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Successful Indoor GardenFor one, you may not have any outdoors yard space available in your home. Additionally, you may be too busy to devote enough time and effort in gardening and maintaining a large garden. Additionally, the conditions where you live may not be ideal and it may be hard for you to get a healthy garden going outside. Regardless of the reason, there is always the option for you to introduce plants indoors, where you can successfully grow them and reap the benefits from organic food. Here is what you need to get the project going:

- Some available space - the good thing about indoors gardening is that it can thrive in as little or as much space as you are willing to spare. Devote a sole windowsill, or a small table and you can have yourself enough space to get started. Shelves make another excellent option, as they offer a lot of room for planting, while taking up vertical space in the most effective manner.

- Consider light - light is an important requirement for healthy indoors produce. Every gardening expert would agree that in order for plants to grow, they require adequate light. Sometimes placing your plants near a window may not be enough during the winter months. What you can do is purchase some grow light. Be careful in choosing the right product, if you want to ensure that your plants receive the best care.

- Ensure adequate temperature - anywhere between 65-75 degrees F is acceptable for most plants. You may allow for slight variance of 10 degrees either way, but consider the downsides - plants grown too hot will likely be of smaller size and be weak, while plants grown at cold temperatures may have their leaves falling off.

- Higher humidity is required - plants grow well in humid air, which is one thing you must ensure. This may be challenging during winter months, when your heating is on. If the tips of the plant leaves are brown, or they look puckered and withered, you may want to find a way to fix the issue. There are few ways to go about this. You can mist the plants daily, or even more often, if need be. Another method for increasing the humidity is placing a tray of water and then heating it up, causing it to evaporate. Acquiring a humidifier is also a solution, which works great for your indoor gardening attempts. Additionally you can group your plants together as this creates a micro-environment for higher humidity.

- Pick a good soil for your indoor plants - choosing the right growing media is of extreme importance. Buy a mix that is loose enough to drain well and at the same time contains enough organic matter to retain nutrients and moisture. You can either ask around your gardening centre, or you can look up tips and create your own mix.

- Select your plants - there are almost no limitations to what you can grow, as long as you consider that some plants get too big. Expert Gardeners advice you to consider growing plants that have similar requirements in terms of light and humidity. You can grow plants from seed or you can transplant them from your outdoor garden.

Growing a garden inside your home takes some effort, but sometimes that is your best option. Ensure that you have taken all factors into consideration and go for it. Soon enough you will notice good results.

Organic FertilizerMany of us are concerned about how safe our home garden's fertilizer is. We want to grow our own healthy veggies, but don't want to add to the problem of illness and pesticide poisoning. This can be a challenging task. It seems like all the great gardeners, the ones that bring in the mega harvests, have an awesome fertilizer by their side. Who knows what this fertilizer contains? All we really know is the amazing effect it has on our plants.

What if I told you there was a fertilizer you could be sure about? One that will give the plants in your garden all the nutrients they need, but in a natural one. Yes, I'm sure you want a fertilizer that can explain itself, and list an honest disclosure of all the ingredients it posses. If this is your wish, then you're looking for an Organic fertilizer.

Organic fertilizers aren't hard to find. I'm not saying that you'll be able to find them in the garden section of Walmart, but if you go to a gardening store, you should be able to find at least one brand that says organic on it. Even Ace, or a hardware store will most likely have a brand. It's more likely that this product will be in stoke during the summer months. Stores tend to forget about winter veggies.

If you're not interested in going in store, it doesn't mean that you won't be able to find a product that's organic. It actually means that you'll have more of a selection as to which fertilizer to go with. Have you tried the lawn, and garden section on Amazon? Not only do they have thousands of gardening fertilizers for sale there, they also have hundreds of ones that are certified organic.

A great reason to by your organic fertilizer from Amazon is the access to reviews. These reviews are available to you whether you're a member of Amazon or not. There's also something called a verified review, this is a review written by someone that has bought the product from Amazon. Some reviews left on Amazon aren't fair, so you should read them all and really get a feel for the quality of the product.

