The Planting Season and What Goes Into It

The Planting Season and What Goes Into It

Hi there all you green fingers! Okay, so some of you don’t have green fingers yet, so this series of articles is designed to get you all in the mood and to More »

Top 7 Winter Bedding Plants

Top 7 Winter Bedding Plants

When it comes to plant out the winter bedding plants, autumn is the perfect time. I have learned this through my experience and that is what I would like to share with More »

Simple Tips That Can Make You a Wonderful Gardener

Simple Tips That Can Make You a Wonderful Gardener

I personally find gardening as one of the healthiest and noblest hobbies, wherein you not only fulfill your wishes and make yourself comfortable, but you also spend a considerable amount of time More »

Benefits of Having Gardening as a Hobby

Benefits of Having Gardening as a Hobby

They say that you need to have a hobby or two to be healthy – mentally as well as physically. How right they are! The present state of affairs in our daily More »

 

Top 7 Winter Bedding Plants

When it comes to plant out the winter bedding plants, autumn is the perfect time. I have learned this through my experience and that is what I would like to share with you. Winter bedding plants are often also called spring beddings or even autumn bedding plants. No matter in what way you call them, here are some of the most widely planted winter bedding plants that will be really a treat to watch in your garden all throughout the upcoming winter and spring.

However, before I talk about the plants, let me tell you something about the planting techniques. Try planting the winter bedding plants in the borders, beds, window boxes, containers or the hanging baskets. These places will see a riot of colors when the flowers will be in full bloom. Here are the plants for you.

Pansies

This is regarded as one of the stalwarts in the world of winter bedding flowers. Pansy plants are extremely versatile and generally bloom for a longer period of time than many other winter flowers. They are in full bloom right from autumn throughout winter till the end of spring, and even at times till the start of summer, provided that the start is mild. The pansies indeed provide the much needed fillip via its welcome splash of color in the beds and borders, windows boxes and containers where they can be grown. They come up in many colors such as white, yellow, red, blue, orange, and purple. You need to grow them in sun and in places that are partially shaded and you need to dead-head or remove the dead flowers from the plant on a regular basis to ensure relentless flowering on a continuous basis.

The Best Way to Water the Plants

Watering plants is one the most crucial aspects of gardening. The task might look pretty easy apparently. However, the reality is that there are a lot of aspects associated with watering. Let us look into them one by one.

Firstly I would like you to remember three aspects before you start gardening – the type of plants you have in your garden, the capacity of the soil of your garden to retain the moisture, the climate of the place where you reside.

The type of plants you have in your garden

Plants that come up with extensive and widespread root system, or the ones that have some extra capacity to store moisture can survive even on less water. These plants are drought tolerant and can even do without much of water. However, the non drought tolerant plants, on the other hand, would need a lot of water for surviving. Hence, the extent of water that you need to provide will depend upon the type of plants in question.

Simple Tips That Can Make You a Wonderful Gardener

I personally find gardening as one of the healthiest and noblest hobbies, wherein you not only fulfill your wishes and make yourself comfortable, but you also spend a considerable amount of time in nature, cementing the bondage between you and Mother Nature, which benefits both the parties at the end of the day. I like gardening, as this is my hobby, and I would like that others grow this hobby as well, as this is to my opinion the best way to stay well. Here are some of the tips that will help you to start off with this fantastic hobby that will seal your bondage with Mother Nature and help you stay fresh, even if you have had a hectic, tiring day.

  • Check the soil and opt for the most suitable plants

The first and foremost step that you need to take is checking the type of soil the site of your garden has. Check whether it is light and sandy, or heavy or rich in clay. The type of plants you need to opt for should strictly depend upon the type of soil. In case you are opting to garden in your backyard, you need to keep an eye on the type of plants your neighbors are growing, for the type of soil in your neighborhood will not vary from that of the backyard of your own house.

The Best Ways to Keep Your Garden Healthy

One of the most discussed gardening topics is what makes a plant infected by diseases. Or in other words, how a plant can get infected by disease? The question that pops up close to the heel of this question is that how to keep these diseases at bay, and how to keep the plants healthy.
The most important thing that needs to be understood is that the disease in plants can be kept at bay with a methodology that is known as disease prevention, which is also called disease triangle. Diseases can attack a plant as and when the combination of three things fall in place – the plant getting sick, the plant getting under an attack of a pathogen, and environmental conditions that are supportive to disease set in. If you can ward off any one of these factors, the probability of the infection is minimized by a considerable extent. Or in other words, you will be able to knock off one of these three factors that form the disease triangle. Let us discuss some of the ways in which this can be done.
You need to examine properly the plants that you are purchasing
Well, this is the easiest way to ward off diseases from your garden. You just cannot indulge in getting a diseased plant for your garden. However, here what I would like to mention is that, one of the most difficult things in the world of gardening is getting to know how a healthy and disease-free plant should look like. Here I must say that it is a huge subject, and it entirely depends upon the type of the plant in question.

How to Winterize Your Garden

Winterizing garden – this is something that needs to done very carefully and this is the topic on which people keep on asking me questions after questions and very rightly so. This is something that will make your garden ready to face the upcoming long winter months. There is a specific way to do that. Let us look into some of the techniques:

  • Chop, cut, clip and clean: First of all, you need to tidy up your garden and help it get rid of unwanted stuffs. You need to remove the spent stalks and the debris of shrubs or dead plants or the ones that are unwanted or have grown here and there by default. Otherwise all these debris might become home or incubator for pests and diseases once the long chilly winter sets in and everything goes under snow. You need to get rid of the dying foliage as this will give your garden a much trimmer and slimmer look all throughout the winter. Also, it will help remove the grooming chores in the spring that will follow the winter, when you will be carrying out all the “good funny” things and may be planting new seeds and seedlings.
  • Remove Invasives: You need to pull out the weeds or other plants that are unwanted. Here you need to take special care to get rid of the invasive plants, particularly the seed heads. You need to use a covered garbage container to remove the compost pile so that you do not mistakenly spill them while carrying. If left unnoticed, they can again be a home for the pests and diseases that will cause ‘health concern’ for your garden.

How to Attract Beneficial Insects in Your Garden

There is one aspect that helps the very practice of gardening a lot. It is the aspect of pollination. And when it comes to discussing pollination, insects play a crucial role in that. In fact, there are a few beneficial insects that help in pollination. Thus, it is imperative that you try to attract these beneficial insects into your garden. I had succeeded in doing so and I am sure with a little practice and application of thought and imagination you will be able to do the same as well. Let us look into some of the ways to attract these beneficial insects.

  • Frankly speaking, attracting beneficial insects entirely depends upon planting of plants or flowers that attract insects. Some of these insects are very small and they would like to be attracted by smaller flowers like alyssum.
  • You need to allow the plants to grow adequate flowers and that also as fast as possible to attract the insects and hence you would like to create situations conducive to fast growth of the plants and appearance of these flowers.
  • Bees are another variety of beneficial insects and in order to attract bees you need flowers like foxglove. The lip of this particular flower acts as the landing pad for bees and provides them all the chance to collect the nectar. One thing that you need to keep in mind is that bees do not see colors as we do, though they are attracted towards blue and yellow flowers.