One of the biggest mistakes that people often make in gardening is- garden without a plan. And planning is more essential in a balcony garden, without which it won’t be a success. You need to plan cautiously to create a beautiful garden in your balcony. Therefore, to make your planning process easier, here are 3 ultimate tips for a successful balcony garden.
- Learn about your balcony
Caution: a collapsed balcony can cost you a fortune!
So you need to first learn about your balcony, the weight it can hold. If you wish to use garden pots and planters, combined with water and earth, they’ll weight a lot. Therefore, you should first determine how strong your balcony is and the amount of weight it can hold.
Moreover, if it is a wooden balcony, you can use trays under the pots to prevent soil from falling into the wood. Again, in case of walled balcony, you can place the pots and planters on walls.
- Set a budget
You can easily go crazy getting things including beautiful plant accessories, seeds and plants that aren’t in your list, but will make your balcony garden look appealing. But trust us; an unplanned shopping for your garden will hurt your pocket and the death of plants will add up to the pain. So determine your budget and then modify your plans to fit into your budget.
Do not forget to add trays, gardening tools, pots and other necessary things in your budget.
- Choose a theme
To give your home an eye-catching look, you can choose a theme depending on the sunlight patterns and weather of your balcony. You’ll need heavy ceramic planters if your balcony is windy and if always in shade, you should choose plants that grow better in shade.
Did we miss on some other important tips for a successful and beautiful balcony garden that should be added to the list? You can share them with us in the comment section below.
Yes, you’ve read it right. Gardening comes with a number of health benefits that very few people know about. There are much more about gardening than just making your home look appealing.
Let’s go through the top 4 health benefits that you can enjoy from gardening.
- Improves self-esteem score and reduces stress
Can you imagine of something better to measure your power than to nurture a plant from seed to fruit-bearing? Actually not! Thus, gardening improves your self-esteem score and relieves you from stress. The level of cortisol, the stress hormone, is lowered from gardening and makes you feel better, influencing your mood. Also, apart from these health benefits, you can give your home an eye-catching look by using decorative planters available at reasonable prices.
- Lowers the heart attack and stroke risk
Gardening is a form of physical activity and studies have shown that regular gardening will lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 30%, if you’re above 60. The repetitive tasks such as weeding, digging planting etc. requires a lot of strength and are some best forms of low impact exercises.
- Increases hand strength and dexterity
With the growing age, the strength and dexterity of the hands decreases and as a result we aren’t able to do a number of activities. But if you’re a gardener, you’re lucky as you’ll not face such problems. This is because the dexterity and strength of your hands will increase, keeping your muscles vigorous.
- Improves brain health and reduces Alzheimer’s risk
Researchers have found that gardening improves your brain health and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. The main causes of this disease has yet not been found, but gardening involving a number of critical functions such as endurances, strength, problem solving, learning etc. and as a result offers a number health benefits.
Apart from the ones discussed above, there are many other benefits of gardening such as improving mental health, better immune regulation, etc.
Stay tuned to know more about such lesser known things about gardening.
So you’ve a small garden and are looking for some effective ways to make it look bigger and more attractive? This post is just for you then. We’re here with some amazing tips that will transform your small garden space, making it look bigger and breath-taking.
1. Declutter the space
The first thing to start with is to organise the space you have and remove everything that is not required. Remove your furniture, outdoor pots and planters and everything else to first have an idea of the space and make the most out of it. Once you know the space you’ve, you can organise your plants in a better way.
2. Paint it right
Believe it or not, different colours can have different effects on seeing things. For say, warm colours like yellow and red will give you the feeling of being closer to the object. On the other hand, cool colours like green and purple will make you feel that you’re far away from the object you’re looking at. Again, painting the space white or a pale colour can brighten up your space. Therefore, paint the space right.
3. Go minimal with plants
When planting your pots, be minimal with numbers. Why? Because choosing the right plants and being minimal with numbers can have maximum impact. Take proper care of the plants and keep them under control to ensure that too much space isn’t encroached.
4. Light it
Light your garden to make it the perfect soothing space to look at. Regardless of whether it is winter or summer, you can use beautiful string lights that will give your garden a new and beautiful look, making your home look appealing.
We hope this post will help you make your small garden look bigger and beautiful. Try them out and share your experience as well.
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It is no exaggeration to say that container gardening is becoming one of the most sought after forms of gardening today. This is mainly because it makes your home look more appealing, without the need of much space for gardening. However, a successful container gardening becomes a little challenging provided you’re not aware of the secrets. Therefore, to help you make your container gardening successful; we’re here with the 3 important secrets:
· Do not skimp on drainage
Drainage can be the matter of life and death for the plants that you grow in the containers. No proper holes to pour water out of your pots can cause the plant to die. This is because too much water in the container will make the soil too wet, which will as a result rot the roots of the plants.
· Evaluate your light
Different plants need different amount of light for their growth. So before you select a plant for your home, you need to determine the place where you’ll place the container and also how much light it will get. This will help you select the right plant, determining the amount of sunlight it will need for proper growth.
· Feed your plants
Feeding is important for every living being and the plants are no exception. They need proper nutrients which are important for you to provide them in an adequate quantity for their survival. For better growth of the plants, you can use organic fertilizers.
Container gardening, following the above tips is the perfect option if you want to give a unique and eye-catching look to your home. Also, you can use large garden pots and planters for a more striking look. Do write to us if you’re looking for some breath-taking options for containers, pots and planters.
The Areca Palm is one of the most popular and graceful palms. It is an Indoor as well as an outdoor plant and releases good amount
of moisture into the air. Additionally, the areca is consistently rated among the best houseplants for removing all indoor air toxins tested.
How to take care of your Areca Palm:
| ≈ Light:
Palm trees will not do well in dimly lit corners. Without adequate light your plant will lose all its lower fronds. Its wise to have two sets of plants which you can rotate – 5 days indoors and then 5 days outdoors. This plant is best kept in semi-sun.
Palms need to be relatively moist. In spring and summer, or when temperatures are warm and days are longer, water them as soon as their soil feels dry a little below the surface. Allow the soil to get slightly drier in winter. When potted in the planter, it's important that potting soil drains well and containers you use have functioning drain holes. Water palms thoroughly, then spill or siphon off excess water that collects in the tray or saucer below the pot. The Areca Palm is fussier about over-watering, and more prone to root rot than others. A good mixture of coco peat and soil with help grow the palm well.
≈ Keep your palm fronds clean:
Spiders are attracted to palms, so make sure to keep them clean by removing the spider webs
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