Different types of Garden Sheds

Hey, my ‘green thumb’ people! How have you been doing? Where do you keep  your garden tools after you are done using them in the garden? Are they kept in your garage? Why deny them the comfort of luxury just because they are utilitarian tools? Have you thought of constructing a garden shed to store the garden tools? If not, here is all the information you need to know, to embark upon building a garden shed.

 

 

WHAT IS A GARDEN SHED?

A shed can be described as a single-storey structure, positioned in the back of a garden, which serves the purpose of storage and workshops. It can either be placed on the patio or adjacent to the house. There are various kinds of garden sheds ranging from corrugated metal tin-roofed garden sheds, lavish and classy wooden framed garden sheds to low-maintenance plastic garden sheds. The kind of material that you want to employ for the garden shed should be governed by the time and energy you can invest in their maintenance.

TYPE A: METAL GARDEN SHED

Metal Garden Shed

A metal garden shed made from a thin sheet of metal offers protection from fire and termite attacks. It is ideal for long-term investment owing to its strength and durability. However, the metal garden shed is vulnerable to rust if it is constructed of steel which is not galvanized. A thin metal sheet is prone to denting especially in an area with high-traffic.

TYPE B: PLASTIC GARDEN SHED

Plastic Garden Shed

Plastic garden sheds made from PUV and polyethylene, bask in the glory of its multiple facilities ranging from least-expenditure, UV ray protection, durability, stability, and resistance. Certain plastic sheds are modular which allows for flexible extensions, peg-boards, shelving, attic-storage, windows, skylights, and other accessories to be added later.

TYPE C: WOODEN FRAMED GARDEN SHED

Wooden framed garden sheds add a vintage flavor to the garden apart from syncing with a picture perfect lush green carpet, which is your garden, sprinkled with flower blooms. A wooden garden shed needs to be pampered with proper maintenance to prevent splitting, rotting or warping. The walls adjacent to the wooden garden shed need to be cleared of shrubs and plants that exhibit the tendency to pile up. To make the wooden garden shed weather-resistant, apply stains and preservatives. In addition, these preservatives will also offer protection against fungal attack.

You can either go for a small garden shed or a large garden shed depending upon the space of the garden and the utility of the garden shed. The aim of the garden shed is to become an abode for garden tools like square shovel, rake, garden shears, hand pruner, pitchfork, hoe, trowel, and wheelbarrow. It is wise to arrange the tools on a table inside or a cupboard (if the space permits) so that you can easily access them without wasting much time. Sometimes a garden shed is used as a garage too. In that case, the garden shed needs to be large to accommodate without fuss.

GO FOR A GARDEN SHED!

Garden sheds can be flamboyant and be the ‘it’ corner of your garden with a little effort. Make sure that the carpenter constructs the garden shed on a level ground. The garden shed can be a page from the books of Enid Blyton, with its warm green hue and the porch decorated with freshly-plucked white flowers situated on the wheel-barrow. With its doors and windows, it can offer you refuge from a dull day, as you read your favourite novel amidst the sedative vibe of the garden. Or, have you imagined about a garden shed with pagoda? If the garden shed is situated on a podium don’t leave it naked, rather dress it up with cacti, planters, ceramic pots and garden urns. What about adding a signboard or placing the barbecue counter right beside it?

It might give you a tough time explaining it to the carpenter, but once it is done, you can’t help but be spellbound by its sleek futuristic sophistication. It can also be smudged with rainbow colours to make it appealing to the kids or can be designed like a log-cabin with pebbled prints to take you back to the land of fantasy.

Whatever type of shed you decide, do keep in mind the budget and space.

Happy garden shed designing!

Happy gardening

Common Gardening Mistakes !!!

Remember the first time when you decided to a cook a dish? only to realise later that the water quantity was not adequate or you confused salt with sugar! You made these mistakes because you were a novice and every new journey is marked by an initial failure that teaches you to not repeat those mistakes again.

Similarly, those of you who have just started gardening, are bound to make some mistakes. You must have realised that maintaining a garden is not a simple activity but something that demands you to be observant and attentive to the growing needs of your plant.

This article will take you through many gardening faux pas you can avoid and will train you to become a meticulous gardener.

Here are a few tips that will guide you on how to avoid common gardening mistakes.

THERE SHOULD BE ENOUGH SPACE BETWEEN SEEDS & PLANTS.

