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Last Saturday morning I learned all about how to create a tropical garden at one of Armstrong Garden Center’s classes. I have a few types of tropical plants already, but it was nice to get a refresher on types and how to care for them. Below are some things I learned about how to grow […] The post How to Grow a Tropical Garden appeared first on Gardening...
Last Saturday morning I learned all about how to create a tropical garden at one of Armstrong Garden Center’s classes. I have a few types of tropical plants already, but it was nice to get a refresher on types and how to care for them. Below are some things I learned about how to grow a tropical garden.
Areas to Consider
First of all, you want to plan out what part of your garden you want to use as your tropical garden. If you are able to, keep all your tropical plants in one place. For those with limited space like myself, just place all your pots in one place to give a tropical feel to it.
If you have more space, you will have more options as to where to place your tropical garden. You can plant your garden in your front or backyard, in a border around your lawn, on your patio or porch, or in a group of containers.
Tropical Garden Plants
There are several plants that are popular and recognized as tropical plants, such as bamboo, bird of paradise, and plumeria. You can use plenty of other tropical plants that can give a lush feel to your garden as well.
There are three main types of plants you want to think about when creating your tropical garden: foundation, foliage, and flowering. You can use many different types of plants to fit all three categories. Some other popular plants to use in tropical gardens are ferns, star jasmine, gardenia, and coleus.
Houseplants will also work great in a tropical garden since so many are leafy and can still survive in the shade. Think about the different heights and textures you see in tropical gardens and try to copy some of this in your own garden. Just make sure that wherever you plant your tropical garden that the plants get their light and water needs met.
Tropical Garden Water
Add a water feature to your garden if you have space. This can be a fountain. A pool or pond will work as well. Even a bird bath will suffice for smaller areas. Do some research and have fun looking for a water feature to add to your garden
Tropical Garden Decor
Something else to consider in your tropical garden is the decor. This can be a coordinating outdoor furniture set. Include colorful patio cushions that match the theme of the garden. Reds, oranges, purples, and yellows will pop against a green background, so use these colors as much as possible for a tropical feel. Mixing and matching colors and patterns will add to the tropical feel as well.
Create a pathway that leads to a focal point. A focal point in your garden could be a fountain, bench, hanging egg chair, or large plant in a colorful container. Speaking of containers, if you have many plants in containers like myself, think about placing all your tropical plants in the same color container, but in different sizes to make them stand out from your other plants.
How to Grow a Tropical Garden
The biggest thing to remember that if you have space, get as much greenery and denseness in your garden as possible. You can go as small and large as you want, as long as you have fun with it.
Do you have a tropical garden? What kind of plants and decor are in it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Something exciting happened a few weeks ago. I made my first affiliate sale! Today I want to discuss with you how I made my first affiliate sales.
Unlike many first time bloggers, I did not spend much time looking into blogging before starting Gardening Limited. When I start a new project, I usually get so excited that I jump right in after only checking it out for a bit.
The same goes for how I started blogging. After reading and watching tutorials on how to set up a blog for only a few weeks, I jumped into blogging with both feet. This was a little over a year ago and I haven’t looked back since.
I have been able to quit my day job to tutor more and become a freelance writer, which is a dream come true. There are many ways to make money with your blog. Affiliate marketing is just one way to monetize.
Unfortunately, affiliate marketing is more complicated than adding links to a post and hoping people will click on those links. I’ve known about affiliate marketing for over a year but just made my first sales 14 months later. Why? Because it took me that long to figure out affiliate marketing.
Just like any other way to make money with your blog, you can approach affiliate marketing with different niches, audiences, and affiliate programs. The hard part is finding a formula that works for you. Below I’m going to break down how I was able to make my first few affiliate sales.
Pick a Niche
I know this can be hard if you are passionate about many things, but narrowing down your niche will save you in the long run. As you can see by the title and subject matter, my niche is gardening, specifically, urban gardening. I throw in some home decor and blogging tips every now and then but stick with gardening most of the time. Think about what you love and write about it!
When I first started blogging, I used the free version of WordPress for a month, then switched to being self-hosted. I’m really glad I did. With self-hosting, you have more freedom on what you can add to your blogs, such as certain plugins and links for affiliate marketing.
There are other ways you can make money on a self-hosted blog that you cannot do on a free service, so, if you are planning on making money with your blog, switch to self-hosting as soon as you can. I highly recommend Bluehost. I have been using them since I switched to self-hosting, it only cost a few dollars a month and their customer service is great!
Find Your Audience
This can be tricky and still is for me. It took me awhile to figure out who my audience was. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend connecting Google Analytics to your blog. Over time, Google will let you know who is checking out your posts. My audience mainly consists of American women in their 50s and 60s who enjoy gardening. The only reason I know this is because I check on my Google Analytics for Gardening Limited from time to time to see who is reading my blog.
