Tips to Lights for Indoor Plants

Posted on October 18, 2016 By

images-11It is an absolute delight to have plants around you in your dwelling. Plants like ferns, a few types of cactus, and small flowering ones can instantly impart a pleasing look to your house. The green color is refreshing and surely has therapeutic effects. Indoor plants however, need a bit more care than the usual outdoor plants because of various factors.

One of the most important factors being light. As indoor plants sometimes do not get adequate light, they need another source of it. This is where indoor plant lights come into the picture. These lights are basically of 4 types―fluorescent, incandescent, LED, and high pressure bulbs.

Fluorescent Bulbs/Lights
These are the most popular and commonly available lights and in any desired wattage and color temperature. Standard fluorescent lights in the range of 2800 K to 6000 K are typically fit for growing vegetables like leaf lettuce, spinach, and herbs. These are also good for giving seedlings a jump start on spring planting. When there is a limited space vertically, a HO fluorescent fixture having a very thin profile is perfect.

Incandescent Lights
These lights have a low color temperature, around 2700

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Ways to Install and Use a Soaker Hose

Posted on October 17, 2016 By

images-10The most traditional methods for watering gardens have been overhead sprinklers or by hand-held garden hoses. Needless to say, these methods have their own share of annoying drawbacks. It is very easy to over-water plants, leading to waterlogged soil with puddles. A significant amount of water is also wasted by evaporation. One might not have the patience to use a hand-held hose everyday. The invention of the soaker hose has changed it all.

Soaker hoses are a form of drip water irrigation systems in which it is possible to discharge water directly near the roots, leading to less wastage of water. This is a highly affordable and durable method of watering a garden, since soaker hoses are UV-resistant, meaning that they will not degrade because of exposure to sunlight, and also will not suffer from freezing problems in the winters. Moreover, the plants will not develop any fungal disease because this system will not wet the plant leaves.

A soaker hose is a rubber tube with hundreds of holes all over its circumference, such that, when it is connected to a source of water, water seeps through these holes at a

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Small Greenhouse Design Ideas for You

Posted on September 19, 2016 By

download-32In this age of steel and glass, space has become quite a serious constraint. Lush, green backyard garden with tall trees and colorful shrubs is now a distant dream. Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can no longer satiate the desire of your  ‘inner gardener’. Simply put, there are now ways to create your small green Eden somewhere at your backyard, front yard, roof top, patio and gazebo. It is possibly the best time to consider a small greenhouse to add wings to imaginations.

Technology has made its presence felt in almost every sphere and your home gardening ideas is indeed no exception. With the mammoth rise of the concept of garden house, you are no more limited to the traditional backyard gardening ideas. Sure you can grow flowers, raise vegetables and salad plants at your deck, at your front yard and even on your terrace! With a Small Greenhouse in place you never have to quit gardening due to harsh weather conditions. Of course you can propagate seeds and cuttings and can grow diverse  varieties of plants, flowers, vegetables and salads, irrespective of the weather and season.

As they

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Ways to Grow Butternut Squash

Posted on October 20, 2016 By

With its sweet, nutty taste, butternut squash is among those popular winter squash varieties that are also rich in nutrients. It is believed that these squash plants have been cultivated in Mexico and certain other regions of the world, for more than thousands of years. Even today, it is widely cultivated and used. These plants can be easily grown in home gardens, if you know the right methods. Though butternut squash is an easy-to-grow plant, it has some basic requirements that have to be met with, if you want a good yield.

Growing Butternut Squash

As we all know, butternut squash is a winter squash. This does not mean that they grow in winter, but they are easily available in winter. So, these plants are usually planted during the spring, so that the fruits get ripe before winter. They are delicate plants that cannot tolerate cold and frost. The following guidelines are about how to grow butternut squash in your garden.

  • As mentioned above, butternut squash plants are planted in early spring, after the last frost. This applies to those who sow the seeds on outdoor soil. If you want to sow seeds before, sow them in peat-filled pots

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Ways to Use a Weed Wacker Properly

Posted on September 15, 2016 By

Quick Tip
Along with maintaining a safe distance from pets and children, while using a weed wacker, you must also watch out for small wildlife including frogs, snakes, and insects.
A gym is for exercising, while a garden is for relaxation. However, the line of distinction between those two would surely blur when garden maintenance, especially the task of getting rid of unwanted and all-too-frequent weed growth, is taken into consideration.

Thank the Lord that we have our power tools to assist us in this endeavor. Chief among them is the handy weed wacker, also known as weed eater or string trimmer, which makes life much simpler for many homeowners across America.

Though it is easy to use, there are certain safety measures and precautions that one must take while using the weed wacker. So, before attacking that unwanted weed in your garden, go through this Buzzle article to learn about the proper method of using a weed wacker.

