Saturday, February 21, 2009

Drought Scheme for Bulbs?

Today, while walking around in the garden and thinking about the second part of the reduce your gardening costs article, I noticed something very strange. I had some bulbs(Anyone can ID them for me?) in a dry place and they were flowering. They hadn't been watered since at least six months. The bulbs had only flowers but no leaves. The weather is quite hot now.

flowering bulbs
Is it some kind of drought emergency scheme that the bulbs have? In case of severe lack of water, do they just make seeds and spread themselves?
Another specimen of same plant that has been correctly watered

close view of the leaf


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Reducing your gardening costs - Part One

Despite being a hobby, gardening usually take away some of your budget - you have to buy the plants, seeds, materials, fertilisers, and perhaps some of you will need herbicides, pesticides, etc...
Do you really have to buy all these?? No. You can decrease your gardening budget. Here are some tips for having many plants for almost nothing:
Your plants
Build your plant network with friends, relatives and neighbors. Get in contact with people and swap plants with them. You'll easily get extra plants for free!! Tip: propagate your plants through cuttings when it's trimming time.
Seeds Harvest your seeds. Seeds let you expand your plant quantity quickly, but some patience is required sometimes(eg. for cactii). If you are inexperienced, try harvesting seeds from flowers like marigolds. Another trick is to swap seeds. When you buy a packet of seeds, you generally get more than you need. Swap the remaining ones with friends!!

Be sure to come back to check other tricks. You can also share your tricks.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Peace Lily: Your Free Air Purifier

I n addition to its beautiful foliage and flowers, the Peace Lily is an excellent air purifier. According to NASA's study on sick building syndrome, the Peace Lily is very keen at removing harmful gases(eg. formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene) from your room. Its wonderful ability to release oxygen made the Peace Lily to be awarded as the best desk plant in 2007. For optimum results, it is recommended to place your peace lily near your desk or even near your computer.

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Spathiphyllum - Peace Lily


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