Mar 31

How to Create a Garden For Your Children to Play In

lAs a parent you will have a clear idea on how to make your garden safe and secure for your child. Here are some more ideas on how to doubly ensure their safety and their fun in the garden.


Create shade in your garden especially for areas where your child will spend a lot of time a sand pit. For temporary shade a large parasol will fit the bill. For permanent shade consider a shade sail. A good one should block up to 90% of the sun’s UV rays and not fade or retain mould.

Hide the clutter

How do you store garden toys your child will play with in the garden? If you do not have space in your garden for a shed consider using a large basic water butt or compost bin to store them in or invest in a slimline garden store or storage chest. Using green plastic garden table or barbeque covers will hide them from view and also keep them dry.

If you are going to have your garden professionally designed ask for plenty of storage space to be included.

Harmful plants

Use your commonsense about what to plant in the garden. Avoid planting prickly and thorny plants and those with accessible berries. The label on new plants should specify toxicity or ask for advice at your garden centre.

Feb 21

How to Easily Control the Weeds

download (5)Weeds are plants that are simply unwanted and grow in an area where they should not grow. It is a plant that has no value and does not add any value or have any benefit where it is growing. Instead it is a plant that is taking up space and nutrients for other plants and it is considered to be a threat or a nuisance. Weeds tend to grow very fast and they tend to hinder the growth and progress of other plants and they seem to choke and disturb the growth and the progress of other important and valued plants. Weeds tend to out grow or over grow the other plants in and around there surrounding area.

The best way to began dealing with weeds is firstly identifying and determining what is a weed and what is not a weed. Also unwanted pest and bugs also seem to have a tendency of hiding in weeds and they use weeds as cover and they use weeds as food as well so it is best to deal with weeds as soon as possible and timeously. Chemical control is not always the best way to deal with weeds because even the good and valued plants tend to suck up and absorb the chemicals and eventually we end up consuming those plants and in the process taking in those chemicals. One form of

Dec 10

How to Grow a Garden Indoors

indoor-gardenTo successfully attain great results in gardening indoors, it is imperative to get hold of great indoor gardening tips. If you grow an indoor garden, it is essential to learn indoor gardening tips to help you choose the right gardening tools, fertilizer, garden sites, and the frequency of watering your plants.

The are numerous indoor gardening tips out there, and there are a few very important ones that you have to learn to succeed in indoor gardening. These few will be discussed as we go along.


Some of the most important indoor gardening tips involve lighting. Lighting is a vital source for your plants’ nourishment. It would be advisable for you to put your indoor plants outdoors during the summer so that they could somehow make up for all real sunlight they missed during their time indoors.

Since plants rotate towards the light, you have to keep rotating them constantly to ensure proper growth.


In indoor gardening, an appropriate order is observed when watering your plants. It is important to keep in mind that there are some plants that need more water and there are some that do not need that much.One great way of telling if the plant needs to be watered or not is through observing the moisture of the soil. If the soil is moist then you do not have to

Mar 24

Tips to Create a Mini Garden on Your Balcony

Ever wished to have a nice garden at home, but later realized it is impossible because you live in an apartment? Good new for you!

I will tell you how to make your wish come true. Follow my tips to create a mini garden on your balcony and you will discover its magic without so much effort.

To create an earthy look, you can use small containers and pots to form a mini garden at the corner of your balcony. You can buy containers that can easily be hanged on your balcony railing. You can also hang medium size pots on the roof of your balcony, if you have one. However, do refer to your apartment rules before you install any fixtures to your outdoor area.

Be sure to select containers which have good drainage. Pick fuss and mess free containers so you would not have to worry much about your mini garden turning into a mosquito breeding heaven. You can place small river rocks around the containers to create a more natural look. These rocks are available in most pet shops, hardware stores and major supermarkets.

The flowers or plants you choose to fill up your mini garden must be suitable with the surrounding. If your balcony is exposed to sunlight all day, be sure to place plants that can endure such weather like cactus. On the other hand, if your balcony is rather shady, pick plants that can live under shades.

Mar 17

How To Make Your Own Compost

A soil can never get enough compost because soil can always be improved with additional organic matter. Compost is organic matter that has broken down sufficiently such that its mineral and nutrient components can be readily absorbed by plants. You can either buy compost or create compost yourself.

