Gardening Tips and Info

Posted by Tn NUrsery on 15th Sep 2014

Planting Roses

Roses are a beautiful flower to have in your garden or landscape area as they provide some simply gorgeous color and look to the area. They are also a prize of any gardener because they are not the most simple plant to grow. You can buy roses in a couple different ways. They come either already in a container or you can buy these bare rooted. Bare rooted varieties are dormant when you buy them and will not look appealing at all, and they can become strikingly show pieces in your garden area. Here is how to plant either variety. Let’s start with the bare root type. When you get one of these, you need to remove the packaging at the bottom and prune away any broken roots. Next you will want to submerge the root system in water that is room temperature for about four hours or so. Do not leave the plant in there over twenty-four hours. It is done before you plant this wonderful shrub and is a form of rehydration for the flower. You can also add biostimulant to get the plant going. Make sure to get them in the ground as soon as they get done soaking. If you buy the type that already comes in a container, it will be less work as they have probably been looked after in the nursery or hardware store you purchased it. Plant them after buying them and keep plenty of water in the soil to help them adjust to their new homes. Roses also love full sunlight areas and need sun to develop as they should. You will also want to have soil conditions that are moist, but have good drainage properties. You can add some compost or peat to your soil if this is an issue. However, even they need a little more care than other plants and flowers, they are quite hardy and versatile, and if you treat them good, they can become your prized garden inhabitants.

Larkspur plants add tons of color to any area.

Basic Indoor Gardening Tips

Whether you have just started your gardening journey or growing and planting for years, you may notice you are always learning something new and adding to your gardening knowledge. It is even truer when we decide to bring our love for the outdoors into our homes with house plants. However, even if you are intimidated you can follow some few helpful tips that will make it much easier to give these indoor plants what they need to grow and thrive. Keeping your plants watered, but not over watered. Too much water can be devastating to any plant or flower, and the same is true for under watering. By touching the top layer of soil with water, you can get adequate water to the plant. If it is still a little damp, no watering is needed and if it is dry to the touch, give the plant some water. You also want to make sure that the water drains out and does not sit in standing water. You also need to feed your plants and flowers. Plants that are defined by their leaves need more nitrogen than other plants. Flowering plants will require a little more K2O. You can buy fertilizers that will meet these needs, just research before buying. Also research each plant to see what their needs are. Another issue is lighting. Indoor lighting may be tricky, and you want to be sure that they get just enough. Plants that need full sun can be placed right in front of the windows, and they will get just enough. There are also places in your home that you can put plants and flowers that need shade or partially shaded areas. Look into the need of each plant before placing them. You will want the home climate is just right as too many variations can prove detrimental to your plants.Following these simple guidelines will prove to be very helpful and keep your plants to the quality that you want them to be at. Indoor gardening can be easier than you think!

Christmas Ferns make great plants for hanging baskets.

Indoor Plants That Love Shade

When we start thinking about house plants, some of us get concerned as there is not full sunlight all the time in our homes and apartments. However, the plants that one can choose that will grow and flourish in shaded environments with no problem. Here are several that you can choose to add to your home or apartment that will transform your indoors into a beautiful oasis. The Peace Lily is a wonderful choice! It loves places that are cooler and have less light. They will also produce beautiful white blooms with visually striking dark green foliage. They are glossy in their appearance and can grow a few feet tall during its growing season. Keep away from full sun because these conditions are not good for them. Another popular choice that is found in offices as well as homes is English Ivy. This plant is particularly hardy and does well in hanging containers or sitting on a table. They require little attention from you, just water and let nature run its course. The Cast Iron Plant is another great way to go. The name says it is durable and is very hard to kill! They love shade and cooler environments and will flourish as an indoor plant with ease. Pothos is another type of trailing the plant that loves shady areas of your home. They have foliage shaped like hearts, and they even have golden veins. It is a beautiful plant, and it makes any room look. Snake Plants are also a great idea. It has beautiful multi-colored foliage, and it is will add some much-needed life to any room in your home. Growing plants in the shade is not as hard as you might think, and most of these require little care and maintenance on your part. It makes busy gardeners happy, and your plants will be happy too. Just keep the areas shaded and cooler and watch these beauties grow!

