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   Jun 10

Why Vegetable Gardening is the Choice of Many?

Gardens provide a soothing and calming effect to a gardener. However, when it comes to benefits and advantages, vegetable garden has no match. If you think you need a wide space for your vegetable garden, then you are wrong.

You can have a vegetable garden almost anywhere, in a large space in your backyard or in a small area in your balcony. The only difference is you can have large quantities of vegetables in your large backyard and just a small number of vegetables from your balcony. So what are the benefits of having a vegetable garden in your home?

Fresh and Healthy Food

Vegetables that are genetically produced or chemically treated do not give nutrition to our body and worst, it could be the cause of a serious disease. Organic vegetables are fresh and nutritious, and they also have several health benefits.

gardeningTasty Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables and fruits that are produced the organic way are much tastier than the commercial ones you purchase in the market. These commercial ones are almost tasteless because of the chemicals used on them.

Savings

Growing a vegetable garden in your backyard or balcony will eventually make you save money. Vegetables in the market are quite expensive because of the transportationand taxes.

You can also save from fare and fuel when you go to the market. Have a vegetable garden in your backyard and be amazed on how much you can actually save.

Availability and Convenience

When you need tomato for your sandwich, you can just come to your backyard and pick some. The ease of availability of the vegetables makes you enjoy your food more. You don’t have to spend time going to a local store or to the market in order to get one.

Lifts Your Mood

For gardeners, they consider gardening as a refreshing task. Just spending some quality time with your garden can lift your mood. It is a proven fact that gardening is such an effective mood booster.

Enhance Your Property

Aside from the health benefits, vegetables add appeal to your property. They also play a big role in cleaning up the air which makes your property smell fresh, beautiful and full of life.

Eco-Friendly Benefits

Vegetable garden means you are nurturing the soil which results to a healthy environment. You can also save the environment from air pollution by having vegetables that can clean up the air.

With organic gardening, you can save money and the environment. It enables you to eat healthy foods for a longer life. Start your vegetable gardening now and experience the benefits!


   Jun 08

How to Earn Profit from your Home Grown Plants?

Everybody loves to earn money and it gets better when you earn it from doing something you love. Growing a garden in your yard is profitable like any other home-based business today.

If you know how to play your cards right, then you will surely be successful in the gardening business. Here are some helpful tips you should know before you start your business:

Research and Study the Garden/Produce Market

The first task is doing a thorough research about this market inside and out,especially in your own town or state. You can visit a local market if you plan on selling homegrown vegetables. Check and observe the current prices and see what crops most people buy.

Identify the prices and the crops that have great performance in the market. Also keep in mind the requirements needed before starting business such as a business permit and a tax ID number.

Start Your Own Gardengardening

After you have identified the crops customers would buy, start your garden. It can measure up to 20 feet in length and 25 feet in width. You can grow different kinds of plants from veggies, flowers and fruits.

Be sure you can manage your garden and your business. Make sure you have vast choices of crops so customers think it is worth it.

Herbs Gardening

Herbs are one of the latest trends in the gardening market.  Starting your herb business will make you creative in your marketing strategies to sell what the customers would buy. You can write down all the herb-related products you have and convert them to products that you know customers will actually buy.

You can start your herb garden in early spring. Start with herbs that you are familiar with.

You might also consider the dried herb market. People usually buy the dried ones than fresh herbs. They look different when dried and are stuffed in a jar, and this is what most people prefer.

Fruits, Vegetables and Shrubs are also Profitable

There is a long list of gardening products that are profitable. Veggies and fruits are basic foods so customers will definitely purchase these products. Flora and general plants come in quite high prices which is a big profit for you.

Advertise Your Business

Now, you have to bring your customers to your business. It can be through Internet ads, Craigslist and other online sites. You can also use the traditional ways like newspaper ads and word-out-mouth method.


   Jun 04

Basic Gardening Tools to Become an Effective Gardener

Gardening is such a fun and healthy experience. You are frequently outdoors enjoying nature that soothes your body and soul. Even just digging up or lifting things can be a good exercise for your muscles and bones.

