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_Here are a few tips for effective watering of plant containers and pots.
Take the time you spend watering and make it a pleasure. The watering wand is very easy to use and doesn’t flood the plants; it offers a gentle spray to give a good soaking. Ideally, be sure to soak the root ball. This encourages the plants into deep rooting, thus making them more drought tolerant over time. Take the time to enjoy your containers, watering offers a chance to deadhead if required, see which plants are thriving and can be considered a winner for next year or perhaps some would do better moved to another location.
The easiest way to make sure that your planters are in excellent shape is to install a drip irrigation system. Whether the drip system is practical or not depends on the layout of your containers and planters. If they are close together, all on your patio or balcony area, you may be able to install a spigot and pipe around the perimeter of your deck with emitters in each pot. You may want to create different zones so that the pots can be watered at different times.
One of the simplest ways to ensure that your plants are properly watered is to create self watering planters, pots and window boxes. You can do this with any of your Greenbo planter. The two trays on the bottom will use as a reservoir for the water. Over time, the plant roots extend down into the water.
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__You can start an organic vegetable garden in planter boxes. Tired of waiting for the price of commercially produced organic vegetables to drop to more reasonable levels? You don't need a large garden plot to grow your own vegetables. A few planters outside your window or door can provide all the space you need to plant some varieties of the vegetables you consume most often. You can choose from roots, leafy vegetables, and fleshy vegetables as you plan the layout of your organic garden. Selecting a nutritious mix of soil and watering your plants often should boost the health of your vegetables.
Carrots, beets, turnips, and radishes are all root vegetables. Roots also include potatoes, rutabagas, and sweet potatoes. Some of these edible roots can grow well in planter boxes. Carrots or radishes would make a good start for your organic garden.
Lettuce, Swiss chard, and kale are examples of leafy vegetables that you can easily grow in planters. Whether you enjoy cooked greens, raw salads, or a little crunch for your burgers, leafy vegetables can add variety to your diet and greenery to your organic container garden.
Round out your garden with some fleshy vegetables, such as cucumbers, eggplant, squash, tomatoes, and peppers. These plants all grow well in planter boxes. Some varieties of these vegetables have been specially bred for growing in containers. If you need more information about specific varieties of each vegetable, ask questions of an experienced container gardener or the staff at a trusted greenhouse.
After you have selected the vegetables you wish to grow, turn your attention to the soil composition. You can enrich the nutrients in your soil by mixing one part compost with two parts soil. Compost is a mixture of decaying organic material. It may include leaves, grass clippings, and manure, as well as organic materials left from your kitchen work (egg shells, banana peels, vegetable skins, and the like). You can brew these materials into compost at your own home and then use the resulting mixture to enrich your soil.
You also need to pay regular attention to the moisture level of the soil in your planter boxes. Sometimes plants in containers require more frequent watering because the soil in the containers dries out more quickly than the soil in the ground. To ensure that your vegetables receive enough water to stay healthy, check them every day. Stick your finger in the soil to evaluate the moisture. Check the plants themselves for signs of dryness. Dry vegetables may wilt during the day or exhibit a duller colour than normal.
You can grow organic vegetables, even without a traditional garden plot. Planter boxes can offer a suitable environment for your veggies. Choose plants that grow well in smaller spaces, or select special varieties of your favorite vegetables. To achieve a well-rounded harvest, plant root vegetables, leafy vegetables, and fleshy vegetables. Provide your plants with good soil and regular watering. And start marking your favorite recipes to use for your organic vegetables growing outside your back door..
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_Italian herbs aren't all that different from any other type of plant you want to grow in your container garden. They need the right amount of sunlight, the best type of soil, adequate water and drainage in order to flourish. The requirements for an Italian herb garden may vary from species to species, but these are the basic components of any happy plant. Drainage is especially important -and unfortunately often neglected- so ensure that your planter has holes at the bottom for excess water to drip out.
As you set up your Italian herb garden planter box, you should pair herbs that have similar growing requirements. Did you know that rosemary likes a hot climate whereas parsley enjoys a colder environment? As a result, rosemary and parsley would not do well in the same container. However, if you want to know the secret of abundance of basil and garlic here it is: the two herbs have very similar soil and sunlight needs; therefore you should grow them in the same pot.
