4 Things a Budding Gardener Should Know

We all have our passions and hobbies. Since people are so diversified and different, it’s no wonder we have different and varying hobbies.

Some people follow sports; some people collect artefacts, some people play music, some read novels. We each have our own thing.

And as for me, I love growing plants and arranging them in intricate designs. This is my passion. And for all you plant enthusiasts out there, you probably know how I feel about it.

Growing your garden indeed has its wonderful perks. You get to have cleaner air since plants produce fresh oxygen. You can save some money in food and spices by harvesting your plants’ fruits and other products. And above all, you help save our planet because the plants counteract the bad effects of pollution.

If you want to start your garden, then I strongly support you in your endeavour. And since I love gardens so much, I have here some tips for you.

Decide on the type of plants you wish to grow in your garden

Choosing the plants you wish to have is one of the biggest things you should consider. You can plant flowering plants, herbs, vegetables, or fruit-bearing trees. Some plants are sensitive to temperature and climate so you need to consider which types of plants can strive in the climate in your area.

Choosing the right spot

In choosing the area to create your garden, you must consider several things.

  • Will sunlight hit that area?
  • Will rain reach my plants?
  • Will it be safe from children’s playful hands?
  • Is it going to be attacked by animals?

Most people choose to build their gardens in their yard, as is the most obvious choice. But if you live in a big city, where space is often expensive, I suggest you build yourself an indoor garden.

Indoor gardens are great for big cities because you’ll get a respite from the buzzing city’s mostly polluted air. You will also have food essentials at the tip of your fingers, thus saving you money and a trip to the farmers’ market.

You can also build you garden in your loft. Brighten up your loft by converting it and putting some plants in it. Professional loft convertors often have great loft garden designs. You can check some of them out at fulhamlofts.co.uk/.

Cultivate the soil

The soil in which you grow a plant plays a big part in that plant’s growth. The ground should be cleared of sod for your plants to grow nicely.

If you want to dig the soil, remember to do it when the soil is not too dry or too wet. Otherwise, its structure will be ruined. You also must add at least a 3-inch layer of compost to give the soil a boost.

Water them

It’s important not to let your plants dry out. When your plants are still starting to grow, you should water them daily or at least every other day, depending on the type of plant.

It is best to water your plants early in the morning. That way, the water won’t evaporate from the sun’s heat. You must also water them slowly to give the soil time to sip it properly.

Growing plants are fun and very rewarding. Remember to water them and to remove the weeds around them so they can grow nice and healthy. As your plants grow to maturity, take the time to see and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

Gardening tips for 2017

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During spring, growing and digging is a good time. For summer, gardeners go on weeding, watering, and observing the plants to mature. And throughout fall, planting trees, bulbs, shrubs, and perennials is a good idea.

  1. Think. Decide what type of garden you want to have

You may want to have a garden with vegetables, herbs, or even flowers. What I can advise is, start with a small one. Seeing small and successful results is better than failed outcomes or nothing at all.

  1. Choose an area

Observe how the sun moves on your selected place. Most plants require six hours of full sun every day. But don’t worry if your area doesn’t receive much from the sun because plants can stand shades.

Better yet, try converting your loft. Lots of gardening enthusiasts convert their lofts to balcony gardens (see loft conversions in Clapham). Check with someone who knows gardening about how much sun your plants need. Also, choose a convenient place for a garden.

  1. Enrich the soil

Remove the sod on the areas you want to plant. You can smother it with at least five layers of newspaper together with a 3-inch layer of compost. Afterwards, the soil will need an additional 3-inch layer of compost (e.g. old manure) for a boost. Just leave the organic matter for a few months and it will do its job in the soil.

If you want to dig it instead of smothering, you can. Just remember that the soil should be dug when it’s not too wet and not too dry or else, you’ll ruin its structure. You can also use a spading fork to mix the soil and organic matter gently.

If you already have a garden, follow our tips on reducing maintenance.

  1. Choose a plant

Pick plants that will go well with your soil, your climate, and the sunlight they may receive from your garden. Some plants can be sensitive towards the temperature. So it is best to consult with a local garden near you to have a list of recommended dates for planting (e.g. summer, mid-autumn, etc.).

You can get your plants by purchasing them online or buying a young plant and putting it in the ground. You can also have plants from easy to grow seeds, which you can simply place on a sunny window side. Here are some plants for beginners.

Annual – marigolds, cosmos, sunflowers

Perennials – daylilies, pansies, coneflowers

Vegetables – cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes

  1. Water and mulch

Never leave your plants to dry out. Water them daily or every other day, depending on your plant, while they are still young and starting to grow. If your plants have started growing, you can water them depending on your climate (i.e. humid), on the structure of your soil, and on the rain. It is recommended to water your plants during early morning to avoid the water from evaporating and to water them slowly so the water can sip in properly to the soil.

