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Update Your Garden With Autumnal Plants

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It is still summer but hey, it will not be long before autumn ushers. And wouldn’t you like some gardening before that happens?  Prepare your garden with autumnal plants that will stand out during the coming season. Some can even go beyond the cold spells of winter time.

You can grow many types of plants that will thrive during the colder season, and here are some of the types of plants you can consider:

Flowering plants

Pansy

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This flower add bright colors of violet and deep purple to any patio. Aside from being pretty to look at and easy to plant, pansies are also edible! You can eat the entire flower, sepals and all! It has a mild, minty flavor, adding richness to your palate. Be careful though. Do not buy pansies from florists or those treated with pesticides if you want to add them to your salads for eating.

Begonia

Begonias are pretty flowers that look the part anywhere you put it, whether in a planter, near the shady parts of your patio, or even as hanging plants.

 

Vegetables and Herbs

Arugula

Arugula is a nice leafy, crunchy vegetable use in salads. It is a member of the Brassica family of plants that can easily be grown. They are best planted at least a month before the first frost in your area. Leaves can be plucked while they are young so as not to have any bitter taste.

Carrot

Carrots are best planted before the colder season. So if you want to harvest your carrots by spring, planting them during autumn, up until October, you are sure to enjoy your crisp carrots harvest by spring.

 

Bushes/Shrubs

Smoke bush

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It is a purple-leaved Cotinus plant that adds a pop of orange to deep red colors during fall. It likes a sunny spot but it is considered as a hardy plant that can thrive even during cold winter.

Winterthur smooth witherod viburnum

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This is a beautiful shrub that is full of vibrant colors of dark red from its leaves to deep indigo from its fruits. It is perfect even during summer all the way to fall. It is covered with small white flowers during late summer.

 

Fruit bearing plants

Golden Raspberry

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This is a variety of the red raspberry kind but has golden hue. It has a citrusy flavor, and birds don’t bother it as much because of its lighter color. Giving it the impression that it is unripe.

This plant can easily be cultivated too.

 

Autumnal plants can give your garden a nice dramatic effect when season is about to change especially when their leaves start changing colors, and some flowers and even berries will appear to provide bright hues of warm reads, oranges, yellows, purples, blues, black to usher the coming cold season. They can add beauty to your garden with their individual characters. Spice up your garden with plants that can even thrive beyond winter time. Enjoy gardening!

How To Make Your Garden Workshop More Secure

 

Some people put some serious work into their gardens. For most people, this means that they usually create a workshop near their garden where they can store and organize supplies and tools. Necessary planning can also occur here as well, with usually a white board and dry erase markers providing a necessary means to draw out plans and keep track of important dates. However, there also needs to be some way of securing this safe haven in order to make sure that it not only does its assigned job of acting as storage but also so that the other projects may be completed as well. Here are simple ways to secure the workshop:

From The Floor Up

It helps if the large garden workshop is designed for security from the floor up. It is best to start with a cement floor so that the workshop has a solid foundation. This should enable to keep any supplies reasonably dry, especially if the foundation is at least a few inches above ground level. Upon this should be built the workshop itself, even if it is just essentially a regular garden workshop. The workshop itself should be as weatherproof as possible, and should have some decent ventilation. The door should be lockable from the inside and out, ensuring a secure working environment. Combined with a basic close circuit television or webcam, the workshop can be made reasonably secure.

Additional Security Measures

The workshop can be made additionally secure with just a few extra measures. A decent first aid kit should be in place for at least the most basic of accidents. The workshop should also be within view of the house so that it can be easily checked in order to allay suspicion of break ins, or to easily confirm that it has happened from the security of the house. A simple alarm system can also be set up, as well as extending the house security to the workshop. With a little care, it can be secured against any basic problem.

Some Basic Security Suggestions:

  • Make sure that the lock used is strengthened steel and easily replaceable.
  • You can buy a small camera that can be accessed via the web for better security.
  • Make sure that you have a list of items in the workshop in case of theft.
  • Limit access to the workshop as much as possible.
  • Make sure that the workshop has a cement floor if at all possible.

By following this advice, your workshop should be a secure place to work. You will not only be able to maintain plans for your garden, but also make sure that your tools will be secure and safe as well. The workshop should be a place you can go to be safe in the knowledge that you can work there and enjoy your time. It does not take much to create a safe place, and it can be well worth the time and effort to make the workshop a great place for you to work.

Install Pocket Garden For Small Apartments

Living in a tight quarter can be a challenge to people who have the penchant for gardening. usual areas where garden space is a challenge is prevalent in high-rise residential buildings, and townhouses/duplex with no yards.

A pocket garden is a small garden for limited space.  Space should not be an issue when allocating a tiny area in your abode.   It can be any small space you can spare for that plant sanctuary you want to install in your quarter.

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Make room for your pocket garden without so much hassle of moving around furniture, selling items, or even destroying walls or other fixtures to make way for your pocket garden.

These helpful tips will guide you to create your very own pocket garden even on small apartments.

