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3 Great House Plants for Beginners

3 Great House Plants for Beginners


Adding a few house plants to the abode is a great way to brighten up the great indoors. Keeping plants inside is also a low-hassle way of improving the air quality in the home due to the significant amount of oxygen that plants naturally throw off. Beginner gardeners or individuals with little experience in caring for house plants can ease into the world of indoor plant care by starting out with a few plants that are easy to care for and a bit forgiving if their owner forgets to water them once in a while. The following list describes three great house plants for beginners.

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What Planting Zones Information Tells You and Doesn’t Tell You

gardeningWhat Planting Zones Information Tells You and Doesn’t Tell You


Blue has been described as being one of the warmest of colors, but as far as planting zones are concerned nearly the opposite is true. Color maps illustrating these zones usually indicate the colder areas in blue. The only areas colder than blue are those that are sometimes shown in white, like the color of Arctic snow, although very cold areas are also shown in red, which does not seem to make sense since we normally associated red with heat.


Hardiness Zones – More to the Point


These zones are sometimes referred to as hardiness zones. This is because the key factor in defining each zone is the minimum temperature a plant is expected to be exposed to. Zones are usually defined based on the average minimum temperature that is likely to be experienced in that location. Consequently, zones don’t always apply to annuals, which will grow even in cooler zones as long as the growing season is long enough for them to produce flowers or fruit.


Since these zones are defined in terms of hardiness or average minimum low temperatures, additional information is sometimes needed to determine how well a plant will grow in a given zone, or if it will grow there at all. Some zones, particularly those located inland, can experience extremes in temperatures. These extremes are less likely to be felt in coastal areas. There are many plants that can tolerate fairly cold temperatures but will wilt when exposed to high temperatures for a long duration.


One also needs to be aware of the times of first and last frost. Some flowers and vegetables that will do extremely well in either warmer or cool climates cannot tolerate the slightest bit of frost. Others can, but they will die back with the coming of the first hard frost. Planting zones do not given an indication of humidity, a condition that is just as critical as temperature to some plants.


Where the Different Planting Zones Are Located


Look for tables or maps titled USDA Hardiness Zones. USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture, the governmental department responsible for defining the zones and determining their locations and coverage. Zones tend to be pictured as bands going from west to east across the United States, with the higher numbered zones located in the southern states and the lower numbered or cooler zones appearing across the northern tear of states. The coldest zones, USDA Zones 3 and 4 are located in the northern tier of states stretching from Montana into upper New England. These two zones also extend southward as along the Rocky Mountains, reaching as far south as the Colorado-New Mexico border.


USDA Zones 5 and 6 run right through the midsection of the country, going from the interiors sections of Washington and Oregon, into Idaho and Nevada, and extending from eastern Colorado to the Atlantic coast.  Zones 7 and 8 are located in western Washington, western Oregon, and through the southern tier of states all the way to the Atlantic. Much of southern California, Arizona, a strip along the Gulf Coast, and most of Florida is in Zone 9.  Zone 10 which is for all practical purposes a tropical zone, is reserved for the southern tip of Florida. Some states, like Idaho and Colorado, host several different zones.


Zip Codes Are Useful


Over the years, planting zones have become more and more precisely defined. Still, a large field suitable for planting a number of different crops can contain hollows or frost pockets where some of those crops will not grow well if at all. Elevation can also be a factor. You may live in Zone 8, which essentially covers your entire state, but if mountains run through the state, those living in those mountains could find themselves in Zone 5, or even in Zone 4. With the advent of the zip code it has become easier for retailers to tell their customers which plants are suitable for their location and which may not be. It’s now possible to determine to a fair degree of accuracy which zone a particular zip code lies in.


Additional Information Is Sometimes Needed


Those who plant crops or grow vegetable every year sometimes need additional information besides the number of the zone they live if they’re going to get the best results. Knowing when to prune your plants or when to prune roses is also very important to keep plants and crops healthy. The length of the growing season is one factor. Your summer temperatures may be fine for growing watermelon, but if you live in an area where summer is short and spring and fall are longer and cooler, watermelon or any other melon may not do well. Along with the knowing the average duration of the growing season, one also needs to know either the times of the first and last frosts, or the approximate date when the soil will warm up to a certain temperature. Planting zone information does not always provide all the information one needs. Sometimes, planting conditions can vary considerably from locality to locality, even within the same zip code. Your county Extension Service, which is normally affiliated with either the Department of Agriculture or a nearby college or university, can usually provide you with the detailed information you might need.


It’s Vacation Time!

