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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Vertical Garden

Vertical gardening is an ideal option for those staying in city areas, where agricultural land is limited. Plants can be trained for growing vertically by making use of suitable supports or frames. As plants grow upright naturally, training plants to extend upwards is not so difficult. The basic principle of vertical garden is more or less similar to hydroponics. The plant root system is supported with a fibrous material that is supplemented with plant nutrients. Watering the plants is done via the support material.

This kind of a garden can be created and maintained indoors as well as outdoors. Many times, vertical spaces are left in the traditional method of gardening. Let’s take an example of a vegetable garden where wide spaces are left between the vegetable rows. These spaces can be used to plant crops or other vegetables.

The first and foremost step is to select a proper location. The location should be such, that it does not shade out other plants. There should be optimum sunlight for the plants in the vertical garden. Hence, considering these factors, you should orient the vertical supports in a proper direction.

To ensure long-term benefits, always opt for a metallic frame or support. Vertical gardening requires more water than the traditional way of gardening. In order to reduce moisture evaporation and retain water in the soil, it is always advisable to practice mulching. Mulching also helps in supplying additional plant nutrients.

Another basic tip is to train the plants, otherwise there are chances of the plants spreading in an unmanageable manner. If necessary, you can trim the plants without disturbing the root system. While doing so, also make sure that the overall growth of the plants is not affected.

In order to have easy access to all plants, you can make use of a ladder. This will help you in maintaining the plants and pruning (if necessary). When the plants achieve full growth, you can fasten them to the support or structure to prevent falling. Twine is a good option for tying the plants. Few vegetables that can be grown successfully are tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. For decoration purposes, you can consider planting ivy plants.

One of the major advantages of vertical gardening is harvesting maximum products in a minimum space.

  • Some of the highly spreading plants (e.g. vining winter squash) can be grown effectively in a vertical garden.
  • This type of gardening is best suited for plants that require maximum sunlight.
  • Plants grown in a vertical garden are less accessible to diseases and pests.
  • Easy access to ripe fruits and vegetables, hence crop harvesting or cultivation is easier.
  • It provides adequate aeration to the plants.
  • Vertical gardening increases the beauty of the garden.

In addition, it can be used to create privacy screen and to cover an unattractive structure. People who are disabled can opt for vertical gardening, as it requires minimum bending. Overall, the yield of vertical gardening is higher than traditional plantation methods.

Ideas for Decorating a Garden

Some necessary elements for decoration are patio furnishing and heaters, stone bird baths, mosaic stepping stones, and garden containers. Walkways are an essential part of garden decoration. According to your taste and need, you can use various materials such as bronze, stone, and glass. Supportive elements like trellises and bowers made of bamboo, plastic, cane or wood can be the best options for climber and trailer plants.

Garden furniture plays a vital role in enhancing the look of the whole landscape. Decorate the garden with classic wooden or metal chairs and benches that are comfortable to sit on. Loungers can be placed to enjoy nature’s tranquility while sitting around the flowers. Besides, swing seats and parasols can be the best options to give a sterling look to your garden. Decorating with stone sculptures and wind chimes can give it an authentic look. Placing beautiful statues of bronze or marble, and adding a few dragon statues among stone sculptures can give an antique aura to your property.

No garden is complete without water features. These can be in the form of a pond, pool, or a water fountain. These water features allow you to create a calm and cool atmosphere in the garden. Apart from these, you can decorate your garden with water containers by growing lilies, water hyacinths, and water lettuces. Small goldfish swimming in the water can enhance the look of the container. Multicolored garden flags and attractive gazing balls are popular decoration items. These are available in varied sizes and colors, and can be changed as and when required.

Some Handy Tips

  • One can flaunt his/her creativity by placing aesthetic pieces of marbles around the plants or pond, and can decorate them with grass. This will give the garden a realistic look.
  • To enhance the look and feel of the garden, place statues at the entrance and exit gates of your garden,
  • Gazebos should be placed to provide shade and to give it a comfy look.
  • Decorative wind chimes can be added to give an aesthetic look.

These are some decorating ideas that can give a mesmerizing ambiance to your garden. Make sure you purchase high-quality and durable items that are made of water-proof material. These beautifully crafted decorations will make you feel proud of that open space around your house.

