Archive for May, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Is Gardening For You?

Gardening is perhaps one of the best hobbies that a more laborious nature lover can take up. The reason why I choose to call this hobby laborious is because it surely does involve a good deal of physical activity. This hobby is not meant for those nature lovers who simply want to bask in the natural beauty that already exists. Rather it is an ideal pass time for those who want to make their own contribution to the nature.

In order to be successful in gardening one must have the following qualities: –

  • Besides having a love for gardening you should also have the will and determination to pursue your hobby.
  • You must be physically fit and agile. Laziness and gardening are anonymous to each other.
  • Learn to exchange your ideas and information with like-minded people who can show an equal passion for gardening.
  • Try laying your hands on almost any books, magazines or articles that can enhance your knowledge on gardening.
  • Be prepared to invest a small amount of your earnings in purchasing the “Can’t do without”, gardening tools.

The world of gardening is wide and it has immense possibilities for those who want to explore it with the right zeal and enthusiasm. You can choose from indoor gardening, outdoor gardening, landscaping, cultivating exotic herbs, growing bonsais and thus the list is endless. However it is important to do a fair amount of research work before delving into any of the above fields. You should master up the art of choosing the right plants and also learn the techniques favorable for their productivity and growth.

Growing plants is not enough. Deciding where the plants should grow is also an important aspect of gardening. Nothing can be more distasteful than a garden which has color clashing flowers growing all around in a haphazardly manner. So be careful about allocating the plants their respective locations. Arrange the assortments of flowers in accordance with their heights, textures and colors so that they complement each other without diminishing the beauty of your garden.

Keep aside one day from the entire week to be your gardening day. Generally weekends would be a good choice. On this day, equip your self with all the essential gardening tools and accessories and get down to your work. If you have children or friends who are equally interested in gardening call for their assistance. The more the merrier!

Once you are done for the day clean your tools well and store them in their right place. Be sure to maintain your gardening tools because well maintained tools can give you years of good performance. After all tools aren’t something that you can afford to buy every week.

Whether you are an efficient gardener or not can be best proved by your garden itself. So stop twiddling your thumbs and put your green fingers to use. As far as gardening is concerned, if you have really put in hard work your efforts will never go futile.

PostHeaderIcon How to Grow Vegetables in Containers

With the world facing food shortage in the future and news of food scares popping out every now and then, it is no wonder more people are now exploring the possibility of growing their own food. A common misconception is that vegetable growing is only for those with gardens or backyards. I call this an urban myth. It is possible to plant your own vegetables even if you live in an apartment. Just do container gardening, if you’re limited by space.

If you are new to container gardening, you probably might have asked some of these questions before:

  • Which type of vegetables are suitable to be grown in containers?
  • What kind of containers should I use?
  • Where should I place the containers?
  • How do I go about planting the vegetables in the container?
  • How often should I water my vegetable plants?

Of course, these are not the only questions. Mastering the art of gardening takes time and it is the journey of learning that makes gardening an enriching hobby.

There are many types of vegetables suitable for container gardening. These include green onions, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes.  Container vegetable gardening can be made easy for beginners if you have the know-how. Discover how you can get started in planting your own vegetables and be on your way to enjoying a good harvest, right from your balcony. Click here to learn more about container vegetable gardening.

PostHeaderIcon Container Gardening – How to Grow Your Salad Bowls

Do you love to eat salads? Well, I do. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could grow your own salad bowl? It doesn’t matter if you only have enough space in your nest for container gardening. This video shows you container gardening tips and how you too, can grow your own salad bowls. I hope you will enjoy watching this video as much as I do 🙂

 

 

PostHeaderIcon When to Plant Tomato Seeds Indoors

Tomato is one of the most popular vegetable plants well-loved by vegetable gardeners. Growing tomatoes is a fulfilling experience, especially when you get to savor the fruits of your labor at the end of the harvest season. Beginners often find growing tomatoes a challenging task, but if you follow a few golden rules and invest some time in planning and preparation, you should enjoy a favorable outcome with your growing endeavors.

Growing tomatoes from seeds and knowing when to plant tomato seeds indoors is not a difficult task. Simply follow a few basic gardening principles and you’ll find it an enjoyable experience. Read the full article here to get tips on when to plant tomato seeds indoors and how to prepare them for transplant outdoors or into containers for your balcony.

PostHeaderIcon Grow Bags – What’s so good about them?

Container gardening appeals to gardening enthusiasts, whom stay in apartments or small spaces. Besides the usual containers that we commonly see at the nursery, grow bags is another good alternative to grow your favorite vegetable or flower plants.

Aesthetically, grow bags or growing bags may not be as pleasing to the eye, however, they are more versatile and economical than most containers. Due to its light weight, grow bags are highly suitable for use on patios, balconies and terraces. Perhaps, you will change your perception about grow bags when you see its other advantages below:

Advantages of Grow Bags

  • With grow bags, there is no need for soil digging or preparation. Using grow bags is certainly a time-saver for people who loves gardening but have limited time.
  • Compost is generally clean, disease-free and pest-free. This is truly good news for you if you are like me and don’t enjoy handling compost.
  • It is possible to have a good yield if the plants are well irrigated and fed.
  • Grow bags are portable; hence they are easily transported home and stored for future use.
  • Recyclable grow bags allow you to be eco-friendly while saving money.

How to Prepare a Grow Bag for Use

  • Always clean the exterior of the bag, and then loosen the compost by shaking the bag before placing it on a flat surface.
  • Follow the instructions and cut out the holes according to the pre-marked indicators on the bag.
  • Pierce some drainage holes on the bags.
  • Water the compost and allow excessive water to be drained before putting your plants into the grow bag.
  • Place the bag on a board or pallet base and have it elevated from the ground to prevent garden pests like slugs and snails.

What Should You Plant in a Grow Bag

  • Grow bags are perfect for plants that don’t have deep roots. Examples include tomatoes, lettuces, chilli peppers and cucumbers.
  • If you are using a standard grow bag, you can plant eight lettuces in a bag. For tomatoes, go for three to four young plants within a bag.
  • Garden herbs also grow well in grow bags and you can conveniently place them near the kitchen door or windowsill.
  • Grow bags are good for planting flowers too. Besides, you have the flexibility to re-position them easily within your home as your mood changes.