Gardening

Each season brings with it, its peculiarities and its set of challenges. Which is exactly what makes gardening a very engaging and enjoyable activity! One summer you’re scurrying around to ensure that your plants keep getting enough water, while during the spring you merely wait and watch the magic unfold. One winter, you’re able to see the beautiful and hardy garden that you’ve grown, while the next monsoon, you’re working on planting your next batch of special saplings!

To be actively involved in each step makes this an incredibly rewarding journey, especially if you’ve paid close attention to the cycle of the seasons.

To help you on your way, here’s a list of plants that you can grow during the monsoons. The rains can often leave home gardeners flabbergasted, but it isn’t too difficult to comprehend which fruits, flowers, and vegetables should be grown at the time. Just take a look!

1) Water Hyacinth: The hint is in the name and these quickly growing mauve flowers are the perfect way to add some monsoon fragrance to your garden. They grow in bunches and will populate your garden well.

2) Wild Balsam: For adding some like light pink to your garden and filling up those bare nooks and corners, the Wild Balsam is the right option. It is a delicate flower that is at home during the rains.

3) Indian Borage: Growing well in bunches, especially in damp patches, the Indian Borage is a herb. It blooms with beautiful blue flowers that have the ability to light up any garden.

4) Hill Turmeric: Suitable for growing at the base and even lining your garden, this plant is known for its broad leaf structure which eventually gives way to graceful flowers that come in shades of purple, yellow, rose, crimson and red.

5) Blue Ipomoea: For a little variety, why not have a friendly creeper in your garden? The purely azure hues of this flower are just the kind diversity that the monsoon season will bring.

6) Talimkhana: A shrub well-known for its medicinal properties, it can lend a bit vertical beauty to your garden as they can grow up to 5 feet high. Their gorgeous blue flowers are just the icing on the cake.

7) Indigo: If a plant should be taking over the major real estate in your garden, it might as well be stunning to behold. The bright reddish-crimson flowers dotted amidst the lush greens can be quite a sight.

8) Wild Sesame: A staple of monsoon based gardens, this herb quite ravishing. The purple tubular flowers and gorgeous foliage will make your garden seem truly verdant.

9) Bitter Cucumber: Bright yellow flowers make this creeper plant stand out of the crowd! Besides that, you also get a fruit harvest as this plant blossoms.

10) Glory Lily: Scientifically called Gloriosa superba, the appeal of this flower lies in the multi-staged, multi-coloured petals that go from green to yellow to red to crimson as the plant grows.

Pick your favorites from our list of the best monsoon plants and get planting. This monsoon promises to be a memorable one!

 

Gardening

Mushrooms are a fungus that has a different life cycle compared to other plants that grow from seeds and die. The living tissue of the fungi is underground which feeds on rotten wood, and this is known as mycelium. This ingredient is needed for making them breed. This is any mixture of mycelium when combined with a substrate. A common form is a mycelium mixed with a combination of sawdust. This is an inexpensive method of making this at home. It is also possible to make mushroom proliferate with cardboard and paper. These are placed at those locations where the gardener wants them to grow.

Are you tempted to buy oyster mushroom spawn for sale? Let us make some at home.

Materials needed:

• Get some cardboard
• Bucket to hold warm water
• Plastic containers
• Bowls
• Spoon, knife, and fork
• Aluminum foil
• Drill

Let us discuss the steps to make these types propagate at home.

Searching for mycelium

You have to find fresh fungi with stems that are intact. The stems are required for breeding. So while picking up edible fungi choose the ones with perfect stems. If you cannot find living stems or you are hesitant about the quality of local mushrooms whether they are poisonous, then go in for pre-made oyster mushroom spawn for sale. Mycelium helps in producing mushrooms under proper conditions. So make and nurture your spawn to produce quality mushrooms.

Multiplying:

Fill a big bucket with lukewarm water. You can make mushrooms proliferate with cardboard. While making a selection of cardboard, use the ones from those countries which do have environmental regulations. Avoid those cardboards which have toxic glues. Soak the cardboard pieces into this warm water for several hours. Drain the water and tear the cardboard layers to show the corrugated area. Place these back into the bucket and add the mushroom stems or pre-made spawn. Cover with extra cardboard. Keep them in the dark place. This process will take a few months. The spawn once it has multiplied, will be ready when you see a whitish coating on the box.

