My feedback on growing flowers in the garden – planting and care, mistakes and disappointments

10 Important Steps You Need to Follow for a Thriving Garden

My feedback on growing flowers in the garden - planting and care, mistakes and disappointments

Starting a garden is one of the most rewarding things one can do. Whether you're planting fragrant florals or starting a vegetable garden, anyone can benefit from getting their hands a little dirty. But it can be difficult to know where to start. Our steps ease you into gardening and reward you for your efforts with beautiful visuals, delicious flavors, and colorful blooms.

1. Consider Your Options

Do you want to plant a vegetable garden? An herb garden? A flower garden? If you choose vegetables and/or herbs for their contributions to your dinner table, identify which ones your family will eat or is willing to try.

If you want flowers for their flair, color, and fragrance, decide whether you want annuals that bloom most of the summer but need to be replanted each spring or perennials that have a shorter bloom time but return year after year. All are valid choices but have different maintenance requirements.

One bit of advice: Start small until you know what you’re getting into.

2. Pick the Correct Spot

Almost all vegetables and most flowers need 6-8 hours of full sun each day. So you need to observe your yard throughout the day to figure out which spots receive full sun versus partial or full shade. Don't despair if your lot is largely shady.

You won’t be able to grow tomatoes in shade, but many other plants (e.g., ferns and hostas) love it. This step is important to ensure your plants have their light requirements met so they can thrive.

Check plant tags or ask the staff at your local garden center to help you understand out how much sun a plant requires.

Three additional tips: Pick a relatively flat spot for your garden because it’s more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive to deal with a sloping garden. Check for windbreaks (e.g., your house or your neighbor’s house) that will keep plants from being harmed by strong winds.

And put the garden where you can't ignore its pleas for attention—outside the back door, near the mailbox, or by the window you gaze through while you dry your hair. Bonus if that place is close enough to a water spigot that you won't have to drag a hose to the hinterlands.

3. Clear the Ground

Get rid of the sod covering the area you plan to plant. If you want quick results (e.g., it’s already spring and you want veggies this summer), cut it out. Slice under the sod with a spade, cut the sod into sections to make it easier to remove, then put it on your compost pile to decompose.

It’s easier to smother the grass with newspaper, but it takes longer. (In other words, you should start the fall before spring planting.) Cover your future garden with five sheets of newspaper; double that amount if your lawn is Bermuda grass or St. Augustine grass.

Spread a 3-inch layer of compost (or combination of potting soil and topsoil) on the newspaper and wait. It'll take about four months for the compost and paper to decompose. But by spring, you’ll have a bed ready to plant—no grass or weeds and plenty of rich soil.

4. Improve the Soil

The more fertile and friable the soil, the better your vegetables will grow. The same holds true for other plants. Invariably, residential soil needs a boost, especially in new construction where the topsoil may have been stripped away. Your soil may be excessively wet, poor and infertile, or too acidic or alkaline.

The solution is often simple: Add organic matter. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure to the soil when you dig or till a new bed (see Step 5). If you decide not to dig or are working with an established bed, leave the organic matter on the surface where it will eventually rot into humus.

Earthworms will do most of the work of mixing humus in with the subsoil.

To learn more about your soil, have a soil test done through your county cooperative extension office. They'll lead you through the procedure: how much soil to send from which parts of the garden and the best time to obtain samples. Expect a two-week wait for the findings, which will tell you what your soil lacks and how to amend it.

5. Work the Soil

Working the soil is essential to preparing new beds for sowing or planting because it allows roots to penetrate the soil more easily to access water and nutrients. There are two methods: tilling and digging.

Tilling consists of cultivating soil with a mechanical device such as a rototiller. This is a good method when you need to incorporate large amounts of amendments. However, it can also disturb microorganisms and earthworms. So it’s better to do too little than too much. Excessive tilling, working soil when it’s too wet or dry, damages soil structure and plant roots.

