Advice, practical suggestions on how to best cultivate our plants

Advice, practical suggestions on how to best cultivate our plants


Have you ever wondered how to make an orchid or a cactus bloom? Have you ever found yourself in front of your skimpy plant that you look discouraged because you don't know which saints to turn to to make it live? In this column you will find a lot of fundamental information for the survival of your plants!
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Practical guide for growing tomatoes, in the garden or in pots

In this mini-guide we will learn how to grow tomatoes in pots or in the garden and we will discover all the tricks to obtain delicious ones, to bring to the table to enrich our salads or prepare tasty sauces and side dishes. And all organic!

Summer is the best time of year to enjoy tomatoes ripe, fragrant and rich in vitamins, even better if BIO!

You want to know how to grow tomatoes good and genuine? Just follow a few simple ones practical advice. In a short time you will be able to harvest the first ripe tomatoes directly from the plant with your own hands.

How to grow tomatoes: easier than it looks

What you choose to do in the garden or in pots, to know how to grow tomatoes it is essential to establish the type of propagation you intend to use. We decide whether to start from seeds, from cuttings or transplant of ready-made tomato seedlings, which can be purchased in nurseries or specialized gardening centers.

This will determine when you start growing tomatoes and how long it will take to see the first fruit. The collected instead it will start in summer and can last until late autumn.

The main rule is to start planting bulbs in the dormant season, i.e. from September to December. If you are geared for growing in jar you have to choose one of plastic, terracotta or ceramic quite deep and capacious. The size must be suitable for the type and quantity of bulbs you will be planting. The important thing is that the vase is equipped with drain hole and that on the bottom there is one expanded clay layer or other drainage materials. If the vase is too deep, help yourself with some gods pieces of earthenware to fill it.

Gardening advice: growing plants on the terrace

Even a simple terrace can hold pleasant surprises for green thumbs. For those who cannot afford a garden, in fact, the terrace is a valid alternative, in scale, for the creation of a small personal green oasis, choosing the right plants and learning to take care of them and follow them over time. The effect of a luxuriant, flowery terrace that surrounds a very personal space for relaxation and conviviality is unparalleled. An evocative effect, which however requires constant attention and a careful selection of plants that are compatible and suitable for our climate, for a green space that always gives its best while also expressing something that closely concerns us. But let's do some order. In architecture, a terrace is defined as the practicable area of ​​the roof, while the terrace is similar to the common balcony. Words have become almost synonymous today. And we will refer, indifferently, to both spaces for the creation of our personal green corner. Not all terraces, of course, are the same. The first variable involved will be sun exposure. Then, the climate of the area will greatly affect the type of patio plants that we are going to choose.

Among the terrace plants there are flowering plants, of which an example can be geranium or violet, bulb plants (tulips above all), evergreens, climbing plants, aromatic and vegetable plants. Depending on the space available, therefore, we will be able to transform our terrace into an authentic small green area, able to give us satisfactions such as the production of seasonal fruits or aromas. A tip, above all: we focus on the choice of many essences, asking advice from expert nurserymen, to always have a lively and colorful terrace. Therefore, we prefer essences that allow us to have, in all seasons, always new blooms, scents and colors in rotation.

Grow patio plants

Choosing to create a green corner in your home requires a minimum of preliminary knowledge. However, it is an activity that can be practiced by anyone, always arming themselves with the right amount of good will. And he knows how to give us his satisfactions, especially if we take care to inform us about some basic notions. In fact, knowing the main stages of a plant's life and what affects its growth will allow us to read more clearly its needs. A terrace plant will first of all need light, through which the process called “chlorophyll photosynthesis” takes place.

In fact, it is thanks to the light that a chemical reaction takes place between the water present in the soil that houses the plant and the carbon dioxide contained in the air. From this reaction, the nutrients necessary for the life of the plant develop and the same releases oxygen into the air. At night, however, the process is reversed, with the release of carbon dioxide by the leaves. Light, we said. Light required in greater or lesser quantities by a plant, depending on the species. Plants are also very sensitive to the temperature of the environment, so before placing a given plant on our terrace we should inform ourselves about its ideal climate, resorting when necessary to the purchase of protective sheets against the cold.

