Growing Flowers in Your Garden
Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. It provides soothing therapy for some people especially when they see their work bloom in season. These are the sort of people who want to use their hands to make living things grow strong and healthy through their patience and hard work. Thus, gardeners often feel a strong connection with the soil and a powerful appreciation for beauty that only flowers can provide. The hours may be long and the work backbreaking, but the rewards of seeing a single flower bloom can lift all the hours and the aches away.
If you're looking for a new hobby or just something to do to spend idle time while at home, try gardening. Why? Well, one good reason is that a garden will definitely make your home look more attractive and beautiful. Besides that, the air in your private space will be cleaner and fresher since the plants absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. Growing flowers is easy, if you have the time and patience for it. The tools are not that expensive and there are various resources in books, magazines and the Internet to help you with your project.
A small piece of land, tools and knowledge is all you need to start a gardening project in your backyard. Here are some basic instructions:
1. Choosing the right spot - A sunny area with well-drained, fertile soil is the best for flowering plants. Make sure that the area is sheltered from strong winds that could defoliate and destroy the blooms.
2. Preparing the soil - Dig the soil thoroughly with a shovel until it is fine and loose. Add a large amount of compost or organic fertilizer to the top layer and mix it a bit with the soil. Fertilizers are vital to ensuring that your plants have all the nutrients they need for growing strong and healthy so make sure to do it properly.
3. Planting the seeds - You can buy the seeds online, garden shops and most department stores. Follow the instructions on the package in planting the seeds. Depending on the requirement of your flowering plants, plant the seeds deep or only at the surface.
4. Watering - Water the seeds or plants at least twice a day. Moderate the amount of water as over-watering could kill your garden easily.
5. Fertilizing - Fertilize the flower bed periodically to make your flowers grow well.
6. Pest control - Always watch out for pests that could damage your flowers and take care of them early. (See the article below: Natural Pesticides)
7. Deadheading - Remove diseased, infested, rotting or old blooms and leaves. This will prevent the disease from spreading or attracting pests. Also, the plants will bloom longer since dead flowers signal that the plant should start producing seeds.
These are only basic tips so make sure to read more details on creating your own garden. Happy gardening!
This article is courtesy of Timothy Spencer
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How to Grow Flowers Indoors
If you don't have a lot of space outdoors, an indoor flower garden is a great way to grow all those beautiful flowers you want without having to give up what little yard you have. If you happen to have a lot of room inside your home, this can also serve as an excellent way to fill in blank space and accent the room.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to grow flowers indoors you will be pleased to hear that it only requires minimal gardening knowledge with a great return on your efforts.
The plants that you choose to grow will be a very important factor since they will not have access to outside elements. Typically they should be able to thrive in shaded areas or at least have a window or provide partial sunlight if needed. The use of LED grow lights, however, might be able to expand the types of plants you can choose from since this can provide an artificial lighting for plants that need more than just a shady spot in the world.
You will also have to remember to water your plants occasionally. Since the water needs to be able to drain you will have to make sure you have drainage holes in the pots as well as something underneath to catch the excess water. By planting plants that can handle a lot of water, or even grow in water for that fact, you can help to relieve some of the pressure of having proper drainage.
Pick plants that don't need a ton of space to grow as well. You won't want one specific plant taking over an entire room because it would have best been suited for outside growing. Check into the growth characteristics of each one before you plant to prevent mistakes like this.
In short, choose plants that are easy to care for unless you have a lot of gardening experience and the time to dedicate to it.
This article is courtesy of Brad Allmendinger
The Best Way to Grow a Flowering Plant Indoors
The first step in growing flowers indoors is research. Even with the most delicate care, some flowers just do not do well indoors. A little time spent researching to find flowers that grow well indoors and that are suitable to the environment you are able to provide will save you a lot of time and frustration later. Be sure to pay attention to lighting needs. While some flowers do okay with just a little sun, others may require more.
Some flowers that grow well indoors are peace lilies, African violets, begonias, desert cacti and amaryllis. Peace lilies need a warm, humid environment with filtered light. Flowers will generally appear in late summer and can last several weeks. With care, an African violet can be kept in bloom all year. It likes bright, indirect light and high humidity. Most people think of begonias as an outdoor flower, but it can also be grown indoors. It's a hardy plant so it is good for beginners.
