About Container Flower Gardening

Apartment style constructions have replaced the sprawling yards that most older constructions flaunted. This is just one of the many prices we are paying for modernization and industrialization. Nevertheless, the green thumb has always used ingenuity to pursue the hobby that adds quality to the environment and reduces pollutant exposure. Container gardening, as the name amply suggests, refers to the growing of plants in discarded or special containers. This type of gardening allows you to beautify the window boxes, balcony or lobby areas of the home with flowering plants or herbs. You can also grow a number of fruits and vegetables in containers.

Container Flower Gardening

Container flower gardening refers exclusively to the growing of flowering plants in containers. You could used chipped china, glass or metal bottles and even cheese or canned-food tins for the indulgence. You can grow alyssums, marigolds, begonias, coleus, browallias, geraniums, impatiens and latanas in containers. Container flower gardening gives you the liberty to spruce up the living room and other guest-centric areas of the home, such as the lobby and guest-room, when and as required. The containers, being small, can be moved around easily. This feature of container flower gardening also aids special sunlight, moisture and water requirements of certain flowering plants.

There are a number of online and offline resources dedicated to the art of container flower gardening that supply you with containers of various sizes and special garden tools. The containers, either bought or generated from the kitchen, could be sorted to suit a preplanned theme. You could pick from a color scheme or a size theme and accordingly assimilate the containers into a stand or tray. Investing in such holders designed for container flower gardening helps a lot when many plants are to be relocated. The suppliers of container flower gardening equipment also make available special soils that are engineered for indoor gardening.

Among the many varieties of flowering plants popularly chosen for container flower gardening are:

  • Periwinkles
  • Pansies
  • Nasturtiums
  • Petunias
  • Snapdragons
  • Thunbergias
  • Salvias
  • Zinnias
  • Sanvitalias

The art of container flower gardening involves the identification of:

  • A suitable area in the home that can accommodate one or many of the containers set aside for the garden.
  • Plastic, metallic or ceramic pots or containers.
  • Planting mediums that drain rapidly, but only after retaining sufficient root moisture.
  • Soil-less mixes that keep the flowering plant free from soil- borne diseases and most essentially, weeds.
  • A stand or tray to ensure daily relocation of the plants for their vital supply of direct sunlight.
  • Fertilizers designed specially for container flower gardening, with plant boosters, to ensure that your plants get their supply of essential nutrients and trace elements.

The art of container flower gardening is not at all difficult to pursue, considering the myriad online resources that offer you dedicated guidelines, every step of the way. The flowering plants add to the aesthetics of the patio, deck or even threshold, while solving your problem of not being able to get enough of nature! This type of gardening helps you to overcome lack of space and time for elaborate gardening procedures. The mobility of the container flower garden helps you to re-sculpt the home environ and satisfy your craving for the great outdoors. The art takes up little or no time and investment, with the limited area involved and most of the essentials being churned out from the kitchen!

Tips to Build a Greenhouse

A greenhouse is a building structure, especially constructed to grow or cultivate plants in controlled conditions of light, temperature, ventilation and humidity. Exotic plants, orchids, flowers, vegetables and fruits are planted in greenhouse for the healthy plant growth and/or maximum yield. Specific crops and salad vegetables can also be grown for commercial production all the year round, irrespective of the off-seasons. In addition to regulated environmental conditions, the spread of plant diseases as well as pests are controlled in greenhouse. Considering these advantages, many hobbyists and gardeners opt for growing plants in greenhouses.

How to Build a Greenhouse

Like other construction works, the first step in building a greenhouse is to decide the correct location. Based on the climatic conditions, you can select a proper site that receives maximum sunlight. If possible, build the greenhouse in the south or southeast to the house, otherwise you can orient in the west or southwest direction. For cold areas, the greenhouse should be insulated or installed with heating equipment in order to retain maximum temperature inside the greenhouse.

Another factor to be considered about the site is a good drainage system. You can create a raised base, so as to prevent draining of rainwater inside the greenhouse. Once you have confirmed the location of greenhouse with the necessary features, you can purchase the structural requirements for building a greenhouse such as frames, coverings, foundation and flooring materials.

Greenhouse frames are available in various shapes such as gothic, quonset (circular frame), A-shaped and rigid frame (vertical sidewalls with a slopping roof). While speaking about the coverings of greenhouses, glass and fiberglass are the most durable materials that provide maximum warmth and humidity. Fiberglass is flexible and can be used in straight or curved surfaces. In case of a low budget project, you can opt for plastic coverings.

The foundation of greenhouse depends on the weight of the coverings; permanent foundation is recommended for glass materials. Another option for lightweight coverings is fixing with the help of railroad ties. Regarding flooring option, permanent flooring is not preferred as it remains wet for a prolonged duration. Creating a concrete walkway with gravel floor is the best option for greenhouses.

