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Should You Get a Greenhouse or Not?

A greenhouse is basically a structure which is partially air tight which allows it to maintain a certain temperature and level of humidity over long periods of time. It is generally translucent, which allows it to capture incoming sunrays, which in turn heat up the air inside the greenhouse. The reason greenhouses are so widely used is because more often than not, plants are accustomed to surviving only in certain temperatures and humidity conditions. If you want to grow vegetables in winter, for example, you’ll need a greenhouse. You’ll need a greenhouse if you want any exotic plants to grow all year around in your garden. This isn’t such a bad idea really. There isn’t much of a reason why anyone would want to reject the possibility of having such benefits all the time.

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You don’t have enough space

This could be one of the main reasons why a greenhouse isn’t for you. If you don’t have enough space in your backyard, then you obviously don’t want a greenhouse as it’ll take up the little space you have left. Greenhouses need a certain amount of space to be of any use. If your backyard doesn’t support this, then you shouldn’t be thinking of getting a greenhouse yet. With little space, the greenhouse won’t be able to function properly, and won’t have enough room for a good amount to plants to thrive in it. It becomes a bad investment, and you’ll probably be getting rid of it sooner or later.

You only grow seasonal plants

If this is the case, then you certainly don’t have the need to get yourself a greenhouse. Greenhouses are only used to help non seasonal plants thrive, and since you’re only going for the seasonal or all year type, it leaves little for the greenhouse to accomplish for you. Use your garden as you’re already doing so, as getting a greenhouse will only become a hurdle in your path because you won’t really be using it for anything.

You live in a humid and warm area

If you live in an area which is already warm and humid, leaving your plants in a greenhouse will likely cause them to wither and die out. The natural humidity and temperature you have are already perfect for growing all sorts of plants, and you have absolutely no need whatsoever to get yourself a greenhouse.

 

You only need a greenhouse if you’re living in an area with cold, dry and unpredictable weather. If you want spring flowers to bloom all year in your backyard, then you should definitely opt for a good greenhouse. Make sure you have enough space in your backyard because greenhouses can take up a lot of space. You need a large enough backyard so that the entire area doesn’t become stuffy due to the greenhouse being present there.

Getting a greenhouse is generally a recommended idea, as it leaves open the possibility of growing all sorts of plants whenever you want.

Planting Flowers in Your Garden

 

Flowers can turn any garden into a living paradise on earth. With the right flower combination, you can insert the wow factor into your garden and impress everyone that cares to look at it. Planting flowers in your garden has to be one of the most generic and popular things to do in the garden. If you have a well sized garden, it can house a variety of flowers to make it look lively and striking. All you need to do is follow the steps given below, and we’ll guide you as to how you should plant flowers in your garden so that you experience a minimum amount of hurdles and so that the entire process is nice and smooth for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, as we’ll make it basic so that anyone can follow the steps.

planting flowers in a garden

Step 1

Choose the flowers what you want. There are so many flowers to choose from that you could spend days just counting them. However, you should quickly narrow down the process by having a look at what your taste is. Do you like bright colored flower? There is a wide assortment of bright colored flowers out there which you can choose from. Other than bright flowers, there are also the delicate, beautiful flowers that Spring brings along with itself to consider. In fact, if Spring is approaching, you should probably go for the Spring flowers. Other than those, there are the sturdy and easy to grow flowers, like marigold and sunflowers. These flowers are so easy to grow and maintain that even children could do it with ease.

Step 2

Once you’ve decided on which flower types you want for you garden, let’s start planting! Make sure you’ve picked a combination of flowers the colors of which match or contrast in order to create the best desired and scenic effects with your garden. If you pick flowers that don’t go well together, your garden will end up looking out of place and even a little dull.

Pick spots in your garden which receive a good amount of sunlight over the course of the day. Once you’ve picked a good spot, you should consider how the water drainage of the area is. If water is often stagnant in this location, you might want to pick another spot because your flowers won’t be able to grow in an area where water is standing still and is in surplus all the time.

Dig small holes into the ground once you’ve got the perfect spot. Add your flower seeds. Remember to stay artistic and creative when doing this, making great patterns and designs using the seeds, visualizing what they’ll end up looking like once they’re grown.

Water your flowers occasionally. Be careful that you don’t water them too often and doing so may inflict more harm than good on the flowers. A good way to check is to dig a little into the ground to check for moisture. If there is none, then it’s time to water the flowers.

