How To Create A Sensory Garden

April 9, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Sensory Garden Ideas

Sensory Gardens: Benefits Autism And Special Needs Children  Gardening is a beautiful hobby for anyone to undertake. Planting can help you with everything from renewed creativity to improved self-confidence, but it can do even more for kids with special needs. Sensory gardens are used as a constructive tool for improving skills and thought processes in kids on the autism spectrum. Gardening has been found to generate a world of improvement beyond anticipation. What Sort of Garden Provides the Most Benefit? The truth is, Horticultural Therapy has been around for a very long time, but it has generated very little self-confidence. The therapy practice involves using plants, gardens, and the natural world to enhance cognitive, social, emotional, and physical attributes. It can be challenging to find a horticultural therapist. However, what can you do instead? Well, if your child is on the autism spectrum, they can still greatly benefit from gardening. The most productive and therapeutic method of gardening for children happens to be sensory gardening. How Can You Create a Sensory Garden? The goal of the sensory garden is to avoid plants that are poisonous or will give out an allergic reaction. Apply things to the sensory garden that will
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What Are Perennial Plants

March 23, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Perennials list flowers fruits nuts herbs and vegetables

Perennial Flowering Plants: How To Grow And Care For Perennials Any plant which lives for more than two years is considered as perennial. Though technically trees and shrubs are perennials, they are usually considered as woody plants by horticulturists. Perennials mainly include non-woody plants which die back during Autumn and re-appear during spring from the roots that survive the winter conditions. Perennials need very low maintenance once established and will remain in the garden for many years. These plants offer a variety of colours, texture, and foliage. Some perennials will have the lifespan of 3-4 years and some may live for more than 15 years. The blooming time may vary from two weeks to a few months. Rose is a good example of perennial flowers. There are different species and cultivars of perennial plants available to gardeners. Some of the easy to grow perennials include coneflower, peony rose, garden phlox, chrysanthemum and day lilies, etc. Growing and Taking Care of Perennials Perennials grow well continuously in warmer climates. The evergreen perennials will retain the foliage all year round. The deciduous perennials grow and bloom during the summer time and the foliage will die back in winter. When growing perennials in
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What Are Annual Plants

March 22, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Annual flowers in the garden

Annual Plants:  All You Wanted To Know Gardening With Annuals Annual Plants, complete their life cycle within one year or within one growing season, are also called annuals. Germination from seed to production of the seeds will be completed within one year and the plant dies off. There are annual plants, which germinate in spring or early summer and produces flowers and seeds by autumn of the same year. These plants are called summer annuals. Plants, which germinate in autumn and complete flowering and seed production in spring or summer in the following year, are called winter annuals. Some plant species require just one month to complete the life cycle and some them may take several months to complete its life cycle. Everyone that gardens appreciates annuals, they are the perfect plants for filling in gaps, en masse as ground covers and for garden borders.  Some examples of annuals commonly grown in our gardens overtime include: ANNUAL BEDDING PLANTS include marigolds, zinnias petunias, vinca, coleus, sweet peas, cosmos, alyssum, amaranthus, chinese houses, alyssum, cleome, impatiens, dusty miller, paper daisy, california poppy, flanders poppy, verbena, snapdragon, pansy, portulaca, livingstone daisy, borage, cat grass, nasturtiums, bells of Ireland, blue lobelia, calendula and
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What Are Biennial Plants

March 22, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

16 examples of Biennials

Biennial Plants: About Gardening With Biennials All You Need To Know The term Biennial demonstrates the length of the plants life cycle. True biennials do not flower in the first year, they are vegetative. Sometimes the biennial can be a perennial due to bitterly cold winters and the biennials life span will be cut short. A Biennial Plant will complete its biological cycle within two years or over a two year growing season. In the first year biennial plants will put all its energy into a good healthy roots system and some lovely leaves. The leaves add interest to the garden with just their foliage only. After this the biennials needs to go through a cold winter to best complete their lifecycle. Some fertiliser is needed to encourage tall thick stems and growth of flowers during the start of the second year. At the start of the second year the biennial will produce strong long flowering stems. The stems of the biennial will elongate or “bolt” and the biennial plants bloom soon after. These plants will produce seeds and fruits and then will finally die. At the end of the biennials second growing season the biennial plant growth is accomplished. There
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Health Benefits Useful Herbal Teas

March 18, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

How healthy is your cup of tea?

A Guide To Herbal Teas A Great Source Of Vitamins And Minerals Herbal teas are gaining popularity all over the world and it is mainly due to the various health benefits that it offers when compared to the normal black tea. The fact that there is also a wide array of palatable flavours on offer as far as herb teas are concerned, it is also one of the reasons the herbal teas are gaining so much of attention in the recent times. What is an herbal tea? Gone are the days when you get a brewed tea by putting the tea leaves in a hot pot or tea pot. Nowadays, the herb teas offer an herbal potion that is known as the tisane. The herbal infusions are not the normal tea that you get from a Camellia Sinensis bush plant that is known for its teas. Even though the herb teas look like tea and is brewed just like brewing the normal tea, the tisanes are made from mixing different botanicals to get the perfect taste, flavour, and aroma. There are fruit flavoured herb teas available that are offered with various tastes like orange, apple, etc. These herb teas offer
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants

