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Gardening Limited is a blog about urban gardening in small spaces and on a budget, as well as container gardening.
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How to Design the Ultimate Cook’s Garden

Who loves cooking? How about cooking food you grow in your garden? Get some inspiration on how to design the ultimate cook’s garden in this collaborative post. Cooking and gardening definitely go hand in hand. Fresh, homegrown ingredients are always so much tastier and satisfying that their shop bought equivalents. Plus you know exactly where […] The post How to Design the Ultimate Cook’s Garden appeared first on Gardening...

Who loves cooking? How about cooking food you grow in your garden? Get some inspiration on how to design the ultimate cook’s garden in this collaborative post.

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Cooking and gardening definitely go hand in hand. Fresh, homegrown ingredients are always so much tastier and satisfying that their shop bought equivalents. Plus you know exactly where all your produce is coming from and how it has been grown.

While you might not be quite ready to go full-scale self-sufficient smallholding just yet, your garden is the perfect place for you to experiment with new ingredients and to cook with them too. In spite of all the technology we have in the kitchen, the wood fire is still ideal for bringing a smoky flavor and warmth to your food.

So what makes up the ultimate cook’s garden?

The Rise of the Outdoor Kitchen

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As we get more adventurous with our cooking and want to make the most of the weather, more people are looking into installing an outdoor kitchen to make entertaining easy and fun. With a sink, grill and plenty of workspace, you will have everything you need to enjoy the sun with your friends and host a spectacular party. And, if you add an outdoor bar, you can have even more fun!

The design for your outdoor kitchen largely depends on the type of space you have. A galley style kitchen could work if you have a slightly awkward corner, but in most cases, an L-shape will be best. This way, you can tuck all the hot things against a wall. You will still have a decent area to lay out your goodies and sit and chat.

Also think carefully about the materials you choose to use. You will need to make sure that you have waterproofing where necessary as well as some shady areas to cool off in. Tiles are often a good choice as they are durable and will clean well without becoming slippery or too hot in the sun. There are lots of hardscaping materials to choose from so take your time and think about how each will work with a connection to the inside as well as the rest of your garden.

How Best to Plant Edibles?

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There are two ways to grow edible plants. The first is to use regimented rows of plants, each one exactly the same distance away from the others. Then thin out the seedlings, leaving only the healthiest plants. The second way is much more free and easy, planting out seedlings where there is room and companion planting each space to make the most of your soil.

When you have a small garden and want to get as much value as possible all year round, the second method is probably best. Knowing which plants will get along nicely will ensure that you have greenery and color throughout the year. Try incorporating edible flowers into your garden as well as the fruits and veggies you enjoy most to bring more variety to the garden.

Raised beds are ideal for growing veggies and fruits because they will help you to control the moisture of the soil. They also prevent other crops like weeds and grass from encroaching on their space. They are also perfect if you want to be able to access the plants easily and don’t fancy being on your hands and knees all the time. Luckily, raised beds are really easy to build and if you use planks of wood are very cheap too.

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Building raised beds of varying sizes around the garden will give your yard a structural element that breaks up the space neatly. You can also rotate your crops each year to make the most of the soil in each. This will also help keep a good balance of nutrients.

Why Herbs are the Best Natural Walls

If you only have a small garden, you need to learn quickly how to make the most of your space. Planting vertically, as well as in raised beds and in the ground is a lot easier than it might sound and is definitely worth the effort. Herbs in particular are quite happy to live in hanging baskets or wall mounted planters.

You could use the wall of your house to start growing some herbs in wall planters. Space them equally so that all the plants have room to grow up and get plenty of light. Go as high as you can reach safely with a ladder. Make sure that you water them regularly through warm weather. The beauty of this method is that you can eat the plants on the bottom layer first. You can then move the planters up and down so that you always have easy access when you’re cooking.

This method also works pretty well inside too with smaller potted plants. A shoe organizer is ideal for holding the plant pots and herbs are quite happy to grow like this too. Whether you are planning to cook with these herbs or use them as a part of your cocktail making adventures, this make a great feature of the wall and brings the outdoors in.

