Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

Gardening is an amazing and fun way to provide produce for your family. But when you don’t know what to look out for it can be quite frustrating. For those who don’t want to be frustrated and grow their gardens with nothing but love, here are some mistakes you must avoid.

Don’t Plant too Early

Different types of seeds will have their own optimum temperature at which they will sprout. For example, if you plant a seed that sprouts at warm temperatures in earth spring, it will either not sprout or freeze over and die. Another possibility is that your seeds go dormant, which means that you can store them and replant them later because they can be in that state for a very long time. The most important thing is to determine when your seeds need to be planted. Once you have done that, get a soil thermometer so you know what temperature the soil is at that period. Never plant them if it is too cold nor too warm.

Don’t Plant too Late

Just like you shouldn’t plant your seeds too early you shouldn’t plant them too late either. Every plant that you are growing in your garden will have its maturation point which is the number between its planting and first harvest. If you do things too late in the season they will freeze over before the plants mature. But if you have a garden that has a steady temperature or you can cover them by floating covers, your plants can either freeze or get burned.

Not Correcting Your Soil

Not a lot of people have been blessed with having loam soil in their yard. Loam soil is a well-balanced mix of silt, sand, clay and other organic matter. That is why you will need to know what your soil type is. The next thing you will need to do is ask yourself how to improve it. If you have soil that is heavy in clay you will need to balance it out and add sand and organic matter.

Don’t Plant Your Plants Too Close To Each Other

As you can probably see for yourself seeds are much smaller than transplants. So that makes it really easy to plant them too close to each other. When you plant your seeds too close to each other they will have poor air circulation, suffer from nutrient deficiency as well as have to compete for sunlight and moisture. The best option if you don’t want to risk anything is to have vertical gardens. They are much easier to maintain and if you combine it with a hydroponic farming kit you will create the best version of a garden.

Never Let the Weeds Get Out of Control

One of the worst beginner mistakes you can make is letting your weeds go out of control. It doesn’t have to be intentional, all you need to do is not have a plan of attack up and ready. Let’s face it no one wants their garden full of weeds.

Don’t Choose the Wrong Plants

The faster you accept that some plants will simply not grow in your area the easier it will be. Different types of plants will thrive in different zones. If you live in a drought-prone area, plants that require a lot of moisture won’t be able to survive. Another thing to think about is how long the seasons are where you live. Luckily, we live in such an advanced world that nearly every type of vegetables and fruits are developed so they thrive under almost every condition.

Improper Watering

Another very common mistake that we often see, is overwatering or underwatering their plants. Even though most people tend to over water their plants because they are scared that they will dry out, some will have the opposite fear. Plants need to have a lot of oxygen so if you have soil that is not draining well because you are overwatering it will suffocate the plants. But if you are underwater in them, they will dry out. The best way to check if they are watered property is to dig down a bit to check if it is wet enough or if you are flooding them. 

Don’t Add Too Many Chemicals

Especially if you are growing your own produce you want your soil to be healthy and fertile. But in the process of making them healthy people can add to much pesticides, fungicides as well as other chemicals. If you are looking for protecting them maybe try using natural ways. They are just as good and they won’t kill your plants.

Gardening is something that will take time and experience in order to become something extravagant. It is not hard, but as a garden owner, you need to be aware that plants can be quite unpredictable and uncooperative.

4 Different Ways To Get Started With Gardening

Gardening is so rewarding. Not only do you get to experience the joy of bringing a seed to life, but you can also stock your kitchen with homegrown treats and elevate your home decor!

To the uninitiated, beginning a garden can seem like a daunting task. The truth is that you don’t need a huge yard or years of experience to get started. If you’re interested in developing your green thumb, try these beginner-friendly gardening ideas.

  1. Pallet Garden

If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space to work with, a pallet garden is a wonderful option. Whether you live in a dense city or you’re looking for a unique way to make the most of your side yard, you’ll find that the vertical nature of a pallet garden is absolutely perfect for tight quarters.

