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Ideas For A Decorative Garden

Growing vegetables is one of the most labor-intensive activities in the garden. Big garden – big chores. It is necessary to clean it every year, dig up beds, fertilize, sow or plant seedlings, water, weed, cover.

Pumpkin culture on the background of ornamental plants 
  

Recall a few rules. The place for the garden should be sunny, protected from the northern winds, with easily accessible water for irrigation.

Any garden can be made decorative by arranging beautiful beds, boxes, picking up plants not only for products but also for their aesthetic qualities. Combine the garden with a garden, arranging everything (beds, arches, pergolas, flower girls and balustrades) in the same style and color. True, in order for such a garden to look its best, they need to be engaged constantly. This is only possible for those who live outside the city all the time and have the strength and desire to care for the beds. 

If you do not plan to provide yourself and all near and distant relatives with your own vegetables all year round and grow them solely for the joys of being, then it is quite possible to do with a small area allocated for vegetables. A small ornamental garden does not require serious investment in the creation and large physical costs for the care.

Spicy aromatic herbs in the garden

 

Ornamental garden plan, like a flower garden, in advance. With respect for the size of the plant, timing of flowering and ripening of fruits, the general color gamut. 

It should be borne in mind that in the middle lane, he can become truly beautiful only in July when the plants grow well. And if you want the beds to look decorative since the beginning of summer, plant spectacular perennials here: a variety of bows, rhubarb, sorrel, strawberry bushes. Combine vegetables with a vegetable garden, which grow lovage, hyssop, thyme, sage, and other perennial herbs and wintered curly parsley.

At the very beginning of spring, the empty places intended for heat-loving cultures, fill with flowering seedlings – violas, marigolds. These plants are very unpretentious, and they can be transplanted without any damage in flowering form from place to place. You can put here pots with pelargonium, rosemary, Laurel. 

Vegetable and ornamental plants in the garden

It’s nice to think about a seedbed to grow vegetables as a substitute. For example, in place of the collected radishes, you can land already grown leaf or cabbage lettuce. 

Good to have a greenhouse. Not only heat-loving vegetables and herbs are grown in it, but also seedlings, heat-loving plants are kept from frost. Of course, it should be installed only when there is time because the plants in it will have to be watered daily and the greenhouse aired.

How To Grow Fragrant Greens On The Windowsill

In winter, especially like fresh greens. Not in the store, overfed with chemicals, but his own. And so she grew under the arm – a small garden on the windowsill. Cut a spring – and in the soup. It is clear that the concept of “garden on the windowsill” is rather arbitrary. It can be broken in the winter garden, on the warm terrace, and on the insulated loggia. And all winter to have fresh greens on the table. 

Planted bushes of lemon balm, thyme, hyssop, rosemary look like ordinary houseplants on the window. Moreover, they are often decorative and do not require any special care. The easiest way to get ready-made plants in the store – now they are on sale. You can grow them yourself from seeds, but you need to understand that the harvest from perennials can only be obtained next year. In addition, some seeds, such as thyme and rosemary, sprout slowly and unfriendly. In summer, seedlings are kept on the balcony or planted in the ground in the garden, in the fall they are transplanted into flower pots and transferred to the room. 

 

If you want a quick result, you can grow all kinds of greens: Peking cabbage, borage, cress, Ruccola, dill, cilantro, mustard salad, spinach, chard. It will not look as powerful as the greens from the store – it will be paler, weaker and more tender because the home conditions with all the efforts made are not comparable with industrial greenhouses. Light will not be enough for her even on the south window – it means that in the dark season it will be necessary to provide illumination.

 

 

Different cultures can be sewn together, you can separately. And thicker than in the garden. Any wide and not very deep containers will do. They are filled with earth, well soaked. Seeds are sown on the surface, sprinkled with a thin layer of soil, cover the container with plastic wrap. A high level of humidity must be maintained after emergence. When the green reaches a height of 5–7 cm, it is cut at the surface of the soil, or a part of the plants with root is pulled out. The remaining plants grow sturdier, more stocky. Then you can “tweak” on the leaf.

 

 

But not all crops are grown this way. For example, watercress easier to sow again. As a top dressing use liquid fertilizers for vegetables.

