The Benefits of Having Plants in the House

The Benefits of Having Plants in the House

The Benefits of Having Plants in the House

Most people who keep plants in their house don’t have to ask the question of what benefits those plants bring. It’s more about feeling the atmospheric changes those plants bring to your home. Seeing green can all the time can easily keep your mind calm and free of stress, and your lifestyle follows suit, enhancing the way you live, love and carry yourself.

However, the positive effects these plants can bring to your life aren’t merely confined to psychological restrains. There are plenty of physical benefits brought about by those plants, and we’re here to have a close look at some of them.

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Plants improve indoor air

We’ve all learnt what plants do during photosynthesis. They absorb sunlight and carbon dioxide in order to release oxygen. Last we humans checked we really needed oxygen to survive. Having a few plants inside the house make sure that the building never gets stuffy, and there is always fresh air to breath. There isn’t any need to purchase artificial air fresheners when you’ve got the actual thing on the block.

Plants ensure a great oxygen supply

With all the oxygen swirling around in the building, you’re going to be breathing in a lot more of it than what you normally would. This is a major benefit, as your entire body needs oxygen to function properly and remain healthy. There is an ancient Chinese exercise in which the practitioner breaths in large quantities of air repeatedly, making sure that the entire body receives a good share, which in turn allows the body and mind to become more productive. This effect is somewhat replicated by having plants in the house. When you’ll be breathing in more oxygen, your body will receive extra shares, enhancing it.

Your work and study life is boosted

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. With higher levels of oxygen in your system, you’ll find your thinking capacity, memory and brain performance increased by a long margin. This will lead to more productivity in you work life and studies. You’ll be able to complete work quickly and spend more time on activities that you enjoy doing.

Dust and contaminant are reduced

Plants play a major role in trapping dust and reducing airborne organic particles in the building. They dispose of the organic particles by trapping them into the soil, from where they become food for the plant. A lower dust ratio in the house makes it easier to breath, whereas less organic particles floating around can potentially stop diseases from spreading. The fact that plants purify the air around you is highly underrated, and should be kept in mind when you’re making a decision as to whether you want plants in your home or not.

That being said, there are no downsides to having plants in the house. You won’t have to bother with them except for watering them occasionally. You can easily get plants which don’t require too much water. It’s definitely worth it.

 

 

 

Essential Tools for Gardening

Essential Tools for Gardening

Essential Tools for Gardening

 

Gardening is an amazing pastime and hobby. You can spend numerous hours at it and you won’t even notice time passing by due to how much you’re enjoying it. If you’ve never had experience with gardening, then fear not. This article will help you get started with the entire process, and you’ll be ready to start in no time. The main theme which we’ll be discussing today is the tools which you’ll need in order to officially commence you gardening sessions. We’ll keep it simple, so that you won’t be overwhelmed. They aren’t costly at all, and will most likely be easily available at your local department store. Here are 5 of the most essential tools which you can’t do without:

A spade

A spade is one of the most common types of tools available, and you’ve probably seen at least one of them during your lifetime, no matter how detached you are from the gardening niche. They’re used for making it easier to plant new stuff by loosening the soil beneath, or for making weeding easier for the same reason. Lightly shoving the spade into the soil helps break and loosen it, which is a necessary aspect for keeping your garden healthy and well kept.

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A shovel

A shovel pretty much does the same thing the spade does, but at a much larger scale. You’ll be able to transfer large amounts of soil from one place to another, making sure that the entire garden is on one level instead of having huge mounds all over the place. Shovels are significant when you’re trying to plant larger saplings and small trees to your garden, as making larger holes in the ground. Don’t skip this one or you’ll regret it.

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Shears

No garden can survive without a good pair of shears. Shears make sure that your plants stay in shape. Without sheers, your garden will turn into a large mess which looks worse than a wild bush area due to the mixture of weeds and homegrown plants.  Shearing the garden is also one of the more difficult tasks which you’ll have to face, but it’s worth it. Not shearing your garden is synonymous to never having a haircut; avoid it at all costs if you have any love for your garden.

shears for gardening

A lawnmower

Mowing your grass can be a breeze or a nightmare, depending on your budget and the type of grass you have in your garden. A fuel powered lawnmower can be expensive, but well worth the expenses, as the task becomes far less time and effort consuming. However, purchase one, even if you have to get a manual lawnmower. Trimming your garden’s grass is very important.

lawnmower for gardening

A rake

A rake will be used for bringing together all the trimmings from the entire garden once you’re done with the snipping and mowing. Nothing complicated about this one; it can, however, require some effort to rake larger gardens.

 

Get started with gardening as soon as you can! It brings a wondrous feeling once you’ve obtained a great looking garden, and impresses guests who decide to come over.

