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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Tips Pick Gardening Pot

1. The intentions of the gardener is important because these are the certain factors in choosing types of the plants, the design and color of the container gardening pots, and the size of the dish. Choosing of pots can be based on how it will be used or the way it looks. The use of personal preference is usually acceptable yet one’s choice must never depart from the basic concept of suitability.

2. This is an artificial environment, so be sure to check the elements and keep them at optimum levels. Decide on the size of the garden and the pot to be used and provide enough space to minimize competition. Avoid being waterlogged with the use of containers with a drainage system like drainage holes or a layer of gravel 1 to 2 inches thick at the bottom. Use good potting mix and not garden soil to keep the moisture longer.

3. When experimenting on plant combinations, choose those with similar needs in terms of water and sunlight preferences. When choosing plants, balance the size of the plants with the container and favor those that can stand less water. Do not plant active spreaders.

4. Maintain the garden with enough sunlight, water and food. Despite the convenience of commercial fertilizers, going organic especially for vegetables for personal consumption. Using composts from one’s own biodegradable waste is best.

Herb Gardening

  • Increase your knowledge

Before stating on the path of herb gardening business, you should increase your knowledge and find out as much as you can about herb gardening as a business. In particular you should focus on following points.

  • Herbs

You can never have too much knowledge about herbs. Read books about herbs and find out about various herbs, their specific requirements such as idea soil, climate, and fertilizers needed, ideal seasons, life cycle, and various other specifics of different herbs. The more you would know about various herb types and their specifics, the greater would your chances of success in herb gardening business be.

  • Local Gardening Conditions

For success in herb gardening business it is not enough just to know about herbs in general. You should also find out about local conditions such as climate, soil condition, rain fall, typical weather etc. This will help you decide which herbs would be ideal for your business.

  • Business Opportunities

To develop your hobby in to a successful business, you would have to know about more than just herb gardens. You should also do some market research and find out about the local business condition and opportunities. You should talk to your friends, local home and business owners about herbs they use and prices they pay

  • Competition

Know your competition. See if someone is operating a similar business and find out more about the methods and tactics they are employing, the prices they charge, the products and services that they provide etc. This is sure to give you some useful idea about your own business and besides, it is always better to know your competition.

  • Starting Your Business

When starting your business you should consider following points:

  • Products and Services

Decide what products or services you are going to provide first. These may include dried or fresh herbs, potted herb plants, landscaping, providing help in creating private herb gardens etc. The structure of your business would be highly affected by this so this is the first thing that you should decide.

  • Source of Material

You’ll need a reliable and economical source of raw materials such as seeds, plants, fertilizers, tools etc. For some things such as seeds, you can rely on online sources but try to find and rely on local sources as far as possible. Also try to find sources where you can get the material at wholesale prices.

  • Marketing

Proper marketing is necessary for the success of any business and herb gardening is no exception. You marketing efforts should include making business card with contact information and some blurb about services that you provide. You should also spread word by your personal contacts and place advertisement in local newspaper.

  • Diversify

Herb gardening business can be a steady and profitable but it’s unlikely to be very lucrative. For increased stability and additional profit you should diversify your business. This may involve providing additional services related to herb gardening, selling decorative or aromatic plants, selling seasonal products such as umbrella, rain coat etc, gardening equipments and supplies etc.

Vegetables in Containers

Containers. Any type of pot or container will do for your little garden but it is important that the container is lightweight because you have to move it around. You can add wheels to your container or just place them on a cart with wheels to make the moving easier especially if an unanticipated spring frost is predicted or if a severe weather is coming.

Soil. You can purchase bagged soil at your local nursery. Make sure to go for a lightweight soil mixture that can sustain mature plants and provide nutrients to your vegetables.

Sunlight. Your vegetables require full sunlight (6 or more hours everyday). There are some vegetable varieties such as radishes, lettuce and chard that require less sunlight but it is recommended to put the containers in direct sunlight.

Drainage. The containers must have holes in order to let excess water to drain. You can find a lot of lovely resin or plastic planters at your local garden center or nursery that don’t have holes in them. Using a drill, just add 3 or 4 holes at the bottom of the planters. Before putting the soil mixture, it is recommended to add a level of pebbles at the base to help with the drainage.

Fertilizer. Expect the fertilizer to be drained quickly every time you water your containers. If you use lighter mixes, you need to fertilize more frequently. It is recommended to employ a thinned liquid fertilizer or liquid seaweed or liquid fish emulsion. However, it is important to note that your plants require different types of nutrients so check the descriptions on the fertilizer to ensure that they have a balanced and complete solution including trace elements.

Watering. A lot of vegetables require a lot of moisture throughout the whole growing season. In addition, if the container plants are placed in exposed areas, they tend to loose moisture rapidly so make sure to water them more often.

Vegetable varieties. When choosing the types of vegetables for the vegetable garden in your patio, it is important to consider what your family loves to eat. In addition, choose those that can grow suitably in a restricted space. There are a lot of gardeners who benefit from growing tomatoes because of the fact that home-produced tomatoes taste a lot better than those bought at the supermarket. You can try the following vegetables for your container gardening:

  • Carrots
  • Eggplants
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Melons
  • Tomatoes
  • Herbs
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Garlic
  • Squash

Impressive Landscape

Terrace style floral beds
As a home owner you will agree that there is nothing impressive than looking at the freshly bloomed flowers each morning as soon as you wake up. Your landscape would have a layered look and would feature colourful flowers in every layer to offer a trendy and modern look overall. If you wish to enhance the aesthetic value of your home then this terrace style garden is a great choice that makes it the top one among the best garden design ideas.

Create flowerbeds with stones

Why should you settle for the old borders in your existing garden when you can transform it by setting it with beams made of wood and stones in stylish patterns. This garden design would help you get many positive reviews from neighbours and friends. You can also create a border like pattern across the garden with good height and paint it in white or silver shade to create a retro effect.

Set up plans in containers of varied sizes
Do not underestimate the effect that containers have upon your garden’s look. Planting flowering plants of various colours in containers of different sizes would offer an artistic look to your gardens. You can also arrange the containers in artistic fashion to make it look very beautiful and impressive rather than arranging it in a line. Make sure that you also create an assorted look with small shrubs or big plants to deliver a stunning look.

Mix and match
If you have shrubs and tall plants then make sure that you trim the edges and nip the ends to offer it a neat look. Keep the shrubs near the colourful flowering plants to offer an attractive look. You can also mix and match flowering pots with green leaves, coloured leaves in yellow and red to provide an interesting contrast look. This would eliminate the boring green look overall and impress the visitor right away.