Ideas for Small Gardens

Here are some ideas and tips for decorating and turning it into a truly relaxing and scenic space:

Plan Before you Start

There are many ways of beautifying your small garden. But, the ideas and designs must be chosen so as to suit your needs. Firstly, consider the purpose of having it. Will you be using it for outdoor entertainment, relaxing, exercising, or you don’t have any plans to sit outdoors and want to purely beautify it, so that it embraces your house? Accordingly, you can add the necessary elements. Remember that, while you add the necessary decor, it must be such that that it also works as a beautifying element.

Add the Privacy Factor

Before you start adding the other elements, work on making it a perfect garden of your house. Fencing it in a proper way will make it a well-defined space with boundaries. You can choose a fence design that can add more privacy. Deciding its height rightly is also important. In case you have a common fence, which is not just happening, you can simply cover it up. For this, all you need is garden trellis and a few climbing plants. Fix this trellis against that common fencing, and train the climbing plants to grow up and cover that not-so-attractive fence.

Have Classy Garden Furniture

You can choose from a number of types and varieties available for the same in the market. The popularly used furniture is that in wicker or cast iron. Cast iron furniture is one of the best ideas on a budget. Basically, these have sleek rods, design structures, and open frame, which make them suitable for small gardens. These do not occupy much space and can be easily moved whenever required. A set of 2 – 4 chairs and a table, depending upon the available space, is a good idea. You can have two chairs and a table and further, add a fireplace, as well. This set up can occupy one corner. Even, if you won’t be spending much time here chatting or relaxing, you must at least have a single relaxing chair.

Garden Beautification

While beautifying it, you might consider having various garden ornaments and implementing interesting yard art. Make sure that you do not add too much of ornaments that will occupy a lot of space and make it look even smaller. One of the ideas is to add a few large and bold items, instead of adding too many small pieces. If you have an asymmetric garden with a narrow area in between, you can have a small bridge here and add rocks below and around its base. You can also consider having a small pond. One of the best ideas is to have a fountain at the center and grace it with an amazing base structure. Apart from these, you can also consider having one of the various sculptures to play up the area. Be it human figures, animals, a large vase, pots, or designer sculptures, these are sure to add ultimate style to this small area.

Apart from the green grass covering the space, do not add too much of plants. A theme garden is a good idea to opt for. You can consider having a flower one, with a single type of flowers and/or single-colored flowers, spanning the entire space for the ultimate look. Having a garden mirror against the fence is awesome to add the finishing touch to the area. This will also make it look larger. Finally, consider various outdoor lighting to illuminate these in the best way and also make it look larger and give it a grand appearance.

Automatic Plant Watering Systems

Nowadays, there are very few homes without plants. There are many plant enthusiasts, who keep on buying different varieties and end up with no time to take care of them. One of the main aspects of plant care is watering, which has to be done regularly. While some people get fed up with manual watering, others do not have enough time for this task. Automatic watering systems can be of immense help for such people. You can either make some simple, homemade automatic plant watering systems, or purchase one that is best suited for you.

By installing an automatic watering system, you can do away with the task of watering plants manually. There are various types of plant watering systems that store and supply water to the plants, automatically. You may go for simple ones or more sophisticated systems, according to your needs. There are many types of watering systems, designed for both indoor and outdoor potted plants, as well as flower gardens. In short, such systems take care of the water requirements of plants and eliminates manual watering totally.

Different Types

You can even make an automatic plant watering system from materials used for household purposes. Take a few plastic containers. Clean them well, and make two to three small holes on their bottom. Fill the containers with water and set them in the dirt, next to the plant. If the soil is wet, very little amount of water will be absorbed from the containers; and as the soil gets dry, more water will be absorbed. Likewise, you can make such simple automatic plant watering devices using easily available materials.

Even commercial automatic watering systems come in various types. There are stand-alone systems, which come with pots and water reservoirs. The water reservoirs too, are available in different patterns. Such systems may or may not have timers. They take care of the water requirements of individual plants. There are multiple plant watering systems, that can take care of a certain number of plants, simultaneously. These systems constitute water tanks, pipes that supply water from the tank to individual plants, and drips attached to the end of each pipe.

For a garden, sprinklers and drip systems with timers are available. Even ground sensors are used in some sophisticated versions. If you install such a system, watering will be done, whenever the ground gets dry. While some of watering systems work on battery power, some others require household electricity. Each type of plant watering system has its own features, which have to be understood, beforehand. Select the one, which is best suited for your requirement.

In short, automatic plant watering systems can be very useful for those, who don’t have time to water their plants, and also for those are going on a vacation. Such watering systems can be of great help for conserving water.