Tropical Plants vs Temperate Climate Plants

 

Which plants will go better with your backyard: tropical plants or temperate climate plants? Many people want to know which plants make better garden plants. There is a lot of indecision regarding this matter, and a lot of misinformation being passed around about both species. When presenting information about both types of plants, people often let their personal bias affect their say on which sort of plant you should get.

The fact is that your own personal inclination will be a huge deciding factor in which sort of plant you opt for ultimately. The decision will remain yours till the end. However, we’ll be presenting you with both types of plants which will help you in your decision making as to which species of plants you prefer over the other. You’ll be lining your garden with the type of plant you choose, and replacing them later on will be quite an arduous and painstaking procedure, so choose carefully as to what you want be watering for the next few months or so.

Tropical plants

Take a good look at what the usual tropical plants will look like:

tropical plant

1.      The Amazon elephant’s ear

Some may think of this plant as good looking, but others detest its think veins and leaf structure. Of course, this is necessary for the plant in order for it to survive the humidity it has to face in its natural habitat.

2.      Anthurium

Exotic and beautiful, this plant’s pink flowers make it look quite attractive and amazing. The leaves are thinner than the elephant’s ear mentioned above, and are much more visually appealing. This is one plant that won’t let you down. This plant is difficult to maintain and nurture, but most would agree that it’s worth the effort to have this plant as a part of your garden plant collection.

3.      Birds of paradise

These aren’t actually birds. This name is given to this stunner of a tropical flower. Its orange golden color makes it a great addition to the garden. Another advantage of this plant is how easy it is to grow it in indoor environments. It shows no difficulty in thriving indoors, and will give you peace of mind knowing that it isn’t something delicate that you have to worry about all the time.

Temperate Climate Plants

Here are a few temperate climate plants:

1.      Roses

Roses are pretty hard to match when it comes to fragrance and beauty. This plant offers a good deal of competition to its tropical rivals. Growing a rose isn’t the most difficult thing in the world, and the results are staggeringly great.

2.      Bougainvillea

The bougainvillea is another great and easy to grow plant. They don’t require too much water to grow, and can be as tough as weeds. However, they are simply spectacular when it comes to appearances. This is the type of plant which can make your entire house look gorgeous from the outside.

Have a look at those plants and see if they can assist you in your decision as to which sort of plant you want to adopt in your garden.

 

Relocating trees – How to Mini Guide

Some trees are pretty valuable to us. They could be costly, or simply dear to us do to being something we cared for and raised as a sapling. When we move houses, we obviously want such trees to come with us, but moving a tree is not the same as simply taking a flower out by the roots and replanting it elsewhere. Younger trees are still somewhat easier to relocate, but larger trees can be a headache to deal with. You might have absolutely no idea how to deal with the situation, but don’t worry. This article will show you how you can successfully relocate trees without much of a hassle. It can be quite a simple process once you know how it works. We’ve provided a video for you to have a good look at in order to see the entire process with your own eyes so that you know what you’re about to go through.

Lifting the tree up

For smaller trees, there isn’t much of a hassle. All you need is some large tools and machinery to simply cut the ground around the tree along with the roots of the tree to a certain degree. Once this is done, what you’ll be doing next is simply loading the tree onto a truck and moving it to the new destination. Dig a large enough hole at the new destination for the tree to be put inside. Try and make the hole exactly the same size as the extending roots of the tree. Slide the tree into the hole carefully, and then add more soil on top of it to solidify the placement. Keep watering regularly so that the roots can start to grow and establish a firm grip onto the soil.

Blowing the soil off the roots

For other trees, it’s a better idea to blow the soil off the roots. You’ll need to hire special personnel for this task. They’ll be using high pressure air blasters to remove the soil from the roots of the tree slowly. The process might take some, but the end results are definitely worth it. This method is used for larger trees. Once all the soil has been removed from the roots, you’ll be using heavy machinery to lift the tree up. Bring the tree where you want it, and set it down in a reasonable hole. You’ll want to cut free the roots which are tied up to each other in order to help them grow easily. Fill the hole with compost, and once you’ve put the tree in it, add more compost and top soil onto the roots of the tree. The best way to go about it is to add lots of water to make the earth firm. Keep adding more soil and compost until you’re absolutely certain that the tree is deep enough and has enough soil around it to keep it permanently stable.

Water the tree at least twice a week for the rest of the season and it’ll naturalize into its new location.

