Beautiful Container Gardening

7 Elements of Organic Container Gardening

There are seven different, basic elements that are going to be required when you are beginning an organic container garden of any time. These seven elements are:

  1. Plants
  2. Water
  3. Sunlight
  4. Temperature
  5. Fertilizers or nutrients
  6. Planning
  7. Patience

1. Plants

Plants are obviously one of the more obvious basic elements because they are what is going to be planted, grown and harvested. This is what organic gardening is all about. You should be choosing plants that you are interested in growing and harvesting in order to get the most out of your garden space. You can grow anything you want in containers, and the plants will stay adequately sized for the containers because the roots will be properly contained. Determine the types of plants or crops you are interested in growing and make sure to use them properly.

2. Water

Water is another essential for your organic garden. The soil in your planters should always be properly watered, but you should take care not to drown your plants. The soil should be moist but never overly wet.

3. Sunlight

Sunlight is another essential, and it needs to be offered to your plants every single day. Make sure that your plants are being placed in an area where they are going to receive adequate daily sunlight. You must also make sure to remove them if it becomes too hot, however, because the leaves can be burned or dried out by too much sun.

4. Temperature

Temperature is another essential, as plants should be kept in a steady temperature ranging between 55 degrees and 75 degrees Celsius. This will help to make sure that your plants keep their moisture and maintain their shine. The roots of your container plants are going to be much more sensitive to temperature than plants that are placed in the ground, so make sure that your plants are getting the right temperature in order for them to thrive.

5. Fertilizers and nutrients

Fertilizers and nutrients are also vital for the success of your plants. Choose organic fertilizers that contain no chemicals to make sure that your plants get everything they need and nothing that they don’t. You can buy a multitude of different fertilizer products from your local gardening shop.

6. Planning

Planning out your gardening space is also important. You are going to need a fair bit of space in order to accommodate your container garden, so make sure that you plan this all out properly before you go about planting. Once you plant in your containers, moving them may be difficult.

7. Patience

Finally, patience is an often overlooked but vitally important element when it comes to organic container gardening. Make sure that you are patient when working with your garden in order to obtain the best possible results. This is the best way to ensure that you enjoy your garden and allow it to thrive in your care.

A Good Reason to Try Raised Bed Gardening

There are several advantages to raised bed gardening. Not only is a raised bed less compact and much better for many types of plants but it’s also easier on the gardener who no longer has to reach the ground to weed and tend plants. It’s much better for many people to bend over and tend plants in a raised bed than it is to try to get on the ground to do the same. And with all of the advantages of gardening in raised beds, the only disadvantages seem to be how difficult it is to build them and then take them apart later.

Fortunately, for people who really want to try gardening in a raised bed, there’s a simple solution. The M Brace eliminates all the disadvantages by making it possible for anyone to easily and quickly build a raised bed.

The M Brace is simply a corner brace for a raised bed that you set in place. They’re sold in sets of four so that you can set your braces, simply slide the wood into place and in just a few minutes you’ll have a finished raised bed. The beauty of it is that you don’t need any tools. All you need are some two by fours and the braces, and of course the dirt to fill the bed with afterwards. In fact, the most difficult part of creating a raised garden bed with the M Brace method is shoveling the dirt in when you’re done.

The ingenious design allows you to simply slide two by fours into the braces without the need for nails or screws. When you’re finished, you have a secure raised bad that looks great from the outside because of the nice design of the braces. You can get the M Brace in a variety of different die-cut designs or you can get solid ones for simplicity.

So many plants do better in raised beds because the soil is looser and the moisture drains away much easier. Having a raised bed also allows you to garden longer because the soil stays warmer, allowing for earlier planting and helping plants survive longer into the end of fall. Given all of the advantages of raised bed gardening, both for vegetable gardening and flower gardening, there’s really no reason not to try it now that it’s been made so easy.

The M Brace is available in some home and garden stores in California and other Western states but it’s also conveniently available online so that gardeners in every state can give them a try. They’re $165 for the set of 4 that you need to make one raised bed. You can make a square bed or a rectangle, with any sides up to 12 feet long. You can also take your bed apart just as quickly as you put it together if you need to move it to another part of your garden.

The M Brace is an ideal way to get a raised bed garden without the hassle and work of measuring, cutting and building one.


Using Trees to Beautify Your Landscaping

Using Trees to Beautify Your Landscaping

A home with a beautiful landscaping makes lasting impressions. If you are avid design fan, and you want to leave an artistic touch to your home, consider to invest in beautifying your yard landscapes.

If you want to make a signature plant, a tree is one of the best options to accentuate what you want to offer to your guests. First, you can place rectangular stones in front of it. Make sure it has enough room, and enough depth to grow by dumping mulch around the circle created to ensure a higher level of soil. The stones will secure the mulch in place.

A beautiful yard view pays off. Here are some options of trees which can be a good choice for your landscaping ideas:

1. Eastern Redbud

Want a spring look in your yard? Choose this short, multi-stemmed tree which reaches a height of 20 to 30ft. This flower buds from a purple color to a rosy pink when full bloom. The leaves are heart-shaped and appear after the flowers. Then, the yellow color is also good when fall comes. These redbud trees are easy to grow and perfect for a small yard; however, leave an ample amount of space because it grows up to 25ft wide for its crown so better dug a big enough hole for its seed to grow later on.  Here is a video on how to look after the Eastern Redbud.

2. Southern Magnolia

This is planted for its creamy look, large, and shiny leaves, and produces red fruits during fall. This tree can grow so large, and a height of 60-80ft tall and 30 to 50 ft wide. Smaller plants of this kind are also available. Better plant this somewhere unsightly or away from path walks and pools, or it looks good in a yard wherein it is highlighted when it is around full of pines.

3. Flowering Crabapple

This comes from Japanese origin which is small to mid-sized trees. During spring, they can be covered with various colors: white, pink, or red flowers. Also during fall, it has colors of yellow, orange, and red. Their attractive branching is also highlighted during winter. There are varieties now which can resist disease and can still hold fruit even during the extreme cold winter weather.

4. Gingko Biloba

Beautiful even both during summer and fall. Gingko Biloba has intricate leaves which turn green during summer and golden during fall.

5. Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees

Otherwise known as the famous, ‘Evergreen Trees’ as another type of spruce. Often, Dwarf Alberta Spruce Trees are placed in pairs serving as an entry point of a house, and its size lasts relatively small through the years. Many people have use it as container plants.