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I don’t know about you, but I love getting gifts all year round! Now that the holidays are almost upon us, I thought now would be a great time to tell you my favorite gardener gifts. Here are the 10 best gifts for gardeners.
Even though its only September, I’m starting to see holiday related items in stores, as well as online. I even tested out how many people were looking at holiday related items by pinning a new holiday pin from an older article and got tons of eyes on the pin. So, a bunch of people are already thinking about the holidays!
I think its too early…but apparently many people don’t. So if you are one of those people that is already thinking about what to get your favorite gardener for the holidays, here are the 10 best gifts for gardeners.
Indoor Greenhouse Kit
I love, LOVE, these indoor greenhouse kits by Jiffy! They are great for the gardener who does not have much space (like me) or want to start small when it comes to starting plants as seeds. Each kit comes with pellets that expand with water to start your seeds in. You can fit up to 12 different types of seeds in this kit, although there are larger kits available. You can also purchase replacement pellets when you are finished with the first 12. Great gift for adults and children!
Garden gloves are a great gift to give to your favorite gardener any time of the year. There are also a variety of styles to choose from for men, women, and children. You can find them with cute patterns or plain colors. I love these garden gloves that come with claws, so that you can not only keep your hands dirt free, but also dig in the dirt and not get poked by roses. The gloves come in teal with back, so men and women can both enjoy wearing them in the garden.
Sunflower Starter Kit
Who doesn’t love sunflowers? There are so many to choose from as well! I have grown several, and am just starting another variety in my mini greenhouse. This starter kit is a great gift for children and adults alike. This organic sunflower starter kit is great for the beginner gardener, or for your favorite gardener who loves these vibrantly colored flowers.
Aren’t these garden shoes super cute? I love the variety of patterns and colors you can choose as well. They have really comfortable insoles for those who tend to get sore feet. These sloggers are also a great alternative to regular shoes when you don’t want to get your everyday shoes dirty. Fortunately, if these garden shoes get dirty, they are easy to clean up!
Garden Tool Set
Not sure what to get your favorite gardener? Get them a little of everything with this garden tool set. This set comes with five different garden tools, a pair of gloves, a flower mister, and a tool bag to fit all these goodies in! The bag comes with little pockets on the outside for all the tools and mister to fit in, while you can place larger items in the main bag.
Another great gift is a garden kneeler. This is great for gardeners who like to kneel to garden, without getting their knees sore or dirty. The padding keeps your knees in tip top shape. The kneeler can also double as a chair, with plenty of storage pockets on either side. This kneeler is foldable, so that it can be stored in small spaces as well.
Tricycle Plant Stand
A plant stand will make a great garden gift for any time of the year. This adorable tricycle plant stand is no exception. There are three different areas to place pots with plants in them. These would be great to mix and match plants for different seasons and times of the year. This one reminds me of the beach cruiser I have hanging in the garage that I need to use again soon…
Plant Lady Mug
Get your favorite gardener this plant lady mug so that they can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before playing in the dirt for the day. The elegant script on the mug is located on both sides and decorated with flowers on a green background. I know I could always use another tea mug!
Mother Hen and Chicks Sculptures
Do you know a gardener who loves hens and chicks but doesn’t have room in their garden for real ones? Gift them with this cute hen and chicks sculpture set. Requires no feeding or picking up eggs! These sculptures are made of metal, giving them a nice outdoor look. They would look great in a garden bed among some beautiful plants and flowers.
Last, but certainly not least, is this gardening t-shirt. You can never go wrong with gifting someone with a shirt, especially this one. I know I love playing in the dirt! These women’s shirts come in a variety of sizes to fit your favorite gardener perfectly.
Time to Start Shopping
I could go on and on about many other great gardener gifts available, but I’ll keep my list of 10 gifts for gardeners short and sweet for now. What are you thinking of getting your favorite gardener this year? Let me know in the comments section below!
