Keep your herbs on the kitchen windowsill

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Herbs indoors

Top 10 Easy To Grow Herbs Indoors For Beginners

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There are 2 advantages if you grow herbs indoors, first you can eat the tasteful fresh herbs and second you can keep the flavor in your home. You can grow herbs in pot in your kitchen. If you will start herbs garden in your kitchen, especially you are beginner, It is recommended to start from easy to grow herbs indoors, healthy plants are preferable than seeds. After you have some insights then you can try to grow herbs from seeds.

Easy To Grow Herbs Indoors
It is common fact that usually herbs grown indoors are less productive than outdoor plants, but don’t worry the herbs will still give you plenty of fantastic flavor for your favorite dishes.

Read more: Tips to Grow Herbs Indoors Healthy and Productive

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Container gardening against hunger in the cities (City Farmers News / Udaipur Times / Willem Van Cotthem)

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City Farming in Udaipur – City of Lakes, India
Linked by Michael Levenston

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Farming In City! Farming Without A Field! Is This possible?

September 8, 2010

This guest article is written by Mr. Manish Jain from Udaipur

It is not only possible, but it is a growing movement in Udaipur.  Shikshantar, a community organization, has been working with interested individuals to produce fruits and vegetables at their homes.  Healthy, holistic living is rare in the city, but now a clean, self-sustaining city is possible and growing our own food is a major step in this direction.

“We have built our homes over soil and greenery, so we should grow greenery on our terraces to replace what we have destroyed,” says Vishal Singh, a zero waste consultant, who has planted many plants on his terrace near Gantaghar.  Terrace space is often unused and gets plenty of sunlight – perfect for a terrace farm.  A terrace garden also keeps the house cool in the summer. The management students of Phoenix Business School have also developed a vegetable garden on their terrace near Suraj Pol.  However, terraces are just the beginning. Continue reading Container gardening against hunger in the cities (City Farmers News / Udaipur Times / Willem Van Cotthem)

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Sunburned Houseplants – What To Do When Plants Get Burned

House plants

in general enjoy the same indoor climate as you. Temperatures in 70-80 degree range and some humidity. When spring and summer arrive people like to head outside to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. This is a follow up on the post from the other day discussing the topic of moving houseplants outdoors and IS that a smart choice. Many people believe their indoor houseplants would enjoy the warmth and sunshine of the outdoors like they do.  As they go about their weekend chores as weather permits they move their houseplants outside to the patio for a little summer sunshine. Before long the busy starts… working in the yard, cleaning the garage, running off to do errands. Later… you remember your lush indoor houseplant is outside… slowly being toasted by the afternoon sun. Leaves burn turning a dark gray color and eventually turn to a black or brown. You may find some comfort in seeing a little bit of green once the torched foliage is pushed away. “What do you do next?” Continue reading

Plant-Care.com Newsletter : Raise Houseplants for More Effects

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Raise Houseplants for More Effects

During the holidays furniture and other everyday items we display to make a home our home give way for decorations and a variety of holiday display items. It’s all done to create a look. You’ll find plants with bright colors like the Poinsettia, Ficus trees wrapped with lights and the placing of special pictures, the hand made item from Aunt Betty and other assorted and sundry ‘things’. Items get placed in all kinds of places you normally may never consider them to be found. Continue reading Plant-Care.com Newsletter : Raise Houseplants for More Effects

Indoor gardening: Houseplants brighten up interiors (Google / The Advertiser)

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Indoor gardening: Houseplants brighten up interiors but need extra care

Judy Bastien • jbastien@theadvertiser.com • November 22, 2008

You buy a new plant for your home. You transplant it into a nice pot with the best potting soil. You lovingly water it a couple of times a week.  And within a month, it’s dead. “Watering is the main culprit in most plant deaths, whether it’s too much or too little,” said Rob Trawick, county agent for the LSU AgCenter’s Lafayette Cooperative Extension Service. “More often than not, people will over-water. “People will go around two or three times a week, when they only need to water once a week.” Over-watering actually deprives the roots of oxygen and encourages root rot. The irony is that the symptoms of over-watering are often the same as the symptoms of under-watering. The leaves wilt and turn yellow, sometimes prompting plant owners to add more water. Continue reading Indoor gardening: Houseplants brighten up interiors (Google / The Advertiser)

Herb Container Garden Techniques (Google / Backyard Gardening Tips)

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Herb Container Garden Techniques

by webmann

Establishing  a herb container garden for your home not only gives  you the chance of growing fresh herbs year-round for a assortment of uses, in addition it provides an eco-friendly method of decorating your patio, sunroom or balcony. Using ornamental ceramic pots, clay urns, wooden window boxes or any distinctive item that can serve as a plant holder for your herb container garden will add color and fragrance wherever you decide to place them.

Benefits Of A Herb Container Garden Continue reading Herb Container Garden Techniques (Google / Backyard Gardening Tips)

Growing An Indoor Herb Garden Is Easy (Google / Gardening Resources)

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Growing An Indoor Herb Garden Is Easy

Turn Your Room Into Green Paradise With Indoor Gardening! (Google / Home Interiors Zone)

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Turn Your Room Into Green Paradise With Indoor Gardening!

Do you want to surround yourself with greenery throughout the year? Then you must definitely venture into indoor gardening.  Of course, indoor gardening requires great commitment, but once you have planned your garden, it will transform your stale room into green paradise.

