Figs are delicious, and they were actually considered the first form of clothing, if you know what I mean Let me tell you how you can grow them in a small space. You know, something I hear a lot from folks is that I would really love to grow some of my own food, but I have much room at all, really no space. Hey, it doesn't take much space to grow some of the most delicious things you've ever eaten in your life. I'm crazy about blueberries. Look at all these blueberries. And guess what They're growing in containers.
I have 5 containers of blueberries here, 3 different varieties. And look at the fruit set. I'm giving them a little feed. I fertilized them just as they were coming out of their winter slumber. But I'm giving them just a little bit more, as these blueberries began to ripen. You see, about a month and a half ago they started swelling, or the buds did. And you can see these beautiful flowers. And then the honey bees showed up and they started pollenating. And what you have to have to produce blueberries like this isyou need.
At least varieties that flower at the same time, so you get that cross pollination going on. And what I like to do is make sure I plant them in large containers, and I set them down in saucers. And I got a drip irrigation system here. This keeps the soil consistently moist. And you can see just how well they're producing. In the fall, the foliage on these plants, well, it's just outstanding. They're beautiful plants. Hey, in my fruit production, in this little space, doesn't just stop here. Come on over here, let me show you. Now take a.
Look at this big guy. This is a fig. It's actually a Brown Turkey Fig. And I don't bring these in in the winter, even though you might think that's such an Italian thing to have. Actually, I got the idea of growing them in containers on a trip to Italy, where I was sitting out at a restaurant in a little patio area, and they had big pots of figs. And it was really beautiful. But just look at all the fruit on this fig tree, it's just fantastic. Now, as I said, this one's Brown Turkey. And I don't have to take these containers in during.
The winter. There are some varieties that can really take much colder temperatures. For instance, there's one called Chicago Hearty that is hearty up to Zone 5Chicagoand it can take temperatures as low as zero. Now, I wouldn't say it would survive in a container exposed like this, but it would in the ground. But anyway, it just looks great as a landscape plant. And just look at all these gorgeous figs. Hey, if you're enjoying these segments on how to grow some of your own food in the tiniest places, tell a friend about them.
How to Arrange Herbs in Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith
Who says you have to have a lot of room to be able to grow lots of herbs You know, sometimes when you think about herbs and growing herbs, you think about this idea of, well, you gotta have an herb gardena whole space dedicated to growing herbs. Well, that's really not the case at all. So many herbs do so well in containers. For instance, here, and I have them integrated here on these steps that go into the house, so they're very convenient to the kitchen. And when I say integrated, I have other things growing around them. So.
The herbs aren't just not these plants of utility, they're actually integrated into the design of this entryway into the house. This happens to be a wonderful basil that grows very tall and colanderlike. So the vertical accents here at this entryway, well, they're just gonna enhance it even more. And I'll be able to harvest basil off of this throughout the entire growing season. Now, if you wanna grow basil or most other herbs, you're gonna have to have full sun or at least halfday sun. And you wanna make sure that.
The soil drains well and that you're soil stays consistently moist. You don't want them to sit in standing water. And I always like to use a saucer underneath my containers. It really helps with the wateringit cuts it in half for me. I also like to keep the tags. And I slide them down just along the side of the container like that, so I can remember what varieties I have planted in what containers, because I use herbs in containers all around the garden. Let me show you another example, come on over here. So take a look.
At this display This is on one side of my tool shed. Rather than just having a blank wall, I took advantage of very limited space. I have a shelf that sticks out about 18 inches here. One that only sticks out about 6 inches here. And just look at all the herbs that I can grow here in containers. I have all kinds of mints that are cascading down as well as thyme and chives. And what I've done is I've staggered them at different heights by turning a container upside down. I can sit this one up a little higher, so it makes.
It rather artistic. And get this All of these were planted from a single container that's this size. This is spicy oreganooh, I just wish you could smell the aroma. And it, too, will cascade down. You can see down there on the far end, one of them is already growing very well. Now the thing to remember with herbs is the more that you clip them back and use them the more of these delicious leaves they will produce. If you're enjoying these tips on how to bring beauty and flavor into your life, make sure you subscribe to eHow.
Extending Gardens With Containers The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith
For both a productive and beautiful vegetable garden, you know, your garden doesn't have to stop at the edge of the bed. You watched us design and build this house in 150 days, but the work is far from over. We're about to jump into my favorite part of the process of bringing all this together. Join me for an exclusive look right here on eHow Home. Don't get me wrong, I love my raised vegetable beds in this part of the garden. But, you know, I'm always looking for ways to grow more things to eat. That's why I turned to.
