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.

Plants for Difficult Places

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Dry poor soil in full sun.

Plants have many design features which enable them to cope with lack of water and hot situations. These may be any of the following:

Thick fleshy water storing leaves.

Furry or hairy leaves which both trap water and prevent its release.

Hard oily leaves which reduce water loss and reflect the suns heat.

The following are a few candidates for a hot spot:

    • Aubrietia
    • Cordylime
    • Dianthus
    • Lavender
    • Phormiums
    • Rosemary
    • Saxifrages (not mossy types)
    • Sedum
    • Sempervivoms
    • Stachys
    • Thyme

One final point. Any soil can be improved by adding organic matter like rotted manure or rich in compost. Thus increases the number of species which can be grown.