• Garden Blog

    Using Your Garden for Meditation

    Meditation is healthy for physical and mental well-being. Doctors as well as therapists and religious leaders often recommend meditation to decrease anxiety, clear the mind, and lower the blood pressure. Meditation is receptive; prayer is active.

    Religious people may combine the two, but basically, meditation is a form of relaxation that reduces stress. It consists of just sitting and enjoying the moment, perhaps watching your thoughts and feelings come and go but not engaging with them. They are not you; you are not them. If you don’t engage with they, they pass by and evaporate.

    If you have a garden, you already have a perfect place for meditation. You can choose a special spot within your garden to set aside for meditation. By meditating in the same spot day after day, you come to associate that spot with meditation. Your ability to meditate will become more and more effortless.

    For days of bad weather, you should also have an indoor spot for meditation. You can sit in your garden during good weather and inside your home when it rains or is cold and windy outside.

    Choose some special item for your garden meditation spot. This will make it easier to relax and meditate. Depending on your tastes, you might want an angel fountain by your bench, as the sound of flowing water has a calming effect and will normalize your blood pressure at the same time that it eases your mind.

    Also, place something at eye level, such as a garden plaque, that inspires you. It might depict a cherub or flora. Ritual is powerful. You could begin your meditation by gazing at the plaque to help you clear your mind. A visual image is often used as a meditation tool, or touchstone, to help clear the mind.

    If you meditate at least several times a week in your garden, you will soon reap the benefits. Your time in the garden will become one of your happiest times of the day. The bubbling water, fresh air, and fragrant scents will assist you in creating a state of contentment. One of the best uses of your garden is to center yourself and feel your connection to all of life.

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    Long lasting hanging baskets

    As I look around my neighborhood I now see hanging baskets with few or no flowers, brown leaves, just a few sticks in some cases. A month ago these same baskets looked great. So what has gone wrong?

    In the early summer lots of people go to the garden centre. They fork out lots of money to buy beautiful, imaginatively planted baskets.

    They take them home and hang them up. Their property is transformed so every morning and every night they water the baskets. Feed them too. And they look great. Then along comes the summer holiday. It’s difficult to find someone to water them.

     

    Even if you do they maybe don’t have the care and attention you would yourself. After two weeks the baskets are in decline. The ones on the local pub look better. The pride is gone. Now it’s a chore to water them. But…

    …it need not be this way. It is possible to feed and water your baskets automatically. It is not expensive, it is not difficult. It is the solar garden irrigation system. This will water your baskets every 3 hours in the daytime.

    It uses water from your water butt or even a cistern if you have no garden. No taps, hosepipes or electric wires are needed. No water up your sleeve.

    The tubes are only 6mm – not much bigger than a phone line, so they are easy to conceal. You can hang the pumps out of reach so no one can steal them.

    Add some Miracle Gro to the water. Then you know the secret of really good baskets that last and last. People will start to ask how you do it. Just smile sweetly.

  • Garden Blog

    10 Tips on garden summer upkeep

    1)When’s The Best Place To Plant Trees And Shrubs ?  There are a few trees that are best planted in the spring but most can be planted anytime of the year as long as their containerized.

    2)Is Watering Plants During The Night Better Than During The Day?   No, watering after sunset can actually can encourage a fungal disease in the plants. The reason behind this is without the sunlight the plants take longer to dry out.

    3)What Are Those Bugs Crawling All Over My Tomato Plants ?  The bugs most commonly found on tomato plants  are beetles,cutworms,grasshopers,root weevils,spidermites and colorado potato beetles.

    4)What Kind Of Containers Are Suitable For Growing Plants-  The most important thing is that the seed gets moisture and warmth. With those two things a seed can grow in almost any container. Once the seed starts to grow transport it to a bigger container, this container though should be able to drain out the excess water so that it doesn’t drown.

    5) What Do I Do With My Plants When Summer Is Over? Once the weather turns cold and your plants slowly reach the end of their blooming period there are some things to remember. Keep your garden tidy during the autumn and winter so that it doesnt disturb the soil of your gardens.