Containers like this. You know, there are a lot of reasons to garden in containers. If you don't have a lot of space, containers are perfect. Don't have a lot time It doesn't take much time to plant up a container like this. And, hey, you don't have to weed them. The other thing you wanna keep in mind when gardening in containers is you wanna good size container so that the plants don't dry out and they have plenty of soil volume to grow into. This size container is about a 20 inch terra cotta pot, and notice that I.
Have a saucer here at the bottom. That helps me keep the soil consistently moist, which is very important. You also wanna pay attention to the soil you use in containers. You see there's soils that are blended for container gardening. These are the ones you wanna go for because you get really good drainage. Alright, now let's talk about other reasons why one might wanna use containers in a garden. There are decorative reasons. You see, I've used ten containers along this walk in this garden. It splits the garden in half. So on.
Growing Wisteria At Home With P. Allen Smith
These flowers are going to be the ceiling of my outdoor garden room. Isn't it amazing how plants can add so much to an outdoor living space For instance, this plant has become one of my favorites for many reasons. This is actually a Wisteria. It's called, Wisteria Frutescens Amethyst Falls. I know, it's a mouth full. But just remember American Wisteria. It's not like the Chinese Wisteria that you see growing up in trees that gets out of hand it can be a garden thug. It's not like the long reseamed Japanese Wisteria, which we.
Grow here as kind of lollipop trees. This has a very short reseam, almost like clusters of grapes. And it doesn't grow rampantly. So, it's a wellbehaved friend in the garden. And just look how beautiful these look in these tiny little glass vases on this table out here. You see, what I love about this space is that it's its own room. It's a long narrow room. But it's covered by this arbor. And it's 18 feet this way. And it's about 6 feet this way. And it may seem like not much space, but look, I've got about 20 different.
Containers back here. Plenty of room for those and all the beautiful things I can grow in those. And over time, what I want is this Wisteria to grow from each of the corner columns and cover the timbers up at the top. You'll notice that those were never painted. Just the vertical columns have been painted. And these timbers up here, have been allowed to sort of mellow and have a nice silvery patina on them. Now, on the other side, I've got one of these Wisterias really rocking and doing exactly what I want. It's beginning.
To cover the top. So in a couple of years this will have it's own roof, or ceiling, and really feel like an outdoor garden room. And getting this little guy to grow up here is really no big deal. And you see, I've identified 5 of the strongest canes, and I just keep them clipped back. And I've tied it with just some jute, or some garden twine. And, what you do is just keep sort of encouraging it to grow. And I'll get on a ladder and I'll sort of pull it up and tie up there a little higher each time, and keep clipping. And what.
I want, eventually, is just to have sort of the foliage and blooms starting right about here, just above my head. And the whole upper level being completely covered with this green and purple. It'll be really beautiful. Now, no matter what Wisteria you happen to grow, you need to know for them to really bloom like this they need full sun, they need well drained soil, and you want to make sure their the soil is consistently moist, so those roots don't dry out. If you're enjoying these segments on how to make your outdoor living life even.
Floating Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith
So what do you think of the idea of a floating garden Now, Chris, we've all created hanging baskets. Right. But you hadn't lived until you've done a water basket. What we have is a floating plant baskets. I just love this. This is amazing. So it's a landscape type fabric, so we get the water coming through to feed nutrients to the plants and the roots. Right. And it'll float around the surface. Let's go to work on it because it's really quite simple to put together, isn't it Very much. Now, did you want to anchor it with.
Gravel first, or did you just want to start with the plants Just start with the plants, the gravel is just to cover it to keep the dirt from getting into the pots. Well, this papyrus is fantastic. This is King Tut, and it gets really large now. Nice. Yeah. It'll love the water. So it will be right in the center here Correct. Okay, alright, then would do we do next, just choose some other plants to go on around Something to go around the sides. We can do some of the Corus' here. I love those. I love that chartreuse color.
And then next, maybe we throw in some Impatiens Get some color. Yeah, yeah, I love that. Now, would you tear the roots in, just like you're growing anything Just like doing anything, right. Alright. Like you're hanging baskets or in the ground. Alright, now we got all our plants in place. That was about as easy a gardening as I've ever done. Now, we just add a little gravel. Want to take some gravel, it's going to add some weight. Alright. And keep the plants. Stabilized. Stabilized, and also keep dirt from getting into the pot.
So this is just ordinary pea gravel Just ordinary river stone. Now, there's not a lot of nutrient in this gravel, Chris, so what do we do about that We have a fertilizer spike. So this is an annual fertilizer, a slow release fertilizer. Oh yeah. And we'll just put a couple of those down on either side of the pot. Right, right. And we're good to go. And that's enough to fertilizer it, keep it going, for the entire season The entire season. And the idea is for these plants to kind of grow over the edge. Right, that's.
What we want to use potato vines for. Right, right. Then if you want to keep it stabilized, or moored, if you will, to decide you can do that, can't you Yep, we have an anchor string over here. Here it is over there. We can tie it in to the side. To rocks, or you can even anchor it to the bottom. You can use maybe a little fishing string that you can tie to a rock in the bottom of the pond and keep it out in the middle. That's just.
