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    It's one of the hottest trends to hit the gardening world in years. But what exactly is cut flower gardening? 2What exactly is cut flower gardening and how do you get started?Credit: Getty What is cut flower gardening? Cut flower gardening involves growing flowers and plants for the sole purpose of cutting them and making into bouquets. The flowers are often grown in rows, much like vegetables, to make it easier for the grower to identify, pick them and turn them into beautiful bunches. It's also become a way of making money in recent months, especially since the pandemic, with people looking for ways to set up businesses from their own homes. How do I get started? According to Savvy Gardening’s Niki Jabbour, the best way to start is to make sure you’ve got the right spot.  "Flowers need plenty of sun and rich, well-drained soil," Niki said. "Prep the site before planting by loosening the soil and digging in some compost and a slow-release flower fertiliser." If you have space, a raised bed...
    HAVING plants around your home comes with loads of benefits. Not only do they look great and can brighten up any space, but they're also said to do wonders for your mood and productivity. 3Spider plants are a great choice for the bedroomCredit: Getty But what about plants in the bedroom? According to the gardening pros at Country Living, there are some plants that can even help you on your quest for a peaceful slumber They enlisted the help of Evie Lane, from garden centre Primrose to help find the best plants for the job. Snake plant Not only are they one of the easier plants to keep alive, they can also help when it comes to catching some Z's. Read more on gardeningONE OF ROSE THINGS I'm a gardening pro - 3 rules beginners can ignore & have a great space The pros say: "While most plants only convert carbon dioxide into oxygen during the day, the clever snake plant can do it at night too, making it a great companion while you sleep." Lavender It's not just for looking...
    A GARDENING expert has revealed the best and worst flowers to have if you suffer hay fever. With summer just around the corner, millions of Brits will be dreading their usual symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes and fatigue. 1garden, fun, portrait, girl, summer, rose, smell, fragrance,Credit: Getty And it comes amid shortages of some hay fever tablets. People with hay fever might benefit from making their garden pollen-proof to ease their condition. Some flowers and plants expel more pollen than others. Not only could this make al fresco dining in your own garden a nightmare, but the spores may blow into your home through windows and doors. Read more on hay fever DRUG DEAL Is there an antihistamine shortage and where can I buy hay fever tablets?BEAT THE BOMB Snogging to laughing... hacks to help hay fever sufferers avoid 'pollen bomb' Chris Bonnett from GardeningExpress.co.uk said: “Pollen grains are usually wind borne or picked up on the bodies of beneficial insects such as butterflies and bees. “Sufferers experience the worst symptoms between late March and September, particularly...
    There’s something so satisfying about being able to grow your food. Unfortunately, not everyone has a backyard and good weather for growing plants. If that’s the case for you, consider getting one of these grow kits. Since they’ve steadily been gaining in popularity, the technology of these grow kits has become quite impressive. A water circulation system, powerful LED lights that cycle on and off, and different color lights for different plants have become standard on many models. Check out this list below to find out which model is best for you! 1. EZORKAS 12 Pods Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit EZORKAS 12 Pods Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit/Amazon.com The LED grow light is adjustable in height, and it changes colors to accommodate different types of herbs and different stages of their growth. EZORKAS 12 Pods Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit also features a quiet automatic system that circulates water. It costs $69.99. Katharine says, “This thing is awesome!!! It was pretty easy to assemble and I couldn’t wait to get some seeds in it. I’ve had it going...
    MOULD can begin to develop in any damp space in the home. Once it's set in can be pricey and time consuming to remove. 2There are loads of cheap plants that can help purify the air and prevent mouldCredit: Getty It's always better to prevent it taking a hold in the first place, luckily there is a simple solution. Air purifying plants can greatly reduce the amount of humidity in the air, which can often lead to mould. Some of the most effective plants include English Ivy, which can reduce indoor mould counts. One study by West Coast Clinical Trials even found that the plant dropped the amount of toxins by 60% when added to a container with mouldy bread. Another great option is the Peace Lily, while plants don't usually fair well in bathrooms, this one will thrive. Since it doesn't need much light to survive, it is almost fool proof. It's a great spot to keep a plant as bathrooms can be hotspots for mould growth due to leaky pipes, dripping tips and damp. The Boston Fern is...