Cover your soil with organic matter or mulch to avoid weeds from growing and for water to soak in. this may vary depending on what type of garden you have. You may use easy to decompose mulches for annual gardens and long-lasting mulch for perennials.

When your garden starts to develop, just keep on maintaining the water and managing weeds. Using fertilisers can also help around halfway the season. And as you watch your plants grow magnificently, don’t forget to enjoy and seize every moment.

4 creative small garden ideas

We all have our own hobbies and amusement to entertain and reward us after all the hard work we do.

It is simply an essential part of our lives. Without these hobbies and diversions, we would be like robots; doing everything without emotions and enthusiasm.

Some of us have only a single hobby but a lot of people enjoy lots of different hobbies. We spend a lot of our free time on it and we tend to lose ourselves because of the fun we are having.

Different people have different hobbies. Some like to play and follow sports related activities, some like to practice with guns, some people enjoy playing computer games. As for me, I enjoy designing and nurturing my plants. In short, I’m a gardening aficionado.

Now when it comes to gardening, space is the number one concern. Whether you are planning to transform your loft’s terrace or your spare room to a balcony or an indoor garden, you must always utilise the space intelligently.

I spend lots of my time in my garden. I have all sorts of them and I would like to share some small garden ideas with you.

Here are my 5 creative small garden ideas:

1. Indoor garden
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There are a whole lot of benefits in building your own indoor garden. For one, you have the power to alter the temperature and conditions inside your home rather than relying on the fickle weather outdoors. This is a great way to grow exciting and exotic plants that do not commonly exist in your environment. You can grow a lot of plant varieties with indoor gardening.

2. Balcony garden
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It’s often a great way to make your home look eco-friendly. And your home’s design will look a lot more pleasing to an observer or visitor because of the greeneries atop your home. I actually have a garden on my loft’s terrace.

When I converted my loft with help from Chiswick Lofts, they gave me an awesome design of a loft with a balcony garden. I’ve was very excited with the thought of having a garden on my loft. Now, it is one of my best-designed gardens.

3. Flower arches
ch3Garden arches are a very exquisite and graceful garden component. It adds a breathtakingly splendid aura to your garden. Try adding one to your home’s gate entrance or on the entryway to your garden. Passersby observing your home will surely be taken off their feet by the sheer magnificence of it.

 

 

4. Hanging garden
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Finding a spot to grow our garden is often a problem of us gardening enthusiasts especially if we are living in big cities where every square meter is very expensive. So instead of spending lots of dollars on extra gardening land, grow your very own hanging garden inside your home. You stack up your plants in baskets or something similar and connect them with strings or wood. A hanging garden takes up only a little bit of space so it is great for garden enthusiasts living in the city.

There are lots of ways we can design and create our garden depending on our needs and on the environment’s limitations. But we, garden enthusiasts, will always find ways.

Why you should have an indoor garden in 2016

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Living in the big city can be very tedious and draining. With all the smoke from the factories and cars, the noise, not to mention the heavy traffic we have to go through each day we go to work.

It’s a wonder people living in the city can make it through the day. But I’ll bet, it takes a lot out of them. Now, if you live in a highly urbanised city, your taste for past time activities seem to evolve.

You spend all your free time in games, television, drinks, or whatever. We do not always see and experience the wonder and beauty of Mother Nature in the city. All we see are buildings, cars, smoke, and people racing to get to their appointments.

Not all of the people living in the city like the explicit estrangement from Mother Nature. Some of us like to get in touch with the earth and appreciate all its goodness.

We seldom see the beauty of plants and trees in the city. Yes, there are some but it is just mostly meagre shrubs and lone trees we see.

Some of us like to go on gardening and experience nature at our fingertips. But this is just not possible in the city, not with all the cramped space. It’s only in the suburbs that you get to have wide lawns and gardens.

Well, I tell you what, you can build your own garden indoors, or have companies such as Wimbledon loft conversion specialists. Never be constricted by the busy life of the city. Follow your passion. Here are some tips to jumpstart your indoor gardening.

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1. Choose a gardening style
There are two general styles in indoor gardening.

Container gardening – this style is just as it sounds. Gardening in containers. Uses plastics or containers that have traditional gardening soil to grow your plants. This style of gardening is very useful for people who want to change the arrangements of their plants frequently or if they want to move them outdoors eventually. Container gardeners can grow plants of any kind and any size.

Hydroponic gardening – also referred to as aquaponics. This is a special type of gardening technique which uses fertilised water and non-soil starters for the plants which will be arranged vertically. Hydroponic gardening can produce a lot of plants, usually vegetables, in a small space.

