Tips for Gardening Spring Flowers

Gardening Spring Flower 300x225 Tips for Gardening Spring FlowersSpring Flowers 300x199 Tips for Gardening Spring FlowersSpring is the season when you see colors and flowers all around with soothing warmth in the environment due to a little higher temperature that feels like heaven after the freezing cold winters. In spring there are flowers on roadsides and every where even at the places where no work has been done in order to grow flowers. Now just think if this season is so favorable to plants that they start blooming even if not taken care of than what scenic beauty it will be when you work a little hard in your lawn or yard to prepare it for the season of spring.

Well if planned properly and before time you may experience wonders in form of flowers in your garden that would not only make you feel awesome but also make people get inspired with the beauty you have spread all around with your hard work. For growing flowers you need some prior planning like as preparing the soil and choosing the right time for sowing the seeds. Well if you buy the plants from some store you don’t need to start working that early but still hard work is definitely required.

Here are some steps you would need to take in order to keep up all your gardening work on time when preparing for an all bloomed garden in springs.

1.    The very first thing you need to do id to plan our about where you want to have flowers in your garden. Now scatter them all around so that when the flowers bloom at different times of spring they can be seen in all of the area instead of planting one type of flowers at one side this will appear like each part of your lawn or garden having flowers at a particular time and than abandoned. Scattering will make it appear like flowers growing all around through out the whole season.

2.    You will need to plant spring bulb flowers in the falls a year before. These plants need proper time to grow so the whole winters they will get time for proper growth. If you live in warmer part of your country you may wait till end of fall but still they require more time.

3.    Mix some fresh top soil in your garden soil once the last frost is over in springs and than plant the new annual flowers so the foliage is not damaged.

4.    You will have to keep watering plants to keep the soil damp when there is no rain. Plant food and fertilizers can also be added in order to make the plants grow healthier and stronger. Many of the bulbs need phosphorus fertilizer to be sprinkled over the soil. Do that according to the instruction over the packet for how much quantity to be used.

5.    Cut out the stems of plants that clump together to give a thinner look to the plant. Moreover you can snip off the blooms that are withered so the food and energy produced by plant is not wasted unnecessarily. This encourages new growth too and let the bulbs attaches to the flowers that later dry up into seeds and fall around that grow the next spring for you.

Suitable Conditions for Growing Pea Plants

pea plants 300x230 Suitable Conditions for Growing Pea PlantsGrowing vegetables t home and then adding their freshness to our daily food is something that’s just like a wonderland dream comes true. It is always fun to grow vegetables because the cherishing feelings one have once the vegetables are ready for consumption is something that can not be explained in mere words. There are many vegetables that are really easy to grow and most delicious ones to be eaten. Peas are one of those vegetables that are easy to grow if provided the favorable conditions and which are ready for use very early and in great amount. Short harvesting time is a big positive point for growers because less of efforts and more of reward is something that is desired by everyone. The sweetness and crispiness of fresh peas is something that is unforgettable and incomparable with anything.

Soil Condition & Plant Placement:
The soil should be well drained and rich in nutrients through organic materials. Many of the beans that are grown are the nitrogen fixer that is they collect the nitrogen from air and pass it to the soil. Now you do not need to add any nitrogen through fertilizers or other organic materials because over nitrogen supply may burn your pea plants or they may cause a more of leafy growth as compared to growth of pea pods over the plant. And definitely at the end no one wants to find a few of pea pods and loads of leaves. When it is winter season the pea plants require full sun for better growth while partial shade is better in hotter times of year. There should be at least a distance of two feet between each row and peas should be planted at a distance of 8 to 12 inches from each other.

Peas are the plants type that sprout quickly and do not respond well when transplanted to some other place so it is preferable that you sow the seeds directly to the place where you want your plant to grow. You have to sow the seeds at the depth of around 1 inch. As prescribed earlier that dry soil is good for pea plants so always sow the seeds only when your soil has dried up after any rain storm because wet soil may cause your seeds to rotten. Most of pea plant varieties work good in cold weather but temperature tolerant varieties are available too that can work well in summers too.

As the pea plants grow into vines so you need to get some trellis fixed in order to help them stick to it and avoid the tripping. It is better too in order to provide the pea plants with better ventilation. Few plants can be managed to climb on stakes but more of the plants are better to be grown over trellis.

Pea seeds are sensitive so always sow them through hands only. Water the soil only when it is dry and that too at roots only so the stems are never rotten.
Have a nice experience in growing and harvesting your lot of pea pods!!!!!