    As well try to keep extra rain water does not sit around your gardens and spoil plants. Removing old plants will help new plants make sure they have all the room they can get ensuring best results . Composting can also be helpful during those winter months, collecting leave clippings and turning it throughout the winter can help you get some great nutrients into fresh soil that can be used in the spring.

    6) Pruning Trees – Gardening experts say to leave pruning a tree to experts but if your really set on pruning a tree yourself its best to do it before may or after august. Pruning the trees in the summer could weaken them and prevent them from surviving the winter.

    7) Lawn Care – Is there such a thing as too short ? Well yes, there is . About 2-3 inches is the perfect length, this will give the roots an easier time when retaining water and will cut down on the amount of times youll have to cut the grass. There are also some benefits to longer grass such as reducing noise pollution and cleaning the air you breathe.

    8) Mulch- Composted bark mulch is great for adding nutrients and nitrogen back into the soil. Mulch will also help retain water as well as keep your flowers cool during the summer heat and warm during those cold winter months.

    9) Keep Those Gardens Clean – Like everything else in life , leaving your gardens unclean can only cause problems. Leaving things unkempt can lead to bacteria , fungus and disease.

    10) Budget-  No matter what your garden budget it is always important to remember not to spend all of your budget on spring flowers and trees. reserving some funds for later can always prove to be useful to replace plants that have died. Also if you reserve enough money for later on you can take advantage of discounted perennials at some nursery’s that can shut down as early as july.

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    Adding Texture with Garden Sundials

    The sundial, an ancient device thousands of years old, is a classic garden ornament. It was not until the 17th century that mathematicians were able to create a sundial that would accurately tell the time of day regardless of the season. Today, a well-made sundial is often more accurate than a public clock.

    Not only are they beautiful but fascinating to guests and children. Children will be especially intrigued by sundials and want to know how they work. They are amazed by this magical technology that existed before the digital clock. You can give them a wonderful history lesson on timekeeping and technology.

    Cast Aluminum Sundials

    It’s important to buy a sundial made of quality materials. Your sundial will be outdoors for years in the rain, snow, sun, and wind. Exposed to the elements, a sundial needs to be durable like all your other garden decorations such as benches, tables, bird houses, water fountains, and statues, to retain their beauty.


    Sundials made of cast aluminum are the best. They can be finished in bronze for an ageless, beautiful look. Heavy items should be made of fiberstone, which is an amalgam of fiberglass, stones, and sand and is stronger and more durable than concrete. Wooden items are best made of cedar or cypress, which resist decay. Details on objects should be in verdigris, copper, or hand-cast aluminum with a bronze finish.

    You can also place a sundial in your patio; they aren’t just for the garden. You can be creative with your garden decorations! You can put a sundial on your front porch. Twin sundials can be placed to flank the driveway, front entrance, a walkway, or the path to the garden.

  • Garden Blog

    Garden irrigation and root veg – does it help?

    Carrot, parsnip and beetroot seeds benefit hugely from regular irrigation when they are germinating as do the plants in the early stages of growth. Germination is more even and plant establishment much faster, leading also to fewer losses from slug/snail damage. (I would still recommend sprinkling a few slug pellets prior to germination, but cover with fleece to keep the birds away).

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    For those of you looking for a complete drip irrigation kit to get started, I would highly recommend the RainBird kits.

    They are very simple to set up and made from high quality rubber and other materials. They aren’t very expensive and if you don’t have much experience with drip irrigation kits then this is perfect for beginners.

    Beetroots can be harvested earlier and will yield much more with continued irrigation, without any loss of quality. Early sown crops will get very large if left in, so a succession of sowings is needed if you like small beetroots.

    Although yield is heavier in carrots and parsnips which continue to be watered, there is a loss of skin quality, an increase in splitting and a reduction in root length when watered in accordance with our trial specs (Once every 5 days).

    In well drained soils continued watering is probably beneficial, but my recommendation would be to try 2 days watering every 2 weeks – a heavy enough application to really soak in, but without the waterlogging associated with more frequent irrigation.

    As an alternative to seephose, use drippers spaced about 30cm (12″) apart. Turn the irrigation on to see where the wet patches are.

