Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at
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.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at
Planting bare root trees and shrubs in your garden would be a great idea and if you intend to do so the time is ripe now.
Bare root trees are generally remaining dormant and also not very attractive in their appearance but their addition to your garden is truly deserved.
Your selection of bare root plants should be on a wider scale preferably. Care for your own interest as well while selecting plants. Check if your interest and selection fits well with your garden. For instance, you may like to have some particular tropical plant in your garden but during the moderate and/or chilling winter temperatures may not help them in surviving. Conversely, there could be plants that need more winter chill to blossom and fruit. So be careful while selecting bare root plants, shrubs, and trees for your garden.
You may easily locate and find bare root plants, trees, and shrubs, suitable for your local climate in local garden centers. During the season it becomes far easier.
You may also opt for mail-order-supplies as well. There are umpteen such suppliers offering much greater range of choices. However, you need to take care of the out of pocket expenses as for retail the costs could go a little high.
Friday, August 29th, 2014 at
Have you been investing so much time and energy in your garden only to lose your precious plants to freezing winters and hot summers?
Are you tired of watering and weeding your garden every single time?
If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, then that is your cue to look into mulching and what it can do for you.
Simplified, mulching is the practice of placing a protective layer on top of your soil.
Why is this process highly recommended? In addition to helping you achieve that polished garden look you have always wanted, it also comes with many advantages that are difficult to dismiss.
Enumerated below are seven of the most notable benefits of mulching. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at
An experienced gardener residing near sea level will perhaps spot out rhubarb pushing up ruddy red bumps out at this time of year.
However, on the higher altitudes like 1,000 feet above MSL there is still enough snow to make gardening a tough task. Those who have a high tunnel, a hoop house, a green-house , there’s plenty of gardening to be done no matter where you live.
In fact, it is time to get on the gardening. In case you are at Alaskan heights, you can at least move dirt around with your fingers, stick some peas in it. If not, start your peas inside. The trick is to know about the fine line between winter and spring as a gardener in higher altitudes who knows which plants are likely to make it. Read the rest of this entry
Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at
Having a perfect garden in cities where space crunch is a big issue needs perfect planning and approach to execute. Setting up a garden and maintaining it also require good gardening practices to be adopted.
Too much of plants and green cover can make the task of upholding their beauty, a very grueling one. Lawns, small rooted plants, flowerpots can enhance the splendor of the garden. Avoid planting deep-rooted plants such as Mangoes and Neem as they can destabilize the foundation of your home.
Grow Fruits and Vegetables
The vegetables such as Tomatoes, Cucumber, Radish and Carrots can grow in the backyard if properly maintained. Fruits such as gooseberries can add a value to your garden and serve as a juicy treat. The external temperature should be conducive enough for them to survive. Factors such as sunlight, soil and water play an important role in determining their success. It helps to decide on the selection of seeds for the underlying soil layer. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at
While feeding birds during wintertime you must keep on providing food and water during nesting season. Natural food sources may not be readily available during spring season, and time spent on the nest or tending to new hatchlings leaves fewer hours for birds to hunt food. Cold can put a damper on spring blossoms which leaves birds and butterflies looking hard and long for nectar and pollen. Most plants have not yet produced a crop of seeds or nuts this season, and freezing nighttime temps can lessen the number of insects available to birds foraging for meals.
Residents who keep bird feeders, bird baths and / or nesting boxes in place while birds raise their spring broods not only help their feathered friends provide for their young, they can also enjoy watching the bird’s comings and goings. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 at
Heucheras is also known with names as alum root and coral bells. ) are related to the saxifrage, and all species, of which there are around 40, are indigenous to North America; the Native Americans used some species for medicinal purposes.
Heuchera may appear as a nondescript-looking plant, but it is infact pretty enough when producing its coral-red flowers in early summer.
‘Palace Purple’ is a typical variety in herbaceous plants with both stunning foliage and attractive flowers. Heuchera species hybridise with gay abandon to produce some of the most sought-after plants around today.
Most of the eye-catching varieties available include hybrids of H. americana, a plant with leaves variously colored from pale green to purplish, and hybridizers have produced an enormous number of cultivars from this and other heuchera species,in a wide range of leaf colours in green, pink, yellow and bronze, often mottled or variegated, and white, green, pink or red flower spikes, often described in catalogues as appearing in spring. Read the rest of this entry