Arranging Fresh Cut Flowers

Many gardeners from time to time will take fresh cuttings from their prized flowering plants and decide to put them on display inside their homes. However, we are not all florists and can always use some hints on the best ways to get the most out of one's flower arrangements. When taking fresh flowers from your garden, you will want to make sure you also take some foliage as well to help highlight and accent your beautiful and visually appealing flowers. When you have gotten everything you want to put in your arrangement, make sure you have a clean container to put these beauties. You will want to begin with your foliage and greens first. Cut at the ends until they are the size you need them for your vase and then put them in the vase, Criss-crossing them as you go. The goal is to have some green color all around the vase when you are finished. It will also help with highlighting the flowers as well as giving them entire arrangement a foundation to start on. Next, begin to add your flowers. You will also want to add them in a criss cross fashion making a circle around the vase as you go. Also remember that the more, the better because this will keep them sturdy and the flowers from becoming disheveled. Another thing to remember is that putting the foliage and flowers in evenly is a huge mistake. If one wants them to be different heights because that is how they look when they are growing naturally in your garden area. You also want to have a wide variety of different blooms so you can have texture as far as color, and size and shape go. Most experts also recommend using an odd number of flowers in each arrangement as it promotes better design. Try your hand at making beautiful arrangements from the beautiful blooms and foliage that are right in your backyard!

Blue Hydrangea Bushes have gorgeous huge blue flowers that are perfect to cut and bring inside.

What You Need For Composting

Composting is making a comeback and more and more homeowners become aware of the benefits to your garden in addition to the benefits it gives back to nature. Composting is simply the decomposing of materials and other kinds of organic matter that will in turn give you a beautiful fertilizer that you can use to feed your soil and make it even better than it already is. It will also improve your soil drastically by adding a number of nutrients. Want to be a pro at this popular gardening practice? Choose an area that you want to put the compost and remove the weeds. Most recommend putting it near your home but not too close and to keep it away from forest lines to keep animals away. Determine the area and then start adding your materials so you can start this process. The choices are endless when wanting to add items to their compost. These things include grass clippings, leaves, hedge trimmings, kitchen scraps, older plants and even coffee filters and tea bags. Here are some things you should keep out of your bin. Do not add weeds, meat, bones, bread or oily foods. These will hinder the process and can ruin your entire compost. Make certain that your compost have the microbes such as worms that are essential to the entire process. Adding a handful of manure will contain many of these which will be just what you need to get started. Give your pile plenty of oxygen. Use a gardening fork to turn the compost and allow air to get. Additionally, keep the pile full of moisture. It is also key in making a great composting area. No matter if you are new to composting or have been doing it for years, become more effective at gardening with this technique. Try this natural way of doing things and prepare to be surprised at the benefits!

Home Gardening Projects With Pebbles

What homeowner or gardener is not looking for something new to try out in their landscapes? For some, that is what it is all. Having something new and exciting in your garden is beyond thrilling and knowing that it is something you did makes it even more special. In recent years, projects involving stone pebbles have become more and more popular as people branch out. You can use these small stones for a variety of different projects and the uses seem limitless once you get started. Use these ideas to get rolling. You can place these around potted plants, changes the look of the plant. You should also make sure to choose pebbles that will highlight the plant that is in the pot you are focusing. The whole goal of this to draw attention to your beautiful plant or flower and it is easier to do than you think. You can even use these stones in the bottom of clear containers or vases, and it will make any fresh flower arrangement even more beautiful than it already is. These are great for placing all around your home and will brighten up any room. Pebbles can also be used to create walkways through your garden and will keep weeds at bay as well as provide you a trail to walk when you want to be with nature. They are also great to use for edging projects as they keep weeds away as well as provide an added visual appeal to your garden or landscape area. Water features on your property, pebble projects are endless! They can be used to add extra beauty around man-made ponds as well as ones already existent. Pebbles can also be used in the place of mulch. In fact, they work even better at keeping weeds away and will help to keep moisture in the soil that is always helpful to your plants and flowers. Try one of these pebble projects in your home or come up with one of your own!