Digging is more practical for preparing small beds. Dig only when the soil is moist enough to form a loose ball in your fist but dry enough to fall apart when you drop it.

Use a sharp spade or spading fork to gently turn the top 8 to 12 inches of soil, mixing in the organic matter from Step 4 at the same time.

(Walking on prepared beds compacts the soil, so lay down boards temporarily to distribute your weight.)

6. Pick Your Plants

Some people pore over catalogs for months; others head to the garden center and buy what wows them. Either method works as long as you choose plants adapted to your climate, soil, and sunlight. You can even surf the Internet for plants to purchase. Here are a few easy-to-grow plants for beginners:

  • Annuals: Calendula, cosmos, geraniums, impatiens, marigolds,  sunflowers, and zinnias
  • Perennials: Black-eyed Susans, daylilies, lamb's-ears, pansies, phlox,  purple coneflowers, and Russian sage
  • Vegetables: Cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, and tomatoes

7. Plant Your Picks

Some plants, such as pansies and kale, tolerate cold, so you can plant them in autumn or late winter. Tomatoes and most annual flowers, on the other hand, prefer warm temperatures, so don't plant them until the danger of frost has passed in your area. Midspring and midautumn are good times to plant perennials.

Many plants, such as lettuce and sunflowers, are easy to grow from seed directly in the garden. Be sure to read the seed packet for information about planting time, depth, and spacing. If you're an adventurous beginner, get a head start on the growing season by sowing seeds indoors a few weeks before the last frost date.

There are containers or flats designed especially for seedlings and seed-starting soil mixes available at garden centers. Follow seed-packet instructions and place the containers on a sunny windowsill or under grow lights if you don't have window space. Be sure to keep the seeds and seedlings moist but not wet, or they may rot.

An easier method of starting your garden is to buy young plants, called set plants or transplants. Dig holes in your prepared bed tag instructions. Remove plants from the container by pushing up from the bottom.

If the roots have grown into a big ball (a condition known as being root-bound), use a fork or your fingers to untangle some outer roots before setting it into the hole.

Pat soil into place around the roots, then soak the soil with water.

8. Water at the Right Time

Seedlings should never be allowed to dry out, so water daily. Taper off as the plants get larger. Transplants also need frequent watering—every other day or so—until their roots become established. After that, how often you need to water depends on your soil, humidity, and rainfall; although once a week is a good place to start.

Clay soil dries out more slowly than sandy soil. Sunny, windy conditions dry out soil more quickly than cool, cloudy weather. Still not sure? Feel the soil 3 to 4 inches below the surface. If it feels dry, it’s time to water. Water slowly and deeply, so the water soaks in instead of running off.

To minimize evaporation, water in the early morning.

9. Protect Your Garden With Mulch

To help keep weeds out and moisture in, cover the soil with a couple of inches of mulch. You won’t have to water as often, and by preventing sunlight from hitting the soil, you’ll prevent weed seeds from germinating.

Choose from a wide variety of mulches (each with its own benefits), ranging from shredded bark to river rock. If you use an organic mulch, such as bark, compost, or cocoa bean shells (which smell good, by the way), it will nourish the soil as it decomposes.

For a vegetable garden or bed of annuals, choose a mulch that decomposes in a few months. For perennials, use a longer-lasting mulch such as bark chips.

10. Keep it Up

Your garden is beginning to grow. Help it reach its full potential by keeping up with garden chores. Water the plants. Pull weeds before they get big. Get rid of dead, dying, and diseased vegetation.

Banish destructive insects by picking them off the plant and dropping them into a bucket of sudsy water (e.g., tomato hornworms), hosing them off, or spraying on an insecticidal soap purchased at a garden center. Support tall plants (e.g., tomatoes) with a trellis, stake, or a tepee.

BTW: Harvest vegetables as soon as they’re ready. And remember to stop and smell the… well, whatever it is you’re growing.