Plants that Require Less Water to Survive

Plants that Require Less Water to Survive

Plants that Require Less Water to Survive

 

Having gardening as your hobby while living in areas which suffer from the lack of water can be extremely aggravating. Governments frequently issue bans on watering plants, which results in your plants dying out repeatedly. Small amounts of water in addition to a scorching summer sun are enough for most plants to wither and die. However, there are quite a few species of plants which don’t die in these conditions, making them perfect for the conditions that you’re living in.

If you aren’t living in harsh and dry weather conditions, but are simply fascinated by plants which can thrive while dealing with a shortage of water, then this article is for you too. Anyone who basically wants to know about plants which can easily survive while receiving small quantities of water should read on.

Types of plants which you can grow

 

Bougainvillea

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The first picture which comes to mind when we think of plants which can survive in droughts is of hard and rugged cacti with thorns all over them standing firmly in the desert. The Bougainvillea is absolutely nothing like that. This plant is pretty much gorgeous to look at, and has a bright purple color to it. It can really brighten up your place, and is really stubborn when it comes to dry conditions, and can survive easily unless the drought becomes too serious, in which case your garden plants may not remain your first priority. This plant is great for all sorts of gardens due it the fact that it is really easy to grow. However, for people living in areas with less water, this plant should be first on the list.

 

Portulaca

portulaca

Much like the Bougainvillea, the Portulaca is an absolutely stunning plant. The plant comes in the shape of brightly colored flowers which are reminiscent of the ones which bloom during the spring season. These plants can cope with dry weather due to their leaves, which can store water in them. This plant requires warm weather to survive, so if you’re living in a cold area, then you may want to skip this one.

Lavender

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We had to include Lavender in the list. Its tolerance to heat and drought make it compatible to this list, but its looks and attractive color scheme make it a recommendation. This flower is a jo to look at, and it actually water intolerant, meaning that an excessive water supply will do more harm than good to this plant. This makes it perfect for anyone living in a drought.

Cacti

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Finally, the plant we were all waiting for. Cacti are iconic for their ability to survive in dry conditions. In fact, they can survive in conditions where almost no other living thing can go through. To many people, cacti are appealing in terms of looks, and to others, not so much. The thorns don’t exactly tickle when they come in contact with the skin, but a lot of people are willing to live with that. It’s a matter of personal preference, really.

Don’t let dry conditions dissuade you from having a beautiful garden. In addition to this list, there are numerous other plants which do well in droughts, so keep gardening and don’t give up on your hobby!

Plants that are Easy to Grow

Plants that are Easy to Grow

Plants that are Easy to Grow

For people who are just beginning to have gardening as their hobby, it can be a slightly daunting prospect as to what they should start planting first. Plants all have different procedures which carefully need to be followed when planting and growing them, and often this complexity can dissuade newbie gardeners from pursuing their interests in gardening. This shouldn’t have to happen to anyone. Gardening is a vast field, and can mutate itself according to the needs and level of expertise of the gardener. If you’re not certain that you can take good care of plants which are delicate and need timely and exquisite handling, then you can easily opt for plants which are sturdy, and don’t require much attention. These plants look pretty much just as good as delicate plants if your aim is to have a picturesque garden, and if your main priority is to grow healthy food, you still have plenty of rugged plant options to choose from.

Flowers which are easy to grow

Marigold

marigold

Marigold is a flower which is extremely resilient and has a strong will to survive, unlike some other delicate species of flowers. This flower, from personal experience, is one tough nut to crack. Even at the point where its petals were falling off and it was losing its color, one watering session brought it right back to life in less than half an hour, with its rich golden yellow color restored and its stem looking nice and thick. This flower makes a great addition to any garden for its amazing beauty, and makes the perfect candidate for people looking for easy to grow plants in their garden.

Sunflowers

sunflower

Sunflowers might not be as elegant as some of the smaller kinds of flowers, but they are definitely easy to grow. Even kids could grow this plant, so you shouldn’t have any problems with it. Simply make sure that the area where they are growing is receiving enough sunlight throughout the day and water them frequently, and they’ll doubtlessly grow straight up. For an added effect, you can provide support to the plants stems to help them grow nice and tall.

Vegetables which are easy to grow

Potatoes

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If you didn’t get to grow potatoes as a school project in your childhood, you really missed out on a lot. Don’t worry, though; here’s another chance for you to make an attempt. Growing potatoes is so easy that it’s almost more difficult to go wrong that it is to successfully grow them. Just plant them in loose soil, and water them lightly and frequently. They’ll soon start multiplying. You’ll be able to make French fries with your own home grown potatoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salad leaves

 

Salad leaves are another specimen which is ridiculously easy to grow. Most salad leaves are really strong, and can grow like weeds. Just scatter their seeds into spaded soil and sprinkle them with water regularly. Once they’ve reached a certain size, they’ll be able to keep growing without much assistance from your side.