You can also make your own organic fertilizer using compost. Have banana peels? These are very nutritious to plants. You could also try crushed egg shells as an ingredient for your home made fertilizer. I know a lot of gardeners say cabbage leaves do the trick. Another option is to put bean poles in the fertilizer, as they add nitrogen to the soil, something tomatoes need to thrive.

So you see, you don't have to use a product that was made in a lab to get the nutrition your soil needs actually in the ground. There are loads of natural ways to do it. Why risk your health with something that wasn't made the way nature intended? It's important that you keep your family safe with the right fertilizer in the garden.

Compost From Grass CuttingsThe abundant volume of grass cuttings during late Spring and Summer often greatly exceeds the supply of other green waste to make a suitable and usable compost mixture. If this is the case then you can use solely grass cuttings or combine them with other mixed green waste. This particular method involves the use of soil as an essential ingredient, and you must ensure that the pile is never turned and should be kept covered to keep it out of the rain.

Essentially you must keep in as much heat as possible. One way is to make the pile a large one, although in warmer climes the heat comes naturally within the pile and requires little assistance. Plastic compost bins, or adapted receptacles, are much better than using ordinary plastic bags, are very sturdy and make a big difference.

The actions to take are fairly simple. Firstly, you need to make a layer of grass cuttings about 20 cm in depth. Next, spread a layer of shredded carbohydrate rich material,l such as newspaper or sawdust, over the surface. You can even use oatbran or such like if you have any stale cereal in the cupboard. A couple of small handfuls should be plenty. Now you need to cover this with a thin layer of soil. Approximately 2.5cm will provide an abundance of bacteria and will additionally absorb the water and gases which stop the compost making process. Continue in this manner until all of the grass cuttings are used, then cover the top to keep out the rain, or simply place the lid on the plastic compost bin.

Next time you mow your lawn simply repeat the process on top of the previous pile. A pile made in Spring or Summer can be used in late Autumn or the following Spring. If the grass has been treated with a feed and weed spray leave at least six months between placing grass cuttings on the pile and using the compost.

As well as grass cuttings I tend to add other natural matter such as vegetable peel or other similar waste. I try to avoid anything which contains seeds as these have the potential to sprout and grow in the compost pile. I also absolutely avoid adding any weed matter to my pile as they have the same reaction as seeds, which then defeats the whole object.

Good luck composting and mulching.

Design Layout for a Small GardenEveryone loves a beautiful garden whether big or small. Designing your ideal garden is easy when proper planning is done in advance. A small patio garden is very private and easy to maintain, depending on where you would like your garden to be laid out. If you are living in a small complex where there is no space for a garden, you can design the garden on your patio. If you have small but enough space, then go on and design the ideal garden you want.

If it's your first time designing a garden you can either hire a professional landscape architect, or you can do it yourself. Designing your own garden shouldn't be very difficult especially if you have ideas on how you would want it to look. Either way, designing your garden should be a fun and relaxing experience. Get all the information you would require to design a garden and do it yourself. You will get a list of garden items such as flowers, plants, spade, wheel barrow, garden fork, paving bricks, cobblestones and other garden tools. Think about where you want to place the flowers, which areas are to be covered with grass and where to place the walkways. If you want to have a water feature, find out where the pipes will be laid and where the water feature will look best. Keep in mind that it will need to be a small feature otherwise it will take up much space. Consider placing it along a wall so that it's not in the way and it will create a serene scene. Choose paving bricks that are weather resistant and cobblestones that suit the theme of your garden.

Once your planning is done, then you can start with the planting process. The earlier you plant your seedlings the sooner you can start on the next step. While small gardens and terrace patio undoubtedly come with their own set of design challenges, even the most economical of plots can be reworked into beautiful and elegant outdoor havens.

Think small but perfectly formed. Using space intelligently is the key to making a small garden work such as seats that double up as storage, wall-mounted flower pots or herb planters and even folding furniture will all help free up precious space. The right garden accessories and plant species can set the tone for a tranquil outdoor atmosphere. You could add a small gazebo that can bring lots of shelter. Surround your gazebo with cobblestones and some grass for relaxing summer picnics.

To light up your garden you can use solar panels and lanterns that are the safest and most eco-friendly options in your garden and they can placed anywhere in your garden. Think out of the box when it comes to a small garden space and you'll create a tranquil masterpiece