Tips for Maintaining Bonsai Plant

Bonsai Plant 300x225 Tips for Maintaining Bonsai PlantMaintaining Bonsai Plant 300x152 Tips for Maintaining Bonsai PlantBonsai is a Japanese art form used to grow miniature plants and trees in containers. It has just its own class, beauty and elegance. This is really a whole piece of art that you can see in the small tree in front of you. Isn’t it amazing to see a tree that is just a few inches in size and is a fully grown one? Maintaining a healthy Bonsai tree that you own is simple all you need to do is to just provide it with the proper balance of regular attention and occasional preventative measures and you will experience your tree to remain healthy and thriving for years and years.

Early spring months are the right time for repotting of your bonsai. Bonsai needs to be repotted every one or two years. Easily spring is the time when the growing season of Bonsai starts so that is why you need to repot them or when you experience your bonsai tree roots bulging out of the pot this is the sign that you need to repot your bonsai, Take the tree out of soil remove any extra sand of the roots trim them to around one third and than quickly repot the tree back before the roots dry up.

You will need to make a complete watering schedule and water your bonsai each day at the same time according to the amount required by that particular type. Bonsais need regular watering but do not like over watering so check the soil before watering that if the soil is dry an inch from the surface that means it needs water. There should be proper drainage place in the container so that excess water should always be drained out.

You have to place your indoor Bonsai in a way that it gets at least four hours of direct sunlight. The Bonsais are sun loving trees that require water and proper sunlight each day to prepare the food that they need for their growth. Outdoor bonsais would need the sunlight for six to eight hours but the indoor bonsais adjust according to the conditions but still need about 4 hours of direct sunlight in morning as evening sunlight may cause burn.

Bonsai grow well in humid areas so you need to maintain humid environment around your bonsai. Usually the air within homes is very dry so you need to keep misting your Bonsai foliage with water spray several times in a day to keep it moist. Humidity level for bonsai can also be maintained by placing a small fan centered at Bonsai that will keep circulating the air for tree or can place your bonsai on a humidity tree.

The growing season of Bonsai start from early spring to late fall. You will need to fertilize your Bonsai properly in this time period for providing better chances of growth. A well balanced fertilizer should be use4d in this time period and the tree should be fertilized each month. There should be an equal mix of potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus used at half strength.

Ways to Control Weeds in Vegetable Garden

Weeds in Vegetable Garden 300x199 Ways to Control Weeds in Vegetable GardenWeeds are the unwanted plants that are hated by all the gardeners. Any plant native or non-native growing itself at an undesired place is called a weed. Weeds are not liked by gardeners because they become cause of lack of nutrition in their plants, flowers and vegetables that they grow and spend a lot of their time and efforts. When especially your vegetables are at the starting stage when they are just a seedling they need proper nutrients and sunlight the weeds should never be grown around.

The weeds actually rob the required nutrients and sunlight of the seedlings causing hindrance in their growth. To eradicate weed completely it is something impossible so you just need to be more vigilant with your vegetables as if left unchecked these weeds will take over quickly and will choke your vegetables out of beds. One have to be very vigilant regarding these weeds until the vegetable plants are not properly grown once mature they will be able to handle with this bothering but still try to keep removing them and don’t let them grow in bulk.

1.    Turn over your top soil for about five to six inches and check properly for any weed roots or stems. If find any of them clear your soil and your plantation area completely first destroying all left over in soil.

2.    Now plant your seeds or seedlings in rows. You will need to prepare proper rows and beds so that it becomes easier to recognize weeds and remove them. Keep digging in between the rows so the soil remain disturbed and weeds remain unable to take roots. If any weeds grow around seedling pull them of the ground and secure your seedlings from loosing their nutrients.

3.    You can also lay black plastic or weed cloth on the bed that you prepare and than make holes at the places where you want to plant the seedling. It is better if you use the weed cloth instead of plastic because plastic will keep the natural moisture from penetrating into the soil.

4.    You can also apply organic mulch to the space around the garden plants or on the weed cloth. This not only preserves the soil moisture but also stops the sunlight from reaching to the weed seeds that they need to germinate around your plants.

