Tag Archives: gardening

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.

photo credit: edomontonsun.com

photo credit: edomontonsun.com

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.

photo credit: alwaysintrend.com

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.

photo credit: pinterest.com

photo credit: pinterest.com

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.

photo credit: pinterest.com

photo credit: pinterest.com

 

 

Create Your Own Garden This Summer

Have a green thumb?  Interested in growing your own food or need some inspiration to get started?  Then take advantage of  the summer to start a garden. An indoor herb garden or an outdoor garden, either way its fun and relaxing.  Here are some  great DIY garden basket ideas you can put together to get you started.   Assemble one for yourself or give one to a friend.

Supplies needed – a big basket to hold it all, some fun garden  clogs, sturdy gloves, an apron to keep your clothes from getting  to messy, pruning shears, some seeds and some labels.

 

 

Moroccan Straw Large Tote Basket w/ Leather Handles

Moroccan Straw Large Tote Basket w/ Leather Handles

This hand woven tote is made in Morocco and uses 100% natural materials.  Ideal for storing your garden supplies, sturdy leather handles.  Can double for use in shopping, picnics, a day at the beach and family outings. 

Moroccan Straw Large Tote Basket w/ Leather Handles, 27″Lx12″Wx14″H – Valencia – $31.00, 9.99 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Bamboula Basket Market Tote

Bamboula Basket Market Tote

These Bamboula Basket Market Shopping Totes are hand-woven by the skilled artisan weavers of Ghana, Western Africa. Comes with a beautiful braided leather handle. Flexible, strong and durable. Easy to clean with just a garden hose.

Basket Bolga Market Shopping Tote (Ghana) Straw w/ Leather Handle Assorted – Bamboula #BSKG16 – $46.97, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Rurality Fashionable Straw Storage Baskets

Rurality Fashionable Straw Storage Baskets

Made from durable straw and sewed with polyester fabric lining.  Easy to grip inner handle design with easy access to all your tools and supplies.

 

Rurality Fashionable Straw Storage Baskets (Coffee) – $19.99, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Kiwi Premium Garden Clog

Kiwi Premium Garden Clog

Sloggers premium garden clogs feature a premium lining and comfort insole. Waterproof and comfortable for the garden.  Comes in many great colors

Principle Plastics #260KW09 SZ9 Kiwi Premium Garden Clog – $23.05 (20% off), 6.49 shipping – Available at Amazon.com


Women s Classic Birki Clog – Color: Ciel Blue Flower, Size: 40

Women s Classic Birki Clog - Color: Ciel Blue Flower, Size: 40

Ultra-light one piece and colorful. They are comfortable reasonably priced. Stylish and fun.

 

Women s Classic Birki Clog – Color: Ciel Blue Flower, Size: 40 – $59.95, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com


Fairy Princess Garden Gloves

Fairy Princess Garden Gloves

These princess garden gripping gloves will make your gardening task a snap. The knit wrist will help keep the dirt out.

 

Fairy Princess Garden Gloves – $9.95, 5.01 shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon


Womens Cotton Garden Apron with 5 Pockets

Womens Cotton Garden Apron with 5 Pockets

Your perfect gardening partner. Made of denim, it is comfortable to tie around your waist, has 5 large and convenient pockets for your gardening tools and machine washable. 

 

7407-200 Womens Cotton Garden Apron with 5 Pockets, Denim – $19.75, 5.74 shipping – Available at Amazon.com


YardShark Heavy Duty Pruning Shears

YardShark Heavy Duty Pruning Shears

Light-weight and sharp to get the job done. Once your garden is blooming these are perfect for pruning all types of shrubs, weeds, branches etc.

 

YardShark Heavy Duty Pruning Shears – $16.99, 6.95 shipping – Available at Sears.com


Swiss Chard Rhubarb, Organic Seeds

Swiss Chard Rhubarb, Organic Seeds

Your first salad from candy apple red stems with dark green, red-veined leaves.

 

Swiss Chard Rhubarb, Beta vulgaris, vulgaris group 200 Organic Seeds by David’s Garden Seeds – $6.55, 5.01 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Melon Arava D460A (Orange) 25 Organic Seeds by David’s Garden Seeds

Melon Arava D460A (Orange) 25 Organic Seeds by David's Garden Seeds

Produces heavy yields of 3 to 4 pound melons.  You will have fun just watching these grow and you might be tempted to pick them early.

 

Melon Arava D460A (Orange) 25 Organic Seeds by David’s Garden Seeds – $6.25, 5.01 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Herb Anise Hyssop

Herb Anise Hyssop

Leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried for salads, teas and garnishes.  They are very aromatic with a sweet licorice-mint flavor.

Herb Anise Hyssop D933A (Purple) 100 Organic Seeds by David’s Garden Seeds – $7.69, 5.01 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Green Hot Peppers

Green Hot Peppers

There are unique peppers are famous in Spain.  Generally about 1 out of 20 fruits will be hot, and the rest mildly hot

 

Pepper Padron D666A (Green Hot) 25 Heirloom Seeds by David’s Garden Seeds – $6.25, 5.01 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Red Beefsteak Tomatoes

Red Beefsteak Tomatoes

Deep pink tomatoes are earlier, more uniform and slightly smaller.  Fruits have lots of deep, acidic tomato flavor and a rich, creamy texture.

