Home Gardening Ideas

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Gardening is one great hobby to enjoy. Aside from the joy of seeing your flowers and plants thrive healthily in your backyard, you can also find many home gardening ideas and garden art to make your garden look amazing and refreshing to the eyes.

Imagine a great garden with waterfalls, with stone art and all those nice stepping-stones and other garden ornaments. Indeed, gardening is not just satisfying your senses wit the fresh environment of your garden but also a way to express your being artistic.

Hypertufa Garden Art

One amazing garden art that you can make in your garden is with the use of hypertufa. Hypertufa is an artificially made rock that is used as a substitute for the ‘tufa’ rock, which is a very good material for plants to grow and thrive because of its porosity. However, the tufa rock has now become rare and expensive, thus the creation of hypertufa is an alternative.

One good thing about using hypertufa for your creative home gardening ideas is that, you can actually do it yourself and shape it according to what you want. You can make planters, troughs, pots, rocks, even hypertufa leaves and just any garden accent you want. You will just need Portland cement, peat moss and perlite, mix these ingredients with water and mold to your chosen size and shape and let it cure and dry for several days.

Unlike ceramics, clay or plastics that will crack, hypertufa is durable, lightweight and can withstand harsh weather especially the freezing temperatures in winter. Because of its porosity, it is also a good material for plants to thrive even with little maintenance and watering.

You can actually find some hypertufa recipes for you to start with for your DIY home gardening ideas. You must be guided according to the hypertufa recipe fit for the product you want. You can make your hypertufa very lightweight or very strong by following a slightly different recipe.

Garden accents and planters from trash

Aside from making your own hypertufa for your garden needs, you can also make use of some junks that will be good garden decors, planters and accents. You can make use of an old wheelbarrow as an accent or a planter for you garden, or you can reinvent old containers and pots by adding some modern look into it. Old watering cans can also be repainted and designed to give a unique look to your garden.

Old chairs can be repainted and redesigned to make excellent plant stands. Old bathtubs can also be great ‘mini ponds’ for your garden where you can put your stone art and hypertufa creations. Indeed, you can find treasures from the junk that will make your garden look amazing.

You can actually find many home gardening ideas that will inspire you to make your home garden more refreshing and attractive as well. You do not need to have expensive decors and accents, you can actually find them in your trash, or you can make it on your own with just so little cost.

Get Creative Building Your Own Kitchen Garden

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Planting your own kitchen garden is a great way to have the herbs, vegetables, berries, fruits or even flowers readily available for your everyday needs. They are not a new method of gardening and have been around since or even before colonial times.

Kitchen gardens are becoming a more and more popular way of gardening over the past few years. Most home or kitchen gardens grown by the home gardener are herb or salad gardens and are planted in a location near or close to the house for easy access of your everyday needs.

When choosing a location for your home garden you need to have an area that gets a minimum of eight hours of full sunlight, an area that has good drainage and a good healthy soil. These are the same requirements that are needed for any other type of vegetable garden. The most common methods for this type of garden are usually raised bed or container gardens.

Creating your home or kitchen garden using raised beds or containers gives you the flexibility to build your garden in location that you would normally not be able to work the soil and is a creative way to add dimension to your yards landscape. Raised bed and container gardens are also a type of garden that are easier to maintain than your stand home garden and it is not uncommon to build more than one garden using these methods.

Get creative and build your own home or kitchen garden. They are also a great way to attract wildlife to your backyard like hummingbirds, butterflies and even toads, while adding beauty to your backyard with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Diggin’ My Indoor Home Garden

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Are you thinking of starting an indoor home garden? Climbing costs and crazy chemical coatings on grocery produce are creating fast fans flocking to join you. Planting an edible garden indoors to grow some of your own vegetables and herbs all year is a low cost alternative for safer healthier produce. No more worrying about chemicals or worse…scary bacteria like E. Coli on your food.

Getting started can stump you…sure happened to me. So to help you dive into diggin’ your first dirt, here are 3 kitchen herbs I discovered were great to grow as starters for my own indoor home garden.

Starting with an indoor herb container garden makes the most sense for lots of reasons. Here are a few:

  • easier to grow than most other plants
  • require little attention, easy care
  • add kick to your cooking
  • add aroma to your home
  • decorative as well as culinary
  • few pest issues, not disease prone
  • swift savings in your pocketbook
  • low cost to start and maintain
  • continually replenish themselves after cuttings

Time to get started with these 3 exciting herbal additions as a foundation of your glorious first indoor home garden adventure.