You can also go looking for your audience as well. Do they hang out in Facebook groups or Twitter? Don’t be afraid to ask other bloggers in your niche where they find their audience. It may take some time, but when you do find your audience you will know what types of problems to solve for them.
Solve a Problem
Once you know who your ideal audience is, find out what they need help with. Blogging is all about helping each other out. What types of problems do people in your niche need help with? Find problems they need worked out, and solve them through helpful blog posts. Once you are seen as an expert in your niche, your audience will come back for more.
Pick One or More Affiliate Programs
There are many affiliate programs out there that you can join. I use Amazon Affiliates. They are a great affiliate program to start with since Amazon sells just about anything you can think of. The only tricky part is that you have to make at least three affiliate sales in several months to stay be approved in the program. If you get kicked out (like I did the first time) because you aren’t getting enough traffic to make sales, don’t worry. Wait for your traffic to increase then re-apply.
Focus on Popular Posts
This step can take time as well, so be patient. You can find out what your most popular posts are by using Google Analytics. Once you know which posts are bringing in the most traffic, place your affiliate links in those posts. You can’t still sit back at this step. Now is one of the most important parts of getting affiliate sales: promoting your posts!
Promote Your Post
You can write great articles that solve problems, but if no one knows about these posts, you won’t get any traffic to your blog. This is where promoting your posts come into play. There are many ways to do this. Share your post on sites where your audience hangs out. Share on all your social media platforms.
Email your list of subscribers to let them know about your new post. If you don’t have an email list, then I highly recommend you get started right away. What if social media platforms suddenly went away? So would all of your followers! Start building your email list now.
While working on building your email list of subscribers, you can focus on promoting your articles on social media. Out of all the social media platforms that I use, Pinterest gets me the most traffic to my blog. Every time I write a new article, I make a pin-worthy image and place it at the top of my post. I use this image and make several others and promote them on all my Pinterest group boards.
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Pinning images to group boards every day can be time-consuming. Tailwind is a great way to schedule your posts and give you back time to do other things to help your blog grow. You can also join groups on Tailwind to get more eyes on your posts. Are you a garden blogger who wants to get more of your posts seen? Join my Urban Gardeners Tailwind tribe today!
All of these steps got me the affiliate sales I now have. Some bloggers are able to get a handle on affiliate marketing and sales much faster than me. If things don’t click right away, that’s okay. Try something else for awhile and see what happens. Blogging is a journey, full of many ups and downs. Enjoy the journey and be open to how much you will learn and discover!
Have you gotten any affiliate sales yet through your blog? How did you do it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
I can’t believe its already July! Where did the year go? I am delighted to co-host the #MyGloriousGardens July link party with the founder, Sophie, of Old House in the Shires. Link parties are a wonderful way to meet other bloggers and to get more eyes on your blog posts. This month, I’m linking up one […] The post #MyGloriousGardens July Link Party appeared first on Gardening...
I can’t believe its already July! Where did the year go? I am delighted to co-host the #MyGloriousGardens July link party with the founder, Sophie, of Old House in the Shires.
Link parties are a wonderful way to meet other bloggers and to get more eyes on your blog posts. This month, I’m linking up one of my older posts again, How to Attract Hummingbirds. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing more hummingbirds visiting my balcony due to the warmer weather, and thought it would help to remind other gardeners what kind of plants you can grow to attract these beautiful creatures to your garden.
Sophie created the #MyGloriousGardens Linky to celebrate all blog posts about gardens and garden visits. It runs for 2 weeks at the beginning of the month and she posts round-up post at the end of the month. You can link up gardening blog posts, tips, photographs or trips to places outside or with a garden.
This month we have changed things up a little and each month, Ann and I will choose a featured post from the previous link up to highlight. This blogger will receive extra linky love with more sharing if the post on socks media at the end of the month too. We will also feature our favorite photo from the new Instagram Community who are using the hashtag #MyGloriousGardens.
My Featured Post
Something new this month that we are adding to the linky is a feature post. Mine is Planting Hanging Baskets Summer 2018 by Mud Cakes and Wine. I have a few hanging baskets and love the flower and color combinations she uses in her baskets. I’m still getting the hang of designing color basket and she has some great ideas on how to do so. Just the inspiration I need this summer!
Featured Instagram Photo
Join a new Instagram group!
You can now add the hashtag #MyGloriousGardens when posting to Instagram and I will feature my favorite in my round up post! Any garden related photo is encouraged so, go on! Show us your glorious gardens!
If you would like to read more about how to link up, this post will help you.