All types of greenhouses require ventilation, air circulation, water irrigation, humidity regulation and pest control. For providing ventilation, simple windows can be created at a specific height of the greenhouse. Small fans can be used for the air circulation purposes; depending on the size of greenhouse, you may need to fix several fans. Regarding irrigation system, you can fix automatic watering systems. After completion of making all these arrangements, you can place plant racks at a particular places inside the greenhouse for keeping container plants.

If there is an extra space, you can attach a small room for storing fertilizers, organic manures and other gardening tools. Building a greenhouse on your own is quite a rewarding task. You will really feel satisfied after you start growing plants in your greenhouse. Irrespective of the climate and outside environmental conditions, you can harvest your favorite vegetables or enjoy the beauty of flowers. One word of advice for growing plants in greenhouse is to isolate any diseased plant, as it can spread easily to the other neighboring plants.

Bacon suggested Garden should be

The rich, sweet smell of the hayricks rose to his chamber window; the hundred perfumes of the little flower-garden beneath scented the air around; the deep-green meadows shone in the morning dew that glistened on every leaf as it trembled in the gentle air: and the birds sang as if every sparkling drop were a fountain of inspiration to them.

Garden!

A garden is the purest of human pleasures. It provides the greatest refreshment to man’s mind. Garden of Eden is Almighty’s first planted garden. What does “Garden” mean?

G = Glory
A = Attractiveness
R = Relaxation
D = Dignity
E = Exquisiteness
N = Nature

How would you plan for your garden?

Francis Bacon, a philosopher and a pioneer of empirical science wrote about the style of the garden in his essay. Bacon suggested critical points to be taken care of while designing garden.

1. Seasons and Plants
2. Scent of Plants
3. Layout
4. Knots
5. Hedges
6. Topiary
7. Mount
8. Fountains
9. Heath
10. Aviaries

Season & Garden

“Seasons change, friends move away, and life goes on from day to day. Flowers fade and streams go dry and many times we wonder why. Yet we can always be assured because God tells us in His Word, that unlike changes in the weather, love goes on and last”

While designing garden, care should be taken. Plant only those, which are for all seasons. What should be your choice as of today?

Spring
Anemone, artichoke, asparagus sprouts, azalea, bracken, bramble, camellia, cherry blossoms, cherry tree, crocus, dandelion, daphne, blossoms or leaf buds of trees and shrubs (almond, apple, apricot, maple, oak, pear, peach, pine, wisteria, etc.), forget-me-not, grass sprouts, hawthorn, hyacinth, lilac, lily of the valley, mustard, pansy, parsley, plum blossoms, plum tree, California poppy, primrose, seaweed or laver (nori), sweet pea, shepherd’s-purse, tulip, violet, willow, pussy willows or willow catkins.

Summer
Amaryllis, barley, summer bracken, bamboo sprouts, cactus flower, carnation, summer chrysanthemum, (blue) cornflower, dahlia, dill flower, foxglove, fuchsia, gardenia, geranium, gerbera, gladiolus, summer/rank grasses/weeds, hibiscus, hollyhock, honeysuckle, hydrangea, iris, lily (calla, daylily, etc.), lotus, marguerite, marigold, mold (mildew), moss grown (mossy), oxalis, peony, phlox, pinks, evening primrose, rose, salvia, silk tree (mimosa), snapdragon, sunflower, summer thistle, yucca, zinnia, summer fruits/vegetables (apricot, banana, blackberry, cucumber, cherry, eggplant, green grapes, green (unripe) apple, green peas, green walnut, melons, pineapple, potato, strawberry, tomato).

Autumn
Apple, wild aster, autumn leaves, banana plant, buckwheat, bush clover, chamomile, chestnut, chrysanthemum, corn, cranberry, dried grass or plants, fallen or falling leaves (e.g. fallen willow leaves), gourds, grapes (except green grapes), huckleberry, maiden flower, morning glory, mushrooms, nuts, orchid, pampas grass plumes, pear, persimmon, pomegranate, pumpkin, reeds, reed flowers/tassels, rose of sharon, squash, vines, weed flowers.

Winter
Carrot, celery, dried persimmon, (dried) prunes, early plum blossom, holly, heavenly bamboo(Nandina), pine nuts, poinsettia, radish, scallion,tangerine /mandarin orange, turnip, winter camellia, winter chrysanthemum, winter grass, winter narcissus, winter peony, winter quince, winter tree or grove, withered or frost-nipped plants (tree, grasses, leaves, twig, etc.).