 

Tomato German Johnson D3815A (Red Beefsteak) 50 Organic Heirloom Seeds by David’s Garden Seeds – $6.95, 5.01 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Barnel – USA B6012 Garden Hand Trowel Cultivator and Transplanter Kit

Barnel - USA B6012 Garden Hand Trowel Cultivator and Transplanter Kit

Of course, what’s gardening without these handy tools?

 

Barnel – USA B6012 Garden Hand Trowel Cultivator and Transplanter Kit – $17.99, 6.95 shipping – Available at Sears.com


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links provided by Postpresso.


Beautiful Flowering Shrubs To Add To Your Garden

The weather is so lovely that it is inviting to do gardening once again. Although where I live, the nice weather after winter is so short that tending your garden has to be done in a hasty fashion. However, if you live in the other part of the world where spring is still on and the weather is kind, you will find yourself putting your best gardening tools out from shed for some serious gardening action and consider these beautiful flowering shrubs to add to your garden.

Adding some nice plants to your garden will liven up the area and more so, there are plenty of beautiful flowering shrubs that you may consider adding to your array of flora. Below are some common flowering shrubs you may consider:

Viburnum – Most of the shrubs flowers are in the shade of pink or white.

Photo credit: www.english-country-garden.com

Photo credit: www.english-country-garden.com

 

Mountain Laurel – This is a beautiful shrub with showy clusters of red, pink or white flowers which normally blooms in late spring or early summer.

Photo credit: ncgrant.blogspot.com

Photo credit: ncgrant.blogspot.com

 

Weigela – This beautiful plant bears lovely blooms that look like smaller version of a Stargazer Lily.

Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.org

 

Rhododendron – This is one of the common shrubs but yields very beautiful clusters of flowers in various colors.

Photo credit: kensimplereview.wordpress.com

Photo credit: kensimplereview.wordpress.com

Plants That Thrive During Colder Season

Green thumbs will be glad to know that there are some plants that thrive even during the coldest months of winter. Some of these plants are stalwarts of winter gardens as they can stand the cold weather and temperature and even produce beautiful flowers.

Here are some plants to take into consideration if you plan to put up a winter garden or if you already have one. They make lovely addition to your garden and add color to very cold and gray season.

Winterberry

Prostrate Rock Cotoneaster

Snow Drops

snow drops (Photo credit: home.howstuffworks.com)

Sweet Alyssum

Ranunculus Sunset

Ornamental Kale

winter-color-kale-l (Photo credit: sunset.com)

Hellebores

color-party-m-l (Photo credit: sunset.com)

Benefits Of A Vertical Garden In Your Home

 photo verticalgarden.png

Ever since I saw the vertical garden in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, I am so hooked in having one at home. Unfortunately, not this soon but it will happen because it has plenty of benefits.

You might wonder what I am talking about here and how can one grow plants in a vertical manner without stomping the plant beneath it.  Well, a vertical garden is a new way of growing plants upwards. It is a gardening process where you use up the spaces above you, on the fence, in your house’s upper wall near the ceiling and any vacant space at home with flat walls that can hold wires, racks, watering system and pots to hold the plants.

 photo 6a00e55472bf78883301156f9195ae970c-500wi.jpg

There are many reasons why installing a vertical garden in your home is a good idea. Here are some of its benefits:

Space saver

Not a lot of us have the luxury of owning a big place with a lot of square feet to spare for a decent sized garden.  From the wall to the rack and pots used in your vertical garden, all you need is few inches of space to accommodate the width of your widest pot.

 

Maximize limited space

If you live in an apartment style accommodation with a small veranda to boast and seriously love to tend gardens, then having a vertical garden is the right concept for you. As with the first reason, you only need few inches from the wall to allow space for the pots and racks but have enough length to play with, height-wise. It will all depend on how high you can go with your vertical garden but that bare wall on your veranda can be the perfect place to install it and have that nature’s feel and view every waking day!

 

Easily accessible

No more plants getting withered at the back of the garden’s bushes because you just can’t reach them. And even if those plants are planted at the very end, then even hosing them can’t properly hydrate them. You’ll just be spilling water all over. Not with vertical gardens! Vertical gardens are easily accessible and you can step on a small stool to reach the highest plant to water and tend.

 

Saves you water and time

All you have to do is water the top most level and allow the water to trickle down to the level below and so forth and so on. This way, you save almost 90% in water consumption.

 

Create micro climate in your home

Vertical garden is a great way to provide natural insulation to your home from heat, noise and air pollution bye regulating the temperature in your place.
 photo 13772453345645_f.jpg

Not prone to damage

Running kids and pets around the yard can topple your prized floras but with a vertical garden, these beautiful flowers cannot be reached by pets and small kids.

 

Rids certain plant diseases

Vertical gardens can rid of some plant diseases because they are raised and far from soil-borne diseases.

 

Improved air quality

Plants help improve air quality especially indoors by reducing CO2 levels and increase oxygen circulation at home.

 

So, if you fancy having a garden in your tight quarter or just plain born with a green thumb who loves to grow plants, consider a vertical garden. It will not only give your home aesthetic value but also a clean, healthy air to breathe.

(Photo credit: yahoo images)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...