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Creating a beautiful winter garden
by Guest Blogger: Nick Stoyanov
When people mention winter garden, the first thing that pops to mind is a secluded area, protected from wind, rain and snow where you can grow vegetables. But, winter garden can pertain to other things as well. In fact, even though flower gardens are not commercial, they are much nicer. It is our own piece of heaven during cold days, where we can stay in touch with nature despite troublesome weather.
In order to create such a flowery environment, there are a lot of things you have to know. Here are some tips that will help you achieve it.
This is the first and crucial factor that needs to be considered. Different plants prefer different temperatures. While some of them thrive during colder weather, other species cannot survive it. The best thing you can do is grow plants that require similar temperature. As previously mentioned, it all depends what you wish to do with your garden. If you use it solely for agricultural species, choice of plants will depend on what you economic factors. On the other hand, flower garden gives you much more space for improvisation. You can pick the species you like.
Photosynthesis is crucial for survival of any plant. While some of them (such as mushrooms) prefer staying in the dark, majority of species require light for energy. By turning light into valuable substances they are able to survive winter. So, when creating your garden make sure that your plants get enough sun. Best approach is to place them near the windows or glass. In fact, having a glass dome is perhaps the best solution (although an expensive one). In some areas, there won’t be enough sunny days during winter. If that is the case, you should consider getting artificial lights that will give plants the necessary boost.
Humidity is the third factor that needs to be considered. During process of transpiration, water courses through a flower and it eventually evaporates. Despite popular opinion, plants do not require that much water. In fact, it is much better to get humidifiers than to water your plants all the time. This way, they will be able to absorb just the amount they need. Similarly to temperature, make sure to get plants that have similar traits. It is also a good solution to put plants near each other. This way, they can pick moisture from each other and nurture themselves. In the end, such type of cohabitation is often seen in nature.
Having nice flowers is really great. But, there is much more you can do with your winter garden. You can actually create an area where you can spend quality time during winter. Now, it all depends on the size of the garden. Regardless, you will probably have at least some space for adding table and chairs. Similar to a terrace or a patio, this area can become a place where you bring your guests for a drink. This will be a great change of scenery during the winter as people are used to gloomy weather and lack of plants. You can make a real surprise by inviting them. On the other hand, if you have larger space, your can add some heating and a pool. Options are limitless.
No matter what you do, make sure to take all the necessary information beforehand. Learn more about different plants and which flowers can cohabit in similar living conditions. With that, majority of your work will be done. After that, all you have to do is sit in your garden and enjoy flowery winter.
About the Author: Nick Stoyanov is a copywriter and content strategist at forpumps.com.au – Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.
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