One of the things I love about our new house is an already-picket-fenced-in area the previous owner used as a garden! I haven’t planted anything in it yet, but I plan on getting some good use out of it come Spring. However, in order for it to be ready for me come Spring, there’s a bit of preparation that needs to be done, am I right?
Right now, with winter coming hot – or cold – on the heels of Fall, it’s the time of year we all enjoy getting cozy inside and snuggling up by the fire. For those with green fingers, it’s time to reflect on the summer’s bounties and think about preparing your garden for the coming chill. Preparation is the key to having an easy maintenance garden over winter, and helps it to burst back into life in next spring as well.
Pulling up and bedding down
Start with your plants, digging up any annuals and adding them to the compost heap. Make sure that any bulbs are settled in ready for spring, pull out weeds, and cut back your perennials. Digging over the beds helps to aerate the soil and mix it up, and spreading a thick layer of compost or bark chips on top helps to replenish the nutrients and organic content. If you want some winter color, try adding wallflowers and pansies or some heather and cyclamen, which do equally well in easy to manage pots and hanging baskets.
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As we all learned in elementary school, plants play a crucial part in the planet’s ecosystem. As animals breathe in oxygen and let out carbon dioxide, plants absorb that carbon dioxide and process it back into oxygen. Plants within the home can be put to the same task, providing your home with fresher air. Not only that, but many plants can actually clean toxins out of the air, and make your home a better place to live and breathe in.
Of course, not everyone is a natural gardener, and some plants are harder to keep alive than others. Here is a list of seven plants that are not only best at keeping your home’s air clean, but are also the easiest to take care of!
Florist’s Chrysanthemum (chrysanthemum morifolium)
In NASA studies, the florist’s chrysanthemum, also known as the garden mum, was the best performer out of all of the plants tested. The studies examined a number of plants in their effectiveness in removing five toxins:
The garden mum was capable of dealing with all five in their experiments. Not only that, it’s very easy to tend to. Simply put it in direct sunlight and water it a light amount every other day. It is a perennial flower, however, so it only flowers for six weeks, and it only filters when it’s flowering. Once it is done, you’ll have to wait until next year, or else simply go out and get a fresh one. It is poisonous to pets, however, so be wary of keeping one in a home with pets, and take yours to the vet immediately if they consume any.
It’s finally that time again! The winter coats are packed away, the washing is hanging up outside and the men of the world are taking their rightful place at the barbecue. Yes, it’s summertime! Now that the season of ‘Taps Aff’ weather (a very scientific way of measuring warm weather) is upon us, it is the perfect time to create a beautiful summer yard for all of the family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a new theme or perhaps your grass just needs sprucing up, it’s important to have your garden exactly how you want it.
Here are some fantastic ideas to bring it all together!
Bifold Doors to Bring Together Home and Garden
One of the best ways to make the most of your yard in summer is with Origin bi fold doors, such as those sold by Ekco. Unlike traditional patio doors, bi-fold doors fold all the way in thereby opening up your home and giving you unparalleled views of your garden. Not only do they look stunning, bi-fold doors have a low threshold which removes the barrier between indoors and outdoors essentially creating one huge living space for you to enjoy in summer. Bi-folds give a wonderful sense of space and light and allow you to keep your home cool in summer.
Most of us are worried about the effect humans have on the environment and wildlife, but many of us think we can’t do anything about it. This isn’t the case, as there are a few things you can do to encourage diversity and give nature a helping hand without even leaving your home.
Offer fresh water
While animals are pretty good at finding clean water to drink when it’s available, they can have a hard time in winter and summer when supplies either freeze or dry up.
Keep a birdbath or a small pond in your garden and make sure it’s topped up and freely available, even if you need to use a small heater to stop it freezing. You’ll be helping birds, lizards and small mammals, as long as the water isn’t near a place that a predator could launch an attack from.
Most of you know that I’m what I like to call an “experimenting gardener”. When it comes to gardening, I love to see what I can grow…and I what I simply CANNOT. Living in Central Florida, I’ve been doing pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement! For instance…
I’ve been purchasing lots of my seeds from Amazon, when I can’t find them in my local area. My October sowing was no different – I purchased some spinach seeds from Amazon, because I LOVE spinach, and I was excited about having a bunch of it on hand!
You can see it here in the background of this pic…
Except this was about the same time that my parents were down for Thanksgiving, and my mom, while studying my garden, pointed to my spinach and said, “What’s that?”
“It’s spinach!” I exclaimed, a little taken aback that she didn’t know.
“That’s not spinach,” she said firmly.