All posts filed under: Gardening

The Brazilian – Zebra Plant

This amazing plant with dark green leaves, prominent white colored veins, and wonderful yellow flowers originates from Brazil. The Zebra plant is a tropical plant, and loves humidity, therefore the best place for it to grow well is within a greenhouse or any glass room, with bright, indirect sunlight and protected from the cold.  

How to Water an Air Plant

Like us, air plants need water too! Air plants are a pretty and hardy plant and this means low-maintenance and relatively little attention; but you cannot just pop them into a terrarium or stick them on a shelf and forget about them.  Air plants need to eat and their natural food is water. Here’s how to water it:   Photo: Monica Melsness    

4 Reasons You Need a Greenhouse

With global warming our climate is changing rapidly, so  having a greenhouse in the backyard can bring more stable growing conditions for your garden plants. Greenhouses hold tropical plants, citrus trees, succulents, and several types of  vegetables and herbs. I have not yet convinced you? I’ll give you four more reasons to have one. 1- Flexibility – A greenhouse allows you to grow a wider variety of food and flowers. 2- Stability – A greenhouse offers a predictable environment which shelters tender plants from damaging weather extremes. 3-Self-sufficiency – A greenhouse empowers us to easily save and germinate our seeds, making it possible to avoid paying for them. 4-It’s Beautiful – When you choose a perfect greenhouse for your garden, you can redefine your outdoor space. Look below at this beautiful example I chose for you!  

Small Balcony Decor Idea

Lack of space in your balcony is not an excuse to leave this corner without decoration. With a little imagination and inspiration, you can turn this space with limited footage into a garden, gourmet space, or reading and relaxation area among many other options. Be inspired by these ideas and surprise yourself with these simple, but very beautiful and comfortable projects. Photos: Pinterest and Casa Claudia  

Darling Dahlia

                Tips to have a Dahlia Garden The Dahlia is the national flower of Mexico; it is delicate, beautiful, and with an endless variety of color. These plants grow and bloom best in full sun and tolerate most soil types, but prefer a  well drained sandy soil. If your soil is heavy or clay, just add sand and peat moss. Water once a week. If it’s very hot, water more frequently. Do not choose too tall varieties if you have a small garden. Some dahlias can be two meters. Plant then in a sunny place, then the flowers develop well. Plant the tuber in late April. Make sure they covered with five centimeters of soil. Immediately place a stick to support them. Some species get top-heavy flowers and fall quickly. If you want a bouquet, cut the dahlias in the morning when the flowers are already open well.      

Outdoor Kitchen

Green Living trends should be the top priority when buying  a house. Embrace the outdoor lifestyle and bring the  green elements indoors to freshen up your decor in a a natural way. How do you do this? It’s simple! Just set up a small kitchen garden! The outdoors is a worth while investment  for combining the happiness of shared meals with the wonder of nature !

Cloches : Growing Under Glass

Cloches originate from France, and are traditionally used to protect fragile garden plants from frost. These  beautiful bell jars ( cloche is French for bell) are a vintage chic piece and now they’ve made a  comeback ( Thanks  to our love of all things vintage). Cloches not only look beautiful -they are practical. Their enclosed environment acts as a mini ecosystem, so you don’t need to worry about watering frequently. Here are  some ideas to inspire you to get in the trend and put your plants under glass!                            

How to Mounted Staghorn Fern

Material  French cleats or other hanging mechanism to hang the board Sphagnum Moss Bucket Nails with heads that are large enough  for wire to be secured around them Screwdriver or hammer Wood board  ( select a board that is a least 20  percent larger than grower’s  pot your plant came in to allow for future growth) Staghorn fern Fishing wire , or  coated wire or  rope   Using French cleats or another type of hanging hardware, affix a hanging mechanism to the back of your board. Soak the sphagnum moss in a bucket of water until it’s fully saturated. Remove the moss and wring it out so that its not dripping prior to use. Secure the screws about 2 inches away from where you are going to place the sterile leaves of stag horn fern.This spacing will allow room for new growth. Leave a small bit of space at the top so you can wind wire around them. On the board, lay most of the damp sphagnum moss in the middle of the screws ( …

How to Dry Herbs

Via, test of home Enjoy home-grown summer flavor all year by learning how to dry herbs! Find various methods and helpful tips for how to dry fresh herbs, and how to make a fragrant fire starter after drying fresh herbs. Getting Started It’s important to harvest herbs at the right time. They should be picked before the flowers develop. Harvest on warm, dry mornings after the dew has evaporated. It’s best to pick and prepare one variety of herb for drying at a time. Discard any damaged leaves. Strip large-leaved herbs, such as sage and mint, from their stalks. But leave small, feathery herbs, like dill and fennel, on the stalks until drying is complete. Tarragon, bay, mint, lemon balm, lavender, rosemary and small-leaved herbs such as thyme take well to air-drying, so they are great for beginners. Drying Methods Effective drying relies more on abundant dry, fresh air than on heat. A well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight is ideal. If you live in a humid area, the process may be slower, and mold …

Vertical Garden or Living Wall Ideas

            Vertical gardens or “living walls” are a hot new trend among environmentally aware architects, designers, and gardeners. Great option for anyone who wants a garden at home and has no space. Besides being beautiful, they naturally purify the air and create a better living environment.               http://www.westelm.com DirectGardening.com Modern vertical garden    clean line vertical garden http://www.westelm.com Vertical garden CB2  eco-friendly home décor Planter   eco-friendly home décor Planter  vertical garden: recyclable bottles http://www.westelm.com vertical garden  (wall living )  by  Jamie Durie  

How to grow pineapple in pots

  Do you like pineapple ? The citrus fruit contains citric acid and has an acid taste and is refreshing.  The pineapple plant takes over a year to bear fruit, but also has great ornamental appeal in the meantime, making your home more beautiful. The landscape architect Ronaldo Kurita teaches how to grow it in pots. Materials : pineapple / knife / cutting board / medium stones / topsoil / dark container /felt  /water Take a healthy fruit and cut the crown with a knife, leaving about two fingers of the fruit at the base of the leaves. Now put the crown in a container with water just up to the base of the leaves . I recommend the container be dark, to accelerate root growth. However , nothing prevents you from using a transparent  jelly jar if you don’t have a dark one; it’s OK. Note: never let the leaves get wet or submerged . Change the water every two days. The roots emerge after about two weeks and then it will be ready for planting. Prepare …