Lemon, lime, kumquat: which citrus to choose and how to nourish them

Lemon, lime, kumquat: which citrus to choose and how to nourish them

Citrus fruits are the most delicious freshly harvested, but there are other senses: they are used as additives to the dough or made from delicious marmalades, say, of kumquat. Aromatic leaves of citrus-lime (Citrus hystrix) are an integral part of many Asian cuisine dishes. For the aromatic supplements, the best bowl is with berries of bergamot (Citrus bergamia). And the citrus decoration is always interesting.

Aromatic lemon, kumquat or lime from your garden would be great to have, right? Plants from the citrus family grown in pots will help this dream come true! In this way, you will enter a part of the Mediterranean lifestyle. And in pots, citrus look like a low tree. Particularly attractive dense crowns form, for example, mandarin, orange, and kumquat. Alternatives are the plants that are grown on the pavilion. Their pruning, however, requires little experience. By their nature, the citrus leaves are sufficiently airy.

Citrus fascinates with diversity. To whom are more important aromatic fruits, they should choose lemon and lime. Their varieties always reach, even when there are not enough sunny days. The best is Citrus bergamia. Its essential oils give the scent and tea to “Earl Gray”. While only a few fruits are produced from orange blossoms, there are hundreds of varieties with small fruits.

Citrus tree

Sun and water for your plants

There is never enough sun for citrus. For this reason, the best habitats are just south facing. But you need caution – at the stroke of the summer, you should put the flowerpots in the shade so that the root does not warm up too much. During the hot days, you need to water them in the morning and in the evening.

Wait until the soil completely dries with the next watering. For a long time, people thought that ideal for citrus is soft rainwater, but this was proved to be wrong. More medium-hard water is preferable. Citrus should be watered every week until the end of August. Fewer corrections on the canopy are allowed at all times, not only in March when you need to do the main pruning.

When winter starts

However, as we know, for citrus trees it is necessary to put them inside your house during the winter, or when cold weather occurs. They need to be at all times in a place where the temperature is above zero because they can not withstand cold. Depending on the size of the plant, it is also necessary to have an appropriate pot size in which it will be planted.

Even the protection of the plant with the help of various types of suitable materials will not help because the lemon can winter at a maximum temperature around zero, and after that, the plant loses its condition, loses part of the leaves and cannot be recovered. Be sure your plant is always in a warm sunny place and you will be amazed by the fruits it will give you.

 

Spectacular flowers for your garden

Spectacular flowers for your garden

It can be difficult to choose the right flowers for your garden. There are so many different plants and to know how to care for each one of them, how to implement them in the right way and how will it all look is quite impossible. So here are some flowers that can be perfect for your oasis.

Exotic tropical white beauty

A tropical plant Mussaenda frondosa, which originates in the rain forests of western and central Africa, is a special beauty. Unusual white whites are visible during the summer. An evergreen flower plant during the summer season is well tolerated by a light but not too sunny place under the clear sky.

This beauty is also called “Bangkok Rose”, and the family Rubiaceae also belongs to Gardenia, Ixora, Pentas and coffee plant (Coffea arabica). Care advice: Use a high-quality soil for flower flowers and do not let the earth dry completely.

Depending on the type of cultivar, musende can grow up to four and six feet, while in the wild many species grow as snowmobiles and rises even 30 feet above the ground. Ornaments on this plant are lovely white leaves that act as gigantic flower petals, while the real flowers are actually smaller, red in form of stars.

A perfect flower cloud

If you want a luxuriant shrub with a refreshing scent in your backyard, with beautifully delicate soft colors, this aromatic gardener is the right choice for you. For the intense and sweet smell of honey that flies over the flower arrangement, the “culprit” is the Primordial Lobular “Easter Bonnet White”. It tirelessly flourishes and forms a thick carpet of white flowers.

Behind it, the “Kiss Yellow” with bright yellow color will go really nice with your garden. In the last middle part for the elegant note and the typical Karie aroma is the silvery color of the leaves of dwarf caries “Aladin” where yellow flowers appear on the summer. The Lemon Slice Hoyer combines a yellow-and-white colored motif with its striped flowers, in the center of which is a yellow star on a white background.

Yellow flowers

The new star for your garden

Standing flowers in a full, sensual form make the “air of light” hydrangea a beauty that will bring to your garden a new, elegant and gorgeous note. Color is what makes the beauty of the horticulture specific and unusual – a pale shade of greenish skin is so unusual and different from the blue and pink tones that we are accustomed to.

In temperate weather, the flowers open as greenish yellow, they pass in a luminous white color during the summer and get a pink tone in the autumn. You can prune it in autumn, winter, or spring, but this is not necessary for its advancement. If the branches overlap or spoil the form, you can cut them off and if you like it, you can also trim it in the shape of a tree.

Great spring cleaning you need to do in your garden

Great spring cleaning you need to do in your garden

This is a crucial time in the garden that needs to be prepared for enjoyment on warmer days. Keep in mind that you select plants that flourish at different times so that in each period there is a bit of flower in your garden. By carefully selecting the species of wicker, you can ensure the continuity of flowering throughout the entire vegetation period. When the danger of late frost ceases, we can plant seedlings that we have not been able to plant in autumn.