    The UK is set for another month of chilly winter weather. Temperatures aren't set to rise until the end of May. 4The gardening whizz had loads of plant suggestions for garden dark spotsCredit: TikTok/@greenfingeredcityboy Many keen gardeners are struggling to know what to do with their outdoor space. The lack of sunshine doesn't mean you can't get your green fingers dirty though. This gardening whizz shared the plants that will thrive in the shade on TikTok. Fatsia Japonica is the first pick for the enthusiast: "These grow large so they can give you structure," he shared. Another great option are Hellebores, which don't need too much sun to survive. "You get so many interesting leaves and look at those flowers," the gardening god said. Foxgloves can also work well in the shady corners of your garden. The lilac flowers on this plant will brighten up your space and aren't too much of a fuss to take care of. Most read in LifestyleALL AS ONE William and Harry to be REUNITED as 'unbreakable bond' to bring them togetherSTANDING UNITED Queen could...
    NEED more ways to create a good sleeping environment? Well, you can add seven different types of plants to your room to achieve a great night's rest. The wellness experts at Zeal CBD suggested going the more organic route when it comes to sleep aids. 4Jasmine helps to calm down your mind and improve sleepCredit: Getty 4Aloe vera releases oxygen purely at nightCredit: Getty Here are the seven plants you can add to your room: JASMINE Jasmine is known for calming down the mind and allowing you a more restful sleep. The plant has been used as a sleep aid for centuries, as it also can reduce anxiety and promote overall better well-being. Not only will it make your room smell better, but the beautiful plant makes for great decoration as well. READ MORE ON SLEEPTAKE A PICK My kids used to hate going to sleep – I turned it into a game and they love itSleep It Off I’m a sleep expert – the reason why you're tired even if you’ve slept enough ALOE VERA Though all plants release...
    PERFECT on top of a cake, in a tart, with breakfast oats or with cream and a dash of sugar - strawberries are a sweet and refreshing treat. And they're easy to grow at home which means you can have a supply of fresh strawberries year-round from your own garden. 1Strawberries are easy to grow at homeCredit: Getty When is the best time to plant strawberries from home? The ideal time to plant most strawberries is from early spring, around March and April, if you are going to grow them outside. It is recommended to sow seeds in spring or autumn, but growing from seed is notoriously difficult. According to the RHS, alpine strawberries are the best choice when opting to grow from seed. But most people use runners from an established parent plant which can be planted throughout summer. Read More on plantingLET'S GROW SOME TATERS This is how to grow potatoesGRASS IS GREENER How do I plant grass seed and how long does it take to grow? However, there is a huge range of strawberries that can be...
    TOMATOES are a great addition to your diet, especially if they're fresh but keeping them requires some pruning. Beginning your garden can be stressful but tomato plants are essential to many veggie patches. 1Tomatoes are an easy plant to start your veggie garden.Credit: Alamy When should tomato plants be pruned? Tomatoes are perennial plants and there is no set time to begin pruning. As with herbs and other year round veggies, the best time to prune is when the plant reaches a certain height. For the tomato plant that is 30-60cm tall, if you cut it too soon it may not recover. It is also good to prune on a dry day, preferably in the early morning if outside. This minimises risk of infection as the cut will have chance to dry out. What is the proper way to prune tomatoes? Tomato plants grow in branches coming from a main stem, between these branches you may see a small offshoot beginning to grow. More from gardeningFRESH FOREVER How to prune basil so it grows foreverFICKLE...
