Archive for the ‘garden’ Category

Gardens have changed a lot in the last few decades, morphing into multifunctional spaces where we eat, cook, work out, bathe, as well as grow plants. Here the garden trends you must know The rise of indoor gardens

Most herbs can be grown indoors as long as they have good light for 6-8 hours a day. Some varieties such as basil and thyme need a sunny north-facing window while shade lovers like mint are alright with lower light levels. Make your own indoor herb planters using recycled tins, jars, wooden pallets or guttering. Drainage holes are essential and you might need a tray beneath your planter to catch excess water. Make sure you plant herbs with similar watering requirements together.

Black and charcoal-painted fences and exterior walls

Painting boundary structures one dark colour is a relatively inexpensive way to disguise a mish-mash of different materials so they read as one, and gives tired fences and walls a contemporary lift. The popularity of dark coloured fences and walls in gardens looks set to continue this year and for very good reason. Black, deep charcoal or dark grey fences and walls make those structures recede visually, focusing attention instead on the plants in front. It’s particularly effective with green foliage, highlighting the different leaf shapes and colours. Industrial-style garden structures

The industrial style is a popular interiors trend for contemporary apartments and houses, and now that look is continuing outside.

Growing micro-greens

 

 

Cultivate your own micro greens on the window sill. Highly nutritious and easy to grow microgreens are seeds harvested a few days after their germination. You can grow an enormous variety of veges as microgreens  from salad greens to herbs and beetroot. Outdoor baths

A growing number of homeowners are now installing outdoor baths or showers in their gardens so they can lie back and watch the stars overhead or listen to the birds in the trees while in the shower. A big advantage of outdoor baths over spa pools or hot tubs is you don’t need chemicals because you refill the bath each time.

FIND A GOOD PLACE FOR YOUR GARDEN

Be sure the location gets enough light, but avoid placing it in an area where too much scorching sun or hot summer winds will force you to constantly water.

TEST YOUR SOIL Test your soil if it needs a fertilizer or a Treatment Improve the soil by recycling materials such as grass clippings and leaves found around your home.

BE SIMPLE Strive to keep your garden simple. Simplicity is the key to a low maintenance garden. Adding some extras such as water features, wildlife feeders, and such, for example, requires more maintenance. Plant fewer types of plants, but plant them in mass. They will have the same requirements and you can provide necessities such as the proper amount of water and fertilizer all at once.

ADJUST THE FLOWERBEDS Keep your flower beds narrow so that you can reach the plants easily. If you have a wide bed, provide stepping stones or a path which makes easy access possible.

PROVIDE GROUND COVERS Consider using ground covers instead of grass to cut down on landscape maintenance. Lawns require constant mowing, watering and treatments for weed control and fertilizer. Using ground covers helps eliminate those chores. Ground cover is especially good for steep slopes on your property as it helps prevent erosion. Many ground cover plants do well in shady spots where grass often doesn’t grow well, yet requires little or no maintenance compared to grass. Most ground covers are low maintenance plants that can be grown easily and are simple to maintain. Ground covers that possess flowers also add color and beauty to your yard.

PROVIDE EDGING

Provide edging around beds and trees to help make mowing easier. You might also think about planting ground cover or using gravel around the base of a tree to keep from having to weed there.

ENSURE GOOD QUALITY Purchase good quality plants that are either native to your area or easily adaptable to your climate. Check your plants for pest damage and be sure they are healthy. Strong healthy plants will grow more easily and make less work for you.

Fruits are important to our lives because of the nutrients that it give us. It is a healthy food that Doctors recommend to eat it every day. As much as possible, we want fruits in out tables every meal but sometimes we fail because it will cost somethings from us. Now, here are 7 fruits that you can now plant in your backyard or in your pots. Once your plants grow in your pots, you can now transfer it to better space and prune it every year.

 

GRAPES

 

Unlike some other plants, grapes need proper drainage, so make sure to put stones at the bottom of the pot, then top it with soil and some mulch. Also, grapes need to be planted in a well-ventilated place.

 

2.    STRAWBERRIES

To grow strawberries at home, you’ll need 5-6 inches’ deep container that contains soil with a pH between 5.6 and 6.3, and you’ll need a quality fertilizer as well. Start growing the fruit from seeds or a sprouted plant, but be careful to give enough space for these plants. Strawberries need a lot of sun, so put them in a sunny spot, or use artificial lightning if your home if necessary.

3.    PAPAYA

Growing papayas at home is not ] difficult as you may think – the tropical fruit can grow well in areas with 65 F or higher easily. Papayas need a lot of sun and watering, and they also need to be trimmed regularly. They are slow growing fruits, so you really have to be patient waiting for 6 to 8 months for it to bear fruit.

4.    FIGS

Start growing your figs from a pre-started tree. The pot needs to have drainage holes, and the plant likes a lot of sun, although you shouldn’t put it in direct sunlight. Figs flourish at 65 degrees and should be watered regularly. However, make sure not to let the plant sit in excess water at the bottom.

5.    MULBERRIES

Mulberries are a joy to watch, but they need a lot of time to grow. Instead of waiting for 10 years, you can grow your mulberry tree from seeds, or but a semi-dwarf tree and grow it on your own. The mulberry tree should be kept in a sunny spot and requires a large pot with big drainage holes. The roots need to be kept wet, but don’t let the container under the plant to be full of water all the time. Water the plant when the soil is dry, and add fertilizer every 6 months for best results.

6.    APRICOTS

Apricots are soil-less plants that need a pot with proper drainage and good compost. They love the sun, so make sure to keep them in a sunny area. The plants can be hand-pollinated with a paintbrush and easy to maintain.

7.    WATERMELON

Watermelons need a big pot due to their size and a moist and sandy soil. They need a lot of sunlight, so make sure to keep them outside in a sunny area. Create a support system for the vines with some wire and framework in order for them to grow vertically.

Check out these slide shows of our favorite gardens around the world, from rooftop gardens to expansive estates. Whether you are starting your garden from scratch or just looking to bring new life to a portion of your property, these pictures will provide plenty of ideas and inspiration. You’ll find galleries full of flower gardens, edible landscapes, container designs, and incredible regional gardens.