Home Gardening – The Pride, The Joy, The Fun, The Art, The Responsibility

November 25th, 2020 by admin No comments »

Home gardening has become one of the top leisure activities in the country. Well not just here but across the globe from different cultures and races have come to enjoy and love doing gardening. People have different purposes and goals as to why they indulge themselves into it or there may be no specific concrete reasons at all because they just love doing it since it is their passion or for some their pastime, their hobby, for some a way to earn extra income, for some to grow their own vegetables for cooking, for home improvement or it may be that it is required or mandated by their housing association to maintain their front garden or lawn. Owning a beautiful and fruitful garden at home is a pride and joy for every gardener. Anyone can say they have fun doing it simply because they love it.

Home gardening does not limit anyone to planting and growing vegetables and fruits only, it also includes building a beautiful landscape that creates a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and environment. Because of this gardening has become an art. An art that requires careful planning, decision making and proper investment. And can also become almost a skill or talent for anyone who wants to perfect the art by trying different garden designs and landscape architectures.

The best thing about learning this ‘art’ or having a home garden is that you do not really need to go to school for lessons or spend loads of money for a special training. With home gardening all one needs to do is read a book, or ask a friend or someone already an expert for tips and ideas, or go online to research about it. One has to consider that to perfect doing gardening does not come overnight. Obviously one has to be patient to see the results over a period of time, maybe days or weeks or months depending on what one has done and what one wants to achieve like no one can expect his tomatoes to grow ripe the following day or expect the tulips to blossom the following week or like any other endeavors, there are times that you fail.

Home gardening entails more responsibilities than anyone thinks. As what has been said, careful planning, making the right decisions, proper investments should be right there – eliminating the pests, safety measures to follow, the right home garden tools to use, the research for further improvement and etcetera. But it would be a greater responsibility to have social awareness – to share to the community and teach and instill to the new generations.

Home Garden – Get Creative Building Your Own Kitchen Garden

November 3rd, 2020 by admin No comments »

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.

A environment friendly and healthy way of gardening. Organic Gardening is away of gardening in harmony with nature. Growing a healthy and productive crop in a way that is healthier for both you and the environment.

Home Gardening Ideas

October 27th, 2020 by admin No comments »

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.

Diggin’ My Indoor Home Garden

October 15th, 2020 by admin No comments »

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.

Giddy to grow but stalled on how to start your indoor home garden? Follow these simple steps to indoor vegetable gardening on a spartan budget that coach you through learning to grow your own food. Bypass costly beginner mistakes and keep those plants thriving. You’ll be dining on food flavored with fresh herbs free from chemicals plucked from your very own home garden. A whole lot healthier for you and your pocketbook!

Home Gardening Advantages

September 26th, 2020 by admin No comments »

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.

Why Start A Home Garden

June 2nd, 2020 by admin No comments »

Are you tired of being cooped up inside? Tired of the kids doing nothing but watching TV and video games? Then maybe you should get started planning a garden for this spring. Everyone has time for a small garden, even you. The trick is to start small and have a source of good information for beginners. Now you can go to your nearest home supply store and buy a container with some soil and seeds and you are ready to get started. You can find everything you need to know by searching the internet for home gardening for beginners. Here are some things to consider if you want to start a garden.

Nothing tastes better than a ripe tomato picked fresh from the garden. The tomatoes we purchase in the stores are mass produced with no regards for taste. I can still remember the first tomato (Tiny Tim) I ate out of my first garden. By planting a home garden this spring you will be able to find out what a real tomato tastes like.

Tired of seeing your family members sit in front of a video game or TV? Maybe planting a small home garden will get your children outside in the fresh air and get their hands into some dirt for a change. “Families that garden together grow together.” Even young children enjoy having a garden section they can call their own. I know as a child I still remember going to the garden store to pick out tomato plants for my section of the garden. Working and learning outside as a family is a great experience that that will last a lifetime.

If you have a stressful job or life you might want to consider planting a garden this spring. There is no better way to forget about your problems than working out in nature. You will get lost in the wonder of nature and unwind from the stress of your life. The exercise will also be good for you. Although, if you are new at this I would start with a small garden so you do not over commit for time and physical commitment. Gardening can be cheaper than paying mental health professional.

I believe the US food supply is relatively safe after working in the agriculture industry for many years. It is very satisfying to know exactly what was involved in the production of your food. I know many families that have special needs children who are responding well to organically grown foods. Obesity has become a major concern for both adults and children. Most nutrition experts are encouraging an increase in everyone’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce from your garden encourage a vegetable friendly menu.