Decide which type of pocket garden you want

You can build a pocket garden, complete with garden soil, river rocks, pebbles and mini landscaping or choose a pocket garden which you can install by using shelves to hold your small pots, hanging planters, or occupy a bare wall to make as vertical garden.

Survey your living space and check places where your pocket garden can have access to drainage

If you have space to build your pocket garden then ensure you can also allocate a safe drainage when you water the plants. Remember, living in an apartment means, you may be living above someone’s home. Be sure you will not cause unnecessary water seepage in someone’s territory.

 

A little piece of Asia

 

Allocate a specific area where you want your pocket garden to be

If your apartment has a small balcony or veranda and has a good exposure to sunlight then consider that area as your pocket garden.

If you have a bare wall, put your vertical garden there. if you can spare a small corner in your home here you actually don’t have anything to put there, arrange your pots and shelves for your planters to make that space look like a mini garden in your home.

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Get your tools and materials ready

Make sure you have gardening tools and other materials ready when making your small garden space. You may need extra help from friends or a professional landscaper if you decide to convert a small space as a breathing and living garden inside your home. If you wish to use shelves to displace your precious plants, you can secure them firmly against a wall so it won’t tip over.

Arrange your pocket garden

Now that you’ve set everything, arrange your plants in a way you want to showcase them. Put bigger plants behind and the smaller ones in front. You can arrange as per colour or mix and match for a more eclectic style.

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Ways To Improve Your Garden On A Budget

Many homeowners are stuck living in tight quarters that do not afford them much outdoor living space. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or a backyard to boast of, then you’ve probably experienced at one point, struggling to improve your garden and maintain it without going overboard with the costs.

Improving your garden isn’t a walk in the park. However, it isn’t impossible. Here are some ways to improve your garden on a budget:

Do your own landscape

You don’t have to be a professional to be able to redesign your own backyard. There are countless do-it-yourself ideas online that you can pattern after. Sometimes, enhancing your outdoor area can be as simple as adding some garden lighting, turfing or decking.

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If you’re lucky, you can run into experts who publish basic tips and guidelines in various social accounts and platforms. I got great ideas from these guys here who’ve uploaded some infographics and slide videos about garden landscaping and design.

Go for perennials

Some plants are seasonal and can be very expensive to maintain. How about adding more perennials to your garden if your climate allows? Perennial plants are those that live more than 2 years. They die out from autumn to winter, only to grow back during spring and summer. Classic examples of perennials are Dahlia, Peruvian Lily, Catmint, and Forget-me-Not.

Install walkways or pathways

Aside from improving the aesthetics of your garden, walkways or pathways can also prevent weeds from growing. This should save you money and time in maintenance and weed removal.

You can buy large stone pebbles and some inexpensive pavers to use for your walkway. If you’re saving and have resources to recycle, try repurposing old wood planks as thick blocks to use as walkways.

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Add some outdoor furniture

A garden isn’t just a place for plants. It can also be a great place to add outdoor furniture that you can use to bask in the relaxing atmosphere of your little pocket of nature. You can score great finds from Home Depot, and sometimes, a quick visit to yard sales and flea markets can yield good buys of outdoor furniture.

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Install a trellis

The simplest change can dramatically transform your garden. A trellis can be a good addition if you want to accentuate a garden with crawling plants.

Add some lighting

Outdoor lighting serves the basic purpose of illuminating dark sections of your garden. When placed strategically however, lights can also create visual drama that you might find especially necessary when you’re entertaining guests at night.

If you‘re trying to save on electricity, you can buy solar-charged LED lawn lights and tree lanterns at Home Depot centres or use floating candles.

Add garden ornaments

Sculptures and other garden ornaments can add some appeal to your garden. Of course, it’s best to be meticulous with your choice of embellishments. Take into consideration your overall theme and the size of your space. Adding too many items that are inconsistent with your other design elements can make your outdoor space feel crowded or tacky.

Watch this informative video for more inspiration, ideas, and DIY helpful tips.

Pocket Gardens For Small Yards

Having a garden is one of the dreams of homeowners who loves plants, gardening and have a knack for making plants thrive in any condition. Other homeowners prefer to have gardens because they add beauty to their property and brings nature close to home. However, not every homes have the space to accommodate a garden so other people make do with buying plants in pots and just putting them in one area or wherever is available to bring a semblance of nature to their home.

A pocket garden will be a good solution to those small space woes. Here are some inspirations for you and some may just be suitable to your tight quarters back home and some tips to consider when creating a pocket garden.

 

Use small pots

Collect small pots and put them in one area of the yard or your house to mimic a small garden. Use various plants like flowery, and leafy plants. They will give of a vibes of a small garden that you’ve always loved.

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Repurpose unused drawers

Do you have old cabinets or dressers that you want to throw? Don’t do that just yet. Save the drawers and repurpose them into plant beds.

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photo credit: alwaysintrend.com

Use pipes as hanging planters

You can get used pipes and cut them in half and drill holes for water to drip. Hang them up or prop them against a bare wall in your house and create a small garden out of them.

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Create vertical gardens on vacant walls

Do you have a blank wall that you just don’t know what to do? Spice it up and create a vertical garden instead.

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