Adding Garden Décor

We always want ways to decorate our garden and landscape areas without going overboard and making the area look tacky or overdone. Adding decoration to your garden area with no problem at all can be easy and simple. One thing to remember is that going as natural as you can is going to look better and overall be better for your garden. You want to add things that will fit with the colors and look of your garden, no matter what you choose. You also want to create a flow in the area from the furniture you add to the flowers and plants you add. A great way to get started it to add a walkway through and to your garden. It will help to make a tranquil environment, and one can control the flow following the pathway. You also need to remember that adding too much is a bad thing when it comes to gardens. We all love our status and our gnomes, but even they have a point where they become tacky and unsightly. It goes for plants and flowers as well. Planting too many in one space looks a little gaudy and can even be harmful to the plants. They need their space and room to grow. A little goes far, and it will make the area look more natural as well as beautiful. Also utilize the edges of your garden to create a beautiful addition as well as make a way to highlight your flowers and plants with a special touch. Also make sure to have a theme, this does not necessarily mean a very specific one. Just make sure that everything goes together in a beautiful way. An example would be to have like furniture and fixtures.It will help the flow of your garden as well as look simply stunning to your friends and family. You can decorate your garden area however you wish, just make sure to follow these simple rules and remember a little goes a long way.

Helping Children Love Gardening

You probably remember growing up playing outside, making dirt pies and exploring the area around your homes. However, over a year's children have gotten away from this kind of playing and are sometimes more focused on television and video games rather than getting outside and seeing what nature has to offer. We have forgotten how amazing nature can be. Include your children into gardening and natural as a whole. First, select plants and flowers that are colorful and easy to care. You want your children to be stimulated by the sheer beauty of what nature can offer a sense of accomplishment in growing their own. Picking flowers and plants that are harder to grow will easily diminish their interest. Children also love starting these plants from seeds. They will get to see every aspect of how something grows, and it is a great way to teach them about nature, as well as responsibility at the same time. You can also have older children keep a journal of their plant’s progress each week, and this will get them into it! When you are starting the planting, let the kids have fun in the soil and no matter what they do, let me know they are helping. Encouragement goes a long way. Having their set of gardening tools will also boost interest and participation. When you are watering the garden, let them play with the hose and help you. Anytime you let them help, you are increasing their interest and getting an opportunity to teach them really something new that will be helpful to them later in life. Some things to remember are to keep in mind that they are kids, and kids can sometimes be messy and forgetful. Do not get too impatient and just remind them to clean up the area and to take care of their gardens. Also keep the plants where they will see them often and be prompted to give those flowers and plants the care they need.

Garden Planning

Most gardeners and homeowners have heard the following things before, but there is never a reason to not refresh your garden knowledge. Every successful garden comes with careful planning and thinking before the plants even go in the ground. Your plants and flowers will be more successful as well as more productive in the long run. Remember to consider a plan that will make the execution a breeze! Ask yourself, why do I want a garden? It is an important question because flowers and plants can be time-consuming and making sure what is important. After you figure this out, take a moment to dream of what you want the finished product of your garden to look. Everyone should remember that one must simply just add to your landscape area. Do you want color, foliage, specific flowers or plants? Make a list of how you will want to spend your money, and this will help control spending and make sure you have the garden you are dreaming. Remember your children and pets and make sure not to plant anything that could be harmful to either of them. You also need to include anything edging or bordering needs you may have. Do you want stone or a more natural border? It is all up to you! While you are making your list, go around the area and look at what is already there. You can work off of the flowers and plants already present and make something that looks even more natural. You also need to make a budget. Gardening can get expensive you do not want to go broke when you do not have to. Also make sure you will have the time to care for your new plants and flowers and execute your plan in an efficient manner. Next make a drawing of what flowers will go where and prepare to be amazed your planning skills! Making your garden and landscape will become all yours!

Garden Bridges

There are many of us do not have the most formal of gardens and some of it is due to lack of space or money. Spruce up one's yard and garden as well as give it something that will transform the whole look of your garden area. Garden bridges are something that you can purchase or you can make it all on your own if you are particularly handy with carpentry work. This kind of additions will simply highlight certain areas as well as add a focal point that will help the flow and overall look of your garden area. It is great as most gardeners are always looking for some way to make their garden burst with life and color! Adding a bridge to the area will take an otherwise dull area and make it look like something out of a magazine. They will also give a formal feel to the area that is exactly what some are looking. You can find smaller bridges almost anywhere including local hardware stores and nurseries. You can even find these by shopping online! There are even several designs, shapes and sizes you can choose. These look great when connected with an already existing pathway and will create a more dynamic flow in the area. Even if you do not have a walkway, these are a great way to connect gardening areas or to put in a shaded area where plants and flowers refuse to grow. You can also use garden bridges to spruce up areas that are rocky or sloping. These areas are hard to get things to grow in and putting something like a bridge in the area will give it decoration where you otherwise would have just a dull and lifeless area. Garden bridges can be used for a wide variety of things in your garden or landscape area, one is only limited by their imagination. Try it in your yard and be creative and watch how it will improve the overall look and feel of your yard!