So you need to have the right gardening tools to help you accomplish your tasks to maintain a good and healthy garden. Here are some important gardening tools you should have:

Shovel

This will allow you to dig up the bed or plant your bushes and trees. A round point shovel will help you to cut though the soil. With shovel, you can easily prepare the entire bed and large holes for planting.

gardeningGarden Claw

This is basically a new addition to important gardening tools.It is a long and easily-handled cultivator. This allows the gardener to turn the soil and prepare the bed with the new soil.

This claw does a good job in aerating the soil. It is also great in mixing compost, fertilizer and new soil with the existing bed.

Hand Trowel

This is the small version of spade which is used for new flowers and plants. It is great in tight spots in your garden and also digs the weeds out.

Bypass Pruners

This will keep your crops trim. This is for the right growth of the plants and to keep them appealing. It is used for the soft and fragile growth of the flowers and bushes.

For large branches,long-handled loppers are used. On the other hand, shears are used for bushes, smaller branches and hedges.

Watering Can and Hose

Water is a basic need of plant for survival. Use hose to water the large areas and a good quality can or hose is worth every penny.

Rake

Rake allows you to take all the debris off the lawn. This is to keep your garden clean and attractive.

Broom

You need a straw type of broom to clean up all the debris in patio areas and walkways.

Garden Fork

This is a kind of tool that has many prongs which is used for carrying, raising, digging or piercing. Choose the stainless ones, they are durable.

Basket or Light-Weight Bag

This is best to carry around when you are weeding or pruning to put all your garden debris. You can easily put it in a bin or use it for compost pile. You just have to make sure the bag is light weight so you won’t get tired carrying it around.

Garden Cart

You have your basket for light loads, now you need a garden cart for heavy ones.This should be durable and in good quality in order to perform your tasks easily.

These are the basic and necessary gardening tools to help you become an effective gardener for your garden. So start digging the soil and plant your first crop!


   May 26

Tips for Landscaping Property Lines

One of the most important areas when planning out a landscaping project is along the property line. Even if you love your neighbors, you’ll likely want to provide yourself some privacy and there is nothing better than trees, bushes and other natural landscape lines.  Fortunately, there are hundreds of different things you can add to this part of your property to provide both you and your neighbor with a beautiful, natural view at the edge of your yard.bird1

When planning what to do along the property line make sure that you run your plans by your neighbor.  Even if you are allowed legally to plant pretty much whatever you want, it is common courtesy to let your neighbors know about your plans.  In many cases they will actually help you out. Regardless whether they will help you out or not, the main point is to make sure you get their permission that way, you can enjoy your landscape with no worries.

Trees

One of the most popular things to plant along any property line is trees.  These are a great option because they will grow tall, can provide privacy and serve as an excellent backdrop to the rest of your landscaping project.  One potential downside to trees however, is that once they grow up too high, you actually lose some of the privacy because the branches and leaves are above the line of sight.  There are some smaller trees which will work out, but it might be a good idea to combine the trees with other items which are lower to the ground.

Bushes

Large bushes are ideal for this type of landscape because they are typically quite thick and can grow very wide so you can cover a lot of ground with just one plant.  Whether you use bushes exclusively or plant them in between trees, you will love the way these beautiful plants look.  There are dozens of different types of bushes to choose from so take your time and find the perfect one.  Some of them even bloom with beautiful flowers at specific times of the year so that can be a great benefit if you are a lover of flowers.

Fencing

While this is not a natural option on its own, the fencing can be the perfect place for a thick vine to grow on.  You can add plants like morning glories near the fence and they will weave their way up along the whole length and height of the fence.  Morning glories bloom with bright beautiful flowers each morning during the summer so this is truly a stunning way to provide privacy without sacrificing the beauty of your yard.

There are many other types of vines which will look great climbing up and through your fence as well.  Just remember, most of these vines will die in the winter so you’ll lose much of your privacy if you just put up a chain link fence.  Combining this option with trees or bushes can help ensure a secure privacy all year long.


   Apr 23

Morning Glory: Living By Its Name

Morning Glory

Morning glory is the name given commonly to almost 1,000 species of this flower. The name of this flowering plant was acquired from its characteristic and distinctive feature of folding up its petals when evening comes and opening them when morning sunlight strikes. This plant is usually used by people as decoration on walls and fences.

