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...

How to grow lucky bamboo

How to grow lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo is an easy houseplant that looks great in kitchens and bathrooms. Here are a few tips to grow and maintain a healthy lucky bamboo plant. Selection – Choose a plant with bright green leaves and stems. You can also look for plants that have been braided or curled to create intricate designs. Grow your bamboo hydroponically – The easiest, cleanest way to grow your bamboo is in water. You will need to fill a tall glass vase (avoid shallow bowls) with at least 1-3 inches of water. Positioning – Place your plant in a space that gets filtered light, similar to the light that creeps through a forest canopy. The plant will thrive in temperatures of between 65ºF and 90ºF.[4] Changing the water – You should change your water at least...

Five gardening tips for beginners

Five gardening tips for beginners

For some growing a garden can be hard work and for others it can seem effortless. If you haven’t found your green thumb yet ,h ere are 5 garden tips that will help you get started. Know your region – All plants will not grow in any region. Therefore, it is best grow plants that are suitable for your climate and soil type. This will make maintenance a whole lot easier and give you a garden that will flourish. Speak to someone at your local garden centre and ask them what plants are native to your region. Test your soil – Send a sample of your soil to your local nursery to get an idea of your soil’s PH and nutrient levels. The results will let you know how acidic or alkaline your soil is. This will be a good indication on what type of compost you...

4 Tips for evaluating your garden design

Most gardeners will dream of a ideas on how to redesign or improve their garden. Instead of getting frustrated at your gardening set backs, here are 4 tips for evaluating your garden design and creating a space that is rewarding. What worked – You should have an idea of a section of your garden that always worked well. This is the key to letting you know what sort of style and plants work best for your garden. Following this style will ensure your garden is always looking its best and an easy garden will give you more time to enjoy its beauty. What didn’t work – Remember the plants that always needed your attention, or those that never really grew to the plants you had hoped, these are the plants that should be avoided. These types of plants will...

The advantages and disadvantages of a cottage garden

A cottage garden is defined as an informal garden with old fashioned flowers and plants. Signature modern cottage gardens will have self sowing plants, bushes and plants spilling off the edge of pathways. Although this style of garden may look like it requires no care, a good deal of maintenance is involved. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of creating and maintaining a cottage garden. Advantages Personalized garden – Each cottage garden will look different from each other. Usually the plants in a cottage garden will change and flow with each passing year. Inexpensive and Economical – To create a cottage garden you will need a few packs of seeds and some patience. If you decide to spend money on larger plants like rose bushes and flowering...