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When you are making plans for your garden and/or landscape, do you think about the costs? I certainly do, since I have a very small space and budget to work with! Check out these thoughts below about how to budget when it comes to landscaping. How to Budget As a beneficiary of various services throughout […] The post Reno Landscaping Advises – How to Budget appeared first on Gardening...
When you are making plans for your garden and/or landscape, do you think about the costs? I certainly do, since I have a very small space and budget to work with! Check out these thoughts below about how to budget when it comes to landscaping.
How to Budget
As a beneficiary of various services throughout my life, I have experienced many kinds of situations, more or less pleasant. However, by far the most frustrating periods were those at which I was at the beginning of a project, and I had no idea of its final value. Here, I do not just refer to landscaping, but to any activities that took place over a more extended period involved getting a particular result and assuming a financial investment.
I remember that all the time they were running, I felt like walking on moving sands, where each step awakens your fear first, then frustration, because you do not know how to get out of this unsafe situation. Check out this URL.
In the case of architectural and interior design projects, moving sands often turn into real marshes that swallow you altogether, suffocating slowly. You have undoubtedly heard of people who ventured into a landscaping project and have failed to reach their destination, abandoning the route or being the victims of this jungle of construction and interior design. Have you ever wondered why there are such unfortunate endings?
The answer is quite simple. Just as a trip to the mountains in the mountains should be a joy, if we do not prepare for it in time with equipment appropriate to the route and the weather, it can suddenly become an adventure full of unexpected situations, which we will not know how to overcome.
The same is true when implementing an exterior design project, for example. Without contracting a professional landscaping company, without proper information on the prices of the materials or objects we will need, the project may not go so good. You have to be aware of the importance of proper development and successful completion.
The Advantages of Working with a Team of Professionals
First, organizing the entire process, prioritizing the work steps and the investments made. It is possible that the transformation of a certain space into the dream home is a longer project than you originally thought and to take place in stages thought from the beginning as healthy steps towards meeting your goal.
Like when you buy a Lego with lots of pieces and you are aware that you will not be able to finish it in the evening and that, until you restore the image from the box of hundreds of small pieces, it may take a month or a half a year in depending on how much time you can spend on this activity. The same is the case for space planning.
Secondly, you will know how much the entire cost is before starting. There are situations where the initial budget is one generous enough to be able to implement the whole project in one step. We can say that this is the ideal case where the beneficiaries, at the end of their collaboration with the team of architects and designers, will know exactly how to invest, in what direction and in what order.
However, even in the situation of lower budgets, insufficient for full implementation, there are feasible solutions over time. The project will be in a minimum possible budget, and the order of investment will be set according to the priorities of a reasonable living, while in time, with patience, the beneficiaries will complete the rest of the puzzle in the rhythm of the financial possibilities, on the box. That is, the project made by the designer company with the lowest possible budget.
As a conclusion, I think it’s time for all of us, beneficiaries and designers or architects alike, to be aware that the time of budgeting has passed. Our happiness comes not from the price of lighting fixtures or unique furniture pieces, which you will be afraid to sit down on, not to depreciate, just as we will not necessarily be happier after moving to the house apartment, or from a smaller and modest house to a larger and more opulent one.
Happiness is an inner state and cannot be “bought” with material goods. So, it is not justified to work to translate into reality an illusion of external happiness, but it is worth creating a home in which we feel “home” with our loved ones.
What are your thoughts on how to budget for your garden and landscape? Let me know in the comments section below!
Welcome to the #MyGloriousGardens September Link Party, hosted by the wonderful Sophie from Old House in the Shires and myself. We are very excited about this little community of gardeners online. It is a joy to get to know all of you through this link up and your blogs! We had a great turnout for […] The post #MyGloriousGardens September Link Party appeared first on Gardening...
Welcome to the #MyGloriousGardens September Link Party, hosted by the wonderful Sophie from Old House in the Shires and myself. We are very excited about this little community of gardeners online. It is a joy to get to know all of you through this link up and your blogs!
