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6 Ways to Keep your Garden Healthy

Nothing is better than a well-kept and fertile domestic garden that leaps to the eye. But to have the wished effects, you must pay attention on the care and maintenance of your little “Adam and Eve’s paradise”. This type of work requires a certain level of dedication, and attention on daily basis, as we are dealing of living beings (plants). You must be very careful, beginning from the conception of the domestic garden (am I going to plant just flowers? Am I going to add some vegetables too? What about mushrooms?), then use the observations of your results to compare each week, so you can keep control of the general effects.  Here are 6 useful tips to keep your garden healthy:

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Know your soil:

Most people beginning or even with some experience with garden always neglect the study of the soil they are using to cultivate. It doesn’t require rocket science, just a bit of interest. There are 3 Main types of soil:

clay soil, sandy soil and loam soil. To clay soil, you must add organic material such compost. As this kind of soil absorbs water very slowly, you must water it as fast as the soil absorbs the water. For sandy soil, the best way is to supplement with nutrients by adding organic matters, because otherwise, the water can so quickly that the plants can’t absorb it. Loam soils usually are the best kind of soil for domestic garden, as it’s formed by a combo of sand, silt and clay. It absorbs water steadily and can keep a good hydration for the plants, in general.

Feed the soil:

Using compost and well-aged manure to this purpose is very good, because a healthy soil rich in nutrients is better when it comes to resisting plant diseases and insects attacks.

Control weeds:

 Problems on most domestic gardens, weeds are a problem by themselves, but also harbor insects and disease to the good plants. You must weed your garden regularly, especially on growing season, to keep weeds under control.

Cleaning dead plants:

 Get rid as quickly as possible of dead or rot vegetation, such as old leaves, plant stalks, etc. It can be a harbor for pests and harmful insects for your garden.

In case of disease, keep it clean:

If you are having a problem with some plague, make sure of making your garden clean out of sight. Remove and destroy the diseased parts of plants to protect your healthy ones. Find out how much of the plant you need to remove. Sometimes just taking off diseased leaves is sufficient. Depending on the infection, you may have to remove the entire plant.

Plants can’t survive without moisture. Most plants are made up of over 90% water so it’s essential to keep them hydrated. Water plants early in the morning when the weather is cooler so less water is lost through evaporation. Make sure you are watering your plants on right space of time (every vegetable culture has its own time to water, and also its own needs for water).

7 Toxic Houseplants that are Dangerous for Children

 

Having plants around the house if one of the most recurrent decoration tricks around many countries of the world. It is nice to have plants around if you don’t mind the insects that eventually will make them their home or if you take real pleasure in the mornings watering routines. But if you have children beware for not all houseplants are suited for kids. There are poisonous plants that definitely should stay far away from kids, and I’ll talk about some of them below so that you can make your house or apartment a safer environment for your precious children.

Toxic Houseplants that are Dangerous for Children

Dieffenbachia:

Dieffenbachia is also commonly called Dumb Cane. These plants may look nice because of their green and white (or dark and very light green) combination, but if you look carefully at them they’ll strike you as scary, as if they are trying to warn you about the dangers that lie within them.

Caladium:

I’ll give you one of the most valuable tips you’ll ever receive regarding poisonous house plants: Pay attention to the colors. There are caladiums for example that are green and purple, and there are caladiums that are green, whitish and purple (or dark pink). It is evident there’s something wrong about those combinations, it is evident that they mean danger. Do not close your eyes for obvious warnings.

Devil’s Ivy:

Another valuable tip I’ll give you is pay attention to the popular name of the plants. Do not despise popular wisdom. If a plant is called Devil’s Ivy by the common folk be sure that it’s not an inoffensive piece of vegetation. If this plant weird appearance is not enough to alert you, let its name be the alert.

Calla Lily:

Calla Lily is one exception to the rule. It doesn’t seem dangerous at all, its name doesn’t indicate anything potentially problematic and the thing is not even ugly. It’s not beautiful also, but still, nothing seems to be wrong there. There are no warnings.Well there’s my warning, keep your kids away from it.

Narcissus:

The message Narcissus conveys is a subtler one. It is a beautiful plant indeed, even its name sounds nice to the ears but can’t you see the mysterious glow that surrounds it? It’s calling you to the underworld. And if you take a moment to think about it you’ll see that its popular name is actually a bad omen, for the Narcissus of Greek Mythology drowned pursuing his own beauty and his death gave origin to this flower.