Rose Gardening

Although rose gardening does not have a reputation of being something that it is easy to do, this has changed over the years. With the many different varieties, sizes and shapes need for your garden or landscape area. Two important things to know about planting roses are planting them properly and making sure they have the correct sun and soil conditions. Roses do best in sunlight areas and will need soil conditions that are moist, but well drained. They also love soil that is rich in its organic elements. Roses need to get at least six hours of full sunlight each day. When the plants get less than this, they may not bloom nicely or at all and will be more vulnerable to disease and pest infestations. There are two kinds of roses that you can buy. You can buy ones already in containers, or you can get bare root types. Bare roots are just roots that are dormant, and container roses are ones that are already growing and may even have some blooms on them. Bare root ones should be soaked in room temperature water for at least twenty-four hours before planting. Container varieties can grow in the springtime right after you purchase them. After planting, make sure to water them a little extra to help them adjust to their new homes and give them a good layering of mulch, about two to three inches.It keeps the soil damp. As with any rose plant, pruning will be needed at some point during their lifetimes. Trim them right before they enter their growing period. It keeps them more colorful and healthy in the process. There are so many helpful things you can do to ensure that your rose plants more than exceed your expectations. Give some of these things a try!

Garden Chemicals Tips

At some point in our gardening careers, it may become necessary to use some chemicals such as pesticides to cure disease and pest infestations in our garden or landscape areas. Some tips to store and dispose of these kinds of chemicals. Pesticide is an umbrella name for things such as herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. There are different chemicals designed to target different pests, and you want to make sure you have the right one. One can go to your local nursery to get advice. Also, after you apply the chemicals to the affected area unless the package instructs you to and also do not let these chemicals drain into storm drains as this affect the entire neighborhood. Also, do not use pesticides if you are expecting rain and remember to keep away from the area so as not to cause harm to yourself or your family. Additionally, make sure to wear protective eyewear and a long sleeved shirt to protect yourself from accidental contact with the chemicals. When storing these, make sure to keep them in a cool, separate area that is out of reach of your small children and animals. If you need to dispose of any leftover chemicals one can achieve this by many ways. You can give them away to neighbors, friends or family. If nobody wants them, you do not have a whole lot of options other than keeping them around. You cannot pour these down a storm drain, and it is against the law. You will need to take the leftover products to a household hazardous waste site so that professionals can take care of these properly. So when it comes to using, storing and disposing of garden chemicals you need to remember to do it safely.

Tips For Vegetable Gardening

Vegetable gardening is more popular than ever especially with people wanting to become more and more self-sufficient. Here are some tips you can use to make sure you have a very beautiful, productive and healthy garden area. Feeding and building up your soil is one of the best and more beneficial things you could do. It will also increase the amount each plant yields. You can achieve this faster by making raised bed. You can also add compost, which is rich in organic matter and prepare to be amazed at how this do it yourself soil amendment will totally transform your vegetable garden. You can also shape your beds. Shaping your beds will give you extra room for your plants that is great for those trying to stock up, trade with others or those who love to can things! Spacing is also something that will improve the overall health and production of your vegetable garden. Planting in a zig zag pattern has proven to be the most effective pattern for planting. You will also be able to fit more plants in each area, and you will make sure each has enough room to grow and develop properly. If you have a smaller landscape, consider growing things vertically instead of always horizontally. You can grow things like tomatoes and strawberries in hanging baskets or help squash, and other vines like plants grow up on a trellis or other statute to allow for more room in your garden area. You can also practice crop rotation. Each year, plant things in a different area. It will decrease your chances of pests and disease. Growing like vegetables that have the same sunlight and soil conditions will also improve the health and productivity of the garden. It is called companion planting, and even plants need friends! Make sure also to keep the area mulched and moist and full of sunlight. Most vegetables needs these things in order to meet their potential and give you the most return. As with any garden, one of the best things you can do is be out there every day checking on your plants and making sure they have what they need.

