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10 Tips on How to Turn Your Garden Into a Real Paradise

10 Tips on How to Turn Your Garden Into a Real Paradise

Gardeners are a special kind of dreamer — they never take today too lightly and always create for the future. Diligent and hopeful, they teach us to feel the simple joy of a growing flower. Take up their advice, and plant a tree in your backyard. With the soil losing its snow, it’ll take a couple of months for your home to become green, serene, and lively. And if you think a piece of paradise is impossible to have, here are some tips to reassure you.

1. Start a Gardening Diary

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    Whether you’re making those first steps or looking to freshen up your garden, building a scrapbook seems like a fun and practical idea. Keep tabs on each of your plants and follow their growth through the different seasons. Even before you make an addition to the garden, get familiar with the plant’s unique variety by researching it online — that way, you’ll know exactly how big they’ll get in time and, accordingly, in which part of your garden to plant them.

    Some of them, most perennials for instance, need to be around 18 inches apart in order to develop and grow freely. The same refers to height; to keep your garden tidy, make sure to plant the shorter sorts in front of tall ones, but also pay attention to the sun exposure and be careful not to block the natural light from the little ones.

    2. Understand Your Surrounding

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      Speaking of sun exposure, bear in mind that your garden is unconditionally tied to its surrounding, which is why you should get to know everything about the specific properties of your region. This is another gardening secret that demands thorough research — climate conditions, aforementioned sun exposure, pollution and even noise are all things to consider. It’s probably a handy trick to ask a local garden center for advice on your limits and possibilities. With enough knowledge, it’s less likely that your efforts will be in vain.

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      3. Get to Know Your Soil

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        The surroundings are just one of the precursors to be cautious about. The chemical composition of your garden’s soil is an equally important requirement for your vegetation to blossom. You’ll need to get a reading of pH and nutrient levels, acidity and texture. Each of those elements affect not only a choice of plant varieties, but also their further growth and continuance.

        Once again, you can consult with a local professional, or simply use some of the at-home testing kits available in gardening stores. A hard or clay-like soil might be more stubborn to farm. “It should be easily shoveled and crumble in your hands,” says Annette Gutierrez, owner of Potted in Los Angeles. “Add fresh soil, mulch, and compost, being careful to aerate as much and as deep an area as you can before planting.”

        4. Upgrade Your Gardening Kit

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          If you haven’t already, upgrade your gardening tools. Spray your shovel with silicone to make the soil slip right off, use a Dutch hoe to control the weed and invest in high-quality gardening gloves. For tweaking, don’t forget about the secateurs and hedging shears. You may think not all of these are essential for your landscaping, but the truth is they’ve been designed handy and light to ease your work and compensate for your lack of experience or strength.

          For the same reason, try not to settle for less — even though some of the gardening tools are pricey, they are easy to use and extremely durable, which definitely makes them worth a few extra bucks.

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          5. Dream Big; Start Small

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            To get experienced through practice, start your gardening season with vegetables. Most of them are low-maintenance, and the fact that they can be grown quickly allows you the freedom of making rookie mistakes. If feeling insecure about your gardening abilities, rest assured that even those least responsible can take care of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.

            In case a flower garden is what you had in mind, begin your flourishing journey with sunflowers, sweet peas, pansies, and marigolds — their seeds are easy to handle, they grow quickly and are usually adaptable to various types of soil and weather conditions.

            6. Help It Grow

            Even a simplest garden is a paradise for those bursting with imagination. With such freedom of improvising arts and crafts projects, and all the potential for testing your creativity, it’s not so hard to invest your time and labor into a more fruitful tomorrow. Experiment with some of these tips:

            • Make your pots lighter — If your garden have grown into a pottery gallery, you know how hard managing heavy pots and planters may get. To keep it mobile and easy to lift, fill the pot one-third full of packing peanuts, separate it with a landscape fabric and top it off with a layer of potting soil.
            • Isolate an intrusive sprout — To prevent aggressive plants from suffocating their neighbors and spreading on, use a plastic container to channel their roots. You can plant it deeper to even it out with the surface and stay invisible, but remember to make a hole at the bottom for roots to reach the soil beneath.
            • Tuck in your bulbs — Use netting to keep the animals away from the flower bulbs; simply cover the bed of flowers with it and after some time, cut holes in it to allow plants to grow.