We had a great turnout for the link party in August, and are excited to see who shows up this month. We hope you received some great interaction from followers and other bloggers at last month’s party. We also hope you found some new followers and garden bloggers as well to interact with! We are looking forward to reading all of your gardening, outdoor, reviews and visits to amazing outdoor places this month too!
As the school year is beginning, I am getting busier as a tutor for students in the area. I am also gaining more experience as a freelance writer through companies that I work for. Of course, I also try to find time to blog in between my crazy schedule as well!
If you are not sure how and why to link up, read this post Here.
My Featured Link August Post
It is tough to pick just one post from August. I loved them all! I really enjoyed reading about and looking at all the beautiful and unusual South African plants from Candelo Bloom’s post. Some of these plants remind me of blooms that grow well out here in Southern California. There are a variety of gorgeous and colorful flowers that are native to South Africa. Many of these plants can grow elsewhere, in the similar climates. Thank you for sharing these wonderful plants with us!
Instagram Featured Post
It’s always hard to pick just one post from Instagram. There are so many pretty pictures of your gardens, plants, and flowers on here! You can join in on Instagram using the #MyGloriousGardens hashtag for a chance to be featured each month! Please do go over to Sophie’s to see who she has chosen to be featured.
As an island girl, palm trees just call my name. The smell in the Conservatory took me back to rainy days in the island surrounded by lush vegetation. I’m in love. . . . #gardening #gardenersofinstagram #gardenchat #flowers #flowerphotography #naturephotography #slowflowers #gardenjournal #architecture #rural_love #mygloriousgardens #slowlived #dahliaseason #dahlias #flowerfriday #conservatory #minnesotadahliasociety #gardenblogger
The Linky Rules
1. Link up to 3 posts when the party goes live at 7am on 1st September. It will be open for 2 weeks.
2. Tweet your post and tag @oldhouseinthes1 @gardenlimite for a retweet.
3. Read and comment on both of the hosts posts and the post linked before yours.
4. Comment on as many other posts as you would like to spread the linky love.
5. Add my badge to your post so I can see it on your post. This is below.
6. Come back to the next link party to see if your post was featured. Ann is developing a featured badge as we speak!
7. Join in over on Instagram and use the new hashtag #MyGloriousGardens for a chance to be featured.
That’s it! Time to get linking. Click on the word INLINKZ just below and follow the guide to link your posts.
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Do you have a garden, but have a hard time enjoying it, because of all the tasks that keep getting in the way? Hopefully, you can learn a thing or two from this collaborative post about three solid tips for efficient gardening. The best thing that you can do for your home and your health […] The post Three Solid Tips For Efficient Gardening appeared first on Gardening...
Do you have a garden, but have a hard time enjoying it, because of all the tasks that keep getting in the way? Hopefully, you can learn a thing or two from this collaborative post about three solid tips for efficient gardening.
The best thing that you can do for your home and your health is to plan and create a garden that works and runs successfully. The outdoor space that your home is blessed with can be used for a number of things. For example, it can be from the place where children play. It can also be a place where you sit in the sun and feel at peace.
However, it can also be used for things like growing vegetables and collecting rainwater. It’s really going to be about how you can make your garden an efficient one that runs well for the home that you live in. While you’re thinking about all the ways that you can have a garden that works for your family, you should also do whatever you can to make it time efficient.
No one wants to spend hours and hours weeding and planting. They could use their time to sow seeds and find the right equipment to fertilize their garden properly. You can click here to find out the best way to fertilize a garden quickly, and once you’ve narrowed down how to grow your fruits and veggies, you’ll have your routine down pat in no time at all. It doesn’t matter what size garden you have. You should try to get together some kind of knowledge of gardening before you get started.