BTW: If you enriched the soil with compost before you planted, you may not need to do any additional fertilizing. Then again, some vegetables (e.g., tomatoes, corn) are heavy feeders and may need a quick-release fertilizer every three to four weeks. Ask an expert at the garden center for help and always follow package directions carefully.

A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Vegetable Garden

Now that you know the basics, you will feel confident growing vegetables. The plants develop quickly, and they respond generously to consistently good care.

Only two or three months after planting, you’ll be picking as much delicious produce as you can eat—with enough extra to share with friends, family, and neighbors (especially zucchini!).

No other form of gardening offers such bountiful rewards.

A Beginner’s Guide to Container Gardening

If you don’t have the right space for a garden bed, try container gardening. Growing plants in decorative pots, hanging baskets, and window boxes allows you to exercise your green thumb in small spaces. Just as with traditional gardens, though, keeping a container gardening looking its best requires good drainage, rich soil, and regular maintenance. 


My feedback on growing flowers in the garden – planting and care, mistakes and disappointments

My feedback on growing flowers in the garden - planting and care, mistakes and disappointments

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Throwing a seed in the ground or planting a bulb, we can not always foresee what will eventually grow in us. Or rather, will we what will eventually grow up, or will we be disappointed? Of course, every flower lover has a list of such charms and disappointments. In my last few years, he looks this.


Eastern frostbite (Helleborus orientalis). For many years to raise the hellebore was my maniacal idea. Five times I tried to make it seeds.

After numerous “dances with tambourines,” they even rushed, but further than the rotten sprouts with a pair of leaves, the matter never went away.

Then there were several unsuccessful attempts to disembark the purchased rhizomes.

Finally, in some garden center, I bought a very sickly-looking plant in a pot (others were not there). It was an Eastern hellebore or one of its hybrids. For two years he sat sadly on the flowerbed and was thinking about something.

Well, thank you, that at least a couple of new leaflets from him every year appeared. Around the third year he blossomed for the first time. But so chubby that my disappointment was no limit. I imagined the bloom of the hellebore is not at all so. But the following year instead of one peduncle appeared 4, and then their number began to grow in geometric progression.

Now this is a huge chicly flowering bush, which, incidentally, gives a plentiful sowing. And although the seedlings grow slowly in the first few years, they can not be compared with those of my packets of sachets with seeds. That's what reproduction means in nature! In general, complete disappointment in the first years after planting, now hellebore turned into my favorite.

Anemone blonde. A similar story happened to me with another spring flower – anemone tender. For many years I bought her dry nodules with the same result – none of them rose.

What I just did not do! And soaked them (at different times, following all possible advice), and planted dry, did this under both winter and spring. Useless! Neither the white nor the blue species did not want to germinate.

And finally, about a miracle, in the spring one tuber from a whole bag was poured out!

See also: Anemones (photos) planting and care

In the first few years every spring, I admired a couple of white flowers, which were, of course, very nice, but looked so lonely, that nothing but pity, did not cause.

I decided not to transplant the anemone anywhere and see what will happen. Has passed years 6-7. Now it is still growing on the same place a whole curtain of snow-white flowers.

But in fact at some point I was already ready to give up this venture and more tubers of this anemone should never be bought.

The hazel grouse (Fritillaria meleagris). Another spring favorite, to which I was very wary at first. The fact is that my acquaintance with the grouse began (as, probably, the majority) with the giant imperial hazel grouse. The plant is, of course, very spectacular, but very capricious. That blooms, it does not bloom, although I do everything the same way.

Years 5 struggle for the flowering of this hazel grouse did their job, to conduct new experiments with hazel grouses with a special desire did not burn. Therefore, the bulbs of the hazel grouse bought with great skepticism. I bought both forms – both white and brownish-burgundy. Has planted.

In spring they blossomed. Pretty, but taught by the bitter experience, I got ready that further problems would begin. And here not! There were no problems! Bulbs I did not touch 5 for years, and every year the flowers became more and more.

They also experienced a transplant (more precisely, moving to another flowerbed). True, I planted them almost immediately after digging out, for fear of drying. And already a year 3 is excellent, and most importantly, annually bloom in a new place.