This is it! It’s that time of year once again where everyone and anyone worth their salt are preparing to go on vacation. Be it somewhere in this beautiful country of ours or probably somewhere else different, but still on this planet mind you, everyone enjoys and is looking forward to the day when they can leave all their troubles and worries behind and enjoy something new.

Well I’m no exception as I have already a plan in the works and it has got something to do with Greece. Yep, I’m going to Olympus and speak to their gods there, go up to Acropolis to discuss something with the emperor, and probably dine close to the sea on Mykonos’ Little Venice.

I have always been fascinated with Greece and its place in world history, how I longed to be there each year but something always comes up which makes me go to another place, usually from the prodding of someone close to me. But this year it is all about me and I will finally go there even if it’s only me that will.

Just thinking about it gives me goose bumps, what more if I get to do it. I can already imagine my plane landing on their airport, unloading my things, getting on a cab to my hotel, all the while absorbing everything about the country. It’s people, all the old buildings and structures, its pollution hehe.

Heck I might even walk to my hotel while we’re at it. I got the best lightweight luggage with me for the past two years so it’s really a doable kind of thing. Anyways I often pack light with only the very basic of amenities like clothes and stuff, everything else I buy in the country I’m in. How many brands of toothpastes I have tasted in my many years of traveling.

I can also see myself hugging an old base pillar on an old decrepit archaeological site all the while praying it will not come tumbling down on me while I take a picture for posterity. No companion, no problem, as I have my trusty best travel tripod with me at all times, no need for somebody to operate the camera to take a picture of me in my best poses.

Come to think of it, besides the few clothes that I’m packing, it is only the tripod that seems to be the only different thing that I’m carrying, besides my camera that is, but I’m holding the camera and not really packing it in. Well it only shows my love for taking pictures and stuff. I do have several gigs of data back home with only pictures in them, documenting my many travels, so maybe I really am a shutterbug for all intents and purposes.

Anyways, I just can’t wait to get my feet over there and the excitement is really making me nuts. I’ll only just have to wait another few days and I’m off. Greece here I come!

Always Informative Meetings

Going to our weekly neighborhood meetings is really a great way to catch up on the latest trends that is sweeping across the country today. I am amazed at how informed several of my neighbors are in terms of news and world views, not to mention the latest gadgets in the market today. Going to such meetings always entertain me no end and I have also gained so much knowledge that I otherwise would not have known if it weren’t for them.

This Sunday’s meeting was equally informative as several important topics were discussed. One of them is about water and how important it is to our lives. It was talked about that our water supply is kind of dwindling as populations across the world continue to grow unabated and at tremendous speed. They say that soon enough the world will be hard pressed supplying its inhabitants with safe drinking water.

Some say the answer to that is that we use the waters of the ocean to supply us with potable water, as we know that the Earth is mostly composed of water in the surface so that can be the solution to the growing need for water, but how do we do it successfully and on a large scale?

Well the answer they say is in reverse osmosis technologies where they filter out the salt content which leaves us with clean and clear drinking water. But apparently such systems costs large amounts of money and are still in the realm of the very rich countries especially in the Middle East deserts where they have the best reverse osmosis system that money can buy.

Apparently smaller versions of the system are becoming available already even for house hold use. Of course it’s not as powerful as the big machines they have out there but it still does its purpose of delivering clean water well. I’ll just make sure to make a mental note to get one just in case.

The discussion also went to yoga and I was surprised that the majority of the people in attendance were aware of or was already a practitioner of yoga. I know about it and its supposed benefits but I haven’t really given it a thought and there they were, expounding on the benefits of yoga that they are already receiving from doing it.

They say that it releases the mind from troubles thereby making the practitioner at peace with anything around them. The body too benefits from the training as they reported that they do not feel anymore the aches and pains associated with the advancing of age and they are totally thankful for it.

They enjoined other members to take up the practice and they say that we will truly be thankful to them in the future because of it. They pointed out several sites on the internet to learn more about yoga and several of the best yoga DVD’s available in the market today to get us started.

Well maybe there really is something to it that makes many people believe in it. Well there’s really no harm in trying anyway so might as well give it a go, who knows I might enjoy it too.

Natural Remedies for Pimples from Your Garden

Gardening offers a lot of benefits. Aside from the fresh produce you could harvest and the flowers you could pick for your flower vase, some plants can also be used as natural remedies for certain conditions. That is what makes me happy and proud to be a gardener. Although I just have a small plot of garden in my backyard, it has continuously gifted me with fruits and other produce that are free from pesticides. From time to time, I also use some of my plants to relieve common ailments including pimples.

