Do you have some shady areas in your garden? And have you been speculating what kind of plants to grow in these shady areas?
Steve Donnelly just wrote an article – about hostas and how they can be used in gardens that don’t have a lot of sunlight. Hostas can grow with very little sunlight, they’re versatile and they look beautiful. And that’s of course just as important to a garden owner that wants his or her garden to look nice and inviting.
Besides from the shady surroundings, the hostas also thrive best in a good and nutritious and drained soil, if you want to grow really beautiful and strong plants. But in general, hostas are not demanding in any way and can grow in most places.
Even if you don’t like the hostas you’ve seen so far, you’ll almost always be able to find one that is to your liking. You see, you can choose from between 50 to 70 different hostas every year. So you’ll most likely find a sort that you like.
Beautiful hostas can grow in shady gardens
One example of a hosta is that you could maybe use in your garden are the ones called, Little Treasure. Little Treasure is a relative newcomer on the market. This hosta belongs to the dwarf hosta sort called, Little Jay. This miniature hosta has lance-shaped leaves that cream colored with green margins. Later on in the season they also become white, and the margins turn into dark green. This plant can grow about 4.7 inches (12 centimeters) in tallness.
One of the advantages Little Treasure has is that its thick leaves give it a very strong defense against slugs and snails. I think a lot of gardeners will appreciate that.
There are of course many other hostas, but Little Treasure may be interesting to many gardeners.
So, if you’d like to brighten up a shady garden, you may take a second look at hostas.
Hydroponics – A Method to Make Your Garden More Fruitful
Have you ever wondered if there is an alternative to organic gardening? Please don’t misunderstand me; I really like organic gardening, and I personally try to grow my garden as organically as possible. But anyhow you may have asked yourself if there are other alternatives, than organic gardening, to using chemicals and pesticides in your garden.
I just read an interesting article about exactly this question.
One of the reasons some gardeners hesitate a bit about going into organic gardening is that they find it too difficult, too expensive and time consuming. However, as more and more gardeners become interested in organic gardening it becomes easier and less expensive to grow your garden this way.
If you grow your garden hydroponically your plants get the nutrients that they require because they get them directly through water soluble mineral salts. And, as the article says, you can now get most of these nutrients in liquid form. Besides, many of them are certified organic.
These nutrients are mixed with water. And then they’re sent directly to the roots of your plants where they help them to grow healthy and big. When your plants get their nutrients this way it’s much easier for them to actually absorb them, because they’re brought directly to the roots several times daily. Thus it’s easier for your plants to get the needed nutrients. This means that they both grow faster and become more fruitful.
According to a study on tomatoes and sweet peppers that were grown hydroponically, the plants that were grown hydroponically contained up to 50 percent more vitamins than other plants.