English Ivy:

Take a good look at an English Ivy and you’ll see the danger. Don’t put it in your house if you have kids. Remember those combinations I’ve mentioned earlier.Arrowhead plant:

Again we have the white and green combination that we’ve learned can be lethal. Plus, look at its name. Yes, the plant kind of look like an arrow, but try to remember what arrows do. That’s right, they kill, especially if they pierce someone’s heart. Have you noticed that some leaves of this plant have the shape of a heart instead of an arrow?

7 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

Gardening is one of the best hobbies to take up. It is a great way to learn patience, and it also gets you outside to burn your calories. When the plants grow and produce beautiful flowers and fruits, your heart is filled with joy, and you feel like you are rewarded for your work.

Gardening Tips

The following are some of the gardening tips and tricks:

Using soap to protect your fingernails:

Most of us worry about damaging our fingernails while gardening. We must get out hands dirty while gardening, but it is also depressing when the dirt gets into our nails. So, to prevent dust and sand from getting into your long nails, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and by doing this you will be able to seal the underside of your nails and mud or dirt cannot get collect beneath them. Once you are done with your work in the garden, you can remove the soap with a nail brush.

Location of the plant is very important:

There are lots of shrubs you can keep in your garden. Some plants are shade plants, and thus you need to keep them away from the sun while other plants need the rays of the sun to perform photosynthesis. So try to understand the nature of the plant you are going to keep in your garden and place them accordingly in your garden.

Use Drip Irrigation:

Drip irrigation is one of the best ways to water your plants in the garden. The method saves a lot of water, and it supplies a small amount of water for an extended period thus helping the plants to grow better. The water is provided only to the plants you want, and therefore you don’t have to worry about unwanted weeds growing in your garden. This method of irrigation also helps to control fungal diseases.

Keep not of the time and date:

Not all plants grow well through the year. Each plant has a particular season in which they grow well. So make sure that you plant your saplings accordingly. You need to sow the seeds at the right time of year.

Beginner’s plants:

If you happen to be a beginner in gardening, you can choose to plants that are easier to grow. Vegetables like onions, tomatoes, bush beans, etc. are very easy to grow and you need not put in much effort to maintain them.  If you are interested in having flowering plants, then you can have foxglove, dahlia, roses, sunflowers, petunia, etc.

Use Organic Fertilizers:

Chemical fertilizers can deplete the quality of the soil, and it also kills the useful microorganism along with the harmful ones. Organic fertilizers break down and improve the structure of the soil so that your plant can grow well.

Remove weeds:

As you create an optimal condition for your plants to grow, there are many other weeds which grow along with your plants and absorb the nutrients from the soil. So you need to prune your garden and pluck out unnecessary weeds continually.

The Advantages of Home Gardens

Gardens are one of the best places to come and relax. Gardening is also a great hobby which teaches you, patience. There is nothing better than eating fresh fruits and vegetables that were grown in your garden. You need not worry about the pesticides or the chemical fertilizers that might have been added to the plants. Gardening is a great way to spend time with nature, and it also promotes a good mental health.

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The following are some of the advantages of a home garden:

Healthy body and mind:

Gardening is a great way to get yourself out and exercise. Apart from losing weight and keeping fit gardening can reduce your stress level, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and also help you fight depression. Studies have shown that by merely going to the garden and looking at plants can generate changes in blood pressure, muscle tension, heart activity and brain electrical activity. You can find lots of colors and textures in a garden, and this invokes the emotions of tranquillity, calmness, and happiness. Gardening is a great feel-good pastime, and it also has evolved as a form of therapy for our soul and body.

Access to Fresh fruits and vegetables:

The fruits and vegetables we get from the market are prone to have pesticides and farmers might have added chemical fertilizers for better yield these pesticides and chemical fertilizers can cause harm to your health. On the other hand, when you grow vegetables and fruits in your garden you can be sure that the product you get is from a fresh source and is safe to consume. It might seem like you have to put in a lot of effort to maintain the gardens, but it worth the reward.

Gets you connect with people with similar interest:

There are many community gardens which are coming up recently in many places. The main idea is to encourage people to get out of the house and get some physical activity, meet people who are also interested in gardening and to relax your mind and body. By meeting new people, you make new friends, and you can get various gardening tips and tricks from those people. You can also share your experience and get connected with them.

Family activity:

You can involve your entire family to join you and make it a good family time. You may be surprised to see the fun you will have together. In today’s world, most of the families do not spend time together. Gardening is a fun way to get along with each other. You can also teach you, children, how to plant saplings, and they will have a better understanding of plant growth.

We learn many new things:

We need our hands to do gardening, but we also need our brains to tell our hands what to do. We need to learn how to plan the layout of the garden; we need to research on various kinds of plants that grow well in different soils and climate. You also need to understand and learn various gardening techniques.

 

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