Now is the time to start thinking about raising a garden this spring. You can get outside with the family or maybe get outside away from your family to raise your own bright red juicy tomato that tastes like a tomato. Your completely safe nutritious vegetables will also provide you with a relaxing hobby that will allow you to learn new things. If you would like to get started but do not know where to start make sure you check out this website dedicated to home gardening for beginners.

Know Your Vegetable! Home Garden Success Depends on Well Thought Out Home Garden Plans

March 17th, 2020 by admin No comments »

Home garden plans are essential to having a successful vegetable home garden. Planning means being able to answer the following questions:

1. Where am I going to plant my garden? Will you be gardening in your yard, vegetable container gardening or hydroponic gardening, to name a few?

2. What are the best vegetables to grow in my garden given my climate, size of garden, type of soil, and what I like to eat?

3. Where do plants best thrive in a garden?… shade or sun, close together or far apart?

4. Is there a best type of seed? How long does that seed take to germinate? Growing season length?

5. How do I care for my home vegetable garden? How much fertilizer and water does it need? How do I keep bugs and rodents out of my garden?

6. Do different plants require different care? How do I dress the vegetables once I have harvested them? How long are they good for after harvest?

If you are a beginning gardener, having well thought out home garden plans will make or break your results. Nothing is more frustrating than putting hours of time and many dollars of resources into your garden only to see that it has failed. You must, at least to some degree, answer the noted questions. You will make mistakes and some plants will not turn out as expected.

To minimize that, however, there are many resources out there to gather information on home garden plans for your home vegetable garden. Of course there is the internet, however, I would also strongly recommend a good garden reference manual or your local greenhouse owner. Everyone I have ever worked with has always graciously assisted me with my garden project. They do this so that they can win you over as a long-term customer. It sure has worked with me as I have a couple greenhouses in my area that I frequent often.

So again, to ensure you have an optimal vegetable, home garden plans that are well thought out and executed is a must! I hope this gives you a good jumping off point with your new garden. Good luck with your home garden plans and may your vegetable home garden be bountiful!

Best of Luck! – Brian Dick

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Marketing, Promoting and Advertising Your Business

February 28th, 2020 by admin No comments »

One thing that goes without saying in today’s business world, is that regardless of the nature of your home based business, a website is an absolute MUST. Whether you have a product or service to sell, whether local or global, your business will go nowhere fast if you don’t have an online presence. If you need internet marketing help, you’ve landed on the right article. I’ll give you some home based business marketing ideas that will help you promote your business successfully.

The first step is choosing a domain name and getting it registered. You can build your own website (if you have the time) and host it yourself or you can have everything done by another company (if you have the money). Either way, you have many options and tools at your disposal that can align with your business plan and budget. Also note that you can still start your own home based business even if you don’t have a product or service to sell. There are thousands of individuals and companies that have products you can sell for them while earning a commission, called affiliate marketing.

Of the many business marketing strategies known to man, internet marketing is, hands down, the best strategy to use for promoting a home based business as it is the cheapest method and has the potential for reaching millions of people all over the globe. Driving traffic to your site through online resources is like killing two birds with one stone. You can tackle print advertising by writing articles and publishing them to directories and ezines and by submitting ads to the many available (and most of them free) classified ad sites. Online media advertising encompasses writing press releases and distributing them to press release sites. One of the biggest and most popular online advertising trends today is via social media advertising through sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn where you build relationships with your customers. Forums and communities are also great ways to build relationships which helps promote your home based business in the long run. Simply Google your market or industry with the word ‘forum’ or ‘community’ behind it and search for one or two that seem to be the best fit for you.

All of these methods of online advertising contribute to search engine optimization (SEO), which is to say improving your online visibility and escalating in the search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Your goal is to claim the #1 spot in the organic search results (the results on the left, not the right side which are paid ads). This is where your traffic will come from. If you are 800 in the list of search results, no one is ever going to see your site because very few people have the time or patience to scroll through 800 search results. Research shows that people typically won’t even scroll past 4 or 5 search results, let alone 800.

Can you grasp the importance of internet marketing for any business? If you are new to the internet marketing phenomenon and don’t know exactly where to start, there are many great programs or systems online that walk you through every aspect of marketing your online business. A lot of these systems were created by online entrepreneurs who have spent thousands of their own dollars trying to figure it all out over the years and finally DID. Their sacrifices have made it easier for newbies to become successful at their own online home based business. If you are new to running your own home based business, I recommend you find a great system (do your research, read reviews, ask questions in forums) and start marketing your home business from there. Don’t waste the time and money that so many of us have in going it alone, without a proven system, as it will just set you back further and hinder your progress.