Your ideal outdoor living space in 3 easy steps

Your ideal outdoor living space in 3 easy steps

In summer and on warmer days, it’s nice to spend time in your backyard to enjoy the outdoors. Here are three simple steps to creating an outdoor space that is inviting. Set boundaries to define your seating area – If you have a small space, look at keeping your space intimate with small close seating. Create boundaries for your outdoor space by using plants or grass to section your space. For larger spaces look at adding decking and comfortable seating that can sit and entertain many. Frame your space by blocking unwanted views and frame desirables ones. If you live in the city and have a lot of tall buildings around your property, look at placing umbrellas, canopies or roofing to create privacy. Flooring to suit your space and budget – To sit...

How to start a new garden?

How to start a new garden?

Although you may be excited to start your new garden, there are a few areas to consider before you start your new garden project. Evaluate and choose a site – If you want to grow a specific type of plant, it is best to consider the conditions it requires. For those planning on growing vegetables, you will need at least 6 hours of sun exposure a day. Your soil – Once you have identified where you want to plant, look at the soil and check its PH levels. For your plants to take up nutrients, they will need a somewhat neutral PH level between 6.2 – 6.8. Preparing the garden bed – Your chosen site should be rid of grass and weeds to give your plants ample space and nutrients to grow. Choosing your plants – If you are planning on growing a vegetable garden,...

4 Tips for a successful indoor herb garden

4 Tips for a successful indoor herb garden

Herbs are essential to enhance the taste of your dishes. While dry herbs can be a good alternative, fresh herbs on the other hand provide more flavor and nutritional value. Here are some tips to creating your own indoor herb garden. Provide strong light for your indoor herb garden – The more light you provide your herb garden, the better they will grow and taste. You should look at providing your herbs with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. The temperature – Look at providing your herbs with a temperature of between 60-70 degrees. If your herbs are maturing and you want to slow its growth, look at reducing the temperature to 65 to 70 degrees. An infrequent, slow watering – Look at watering your herbs once they have dried out. Test the soil by using...

Planting ferns

Planting ferns

Article Written by : Home Interior Advices Ferns are a beautiful addition to a home or garden. However, most people may be reluctant to plant ferns as they may think that ferns are difficult to grow or maintain. Here are some tips to help with planting and maintaining ferns. Best time to plant – The best time to plant your ferns will depend on your geographic location. If you live in an area that experiences cold, wet winters, then you should plant your ferns in Spring. In warmer climates, look at planting ferns in cooler, wetter months as this will help the fern deal with the stresses of summer. Moving a fern – If you want to move a fern, start by digging a generous root ball around the plant. Then dig a hole the same size as the root ball in the place you...

5 easy to grow flower plants and seeds for beginners

5 easy to grow flower plants and seeds for beginners

Article Written by: California Mailboxes If you want to have flowers in your garden, but don’t know what kind of flowers to plant, here are five easy to grow flowering plants and seeds for beginners. Sunflowers – Sunflower seeds can be planted straight into the ground, and they bloom within a few months. Apart from being easy to grow, these plants look spectacular. Sweet Peas – These plants look beautiful and smell delicious. Sweet peas can be difficult to sow in seed form. Therefore look for sweet pea plug plants at your local gardening store. Plant them near a fence that gets plenty of sunlight, and you will see them flourish. Nigella – Nigellas are easy to grow and just require you to scatter the seeds on bare soil, and within months they will bare...

Seed tips that will save your garden favorites

Seed tips that will save your garden favorites

Gardner’s all around the world consider seed saving a wise habit. This is mainly because you can save seeds of plants you love and regrow them often. You may say that you could always buy the seeds you love from your local garden center. However, in some cases, your favorite seeds may be discontinued for newer varieties. Seeds can only be saved from open-pollinated or heirloom, self-pollinated plants. These plants will ensure that their seeds are exactly like their parents. Self-pollinated plants are the easiest to save and include plants like, Beans, Chicory, Endive, Lettuce, Peas, and Tomatoes. Heirloom flower seeds include flowers like cleome, foxgloves, hollyhock, nasturtium, sweet pea, and zinnia. To prevent cross pollination you will have to physically...