As long as you give it plenty of light and have a light hand with watering, a desert cacti will provide you with beautiful blooms through most of the spring and summer. Overwatering is a common mistake so allow the soil to dry between waterings for best results. Amaryllis can be purchased potted or as a bulb and come in a variety of colors, sure to fit any decor. Flowers appear from late December to early summer.
All of these plants can be taken outdoors when temperatures begin to warm up. Care should be taken with peace lilies and African violets, though, as they do not do well in direct sunlight. If you live in a rainy area, you will want to keep a close eye on your desert cacti if you take it outdoors. If it appears to be getting too much water, move it to a drier area or indoors.
A lot of people choose to buy already started plants for their indoor flower garden, but many plants can be started from seeds or bulbs indoors. These days most garden supply centers stock organic potting soil so you can get your plants off to a good start. Whether buying seeds, bulbs or pre-started plants, look for ones labeled organic. These do not use chemically-treated or genetically modified seeds and have not been treated with chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
Pests can be a problem with indoor flowers. Keep a close eye on your plants. The sooner you detect a problem, the faster you can treat it and get your plant back on the road to health. If you do see pests, look for organic or natural pesticides.
Most indoor plants benefit from an occasional dose of fertilizer. If you have vermicompost available, this is an excellent choice. Otherwise, look for organic fertilizers. These are gentler on the plant and the environment.
This article is courtesy of Nova Person
Natural Pesticides - Homemade Recipes
How would you like to know a few homemade pesticide recipes that are not only safe, but will cost you next to nothing? It's still possible to keep your garden free from pests without toxins and harmful chemicals.
Most chemical pesticides are toxic to humans as well as pets and small animals that may enter your yard or garden. That's why homemade pesticides make a lot more sense.
Here are a few of the most common natural pesticides for your houseplants, yard and garden.
Pesticide for Snails and Slugs
Diatomaceous earth is a powder-like dust made of tiny marine organisms called diatoms. It is effective on soft-bodied insects as well as snails and slugs. Just spread it on top of the soil and it works by cutting and irritating these soft organisms yet is harmless to other organisms. You can also put out shallow dishes of beer to trap snails and slugs.
To Keep Bugs Away from Houseplants
This is the safest natural pesticide for any home gardener and is effective on a variety of bugs and insects. Mix 3 tablespoons of liquid detergent into a gallon of water. Use in a sprayer bottle for houseplants.
Another Bugs-Away from Houseplants Mix
To keep bugs away from houseplants, mix 1 clove of garlic, 1 small hot pepper and 1 quart of water in a blender. Pour into a spray bottle and apply to plants. Putting hot sauce on a cotton ball in a house plant pot will also repel pests.
Cabbage Worms and Spider Mites Mix
For garden pests like cabbage worms and spider mites, mix 2 tablespoons of salt in 1 gallon of water and use in a spray bottle.
To Control Garden Pests
Gather together a collection of dead bugs, crush them up and mix with water. Strain the mix until it will come out of a spray bottle. Only use this mix outside.
Spearmint Hot Pepper Horseradish Spray
This is effective on many different kinds of outside bugs and insects and should be an outside spray.
- 1/4 cup of hot red peppers
- 1/2 gallon of water
- 1/4 cup of fresh spearmint
- 1/4 cup of horseradish, both root and leaves
- 1 tablespoons of liquid detergent
- 1/4 cup of green onion tops
Pesticide for Aphids and Whiteflies
Mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent with water and spray on the leaves. This is extremely effective in controlling many soft-bodied insects such as aphids and whiteflies.
Pesticide for Roses
In your blender make a solution of leaves from a tomato plant, 4 pints of water and a tablespoon of cornstarch. Strain the mix and spray on roses as a natural pesticide. Keep any unused spray refrigerated.
Natural pesticides can work well for any home gardener and are much safer for you and your family. After you try a few of these recipes you'll understand that they really work. If you want to control pests naturally instead of chemically, homemade pesticides may be the ideal choice.
This article is courtesy Gary Gresham