How to Grow Air Plants (Tillandsia), a New Indoor Gardening Trend

Air plants are Epiphytes, which means they grow on another tree, host or object, but they don’t steal nutrients from their host, they just use it as a home to grow on.  Tillandsias are tropical plants that usually live for several years and will bloom and produce flowers only one time during their lifetime.  Contrary to their common name, air plants DO NOT live on air, and some species are aquatic, growing on seaweed.”

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The first time I saw a Tillandsia planter on Etsy, I thought “oh, that’s cute.” Not being a houseplant person (because I have this bad habit of killing them…) I didn’t think much of it.

The second time I saw a Tillandsia planter, on Design*Sponge, I thought, “Cute, but I’d kill it, and then I’d feel bad.”

And the third time I saw a Tillandsia planter (this time in necklace form on Etsy) I decided that I HAVE to have one.

I don’t have my Tillandsia yet because I’m still in the research/see-if-I-can-talk-myself-out-of-yet-another-plant phase. But in my research I’ve come across a lot of useful information about growing these plants. And since they seem to be a good option for those of us with limited space, I thought I’d share some of the great Tillandsia-related stuff I’ve seen online…

 

Read more: https://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/indoor-gardening-growing-tillandsia.html

GOOD DIRT: CHOOSING POTTING SOIL FOR YOUR GARDEN

If you’re growing in containers, chances are good you’re using some kind of potting soil for your precious plants. Potting soils are ideal for containers, hanging baskets and houseplants because they are lightweight, retain air and moisture and allow the roots of plants to develop in the pots.  There are so many different brands and varieties of potting soil on the market, though, that choosing the one best suited to your needs can be a little bewildering.”
Close up of seedlings sprouting in dark soil.

You can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars creating your dream garden, but if you are not using the correct potting soil and fertilizer, those brand new flowers and plants will not receive the minerals and nutrients they need to flourish. There are many different types of potting soils available on the market today, but knowing which ones are the best for the job does not always come easy. Learning what to look for in potting soil is the first step a gardener should take before getting their hands dirty…

Read more: https://www.greenerhorizon.com/using-right-potting-soil-garden/

 

How to grow lilacs

“Lilacs are often overlooked until their fragrant May flowers put on a show, but they are a worthy addition at any time of year. But there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as Lilacs. Of the two, Lilacs have a stronger scent, that carries a much farther distance. Unfortunately, Lilacs bloom for only a very brief couple weeks in the spring. To prolong their presence in your yard, grow a variety of Lilacs, including, early, mid and late variety bushes.”

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Lilac blossom is one of the signs that spring is finally giving way to summer and, once those fragrant blooms open, gardens enter a softer phase. The most commonly grown form of lilac is Syringa vulgaris, often called the tree lilac, and these were planted in every British garden in the early years of the 20th century. 

The Edwardians adored lilacs and they were widely used as a cut flower. They did fall from favour in the 1960s, but now more gardeners are planting them once again because few shrubs produce such sumptuous flowers…

 

Read more: https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/home-garden/gardening/plants/trees/how-to-grow-lilacs

Orchard & Tree Pests

There are a host of insects that feast on trees; some are deadly for them, with no known defense. Here are some of the more common pests you may find on your tree and how to control them.

Trees and ornamental shrubs will eventually encounter a variety of bugs. The difficulty is determining when, or if, many of these problems will reach a level where something must be done about it. Some tree pests are present every few growing seasons and require immediate attention, while many others are found each year but cause little or no harm.

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Maintaining healthy, productive trees means knowing about common pests. Survey your backyard regularly to identify problems at an early stage. Identifying the problem and evaluating its severity will help decide if control is necessary and, if so, what management strategy to take. The tree pests listed below are some (of the many) that homeowners are likely to encounter.

Read more: https://www.planetnatural.com/pest-problem-solver/tree-pests

 

Honeybee Population in Decline

A grave situation has developed over recent years where it has been established that the honeybee population is in decline world wide. Bees are in trouble. Beekeeping is in trouble.

Two-breaking stories on bee decline, pesticides and politics. The European Union has imposed a two-year ban on the use of certain pesticides linked to bee deaths. This comes after a report citing three specific pesticides from a group known as neonicotinoids as a major cause in the decline. Chemical manufacturers — specifically Germany’s Bayer and the Swiss Syngenta — fought fiercely to stop the ban. Some 300,000 people in the U.K. signed a petition supporting the ban. Even with that, the British Parliament voted to side against the EU plan.

