5 Tips to transforming your garden into an outdoor oasis

Your garden is a place for relaxation. Whether it’s for ornamental or farming purposes, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a place where nature abounds. Transforming your garden into an outdoor More »

5 Tips to Making The Most of Your Greenhouse Garden

Every spring, sales for greenhouses always go through the roof. That’s because successful gardeners have discovered the advantages of having one of these nifty contraptions in their own backyards. While others are More »

Container Garden Ideas

Container Garden Ideas – Container gardens can create a natural sanctuary in a busy city street, along rooftops or on balconies. You can easily accentuate the welcoming look of a deck or patio More »

Planting On Specific Locations

Planting On Specific Locations – Most places in the garden are improved by a plant, or group of plants, grown in attractive container. Often, the restricting factor is how many plants you can More »

A Fall Garden Decorating For Halloween

A Fall Garden Decorating For Halloween – There’s no better time to enjoy the spectacular beauty that nature has to offer than during the fall season. This is an ideal occasion for entertaining friends More »

 

Aloe Vera – The Plant Of Immortality

Aloe Vera – The Plant Of Immortality

The botanical name of Aloe vera is Aloe barbadensis miller. It belongs to Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) family, and is a shrubby or arborescent, perennial, xerophytic, succulent, pea- green color plant. It grows mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America.

The name Aloe vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “vera” in Latin means “true.” 2000 years ago, the Greek scientists regarded Aloe vera as the universal panacea. The Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality.” There are hundreds of species of Aloe plant. It has been used for a wide variety of medicinal purposes throughout history. Modern pharmaceutical companies use extracts of Aloe Vera in many skin-based cosmetics, sited as a natural approach to cosmetics.

Select The Perfect Location For The Vegetable Plots

Select The Perfect Location For The Vegetable Plots

You need to give quite a lot of consideration to the location of your main vegetable plots. Many poor soil conditions can be corrected over time, but your number one priority should be how much sun the area receives – especially if you are lucky enough to be able to grow winter veggies.

You want to aim for an area that gets at least six hours sunlight each day. You should choose to position the garden so that the maximum sunlight is from the morning. You don’t mind too much if there’s some afternoon shade through summer as summers are very hot (35°C – 45°C, that’s 95°F – 114°F) and dry.

Insectivorous Plants

Insectivorous Plants

Some plants live in situations where their roots cannot obtain sufficient nutrients, and so they have evolved mechanisms to trao insects and then digest the contests of their bodies. There are three groups of these insectivorous plants – The Fly Traps with spiny-edged leaves which are hinged in the middle, the Sticky-leaved Plants with hairs which secrete insect-catching fluid, and the Pitcher Plants with leaves which are water-filled funnels.

These plants are very difficult to grow indoors – water with rainwater, keep the compost constantly moist and the surrounding air humid, and feed very occasionally with tiny bits of meat or dead flies.

Pet Friendly, Green Garden Designs

Pet Friendly, Green Garden Designs

Green garden designs are popular today because of an ever increasing public awareness about the importance of sustainability. There are a variety of simple ways to make a garden environmentally friendly. Many people who care about this increased level of sustainability want their garden design to be pet friendly as well. Many methods exist that can help gardeners create a greener garden that is also a safe and enjoyable place for pets.

One way to create a pet friendly green garden is to use thick mulch throughout the garden. Mulch helps the ground withhold its moisture for longer than regular dirt or rock surfaces would. This helps to greatly conserve water over time. Mulch is also very soft and will not harm the sometimes delicate feet of pets when they roam the garden area.

Chicory

Chicory

A number of chicories (Cichorium intybus) are hardy and make good crops in the winter months, given some protection. Chicory leaves are stalked, hairy, lanceolate and large, coarsely toothed, growing in clustered formation from plant base in spreading rosette while the upper leaves are small. Their pale yellow and red leaves add colors to salads and they can also be braised. Three main types are grown: Witloof or Belgian chicory, sugar loaf chicory and red chicory, often called ‘radicchio’.

Withloof chicory is grown in two stages. The seed is sown in late spring and the plants are left to grow until late fall. The leaves are bitter and not usually eaten. In the fall the heads can either be cut off the plants 1 in above the ground or the roots can be lifted, trimmed and replanted for forcing indoors.

Fall Flowers Arrangements For Good Mood

Fall Flowers Arrangements For Good Mood

It’s fall and the mood is relatively darker, but with flashes of yellow, orange, and golden patches of flowers and plants come into full bloom, in turn the weather shifts from a relative dry spell of summer and welcomes the oncoming rush of the winter time.

With the changing weather and geographic conditions, it is but likely that the some flowers and plants will unfortunately be unavailable for use in certain celebrations. However, this is actually a chance to lavishly step out of the trite flower arrangements, and have the opportunity to add more than just a splash of warm tones for your party.