While pimples are generally not as serious as tattoo scabbing and other skin problems, they are still something that needs attention. Some people spend hundreds of dollars just to get rid of pimples. But do you know that there are certain plants that can help treat pimples inexpensively and without side effects? Here are some of these plants:

1. Aloe

Many skin care products contain aloe extracts. If you have this plant in your garden, you could make use of the aloe pulp as a skin cleaner which promotes healing of pimples. Simply split off the pulp and rub directly on the pimples.

2. Garlic

Garlic has long been known as an effective treatment for pimples and acne. It could also help alleviate the inflammation and pain associated with them. To use it, peel raw garlic and rub it on the affected area for several times a day.

3. Amaranth

Amaranths are normally grown as ornamental plants and they normally thrive during summer and autumn. This plant has seeds that you could boil to make tea and use as face wash. In a saucepan, boil two teaspoons of amaranth seeds in three cups of water for five minutes. Remove from heat and then add about a teaspoon of amaranth leaves. Let it steep for about 30 minutes before applying on your face.

4. Basil

Boil a cup of water containing four teaspoons of basil leaves. Steep for at least 20 minutes and then apply on the pimples. This solution can help treat any type of pimples including pimples under the skin and acne. Rinse with water afterwards.

5. Cucumber

If you have organic cucumber, peel it and liquefy using a blender. Apply the juice directly on the affected area and let it sit for several minutes before rinsing.

6. Grape

Grapefruit seed extract contains powerful antimicrobial properties and is an excellent skin disinfectant. Get at least four drops of this extract and then mix it with four ounces of water. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and then apply on the affected skin. Let it stay for several minutes before rinsing.

7. Lemon

Get a lemon fruit, slice it in the middle then rub it on the affected area. Let it stay for several seconds then rinse immediately. Lemon has acidic properties that can help cleanse the pores of your skin.

Having a backyard garden can bring you closer to natural remedies for various health conditions including pimples. This is aside from the fruits and flowers that you can harvest for free. That is why I really encourage my friends to try gardening as a hobby.

Hedgehogs as Pest Controllers in Your Garden

Hedgehogs are not just cute pets that should be confined in hedgehog cages. More importantly, they can be effective in naturally controlling the population of pests around your home, especially in your garden.

Just recently, I was researching about natural pest controllers for my garden. I was having problems with snails and other pests and would like to get rid of them naturally. I am serious about having an organic garden which is free from insecticides and other chemicals. One website recommends hedgehogs. There are areas in the US where hedgehogs naturally thrive in the wild. By encouraging them to visit your garden from time to time, you will enjoy the benefits of having natural pest controllers at no cost.

For a little background about hedgehogs, they are insectivores. They feed on insects so you don’t have to worry about them eating your plants. They are also nocturnal so they are awake and feed during night time. This is good news for gardeners who are not comfortable seeing them while they tend to their gardens. These little animals are also voracious eaters. An adult hedgehog can eat up to 200 grams of insects in one night.

To give you an idea on how effective they are in controlling pests in your garden, say you have a small garden which is slug infected. It will only take about three months for one hedgehog to single-handedly eliminate all the slugs. This means that the more hedgehogs that can visit your garden, the better.

Hedgehogs like to seek their prey around hedges. After all, that is also how they got their name. However, in many gardens, they are barred from entering because of closed-up fences and walls. And if they did find a way to get into your garden, you need to put a bit of effort to encourage them to stay and munch all the destructive insects in your garden.

According to Hugh Warwick, a hedgehog expert, there are three things that hedgehogs need and having these things in your garden encourages them to stay. They are food, water and shelter. It could be achieved by having a good heap of compost. Another option is to plants shrubs that grow close to the ground where hedgehogs can nest. You could also add leaf litter underneath to make it more like a real nest.

Additionally, Warwick also cited different ways to encourage hedgehogs in your garden. One way is to make sure that they can get in by leaving small openings in your fences. Less gardening will also encourage them to stay once they got in. This means you have to leave plant hedges and wild patches where these animals could nest. And also, while they can feed on the insects in your garden, be sure that they also have a good source of water. A compost heap is a must and is where they could find a sanctuary. Lastly, help ensure that they will not suffer from any injury while in your garden by removing nests and other ground structures that could entangle them.

I’m really glad that I have learned so much about hedgehogs as natural pest controllers. The next time that I see hedgehogs straying in my garden, I will try my best to let them stay.

Herbal Remedies for Diarrhea on Pregnant Women

One good thing I appreciate about gardening is that I am able to grow plants that can be used as a remedy for various diseases. Just recently, a friend who is an expecting mom asked me for some geranium because it is a good remedy for diarrhea during pregnancy. Luckily, I have that in my garden so I gave her some leaves.

