal hot and dry conditions.

Instead of the more popular green leaf variety, consider growing purple leaved basil for a dash of color indoors from your home garden. The scent is another way to experience basil. Rub your fingers across the leaves and your senses will make your mouth water.

Basil leaves flavor pasta sauces, stews, soups, poultry and other meat dishes. Use basil stems and leaves to create an out of this world vinegar. Mix the basil vinegar with your fav oil and add  to a salad of fresh quartered tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Another treat for your taste buds is a basil herb butter. In a food processor mix butter and basil leaves. Firm it up in the fridge. Pat some on fresh corn on the cob…ooh la la land!

Your herb indoor home garden can be a group of small containers with one herb plant per pot or simply a single container large enough to hold several herb plants. Hopefully this has inspired you out of your hesitation and you are ready to join the legion of urban farmers of the indoors edible garden by growing kitchen herbs.

Home Gardening Advantages

  • October 7, 2018

Saving Money and Your Sanity

Each year more and more people take up home gardening, some feeling the need to save money, garden in order to provide cheaper and healthier food for their families. Others choose home gardening as a way to relax, relieve stress and provide their yards and homes with beautiful live plants. There are many different types of gardening and many good reasons to choose to garden.

A Wise Economic Decision

Let’s face it with today’s economy, food gardening is a wise economic decision. You can grow your own herbs, vegetables and even fruit for a fraction of the cost you can buy them in the store and the more space you have to garden the more money you can save. Many families literally shave hundreds of dollars off their grocery bills each year by growing their own food and preserving it. This food is healthier than store bought goods, as well, because home gardeners often use organic growing for their food, which means no harmful chemical pesticides. They also can or freeze their food using less preservative than can be found in store produce. No matter how big or small your yard or even if you have no yard at all, you can grow some produce that will save you money. While those people who live in the country or have a large yard can grow enough food to feed their families all year round and thus save a ton of money on grocery purchases, those with small plots of land or even a balcony or deck can grow a few a simple vegetables. Vegetables such as tomatoes can be grown in a tub. People with no yard at all can enjoy home gardening by growing their own herbs inside in small spaces such as a window sill.

Some even grow miniature fruit trees in their homes. All these people find gardening enjoyable as well as economic saving them any where from a few dollars a year to significant savings. A Relaxing Hobby Other people turn to home gardening as a relaxing hobby. They find it a perfect way to relieve stress from their hectic jobs and really enjoy the feel of getting back to simple basics. These gardeners enjoy growing everything from small flower gardens to prize winning orchids or roses. One particularly enjoyable type of gardening for the hobby garden is bonzai or bonsai gardening. Bonzai gardening includes not only the Japanese Bonzai, but the Chinese Penjing and the Korean Bunjae. Quite literally bonzai means growing a tree in a pot. These miniature trees can be grown both inside and out depending on their size and provides for both an interesting hobby and a aesthetic result.

Special tools and techniques are needed for Bonzai gardening and those people who enjoy this type of gardening really enjoy the challenge of nursing these trees into the shape and style they want to create. For those looking to save money or for a relaxing and enthralling hobby then home gardening can be the perfect choice for you.