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Types of Seeds for Plantation

With organic farming gaining popularity day-by-day, the planters are left with two choices: whether to go for genetically modified hybrid seeds or to opt for organic seeds to get an organic yield. In my opinion, organic seeds are a better choice, as they are more safe and natural. However, while selecting a particular type of seeds for sowing make sure the variety of seeds, whether organic or hybrid, has been used before and has given a healthy yield.

Seeds for Growing Cereal Plants
You can find these plant seeds for sowing at a farmers market, or order them online. Select good quality seeds to grow your cereals, and seek advice from the supplier for the care instructions. Some of the cereal plant seeds are bran, wheat, rice, corn, etc.

Seeds for Growing Fruit/Flower Plants
Fruit and flower seeds are easily available at a nursery; again make sure you select good quality fruit tree seeds, and select the variety of fruit you want to grow. For example, there are various varieties of apples, try to get your hands on the seeds that are

Tips to Start Own Garden

The following will reveal some simple flower gardening tips that will help make the process easier. The ideal time to start a garden is at the end of spring or just before summer kicks in. If you’re starting a garden without prior experience, you must begin with a small area before turning it into a large one. These are the points you’ll need to bear in mind while planning a garden:

Select a Location: The scorching heat during the peak hours of the afternoon sun, is not good for many flowering plants. At least six hours of light is a must, with a little shade for particular flower species. Therefore, the area chosen should be such that the right amount of sun and shade is available, by doing a little research on the type of flower you want to grow. Many people prefer a place close to a wall or fence, since it enhances the visual appearance of a garden. For adequate shade, you can plant the flowers around fenced spots, around trees, or in a similarly shady spot.

Prepare

Way to Make a Flower Bed

Choose the Spot
As you may have easily guessed, the first step in making your flower bed is deciding where you want it to be. For this, you need to take a good look around the exterior of your house. There are some important things that you need to consider before you decide on a spot. For instance, how much sunlight the place gets. You may already have an idea of what kind of flowers you want in your flower bed. So, you need to keep their sun and shade requirements in mind while choosing a spot for your flower bed. Also, you may want to check how visible the spot is from inside the house as well as from the gate or driveway. There’s no point in having a lower bed in some obscure corner of your backyard, which can be viewed only if you step into the yard. You’re going to a lot of trouble to make the flower bed. Might as well have it clearly visible! Once you’ve picked out the area where you want it in, you can mark it out using

Ide for Design Small Garden

Design plans for gardens that have limited space work better as compared to mixing varied aspects of gardening. You can incorporate sitting areas with classy garden furniture, or something that reflects your personal taste and creativity. Factors to be considered for designing a small garden are highlighted below.

Garden Layout
Imagine your small garden as a whole component without dividing it into different sections. You can include hidden pathways in between the garden for maintenance purpose. However, the theme of the layout should be such that you can enjoy the garden stretch as a whole (in one view).

Gardening Approach
The first step is to be firm about what you want in your garden. You should consider whether you are maintaining a garden just to beautify your yard with flowers or if you want to grow seasonal vegetables too, and proceed accordingly.

Garden Components
Designing a garden within a small space does not mean that you cannot erect trellis, arbors, bridges, gazebos, or other structures. They serve the purpose of separating the garden space into two parts. You can plant vines and flowering climbers to give a completed look or make flower beds at different levels.

Selection of Plants
Think carefully while

The Benefits of Rain Gardens

Rain Garden Benefits

Rain gardening is crucial for maintaining a better and healthy water surrounding in our living area. Here are some vital benefits of rain gardens.

Gives Us a Beautiful Home: Rain gardens with variety of plants add to the exterior beauty of homes. Whenever you step outside, it is a great feeling to see a well managed, beautiful rain garden adding calmness and freshness to the surroundings. It has a great sense of aesthetic appeal.

Eliminates Risks of Unclean Drinking Water: When runoff water is not allowed to flow through the storm drains and pollute the lakes or water bodies in surrounding areas, water quality is maintained. No harmful pesticides or chemicals from the lawns flow along with the storm water to pollute rivers.

Helps in Restoring Underground Water Level: Local and regional underground aquifers or underground water levels are recharged with water, as the water seeps into the ground after being soaked by the soil.

Lowers Flooding and Drainage Problems: As aforementioned, runoffs lead to flooding and worst drainage problems in communities. Rain garden plantations can help us avoid problems like that.

No Mosquito Breeding: Stagnant water in driveways, rooftops is a haven for mosquito growth. When water is

Types of Growing Vines

A trailing plant or climber is commonly known as a ‘vine’. The word was commonly used to refer grapevines. However, it got associated with climber plants later on. A common feature seen in today’s gardens, the different types of fast growing flowering vines are used to cover wall surfaces and in landscaping. These are also grown for the beautiful flowers they produce.