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Hanging baskets are a great way to bring height to your garden whatever you put in them. They can be layered up with companion plants too. You can either put posts and brackets around the garden or you can hang baskets from a pergola to provide shade as well.

Herbs are just what you need to add flavor and depth to any dish. Salad leaves are also quite happy to grow this way too. Again, you will need to remember to water the baskets in hot weather. You could use a simple pulley system to bring the baskets down ready for harvesting.

Designing a garden based on your appetite is a smart move. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be too difficult either. The key is to think in terms of all the dimensions you have on offer. If you can grow up, you should, if you want variety then plant a variety. Think with your stomach and the rest will follow. Delicious!

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I don’t know about you but I’m ready to add more edibles to my garden! I recently got a vertical herb planter for our wall but have yet to add herbs to it. What ideas did you get from this post to add to your edible garden? Let me know in the comments section below.

Happy gardening!

 

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How to Propagate Succulents

Succulents are wonderful plants to have, especially if you live in a dry climate with little rainfall. I’ve discovered that propagating succulents is just as fun as growing them. Today I want to share with you all how to propagate succulents. What is propagating? In simplest terms, propagating is the spreading around of something. In […] The post How to Propagate Succulents appeared first on Gardening...

Succulents are wonderful plants to have, especially if you live in a dry climate with little rainfall. I’ve discovered that propagating succulents is just as fun as growing them. Today I want to share with you all how to propagate succulents.

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What is propagating?

In simplest terms, propagating is the spreading around of something. In this case, its spreading around more succulents. Propagating plants is taking a part of the original plant and growing a new one from the piece that is cut off.

Why propagate?

If you have spent any amount of time here you know I enjoy saving money. By propagating plants, I get a new plant without spending any money! Propagating can be challenging at first, but rewarding once you know how to do it.

Also, since I have only a small space to garden in, propagating gives me a chance to enjoy plants, even if they are small. I actually have a bunch of small plants that were propagated, but they are all small enough to fit in one container, which fits perfectly in my balcony garden.

I also like the fact that I don’t feel like I’m wasting succulent leaves that fall off the original plant. If I find leaves on the ground in enough time, I just place them on top of some soil in an open space in a container and wait for new roots to grow.These are all great reasons to propagate succulents!

Best Succulents to Propagate

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Some succulents are easier to propagate than others. Here are some of the easiest succulents to propagate.

Jelly beans – Jelly beans, or Sedum rubrotinctum are fun succulents to propogate. These look almost the same as Sedum morganianum, but they are slightly different colors. Just like burro’s tail, these succulents grow from leaves and cuttings.

Sempervivum – Hen and chicks are another popular and easy succulent to propagate. Sempervivum can survive in cold weather and make great plants in the ground and in containers.

String of pearls – A string of pearls plant looks like small balls, or “pearls” strung together. These can be cut to several inches for propagating.

Burro’s tail – Also called Sedum morganianum, Burro’s tail can be propagated from their leaves. They can also grow well from cuttings. I have some burros tail growing from cuttings and leaves. These succulents make great trailing plants on their own or in an arrangement.

Aloe vera – Aloe vera are easy to grow and propagate. They also have many health benefits.

Zebra Haworthia – Zebra haworthia look similar to aloe vera. They have zebra looking stripes on their stems.

Graptoveria – This dark colored succulent is another succulent that is simple to propagate. Grow graptoveria from seeds, cuttings, stems, or leaves. Start with one method and see which way to grow these succulents works best for you.

Want to learn about other succulents? Read about some popular varieties in Types of Succulent Plants.

How to Propagate Succulents

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As mentioned above, there are several ways to propagate succulents. One way is to take off the top of a succulent with gardening scissors or pruning shears. Another way is to remove leaves.

Leaf Method

To propagate with leaves, gently pull and wiggle each leaf until they come right off. Put the leaves in a safe place where they can get indirect light for several days. The ends need to be dry so that they can take in water.