And no fuss and hassle, as with their older comrades!

Brandy (Bulbocodium vemum). Bulbs (or rather, tubers) of this spring plant were bought when, it seemed, everything I wanted, I already had. That is, as a kind of exotic. Well, let it be and yet this is such a monster.

But these close relatives of colchicum, only blooming in the early spring, turned out to be really a miracle! Firstly, they are very touching, funny and shaggy. Secondly, I personally bloom the very first of the spring bulbous, although they grow in the sunniest place.

In general, this is one of those plants in which I am affectionately affectionate. Although nothing boded it.

Bacopus (Vasora diffusus). Now let's talk about annuals. Once in the garden center I bought a small pot with a spreading bush decorated with several white flowers. The saleswoman said that this is a bakop and it needs to be planted in a hanging pot.

Since ampel plants are my passion, I decided to take a chance, although I did not know anything about the bakop, and the bush looked more than modest. The fact that this plant turned out to be “mine” is evidenced by the fact that now every spring I try to find her seedlings in the garden centers.

You can, of course, try to grow it from seeds, but you need to sow them in January-February, and I'm not ready for such feats.

My love for bakop is absolute! I everything in it: both the neat appearance of the bush, and the charming white flowers, and the fact that they crumble themselves and the bush all the time looks very neat, and a very long flowering period. The perfect ampel plant! The only thing she needs is frequent watering and lots of sun.

Aster of the Pinocchio series. Everything goes to the fact that all the varieties of varieties of annual asters, I will soon stop at a single one called Pinocchio. Although there are still a few very similar to it varieties, but I most often planted it.

This aster, about 20 cm in height, refers to dwarf semimasters. Flowers resemble miniature chrysanthemums 4-5 cm in diameter. Their shades are very different.

Everything is absolutely good! Of the advantages – compactness, early blooming and very long flowering, not particularly strong sensitivity to rain (the flowers almost do not darken).

And most importantly – they are absolutely charming and not at all asters! More often than not, I hear a question from the guests: “What is this?”

Marigolds thin-leafed (Tagetes tenuifolia). In fact, the marigolds never treated my favorite colors. Exactly until the moment I met the finelygreen. They are completely different from traditional ones.

They have carved foliage, very small non-marbled flowers and bushes resembling a ball in shape, about 30-40 in diameter. They are beautiful both in flowerbeds and in suspended containers.

Bloom, however, a little later than the traditional marigolds rejected, but they blossom insanely abundantly and until the frosts.


Mekonopsis (Meconopsis betonicifolia). I'll start with the biggest disappointment of the last few years, the bloom of which I have never been able to admire. It is about mekonopsis, or blue poppy. As I just did not mess with his seeds! Years 10 was devoted to attempts to grow one of them.

But they did not rise at all, then they rose, but immediately died, then they died, not immediately, but very quickly. A couple of times it even came to planting in the ground. But the result was exactly the same as in the remaining cases.

Since I know that my experiments with friends did not differ in anything from mine, I can safely advise – do not waste money on its seeds. Useless.

Anemone coronaria. If the story with the tender anemone had a completely successful ending, then exactly the same attempts to grow from the tubers to her cousin anemone crown were not crowned.

More precisely, the tubers sprouted and from them even something grew. But this anemone does not want to spend the winter in the middle lane. In general, plants are disposable, and I will not say that they are particularly impressive.

However, perhaps it's just not “my” flower. I know those who grow well and blossom.

Bulbous irises. I will not even list here all the species that I have tried to grow in different years. This is a dwarf iris netted, and high Dutch irises.

In my case, it is also a one-time plant. In the first year everything is fine, in the second – at best rare flowers, further silence. Digging too does not lead to anything.

Perhaps my experience is subjective, but he is that.

Kupen pink. Since the classic tall dome with white flowers-earrings is one of my most favorite plants, I longed for a pink dome. Finally, from one collector, I received it. Alas, there was no limit to my disappointment.

