Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 1:38 pm
Your garden or the landscape frequently needs to be checked if the soil pH is appropriate with your gardening requirements or not. If you are not getting required response even after using fertilizers you must get the soil tested and ph Level determined.
pH Values and pH Scale
pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a soil. The pH scale runs through 0.0 to 14.0 values on the scale. The most acid soil would have 0.0 value stands for the most acidic soil while 14.0 is the top value for the most alkaline soil on the pH scale.
Middle of the scale i.e. at 7.0 values is attributed to the neutral soil. Meaning thereby, the soil with 7.0 pH value would neither be acidic nor alkaline in nature on the scale. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 12:15 pm
April is the best month to weed, feed and add plants to your perennial or shrub borders. As soon as your garden beds are weed-free and ready to plant, you must think of grouping similar plants together to create your own “pocket garden”.
Pocket Gardening is really simple as it is actually just grouping plants together to grow. There are several other ideas that you may also evolve for such grouping and pocket gardening.
How to Include Pocket Garden in Landscape
Pocket garden is a compact composition of plants grouped in specific areas in your garden. It may be near the front door like a “welcome pocket garden” or along a perimeter fence, the “border pocket garden” or under the shade of a large tree, a “pocket garden for woodland” or “shade loving plants pocket”. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 12:15 pm
Preserving pollinators for a healthy garden is one of the good gardening practices. Intelligent gardeners and gardeners with deep understanding do not just think of plants, fruits, flowers, beauty, texture, and landscaping only. Alongside all these concepts such gardeners do care for others. Gardening for bees and butterflies is one such nice philanthropic fundamental in itself and usefulness of pollinators becomes extremely important in this perspective.
It is not only fun but also informative. Gardening for bees and butterflies and native plants is really great. You could say the gardening community is abuzz about the need to create an environment that will sustain and increase the number of pollinators which are vital for healthy gardens.
Pollinators of native plants generally cover the life cycle of bees and butterflies including where and when they nest, forage and seek shelter and food in our landscapes. As an informed gardener you must know about pollination and which native plants are specifically pollinated by bees or butterflies. There are variety of native plants for different habitats for both bees and butterflies including butterfly host plants.
Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 5:34 pm
The tassel fern in itself is a rare beauty, form and texture in the landscape, and for any gardener this would sure be the first priority when it comes to adding beauty and elegance to the garden.
The tassel fern known botanically as” Polystichum polyblepharum” gives us a lush evergreen presence evenduring the winters. polyblepharum actually means many eyelashes.
A typical native to Japan and Korea but this fern is exceptionally adaptable that you will always consider it to be a native.It is cold hardy to zone 5 and yet can thrive in filtered-light areas in zone 9. Like many ferns, it does need moist, fertile, organic-rich soil that is well drained. And to your pleasure and relief, this fern is not on the diet for the deer. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 4:24 pm
Initial growth of drumstick is somewhat rounded or , sometimes star-shaped bud at soil level. Generally you will find yellow-green chalky colored nascent leaves and flower buds are covered with pale yellow wax. Even at this early stage, its elegance and decorative value is spectacular. The protective wax coat persists on the leaves and stems right up to flowering time in a few weeks.
Shaped like a drumstick for a big bass drum, the drumstick primrose, though ready to flower, it is very tentative about pushing up its flowers. The drumstick primrose flower is native to China, where it grows in meadows and rocky areas on the lower reaches of the Himalayas. Being a mountain flower, it responds early to the relative warmth of an Irish spring. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 11:15 pm
Orchid is certainly the most exotic of all flowers. Its fragile beauty and elegance makes it one of the most favorite corsage flowers.
You will find stunning array of shapes, sizes and colors of this lovely family of plants. Orchids grow wild all over the world except in the coldest climates. Some orchids are epiphytal and will grow on trees and rocks needing no soil. The type terrestrial even grows in the ground like the Lady Slipper orchids. You can grow orchids almost everywhere. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 4:43 pm
When all is dormant and brown outdoors, moss will always be alive and green even when everything outside is dormant, frozen, and even brown. All you need to do is to spot a couple of moist locations or corners in your yard or nearby woods and you will likely find a patch of bright green moss.
Collect very gently a part of this pretty patch of bright green moss and transplant pieces into a shallow bowl filled with a layer of coarse grain sand and fine potting soil. If you can manage a drainage hole in the container go for it.
It is better to wash soil and debris away from the tops of your moss pieces prior to placing them in the bowl. Do not panic if your fingers put the disturbance because moss pieces will very soon attach and grow into one magnificent mound.
You may like to grow green bright moss in a plain pottery pot or even a cute coffee cup shaped container to provide it a lovely bonsai look. Moss is often used around the base of bonsai trees, but moss on its own brings its own beauty to a windowsill or tabletop with no direct sun.