Plants that require little light

There are plants that don’t require the usual amount of light in order to survive. Some plant can live happily with a smaller amount of sunshine in which regular plants would wind up dead. The main benefit of these plants is that you can keep them inside the house without the fear that they’re not getting enough as chances are that they’re nice and comfortable where they are. You don’t need to reshuffle the furniture in your house just so that the plant could be next to a window in order to receive sunlight. The fact that it doesn’t require too much light gives you the flexibility to have the plant anywhere in your house from where you’re comfortable, and from where the plant looks best and fits in with the rest of the room where you’ve decided to put it, making it look artistic.

dracaena

Don’t worry about trying to find the right kinds of plants which you want to keep inside your house. We’ve prepared a list of the plants which don’t require too much sunlight and can look exquisite inside your house and make it look much better.

1.     Dracaena

Dracaena is a gorgeous plant which can make any setting look completely marvelous to look at. What once may have been a dull room will start looking quite exotic and beautiful with this plant inside it. The thick stems on this plant combined with its flat and long leaves make it really nice to look at. Choose a great pot that goes with it and you’re all set! Now, the plant may not require sunlight, but does require watering and pruning. So don’t end up neglecting it thinking that the plant is completely self-sufficient. Remember not to over-water it, as there isn’t any sun contact that can evaporate the excess moisture on the plant. Adding to much water to the plant can end up killing it. Also, don’t forget to prune the plant every now and then in order for it to maintain its artistic look.

2.     Bromeliads

Perhaps even more beautiful and picturesque than the dracaena are the bromeliads. This plant has an amazing and ecstatic exotic touch to it, and makes the entire room feel vibrant. It doesn’t need sunlight at all, and is even able to grow in luminescent light, which is the artificial light coming off tube lights and bulbs. The flowers on this plant are a striking yellowish orange, while the leaves are thin and long. This plant is sure to make an excellent entry to just about any house.

3.     Parlor Palm

Lastly, we have the parlor palm. A bit generic when compared to the plants given above, this plant looks great, but has the resemblance of palm leaves, as the name of the plant suggests. This plant doesn’t require sunlight either, but should be watered occasionally. Don’t get this plant to stand alone; make it pair up with one of the plants given above for maximum effect!

How to Graft a Tree

 

Grafting a tree is one of the most exciting things you can possibly do in the garden. Sure, it may be a little more complicated than the beginner stuff that we have you do every once in a while, but this activity is quite refreshing, and you’ll love the change of pace and the difference of feel that grafting brings along with it.

For those who don’t know, grafting is the process where you cut off a tree midway from the stem, and then stick in small twigs of other trees which you’d like to grow on this specific tree. This way, you end up with having multiple species of trees growing out of the same tree. You can even have multiple fruits being bore by the same tree. This seems almost like magic, but really isn’t, as we’ll show you in this article how you can start grafting trees on your own. Keep in mind that this is a relatively difficult task and will require patience on your end.

Collect the cyan wood

The first thing which you’ll be getting is the cyan wood, that is: the small twigs which you want to grow into the other cut tree. Therefore, you should take twigs from your favorite plants out there. Make sure the twigs are nice and neat, evenly sized and not too large. Now go ahead and put them into plastic bags so that moisture doesn’t reach them. After this, you should place the plastic bags in the refrigerator. You should be doing this in mid-autumn, or around that time. Make sure you’re not too close to Spring as that’s the time when the actual grafting is going to take place.

You don’t need to add anything else to the plastic bags, just the cyan wood alone is enough.

Start Grafting

Grafting season is in Spring when the buds and leaves are beginning to come out of the trees after autumn has ended.

We’ll be doing a simple graft which is the easiest for beginners to follow. Get a knife to cut the tree from the stem. This tree is the one which you selected for the grafting, so make sure it’s not too thick otherwise it’s going to be quite difficult when you’re trying to slice it in half with a knife. Once you’ve selected a young, thin tree, get a simple knife and cut it around the center.

Once you’ve done that, take your knife and just push the knife into the already cut up stem of the tree. You want to just separate it from the bark. We’re talking about the stem which is attached to the roots. Once the bark and stem are a little separate, you can pick up your cyan wood, and cut it from both sides on one end so that it’s nice and flat. Add this into the cavity you created. Repeat this for as much cyan wood as you want.

Once you’re done, just cover up the joint with some flagging tape to hold everything in place. Then you simply seal the open areas with any sort of mixture, like wood glue, to avoid moisture escaping.