If you love the magic of fairy gardening and want to replicate that magic indoors, it’s surprisingly easy. 

 

Fairy with Apple Tree-resized

 (Happy Photos)

 

Indoor fairy gardens are a snap to create and equally easy to grow indoors, providing you use the right plants, give the gardens proper lighting and maintain them.

  

In the first in this series of growing magical miniature indoor fairy gardens, let’s talk about plant options.

 

Indoor Fairy Garden Plants

 

The type of plant you grow indoors for fairy gardens makes a big difference as to how well you’ll do with indoor fairy gardening. Keep in mind, also, that choosing plants that stay miniature is also important. If you grow plants that will soon outgrow the pot, you’re going to need to repot sooner than later.

 

When choosing your indoor fairy garden plants, look for plants that tend to stay small, such as Cuphea ‘La Chiquita’, pink polka dot plant (Hypoestes `Pink Splash’), mini succulents, such as various sedums, and herbs, like the many varieties of thyme, as well as rosemary. You can also go with baby palm trees, which will grow fairly slowly, but at some point will need to be replaced. The neanthe bella (parlor) palm is one good choice.

 

Next time how to plant your indoor fairy garden!

Read more...

 

The following is a guest post by Richard Clayton, who owns a small gardening shop and publishes www.lawnmowertips.com, where they discuss everything you need to know about lawncare techniques.

 

Growing salad in your indoor garden ensures that you have fresh, tasty greens at your fingertips. Chances are you’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to grow lettuce and other salad fixings indoors. To do so, follow these easy steps.

 

salad-resized

(FreeImages.com/Pascal Thauvin)

 

 

Step 1. Choose your containers

 

Recycle just about any container for your indoor salad garden, or if you prefer a tidy look, buy containers in uniform shapes and sizes that match your interior. If you don’t have shelving for containers, install some, as this creates more growing space. Ensure that the containers have drainage holes. 

 

Step 2. Select soil for your salad garden

 

Prepare your containers using potting soil specifically suited to growing greens. Such soil should be rich in nutrients, yet also well-draining. Avoid using outdoor soil from the garden on your indoor garden. Such soil tends to be full of weed seeds, bugs, bacteria, and it may not allow for adequate drainage and air circulation.

 

salad greens

(FreeImages.com/secretmyth)

 

Step 3. Sow your salad seeds

 

Plant in fresh soil each time you seed your indoor salad garden. You can buy various salad seeds, such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard or Asian greens. Most of these flourish in cool weather, but some can grow well in hot weather. Indoors seeds should be planted about 1/8-inch deep. After sowing, water the soil surface with a spray bottle until it is saturated. 

 

Lettuce seed germinates within 2 to 3 days indoors. The seeds germinate and sprout best when kept in a room of the house that is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Step 4. Take care of your indoor salad garden

 

For healthy growth of your salad greens, keep the temperature in the room cool. Water regularly, as salad greens are shallow rooted and have large leaves. In general, water every couple of days. Also provide sufficient light. Grow your indoor salad garden near the window where it can catch natural sunlight. If you have no outdoor light, place the salad greens under full-spectrum lighting for 12 to 14 hours a day. If the salad greens appear to be crowded, thin out the seedlings.

 

salad bowl

(FreeImages.com/lori5000) 

 

Step 5. Harvest your salad

 

When the salad greens grow to 2 inches, you can harvest fresh leaves. Pick the outer leaves for your salad and leave the rest to continue growing for 2 to 3 weeks and then harvest again. If you wish to cut the whole bunch of leaves, use a sharp knife or scissors and cut below the lowest foliage, removing old, unattractive outer leaves. 

 

Salad greens taste bitter if you harvest them late. Pick them when they’re young and full of flavor. Butterhead lettuce is ready for harvest in 42 to 70 days after planting. Leaf lettuce needs 48 to 58 days. Romaine lettuce needs 50 to 70 days, and crisphead lettuce needs 60 to 120 days. Spinach matures in 35 to 50 days, while it is 50 to 60 days for Swiss chard. To have a constant supply of salad greens, keep sowing seeds or planting salad greens every couple of weeks.

 

Indoor salad growing is a wise option to supply you and your family with fresh and tasty greens. The plants are also attractive, which means they will light up and decorate your home.

Read more...

If your houseplants were to visit a plant whisperer and have a heart-to- heart, what would they say? Are they happy and healthy and glad to be a part of your home? Or are circumstances a little less than ideal?  

 

Unable to hear what your houseplants are saying to you about their accommodations? No worries, I’ll translate here for you. Check out the signs that your houseplants are deliriously happy and the signs indicating that they’re harboring some resentment.

 

Signs of Contented, Healthy Houseplants

 

Happy houseplants don’t complain with pests or diseases. Instead, they sport perky, vibrant foliage. Leaves grow in at full size and have a healthy sheen to them. If the houseplant flowers, you’ll find that it regularly buds up and blooms. 

 

smooth-green-1200194-640x480

(Freeimages.com/aschaeffer)

 

 

Healthy houseplants are also well-anchored in the soil. You won’t find any wobbling. The roots are firmly planted. At the root zone of healthy plants, you’ll find roots that are firm and white or tan.

  

Signs of Sick Houseplants

 

Limp leaves that are dull indicate a distressed houseplant. Likely problems are that the plant is dry and needs watering, or the soil is too wet and the roots are suffering from rot. Fix the watering problem and the plant will become more content.

 

Distorted, shriveled leaves that yellow and fall off are indicative of cultural problems that can lead to plant demise--including insufficient lighting and incorrect watering.

 

Plants that are wobbly at the base are most likely infected with fungal or bacterial disease. Brown or black roots that are mushy are another sign of root rot. Stop watering the plants when this occurs.

 

green-leaf-1376588-639x751

(Freeimages.com/hioe sandy)

 

Plants that are rangy and leggy and lean to one side are indicative of insufficient light. And a pot-bound plant full of roots indicates that the plant needs repotting as soon as possible. Not only are such plants starved for nutrients, the lack of soil leads to insufficient water for the plants.

  

If the plant is supposed to be budded up and flowering, but it’s not, this can be another sign that your houseplant needs an attitude adjustment.

 

A sticky, annoying residue on foliage indicates that the plant is being attacked by sap-sucking pests like mealybugs, scale and aphids. The fact is that the sticky substance is essentially “pooped” out by the pests as they feed on your houseplants. Of course, if you see pests on the plants, this is another obvious sign that there's trouble in paradise.

 

What about your houseplants? Do you think they’re happy?

Read more...

Page 1 of 14

 

 

 

                      

 Boston Fern

 

 

                    bostonfern-homepage

 

 

 

 

 Large & Tall Houseplants 

 

Fiddle-leaf fig Julie Bawden-Davis-resized

 

 

 

 

Aquatic Houseplants

 

 

Aquatic plants-homepage