Indoor plants will make you to feel refreshed and revitalized and also helps you to relax and unwind your tiredness, when you come home from a tough day at work.  Having plants in home add to your decor and also to your health. Indoor plants add moisture to air and also filter the air by exchanging carbon dioxide for oxygen.

Essential factors to consider in indoor gardening! Continue reading Turn Your Room Into Green Paradise With Indoor Gardening! (Google / Home Interiors Zone)

Unconventional and Conventional Urban Planting (Google / Weburbanist)

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5 Different Types of Gardening: Unconventional and Conventional Urban Planting

Written by Urbanist on July 9th, 2008 / Many nice pictures !

There’s no doubt that growing plants is a rewarding way to beautify our indoor and outdoor spaces, and gardening is increasing more in popularity with each year that passes. While you may associate gardening mostly with standard residential or commercial landscaping, there are actually many different types of gardening that encompass various styles, techniques, locations and types of plants. Here are 5 different types of gardening that illustrate how varied this age-old pastime really is.

Container Gardening

Gardening in containers rather than the open ground opens up a whole new world of growing plants, allowing the gardener to bring plants inside during the cold season and use all sorts of vessels to contain them. With containers, even gardeners living in urban apartments can grow food, herbs, flowers and foliage in sunny windows or on balconies and rooftops. Container gardening eliminates the problems of weeds, most soil-borne diseases and gives the gardener ultimate control over moisture, sunlight and temperature.

Container gardening provides the perfect opportunity to recycle used household and industrial items that may otherwise have ended up in a landfill, from an old boot to a porcelain pitcher or even a bathtub.

Containers of plants can be grown indoors, outdoors, in conservatories or greenhouses. They can stand alone or be arranged in groups to provide maximum aesthetic appeal, varying the height, color and texture of the plants as well as that of the containers to achieve visual balance.

Raised Bed Gardening

Like container gardening, raised bed gardening allows the gardener to have total control over the soil being used to grow plants. Since raised beds are actually freestanding structures, typically made of wood, stone or concrete, the quality of the soil beneath them doesn’t have an effect on the results. Raised beds allow gardeners to grow a variety of ornamental, edible and medicinal plants on top of even the most barren surfaces, from rock-hard clay to concrete slabs. They also provide better drainage, keep the soil warmer and require less maintenance than traditional gardens.

Raised beds are often made of planks of wood screwed or nailed together in sizes typically ranging from 3’ x 8’ to 5’ x 20’. Leaving the width of the bed relatively small enables the gardener to reach inside to care for plants, preventing the need to step on and compact the soil. Beds are usually 8 inches to 3 feet in height, depending on the needs of the plants being grown. Raised bed gardens are filled with good quality soil mixed with compost and rotted manure.

Raised beds are especially well suited for disabled or elderly gardeners, since they can be built high enough for one to remain seated comfortably while gardening, eliminating strain on the joints and spine.

Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening brings the beauty of nature inside, all year long. Many people grow houseplants for the visual benefits, but they also act to purify the air, drawing in airborne pollutants as part of the photosynthetic process. Houseplants can significantly improve air quality, especially in newer buildings that are completely airtight.

Common houseplants that help purify the air include English ivy, spider plant, golden pothos, peace lily, Chinese evergreen, bamboo or reed palm, snake plant, heartleaf philodendron, dracaena and weeping fig.

Caring for houseplants is easy even for the most inexperienced of gardeners. The plants rarely require much more than the recommended levels of sunlight and water.

Water Gardening

Water gardens can be made up of any vessel that contains water – from a pond or half-barrel to a an old bathtub or watertight planter.

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Community Gardening

Community gardens are public spaces where you can typically rent a plot of land to plant ornamental, edible and medicinal plants as you like. Not only do community gardens provide access to fresh produce, they beautify neighborhoods, give a sense of community and connection to the environment. Some community gardens are tended communally, allowing everyone who helps out in the garden to have a share of its bounty.

These gardens help bring food production back to the individual, regardless of personal access to land for growing plants. Community gardens aren’t just for growing fruit and vegetables, though. Many community gardens are made up of native plants, herb and butterfly gardens and/or purely ornamental plants, often as a setting for sculptures and other art displays.

There are an estimated 18,000 community gardens in the United States and Canada. If you don’t have one near you and would like to start one, CommunityGarden.org is a great place to start.

Getting started with indoor gardening (Google / Gardening Resources)

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Getting started with indoor gardening

A lot of people stick a fake tree in a corner, dust the leaves off every week, and call it indoor gardening, but indoor gardening has grown into much more than that lately. There are also a lot of people that thinks plants belong and should stay inside, but there are many reasons for starting an indoor garden. For instance, plants don’t only remove carbon dioxide from the air, they also remove many poisonous toxins and pollutants as well. Indoor gardening will result in beautiful decoration in your house as well as cleaner air. When picking out plants for indoor gardening, make sure the plants are adaptable and will be able to thrive in the conditions and setting in your house. Consider how much time you will be able to spend caring for the plants, how much light your house offers, and also how much money you want to spend on your indoor garden. If you are on a low budget, start with seeds or cuttings. If you have a little more money to dish out you can buy a plant that is already grown. Another thing to consider is if you want a plant that can be displayed all year or just for a season. Herb gardens are a good thing for indoor gardening; they are both attractive and edible. They will grow pretty quick and you won?t have to wait a long time to see results. Some popular herbs, especially for cooking, are chives, dill, sage, thyme, and oregano. Continue reading Getting started with indoor gardening (Google / Gardening Resources)