1- Chives Talkin’Chives plants have to be my all time favorite for anyone’s maiden plunge into planting their own indoor home garden…or frankly any beginner garden. These emerald green gems are forever forgiving of beginner blunders.

A perennial herb, chives produce a purple ‘pom-pom’ type flower that is also edible in addition to the long chives leaves. Chives survive any manner of neglect and conditions. You really can’t hurt this herb. My kinda plant!  But, please give them lots of light. They are sun lovers.

Their onion-like flavor is deliciously subtle but rich. Far superior to the dried store counterparts. Chives herbs are vastly more versatile than as an addition to sour cream. The chopped leaves are perfect for flavoring soups, eggs, butter, salad, and vegetable dishes.

2-Dill Discoveries

Since dill grows easily from seed, you can plant your dill seeds directly into a container of potting mix. Dill is another sun lover and considered a ‘calming herb’. Feel stressed? Snip some dill out of your indoor home garden and chew it to calm yourself! Mother nature’s way to relieve tension.

Dill’s gentle light green fronds grow atop thin stems. Chopping up both provides a much milder flavor than what you may be accustomed by using the dried version. Dill is an herb delighting creative cooks because of its diverse uses. Familiar with dill pickles? But did you know you can make a dill vinegar? Other seasoning choices for dill are butters, cakes, bread, fish, soups (try it on potato and leek soup!), and vegetable salads.

3-Basil Is Never Boring

For Italian cooking, basil is essential as part of your indoor home garden! Basil seeds happen to be extremely easy to germinate in moist warm potting soil. Since it’s a sun worshiping annual herb, locating your indoor home garden in your kitchen is perfectly suited for basil’s ideal hot and dry conditions.

Instead of the more popular green leaf variety, consider growing purple leaved basil for a dash of color indoors from your home garden. The scent is another way to experience basil. Rub your fingers across the leaves and your senses will make your mouth water.

Basil leaves flavor pasta sauces, stews, soups, poultry and other meat dishes. Use basil stems and leaves to create an out of this world vinegar. Mix the basil vinegar with your fav oil and add  to a salad of fresh quartered tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.

Another treat for your taste buds is a basil herb butter. In a food processor mix butter and basil leaves. Firm it up in the fridge. Pat some on fresh corn on the cob…ooh la la land!

Your herb indoor home garden can be a group of small containers with one herb plant per pot or simply a single container large enough to hold several herb plants. Hopefully this has inspired you out of your hesitation and you are ready to join the legion of urban farmers of the indoors edible garden by growing kitchen herbs.

Useful Home Gardening Tips

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When one finds himself looking for home gardening tips, it is important to think about the types of gardening such as indoor gardening, organic gardening, and vegetable gardening. These different “genres” of home gardening tips will only lead you into confusion so it is very important to take note that there general home gardening tips that are versatile and are fitting for your average gardener. But before anything else, one has to have an idea on how to go about gardening at home so one can fully grasp the very idea of general home gardening tips.

What is home gardening about? It is a type of gardening where home growers can sustain themselves with healthy tasting produce and flowers that seem to bloom with the essence of beauty. To earn the so-called tasty and beautiful products of gardening, one has to get the right set of gardening tips available.

When it comes to gardening at home, there are certain tips you should follow.

These home gardening tips are best for those who are about to start out as home gardeners. First off, when planning to set up a home garden, it is very important to pick a specific area in your lot. This area will depend on the type of plant or crop you are planning to cultivate, but almost all of the plants for gardening relatively share the same set of desired outdoor conditions which are full or near-full exposure to sunlight.

It is also vital to set up your patch of plants near a faucet so it would be easy to maintain since you wouldn’t need to move around that much. Of all the home gardening tips out there, this is one of the most important to take note of.

Deciding which plant or vegetable to grow is one of the most crucial processes a gardener has to take since knowing which type is also going to give you an estimate of the size of the garden plot you should have. For example, vegetable plants take up small patches of land and are easy to grow while vine crops, such as cucumbers or watermelons require larger patches of land and are more difficult to handle compare to vegetable plants.