As you might assume, the structure of your garden comes from an ordinary wooden pallet. The pallet acts as a frame, holding whatever plants you decide to stuff it with. The best part of pallet gardens is that you can be so creative with it. Stain the wood and fill it with herbs for a rustic, bucolic look, or paint it your favorite color and load it up with flowers for a fun spring/summer vibe.

  1. Bins, Buckets, and Barrels

 

If you’re interested in adding some greenery to your life, but you don’t want to bother with repotting plants as they outgrow their pots, try using some oversized storage containers. Buckets, barrels, and bins are all great choices that are easy to find and have plenty of room for growth. Simply fill them with soil, plant your seeds, and follow some basic gardening tips, and you’ll have your own self-contained garden in no time!

The great thing about this approach is that it’s easy to customize and expand over time. The containers give you a self-contained version of a large garden so you can decide if gardening is for you without committing to the real thing just yet. Growing plants in oversized containers is kind of like a cross between potted plants and a real garden—it’s the best of both worlds!

  1. Your Special Corner

For many would-be gardeners, the idea of starting and maintaining a garden is just too big. If you feel overwhelmed, just find a small, outdoor corner, dig it up, throw down some soil, and then put down some stone garden markers to make it official. If you have any pets, be aware of any potentially poisonous plants, and consider putting up a fence.

Even if your corner only has enough space for a person to sit down, you might be surprised by the amount of plant life you can grow. This approach works well because you can really focus on each individual plant. After all, you’re not a full-blown farmer just yet! Your little corner is a backyard oasis where you can get your feet wet without making a major commitment. Maybe next year, you’ll have two corners!

  1. Tin Cans in the Window

All you need is some tin cans, seeds, soil, and sunlight to start your very own indoor herb garden! If shoveling and raking isn’t your cup of tea, you can still enjoy the magic of gardening from the comfort of your couch.

Herbs need to be grown in containers that provide good drainage, so drill a few holes in the bottoms of your cans (or any other small container you prefer). Try using a variety of shapes and sizes—coffee cans make great centerpieces alongside classic tin cans. You can paint them or remove the label for a surprisingly elegant metal look. Prevent water leakage by placing a liner, saucer, or even paper towels underneath the containers.

Now, you simply fill your containers with soil, plant your seeds, label them, and place them in your windowsill. Make sure you check each herb’s water and sun requirements. Most will need at least around 4-6 hours of sunlight daily, and most should be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. Here are some of the most popular herbs for growing indoors all year-round:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Chives
  • Chervil

Have Fun and Be Creative

There you have it—four easy garden ideas that are simple to start and maintain. The best part about gardening is that you can put your heart and soul into it. It’s not just about having some pretty flowers or tasty veggies to enjoy. Savor the journey. Gardening is your chance to wield the power of nature and create something truly unique and beautiful. Let your personality shine!

Author Bio: Katie Tejada is a writer, editor, and former HR professional. She enjoys writing about events, travel, decorating trends, and innovations for the home, but also covers developments in HR, business communication, recruiting, real estate, and finance.

Attracting Bees To A Victorian Garden

The global population of bees is in decline. In the US, striking National Agriculture Statistics show that the number of bee colonies per hectare has gone down by 90 percent in the last 50 years. We have a role to play in halting the decline in the bee population. With modern beekeeping having its roots in Victorian times, here are some gardening tips to attracts bees to your Victorian garden.

Beekeeping In Victorian Times

In early Victorian times bees were kept in straw ‘skeps’. However, in order to gain access to the honey, the skeps had to be burnt which subsequently destroyed the bee colony. The late 19th century then saw a revelation in beekeeping when a hive with removable wooden frames was invented by Philadelphian Lorenzo Langstroth, credited by many as being the father of modern beekeeping. At that time, many Victorian estates had an apiary, a collection of bee hives, because the Victorians loved the sweet taste of honey in cakes and tea.

