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I’ve Designed My Farm Through Sketches – Find out How You Can Too

Designing a farm calls for much more than designing a garden. While gardening is mostly on a small scale and can include flowers and veggies, farms are for serious cultivation and living places for animals and people as well. I haven’t lived on my farm for long, but I can feel it’s going to be a nice place for me and my future. How I designed my farm will surprise you. Everything was about sketching. If you have been admiring life on a farm like I used to, you need not go for complicated procedures to determine your perfect farm layout. Sketches will be all you need to develop the suitable design. I did it, and so can you. I will help enlighten you on my tricks hereof.


  • Everyone can: yes you can

I said sketching, not professional drawing. While talented artists will be nice in drawing, everyone can do the sketching. There is no school for sketchers. You probably did the sketching basics in your preparatory school. The signs and symbols that people use to represent certain items are what you need. You can also well invent your own as long as you won’t forget what they mean.

Many will claim that they can do any drawing. Well, that’s not an excuse enough to disqualify you from sketching. I am pathetic in drawing. How I put my ideas down on paper is what matters. How proud I am to have got it right. You don’t need to panic for lack of perfection. That will come with consistency.


  • Save time

I used to think that I would save time by simply skipping sketching tasks. Well, how wrong I was. I learnt it from a friend. It’s the complete opposite. You save plenty of time just by having a sketch for reference. Modern people are computer-based. They will take all their time trying to develop a layout from illustrator software. While, the design you will get is perfect, you will waste a lot of time before you get your result. A sketch will only take your few minutes and you are done.


  • Carry your sketchbook everywhere

To store every new idea you see around, you will need a sketchbook. These are often portable and small ones will fit in your pocket. Carry your sketchbook and do your sketching whenever you see anything that inspires you. That’s how I started. In my final drafting, I was able to include some ideas that I learnt from other paces I visited. You probably travel and come across farm designs that you like. You can borrow ideas from those farms by sketching them.

  • You will love it

I first hesitated to like sketching. With time and practice, I discovered how fun it was. Even after I designed my farm, I still find myself sketching just for fun. You will like it too. Be sure!

If I can do it, you can too. Give it a try and live in a farm of your dreams.


Would love to hear your story, your words on farming, on animals and plants,

My Farm Through Sketches Entry, Carneil Farm Limited


Garden Series – Growing Your Own Vegetable Garden

Birds eye view of a woman gardener weeding an organic vegetable garden with a hand fork.

Creating an amazing vegetable garden involves different priorities to other parts of the garden. The gardener will be less concerned with aesthetics and colour and more focused on yield and taste. Having said that there are now people who want to combine their vegetable growing exploits in amongst the rest of the garden, so rather than having a distinct vegetable plot, they will intermingle certain vegetables and herbs in amongst the normal border planting. In that case, looks may be more important than is normal, but for most vegetable gardeners, an attractive vegetable garden is one bursting with healthy plants that are creating a bumper harvest to be enjoyed by everyone at the dinner table.

So here we come to another consideration. If members of the household are to enjoy the output of the vegetable garden, they want to be tasting varieties they actually enjoy eating.

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Vegetable Plants

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There is nothing quite as satisfying as growing vegetables in your own garden. There are many reasons for this but vegetables grown at home look better, taste better and somehow make you feel happier. Love The Garden Your Vegetable Garden In Spring

Garden Series - Growing Your Own Vegetable GardenSuccessful vegetable gardening is as much about good planning as it is about execution. The time when all that planning stops and the action starts is in spring. Growing Your Vegetables Inside And Outside

Cultivating your own vegetables isn’t just a matter of digging over some of your garden, adding some nutrients to the soil and then sowing your seeds. Many crops need to be started in the greenhouse or on a windowsill in seed compost trays.You may wish to try out a few odd and new varieties, after all home grown vegetables typically taste much better than commercially grown offerings. So even if you’ve never liked beetroot from the supermarket for example, you may be pleasantly surprised by your own efforts to grow it at home.

It’s also important to look at the cost of buying verses growing your own vegetables. With food prices on the increase it is now possible to make significant savings by growing your own food. Some will aim to become entirely self-sufficient when it comes to vegetables, but to achieve that all year round will require a degree of experience and some means of growing vegetables indoors during the winter months. A heated greenhouse is not something everyone can aspire too, or even have space for, so we will consider outdoor grown vegetables for the moment.

Almost all the varieties that can grow in the UK climate will be suitable for the home vegetable garden but some will be easier to grow than others. Also the choice of varieties can be important in terms of success rates and of course taste. Let’s look at a few of the more popular vegetables and some of the choices to consider.


Firstly the potato, which many consider to be an essential in any English vegetable garden. The good news here is that potatoes are one of the easiest varieties to grow at home, come in all kind of varieties and will almost always taste significantly better than any bought potatoes. There known to be hundreds of potato varieties that can be cultivated in the UK, so gardeners can enjoy trying something different to the usual King Edward or Maris Piper. When growing your own why not try Osprey, Rooster, Saxon, Romano or Carlingford. To give your potatoes the best chance, purchase your seed potatoes from a good source such as a good garden centre or specialist supplier (you won’t be able to use your shop-bought potatoes as they will have been treated to inhibit sprouting) and make sure your ground has plenty of organic matter such as manure as potatoes one of the very hungriest of vegetables.

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Onions are another vegetable that is perfectly at home in an English vegetable garden and makes sense from a practical perspective as it is both easy to grow and store. Again there is a large range to choose from with standard onions of differing strengths, plus shallots, which keep easily, and spring onions for summer salads.