5.    It is better to remove large weeds or weeds with long roots with weed cultivator so that the roots are also pulled out completely from deep under the ground.

6.    Herbicides can also be applied in order to get rid of enormously produced weeds but be careful as these herbicides are toxic so get the ones made particularly for vegetable garden and take care in consuming any produce from your plants before washing it.

7.    There are some crops and plants that act as weed suppressors they rob the sunlight the weeds require for growing, these include the low growing vegetables like squash, melons and beans.

Tips for Maintaining a Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden Tips for Maintaining a Vegetable GardenGrowing vegetable in your one’s own garden or yard is dream of so many people who love to eat vegetables and who actually know what is the difference in taste of vegetables taken directly and fresh from your own garden and those bought from the vegetable counters of grocery stores. There is a huge difference both in taste and nutrition that one can get from fresh vegetables. Growing salad vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, salad leafs, iceberg cabbage all will make your enjoy the most delicious salad made of your freshly obtained vegetables directly from your garden.

When it comes to gardening whether vegetables or other flowers and fruit plants there is need of proper preparation in order to get good results of harvest. Preparation and planning for your plants will make you decide plantation of your plants considering all factors necessary for them so they would be able to produce more. There is a lot of commitment and time required if you want to grow a good crop so never start with large beds and huge number of plants being planted at your place. First analyze that how much time and water do these plants need and then gradually increase your number of plants after knowing that how much time you can give to them especially during summers.

1. As soon as the winters are gone and hot season starts you will need to till your soil. You will need to check your soil if it can be worked on? Just take a handful of soil in your hand and than squeeze it to form a shape of ball and than check if it breaks when you poke it with your finger. If it doesn’t poke that means you still need to give some time to your soil for drying up. Once your soil is in required condition till the soil and use garden rake to smoothen the area removing all rocks and debris and now again allow soil to dry for a week.

2. Now you need to test your soil for determining the level of minerals and nutrients it holds. You may consult some extension agents too for this test and than through their advice you can add rotten manure and compost to your soil for improving its condition.

3. Now you need to make rows in your garden according to the crops you want to grow. Usually the rows are space about 2 and a half feet apart for sowing through garden tillers but this distance can be reduced if gardener plans to sow seeds by hands.

4. Now it is time for you to plant your seed or seedlings whichever you want to use. The depth and spacing between them should remain according to the instructions given with them. For knowing correct planting time check hardiness of plants and there is difference of weeks in plantation of different plants. Cool-season crops can be planted before the last frost while delicate plants are planted only after the risk of frost has gone.

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At the regular intervals of 10 to 14 days you can add the fertilizers to your soil when rigorous growth is experienced.

6. Watering once a week is enough when the weather conditions are normal while if it is dry weather you would need to water more often. Plants need one inch of rain every week so if it doesn’t happen you will have to soak the soil yourself.

Advantages OF Using Organic Fertilizers

organic fertilizers Advantages OF Using Organic FertilizersOrganic fertilizers are generally now preferred throughout the whole world now both by professional farmers and gardeners and those doing on individual level too. Organic fertilizers are supposed to be healthier than as compared to their counterpart chemical fertilizers. Organic fertilizers are made from decaying animals and plants matter. Organic fertilizers provide with better results because they create the effect same as the soil of some fertile piece of land. This is because all the fertility of soil naturally depends on the decayed matters of plants and animals and so the same are the organic fertilizers.

There are numerous benefits that can be derived by using organic fertilizers, they help in production of large fruits and more flowers, increases the immunity of plants towards pests and diseases and help plants in surviving in periods of winter and drought and through organic fertilizer the condition of soil is also improved that helps in better growth of plants. So many advantages are there of using organic fertilizers that can not be counted actually else than the major ones the very few named above. Here some advantages of organic fertilizers are briefly discussed telling how it actually works.

Increased Plant Productivity:
A very major advantage and the foremost one is the increase in the productivity of plant. Actually the organic fertilizers provide the plant with the nutrients necessary for being productive. Phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium are the vital nutrients provided by organic fertilizers to the plants. These nutrients allow plants to grow larger fruits and flowers and not only the quality but the quantity of flowers and fruits also increases.