February 27, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Photo of Herbaceous Perennials in the Garden

Herbaceous Perennial Plants – What Are They, How To Grow And Caring Tips Any plant that has green, soft and succulent stem in spite of the wood and brown coloured stem is known as the herbaceous plant. These plants will die off to the ground during winter and colder climates. The roots of the herbaceous perennials will always be alive throughout the year. And the plant will re-grow back during spring time. Herbaceous perennials are a common sight, in every garden in many countries. These plants are quite versatile and always look attractive flowering in a wide range of areas from metropolitan to regional gardens around Australia. Many countries grow these perennials because they are very easy to grow and they do not need much care and maintenance. The herbaceous perennial plants is classified as plants that can survive for more than two years, but need to pass through a dormant period which is normally in the winter. Why grow them? Most herbaceous perennials can be used as borders in a garden, or be placed in groups of odd bunches to give the garden an interesting and amazing design. The flowers look attractive from a distance and can add a
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Plant Dormancy Reasons

January 15, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Information why plants rest

Plant Dormancy How, When, Why Does A Plant Go Dormant? A plant is said to be in dormant condition when the plant growth gets arrested due to certain environmental factors. The metabolic activities of the plant will be at the lowest or it completely stops. It is a natural survival mechanism exhibited by plants, especially by those living in extreme conditions. When a particular climate is not suitable for growth like extreme cold or dry season the plant shows dormancy. You will know a plant is dormant when it starts to drop leaves or the vines start to dry. The leaves will lose chlorophyll and the leaves may show red, orange or yellow pigments. The plant returns to normal growth when the conditions become favourable. How The Plant Goes Dormant? Plants have a biological clock, which will react to the season changes. Reduced temperature and shorter period of daylight are indications for the plant to go dormant. Though the foliage growth will be restricted or nil during dormancy, the root will continue to grow to help the plant to thrive to the next season. The deciduous plants go dormant by shedding all their leaves and evergreens shows dormancy by reducing
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Layering Plants Simple Easy Methods

January 10, 2017 in Gardening by Christine

Different methods of Layering Plants photo examples

Layering Plants Know About Plant Propagation Techniques Called Layering Layering is a vegetative plant propagation method, in which roots are allowed to develop from the stem while the stem is attached to the plant, using the appropriate rooting medium. Later the layered part is detached from the parent plant. This is a highly successful method for plant propagation as the plant receives good nutrients and there is a lower level of water stress. There are plants which undergo natural layering. When the branches get covered by soil, some plants develop adventitious roots. Though the process of layering plants is more complicated, it is the best option for propagating plants that root slowly, or when you want a new plant with all the characteristics of the parent plant. Wounding the stem enhances the growth of roots and the rooting medium provides the needed aeration and moisture for the growth. The different methods of layering are discussed here with photos: Simple And Compound Layering This is an easy technique to develop a new plant. Bend the low growing and flexible stem of the plant to be layered to the ground and cover the part touching the ground with soil. Make sure that
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Importance Of Ornamental Plants

December 17, 2016 in Gardening by Christine

Ornamental gardens plants

Ornamental Plants: What Is The Meaning Of Ornamental Plants? Ornamental plants are those plants which are grown for their aesthetic features in home gardens or in public places like parks. These plants have plant parts like leaves, flowers, stem, fruit or stem and foliage texture which are attractive to the people visiting the garden. These ornamental plants are grown in a garden for cut flowers, to create landscape designs or just to create a display. They have less functional use and most of them don’t have any value beyond the fact that they are attractive. There are different varieties of ornamental plants with different sizes, shapes and colour and which are suitable for different climatic ranges, soil types and gardening and landscaping needs. Some ornamental plants have brightly coloured foliage or needle shaped leaves or bright and attractive flowers. Ornamental plants can be grown in garden beds or as window plants in pots, according to their variety. Ornamental plants provide the best visual effect in any garden or space where they are placed. Rose, orchids, lilies, coleus, ferns, etc., are examples of ornamental plants. Herbs, vines, bushes and trees are also included in ornamental plants. Daylily As Ornamental Plant Daylily
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How To Make A Soilless Potting Mix

September 20, 2016 in Gardening by Christine

homemade soilless mix soilless growing mediums

Soilless Potting Mix – A Recipe That’s Easy To Make Most of us would have planted new seeds in the regular garden soil. But, do you know that you can grow seeds on soilless medium? It is very easy to use and make and also helps the plant to grow better. Growing a plant in a pot needs necessary air, water, nutrients and a perfect growing medium. You can easily make one on your own and that too without using any soil. The perfect soilless potting mix has to be lightweight and should drain well. It must contain organic matter that will help in holding the necessary nutrients and water that the plant needs. Types of soilless potting mix The soilless potting mix can be made using various mediums. Bark Bark helps in better drainage and offering aeration and is an ideal option to be used to grow seeds. The water retention is not increased when using the barks and for this reason it can be used to grow, mature plants that do not need to be grown in moist conditions. Perlite This is a volcanic mineral that helps in drainage, retaining water and aeration of the soilless potting mix. It
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