Gardening Advice

Gardening Advice

Article by Matthew Kepnes

If you’re a homeowner, you probably can’t resist having your own garden where kids can enjoy themselves and you can spend some time resting. Gardens help us enjoy the small miracles of life and feel one with Nature. A home garden is incomplete without potted plants and flowering plants. To get ideas about which kinds of plants will work well in your garden, walk around the neighborhood and observe what varieties of plants are being planted. That’ll give you an idea of what grows in your area.

A trip to the nursery and a quick word with the gardener will also help you pick out the type of plants you will grow in your home garden. Flowering plants like roses are an all time favorite with everyone. If you want something vivid and cheerful, sunflowers might do the trick. Flowering houseplants, like Clivia or Kaffir Lily add vibrancy and a touch of the exotic. The most popular exotic house plant and garden favorite, Sambac, brings the most wonderful aroma into your home garden. If you want a plant that requires minimal care, the cactus is your best bet. It can grow in any weather and is easy to care for.

If you’re an experienced gardener then consider growing your own vegetable patch. Grow tomatoes, broccoli, luscious rutabaga and green vegetables in your home garden. Greens and lettuce, cumin plant and mint can also be grown as an herbal patch in your garden. If you are living in an apartment then have a few pots on your window sill of mint, tulsi, bamboo, aloe vera and curry leaves. These plants also have medicinal value.

The silk mimosa will prove to be a good tree for your garden if you’re looking for something fragrant. This fast growing tree has attractive fragrance and its pink flowers add beauty to its fern like leaves that are shaped like a dome. Bamboo is another good choice for a garden plant. The Chinese believe that bamboo is a sacred plant that can attract wealth and prosperity to the grower. Who wouldn’t want to attract those qualities?

Quality soil and sufficient water are essential to a garden for plants, flowers and trees to grow. Garden organically if you want to do it in the safest way possible. Proper care of the soil is essential to the success of an organic gardener. Soil is the main key to growth. A manure-rich soil will ensure that your produce will be thriving and healthy. The more chemicals you add to the soil, the more it loses fertility. Allow earthworms and other creatures to naturally aerate the soil. These worms while moving around, ’till’ the soil that allows air to enter beneath and allow the soil to remain fertile. Organic pesticides can enrich the soil and help your plants to be pest free. Adding dead leaves, grass and plant material will enhance the richness of the soil. This is called mulching. Manure that is rich in soil nutrients is cow dung. The addition of manure to the soil is common practice in agriculture.

As you water your garden, make sure that you do it evenly. You can use drip irrigation to do this efficiently. Nature balances itself beautifully. It is our duty to keep nature intact so that it can help us to lead a healthy and joyful life on this planet earth.

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Matthew Kepnes builds gardens. You can find out his garden tips at his websites about figuring out his garden and about gardening tips.

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