  • The number of seeds should be bought based on the space you have for planting these in your garden. What’s the use of buying surplus seeds if space is a constraint? It’s not just about the measurements of the garden but the spacing between the seeds too, so when your plants grow they should not look like they are competing for space! Always start with your gardening adventure in a small plot to gain experience. Overcrowding will also result in insufficient air circulation and hinder the full potential of the plants. As they say, small and steady steps lead to success.

SEEDS BOUGHT SHOULD ADAPT TO SOIL

  • For beginners who are sprightly and always passionate, the dream is to have a grand garden. In an attempt to turn their vision into a reality they tend to purchase plant seeds that are not only way too many but may also be completely hostile to the soil in your garden. Hence, instead of going on berserk with you choices, first carefully assess the soil type and choose the plants carefully. Planting exotic varieties that won’t grow in your weather would just result in the seed failing.

DON’T PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER

  • Don’t overdo. Flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, shrubs whatever caught your fancy in the garden shop you purchased it without much pondering. To make matter worse you have planted them all together. This will not just augment your workload of providing individual attention to each of them but spoil the aesthetics too.

PREPARING THE SOIL RIGHT

  • The soil is the base for your plants to grow and without a healthy soil the plants will starve for nutrition. Prepare the soil before planting the seeds. The soil should be a good mix of coco peat/ peat moss, garden soil and compost/ manure. The soil should be airy and should offer good drainage.

SUNLIGHT SHOULD BE JUST RIGHT

  • Some plants will always require more sunlight than the others. This poses the issue of positioning your seeds in the correct space of the garden where there won’t be a paucity of generous sunlight.

sunlight on plants

DEPTH OF PLANTING SEEDS

  • Planting seeds too deep or shallow is something that you should take care of.  Seeds which are large in size, demand greater space than the ones with smaller size. If large seeds are planted too shallow, then they will dry out at a quicker pace. On the other hand, small seeds planted at a greater depth will fail to sprout.

DON’T OVER WATER OR UNDERWATER

Watering the plants

  • Let your enthusiasm not come in the way of deciding the water quantity for plants. Over watering or under watering both will stall the growth of plants. Moreover, do save water in your garden. The idea of gardening is to strike a harmony with nature.

SAY NO TO WEEDS 

  • Get rid of the weeds when they are at a nascent stage. Allowing the weeds to grow will cripple the growth of the plant as the weeds consume all the essential nutrients.

GO ORGANIC

  • Adopt organic mulching with the likes of straw, dry leaves or grass clipping. This keeps a check on weeds that are about to develop and also retains the soil moisture. The root area remains cool with this and also receives a steady diet of nutrients while the mulch meets its decaying end. Avoid using grass hay as it in itself initiates weed growth.

KEEP YOUR GARDEN BUG-FREE

  • Garden pests and critters that eat at your hard-earned vegetables and flowers can frustrate even the most patient of gardeners.Practicing proper pest control is one of the leading ways to keep your garden both disease and pest free. When you find harmful insects in your garden, the best way to deter them is to invite good insects into it. These beneficial insects will eat the harmful insects.
  • Consider attracting bugs such as:
    • Ladybugs
    • Praying mantis
    • Lacewings
    • Honeybee
    • Dragonflies etc.

Well then, what do you think? Have you made some of these mistakes while gardening?

Feel free to share your experiences for us all to learn from!

Hope this gave you a new approach for your gardening. A good way to avoid mistakes while gardening is to consult a seasoned gardener and the best way is to keep yourself updated through GreenMyLife blogs 🙂

Happy error-free gardening folks!

Happy-gardening

 

Sowing Charts For Metropolitan Cities

The best part of growing vegetables in your garden is the sheer happiness of picking up fresh, nutritious vegetables and using them right away in your recipes. However, knowing the right time to grow the vegetables is really important. For example – If you are growing indoors, then you have a lot of control over the temperature and lighting and you have lesser barriers to face while you nourish the plants. This is not the case when you grow vegetables outdoors as the environmental factors are not under your control.

 

So the right knowledge while you get involved in the growth of your healthy friends is very important.