The flowers of the morning glory plants are funnel-shaped and go from white, blue, to purple. These plants can grow up to 8 feet tall. This flower is planted by many because maintaining this plant does not require extensive care.

Depending on the variety or species of the morning glory plant, it can either grow in bushes or in vines. The requirements for this plant are basically the same disregarding whatever variety you choose to plant. The care for this particular plant is basically the same for all varieties.

Move 1: Preparing the Site to Plant

Always consider this tip when you want to plant morning glories – these plants need a spot or area that is well exposed to the sun. When the area or garden you have chosen to plant them has too much shade, the flowers will not bloom. You should choose and area that has abundant sunlight all throughout that day.

When you are planning to plant those varieties that grow in vines, you will be needing support when they grow. The best place to plant vine types or varieties is next to a fence. Make sure to till the soil where you want to plant the seeds and mix it up with compost.
Compost is good in conditioning the soil. It holds on to nutrients and water, so it is very good for any type of plant.

Move 2: Plant

If you are to plant morning glories using seeds, it is recommended that you soak the seeds in warm water for approximately two hours to soften the seed cover. Make about half of an inch holes in the spot where you want to plant them. Set the holes for about 6 inches apart.

Put one seed in each hole and cover it up. If you are going to transfer morning glory plants from pots to the soil, see to it that you will be able to plant the vines as deep in the soil as it was before in the containers or pots.

Move 3: Care and Maintenance

As we have mentioned earlier, this plant does not need much care and maintenance. You just have to fertilize it once a month and water it diligently during hot days and summer. Just avoid over-watering this plant.

Training the vines when they start to grow is easy. All you need to do is to make a support for the vines to entwine. You can twist the vines of the morning glory in a gentle manner around its support.


   Apr 22

Project Landscape: Gazebo

Having a landscape in your home is a very fun sight to watch. But wouldn’t it be much better to look at your landscape from the center of your home? Placing a landscape at the heart of your home always adds a sense of style and warmth to your home. Surely your family and friends would love to hang out in there!

Gazebos are the best place to accommodate people in a beautiful landscape you have created. It serves a double-purpose, to have a place to hang out chill out in and at the same time, to let people have a good look at your masterpiece. Having a gazebo will bring out more fun in your scenery and a place for enjoyment for your family and guests.

To make it simpler, gazebos are outdoor structures with open sides and just a roofing complex to protect from elements like rain and the sun’s heat. Aside from providing shelter, its purpose is also to serve as a place for entertainment. It is one of the best things to be installed in your home.

Most gazebos are commonly circular or round, square or hexagonal in shape. Other gazebos have more features like having seats or benches all around the edges and even tables at the center. If you want to have this feature in your garden, you must first know how to prepare and install this structure.

Gazebo installation requires the following essential things to have it installed correctly and safely in your wonderful piece of art – your landscape. Here are a few tips and tricks to install a gazebo in your landscape like a pro.

Have Enough Space

Before you install your gazebo, you should take note of the space where you are going to place it. A gazebo is a structure that consumes space so make sure to allocate enough space for the gazebo to fit in.

Site Selection

Selecting the site for your gazebo is also essential. It should be a place where you will not be able to destroy the beauty of your garden. Your purpose is to have a place that you can stay, watch the beauty of your landscape and beautify your home at the same time – not to make your landscape look like a disaster.

Landscape Design Blueprints

The next step after you have finished with the ground preparation is to make a layout of your landscape. You can draw the dimensions of your gazebo on the ground or on your grass using spray paint – more preferably white to make it easier to see. The paint will then fade away. If you want your layout to be more precise, you can actually use blueprints for your landscape.

Ground Work – Literally

After making a layout of the dimensions of your gazebo, you will have to do some excavation to make the area flat or leveled. If your land area is a slope or hill, make the other side of your excavated soil a little deeper than the other side to make balance and level it.

Post Holes

The structure of the gazebo is just post with a roof, so better make your posts more fixated to be able to ensure safety and durability of your structure. The way to do this is easy; just excavate a hole deep enough for your posts and fill it up with stone, rocks and gravel. You can also make use of cement to secure it if you want to.

