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Bulb Garden: Bring Interest to your Yard  10

gardeningBulbs are beautiful addition to your garden. Spring-flowering bulbs such as alliums, lilies, crocus and tulips are planted in late fall or before the ground freezes.

This is for the bulbs to establish their root system and be ready for spring. On the other hand, summer-flowering shrubs are planted in early spring to replace the other bulbs once summer arrives.

Planning your Garden

First, you have to determine where you will plant your bulbs and how wide the area would be. This is to identify how many bulbs you should buy in the local nursery. Fortunately, most bulb packages have set of instructions on the proper spacing of the bulbs.

Shop for your Bulbs

It is essential that you know what you will buy when you go to a local nursery or garden center. Research more on each of your bulbs.

However, most gardeners prefer larger bulbs since they are high quality and have great flowers at the first year. Also you will have a bulb garden that will last for years.

Prepare the Soil

It is important your soil have good drainage in order for your bulbs to grow healthy. Make sure it is fertile and tilt.

If your soil has high clay content, then make sure you mix it with organic matter or compost. Whatever the size of your bulb garden is, it would be ideal to have a tilled and loose soil.

Positioning them Properly

It is important that your bulbs are flat at the bottom while pointy at the top part. As for the space, large bulbs such as Daffodil bulbs need at least 4-6 inches apart while tulips need 3-6 inches apart. On the other hand, small bulbs such as crocus bulb need to be two inches apart.

If you choose bulbs that vary in heights, then make sure to plant the taller ones at the back of your garden and the shorter ones at the front. It would bring more appeal if your bulbs are in clump position.garden

Cover it Up!

When you have positioned you bulbs correctly, then it is time to cover the roots with soil. Halfway on covering a bulb, add fertilizer and enough water. Make sure not to overdo it to avoid damaging your plants.

Then place the remainder of the soil and water it again. This is to settle the soil. Add mulch so the soil can retain moisture even in low temperature and also to prevent weeds.

With knowledge on growing bulbs, you can have a bulb garden until spring arrives. Just make sure to follow the tips above in order to enjoy the beauty of the flowering bulbs.

In a simple way, they bring beauty to your garden. They can even last for years depending on how much you take care of them.

Make sure to pay attention to the needs of your bulbs in order to have blooming flowers for the next season. Whether you just newly discovered your green thumb abilities or you are a gardening expert, bulb garden add interest to your garden.

Aquaponics: An Easy Way to Gardening  7

gardeningAquaponic gardening is one of the trending type of gardening these days. It might be a bit of different than the traditional garden but this is easy to prepare and you have a supply of fresh vegetables and even have different fishes. One reason why it is popular is you can grow up to 10 times the amount of plants than ordinary gardening.

Features of Aquaponic Garden

Aquaponic gardening is unlike hydroponics that produces water-tasting crops. Vegetables you grow in this garden are rich and tasty. What most gardeners love about this garden is you don’t need an expensive fertilizer in order to make your crops grow because the fishes will do the trick for you.

The fish will produce waste and this goes through ammonia process and turns to nitrate which combines with water. The water then goes to the garden bed and the plant gets the nutrients and finally, clean water is drained back to the fishing pond.

The two living organisms are dependent to each other and the process is entirely natural. There is balance since the fish provides nutrients the plants need, while the plants give clean water for the fish to survive. So completely, there are no chemicals involve that could harm the fish and your plants.

Aquaponic can be done any season of the year and you can even have it inside the comfort ofyour home. So you can surely have fresh supply of organic foodseven in the middle of winter days while your yard is covered with thick snow.

You can have different designs of garden that are suitable for your preferences. With aquaponics, you don’t have to supply it with water regularly but you will need to replenish the amount of water lost due to evaporation. Another benefit is you can easily eliminate the diseases and insects that could harm your plants.

Types of Fish

Homeowners can choose different species of fishes to grow in their garden. The popular choices are goldfish and Koi.