Scents

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” – Shakespeare

Flowers smell sweeter in the air than in the hand. The fragrance of flowers is as sweet as the warbling of music. Roses retain their smell in the blooms. The violets yields the sweetest. Next to that is the musk rose and sweetbriar. Even crushed or trodden burnet, wild theme and water mints scent air like anything. When you walk near by, it should give you pleasure full of scent!!

“Don’t wear perfume in the garden – unless you want to be pollinated by bees” said Anne Raver.

Layout

In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it.
– Frank McKinney Hubbard

In Bacon’s view, garden should be divided in three parts: Green in the entrance, a Heath, or Desert, in the going forth, and the main Garden in the midst, besides alleys on both sides. If it is 30 acres garden, four acres of ground be assigned to the Green, six to the Heath, four and four to either side, and twelve to the main Garden

Knots and Topiary

As for the making of knots, or figures, with divers colored earths. The Alexandra Hicks Herb Knot Garden is one example. Especially in case of knots, topiary has been popular for centuries and we enjoy shaping and training plants into both traditional and less conventional shapes. Topiary delight the eyes, which include formal and decorative shapes, created with care in yew and boxwood. Little low hedges, round like welts, with some pretty pyramids gives pleased impression.

Hedges

“Garden should not be the whole breadth of the ground, but to leave on either side ground enough for diversity of side alleys, unto which the two covert alleys of the Green may deliver you; but there must be no alleys with hedges at either end of this great enclosure; not at the hither ends for letting your prospect upon this fair hedge from the Green; nor at the farther end, for letting your prospect from the hedge through the arches upon the Heath” suggested Bacon.

Fountains

“Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.” – Lou Erickson

Fountains offer the advantages of not taking up valuable square footage in this age of never ending urban sprawl. You can find completely self-contained fountains. If it is ground level, your pet may consider it a big water dish, bathtub, or swimming pool! Wall garden fountains skirt this issue. Decorative fencing or natural borders can help in-ground setups.

According to Bacon fountains should be of sprinkleth or spouteth water. The idea is that water should be in uninterrupted motion in any case of fountain, fed by a water higher than the pool, and delivered into it by fair spouts, and then discharged away underground, by some equality of bores.

Aviaries

Nothing Unnatural!! Make garden such that attracts aviaries naturally. The birds may have more scope and natural nestling, and that no foulness appear in the floor of the aviary.

The way Bacon suggested “Garden should be” is fantastic. What about you?

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, “Garden Thoughts”

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Medical Marijuana Myths and Facts

A herb used as a drug, marijuana is also known as cannabis. Two forms of marijuana, herbal and the resinous, are used in the preparation of the drug. Hashish is the resinous form of marijuana. Sub-tending leaves and flowers of the plant are used in preparing the drug. The plant contains a chemical compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, which is used for medicinal purposes.

Marijuana Myths and Facts

There are many myths surrounding the effects caused by marijuana. Some of them are discussed below.

Myth#1: It is said that the intake of marijuana leads to permanent mental illness. Even small amounts of the drug are capable of causing psychological damage in children.
Fact: Marijuana intake sometimes results into anxiety, panic and paranoia; however, it doesn’t cause permanent mental damage. If marijuana is eaten directly, chances are, that the person temporarily suffers from toxic psychosis.

Myth#2: The drug is considered highly addictive. People who use marijuana, face severe withdrawal symptoms.
Fact: According to the facts recorded in the US, not even 1% Americans are addicted to marijuana. Even those who use heavy doses of the drug, don’t face any kind of withdrawal symptoms.

Myth#3: The marijuana that is available today, is more potent than that of the ’60s decade. The drug has become more dangerous over time.
Fact: The drug hasn’t undergone any changes in its properties, as is presented by some people. The samples seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration do not represent the marijuana that is generally used by people.

Myth#4: The offenders who violate the laws regarding the usage of marijuana are not arrested. Strict action is not taken against them.
Fact: Contrary to the belief that violators of marijuana are not punished, the truth is that around 86% of the offenders were arrested for illegal possession of the drug. Thousands of people have served the punishment for the offense.

Myth#5: Marijuana is considered the cause behind diseases such as lung cancer, emphysema and bronchitis.
Fact: The above argument doesn’t hold much truth behind it. Marijuana smoking is not frequent even among regular smokers in comparison with those who smoke tobacco products. Marijuana intake doesn’t play any role in the development of lung cancer. The fact was supported by a paper presented to the American Thoracic Society in the year 2006.

Myth#6: Cannabis contains tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive substance used for medicinal purpose. It is said that drugs that are more effective in action than marijuana, are available in the market.
Fact: Even today, marijuana is used in the treatment of various problems. The drug is used to reduce nausea, that results from chemotherapy. It is also used to reduce the spasticity in muscles in patients suffering from various neurological disorders.