    One of my favorite new attachments this past summer has been the new metal garden hose which you can use with your drip systems. What I seem to like most about these new metal garden hoses is that they are very durable and the summer sun heats them up quickly to get the warm water on your plants.

    It’s important to remember when using any garden hose or irrigation kit that you need to properly maintain it. Caring for you tools and plants is a full time job and if you take even a day off, everything can get ruined pretty quickly.

     

    Using a broom handle make a shallow depression in each wet patch and sow 4 or 5 seeds in it. As the plants grow pull the biggest root to eat, but leave the smaller ones to grow on in the extra space created. Weeds are easier to hoe out as you can hoe both ways.

    Water usage is reduced. The plant tops and roots spread to catch the light and water, so yields don’t suffer much. I have done this with beetroots and it has worked really well.

    I will try carrots and parsnips next year, but think pulling them one at a time may be more challenging.

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    Garden Urns Add Elegance to Your Garden

    Urns can add a hint of formality and timelessness to your garden. If you want your garden to have a dignified, stately look, garden urns may do the job. They look especially impressive in pairs. Symmetry and multiplicity bring out the elegant quality and ancient aesthetic of the garden urn.

    The right finish adds to the effect.

    For example, a gothic urn might have a mossy jade, a warm rust, or a formidable stone finish. You might keep to one finish, or skillfully blend more than one.

    A rust bench, for example, can look great next to a stone urn, but if you have too many contrasting colors and finishes, your garden might look like a junk store. If, for example, you combine terra cotta with jade and rust, your garden might look messy.

    Urns are also popular in public places, especially for dealing with cigarette butts. It’s better to have smokers toss their butts into an urn filled with sand than onto the ground where they have to be swept up. To find the best variety of quality urns at a discount, go online.

    There you can find high-quality urns with ease. Choose urns made of quality materials to ensure that your purchase will be an investment and not a maintenance problem.

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    Some Tips On Growing Lilies this Year

    Hello fellow greenthumbs, this week’s gardening tip is for a very popular flower that can be a little tricky growing so that is why we present the following tips. If any of you reading these tips have any requests on what you may need some tips on feel free to leave us a message here.

    Lilies are grown from bulbs made up of fleshy overlapping scales. These flowers are known for growing into large clusters of flowering stems.

    Location – Both variety’s of lilies are grown best in full sun , shade tends to make them grow very floppy. They also need to be grown in a bed that drains well and isnt overly windy.

    Soil– The best kind of soil for lilies to be grown in is the kind with lots of organic material to prevent drought. They are best grown in groups of 3 – 6 of the same variety and each bulb should be placed from 6-8 inches apart. Make sure to plant the bulbs facing up , divide and replant about every three years.

    Fertilizer – Fertilize the flower in the spring with 5-10-10 as lilies like very rich fertilizer. A slow release formula is also recomended with lilies .

    Water – Lilies are fairly draught resistant , watering once a week during extended dry periods is recomended. Also mulching helps retain moisture and control weeds.

    Pests – Lilies are usually pest free but sometimes slugs can be a problem with new shoots. Just make sure to spray with forceful water and check for bugs often.

    Over Winter –  Its best to mulch newly planted bulbs before winter with anywhere from 4-6 inches of loose compost. When wary of how to protect a plant over winter its best to mulch and leave it there until the first frost of spring passes.

    Well that’s it for this week , again if anyone has any questions please dont hesitate to ask us questions on our facebook and our website.  Until next week .

  • Garden Blog

    Tips on Growing Lettuce

    First, prepare your soil. I like to add manure to the soil to provide nitrogen for healthy growth. Add manure as soon as you can work the soil in the spring (at least two weeks prior to planting the lettuce).

    Plant seeds in full sun 1/8 inch deep in rows, 6 inches apart. If you plant new seed every two weeks you can have lettuce all summer.

    However, for mid-summer yield you must protect the lettuce from summer heat. As the weather warms, begin planting in partial shade, somewhere where the afternoon sun will be blocked by the house, garage or tree. If you have taller plants nearby, such as corn, sunflower, etc., put the lettuce in the shade of those plants.

    Avoid getting the leaves wet when you water. This invites disease. Water the soil at the base of the plant till moist, but not soaked.

