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.

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.

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.

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.

Saving Pepper Plants from Bugs

saving pepper Plants 300x291 Saving Pepper Plants from BugsMany people like growing their own bell peppers, chilies and other varieties of sweet and hot peppers to make their foods taste better and of more flavor. There are many people who often grow other vegetables at their homes too as this provides a great awareness to children too in order to learn how nature works and how they get fruits and vegetables for their food. But each and every gardener when growing plants or vegetable always fear for facing the problem of bugs and insects attacking their harvest to ruin it. The most commonly observed insect pests are white flies, spider-mites, aphides or scale that attack your produce. When it comes to fruits or vegetables people want to remain away from using insecticides available commercially in order to avoid any side effects that may cause their vegetables and fruits to become poisonous or harming for their health. So here are some natural methods for you to control pests from harming your harvest.

1.    The first thing for you is to recognize what pest has attacked your plants. For this here is the basic knowledge of how each of the above mentioned pests appears to look like. Aphids are green and small and are hardly around 1/8th of an inch in size. Scale appears as small armored tank and another thing that will help you in its recognition that once mature it remains at the same place always over your plant. If there are ants near your plants than definitely either you have aphids or scale on your plants because ants use them for a sticky substance they secrete. White flies can be seen easily mostly on the undersides of the leaves and they cause fungal diseases to plants. Spider mites create web effect on your plants and are too small to be visible to naked eye you can only seek for webs.

2.    To secure your plants from all these pests make a solution of 1 tablespoon of ivory dish soap with a quart of water. You can also add one tablespoon of canola oil and one tablespoon of garlic paste with some hot pepper5 to the soap liquid if you want to remain on safe side for securing your plants from all of these pests. Pour the mix in a spray bottle and spray it over plants every couple of days.

3.    To catch white flies around you pepper plants you need to hand some sticky traps. Soap mixture works but it is hard to finish all at all times.

4.    Spider mites are really dangerous so you need to take steps as soon as you observe ay web over your pepper plant leaves. To keep pests away you need to water plants regularly and well. Use your hose to spray water with sharp stream over plants and observe the population. If you find any increase immediately use the soap mixture mentions above.

5.    Use tangle foot named product on the main stem of your plant so ants remain away from your plants.

6.    You can also reduce the pests by introducing beneficial insects and pollen plants in your garden. Beneficial insects like ladybugs love to eat aphids. This will be a naturally great help to you. You may have these beneficially insects automatically if you grow parsley, lemon balm and other herbs in your garden.

Hanging Garden at Your Home

Hanging Garden 200x300 Hanging Garden at Your HomeAnything that is in Seven Wonders of the World is definitely at the extreme of beauty and creative imaginations. These creative imaginations were the core reason of bringing up the things like Egyptian Pyramid of Giza, Hanging gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia and many more. Hanging gardens of Babylon is one of the Seven Wonders of the World because of the unique idea behind these gardens. This garden was created by building artificially mountains extended from a building and than beautiful gardens were created over them. Today you may also create beautiful hanging garden at your home by using different containers and baskets that you can hang with different things and at different heights. And this will be matter of no more than few hours.

•    The very first thing you need to do is to choose the right place for your hanging garden. Your hanging garden can be made best at places like gazebos, covered patios and pergolas. These places will prove to be the most ideal for creating hanging garden. Sometimes your window boxes may also help you in creating a little effect of hanging gardens if you don’t have a complete closed place. You may hang your plant containers from the window boxes to land around the deck walls.

•    Now you have to select the different plants that you want to grow and use in your hanging garden. They must be of different colors and sizes. You may go for plants that have leaves of different colors or small plants that have flowers. Mostly the baskets used to prepare these hanging gardens are around 8 to 12 inches in diameter. Spider plants, golden pathos, ivies and many others prove to be best for growing this way. You will have to plan your garden considering the size of space available to work over and the size of baskets you are using.

•    Always look out for baskets for your hanging gardens that have drainage holes because otherwise you may end up causing mosquitoes and bacteria to grow in the stagnant water.

•    You should line all the containers with coconut fiber or sphagnum moss to create a layer between soil and drainage holes.

•    Now you will have to fill your baskets and containers with potting soil that is made for flowering plants. You can get this from nurseries or create yourself by taking soil and adding compost to it. This is done to ensure that your plants get all the required nutrients.