Tips for Getting Rid Of Frogs in Your Garden

Getting Rid Of Frogs 300x261 Tips for Getting Rid Of Frogs in Your GardenThere are numbers and numbers of animals and insects that may harm your lawn, yards or their beauty. There are many options available for getting rid of them many commercially available chemicals and other things. But there are so many people who do not want to sue them for certain reasons as they do want animals and pests to remain away from their gardens but they do not uselessly want to hurt or kill them. This is the time when arrives the need of using household remedies that are non-harming. Frogs are the type of animals that intrude in your lawns but do not actually harm them as they are there just to have slugs and pests as their meals. But sometimes just ignoring them cause a large number of frogs invading your garden that may personally irritate you for many reasons of which one can be about disturbance at night. As frogs croak a lot at nights so this might become a reason for you to try to drive them away from your lawn. Here are some tips and tricks to drive these animals away from your garden and yard to get back the peace in your life.

•    You need a screen fence that is to be placed six inches deep and at least around 2 feet high to stop frogs from passing in to your lawn from outside. Fencing the path to your lawn will stop the frogs and most probably they would have been hopping in from a near by pond or water source so try to cover that much area with fence for stopping them to intrude in your lawn.

•    Another thing that you can do to stop frogs from coming to your garden is to finish their source of food. That is if they are eating the critters in your lawn you may kill them by using pesticides on leaf litter and the plants that attract these critters and bugs. If the frogs are coming in your lawn due to slugs than you can take some plastic cups and bury them in your lawn up to rim and then fill them till top with stale beer. The beer will attract the slugs but than they’ll die drowning down in it. So finishing the food source of frogs will make them move away from your lawn automatically.

•    You may use netting to cover any ponds or pools that you have in your garden. These nettings like bird netting will not let the frogs to get into or come out of the water.

•    Well what can be nicer than using a cat to stay outdoors in your lawn? Take a cat and make it stay outside in your lawn. Cats love to eat frogs so this can easily control the growing population of frogs in your lawn because some of them will be eaten and others will be scared away.

•    You can spray saltwater in unplanted areas of your lawns too. Frogs remain away from areas covered with salt water because they find it unpleasant. But be careful because this is somewhat toxic and can harm your plants too.

Preparing Cut Flowers Food At Home

Cut Flowers Food 300x195 Preparing Cut Flowers Food At HomeFlowers are the most beautiful thing on this earth whether they are on the plants or in form of cut flowers. Till the time the flowers are on their plants we do not need to worry much about their food and nutrients they need but as soon as they are being cut off the plant and used to decorate the places inside home from their starts the need to provide them with essential nutrients to keep them alive for longer periods of time. It doesn’t matter if the flowers are being taken from your own garden, you’ve got those as gift from someone or you’ve bought them yourself from a flower shop, in all cases you will definitely need to provide your flowers with the food so that they are not wilted the very next day. Flowers are like a vibrant life inspirations when they are around bringing on all the positive impacts on your moods and thus on the work that you will do whole day. So make a bouquet of flower a reason to make all things good in your daily life for longer period of time by providing proper environment for long lasting.

Sometimes it just happens that people do not have flower food and preservatives available commercially at their homes so you can just make one of your own and keep your flowers fresh with it too.

1.    You can prepare your homemade preserver and flowers food by taking two teaspoons full of sugar, half teaspoon of chlorine bleach, and one fourth teaspoon of alum and add it to a quart of lukewarm water that is at around 100 to 110 degree Fahrenheit.  Well there is an alternate too if you do not have alum with you, you can add two table spoon of white vinegar too to the mixture. Now mix all the ingredients well to dissolve and mix in water equally and than pour it into the container or the vase in which you want to put your flowers.

2.    Now you will have to strip off any leaves of the stems of flowers that may get into the water filled in the vase by you. This is done in order to avoid the formation of bacteria because the flowers may decay while staying in water. Now hold the stems in your hands and keep them under running water to cut it at 45 degrees angel at bottom with a sharp knife or scissors.

3.    Now immediately with wasting a moment you will have to place the flowers in the vase with flower food mix so that the air bubbles do not form within the vessels of stem that may stop it from taking nutrients up to the flower. This is for what the cutting at the bottom of stem is being done.

4.    You will have to replace the mixture as soon as you observe it becoming cloudy or discolored and its better to refresh it every 2 days and every time do cut around 1/4th of an inch of stem at the bottom too the same way by keeping it under running water.

Save your flowers for longer period of time and feel the happiness for saving it with home techniques and remedies used.