How To Use a Weed Wacker

Step 0

This step has deliberately been named as step 0, because it is something you should do before you start using or even picking up the weed wacker―wear protective gear. The weed wacker

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Best Eco Chic Garden Furniture

Posted on September 14, 2016 By

Eco friendly products have now penetrated nearly every aspect of our lives. From energy efficiency around the home to eco friendly clothing, the eco movement seems to be everywhere. However, there are always a number of people that are put off going eco because they feel eco products lake the designer names and panache of more commercially accepted items.

Clothing is a good example of this with eco clothing looked on as for hippies and new age fashionistas but thankfully the eco chic movement is changing all that.

Eco chic clothing is environmentally friendly and sustainable clothing that is just as stylish and fashionable as the designer labels found in high street stores and eco chic doesn’t just apply to clothes – more and more eco friendly furnishings and furniture are hitting the market that is every bit as stylish and contemporary than designer furniture.

And even garden furniture has moved into the eco chic bracket with more and more ideas and replacements for those horrid plastic patio sets and other garden furniture adorning so many back gardens.

Eco polymer

Eco polymer is a combination of recycled,biodegradable, organic and sustainable materials that are

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Container Gardening Tips for You

Posted on September 13, 2016 By

If you are one of those people who has a green thumb, and loves gardening, but cannot fulfill your hobbies because of a lack of space, then container gardening is just for you. It is particularly popular among urban residents, who find it difficult to tend to their hobby of gardening. Container gardens literally refer to growing a variety of plants in a pot, and placing them wherever convenient, even on your window sill.

Tips

Garden Location
Determine the space you have available to design your own container garden. If it is by a window sill, you will have to choose plants and containers accordingly. However, if you have a larger space such as a balcony, you may put together a collection of smaller and larger pots, in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing.

Choosing the Right Containers
To begin with, the container that you choose for your garden, should primarily have drainage holes. This is to rid the soil of excess water. If the drainage holes are absent, it leads to water logging, that will damage both, the soil as well as the plant. The style is secondary. In case you live in cold climatic conditions, choose slightly larger pots

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Buying Garden Accessories Online

Posted on August 16, 2016 By

Gardening is all about encouraging the greenery around you but with the increasing number of harmful insects and less space, it has become a challenge to help the green grow around you. Gardening is a hobby and if you want your hobby being praised by people, you require making use of something that looks good while having the efficiency to grow your garden seamlessly.

Not only there is a need for offering fodder to the plants but also you need to keep the harmful predators away to keep it green. Well, check these few gardening accessories that you need to purchase for your garden before it gets destroyed with undesirable things.

 Keep Unnecessary Insects Away Using Butterfly Netting:

When you have green around you, it definitely invites insects. Since these are not at all useful when it comes to preserving the green, you require keeping away the invasion. Get the extremely durable butterfly netting available in various lengths and widths to make use in your area.

This mesh is made out of polypropylene to creative a protective space for flowers and fruits to grow. The semi-rigid mesh keeps

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Gardening Services in London

Posted on August 12, 2016 By

Garden upkeep can be a bit of a challenge, especially for those with a hectic lifestyle or lack of interest in gardening as a hobby.

Thankfully, assistance is available, particularly for those willing to add life in their home’s exterior without making major changes. Possessing a beautiful backyard is the finishing touch that every property needs. For individuals who are lucky enough to have one, Gardening Services London might be needed for upkeep purposes.

Tidying is an expression that’s not usually used in relation to gardening. However, it’s one of the most frequent areas of expertise that qualified gardeners provide on daily basis. Gardening services are generally inexpensive. Gardeners remove the stress of having to try and maintain a garden from those with little love for the process of gardening itself.

One of the primary ways that a gardener can help to improve is the layout of the garden. They can also help to map out where certain plants are supposed to grow. Sometimes locations can easily be changed as desired by the expert. It might look like there’s hardly any carte blanche when it comes to modifying the entire design of the garden. However, calling in

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Tips on Choosing Containers for Houseplants

Posted on August 11, 2016 By

Many of us are fond of gardening… but not everyone (including me) is lucky enough to have a big house with a huge garden! We then turn to other alternatives to add some greenery to our place. Potted plants sure are a great way to add color, beauty and sometimes even fragrance to your house. But in our bid to have all or most of our favorite plants, we may buy more plants than can be placed comfortably in the limited space we have! Even those with a big garden sometimes prefer to pot their plants rather than planting them in the ground directly. The advantage is that you can re-arrange the plants at different times of the year to suit the requirements of the plant (sunlight, moisture, etc).
In any case, the wrong kind of container can cause your plants to stunt, or in the worst case, die out! One way to avoid this is to choose the right type of containers for your plants. Here is an easy-to-follow step-wise guide to help you select the right container for your plants.

