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PostHeaderIcon Plant Care Tips for a Beautiful Garden

Taking care of plants can be an enjoyable past time, especially when you are rewarded with the fruits of your labor. Many people treat plant care like an experiment when they first started gardening. How do you know when or how much to water, how much sunlight do my plant need, when do I need to add fertilizers? These are just some of the common questions that most gardeners have at the top of their mind.

Gardening is meant to be a relaxing hobby, so plant care should not add on to your stress. If you are one of those trial-and-error gardeners, here are 3 gardening plant care tips to guide you along.

1. Watering

Plant care tips on watering your plant

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Water is life. All living plants need water; hence it is a must to have a watering can in every garden. To ensure your plants have sufficient water, it is recommended that you buy a watering can with a narrow spout. It should also be noted that plants absorb different amount of water at different stages of its life cycle. More water is absorbed during the growth stage and lesser during rest periods.

How do you know if your plant has enough water? One way is to use the finger test. Insert your index finger into the soil and feel the moisture level of the soil. If the soil feels damp, don’t water your plant. Alternatively, you can use a soil moisture meter to test the moisture level if you don’t wish to dirty your finger.

The size and type of pots and containers that you use has direct influence on the moisture level too. Porous clay pot will require frequent watering as compared to a plastic pot. Meanwhile, water in smaller pots tends to absorbed more quickly than a large pot.

2. Fertilizers
Fertilizers are added to plants to provide nutrients and help them to grow strong and healthy. Does that mean it is the more, the merrier when it comes to adding fertilizers? The answer is no. Over-adding fertilizers to your plants will cause it to have wilting leaves. The edges of your plant leaves will also appear scorched; sometimes there might be pigmentation that looks like brown spots on the leaves.

The type of fertilizers you should use depends on the type of plants you are growing. Generally, fertilizers contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in different proportions depending on the plant type that it is meant for. Read the labels before you purchase and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on usage. Do not over fertilize your plants.

Here are some signs that indicate your plants need fertilizing. Weak stems, slow or weak growth, dull colored leaves, dropped leaves and lacking in flowering. It is worthy to note that newly repotted or relocated plants are not suitable for fertilizing. Plants can get stressed too and will need a month or so to get used to its new home.

3. Lighting
Sunlight is needed for plants to thrive and stay healthy. Different types of plants have different needs on the amount of light it requires. If you are planting tomatoes, ensure that your tomato plant has lots of sunshine. Tomatoes thrive in warm temperatures. If you have insufficient sunlight for your indoor tomato plant, consider using artificial grow lights.

Most flowering house plants require adequate sunlight to bloom. If you have plants like Begonia, Bromeliad, African violet or Orchid, ensure that they are exposed to sufficient sunlight. Likewise, if your indoor lighting conditions is less than satisfactory, use artificial lights to supplement lighting.

When we talk about lighting for plant care, it is not just the amount of light but its intensity as well. How do you know which spot in your house is best for your plant? You can get more information on getting the right location and learn more about plant lighting here.

In this post, we have covered the three basic elements in plant care tips. In our next post, we will discuss more about the other 3 tips that you should not miss if you are serious about caring for your plants.

 

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 6 Must Have Gardening Tools

To be successful with any tasks, you must first have the right tools to get the job done. With so many gardening tools at the nursery, you may be feeling confused, not knowing which tools you should buy. Gardening should be a relaxing activity, the last thing you want is to be frustrated or stressed up over what to buy or where to start from. To kickstart your gardening project, you need not have to burst your wallet. There are a few basic gardening tools that you need to get things started.

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6 Must Have Gardening Tools

PostHeaderIcon Optimal Placement of the Compost Pile

You know the benefits of composting and have thoughts of making your own compost but you are unsure where to place your compost pile. Should the compost pile be placed in the shade or under direct sunlight? Where should you position your compost pile to avoid having your garden look unsightly?

There are several things to consider when deciding where to put this heap of rotting material for optimal conditions. Discover more tips and advice on composting as you read more of this article.

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Optimal Placement of the Compost Pile

PostHeaderIcon Common Compost Misconceptions Debunked

Composting has many benefits, both to the environment and to your garden plants. Nonetheless, there are still certain groups of people who are adverse to the idea of composting, simply because of some misconceptions about composting. You must have heard of one or more of the following comments about composting:

  • Compost pile stinks
  • Compost pile attracts rodents and other scavengers
  • Compost piles are unsightly
  • Compost piles require a lot of maintenance

Misconceptions arise when people lack understanding in the subject. Let us once and for all debunk some common misconceptions about composting. Read on to get the truth about composting.

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Common Compost Misconceptions Debunked