Medicinal Herbs And Plants

In your own garden and garden, you can grow a lot of useful medicinal plants. Many of them have not only medicinal properties but also spicy and aromatic. And besides, they all primarily decorate the garden.

 Mountain ash
 
Chicory ordinary ( Cichorium intybus ). Chicory has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, choleretic, sedative, diuretic, astringent and appetite stimulating action. It has a regulating effect on metabolism, slightly increases cardiac activity and reduces sweating.

Dill smelly (dill, sprinkled, Koper) in Latin is calledAnethum graveolens. Dill preparations have vasodilating, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, stimulate the separation of gastric juice.

The medicinal dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) has many nicknames in Russian – hollow, kul-baba, cannons, powder puff, milk jug, honeycomb, baller, miller, tooth root, hare, millet, cotton grass. Dandelion roots and grass are used as bitterness to whet your appetite. Its roots are used as a choleretic and diuretic.

medicinal plants

The coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum) is also called cilantro, hornbill, and seedlings. It has wound healing, hemorrhoidal, choleretic, analgesic, antiseptic and enhancing properties for the activity of the digestive glands.

Common raspberry (Rubus idaeus). Preparations of raspberry improve the function of the stomach, intestines, have antiseptic, analgesic, antipyretic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic and metabolism restoring action.

Melissa officinalis (Melissa offocinalis) is also known aslemongrass, lemon balm, citron-melissa, mother liquor, censer, mead, beekeeper, paparnaya grass. Melissa preparations are used as a sedative, analgesic, anticonvulsant, analgesic, anti-influenza and heart remedy. When ingestion slow down breathing and heart rate, tachycardia attacks, reduce heartbeat, shortness of breath, heart pain, lower blood pressure, relieve smooth muscle spasm, stimulate appetite, eliminate vomiting, bloating, help with neurosis.

Rowan ordinary or mountain ash red (Sorbus aucuparia) has choleretic and diuretic properties, as well as anti-inflammatory, hemostatic, capillary-strengthening, vitamin, astringent, mild laxative, diaphorescent, lowers blood pressure, increases blood clotting, and is used as and blood cholesterol. This quality mountain ash is used in atherosclerosis.

Peppermint (Menta piperita) is also called English mint, cold mint, ice cream. Mint has a warming and astringent effect.

Stinging nettle ( Urtica dioica ) – pug, strelkana, Kostyrka, sporekusha, nettle. Nettle is a multivitamin plant. It is rich in organic and minerals, trace elements. Among them are flavonoids, nicotine, acetylcholine, histamine, coumarins, iron salts, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, barium. It has a bactericidal, hemostatic, wound healing, diuretic, choleretic effect. Improves the activity of the heart, stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, blood composition.

Garden On The Balcony

Landing in containers is a quick and easy way to create a green corner on a loggia, balcony or veranda. They can grow flowers, herbs, and even vegetables.

 

More recently, the choice of vegetables for containers was limited – green onions and parsley and celery roots. What is grown now, is striking in its diversity and beauty. Recently, for example, small tomatoes from the cherry group have become very popular. They are not only tasty but also very decorative. 50–80 cm high, with long beautiful tassels and red or yellow fruits, these mini-tomatoes can successfully grow in large pots and pots, such as the F1 Kishmish hybrid. Compact varieties Mikron-NK and Florida Petit  20–25 cm high are suitable for small containers. Hybrid F1 Tumbler It is a cascade bush with a height of 0.9–1.5 m, which looks very beautiful in tall vases and flowerpots. Its sweet fruits ripen earlier than other hybrids within 80 days (for other varieties and hybrids, the ripening period starts 3–3.5 months after sowing).

 

Another great variety of modern hybrids of pepper. They have a more clearly pronounced decorative direction, and they belong to hot peppers to taste. Spectacular hybrids with dark burgundy large foliage, like basil. These powerful cute plants (about 35–45 cm in height and width) will decorate the balcony or loggia all summer. Peppers with green foliage have other decorative features: different shape, color, and location of the fruit. Peppers can peek out from under the leaves or rise up above a bush like peak tips. The elongated wriggling fruits of such a hybrid as Medusa, Pepperoni, Chilly Chili look unusual. Their peculiarity is that fruits on one plant can be of two colors – yellow and red. And the variety Masquerade even three – yellow, red and purple.

