Evergreen Tree Seedlings

tree seedlings 300x225 Evergreen Tree SeedlingsFlowering plants and vegetables are very commonly grown by home gardeners but there are very few who think of planting trees in their yards and gardens. There are still some people who would think of planting fruit trees but other trees are grown very less by the people. Still there are few people who go for trees like evergreen ones. Evergreen trees as obvious from the name remain their foliage through out the whole year and can prove to be an excellent addition to your landscaping. These trees when planted are definitely small seedlings or smaller plants but they grow too big so wherever they are planted this should be considered that enough of the space is provided to the tree for growing because they may grow up to 60 feet or even more than this too. These trees re great to grow, give a wonderful effect to your garden but they need a lot of care in the first few years of plantation so they grow stronger later.

Contemplation:
Before planting an evergreen tree seedling you will need to analyze few things. You should always know that how much your tree will grow till its maturity because there are many evergreen trees that live for up to 100 years. So now keeping this in mind think of at how much distance you are planting this tree from your house, fences, walls, power cables, driveways and sidewalks. Than you will need to consider that are these trees native to the area you live in. In case the evergreen trees are non-native to your area of plantation than there will be problems in their growth. Check out if the tree is drought-resistant or it will need to be watered more. You may plant your tree near other drought resistant plants and shrubs if the tree is also drought-resistant.

Plantation Site:
Most of the evergreen trees grow best in well draining soil and with lots of direct sunlight available. So choose the place for plantation of your seedling that has these qualities present. If your soil is not of the type you may take a bag of top soil of this type and spread it to the area where you plan to plant your tree. But when planting seedlings take care that they are not able to stand the harshness of weather until maturity especially wind.

Tips for Plantation:
Take care of all the general plantation tips, no matter how your seedlings are packed. It is best to plant seedlings in months of January to March. The hole made to plant the seedling should be deep enough that all the roots of the seedlings are covered properly. Try to make the hole in depth double the size of the roots ball. Remove if there is hard clay soil at the bottom of hole that you’ve made because clay soil is not good at draining.

Water:
When you plant the seedling, you will need to water it well so the soil is settled properly around the roots. After that you will need to water your plant every ten days in first growing season. Usually the evergreen trees take 3 to 4 years in establishing themselves so up till that the gardener will have to keep taking care of water needs of the tree.

Containers for Plants & Flower Pots

container for Plants 199x300 Containers for Plants & Flower PotsLike the flowers and plants may increase the beauty and ambiance of any place so the some part of this credit definitely goes to containers, flower pots and planters too. These containers and planters are used very commonly not only to provide home to great number of plants when not planted in grounds but also are used for decorative purposes. There are containers available in different designs and styles that actually increase the beauty around the space. They are found in all sizes so you may use a large one to plant two or three different plants holding flowers of different colors and create a rainbow of colors in a small space or you can use the small ones to keep on the top of your garden tables or the your lawn chairs set table that would look great. Small pots are also used to keep in baskets so to be used as hanging plants pots at different places like patios or within homes.

1.    The planters and flower pots hold a lot importance in home landscaping. They have the strength to immediately change your garden’s look to appear as an outdoor living space. Many gardeners also use these containers to plant vegetables and herbs some are kept indoors specially the herbs so the great aroma keeps revolving within the house and a handful can also be added to the food for taste. These are found in great range of sizes from few inches to so large that they are just impossible to be moved once filled with plants.

Flower Pots 300x300 Containers for Plants & Flower Pots2.    There should be some features available in all flower pots to support plants lie healthy. Drainage holes at the base or bottom of the planters and pots is very necessary so that water may flow easily and excessive water is also drained out so the roots are not at stake of getting rotten. There should be drainage hole made in each planter according to the size of pot. A one gallon planter should have at least 4 drainage holes so the water may flow easily. There is sometimes attached drainage trays attached too with the flower pots so the excess water flowed out of the pot can be absorbed later on by soil when needed.

