Decking Design And Suitable Plants

Decking Design And Suitable Plants – Decking looks like having a dance-floor in your garden, perfect for walking on barefoot but sudden death to stilettos because of the gaps. Decking is very adaptable – brilliant More »

Setting Up a Backyard Theater

Do you enjoy entertaining your family and your friends with the latest and greatest within the world of film? Well, a backyard theater might be exactly the right fit for you. It More »

Beautify Your Winter Garden

Beautify Your Winter Garden – If you are one among those nature lovers you will sometimes realize that winter season is not the best time of the year for you. However, to those More »

Gardening Trends For Small Yard

Gardening Trends For Small Yard – With smaller yards, gardeners are becoming more creative in the limited space that they call their own. Gardening trends that you can incorporate into your small garden More »

Clipping Plants: Pleaching, Pollarding And Coppicing

Clipping Plants: Pleaching, Pollarding And Coppicing – Pleaching is a method of planting trees in rows and training the side branches to meet in horizontal, parallel lines. Other growth is cut back or More »

 

How To Make Herbs De Provence?

How To Make Herbs De Provence?

How To Make Herbs De Provence – Herbs de Provance is a traditional blend of aromatic herbs that flourish in hills of southern France during the hot summer months. Used by the handful when fresh, herbs de Provence is also good using dried herbs.

Bay leaf, thyme, fennel, rosemary, chervil, oregano, summer savory, tarragon, mint, and marjoram are some of the herbs typically used. Orange zest is sometimes included as is lavender, though the lavender is less traditional and was added more for the benefit of tourists who saw lavender fields as almost emblematic of the Provence region. Traditional or not, the addition of lavender is a nice addition to the blend.

Creating A Jungle In Your Backyard

Creating A Jungle In Your Backyard

Creating A Jungle In Your Backyard – Creating a hardy jungle. A jungle is lush with foliage, with many large, differently shaped leaves growing at different heights in curtains of green, all overlapping and intertwining. You can create this effect in the garden by using vigorous climbers in association with large-leaved hardy plants. Many plants grow very tall in the jungle, climbing up into the trees towards the light. You can simulate the height of a forest canopy by installing tall scaffolding screens. Make sure the scaffolding is robust and firmly fixed because many plants become very heavy when in leaf and need strong supports.

Spring Adonis

Spring Adonis

Spring Adonis – The legend has it that this attractive yellow spring-flowering perennial sprang from the blood of Adonis, lover of Venus, when he was killed by a boar. It is used as a heart tonic and the flowers are a brilliant sight when they open in the spring, turning to catch the sun’s rays. The herb is also used in the treatment of low blood pressure and its strong diuretic action can be used to counter water retention. The plant will grow in containers in full sun or partial shade and likes well drained, fertile soil with the addition of some leaf mould.

Indoor Bonsai Trees

Indoor Bonsai Trees

Indoor bonsai is a relatively new idea which has not come from Japan. The center of interest appears to be Germany but the concept has now spread to other countries. You can buy indoor bonsai trees from garden centers and nurseries throughout Britain.

The basic difference from the traditional outdoor bonsai is that non-hardy trees and shrubs are used here. Indoor bonsai are generally much better suited than hardy types to the conditions found in the average home, and of course they must be kept indoors during the winter. Thus they can be regarded as true house plants, although during the summer months they should be given the standard bonsai treatment. This calls for keeping them outdoors and then bringing them inside for a few days at a time.

Garden In The Barrels

Garden In The Barrels

Garden In The Barrels – During the creation of your garden you may find that you require an especially big container – perhaps to grow shrubs, small trees, or simply a large planting. Garden centers now have a wide range on sale, including ceramic and terracotta tubs, fiberglass planters, and old beer barrels. There is also scope for improvisation. Bread crocks and various other vessels from the kitchen can be used as container for growing plants, if you drill holes in the base.

Fiberglass. As fiberglass can easily be molded to any shape, and colored in any shade, it is widely used to make simple plant tubs or replicas of wooden Versailles planters, elaborate lead vessels, and other antique containers that are hard to find and extremely expensive.

Feeding The Lawn

Feeding The Lawn

Feeding The Lawn – During late spring and summer, the rapid growth of grass means that frequent mowing is essential. The dangers of allowing the grass to grow too tall have already been pointed out, so the turf must be kept at the recommended height no matter how actively it is growing. On this basis it might seem that feeding the lawn is a foolish thing to do. Isn’t it hard enough to keep the grass down without forcing it to grow more quickly? Is it really worth the extra cost of fertilizer and the need for extra cutting just to make the grass look greener? The simple answer is that the plant foods contained in a compound lawn fertilizer do much more than make the grass look greener.