Install

If your posts are ready and when your gazebo has been delivered, you can have it installed firmly on top of the beams of your post.

Add Elements

Landscape the surrounding of your gazebo to make it more attractive and beautiful. This will also make it like a part of the whole scene.


   Apr 18

Tulips: The Must-Knows in the Care of this Plant

tulips

Photo Credit: Tulip Era in the Ottoman Empire by K?vanç Ni

Tulips are perennial plants that have bright, cup-shaped flowers with stem that are green and smooth. They are bulbous plants by nature. They are of the first flower and also one of the loveliest flowers that shoot up in spring.

Care for Tulips

The tulip, just like any other plants and flowers, need to be taken care of and maintained. By doing this, you will be secure to yourself that your plants are living healthily.

Here are a few tips on the care of this lovely and colorful flower:

  • Start Young. Tulips should be planted in an area or spot where there is abundance of sunlight. It is best to plant these flowers in October (somewhere mid or late). It is also recommended to water the tulips bed until the soil is completely moist enhance the formation of its roots right after planting.
  • Soil. It is recommended for tulips to be planted in a soil that is well-drained, loamy and airy. Other soil types like heavy soil or clay-type, the addition of sand and compost or organic matter will enable the draining properties or increase the water drainage of the soil.
  • Water. Water is needed by living organisms to live and survive. Watering is required to tulip beds after they are planted somewhere in the fall or early spring. During the winter where long dry periods are being experienced, extra watering is advised. Be very careful not to overwater the plants because they cannot tolerate standing and too much water.
  • Protection. Squirrels, rabbits and other animals can harm and destroy the tulips. Squirrels are known to dig up the plant and eat up the tulip bulbs. It is advised to have you tulip bed sprayed with animal repellents to get them protected. If you do not wish to harm these animals (rabbits and squirrels) by spraying repellents, you can build barriers or fences. To prevent blight, do not allow petals that have already fallen to stay on the tulip beds and keep the garden clean.
  • Potted Tulips. Make sure that the pots you have utilized as containers for the tulip plant has hole underneath to promote drainage. Place the pot on an old and unused saucer to collect excess water. Keep potted tulips in a bright place but away from direct impact of the sunlight.

   Apr 16

The Cool Pool: Swimming Pool Landscape Ideas

beautiful pool

If you have a swimming pool in your house without anything that adds life to it, like a beautiful garden, it will only look plain, dull and less exciting. How about turning your poolside into a paradise?

Basically, the pool is a great place to cool off, especially when the weather is hot. Adding plants and  a creative landscape in it will make it look more like a beachfront or a hotel swimming pool. You will be able to relax in your pool like you are just in a famous beach resort like in Bali, Indonesia or Boracay Beach in the Philippines.

The Wow Effect Pool

A beautiful landscape in your swimming pool or the poolside, to be more specific, gives you an overwhelming satisfaction. It can be difficult at first but if you have the idea and knowledge on what you need to do, everything will be easy.

Here are a few ideas on how to put a screaming “W-O-W” to your pool.

  • Island Getaway
    You can transform your poolside into an island. The main idea here is to elevate your poolside to create an illusion that the pool is the water that surrounds your island. Choose plants that need little watering and drainage to prevent soil erosion into your pool. To make it look tropical, make sure to use colorful plants and flowers that will surely turn your pool into paradise.
  • Waterfalls
    Installing a waterfall on your pool that will continually recycle the water source of your pool will be a great addition. It will also be pleasing to the eyes. You can make it look more realistic by adding rocks, plants and other ornaments behind and at the sides of your man-made waterfall. This will bring more life and a realistic effect as if you are swimming in real lagoon with a waterfall.
  • Beach Summer
    The addition of sand in the sides of your pool and a few tropical plants and dwarf coconut trees will do the trick. You can also add a beach umbrella and benches to make it look like a summer paradise.

These are just a few ideas on how you can turn that same old pool into one hell of a cool pool that you can soak in any time of the day. Simple is boring, creativity is exciting. So make sure to apply these tips and turn your pool into an amazing paradise experience!