Moreover, I all sorts of rarities, albeit not very spectacular. But it's … The flowers are barely noticeable, they fade very quickly, the plant itself is a little bit sick. In general, not mine.

And after all so dreamed!

Dwarf decorative sunflowers. I do not know how the rest, but they never get dwarfed by me. What are the declared 30-40 cm? I planted so many varieties! But all these “teddy bears” and other “kids” grow at best around 1 m, and at worst – 3 m and more. And seeds I buy from decent firms, but do not carry catastrophically.

See also: Sunflower decorative-growing and varieties

Onions are giant. This bow was a long time my blue dream. In the photo, he looked chic. Reality, alas, is much more modest.

Inflorescences themselves are very little different from growing on any site of onions aflatun. Unless they are tall with human growth. Wide leaves look beautiful only at the moment of regrowth.

Further they quickly turn yellow (as well as other bows) and look very sloppy. In general, this plant occupies a lot of places, but no use.

Anemone is Japanese (Anemone japonica). I will finish my list with another anemone. It was the first time I saw her from a friend and was very hot. A year later she dug out a small piece of me. He grew up, in the late summer bloomed, and I was happy.

Only a friend did not warn me that this anemone multiplies rabbits and in the directions where she wants. As a result, in a few years she grew up with me everywhere – in bushes of phlox, in peonies, between lilies, etc.

Weed, what search! In general, this anemone, of course, is beautiful, but it is very aggressive and persistent.

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    26 Best Plants to Grow Indoors without Sunlight

    My feedback on growing flowers in the garden - planting and care, mistakes and disappointments

    The obvious thing that everyone knows is the fact that plants need sunlight to grow. They can’t grow or develop properly without the proper amount of sunlight.

    So what would you do if you have windows in your home or office that are small or directed north or if you want to grow plants in your living room, dining room or bathroom? Luckily there are plants that grow without sunlight (requires bright indirect light) and you can grow them indoors.

    When you are looking for such plants choose ones that are known for their ability to grow in indirect sunlight. They are ideal shade-loving plants, naturally growing in the indirect sun. These plants adapt well to the smaller amount of light and thrive normally. To make your searching easier we’ve listed 25 best plants to grow indoors.

    Also read: How to Save a Dying Houseplant

    1. Dracaena

    Dracaena is a beautiful houseplant that you can grow at home. There are about 50 species of it. It’s really easy to grow plant.

    Occasional pruning and regular watering are important for dracaena. Keep the plant away from direct sun and avoid overwatering.

    2. Bromeliads

    Bromeliad is a perfect plant to grow indoors, most of the varieties of this plant thrive easily in a container in shade. Indeed, it is a tropical plant but you can grow it anywhere, indoors. It can even grow in luminescent light.

    Also Read: 15 Houseplant Problems That Are Killing Your Houseplants

    3. Maidenhair Fern

    When it comes to ferns that are popular, maidenhair fern is one you should consider. The dark and glossy leafstalk resembles human hair and it looks great.

    Be sure to water frequently (avoid overwatering) and keep this houseplant in indirect sun.

    Also read: Plants for Restful Sleep

    4. Parlor Palm

    Most popular indoor palm variety, it’s an excellent houseplant for almost any situation, it grows even in those dim corners where nothing else will grow. It requires only minimal care and moderate light. It produces clusters of tiny yellow flowers in spring, however, they don’t appear in low light conditions.

    Water only when soil is dry otherwise you’ll kill your plant.

    5. Umbrella Papyrus (Palm)

    Umbrella palm is an evergreen ornamental plant, best grown indoors or in shady and a boggy spot in the garden. Many houseplant enthusiasts find this plant easy enough to grow and maintain.

    It requires constantly moist substrate. You can place the umbrella palm pot over the tray filled with water.