These home gardening tips are easy to master but the most important factor in home gardening comes from no book or from any tip out there. It will come from you. Each successful gardener has his or her own set of gardening tips. These tips will be nothing if you would not exert time and effort into gardening. After all the hard work, you will be able to see and even literally taste the fruits of your labor.

Home Gardening Advantages

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Saving Money and Your Sanity

Each year more and more people take up home gardening, some feeling the need to save money, garden in order to provide cheaper and healthier food for their families. Others choose home gardening as a way to relax, relieve stress and provide their yards and homes with beautiful live plants. There are many different types of gardening and many good reasons to choose to garden.

A Wise Economic Decision

Let’s face it with today’s economy, food gardening is a wise economic decision. You can grow your own herbs, vegetables and even fruit for a fraction of the cost you can buy them in the store and the more space you have to garden the more money you can save. Many families literally shave hundreds of dollars off their grocery bills each year by growing their own food and preserving it. This food is healthier than store bought goods, as well, because home gardeners often use organic growing for their food, which means no harmful chemical pesticides. They also can or freeze their food using less preservative than can be found in store produce. No matter how big or small your yard or even if you have no yard at all, you can grow some produce that will save you money. While those people who live in the country or have a large yard can grow enough food to feed their families all year round and thus save a ton of money on grocery purchases, those with small plots of land or even a balcony or deck can grow a few a simple vegetables. Vegetables such as tomatoes can be grown in a tub. People with no yard at all can enjoy home gardening by growing their own herbs inside in small spaces such as a window sill.

Some even grow miniature fruit trees in their homes. All these people find gardening enjoyable as well as economic saving them any where from a few dollars a year to significant savings. A Relaxing Hobby Other people turn to home gardening as a relaxing hobby. They find it a perfect way to relieve stress from their hectic jobs and really enjoy the feel of getting back to simple basics. These gardeners enjoy growing everything from small flower gardens to prize winning orchids or roses. One particularly enjoyable type of gardening for the hobby garden is bonzai or bonsai gardening. Bonzai gardening includes not only the Japanese Bonzai, but the Chinese Penjing and the Korean Bunjae. Quite literally bonzai means growing a tree in a pot. These miniature trees can be grown both inside and out depending on their size and provides for both an interesting hobby and a aesthetic result.

Special tools and techniques are needed for Bonzai gardening and those people who enjoy this type of gardening really enjoy the challenge of nursing these trees into the shape and style they want to create. For those looking to save money or for a relaxing and enthralling hobby then home gardening can be the perfect choice for you.

Small Garden Design Ideas

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A garden owner can themselves design and can create layout plans for planting of landscapes and garden. You as an amateur gardener can attain a good level of experience by working for many hours in your garden. This will give you many ideas. Landscaping can be enhanced with a vegetable home garden as part of the small garden design. There has been an increased interest in small garden design since the twentieth century.

Who so ever be the designer of the garden, be it an amateur or a professional, be sure your home garden plans include a vegetable garden planting. Ask your friends for their ideas. Landscaping should follow certain rules and principles to meet the desires and need of the owners or the users of gardens. The layout of the gardens must include walls, sitting areas, paths, as well as plants themselves. I know someone who has placed numerous yard gnomes throughout their garden. That is some odd home garden decorating.

Maintenance at regular intervals of time is needed. Keeping in mind the innovation in keeping the garden stylish is one thing that shall not be missed and how the whole landscape should be used effectively. Follow a basic and simple small garden design to ensure that the garden is manageable.

The first thing that should be done is to choose n appropriate location for the garden. A location that is topographically correct must be considered. There should be a well organized connection with water. The area must have rich layers of soil. Besides a well constructed and designed garden can weigh a lot above the location.

The quality of the soil in the garden is the most important aspect as it has a significance impact on the success of garden. There are many types of fertilizers that can help the garden grow. There are many soil organisms that help gardener in improving the soil quality. Planting nitrogen fixing plants such as those from the family of peas can provide a boost in the fertility of soil. The excavated soil of the landscape should be mixed with peat, mineral dust, compost, sand and manure. These are examples of organic garden fertilizer.

Lastly, the boundary impinges can provide a great finishing look to the garden. Your very own place looks beautiful and organized. It can be marked with fencing or slanting bricks or a raised pedestal or shrubs. A proper fencing is necessary to keep away the animals from destroying your garden as well as to enhance the beauty of your garden. All this prepares you for a fantastic setting for your next home garden party. And don’t forget the yard gnomes!