After the few days have past, place the leaf cuttings in soil suitable for succulents in bright, indirect light. Use a spray bottle or squirt bottle and check them for water every few days. Roots will slowly appear. This step may take weeks or months, so be patient!

Once you start seeing roots form, look for baby succulents to grow in place. When you see baby succulents growing from the leaf, place the new succulent in its own pot or with a few other babies. The leaf can be removed or you can wait for the leaf to shrivel and fall off on its own. Make sure to lightly water the plant in its new home!

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Cutting Method

The cutting method requires removing the top of a succulent with gardening scissors or pruning shears. Let the cutting dry for a few days. Place the cutting in its own pot with succulent friendly soil, water it, and watch it grow!

Stem Method

Don’t throw away the stem! This too can grow into a new plant! Cut down the stem near the soil. Water it regularly. In time it will grow little baby succulents.

I have propagated some of my succulents successfully using all these methods. If you are just starting out, I highly propagating many leaves, stems, and cuttings since they all won’t last. Propagating succulents requires a lot of patience and trial and error, but it can be a very satisfying way to grow your own plants!

Do you know of other succulents that are easy to propagate or other methods to propagate? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Happy gardening!

 

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How To Make Your Garden Look Expensive On A Budget

Do you enjoy plants but don’t think you can afford to grow your own garden? Think again! My blog is all about gardening on a budget. This collaborative post is all about how to make your garden look expensive on a budget. We all want a garden that looks luxurious and expensive. However, the problem […] The post How To Make Your Garden Look Expensive On A Budget appeared first on Gardening...

Do you enjoy plants but don’t think you can afford to grow your own garden? Think again! My blog is all about gardening on a budget. This collaborative post is all about how to make your garden look expensive on a budget.

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We all want a garden that looks luxurious and expensive. However, the problem is that we don’t have the budget for this. Well, the good news is that you do not need to spend a lot of money in order to create a garden that looks and feels expensive. Read on to discover a number of different suggestions that can give your garden an instant and elegant uplift.

Create a Focal Point

One of the best ways to make your garden look expensive and luxurious is to create a focal point. This is something that commands all of the attention in the outdoor space – something that people’s eyes will immediately divert to. Fountains are a great suggestion for this. They look elegant and spectacular, yet they are available at different prices. Head to garden-fountains.com to see a selection of fountains that are for sale today. This will give you a good idea regarding the different prices for this sort of product.

Focus on Scent and Appearance when Choosing Flowers

When you are selecting flowers for your garden, you not only need to focus on the way that they appear, but you should consider their scent too. Flowers that smell good at night are a good choice during the summer, such as jasmine and honeysuckle.

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Get the Lighting Right

Light plays a critical role when it comes to creating the right sort of atmosphere in any room, and your garden is no different. Us a variety of light sources so you can generate the right setting based on the time of day. Look for interesting and unique lighting options that will add an element of intrigue and décor to your outside space as well as some much-needed light.

Add Some Comfort

Last but not least, the final way to make your garden appear expensive is to create comfort. After all, isn’t that what luxury is all about? It is not just about the things you see in front of you, but it is how you feel. Luxury engages all of the senses, which is also why scented flowers are so important. You can find some suggestions here regarding bringing comfort outdoors: nestinteriordesign.net. You do not need to spend a lot of money in order to create a cozy and comfortable vibe – a rug and some plush cushions will do the trick.

As you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can give your garden an expensive and luxurious feel. You do not need to spend a ton of money in order to do so! Follow some of the suggestions that have been provided and you will be surprised by how much of a difference this makes.

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Did you get any ideas on how to garden on a budget or start a garden on a budget? How do you make your garden look expensive on a budget? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy gardening!

 

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All You Need To Know About Creating A Pet-Friendly Garden

Who here has pets? I love our two cats, Tiger and Whiskey. They make our lives interesting and fun. This collaborative post is all about creating a pet-friendly garden. Enjoy! Those of you with pets should be a bit worried about how they and your garden get along. Having a garden can be beneficial for […] The post All You Need To Know About Creating A Pet-Friendly Garden appeared first on Gardening...