However, if you want your fish to be part of your dining menu, then the ideal choice would be tilapia. You can also have silver perch, Murray cod, largemouth, smallmouth bass and crappie.

Preparation of the Garden

gardenYou need two tanks to get started with this type of garden. If you plan to place it inside, then you may opt to choose beautifully-designed tanks.

Once you have put them in a suitable place, then you need PVC and submersible pump. Once everything is set, you need to add water, your fishes and the bacteria.

First you have to start the ammonia cycle in order for the water to support plant life. You only need to add bacteria and the rest will be up to the fish.

Make sure the process gets completed before you place your plants. The entire cycle usually takes three weeks.

Aquaponics gardening is easy and you can choose from a wide variety of vegetables to grow. Everything is organic in this system – water, fertilizer, process and your vegetables. It is healthy, eco-friendly and supplies you with fresh crops all-year round.

How your Plants can survive the Cold Days?  40

Winter months are the most difficult time of the year for gardeners. Preparing the garden is very essential so your plants can still bloom on the arrival of spring.

gardeningGardening habits should also change as the season turns colder. Most importantly, you should have the skills in order to protect your garden from extreme climate.

One primary problem during winter is that the liquid inside your plants could freeze in this below-zero condition. It can damage the plant cells, leading to death of your plants. It might not have the chance to grow for the next season.

There are a few things you can do in order to maintain your garden healthy even in cold temperature:

      1. If you have banana plants in your garden, then it would be ideal to place it near wall facing north. At this position, your plant will have enough heat in order to survive. Placing banana plants on gentle slopes can also help to expand the life expectancy of the plants.
      2. Grow your own plants from the Brassica family. Vegetables in the family are high in salt so they are capable of resisting cold temperature. Cauliflowers came from the same Brassica family as well but they do not have the same ability.
        But there is a solution. To prevent frost in the leaves, tie the leaves together with the use of twine. Make sure to remove the twine so they can receive sunlight early in the morning.
      3. Create mounds around the garden bed. During winter, heaving in your yard is common. This is the time when the ground freezes and warms up when exposed to the sun and then it gradually pushes the plant out of the ground.
        This could cause uprooting of your plants. Garden beds facing the east experience this problem the most since they are the ones which receive the first sunlight. So it would be ideal to place a mound around your garden bed in order to reduce heaving.garden
      4. Use old pots to protect your plants. During the night, you can use these pots in order to cover your crops against the cold temperature. Make sure to remove it the next day so your plants can receive sunlight for survival.
      5. Placing your potted plants inside the shelter of your home. There are plants that are very fragile during the winter. You can place it inside your home or your garage in order to prevent them from freezing in the cold weather.

It is essential that you have prepared your garden during fall and have a thorough research on the subject on how to take care of your plants during winter days. You must have knowledge on which of your plants can survive the cold and will still bloom for the next season. As a gardener, it is your duty to maintain the health of your plants.

These are just few tips on how to approach your plants for the season. Make sure to give extra attention to your plants and give them their necessities in order to survive the winter season.

Beat the Heat: Tend your Garden this Summer  2

gardeningSummer is surely another gardening time. After the flowers have bloomed in spring after long months of winter, this hot season will surely be another busy time for gardening. The heat might cause drought in your garden which is why it is very important that you always check on your plants if there is insufficient water supply or if they have been receiving too much heat.

So here are some helpful tips for your garden to make it survive the hot season and still bloom until the next season arrives:

Get Rid of the Weeds

Weeds compete with your plants for water and nutrition. This is the reason why getting rid of them is the very first step. Make sure to check your plants very carefully if weeds are starting to grow in their roots.

Make a List of the Crops

Crop rotation is a healthy practice for many gardeners to avoid plant diseases and pests. You can also take a good picture or list down all the crops you have used for the year. This could help you make improvements for your garden especially with the location and crowding.

Water it Regularly

Evaporation is fast in extreme heat so soil sometimes loses most of its water during this season. So make sure that your soil and plants have enough water to withstand the heat. Also make sure to install timed sprinkles in your yard so it can water your lawn and plants in specific times of the day.

