Composting at Home [Visual]

There’s a reason seasoned gardeners refer to compost as black gold. Rich and dark, this earth-like substance composed of decayed organic material is a powerhouse of nutrients. When incorporated into the soil, plants are healthier, flowers bloom brighter, and pests don’t stand a chance.

The best part? Compost can be made at home from ingredients you were planning to throw away, which means it’s not only good for the garden but environmentally responsible as well.

Composting at home is neither complicated nor expensive, and all it takes to start is just a few materials and the right combination of organic matter.

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Gardening for Climate Change [Visual]

Have you noticed that spring is coming earlier, that plants are blooming at odd times, or that rains are more intense? If so, it’s likely you’re witnessing the first stages of climate change – and how we plan and manage our gardens will have to change. More and more scientists agree that we’re locked into a global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius, which is a number we’re told we can’t cross in order to maintain our planet’s equilibrium.

Your garden can make a significant difference in the fight against climate change. We can use trees, shrubs, and vines to shade our homes and reduce energy use while sequestering carbon from the air. The plants we choose can be composed largely of natives, which are genetically hardwired to tackle local weather extremes. And lawn-reducing planting beds that are thick and lush, just like we’d see in nature, make added contributions to minimizing carbon footprints while providing essential habitat for diverse wildlife.

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Use your Coffee Grounds in the Garden [Infographic]

Used coffee grounds offer many benefits to plants, flowers, and vegetables—improving water retention, drainage, and soil aeration are at the top of that list. Coffee grounds also allow certain beneficial microorganisms to thrive and attract earthworms, which are a garden’s best friend.

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How to care for Bromeliad Plants

Do you love bromeliads? Well, you may feel like you need to cultivate up some of them but all seems in vain. Well, different bromeliads grow in different conditions. There are several categories of bromeliads that can be categorized into different genera. Under each genera are different species of bromeliads. Bromeliad genera include aechmea, ananas, billbergia, bromelia, edmundoa, dyckia, nidularium, tillandsia, vriesea and wittrockia. There are several other genera but these do extremely well in South America, especially Brazil.

There are about 3000 known species of bromeliads and 56 genera into which they have been categorized. The major divisions of the bromeliads include:

  • Bromelioideae: 32 genera and 861 species in total.
  • Pitcairnioideae: 16 genera and 1030 species in total.
  • Tillandsioideae: 9 genera and 1277 species in total.

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How Gardening help your Motor Skills [Infographic]

We often think of motor skills as being innate, or something we’re born with. After all, every kid can run, jump, and do somersaults, right?

In reality, they are physical skills learned as children, and some types are fine-tuned throughout our lives. Gardening can play a big role in enhancing motor skills. Whether you’re young or old, gardening can be a healthy addition to your lifestyle.

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