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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Little Forest with Bonsai Trees

Everyone should consider the fact that, especially during the growing period, there are some really important things to take care of. When it is only about a small collection of Bonsai, it is enough to just water the plants. The soil must be slightly moist most of the time. Leaves must be controlled from time to time, in order to prevent bugs and diseases. When this happens, you have to take the plant out from the tray. In the summer, during the growth period, they must be cut to keep their shape. In the winter, the Bonsai tree doesn’t require some special care, but they should, still, be provided a free space outside, where they should not freeze. More, every few years, the plants need to be moved in bigger trays. These few lines might not show how important it is to take care of your Bonsai trees, but regular care is very important, including the holidays, when you might leave.

In Europe and Northern America, Bonsai trees came in the early ’70s. Since then, a lot of clubs, unions and associations appeared that organize a lot of activities: expositions, fairs, seminars and more.

Being a member of a Bonsai Club is not the most important thing when growing Bonsai trees. The most important thing is to enjoy what you do and have fun while doing it.

Info of Decorative Garden Accents

Gates:
Whether they are part of an existing fencing system or just free standing, a gate will add an architectural detail. Wooden, iron, plain or whimsically decorated let the gate reflect your personality.

Gazing Globes:
Beginning in Victorian times gardeners have tucked these decorative spheres into their gardens. Available in a wide array of colors and sizes ranging from 10 to 14in, place one on a pedestal and watch how suddenly things begin to look magical.

Decorative Planters:
Terra Cotta, Stone, Metal or Resin – Plain, Colorful, Textured or a Whimsical piece.

Placing decorative planters filled with beautiful flowers within your garden adds interest and a focal point. These can be moved around the garden or replanted later in the season with new plants.

There are so many types of planters to choose from, just have some fun with them. Also, any container you happen to have whether it’s an old watering can or one lone rubber boot can be made into a decorative container as long as it has some type of drainage.

Statues:
Choose from Cherubs, Religious Figures, Lions, Birds or Frogs. They can be large or small made of marble, stone or resin. Adding one or several give interest and whimsy to any size garden.

Furniture:
Place a bench in or near a garden and it immediately says, “Sit, Relax and Enjoy”.

Choose materials ranging from Cedar, Pine to Metal, buy something new or scrounge around your attic or basement for an older piece not being used anymore.

Birdbaths:
A functional and decorative focal point. Most commonly seen birdbaths are shallow simple basins that sit on a pedestal, usually made of cement, porcelain or plastic. Mini versions are becoming popular for placing on patios and walkways.

Fountains:
Water is a necessity in the garden; therefore having a fountain just seems natural. They provide a soothing sound and become a beautiful accent. The most common styles include; wall mounted, free standing, single basin and multi-tiered.

Birdhouses:
Found at nurseries, home improvement, discount stores and flea markets, this is probably the easiest of accessories to add. They can be simple square wooden boxes to elaborately detailed versions; you might even try your hand at making your own.

Grow in Basement

First, seeds must have moisture to germinate and grow. And the soil mix must be moist, but not soggy, or you’ll drown the new plant, since it must also have oxygen!

Second, while heat is essential, temperatures must be maintained in a narrow range for ideal germination to occur. Most vegetable seeds germinate quickly between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. After plants are up, many of them will grow in cooler temperatures, but most all will become dormant (stop growing) at temperatures below 50 degrees.

Third, light is not necessary for seed germination, but as soon as your seedlings begin to emerge from the soil, maximum light is required immediately for proper development. Therefore, to grow in your house, make sure your plants have a strong (but not hot!) light source directly on the plants, for up to 16 hours per day. ┬áThe metal one is 6-shelf Commercial Chrome Shelving, from Sam’s Club costing only $70, and will hold 20 flats of plants. Suspend shop lights with 2 cool and 2 warm 40-watt tubes 2 to 4″ above the plants.

The fourth principle relates to feeding. A balanced nutrient mix of 13 minerals is essential to plants immediately after germination. Those nutrients are mineral salts and must be very dilute in the soil moisture, otherwise osmosis will cause the salt to draw the life-giving moisture out of the plants, and they will die. To ensure you never burn your plants, water seedlings daily using the “Constant Feed Solution” of one ounce (2 level tablespoons) of Weekly Feed dissolved in 3 gallons of water.

Next, it is important to separate your small plants before their leaves begin to overlap with others’, or the tiny stems will become very weak and spindly as the plants all stretch – looking for more light. By the time the plants have their first or second true leaf, this step should be completed. Failure to wait even a few hours can result in spindly, weak plants, which never recover. Transplanting seedlings into 2″ 6-paks or pots will provide adequate space for them to grow an additional 2-3 weeks, depending on variety. If it’s still too early to put them out into the garden by the time plant leaves are again beginning to overlap, prune the leaves, transplant again into larger pots, or separate pots, so the plant leaves always have maximum light.

Before transplanting into the garden, “harden-off” your plants outside, off the ground for 2 to 3 days, to acclimate them to direct sunlight, temperature, wind, etc. This is important so the plant doesn’t have the shock of a new environment added to the shock to its root system caused by transplanting. If the weather turns cold at night, bring the plants back in the house. The temperature adjustment needs to be gradual.

Canopy Swings

Canopy swings offer a haven of comfort on extremely hot and sunny days or cloudy days when brief showers threaten. Instead of having to remain indoors and only getting to enjoy nature through the window, a canopy swing allows you to relax in your favorite spots no matter what the weather. Canopies also protect your valuable outdoor furniture from irritating messes such as bird droppings.

And you do not have to go out and buy a whole new piece of furniture to be able to enjoy the comfort associated with a canopy swing. You can take your existing porch swing and find a matching frame and canopy that will look like you bought them together. But if you do not have a porch swing, do not worry. That just makes shopping for your canopy swing that much more fun because you get to pick your favorite style of swing also.

The most durable canopies made for swings are made with Sunbrella fabrics. Sunbrella fabric is the premium outdoor fabric and is also the leading brand of outdoor fabrics in America. Sunbrella fabrics have been used successfully through the years to create beautiful, stain resistant and fade resistant awnings, umbrellas and furniture cushions that have withstood the test of time and the elements beautifully.

Sunbrella fabrics are made with a woven acrylic material. They are water repellent, mildew resistant and colorfast. They are UV treated to not fade for three or more years, and they are guaranteed to remain beautiful summer after summer with little maintenance on your part.

Most swing canopies are available in a Sunbrella navy or green colored fabric. They can be mixed and matched with almost any style of swing including Western, Adirondack, Cottage, Newport and Classic to create the perfect canopy swing to fit your unique tastes and decorating style.

Take for instance the Western Red Cedar Mission porch swing. This swing is beautifully constructed using kiln-dried, select grade cedar and is double-dipped oil stained to bring out the natural beauty of the cedar and to maintain it for years. You can take this gorgeous swing and add a Western Red Cedar A-Frame and a canopy to create an amazing piece of outdoor furniture that will quickly become the favorite piece of furniture in your home.