Growing a Home Garden

Many people want to grow their own herbs, yet don’t have the option of starting a conventional outdoor herb garden. There are many reasons you might not want to grow herbs outdoors. It might be because you simply don’t have a back yard, because you’re not ready to tackle the challenges that come with outdoor growing or maybe its just because maintaining an outdoor garden requires a lot of labor and can be hard on your back. Whatever the reason, you will be happy to know that having an indoor home herb garden is a piece of cake when you know what you’re doing. This article is going to help you accomplish just that.

Growing a home herb garden is not only easy, but cheap. Some 6 inch planting pots should be all you need but feel free to be creative with what you use to plant the herbs in. Remember that whatever you are using for a pot, it’s good to have holes drilled in the bottom so that any excess water can drain from the soil. Herb’s hate saturated soil. That’s why you will want to line the bottom of your pots with stones and wood chips; these will allow proper soil drainage. Using high quality soil is recommended as herbs can be very fussy. Make sure the soil is loose. You can even add sand to the soil to make it drain better. When planting the seeds of your home herb garden, plant them about an inch apart from each other and don’t bury them deep. Herb seeds need only to be slightly covered.

Where you place your home herb garden should depend on where the sunlight is. Herbs thrive in plenty of light so place the pots in the windowsill that gets the most light throughout the day. Windows on the south side of your home will have the longest periods of sunlight. If your pots won’t fit in the windowsill, consider putting shelving up or purchasing one of those windowsill extenders for cats.

You will need to know when and how often to water your home herb garden. Herbs grown in containers do tend to dry out quicker than outdoor herbs so remember to monitor your soil. You can do this by sticking your finger a half inch deep into the soil. If it feels dry, it’s time to water your home herb garden. Though you may be tempted, do not overwater your herbs. When it comes to herbs, sometimes its better to water them too little than too much.

A common problem people have with the home herb garden is that the humidity is too low in their home and the plants suffer from it. Luckily, this is easy to fix. Just mist the herbs with a spray bottle about once a week. It doesn’t seem like much but its enough to keep your herbs healthy. You can also place a dish of water next to a heat source if there is one near your home herb garden. The heat will cause the water to evaporate and add humidity to the air.

There are many advantages to having an indoor home herb garden. The first is that you don’t have to worry about harmful insects and diseases are rare. The second is that you can continue to grow your herbs all throughout the winter. Last but certainly not least, when you have a home herb garden, you have access to wonderful tasting herbs right at your fingertips. Imagine not having to leave the house to pick fresh herbs to add to your meal.

Nurseries and Gardening

Looking at beautiful landscape garden photos been published in some internet websites, make you tempt to turn your own private backyard into a charming garden. Home without lively garden is incomplete if your home had some compound to grow plants but the lawn is neglected. To design an inviting landscape for your own private yard, you need to outline your budget and what to plant and have in your garden. A well thoughtful landscaping can improve your overall satisfaction with a home while you live there. There are many sources to get some ideas about how to design your backyard.

Gardening books and websites are easy accessible way to search for initial ideas. Take a stroll around your neighborhood or visit your local garden nurseries to see what other gardeners have created and take note of the stuffs that interest you. When you back, do some thinking on the garden style whether it fits your own lifestyles and your neighborhood.

To save your budget on plant nurseries and gardening design, do-it-yourself landscaping project is worth effort to achieve your desired look for your own backyard. Asking for help from friends or family in exchange for dinner or a favor might also stimulate your spirit for gardening and lift up some the workloads.

Alternatively, get some advices and tips from the gardening center as some nurseries might offer landscape services as well as plants. It will be a big relief if you are for example planting a large tree and you do not have some special tools to do that. So there are many things you could do to make your garden stand out and to be proud of. Combining your creativity thinking and the ornaments available around your house could accent your backyard into a beautiful garden.

Home Vegetable Gardening

Tomatoes rank first as the most popular item to grow in a home vegetable garden. Although botanically they are classified as a fruit, most people refer to them as vegetables. Regardless of what you call them, there are literally thousands of varieties to choose from. You can get them in the small variety such as cherry, grape or roma up through the big boys like beefsteak and each of those choices come in a widening array of colors. Whew! That’s a lot to think about right?