Caring For Gardening Tools

With the many gardening tools that you probably have stockpiled in your garage or outdoor storage so take care of them so that all the money you have invested will last you many, many years. Somethings to remember is to make sure your gardening tools last more than just one season. Wash and dry gardening tools after each use. Some recommend keeping a brush beside your gardening hose for easy access and cleaning. Soil and other things dry on the equipment, making it dull and causing it to rust over time. Also, make a mixture of sand and linseed oil and keep on hand. Dipping the tools in this mixture after several uses will help to keep them clean and new looking. Remember to use linseed oil, as you will introduce anything that comes in contact with your equipment to the soil the next time you use it. You can also use linseed oils to clean tools with wooden handles. Wiping them once with this will give them an almost immediate transformation in their appearance! Also storing your tools and equipment properly will go a long, long way in ensuring they last you many years. They need to be dried off and hung up in your garage or an outdoor building. Leaving them leaning against a wall or touching the floor will lead to disaster because of moisture build up. When moisture builds up, the tools will begin to rust over time making them dull and not very useful in your garden or landscape area. You also need to make sure each piece of equipment is cleaned well and also dried well. These simple little steps do not take a lot of extra money and will save you hundreds in buying new equipment each year. Remember the care for your tools just like you would take care of any plant or flower in your garden.

Growing Orchids Indoors

Orchids are unique plants you can add to your home. It will add a serene and tranquil feel to the area as well as give it a nice finishing touch. There are several varieties of orchids, and each has it requirements for growing. They will need anywhere from six to eight hours of sunlight each day so place these near a window for maximum growth and development. However, moth orchids can grow with little to no direct sunlight so if your home is rather dark try one of these out. They also have a variety of temperatures they can grow in depending on the variety you have chosen. Experts recommend buying a thermometer to keep near your orchid, so they are always at the optimal temperature. Orchids also like humidity. Placing them on top of a dry well or adding a small bowl of water will help with this. They are tropical in their nature and are not suitable for most regular living room temperatures. Orchids also need to be watered a little differently since they are not planted in regular potting soil like most other plants and flowers you would see. The watering requirements will also different depending on the variety you have. One needs to know if they have drought resistant type, the kind of pot and potting mix to make a good decision on how much water needs to be added. Most are planted in a moss like mix, and you can water these until it comes out the bottom, and it will not be an issue. The plus to this flower is it does not need any fertilizer and will come back each year. They are not heavy feeders like other plants. Orchids are an easy flower to grow in your home. They are gorgeous and unique and will give that something different you want for your home. Follow directions and these helpful tips for a beautiful orchid!

Hydroponics

Hydroponic gardening has become increasingly popular over the years and this trend. Gardening like this means growing your plants and flowers in water. This kind of gardening is achieved with no soil that solves a lot of problems gardeners experience during more traditional styles of gardening. An example of this would be that pest problems are significantly reduced which means you are not using harmful pesticides on your plants or garden area. This type of gardening is mostly used for growing vegetables, but you can grow just about any plant like this. There are several methods within this type of gardening. Some roots are free hanging and are frequently missed , and some grow submerged in water, and some are grown in water with gravel or small rocks. One needs to have a constant system of nutrients so that the plants and flowers will grow and develop properly. The benefits of this gardening, as stated above can reduce the pests and disease because the plants and flowers at no time have contact with any soil. It is also great for this no yard to work with or for those that have very poor soil conditions where plant life could not be sustained. One can also grow seeds as the weather changes, and climate will not bother these at all since they are indoors! Keep in mind that this type of gardening can be somewhat more expensive than other gardening styles. You have to have indoor lighting, temperature regulation and other costly items. Since these plants are being grown in very different conditions, the needs of each plant and flower may vary. Most require eight to ten hours of direct sunlight or indoor lamplight. The temperature will also vary for different plants and flowers. They root systems will also need oxygen to grow and develop. Try your hand at hydroponic gardening and see how it differs from traditional gardening. Also, give yourself a chance to learn something new, see the different in how things grow and become a more experienced gardener.

