Tips On Feeding Plants.

Just like we need different things to grow , or different vitamins so do the different plants.  In my search, I will be sharing different tips that I come across.  I hope you will find some of the tips as useful as  I did,    “Enjoy!”

Great verity of Alocasia, for indoor and out.

This takes me back home, some were wild, I enjoy the verity. enjoy the beauty of nature .

Gardening Tips

As Gardeners, we can be hurt by the sun. That is why we should protect ourselves from ultraviolet rays.

Sunburn is the gardener’s most common skin problem. Getting repeated sunburn early in the season can cause damage. And too much exposure to the sun can cause your skin to be adversely effected. So don’t forget to protect your skin.

Any sunscreen protection that blocks the UVB rays and has an SPF factor of 15 or higher will help. Wearing a long sleeved shirt is great. It also can protect your from bugs.

Gloves are important as well. They help protect your hands from being scratched by the soil. After all, no one like rough hands.

An important way to solve skin irritations, is to protect your hands while gardening. Simple things like wearing a straw hat or wearing gloves will keep irritations to a minimum.

So get your wardrobe together before your start your garden

Apron, Gloves, Straw hat, Sunscreen, Good Moisturizer, long-sleeved shirt are all very important. And depending on where you live,– a good insect repellent!

Happy Gardening,

Just have fun!

MAINTAING A GARDEN IN THE SHADE

MAINTAING A GARDEN IN THE SHADE

Though you may not have much sun, you can still have a beautiful garden by the way you place your plants. With me, I let my garden talk to me. I sometimes place the plant in the area I think I should put it. I look at it for a few and see if it belongs there.

For example, knowing a little about the plant is a big help. Knowing its height will help to determine where your place it. If it is taller than the plant behind it, then the beauty is lost.

As you can see, there is a science to everything, including planting. Most of the plant for shady gardens are green, so choosing plants with color is very important. It will make your garden beautiful to the eyes as well.

Plants like Roderdandrums are great in the sun. But they are also very good in the shade and have beautiful powder puff flowers. However, they have to be planted in the back. In that way, you can plant smaller plant in the front.

As for the Astillbe… I love the spike and tall flowers. Some other favorites of mine are Periwinkle, Bleeding heart, Ferns. (I love the leaves… that is where their beauty lies). Caladiums, … the colors of the leaves are beautiful! They are great for a border.

Hydrangea does great in the shade. The many colors of the flowers is phenomenal. The acid in the soil plays a part in the color of the flowers they produce. There must be different acidity levels in my ground because different locations have different color plants including one plant that has multiple color flowers.

But most importantly, most of the plants I choose, come back every year (perennial). That is why Spring is my favorite time of the year. I wait in anticipation to see which plant will come out first.

I like the Hostas plant. There are many species. Most of them are variegated and cover a lot of ground.

They are perennial. that means they come back every year. And they thrive in the shade. Because I have a lot of them, I use them to unify my garden by planting them in different locations.

My Garden Visitors

Birds in my bird bath

MY WONDERFUL WEEKEND

Friday I was out in my garden for a few hours and I saw a few butterflies,” WOW” what a beauty!My Garden Visitors
So I remembered going to a butterfly aquarium and one of the things they did was to put out orange slices for the butterflies. So, I decided to do the same.  I cut 2 oranges in half and put them in different locations.  About a half to an hour later, there were over 10 to 12 butterflies!  Can you imagine my joy and the praises I gave to my creator!  That’s why I love gardening. It helps me to appreciate nature.

POURING RAIN

Rain pouring outside and I can’t go out and play in my garden! Saturday afternoon is dedicated to the maintenance of my garden… but the rain keeps coming. Mind you,  I love the rain and I know my plants love it to!  For one thing, it means that I don’t have to water for a couple of days.

So, I decided to do a little research for my blog. Sitting at the window and looking outside… oh what a blessing!  And a wonderful feeling. The birds kept coming to the bird bath.  I had to run and get my camera.   The picture above is one I took from my window.

I was not disappointed at all. The Creator took care of my longing to be outside.

Thank you, Father.

Planting Succulents Indoors

The word Succulent comes from the Latin word suros meaning juice or sap. They store water in their leaves or stem and roots. That is why their leaves are thick and engorged. Because of their beautiful and unusual appearance, they are often grown as ornamental plants.

They have the ability to thrive with minimal care– with just mist or dew. That is why their habitat is in areas that often have high temperatures and low rain fall.  For example the desert.

 Not all succulents like direct sunlight…

They are built to withstand drought, and so they should only to be watered once the soil is dry or once a week. They are drought resistant plants. in which the leaves stem or roots have are more than unusually fleshy and able to store a larger quantity of water.

Since they have shallow roots, they are especially suited for small containers. But if you are creating a garden or using a larger container, then use more plants but use some fillers like rocks or small pieces of pine bark. Or crush granite. Because the more soil in the container, the longer it will take to dry out.