   Apr 14

Urban Gardening: The Green Roof

Gardening on Rooftops

Photo Credit: Rooftop Garden Hyatt Regency Hangzhou by Markatnm

People living in urban areas who want to have a garden of their own faces one main problem – the unavailability of space or land area to have their garden. In cities, what we can mostly see are buildings made of concrete, concrete roads and patios – everything almost concrete. In short, there is a limited amount of space for gardening when compared to the countryside. If you think about it though, these problems just limits the space for gardening below or on the ground, but doesn’t really stop you from gardening. So why not bring your garden to a higher level? Literally!

The idea of having a rooftop garden is fitting if you have limited or no space to create your garden. This idea is not new to the world. Rooftop gardening was first practiced in ancient Babylonia. It was the idea of the king of Babylonia, Nebuchadnezzar II, who had it built for his wife who is very homesick and wanted to see plants from her homeland. It was known as The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Today, you do not need to be a king to have a “hanging garden” of your own. You can have you very own rooftop garden. But before you make this possible, you should consider a few things first. These things are essential to building or making your very own “green roof”.

The Rooftop

This may sound basic but you really have to consider first the condition of you rooftop. Make sure that your rooftop can support the weight of the garden you are planning to have. If you want to make sure whether your rooftop can be installed with a garden, you can have the roof checked by a credible licensed engineer. Through this, you will be guaranteed that if ever you have a rooftop garden installed, your roof will not fall down.

Plant Containers

Most of the time, plant boxes cannot be used in the rooftop unless your home or apartment building is newly built and the plan included a rooftop garden. Anyway, plant containers can be used. Always remember that the plant containers should contain enough soil or soil of about one gallon. The soil mixture should be composed of equal mixture of top soil and compost.

Water Needs

The rooftop garden is exposed to too much heat and winds that can dry up the soil and the plants easily. This is because of the physical position where the garden is located. The rooftop garden should be watered daily and be checked for signs of drought.

Once you’ve checked out all these items, you can start on your rooftop garden right away. So get creative and if you need tips, you can always apply some of these ideas on your rooftop gardening. If you are still having trouble, you can always leave a message on my contact form and I’ll be happy to help you out!


   Apr 12

What Went Wrong: Knowing and Fighting Plant Diseases

plant diseases

Diseases of plants often seem mysterious because you can’t really notice them right away, unless you use a microscope. Most home gardens have only modest disease problems, but it’s important to make sure you keep the upper hand by learning to recognize the symptoms of diseases that might lead to your paradise’s destruction.

If your plant slowly wilts or rapidly collapses it is likely caused by soil-borne fungal diseases that causes roots to rot.

  • If the new growth of your plant looks crinkled or distorted with crazy flowering patterns or thickened leaves, it is likely caused by viruses which are spread by small insects that interfere with the DNA signaling within plants. If the leaves of your plant have white patches or numerous dark spots, it is likely caused by airborne fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.

Most diseases that infect vegetable garden plants are caused by fungi. By the time you see a problem, it is usually too late to cure it. Most diseases are predictable though, which gives you plenty of opportunity to try these simple preventive methods:

Baking soda

This can help prevent powdery mildew and other leaf spot diseases. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda per quart of water with a few drops of liquid soap added to help it stick. Baking soda is particularly effective when used in rotation with light horticultural oils.

Horticultural Oils

It may be based on soybean, canola or even herbal essential oils. These oils make leaf surfaces inhospitable to fungi, but they can damage leaves when applied during hot weather. Always check on the product label to make sure the plant you want to treat is on the list. Follow application instructions precisely.

Plain Milk

when diluted in water and exposed to sunlight, it briefly changes into a disinfectant compound that murders fungal spores yet act gently on plant leaves. Mix one half cup milk to two cups of water. Apply weekly on healthy plants that are at high risk for developing powdery mildew.

Pruning or Pinching off

Pruning or pinching off upon observing the first sign of trouble is a smart intervention too. When the lowest leaves of your plant start showing dark spots from early blight, clipping them off can seriously slow down the spread of the disease.

Taking care of your garden is like taking care of yourself. Remember the old saying? Prevention is better than cure. In your garden’s case, it’s best for you to be knowledgeable regarding these plant diseases and to be a keen observer at all times.