Who here has pets? I love our two cats, Tiger and Whiskey. They make our lives interesting and fun. This collaborative post is all about creating a pet-friendly garden. Enjoy!

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Those of you with pets should be a bit worried about how they and your garden get along. Having a garden can be beneficial for pet owners. It gives your animal a place to run around and be a little bit free. However, many things may cause some concern with regards to your garden and your pet. As a consequence, you need to make your garden pet-friendly.

There’s no need to panic, you haven’t got to make any drastic changes or alterations to your beloved garden. All it takes is just a few smart ideas to help your garden become a lot more friendly for all pets. Here’s what you should do:

Avoid Planting Harmful Things

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The biggest concern for pet owners – particularly those of you with dogs – is that your pet eats something you’ve planted and gets sick. This can happen a lot as dogs love to go sniffing around chewing on flowers and plants. Obviously, you don’t want this to happen because it means all your hard gardening work is ruined! But, on a more serious note, it will be horrific if something bad happened to your pet.

The problem is, there are lots of toxic plants out there that are very commonly planted in people’s gardens. For example, did you know that lilies can cause numerous problems for dogs? It’s true, and if you look on epicgardening.com, you’ll find a great resource that talks you through some toxic and non-toxic plants. You want to avoid the toxic ones and make sure you only plant the non-toxic varieties in your back garden. This helps keep your pet safe if they end up eating some of your plants.

Be Aware Of The Fertilizer You Use

A big part of growing things in a garden is ensuring they’re well fertilized. This requires you to get your hands on some fertilizer, which is easily available from any gardening store you can think of. There are lots of different types of fertilizer on the market, all of which could be made up of different ingredients and chemicals. You need to read through the list of ingredients to make sure they’re not harmful to your pet.

Well, you actually shouldn’t have to do this as it should say on the packaging whether or not it’s pet-safe. It’s vital you get a fertilizer that’s pet-safe as an unsafe one will make even non-toxic plants dangerous for your pet. Similarly, if you use any pesticides as part of your garden maintenance routine, then make sure you do the same thing for them as well. Only get pet-safe ones, avoid ones that contain dangerous chemicals.

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Put A Protective Barrier Around Your Garden

If you live out in the countryside or have a very open garden, then it can be a bit of an issue for your pets. Sure, you’ve given them loads of freedom to roam around, but the last thing you want is them getting lost. Similarly, you don’t want other people’s pets – or wild animals – getting into your garden and fighting with your pet. So, the clever thing to do is erect a protective barrier of sorts around the perimeter of your garden. This sounds quite fancy and intense, but all I’m really talking about is a fence of sorts.

Naturally, some of you might not like this idea as you don’t want a fence to make your garden look and feel smaller. Don’t worry, as you’ll see by visiting AtkinsInc.com, there are things called invisible pet fences around as well. These serve to help create an almost invisible barrier around your garden that stops your pets from running out and getting lost. They’re quite smart, but I won’t get into all the technical aspects of how they work, etc. All you need to know is that it’s an option if you don’t want to build a garden fence.

Also, and this is a bonus point, you could build protective barriers/fencing around potentially dangerous areas of your garden. If you have a pond, then you should build a fence around it to stop your pet falling in it if they can’t swim.

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Cut Any Thorns Or Sharp Bushes

Over time, things can grow in your garden without you having a say in it. Most notably; thorn bushes. As it notes on homeguides.sfgate.com, there are many varieties of thorn bush out there. You don’t have to know them all, but it helps if you want to identify a thorn bush in your garden or not. What you do need to know is that thorn bushes are potentially dangerous and harmful to your pets. While most pets do have a nice thick coat of fur, this won’t always prevent thorns from sticking into them.

Cats and dogs love going exploring and could run off into a thorn bush before you have a chance to stop them. This could cause them so much pain, and you’ll have to try and get a scared pet out of the push and pluck out all the thorns from them. It’s particularly dangerous for the uncovered parts of their body like their nose and eyes.