    Lettuce does not compete well with weeds or pests. Keep the weeds pulled and hand pick pests off the leaves. I would not use poisonous insecticides on my lettuce. If you must spray, use insecticidal soap.

    The biggest enemy of lettuce in the garden is slugs and snails. They can practically destroy lettuce in about two nights. The best method to eliminate slugs is to go out in the garden, every morning, at sunrise and hand pick them. Look in damp, shady areas and you will find them easily.

    Do this until you can not find any more. You can also help eliminate slugs by removing any article in or near your garden that provides a home for them. Slugs love to hide under old grass clippings, wood, cardboard or anything else that gives protection from the sun. So, clear your garden of all of these items

    You can also buy snail bait at the garden shop that works well. However, I urge you to use the “Pet Safe” baits that are now available.

    The older (cheaper) baits are poison to you and pets. I would never put something that will kill pets on a vegetable I intend to eat.

    You have the basic tips, now read the article on transplanting to see the proper way to get your lettuce in the garden.

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    Expert Gardening Tips: Making It Easy for Newbies

    These days, you don’t have to be a grandma to start a garden, nor do you have to have a green thumb. You can start a garden with the help of ready potted plants, some basic gardening tools, and a gardening guide for any type of garden you have in mind.

    Yes indeed, why a grow a new garden or start to learn how to?

    If in the past you have tried to start a garden with one potted plant to test your gardening skill only to end up with nothing to show for your efforts, you must have made a lot of gardening booboos. There is no reason to stop you from trying out again.

    If a garden outdoors seems to be a gargantuan task, start with potted plants for your patio or in the corner of your backyard. Many people love our indoor gardening tips, but nothing compares to being outdoors. When the flowers bloom and the scents fill the summer air, you will surely want to have more blooming flowers that get you closer to nature.

    • A beautiful garden in a cramped apartment or one that stands out in a treeless neighborhood is a sight to behold. It works like magic on the senses and brings you back to the time you wished you had a magic garden.

    If you are tired of the traffic scene outside the four walls of your home and you long for vibrant colors that remind you of open fields awashed with daffodils, you need a garden, no matter how small it is.

    Gardening is also a therapeutic activity for people and the rewards are huge and gardening makes the body physically busy with all the kneeling, bending, pruning, and watering.

    In sum, gardening is the way to go to decorate your front lawn and add some pizzazz to your backyard. A garden also helps in the effort against global warming – and this is the most important reason why you should have a garden.

    Tips for Starting Your New Garden

    Before starting a garden there are basic stuff to learn by heart such as the type of plants that will thrive in your locality and the amount of care they demand.

    • Talk to a gardener and you might get lost in translation with all the babbling about soil pH, mulching, cotyledons, and composting.

    But gardening should start with the basics – garden space and garden shape.

    Where do you want to have your garden and what plants do you have in mind?

    • If you want to start with a small space, make sure it receives a lot of sunlight and it is a place dogs and cats and other pesky four-legged creatures cannot reach.

    For visual delight, choose decorative pots or gardening containers of different shapes, sizes, and heights. These will add texture to your gardening efforts.

    • The decorative pots may have a coordinated look or a mix-match collection to achieve a certain look for that garden space.

    Window Ceil Gardening Tips

    The old-fashioned window box gardening resolves the issue of lack of space for condo dwellers. Window box gardens also enhance the interiors and frame the view out there or spruce up the apartment’s exteriors – with spilling ivy, petunias, and geraniums.

    • This type of gardening should be selected carefully to coordinate with the look and feel of the apartment or condo and the type of plants to grow.

    You can make your own flower garden planter box o get a professional to do the job for you, complete with decorative add-ons and wall brackets to support it.

    The next job is choosing your potted plants that can survive in the area.

    Note the weather condition; is it too windy or does it rain too often and how much sun does that part of the apartment/condo receive during the day?

    Knowing all these can help you choose the type of plants for your window garden.Garden suppliers can also fill you in and help you make the right choices of flowering plants or herbs for your garden, a greenhouse wouldn’t be an entirely bad idea either to buy or build.