How to Make an AllNatural Air Freshener At Home With P. Allen Smith
So, if you don't like those spray air fresheners, let me show you a natural and easy way to make your home smell really good for guests. One of the easiest ways to make your home smell really great, particularly if you have guests coming over, is to create a simmer pot. It's really very, very easy. You can start these simmer pots a few hours before you have people come over. Sometimes, I'll do them just because I want the house to smell really great just for myself, or like around the holidays. So, let me give you an idea.
Of how to just put one of these together. All you have to do is start with about 4 cups of water, and you want a good size sauce pan. Just pour the water. In this case, what I'm using are some dried lavender blooms 1 cup of those. And then, I'm using 1 cup of fresh rosemary out of the garden. And half a cup of eucalyptusits really got a great aromatic oils, in fact, all of these botanicals have. It's gonna make your home smell really fresh. I'm just gonna stir this around just a bit, and then I'm gonna turn the stove on. You.
See, the idea here is you don't want to boil this, you just want to want it to simmer for a very long time. And as the water begins to recede, just add a little more water. And this will permeate your entire house with a lovely, lovely aroma. Now, one of the things that I've learned over the years is that if you use these dried herbals and few fresh ones, like we did here, the essential oils in those plants is really concentrated as opposed to using fresh. Now, I'm not saying don't use fresh, because they're lovely. I'm.
Mean, look at this thyme. Here's some oregano. Fresh rosemary. Basil. All of these can be used, but they're not gonna have as much punch, so you're gonna need to add more. In fact, you're gonna have to add twice as much as you would if they're dried. The great thing about this approach is you can come up with your own concoction, and that's what I really encourage you to try. This is just sort of a basic starter. You can go to just about any grocery store and find these dried elements, combine them and come up with something fun.
How to Grow Herbs Indoors At Home With P. Allen Smith
Watchv5lk5FxgXjro 5lk5FxgXjro I know what you're thinking These herbs go in the garden. Uh uh, I'm taking them in the house. I received a comment from one of my eHow Home subscribers it's all about herbs. This guy's interested in continuing gardening, but he's moving into an apartment. His name is Justin Givanno, and he's really interested in taking some herbs along with him I think it's a great idea. You know, they can look wonderful in a kitchen, but, you know, the key is light. The varieties that I find that work well for me include parsley, various.
Kinds of mint, rosemary, as well as chives and thyme. Those that really love a lot of sun, like basil, not so good. But keeping with this idea of light, what you wanna do is you wanna make sure that the herbs get at least 6 hours of sunlight, and the closer to a window the better. This window faces east, so they get plenty of morning light. And this window has proven to be a good place for me to move some of my herbs. And even though I might have them here more in the center of the room, I can rotate them and.
Get them in more light about every three or four days. Also, if you have a balcony or fire escape associated with your apartment, you can move them into more light and then bring them back into the kitchen. Okay, now let's talk about feeding. I like to use an all purpose liquid fertilizer. And since I'm eating these herbs or using these herbs to flavor my food, I wanna use an organic. I fertilizer them about every two weeks with a dilute solution you don't wanna over fertilizer herbs, because you want them to.
Really create a lot of those essential oils. That's what gives them their flavor. Okay, so, Justin, if you're starting with small plants, let's step out to the potting shed, and I'll show you how to pot one up. So what you wanna start with is a soil that is blended for container gardening. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna fill this up in a container, just a terra cotta container. You can use anything you want. I like the terra cotta it's simple and classic. But if you're gonna set this in a window sill, just remember,.
That clay saucer is going to absorb a lot of moisture and it will actually make the paint peel. So you might wanna use a clear saucer, so you can get that transference of moisture through there. Then the herb of your choice. And then what I do is just take that lip of peat moss the peat cup or the peat pot take that off like this. And then I break up the peat moss cup, just a little bit like this. And then I find a home for it and just snuggle it in. You wanna make sure that none of that peat pot edge sticks.
How to Repurpose Milk Jugs At Home With P. Allen Smith
Good morning everyone. My name is Ben. What I can do is I can take empty bottles, empty glass bottles, and I can turn them into other useful things, things that you wouldn't exactly be used to seeing an empty bottle look like. For example, drinking glasses. I've also made jewelry and things for the home. Today, my friend Allen has asked me to come over here and show you something about repurposing or what you could to repurpose at your house. That being said, I have an empty milk jug here, a few of them, and I'm gonna show you.
How to make it into a lunchbox container. This is a really good idea for families with kids. If you're interested in finding a way to make something cool, like, make memories with your kids with something not only sustainable, but it's just a good idea. I mean, everything about this just makes sense. So we're gonna get started with this And what you're gonna do is take an empty milk jug that you've washed out, and you're just gonna make an outline of where you're gonna cut all around the bottle. One end is gonna be longer than the others,.