 

SOWING CHART IN DELHI

MONTHS VEGETABLES
   
1.     JANUARY Brinjal
   
2.     FEBRUARY Applegourd, bottle gourd and cucumber
   
3.     MARCH Watermelon, Okra and French beans
   
4.     APRIL Capsicum
 
5.     MAY Onion, Pepper,and Brinjal
   
6.     JUNE All kinds of gourds and cauliflower
   
7.     JULY All kinds of gourds, cucumber and Okra
8.     AUGUST Carrot, cauliflower and radish
   
9.     SEPTEMBER Cabbage, cauliflower and peas
   
10.     OCTOBER Brinjal, cabbage and cauliflowers
   
11.     NOVEMBER Turnip, tomato, peas and radish
   
12.     DECEMBER Tomato

 

SOWING CHART IN CHENNAI

MONTHS VEGETABLES
   
1.     JANUARY Lettuce, spinach, melons and tomato
   
2.     FEBRUARY Okra, Brinjal and beans
   
3.     MARCH Gourds, amaranthus, coriander and beans
   

 

4.     APRIL Okra, amaranthus, coriander and tomatoes
   
5.     MAY Okra, onion and chilly
   
6.     JUNE Nearly all vegetables
   
7.     JULY Nearly all vegetables
   

 

8.     AUGUST Cauliflower, carrot, beans and beet
   
9.     SEPTEMBER Cucumber, cauliflower, spinach and peas
   
10.     OCTOBER Cabbage, Capsicum and cucumber
   
11.     NOVEMBER Lettuce, eggplant and cabbage
   
12.     DECEMBER Beet, eggplant, cabbage and lettuce

 

Update yourself about what to sow and when to sow depending upon your geographical location and go on a vegetable gardening spree!!!:)

Merry vegetable gardening peopleJ

 

Talking to your plants!

Loneliness is a feeling that in the present scenario defines our state of mind.

In an age of cut-throat competition, it is difficult to distinguish between friends and foes. We might have a lot of friends, but what we lack is the quality time that we can spend with them to strengthen our bond.

But how do we stop our impulsive whim of sharing our deepest thoughts, because in an absence of a true friend, who will listen to us patiently?

I have the answer to this. The answer is your plants.

Why not try and disclose all your secrets to your dearest plants?

Dear Plants

 

Well, don’t turn away thinking that this is nothing but a mosaic of my fantasy. Because this not just my emotion that is speaking. I am speaking on the behalf of logic and science too!

Science has validated that talking to plants can actually propel their growth and they are also nurtured better.

It is a known fact that plants are sensitive to the sound vibrations and respond affirmatively. It can be attributed to their strategy of survival and adaptation to the changing environment which is composed of different forms of sound.

German experimental psychologist, Gustav Fechner pioneered research that unveiled that plants have emotions just like human beings. Later Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose from Bengal conducted research that went on to show that plants respond to emotions of affection and violence.

Plants

As a passionate gardener, your diligence is evident from the way you maintain your garden: Timely weeding, periodic fertilization and bathing the seedlings with the right amount of water.

However, all these activities lack that extra personal touch that the plants crave for. You need to make the flora feel special just like you would for a friend on her/his homecoming or her/his birthday. If they possess emotions similar to human beings, then they also desire for a companion who would talk to them. And how will you comprehend that they have responded?

It is simple; they will retort with an enhanced growth as compared to plants who are bereft of a gregarious gardener. It has been proven that plants love to listen to a female voice, however, the reason has remained unfathomable till date. However, many researchers feel that it is the different pitch and tone of the female voice that makes them the favorite speaker for plants.

So now that you know that there is science in theory and practice that supports the idea of talking to your green friends.

But now the next challenge that you might face is what is it that you can say to your plants.

Here are some tips that will make your talking activity with your flora amigos a cathartic experience:

  • There are certain secrets in our life that we cannot share even with our best friends because we fear being judged by them. We sort of anticipate that being truthful will disrupt our relationship with friends, but at the same time we have this strong urge of unburdening ourselves from that heap of feelings.
  • Sharing whatever you have inside you with your plant buddies can solve this problem very easily. Believe you me that talking about your woes or your confessions will not only make you feel relieved,but will also make you more confident. You will be confident about the fact that you have someone always there to lend an ear to your talks without forming an opinion, because sometimes all you need is someone to just listen to you without passing any remarks.
  • Also, it is important that your plants are not deprived of frothy and happy stories. For that you can arrange a story-telling session or recitation every weekend. You know what is better? Treat them to regular routine of bedtime stories. However, don’t repeat the stories. They say variety is the spice of life.
  • You are head-over-heels in love with the cute boy in your class or gushing over the smartest girl of your college. So what are you waiting for? Go to your green buddies and tell them all about it. They would definitely share the excitement and express it in their own wonderful ways.
  • Encourage children to communicate with plants. This will instill in them a nurturing quality and will aid in sharpening their communication skills. This is especially ideal for introvert kids or children with speech problems.
  • The key to ensure that the plant benefits from all this talking is to speak in a low-pitched voice that evokes your innate love for them.

