May 16, 2013

How To Make An Empty Milk Jug Into A Plant Drain Drainage Tray

As you can see in the VIDEO above, we converted an empty milk jug into a do-it-yourself (DIY) plant drain / drainage tray. We been buying drain pans for years for gardening small plants and plant seedlings that we plant in small pots. We like using a tray or pan for each of our potted plants in order to save some water for watering the plants, since most of the water used to water the plants will be catch by the tray or pan below, so the water that would have been wasted without using a pan or tray will be saved and recycle to water the plant, and it will keep the soil a little moist longer especially during the summer time when the sun is baking hot and most of the water in the plants evaporates pretty quickly after few hours of heat from the sun.

There are all kinds of drain pans and trays available in the market including hard plastics, clear plastics, metals, ceramic, clays, etc. We have used most of it over the years, but the ceramic and clays although highly decorative breaks sometimes and they are usually the most expensive ones. The plastic trays are usually the cheapest specially the clear ones but they usually rot and fade in the sun after just a year or so of use being expose to the sun constantly 24 hours seven days a week. And since we do several plantings that needs a tray for each planters, you do the math, things can add up, and for something that will only last for a year and have to be toss to the garbage or recycle bin, that is why I came up with using the empty milk jugs turned into a do-it-yourself (DIY) plant trays, quite often these days :-) Most households consume milk everyday, so there is hardly a shortage of empty milk jug supplies for most of us. Just wait for few days for the milk to get consumed, and you have another plant tray you can use for the planters. The best part of it all is its FREE, and hardly any spending guilt once it rot after one year of use because you got it for free, and to save the environment you can still recycle the milk jug plastic tray and put it in the recycle bin after you have a year use of it as a plant tray.

Due to its not so attractive appearance, its not very decorative, so I would only recommend using the milk jug trays for gardening vegetables, growing plant seedlings, and use the nicer trays bought in the store for decorative pots with flower plants, etc.

March 28, 2013

Gardening Apps And Digital Tools

You have app for that? Dont be surprise if your plants started asking you that question, afterall we live in the 20th century where hi-tech gadgets and technology becomes a daily part of our lives. A lot of us surround ourselves with all things digital, like our desktop computers, our laptops, our smartphones, etc. We absorb so much information online on a daily basis, and with such busy schedule and on-the-go lifestyle we live, our plants may suffer from lack of attention, or our time management issues, and sometimes we forget to water them. If only our plants can talk and let us know when they actually need water! Fortunately, there is an app for that! Check our all these high-tech digital tools and gardening apps that you can utilize for your plants in the video above..

March 17, 2013

Yellow Daffodil Flowers In The Spring Time

Over the years, we planted several hundreds of daffodils bulbs in our yard. We love daffodil flowers because they are so easy to maintain, or they hardly require any maintenance at all. Despite the low maintenance and care-free characteristics of having daffodil flowers, they still give stunning bright colors during the spring time, so its not like you are making any compromise or have to choose between having a pretty colorful yard or not wanting to water all the time. Usually, daffodils bloom around the month of March to April of every year (in the United States). They are easy to grow, easy to plant from bulbs, they grow back year after year, and they tend to multiply more bulb clumps yearly because every single bulb planted undearneath the ground can multiply into a clump of new bulbs, which is then highly recommended that these clumps of bulbs be separated and divided inorder to decrowd the bulbs, inorder to give space for each new bulb a room to grow as its own flower plant. These new young bulbs will also multiply on its own later on, so its best not to plant each bulb too close to each other, to give room for new room for the each new bulbs and let it become its own flower plant.

Nowadays, there are several diffent varieties of daffodils available in the market, different colors, new breeds, etc. The most common ones are the yellow color. If ever you are considering landscaping your yard with high hopes of having some bright colors during the springtime, you might want to consider having daffodils in the plan, you do need to keep in mind that daffodils only blooms around 2-3 months in a year, so that you need to have other types of plants planted with them or nearby that will bloom in other seasons like fall if you want an all year round colors in the same spot of the yard. Daffodils are great to be planted near fencing or borders, and they work extremely well together as a group because they have more visual effect when several daffodils are planted together as a group because they stand out and pop out more visually.

To read more about daffodils, here are more articles:

Visit Daffodil Hill in Amador County CA California

Daffodil Flower Blooms

Growing Daffodils

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