In addition to light, a terrace plant will also require a certain amount of water, also to be dosed according to the needs of the plant, never by chance. If our terrace is facing south, for example, in summer we will easily find ourselves dealing with the great heat in a more direct way. Finally, the soil will be essential for its development, hosting its roots and nutritional elements. Soils can be basic or acidic, clayey or sandy. For the positioning of the plants on our terrace, there is another fundamental element to consider: exposure. To evaluate how many hours a day we will have sun, and from what direction. Let's not forget also to consider the range of the terrace or balcony. In fact, we are careful not to overload it with vases over the maximum weight it can support.

Useful tools for growing patio plants

And finally, a mention of the tools to be used to better care for our terrace plants. For gardening operations, in fact, we will resort to the right tools, keeping them at hand for ready use. Let's start with the headstock. Indispensable for transporting soil or earth, or even for repotting, it can be of various sizes and have the handle covered for a more practical and easy use. The choice of pots will take into account several factors: the resistance to thermal shocks, so that the plant is sufficiently protected, the presence of holes in the bottom for water drainage, the dimensions, the materials (terracotta, better aesthetically and more heavy, plastic, more resistant to thermal shock, wood, PVC). There are also large fixed containers on the market, equipped with suitable drainage holes.

Scissors will also be fundamental for the care of our terrace plants, to cut dry branches or prune the plants when necessary. In summer, or simply to treat the plant with the substances indicated, a small nebulizer can be very useful. The size of the same can increase (or simply, we will take two) if the plants to be treated were many. If we have a water outlet in the prepared area, it will be useful to connect a plastic pipe, preferably resistant to frost. If, on the other hand, we have to manage a complex plateau of plants, we can focus on a more sophisticated irrigation system, the cost of which will always vary depending on the complexity of the same. Finally, let's not forget the watering can. The soil to be used for decanting deserves a separate discussion. Let us take care to contact expert personnel to ask for the right advice.

Above all, a piece of advice. Before embarking on our path of building a green area on our terrace or balcony, we consult one or more expert nurserymen. The opinion of a "technician" can be essential to collect suggestions, ideas and new ideas.

Growing tomatoes in pots

Before understanding how to grow tomatoes in pots it is worth remembering that tomatoes do not like standing water. This means that it will be indispensable prepare the jars with a layer of expanded clay at the base and fill the vessel with good universal organic soil.

These preliminary operations precede the actual transplanting of the seedlings. Plant growth, on the other hand, can be stimulated by adding a compost homemade and from the administration of football, excellent remedy to prevent apical rot.

When choosing the vases, we advise you to opt for diameters not less than 30 centimeters and to place the tomato seedlings near a railing in a sunny position. Remember to assist the development of plants with the right supports. In addition, make sure to ensure aabundant watering once or twice a week or depending on the water needs of the plant.

However, avoid getting them wet leaves: the tomato plant is very sensitive to humidity and fungal diseases in general. For this reason it will be advisable to always empty the saucers of excess water and prefer cherry and date varieties.

By following these simple practical tips you will learn how to grow tomatoes in pots or in the garden in a simple way and you will enjoy abundant and long-lasting harvests.

And once your tomatoes are grown ...

The ways to serve them on the table or use them in delicious recipes are almost endless. Here are some tomato-based recipes that you might be interested in:

  • Recipe of the pappa al pomodoro
  • Baked stuffed tomatoes
  • Vegetarian meatballs with tomato and basil sauce
  • Tomato and bulgur soup, the easy recipe
  • Homemade tomato preserve: the easy recipe
  • Gazpacho Andalusian, the classic recipe

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  • How to grow the salad
  • How to grow asparagus
  • How to grow fruit trees indoors
  • How to grow mint in pots or on the ground
  • How to grow ginger
  • How to grow a plant from food waste
  • How to grow basil
  • Grow rosemary
  • Grow lavender
  • Grow strawberries
  • Vegetable garden in the house: what to grow?

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