Harvest your Crops

Crops such as beans and squash should be harvested before they become too large. Instead of storing the excess for the next season supply, you can sell them in the local market or have them donated to the community or churches. It would be great if you help people who need food the most.

Make Compost

If you already prepared your compost during the spring, then you can use it to treat your soil for the summer. Plants would definitely need a lot of nutrients from the soil this hot season and this will aerate your soil for better moisture.

Start collecting dried leaves and weeds in your garden and keep them dry for fast rotting. Make sure to put them all in a bin where they can decompose naturally. This compost might ready for the next season or as preparation for gardening in late summer.

Avoid Pruning

Pruning your trees and plants before the season changes should be avoided. But you can cut down the branches that might break when strong wind blows. If the tender branches are exposed to harsh conditions after you have pruned it, it could damage the whole tree or plant.

Tending your Lawn

gardeningThe heat might greatly damage your lawn which is why it is essential that you water it regularly and sprinkle it with fertilizer. Aerate it 6 weeks before the growing season so that it can still grow and recover before the cold season arrives.

Continue Tending your Soil

Mixing mulch in your soil for your vegetables and flower beds is essential for growth and development of the garden. Mulch is important for your garden to suppress the growing weeds and for the soil to maintain its moisture. When this organic matter decomposes, your soil will be fertile and healthy to support plant life.

Clean up your Garden

This is very important especially after you have done some gardening work in your yard. Grass cutting and dried leaves left in the garden can attract insects and pests that could damage your garden. This is also an ideal preparation for the next season

Give your Plants Enough Nutrients

Due to heat and insufficient nutrients, leaves of the plants tend to go yellow so you must tend to its needs. Make sure the soil have proper iron content that your plants need in order to survive. As a gardener, you should be able to give all the nutrients that your plants need in order for them to bloom even in hot weather.

Most importantly, your garden needs all your love and care in order to grow and be healthy until the season changes. Aside from winter, summer is also the season you should pay attention to your plants and yard. Brown parts in your lush garden are definitely an eyesore so make sure to follow the steps above to have a green and blooming garden even in summer.

Exercise your Green Thumb even Indoors  1

gardeningPeople who live in urban cities dream of having their own backyard but they have limited space in their apartment. Gardening has been one of the favorite hobbies of many people these days. Not only it could enhance the interiors of your place, but also it has that relaxing effect after a busy day at work. If you are think gardening is impossible indoors, then you are wrong.

One solution to your dilemma is container gardening. This is ideal if you arejust a newbie in the gardening world or for people who have experience but does not have enough space in their place.

Using a container, you can create your own garden and you can place it anywhere you want – windowsill, rooftop, doorstep, balcony and even in the stairs. If you long for the clean air and calmness plants give, then container gardening is the answer.

Before we talk about the important tips on setting up your garden container, you should know about the amazing benefits of this type of gardening.

  • Fantastic Décor

You have full control of the container you want to use and the design of each one. This could enhance the interior design of your apartment and a lovely addition to your decors. If you have the skills, you can design your containers to make it blend in with the overall design.

  • Containers are Flexible

There are a lot of different sizes of containers you can choose from to fit them anywhere in the house. There are numerous ways you can incorporate your container garden in your limited space. So setting up does not take much of your time and effort but still it looks great.

  • You have Fresh Supply of Vegetables All-Year Long

Since you placed them indoors, you can protect them from harsh conditions. So even winter or summer, you can have a fresh supply of vegetables and herbs for your cooking and even have blooming flowers.

  • You have Total Control of the Environment

In indoor gardening, you have full control of the temperature, soil types, water quantity and even sunlight. Also you protect them from pests and diseases.

Now that you know the importance of having this garden inside your house, it is time for some tips on how to choose the best container for your garden. This is essential since this container will be the home of your plants for the coming years and this where they get the nutrients they need for survival.

1.    Size really does matter

There should be enough space for the roots of your plants to grow so you should consider the size when choosing your container. If you plan to have herbs or just one vegetable, then choose small containers.

