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For gardening lovers, there is a amazing structured park located in New York City; the name of the park is High Line Park. The 2,3 km park was built on an old section for elevated freight railroad called West Side Line which situated in the lower west side of Manhattan.

History of High Line Park

The railway highline was initially built in 1934 for facilitate transport to factories and warehouses. In 1990 the railway became unused and full wild grasses, shrubs, and trees that had sprung along the abandoned railway. In 1999, New York’s Mayor at that time Rudy Giuliani had planned to demolish the railway. However, two neighborhood residences Robert Hammond and Joshua David were against the demolition of the famous railway. Instead, they created a community of friends living in that neighborhood to push the idea to turn railway into a green railway park inspired by Paris “promenade plantée”.

Promenade Plantée, Paris

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This is my subject research of the week, decorating big garden with classic garden furniture. I’m wondering how great it would be to have big historic houses or domestic residences with huge garden/backyard where I can spend my day off chilling under summer sun or doing my favorite activity: gardening. Big gardens could also be suitable for people to organize summer activity like garden party…

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I am seriously amazed by the effort by some people who want to make this world a better place by recycling trash into something useful. Without even noticing it, your unused kitchen appliances such as plastic milk jugs, shopping bags, bottles, etc can be used for gardening. The good thing is, it would reduce trash and you can save money from it.

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Doing gardening can be tricky sometimes. Having a big backyard doesn’t guarantee a successful and correct gardening result. Without careful attention, your plants will die and sometimes we are just unable to uncover the mystery. Basically, you need to understand what’s the cause of it? Your plant can go healthy and your garden can be beautiful more than ever, as long as you know what mistakes all gardeners need to avoid and how to repair it?

There are 8 crucial points to be remembered

1.Chossing the wrong spot for your garden

To find the best spot for your garden, you need to check the quality of the soil first. Make sure the mulch is not too soggy. On the other hand, plant needs morning sunlight as the sun plays a major role in their photosynthesis process.

2.Grow plants without preparing the soil

Soil has different types depends on the region and the temperature. Before starting gardening, check the quality of the soil by using soil testing kit that you can find easily in gardening store.

3. Sloppy plant threatment

Have you ever heard the myth that plants have feelings? Well i do believe that it’s true..In order to avoid stupid mistakes like pulling up flowers instead of weeds, leave your plants in a closed area that prevent contact with the sun, or planting two plants too close with one and another. These mistakes can be costly, plants are very sensitive and they don’t tell when they are hurting or when they are not doing well. So if you love your plants so much, if you want your plant to grow healthy and strong; threat them with care and love because believe it or not, they can feel it..

3. Invasive plants

You need to avoid having invasive plants. If you’re buying plant weeds, look for words that say reseeder and vigorous growth, which often indicate invasive tendencies. These plants have the tendency to grow faster and uncontrollable. Plants like horseradish, English ivy, Mexican feather grass, and spiderwort are known to be invasive in the garden.

Horseradish

English Ivy

Mexican Feather Grass

4. Protect your plants from destructive wildlife

Garden is the best place to live for different types of wildlife. Some of them can be very harmless or even useful for our flowers and plants like bees and earth worm for example. On the contrary, some wildlife can be dangerous we don’t take precocious attention. Animals like squirrel and raccoons are prone to destroy our plant/veggies/fruits. Caterpillar and other pests are also can menace our garden.

To avoid having your fruit eaten by rodents, try to use fences to protect your plant/trees. Against pests such as aphids, use small amount of pesticides moderately! You can also fight the pests by inviting other anti-pests bugs such as the ladybird.

5. Over-watering

Plants need water that’s for sure but overwatering them is a bad idea. It drowns plants roots, causing them to rot; underwatering, on the other hand, can dehydrate it. You have to know your plants when they need or dont need extra water. Water irrigation system is a solution to control the flow of the water. If you like, using grey water system is also another alternative to have a recycled water controller.

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We always have stretch marks/wounds in our knee each time we do our gardening stuff. For planting flowers or plants, sometime we need to bend our knees to the soil and it could force our knee to be dirty and have black marks after several occasions.

Maybe some of you have used this tool but for those who haven’t, try to use this simple and not expensive “garden kneeler seat”. It has a neoprene rubber pad that allows user’s knees to be protected and it also can be used as a comfortable seat as it can be turned upside down.

Other advantage, extremely light and easy to move around, but still provide firm grip for posing your knee or for sitting. It is also water proof and washable and with only 17-20 £ you can use it for many years.

Available in Amazon

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Gardeners can actually use waste water to water your plant. Domestic grey water is the domestic waste water coming from baths, showers, dishwater, washing machines and also kitchen sink.

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Summer time? Gardening with your children is a good idea

Considering that all kids normally love to play with dirt in our garden, so why not teach them gardening? While the summer is approaching, try to teach them gardening in a fun way, get these youngsters to be enthused about having their own special garden.

Encourage them to pick what type of plant they want to grow. Take them to gardening store and show them different sort of seed packet that can tempt them with the pictures. For starters, it’s better to point them towards quick growing plants like peas, radishes, cucumbers, corn, beans, etc. These are the plants that require less effort to make it grow.

Here are the steps:

Choosing the right Plants

In most cases, kids would prefer to grow vegetables they like to eat. They want to see their creation grow fast and produce fast like vegetables. However, remind them to have some varieties in the garden including having flowers to illuminate your garden with bright colors. Try sunflowers or roses for example, kids love them.

Plant the seeds

Help your kids on how to put the seeds in the soil. Some seeds may be too small for their little fingers, but try to teach them how to cover the seeds in the soil in the best manner.

Encourage them to make a garden journal

In order to be more organized in planting the seeds, teach them to start a garden journal while waiting until the plants come up. Creating pictures and making notes about when they planted the seeds and when they first saw a sprout pushing up or even when there is a bug that visits. This will stimulate their curiosity and will let their interest grow more and more intense.

Find the right place for your kids

Choose the right spot for the kids. To start the garden picks a sunny spot in your backyard near where the kids usually play. The more they see the garden, the more they will notice changes.

Let them own their own garden

Try to mark each plant with tag or seed packet that mention your child’s name so everybody will notice that the garden is theirs. This will create the feel of proudness for you’re the kids and it will encourage them to plan the garden as beautiful as possible for anyone to see.

Remind your kids to watch over the plants regularly

Some kids tend to forget or ignore the plants as they find other fun things to do like playing in the living room with their toys. So this is our job to remind them to water them regularly and give them a sense of responsibility to take care of their own garden. Lead them to visit their garden at least once a day just in case they are busy with other things.

Provide information about the whole environment

Teach your children about mulching and composting, by leading them to spread grass clipping and shredded leaves around the plants to conserve additional water and to feed the plants. They also have to be informed with the existence of interesting insects. Educate them to distinguish harmless/interesting insects to plants from the pests that can menace the plants.

Let them discover by themselves the progress of their plants

Kids tend to be impatient about  the result of their plants. They may try to pull up the radishes just to see if they are ready. Inform them about the right timing for pulling up the radishes and remind them to note the progress in their journal garden to make them know better their own garden.

Let them learn from their own mistakes Let the kids have a total control of their own garden

If it’s messy, it’s their mess. Let them enjoy it and take pride in their own piece of land.

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