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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.

Winter Tips on How to Make your Plants Survive the Cold  50

Winter is the time most garden beginners wonder how they can take care of their garden. Keeping your garden in good condition during cold months would require a set of special skills. It is essential to change your gardening routines as the season changes.

Plants can adapt very well as the temperature changes in their environment, but as a gardener, you should help them out. You have to make sure your garden will survive until spring and summer. Trying to revive it for those seasons would be a waste of time. So you should to have the right knowledge and right tools in order for your garden to survive during the colder months. So what are the steps you should do to protect them?

gardeningYou should:

  • Continue planting in colder months with the right type of plants. However, do not push the plants to grow in an unhealthy habitat. Plant when the ground is in good condition to dig up.
  • Mulch from autumn can be put in the soil to decay. This will protect the roots from extreme cold temperature.
  • A small amount of compost will nurture your plants and soil for the winter days.
  • If a big freeze is coming, then water your plants immediately. This will provide water to your plants before the water starts freezing. It will also add some protection to the roots from frost damage.
  • Heat is essential for the plants survival so you can put heating material as a source near your crops. You can purchase it in a garden store and put in your potted plants.  Doing this and moving your plants near or inside the house could help them survive the winter season.

You should not:

  • Put fertilizer in your plants. Fertilizer means you are encouraging your plants for growth and flowering. However, during winter your plants are in hibernate state in order to survive the winter days.
  • Overwater your plants. A healthy amount of water is enough for the survival of your plants but generally they need less than the required water in winter days.


It is essential that you follow these steps in order for your plants to hibernate in a healthy way during the extreme cold weather. These tips will condition your plants when spring comes. As the gardener, you are responsible for the health and wellness of your plants, so make sure to help your plants survive the chilly winter season.

Flower Garden – Beauty and Appeal for your Yard  1

Flower gardening is a kind of hobby that is fun and practical. Many homeowners today like to grow their own flower garden in the exterior of their house. Flowers are very good garden enhancers that will certainly keep your surroundings beautiful.

Aside from being a hobby, flower gardening can also be a good source of income by selling your flowers or by joining a contest for flower gardening. This article will provide you tip son how to make your own flower bed in your backyard.


You don’t necessarily need a wide area for your flower garden, but just enough space for your garden not to get overcrowded. If you have a balcony or a smaller area, then choose the type of flowers that don’t consume a lot of space when they get mature.


If you live in tropical countries, then perennials and annuals are the best choices for your garden. However, if you live in a four-season country, then perennials are more suitable flowers because they can survive the cold season.

You may also consider the annuals. It is advisable to have different varieties of flowers in your garden.

However, annuals need to be replaced year after year.  Make sure to be smart in choosing the flowers that will easily adapt to the climate of your location.

Type of Flowers

Choosing the right type of flowers is very essential, especially if you are just a beginner in gardening.  You have to choose flowers that work well with the temperature and soil in your area.

Consider the color, height and leaves of the flowers. In order to achieve a harmonized flower garden, you should know how to organize variations.

Flower arrangement is not just about recklessly putting flowers in a vase. Flowers must be properly arranged in your garden in order to maximize the space.

A piece of advice,place the tall ones behind and the short ones in front. This is for plants to have the amount of sunlight it needs for the growth and development.

You can actually buy your flowers according to your preferences. You can buy flower seeds and plant them or buy seedlings or grown flowers that you can replant the on your garden. Make sure to look for a reliable supplier of flowers.


The soil should have the moisture and nutrients your flowers need to grow healthy. You will also need water and fertilizer.

Make sure to give attention and care to your flowers. Flowers will easily get wilt when they don’t get the essential things they need for survival such as sunlight and water.

Flower gardening is indeed simple and easy. It might take time for your flowers to bloom but with tender love and care, you will slowly see the blooming beauty of your chosen flowers.