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Second story: Here in the U.S., the federal government released a study citing a variety of reasons for bee decline. In addition to pesticides, mite infestations, lack of nutrition, and genetic variation all contribute according to the study. The study was seen as a response to the EU’s banning of certain pesticides linked to bees deaths. “At E.P.A. we let science drive the outcome of decision making,” said Jim Jones, the agency’s acting assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. “There are non-trivial costs to society if we get this wrong.” Translation: Risking our entire population of honey bees is trivial in the face of losing a few dollars for big chemical and agricultural companies.

Read more: https://www.planetnatural.com/bee-decline

How to Grow Lots of Fruit on Your Citrus Trees

Growing citrus trees is challenging but rewarding. Like most plants citrus trees have their own special requirements. If you want your citrus trees to bear lots of fruits, follow these steps and you will soon have a flourishing, bountiful citrus tree to make you proud.

It’s hard to imagine life without citrus… without zesty fresh juices full of vitamin C, more-ish lemon delicious puddings, a squeeze of lime in a soda or a Corona, or hot water with lemon to kickstart the morning. Life would be so very bland without these things.

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Citrus trees are some of the easiest fruit trees to grow in your backyard. Their popularity is deserved — they are ornamental yet productive, have handsome, shiny green leaves and fragrant flowers, and add wonderful flavours and zing to cooking. Equipped with these growing tips, you should be harvesting box loads in no time at all.

Position

Citrus plants love sunshine — five hours a day is required for maximum fruiting. Planting them in a north-facing, warm and sunny position is best. In cooler climates, grow them alongside a sunny wall, where radiated heat will warm them. Alternatively, bring pots inside during winter.

Citrus plants like water, but any water must drain away quickly and not pool in the root zone. To prevent this, before planting, dig a hole in a potential planting spot and fill with water. If it takes more than 30 minutes to drain, the drainage is inadequate. Mound the soil or choose another spot.

Read more: http://www.homelife.com.au/gardening/gardening-tips/citrus-trees

 

20 Garden Ideas that Will Blow your Mind

I really love flowers that’s why I always make it sure that my garden being taken care of. I get inspirations from the pictures I saw online — the designs and styles of gardens.  And this article has blown me away seeing these beautiful pictures of gardens.

Your garden or backyard should be your oasis. Whether you want a place to relax and unwind after a long day at work or a lovely area to entertain on weekends, your imagination is your only limit. Many people think that having a small space means they are bound to only the simplest of decorating features, but it simply is not true.

This list of twenty gorgeous garden ideas has something to appeal to every sensibility. Whether you want a riotously colorful flower garden or a romantic place for summer nights, find your perfect inspiration here.

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Personally, number four is perfect for my idea of a relaxing oasis. The lovely little pond can be scaled up or down to create a beautiful focal point that will impart a feeling of peace and serenity.

If you tend to do a lot of entertaining, number twelve may be more your speed. A beautifully manicured lawn with a lot of space for guests is key, while carefully chosen flower bushes lend privacy and incredibly colors. Try tall hedges in place of traditional fences to keep your garden feeling safe and secure without sacrificing the beauty of nature.

Take a look at these twenty fantastic garden ideas – many of which can be implemented in spaces of all sizes and shapes – and find your perfect backyard sanctuary. Mix and match ideas to create something that is both uniquely your own and will appeal to a wide range of people.

Read more: http://blog.gardenloversclub.com/gardens/creative-garden-ideas

 

14 Ideas to Make a Small Garden Look Bigger

For people who love plants, a small garden is a curse. But it shouldn’t be. The following are tips to maximize the use of a small yard, where less is more and more is easily achieved.

Who doesn’t dream of an English estate with groves and gardens and koi ponds? Or perhaps you prefer the ultimate American playground with a pool and a grill? With 80 percent of us living in urban areas, however, the reality is most of us have a small garden.

But don’t despair, even those of us with modest outdoor spaces can take steps to make them a little more grand.

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1. Think Big, then Drill Down (a.k.a: Prioritize)

My husband is always pushing to add one more thing to our small Cape Cod plot. At any given time he’s wanted a patio, a kitchen garden, an orchard, a hot tub, and a sandbox for the kids. (This last was my favorite, since we live across the street from the beach!)

