Ways to Garden in Winter

French existentialist writer and philosopher Albert Camus once said, “In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” Never is that more true than with gardening in winter.iydty

One traditionally pictures a winter garden as stark and bleak, banked with snow and leaves. Just under the surface, however, a winter garden teems with life. Spring bulbs quietly await their blooming, sugar maples store up sap, and gardeners eagerly anticipate the more prosperous seasons ahead.

Even though winter is a quiet season, there’s still plenty of work to be done. The cold months of December through March provide a perfect opportunity for building cloches, cold frames and even greenhouses, which enable gardeners to extend the harvest season. Also, winter is a great time to start early spring crops from seed. Finally, since winter reveals a garden’s framework, it’s an ideal time (frozen ground permitting) to dig new beds, lay paths, and gather sticks for staking beans and peas. In the next section, we talk about taking advantage of the winter quiet to sort out a garden’s basics.

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How to Bring the Outdoors in With Indoor Gardens

If you’re eyeing a nice plant at your local nursery but don’t have room for it outdoors, bring it inside and see somejudkl unexpected advantages, like cleaning the air and helping to elevate your mood. Once you know a few simple tricks, an indoor garden is easy to care for. Don’t smirk; it’s true. Indoor gardens, or arrangements of plants that complement one another and your interior landscape, are beguiling and useful. If you don’t have the space for an outdoor garden, or just want to add some outdoor ambiance to your rooms, invite some flowers, herbs or vegetable plants to share quarters with you.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Indoor Garden

Most plants have simple needs. As guests go, they’re relatively undemanding. There are only four basic things you need to understand before you decide to invite a plant home: light, water temperature and air. If you can master these four elements, from a plant’s perspective, you can create an indoor garden just about anywhere in the world and during any season of the year.

  • Light – Most garden plants need at

Tips on Finding the Right Tree Service

When a tree is healthy and well-maintained, few landscape features can match it. However, an unhealthy, poorly-maintained tree can be an eyesore, or even a liability. It is in your best interest to keep the trees on your property in good shape, but because most homeowners are not aware of the issues that can harm their trees (or the solutions to those issues), hiring a tree service is usually the most appropriate path to a healthy, attractive tree.hxkjl

Understanding Arborist Services
While “tree service” and “arborist services” are closely related, they are not completely interchangeable. Both tree services and arborist services are useful in maintaining a healthy tree, but arborist services go a step further. In many areas, you must carry a license to perform tree service; in others, anyone capable of cutting down a tree can run a tree service company. On the other hand, arborist services are always headed by a certified, educated arborist or “tree doctor”. Arborist services are often able to identify, prevent, or treat problems that your average tree service may not be able to handle. Because the gap between tree

Tips to Successful Organic Gardens

Unlike the popular theories that state that the space shuttle could miraculously appear if blown up enough times, an organic garden is usually not the result of an accident. People that have a successful garden have created one based upon their consistent upkeep, planning, and a desire to make their garden grow. Regardless of the therapeutic value the gardening has, relaxation has little to do with the steps that it takes to ensure the success of your gardening endeavor. Here are a few organic gardening tips on how to make sure that your organic garden goals are reached by looking at planning, soil preparation, fertilizers, irrigation, and insect and disease control.

Tip #1 – a plan is always needed. Not something that is thought of and reconsidered over time intermittently, but a specified plan of action that leads to a specified end result. When you decide to grow your garden, and you choose to do it in an organic matter, you will need to take a few things into consideration such as location, the environment that the plants will grow it, the time that it will take in order for you to properly take care of your

Lettuce Gardening Tips

Gardeners can select from a large variety of lettuces that are easy to grow, highly productive in limited space, and virtually pest and disease free. Lettuce is definitely one of the more “care-free” crops. Lettuce is a great way to start gardening; it is what I started out with actually. There are a few key principles though that should always be kept in mind.

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For maximum lettuce production, it’s wise to select a site where the soil drains well, yet retains some moisture. The soil should also be rich in nitrogen and potassium, The best way to accomplish this is to work in plenty of organic matter (compost, rotted manure, or leaf mold) that will loosen and enrich the soil.

Most lettuce varieties mature in 45 to 55 days, allowing many gardeners to plant two or even three crops. But looseleaf and butterhead leaves can be harvested at just about any time in their development. Heading varieties take longer to mature. Romaine takes 75 to 85 days and crisphead 70 to 100 days.

