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Sunflowers belong to Asteraceae family and Annuus species. The flower is botanically referred to as Helianthus, which is a combination of two Greek words, helios and anthos, literally combining to form the word – “Sun-flower”. Its resemblance to the sun has also contributed to its name.

Sunflowers were originally grown by Native Americans for food. Since Americas was its original habitat, sunflower needs dry and hot conditions to properly bloom. But, now they are grown the world over. They require moist and fertile soil with heavy manure to grow properly. They also need good exposure to sun and this is the reason why their best season of growth is summer. In addition, growing them in clusters is generally preferred, as this allows the roots to remain moist and cool for a longer period. Sunflower clusters can also withstand winds.

Sunflowers comprise a relatively larger flower head and central part that contains small florets, which grow into seeds at a later time in their growth cycle. The flower head can reach up to a meter in

Advantages of a Hydroponic Grow Box

The Hydroponic grow boxes have several advantages to itself. They are –

  • Non messy – Unlike planting a sapling on soil, the planting of a sapling in a hydroponic box is clean and non messy where one doesn’t have to soil their hands with mud and dirt and accordingly plant their desired plant with ease.
  • Functional in all weather conditions – Despite the changes in the weather outdoors, a hydroponic grow box can be used as and when one intends to whether it is hot or freezing cold outside. It doesn’t have any effect on the growth of the plant as the box is equipped with functionalities that aid to a normal growth of a plant.
  • Multifunctional – A hydroponic grow box is generally multifunctional as when kept indoors in a house, it acts as a piece of attraction as well as a box to grow plants in them.
  • Untouched by pests – Since the hydroponic grow box is safely secured with glass walls and fitted in a box, there are no chances of pests attacking them and also since there is no presence of soil in the box, there are no

Stone Deck Tiles for Garden and Home

It is an intelligent choice to go for stone deck tiles for your garden or even lavatory and kitchen. Stone decking tiles in Brooklyn NY is preferable because it prevents the object from any sort of dampness and it is one highly durable item, you can clean it using a wipe. That’s all the care it requires. Such tiles come in a huge number of varieties and there are several designs to choose from. The various ranges of stone deck tile are both expensive and cheap and you can choose a design of your choice in your budget. For even the least expensive one, stone deck tiles in Brooklyn NY┬ámakes your kitchen and bathroom look sophisticated.

Ceramic tile are formed using clay, ceramic ware and stone then it’s subjected to heat as a result of it’s to be stewed or heated at a relatively warm temperature until the time the tiles is hardened. The additional it’s heated the additional sturdy the tile become at the end. Ceramic tiles are free of shapes, it’ll be shaped to any form; a square, a quadrilateral, a hexagon, a

Tips to Achieve a Neat Garden

If you’re not happy with how your garden is looking, today is the perfect time to bring it into shape. And to give you a helping hand, below are seven simple tips which if followed will help your garden blossom.

The Grass Could be Greener:

The lawn is often the focal point of any garden, but there’s a good chance at the moment it could be looking a little worse for wear. Spruce yours up by:

  • Regularly mowing. With summer (officially) here, you should have cut your grass a few times by now. But to help get it looking its best, it’s recommended you cut it little and often. Ideally, your lawnmower’s blade should be set to 2cm (until autumn) and you should be cutting your lawn on a weekly basis.
  • Feeding your lawn. To help promote healthy growth, your lawn needs to be fed with a dedicated lawn feed which includes a moss and weed killer – as this will keep unwanted weeds from sprouting in your lawn, whilst helping your lawn grow.
  • Water regularly. During hot spells your lawn should be watered first thing in the morning and last thing at night, helping to ensure

Tips to get a Garden in Balcony

Why Balcony Gardening Is Difficult?

The biggest problem with balcony gardening is the absence of soil. There isn’t enough sun light, or perhaps excess sun. Then you have to figure out how to water your garden and finally there are kids pets to worry about. Once you have figured these points out it’s all about getting the following simple points right.

Setting up focal points in your garden

No garden, no matter how big or small is going to need a focal point. Some use evergreens to create focal points, other make use of size to create an aesthetic contrast in the garden, while some others explore pops of colour to create that effect. Find out what works best for you and create a focal point you like.

Find good container plants

Container plants don’t need a lot of space to grow – which makes them perfect for a balcony garden. Search for container plants and buy those online or you can approach your local nursery for seeds & saplings. This is also where you will find all the necessary instructions on growing them

Gardening In the Shade

Shade loving plants are great at pleasing you with beautiful flowers year in and out. Just plant and water them, these plants won’t mind if you keep them in the shade.

  • Lily of the valley

The sweet and mild smell of the lily of the valley is famous now thanks to countless poems. If you thought it was an exotic and hard to grow plant you need to give it a try right away. The lily of valley grows really well in shady areas too. You will be pleased with a sweet offering of white flowers every spring and summer – without actually doing much to support it.