Myth#7: Cannabis is considered a ‘gateway’ drug i.e. the drug is believed to induce the intake of potent and dangerous drugs such as cocaine, LSD and heroin.
Fact: The myth that marijuana is a gateway drug, is based on a fragile assumption and statistical association between the usage of common and uncommon drugs. The facts state that many of them who use marijuana, have never consumed any of the illegal drugs.

Myth#8: It is believed that the intake of marijuana induces apathetic behavior and makes people passive in their approach. People tend to lose their productivity in work and students perform badly in studies.
Fact: Even after many years of research, scientists have failed to understand the relation between marijuana and the apathetic behavior in people. Thus, the drug has nothing to do with the productivity of employees or the grades of students.

Misconceptions prevent us from understanding the truth behind many things. Myths develop as a result of apathy and ignorance. Thus, it is important to remain vigilant and understand the true picture behind any given fact.

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Learn how to clone cannabis plants

Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants, that includes three species, known as cannabis indicacannabis sativa and cannabis ruderalis, which are native to Central and South Asia. Cannabis is a genus of dioecious plants, which means that the male and female reproductive organs are found in separate plants. In other words, there are separate male and female cannabis plants. Cannabis has a long history of being used for a number of medicinal purposes and as a recreational drug in the form of marijuana. The plant is also cultivated for its fiber or hemp, which can be used for making durable clothing. The leaves and seeds of the plant are known to contain a compound THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is a psychoactive product. Generally, the species, cannabis ruderalis is considered as a non-drug cultivar and is grown for industrial and agricultural purposes. You can grow cannabis plants either from the seeds and by cloning. Cloning enables to preserve the characteristics of a high quality plant. Here are a few tips on cloning cannabis plants.

Cloning Cannabis in Soil

For cloning cannabis plants, first of all you need to choose the best and strongest plant, whose qualities you want to preserve by cloning. The things that you will need to perform cloning successfully are, a clean and sterilized razor blade, hand gloves, planting medium or potting soil, rooting gel and a container. The container or planter should be ideally 8 to 9 inches in height and diameter. Fill the container with the potting soil. The soil to be used for planting cannabis should be well-drained. Now, you can take the cutting from your chosen cannabis plant. Wear a pair of hand gloves, or wash your hands properly before taking the cutting. Use the sharp and clean razor to take a cutting from the bottom of the plant. Usually, cuttings can be taken from the lower 1/3 of the mother plant. Try to make the cut at an angle.

Now, dip the cut end of the stem in rooting gel, in order to protect them and promote rooting. The cutting is now ready for planting. So, gently plant the cutting in the soil and move the soil around it slightly. The soil should be wet for promoting fast growth of the clone. After planting, the cutting is usually kept in a humidity dome for a few days. To create a humidity dome, cover the container with a clear plastic lid or a plastic wrap. You can open the lid or wrap once in a day, or cut a small hole in it to provide ventilation. During this period, water and mist your cannabis clone to ensure faster growth. Usually, cuttings are obtained from a plant that is in the vegetative stage. However, flowering plants can also be cloned. But, cloning cannabis during flowering can take a lot of time to turn back the clone to the vegetative stage.

Cloning Cannabis in Water

Another method for cloning cannabis is water cloning, which is comparatively much easier than soil cloning. The only requirement for this method is water and sufficient amount of light. You can begin in the same way to get cuttings from the mother plant, as mentioned above, after which just immerse the cutting in an opaque container filled with water and keep it this way, until it develops a strong root system. Place the container in a partially shaded area, and make sure that the place does not get direct sunlight. Otherwise, you can use an incandescent bulb to grow the clones. Once, the clones or cuttings develop strong roots, they are ready for transplanting. For transplanting, fill a container or pot with potting soil and moist it a bit. Now, make a hole on the top soil and insert the plant in it. Then cover the container or the pot with a clean plastic lid or plastic wrap to create a humidity dome, in the same way as has been mentioned already.

While cloning cannabis plants, one needs to be a bit careful, as the process can pose certain risks to the health of the plant. The most common cloning cannabis plants problems are the risk for fungal diseases and invasion by pests. Therefore, the plants that are resistant to pests and fungus are selected for cloning. The clones can become particularly susceptible to fungal growth, as they are put in a humidity zone for a couple of days, after cutting. High humidity is known to be a favorable condition for fungal growth. So, it is important to use a fungicide to protect the clones from such problems. However, fungicide needs to be used very carefully, as excess of it can ruin the clones. So, growing healthy and strong cannabis plants by cloning would require a little bit of care and precaution. Hope these few tips on cloning cannabis plants would prove helpful for you.

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