    Also read: DIY Indoor Garden Decoration Ideas

    6. Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Snake Plant)

    Mother-in-law’s tongue is a low maintenance plant also known as snake plant. It’s a very durable and popular houseplant. Its ability to tolerate darkness is amazing. One more interesting fact about this houseplant is–It’s a succulent!

    Also Read: How to Propagate Succulents

    7. Creeping Fig 

    It’s a slow-growing creeper with small, leathery dark green foliage. Vigorous-growing, clinging, dense branches adhere to any surface and look enchanting.

    Be careful not to overwater creeping fig. Let the soil dry out before watering spells.

    Also read: Best Low Maintenance Houseplants

    Philodendron easily adapts to low-light conditions and growing them is similar to pothos. They come in both vine and shrub form.

    The soil must be constantly moist but not wet. It’s best if the soil dries out slightly between watering spells.

    Also Read: 10 Romantic Heart-Shaped Leaf Plants To Grow Indoors

    9. Calathea (Peacock Plant)

    One of the most beautiful foliage plants you should grow in your home. It grows well in light shade but the plant is demanding, it has a specific minimum temperature of 55 F (13 C) requirement that should be maintained.

    It prefers frequent watering (watering should be done according to the light condition and temperature) and slightly moist soil.

    Also Read: Best Plants That Reduce Humidity Indoors

    10. Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant)

    Calatheas are tropical plants and a bit difficult to grow in cooler climates and so the prayer plant but it is one alternative you can go for, it is comparatively easy to grow plant than calathea. It grows well in moderate light without direct access to the sun. If the plant is kept in too much light the leaves begin to curl and wither.

    Watch out for pests especially spider mites.

    Also read: Best Flowering Houseplants

    11. Sword fern

    Sword fern can become a beautiful evergreen houseplant. other houseplants don’t place this in direct sunlight but provide it all day long bright indirect sunlight. Growing it is similar to Boston fern.

    It grows well in acidic soil. Keep the soil lightly moist but well draining. It loves humid surroundings, so do regular misting to maintain the humidity levels.

    Peperomia is a small striking adorable houseplant that grows up to only 6 inches tall. Due to its thick foliage, it is often considered as succulent, which is not true.

    Peperomia s slightly moist soil and humidity but watering should be reduced in winter. Spraying the plant’s leaves is helpful in maintaining the humidity level.

    13. Devil’s Ivy (Golden Pothos/Money Plant)

    Commonly known as the money plant in South East Asia, it’s widely grown as a houseplant in Asian countries. This extremely low maintenance vine grows easily without direct sunlight.

    Excellent climber, you can grow it even in the bathroom, kitchen or living room. It is known for its ability to clean the Carbon Monoxide from the air.

    14. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

    Chinese Evergreen plants are one of the best plants to grow indoors that don’t require constant, direct sunlight. If you are someone who’s new to growing houseplants, this is the plant you should start with.

    15. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

    The cast iron plant is very forgiving by nature, great plant if you are always busy and forget about the maintenance. It is very much happy staying indoors without the sun. Just wipe its leaves clean with a damp cloth once a week or so, and provide it bright indirect light.

    16. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

    If you’re looking for large houseplants, go for the parlor plant, it has the ability to bring life to the spot where you are going to place it. The plant grows really well in indirect sunlight and loves shaded areas.

    17. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

    According to Feng Shui, it attracts positive vibes and good fortune. It’s one of the best office desk and tabletop plants. Compact in nature, you can also grow it in water in corners of your home that receive some bright light in the day. We also added it to our list of best Office Desk Plants.

    18. Staghorn Fern (Platycerium)

    If you want a low maintenance houseplant that saves you from the hassles of placing it near a sunlight source every few days, then Staghorn Fern is the right choice for you!

    19. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcasi)

    Not only this plant looks really good with its attractive, glossy foliage–It is a plant that you can forget about when it comes to sunlight. ZZ grows well indirect light and absolutely love the shaded areas of the house. The only requirement is the warmer surroundings.

    20. Pepperomia (Pepperomia)

    What makes these plants perfect for your table is the fact they one of the best plants that grow without sunlight. Place them near a window that allows them to absorb indirect light throughout the day.