Vines or climbers form an important part of gardening. These plants are used to cover fences, trellises, and poles for decorative purposes. There are different types of climbers which grow in a variety of soils and climatic conditions.

Fast growing vines are chosen for covering a given area in quick time. Some of them have been discussed in detail in this article.

Trumpet Creeper Vines

These vines attract a lot of insects and hummingbirds. Their growth takes place too quickly, and therefore, it is necessary to keep them in control. It is one of the fastest growing flowering vines, which produces reddish-orange blooms that are brightly-colored. Their blooming season is a long one.

Honeysuckle Vines

These vines are sometimes exclusively grown for privacy which can survive in very less amount of water. The honeysuckle

Steps to Grow Shining Azaleas Indoors

Step #1: Purchase plants from a nursery that have a few blooms or buds. Make sure the color of the leaves is dark green leaves.

Step #2: Keep the plants in the porch or on a windowsill as this will provide them with maximum sunlight during the day; however, make sure the area has a shade as the plants require partial sunlight. But do make sure that the temperature in these areas is always between 55―60ºF. Growing the plants in controlled temperature will prolong blooming throughout the season, as compared to just a month.

Step #3: Keep the soil moist during the day. The soil should feel damp when you touch it, and not soaked completely. Do not drown the plants in water. If the flowers haven’t bloomed yet, use a spray bottle filled with water to clean the leaves at least once a day. You can use tap water to mist and water the plants. If you live in an area where you get alkaline water, add a tablespoon of vinegar to a gallon of water while watering, and not misting the plants.

Step #4: Always make sure to remove any dead or damaged flowers and leaves off the plants.

Tips for Indoor Planting

When you think about an indoor garden, you need to ensure that you take into consideration all possible points before actually starting it. First, you need to decide what kind of plants you’ll be planting. Then you need to pick a good location. If the plants that you’re planning to plant need sunshine, then you’ll obviously have to pick a spot near the window where they are exposed to sunlight. If they need shade, then you can have them under the window sill, where they are protected from the sun. Next, you need to make sure that the area is properly cordoned off. Nothing from the inside of the garden gets out, and nothing from the outside goes inside. This way, your garden remains clean and so does the rest of the home. The next thing you need to take care of is proper drainage of the water. All plants need water. So you have to make sure that the water that seeps out gets properly drained and does not mess up the entire room. Given below are some ideas that you may want to try out.

Herb Garden
Nothing looks prettier in the interior of a home than

Decorative Indoor Plant Pots

From large pots to small ones, to plant hangers, the variety available is endless. Combine the greenery with cool and warm shades of pots, and enhance all that nature has to provide to you. Take a look at the types of pots for indoor plants you can use to elevate the beauty of your interior space.

Plastic Pots
If you are looking for cheap plant pots, then plastic is your best bet. Not only is it cheap, it is also durable and requires extremely low maintenance. Furthermore, plastic pots, unlike clay pots are not porous, which means your plants will require lesser attention from you in terms of watering. On the other hand, since it is not porous, it also means oxygen will not reach the plants well. As such, you must use a well-draining potting mix. Like any other pot, even plastic pots for indoor plants must have holes or a tray to collect the excess water, which should then be drained.

Terracotta Pots
Terracotta pots are the most traditional plant pots that have always been used by gardening enthusiasts. Since they are porous, they overcome the disadvantages of a plastic pot. However, indoor plants kept in terracotta pots

Tips Keep Cats Out of Flower Beds

Tip 1: Before you can implement any steps to stop the cat from ruining your precious flowerbeds, it is advisable to talk to the owner of the cat and know if it is domesticated. However, if you are that unfortunate a cat owner, it is recommended that you look into options like cat proofing your garden or building cat enclosures. Believe me, it will not only make your neighbors happy, but your cat will be safe as well. Building a toilet area for your cat, like a sand pit, is a great idea.

Tip 2: There are many commercial cat deterrents available in the market. Most of these chemicals contain the active ingredient, methyl nonyl ketone, which should not be used near food crops. Any of these can be used to protect your flowerbeds.

Tip 3: This is one method that I am sure will work, even if for a limited time. As soon as you see the cats near your flowerbeds, just squirt some water on them. Since cats HATE water, they will probably just get flustered and not come back again. There are certain motion-activated sprinklers, that use infrared to detect the animal and shoot a jet of

Fall Flowers for Garden

Whether its winter or summer, spring or autumn, a garden always blooms if cared for. However, to make your garden evergreen, implementing creative gardening ideas is essential. Usually, novices, make the mistake of not planting fall flowers. Thus, by winter time, the garden gets covered with layers of snow, which makes it look dull and white. And who doesn’t like to see a cozy, heart-warming and well pruned garden on a Christmas eve?