A Victorian Apiary

Honeybees nest in beehives which can be placed, if needed in a small space in a garden. The beehive should be placed in a quiet, sunny spot which is sheltered from winds. A Langstroth hive is a modular beehive contains vertically hung frames with an entrance for the bees at the bottom of the hive. The bees build honeycomb into the frames which are easily removable to harvest the honey. After a year or so, you can expect your hive to make about 25lbs of honey per year, assuming it is disease free and the bees have plenty of flowers to forage within 3 miles of the hive.

Plants For Bees In A Victorian-style Garden

Cottage and woodland styled gardens, popular in the Victorian era were informal in design. A cottage garden is a great way to attract bees by planting plenty of pollen rich flowers providing blooms all year round. Choose several shapes and colors of blooms and plant them in clumps. Popular plants in the Victorian era which are attractive to pollinators include lavenders and geraniums. Try also including a herb garden as bees are particularly attracted to borage sage, mint, thyme and rosemary.

We all have a role to play in stopping the global decline in bee numbers. Introducing a apiary into your garden as well as planting pollen-rich plants will encourage bees to make a home in your Victorian garden.

 

2017 Garden Design Trends

If you think your garden looks outdated and plain, it’s time for a makeover. Garden design trends evolve from year to year, and every time they bring along new possibilities and great ideas. Turn your garden into a fabulous relaxing oasis full of greenery and gorgeous décor. Take your time to research, and make sure you check out some of our ideas which will help you create a wonderful and unique garden.

image-4Furniture

Sturdy and comfortable furniture is essential for gardens. Since you don’t want to think whether it’s going to be damaged by rain or snow, make sure you choose the furniture made of durable materials. Iron and wood are great choices. Zinc, rusty steel and wicker are the top materials for 2017, so make sure to check them out as well when you decide to buy new garden furniture. A large bench, with a couple of chairs and a table would look great in any garden. Add stylish cushions and create the perfect little nook you can relax in.

Day bed, with base cushion and pillows would be an excellent addition to the relaxing area. You’d be able to completely unwind with a good book, and enjoy fresh air laying on the comfortable garden bed. The perfect accent to an entire décor would be a fireplace. Additionally, consider buying a barbeque that you’ll light up once or twice a month, for a great outdoor party with your friends.

Lighting

The technology around lighting has evolved so much that all the different effects a proper set of lights can create will amaze you. Invest in LED lighting to create the perfect setting. They both make a great ambience and save energy. You can buy LED candles, and set their lighting scheme with a remote. In addition, they can change colour so you’ll always have a new kind of lighting available for your mood. Hang a couple of lights on the trees and above the dining area to create a romantic setting during the night.

image-2Plants

Pre-planted tomato pots, herb gardens, and even whole vegetable plots would look perfect in your garden. A touch of different colours would be amazing for the green grass.  Furthermore, plant various roses, azaleas, and other gorgeous flowers that will give your garden a pop of colour. Rose bush, a bonsai tree or peonies, every one of these wonderful flowers would perfectly decorate your garden. Make sure to keep some of the flowers in cobalt blue, metallic and lime green smooth planters. This way the garden will look even better.

If you’d like to start growing your own crops, plant tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce in order to get even more colour into your garden. However, don’t forget to protect your crops against weeds, insects and diseases with a quality boom sprayerThey’ll grow nicely, and no pests will damage them.

image-3Decorative Items

Fountains, patios and gazebos are a wonderful addition to any garden. If your garden is large enough, make sure to incorporate some of these items into the design. A luscious fountain would be soothing, and help you relax once you lay down to your garden bed. A patio can be the perfect sanctuary for you, and a place where you can relax and enjoy the sunset.

A variety of hedges and planting would look incredible in your garden. Choose those in different shapes and sizes and create the unique garden design. Remember you’ll have to trim them regularly in order to keep them beautiful.

Garden designing has never been easier. All you need to do is be creative, think about the perfect furniture, plants and decorations that will transform your garden into a gorgeous oasis. Check out the previous suggestions and you’ll definitely find something that you can incorporate into your design.