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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Herbs and Veggies that Growing Indoors

Cilantro with the lacy leaves and lush green make a pleasant vision. It add flavor to the dishes and can be grown easily indoors. It requires less care but ample light cilantro cannot stand much heat and requires only moderate amount of light from sun. So choose an east facing window or better a South facing one, for cilantro so that it gets the required light but not the intense heat. While watering, make sure that you add water just enough to moist the soil and do not drench it.

Lettuce is fast growing herb, perfect for an indoor garden. It can grow in warm weather but can also survive the cooler weather with 65-70 degrees F. it requires more light. Grow them in plastic bags or containers so that the moisture is retained inside. Lettuce is best when grown from the seeds. Once they grow mature, cut the leaves only allowing new sprouts to grow for a fresh batch. The containers can be placed on the balcony or window sill where there is ample sunlight but have some shade also. Choose your container wisely as lettuce can grow faster and crowd the pot.

Peppers are used in culinary but can also be a decorative piece indoors with its bright colored fruits. Peppers need plastic pots and keep them in warm environment. A well lit spot is just perfect for any type of pepper plant. Keep the plants moist. Grow from seeds and transplant the seeds to deeper pots when they are taller. Add enough fertilizers and water it to keep the plant and soil moist. Fruiting will happen within 100 days of transplantation. Harvest the fruits when they are ripe and shiny. Most pepper plants produce the fruits, throughout the season.

Spinach is a super food with much nutritive value. The spinach plant needs medium weather with nit much heat or cold. The normal room temperature is enough. A sunny spot is just perfect for spinach to grow healthy. What it needs is a deeper container to establish the roots. The container should be at least 8 inches deep. Spinach is the best option to grow during winter as it needs the moist weather and less heat. Avoid over exposure to the heat and light, it might produce tall flowers and make the leaves taste bitter. The Catalina variety is the most accepted variety of spinach to grow indoors.

Tomatoes are great tasting healthy vegetable or a fruit with lots of vitamins and other nutrients. Growing them indoors is easy and healthier option. They are grown indoors on dwarf plants. They are placed right near the window to get lots of heat and light. The South facing window is the best bet for tomatoes. One may also add a fluorescent light for extra lighting during winter when the light is less. While watering, keep the soil moist, at all times, but never soak it with water. Moderation is the key to successful indoor tomato growing.

Facts about Hydroponic System

Gardening at home is something that is performed as a hobby where people like to beautify their garden with flowers and other plants. With the shortage of open spaces in urban areas, people have opted for an alternative to performing gardening indoors. The rise in demand for hydroponic systems has led people to pursue their hobby in the comforts of their home without having to go outside. It is manufactured keeping in mind the need for growing plants and vegetables within the environment indoors and not getting access to anything direct from nature. Before taking the plunge into fixing a grow box at home, there are a few basics that people should know.

  • Meaning of Hydroponics – Indoor gardening comprises of growing plants with the use of water, nutrition and necessary lighting. It is the artificial alternative to growing plants outdoors without the use of soil. Since the plants are grown in an artificial environment, all the necessary care needs to be taken to place the seeds, provide necessary nutrients with the water as well as providing adequate light and ventilation to keep the plant nourished and allowing it to grow. The light fitted in the system is a substitute for sunlight and thus should have adequate power to provide the right nourishment.
  • The operating procedure for hydroponic system – For those grow boxes kept at home; there is an area below the seed placing area which should be frequently replenished with water rich in nutrients to enhance the growth of the seeds. While the seeds have matured into saplings, there is a need to provide ventilation as well as light that would let the plant grow naturally. The plants growing in the grow box should regularly be cleaned in order not to let dust and dirt gather on it. This enhances the growth of the plant and thus making it gain an almost natural environment as that of outdoors.
  • Choosing the right lighting system – As sunlight has the necessary power to nurture a plant; there should be artificial lighting that can closely represent the sun. Any random light cannot serve the purpose and thus specialized stores can help people to end their quest for a lighting services that can enhance the growth of a plant in the grow box.
  • Purchasing them from authorized retailers and manufacturers – For those who intend to have a professionally created hydroponic system in their house, one should purchase them from designated retailers who manufacture them with the best techniques letting people have the best outdoor gardening experience.

Garden Gnomes

Wind chimes give our yards and gardens a special ambiance with the wonderful sounds they make whether it is a soft tinkling of inexpensive chimes or the deep soothing musical tones of the big beautiful ones. What better to accompany those great sound makers in your garden than a cute whimsical garden gnome.

Garden gnomes have been around much longer than you probably think. The tradition has been around since the early 1800’s with Germany being the first to produce them in factories there and the gnomes were made of clay. However, they actually became popular in the 1840’s after folks in England started adding them to their gardens. The first garden-gnomes that were mass-produced came from Germany in the 1870’s. With the onset of the world wars, production of the garden gnomes soon came to a halt. The gnomes we know today, many made of plastic began making their appearance in the 1960’s. The gnomes are whimsical and cartoonish, but not necessarily to everyone’s taste. There is only a few manufacturers that make gnomes of clay and resin, and are finished by hand and not mass produced. The die hard gnome fanciers seek out these gnomes for their gardens. Gnomes come in a variety of poses and sizes.