In a future article we will look at other varieties that can be easily become part your vegetable garden including beans, peas, carrots, and cabbage. Planting vegetables and seeing them turn into edible crops is fun, but the real fun and pleasure comes from enjoying the wonderful output of your own vegetable garden.



Garden Series – Basic Orchid Growing Tips


Orchids are beautiful flowers that have an amazing effect on people, there is a time in the year that you can feel that orchids are attracting more attention, they are out on florists windows and people can not help themselves but stop and admire this flower that is a delight to have in any house.

Some people say that the power of the orchid comes from its delicate features, from its strong colors and even because of it human qualities, but the fact of the matter is that most people love orchids and try to grow them as best as they can but it is rare to find people who can keep an orchid for long and really know how to take care of these delicate flowers.

In the past orchids were rare and they were abundant only in their natural living habitats, with modern times people have grown used to the fact that almost everything is delivered to every corner of the world and that even the rarest flowers or products are available to them.

Experts estimate that there are around 20 thousand different kinds of orchids, these orchids grow in many different climates and conditions and are found in many different places around the world. Anyone who is serious about growing orchids knows that light is very important, light is critical if you want your orchids to have flowers, you will need to supply the right amount of light and be very careful not to burn the orchid, even though in some aspects the orchid may seem to be very sensitive and delicate, these are actually very strong flowers, and they will survive even without light or ideal conditions, the only thing is that they will only survive and not bloom.

These basic facts brings us to a common sense conclusion, if you are interested in having orchids in your garden you will need to think about the best location for that kind of orchid and with some effort you could provide the ideal conditions for the orchid to grow in your garden.


In order to make the most of the orchids you grow you should have some basic understanding of the three main kinds of orchids you can find, as you probably understand by now, understanding the orchid plant needs will assist you in making it bloom and survive in your environment.

These are three kinds of orchids and the basic treatment that they require. Epiphytes, this kind of orchid plant will enjoy being placed on elevated position, placing the Epiphytes orchid on a high shelf or stand will provide a situation very similar to its natural habitat where it grows on trees.

Lithophytes orchids are, unlike the Epiphytes, better placed on a low space, they are known as orchids that grow on the bases of trees and they enjoy feeding on organic nutrition such as rich organic soil and discomposed mildews. Terrestrials orchids. When speaking of the Terrestrials you should know that they are the conventional varieties of orchids. Place the Terrestrials on the ground and they will plant themselves strongly and take care of their needs.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

There is much more information about orchids and many different techniques to grow them better and better, this is only the tip of the iceberg, this basic knowledge is important for anyone who is interested in having lovely orchids in his garden.


Garden Series – Planting Annuals For Vibrant Garden Color


Summer is a time for beautiful splashes of color. We see it in clothing, beach towels, produce, and in the beautiful flowers. You can bring that gorgeous color into your own yard by planting annuals.

Annuals are a flower that has a one season life span. Generally, they cannot survive outside when temperatures dip low enough to freeze. For that reason, you do not want to plant them until all danger of frost is past. However there are a few exceptions to this rule. Those exceptions are flowers that are called hardy annuals or biennials. These flowers, like pansies can take a light frost and still look beautiful. In fact, as biennials pansies are a great fall to spring flower. You can plant them in the fall for late fall color and then they will emerge again in the spring and provide early spring blossoms before they die.


There are a few other flowers that seem to come back and grow again. These flowers are not perennials or biennials – they are simply annuals that dropped seed. Flowers that commonly do this petunias, larkspur and snapdragons. In fact, some people seem to have a group of snapdragons that spring up from the same spot every year without any planting. This is because the seeds dropped the fall before and then germinate in the spring. If you have an area of your yard that you would allow to go a little ‘wild’, you could plant larkspur or snapdragons. In the fall, don’t pull out the dying plants until late in the year. Maybe even leave them until spring. Then you will have a new crop of beautiful flowers with no effort from you!

After the danger of frost is past, you can start to put your annual flowers in the ground. How you do this will greatly affect the flowers all season long. Many people simply dig a hole and stick the plant into the hole, fresh from the container it came in. If you do this, you will not have much luck growing beautiful flowers. The proper procedure it to dig a hole a little deeper and wider than the plants root ball. Then back fill the hole with a little bit of loose soil. This will allow the tender plant get a root hold. Then take the plant from the pony pack that you purchased it in. Very gently, massage the roots so they break up from their circular growing pattern. When plants spend a lot of time in the growing container, the root system starts to grow in a tight, circular pattern because it has nowhere to spread. Unless you break up this root system, it will continue to grow in the same pattern and you plants will not grow very big.

After you place the plant in the hole, fill the hole with water mixed with a root starter fertilizer. This will give your new plant a vitamin boost and a good drink so it won’t go into shock. The next think you need to do is something that people absolutely hate to do. You need to cut the plant back by one third. Most importantly you need to cut off any of the blossoms that are already on the plant. Yes the flowers look so pretty in your yard, but you just gave this plant the shock of its life! If you want a healthy plant you can’t expect it to put energy into the flowers while it is trying to grow new roots and establish itself in your soil. So, for the first week or two pick all the blossoms off. Let the foliage get full and bushy, then let it bloom. You will also want to mix a good time release fertilizer in the dirt around your flowers. This will feed your plants for up to three months, perfect for summer annuals.

If you follow these simple ideas you will be pleased with the beautiful flowers your garden will produce. You will wish the summer months would go on and on!