I get it. All those things would be great, IF we had a large yard. But a small yard simply can’t be all things to all people. Cramming too may “amenities” into a minimal space results in disordered, cluttered chaos. So the first thing to do when faced with a small garden is to decide what you absolutely can’t live without—an outdoor entertaining space; a kitchen garden; a playground—and make that the priority.

2. Make a Plan

Now that you have your priorities straight, make a plan. Hire a landscape architect or garden designer to help execute your vision in the most efficient manner. There are also many apps and websites to assist you in creating a layout. Even a simple sketch will do. With a plan in hand, you will be able to make the most of your small outdoor space. You may even find you actually have room for that hot tub.

Read more: https://www.gardenista.com/posts/14-ideas-to-make-a-small-garden-look-bigger

Entryway Plant List: Choosing A Plant For Front Entrances

Does your home inspire, motivate, and welcome your guests? Your hallway is what’s going to create that first, and very important, impression on anyone. And plants are one of the best entryway decors that can attract visitors.

For most homes, the front door garden is the guest’s first impression of you and is scrutinized the most closely. As a result, you should practice restraint in the chosen accents and plants for entryways used in your front door garden design. Let’s find out more about choosing a plant for front entrances.

Front Door Garden Design

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When creating a front door garden design, consider the architecture or “bones” of your home. The garden entryway should complement the design of the house and echo the mood one wants to project.

The front door garden should reflect who you are and how you want to be perceived. Whether choosing a relaxed grouping of mixed border plants or a more formal potted topiary flanking the front steps, the landscaping of the front door garden area will set the tone for visitors as well as a welcome home to you.

Whether of simple design or complex, the front entryway garden should draw the eye toward the front door. You want the front door garden design to be a transition between the exterior landscapes to the more intimate indoor area of the home. Tapering a walkway to lead guests to the front door and then creating a larger area at the doorway itself gives a welcoming impression and space to gather, greet or say goodbye.

Transitional options, such as an arbor or a few stairs, link spaces to gradually move your visitor from the exterior to interior of your home.

Read more: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/plants-for-front-entrances.htm

 

6 Of the Most Common Garden Weeds

Weeds actually are plants that happen to be left to grow by nature that can take away the nutrients from the soil and don’t enable the ample progress of grass and also other garden plants. Whenever they are kept to grow wild, unwanted weeds can overcrowd other landscaping shrubbery, grasses along with decorative plants. Weeds are classified primarily in line with the form of the foliage, its method of growth, and the time when it grows. It is important to know their existence making sure that you’ll know how to prevent them.

Here are six of the most common weeds:

Daisy weed

This weed can stand close mowing and trimming yet still flower. It is spread by seed consequently can colonize the lawn instantly. They’re reasonably easy to take out since they’re susceptible to weed killers and one application is normally sufficient to kill them. In cases where problems are sparse then weed them out by using a hand fork called a daisy grubber.

Yarrow

The yarrow weed could grow to a height of around 20 ” and bears feather-like foliage and groups of white-creamy flowers. This weed does give off a scent should the foliage is mashed. Yarrow may be found in poor soil that’s without nutrients. The yarrow weed is ideally removed from the lawn by pulling manually.

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Dandelion

The dandelion is a perennial weed with pointed and glossy rosettes of foliage and yellowish colored flower heads which soon turn into fluffy seeds. As the fluffy seed heads are rapidly spread and regenerate, it is essential to totally eliminate the dandelion the moment found. They typically grow to a height of about 10 inches.

Dallis Grass

Dallis grass is perennial grass and it is a very tough weed to handle. It is a warm season grass which actively invades all grassy spots. It’s light green in appearance and in most cases has to be removed individually to be sure the rhizomes and root structure is thoroughly removed. Dallis grass is additionally treatable with the pre and post-emergence weed killers.

Plantain

This weed is very common in gardens. This is a perennial that grows in cooler seasons and is discovered just about everywhere. The foliage are rosette-shaped and have conspicuous veins. Leaves might appear parallel-veined, green to purple and may also be hairy or smooth. Seed heads similar to rats’ tails could be the distinction of this weed.

Crabgrass

Once this grassy weed has started to occupy a place in your garden it can be very hard to eradicate it. This type is annual and it also germinates by seeds spread during the previous year. Sunlight is the best friend of crabgrass in which it will help it to sprout. With this kind of weed, it is easy for someone to prevent it from growing instead of preventing it once it has sprung.