Known as symbols of good luck, gnomes were also thought to provide protection over things like buried treasure. Even today they are placed in fields to watch over crops. Some were even placed in the rafters of barns to watch over livestock. Of course they are also most popular for placing in the garden. The farmers that placed gnomes in fields also believed that their good luck charm would ensure a greater yield of crops while protecting them from pests and other problems. Some even thought that the gnomes would help the gardeners through the night.

The word “gnome” is thought to be Latin for “earth dweller”. They were often referred to in German fairy tales. Similar creatures were found in folklore across the world, and were known by different names, such as the Hob in England.

Although gnomes weren’t really described very well in any of the stories, one thing is common throughout the world when it comes to their general look. Most are wearing simple clothing and a red hat and usually have a long white beard. The lady gnomes which aren’t that commonly seen in gardens, tend to be dressed in a simple dress and they have long hair also topped with a red hat. Is anyone else thinking that gnomes sound a lot like Smurfs?

Garden gnomes can be found these days in so many different configurations. Some may be holding a keg of beer, others snooze lazily in a hammock while yet others provide a source of solar lighting while mooning visitors to the garden.

Gnomes don’t always end up staying put in the garden where they are placed. Some have become the victims of a prank kidnapping. Photos of the kidnapped gnome is taken to show the adventures and travels of the little bearded guy, travels to some places that I’m sure most of us would envy.

Garden Shed

Garden shelters offer many possibilities: wood, metal or plastic, traditional or contemporary. From simple shed to shelter or attic space, they go up in record time, and fit perfectly into the landscape.

1) Use of the shelter:

A garden shed meets a specific need. The choice of model and size depends on the purpose for which it is intended. To facilitate the purchase, it is better to ask the right questions.

A shed for garden equipment?

A place that allows tinkering, prepare seedlings?

A summer kitchen, a playroom for children?

An annex for visiting friends?

A living space, all season?

Criteria to be considered:

Function, height, materials … are all criteria to be considered for choosing a garden shed.

Function: storage, conversion, Living

Ridge height: to travel at ease: 2.20 m mini

Material structure: durability over time, finishing, maintenance

Ground anchor and method of assembly

Type of roof and roofing

Presence or absence of a floor

Openings: doors, windows, glazing

Equipment options: shelves, tool racks …

Good to know: the guarantees vary from 2 to 10 years depending on the material and design quality.

2) Choosing a shelter – size, material, joinery:


Garden shelters fall into several categories.

To organize supplies and garden equipment, bikes … an area smaller than 6 m2 is ideal.

To equip sheltered workshop, established or install a large storage space, 6-14 m2 are recommended.

A convertible shelter, from 14 m2, allows a very comfortable seasonal schedule.

From 20 m2, shelter living spaces are full.

They have a thick structure (up to 44 mm) and Home separations

The windows are double glazed for maximum comfort

Material of the structure:

You have the choice of three materials: wood, metal and PVC.

Raw or autoclaved wood: spruce, fir …

Painted wood: soft or warm colors (Mediterranean) .

Metal: galvanized steel / lacquered insensitive to rust (but does not like the salt air)

Or PVC resin: aesthetics (maisonette stage), resistant to all climates, virtually maintenance free. A water wash is sufficient.


A shelter is often composed of a door and a window.

Swinging or sliding door, single or double (essential for passing tractor, workshop machinery, bulky furniture …)

Fixed or windows (hinged, tilting), acrylic glazing or glass (systematic for double glazing)

Skylights (skylight)

3) Installation and maintenance of a garden shed:

Mounting a shelter:

Metal roofing, PVC or resin are simple and quick to install (pre-assembled panels)

Wooden shelters offer two types of construction: pre-assembled panels (easy to assemble) and boards or planks to follow suit (guaranteed resistance)

With or without floor:


Again, three types of roofs are proposed.

1 pan: adossable shelter.

2 or 3 sections: traditional.

Flat roof: contemporary.

Support and coverage

The shelter roof can be composed of:

panels chipboard or OSB waterproof, covered with roofing felt (roofing)

battens and cover shingle close look of slate or flat tile

different panel thicknesses and battens

Interposing a sealing film between the foundation and the base of the shelter to prevent rising damp.

Metal shelter

Shelters made of metal or plastic may suffice with an anchoring kit for stability.

For lighter, there are storm kits that prevent the lifting of the roof when the wind blows hard.

Drainage of rainwater

An evacuation of rainwater is recommended to protect wood runoff.

Maintenance of shelter

Maintenance of raw wood

Insecticide treatment / fungicide before assembly

1 or 2 coats of stain after assembly

2 coats of stain every 3 years

Maintenance of autoclaved wood

Glaze every 10 years

Maintenance of painted wood

Regular washing, sprucing up with paint microporous “special wood”

Maintenance of metal, PVC resin

Jetting water

Implementation and administrative procedures

A few rules to follow before installing your garden shed:

For areas less than 20 m²: simple statement of work

An area equal to or greater than 20 m²: demand for building permits required (information in town hall).