You need to be on the lookout for any thorn bushes or sharp things in your garden and cut them down. Realistically, they don’t look pretty anyway, and they make your garden seem a bit overgrown. From an aesthetic point of view, you’re doing your garden a favor as well as saving your pet from any harm.

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Some people think that you can’t have a nice garden if you have pets. They believe you can’t plant anything as it’s unsafe, and you basically have to turn your garden into a giant pet sanctuary. Well, this isn’t the case! As you can see, there are a few minor changes you can make to your garden that will guarantee the safety of your pets. The best thing is, none of these ideas takes anything away from the natural beauty of your backyard.

Creating a Pet-Friendly Garden

How would you go about in creating a pet-friendly garden? Let me know in the comments section below.

Happy gardening!

 

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What I’ve Learned My First Year Blogging

Note: This post contains affiliate links. April is my one year blogaversary! I’ve learned a ton about blogging since embarking on my adventure a little over a year ago. Here is what I’ve learned my first year blogging so far. My First Year Blogging A ton has happened since I started this journey in early […] The post What I’ve Learned My First Year Blogging appeared first on Gardening...

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April is my one year blogaversary! I’ve learned a ton about blogging since embarking on my adventure a little over a year ago. Here is what I’ve learned my first year blogging so far.

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My First Year Blogging

A ton has happened since I started this journey in early 2017. I’ve since quit my day job and work as a freelance writer for several companies in the morning, while continuing to tutor in the afternoons. I’ve been invited by huge companies to attend events. I’ve been given items to review on posts and done a few giveaways through donations from companies. Oh, and I’m about to publish my first ebook.

Not bad for one year of blogging. And I’ve done all that with a small blog, my friends. How small? My numbers fluctuate, but right now I only get a few thousand visitors a month.

Come celebrate with me as I go over some things I’ve learned my first year blogging.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

This is so true, not only with blogging but with life as well. Are you Instagram numbers stagnant or falling? Focus on another social media platform. Can’t figure out how to add that plugin to your website? Contact support.

Or take a small break and then go back to what was frustrating you. Work through it. Once you get to it and past it, whatever it is won’t seem like a big deal anymore.

Want to know what I learned at the 6 months mark? Read 6 Lessons in 6 Months of Blogging.

Blogging is Hard

Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. I love the doors of opportunity that have opened because I decided to start my blog. At the same time, finding a topic to write about, writing my article, posting my latest article in as many places as possible to get read, reaching out to other bloggers, and trying to learn something new every week, is hard.

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I do what I can to just take baby steps and focus on one day at a time, while planning out the next week, month, and year. But sometimes it gets overwhelming. When that happens, I take a break to recharge, then get back to blogging.

Quality over Quantity

I think I’ve said this in another post, but if you can bust out several posts a week and do everything else you need to do to keep traffic coming to your blog, then that’s great. I juggle several jobs to be able to blog, so to not burn out and give myself plenty of time to do the many other things I need to do to keep my blog going, I only post one blog a week.

If I happen to post more than one a week, that is because I had a guest or collaborative post to share. I’ve also seen through the blogging world that more posts don’t necessarily mean more traffic. Unless each post written is awesome.

Like I said, if you can write and publish several awesome posts in one week, that is great. Keep doing what works for you. I’m sticking with one a week for now.

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Consistency is Best

I try to be as consistent as possible. I try to have my blog posts up and live every Monday morning. Sometimes life gets in the way, but for the most part I’ve been able to do this all year. I’ve heard of bloggers blogging several times a week, once a week, once a month. No matter how many blogs you post, try to have them up the same days and times.

If you keep changing when you post, your followers won’t know when to expect posts and you may lose followers, so, try to be as consistent as possible when posting.

Don’t be Afraid of Failure

I have learned so much this past year about blogging, including what not to do. You will make mistakes, and that’s okay. Mistakes are learning tools to let you know what not to do next time that situation comes up.