However, if you have enough space for larger container for your fruits and vegetables, then choose one that fits enough in that space. You can visit a local garden store to look for good quality of containers for your garden.

2.    Drill it with Holes

gardeningIt is essential that your container have drainage holes to avoid water to accumulate in your container and drown your plants or damage the soil. Recycling some household items such as glass container would not be a good idea. Make sure you choose the materials depending on its durability when drilled.

3.    Choose Lightweight Materials

One must choose containers made from synthetic materials. They are light, cheap, easy to clean and portable.

These materials can be molded to anything you want to and you can even design and color them to look like expensive ones. Make sure to choose the right design for the interiors of your house.

4.    Seal your Wooden Container

If you choose wooden containers, then you must remember to seal it or it will easily rot. There are woods such as walnut redwood, cedar that are rot-resistant. You can even make your own wooden container if you have the skill.

Container gardening is not that difficult if you have the right knowledge and tools in setting it up. From herbs to fruits, one can have endless choices of plants to put in your container so make sure to choose well. Just make sure they receive enough necessities such as water, air and nutrients from the soil.

Even if you have a limited space in your home, you can still do your hobby and make use of green thumb abilities. Remember to be creative in creating your own container garden.

Healthy and Green: How to Maintain your Organic Garden?  13

Gardening might be confusing especially if you are a beginner. However, you can find a lot of blogs and articles online talking about simple tricks that prepare you for gardening.

gardeningOrganic garden is one of the famous types of garden that most homeowners choose to grow on their backyard. They are beneficial since one can harvest their own vegetables and fruits in time. So you and your family can have fresh and healthy supply of these organic products straight from your backyard.

Tips to Retain a Healthy Garden

Choose your Location

Location is essential for your garden’s survival. Make sure the area receives fair amount of sunlight during the morning and it is not exposed to strong winds when the weather turns bad. Once you have chosen the area, it is time to take care of elements that will make it an effective garden for your plants.

Tending the Soil

This is an essential step to start your organic garden since this is where your plants will get their nutrients for survival. It is also used by the plants for support so make sure it is well-conditioned, healthy and treated with organic fertilizer.

Make sure to give time for your soil to absorb all the treatments. When it is ready, it is time to plant your greenery.

Choose your Plants

While waiting for your soil to be in good condition to support plant life, you have to choose your plants. Start with the vegetables. Include the ones you always use for cooking or you could also have variety of vegetables that you can sell in the market after you have harvested them.

With growing vegetables on your backyard, you don’t have to spend time and money going to the market. If you need anything, you just walk into your backyard and pick the vegetables you need.

As for the flowers, make sure you know how to combine the colors in order to create colorful and appealing flower gardens. Make sure you know the necessities and conditions of each plant you choose to assure their survival.

Prepare your Tools

Keep your garden tools handy. Makes sure you have a large container so your tools will be organized in one place.

Keep gloves, shears and trowels in arms’ reach to work fast and easy. Maintenance is essential to keep your garden healthy.

gardeningShade Garden

Include shade garden in your backyard. It is ideal for beginners since it is easy to maintain and do not need much sunlight.

A shade garden can do well by itself and still look good for your garden. This will help you get started with your lush garden.

Protect your Plants from Harsh Conditions

Strong and cold winds during the winter can greatly affect the growth of your plants. You can place your garden inside your house or garage and another option is to protect them from extreme weather by covering them up with your sheets or tent. There are numerous ways you can properly cover up your plants during the winter days so they can survive until spring.

Raising your Beds

There are different materials to use on how to raise your beds for proper water drainage system. You can use stone, brick and wood in order to make sturdy raised beds.

When you choose to use woods, make sure they are resistant to rot and they are not chemically-treated. This could damage the health of your plants especially if you have vegetables on the garden bed.