If some weeds appear in some places, immediately remove it, because it is easier to fight it at the beginning of the vegetation. If the period of warm weather continues, and the grass begins to grow, you can mow the lawn, but the blade on the mower should be raised by 0.5 cm more than usual.

It is important to care for your garden on a regular basis so your grass, plants, and other parts of your oasis can flourish and be healthy and beautiful. In this way, you will always have a piece of heaven for you and your family to relax in.

Flowering

Choose your flowers carefully

Choose some of the species that bloom in the early spring. One of the plants you can plant now is Jasminum nudiflorum, which flowers are yellow. This plant can be used for the cultivation of sloping terrain or as a species for the formation of a lower living fence. At the beginning of March, the Forsythia Europaea which is often seen in city parks forms bright yellow flowers before scrolling. If you have planted magnolia in the past years, she will be delighted with your light-colored, fragrant flowers in April.

For perfect spring bloom of your garden you can choose plants like Mahonia aquifolium – Mahony has yellow flowers and is very good for use in soil binding on sloping terrains, Kerria japonica – kerria thrives best in half-shades and Syringa vulgaris-lorated is very grateful species that is satisfied with the poor land and is drought-resistant.

Now it is time to tend to your roses so they can bloom again. Be sure you do this right so your roses won’t become just a green bush without flowers. Cut the main branches so that it remains ten inches. Cut the lateral branches so that it remains about 3-5 edges (buds) depending on whether we want a denser or a sloppy bush. Care should be taken on which side the last bud under the cut is facing so that the bushy rose will have the correct shape. It is important to regularly remove the branches that spring below the spool during the vegetation so that the rose does not lose strength.

If you want to beautify the garden and you have bloomed seasonal flowers in it, you can plant Viola tricolor-day and night, Bellis perennis-white labor, Myosotis, Dianthus barbatus-Turkish carnation and Cheiranthus cheiri – flowers that are now in flower.

 

Feng Shui in a garden: elements that will turn your yard into an energy garden

Feng Shui in a garden: elements that will turn your yard into an energy garden

In the spring it’s time to start arranging your garden and if you want a place where you can relax and gather your closest ones, we suggest you follow these Feng Shui tips! According to Feng Shui principles, the garden feeds us with energy, and today we will propose elements to help you make this energy pleasant and positive. Implement ideas that truly speak to you and you will have the garden of your dreams

Torches and Figurines

The lamps and other lighting fixtures will bring a romance into the garden and certain mysticism. According to Feng Shui specialists, torches should be lit in every corner of your garden. If there are certain separate areas in the garden, it is good to burn a torch everywhere. You can play with the level of lighting and colors.

Torches in garden

When laying lamps and torches, fountains and “music bells”, for more comfort and harmony you need to add figures of different animals, flowers, dwarfs, angels, and villas – choose according to your desire. A figurine that causes you positive emotions is the most important choice. These figures are guardians of your garden and your home.

Fountains, waterfalls, and birds for heaven

The fountain is a symbol of prosperity, wealth, vitality and abundance. The sounds of water help to gather thoughts, to relax, to free from anxiety and negative thoughts. The shape of the fountain (waterfall) may vary, depending on the style in your garden. It is desirable to put the fountain on the southeast side of the garden and it is important that the movement of water is completely or partially towards the house. In this way, you will strengthen your well-being and wealth.

The birds are, according to Feng Shui, messengers of God, they are happiness, harmony, and joy. Keep garden bird feeders in the garden and enjoy the breeze of birds throughout the year. In the end, without birds, it’s hard to imagine any kind of garden.

 

 

Decorated walls

If your garden has a faceless wall, you need to decorate it properly. Feng Shui experts say that the garden should not be an uneven and plain white wall or brick wall that makes imbalance in the total energy of the garden. You can paint it or, alternatively, decorate it with flower pots. If the wall is in the north, it is best if the drawings are connected with water, if in the east, draw a picture of the forest, if the image is connected to the metal in the west, and if the south is the best picture of the fire.

Curtains are another fine detail that brings positive energy to the garden. You can use them in the pergola, summer house or you can decorate the passages. Choose the curtains that will lightly move even the smallest wind. They not only create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort but slow down the flow of energy that passes through your garden.

This is so not good

This is so not good

Taking care of your garden can be a great hobby and relaxation, especially if you are dealing with it in the right way. Experienced gardeners know what mistakes you should avoid to fully enjoy your garden. If you have plans to devote to your yard, you have to address some of the basic things that happen, especially for beginners. Most important, be sure not to delay the work that you need to do in your garden.

We are highlighting five common mistakes that are experienced gardeners warned us about. Those are the things that can bring you more harm than use and instead of your favorite hobby in which you will enjoy, bring worry.

Unrealistic expectations

Many new gardens, instead of going from small things, exceed the budget and have big expectations at the very beginning of settling the yard. It is the best to start with the minor things in decorating your yard. This way you will build your new environment step by step, you will have the experience of success and satisfaction and you will gain a better feel for the climate, sun, wind and all the details in the garden, on which proper selection of plants and practical arrangement is depending on.