In order to create compost, you will need to dump yard scraps in a corner of the yard. Alternatively, you can also collect the yard scraps in a composter bin. An ideal blend would involve equal amounts of soft/green material (like manure and leaves) and hard/brown material (dead leaves or chopped twigs). Whenever you mow or rake your lawn, add your grass clipings and leaf rakings to your compost heap. An ideal compost pile reaches 3-4 feet high.

In order for compost to be formed, significant air is required. Aeration can be provided by moving the pile with a pitchfork. However, you can also add perforated PVC pipes the center of the pile to help aerate compost piles.

Tip: High temperatures will help to semisterilize the compost, killing disease spores and other pests.

After you have accumulated a heap of compost, add a compost started or a garden soil to help jump-start the decomposition of the organic materials. You can also speed up the decay of organic material by breaking up your organic matter (such as twigs) into smaller pieces before adding them to the pile.

Sources of Organic MatterSoft and Green

Livestock manure

Mar 01

Tips For a Beautiful Garden

Planting a flower garden may be an overwhelming experience for anybody let alone a beginner gardener. The good news is there are easy ways to get around it by following these simple steps. Read on to find out what these simple tips are for planning your garden landscape and what lawn decor to choose to get what you want from the sweet escape in your backyard.

Before you head to a nursery or garden center, make sure you have a plan. Think about where you want to put your flowers and garden accessories, what colors you want where, how many and so forth. This will make your shopping experience much easier and faster and probably less expensive. You’ll want to enjoy a garden that’s in bloom from early spring to late fall by choosing annuals (plants that do not come back every year) and perennials (plants that do come back every year) based on when they flower. Refer to plant tags for specific information that pertains to your garden. When picking plants at the nursery pay attention to the height and width before assigning them a permanent home. When it’s time to divide your perennials, offer to share your extras with your garden-savvy neighbors in return for plants you don’t have yet. Make sure to observe your yard’s sun and shade areas. Look for wet or dry spots. Watch for sandy soil and dense clay. By knowing your garden’s conditions, you can plant flowers where they’ll thrive.

Feb 28

Tips For Preparing Soil For Planting

Soil is a base in all kinds of gardening. Actually this is the base of everything. This will be the bed, or the house of your plants. You need to choose the right soil to grow your organic food crops. You should base your decision in picking out the plants on the types of soils that are available in your area. Unquestionably you have to know your garden soil very well in advance before seeding.

Depending on your location, the soils that you have may differ on many factors. Different types of soils need certain care and attention. Like, clay can hold up water better than the sandy kind. You need to know these kinds in details to be able to improve your organic gardening soil, and you also need to know what crops do better with your available type of soil.

Once you have picked the right kind, you are now on you way to the first steps of your gardening venture using the organic method. The soil needs water, sunlight and air just like human beings to exist. So make sure your soil getting all necessary natural nutrition. Then you have to organic matters placed on the soil as an add-on help.

What is Organic Matters?

Composting is the process where you recycle rotting matters like leaves, grasses, peelings of fruits or vegetables, even manures and fish heads to act as your soil’s fertilizer. This is organic matter that you will use

Feb 14

Tips For Developing a Good Habitat

Habitat gardening-until a decade ago, it was a term and concept that had eluded me. Now, it’s a way of life. I simply refer to it as gardening for birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs. As a habitat gardener, I’ve learned to tolerate a bit of messiness because nature doesn’t work in tidy, parallel rows. And a few insect holes and bite marks on leaves come with the territory as do some random weeds like Queen Anne’s lace, goldenrod, and wild radish. If you are fastidious, meticulous, and compulsive about having a perfectly neat, weed-free garden, then perhaps habitat gardening is not for you.

But what a habit it is-the good kind! It simply means that you make your gardens appealing and safe for the creatures. Grow plants that will attract them and feed them. Keep clean water available. Don’t use toxic sprays. And plant a diversity of trees and shrubs so they can build their homes and thrive.

I’m not a bug expert. All I know is that if you have enough of the right plants in your garden, there will be both good bugs and bad bugs, and the former will eliminate the latter. If they don’t, the birds will. Your garden will be in balance.

Like humans, birds, bees, butterflies, and bugs need a home, water, food, and a safe environment to raise their kids. Here are some tips:

• The greater diversity of plants you have, the greater diversity of these

Feb 04

How To Choose Healthy Plants

Container gardening is a method of growing portable plants that might otherwise be impossible to cultivate because of unsuitable soil or climatic conditions. Container gardening caters to your imagination because it asks that you combine plants of all colors, shapes, and textures toegether to enhance an existing garden. There are virtually an unlimited number of pots and plants that you can use to create your canvas, which means that every taste and style can be catered to.