To the tomatoes and peppers, you can add a variety of herbs. Especially beautiful is basil  Clove aroma ‘ with a compact as if shrub bush.

 

Until late autumn, containers are decorated with curly parsley, chard, and a variety of salads, some of them look like exquisite flowers. Chao Bambino varieties with claret-green leaves, Ruby lace with rich colors of strongly fringed leaves form a rosette up to 30 cm and will be able to decorate your decorative garden in 25–35 days. Cort Uno Momento c burgundy leaves can be sown not only in spring but in August, the plants pleasing to the eye until late autumn.

When planting a home garden, one cannot overlook the decorative remontant strawberries. Most of its hybrids – with white or unusual for strawberry pink flowers of various shades – form beautiful cascades of edible berries that grow all summer. You can grow them yourself from seeds or buy seedlings in the spring, the plants bloom and bear fruit in the year of sowing. Currently, there are quite a few such hybrids, for example, F1 Moscow delicacy  – with large white flowers and large berries, as well as F1 C-141 blooming until autumn  – with bright pink flowers and tasty berries. Particularly impressive strawberries look in hanging baskets.

All this magnificence can be supplemented with edible flower plants such as nasturtium and marigold. And you can make a composition of flowers and vegetables.

Spicy Herbs On The Windowsill

Greens and spicy herbs are planted by many, and even the opponents of the beds still find a place in the country for basil, dill, and cilantro. However, to season the salad with your own spices, it is not necessary to wait for the summer – at any time of the year, the greens grow well on the window.
Dill, Anethum graveolens 
  

Fragrant herbs have been valued at all times. They were eaten, used as medicine. And interestingly, they have always been attributed to some magical properties. So, the Egyptians considered dill to be a symbol of grief. In ancient Greece, the winners of sports competitions put on his head a wreath of celery. And the wine infused on its leaves, the soldiers drank before the fight – it was believed that it kindles the fighting fervor. The Romans believed that the smell of rosemary relieves bad dreams and preserves youth. Dill in antiquity decorated with bouquets of roses – “for flavor”. From lemon balm, they made a love potion. Sprigs of hyssop moistened with water, the Jewish priests used in the ritual of ritual purification. In the Middle Ages, ladies embroidered thyme sprigs on the shirts of their knights – so that they remembered their lover. And cumin in old England was the main component of love potions. A lot of different diseases were treated with a brawler in Russia, and those who drank his decoction were strictly forbidden to swear.

Spicy herbs on the windowsill

Of course, all this is long past. But spicy herbs are bred today too – mostly for the sake of taste and aroma. And not only in the garden. Pretty easy to grow greens in a city apartment. But in order for your room to be filled with the smell of fresh herbs, it is not enough just to throw the seeds into the ground. These seemingly unpretentious plants also require some attention.

Perfect for a mini-garden kitchen is always moist air -. In winter, the “beds” is better to break on the south windows, in the summer – on the east and west. You can even expand the window sill if you are especially “herbivores.”

On the window, it is easiest to grow dill, Kuper, white mustard, boletus, and leafy salads. Cress will be able to plant even a beginner. Just do not forget that the greens do not like too wet soil and suffer from a lack of light.

Borage, bloom

Seeds of dill, leaf lettuce, Kuper, white mustard, peppered are sown on the surface of moist soil and sprinkled on 1 mm of light humus soil.

Forcing onions can be carried out in the water or a layer of soil with a thickness of 7-10 cm. Bulbs of the same size are chosen for forcing – then feathers will grow evenly. They are soaked for 12 hours in hot water, and after planting, they are shed with warm water so that the roots sprout faster. When the leaves grow by 25-30 cm, they can be cut. It is necessary, to begin with extreme – greens accrue from the center of the bulb.

Rosemary – light-loving evergreen shrub. He is quite unpretentious but does not like sudden changes in temperature. Water should be moderate.