 

If you are in a sour mood, don’t dump your frustration on the plants by screaming and howling. Plants have immense love for peace, so bestow them the peace that they deserve because these lovely beings are responsible for preserving and sustaining the peace of our environment.

 

Start talking and keep talking to your dear plants!!

 

 

 

Swinging Through The Rythm Of Winds

Don’t you feel your excitement rise up when you sit on a swing? Doesn’t the to-and-fro motion give you an adrenaline rush? It does, right?

Swings bring in a flood of childhood memories of us having a gala time with our friends in a park spring, or of us swinging in the playgrounds of our school.

Swings have given and still continue to give this sense of freedom and independence, where each movement is under the reins of our senses.

The sheer euphoria of surrendering to the swing and being yourself without any inhibitions reminds me of Virginia Woolf’s famous quote from ‘A room of one’s own’-“No need to worry, no need to sparkle, no need to be anybody else but be oneself.

Let us take our love for swings to another level by not restricting it to just a splendid childhood memory.Why not take a step ahead and install swings in our garden?

For a child-friendly garden, swings are ideal as they will engage your children when you want to peacefully accomplish all your gardening endeavors. However, having swings in the garden doesn’t mean that they would simply appeal to your children.

In fact, swings can serve as one of the most interesting garden accessories.

Even for an aged individual, relaxing in the swing provides coziness and a temporary refuge from drudgery. The best attribute about the swings is that they are both functional as well as aesthetic. A lazy winter afternoon blended with warm sun rays can be spent well on a swing along with the company of a good novel or some soothing music.

The type of swing that you want to install should be determined by the space in your garden. Let us discuss the different types of swings and then you can decide the one that can be well accommodated in your garden spaces.

1.Wooden Swing

A wooden swing has the propensity to rot and demands your full-fledged attention. The wooden swing with its innate old-world charm and a vintage allure works best in the backdrop of a neatly manicured landscape and plump bushy trees. If you want the swing to cater to more than one person then you should go for a variety that resembles a couch. Throw in some black embroidered or tangerine color block pillows to bid adieu to the baldness.

 

2. Metal Swings

Metal Swing

Swings in metal are prone to rust but are high on durability and strength quotient. Also, they enhance your outdoor patios and verandas with their sleek look.

 

3. Toddler Swings

Toddler Swings

Toddler swings are the swings that come in a bucket shape accentuated with holes so that your child can easily place her/his legs. Sometimes they are shaped like a half-bucket with a safety belt that zeroes the possibility of child injuries.

 

4. Porch Swings

Porch Swings

Porch swings are the ones which are mounted to the roof of the porch and are basically swinging benches for the adults. It comes with large seats that can easily accommodate three people.

 

5. Canopy Swings

Canopy Swings

Canopy swings function as a canopy to offer protection from harsh sun beams. Often equated with a porch swing, they are hung on a distinct frame and are favored for their portable trait.

 

6. Hammock Swings

Hammock Swings

Hammock swings are usually fastened to the trees or to a hammock stand. Hence, these are light-weight and they function as a portable bed when you want to catch a quick nap.

 

Add swings in the garden, be bold with your stupefying choice, stun the onlookers and immerse in pride when they marvel your impeccable taste

Happy swinging folks!!

Zodiac Gardening

Flowers can brighten your mood even on the darkest of days.Be it an elegant bouquet for your mother on mother’s day, a red rose for your beloved or a pretty bunch for a sick friend, flowers have a way of conveying feelings when words fail.

They are sometimes the central theme for a poet’s verse and sometimes a muse for the artist. The sheer beauty of a flower makes it a natural go-to choice for decoration and gifting.

Have you ever wondered if there is a certain flower for every person of a zodiac sign? Well there is and the concept is called Zodiac gardening. Zodiac gardening as the name suggests, is planting and growing flowers according to your zodiac signs. For many out there, Zodiac flowers are a way of self-discovery. These flowers are a reflection of one’s personality.You don’t need to be a believer in zodiac astrology to try this out. All you need is a curious mind, the desire to experiment and of course an unrequited love for gardening which all of you visitors at GreenMyLife surely have.

Go on and find out the flower of your zodiac sign!

ARIES- THE FIERY HONEYSUCKLE

Honeysuckle

A fire sign Aries represents confidence, dynamic energy, and true adventure. They are true leaders and trendsetters. The fiery nature of Aries syncs perfectly with its birth flowers thistle and honeysuckle. There are some other flowers too that suit the characteristics of Aries such as bryony, peppermint, tiger lily, geranium, hops, impatiens, onions, hollyhock, thorn-bearing trees, and shrubs.