Put Organic Fertilizer

Organic materials such as manure and mulch should be mixed well with the soil in garden beds. Aside from being essential for the conditioning of your soil, it also keeps the weeds away and the soil can maintain moisture essential for the survival of the plants, so your flowers are healthy and blooming all-year long.

Prevent Mildew

In order to avoid mildew, one should spray plants with mixture of water and milk. Make sure milk is only a little part of the mixture.

This condition can damage your plants so you have to act immediately. Make sure to spray the mixture until the mildew disappears.

Harvest Time

Make sure you harvest on time so insects and other pests will not have the first bite on your hard work. Make sure to pick up the ripe ones and be careful in cutting them down from the plants so they can continue to grow and give you a good harvest every time.

In order to maintain healthy and fresh home-grown vegetables, fruits and flowers, you should follow these simple steps on how to take care of your garden and your plants.

Gardening Tips 102: How Important is Soil Preparation?  1

Gardening is definitely one of the favorite recreational activities by many homeowners. They love taking care of their plants and decorate their backyard with colorful flowers.

Gardening makes people relax and even spend quality time with family. So in order to have a healthy and blooming garden all-year round, one must know the basic gardening procedure – preparing the soil.gardening

Soil fertility is very essential for many types of garden. Plants get the nutrients in the soil in order to grow healthy, to increase their immunity against pests and to survive. It is advisable that one has to use organic fertilizer for the fertility of the soil.

These organic components come from animals, plants or other mineral resources and will provide all the nutrients the plants need. One advantage of using organic materials is that they don’t impose any harm to the composition and natural activities in the soil, they will only make improvements.

Making your soil healthy and fertile is not achieved instantly. As a gardener, one must know that it is a long process. So when you are planning your gardening project, you have to start with tending the soil.

One very common mistake most gardeners commit is that they overlook the importance of conditioning the soil. Some start planting and tending the soil for later. This is definitely not a good habit if you are thriving for a healthy organic garden.

Soil should come next after you have chosen the location. Soil is the one you can alter with organic components in order to improve the garden and make it an ideal place for your plants.

The physical appearance of the soil might not be appealing for us but inside there are interesting activities that make this soil a very important ingredient for a bountiful garden. Soil is the very foundation for a successful garden so one must make it a top priority.

At first, you might hesitate on investing your time, money and effort in improving your soil but at the end when you see your flowers blooming and your vegetables bearing fresh fruits, all your hard work will pay off. If you fail to pay attention to soil, your plants will struggle and you will eventually lose interest in gardening. Once you have established a good, healthy and organic soil for your garden, the plants can survive even if you don’t tend it delicately.

Soil is composed mainly of mineral resources and organic matter is only 10 percent of the total composition. However, within that small amount there are microorganisms that turn your soil to a paradise breathing life to your plants. So make sure you prioritize improving your soil because it is a beautiful start for your gardening hobby.

Organic Materials to Improve your Soil

  • Compost

This is essential for the improvement of your soil. Make compost in your bin and make sure to compress the materials to speed up the decaying process. This will add some organic matter to your garden.

  • Peat Moss

This is good for sandy soil. It will improve the soil in order to retain moisture.

  • Animal Manures

gardeningThis is where the soil will get its nutrients. Make sure to use rotted manures rather than the fresh ones, they will only damage your plants. Apply it during early spring or fall for best results and make sure to dig them completely under the soil to avoid seeds from sprouting on it.

  • Seaweed

Seaweed will give trace minerals, potash and nitrogen to our soil. You may get fresh ones from the beach. They are abundant during fall but you must be aware how much you should get since seaweeds are important living organisms and many fishes depend on it for food under the water. Another option is you can purchase some dried ones from a local garden store.

  • Sawdust

Wood chips or sawdust is perfect for clay soil. They will make the soil bulk and make it lighter.

  • Green Manures

These are dried leaves that have fallen to the ground during the fall season. You can use the leaves of clover, field peas, oats, buck wheat and fava beans.

They will make your soil look bulk and enhance its aeration and drainage properties. Other green manures can give nitrogen to the soil.