Asters
The arresting beauty of Asters, will make your garden come alive in the winter. Native of New England and New York, Asters are found in pink and deep purple. Plant them early in June, along the border of your cobbled pathway, to get the authentic picturesque look. They grow about 3-4 feet tall and survive well in moist soil. A good breed of asters will thrive well in the fall season. Plant them with supports so that they do not get too droopy.

Joe Pye Weed
This one is my favorite. You can make the best fall garden with Joe Pye Weed. The botanical name of this plant is Eupatorium. This plant thrives in moist soil and will grow well if you plant it by early

Pale Purple Coneflower

Pale purple coneflowers are perennial plants, that can grow up to three feet in height. As already stated, the wild ones have a single main stem, whereas those in gardens have many stems. Usually, the stems are green in color, but some plants have shades of purple or red. The stems possess coarse hair, which are whitish in color. Most of the leaves are concentrated near the base of the plant. There are very few leaves on the stems, and the basal leaves have long stalks. The leaves have rough surfaces, parallel veins, coarse white hair, and tapering tips. The leaves of this plant can have a maximum length of ten inches, and a width of up to two inches.

Normally, a single daisy-like flower can be seen at the tip of each stem. The width of the flower can be between one to three inches, and the color of the petals ranges from pale rose to purple and white. In pale purple coneflowers, the petals are ray florets, that can be around 12 to 20 in number. They are slender, long, and drooping. The reddish-brown cone of disc florets in the center are surrounded by these narrow ray

Plant Allium Bulbs

The onion genus, Allium. has more than 600-750 species plus and still counting within its genera in the Alliaceae family. It is a perennial bulbous plant with members like onions, shallots, scallions, leeks, garlic, chives, etc. Although it is mostly regarded as a vegetable or a herb crop, there are a few species grown for large bright colored flowers, too. This article is about these species. Native to the Northern hemisphere, mainly in Asia, ornamental flowering Alliums can be grown in most suitable regions around the world.

It is very difficult to describe this species, as each varies in height (about 5 to 150 cm), growth habits, with foliage that can either be long and narrow or slightly curled up. The only thing common is the flower. However, the flowers on each species may vary in color and stalk density. They form an umbel at the top of a leafless flowering stem known as scapes mostly shooting from the base. It is amazing to watch an inflorescence umbel flower, with the outside flowers blooming first and progressing to the inside.

Although, all alliums bear flowers, it’s species and hybrids such as Allium pulchellum, Allium senescens, Allium oreophilum, Allium caeruleum, Allium

Way to Harvest and Germinate Clivia Seeds

The beautiful clivia flowers with bright sunlit colors can light up even the dullest corners. This bright orange-colored flower is a genus of monocot flowering plants from the family Amaryllidaceae, which is native to Southern Africa. Presently six species are available along with a few hybrids that offer most shades and hues from the orange palette as well as some deep red-orange to pale yellow ones. Clivia seeds are borne in seed pods and must be removed from it at the right time, so that they won’t germinate, or will germinate into week seedlings.

Harvesting

These seeds take longer than other flowering plant’s seeds to develop and seed. Once the flower has been pollinated, it falls off, exposing a swollen round berry-shaped ovary. The seeds are developed within this ovary also known as pods (one flower bears one pod). The pod changes its color from green to yellow, red, or orange, and takes approximately 9 to 10 months to mature into a plant. Each pod contains no more than 4 – 5 seeds. Hence, harvesting clivia seeds properly is crucial. Once the pod has changed its color (it usually turns soft), pick it very gently. Cut it open carefully. The

Steps to Sow Heliotrope Seeds

Step #1: Pour the potting mix into the divided seedling tray for starting seeds. Use the spray bottle to moisten the potting mix. This will settle the mixture into the tray; so make sure you keep adding as much mix as you have to, while watering it, till it reaches all the way to the top of the tray.

Step #2: Now plant only 3 or 4 seeds in each section of the tray. The seeds will be very tiny, so make sure you scatter them at even distance. Once the seeds are placed, sprinkle a thin layer of potting mix as a cover.

Step #3: Place the seedling tray in an area where the temperature will be warm. However, do make sure it receives direct sunlight. If you want, you can use the fluorescent lights to provide the needed supplement. Along with avoiding direct sunlight, steer clear of heating vents, fireplace, air conditioner, and cold drafts from outside.