One of the keys to a successful container display is the choice of healthy plants. Healthy plants make for longer-lasting, lower-maintenance, and more vibrant displays. Therefore, before you head off to your local garden center, you need to know what types of plants you’re looking for, and you need to know how to distinguish between the healthy and unhealthy plants. To follow are some tips that can be followed on how to pick out healthy plants for that perfect display.


Avoid plants that do not look healthy on first inspection. The moss and weeds growing on the surface of the potting mis indicate that the plant has been in its pot for too long. Spots and speckles on the leaves may indicate damage from pests and diease.


Ensure that the roots of the plant are not packed in a tight mesh because buying it. Plants packed in a tight mesh will take longer to establish itself in a

Jan 22

How To Buy Healthy And Thriving House Plants

When buying house plants whether it is from Lowes, Home Depot or a local garden center there are several things to consider. Many people just pick up a house plant without giving any thought, especially if the cost is low. But think about this, every house plant you purchase can give you years of enjoyment if it is properly inspected before you buy. Take time to choose a perfect house plant. If you hastily buy a house plant, it has the potential of causing devastation to your other house plants. And one rule to always abide by is never buy plants when you are in a hurry, that’s a gardening tip everyone should heed.

Take the time to inspect the leaves on the house plant for pests. Aphids, spider mites and scale will not only wreck havoc on this house plant but on your others as well. And be sure to look under the leaves and at the nodes where many pests thrive. Here is what to look for on your potential house plant:

Aphids appear as small green or black insects, usually found on buds and new growth. These insects suck the juices out of house plants, and also secrete honeydew.

Spider mites are small insects, which appear as small white specks, usually on the undersides of leaves, or on flowers of the house plant. Spider mites will form webbing, like a spider’s web around infected house plants. The spider mites will be visible

Jan 15

Spring and Autumn Gardening Tips

Spring has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere and the leaves have started to fall in the Southern Hemisphere, so those seasonal chores need to be done and it’s time to review some spring and autumn gardening tips. These tips are based on a temperate climate, so if you live in a different zone, just adjust timing accordingly.

Gardening In The Northern Hemisphere For Spring and Summer

It is time to consider what you plan to have or do for the coming summer and for spring color. The soil must have started to warm up after your winter.

Vegetables – consult your local nursery and see what they have available for early summer and late summer into fall. Tomatoes are an excellent starting point.

First though, till your soil, enrich it with good and aged cow manure and leave it settle in for a couple of weeks before planting.

Flowers – there are heaps of annuals that will bloom well for spring and early summer – to give your yard a colourful outlook.

Suggestions: primulas, lobelias, stocks (great fragrance), cosmos, phlox, sweet William, snapdragons. If you can find them, try those old fashioned ones like larkspurs foxgloves and hollyhocks – for a truly spectacular display.

If your summer is a hot one, petunias usually survive well.

Mulch your garden beds and add cow or sheep manure. Put any winter garden detritus into the compost heap – will be ready by mid

Jan 08

Knowing the Type of Soil in Your Plot

It has been said that only people with green thumbs can successfully have a beautiful garden. However, this cannot be true at all times because gardening can be learned. Books, websites, and even organizations provide gardening tips for beginners for them to be able to contribute to the environment by planting. Some may consider gardening as a hobby, but for others, it can go a long way. Gardening not only beautifies your backyard; it also provides a lot of benefits such as food, fresh air, and exercise.

Seeing the plants in your garden grow, bloom, and bear fruit is the best experience you can ever get from gardening. Nothing feels more rewarding than harvesting fresh fruit and vegetables from your yard. On the other hand, seeing your plants die or wither can be utterly frustrating.

Plants do not grow everywhere. Their health depends on many factors. One most common problem for beginners is the type of soil in their plot. Here are some types of soil and what plants grow in them.

Sandy – This can easily be cultivated as gardening websites will tell you, but because it is dry, it lacks nutrients plants need. On this can grow tulips, hibiscus, and broom.

Clay – From the word itself, this type of soil can be easily molded and feels sticky, but would become really hard when dry. As opposed to sandy, clay is difficult to cultivate, but may be a good trap for nutrients.

