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

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

Simple Home Gardening Tips

Your garden must be appropriate in size and scale. It doesn’t cost anything to have your beds the right width so you can move your wheelbarrow around. Gardeners had been saving money for decades propagating plants and growing from seeds.

Across the world gardeners and home owners have understood well the importance of growing fruits,vegetables,herbs,and flowers on their own simply because it adds to the home-economy.

Doing simple things like changing your garden tools will make your job easier. Try using a tarpaulin sheet for weeds instead of a wheelbarrow. You can collect a lot more and carry it over your shoulder and up steps.

Recycling is a great way to save money. Something like putting pine posts in the garden and being creative with what they grow up them. Plants are always the cheapest things you can buy for the garden. It’s about keeping it local and not having to travel to buy things.

You can save yourself money on watering by laying cardboard or grass clippings over the soil. This keeps the moisture in so you do not have to water as often. Read the rest of this entry

Whether it is the cost of groceries these days, the economy or just the desire to grow your own, beginning and seasoned gardeners are adding fruits, vegetables and herbs to their landscape. The many benefits of edible gardening, including the enhanced flavor, increased nutrient density of the food, and the sustainability factor provide a compelling argument to “get growing!”

And according to gardening expert, TV host and author Melinda Myers, there’s always room to grow. “Whether people are gardening on a balcony or in a large backyard there is always room for vegetables,” stated Myers. Myers said you can find the room, be successful and have fun with edibles by doing the following:

  • Include a few containers filled with herbs and vegetables to your balcony and patio garden. Not only can these edibles, mixed with flowers look good – they bring the garden right to the backdoor.  Read the rest of this entry

Los Angeles, which has a growing number of people selling home-grown fruit and vegetables, is halting enforcement of an ordinance against the practice.

The Los Angeles City Council said it is suspending enforcement of a 1946 ordinance and weighing a new measure, the Food and Flowers Freedom Act, which would allow for the growing of “berries, flowers, fruits, greens, herbs, ornamental plants, mushrooms, nuts, seedlings or vegetables for use on-site or sale or distribution off-site,” the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The measure comes as an increasing number of local residents and people across the United States are turning to their home gardens as a source of supplementary income.

Cam Slocum, 50, said he grows beefsteak tomatoes and salad green baby mache in his back yard and sells them to restaurants. He said he has 10 regular clients and he wants to add 20 more to keep his garden profitable.

Ken Takayama, chef de cuisine at French restaurant Melissein Santa Monica, said locals are increasingly coming into the establishment aiming to sell their vegetables. He said the number has been steadily increasing since the economy first started tanking three years ago.

“Every day, every week, it’s something new,” Takayama said. “You name it, they have it.”

As warmer weather begins to bring us outdoors, children start getting anxious for the summer break and the sunlit days get longer; it all means more togetherness and gathering with your family and friends. It’s time to light up the grill, update your living space and enjoy the outdoors with those closest to you.

It is time to update your garden and outdoor spaces and make sure they were in tiptop shape for a grandiose garden party celebration with your friends and family.

Here are ways to take elements and tips for Garden Party Celebration to help you get ready to entertain and serve up the best for your guests.

Creating Your Own Garden

You can have a garden in any space, even if you don’t have a large backyard. For small spaces, add a pop of color with bright flowers in decorative planters or window boxes. Change them up with the seasons to keep things fresh and inviting. Spring is the perfect time for geraniums, impatiens, petunias and foliage accents such as coleus and vinca vine.

Big backyard? Try softening an area around your deck or patio by layering trees, shrubs and perennial accent flowers and foliage. Or display large planters with accent trees and tropicals to provide scale and height or create a focal point in your favorite spot. You can always add annuals around the base for seasonal appeal. Have fun! Experiment with containers and plants that appeal to you. Read the rest of this entry

Herb Gardening Gaining Popularity

Herb gardening is becoming popular increasingly around the globe.

Herbs are very commonly used for cooking, crafts, medicines,teas, and for many other purposes.

 Herbs may be incorporated into a garden, planted in pots or grown in a formal design. The most popular herbs include basil, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, flat-leaf parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme, and each is wonderfully versatile. Once you become accustomed to having fresh herbs abundantly available, you will find uses for them whenever you cook.

Herbs are quite easy to care for. They like good, well-drained soil and lots of sun. Mint, however, will take over the garden if you let it, so plant it in a submerged pot to slow its spreading. Herbs can also thrive in containers. In terra-cotta pots or ceramic planters, they make a lovely addition to a patio or deck – and they’ll be just outside the kitchen.

herb gardening is gaining popularity very fast among households and gardeners across the world. herb gardening also facilitate people save money that is spent in buying herbs from markets.Herb gardening can be easily done indoor as well as outdoor.

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