14 Sep

11 Examples of Amazing Garden Art and Decor

When it comes to designing and decorating your garden, only creative and imagination is the limit. There are 101 ways you can spice up your landscape or garden with simple recycled objects. You do not have be an artist or master gardener to create decorative objects. It just requires some inspiration and a little effort to add dynamic effects to your garden. Here are a few example of amazing garden art and decor for your inspiration.

1. Garden Sculpture by Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden

Garden Sculptures Art

Garden Sculptures Art

2.VW Garden

VW Garden

VW Garden, Image from artcar.blogspot.com

3. Garden on Wheels

Two Wheels Garden, Garden Art Idea

Two Wheels Garden, Garden Art Idea, Image from freshgardenideas.info

4. Garden Decor with Tea Pot

DIY Garden Decor with Tea Pot

DIY Garden Decor with Tea Pot

5. Garden Decor with Tin Planters

Garden Decor with Tin Planters

Garden Decor with Tin Planters

6. Creative Plant Labels by The Creative Gardener

Creative Plant Labels

Creative Plant Labels

7. Creative Garden Decor Idea

Creative Gardening Idea

Creative Gardening Decor Idea

8. Wood Craft for Garden Decor by Bruno’s Art

Wood Craft for Garden Decor

Wood Craft for Garden Decor

9. Garden Decor with Tire Planters

Garden Decor with Tire Planters

Garden Decor with Tire Planters

10. Garden Decor with Metal Art by GI Designs

Garden Decor with Metal Art

Garden Decor with Metal Art

11. Garden Decor with Painted Pots by Cindy Dyer

Garden Decor with Painted Pots

Garden Decor with Painted Pots

 

 

24 Aug

9 Expert Tips – How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

Birds chirping in your garden or hopping about branches are a treat to watch. They add pleasure to the hobby and keep your garden free from insects and pests. However, with urban settlements expanding in all directions, the entire landscape of our metropolitan areas is becoming less favorable for wild birds – forcing them to migrate. Fortunately, gardeners still have something that can attract these wild visitors back – nectar and pollens.

Birds visit gardens for their basic needs: food, shelter and water. By fulfilling these basic needs, you can attract birds to your gardens easily but it is not going to happen tomorrow. It would take some time for birds to recognize your garden as a safe haven. Getting started is easy – all you have to do is select appropriate plants and safe environment for birds. The following is a list of things you can do to attract birds to your gardens.

How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

Birds Feeding in Garden – Image by Nostaw21(flickr)

How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

  1. Select appropriate plants that provide wild visitors plenty of nectar and pollens. Visits of birds depend on the type of flowers and plants growing in your gardens. You can introduce good variety of plants to attract birds to your gardens year around.
  2. Maintain a clean lawn for larger birds to hop about and feed on worms.
  3. Plant trees that bear fruits and seeds; they attract many birds who visit these trees to find their food.
  4. Grow trees and bushes. They offer good nesting sites for birds where they can stay protected from pets and predatory birds.
  5. If you have a bigger lawn, add some dense corners where birds can protect themselves from predators as well as strong winds and rainstorms. Different parts of garden attract different types of birds. For instance larger birds prefer open spaces whereas smaller birds stay near bushes and shrubs.
  6. Provide water. For bigger gardens, provide running water. It attracts more birds. If you do not have enough space for running water or you live in a dry climate, offer small drinking and bathing places for birds. Drinking locations should be safe from pets; preferably at a higher spot near trees and bushes in your garden. Keep drinking water clean and free from ice. Add some rocks to water reservoirs to allow birds to perch upon.
  7. Add some nest boxes in quiet corners of your gardens to allow birds to stay and breed. Make sure that nest boxes are ventilated and off-ground, and are protected from pets and rain and strong winds.
  8. Add bird feeders (Buy online) in your gardens to provide some extra food especially in ‘off-season’ when natural food is not sufficient. Keep bird feeders away from squirrels.
  9. Go organic. Try to avoid spraying your plants or using inorganic fertilizers. Birds detest chemicals.

Finally, understand that birds would visit your garden only occasionally at first. Most of them would come from nearby areas. When they are convinced that you garden provides them safe haven and good source of food, they would visit frequently and start making their nests.

28 Jul

How to prepare your own garden compost!

Reducing waste and recycling natural resources is not only the need of the day but also a productive activity for gardeners. By following some simple methods of recycling organic waste from lawns, gardens and kitchen, you can prepare your own garden compost to save some bucks and keep the natural environment clean and healthy.

Preparing your own garden compost might sound like an overhead and time consuming activity but it certainly pays dividends in the long run in terms of healthy plants, better gardens and cleaner environment.

Preparing Garden Compost at Home

Home Made Garden Compost, Image ⓒ Michaela (thegardenerseden.com)

Preparing your own garden compost is not difficult; at the same time it is not as easy and heaping up all your garden and kitchen waste. Preparing good garden compost requires methodical approach, appropriate heat, air and moisture for decomposing organic matter. Major ingredients in balanced garden compost are:

  • Grass clippings
  • Animal Manure
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Kitchen waste (peelings, fruit and vegetable scraps)
  • Weeds
  • Straw

To start preparing your own garden compost, collect ingredients of compost regularly from your kitchen and garden. Prepare layers of compost material in the form of a heap and water it once a week. Turn compost material as often as possible with a fork. Allow organic matter to break down into a balanced compost. If you have a large garden, you can start with two heaps – while you are working on one heap, keep adding daily collections to the second heap. In this way, you would be able to maintain a steady supply of home-made compost.

Green thumbs who live in high rise buildings or do not own gardens can use compost tumblers. They are easily available at any garden store or you can make your own compost tumbler (video). Add daily collection of organic waste to compost tumbler. Add water regularly and let some air get into the layers but regularly turning layers of organic matter. Since these tumblers would retain temperature and moisture, the organic matter breaks down quickly and form balanced compost within two or three weeks. If you have enough space, start with two compost tumblers – one for ready-to-use compost and the other one for future use.