    • The issue of home security may be a concern especially if your home can be easily accessed. For the front window, install secure double lock latches. The window is secured from the inside so there is no worry that the plants won’t get their ample diet of sunshine if you leave the apartment during the daytime. Install a top vent or front awning if it rains often so you can leave the window open when it rains.

    What Should You to Plant?

    The choice of plants to grow will depend a lot on your personal preferences or gardening skills, ask around for gardening tips and tricks. If you are the type who goes for scents herbs in the kitchen’s window box garden are recommended: dill, lemon thyme, lemon verbena, mint, spearmint, and sweet basil.

    • For romantic scents in the living room, go grab potted jasmine, lavender, nicotania, and sweet alyssum. The flowers also add a dash of colors that would revive anyone’s flagging spirits. If you want perennials grow crocuses tulips, daffodils, and primroses.

    Homegrown vegetables might interest the culinary expert in the home – tomatoes, cabbages, beans, peas, and lettuces.

    • Fresh homegrown veggies can stretch the grocery budget.

    If you are big on ornamentation of your apartment or condo, choose plants that grow flowers that match the paint color of your home’s exteriors.

    • Permanent greenery such as Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Mugho Pine, Bristlecone Pine, and small cacti are top picks for year-round ornamental plants.

    Get Sterilized Soil

    Good quality soil is important in gardening – indoors and outdoors, its easy to create your own compost gardens with a garden composter.

    For your window box garden and other indoor plants, take the time to sterilize the soil to get rid of nematodes and their eggs and noxious weeds that will eventually show up.

    The best time to sterilize soil is during the summer or ‘cooking’ the soil in high temperatures using a large kwok after sieving to get rid of stones and other debris.

    Or buy sterilized soil from garden suppliers if the job appears too messy for you. Sterilized soil assures the safety of children and house pets from getting worms.

  • Garden Blog

    Creating A Botanical Garden

    Visit a public botanical garden.

    On a basic level, this will give you a chance to enjoy the vibrant colors of a wide variety of flowers. Such gardens usually include a cornucopia of local and exotic plants, in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

    But besides simply enjoying the flowers there, you can also get some fantastic ideas about which flowers to plant, and how to plant them.

    You can do this through observation and by talking with the employees at the botanical garden. In the long run, this will help to drastically improve the quality of your own botanical garden.

    Enhance your botanical garden using vines.

    This is a fantastic method for using your garden’s vertical space more effectively. You can find vines that are attractive for both their flowers and foliage.

    Where should you grow the gardens? Some ideal structures include garden arches and garden arbors.

    Besides using the vines’ attractiveness to enhance your garden, you can also use them to conceal certain sections of your landscape, such as storage sheds.
    When selecting vines for your garden, you can choose between annuals or perennials, and between evergreen or deciduous.

    • Each option has its pros and cons, so it’s basically a matter of which type of vine will have the best effect on your botanical garden. There’s no right or wrong answer!

    Add shrubs to your garden.

    Technically speaking, we usually classify shrubs as horticultural, rather than botanical. Nonetheless, they can provide some variety and pizzazz to your garden.

    The two main types of shrubs are deciduous and evergreen. You can use shrubs for functions such as windbreaks or hedges.

    Due to their large size, you can use them in a variety of functions. They can be the centerpiece of your rock garden, on a indoor apartment garden, or it be used to display smaller flowers.

    4. Have the right tools for the right job.

    This is true for any type of garden, including botanical gardens and even garden greenhouses.

    Here are some of the most helpful types of products for botanical gardens:

    • circle hoe
    • compost bin
    • deer repellant (organic)
    • fertilizer (organic)
    • garden kneeler (save your knees!)
    • gloves
    • kelp meal (organic)
    • perennial planting tool

    Add class with ornamental grasses.

    You can find a wide variety of these grasses, which can help to add personality to your botanical garden.

    They’re available in a rainbow of colors, including reds and blues! The main types of ornamental grasses are cool season grasses and warm season grasses.

      • Warm-season grasses can grow well in dry and hot conditions.
      • Meanwhile, cool season grasses adapt better to continuous temperature changes in the spring.

    If you’re planning to create a garden, why not create a botanical garden?