By choosing the right varieties and with these lettuce gardening tips, it’s possible to have lettuce in your garden throughout

Checking If Your Trees Survived the Winter

Many yards have trees that are not native to America. These can thrive, provided they are planted in an area where the climate is not totally inappropriate. While trees are resilient to very bad weather, they may not survive a pronged period of cold weather. If your trees have had to deal with a harsh winter, you may be wondering whether they have survived or not.

Sometimes, it can be very difficult to know if a tree has succumbed to the winter cold or whether it is still living. Many trees shed all their foliage for the winter. The foliage will regrow on a healthy tree once the weather starts to warm up. However, it can take some trees longer to respond to the improvement in the weather. You should not be in too much of a hurry to write off a tree that has yet to show growth. Even if you think that there is no growth, you need to look very carefully. Just a single bud, twig to leaf growing anywhere on the tree shows that it is not dead.

Just because a tree does grow new foliage does not mean it has not

Preparing For Pests This Spring

As the days begin to warm up, animals and insects that were barely active during the winter suddenly become very busy. Many species start to breed in springtime. They set off looking for mates and nesting sites. Once they breed, they seek out food sources for themselves and their offspring. Our homes can give many pests just what they are looking for. If you have problems with pests, you should make your home less pest-friendly. If you have an infestation, it is best to use a professional pest control service to deal with that.

Your pest control expert will be happy to advise you on the steps you need to take to reduce your pest problem. Clutter is one of the main sources of pest problems. It provides warm and secure living quarters for all kids of unwanted pests. If you have stuff piled up throughout your home, now is the time to get rid of it. Clutter outside your home can be just as attractive to pests. Therefore, you should ensure you clean up outside as well.

Animals and bugs all need a food source, and you should try to ensure that you

Gearing Up for Summer Gardening Fun

As a parent, I want to make sure my kid will experience the joys of gardening just as I do. Growing up, I loved spending summers outdoors, playing in corn fields, making “tunnels” and “rooms” in the hay field, and learning about vegetable gardening. I loved watching plants grow, playing in the dirt, and seeing worms. I didn’t love making compost as much as I do now, but hey, I’m not a big believer in love at first sight, anyway. I do want to make sure my child will be able to enjoy the outdoors as much as I did, though.

This summer, when we have no school schedule to worry about, I want to maximize the time spend outside. In the mornings when it is cool enough, I hope to teach my boy how to plant seeds, water delicately, weed lightly, and harvest the fruits from plants we put in the ground earlier in the season. I’d like to teach him how to take care of tools properly and store seeds safely for another season’s use.

The important thing will be not stressing over the little stuff. I don’t want to be the type of parent that worries when parents are

Garden Spinners Add Versatility To Your Garden

Usually when people hear about wind spinner they think it is product to produce wind energy. No it’s not that, it is a wind ornament which needs to be placed in the garden. You might have seen plenty of garden spinners but never noticed it with keen eye as you thought it is of no use. It is completely a wrong thought. You can place it near the patio which is considered to be the most neglected area of the garden. You can place it on the side track area to make it look interesting.

Garden spinners are bright and wonderful thing which should be placed in your backyard area. It portrays simplicity which gives a contemporary appeal in that area. Spinners liked by people are:

Giant Floor Standing Nova:The spinner should be above the eye-level so that sunlight can fall on it and create interesting pattern. You should go for Standing Nova. It is big in size and should be placed in the patio area to brighten up the place. This lovely sculpture can spin when the wind blows. It sparkles whenever the sunlight falls on it. It has a mesmerize affect on the eyes. It is perfect gift for people

Garden Furniture

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 plans. These hardwood or Teak dining sets fit well with

How to Grow Your Own Indoor Herb Garden

Herbs are great fun to grow indoors. They’re the perfect companion for the curious cook who isn’t afraid to take a few chances. Start with a sunny windowsill and a few herb seeds and — snip-snip, you have an instant gourmet meal. Well, it may not be quite that simple, but fresh herbs are still a great asset to have in the kitchen.

To get your indoor herb garden going, you can use a couple of different methods. One is to park a planter filled with quality potting soil and your favorite herb seeds in front of a window that gets lots of natural sunlight. For this to be successful, the spot you choose will have to get six hours of sunlight each day and not be so hot in the afternoons. Think southern exposure here, where the plant leaves won’t burn. If you have a perfect spot, hopefully in your kitchen near where the action is, go for it. A bag of potting soil, some culinary herb seeds and some judicious watering, and you’re ready to go.