Increased Plants Toughness:
The providence of all the nutrients to plants makes them tougher. The cell walls grow thicker because the proper amount of potassium is being provided to them. This helps plants n becoming stronger against diseases and pests. While the proper amount of phosphorus provided helps plants to survive well in winters and droughts because they utilize water efficiently cause of it.

Better Soil:
Organic fertilizers are suitable for all types of soil. The looser soil like sand is held together better with the help of stronger root system due to the presence of nitrogen. The plants grow stronger and erosion process is slowed down in this way. While on the other hand they people who have the harder and denser form of soil known as clay also become a little loosened helping the gardener to work easily with the soil and this causes the soil to become more oxygenated which help plants in better photosynthesis process.

Consistency in Growth:
Organic fertilizers’ nutrients are released gradually and slowly but consistently. That is the reason that causes the plants to remain healthier for longer period of time because the plants keep on getting the required amounts of nutrients the whole season and even afterwards. The high blooming of plants in presence of organic fertilizers is never followed by dormancy of plant.

Money Saving:

You can easily make the organic fertilizer free of cost at your home too. Just gather the yard and food waste at a place and let it sit for as long as it takes for completely breaking down. It is cheaper in another sense too that as it takes longer time in breaking down of organic fertilizers so you need to use it less often than if using any other fertilizer because the nutrient release system of organic fertilizers is very efficient.

Caring Outdoor Plants at Night When Temperature Drops

Caring Outdoor Plants 300x224 Caring Outdoor Plants at Night When Temperature DropsSummers can not be believed to be started any before than the 21st of June because before that the drop in temperature at night should be of no surprise. This drop of temperature at nights often damages the outdoor plants. You may take certain steps to save your out door plants even the plants in your garden if you want to increase the time period of growing season of your plants. Remember one thing always preparation in advance is the key to success in gardening. Whether it’s about planning to prepare the new plants in spring or saving the plants from cold weather at nights. Prepare in advance and see your plants safe and secure from all weather extremities. You may take the following measures when you want to save your out door plants from temperature drop at nights.

1. Gather some old sheets and blankets of your home and reserve them for your plants. Everyday before the sun set just cover your plants and shrubs with these sheets and blankets this will allow the heat absorbed by the plants to remain under the cover. Moreover when plants are open in colder nights the water in the leaves freezes and the reaction is same as if you will leave the soda can for long in the freezer.

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Collect some cans and boxes for your plants. You can buy some 5 gallon buckets and use them to cover each of the plant individually like that of rose or tomatoes. Coffee boxes and ice-cream tubs can also be used for smaller plants.

3. You can fix some garden stakes at the corners of your flower and vegetable beds. At night you may attach the sheets of black plastic to these stakes higher enough that they remain above the top of the plants and so a whole big area can be secured with one thing.

4. Remove the covers from the plants either very early in the morning before the sun heat directly starts to fall over those plants or remove once the direct light goes over the covered areas because exposing plants suddenly to extreme heat will damage them.

5. Freshly planted vegetable garden can be covered with newspapers too. First cover the whole area with the single layer of newspapers and than you may increase the number of layers by as much number as you feel appropriate.

These are the steps that you may take in order to save your plants from the cold weather at nights. All the methods are easy to adapt and very cheap so you may choose any of these with which you find yourself more comfortable and take care of your plants and don’t forget to prepare for it in advance.

How to Plant Seeds in Containers

Plant Seeds 300x199 How to Plant Seeds in ContainersThere are many people in this world who just love gardening and adopt this as hobby for peace of their mind. For all such people it is always possible to grow plants even if they have almost no space. When people have lack of space or do not have gardens they go for container gardening or they create hanging gardens while Bonsai is another option for all such people to satisfy their inner want for gardening. Container gardening is very common at many places specially those where it remains winter for longer period of time. Containers in such areas allow people to sow seeds within their homes to turn into seedlings till the time the last frost is gone and the spring is in the air. At that time they transplant the seedling out door. Or instead you can just move that same container out if you are a container gardener and there will be no need to transplant it at an outdoor spot. The seedlings grown in commercial potting soil have higher immunity level to diseases and pests when moved out.