And I'll show you why. You start cutting along the outline. I got this idea for the lunch boxes off of Pinterest, actually. I set up a Pinterest page for Freehand Jones as well as many other like media sites, social media sites. So once you have the rough cut, you're just gonna wanna go along and finish out the cutting by taking off all of the marker on the main piece. So this is where the detail comes in. This is a great idea if you have colored markers at home. At that point, like, the creativity is really up to the individual.
Like, how cool can you make your lunchbox, you know Almost finished. Then you're gonna fold the small sides in. And the bigger flap goes over. All you need is a piece of plastic tape and you have yourself a mini lunch box right there. All of it made out of an empty jug that most people would have looked at it and once the milk's out of it they're like, Oh, okay, it's trash. Well, it doesn't have to be trash, unless we want it to be. And that's the point. Right now, like, I see sustainability becoming a big, big market. Like, there's.
Air Purification House Plants At Home With P. Allen
Hey, are you looking for an allnatural air filtration system for your home Might be closer than you think. Ah, fresh air. You know, who isn't interested in living a Greener life and energy efficiency Both of these are buzz words of our times. But, you know, I have to say, that the more energy efficient we become with the interior of our homes and making sure that we're not losing energy and the more tightly they're built the air quality can suffer. For instance, when I built this house, I wanted to make sure that I used.
Products that didn't pollute or contaminate the air. I used insulation that's made form soybean oil, which contains no formaldehyde which you do not want in your house. You can also use low VOC paints and air purification systems. All of these thing can work toward making the environment inside your home as clean as possible. And, hey, if you really wanna take on indoor air pollution in a natural way, you might consider a study that was done by NASA several years ago about how house plants, certain kinds of them, can be really.
Great air filtration systems. And, hey, they look good in the house. I use them everywhere I can. Some of the best for cleaning the air in your home include Pothos, Spider Plants, corn plants, even Elephant Ears, Gerbera Daises, and Peace Lilies. If you're looking for something a little taller, you might try one of these Dracaenas, or something basic like a Needlepoint English Ivy. This one has some variegation to it which is really beautiful. Now with this little guy, it's sort of outgrown this little container. What I'm gonna do is I'm.
Gonna repot it. And you can see, it's gotten a little root bound, so I'm just gonna tear into the roots, and that'll keep them from continuing to grow in that circular motion that was formed by this container. And I'm gonna put them in this decorative green container like this. All I'm gonna do is take a good soil, add enough to the bottom, and nestle it in like this. And, you can see, it has some long runners I could actually take the tips of those long runners and put them in some water and root new house plants. This.
Growing Zinnias At Home With P. Allen Smith
I'm squeezing the last bit of color out of my garden. I wanna show you how. Just look at all this color in my garden, and I'm embarrassed to tell you how late in the season it actually is. You see, these were just planted about 45 to 50 days ago from seed in the ground. You see, if you wanna grow Zinnias like this, you wanna make sure the soil is warm and you give them plenty of sunshine. And they just need moderate water. And when you water them,.
You don't wanna water them overhead it's better to run like a soaker hose or something or deep soak the ground because you can get powdery mildew on the leaves of Zinnias if you over water them. Plus, it doesn't make the flowers last as long and they're not as good for cutting. When I planted these I wanted just to have a mixture of colors, so what I did is I just got some packs of seed, mixed them all up together, and sowed them down this long row. And if you'll look closely you'll see the myriad of colors we have here.
there's apricot and there's peach, there's red, there's yellow, even creamy whites in a wide range of pinks and red. Now the other thing to look closely at is I also have some different flower forms there are doubles, there are singles, and those that are considered a cactus form because they look like a cactus bloom with their slightly rolled leaves. I think the flower buds are equally fascinating. If you look closely, they almost look reptilian in that they have scales. It's really hard to tell what color it's going to be. But the.
Form of that, when you examine it really closely, you can see it's quite beautiful in it of itself. The other interesting thing about Zinnias, like so many cut flowers, is that the more you cut them the more they put off side shoots and produce more and more flowers. So you're not hurting anything buy coming out here and gathering up a bouquet like this every other day or so. And it also makes sense to come along and cut off any spent blooms. What you're doing is you're telling the plant that it needs to produce more flowers. You.
See, the plant is programmed to produce seed, so if you're loping off these blooms where the seed pods are the plants thinking I've gotta produce more and more and more. That leads me to one other thing You see, each one of these as they dry are great for saving because you can plant the seed next year. One other thing to keep in mind Before the blooms get too old and tired, you can actually collect them and dry them by just putting them in silica gel, and over about a week they'll dehydrate and you could use these.
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