Tag Archives: Container gardens

5 Best Container Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

18 Mar

Its always frustrating to start a gardening project such as growing vegetables and have poor results… Maybe you are selecting the wrong vegetables! I found this nice article about the 5 Best Container Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners. http://brownthumbmama.com/2014/02/5-best-container-vegetables.html . I will like to add cherry tomatoes, kale (from seeds), arugula (from seeds) and green onion (from seeds)! I have tried all of this in the past and it is awesome how easy they are. The cherry tomatoes will grow like a weed so think ahead and buy a tomato holder and cut down the tips of the plant. With the kale and the green onion you can leave one plant to get flowers and then pick up the seeds and start all over again, you will have 100% organic seed and plants (off course you will have to buy organic seeds and use only organic fertilizers.

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Organic Kitchen Garden

15 Jul

The owner wanted to have an inviting herb garden close to the kitchen and have an area where she can enjoy a morning tea. We created it a fusion of French, Italian, Latin and Asian kitchen garden, using herbs from around the world, a dwarf peach, a chandelier topiary form gala apple, 3 different varieties of strawberries, salvias, sage, stevia, 3 varieties of oregano, lemon grass, coneflowers, mints, rosemary, laurel, cat grass, catnip, borage, bee balm, Chamomile, chervil, dill, cilantro, 3 varieties of lavender, calendula, lemon balm, thyme, marigold, purple basil, basil, curry… and many more. We installed 4 planters with 4 different themes: Asian herbs, French herbs, Latin Herbs and Italian Herbs. The incorporation of a water feature as a focal point gives the complete area a relaxing touch. We left space to have a sitting area using a Faux bois style bench and finally we installed beautiful maintenance free grey tone pea gravel.

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Atlanta Blooms at the Botanical Garden!

22 Mar

Every year the Atlanta botanical garden brings to their visitors the best Bloom exhibition of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses. Featuring a quarter – million flowers of different colors, shapes and fragrances. I visited yesterday and I truly recommended for a nice family weekend!
Here are some pictures of the gardens and some inspiration for planters.
I hope you enjoy!

Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Orchids

Tulips

Tulips

Tulips

Planters

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Planters

Planters

Press – Magazine Recognitions – Mom.me

20 Feb

Our ORGANIC gardens are highlighted in magazines and our gardening tips are published year around! For the last couple of months I have been writing tips and advices for home gardeners for the Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. This week I have been asked to participate on another editorial opportunity for Mom.me about Garden Fruits and Vegetables!! I will update this note as soon as I have the link for Mom.me

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Which vegetables can you grow in February?

1 Feb

What to plant in February in your Vegetable Box?

Have you always wonder what to plant during the winter months in Atlanta? You can grow many vegetables that MUST be planted during the cool season. Hereby, you can find some of the vegetables that you can plant in February.

FEBRUARY PLANTING

Vegetable                            Days to harvest

Asparragus                                   2 years
Beets                                     55 – 65 Days
Broccoli                                  60 – 80 Days
Cabbage                                 70 – 120 Days
Carrot                                     70 – 95 Days
Collards                                    55 – 75 Days
Kale                                       50 – 70 Days
Lettuce                                    60 – 85 Days
Mustard                                   40 – 50 Days
Onion, green                                 60 – 90 Days
Onion, dry bulb                            100 – 120 Days
Peas, Garden (english)                     60 – 70 Days
Peas, edible pot                             60 – 70 Days
Peas, Southern                              60 – 70 Days
Potatoes, Irish                               70 – 90 Days
Radish                                      25 – 30 Days
Spinach                                     40 – 45 Days
Turnip                                      40 – 60 Days

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Where do birds sleep?

16 Jan

Where do birds sleep?

I am a bird lover and almost every day I take pictures of birds in my backyard. Some are migrating birds and some (many) others are local for my area. Today around 5:30 pm, I saw a downy woodpecker getting inside of a birdhouse, so I started searching online where they sleep. And I found out that they normally have roost holes in trees, where they spend the night. For my surprise, this woodpecker liked our birdhouse. This bird house was the nest for Chickadee family of 4 babies last spring (2012). Hereby is the picture that I took of him and some very interesting sites about where birds like to spend the night.

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http://www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/magazine/Archive/06winter/AvianQuestions.pdf
http://birding.about.com/od/birdbehavior/a/Birds-At-Night.htm

 

How to Use Fireplace Ash for Gardening

11 Jan

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Winter is the perfect season to collect your fireplace ashes either to store them in a save container or use them into your garden. When wood burns, nitrogen and sulfur are lost as gases, and calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace element compounds remain.

“Wood ash has a very fine particle size, so it reacts rapidly and completely in the soil. Although small amounts of nutrients are applied with wood ash, the main effect is that it is a liming agent.” (1) Furthermore, calcium works as soil amendment, helping to maintain chemical balance in the soil and improves water penetration.

Uses:
1. As calcium and Potassium soil amendments
2. Enrich compost, enhance its nutrients by sprinkling in a few ashes to the mix.
3. Block garden pests. Spread evenly around garden beds, ash repels slugs and snails. Salt in the ashes dehydrates these insects.

Calcium and potassium are both essential to plant growth. Hereby, I am listing the symptoms of both deficiencies.

Symptoms of calcium deficiency:
– Necrosis at the tips and margins of young leaves,
– Bulb and fruit abnormalities,
– Deformation of affected leaves,
– Highly branched, short, brown root systems,
– Severe, stunted growth, and
– General chlorosis.

Symptoms of potassium deficiency:
– Yellow and brown spots on leaves
– Leaves drop off
– Smaller and fewer fruits
– Fruits appear deformed or small

BEFORE applying ashes to your plants please keep in mind that too much ash can increase pH or accumulate high levels of salts that can be harmful to some plants, so use ashes carefully. And don’t use it in acid-loving plants such as blueberries, cranberries, rhododendrons and azaleas would not do well at all with an application of wood ash.(1)

1. http://emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/frederick/2004/ashes.htm

Colors of my garden – DECEMBER

7 Jan

Azalea

Azalea

 

Camellia Flower bud

Camellia Flower bud

Fatsia Flower

Fatsia Flower

Fatsia Flower and flower bud

Fatsia Flower and flower bud

Hellebore

Hellebore

Holly Berry

Holly Berry

Hyacinth emerging

Hyacinth emerging

Insect on leaf

Insect on leaf

Tree Berry

Tree Berry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colors of my Garden NOVEMBER

10 Dec

Pink double knockout rose stamens and pistil

Cape gooseberry flower

Cape gooseberry flower

Cape gooseberry

Cape gooseberry

Boston Ivy on wall

Boston Ivy on wall

Sky is the limit rose new bud

Sky is the limit rose new bud

Cucumber

Cucumber

Hydrangea flower

Hydrangea flower

Tea olive flower

Tea olive flower

Japanese maple leaf

Japanese maple leaf

Tomatoes and Cucumber

Tomatoes and Cucumber

Colors of my Garden – SEPTEMBER

9 Oct

Bee on Basil flower

Bee on Basil flower

Sky is the limit rose

Sky is the limit rose

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillarr

Swallowtail butterfly caterpillarr

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Homestead verbena

Homestead verbena

Grape tomates

Grape tomates

Frangipani

frangipani

Wren baby birds

Wren baby bird