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Tropical Gardening

Tropical Gardening

Tropical gardening is an incredibly daunting task whether you are trying to grow blooms outside in a tropical environment or indoors in a hothouse environment.  Either way, you need to make sure that your plants receive just the right amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients.  Too much or too little either way can cause your garden to wilt.

A tropical environment is very hot and humid all year round.  Therefore, no matter where you are going to do your tropical gardening, you need to mimic that environment.  You should also make sure that your plants can tolerate constant heat and moisture.  As the British colonized the globe, British women would lament that they couldn’t get their English Impatiens and roses to grow the same way in a tropical climate as they do in moderate England.  Fine gardening in the tropics comes from picking the right plants, such as hibiscus, ginger, and orchids.

Tropical gardening, just like any gardening, starts with the right kind of soil.  Because of the constant rainfall in the tropics, tropical soil quickly leaches out its nutrients.  Therefore it is essential that you keep your garden well fertilized.  Using a typical chemical-based nitrogen fertilizer, as one would do in a northern climate, is not good for tropical gardening.  That fertilizer will actually pull more nutrients out of the soil as it runs off, therefore causing you to put on more and more fertilizer as the years go by.  Instead, you should take advantage of Mother Nature’s fertilizers and put compost, manure, and dead plant parts into your soil.  Decomposition takes place very quickly in tropical gardening, so you should find your soil is naturally replenished in no time.

Tropical Flower

Beautiful Tropical Flower

As you grow your tropical garden, you might want to consider growing some trees as well as flowers, if space permits.  Again, northern gardening principles usually separates flowers, vegetables, and trees, but in order for many of your flowers to survive you need to create some shade.  Banana trees add a nice touch; live oaks provide a lot of cooling shade.  Because the sun’s rays are so much stronger in the tropics, your flowers should still do well in semi-shaded conditions.

Most of the time the weather will do all of your watering as you engage in tropical gardening.  If you happen upon a day that isn’t rainy, you’ll need to do the watering yourself.  Tropical plants like a good dousing, but make sure that the soil is well-drained.  If water starts to pool in your garden, or if you find your soil is perpetually damp, you should see if you can’t landscape in a small slope to help the water drain.  Otherwise, you might find your plants’ roots rotting and their leaves turning yellow.

Your tropical gardening experience should fill your backyard with wild colors and lush vegetation.  All the sun and water make plants grow faster than you would ever expect in a northern climate.  As long as your pair your plants to your environment, you should have an amazing tropical garden in no time.

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Tomatoes Gardening

Tomatoes Gardening

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in any garden. Tomatoes gardening are no big hassle. It can not only be a good hobby, if well taken care of, the plants can give a high yield of good quality tomatoes for your kitchen needs. Tomatoes also adapt well to container gardening. There are various varieties of tomatoes including plants that yield small or large sized fruits. Common among the small sized varieties are red cherry, saladette and presto and large fruit varieties include spring giant, homestead, big set etc.

Preparing the soil for tomatoes gardening requires working at the first 8 to 10 inches of soil for some weeks before you begin planting. Ensure there are no clods and all trash and rocks are removed. Tomato gardening will be best if organic matter is used in the soil 2 to 3 inches of organic matter like hay, straw, compost, mulch or leaves should suffice. Cover the top of the soil with this organic matter. Also, ensure that the soil is not too wet or moist.

Fertilization is the next step. Tomato garden will be fruitful if you mix fertilizers at the top of the soil – the first 3 to 4 inches. It is recommended that you add about three pounds of fertilizer per 100 square feet of the area.

Tomatoes, whether growing from plants or seeds, can be successful only if you plant at least 2 to 3 weeks after the frost has passed. While tomatoes can be grown from plants, if you are keen on growing right from seeds, ensure you get fresh seeds and also get some seed starting mix. Plant the seeds at least 3 mm or 1/8 inches deep in the soil and wait for germination. Ensure there is plenty of sunlight and if you stay in a place where there is inadequate light, you can also grow it in a greenhouse and transplant it once you have a good plant. If you are growing tomatoes using plants, ensure you purchase disease and pest free green plants that have a height of six to eight inches. Ensure frost has passed away. Make holes with a depth of three to four inches and if you are planting several, separate them by two to four feet if you will cage them, and at least four feet if you let them grow unsupported.

Tomato gardening does not demand too much of work. Just ensure you water the plants adequately. Prune them regularly so that all the stems and leaves get uniform sunlight. One way is to tie them with a vine. Another way is to cage them. You should start receiving fruits of tomato garden in about six to eight weeks. Wait for tomatoes to acquire their full color before plucking them. Regularly inspect for any signs of pest or rot under the leaves but they can be controlled using pesticides and fungicides.


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