    21. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)

    If you can keep this plant away from your pets and children, it can be a welcoming addition to your home. It’s a toxic houseplant so be careful about the placement. It does really well in filtered light, making it a perfect houseplant for low light areas!

    22. Japanese Sedge (Carex morrowii)

    Japanese sedge is a shade-loving ornamental grass, it grows well indoors. It requires a spot that receives bright indirect sunlight.

    23. Spider Plant

    Imagine the graceful variegated foliage of a spider plant dangling down with unique spiderettes in hanging baskets. Isn’t it enough to entice you to grow it? Also, it s indirect light and one of the best air purifying plants.

    Direct sunlight often causes burning of leaves.

    Also Read: Spider Plant Care Indoors

    24. Peace Lily

    If you’re looking for a houseplant with health benefits, acquire a peace lily. Also, it is forgiving and requires low care. Incredibly easy to grow, peace lily flourishes in shady locations.

    Also Read: Amazing Peace Lily Benefits

    25. Silver Queen (Aglaonema)

    Silver queen is a very beautiful plant. It’s one of the most durable houseplants that thrive in low light, it’s an ideal plant for beginners too. However, the plant is extremely cold sensitive.

    Also read: 15 Houseplants for Beginners

    26. Aloe Vera

    The most popular and number one houseplant of the United States these days and rightly so. This medicinal plant can grow in direct sunlight but it tolerates full shade too. Learn everything about growing aloe vera here.

    Also Read: Aloe Vera Benefits You Should Know About

    Additional Tips

    • Don’t overwater your houseplants. Even if the indoor plant requires moist soil, be careful with watering. Always check out the soil moisture level before watering again.
    • Avoid keeping the plant waterlogged all the time and reduce watering in winter. When growing plants indoors, it’s always better to keep the soil on a drier side.
    • Fertilize your houseplants with all-purpose liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
    • Prune your plants regularly to maintain their desired shape and size.
    • Clean the dust and particles adhere on the surface of plant leaves regularly.
    • Look out for pests. Spider mites can be a major problem.

    Also Read: 15 Problems That Are Killing Your Indoor Plants

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    ESL Lesson on Gardening

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    Everybody should take up gardening as a hobby. We can all get back to nature. Thousands of years ago we all did a bit of gardening. It’s one of the most relaxing hobbies I can think of. It’s also very satisfying. I get very excited about gardening. I love planting seeds and then letting nature take over. It’s amazing how quickly things grow.

    Before you know it, your seeds are beautiful flowers. You also learn a lot about flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees. Of course, gardening is also very practical. If you grow vegetables, you can eat what you grow. Vegetables picked fresh from your garden really do taste better than the ones in the shops. Gardening is good for you.

    It makes you feel part of the Earth.


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    Everybody ____________________ gardening as a hobby. We can all get back to nature. Thousands of years ago we all ____________________ gardening. It’s one of the most relaxing hobbies I can think of. ____________________ satisfying. I get very excited about gardening. I love planting seeds and then letting ____________________ . It’s amazing how quickly ____________________ .

    Before ____________________ , your seeds are beautiful flowers. You also learn a lot about flowers, vegetables, ____________________ trees. Of course, gardening is also very practical. If you grow vegetables, you can ____________________ grow. Vegetables picked fresh from your garden ____________________ better than the ones in the shops. Gardening is good for you.

    It makes ____________________ of the Earth.


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    DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)













    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)














    Write five GOOD questions about gardening in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

    When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.












    • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
    • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


    Write about gardening for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.


















    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about gardening. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE:Write a magazine article about gardening. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    4. GARDENING POSTERMake a poster about gardening. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

    5. MY GARDENING LESSON:Make your own English lesson on gardening. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

    6. ONLINE SHARING:Use your blog, wiki, page, MySpace page, stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on gardening. Share your findings with the class.


    Check your answers in the article at the top of this page.


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