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shrubsLandscapes cannot be designed elegant way without the presence of shrubs. Shrubs do benefit the environment — filtering the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Shrubs leave lasting impressions of a garden.

Landscape designers usually understand the importance of shrubs and say that herbs are backbone of the gardens. Shrubs ease out on the maintenance issue up to great extent and require low maintenance but add beauty to the garden.

A single shrub can create dramatic, eye-catching focal points. And, once established, shrubs can produce interesting flowers or berries or stem color or even multi-season appeal as they provide food and shelter for butterflies and hummingbirds.

Shrubs can be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous. Most experts say every garden should have a few shrubs.

While planting shrubs this season in your garden read labels and plant accordingly. And, remember, that during the first growing season, it is important to water shrubs weekly. Read the rest of this entry

herb spiralThere are umpteen advantages of an herb spiral.It can be built at little or no cost from readily available materials, it’s a good way in a limited amount of space to grow a variety of herbs that need different growing conditions.

Creating and growing herbs in an herb spiral is really easy with planting. Tending, and harvesting. An herb spiral is sure an attractive idea in itself.

Considering the high cost of culinary herbs, an herb spiral can pay for itself in its first season, and imagine having an abundance of delicious and aromatic herbs right in your yard!

With an herb spiral or a typical herb garden you also create a variety of microclimates. Some plants, such as many of the Mediterranean herbs, need dry, sandy soil conditions, while others require a moist, bottomland type of soil. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Herb Gardening Tips

herb gardenHome gardening gets perfect with the herbs. Herbs are perfect to grow in pots, baskets, window boxes and at the back door. Now days the herb gardens are gaining popularity. Even the office spaces in cities do have dedicated space for growing herbs and salad which add to the taste of the workers giving them fresh herbs in sandwiches and salads for lunch.

It is always advised for planting mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, rosemary and sage. Blend suitable soil-aid into the soil to help maintain good moisture levels in the ground. Soft annual herbs are not very forgiving if the soil totally dries out.

At the same time sowing coriander, dill, chervil, rocket and borage into the trays of Seed Raising Mix will also add good taste to the herb garden. Read the rest of this entry

Winter Plantings in Your Garden

Summer vegetable gardens can provide winter bounty by working a good soil amendment into the planting beds to offset nutrient depletion from earlier plantings. Plant broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, Brussels sprouts, chards, kale, onions and garlic.You can plant garlic in cloves, or sets – the little bulblets.

Winter and early spring-blooming shrubs can be planted. You can also have a beautiful winter-blooming camellia called Yuletide. A new Daphne variety called Eternal Fragrance’ will be available soon. It blooms from January until November with repeated sets of buds and blooms.Ornamental trees and shrubs like ceanothus, Japanese maples, magnolias and forsythia can be planted

Primroses, violas and pansies can be put into the ground and provide the garden with winter color. Gardeners should consider planting perennials.Perennials during winters may appear lifeless and dormant but the plants are amenable to winter planting. Plant them now because they’re dormant. In springtime, they’ll really take off. When caring for established perennials do not cut back tender varieties, but hardy perennials can be cut to the ground. Deciduous vines can be pruned right now

It is also a good time to plant spring-blooming bulbs including dahlias, begonias and gladiolus.

13 Fall Gardening Tips and Checkpoints

Fall is a good and appropriate season to perform complete garden evaluation.This should also include all the successes and the failures. It is also a good time to add new plants including shrubs, trees, perennials, winter-annuals and seeds.If perennials are too large, divide and replant or sharedivisions with friends. As trees and shrubs begin to drop their leaves thedesign and layout of your landscape becomes more evident;perhaps you will decide to add some structure such as an arbor, a fence or abench. Here are some of the very useful tips and checkpoints for fall gardening;

  1. Remove and dispose of any diseased foliage of perennials, roses, shrubsand trees. This will reduce populations of overwintering insects and helplimit disease problems next spring and summer. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips For Rooftop Vegetable Gardening

Interest in green roofs is increasing. but there is not yet much information on rooftop vegetable gardening. Some gardeners are also growing herbs and vegetables on roofs. Vegetables such as tomatoes and okra and herbs such as basil are combined with flowers in large containers may also be grown on these green roofs.

Green roofs categorized as “extensive”— those with a growing medium depth of 6 inches or less — are not well-suited to growing vegetables because the growing medium is too shallow. Root crops do not have room to develop properly, and taller vegetables are likely to blow over in wind and will dry out very quickly in the shallow medium. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Mid-Summer Gardening Tips

Summer is a time to trim back on many of our backbreaking physical activities and enjoy and gather many of the fruits of the gardening labor.

This season’s hot, dry weather has slowed down plant growth and, in many cases, allowed some pests (e.g., fungal diseases) to get a foothold with the high humidity weather. While our “lazy hazy crazy days of summer” let us relax and enjoy our yard and garden endeavors, there are some mid-summer outdoor chores that will make an even stronger gardening experience.

Consider some precautions. It is now the height of the summer, and the sun is hot and the weather is steamy. Try to schedule your yard and garden work for early in the day or very late in the afternoon or early evening. Set a definite time limit for working on gardening tasks, usually no longer than an hour.  Read the rest of this entry

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