Before Choosing Containers for your Plants

  • Know your space. You can actually measure the

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Choosing Perfect Container Garden Design

Posted on August 10, 2016 By

Container gardening is a boon for those who do not have a sprawling landscape to fulfill their desire for gardening and greenery in their homes. You don’t have to give up on your green thumb simply because of the lack of space to pursue it. Growing plants in small containers gives you enough space to create a small garden in your patio, thereby giving you a little bit of both worlds. What’s more, with the variety of plants, along with the different types of containers that can be used to grow them, have led to the emergence of unique and creative designs for gardens. Here, we give you some tips on container gardening, that will help you express your love for nature in your personal style.

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Creating a unique and interesting container garden design requires the use of certain tips and tricks. If you want to create an attractive garden, the thumb rule is to break through traditional barriers and norms of design and get as creative as possible. Also remember, the success and the beauty of the plants in your garden largely depends on the kind of lighting that they require and that they are exposed to. Keep

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Home Improvement Ideas with Window Flower Boxes

Posted on August 9, 2016 By

Home improvement ideas are seldom being discussed in this modern world of gadgets. Cellular phones, laptop computers and game consoles are the in thing nowadays. Everybody is caught up with much modern stuff that kids and some adults are enjoying. I myself is guilty with all these technology hang over. But as a gardening enthusiast and a pro go-green individual, I would like to promote some eco-friendly interior improvement ideas.

As what I have observed, there are so many gardening ideas that are being introduced online. There are dozens of wonderful home decorating ideas that are available online but I have chosen three ideas that really caught my attention. There are window flower boxes, hanging baskets and glass terrariums to complete the list of some newly suggested home and gardening improvement ideas that we could add up to our theme at home. These three may not be the best but I can assure you that the absolute satisfaction will be yours if you have one of the three ideas that I mentioned above.

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Window flowerbox is the most popular among the three ideas. It is normally placed on the window ledges of the

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Ways to Install Window Boxes

Posted on July 8, 2016 By

With lives becoming so compact, we can’t really blame the shrinking sizes of nature houses and increasing enclosures in the concrete. Don’t you want a fresh blooming bunch of nature right beside the home, that sure makes a good sunrise and a pleasing sunset. For those with immense love for nature, space will never be the problem. If you have the love for gardening or you simply want to beautify your exteriors with natural options, window boxes are a simple yet creative solution. When it is a box, let’s not think it is a limited space that has very few options to get creative. These boxes may sound to be blocks that adore your window with plants. But have we ever looked at all the possible options that can make window box planting a hobby? Most of us complain of the limitations and maintenance of the same, the plants just don’t prosper enough, or the soil drains away, or most of the time after a few days of the merry planting, they dry away. But window box planting, if done with proper care and certain techniques, could give you more than pleasing results. We have compiled together some

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Tips to Saving Your Lawn and Garden

Posted on July 7, 2016 By

In the summer months, municipal water use doubles. This is the season when Canadians are outdoors watering lawns and gardens, filling swimming pools and washing cars. Summer peak demand places stress on municipal water systems and increases costs for tax payers and water users. As water supplies diminish during periods of low rainfall, some municipalities must declare restrictions on lawn and garden watering. By applying some handy tips, your lawn and garden can cope with drought conditions and you can minimize water wastage.

General Tips

Much of the summer peak demand is attributed to lawn and garden watering. Often water is applied inefficiently, resulting in significant wastage due to over watering, evaporation or run-off. Here are some general watering tips to help avoid wastage:

  • Before watering, always take into account the amount of water Mother Nature has supplied to your lawn or garden in the preceding week. Leave a measuring container in the yard to help you monitor the amount of rainfall (empty it once per week) and follow the tips below to help determine how much water to add. Also bear in mind any watering restrictions that may apply in your municipality.
  • Water in the

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Finding Garden Furniture

Posted on July 6, 2016 By

Summer is coming and it is time to start making more efforts to get your garden perfect for the season of BBQs, garden parties and just generally being outside, enjoying the sunshine and using the garden as an extra room to your home, and no room is complete without a set of beautiful furniture to complete the impression.

Garden Benches are always popular additions and come in many styles, from straight benches, to Love Seats and other designs. Garden4less stock these in a wide range of designs and styles so that you can find the perfect perch for you to inhabit while you soak up some sun.

Garden4less.co.uk have a wide selection of beautiful and practical furniture to suit not only every wallet, but also to suit every style of garden. Nova brand garden furniture sets are available in 2, 4, 6 and 8 seat plans and are inspired by some of the most delightful designs, many of which are inspired by historical and regional styles.

