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Monthly Archives: January 2017

All about Affordable Garden Tools

If you’ve been to your local gardening center in February or March, you’ve noticed that they already have their garden tools on display just getting ready for all the people who are working themselves into a gardening frenzy. However, as excited as they are about gardening, the prices of the tools can be a little over budget. What you need to do is find a way to buy the affordable garden tools you need.

Start out by shopping at your usual stores, even if they haven’t advertised any bargains. Ask a store manager if there are going to be any upcoming sales on the items you’re looking for. You could find out that the tools you want will be marked down next week. If you don’t ask, you could end up buying tools today that will be much cheaper next week. Doesn’t it just burn you when that happens!

Try the Discount Stores

Even if you don’t make a habit of shopping at stores like discount houses, dollar stores, and outlets, you should give them a try. A lot of times they will have new merchandise that was left over from last gardening season, but at a lot better prices than “new” merchandise. Who’s going to know or care if you’re using last season’s garden tools?

Used items can also be a good buy. Do a little looking around and see what you can find. So what if they’re a little dirty? You can always clean them up, and, who knows, you may have found a treasure in the rough.

You can have a lot of fun shopping at garage sales and flea markets. Not only will they have a lot of unique items for sale, you can also find the garden tools you need at exceptional prices. Most often if you find something you like, the seller will be willing to bargain a little bit. You never know what kind of deal you could end up.

If you can find a sale at a home where a shopaholic lives, you may well have hit pay dirt. Some people are compulsive shoppers that will buy something just because it’s a good deal, even though they already have three more at home. Eventually they will have a sale of their excess because they’ve run out of room. You can find affordable garden tools in their castoffs.

Get Advantages for Indoor Plants

They are also beneficial for our health. Some indoor plants are very efficient in absorbing pollutants than others but most of the indoor plants are very potent in improving air quality. Plants help us to discard the below-mentioned diseases.

  • Getting rid of common Cold – Almost all the indoor plants attenuate dust particles and enhance the humidity level. Therefore, there is a very less chance of cold allergy and other cold-related diseases.
  • Gives us energy- Excess carbon dioxide increases drowsiness and hence we feel lethargic and sleepy. Moreover, due to this our productivity also decreases. During the photosynthesis process, indoor plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and produces fresh oxygen which elevates our energy level.
  • Reduces stress level- Indoor planting gives us positive energy and hence we feel more optimistic. These planting always alleviate our stress, which is a prime factor for high blood pressure.
  • Diminishes our headache – Indoor plants engross carbon dioxide and produces fresh oxygen. Therefore, if we use them then there is a very minimum chance of rotten air inside our homes and buildings. This stale air is responsible for many health-related issues like headaches.
  • Congestion – Some plants like eucalyptus can easily clear congestion and phlegm, hence it acts like a natural antiseptic.
  • Prevents us from dry skin – Indoor plants are natural humidifier so they uplift the moisture levels in our homes and offices. If we have it at our home and buildings, then our skin will always remain young and hydrated.
  • Decreases insomnia – They provide us fresh oxygen, which can help us to have a sound sleep.

Some Fruit can Grow in Pots

Are you enthusiastic about growing your own fruit but are restricted in terms of space and climate? Growing fruits in containers is the perfect consideration for you. The requirements are cut down to merely a big pot, potting soil and space with at least six hours of sunlight daily.

Before You Plant…

You need to choose the container carefully. The success of the fruits will, among other things, depend on the container used. Most fruits do well in containers with a diameter of about 45-50cm (18-20in)

Large clay pots are ideal for planting fruits in because they are heavy and stable. Plastic, on the other hand, is light and easy to manage.

The planting time for most fruits is insignificant. Nevertheless, spring is particularly good for most fruits. During spring, most fruits are able to easily grow new roots and get better established in the potting soil.

If you use clay pots, ensure that plenty of small broken pieces of clay pots (crocks) are placed at the bottom. This helps in retaining the potting media during watering.

The fertility of the potting soil should be enhanced using good quality compost. You can also mix multi-purpose compost with a third volume grit or perlite. Always add in controlled release fertilizer pellets or feed your plants high-potassium liquid tomato feed every two weeks.

Strawberries

Strawberries need plenty of growth space, but in spite of that, they thrive unbelievably well in containers. They also do quite well indoors so you can have fresh strawberry all year long. To grow them choose a sunny spot preferably next to a window. Artificial lighting can also supplement sunlight for strawberries.

Pineapple

If you want to enjoy fresh pineapple anytime of the year, grow them yourself. You do not have to live in the tropics, just get a gallon-sized container and choose a sunny spot. Get a freshly cut pineapple crown with a bit of the fruit on and soak it in water. After it has soaked up the moisture for a day plant it in the container and place it on the decks or balcony. Bring it into the house during winter nights.

Cantaloupe

You can easily grow enough cantaloupe to last the entire summer in containers. Let the cantaloupe spill to the sides of the container and choose a spot with enough space for the vines.

Other Excellent Considerations

Meyer Lemons

Apricots

Blueberries, Raspberries, Goji berries, blackberries, honey berries

Watermelons

Bananas

Cherries

Apples

Figs

Grapes

Olives

Peaches

Pears

Plums

Rhubarb

Currants

All about Indoor Herb Garden

It is impractical to expect heirloom tomatoes will blossom in your kitchen. Nevertheless, with carefully selected culinary herb seedlings, you will have something impressive to show and even brag about.

  • Easy to grow indoor herbs include; bay tree, chives, kaffir lime tree, lemongrass, mint, parsley and Vietnamese coriander.
  • Oregano, rosemary and thyme are a bit difficult to cultivate but are excellent indoor herbs nonetheless.
  • The hardest indoor herbs to grow are sage, cilantro and basil.

Choose the Perfect Spot

Where you plan to have you, indoor herb garden must be a well-lit locale. Most herbs need at least 5 hours of sunlight exposure each day for them to thrive and do well. It thus is recommended that you choose a sunny window for the herb garden. Ensure that the site is warm through the whole day.

Choose and Ideal Container

The container you will grow your herbs in should be large enough to allow sufficient root growth and development. It should also have adequate drainage holes to avert waterlogging. Get a tray to put under your planting pots and containers where excess water will collect.

Potting

  1. Get high-quality organic potting soil appropriate for growing vegetables.
  2. Fill the planting container till it’s about 75% full
  3. Moisten the soil but do not overdo it or let the ground become wet and soggy
  4. Transplant the plants into the container. Loosen the soil at their root base but be careful not to damage the roots
  5. Space the plants evenly and adequately in the planting pot or container
  6. Fill the planting pot or container with enough potting soil to cover the herbs to a level above the root ball
  7. Water well after you are done

Care and Maintenance of the Herbs

Ensure that your plants never dry out by regularly watering them