Protecting Your Hands

How you garden, you need always to keep your hands protected. Your hands are a precious tool in your garden, and the littlest mistakes can harm your skin and muscles. Gloves can protect you, and there are several kinds out there for all kinds of situations and jobs. Here are some great gardening gloves to try out in your garden! Leather gloves are probably one of the most long lasting types and will protect your hands during heavy lifting jobs and are very strong. They are also great to wear when pruning plants or flowers with thorns, repairing fencing in your garden area or for shoveling. Don't let them become loose and bulky and might not fit as tight as need be. There are also cotton types that are good for those on a budget. They are inexpensive, and you can find these in almost any hardware store. These also allow for air to get in, and your hands do not get as hot. They are also good for jobs with digging in the dirt and planting. However, they are not waterproof and therefore will not be suitable for any job with water or other liquid substance. You can also use disposable gloves, even though their design was not geared towards outdoor work. They are handy for dealing with pesticides or other chemicals in your yard or garden. There are also rubber gloves. They are waterproof and excellent for working in wet soil conditions or colder climates. It keeps one's hands warm and dry, at the same time! When purchasing rubber ones, make sure they are designed for yard work rather than indoor things as the outdoor ones are more durable and long lasting. You can also buy stretchy gloves that will fit any person well and will not be loose at all. They are also waterproof and durable. They are also very comfortable. No matter what type, they are what you need!

Gardening Equipment

Many alternatives exist to gardening by hand. Age, disability, or a tight schedule can limit our ability to garden the old fashioned way. While a trowel, shovel, hand tiller and some elbow grease is enough for many gardeners to get it done or find that there are alternatives. Agricultural technologies have made many advances in gardening and landscaping tools that can help save time, or make the job easier. For basic landscaping needs lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and weed eaters will make the lawn beautification a much quicker and easier task than hand tools and push mowers. There are even leaf sweepers now that act a vacuum to gather leaves and other yard debris in a container or bag for you to dispose of at a later time. This newer age equipment can be rather pricey though. When shopping for new equipment, tools or other gardening needs, you want to be mindful of researching brands and stores before you go. You also want to make sure you need the equipment and what you need it. So you need to start with what project you need the equipment for and then do research to find a quality product that will last you many years. While these inventions will make your life a lot of easier and your yard much more beautiful, you also want to keep in mind that effort is still needed to keep your garden and landscape to the level you want it to be. Some handy tools that you must have included digging forks, small shovels, rakes, a good set of small and large pruners and a wheelbarrow. All of these smaller, less expensive tools make things a lot easier. Bigger pieces of equipment such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers and leaf sweepers can come in handy as well. Keep to buy tools and equipment suited for the size and need of your landscape. Enjoy trying out some of the awesome inventions that have shown up in the past few years and see how they can make your yard work much easier!

Tips For Better Gardening

As you begin to garden and plant, you will notice you are always learning something new and finding better ways to execute your plans. Make your gardening experience easier and take less effort on your part. Unless you are new to gardening, you have probably heard of composting and its benefits. Composting is simply the process of using kitchen scraps combined with yard waste to create an amazing soil amendment that will increase the color, productivity and size of your plants and flowers over time. Compost make take time to form, but once it starts you will be more than pleased! Compost needs to be spread around your plants and flowers during planting and every few weeks during the growing season. It will also help keep pests, disease and weeds at bay which will save you time and money in the garden. Adding compost also replaces nutrients that are constantly depleted by plants and flowers as they take it. Proper spacing will also help your garden. Plants that are planted too closely together will sometimes have stunted growth and will not produce a high yield when it comes to fruit and vegetables. Also practice crop rotation. Each year, move the plants, and this will help cut down on disease as well as give each plant a new fresh start. Mulching is also another great way to better your garden. Mulch keeps weeds at bay and will also keep the soil full of moisture. It even keeps the soil at a temperature that will be suit the plants and flowers in your landscape. You do not always have to use bark mulch. You can use wood chips, pine needles or even small rocks to top of your garden area. No matter what tips and tricks you follow in your garden, there is one thing that will do more than anything else you could implement. Be there, every day in your garden. Walk the area and scope out any problems. It will be more helpful than you could ever imagine.

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