•    Now you have to place the plants within the containers. Always spread all the stems of the plants equally over the sides of container so this will look a very lush and filled impact to your garden from all the angles one may look at it.

•    You will have to hang each pot from the beam with the help of screw-in hooks and always hang your containers at different heights to make your garden appear to have an illusion of more fullness and definitely will look better aesthetically too.

Here is the easiest way to create a Wonder of the World at your home….. Enjoy being a little aesthetic!!!!!!!!

How Safe Are Our Flowers?

SprayingEdge Flowers Web 300x201 How Safe Are Our Flowers?The havoc caused by the pesticides in the food industry is already well known. The knowledge and utilization of organic food has grown gradually in the last ten years, with the public demanding extended regulations and pesticide checks. Authorities all over the world have acted seriously with strict measures to avoid contamination of food products by poisonous chemicals.

But, as far as the flower industry is concerned, there is found to be a complete ignorance of such regulations to regulate toxicity related to the chemicals used for flowers, which has really disappointed the environmentalists.

Let’s have a look at Colombia’s flower sector which shows a huge success story at the first glance. A small number of flower farms have turned into an industry with 450 companies, within just 25 years, making Colombia the second biggest flower exporter after Netherlands. In Europe, Britain is the biggest single market for Colombia’s flowers and the British customers purchase more than 50 percent of their carnations (about 33 million) from Colombia. But this is only one side of the picture, which looks quite bright. The other side is the darker one. To avoid any risks of rejection by the imported countries, the Colombian flower producers use excessive quantities of pesticides on the plants in order to prevent any disease or blemish. This ultimately results in poisoned workers, water contamination and parched soil.

Here are some realities:
Flowers consume more pesticides as compared to any other agricultural products.

Flowers are ravenous. Their thirst for water is extraordinary.

On one hand the flower cultivation is harsh on the environment; on the other hand 75,000 Colombian people are engaged with this industry. Out of them, 70 percent are women who work for as low as US 58 cents an hour. They often work up to 60 hours a week before special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. These workers are suffering from different types of diseases which are linked to exposure to the variety of pesticides that are repeatedly used to ensure beautiful, pest-free blooms. Even these workers are forced to enter greenhouses just one or two hours after they are sprayed.

However, Colombia is not alone. The roses cultivated in the United States are also not safe. The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA is responsible for the control and monitoring of chemical substances used in the production of both cut flowers and ornamentals. However, EPA only monitors the safety issues for growers and workers, and it does not deal with certain health issues that the consumers may face due to the pesticides’ deposits on flower products.

In an unpublished study in 1998, the Environmental Working Group (EVG) examined eight rose samples bought from retailers or by phone and detected a dozen different pesticides including two that are listed as probable carcinogens by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to Richard Wiles, the vice president for research at EWG, one of those pesticides was detected in a sample at a level 50 times higher than the amount allowed in food. He also added,” There is a fair amount of pesticides on roses, no matter where they come from Colombia or California”. This clearly shows how safe are our flowers!

Flowering Bonsai

bonsai picture 2 300x280 Flowering BonsaiThe art of artistic miniaturization of trees and plants in containers is termed as “BONSAI” and those flowering perennials planted as bonsais are called as “Flowering Bonsais”. Bonsai, in Japanese, means “tray-planted”. The basic idea of bonsai plants is to create a tree or plant, and even landscapes, in miniature. Flowering bonsai are symbols of harmony with nature.
For its healthy growth, the Flowering Bonsai plant is fed, watered, clipped and trained at regular intervals. The bonsais are planted in small pots. Wire coils are applied to get a desired shape of plants.

Bonsai includes three essentials:
fengshui bonsai 150x150 Flowering Bonsai•    Selection of the container
•    Plant’s position in the container
•    Choice of the plant variety

Bonsai includes four different sizes of plants with a different maturing time:
Miniature Bonsais: Grow to 2 inches in height; require about 5 years time to mature.
Small Bonsais: Grow from 2-6 inches in height; maturing in 5-10 years
Medium Bonsais: Grow from 6-12 inches; maturing in 3 years
Average Bonsais: Grow to 2 feet; maturing in 3 years

bonsai flower 150x150 Flowering BonsaiFacts About Flowering Bonsais:
Chinese are considered as the pioneers of the art of Bonsai, more than 1000 years ago. Initially it was termed as “pun-sai” which means the practice of growing single specimen trees in pots.
Flowering bonsai plants can be developed from:
•    seeds,
•    cuttings,
•    from young trees,
•    from natural stunted trees transplanted into containers.
With proper care, a bonsai can last for even centuries.

