Menu
header photo

CRYSTAL GARDENS

Adding value to your home and workspace

Blog posts : "General"

10 Trees Fit For Your Small Garden

You may have a postage stamp sized garden or the balcony may be your only outdoor space. Whatever the situation space should not be a reason to deny yourself the beauty of a tree garlanding your surroundings.  

For small gardens, small or slow growing trees should be the first consideration. Tr…

Read more

CARING FOR YOUR CHRISMAS PLANT(Poinsettia)

You may have received poinsettia as a Christmas gift before. Or bought them yourself in the spirit of the season. Trouble is the plant never seemed to last. Most likely the flower bracts remained but the leaves dropped leaving you with flowers atop a naked stem

Finding himself in political tr…

Read more

HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR RUBBER TREES INDOORS

The Ficus tree family is huge and varied. Commonly referred to as rubber trees, the diversity in species makes them appear completely different trees for many people. Indeed it is hard to believe that the rubber tree you grow in a pot indoors is related to the sacred giant Mugumo tree, revered by th…

Read more

PESTS IN THE GARDEN

 

Gardening can be fun and tricky at the same time. One day everything  is rolling along just fine. Then you wake up in the morning and find troubles galore; an outbreak of pests devouring your prized plants, and disease almost killing your plants.

If you have plants, a variety of troubles are …

Read more

WHAT TO CONSIDER IN LANDSCAPING YOUR GARDEN

 

An empty garden is like the proverbial blank page; anything is possible. And that is the problem!

For  first time gardeners and homeowners, the enthusiasm  of planting a garden can be dampened by the  challenge of  what to have  or plant and where, the expenses involved  and time needed for…

Read more

SECRETS TO A FLAVOURFUL HARVEST

 

You spend the entire  season tending to the needs of your  of your vegetable 

crops-feeding, weeding, watering and fighting off pests-then comes  your moment of truth: Has the  fruit of your labour reached its peak of ripeness? And will it have that toothsome delicious taste the consumer yea…

Read more

HOW TO HAVE THE PERFECT LITTLE GARDEN

 

What do you do when your mind is running wild with ideas and and yet you have such a small space? It is easy to despair especially if you have been to expansive gardens set on grand lofty designs.

Either by design or necessity, many people nowadays have relatively small gardens. A small garden …

Read more

HOW TO GROW AND USE HERBS

 

Every garden –however small –ought to have some herbs. Whether you live in an apartment setting or own compound there is always room for herbs.

Herbs provide multiple  uses and come in a wide variety.  They serve medicinal, culinary and aromatherapy purposes. In ancient Rome, Egypt and …

Read more

HOW NAIROBI BECAME THE GREEN CITY IN THE SUN

 

 

It is not the Engineers or Actuarial Scientists who gave Nairobi it's famous moniker-"The green City in the Sun". It was the dedicated local gardeners, landscapers and horticulturalists under the leadership of Peter Greensmith who toiled to bequeeth us a City bristling with life, love and na…

Read more

HOW TO GO ORGANIC, AND STAY SAFE

 

 

Our gardens are slowly, but surely falling silent.

 The chirpings of the weaver birds, larks and warblers which used to announce the break of dawn are getting fainter by the day.

Since ancient times, birds have been used to monitor environmental conditions. From the Biblical dove that was…

Read more

HOW TO GROW HANGING GARDENS

Among the seven wonders of the world are king Nebuchadnezzar’s hanging gardens which grew in Babylon around 2500 BC . The gardens- a gift to his Persian wife – weren’t  suspended c like your typical hanging basket but rather spilled out from containers on a terraced hill.

 

The practice of…

Read more

HOW TO GROW KIKUYU GRASS LAWN

 

Kikuyu grass is a native grass to East Africa. It was first described properly by Emilio Chiovend in 1903.

Kikuyu grass grows from rhizomes and has matte roots.  It self-propagates from rooted nodes that send bunches of grass nodes from the soil.  Its leaves are green and fold upward at…

Read more

How to grow a trouble free lawn

 

Gardeners have a conflicted relationships with their lawns. One moment we are thanking the stars for the privilege of having a lawn that enables you to enjoy outdoor living, and the next we are lamenting the high cost of maintenance and the numerous lawn troubles we have to put up with.

A g…

Read more

blog post

 

 

CONFRONTING TROUBLE IN PARADISE

For any plant lover, the emergence of the plant pests and diseases is enough cause for alarm. Having invested heavily in the buying and care of our plants it is only natural that that anything that degrades them draws our immediate concern.

However as vete…

Read more

How to solve Lawn troubles the Organic Way

Even in a well maintained lawn, serious troubles can arise.  In the dry season, the soil could be low in nitrogen causing rust on the blades. Maybe mounds of soils have developed due to mole action. Whatever the issue, resist the urge to blast away your lawn troubles with fungicides or insecticides.…

Read more

15 Blog Posts

Blog Search

Comments

There are currently no blog comments.