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Connect with Other Bloggers

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This is so important. Its so easy just to depend on yourself since you are the one typing away at a computer with no one around you. Connecting with other bloggers is a great way to build community, learn from each other, get resources from, have someone do a guest post on your blog…

Don’t do this journey alone. You will only get so far. I’ve befriended and learned so much from other bloggers that I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the connections I’ve made this past year with other bloggers.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

This is easier said than done. You are behind a computer after all. Live videos are all the rage on social media. If this is something you are uncomfortable with (like me), try it out anyway. You might end up liking it, and if you don’t, at least you tried it out.

Attend a local blogging event. I’ve gone to a few WordPress Meetups nearby and met some great bloggers, small business owners, and tech saavy people that I would not have otherwise connected with if I didn’t go.

I listened to a TED talk where the main idea was to do something uncomfortable every day until that discomfort became the norm and comfortable. By pushing yourself, you will learn a lot and be that much further along on your blogging journey.

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You Can’t Do Everything

Maybe you can if you didn’t get any sleep, but I don’t recommend that. I read somewhere that some full-time bloggers recommend making a list of the top three tasks you want to accomplish per day. For those who have full time jobs and kids to juggle, this might be too much, so focus on getting one blogging task done per day. This may not seem like much, but a month ahead you probably ended up making some leaps and bounds.

To start a blog, especially one that you want to make money with, does cost some up front. If you have some extra money, I highly recommend getting some help with your blog. The only “help” I get right now is through Boardbooster. I still manually pin everyday, but on days that I’m too busy, Boardbooster is doing it for me to keep eyes on my board, traffic to my blog, and more followers on Pinterest.

For only $5, Boardbooster can pin up to 500 pins a month for you. The first 500 pins are free! This is a bargain compared to other schedulers. Right now I’m on the $10 plan and it brings in over 400,000 views of my boards and pins on Pinterest.

Focus on Your Successes

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No matter how large or small, focus on the positives and successes you make on your blogging journey. Maybe you got 100 followers on a social media platform one day, or you befriended a blogger. You were able to hit 1000 words on your latest post, or made  your first $100. No matter the successes, focus and celebrate them all.

Find a Rhythm that Works for You

I know a blogger who stayed up all hours of the night when she first started blogging, and was able to blog full time before reaching her first year. This is great. I can’t function if I don’t get less than 7 hours of sleep. I might stay up an extra hour or two, but that’s it.

I know of bloggers who set a day aside to write a month’s worth of articles for their blog, then schedule them out. I usually wait until the weekend before to type. My plan might not be the best, but it works for me and my lifestyle. So, find a way to make blogging work for you.

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In a nutshell, this is what I’ve learned my first year blogging. What have you learned on your blogging journey so far? Let me know in the comments section below.

Happy blogging!

 

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How to Get Rid of Aphids on Plants

Not only are my plants blooming beautiful flowers right now, but some of the seeds I recently planted are sprouting seedlings! With all this growth also comes dreaded pests, like aphids. Today I want to discuss how to get rid of aphids on plants. Here in Southern California with our mild and ideal climate conditions, […] The post How to Get Rid of Aphids on Plants appeared first on Gardening...

Not only are my plants blooming beautiful flowers right now, but some of the seeds I recently planted are sprouting seedlings! With all this growth also comes dreaded pests, like aphids. Today I want to discuss how to get rid of aphids on plants.

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Here in Southern California with our mild and ideal climate conditions, there are still pests and sicknesses that can ail plants. Thankfully, aphids are one of the few pests that disturb my plants. They love showing up on my hibiscus and rosebuds, much to my dismay.

The aphids I’ve seen around here are green, but they can also be white, orange, black, yellow and grey. They like hanging out on the buds of my mini roses and hibiscus flowers. Aphids also can be found under leaves, so don’t forget to check places where you can’t see them.

What are aphids?

Aphids are tiny bugs that love to feed on plants. Aphids love to feed off of the sugary liquid that comes from plant flowers and leaves where the nutrients are located. Aphids will also attack houseplants if they find a way indoors.