Xerophytes

“Xerophytes” is the name given to plants such as these Succulents because they can adapt to different climates. They also are able to make their leaves smaller, so they use less water.

Succulents can be a great addition to any garden, and can make excellent houseplants. Once you adhere to the routine, they are really easy to take care of.

A FEW TIPS FOR THAKING CARE OF YOUR SUCCULENT.

  • Plant in containers with good drainage to avoid rot.
  •  Take extra care if you are planting in an unusual container like tea pot, watering can or birdcage. You may have to make adjustments when watering.
  •  The fact that they absorb water from the surrounding air and not through direct contact, is why sitting in wet soil causes their roots to rot and their leaves to fall apart and causes the plant to die.

ARE YOU USING THE RIGHT SOIL.

Though, watering is a major cause of death with succulents, the correct soil is a much bigger factor.

Make sure your plant soil is completely dry before you water.  When you do, try to water thoroughly. Because they ideally spend life outside, we should give them as much sunlight as possible.  Preferably. inside by the window– facing the south.

Remember, most garden soil holds moisture.  So, to avoid your plant from rotting, use a well draining soil blend of your own. There are soils specificly for succulents. The cactus soil can be used because it does not hold moisture.

Because of their shallow roots they grow slowly, so feel free to pack them tightly.

While most Succulents prefer lots of sunlight, some prefer the opposite. So research your specific plant.

Treat them like houseplants, watering them sparingly and when it is time for watering water deeply.

The succulent family is enormous, they grow in different shapes and sizes, with the most popular being “Hen and Chicks”.

This may seam like lots of information! But just remember:

  • Let the soil dry out completely before watering.
  • Lots of sun.
  • Proper drainage.
  • Water thoroughly.
  • Treat your succulent like houseplants
  • Use specific cactus soil or make your own.

 

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It Takes a Village to Raise a “TREE”

As humans. We tend to look at the world around us with eyes that see only what appears immediate.  We do the same with trees. When we look at a tree, we see it as a still, stable object.  But is it?

The same applies to the forests and the trees that make up the forests.  The life we humans live now is 70, 80 or 90 years.  Compare that with is a Spruce tree in Sweden that is known to be over 9,500 years old.

Trees Communicate

When you contemplate the incredible difference in life span between us and trees, you can begin to understand the difference in time scale.  To us, a tree seems still, never moving, but in it’s reality, it is extremely active and communicative.

The electrical impulses which is one of the ways trees communicate, travel through their roots at 1/3 of an inch per second.  So, when one tree sends a communication to another through its roots and fungi in the soil, in our human

understanding, it seems like nothing is happening—as if there is no communication.

But in reality it is communicating.  Just very slowly in relation to our human world.

Trees are a Community

On this matter of different worlds, I might add the misconception we have  when we think we are helping the forest by not allowing it to become “too dense”.  We think that by clearing away some the older trees, we are allowing the newer generation of trees to grow and thrive, as now they have more direct sun.

Sadly, we’ve forgotten that there is a design in all living things.  Societies that are not so technically absorbed have known this for generations.  Our great grandparent’s great grandparents knew all about this as well.

Because we tend to look at trees as just suppliers of wood, we may overlook the fact that trees in a natural forest environment are a community of families and also raise their young.

Trees Raise Their Young

You may be thinking, “Now that’s going too far! How can a tree raise another tree?”.  We’ll, before you dismiss the idea, think about how younger trees grow in the midst of the older trees.

In particular. Lets consider a forest of beech trees.

The older trees shield the younger from the direct sun.  The natural forest is able to keep a balanced microclimate with high humidity and dim light.

The mother tree as well as the other mature trees of the community shade the little ones with their enormous crowns.  The crowns close up, creating such a dense covering. Only about 3 percent of the sunlight filters through to the forest floor.

 Trees Discipline Their Young

This allows the little ones just enough light to photosynthesize.  That is, just enough to keep living.  Not very much left over for growth.  These young trees are actually being deprived of sunlight. But, there is a purpose behind this.  It’s for their protection.

Slow growth during the youth of a tree is important for its future survival and longevity. Normally a tree on its own  at about 80 years of age, would be considered by us humans as mature and would have plenty of wood to supply.

But in the forest, a 120 year old tree is still a youngster.  It typically will have a trunk as thin as a pencil.  It will be no taller than you or I.  The deprivation of light actually slows the growth, which makes it denser, tougher and much more resistant to breakage.  It’s able is able to resist fungi and heal quickly if anything causes it damage.

While these younger trees have to wait, the parent trees are actually passing sugar and other nutrients to them through their roots.  The parents in their own way, nurse them and sustain them until the parents pass off the scene, leaving a gap of sunlight for the youngster to grow wide and large and take its place in the community.