Getting Rid Of Moles in Yard through Household Remedies

Getting Rid Of Moles in Yard 300x266 Getting Rid Of Moles in Yard through Household RemediesThere are certain challenges that one has to face if maintaining a lawn or a yard with beautiful flowers, plants or like to grow vegetable. There are number of animals, insects and mammals that make the life hell by intruding in the gardens and yards and destroying your beautiful landscape or your plants. Among all those animals moles are the ones from which so many of the people want to get rid specially those who have lush green grown grass and beautifully maintained. Moles are the furry mammals with paws and claws and they dig up the large grassy areas deep deep in to feed on the worms and snails underground. They are really difficult to get rid off through natural means and it becomes really difficult to force them off your gardens without harming or killing them. While there are some home remedies that can be utilized in order to drive moles away from your garden or yard with hurting or killing them.

1.    Castor oil also discourages moles from coming to your garden and so the moles due to its smell will remain away. You may pour the castor oil in mole holes. But be careful while sprinkling it in your lawn because it may stop your grass to grow so better sprinkle it on out of the way paths to keep moles away and letting your grass remain undamaged.

2.    Next thing that you can do is to drop some mothballs in your garden. Drop the mothballs in all those areas in your garden where you have observed the presence of moles or you may drop few of mothballs in the holes of moles that you see. Moles actually do not like the taste and smell of the mothballs and so they will find your garden as an unlikely place to stay and will move away from there.

3.    The very easily another thing that you can do to keep moles away from your garden are that you can plant the mole plants that are daffodils and marigold. You can easily get both of these plants from nurseries or garden supplies stores and plant them around the perimeter of your garden or yard. If the soil in your garden is not supportive to provide proper nutrients for these plants you may get the top soil bag suitable for growth of these plants and mix it with your soil. These plants smell and taste unattractive to moles and so they remain away from the place.

4.    Well one more thing that you can do is to finish off the things for what moles come to your lawns and yards. That is get rid of worms and grubs from your soil for which the moles dig deep down your garden and just ruin it all. So a very easy way to get rid of worms is to sprinkle the cornmeal in you’re your lawn. This will make worms move away from your lawn for finding out moisture environment. Cornmeal is easily obtainable at any grocery store in your area.

5.    Increase the amount and time you spend to water your lawn. Moles do not like to come to come to waterlogged paths and they will dig deeper to cross the part of your lawn or yard to land at some other place.

Organic Pesticides for Vegetable Gardens

Organic Pesticides for Vegetable Gardens 300x169 Organic Pesticides for Vegetable GardensWhenever someone grows vegetables, he or she is well aware that they are definitely going to have to face those nasty little creatures that come with plans to destroy your yummy crop. There are hundreds of pesticides available commercially but these chemical solutions are a definite harm to not only pests but also to humans and your vegetables that you grow. So to get rid of these little invaders you need to take some alternative steps and produce some organic pesticides at your home to keep your crops healthy. But as the organic pesticides are homemade types of remedy for your problem and does not include any chemicals so still some precautions are needed to be taken. But at the end when you get the healthiest vegetables grown in your garden you feel like being rewarded for all the hard work. There are certain steps that you may take in order to avoid these critters that include using the liquid or powder form of organic pesticides.

Liquid Homemade Organic Pesticides:
There are around 3 liquid homemade pesticides that you may make easily at home without going to find out things hard used in making these.

1.    The first is the mix of 1 teaspoon of detergent powder with one quart of water and one cup vegetable oil. Shake all the things well and you may apply this mixture on your vegetable plants every ten days to kill pests like aphids, spider mites and many other insects that usually invade vegetable plants. You can use this on eggplant, pepper, celery, cucumber and on other vegetable but do try it on one plant first because it may cause tip burn.

2.    The next mixture is to be made with 1 grounded garlic bulb or one large onion mixed to 1 quart of water with 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper and than let the mixture settle for an hour. After that fill the mixture in the spray bottle after draining it through the strainer. This kills many of the sucking and chewing insects on your plants.

3.    Now you will need you blender to prepare this spearmint spray to kill those intruders. Take one cup each of green onion tops and spearmint leaves with half cup water, juice from one lemon and half cup of chopped hot peppers. After you’ve blended these things mix them with one gallon of water and half cup of washing detergent. When you have to spray it on your plants take one cup of the mixture you made and add it to one quart of water to spray.

Powder Pesticide:
1.    This will be strange to listen but yes the talcum powder you are using can work as a great pesticide for you. Just sprinkle this powder on soil and leaves on sunny days and after the rain when leaves are dry. Talcum powder is very effective in killing corn ear worms.

2.    There is another matter made of fossil shells and is called diatomaceous earth which is used to get rid of many pests. This is the powder that attacks and kills the insects when they walk over it by slicing and cutting them. It is very safe to use this powder with your vegetable plants and in your homes too if you have pets to get rid of fleas.