3.    Flower pots are made up of different material so to add décor to your home or in outdoors you may find the flower pots that match your furniture and this would make the things appear more stylish and appealing.

4.    Well there is not essentiality that flower pots are those that can plant one plant many gardeners have been creative enough to think of numerous things that could be turned into planter and than they used them as like beds for growing vegetables and flowers.

5.    Planters can be placed any where around to support the landscape and make it appear more appealing to the eyes of those living in the house as well as visitors. They can be used at every place on steps of stairs on railing, could be hanged from the beams in patio and t all other places. They also make your plants appear to be longer or use them to increase the vertical effect in your garden too.

Tips for Protecting Tomato Plants from Rabbits

Protecting Tomato Plants from Rabbits 248x300 Tips for Protecting Tomato Plants from RabbitsMany people just dream of the life when you are living on a small farm house in rural are and have a small garden or farm where you can satisfy your craving for gardening and have wildlife right outside your door. This seems to be really perfect but having wildlife so near makes it difficult for people to keep these hungry grazers out of the farms that have been worked hard upon. Either fruits or vegetables whatever would have been grown by the people owning farm they would have spent hours and hours in preparing the place for proper growth of plants and would have than spent time in providing with water and taking care of all other needs before its time for them to get the fruit of their efforts.

Among all the animals that may ruin your farm rabbits are the most common ones in rural areas. Rabbits are highly attracted towards the freshly grown vegetables and even if you will plant just a few of tomatoes outside your kitchen they will get to know about it and than whole lot of rabbits could be observed coming and having party on your hard grown tomatoes. There are now numerous ways that through which you can stop these rabbits from invading in your farm. The older techniques that are temporary include scattering human hairs around the tomato plants bed or planting marigolds around the bed both actually repel rabbit due to the smell. The longer term solution are fencing and creating raised beds.Tomato Plants Tips for Protecting Tomato Plants from Rabbits

Raised Beds:
1.    Now you will have to get an extra bag of top soil so you can create a raised bed that is at least 18 inches high from the ground to plant your tomatoes. It should be at least 18 inches high other wise rabbits will some how manage to jump into the bed and have feast on your tomatoes.
2.    You will have to line the bottom inside of your raised bed with hardware cloth to discourage gophers from digging it.
3.    Prepare your raised planting bed with soil and compost and plant your tomatoes being worry free.

Fencing:
1.    Get the wire mesh fencing from hardware store and it should be at least 22 inches high so you can keep the rabbits out of your property. But if there are jack rabbits around you will need to get fence that should be at least 28 inches high. The mesh holes should not be any more than an inch other wise the rabbits will squeeze through it.
2.    Place the stakes or poles at the corners of your tomato bed and wrap the bed around with the fence. If the planting bed is larger put some more poles to support the fence.
3.    Now when you will have to fix the fence in you will have to bury it around 4 inches deep in the soil so the rabbits just can not push through underneath it.

These are the two ways that will provide your tomatoes with longer term safety and you may plant your vegetables freely.

Tips for Controlling Tree Pests & Diseases

Tips for Controlling Tree Pests 300x225 Tips for Controlling Tree Pests & DiseasesThere are many people who stick to growing the plants and vegetable in their gardens and yards but very few of them go for growing trees. Those who grow trees usually think that there tree are not vulnerable to any diseases or pests because they are too large and huge and can fight any invader attacking them. This is a great misconception amongst all the growers because even the trees are equally to the pests and diseases in fact it is even harder to get rid of any infections developed in trees than in plants because they are huge and diseases have also developed on larger scale. Thankfully there are numerous solutions for getting rid of all these problems. So if you are one of those growers who love to have trees in their gardens should find all these really helpful to keep your trees healthy and ever growing.

