3 of the best plants for your summer garden

3 of the best plants for your summer garden

People will naturally spend more time outdoors in the summer months. For those looking to entertain and impress your guests in summer, planting some summer-friendly plants in your garden can be a easy way to make your garden more welcoming. Here are some summer-friendly plants that will liven up your garden. Salvia – If you are looking for a low maintenance plant that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, Salvia is a wise choice. Salvia is a long flowering plant that will add color to your garden all summer long. Plant your Salvia by mixing flower fertilizer with water and soil. Plant Salvia in a sunny area of your garden to ensure your plant flowers. Yarrow – If you want to increase the health of your garden and brighten up your space, consider planting...

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...

How to compost?

How to compost?

Composting can reduce your home’s waste and help you refresh your beds, while you help the environment. Most homes will have approximately 25% of food waste, and this is what can be used to compost. Start with a bottomless plastic, metal, or wooden container that holds roughly 80 gallons. Place your container on the ground in the shade in your yard. You will also need to place a container with a lid to put on your kitchen counter to collect your kitchen waste. It is important to note that you can only compost fruit peels, coffee grounds, eggshells, and vegetables. You should also avoid adding meat, cheese, or fish, as they will attract animals. Other organic matter such as torn-up newspaper, twigs and dead leaves, can also be added to your compost bin. It is...

Tips for creating a stylish contemporary garden design

Tips for creating a stylish contemporary garden design

If your interior matches a sleek modern plan, you may want your garden to follow suit. Here are some tips to help you create a stylish contemporary garden. Opt for white – White is an excellent base color, and it matches well with greenery. You can also add texture by painting brick walls and fences white, which will also create a uniformed look. Use repeat patterns in your planting – Plant small trees, box bushes, shrubs and place them at regular intervals to give order and uniformity to your space. Create contrast with shapes – Use lawns and paths to create uniformity within your garden. Plant “glue plants” – These are plants that look good all year round and form a base for your seasonal plants. Avoid fads – Avoid fad garden designs as they will...

How to get your garden ready for the new year?

How to get your garden ready for the new year?

As the year comes to an end, you may be wondering if your garden is ready for the new year and the changing of seasons. Here are some tips on how to get your garden ready for the new year. Start seeds indoors – If you are planning on planting some new plants for the new season, look at starting your seeds indoors to give them a chance to grow. Seeds will also be a lot cheaper than buying plants, and if you start planting your seeds in December, they will be ready in time for the new year. Sharpen your tools – Sharpen your pruning shears, shovels, and other tools, so that you can use them with less effort in the garden. Look at even sharpening your lawn mower blades to make it easier to cut your lawn. Try beginner gardening projects – If you are new to...

5 Common houseplant conditions and how to cure them

5 Common houseplant conditions and how to cure them

Plants need a lot of care, and it can be hard to judge what your plant needs when it starts not looking its best. Here are five common houseplant conditions and how to cure them. You’ve instantly killed your plant – Remember that if you repotted your plant, your plant would be in shock for at least 2-3 weeks. It is best to water your plant as usual and avoid using fertilizer until after a few weeks. The leaves are dropping off – If your plant is dropping leaves from the center, it may mean that your plant needs more light. Look at moving your plant closer to a sunny window or buy a plant light. Your plant is paling from green to yellow – If your plant is going yellow in the center and going soft, it may mean that you are overwatering your plant....