Jan 01

Online Organic Gardening Tips

Now that you know that you are going to begin your organic garden, you should search for a way to gather organic gardening tips. Organic gardening is harder than it appears, and if you think it’s just a matter of sprinkling some seeds and water, you are wrong. You need some good organic gardening tips to make it happen.

We all know that eating healthy is important and organic food is one major step in the right direction. Yes, you can buy organic food at any grocery store, but the price can be prohibitive and quite honestly, how do you know that it is organic? Our government has set standards by which companies can label products organic, but no produce bought in any grocery store will ever be as organic as that which you can grow in your own backyard.

Even the most experienced gardener needs help, and by finding a guide online that can give you the experts’ ideas, you will save a lot of time and energy. Imagine preparing your land, planting your seeds, feeding and water them, only to find out that the type of plant you are growing doesn’t thrive in your part of the country? Or, that you are watering your plants to death? You need as much information as you can get to start seeing produce quickly.

Growing your own organic food can be rewarding – nothing beats watching a little sprout turn into a vegetable, which is later

Dec 26

Ways To Maintain A Healthy Garden

Achieving a healthy and good-looking garden is difficult but not an impossible task. There are some gardening tips that come quite handy in reaping a rich harvest. Following are some useful tips from the seasoned gardeners who may also have faced similar situations while moving up on the learning curve.

Every gardener faces unique problems in regard to the soil condition of the regions he is striving to succeed in. Coming to the gardeners rescue, the United States department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared a Zone Map for Plant Hardness. It comprises of all regions divided into 11 different zones, 1 being the coldest to 11 being the warmest. Referring this zone map can help you a lot in finding out the best plants suiting the specific region and soil type.

The basic ingredients – Sunlight and Water

Plants require a regular diet of six to ten hours of sunlight daily for healthy growth. Your garden can produce wonders if it is supported by soil with rich and sandy loam. You can also consider feeding nutrients in the form of manure and compost to the soil bed of your garden. Adhering to the directional tips like planting the rows from north to south, and having complementary plants side-by-side will ensure good results. You must always use fresh and new seeds while sowing fresh plants. Watering the plants regularly will get rid of all forms of air gaps in the soil, thus, roots will be able

Dec 18

4 Tips For The Conscientious Gardener

For the horticulturist or simply the amateur home gardener who grows fruits, flowers and vegetables in the backyard, there is certain information about gardening they should always keep in mind. This information is outlines in the form of some simple gardening tips in this article.

Some simple gardening tips for you to follow:

1. Make sure that all the products you use are completely natural and free of chemicals, pesticides and insect repellents. Use organic gardening to grow naturally healthy fruits and vegetables, because these are good for the community and environment as a whole. Organic gardening is natural, and consequently, safe in every sense of the term. It poses no health hazards, but enhances and well-being of plants, animals, humans and environment at large, alike. On the other hand, the harsh chemicals that are used in gardening and growing food crops lead to many diseases such as lung problems, allergies or even cancer. If gardeners refrain from using these dangerous products then they are saving anyone who consumes their products from a lot of health hazards.

2. Look for non-toxic weed killers. These are available in organic gardening supply stores everywhere and are much environmentally and medically safer than the ones found in the gardening sections of hardware stores. Organic products are guaranteed to be safe for everyone.

3. Read the labels of every gardening product you buy, to make sure that they only consist of natural and chemical-free products. This will let

Dec 02

Organic Gardening Tip To Make Your Gardening Easier

There are so many things you will want to learn about organic gardening, but I thought I would give you one organic gardening tip that will help you the most. This tip will help you take a lot of the downside of gardening out of the garden.

It was a hard decision to make to narrow my choices down to one. There are so many little things that make up organic gardening, or any gardening for that matter. But, I decided to give you the one thing that made my gardening so much easier.

Actually, there are two things, but we will only detail one. The one we will talk about is mulching. The other thing is not a tip, but an understanding. If you are gardening with chemicals you need to understand that the garden problems you are battling now will always be with you.

If you are an organic gardener let me reassure you many of your problems will fall away as you get closer and closer to what Mother Nature desires. As, I have gardened organically over the years, more and more of the problems I faced when I first started are no longer there.

As you get the soil in balance for nutrients your plants need and improve the viability of the soil your soil will reward you with fewer pest and disease problems.