You don’t want to go in totally blind. You also probably don’t want to spend the money on a gardener coming in for you to sort it all out. Think of yourself as a farmer and set your sights high for your outdoor space. These three tips can come in handy for the garden you’ll love to have.
Maximize Small Spaces
You may have a balcony instead of a garden, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t grow your favorite tomatoes or cucumber. You can squeeze plants into a limited area by vertical gardening and using a trellis to help you plant beans. Work with whatever outdoor space you have, and you’ll feel thankful when it comes time to yield crops.
Your garden will be the first to let you know when it’s time to pull your crops and move onto something else. The things you plant may not always take, and that’s okay while you’re still learning. If you’ve done everything you can to try to gain growth from your seeds, and nothing happens, then you need to get a little more of an education and try, try again.
Do your research about the best vegetables to plant for your area. You need to know the weather that works for your choices and you need to develop a proper schedule for your garden. This is so that you can ensure that you’re growing the right things at the right time.
A field to garden in is not what you need. You just need a little space to allow for the growth of your favorite foods. Take your time and do your research; it’s everything that you need.
How do you make the most out of your gardening space, large or small? Let me know in the comments section below!
I have had houseplants from time to time and lately have been growing them some more. My favorite houseplants to grow are orchids. Today I want to talk about how to care for an orchid plant. I love including color in my home, and orchid plants let me do that. They come in a variety […] The post How to Care for an Orchid Plant appeared first on Gardening...
I have had houseplants from time to time and lately have been growing them some more. My favorite houseplants to grow are orchids. Today I want to talk about how to care for an orchid plant.
I love including color in my home, and orchid plants let me do that. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. The most recent orchid I purchased was a small plant, but still wonderful to have indoors to enjoy.
Did you know that orchids are a type of airplant?! I didn’t. The last class I took at Armstrong Garden Center mentioned that orchids are airplants while discussing houseplants. It makes sense since they don’t need much soil to thrive.
Orchids are one, if not the oldest type of flowering plants. They have been around for thousands of years and used and admired by many people all over the world.
Greek women would eat the flowers, since the ancient Greeks thought to eat the plant would help the women bear sons, due to the plant’s association with male fertility. The Chinese used orchids to help cure lung diseases and coughs. The Aztecs thought they could become stronger by drinking a mix of chocolate and vanilla orchid flowers.
There are many different types of orchids. There are 30,000 different species from all over the world! Phalaenopsis, also called moth orchids, are the most common orchids that you will find at garden centers. They come in an assortment of sizes and colors too.
Here are some other popular types of orchids:
- Lady’s slippers
Orchid Fun Facts
Below are some fun facts about orchids.
- Orchids are very popular houseplants
- Orchids can grow all over the world, although many people think they are strictly from tropical areas
- Some orchids can live to be 100 years old
- Orchids are one of the oldest types of flowering plants
- Counting on what type of orchid you have, some bloom for a few hours to up to about half a year
- Orchids are used in spices, perfumes, and Asian medicines
- Many orchids grow from trees as an airplant
- Because of this, orchids naturally grow sideways. The clips used on houseplants are to train the orchids to grow upwards.
- Vanilla, a very common flavor, comes from an orchid, Vanilla planifolia
- Several million seeds can be located in a single seedpod
Orchid plants are very easy to care for. Below are a few tips to follow when growing orchids in your home. Let me know if you have extra tips to add in the comments section below!
Orchids grow well in low light conditions. If you have your orchid near a window that is too bright, place a light curtain over the window or set the orchid a bit back. You can also use orchids as tabletop centerpieces. Just place them near a dim light source when you are finished using them.
Overwatering is one of the most common reasons a plant will die on your watch. Let your orchid(s) dry out before watering them. I usually place an ice cube in my small orchid’s pot about once a week. It really counts on how large the plant is and how quickly it uses up the water.
You will want to fertilize your orchids regularly, especially during the seasons where they are flowering. There are plenty of fertilizers to choose from that are both organic and synthetic. Remember to fertilize right after you water your orchid so the fertilizer doesn’t burn it!