Some herbs love to spread wildly, for example thyme, a favorite of any Italian herb garden, will continue to grow until there is no soil left and it will choke out all the other herbs, therefore thyme should definitely be given its own container.
Once you have set up your Italian herb garden planter box and the herbs are growing nicely, the secret to keeping them abundant is to regularly harvest them. By harvesting the ends of your herbs it stimulates new growth and also you have the added bonus of obtaining a large amount of fresh oregano available for adding to the pasta sauce or for freezing. You can also keep your supply of Italian herbs steady by taking cuttings from mature plants about once every two months and repotting them as this ensures that your Italian herb garden is growing and also that you will have replacement herbs when some die off. For instance, basil takes about three months to reach its best harvesting growth and when cut off it then takes about three months to grow back, therefore one should always keep three pots of basil growing in rotation so that there is plenty for your pizza.
Once you gain some real life experience with growing an Italian herb garden in planters you will see that producing bountiful herbs is not really so secret after all, they are just commonsense tips that allow you to create and maintain the best growing environment for your Italian herb garden.
Italian food is all about the spices. You start out with your base of pasta and then add flavorful sauces full of tomatoes, cheese, and fragrant Italian herbs. Whether you are replicating the cooking your grandmother did or just love the hearty aroma of Italian cooking, you know that you need the proper flavors from an Italian herb garden in order to make the right dishes. There are many herbs that make up the Italian canon. These include: basil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, fennel, chives, and oregano. You can spend a lot of money and buy these herbs fresh or dried from the store, or you can grow your own Italian herb garden in a planter right in your kitchen no matter where you live, be it in the country or in a small city apartment, but there are some secrets to a bountiful Italian herb garden that one should know.
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_Nothing is more attractive and cheerful than a room filled with healthy green houseplants. They offer aesthetics to the interior of our homes, improve indoor air quality, and often provide emotional satisfaction to the caregiver in getting the plant to bloom or produce new growth.
Aside from the aesthetic value plants provide your home with, there are also health benefits - grade school science class tells us that plants cleanse the air through utilizing the carbon dioxide and producing more oxygen. Here is some important information on how to care for your indoor plants to gain the optimum health and aesthetic benefits.
Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips
1. Plants will "reach" toward a light source, so rotate your plant occasionally to promote straight growth.
2. Pay attention to the lighting requirements for your indoor plants. If your plant isn't getting enough light it will appear "thin and leggy" looking. You can alleviate this problem by only buying plants appropriate for the light already in your home, or by providing an additional light source (artificial lighting). Buying plants that need medium to low light are a "safe bet" for most homes. Think before you buy!
Helpful Hint: Indoor plants can be placed outside during the warm summer months.
3. Use room temperature water when watering your indoor plants. Soak thoroughly but make sure plants aren't allowed to sit in water as this can cause the roots to rot, proper drainage will alleviate this. Different plants have different watering needs, when picking a container/pot for your house plants, make sure it will drain properly. I know what you are probably thinking...many pots are sold without drainage holes! Greenbo have a built-in draining solution which has two removable, cleanable, and replaceable trays.
4. Give your plants a bath! Plants need to be hosed down to rid them of dirt, dust, and grime. It is highly recommended to bath your plants only need it occasionally! Place your plant in your kitchen sink or bathtub and use the spray attachment to gently rinse it off. Use lukewarm water and allow your plant to air dry before returning it to its regular location
5. Plants improve the quality of household air but remember plants can suffer if kept in air that is always smoky, stagnate or overly dry. Do yourself and your plants a favor by opening the windows and allowing fresh air to come into the house at least several times a week.
6. Pay attention to your plant, if it isn't looking well a change in temperature might be all it needs to get back on the right track.
Helpful Hint: Don't overheat your house; your plants will thank you!
7. Keep the care tag for each plant you buy. This way you will remember the name of the plant and what type of individual care it needs to stay healthy.
Helpful Hint: Buy yourself a small spiral notebook and tape your care tags inside. Also include: purchase date, fertilizer dates, and the dates that you have repotted. Your plants will thrive because of it!