The Linky Rules
1. Link up to 3 posts when the party goes live at 7am on 1st July. 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.
7. Join in over on Instagram and use the new hashtag #MyGloriousGardens for a chance to be featured.
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Attracting wildlife is one of the many perks of growing a garden. There are certain plants and other items you can add to your garden to attract wildlife. Read on about how it’s easy to attract wildlife to your small garden in this collaborative post. Not everyone is averse to having birds and insects in their […] The post It’s Easy to Attract Wildlife to Your Small Garden appeared first on Gardening...
Attracting wildlife is one of the many perks of growing a garden. There are certain plants and other items you can add to your garden to attract wildlife. Read on about how it’s easy to attract wildlife to your small garden in this collaborative post.
Not everyone is averse to having birds and insects in their garden. In fact, for some people the more the better. Often, grass is left to grow longer and weeds to grow more freely in one particular patch to encourage wildlife, but how can you help them if you only have a small garden?
We will look at attracting birds first of all because they are probably the easiest to deal with. Many people will put food out for them and they are resourceful little beings that do not very often go hungry. What is more likely to be a problem for them is finding water to drink. A small bird table from Etsy.com that you can refresh the water in every day will solve the problem, letting them drink and have a bath if they want.
Place it a little way away from your home so as not to frighten them. You will get many hours of pleasure watching them splashing about in the water.
If you like the idea of them nesting in your garden, invest in a bird box. These give them somewhere to rest and to make a nest if they feel the need. They come in various sorts the main difference being the openings. If you want to encourage smaller birds you buy one with a smaller opening. Make sure to hang it quite high so it is safe from predators, and turn the opening away from the normal direction of wind and rain.
It may come as a surprise to a lot of people, but butterflies love anything sweet. A bowl with a shallow mix of sugar water is ideal for them, as are pieces of soft fruit or ripe oranges. As one of nature’s pollinators, it is good to encourage them into your garden and some of them are so beautiful they really are a sight to behold.
The main thing to watch for is when they are caterpillars, as some of them are so tiny they are easily not seen and get trodden on.
Bees and Other Insects
Unlike honeybees, there are bees known as solitary bees that do not live in colonies and very rarely sting. They lay their eggs in holes made in trees by other insects. You can easily recreate that for them in your small garden. Using a push lawn mower from BestMower to keep your grass slightly longer than you otherwise might also help because there’ll be more for them to explore and pollinate and much more privacy to be had. We need bees so des[erately that this is one of the best things you can do!
There are many insects that would make their home in a log of wood that had holes drilled in it. Most of them are pollinators, which are vital for the survival of the planet. Loss of habitat has caused a decline in the numbers of pollinating insects, so anyone who encourages them into their garden is being very environmentally friendly.
You do not need to live in the countryside to enjoy wildlife, and you do not need a huge garden either. You can watch nature in your small garden and enjoy the singing of the birds, the buzzing of the bees and the flights of the butterflies as you sit back and let it all happen around you.
Attract Wildlife to Your Small Garden
I love all the hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife that visit my garden, especially this time of year. How do you attract wildlife to your garden? Let me know in the comments section below!
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Who doesn’t love a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers? What if you could grow your own flowers to use in bouquets and centerpieces around your home? Today I want to talk with you about how to grow an amazing cut flower garden. Despite the small size of my garden, over the past few years, I […] The post How to Grow an Amazing Cut Flower Garden appeared first on Gardening...
Who doesn’t love a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers? What if you could grow your own flowers to use in bouquets and centerpieces around your home? Today I want to talk with you about how to grow an amazing cut flower garden.
Despite the small size of my garden, over the past few years, I have delightfully discovered that there are several types of long-stemmed flowers that grow well in containers. Since I only have room for containers on my balcony garden, I am only going to discuss flowers that can grow in containers, although most of these can grow in the ground as well.
Cut Flower Garden
Here are some plants that are great to grow in a cut flower garden and that can also grow in containers, for those of you who have small spaces like me:
Mini sunflowers-I grew these from seeds last year. They were really fun to watch grow, and grew pretty big despite their small size! Even though they are minis, these little sunflowers are just the right size for a bouquet. There are plenty of sunflower varieties available that also make great additions to a cut flower garden.
Zinnias-I just started growing these in pots, and they get tall enough to fit into a nice sized bouquet. Mine are about a foot and a half tall already, so the perfect size to be cut for a display.
Chrysanthemums-I have a few of these in several colors. Mums are pretty easy to grow and come in a variety of colors to choose from.
Mini Roses-Despite their size, mini roses can grow tall enough to use in bouquets and centerpieces. Watch out for their thorns!