Watercress can be grown in the soil mixture, and you can use paper towels or napkins – they will fit for watercress. Seeds need to sow pretty tight. Sprouts will appear in just a couple of days, and after about two weeks, when the salad grows to 5-6 cm, you can harvest the first crop. If you sow the seeds at an interval of fourteen days, you will always have fresh cress.

How To Grow Vegetables At Home?

The big advantage of the home garden is that the plants are under our daily control. But for such gardening, there are a number of features. Vegetables can be grown even year-round. But the expected result will not always be obtained, you will have to work hard and even spend money financially. What moments need to be considered?

Varieties of vegetables for growing in the apartment

The range for growing on the balcony (loggia, windowsill) is very diverse: dill, basil, indau, spinach, cress, parsley, coriander, mint, rosemary. There are excellent representatives for container growing among the nightshade: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and even potatoes. From climbing crops a good crop will turn out at cucumber, beans, peas, even melon and watermelon will form a decent crop with proper care. With root vegetables at home growing more difficult, but realistic. Homes on the balcony can grow carrots, radishes, daikon.

Selection and seed companies have created a special series of seeds for home gardening – the “Four Summers” series, for example. But you can choose varieties and hybrids themselves, taking into account some features. Choose early-ripe, small-fruited, high-yielding hybrids and varieties with a compact form of plants.

 

Ramblin Gold Stripe, Yellow Cap, Megabyte and  Red Placer show themselves well out of tomatoes at home. Parthenocarpic F1, Matilda F1, Santana F1 are successful among cucumbersFrom the basilica worth trying fine-leaved forms Naughty, Fresh, Bush.

Optimum dates for sowing seeds

Enthusiastic plant growers do not stop the difficulties, and at home hydroponic technologies and modern phytotrons with controlled microclimate, especially for growing plants, take root for a long time.

For a guaranteed harvest, it is recommended to sow the seeds in the same traditional terms as when growing vegetables at the dacha. First, it is fully consistent with plant biology. Secondly, you do not have to configure a long additional supplementary lighting, maintaining the right temperature and use a large number of fertilizing plants.

So, in the middle band greens can be sown from late March to late August. Tomato, pepper, and eggplant – at the end of January, cucumber and root vegetables – from the end of March.

Container size and soil

For a tomato and cucumber, a 5-liter pot is enough, 2–3 l of beans, 5 l of a zucchini, greens – any container is 7 cm high or so.

It is desirable to use soil for plants ready, universal for vegetable cultures. It excludes the presence of fungal and bacterial diseases. It is often filled with fertilizer complex, which is important at the initial stage of growth. If there is a desire to use the “garden” soil, then it must be taken from the site where similar crops were not grown before. And it is better to disinfect it in one of the ways: calcined in the oven, shed with boiling water, disinfect with a weak solution of potassium permanganate. It is important for each plant to provide drainage in the container so that the root system does not rot out due to an excess of moisture.

The choice of the place of cultivation

The best lighting will be on the balcony or window located in the south or east.

In the future, not every culture prefers direct sunlight. To ensure comfortable conditions, you need to shade the balcony windows so that the leaves do not get burned.

If the balcony is on the north side and there is a desire to grow vegetables and herbs with your own hands, then there is no need to do without light. This is especially necessary for the period when the seedlings are grown. There are several solutions: use home lamps, purchase specialized ones. For good growth, plants need light from 8000 lux. To date, such a number of suites can give a lamp type “Reflax”.

 

Watering and feeding plants

Watering the plants need water at room temperature (+20 … + 22 ° C) and ensure that the soil did not dry. Due to the drying out of the soil, the development of the plant will be uneven, during flowering it can throw off flowers and buds, and sometimes even leaves. As necessary, you need to loosen the soil crust, if watering is carried out over the ground.

Feeding on green cultures, as a rule, do not hold. They need more tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, and watermelons. The main thing here is not to overfeed: due to excessive intake of mineral fertilizers, the roots can suffer and the plant will die. It is better to “underfeed” their wards. Feedings are carried out with any complex fertilizers once every 20 days after 2-3 weeks after transplanting seedlings to a permanent place. The norm specified in the instructions can be divided into 2 times. At the time of budding need to feed fertilizers with calcium, magnesium, and boron, then the fruiting will be abundant.