    Social distancing rules and self-quarantines look like they are going to be here for a while, which means it’s time to double down on our plants. Why? Because plants are the therapeutic relief we need during this time of adversity and uncertainty; working 24/7 to keep us mentally and physically healthier. Just the presence of plants in your environment can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression by 37% and 58% respectively, (New University of Technology in Sydney) and considering that most of us will be working from home for the foreseeable future, plants in our workspaces can boost our creativity and productivity by as much as 15% (Human Spaces Report). Plants are the friends we need more than ever, but it’s important to remember that we were already spending most of our time indoors. It is time to bring the outside in, and adding plants in our homes can help satisfy this human need and prevent us from going stir crazy. If you are new to plant parenthood and are looking for a green companion (or twelve), here are a...
    A GARDEN with your home can be the perfect place to watch the seasons change, relax and enjoy a slice of nature. As 64% of Brits admitted they wouldn’t buy a property if it didn’t have an outdoor area, gardens are now more important than ever. 4Grow your green thumb with a greenhouseCredit: Getty Rated People have found the top garden projects that can add thousands of pounds to your overall house value. From a summerhouse to outdoor entertaining, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your outdoor space and up your house value too. Swimming pools The UK may not be blessed with year-round warm weather that a swimming pool is ideal for. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED But during the summer months and unexpected heatwaves, it will be a welcome relief. Owning an outdoor pool will also boost your property's value by up to £7,707. Home office garden space Ever dreamt about working in nature? Having an idyllic office space in a garden room is now high on people's...
    Growing fresh produce used to be reserved exclusively for those with enough yard or farm space to accommodate several plants — something that’s not possible for many urban and apartment-bound green thumbs. But that’s all changed with the popularity of systems that produce healthy, bountiful crops in just a few square feet of floor space. Vertical hydroponic systems give home growers the ability to harvest herbs, lettuce, vegetables, and fruits in small spaces. Most of them work in a similar way, by pumping nutrient-filled water to the top-most planters, which trickles down to plants on the lower levels. Since the plants are aligned vertically, the systems are ideal for high-traffic rooms or areas like the kitchen or compact spaces like balconies or patios. Hobbyist gardeners like vertical hydroponic kits because they make it much easier to grow farm-quality produce with far less effort and upkeep. Advanced hydroponic systems don’t require any soil since vital plant nutrients are delivered via water. They’re also set up so all plants in the system get exactly as much water as they need — no...
    By Margaret Roach, The New York Times It seemed like a simple question: What are a couple of standout houseplants to consider adopting before winter calls a halt to our outdoor plant engagement? But when you ask the staff at the Steve’s Leaves Inc. greenhouses in Lewisville, Texas — where the collection includes somewhere “between 1,500 and 2,000” species and varieties — you can expect a good-humored answer. “You’re asking us to choose among our favorite children?” Yes, I am. Even quantifying the exact number of choices was apparently not easy. “We’re too busy to stop and count,” said Steve Rosenbaum, who started the business as a wholesale operation 45 years ago, then built a website and added retail mail-order about 10 years back. “We have so many hybrids we’re trialing that are as-yet unnamed, which probably adds many hundreds to the total.” More than 900 orders go out most weeks, he told me, with more than 1,000 during summer’s peak shipping season, all miraculously propagated and nurtured to readiness in just 12,000 square feet of greenhouse space. This is a...
    Summer Rayne Oakes and Maryah Greene. Courtesy of Summer Rayne Oakes and Maryah Greene The best spot in your house for each plant comes down to lighting, climate, and maintenance. Plant stylists Summer Rayne Oakes and Maryah Greene told Insider what plants go best in different rooms. Try a Monstera in a bedroom, and use a spider plant in a playroom to add greenery while keeping kids safe. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    The National Audubon Society has announced the winning photos and videos of its 2021 Audubon Photography Awards that show the beauty of birds and attract attention on species that are in danger of extinction. The National Audubon Society is a non-profit conservation organization founded in 1905 which works to protect birds and their habitat through various programs and in collaboration with other agencies such as nature centers and many others. The Photography Awards present some of the best wildlife and nature photography each year (where birds are the star, of course). “Focusing our attention on the winged wonders that share our planet can reveal everything from the finest details to the largest patterns of life, as shown in many of the 8,770 images and 261 videos that entered this year’s contest. From admissions focused on native flora for our Plants for Birds category to more artistic compositions for the Fisher Award, our judges were once again amazed by the beauty and breadth of the proposals. We thank the 2,416 photographers for sharing their visions with us ”, explains the organization...