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First of all select a container for your seeds. Now it depends up to you that do you want to use it as a temporary mean for growing seedlings or you want the one that you would be using till the end for as your plant will be kept in it. You can choose the flowering pots or alternatively you can use disposable drinking cups or clean yogurt containers and fill them with soil and making few tiny hole on the outer side near the bottom to let the excess water drain out easily.

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Now you will need to choose the potting soil that you want to use. You will have to get the one that is suitable because there are different potting soils available for vegetables and flowers growing.

3. Normally the seed will be required to be sowed in depth that is double to its size and small and fine seeds are just sprinkled over the soil surface. On the contrary sometimes there are also instructions given on the seed packet regarding the depth at which seed should be sowed so in presence of that follow those instructions.

4. Keep your container in a tray that is two inches deep and than fill it with the water. Let it settles than as slowly and gradually the water in the tray will be absorbed by the soil in the container through the holes made around its base.

5. It is necessary to keep the container at a warm and sunny place like a window sill or you may use the heat pads in order to provide the required heat to the seeds. But during this process you will have to keep che4cking that soil should not dry out.

Keep another thing in consideration when keeping in window sills that cool breezes should not be approaching your seed containers through that the reason to keep it in window sills is to gain heat.

Gardening Flowers: Tips and Ideas

Gardening Flowers 300x199 Gardening Flowers: Tips and Ideas“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.”
–Abram L. Urban

Garden is a place in a home which the gardener design with the plants to make it a dreamland. A garden lush green space filled with all colors of nature and beauty of flowers is something that can take the tiredness off the man after the whole day of hard work. And definitely for the one who works in the garden and spent time making all of those flowers grow feels like being rewarded with the biggest thing in the world when his plants are blooming. It doesn’t matter for plant lovers as to what is the size of plot available to them for gardening they can just grow the maximum of plants arranged beautifully even in the smallest space. Gardening flowers adds the beauty to the surroundings of your home too. Here are some tips and ideas for you to make your gardens appear even more beautiful than ever.

Long Term Gardening:
If you want to plant such type of plants that will remain for longer periods of time in your garden and you does not need to work over your garden again and again then go for perennial flowers because they tend to live and keep flowering for at least 2 years and even up to ten years time period? So if you are planning perennial flowers work hard once and than see your garden flourishing and blooming for years. These plants also provide you with more plants that they produce so you may use them on other beds without any further expenses. There is one drawback with these perennial flowers that in their first year they mostly do not produce flower but just grow. So you can make a mix of perennial and annual flowers plantation on your beds for making a combination of flowers and long lasting flowering plants both.

Instant Flowering:
You like to see your garden all flowering every year than for you the best choice are the annual flowers. These grow and bloom for one season only for all those who like to keep changing the outer looks of their houses and want to appear their lawn differently every time annul plants are the best choice. You can get seeds or the plants both from the local gardening stores with plants you have an ease because they already have a flower or two on them so you can choose easily as which plant you want and than you can just arrange the rainbow of colors in your garden to soothe your eyes.

Space to Grow:
Control your urge of planting so many plants if you have a small space by putting plants so close to each other. Always provide your plants with enough room to grow properly so that they may flourish well. For making your garden appear more filled you can use other means like you can use hanging baskets and containers by putting some beams in your lawn and than hanging those containers with it and putting more plants in those containers.

Method for Drying Fresh Flowers Bouquet

Drying Fresh Flowers Bouquet 300x223 Method for Drying Fresh Flowers BouquetFlowers are the source of expressing emotions for humans. People in the whole world just love to send flowers to each other over occasions or even sometimes just to make one realize that how important he or she is in their life. There are many people who are so fond of flowers that they keep floral arrangements and bouquets at their homes by buying themselves or by picking some flowers from their own gardens. Flowers are just the perfect way to deliver all the feelings when you want nothing to be left unsaid and when you want each and every word from deep cores of your heart to reach with the same affection.

Flowers either given as gift or bought by oneself always are wanted by the owner to remain and stay fresh for as long as possible but cut flowers can hardly long for a week and a half if cared a lot and provided with all required nutrients and saved from any bacterial development. There are other alternative ways too to keep flowers for much longer periods of time like for months and years and that is possible either through saving the flower with wax or by drying the flowers. Dry flower arrangements appear very nice and many times used in many crafting projects. For drying the flowers you need to follow the following steps.