flower bonsai 150x150 Flowering BonsaiPopular Flowering Bonsai Trees:
Japanese Maples, especially the Laceleaf varieties, are the most popular bonsai trees. Some other popular varieties of flowering Bonsai trees are Dwarf Pomegranate, Japanese Wisteria Bonsai Tree, Bonsai Anthurium, Japanese Flowering Quince Bonsai Tree, Dwarf yellow Flowering Jasmine, Azalea Bonsai Tree, Tree of a Thousand Stars, Rhododendron Bonsai Tree, Flowering White Serissa Bonsai Tree, Orange Jasmine, Lavender Star Flower Bonsai Tree, Wine Grape Bonsai Tree, Flowering Apricot, Desert Rose Bonsai Tree, Bonsai Gardenia, Surinam Cherry Bonsai Tree, Mimosa Bonsai Tree, Tamarind Bonsai Tree, Dwarf Black Olive, Flowering Camellia Bonsai Tree, etc.

flowering bonsai 150x150 Flowering BonsaiBonsai General Care:
•    Watering: For bonsai plantings, watering is the most important step. The soil should always be kept moist; so a regular watering is required for bonsai trees. Water the bonsai until it starts draining out of the pot.
•    Pruning/trimming: Both pruning and trimming of stems and roots are very important. Pruning allows for the bonsai to be kept in shape; while trimming is done for bonsai growth.
•    Lighting: Majority of bonsai require good light conditions. Always put bonsais in a place which allows them plenty of light as well as fresh air. A place near the window could be the ideal one.
•    Junipers: Be careful! Junipers should not get dried up.
•    Fertilization: A very crucial part of bonsai gardening which should be done regularly. Twice a year would be good enough in order to keep the tree healthy.
•    Environment: A flowering bonsai enjoys a sunny location. Keep the bonsais away from the frost as majority of them are not frost tolerant.

Wild Flowers

A wild flower is by definition a flower that grows in the wild. A variety of flowers that is growing and blooming naturally in a field, a meadow, along a hillside, a stream, a forest, or any other wild countryside area is termed as Wild flowers. These flowers offer a breath-taking view for the visitors and make them feel fortunate to be in the company of such a widely scattered natural beauty.

Wild flowers offer beauty as well as a thrilling pass time while collecting them for a flower vase. There are plenty of gorgeous wild flowers in the United States and rest of the world. The fascinating variety of these wild flowers includes various sizes and colors. Some common species are the Apricot Mallow, the Sierra Blue Cup, the Shooting Star, the Mariposa Lily, and the Sierra Tiger Lily. The abundance of these wild flowers primarily attracts the travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Some of the salient features that make them very much popular among gardeners and homeowners are written below.

•    These flowers not only look great, but also they can brighten up vacant patches in the yard.
•    They can grow anywhere along buildings, along fences and crosswalks, and particularly along those difficult to maintain areas of residential and commercial premises.
•    They offer variety and blends of colors.
•    These flowers are very easy to grow as they require little or no attention.
•    With wild flowers, one can produce continuous blooms over long seasons, from early spring to winter.
•    Most wild flowers can withstand a drought.
•    They thrive in most soils provided the climatic conditions are favorable.
•    They make a wonderful and colorful splendor within a simple or a fancy vase.

Usually, wild flowers are grown from seed which may be best sown early in the season. Although wild flowers are easy to grow; they will never grow at places where the circumstances are not favorable for them. It means the gardener will first have to determine the kind of flowers to be grown.

When you select your desired wild flowers, the next step is to create the correct environment for them. Most of the wild flowers require wide and open space, well drained and rich in nutrients soil, and a minimum eight hours of sunlight to grow. Hard soil or excess water is not good for the growth of wild flowers. If your garden is full of dampness, wild flowers might be the best choices to cultivate.

When the flowers found favorable conditions in your garden, they will thrive quickly and save your time, money and effort. Now it’s time to know the mature height and spread of each plant. Over planting should be avoided as a 6” plant could grow to a height and spread of 6 feet. Over planting would result in spoiling your hours thinning out your garden rather than enjoying it.

Wild flowers offer seasonal beauty. They look best during the blooming season. Being the part of the natural inevitable cycles of the seasons, they may offer sheer beauty during one part of the year than another.