Plants Propagation: Plant Cuttings

Plant cuttings are by far the most usual way to raise plants at home. The chance of success depends on the variety – some woody plants are difficult or impossible to propagate without special equipment, whereas several popular plants, such as Tradescantia, Impatiens and Ivy, will root quite readily in a glass of water. Even with easy-to-root cuttings there can be inexplicable failures so always take several plant cuttings and do not be disappointed if a few of them fail.

Leaf cuttings. Some plants do not have stems; the leaves arise directly from the crown of the plant. Obviously stem cuttings are impossible, but leaf cuttings provide an easy way to propagate many of these varieties.

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Growing Plants In Hanging Baskets

Growing plants in hanging baskets is one of the best garden projects, and they are very popular these days. Begin by buying a large hanging basket, into which you can pack plenty of plants. Sit the basket firmly on a large pot or bucket, and then line the inside of the bottom half of the basket with one of the many types of liners available, such as sphagnum moss, and half fill with potting compost (soil mix). Then carefully insert the roots of the chosen plants from the outside, in.

When the bottom half has been planted, firm in the root balls with more compost, and then add sphagnum around the top inner half of the basket. Continue planting up in this way.

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Homemade Window Boxes And Troughs

It is frequently difficult to find garden containers to fit a particular space. Windowsills may be too large, or too small for the boxes you can buy: balconies may require larger boxes than those you can find if the overall design is to be maintained, or you may not like the design of the individual planters available. One solution is to make your own containers. A range of containers can be made quite simply from wood or MDF. With care and proper treatment, they will provide long service.

You can also make a number of wooden containers, such as troughs and Versailles tubs in various shapes and designs that fit the style of the garden. Most good garden woodworking manuals contain a number of design ideas that you can adapt to what you need.

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Spring Jobs In The Garden: The Tilling

Tilling is one of the essential gardening procedures. It needs to be done timely and properly as the fertility of your garden is directly related to tilling. Tilling a garden before planting seeds is vital in producing fruits, vegetables and even flowers. The best time to perform the tilling is in spring before you plant new seeds. Tilling is the process which turns over soil in order to uncover its under layer and blend the two together.

Tilling aerates the soil and makes the ground more receptive to new plants.Tilling can be done manually or mechanically, manually means you have to actually use a spade to dig and turn the top layer of soil. If you prefer to do this mechanically then you will need some garden power tools, which may cost you some extra money but will make life a whole lot easier.

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Embellishment Of Your Garden With Garden Pots

When it comes to embellishment of the garden of your house, lots of opportunities come up. In fact, numerous options are there that let you enhance the beauty of the surrounding environment in the best way. Many people start thinking of creating a lush green lawn at the frontal area of the house with colorful flowers surrounding it. For some other group of people, it’s just an illusion. This is primarily because of lack of enough space to create it. However, this scenario has completely changed with the introduction of high quality garden pots. You must have heard about balcony garden or window box garden. These styles of gardening are quite popular among people who stays in flats. These people mostly use garden pots to plant the plants. So, when you are looking for an option to improve the appearance of your house, utilize the benefits that come with garden pots.

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Backyard Composting

Popular and effective way of recycling organic waste is backyard composting. Compost is used by gardeners since long to improve garden soil. Garden composting process transforms lawn debris into a soil amendment product. Composting includes biological cycle of growth and decay. Microorganisms feed upon dead organic matter (forming the composting heap) and the nutrients from the decaying plants are recycled into their own bodies which in due course make way back to the soil. Remaining material from the decaying process exhibits properties similar to that of organic matter found naturally in the soil. This organic matter makes the soil porous, allowing the soil to retain sufficient water and making digging part easier while planting seeds or seedlings.

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