First Step:
In the first step you need to take your flowers and put the blooms in the paper sack but remember that the stems should be sticking out of the opening of the sack. Keep the flowers in the bunch form and simply the same way insert them from bloom side into the paper sack.

Second Step:
Now bundle the sack around the bouquet in a way that the blooms are closed within the bag.

Third Step:
Now to make sack remain closed properly at its opening side tie it with the twine. Take a 12 inches long string and tie it at the place where the opening of the sack has been closed around the bundled stems.

Fourth Step:
Now as one end of twine is tied to the bouquet tie the other end the loose one with the 3 inches long nail. Remember to get longer nail and keep the sack at the side of its head.

Fifth Step:

Now you will have to hammer the nail either in the wooden beam in your porch or at any other place that you find right for hammering the nail in. Even the wooden clothesline will also work or hang sack on some decorative hook or even the door of kitchen cupboard handle can be used for hanging it. The nail should be hammered in the beam for about an inch.

Sixth Step:
Now be patient and let the fresh flower bouquet remain hanging upside down for around a time period of a week.

Seventh Step:
After a week you can open the sack and see that the flowers have dried and now you may create a beautiful floral arrangement of it in a flower vase or use in any other piece of craft to add beauty.

Flowers are the source of expressing emotions for humans. People in the whole world just love to send flowers to each other over occasions or even sometimes just to make one realize that how important he or she is in their life. There are many people who are so fond of flowers that they keep floral arrangements and bouquets at their homes by buying themselves or by picking some flowers from their own gardens. Flowers are just the perfect way to deliver all the feelings when you want nothing to be left unsaid and when you want each and every word from deep cores of your heart to reach with the same affection.

Flowers either given as gift or bought by oneself always are wanted by the owner to remain and stay fresh for as long as possible but cut flowers can hardly long for a week and a half if cared a lot and provided with all required nutrients and saved from any bacterial development. There are other alternative ways too to keep flowers for much longer periods of time like for months and years and that is possible either through saving the flower with wax or by drying the flowers. Dry flower arrangements appear very nice and many times used in many crafting projects. For drying the flowers you need to follow the following steps.

First Step:

In the first step you need to take your flowers and put the blooms in the paper sack but remember that the stems should be sticking out of the opening of the sack. Keep the flowers in the bunch form and simply the same way insert them from bloom side into the paper sack.

Second Step:

Now bundle the sack around the bouquet in a way that the blooms are closed within the bag.

Third Step:

Now to make sack remain closed properly at its opening side tie it with the twine. Take a 12 inches long string and tie it at the place where the opening of the sack has been closed around the bundled stems.

Fourth Step:

Now as one end of twine is tied to the bouquet tie the other end the loose one with the 3 inches long nail. Remember to get longer nail and keep the sack at the side of its head.

Fifth Step:

Now you will have to hammer the nail either in the wooden beam in your porch or at any other place that you find right for hammering the nail in. Even the wooden clothesline will also work or hang sack on some decorative hook or even the door of kitchen cupboard handle can be used for hanging it. The nail should be hammered in the beam for about an inch.

Sixth Step:

Now be patient and let the fresh flower bouquet remain hanging upside down for around a time period of a week.

Seventh Step:

After a week you can open the sack and see that the flowers have dried and now you may create a beautiful floral arrangement of it in a flower vase or use in any other piece of craft to add beauty.

Garlic Plant for Controlling Insects

Controlling Insects Garlic Plant for Controlling InsectsThere are different plants that help in keeping the different insects and animals away from your yard and garden. Garlic is also one of those plants as if you are going to plant the garlic with some other plant it will remain safe from the invasion of harmful insects. Garlic and garlic plant both are very beneficial in order to keep insects away from other plants. Garlic spray is also used sometimes by many gardeners to spray over their plants to keep the insects away from destroying their plants. But putting a garlic plant means you can deter the harmful insects in an organic manner without causing any harm to insects and to your plants both. Garlic is so strongly recommended for this purpose because it secures most of the flowers, vegetables, shrubs and some trees even from the invasion of these deadly critters.

