Posts tagged ‘Home and Gardening’

December 4th, 2011

Add Potting Benches to Your Garden

by Andrew Veazey

Potting benches are often required in a garden area. It is a furniture designed for workplace, storage area or for any other purpose. It’s a simple outdoor furniture or accessory where you can do various activities like mixing the potting soil, filling the pots with soil, transplanting smaller plantlets and adding fertilizers to the potted plants.

They even act as the best focal points, or centerpieces for your garden. Small potted plants with flowers on the potted benches and their shelves create a gorgeous display. The pots can be easily rotated as certain plants stop blooming and others begin. Container gardening, whether opted indoors or outdoors, is made more interesting and attractive with a potted bench. You can even place it near your patio or balcony or kitchen side.miniature houses

They are available in different designs. They can even be custom designed and made on your individual choice. They can be large enough and fixed at one particular location of your garden. They can also be smaller and portable made with wheels to move them from one place to the other. A potting bench can even be prepared on your own within two to three days if you know the basic carpentry skills.

More often potting benches are made of wood. Different kinds of wood can be used for preparing them. The type of wood used also varies with the garden color and look. A white cedar can give a frosty look while a red cedar can give a warmer look to your garden. If desired, you can even paint the wooden potting benches. Exposure of different elements like soil, atmospheric moisture, sunlight and water make the wood susceptible to rots, termites and other microbes. So, it is more better to choose pressure treated woods which are resistant to rots. However, even other materials like plastic are used for potted benches, but they may not be as durable as wooden ones. Consider your purpose and desire when choosing the potting bench and add beauty to your garden.

December 4th, 2011

How to Create and Maintain a Rose Arbor?

by Andrew Veazey

Adding different types of plants to your garden is not just sufficient. The garden area is made beautiful and interesting by creating a garden arbor. It provides support for climbing plants. Creative garden arbors like that of a rose arbor can be included in a garden. Have a look to know how to create and maintain a rose arbor.

The type of wood, size of the arbor and its shape should be decided in advance to create a rose arbor. More commonly cedar is used for arbors. Cut the wood to the desired height of the arbor and be careful of the measurements. Dig proper foundations for the corner posts which are placed in such a way that it forms a rectangular shape. Sand, gravel and cement are mixed in appropriate proportions and water is added to form a viscous liquid. Then a piece or log of wood of appropriate dimensions is placed in a digging hole and filled with concrete. The position of the wood should be ensured straight before the concrete gets dried. Then a ladder-like structure has to be created which makes a cross member or the roof of the arbor. Then it is properly arranged on the top of the structure. It can also be varnished to make it look better. Roses are then allowed to grow along the arbor. You can also plant rose bushes along the sides of the arbor.

It is required to look for proper maintenance to keep the rose arbor beautiful. The rose bushes may tend to mound up instead of growing up along the arbor. So, you need to place certain bamboo shoots in the rose bush so as to twist the vines around. Once they twine along the arbor, you need to prune them. However, remember that roses should be pruned only after the end of the blooming season.