  • Star-shaped amethyst

Cute blur hued star shaped amethysts grow very nicely even in place where the sun doesn’t shine as nice and bright. Even warm shades are good enough for amethysts to stay nice and healthy. The flowers are a beautiful mix of violet and white and grow to be about a foot or two in height which is just perfect to display in balmy shades indoors.

  • Copper plants

All of the shrubs we have mentioned thus far aren’t evergreens. This one is. Copper

Hydroponic System for Indoor Gardening

Gardening at home is something that is performed as a hobby where people like to beautify their garden with flowers and other plants. With the shortage of open spaces in urban areas, people have opted for an alternative to performing gardening indoors. The rise in demand for hydroponic systems has led people to pursue their hobby in the comforts of their home without having to go outside. It is manufactured keeping in mind the need for growing plants and vegetables within the environment indoors and not getting access to anything direct from nature. Before taking the plunge into fixing a grow box at home, there are a few basics that people should know.

  • Meaning of Hydroponics – Indoor gardening comprises of growing plants with the use of water, nutrition and necessary lighting. It is the artificial alternative to growing plants outdoors without the use of soil. Since the plants are grown in an artificial environment, all the necessary care needs to be taken to place the seeds, provide necessary nutrients with the water as well as providing adequate light and ventilation to keep the plant nourished and allowing it to grow. The light fitted in the system

Garden Gnomes

Wind chimes give our yards and gardens a special ambiance with the wonderful sounds they make whether it is a soft tinkling of inexpensive chimes or the deep soothing musical tones of the big beautiful ones. What better to accompany those great sound makers in your garden than a cute whimsical garden gnome.

Garden gnomes have been around much longer than you probably think. The tradition has been around since the early 1800’s with Germany being the first to produce them in factories there and the gnomes were made of clay. However, they actually became popular in the 1840’s after folks in England started adding them to their gardens. The first garden-gnomes that were mass-produced came from Germany in the 1870’s. With the onset of the world wars, production of the garden gnomes soon came to a halt. The gnomes we know today, many made of plastic began making their appearance in the 1960’s. The gnomes are whimsical and cartoonish, but not necessarily to everyone’s taste. There is only a few manufacturers that make gnomes of clay and resin, and are finished by hand and not mass produced. The die hard gnome fanciers seek out these gnomes

Fence Screening Design for Garden

Wood fences are built for protecting your property and there are a wide range of wood fence outlines. A pleasant fence can not just keep pets and youngsters in your yard, and other people out, however they can likewise be a delightful method for stamping property lines while bearing security from the neighbors. Fencing can be brightening or only there to delineate a limit and if the fence is made of wood it will bear the cost of some protection. Numerous appealing fence outline choices are accessible.

With strong and clean lines, stockade wood fences give a visual boundary. You could utilize it in the event that you needed to fence in a trash stockpiling range or whatever else which you would prefer not to be noticeable. Pre-gathered stockade fence boards are effortlessly possible, making establishment quick, simple, and temperate. These boards are anything but difficult to chop down in size to fit your prerequisites. This is practical for fence screening your garden.

Grid fencing can be helpful for light screening, especially in the event that it is utilized as a background for climbing plants and it

Advantages Of Growing Plants Indoors

Indoor gardening has been in demand for those who have widely spread living space and can accommodate plants to grow indoors. People can grow plants indoors in their rooms or can place them in open terraces. Indoor gardening has several benefits to its name where a few are listed below.

  • All year growth – Irrespective of the weather conditions outdoors, people can always grow plants, flowers and vegetable indoors by taking necessary care. By creating a natural environment, one can grow all that they feel like while indoors.
  • Chemical free plants – While the vegetables and herbs that grow outdoors face the brutality of the harmful chemicals and fertilizers, one can provide natural fertilizers to the plants to nurture its growth and thus availing fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables without letting it cause any harm to the body.
  • Pest free gardening – When plants grow outdoors, it often gets attacked by insects, pests, rodents, etc. that damage and destroy the plants. While a plant grows indoors, there are lesser chances of pests attacking it, and thus there is no need of using pesticides to destroy them.
  • Attractive interiors – Apart from the varied

The Benefits of Bach Flowers

Bach Flower against mood swings

Everyone is meant to experience periods of happiness, sadness, excitement or mild depression. But for some people, the mood swings are legion and extend well beyond the normal, becoming episodes of mania and depression. People with the disease can quickly move from a state of euphoria that of intense sadness. Uncontrollable, these mood swings are fast becoming unbearable and lead to inadequate behaviors, such as compulsive shopping.

People who suffer need to approach a psychotherapist, but the Bach flowers are a natural treatment for this problem. They are known to help and to regain a sense of reality and to reduce the feelings of depression.

Bach Flower against overwork:

The world of work is becoming harder, and many people recognize undergo constant pressure. Sometimes, they can have a profound impact on the well-being and lead to overwork, also called burnout . Those who suffer often they feel suffocated all the day and they feel that they can not think of anything but their workload. This causes adverse effects on health and personal life.

I’ts often necessary To escape, the work stoppage.To have sick leave days are essential to