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Desert Gardening: Create Your Summer Garden In The Desert

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The Importance Of Bees In Your Garden

The Importance Of Bees In Your Garden

There is a list of plants most likely to attract the little fellows to your garden in the early spring when there is not much food about, and a preface concerning why these cultivars, in particular, are so successful.

The key element of a flower that bees find alluring is its contrast, meaning its colours’ respective contrast with the background colours that surround them. This is why purple is a particularly popular hue among hymenoptera, as green is one of its most blatantly complementary counterparts, and also the most commonly naturally occurring colour in the bees’ endemic environment.

Natural Remedies Against Garden Pests

Natural Remedies Against Garden Pests

Sometimes it is not easy to take care of your garden. Not only are there weeds to pluck but you also will have to be aware of insects. These pests do not make one’s job easy and many are now shying away from chemical solutions that were once de rigueur. The first important thing to figure out is which bugs are pests and which are beneficial to your garden. Worms are beneficial, that is obvious, we all know that worms help to aerate the soil and provide waste to keep the soil healthy. Ants are a trickier insect to determine as beneficial or harmful to the garden.

However, some may be reluctant to go all organic as it usually involves more work on their side. But some of the more natural remedies for garden pests have proven to be cost effective and have probably been used before the advent of garden and plant chemicals. Here are some examples of natural remedies that you can use:

Gardening Tips: Potting And Repotting

Gardening Tips: Potting And Repotting

The principles of planting and repotting are the same. Plants need to be firm in the compost to prevent air pocket around theit roots and have adequate drainage to avoid waterlogging.

All plants grown in containers should be planted the same way. When you are potting, choose a container 5 cm (2 in) larger than the rootball of the plant. Remove the plant from the original container and gently tease out the roots if they have become congested. Trim off any damaged roots. Put a good layer of crocks, broken tiles or stones at the bottom of he container and then a layer of compost. Put the plant in the container, making certain that the soil level is the same in the new container as it was in the old. Add compost around the sides of the pot making sure that it is pressed firmly against all the roots.

Wild Plum Tree (Prunus Americana)

Wild Plum Tree (Prunus Americana)

Wild plum trees are small, multi-trunked trees. The wild plum, or Prunus Americana, is known as the American plum and is indigenous to North America. These deciduous trees grow wild in the central and eastern portions of the United States. They can grow to a maximum height and width of 20 feet, and often appear more like a shrub. The branches of the tree are thin and covered with long thorns that grow up to 3 inches. Wild plum trees bloom in the spring with a profusion of small, white flowers, making them highly desirable for home gardeners who want a showy spring ornamental. The leaves are between 1 and 2 inches long and are a true green color. In the fall, the foliage of the wild plum tree changes from green to gold.

Indoor Growing Plants

Indoor Growing Plants

If you have limited space outdoors to grow a selection of plants then you can consider indoor growing. Indoor growing enables you to grow a variety of plants, including fruit, vegetables and herbs. Growing your plants in containers or plastic bags will enable you to move them indoors so that you can extend the growing season.

With the right amount of time and care, indoor growing plants can be rewarding, particularly if you opt for a variety of interesting plants. Desert type plants such as cacti or tropical plants are ideal for indoor growing, as they will thrive in the warmth of your home. Tropical plants are ideal for those wishing to opt for something that will brighten up their home.

Outdoor Plants: Pelargonium (Geranium)

Outdoor Plants: Pelargonium (Geranium)

It is not surprising that the Pelargoniums are one of the world’s favourite garden plants. They are easy to grow and propagate, they have a long flowering period and clusters of blooms are large and colorful. These are the plants popularly known as Flowering Geraniums. There is also a much smaller group which are grown for their aromatic foliage rather than for their small flowers – the Scented-leaved Geraniums.

By far the most popular flowering type is the Common Pelargonium. It will bloom almost all year round if kept on a sunny windowsill at 55*F or more. Keep the compost rather dry – overwatering is the main enemy of Pelargoniums. The Regal Pelargonium is the glamorous member of the group. Unfortunately it has a shorter flowering season and it is not as easy to grow.