If, like many of us, you don’t have the perfect herb-friendly conditions available, you can use a hydroponic

Why landscape with native plants

In the Southern United States, leafy green kudzu vines have overtaken portions of the landscape with a vengeance. Given the right mix of moderate heat, sunlight and rainfall, kudzu will trample anything in its path, growing at an astonishing rate of one foot (30 centimeters) per day [source: USDA Forest Service]. When that happens, the kudzu envelops trees, bushes and buildings so thoroughly that it resembles sheets draped over furniture in an abandoned house.

Although kudzu has become a definitive feature of south­ern scenery, it hasn’t always been around. The aggressive plant was introduced to the United States from Asia in the 1800s as a form of erosion control [source: USDA]. While its robust root system may help hold soil in place, its vines can extend up to 100 feet (30 meters) and smother any plants in their path. Kudzu has since slithered from the East Coast to the Midwest and is classified as an invasive non-native species.

­The kudzu takeover is a prime example of a bioinvasion, in which a non-native plant enters an area and threatens the livelihood of other plants. Bioinvasion harms ecosystems because it disrupts the balance between the origina­l flora in

How to Keep Plants Alive on Vacation

You’ve worked hard to turn that brown thumb green, and you’re finally seeing the fruits of your labor. Your sunroom and garden areas are both teeming with lush, green plants, and your kitchen is overflowing with fresh herbs. But that weeklong vacation looms on the horizon, and you know that it could all go down the tubes if you don’t have a plan in place. Coming home to a room or garden full of dying plants is huge vacation buzz-kill, so here are some tips to help you keep your plants healthy and happy while you’re away having fun.

Indoor Watering Tips

Plants need more water during warm weather months, so this is the main consideration when you’re leaving for a little while. Watering bulbs are plastic or glass gadgets that you fill with water and stick into the soil, releasing water as the plant gets thirsty. This is a good solution if you only have a few plants, but can get expensive to feed a houseful. Another option is to put some bricks in the bathtub, set the plants on top, plug the drain and run just enough water to cover the bricks. The

Garden Soil Tips

Children who are scolded for running into the house in dirty shoes may come to believe dirt is a bad thing. But just the opposite is true as long as dirt remains outdoors where it belongs.



In the garden, dirt is transformed into soil, a complex and beautiful (at least to experienced gardeners) blend of animal, vegetable, and mineral material. Good soil is the first step to a great garden.

The loose, dark earth of fabulous gardens seen on television and in magazines doesn’t usually just happen. It is created by gardeners improving their native soils. Soils can be amended with sand to make them looser and drier or with clay to make them moister and firmer. They can be given plentiful doses of organic material — old leaves, ground-up twigs, rotted livestock manure, and old lawn clippings. Organic matter improves and nourishes any kind of soil which, in turn, encourages better plant growth.

Probably the best way to get the most out of your soil, however, is to select plants that will thrive in

5 Basic Stepping Stones to Water Features

Landscaping is a great way to add some curb appeal to your home, thereby increasing its overall value. When sprucing up your yard, there are some essentials to keep in mind. You should always install a patio, put in some native plants, and an irrigation system is never a bad idea. But it never hurts to give your exterior a dramatic makeover, and sometimes a flowerbed or garden just isn’t enough. If you have a green thumb and like to spend time in your yard, then a new water feature may be just the thing to add some life to your landscape. Here are 5 basic steps that will prepare you to make the right decision.

Step #1: Sound Selection
First off, what is your intention? Do you want a tranquil pond that will soothe away your worries? A zen-like garden pond or a bubbling brook? Or do you want something a bit more theatrical, such as a splashing waterfall or flowing fountain? Answering these questions will help you determine the size and power of your water feature. Creating a raging river in your backyard will take up more space and increase the cost, but it may

Annuals Garden Design

When designing an annuals garden, you’ll need to consider factors such as color, shape, scope, and texture, as well as whether to intermingle your annuals with other types of plants. In this article, we’ll discuss laying out an annuals garden, mingling annuals with other plantings, beginning annuals design, advanced annuals design, other design uses for annuals, and annuals design tips.