Try out these easy to grow plants. Once you’ve had some experience with gardening and boosted your confidence, you’ll be able to advance to more delicate plants and introduce a larger variety of plants to your garden.

How to Make Your Own Compost

How to Make Your Own Compost

How to Make Your Own Compost

The benefits of compost

Before we get deep into how you can make your own compost, it is imperative that you understand the benefits that compost can bring to your garden. The most important benefit of all is that is enriches your soil with nutrients. Generally, soil isn’t too high in nutrients, and adding compost can really help make your plants healthy and lively due to the nutrients compost adds to the ground. Compost also helps retain the moisture that is added to the soil during rain or watering. This helps in providing the plants with more water for longer durations, essentially adding to their strength and longevity. Compost attracts and helps with the production of bacteria which further break down the compost into hummus, which is great for plants due to its being rich in nutrients. Compost plays a crucial role in preventing certain pests and diseases too. These reasons combined make compost invaluable and imperative for your garden. Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what compost can provide and motivation for actually making it, let’s jump straight into how you can produce you own compost.

How to make compost

Making compost is a relatively simple process. All you’re going to need is a large container to hold it while it’s being made. Generally you’ll be better off with a large compost bin with wheels, as it makes carrying the compost around a much easier task. If you don’t have a compost bin, then don’t worry; any large sized bin will do perfectly.

bin for making compost

To actually start the compost producing procedure, you’ll have to start adding any organic plant pieces you have. What would generally be thrown out in the garbage, you’ll now be storing in your compost bin. Those organic pieces can be anything, ranging from remnants of a lawn mowing session, or the left over clippings from when you’ve sheared your plants to make them neat. This isn’t necessarily confined to what comes from your garden either; you can add any vegetable leftovers from the kitchen as well.

Keep adding small quantities of water to the mixture occasionally. Make sure that you’re adding just enough to keep the mixture moist. Adding too much water will result in counter productivity, as this will cause the microorganisms in the mixture to die off, which will ultimately result in your mixture rotting and going to waste.

If the mixture is performing as it should be, then it will be nice and warm. If it isn’t warm after some time, then you may have made a mistake in the process or added too much water. If it is beginning to become warm, then you’re on the right track. A moderate stirring of the mixture can speed up the process.  Keep the light moisturizing routine up, and keep going for an approximate 3 months. This is around the time when the decomposition process will have completed.

compost processed for gardening

Once complete, the mixture will lose its warmth, and will have a hard, brown and soil like texture. It is now ready to be used.

 

How to Use a Garden Hoe Properly

How to Use a Garden Hoe Properly

How to Use a Garden Hoe Properly

Garden hoes are quite important in that they make sure the process of planting new saplings and small trees proceeds without any problems. They make sure the soil you’re about to use is weed free and neat. They lightly loosen up the soil, making the conditions perfect to plant the sapling which you have in mind. Generally you’d think a spade or a shovel could do the job just as effectively and efficiently, but garden hoes are made for this purpose in mind, and do the job in a much better way.

 

How Garden Hoes Work

Garden hoes have blades which are bent at an 80 degree angle to the handle. This makes pulling the hoe repeatedly to level large amounts of soil much easier. A spade would perhaps be on par with a hoe, but due to its small size, it would take a much longer period of time. On the other hand, a shovel wouldn’t be fit for the task due to its shape. You’d have to constantly hold it in a manner which would put too much stress on your back and may even cause backaches. The process would be highly inefficient with a shovel, because it’s nearly impossible to perform a pulling motion with one, and trying to scoop up the soil like you would with a spade would result in too much soil being shifted needlessly. A hoe requires minimal effort and time for the job to be done. A simple pulling motion makes sure that all the small weeds are removed with accuracy. Make sure you’re careful when using the hoe around important plants as their roots may also be damaged because of it. You’ll have to avoid going near the plants stem and surrounding areas. It is recommended that you weed the areas around important plants manually in order to minimize the chances of accidental damage.

How to Use a Garden Hoe

  1. First off, make sure your tool is nice and clean before and after you’re done using it. This helps it mitigate the risk of rusting and expiring.
  2. Make sure the hoe you’re using is about your height. This size makes it compatible and much easier to use. Different sizes can be difficult to adjust to, and make the process uncomfortable and can tire you out easily.
  3. Hold the hoe like you would hold a broom or a rake. This makes for an efficient hoeing session that requires the least amount of time.
  4. Let the hoe dig a few centimeters into the earth, and then pull it towards you similar to when you pull the rake towards yourself.
  5. Don’t bother pushing the hoe too deep into the ground. Just make sure it’s at a level where the roots of the weeds are. The primary focus here is to get rid of the weeds. The soil will automatically become suitable for planting new saplings once the process is complete.

 

It shouldn’t take too long to hoe a small piece of your garden, and will generate amazing results if you use it correctly.