8. Your indoor plants need to be "fed" often because vital nutrients are flushed out of the soil each time you water. You can opt to use a slow release fertilizer that is added to the soil or you can use a liquid fertilizer that is added in small amounts when you water your plant. Don't fertilize in winter, instead, fertilize regularly during growing and flowering stages. (March-October). Adding fertilizer to houseplants provides nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium that the plants need to enhance growth.
Helpful Hint: If you find it hard to remember when you last fertilized, write yourself a quick reminder on your calendar for when to do it next. This isn't an exact science but your plants will tell you if you are fertilizing too much by having burned or dried leaves, fertilize less frequently if you notice this.
9. When growing plants indoors in containers, do not use soil from the garden as it does not yield good results. Outdoor soil can contain insects, weeds, and disease-causing organisms that can actually harm other healthy plants already living indoors. Additionally, outdoor soils become compacted when put into small containers. This will lead to problems with the plant's roots and might also impede drainage. Use a good potting soil mixture. Good potting soil mixture provides the houseplant with nutrients, adequate drainage, and proper aeration. Most potting soil mixtures contain a combination of dirt, peat moss, and perlite or vermiculite. A good potting soil mixture can usually be purchased wherever potted and garden plants are sold.
10. A pot that is too small may halt a plant's growth while a pot that is too large may cause root disease because of the excess moisture retained in the soil. Generally a pot can stay in the same pot for about two years. If a pot does not have adequate drainage the plant may end up with root rot. A substitute drainage mechanism can be made for pots without drainage holes by placing clay shards or pebbles in the bottom of the pot before filling it with soil. This will allow the excess water to pool in the bottom of the pot instead of the soil.
By following this advice you will add more enjoyment to your indoor garden, while reducing the work required making it grow.
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_There are many reasons why a house might get an unpleasant odour. Many people with cats and dogs find that a certain corner of their house has given itself over to smelling like a litter box, or you may have just moved into an apartment or an older house and it currently sports a musty smell. Even the well-kept house can get a slight odour after being closed up all winter. Thankfully, we can add fragrance to every room in our home by growing herbs indoors.
Growing herbs indoors releases a fragrance whether or not the herbs are blooming and their scent is generally more subtle than that of flowers, their perfume is often fresh and light. In fact, some herbs do not even release scent unless you brush up against them. Therefore, if you are looking for a light, clean scent to fill your rooms, growing herbs indoors is the answer.
As you look around for herbs to add a pleasant aroma to your home, you will find there are many from which to choose. In the kitchen it is good to consider practicalities as well as scents. If the area where we prepare food is occasionally visited by fruit flies or other small insects, then growing herbs indoors like garlic and chives will keep insects out. These two herbs also continually fill the kitchen with the smells of good cooking, so they are great for the windowsill above your sink. Basil is another great herb to keep in the kitchen: it is primarily used for cooking, but after it is snipped it releases a light and fresh fragrance.
You can help the health of your pets by growing herbs indoors - in fact, pennyroyal is a good herb to keep around. You might find the odour a little pungent, so it is better if confined to the litter box or sleeping area of your pet - but remember to keep it up on a high shelf as the leaves are toxic to eat. The scent and oil of the pennyroyal will keep away fleas, therefore as you harvest its leaves, rub the oil on your pet collar and bedding.
Lavender may be the most popular way to add fragrance to your home with herbs. Lavender produces a sweet-smelling purple flower. These flowers can be used in cake decoration or can be dried and placed in sachets. Dried lavender keeps your clothes smelling great and will also repel moths just as effectively as camphor balls. Since lavender is a hearty plant, you should be able to keep it in any room that gets adequate sunlight.
If you are looking at growing herbs indoors you might want to try rosemary in the bathroom since rosemary is a semi-tropical Mediterranean herb that loves hot and humid conditions. Of course, it needs some natural light or a grow light in order for it to flourish and it will gift you with a wonderful light scent that is reminiscent of evergreen needles.
Mint is an amazing way to bring a variety of sweet aromas into your house. These days, mint has been bred to produce a wide array of scents. You can find traditional spearmint and peppermint, but there is also lemon, lime, orange, banana, ginger, and chocolate mint. All these mints produce the same scent as their namesake. If you are feeling creative, you could even create a “fruit bowl” of citrus mints to act as an original centrepiece to your dining room table.
As you start to add fragrance to every room in your home by growing herbs indoors you will quickly see what an enjoyable and rewarding process this can be.