            7. Pick a Landscaping Theme

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              Once your plants have grown, you can foster them into an intricate labyrinth for you to get lost in, a floral walkway that will welcome you home or a simple manicured lawn for your children to play on. If planting a garden means believing in tomorrow, than landscaping means making tomorrow more fun. Search for ideas online or find them in your heart — this is a perfect opportunity for expressing your inner beauty and creating the most paradise-like hideaway.

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              Plant lavender, rosemary, irises and fruit trees for a wine country garden or use your carefully tweaked boxwood hedges to devise a dreamy winding path. For a charming reading corner, let the clematis and jasmine climb a brick wall or create a romantic pergola framed with roses. With Blushing Bride hydrangeas and coral honeysuckles, your garden will turn into serene dreamland in no time.

              8. Get Creative With Décor

              With DIY art blooming all over the internet, simple and budget-friendly garden décor ideas are only a click away. These unique little projects will allow you to unwind and feel the joy of creating while making your backyard even lovelier. Refurbish an old wood pallet or a used-up ladder and turn it into a display case for your favorite pot flowers or spices.

              If lucky enough to have your garden planted with taller trees, hang a hammock and decorate branches with Christmas lights. Instead of the not-so-original torches, reuse empty wine bottles to set a romantic mood. Play around with wind chimes and lanterns made from old buckets and mason jars and create a grapevine lighting balls.

              Include your kids and make a bird feeder or turn a bigger lantern into a terrarium. Add an antique bench and you’re ready for a lazy afternoon in the outdoors.

              9. Keep Nurturing

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                Especially if your garden hasn’t flourished yet, take a moment out of the each day to give your plants the care they deserve. Continual maintenance is important in the gentle art of gardening, so don’t forget to check on your sprouts even when there’s not much to be done around the place. Observe their growth and pay attention to the possible changes during the colder months.

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                Be generous when watering and do it as often as you can, if possible in the early morning before the day gets really hot — the main trick here is to allow the water to penetrate the soil! Look for stunted growth and if you find it, carefully examine the roots and help it sprout.

                10. All You Need Is a Little Patience

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                  If this is your first time gardening, getting a promised reward might be a little harder, but don’t get disappointed quickly. A garden needs time and nurture, and it might take a while until you perfect your skills. And if you think taking care of something so delicate is a great responsibility, we encourage you to experience it as a healing process — a day spent in the quiet, tucked in paradise of your own backyard will definitely be worth of occasional weeding and pruning.

                  Return to your gardening portfolio to keep track of your seasonal attainments and make notes on possible mistakes you’ve been making. In time, you’ll get experienced enough to spend less time tidying up and more time enjoying the results.

                  Start creating your own piece of heaven in early spring, when the sun is gentle and the soil fertile. Keep fertilizing all the way through summer, and wait for the August heat to abate to begin pruning. Just before the first frost turns your garden into a snow-land, remember to cut your roses and woody plants. Come next spring, your garden will be ready for you to relax and relish in.

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                  20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                  20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                  Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

                  It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

                  This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

                  Breakfast

                  1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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                    This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

                    2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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                      If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

                      3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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                        This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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                        4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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                          It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

                          5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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                            A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

                            Lunch

                            6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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                              Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

                              7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                                This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                                 8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                                  Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                                   9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                                    A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                                     10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                                      Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                                      Dinner

                                      11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                                        This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                                        12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                                          As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                                          13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                                            Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                                             14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                                              If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                              15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                                This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                Dessert

                                                16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                                  If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                  17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                                    With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                     18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                                      This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                       19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                                        Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                         20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                                          By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                          Featured photo credit: Spaghetti Squash with Fire Roasted Tomato, Olive and Baby Spinach Sauce via commons.wikimedia.org

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