Pets and Orchids
Orchids are one of the few houseplants that are nontoxic to cats and dogs. The houseplants I recently bought were knocked down by my cat, Tiger, but he seems to leave orchids alone. So, it looks like orchids will be my main choice of houseplants until I can find some large enough (without costing a fortune) that he won’t be able to knock down.
Enjoy Your Orchids!
How are your orchids growing? Do you have any tips to add on how to care for an orchid plant? Let me know in the comments section below!
I’ve been pretty busy working lately but managed to sit in on another gardening class at the local Armstrong Garden Center today. I’ve started getting into houseplants, and today’s class was all about houseplants. Here are some things I learned about how to care for houseplants. NASA has done studies that show how many plants […] The post How to Care for Houseplants appeared first on Gardening...
I’ve been pretty busy working lately but managed to sit in on another gardening class at the local Armstrong Garden Center today. I’ve started getting into houseplants, and today’s class was all about houseplants. Here are some things I learned about how to care for houseplants.
NASA has done studies that show how many plants are needed in an indoor space to purify the air. One plant is needed for about 100 square feet of space. The larger the house you live in, the more plants you will need to keep the air free of indoor pollutants. Keeping the air clean is a great reason to purchase and display plants in your home.
Types of Houseplants
There are many different types of houseplants to choose from. You want to plan out some things before buying your plant, such as how much lighting it needs, if you have any pets, and how much space you need. Below are some popular houseplants for you to choose from.
- Peace Lily (spathiphyllum)
- English Ivy
- Ficus Elastica
- Ficus Benjamina
- Snake Plant
Pet Friendly Houseplants
Below are plants that are nontoxic, for those that have dogs and cats. I have a cat so I’m cautious about what type of houseplants to purchase. If you know your pet won’t eat your houseplants, they buy whichever you want. To play it safe, below are houseplants that are safe for pet friendly homes.
- Moth Orchids (phalaenopsis)
- Spider Plant
- Boston/Kimberly Queen Fern
- Bamboo Palm
What room are you planning on displaying your houseplants? How much lighting do certain rooms in your house get? Even though houseplants don’t need direct light from the sun, light is just as important to houseplants as plants grown outside. Houseplants need low, medium, or high light. Some do better in certain types of light compared to others.
Plants that grow well in low light include:
- Snake Plant
- Spider Plant
- Kentia Palm
Plants that grow in medium light include:
- African Violet
- Spider Plant
- Raphis Palm
- Rubber Plant
Plants that grow well in high light are:
- Ponytail Palm
- Boston Fern
- Prayer Plant
- Other plants with flowers
How to Care for Houseplants
Houseplants need food, water, and sun, just like any other plant. Potting soil works well with these plants. When watering, make sure the plant gets plenty of water in one sitting, then let it dry out before watering again, in a week or so. You can prune houseplants as well. Some people choose to prune the root ball so that it doesn’t get too big. If you decide to do this, don’t forget to prune the top of the plant as well so that the root ball can handle the weight of the rest of the houseplant.
Designing with Houseplants
Where are you planning on placing your houseplants? If you have a small space, you don’t want to get too big of a plant. For narrow spaces, choose plants that grow straight up, such as snake plants. For centerpieces, choose a plant that grows out and not up, so that you can see and talk to your guests. A plant such as a fern would look great on a table as a centerpiece.
You can also decorate with the types of pots that you choose. When looking for a pot, get one that is about one size larger than the plant, so that it can grow into it. If you get too large of a pot, then the plant may end up sitting in too much water because of all the extra dirt in the pot. You can also purchase different pots to use throughout the year and interchange the plant in the different pots easily by keeping it in its original container until it needs a larger one.
Are you ready to design your indoor space with houseplants? How do you care for your houseplants? Let me know in the comments section below!
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