Perfect City Home Gardening Tips

city home gardeningHaving 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

Growing Lovely Palms in Home Gardens

palmsPast few years home gardeners have shown great interest in growing palms in home gardens. Nowadays exotic palm species and varieties are more readily available. Gardeners are more inclined to grow the most reliable palms for landscape use.

The best time to plant palms is May through September.The soil is warmest this time of year, and warm soil is one of the most necessary criteria for palm root growth.

It also is important to transplant a palm as soon as possible after digging. Never allow the roots to become dry. But this should not be a problem with container-grown plants. 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

Perfect Low Maintenance Landscape Designing Tips

Many of the home gardens have  typical “hardscapes,” combinations of walls, pavers, pergolas and water features. One thing most of them have in common is being over-planted. Some of the home gardens look lie “plant collections,” with one each of many different species and some other have mass-plantings. There could always be a better way to fill landscape beds with color without appearing cluttered.Otherwise most of the designs will have twice or three times the number of plants needed and will become much too crowded in a short time.

Not many landscape designers really know about plants. You can easily spot out many examples of plant combinations that won’t thrive because the plants need different growing conditions. A good example is combining hostas, which need shade protection, with ornamental grasses that prefer full sun all day. This might work on a color wheel, but with time, the wonderful color harmonies will disappear because some of the plants won’t survive.

Overcrowding and poor plant choices will make maintenance a real headache during the long haul. Woody plants that grow too large will need to be sheared  constantly to fit the space and keep them looking good. Read the rest of this entry

If you often visit to your neighborhood nursery or garden center you must have observed that there is a wide range of plants available for your garden.

Sometimes, the great variety of choices makes seasoned gardeners cringe and beginning home gardeners leave with a feeling of hopelessness. Don’t despair!

You may want to include some of the many perennial flowering and foliage plants, such as those pictured above. With little care, these perennial beauties will perform year after year. They often provide a balance for a garden bed that includes small trees, shrubs and annuals.

If you’re planning on developing a new garden that will include perennials, mid-summer is a good time to visit a public or community garden to get ideas on garden design, edging, hardscapes and plants you’d like to have in your garden.

Take notes and possibly make a sketch now of your ideas and plant choices. Then this fall you’ll be able to purchase and plant these perennials at the best time

Sandy Sanders, Horticulturist for Barnsley Gardens Resort, offers six very useful  and handy gardening tips for home gardening:
1. The key to a long lasting landscape is to choose old-fashioned plants that have proven themselves for decades, such as Peonies, Irises, Spanish Bluebells, and old garden roses.
2. Roses grow best in full sun, planted in a well-drained site with regular watering during the growing season. A thorough watering once per week is better than a light sprinkling.
3. Research the characteristics of roses and find one that best suits your needs: moderate vs. vigorous climbers, large vs. small shrub roses, and once vs. repeat bloomers.
4. Favorite rose varieties grown at Barnsley are:  “Knock Out” roses, where the  pink color adds punch and is an incredible performer with little maintenance; “Lady Banks”, a small, creamy yellow flower that blooms profusely; “Zephirine Drouhin”, a fragrant, bright, nearly thornless and has pink flowers, that are great for training up a post or a small arbor; and “New Dawn”, a repeat bloomer with light pink flowers that fall like snow.
5. For Spring planting, wait until the last frost date, generally April 15th.
6. Some plant varieties will not tolerate the Georgia heat. So, choose a selection that blooms early to mid-season (Peonies, Tulips, etc.).

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