For those who are looking for something ageless Garden4less also stock Nova’s wooden garden chairs and tables in 2, 4, 6 and 8 seat

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Awesome Gardening Ideas to Smarten Your Home

Posted on July 5, 2016 By

There are many home gardening ideas that are flocking on the net and many of which are being introduced in the market for the benefit of home and gardening enthusiasts. The latest trends for gardening are raised bed garden, conventional bed garden and flower box. These are the only few examples for home improvement ideas. If we try to check online, most home improvement topics are based on gardening. We all know that there are different gardening methods and that’s what this article is all about.

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Indoor gardening is one of the methods of home gardening. Good thing about it is that plants do not require full sunlight exposure. Few moments of sunlight would complete the condition of the plants. Indoor gardening involves planters, flower boxes and hanging baskets as examples. These three are different but they do have the same purpose. And that is to accentuate our home.

Planters for instance have different types. Fiber glass, illuminated and PVC planters are some few types of planters. We can match the type of planters that our home concept requires and have it added as part of the interior decoration in

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Tips on Growing Tomatoes in Pots and Containers

Posted on June 4, 2016 By

Even if you live in the heart of a city and don’t own a large plot, you can still enjoy garden-fresh, juicy tomatoes. The key factor is that you should have a sunny patio or balcony, so as to expose the tomato plants to maximum sunlight. Of course, careful planning is required while purchasing the container, selecting the tomato variety and taking care of the tomato plants. Let’s discuss in brief the tips of growing tomatoes in pots and containers.

Selecting the Right Container

Tomatoes are dicots and have a deep root system. So the containers opted for tomato plantation should be deep (five gallons or more), plastic or fiberglass pots. It’ll provide sufficient room for development of roots, making it easy to maintain a healthy root system. A well-established root system is very essential for healthy growth of a plant. Other than flowering pots, you can make use of any large container like buckets, cooking pots or other unused cookware (make a bottom hole to the pots).

Choosing Tomato Variety

This is the most crucial step for growing tomatoes in pots. Some tomato varieties are large and spread out to a great extent. You might be already

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How to Use Driftwood for Home and Garden Decorations

Posted on June 3, 2016 By

We all love our home and garden. Many people consider their garden as an integral part of their home. It is almost another room for kids, pets and other family members. We spend a lot of time in the garden and it should look as beautiful as possible. This is the reason why retailers are adding trees, decorative items, seeds and other shapes carved out of wood to their shop. These decorative items give gardens a homely feeling.

Similarly, home interior decoration is also an important aspect that can’t be overlooked. Driftwood furniture can be used as decorative items throughout the home right from the guest room to the kitchen. Whether it’s a driftwood sofa table, a mirror, a side table or chairs, they look stunning inside a home, especially in a beach house. If you take a look at the unorganized driftwood pieces, they look outlandish and unfamiliar. But, after a professional makeover by a wood worker, it turns into a great piece of furniture that can be used an interior decoration item as well as an exterior furniture.

Why driftwood is a natural and sturdy option?

For those lucky enough to live close to a beach have a great

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Ways to Get Rid of Snakes in the Most Humane Way

Posted on June 2, 2016 By

Snakes prefer to stay hidden away from the sun and like to live in cool, shaded areas. They can be most commonly found in bushes, sandy areas, tall grass, compost areas, under logs, junk or trash. A snake will enter homes or gardens if it is in search of shelter or food. Some people attempt to kill a snake, as soon as they set sight on it. However, most snakes found near the home or backyard are non-venomous and harmless; rather, we can say they are beneficial to humans.

How You Can Get Rid of Snakes
Many homeowners, especially in rural areas, have experienced the problem of snakes turning up on their property at some time or the other. If you notice a snake in your home or backyard, you can physically remove it by either holding it down yourself with the help of a snake hook or snake tongs, or taking the help of a snake wrangler. It is however advisable to adopt proper preventive measures to keep them away because if bitten, a snakebite can be prove to be fatal and even life-threatening. Prevention is better than cure and, hence, you must know how to

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Simple Ways to Get Free Seeds for Your Own Lush Home Garden

Posted on June 1, 2016 By

The biggest seed is the Coco-de-mer, or Lodoicea maldivica. It is also known as the double coconut, which weighs up to 30 kilos (66 lb). On the other hand, the smallest seeds in the world are the Epiphytic orchid seeds. Roughly, a billion of these seeds weigh just around one gram.

First things first! For those of you interested in gardening with seeds need to know some basics. Seed plants fall into two main groups; angiosperms and gymnosperms.
Gymnosperms do not have flowers. Their seeds are carried away from the parent plant by animals, birds, insects, water, and wind.

Angiosperms are flowering plants. Their seeds are formed and developed inside a female reproductive part of the flower, which usually ripens into a fruit. But don’t worry, you can have seeds of almost any plant you desire.

Ask Around

Not to state the obvious, but when you talk to people with similar interests, people have a tendency to surprise you. Use your social networking contacts too for this purpose. They may even be living in the same area as you. Or better yet, the next time you visit the local market, ask a few farmers

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