Removing Infertile/ Dead Parts:
As soon as you observe any signs of discoloring and spotting on leave or find dead leave immediately remove them. Even if you find any dead branches in your trees you need to remove them immediate so that the infection is not infested to the other parts of tree. Every time you cut a branch you will need to clean your pruning shears by rubbing alcohol over them so there are no chances of spread of disease because of any germs present on the shear. You will have to carefully collect all the debris and dispose it off properly enclosing it all in a garbage bag or by burning it out because leaving it around the tree on the ground will not be the solution to your problem as the infection will again attack your tree.

Watering:
You need to water your trees properly and as they want it. Always try to water early in the morning so the humid environment is not created around trees on watering at later time of the day. Try to use drip hose so the water does not splashes that may cause fungal infection and blight over leaves. Take care that there is not need of watering your tree when the ground is already damp or there is water already standing around your tree or you will end up with the worst problem of all that is roots getting rotten.

Remove Shoots:
All the shoots that are observed to be growing around your tree need to be removed immediately because they do not only make your tree fall short of nutrients but are also very much vulnerable to diseases and infections like fungi, bacteria and can be attacked by pests too. Remove these shoot immediately so that these small infections do not turn out to be large when attack your tree and than it will become difficult for you to control them.

Disease-Resistant Trees:
Before you plan to plant a tree takes information regarding the diseases and pests your area mostly develops complaints of. If your area is drought hit one than you definitely need to get tree that is drought-resistant. If you have a problem of some particular pests in your area; than you definitely need to get the tree to plant in your garden that is either unattractive for those pests, or that carry a very little damage due to those pests. This will save you a lot of time and energy for longer period of time and will help you in maintaining healthy tree.

Different Ways for Making Indoor Plant Soil

Making Indoor Plant Soil 300x220 Different Ways for Making Indoor Plant SoilIndoor plants are a source of increasing beauty at enclosed places like within homes, offices and other buildings. Wherever we see the plants even if they are not the flowering ones the greenery seems good to eyes and generally provide with an effect of freshness. There are numerous potting mixes available commercially and easily that cater to the needs and demands of great range of plants but there are sometimes need when you have to formulate your potting soil yourself if growing some specialty plant. The soil will then be made according to the requirements of the plant and all the factors like increase or decrease in moisture retentiveness, manipulation of pH and other nutrients adjusted according to specific plant. Germinating mix can also be created for seeds, transplant and cutting at homes.

Preparing Soil:
1. Sterilized loam soil is the first thing to be bought either from garden stores or nurseries. You can also find this as the name of garden soil or top soil in general. It is better to opt for the bagged product.
2. If you are taking the soil from your backyard instead of any garden store or nursery than you will definitely need to sterilize it and that can be done at home too if you have an oven. You will have to preheat your oven at 250 degree Fahrenheit. Now spread the moist soil on heatproof pan and cover it with foil. Check the temperature of the soil twice or thrice with the food thermometer as it should remain at 180 degree Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes for sterilization. During this process all the weed seeds and soil viruses will be killed.

Water & Ventilation Planning:
1. Peat moss is best to be used for increasing the aeration of soil and to improve the soil’s capability of holding water. Peat moss should be moistened properly before it is to be mixed in other ingredients.
2. If you want to improve the drainage of your soil add coarse builder’s sand to your mix. The sand is inexpensive but heavy and does not help in improvement of sand water retention capability. Always keep one thing in mind never use sand with clay soils. So be sure about the soil you collected from your backyard that to what type it actually belongs.

Making Mixes:
1. To prepare your mix at the first stage mix up the equal parts of your soil, peat moss, perlite and vermiculite.
2. Now comes the turn of adjusting the texture of your mix; if it feels like sticky add some amount of sand and peat moss to it. If mixture is too coarse to grainy than you will need to add peat moss more into the mix.
3. If you want to make a mix for seeds than make a soilless mixture by adding equal parts of peat moss, vermiculite and perlite. This lightweight mix helps seeds to germinate quickly and develop roots faster too.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.