Ranunculus-These rose like flowers also grow tall enough to use in bouquets. They make beautiful container plants as well!
Hydrangeas-Hydrangeas are great to add to bouquets since they add depth and dimension with their many bunches of flowers close together. They come in many colors to choose from as well.
Daisies–Daisies are used in bouquets and centerpieces all the time. They are inexpensive, easy to grow, and come in a variety of types and colors. They also grow well in pots.
There are other types of flowers that are great to grow in a flower garden, but I’m keeping this list short to only include flowers that I know of that can be grown in containers. There are other types of flowers that can grow in the ground for a larger cut flower garden.
Cut Flower Care
Here are several tips to successfully grow your own cut flowers. Be patient, since you may go through some trial and error before things go smoothly (like with my experience). I started by getting a small plant at a local garden store (my favorite is Home Depot). You can also start by growing from seeds.
Pick flowers as much as you can. Picking flowers are similar to pruning. The more you pick, the more flowers will grow back. If you have too many flowers to use as bouquets and centerpieces, give them away to friends and family. I’m sure they would appreciate them!
Use fertilizer to keep your plants blooming. I am currently using Miracle-Gro All Purpose Plant Food but would like to try organic fertilizer once I run out of the Miracle-Gro. So, if you have an organic alternative that works great, let me know!
Something else to consider is keeping the stems nice and tall. Flower stakes don’t cost much at all and can keep their stems from bending over due to the weight of the flowers.
If you have a large enough area, you can always grow your cut flowers in one area. I have mine in several pots but can move them around if I need to. Make sure the plants get enough water and sun as well.
Before you know it, you will have beautiful flowers to use in bouquets and centerpieces. How are you planning to grow your amazing cut flower garden? Or do you have one already? Let me know in the comments section below.
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Making a little garden feel grand can be a challenge to some, but growing plants is fun, no matter what. I love the fact that I can grow plants, even though I have a small balcony. Get some great ideas for small garden spaces by checking out this collaborative post on making a quaint little […] The post Making a Quaint Little Garden Feel Extensive appeared first on Gardening...
Making a little garden feel grand can be a challenge to some, but growing plants is fun, no matter what. I love the fact that I can grow plants, even though I have a small balcony. Get some great ideas for small garden spaces by checking out this collaborative post on making a quaint little garden feel extensive.
It can be hard to do much with a cozy little garden space. You don’t want to overload it with plants and creature comforts because you’re worried that it’ll start to look cluttered. At the same time, you don’t want to leave your garden area empty because it’ll look sad and uninspired. There is a perfect balance to be found between these two extremes. Here’s some advice on making a quaint little garden feel extensive.
Do Some Landscaping
In the same way that decluttering your house can make rooms feel more spacious, doing some landscaping in your back garden could help you put the space to better use. Making it feel more extensive is about keeping the area neat and tidy. If shrubbery, plants, and the lawn itself have all grown wildly out of control then you should start by trimming back these things to get your garden in order. Try to keep flowers and plants around the edges of your backyard area so that it feels as if there’s an open and inviting center in the garden. Making your quaint little garden feel extensive is all about perception.
Create a Centerpiece
You might think this is hard to do when you’re working with a small garden area, but every outdoor space should have a centerpiece. As we’ll discuss in the next point, creature comforts are important; your garden should feel like home. A centerpiece in this outdoor area could really make your little garden feel so much bigger. You just need to think of something that suits the small space (a pool might not be practical in a tiny garden, after all). Perhaps you could check out lucasgh.com for greenhouse options. If you started growing your plants and flowers in a greenhouse then you’d have a dedicated area for your gardening and an impressive centerpiece for your little garden.
Focus on the Patio Area
A patio area can make your cozy garden feel like much more than a small patch of grass. It makes the space feel like home. Of course, it’s important that you don’t let the patio entirely dominate the garden; after all, you want some sort of natural aspect to remain in this outdoor area. Still, it’s important to have some creature comforts. You might want to get a firepit for your patio area so as to create a warm and cozy vibe that perfectly suits the small nature of your garden. Some cushioned seating could be a nice addition too. As an article over at thespruce.com stated, you’re essentially creating an outdoor room.
And, as mentioned before on this blog, you need to remember that compact spaces are absolutely crucial when designing a patio area for a small garden. You need to utilize space effectively. You could get a dining table with storage options beneath it for your garden equipment, for example. Your patio could be practical and aesthetically-impressive. If you design it cleverly and keep the space feel open (yet cozy) then your garden will feel so much bigger. Again, it’s all a matter of perception. A patio adds another layer to your outdoor space, so it feels more extensive as a result.
How do you make your little (or large) garden space feel bigger? Let me know in the comments section below.
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