Monthly Archives: February 2012

Consider Basic Plant Requirements To Ensure A Healthy Garden

Hostas Choosing plants to grow in your garden can be a mystery for beginning gardeners.  Learning some basic plant requirements will cut down on the confusion and guarantee a garden full of beautiful blooms. Many factors come into play to determine whether or not a plant will perform well for you.  Each kind of plant has its own needs and requirements.  Some plants, like the dandelion, are tolerant of a wide variety of conditions, while others, such as the pink ladyslipper orchid, have very exacting requirements. Before you spend the time, effort, and money attempting to grow a new plant in your garden, it is best to do some research to learn something about the conditions that the plant needs to grow properly. Here is a brief description of some of the environmental needs that influence plant growth: Continue reading

Learn How To Grow Flower Seeds

Learn How to Grow Flower Seeds While it might seem like a daunting task, learning how to grow flowers seeds is actually easy to do.  Some of the most popular plants can be started from seed, and it is quite rewarding to see your little flower seeds grow into healthy blooming plants. Learning to grow flower seeds has a number of distinct advantages. The pleasure of seeing your seedlings grow is a huge motivation for most gardeners. You can spend quality time with your children the garden. It helps the environment. Flowers you grow make your house look even more beautiful. It is cheaper to grow your own flowers than buy them. When growing flower seeds, you need to have your garden planned out first so that you know which seeds to grow and how many of each you will need.  If you live in a cold climate, you might start your seedlings indoors first under a grow light and then transplant them when the weather warms up and the plants are a bit more established. Continue reading

What is Square Foot Gardening?

There are many benefits to square foot gardening and more and more people are deciding to do their gardening this way. So, what is it, and what are the advantages of using this method rather than the traditional method of planting in rows? Square foot gardening is done in 1 foot squares with 4 of them making up 4 foot by 4 foot blocks. These blocks are a maximum of 4 feet because that allows you to reach into the entire planting area without having to step on the soil and thus compacting it. Each 1 foot square can be divided into smaller squares depending on the space needs of each particular plant. Continue reading
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