Forming plants

Considering that plants from special seed series are often compact, they do not need to be formed. But a number of cultures have their own characteristics. Thus, as it grows, basil needs pinching of the shoots, due to this technique, it will acquire a spherical shape. Cucumber and tall tomatoes form in 1 stem, removing all side shoots. At the melon and watermelon, they tie up all the lashes, carry out pollination manually and leave 1-2 fetuses on each lash. Low-growing tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants do not need to be formed.

Love what you do

The right choice of variety and timely care is half the battle. Without love and creation success is not achieved.

Tasty and healthy crops all year round!

What Will Be The Future Of Agriculture? – Urban Farming

Despite the fact that scientists many times warned that the overpopulation of the planet threatens humanity with various “heavenly punishments”, this did not stop the growth of the population. There are more and more people, which means that they consume much more significant amounts of food than before. Unequal distribution of resources leads to the fact that millions of people around the world are starving. 

This applies to many countries and regions, both large settlements and suburbs. However, food is produced much more than before, now there is a maximum. New technologies can solve the problem of food shortages, and not only pure technological tools are needed, but also new approaches to agriculture.

New heights

One of these approaches is the cultivation of food in the city. In the locality, this work can be practically no different from those cottages and gardens that many people have. But it may be different if you choose vertical multi-level trusses as the basis. Such “lands” can be configured as you like, but in most cases, we are talking about “beds” suspended in the air, where crops are grown on special substrates or without them. On such farms, as a rule, there is ultraviolet radiation, which emulates the rays of the sun. And instead of unpredictable weather conditions, which sometimes lead to catastrophic situations in the fields, virtual farms within the city limits are completely controlled – the “climate” here is controlled by a computer, and everything is aimed at obtaining the maximum yield.

In principle, if there are appropriate technologies, then farms of this kind can be created almost everywhere. In fact, we are talking about a “new trend” – urban farms that are in close proximity to those for whom food is grown. True, there are a number of conditions. All vertical farms need a certain space and access to electricity. Nothing more is needed. Farmers themselves can buy everything they need for food production. 

Start can be very easy – all that is required to the “urban farmer” is in any store of building materials and agricultural shops. Under these conditions, the number of farms is constantly growing – for example, there are hundreds or even thousands of large and small farms in the USA.

They need volume, not square because here everything is expressed in cubic, not square meters. As a result, much more products can be grown on a vertical farm than non-ordinary ones if we talk about the same usable area. 

You can grow not only fruits and vegetables on vertical farms. Urban Organics, for example, produces plants and fish (salmon) on its farms. All thanks to a technology called aquaponics. These are closed systems, where plants contribute to the growth of fish, and those provide the plants with useful elements.

The same company, which was discussed above, in 2014 began to brew its own beer, creating miniature breweries. In the same 2014, Urban Organics has named the Guardian newspaper one of the most innovative among all the agricultural organizations in the world. 

It should be noted that vertical farms are also “friendly” to the environment. Aquaponic systems produce very little non-recyclable waste that cannot be used further. Well, the placement of farms close to consumers allows you to avoid the formation of large transport schemes for the delivery of products.

Well, are there any difficulties?

Yes of course. If you create a large multi-level farm, you will have to find a fairly spacious, possibly a multi-story building where you can grow a large amount of food. 

This problem is gradually leveled as there are companies that provide assistance to farmers who want to create their own vertical fields. One such farm is called Agritecture Consulting. At the moment, she has already helped a dozen major projects and continues to provide assistance. 

Such companies are likely to appear more and more over time. They are really great to make life easier for “urban farmers”.

Volumes of production

How much a city farm can produce products can be shown on the example of the same Urban Organics. So, last year the company opened a new farm, much larger than the rest. Its capacity is about 124 tons of fresh fish and 215 tons of plants per year. 

This vertical farm was located in the former brewing complex. “We not only produce products but also give jobs, create jobs,” said the head of the company. 

According to him, if there are a lot of urban farms, it will help to create communities of urban residents in the future, whole districts that provide themselves, that is, they can be called autonomous.