Ignoring the composition of the land

Find out what your soil needs and provide it. It makes no sense to plant good plants in a bad soil and then to move them around the garden, buy new ones, and fight in this unequal battle.

Decorating your yard

Ignoring valuable information

Read labels on seed packs and on chemicals for care and protection. All these manufacturers want you to succeed and that’s why they provide you with a lot of information to help you know where, when and how to plant, what are the preferred conditions, and how the plant will grow. Believe them.

Do you have neighbors with big gardens? Ask them about known problems, pests and, of course, successes. They can save you from some critical mistakes. But do not blindly believe them. Nod your head, and then check the information on the Internet where you need to find reliable sources.

 Impatience

If you really want to have a successful, long-term garden, plant perennials. If you cannot resist one-year plants, plant vegetables. At least then you have beautiful plants, but also food. If your budget is not limited, plant both.

Pesticides and herbicides

Before you start using them, consider whether the problem you are solving is so important, because these resources are not the healthiest solutions for the environment. Keep in mind, there are no perfect gardens. Pests tend to come in waves for years.

Do not fool yourself with “natural chemical” products. These are popular terms that are mostly meaningless. Give yourself a homework and find out what they are made of and what they actually do. Taking care of your plants is letting them grow in their natural environment with other living beings, but it is also not letting them get sick.

 

Growing Plants in Containers

Container Gardening is popular not only to urban dwellers but to seasoned gardeners as well because it brings out creativity specially when planning and creating designs for a container garden. The ideas are limitless and plants in containers are really beautiful to look at.

This type of gardening has a lot of plus points:

  • Plants can be tested with container gardening
  • Enjoy a garden in a limited space
  • Plant almost anything in a container garden
  • Containers can be moved where the sun is

 

Steps to Container Gardening:

1. Pots/Containers:

If you plan to put the containers under a full sun, plastic and wooden pots can be harmful as plastic can be destroyed by the sun. A fiberglass pot can keep the moisture even when exposed to the sun all day. A ceramic or stone pots are good options but they need to be taken inside during winter as the cold season is not as sympathetic to wooden pots. Pots need to have holes to drain water. No matter how pretty a pot is but no holes are seen at the bottom, it would be useless to purchase them.

2. Soil

Some peats can be expensive and many that are sold in the market are non-renewable. Check the chemical content of soil mix as well. For a DIY container soil, you can mix your own by mixing organic peats, compost and worm castings.

If you have decided to buy peat moss, pour warm water into the mix as peats easily absorb warm water.

3. Choosing Plant ideas

Plants that survive in the same soil and light conditions are best combinations. Consider size, texture colour and lighting as well.

Vegetables

carrots

carrots

chili

chili

Potatoes

Potatoes

Chili

Chili

 

Flowers

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Plant Combinations in Containers

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Organic Gardening

The term per se may sound small and insignificant but numbers show that 15 million organic gardens exist all over UK.

You’ve been attempting to eat more organic foods, both to minimize the quantity of chemicals you and your family take in, and to assist secure the atmosphere from overloading with harmful chemicals. But organics could get a bit costly, we understand. Fortunately, there’s a method to increase your very own tasty, fresh production, while enjoying and learning organic gardening at the same time.

It is possible to work with an individual to set up and maintain a gorgeous organic garden for you. Bear in mind, you could start small, even with just a solitary plant or two.

Organic gardening suggests you will not be utilizing synthetic plant foods or chemicals, however that doesn’t imply your plants are left to take care of themselves. There are a range of tools you could make use of to strengthen plant wellness and ward off pests. Organic horticulture additionally isn’t really simply regarding exactly what you do not do, it has to do with attempting to cultivate a more holistic, natural environment.

Finding a Gardener in West London

In pursuing for the right gardener or garden service provider to perform the task you would like done, here are a few tips:

Best search tool: the Internet. Gardening and landscaping websites can be visited for you to get the information you need. Their websites indicate their services, experience and contact information. The website’s design can also tell you their position in the industry. Look for testimonials to review the work done by the gardener.

Call the gardener.

Your search does not end in the Internet. The website provides the contact number so call them. Talking to them is a further assessment of the level of professionalism they provide as well as the experience they have.

Ask for a written proposal.

The proposal will tell you the breakdown and cost of the gardener’s assessment and help you decide who to hire eventually.

Know what you want.

Gardeners may have all the answers to your questions but the bottomline is, you need to have a clear picture of what you want to do with your space. This way, tasks are set and you will be comfortable with the thought that once you have relayed your plan to a gardener, they can give you the best suggestion.

If you require assistance in planning and designing your space at home then why  not look for West London gardeners in your area. You can compare and note reviews plus get free consultation to discuss services.

Landscape gardeners that cover Chelsea offer not only landscaping and gardening consultation and installation but also maintenance services. It is of utmost importance that trimming, weeding, cutting of shrubs and more are maintained periodically for you to be able to benefit from the beauty of your garden.