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If these pests are left alone, they repopulate quickly, and can swiftly become an infestation issue. Here are some more facts about aphids:

  • Aphids can live a several weeks up to several months.
  • Females can reproduce asexually (without males). This only happens in the springtime. During the fall they produce babies sexually.
  • Stinging wasps, ladybugs, lacewings, pirate bugs, crab spiders, and big-eyed bugs are great to have around since they like to eat aphids.
  • Aphid feed off plants during the daytime and nighttime.
  • These bugs go through three life stages: egg, nymph, and adult.
  • Some aphids can make female soldiers. The reason these aphids exist are to watch over and protect their mother.
  • Aphids are very small and grow from 0.04 to 0.39 inches long.
  • Aphids feed on plants by sucking up sap from leaves, stems, roots, and buds. The sticky drops that are left over are called honeydew.
  • Ants love honeydew and will protect aphids so that they can continue to benefit from the honeydew.
  • Sometimes aphids will give birth to winged aphids, but only when these winged pests are needed to find other plants to feed off of.

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How to Get Rid of Aphids on Plants

Now that you know a little more about aphids, here are some ways to get rid of them. I am only going to mention organic ways, since I love using natural and homemade methods.

Water and Soap

This is my personal favorite way to eliminate aphids. My husband and I have a water bottle that we use when our cats misbehave. When I spot aphids on my hibiscus and mini roses, I open the water bottle and drip a little dish soap in the bottle. I put the lid back on, shake the bottle, and its ready to kill some aphids!

Remove by Hand

You can also just remove aphids by hand. This can be tricky since they are so small. Put on gardening gloves and you can pinch the aphids off your plants or use a brush to get rid of them this way. You can also prune the branches where the aphids are hanging out and put these in soapy water to kill them.

 

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This method is doable with a few aphids. It may be too time-consuming to remove a bunch by hand though.

Natural Insecticidal Soap

Insecticidal soaps are another option to get rid of aphids. No mixing is required and you can purchase these at your local gardening supply store or online.

Pressure from Water

Water pressure can reduce the aphid population in your garden. Use a water hose to get rid of the pests. Water pressure can hurt younger plants that are still establishing themselves in your garden, but this method works well with older plants that can withstand the pressure.

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Animal and Plant Helpers

Bird Bugs

There are certain birds that like to eat aphids. These are chickadees, titmice, and wrens. You may or may not live in an area where these birds live, but if you do, make sure you have plants that these birds love to next in. These include abelia, hydrangea, boxwood, and other small trees and plants.

Insect Helpers

You can also attract insects to your garden that will help keep away aphids. Ladybugs are well known to keep aphids and other pests away from plants. These can be purchased from garden supply stores and online stores. Lacewings and hoverflies can also keep aphids away from your garden.

You want to plant certain plants in your garden to attract these insects. Plant herbs such as oregano, garlic, and catnip to bring in hoverflies. Lacewings and ladybugs love yarrow, mint, clover, fennel, and dill.

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Grow Food

Aphids don’t like the smell of garlic and onions. Have these around your plants or grow them where you don’t want to attract aphids.

Aphid Plants

You can also grow certain plants to attract aphids to one area of your garden, away from your prized plants. Grow plants such as asters, dahlias, cosmos, and zinnias that the aphids will happily use as food.

Natural Oils

Neem Oil

Neem oil works in a similar way as water and dish soap. Put some drops of neem oil in water and spray onto plants infested with aphids. Other garden pests will also stay away from neem oil, such as caterpillars, beetles, mealy bugs, leafminers,cabbage worms, and ants.

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Essential Oils

Certain essential oils can also work to keep away aphids. Place several drops of clove, thyme, rosemary, and peppermint into a spray bottle with water. Shake this solution and place on plants where aphids are hanging out.

Get Rid of Aphids

This list is by no means final. There are other natural ways to get rid of aphids. I hope you enjoyed how to get rid of aphids on plants. How do you get rid of aphids on your plants? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy gardening!

 

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