These organic matters will surely improve your soil structure and your garden. These matters are the food source of many microorganisms such as earthworms beneath the soil. These earthworms improve the aeration of your soil and the waste products they produce serves as the most important organic matter that makes your soil healthy and fertile.

Gardening is not all about improving your backyard using your most colorful flower beds and lush plants and herbs, it is also about tending the soil which greatly contributes to the preservation of the environment. Preparing your soil is a basic and important step to start a healthier and productive yard.

Hydroponics Gardening: Garden Anytime, Anywhere  7

For most gardeners, when the winter arrives it is also the time their gardening experience stops. Now, you don’t have to be upset because hydroponics gardening will give you a chance to continue your hobby at the comforts of your home. You and your family can still have fresh vegetables even when snow begins to fly.

gardeningThere are many benefits to this type of gardening. Since they can be concealed in a place, no insects or pests will damage it. Also freezing and drought can never affect your garden and the condition of the soil does not influence the growth of your plants.

Although many green houses today make use of the hydroponics to grow crops for commercials reasons, you can also have your own at your house or garage. You can use any container or unused closet in order to make your hydroponic garden.

Benefits of Hydroponics Garden

A Garden for Any Condition

Hydroponics gardening does not need soil in order for the crops to grow and the gardener has total control of the environment of the garden. As mentioned, this garden can be safely put indoor away from the diseases or pests. Since the gardener has the full control of the garden, he can manipulate which and how much nutrients the plants should receive.

Lighting and water can also be controlled so one can have a healthy harvest in no time. This is the reason why many gardeners enjoy having hydroponics garden at their home.

Healthy for the Environment

This type of gardening is environmentally-friendly since water and nutrients are being recycled. Even though the plants only have limited space to grow, they still develop like in traditional garden.

In this garden, you can constantly see plants are placed in tubes or shelves vertically. This garden is definitely a space saver and contributes to the preservation of Mother Nature.

Gardening even in Winter

Hydroponics does not depend on sun, temperature or rain. This indoor garden can grow anytime and anywhere. Most gardeners start their garden in winter where they use container and artificial lighting in order for the plant to survive.

So you don’t have to stop gardening when you feel the first bite of the cold breeze because with hydroponics, you can do your hobby all year long. With few tips and tools, you can simply start your own hydroponic garden and make it successful.

Materials Use for Hydroponic Gardening

LED Light

The natural light inside the home is not sufficient to support plant life, so most gardeners make use of LED lights. These grow lights are usually the best choice in order to provide what the crop needs. They give off less heat than a fluorescent light and also they are inexpensive to operate.

Water Solution

The crops are placed in a net pot which is filled with vermiculite or gravel. This means that the plants are suspended in the water. Wide gardens make use of pumps for the water and nutrient recycle that is essential for the survival of the crops.

Plastic Containers

Most gardeners make use of containers or pots that is made of plastic. They are available in local garden stores and you can even choose your own depending on your preferences.

You can grow different types of plants in hydroponics garden. You can choose from vegetables, herbs and even flowers. Some even try to grow small fruit trees in order to have fresh supply of fruits in the table.

Make sure your crops receive the right amount of nutrients in order to survive. You have to research more on each plant you choose to place in your garden.gardening

Since the roots can quickly get the nutrients, they also grow quickly so make sure they receive sufficient nutrients. Soon you will have fresh and organic supply of vegetables even in winter days.

As mentioned, you can use LED light in order to give the heat that your plants need for growth and development. Make sure that they receive enough in order to grow healthy.

There are different systems used for hydroponics and this will determine the container you will use so make sure to choose the better one. Don’t overcrowd your medium, or your plants will end up intertwined with each other competing for the nutrients. Make sure the container has enough plants so nutrients and water can be distributed properly.

Hydroponics is not difficult yet you have to make things properly in order to make it an effective and successful garden. With helpful tips, right tools and knowledge about hydroponics gardening, one can experience its advantages for four seasons. For gardeners, nothing is more special than tasting home-grown vegetables after all the effort and time you put in your garden.