Step #4: Keep spraying the soil (always with the spray bottle) as much as it’s required to keep it moist consistently. But keep in mind, you want the soil moist and not soaking wet. If you make this error, the seedlings will

Honeysuckle Plants

Honeysuckle plants belong to the genus Lonicera and family Caprifoliaceae. There are around 200 species of honeysuckles, that include both shrubs and vines. Though not true honeysuckles, three species in the genus Diervilla are also known as bush honeysuckles, as they share similar characteristics with the original plant. While vines are usually grown on trellises and fences, honeysuckle bush is perfect for hedges, as ornamental plants or as accent plants.

Honeysuckle – Features

Most of the honeysuckle species are native to China, and the remaining ones originated in some parts of Europe and North America. There are both deciduous and evergreen honeysuckles. Most of these plants have opposite leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers. The flowers have a sweet fragrance and are visually appealing. The color of the flowers varies with the species. They bear red, blue, or black berries, that are found to be poisonous in some species.

The most popular and commonly grown honeysuckles include Lonicera sempervirens (coral honeysuckle or trumpet honeysuckle), Lonicera periclymenum (European Honeysuckle or woodbine), Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle, white honeysuckle, or Chinese honeysuckle). The popular honeysuckle bush varieties are the fragrant honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii), and morrow honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii).

Honeysuckle Bush Care

As mentioned above,

Way to Sow Angel’s Trumpet Seed

Step #1: The first step involves picking of the seeds. You have to collect dry seeds in early part of the year. Select those pods which have completely dried. You can identify this when you see that the outer shell of the pods have split because of dryness. If you do not find such pods, then take some pods that are almost matured and then dry them off the tree. Store these seeds in a refrigerator till the time for planting them arrives.

Step #2: Before you plant them, take out the flat and yellow-colored seeds from the pod and cut their surface with a knife. Soak them overnight in a bowl of water. Next day, drain the water and use them for planting.

Step #3: Take a large-sized pot or container for planting as the growth rate of this tree is rather fast. Fill it with a potting mix covering. Select a light potting mix for this purpose as it provides good drainage. Heavy potting soil should be avoided as it retains large amount of water which in turn can rot the seed much before germination. Mix some compost into the soil to improve its quality.

Step #4: Water the

Ideas to create a Flower Garden

Deciding the Layout of the Garden
Draw a top angle layout of the space you will be using for the garden, on the layout mark out the space for lawn, your residence, unmovable trees, and other objects. This way you will know how much area you need to work on. If you wish to be precise in your flower garden landscaping ideas, you can measure the free area in square feet and write it down on the layout.

Make few photocopies of this layout to try out different combinations. On different copies plan out the placement of different flower bushes, bushes for fencing, stand alone flower or trees, and hardscape elements like fencing, walkways, benches, etc. This way you can have a well-planned design for large or small flower garden. Show the copies to experienced gardeners to get a second opinion and then decide on a final copy.

Adding Fencing and Other Elements
Before you start with any softscape elements to your flower garden like flowering shrubs or bushes, plant the hardscape material. This includes structural material like fences, walls, pavings, walkways, benches, an outdoor sitting area, etc.

Stick to the above layout plan to install the hardscape elements. There are

Flower Bed Border

Flower bed borders give flower beds the perfect polished look, that any gardener aims for. They add to a garden’s style and landscaping. Flower bed edging not only provides the flower beds with good visual appeal, but they also provide for easy maintenance and the cutting down of mowing time. Flower bed edging also keeps grass from occupying the flower garden soil. Flower bed edging ideas know no boundaries and can be as innovative and funky as your imagination lets them be. Yet, I present some popular landscaping ideas for your flower beds, in the paragraphs given below. These landscaping ideas are fairly simple and even an amateur gardener can successfully experiment with them.

The most obvious and also the most traditional way of edging your flower beds, is by using plants. These plants can be flowering plants, perennial herbs, shrubs or even small trees. Plant borders should be large enough to catch the eye, yet small enough to not require heavy maintenance. While wide plant borders look good with flower beds with tall flowering, layering and variations in their shapes give the garden a nice overall look. Plant flower bed borders with tall foliage, also provide for privacy

Ways to use Silk Flowers

No one can stay away from admiring the beauty of flowers. And that is why we all love to add that floral touch everywhere, from our tabletops to our clothing and everything in between! But one sad truth about flowers is that they wilt. We can’t keep them forever fresh no matter how dedicatedly we try to preserve them or grow them. So, if you happen to love a particular arrangement or a single bud, the only way to keep it with you is in your memory or perhaps, captured in a photograph. With silk flowers, on the other hand, none of it happens!

Crafted to mimic the look and feel of real flowers, the ones in silk can be cleaned and kept for as long as you want. There is no need to water them, no need to protect them from pests and no worries about them fading away in just a few days. You can buy them at your favorite store or order silk flowers online for extra convenience. The way you use it can be exactly the way you would use natural flowers. For example:

1. Use them as accessories