Not really. The number one recommendation of what to grow from many, if not all, of the vegetable gardeners I speak with at my vegetable gardening Facebook fan page is a simple straight forward one. Grow what you will eat. Don’t waste your time growing tomatoes that will just end up in the compost pile. The idea of growing your own food is to save money and grow food you like to eat.

With all of that said, most tomato varieties have weak stems. In other words the tomatoes produced are too heavy for the support system that the plant itself provides and will, therefore, lead the plant to fall over. The last thing you want as a home vegetable gardener is to have your tomatoes lying in the mud after a big rain. Here are some ideas that some of our Facebook members have come up with to give those tomatoes the support you need.

Cages
This is the basic method by which most people use including yours truly. With the protected cages available today that can withstand the weather elements, once purchased they can last you forever (so as long as you put them away in the winter time).

PVC
I have not tried this one myself but this recommendation came from on of our members who swear by it. They use the PVC by placing it behind the plant and then lightly tying the plant to the PVC. One person suggested growing the tomato plant inside the PVC tube, although I am not 100% how that works.

Rebar
Able to some rebar for free off of Craigslist one member said they drive the rebar vertically into the soil and use it as a stake. They use expandable Velcro ties (available at your local home or garden center), to tie the plants to the rebar.

Fence Posts
One member wrote in that they asked a neighbor for the fence posts of an old wooden fence they were taking down. The fencing was made from cedar and was neither stained nor treated, which is good because you do not want any chemicals near your tomatoes or any other vegetable for that matter. Attach to the fence post with one of the previously mentioned methods.

Lattice Fence
Another very creative idea that came in that I am definitely going to give a try to this season is the use of lattice fencing. A quick image search on Google will show what lattice fencing looks like. In any event, this one particular member actually weaved the tomato plants through the lattice as it grew. Very creative indeed and the plant was very well supported.

Creative Uses for Garden Trellises

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Garden trellises can do wonders for any outdoor space: their height makes them ideal focal points, lending an architectural feel that looks beautiful as well as serving a practical purpose. Most people simply think of them either as decorative accents or utilitarian plant supports, but in fact they have myriad uses in the garden that you may not have previously considered. These graceful, charming Home and garden accents come in handy as solutions for many problems gardeners face when trying to make their garden the best it can be.

A common issue many gardeners come across is the matter of air conditioners, trash bins, oil tanks, pipes, wires or other items that are unsightly but necessary. These items can become eyesores in an otherwise beautiful setting, drawing attention away from your lovely flowers and carefully chosen accents. Garden trellises can act as screens to shield these unattractive items from view, providing instead a striking silhouette covered in climbing vines. A great way to use garden trellises to hide such items while still having easy access is to stick the trellises into garden pots on casters – you’ll be able to simply roll them out of the way when necessary and the casters will barely be noticeable, especially in grassy areas.

Similarly, garden trellises make wonderful privacy screens to shield your private outdoor space from neighboring windows, or fill in open spaces between trees. Often times, homes are built so close together that the view from your windows may be straight into your neighbor’s home. Trellises can solve this problem in your side yard, around your porch or deck, or anywhere else you’d prefer a decorative accent over the current view.

For an elegant and unexpected garden light, weave a string of lights through a trellis. This looks especially beautiful when the trellis is already covered in ivy or a flowering vine. You’ll enjoy a soft, romantic effect with minimal cost and effort – string lights can even be found in battery-operated or solar models.

Whether your garden style is eclectic, modern, formal or anything in between, you can find a garden trellis that will fit in perfectly, blending with other elements in the landscape. Decorative wrought iron trellises complement nearly any garden style, with graceful fluid shapes that have a romantic feel. Another popular choice is simpler garden trellises with clean lines, made of wood or metal. For a selection of high quality garden trellises, check out SpecialtyLiving.com, an online home and garden resource.