Tips to Maintain Indoor Plants

Maintain Indoor Plants 272x300 Tips to Maintain Indoor PlantsPlant lovers like to see plants and flowers around them everywhere, indoors or outdoors. Indoor planting is a hobby or activity that not only satisfies the aesthetic sense of any person but also gives a brighter and fresher look to the area around. Well they can also prove to be a very good source of providing fresh oxygen to people within closed places too like homes where ventilation is usually not well both in summers and winter due to being remaining packed. It is really easy and just few cares are needed to be taken to make indoor plants thrive but still people fail to do that. The reason for this is that most of the people do not know how to maintain the indoor plants actually. Here are some steps you need to take if you want your indoor plants to thrive.

1.    As indoor plants are not under direct sunlight so the moisture remains in soil for long its not turning into vapors due to heat. This means you do not need to water your indoor plants much. But this doesn’t mean anyway that they should be watered so less that it causes them to wilt. While if you’ll overly water your plants due to non presence of sunlight there are very higher chances that the roots will get rotten. Just remember all you need to do is to keep the soil in flower pot moist not saturated in water.

2.    Always water the soil in flower pot directly never water the foliage because the same will remain the problem no direct or very less indirect sunlight will let them remain moist for longer and this may cause the development of bacteria. Water the soil until it starts to drain.

3.    Do not keep plants new windowsills at night do remember to remove them from there because definitely the plants would like to have sunlight at day time through the window but as nights are colder specially during winters so this may kill your indoor plants.

4.    There should be an even temperature maintained throughout the whole day variations in temperature all day long will harm your indoor plants so normally at day time maintain temperature somewhere from 65 to 75 Fahrenheit while at night it should be no less than 55 Fahrenheit.

5.     The plants needing high humidity levels like Orchids should be placed either in kitchens or in bathrooms as they’ll do very well there.

6.    Take water soluble plant food each month and fertilize your indoor plants with it but do not fertilize the dormant plants for growth.

7.    When the plants become too big for their pots you need to repot them. Disturb the root system very carefully it should not be destroyed and wait for 3 to 5 days after repotting the plant. This much time is taken by plants to start thriving again when repotted.

8.    Take care that your plants do get the indirect sunlight for at least six hours in a day. So you need to place them in a way that they do get this much of light and almost all indoor plants remain well with this type of light.

Preserving Cut Flowers with Wax

Cut Flowers with Wax Preserving Cut Flowers with WaxCut flowers are often gifted to people over many occasions while sometimes its just bough by people for themselves because the researches have proved the positive impacts of flower over the mood of humans. Flowers and their colors are so vibrant that they provide a fresh beginning each day if you have flowers placed somewhere around you. But the saddest part with all this beauty and vibrancy is that they last for no longer than a week no matter how much you work out for preserving them. Today here you will get to know that how you can preserve your cut flower bouquet for years. This can be done by encasing the flowers in wax. Paraffin wax is easily available every where on the craft stores and really easy to handle. This wax creates a coating over flowers, that is very thin and let the natural beauty of flowers all reflected through it. Actually this coating preserves your flowers from air and decaying organisms.

•    If you have a double boiler than it is excellent just fill the bottom of boiler with water. As an alternate if you don’t have double boiler you may take a large sauce pan filling water about two to three inches high in it and than place a smaller saucepan into it.

•    Now cut the chunks of paraffin wax of around one inch in size and place those in the top part of double boiler or you may put them into the smaller saucepan if you are going for alternative method.

•    The heat should be kept medium in double boiler. Or maintain the heat under your sauce pan too at medium and keep stirring the paraffin continuously as it melts taking care that no lumps are formed. Once you find all the wax melted evenly reduce the heat to low.

•    Now take your flowers and remove any wilted or damages leaves. Strip off the leaves of the stems and tie the stem with the string of short length.

•    Now you are ready to dip your flower in the wax. Dip the flower once and pull it out back check that the flower is completely coated with the wax if not than give it a second dip.

•    Now hang the flowers with the help of strings attached to the stems upside down to get dry. You will need to place some newspaper or wax paper under the flowers to save the floor or mat from the wax that may drip off flowers.

•    Now remove the strings off the stems when the wax over the flowers is completely dry. Now its time to dip the stems into the wax and spin them around so that the whole of the stem is evenly coated with the wax.

•    Now keep the flowers over wax paper lined properly allowing the wax over stems to be dried properly. Once the wax on flower and stem has hardened properly you may arrange your flower bouquet the way you want them to.