    Maskot/Getty Images Most indoor plants require a lower watering frequency and indirect light. Choosing the perfect spot in your home or office can be the key to a thriving houseplant. It's important to confirm plant toxicity if you have pets at home. Visit Insider's Home & Kitchen Reference library for more stories. Choosing the right houseplant for your home or office can require more than just a visual attraction. Filling our indoor spaces with houseplants provides not only a verdant environment but several have been known to reduce stress and purify the air.  Angelo Randaci, master gardener and horticulture expert at Earth's Ally, gave us his care tips on the top 10 best plants for your indoor space.  What makes a good indoor plant?Of course, any living thing will require a certain level of care, but some of the best indoor plants are the easiest to take care of. For an indoor plant that will brighten and enliven your space but won't disrupt your routine too much, look for plants that: Have an easy and...
    More On: shopping Spanx takes 50% off top-selling leggings for 24-hour flash sale The 10 best acne spot treatments of 2021, according to skincare experts The 11 best reusable grocery bags of 2021 for sustainable shopping This UV sterilizing lid fits on any 32oz water bottle and is now on sale April showers bring May flowers, but only if your garden is properly set up first. It’s finally warm enough to get the garden going again, which also means trips back and forth to the home goods and stores for plants, trellises and bulbs and blooms. For those who want to see if their thumbs are green but don’t have much green space outdoors, check out our options for indoor gardening with grow lamps or fully-equipped herb gardens that can thrive right on your kitchen counter. For the traditional gardeners itching to pull on their gloves and get to digging, we have cool new gadgets for you, too, like outdoor mini-greenhouses for your backyard and beautiful and spacious flowerbeds for all your favorite veggies, fruits and...
    Let’s be clear from the start: this article is not about which things to plant first for the year, but which to plant first in the spring. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, spring officially begins sometime in March, depending on what seasonal gauge one chooses. For our purposes (growing food), we’ll be calling spring the time immediately following the final frost of the year. For some lucky folks, this will be slightly before March; for others, the wait could push much later. There are many plants that will tolerate colder, even freezing temperatures. Onions, peas, and spinach are happy to be planted as soon as the ground is defrosted enough to allow it. Other plants, like kale and broccoli, will tolerate some light frosts and prefer earlier sowing so that they can reach maturity before the summer sizzle really gets going. But, right now, we are talking about those plants that have been anxiously waiting for the frosts to subside. These are the first seeds we should plant in spring. Potatoes As soon as the frost...
    If you’re looking for inspiration for your garden this spring, you can do better than scroll through pretty Pinterest photos. You can emerge from pandemic lockdown and visit some of the Bay Area’s very pretty and very famous gardens. The region’s rich horticulture tradition is represented in botanical gardens and arboretums tended by world-class experts in plant care and landscape design. And because many of the gardens feature plants from all over the globe, there is always something in bud or bloom. Over the past year, these public spaces have remained open so people can enjoy nature in a safe, socially distanced way. They also are a rich source of information on everything from how to grow drought-tolerant native plants to how gardeners do things in other parts of the world. Here are seven Bay Area gardens to visit, along with a guide to each venue’s hidden treasures, blooming plants and garden shops — and how to enhance your visit with a picnic or lunch at a nearby cafe. Filoli Historic House and Garden Strolling along the terraces or by...
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