Planting:

When the spawn is ready for use, a substrate can be inoculated. Moisten and keep in a cool, dark place.

Consider starting your production commercially:

Once you have begun growing your these types successfully, then you may want to branch out on your own and start producing your edible fungi. This is a good practice not to spawn beyond a few times to reduce chances of contamination. Any form of contamination will lead to less production of mushrooms. Cardboard is an amazing method to ensure breeding because it is easily found and very cheap too. It can hold moisture very well. You can create a lot of breeding with almost negligible effort. Once a batch of cardboard is colonized then you may use it partly for growing and the rest of it to create more breed. You will then get a steady supply of cheap, quick replenishable spawn.

 

Gardening

The story begins in August 2015 and I was out in my garden where I was having a good look around and I had come to realise how much of a state my garden was in. It was covered in overgrown bramble and weeds, also there was an old shed at the far end of the garden that was slowly rotting away plus the fact it was harbouring years of dumped junk that was the result of years of ” Put it in the shed for now”.

The only problem was that the shed was still cluttered inside plus there was branches growing inside from e neighbouring tree. The branch was growing right through the shed and sprouting out of the roof. There was also a lot of junk accumulating in the garden over the years, as I was like many people of clearing unwanted items from the house and storing in the garden.

So I made the decision to do something about it. The first part of my plan to modernise the garden was to have major clearance of all the junk. So I enlisted the help of my brother Roger and we gathered together all the junk in the garden into
one main pile, also we cleared the shed of the junk inside onto the pile. we then commenced with dismantling the shed. This was then piled as junk onto a separate pile.Then I had the whole lot taken away by a private contractor.

I then set about laying the ground work for the garden by clearing away all the bramble and weeds,then the task of designing the layout. Over the course of a year the garden was dug over, raked, divided into sections and the most important part was buying a greenhouse. I felt that a greenhouse was going to be the very heart of growing my own plants and flowers from seeds which after a few months proved quite successful.

I can only express how other gardeners can feel is the sheer joy and pleasure of watching them starting from seed, growing into seedlings and eventually full-grown flowers to display in your garden either in the ground or in display baskets or containers.

I am not an experienced gardener, I had a few failings along the way. I got a lot of growing tips from the internet, places like YouTube, I educated myself on the wrongs and rights of making a beautiful garden and I feel I was well rewarded..I kept photographs of my progress and when I compared the before and after. you would not think it was the same garden. At the end of the day I am well satisfied. I can go out into my garden now and relish the thought that I did that.

 

Gardening

Life in big cities and suburbs can be stressful. It seems that everyone is too busy with no time to relax and unwind. The result is chronic stress that kills thousands of Americans. One of the best ways to relax and have some exercise is by gardening. A hobby like gardening lengthens life and makes your surroundings beautiful.

The space problem

One of the first question that comes up to one’s mind when considering gardening is if they have space for it on their lot. Interestingly though, with proper planning and designing, you can have a garden in your lot even if you don’t have lots of extra space. In fact if you use 3D rendering programs or hire a landscape designer who knows how to use one, you would be surprised at how many plants you can grow with just limited space. All it takes is planning.

Landscaping

If you have a big lawn and you want to add a garden on it, it is important to define the boundary of the garden. That means you have to plan where to put your garden. You can also hire a landscape artist to do the task, but make sure that they make a 3D rendering of the design so you will know in advance if you like it or not.

Choosing the flowers and plants

While flowers look beautiful, your garden may not have a big impact if the flowers are not grouped together. When grouping flowers, make sure the same colors are grouped together so that when they bloom, you will be greeted with a beautiful scenery.

If you plant vegetables, it is important that you group them together too for easy harvesting. This also makes your vegetable garden look beautiful when they bear fruits.

Gardening helps you relax

People enjoy gardening because it lets them relax, especially when they work on it. You may think it is hard work to tend the garden, but if you try it, you will be surprised to find that it is actually relaxing and energizing. While working on your garden, you are getting lots of high quality oxygen from your plants and you are also surrounded by greens which relaxes the eyes and the mind. Many experts believe that gardening as a hobby combines exercise and relaxation in one. When your plant grows and blooms, you will also fill yourself with fulfillment and pride, which helps fight depression.

If you are looking for a way to relax your mind while being productive, having a garden is a good idea. Hire a landscape artist if you want to maximize your space.