Easily Grown in your Garden

The French bean, which is quite common in all our meals, is originally from the United States and not France as its name indicates. Beans are easy to grow and when the seeds are planted into the warm earth between the months of April and middle of May, the bean plants bring forth lovely long tender beans.

After the planting, you will be surprised at how fast the new plants have sprouted. Soon you will have them as climbers or as bushes. Bean plants can be grown in pots or small containers or in carefully prepared vegetable plots in your backyard. The soil should be slightly acidic in nature and beans require shade to grow well. The soil for growing the beans needs to be full of nutrients, and the texture should be light. You might want to use something like the Wolf-Garten spreader Perfect WE 430 to prepare the soil and make sure everything is evenly placed beforehand. The time of the year and soil temperature, have to be taken into account if you plan to grow your bean plant outdoors.

Cold and wet weather is not conducive to growing beans, as the sowed seeds would rot immediately. Warm soil and temperature are ideal for the seeds to germinate and grow into plants. You can grow your bean seeds in glass jars and trays indoors and then have them transplanted into your backyard when the weather is conducive and favorable. The bean seeds need to be sown at a depth of one and a half inches and at intervals of eight inches apart in rows that are spaced nine inches. Support the bean plants with pea sticks. Regular watering, feeding, and mulching helps the plant to flower and turn into seeds. Beans have to be picked at regular intervals when they are four to five inches long.

Advice for Growing plants in Containers

Garden lovers have a wrong notion that it is much easier to grow plants in containers than in a garden. Well, they are wrong. It is more difficult growing them in containers than in the garden.

In places, which feature extremely hot summers, the pots tend to heat up and this can cause the soil inside to absorb the heat and be very warm thereby causing considerable damage to the roots. When you grow plants in pots, water fed to them is not retained in the soil as it is drained out. In summers, when you want the water to remain longer in the soil to cool the plant, it becomes impossible. Frequent watering will wash out the fertilizers and your plants will be starved of nourishment.

If your potted plants are undernourished then bugs attack them and diseases can affect them causing them to wilt. It is best you use large pots or containers for growing your plants so they get plenty of root space to help them grow better and healthier. When the roots are better spaced out the upper part of the plant tends to grow better. One advantage of potted plants, however, is that you don’t need to use tools like the Wolf-Garten DR-M30 rake, to care for them; indeed indoor potted plants are much more manageable than a regular garden.

Have your container plants fed with good fertilizers regularly as it helps keep the plants cool and moist during the summer. You can add up to 25 % of fertilizer to the potting soil. Adding mulch to the top soil helps keep the soil moist too. Water should not be left to stagnate in the containers.

A healthy orchid is a beautiful orchid

Many people are put off by the idea of growing orchids, as they are convinced orchids are difficult to grow. This is a myth and with the right care orchids can be grown quite easily. There are 25,000 species and 100,000 different hybrids to choose from, so with some research, you’ll be able to find a plant that’s well suited to the environment you will be growing it in.

Choose carefully

Picking an orchid can be a difficult task, as you need to be aware of your orchid’s needs. Choose an orchid that fits into your environment at home, while also choosing one that will blossom into a colour of your liking. Next, you need to manage the amount of light that your orchid is receiving, whether the light is natural or artificial. Some orchids can bloom for up to three months, given the right amount of light, and placing your orchids near a window will give them the maximum amount of light needed. Direct sunlight can damage your orchid, as the leaves can burn easily, so try and set up a curtain or a schedule to reduce the amount of light the orchid receives.


Another important factor in growing an orchid is temperature regulation. The ideal temperature for an orchid is anywhere from 13-27 degrees Celsius, with the exact temperature depending on the orchid itself. If the growing temperature is higher than recommended, the buds will drop and the orchid won’t bloom. Watering the plant will help cool the temperature if needed, and air circulation will do wonders for your orchid.

The final factor to remember is nourishment for your orchid. Orchids receive the energy from both sunlight and food, and needs to be fed regularly just before they bloom. A solution of water and fertiliser is usual, and be sure to water the soil before feeding it. A healthy orchid will blossom magnificently, and make the effort worthwhile.