It is possible and necessary to involve new members in the business of creating new agricultural communities – he is also sure of this. And this also contributes to the Internet. For example, on a site called Plus. Farm, everyone can find “accomplices,” companions who also want to create a vertical farm and work on it. People creating such farms on the basis of ready-made technologies often improve them – they develop the best lighting systems, sensors, and plant growing schemes. At the same time, not all consider such things to be their own intellectual property, for which you have to pay – information about successes with technical data is disseminated in various forums and social networks.

Farms of the future

If people continue to develop this area, then after a while it will be possible to talk about the global community. Gradually, this area is becoming more and more developed, it includes new players. 

In the village, a large farm of this kind can be a tool for obtaining food, as well as an incentive for the city’s economy – because new jobs are created, and there may be a lot of them. 

Creating such enterprises, it is worth paying attention to the region itself. For example, while there are so many fields that cope with their task of providing people with food, vertical farms may not be an urgent need. But in poor countries, regions where agriculture is underdeveloped and there is a shortage of food – their such companies can be very, very necessary.

What About The Quality Of Organic Food?

Quality through the process of production

In order to determine the quality of food, not only the specific properties of the product but also those of its production and processing must be measured and proven. However, science is still in its infancy when it comes to making an objective assessment of products from different production processes. However, from a chemical-analytical point of view, bioproducts have proven to produce better, in some cases equally good and only in rare cases worse quality characteristics than conventional products. Since the use of chemical and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is banned in organic products, there are hardly any residues of these substances. This is confirmed again and again in the investigations of official food controls.

 

Fewer ingredients, additives and processing aids

An increasing number of consumers are exposed to food intolerances. Organic foods often provide these consumers with a significantly lower allergy potential, as EU legislation on organic farming allows only a very limited number of ingredients, additives and processing aids for organic products. These are listed explicitly in so-called positive lists. For the additives alone, only 54 out of more than 320 are currently authorized, ie only about one-sixth, and these are also limited and product-related. This means that the number of substances used in the product is many times lower than that of conventional foods. Individual producers’ associations further restrict the additives. Important for the consumer is that these substances are usually listed individually on the packaging up to the smallest quantity. This provides the consumer with an opportunity to obtain comprehensive information and to reduce the possibility of using additives through the choice of food.

Ingredients

There are studies that have shown a higher content of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and phytochemicals in plant bioproducts. But there are also studies that have found no significant difference between organic and conventionally produced products. A final evaluation is not available.

Organic fruit and organic vegetables usually contain less nitrate and pesticide residues. Some studies point to higher dry matter contents of organic products compared to conventional products. In some cases, the lower water content results in higher contents of valuable ingredients in organic products. Vegetable bioproducts often have higher levels of phytochemicals considered valuable by nutritionists.

For the quality assessment of animal products from organic farming, the species-appropriate husbandry and feeding have crucial importance. Each animal has the right to space, light and fresh air, allowing every animal access to the pasture and grazing land. Fully slatted floors are prohibited in cattle, pig and sheep farming.

Scientific investigations

So far there are no scientific studies on whether the regular consumption of organically produced food can generally be more conducive to health than the consumption of conventionally produced products. It is important to remember that food must not endanger health in general. An investigation by the Max Rubner Institute came to the following conclusion: “The question of whether organic buyers generally eat healthier, could not be answered unambiguously so based on the data of the National Consumption Study II 13,000 people aged 18 to 80 years The results show that there is a connection between the purchase of organic food and the dietary habits and lifestyle.

Organic buyers are healthier, more frequent non-smokers and active in sports. Overall, they practice a healthier lifestyle than non-organic buyers. When buying food, aspects of a healthy diet play just as important as altruistic criteria.

How To Plant A Persistent Shrub?

A shrub with evergreen leaves gives life to a sleeping garden. This plant with generous foliage all year round is ideal for protecting oneself from the prying eyes of neighbors. Solved to adopt for your balcony or terrace? In this gardening tutorial, we gives you professional advice to plant a persistent shrub in a pot. Know that this gardening operation is ideally practiced in autumn. For the necessary material and planting technique of the shrub.

