General Gardening

Fertilizer Types for Your Garden

Plant fertilizerThere are two basic types of fertilizers: organic and inorganic. Organic fertilizers are derived from living organisms, and it adds texture to the potting soil. Bacteria and fungi in the soil break down organic fertilizer so that the plants can slowly but steadily take up the nutrition from the fertilizer. Inorganic fertilizer, on the other hand, delivers more nutrients more quickly to the plants, but it does not improve the potting soil like organic fertilizers do.

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Easy Worm Bin Compost Tea Recipe

The best thing you can ever do for your container plants is to give them compost tea from your vermicomposting bin. Compost tea is cheap and simple, and it will make your plants explode with growth.

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Container Pond Shopping List

Mosquitofish pond fishIf you love fish and pond plants, you can create a small container pond on your balcony for just a small amount of money. Before considering a container pond, first decide whether or not you are going to keep fish.

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Stunted Plant Growth with Low Light

Zinnia flower grown in low lightUnfortunately, many apartment gardeners have low light in their balcony gardens. You may have low light and still want to grow beautiful flowers that require high light. Unfortunately, you will be disappointed with your container plants if you can’t provide them with the correct conditions. Plants that require a lot of sun will look scraggly, less full and will grow slower when kept in shade. 

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Tips for Propagating Plants with Leaf Cuttings

African violet flowerMany container garden plants can be propagated with leaf cuttings. Some plants can reproduce with just one leaf, such as African violets. Cut a healthy leaf and a short piece of its stem off the mother plant. Dip the cutting in rooting hormone and place the stem into moist propagation media. Spray the plant leaf frequently and cover the leaf with clear plastic.

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