Japanese Gardens: Find Peace and Calmness  1

There are different types of gardening such as water gardening, indoor gardening, container gardening and herb gardening. Today, there is another type of gardening that is slowly rising to popularity. This type of gardening is what they call Japanese gardening or Nihon Teien.

gardeningThese gardens are designed to traditionally showcase the culture of Japanese, make use of garden containers and limited space. Now, they are seen in parks, landmarks and houses. Shino and Buddhist Temples have the best of these types of garden.

The Origin

Nihon Teien emerged from Heijyo and Fujiwara castle towns. It is said that the earliest garden designs highlighted the Taoism and Buddhism visions and even have the Chinese mountains. It was found in the ruins of Heijyo castle with the water passage believed to be part of a garden.

How it Became Popular?

This Japanese style garden became known because of KokanShiren. He wrote the Rhymephrose on Miniature Landscape about the gardening secrets regarding the bonsai and bonseki. He said that the secret of Japanese gardens is passed on from a teacher to his apprentice.

He also shared that everything stated in the book must be concealed from outsiders. But the book is published in different libraries in Japan, spreading the knowledge of such garden designs.

Japanese Garden Designs

Nihon Teien offers different garden designs that gardeners today use in order to improve their gardens at home. One garden design is the Tsukiyama which reflects the nature of Japan but focuses on bodies of water. Another is Kare-san-su which makes use of stone and sand elements.

Zenniwa is the garden design most found in Zen temples. The Chaniwa is a gardening design that revolves around the tea ceremony which is famous in Japan. They are usually placed outside the tea houses for “cleansing” purposes.

These Japanese garden designs prove that the Eastern people give significance to how gardens reflect the way of life. This is the reason why many gardeners make use of these designs.

Whether you are using Japanese, European or Chinese garden designs, it doesn’t matter as long as you incorporate them properly and manage to reflect the original purpose of the design. These designs not only enhance the garden but also make it a relaxing place where one finds inner peace and calmness.Garden designs are not only to be shown-off to your visitors but must also be a way to reflect your personality through your chosen design.

Herb Garden: Another Easy Garden for your Backyard  0

If you make use of herbs when you cook or for your salads, then it would be practical to have your herb garden at your backyard. This herb garden will give you endless supply of your favorite herbs and they are accessible.

gardeningOne great thing is you don’t have to wait for too long to harvest your fresh herbs for your recipes. So when you start to plant your herbs by spring, you can have your fresh herbs by summer.

Growing herbs will just take a little effort and time from you. Also you don’t have to spend too much money to have healthy-growing herbs.

Choose your Herbs

You might start with herbs that use for your cooking. However, it would be better if you explore more of essential herbs. You must do research and write down all the herbs you are familiar with and the ones you don’t know about.

There are countless garden websites that offer information about a lot of herbs. You can also visit some herb gardens by your neighbors or local greenhouses.

Herb Gardening Materials

You might need basic materials to start your herb garden. Seedlings will ensure that your plants will grow so make sure to keep them in a container.

Garden sieve is used to get the soil ready and water spray to gently water your herbs so you won’t damage the soil. Flower pots will serve as home for your seedlings.

Herb Gardening Tips

It is very essential you decide on where you should plant your herbs. Some herbs originated in warmer areas, some adapt the climate of the place so you must do some research.

As for the soil, you have to prepare them and make sure it is neutral and maintain its moisture. To make the soil healthy, mix it with compost of rotted manure in order to have the nutrients the plants need for growth.

You must also place them in accessible areas such as the kitchen door so while you cook you have herbs that are readily available. Make sure it receives fair amount of water and sunlight they need to survive.

Harvest your Herbs

Now after all the efforts, you can now harvest your own herbs. Make sure you don’t remove too much leaves at once. You must make sure that you herbs will continue to grow.

With these simple steps, you can make your herb garden all on your own and you have supply of fresh ones for your cooking. These home-grown herbs will definitely make your dish healthy and delicious.