 

 

Necessary equipment To plant a persistent shrub, plan: 

  • – Large water tank, 
  • – Shovel, 
  • – Pot, 
  • – Knife, 
  • – Slate mulch, 
  • – Topsoil, 
  • – Ppotting soil, 
  • – Clay balls.

Choice of different elements The choice of the evergreen shrub depends on its future location. Generally, this type of plant is placed in a place exposed in full sun or partial shade. For the proper development of your evergreen shrub, you must also choose good soil. Our plant designer recommends a mix of potting soil and top soil sandwiched between clay balls at the bottom and slate mulch on top. While clay balls provide better drainage, slate mulch protects the plant from weeds.

Moistening the plant Beforehand, moisten the shrub by simply plunging the root ball into a large bowl of water. Do not forget to make a cut all around this mound to prevent the bunching of the roots. During this time, you can mix the topsoil with conventional potting soil.

Stuffing the Evergreen Shrub Start by pouring 5 cm of clay balls into the bottom of the pot. Then add a little soil mixture. Then, place your shrub in the pot. Fill in empty spaces by pouring a mixture of potting soil and topsoil. As you add soil, do not forget to pack by hand. To finish, scatter the mulch of slate at the foot of your shrub.

Maintenance of the evergreen shrub Like any garden plant, the evergreen shrub needs some care. Watering is the first attention you should give to your plant. Regularly throughout the year, also think of putting fertilizer. Finally, when it comes to pruning, cut the branches at the end of winter to keep the foliage more attractive.

How To Grow Your Vegetables At Home?

Everybody tells you to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day? Easier to say than to do, right? There are however very simple and clever solutions to grow your vegetables at home. Whether on your balcony, in your garden, in your kitchen or in a closet, anything is possible! Learn how to grow cherry tomatoes or onions with hydroponics to grow vegetables all year long and much faster. Or opt for outdoor growing and build a small garden square! There are really a multitude of ways to grow your own vegetables … it only needs to take the hand. Look !

 

 

 

Hydroponics 

  • You have to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day, easy to say but hard to do. 
  • You can grow your own vegetables in your kitchen or on your balcony. 
  • There are solutions allowing you to get your own vegetable crops in a small space and especially without land. 
  • Having your own home is possible thanks to hydroponics. 
  • This method allows you to grow vegetables, fruits and flowers all year long. 
  • As the term itself indicates, hydroponics is a mode of cultivation using water instead of soil to develop plants. 
  • More precisely, a liquid nutrient solution is used.
  • A very powerful sodium lamp will replace the sun and reproduce its rays. 
  • A salad planted using this technique grows 5 times faster than a salad planted in the ground. 
  • Rest assured that fruits and vegetables keep their taste as if they were grown in the soil. 
  • You can a small cabinet dedicated to this method to tidy up your plants.

The aeroponic culture 

  • To plant above-ground vegetables, there is also another technique such as a central aeroponic which is very easy to set up. 
  • This device was set up by NASA for astronauts. 
  • Aeroponics consists of installing the small seed kits that come with the device. 
  • The central is equipped with a kind of reservoir containing the liquid supplying the plants with nutrients. 
  • In just 25 days, you can harvest salads or herbs thanks to this system without soil or sun.

The Smart garden As for those lucky enough to have a terrace or a balcony, they have the possibility to cultivate outside thanks to the mini square vegetable garden.

  • Just take four 90cm boards and fill with potting soil. 
  • Thanks to the square, there is no risk of overproduction because you plant a small amount at a time. 
  • To order varieties, it is best to divide the square into four. 
  • In each small square thus produced, it is, therefore, possible to plant different vegetables. 
  • Ignore bulky vegetables like cabbages and potatoes, instead prefer dwarf forms and fast-growing plants. 
  • You can plant for example basil, thyme, lettuce or strawberries.
  • For an organic garden, use a plant with a repellent virtue of aphids. 
  • Do not forget to mulch your vegetable garden as this will protect your future pantry.

Magnetic pots 

  • For those who do not have room to build a vegetable garden, they can opt for the magnetic pots to place on the wall of the kitchen. 
  • You will always have beautiful herbs to flavor your dishes. 
  • You will not lose any vitamins without mentioning the taste. 
  • Indoor crops are not lacking to fill up with vitamins.