TAURUS- THE SENSUOUS FOXGLOVE

Foxglove

Taurus is an earth sign and its attributes are stubbornness, sensuality, and sensitivity. Along with those characteristics, they show humility, strength, warmth and are well grounded. Apart from Foxglove, other flowers that signify the characteristics of Taurus are poppy, daisy, violet, columbine, mallow, berries, sundew, ash, cypress, vine, apple, crab apple, pear, fig, citrus, and palms.

GEMINI-THE PLAYFUL LILIES OF THE VALLEY

Lily Of The valley

Known for their multifaceted, playful personalities Gemini also embodies deep passion and an introspective attitude. Their creative and illuminating imagination blends in with their birth flower: Lillis of the valley. Other flowers that symbolize the characteristics of Gemini are lavender, maidenhair fern, myrtle, fern, orchid, chrysanthemum, lilac, azalea, nut-bearing trees and hazel.

CANCER-THE SERENE WHITE ROSE

White roses depict the emotional, strong-headed and sensitive nature of the Cancerians. Other flowers that bear these characteristics are bear’s breeches, morning glory, geranium, lily, water lily, cabbage, lotus, verbena, Southern magnolia, cow parsley, and white flowers

LEO-THE CYNOSURE MARIGOLD

Marigold

Bold, energetic and extrovert, Leos surely love attention and their birth flower Marigold mirrors these traits. Other flowers that depict their personality traits are sunflower, passion flower, vines, rosemary, aster, larkspur, dahlia, heliotrope, palm, bay, laurel, walnut, olive, and citrus trees.

VIRGO-THE METICULOUS BUTTERCUP

Perfection is the middle name for those born under the zodiac sign Virgo. Along with those traits, an analytical, methodical and reflective approach makes buttercup the birth flower for the people with this zodiac sign. Other flowers in the gamut are narcissus, chrysanthemum, aster, all brightly colored small flowers (particularly blue or yellow), cherry and nut bearing trees.

LIBRA- THE BALANCED BLUEBELLS

Bluebells

Librans are known for their ethos of justice, belief in truth and their penchant for striking a balance in their life. Since the birth flower is bluebell for Librans, these flowers should be grown in a well-organized and balanced proportion(owing to their characteristic of balancing things in life). Other flowers that depict the characteristics of Libra are large roses, aster, hydrangea, mint, daisy, berries, plum, ash, and poplar.

SCORPIO- THE PASSIONATE GERANIUMS

Germaniums

For the passionate, intense, insightful, creative and tenacious Scorpios, Geraniums are the flowers that embody all of these traits. Other flowers that symbolize these attributes are rhododendron, holly, black-eyed Susan, scarlet monkey flower, anemone, heather, gardenia, honey suckle, cactus, Arian flowers, yew, blackthorn, and bushy trees.

SAGITTARIUS-THE INTENSE CARNATION

Carnation

Sagittarians represents intellect and strength. They also have an eye for adventure. So, the Carnation is the flower that perfectly symbolizes all of these qualities. Other flowers that symbolize the characteristics of Sagittarius are – Pinks and carnations, dandelion, clematis, peony, blackberry, thistle, moss, sage, rush, lime, birch, mulberry, oak, ash, and chestnut.

CAPRICORN- THE ROOTED PANSY

Pansy

Practical and willful Capricorns are synonymous with deep-rooted flowers like Pansy. Other flowers that mirror their persona are Ivy, heartsease, love-lies-bleeding, pansy, knapweed, hemp, Scotch broom, trillium, baby’s breath, camellia, magnolia, pine, elm, yew, willow, aspen, poplar, and hemlock.

AQUARIUS-THE INSIGHTFUL ORCHID

Orchid

Insightful, independent, romantic and faithful Aquarians have Orchids as their birth flower. Orchids is a perfect symbolization for their ever-romantic personalities. Other flowers that symbolize the characteristics of Aquarius are Solomon’s seal, orchid, golden rain, goldenrod, jack-in-the-pulpit, bird of paradise, gladiolus, trillium, kiwi, fruit trees, elderberry, olive, and alder.

PISCES- THE COMPASSIONATE WATER LILY

Gentle attitude, imaginative thinking, and reactive nature makes water lily a beautiful birth flower for this water sign. However, there are other flowers too symbolizing its nature. They include poppy, rhubarb, yarrow, clematis, wisteria, lilac, orchid, willow, fig, and other trees growing near water.

Now that you know your birth flowers, select flowers that would complement your personality and garden on!