Heating Indoor Plants

Heating Indoor Plants 300x199 Heating Indoor PlantsIndoor plants are kept by people to enhance the beauty of the places within their homes with nature. It is really always refreshing to have indoor plants in home because they play a very major role in cleaning the air within the home and providing people living within homes with the fresh oxygen released by the. There is a problem with indoor plants that as they do not get direct sunlight so they often lack the amount of heat they actually need. A temperature inside homes is often not supposed to be very right for the proper growth of plants.

No matter if you are sowing a seed or keeping a warm-loving plant in your home you need you provide it with the required warmth in order to help it thrive properly. Always remember that the soil temperature will be lower than what is maintained in surroundings. Soil is always cooler than surrounding air temperature and actually the roots are the parts of plant that need the heat most. When you ensure that the proper heat and warmth is provided to the plant as required this allows them grow healthy and strong. Take the following steps to provide required heat to your plants and seeds.

•    Get the seedling heat mats from the seed suppliers or garden stores and place your seedling trays over it. Mostly you’ll need to put the plants on the heat mat once they’ve sprouted while there are few plants like of pepper and other heat-loving vegetables that need bottom heat to germinate.

•    You will have to set the temperature of the mat according to the required temperature mentioned on the seed packet. If there is not temperature mentioned than generally the plants require the temperature from 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need to leave your heat mat on for 24 hours a day to help seeds grow till the time they are ready to be planted outside or in the permanent pots.

•    Heat mats can also be used for established indoor plants for as they need heat in day time. You can set the temperature at 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit or look out for the information given on plant tag about required temperature if any. Do turn the mat off at night because at this time plants are requiring a relatively lower temperature.

•    When using heat mats you will need to check the moisture level of the containers or the flower pot every two to three days. Because the heat mats placed at the bottom of containers dries the soil quickly as compared to in normal conditions. So keep watering the plant as required to maintain the required moisture in soil.

•    Take care of one more thing that do not use the heat lamps because they may cause the plants to become dry and may burn the foliage too. If it is used by you than be sure that leave it on for hardly 2 to 3 hours a day and not more than that and even for this less time you will need to take care of moisture of plants and keep misting the plant regularly to maintain the humidity.

Getting Plant from Seeds

Plant from Seeds 225x300 Getting Plant from SeedsWhenever one plans to make a garden be it a passion about growing vegetables or its about growing the decorative plants for the beds you got specially designed in a way that would make it an inspiring garden for nature lovers once the pants and flowers would be on full boom. In both the cases it is much less expensive to start the garden with seeds instead of buying the seedlings. Moreover a great much variety is available in seeds as compared to the seedlings available. It is really a job of big patience when it comes to prepare seeds for sprouting. There needs to be proper care and planning required in order to getting the seeds ready for planting in garden before the right time arrives. Early spring is the most appropriate time for starting the seeds because by the time the last spring freeze passes your seeds are ready to be planted outdoor. Here are the steps as to how you should be dealing with the seeds.

1.    The very first thing you need to do is to get the seedling flats which should be than filled with the quality soil-free potting mix. These soil-free potting mixes are light and provide with just the right ingredients required for seed starting.

2.    Now you have to moisten the potting mix but it should never get damp with water. Moisten means that it should be a little wet and there should be same level of moistening in the whole mix. You can both pour water from top and wait till the water drains out till the bottom so the mix is all moistened, or you may fill the bottom tray and allow the mix with sometime to absorb the water till the top.

3.    Now plant the medium and large sized seeds in the depth that is double of their width and leave the space of around two inches all the way around the seeds. Make channels in the mix through pencil spacing each of these 2 inches apart too. Now sprinkle the small seeds in these furrows and than gently press in the soil with something that is not sharp or like from back of the spoon.

4.    Now your seedling tray is ready cover it with the plastic wrap to preserve the moisture from loosing during the germination process. Now tray will have to be placed at a warm place the temperature should be maintained at 70 to 75 degree Fahrenheit. Alternatively you may use the heat mats and keep the temperature at 75 Fahrenheit.

5.    It will take 7 to 14 days till you will notice the seedlings emerging and after that you will have to remove the plastic wrap. Now reduces the heat mat temperature to 70 degree Fahrenheit. Now you will have to place the tray under the grow light that will be positioned three inches above the seedlings.

6.    You will have to keep the soil moist in order to avoid the soil from getting dry and keep the growing lights on for 12 hours a day so the moistening does not cause any fungal diseases to seedlings.

7.    Now plants will be transplanted in the pots which should be filled with the same moistened soil mix. The plants should be transplanted once they have grown the second set of their leaves. Take care of planting them in the same depth as was in the tray.