How to Use Garlic for Controlling Pests

All the rose cut flower growers and even the home gardeners you can keep your roses saved from all insects including aphids by planting a garlic plant in your flower bed. These are the small critters that gather on leaves, stems and buds of roses and suck the juice from the plant. All you have to do is to take a sleek leave of garlic plant and tie it to the stem of rose bush. This will for sure keep all the insects and aphids from attacking your rose plant.

Plant garlic among vegetables in your yard and see all your vegetables flourishing and their taste enhancing. Plant garlic with pepper and tomatoes and red spider mites won’t be invading your vegetables and moreover the taste of pepper and tomatoes both will be enhanced. Other vegetables like broccoli, spinach and cabbage will be saved from worms, slugs, snails and caterpillars if garlic plant will be planted among them. Even the Colorado potato beetles will not be attacking your potatoes that actually grow underground. So this is easiest solution of all too organically save your vegetables form any insects and pests.

You can make the garlic spray at home, peel the garlic and take about 6 to7 cloves of it and crush them to add in a container that can hold a gallon of water. Add a tablespoon of cayenne, one teaspoon of ivory soap and one small minced onion. Do only use ivory soap because it does not contain any chemical while other soaps do so it is safer to sue in your garden. Now cover the container and leave it for two days to sit. After this strain all the mixture and pour the water in the spray bottle this can be kept for weeks and you can spray it time to time on your plants. Do spray every time after rainstorm to ensure that they remain saved from all types of bugs.

If you want to get rid of slugs, snails and Japanese beetles from your garden just simply make garlic tea that is going to have just garlic and water and the rest of things should be omitted from the spray about which have been told above. Prepare it the same way keep it for two days and than strain and pour it on ground around plants and you’ll see the magical effect your garden will be clear of all those critters.

Decorative Plants to Be Used Outside To Keep Rabbits Away

Keep Rabbits Away 300x225 Decorative Plants to Be Used Outside To Keep Rabbits AwayMany people are just found to be fed up when they wake up in morning and go into their lawns or yards that they have worked hard on and find that it’s all ruined by the nasty rabbits in one night. This is like a great shock to someone who has been working like anything for months and months to bring this outdoor space a new and beautiful look and now all seems to just gone in vain. Rabbits are the animals that like to eat anything that is grown and they are very much fond of having a mega meal of your flowers and vegetables that you grow.

It’s just a matter of night and they can just clear it all off. Many commercial cut flowers growers face this problem too that right at the time when their buds are about to be blooming any moment the same night rabbits have their greatest party and there are left no signs of any blooms. Well for the people generally who have lawns and yards in their homes and they want to avoid rabbits from coming and ruining their work they must use some plants that are not liked much by rabbits. But still there is a problem that as they like toe at almost everything so there should be some plants nearby that are preferable for them to eat. Here are some plants that you may grow in your garden to drive rabbits away.

Poppy:

Poppies are the flowers that have very strong aroma and milky juice in them. These are both the things that are proved to be as highly non-pleasing to the rabbits and so you may grow any type of poppy from Icelandic poppies to oriental poppies and can provide your garden with beautiful colors and look and keep not only rabbits but deer and other critters away too. What can sound better than using some plants to keep these animals away that will in no way harm other plants and will also be increasing the beauty to your yard. Poppy flowers are generally supposed to be very beautiful too.

Alliums:
Rabbits remain usually far away from all types of onions so all the plants belonging to alliums genus will prove to be rabbit resistant very successfully. Chive, onions, leek and garlic are the species in this genus that do not have beautiful and colorful flowers that can be grown in gardens but there are definitely other species in this genus that have very attractive flowers like Allium flavum is one from this genus that have very colorful and vibrant flowers and they can successfully keep the rabbits away from your garden.

Daffodils:
A daffodil is the plant that has very beautiful flowers and has been used as inspiration and much of literature work has also been done throughout the whole world over these flowers. Daffodils plants have very beautiful yellow flowers which contain poisonous crystals in them now this is the quality that makes rabbits, deer and other critters to remain away from your garden if you are growing some daffodils there.

Try planting these flowering plants in your garden and get rid of rabbits without taking any extensive and tiring steps that indulge you in a prolonged procedure.