2. Choosing the right space

Choosing the proper place to grow your plants will be the key to your success in indoor gardening. An area with lots of windows (and therefore sunlight) is the best choice. The windows should be facing east or west to have the maximum benefit from the sun. Building it in a converted loft can be the best choice. Visit this website to see what I mean. Also, rooms with cold temperatures such as the garage should be avoided because cold temperature can kill your plants.

3. Choosing the right plants

Yes, there are a wide variety of plants to choose from but be mindful of the types of plants that can survive in the atmosphere where you live in. Make sure that the plants can adapt to the new environment. Some plants struggle in indoor gardens but some can flourish.

Get in touch with nature. Build your own indoor garden and have fun growing plants even in the midst of a buzzing city.

Top Tips for Designing Small Gardens

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Whether it’s the garden in your new home or one you have been meaning to work on and put into good shape, there is no better time than the present to start.

With small gardens, you may think the work will be cut in half or it won’t need too much effort. That is where you are wrong. Gardening, from landscaping to designing, will equally require great effort and some money, if you prefer. This is a pursuit and interest that surely is not easy, but at the same time, it can’t be that hard either.

Now you already know the size of your garden. What’s next is you must determine the style you want to put out and emulate. Do you want to go simple or do you want to go all out in, say, colors? The garden in your home, for the most part, should reflect the owner and that would be you, of course. Decide on the positioning of elements like plants, flowers, sitting areas – even on where the grass should or should not be. You are the boss. But make sure there is enough free space for movement and if the overall design matches your house as well. Basically, you have to make full use of your small garden space.

Make your mind up on how far you are willing to go. Do you want short term changes or are you going for the long term? Then, as you choose, the modifications will then accommodate to your decision. If you are fine with short term and simple, then you can only do so much. You can do your own gardening, buy some plants and the like. On the other hand, looking at the long term, the possibilities are endless.

And that brings us to the big question: how much are you willing to spend? Whatever changes you might want to do, money will somehow still be involved, though the amount will then vary. Here you are left to think about and come up with a budget that, for your advantage certainly, you should abide by.

With that said, there are professionals and experts that can help you in your journey in designing your precious, albeit small, gardens. Landscapers, Muswell Hill based landscapers in particular, are these people who can be of service to you. They are part of the gardening industry that aim to changing different types of gardens into beautiful places for rest, relaxation and recreation. They can be of assistance to you by giving you sound advice, especially if you are not so knowledgeable about gardening and landscaping in detail. Your ideas and preferences will be heard and discussed further as well. All in all, it is a collaboration to show value and importance of gardens.

Investing in the design project for your garden is of your own choice. Just know that taking care of your garden will bring benefits to the environment and nature in general. The garden is still a part of the home that should be given attention to.

Planting a Perennial Garden

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Planting a large perennial border can be an expensive proposition, especially if planting in groups of 3, 5 or more of each species.

For the price of half a dozen plants you can grow dozens from seed.

A good starter is the Lupin.  May and June are ideal months.

Fill a seed tray to within 1/4 of the rim with seed compost and level the surface.  Scatter the seeds evenly over the surface and cover with a 1/4 of sieved compost.

Water with a fine rosed watering can and place in a light place out of direct sun.

The first leaves to appear on germination are the seed leaves.  Gently hold one of these leaves, and using a pencil, lift the seedling by the root and pot up into a 3″ pot.  Place these outside in a sunny spot and keep watered.

When roots appear through the holes at the base of the pot, move the young plants into 4″ – 5″ pots and grow on.

When Autumn comes either plant them where they are to flower the following year or over Winter in a Cold Frame.

For the price of 1 packet of seeds (£1.50) you can easily raise 20 – 30 healthy plants and have the satisfaction of seeing a few small seeds become a stunning addition to your border.

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Planning a Garden

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Designing a garden isn’t difficult if a few simple steps are followed.

First test the soil pH. The acidity or alkalinity of the soil determines the plants you will or won’t be able to grow. Plants such as Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias must have acidic soil. Most other plants are flexible in this regard.

Use a compass to establish north and south. Areas of the garden facing north will tend to be cool and shady. South facing areas will be hot and sunny.

Large shrubs and trees will also create areas of shade so spend some time watching how the sun moves across the garden and make a note of hot and cool spots.

Different features require different situations so the following is a list of projects and where they will be most successful:

1. Patio – Sunny.
2. Herbaceous border and most annual flowers – Sunny.
3. Pond – Partial shade but not beneath deciduous trees.
4. Woodland garden – Shade.
5. Rockery – Sunny.
6. Vegetable plot – Sunny.
7. Greenhouse – Sunny.
8. Last but not least, somewhere to sit and relax – Shady.