Vertical Gardening Tips

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10 Tips for Vertical Gardening

Home is where the heart is. A person’s garden can tell a lot about their character and personality. Many people create their garden and avoid taking time to examine the details.

This is why you need to be aware of these useful and simple gardening techniques. Vertical gardens hold the best solution for a modern and elegant look.

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Here are 10 tips to implement:

  1. Pay Attention to the Entrance

A more attractive entrance creates an excellent aesthetic appeal. There are several ways of achieving this. Plant a flower that releases strong fragrance, such as jasmine, in vases and place them neatly on the entrance.

Climbing roses are also a very pretty way of decorating an entrance. A colorful ‘Welcome Sign’ can also suffice.

  1. Decide on a Temporary or Permanent Structure

In the situation where you’re living in a rental space, don’t build for the long term. There’s nothing more heartbreaking then putting a lot of time and effort into something and then having to give it up later.

Light-weight materials and wheels will come in handy when mobility is a major determinant factor, such as when you’re living in a temporary residence.

If you live in a home where your stay is permanent it is reasonable to spend more time and money on decorations and heavier objects.

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  1. Consider Sunlight and Shade

Remember, plants need both sunlight and shade to grow in a healthy manner. Hooks are mostly used for mounting the plants in different areas depending on the species of the plants.

It always pays dividends to do a little bit of research on each plant and put them in areas of the garden which conforms to their growing needs. The vertical garden design will also affect the way in in which the plants get their shade and/or sunlight.

  1. Dimensions of the Structure

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When it comes to gardening designs, the height and weight of the structures are crucial. Furthermore, the design of the garden must be capable of holding the plants.

An extremely low lying garden can get damaged easily while an excessively higher one can present problems when it comes to caring for the plants.

Keep them at a good balance and think things through when first installing your garden.

  1. Weight of Plants

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Heavier plants will damage the structure of a weak garden within no time. Ensure that you have separate structures to cater for the varied weight classes that you may want to grow.

Use supports, for plants like pumpkins, that don’t have strong stems. There is nothing wrong with using structures such as stakes and trellises to help give your plants their shape and help guide their growth.

Of course you want to keep them hidden the best you can or make them part of the design.

         6. Proper Temperature Regulation

Different plants require varying temperature ranges to grow. Avoid exposing the plants to too much heat, cold or water. Before you plant, familiarize yourself with the humidity and potential fluctuations likely to occur.

  1. Keep Away Pests

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Insects are very notorious garden killers but can be remedied by using specific building materials that don’t attract termites and other pests.

Cedar is great to use in reducing the pest attacks on your vertical garden. Pesticides can also be used but just be sure to do your research beforehand.

  1. Select a Unique Theme

Put your creative juices into action here. The theme of the garden needs to reflect your personal taste and preferences. On top of this, it must also complement the interior and exterior design of the home.

  1. Dealing with Invasive Plants

There are some plants, like the money plant, which have tendrils that will stick to any surface they’re close to. To prevent such an occurrence, ensure that you don’t put such plants too close to the walls or fences.

  1. Be Diverse

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Never put all your eggs in one basket, be diverse. A few examples, climbing roses are pretty and can be great for an entrance to a garden. Tomatoes and cucumbers may not be pretty but they are very tasty. Keep a good balance.

There are numerous advantages of vertical gardens. You can enjoy them by simply following these essential tips. Happy gardening!!Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?10-Tips-for-Vertical-Gardening&id=7637048] 10 Tips for Vertical Gardening

Fertile ground: what you need to know about soil to keep your garden healthy

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Most people think of soil only in terms of the dirt that sticks stubbornly to their hands and shoes. But soil is much more than that.

A handful of soil is a small and very complex ecosystem which includes soil particles, pores, aggregates, organic matter and a staggering number of microorganisms, all of which interact to keep the soil healthy and productive.

Each soil is different. The primary factor determining the physical properties of a soil is particle size. Sandy soils have a coarse structure, large pores and little ability to hold on to water and nutrients, which makes them prone to leaching.

Clayey soils hold nutrients and water, but because the pores are small they are prone to waterlogging.

The pores between soil particles are important for water flow but also for the movement of gases. Particularly important is the exchange of oxygen with the atmosphere, because plant roots and most soil organisms need oxygen to breathe.

Sand, silt and clay particles are bound together to form aggregates. These aggregates form the skeleton, or matrix, for chemical and biological processes which are critical for soil functions.

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Nitty-gritty

Organic matter and soil microorganisms play key roles in the formation and stability of aggregates.

Think of organic matter as being the glue or mortar between soil particles. But the organic matter needs be decomposed to be most effective. And this is where soil microorganisms come in.

Each gram of soil contains a billion bacteria, which is almost as much as the human population of China or India, and about 50 times the number of people in Australia.

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And this number does not even include soil fungi. All these bacteria and fungi can coexist because they have different needs or don’t interact.

For example, a bacterium on one side of the aggregate is quite isolated from a bacterium on the other side of the same aggregate. So even if these two bacteria have similar needs, they don’t compete.

They may also not compete because they are not active at the same time. In a given soil condition, only a small proportion of the bacterial population is active. The majority are inactive (dormant) and come to life only when conditions are optimal for them.

Another reason for the staggering number of microbes in a gram of soil is the huge diversity. A gram of soil contains around a million different species. Among them are generalists but there are also specialists, such as those capable of fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere or degrading wood.

The food of the vast majority of soil microbes is organic matter, which is mainly plant matter. When plant matter gets into the soil, it is attacked by soil microbes for energy and nutrients.

This attack is aided by soil animals such as earthworms or mites. They mix the plant matter in the soil and its microbes, fragmenting it and thereby improving contact between plant matter and soil organisms.

During decomposition of plant matter, microbes multiply and produce carbon dioxide and nutrients for plant uptake. The dead microbes and the components of the plant matter that are very difficult to decompose help to bind the soil particles together.

This binding is also aided by slimes produced by microbes and the long filaments of fungal hyphae. The aggregates formed in this way are stable, which is important for adequate water and air supply for plant roots and soil organisms.

If aggregates are not stable, such as in sodic soils, water and air supply are restricted and plants and soil organisms will suffer.

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Feeding your soil

Maintaining a certain level of organic matter in soil is critical for sustained soil health and function. Organic matter not only ensures that aggregates are stable, but also acts like a sponge, holding water, which is particularly important in sandy soils.

Another important function of organic matter is supply of nutrients required by plants. As mentioned above, decomposition of plant matter releases nutrients and it also can bind nutrients which can become available later.

But organic matter also decomposes, so needs to be replaced regularly. You can do this by adding plant matter growing in your garden or from outside to the soil, either directly or after composting.

Compost is more stable in soil than litter or straw because it is already decomposed during the composting process. It is a good glue for soil particles and binds nutrients, but it will not supply much nutrients for plants.

Fresh young plant matter is a good source of nutrients, but also decomposes very quickly and may initially release more nutrients than the plants can take up.

Mature cereal straw is nutrient-poor and decomposes slowly. So for good nutrient supply and long-term soil productivity, you may have to supply a mix of different types of organic amendments.

Of course, you can bypass this organic loop by adding inorganic fertilisers. Plants will grow well, but you have to match supply and plant demand carefully, because most fertilisers are dissolved quickly.

In your garden, you may get the best results by combining organic and inorganic fertilisation: various organic amendments for long-term soil health and stability, and inorganic fertiliser to overcome short-term nutrient deficiencies.