Designing your garden with annuals gives lots of importance to flower color. Annuals offer flower color for a longer period of time than other plant types, for they are constantly in bloom. They are often used in complex plans. Clumps look better than rows or thin lines. Arrange tall types toward the back and shorter types in front. In island beds, taller types go in the center because the beds are seen from all sides. Random mixtures of like plants in different colors are usually less successful than clumps of one color contrasted with clumps of another, in the color scheme you have chosen.

Keep design factors such as color, form, texture, and scale in mind with the assurance that annuals will perform their role in the design in a stable fashion, not changing that much

How Green Landscaping Works

Are you looking for a way to fight back against rising energy prices? Are you concerned about the global climate change or protecting the environment? Then you might want to consider the benefits of green landscaping.

Green landscaping is an alternative method of landscaping that allows you to remain focused on the aesthetic quality of your lawn or yard without using the hazardous chemicals and harmful techniques associated with some traditional landscaping practices. Green landscaping not only provides innovative methods of shaping your lawn, but has been proven to save energy and money spent on heating and cooling the inside of your home.

Before you consider green landscaping­, you must keep a few points in mind. First, you must take into account the climate you live in. Arid climates will restrict the plant life available for landscaping and require crafty irrigation systems. On the other hand, more temperate climates will be able to support a wider variety of plant life. Second, the region you live in will similarly determine the plant life you may select. Mountainous regions will demand plants that can thrive and grow at a high-elevation and in rocky soil. Conversely, marshy regions will

Landscape Solutions

Landscape designers are experts at landscape design, schooled in both the practical aspects of landscaping, as well as adding an artistic touch to your outdoor spaces. Besides that, they are also well-trained at meeting the challenges of landscape problems, and in transforming tough-to-work-with properties into beautiful landscapes to behold. Here’s a short list of some common landscape problems, and ways that landscape designers suggest you overcome them.

Working with Small Yards
Landscape designers are quick to point out that you need to combine vigorous landscaping with space conscious design when working with small yards. Curves and tiered levels, for example, are excellent additions to a small yard because they add more depth and points of interest without swallowing up your valuable space. Still, you do want think ahead with your landscape designer as you choose which type of plants to use. Plant small trees instead of large ones and hide the fence with flowering vines instead of big shrubs.

Avoid High Maintenance Landscapes
Landscape designers are quick to encourage all homeowners to avoid high maintenance landscapes. The reason is simple: high maintenance usually ends up in homeowner neglect. Instead, most designers suggest planting species native to your area (or similar climates), and

How to Water Plants

Without water, plants wilt and die. But too much water can be as bad for plants as not enough. If land plants are submerged in water for too long, even if just their roots are submerged, they may rot or drown from lack of oxygen.

­ Balancing plants’ water needs is like having a healthful diet. Everything should be consumed in moderation. Provide your plants with enough water for good health, but don’t flood them with it.

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Watering Guidelines

Watering your plants involves a bit more than just throwing a sprinkler on them every other day — although this is better than not watering them at all! Use the following tips to get the maximum benefit out of your watering efforts.

  • Apply water in the cool of the morning or evening when the wind is calm and water loss through evaporation is minimal.
  • Avoid watering disease-susceptible plants at night. If water sits on plant foliage for hours, it can encourage fungal diseases to attack leaves, buds, flowers, and fruit. Plants susceptible to leaf spots, fruit rots, and flower blights are best watered in the morning, when the warming sun will quickly dry the

Should you plant lavender in your garden

Lavender needs a little more care than many hardier plants, but it’s worth putting in that extra effort. Aside from their delicate, light purple flowers, lavender plants produce a fragrance that fills your whole yard and wafts on down the street. These benefits aren’t limited to the months when the flowers are blooming: Spanish lavender flowers make fantastic additions to dried flower arrangements and work well as pressed flowers. The blossoms of French lavender retain their scent when dried and are a popular addition to potpourri and sachets for long-term enjoyment.

Some gardeners recommend growing lavender from seed to help plants adapt to their environment right from the time they germinate. However, if you prefer to avoid the extra work of dealing with seedlings, you can buy ready-grown shrubs and transplant them into your garden [source: Sink]. Lavender plants grow up to three or four feet high (0.9 to 1.2 meters) and tend to grow outward at least as much. Lavender can be considered both an annual and a perennial, depending on specific type and location. Some varieties will grow throughout the year, especially in mild or warm climates, in which case the lavender is a perennial. In places with harsher