Mulching is an art you will want to acquire. Mulch can be made from a

Nov 20

Vegetable Gardening Tips For Tomato Growing

Vegetable gardening tips for tomato growing are readily available. Most gardeners are happy to share their tomato growing tips and even non-gardeners who attempt to grow tomatoes every spring will offer advice. The difficulty for the novice tomato grower comes in trying so sort the valuable vegetable gardening tips for tomato growing from the old wives’ tales.

One of the best sources for vegetable gardening help is a local nursery. Buying plants at a supermarket or a chain store with garden center may allow you to purchase plants at a cheaper price, but it is unlikely that the staff in these stores know a great deal about gardening. For reliable vegetable gardening help, visit a local nursery. Many nurseries carry plants that they themselves have grown from seed, and they will be knowledgeable about each variety of plant and can advise on local conditions.

Local Garden Club

Most towns have a local garden club and meeting together with other gardeners is a great way to obtain vegetable gardening help and improve your knowledge. Other gardeners from your locality will have abundant information about the requirements of vegetables in your zone. When you enlist the aid of gardeners that are local to your area, you will get vegetable gardening help that you can use because these gardeners understand the unique needs of your particular zone.

Local garden clubs often run workshops or classes on topics ranging from composting, to growing a particular variety of heirloom

Nov 15

Organic Gardening Tips You May Not Know

There are some obvious organic gardening tips that most gardeners know, such as using compost and organic fertilizers. These are pretty basic organic gardening tips. However, there are a lot of other tips that are just as easy to follow, but not as well-known. The beauty of organic gardening is that it offers you a safe and healthy way to grow the plants that you want to grow, whether they are vegetables or flowers.

You could try organic gardening tips like using a Toad House. Many people do not realize just how effective toads can be in the removal of insects. A toad can eat 50-100 insects in one night. Encouraging these harmless creatures to take up residence in your garden can severely cut down on your insect problems without the use of chemicals. If you have children, they will love watching the toads in the garden too.

Organic gardening tips like using BEE-Allure? Honey Bee Attractant can also help to increase the yield from your vegetable or flower garden. These can be even more important additions to your garden since so many honey bee colonies have been dying off in recent years. Honey bees are some of the best pollinators you could have in your garden. Many people worry about bees stinging them, but honey bees will generally not sting people unless trapped. However, for those people who are allergic to bee stings, this option may not be a good idea.

One of the

Nov 10

3 Simple Rose Gardening Tips

Rose gardening is a dreamy hobby because rose is a type of flower that carries a lot of meanings according to its color. If you want to become a proud gardener, one of the ways that you can do that is by having a garden full of blooming roses. One off-topic tip for male gardeners, if you are good with rose gardening, you might get the attention of romantic females out there.

Rose gardening basics is easy and have been covered almost everywhere. What we will look into with this rose gardening tips article are some essential tips for those who are getting into it. Keep in mind that it is not hard to plant roses in your garden. The hard part is to get them blooming healthily during the spring and early summer. Let’s dive into the tips I have prepared for you.

Color of Roses to Plant

Color of roses are vibrant and may cause immediate visual effect once it blooms. With this in mind, you may want to properly plot the the color scheme of your garden so that roses with the color of your choice will fit in without becoming an eyesore. You may want to “highlight” the existence of your roses by planting those of bright colors such as red and yellow.

If you prefer a green and peaceful garden, you can always opt for roses with soft colors such as pink and white. The prices of roses with

Nov 05

Useful Home Gardening Tips For Beginners

When one finds himself looking for home gardening tips, it is important to think about the types of gardening such as indoor gardening, organic gardening, and vegetable gardening. These different “genres” of home gardening tips will only lead you into confusion so it is very important to take note that there general home gardening tips that are versatile and are fitting for your average gardener. But before anything else, one has to have an idea on how to go about gardening at home so one can fully grasp the very idea of general home gardening tips.

What is home gardening about? It is a type of gardening where home growers can sustain themselves with healthy tasting produce and flowers that seem to bloom with the essence of beauty. To earn the so-called tasty and beautiful products of gardening, one has to get the right set of gardening tips available.

When it comes to gardening at home, there are certain tips you should follow.

These home gardening tips are best for those who are about to start out as home gardeners. First off, when planning to set up a home garden, it is very important to pick a specific area in your lot. This area will depend on the type of plant or crop you are planning to cultivate, but almost all of the plants for gardening relatively share the same set of desired outdoor conditions which are full or near-full exposure to sunlight.