vermicultureComposting with worms would be an educative gardening for your entire family. Children find it fascinating to watch worms create nutrient dense compost for use in the garden.

There are umpteen advantages of using worms in composting. According to Aristotle, worms are “the intestines of the world” in reference to their ability to compost waste. Compost is organic material that has been decomposed by soil borne organisms.

It is one of the cheap option to compost and it is easy to make your own vermy-compost. Vermiculture is composting with the help of worms. Read the rest of this entry

chinese fringetreeIf you are looking for a small flowering tree for your garden this year then the lovely, durable, and one of the most adaptable choice would be “Chinese fringetree “ (Chionanthus retusus). It features glossy foliage and white lacy flowers in late spring. The foliage is attractive throughout the season — a shiny dark green that looks clean and polished through even the dog days of summer. Fall color may be a nice yellow and spectacular.

The Chinese fringetree is deciduous, and females bear egg-shaped blue-black drupes about a half inch long.

The American fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is also a great variety for your garden with its beauty. The flower’s individual petals are larger. The flowers obviously appear a brighter white. Flowering panicles are borne above the foliage, almost like snow lying atop the dark green leaves.

Among all the “China Snow” would certainly be a best choice. This veriety was developed from cuttings. You may love the foliage on “China Snow” .

Chinese fringetree is easy to grow in sun or mostly sun and tolerates a wide range of soil, except extremely wet. You should expect it to eventually reach 20 feet tall and wide. It’s a head-scratcher that these trees aren’t planted more.

Perfect Window-Boxes-Gardening Tips

window boxes gardeningGardening with window boxes is as good as the raised-bed-gardening. Growing lovely colors, vegetables, edibles, and even fragrance becomes easy with window-boxes.

“Window boxes are convenient containers,” said David Trinklein, a horticulturist with University of Missouri Extension. “Plant them with herbs, for example, and you won’t have to go outside to bring in the harvest.”

If are fighting for enough space for gardening just explore the possibilities of putting window-boxes at some places like wall-points, windows etc. Window boxes are ideally suited for small, shallow-rooted plants like radishes, lettuce, marigolds, impatiens, pansies, begonias, parsley, basil, sage and thyme. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips on Creating A Garden For Old Age

gardening for disabledGardens and gardening help reducing isolation and depression. Gardeners must stretch before and after gardening. Gardening is great exercise, but overdoing in a burst of enthusiasm after inactivity can contribute to joint or back injuries. Sit down when weeding. Bending over causes back strain and poor balance. Sit on the ground or use a low stool or beach chair. Use a wagon to collect weeds or move tools or soil. Use kneepads and wear garden gloves.

Always use lightweight, bright-colored, sharp, long-handled tools for less bending. Keep garden paths clear of tools or other tripping hazards. Pathways should be widened up for wheelchairs or walkers. A smooth path, paved with bark mulch or gravel, is safer than stepping stones. Read the rest of this entry

landscape styleDesigning a landscape could be limited to only your imaginations. There are infinite styles and concepts for designing landscapes. There are umpteen options for garden landscapes.

A “Formal Landscape” style involves lots of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. Plants are arranged and positioned in an orderly fashion. Close arrangement and pruning is is crucial for such types of landscaped gardens.

The “Informal Landscape” goes well with cozy cottages. Beds with curved edges instead of straight lines and random placement of plants suit this landscape style. “English Garden Landscape” emphasizes the harmony between the house’s architecture and the garden.

“Formal landscapes” as well as the “Informal Landscape” garden often include a brick walkway that exudes formality. This walkway leads to the rear with a circle of plants. The arrangement of plants resembles the English garden style but without formal borders.

“Oriental Landscapes” are typical gardens created generally in the small backyards. It uses rocks, evergreens and water. A wide variety of plants create several interesting angles with this style. “Woodland Landscapes” usually fits well with a house that has a wooded backyard and sloping ground.

fragrant plantsFor a garden full of fragrances you need to select suitable plants that keep a sweet-smelling garden year-round.

There are many plants that add fragrance to the interior or exterior garden including trees, shrubs, vines and perennials.

Trees that could add fragrance to your garden may include ylang-ylang, citrus, magnolia, frangipani and wild cinnamon.

Shrubs such as lemon grass, gardenia, angel’s trumpet, rosemary, spice-wood and sweet viburnum will also keep your garden fresh and live. For a ground cover or a vine, plants with fragrance include mint, scented geraniums, confederate jasmine, creeping thyme, oregano and honeysuckle. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Water Savvy Gardening Tips

succulentsIf you are planning for a perfect water-savvy garden then start with selecting plants with adaptations for dry weather.

Subtropical plants in your garden will last through long dry spell. Heliconia subdulata  with lobster-claw flowers is a tropical species having thick rhizomatous roots like ginger to store energy to survive through the drought periods. Heliconias bloom with lovely flowers in clumps.

Among many adaptive plants the succulents are the best survivors with their plump juicy innards acting like little water vessels in their natural desert habitat.

Banana plants contain plenty of moisture in their stems and trunks help the plant survive through the drought. Read the rest of this entry

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