Aside from geranium leaves, I found out that there are many other home remedies for diarrhea. They are suitable for pregnant women because they don’t have any side effects on their unborn babies unlike other commercial medications. Below are some of them:

  • Bitter Gourd – Bitter gourd which is a known remedy for diabetes mellitus is also effective for treating diarrhea. To prepare it, simply get some fresh leaves of bitter gourd from your garden and then make it into a juice. Drink a spoonful of the juice once a day until there is no more sign of diarrhea.
  • Guava leaves – Guava may not be as common in the US as it is in tropical countries. But if you have that in your home, boil chopped guava leaves for at least 15 minutes and let it cool. Strain the water and drink a cup of the guava tea every four hours until you find complete relief.
  • Ginger – Another effective herbal remedy for diarrhea on pregnant women is ginger. Grate a small piece of ginger and then mix it with a teaspoon of honey. Take in the mixture but avoid drinking water immediately to avoid diluting the mixture. Another alternative is to prepare ginger tea by boiling several pieces of crushed ginger and then drinking the tea twice daily. You could add honey to the tea for better taste.
  • Carrot – I included carrots in this list although technically, it is not an herb. But since it is easy to plant in any backyard garden, many can benefit from its health benefits including pregnant women with diarrhea. Prepare a carrot juice by blending some carrots and drink one glass of it at least twice daily to alleviate the symptoms of diarrhea. Aside from juicing, you may also eat it fresh or eat pureed carrot several times daily until your diarrhea is gone.
  • Chamomile – Drinking chamomile tea which is prepared by boiling the flowering tops of the plant can also help cure diarrhea. However, some people especially those who are allergic to daisies may have allergic reactions to this tea. If you are allergic to daisies, it is best to choose other herbal remedies for your diarrhea.

If you don’t have any of these plants in your garden, you may also be able to find them in your local supermarket.

Aside from taking any of the herbal remedies listed here, it is also important for pregnant women to avoid taking in foods that cause diarrhea as soon as the symptoms start. These include spicy foods, dairy products and certain fruits and vegetables. And while you are still experiencing the symptoms of diarrhea, it is recommended to take in as much water and other beverages which have high electrolyte content. Doing so can help you avoid dehydration which is a more serious side effect of diarrhea.

When Can Breastfeeding Mothers Have their Period?

In one of my chit chats with a friend who just delivered her first child, she asked me about the possibility of having a period while breastfeeding. She said she’s not ready yet to have another child in two years. So she was thinking that if she continually breastfeeds her baby, she will not get a period and in return, will not be fertile and get pregnant. As a former nurse, I have encountered many new moms who have this same question. And I know that many women are also curious about this topic.

There is a common misconception that if you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby, your menstruation will not yet return. But this is not true. In fact, you may start to menstruate as early as several weeks after giving birth. This is a case-to-case basis from one mom to another.

The period in which a mom skips her period because of lactation is called lactational amenorrhea. During this period, a woman is not fertile so there is no chance of pregnancy. This is considered to be one of the most effective natural birth controls, but only for a limited time. Among moms, their lactational amenorrhea may differ with each child birth. Some women are lucky to have their period back only after five or more months while others will have it as early as two months. There are even cases when a mom starts her period again only after completely weaning her baby. That is a blessing for parents who are practicing natural family planning method.

While it is the hormones that dictate whether a mom should already have a period or not, there are certain practices on how you can delay menstruation after childbirth. Their effectiveness may vary but there is no harm in trying them out:

  • Breastfeed more often, at least six times a day. This is more ideal for stay-at-home moms because they are around their children most if not all of the time.
  • Breastfeed your baby even in the evening. It is best to breastfeed your baby at least once every six hours or more frequently during the night.
  • Don’t start your baby with solid foods early on. Don’t introduce solid or mashed foods to your baby yet until your baby reaches 6 months old.
  • Do not bottle-feed or use pacifiers during lactation. Bottle feeding or using pacifier reduces the frequency that you infant will breastfeed so avoid them as much as possible.

While you benefit from the lactational period, it is also worth noting that during this period, you cannot just eat anything you like. It is one of the downsides of breastfeeding. There are certain foods to avoid while breastfeeding because they may cause side effects on the infant. You could refer to some online sources or consult your pediatrician about these foods.

So back to the question, is it possible to have a period while breastfeeding? With the information given above, the answer would be yes, it is possible.

2 Common Hip Ailments and How to Avoid Them

I have a number of close friends who are into physically demanding sports like football and soccer. While I was in college, I also became acquainted with students who were into these sports. And I remember many of them complaining about hip pain at some point in time.

The reason why I brought this topic up is because just several days ago, I talked with a friend who was complaining about an extreme pain he suffered because of a torn labrum hip. I did not wonder why because I knew he likes to play soccer from time to time, and I recalled similar incidences with college friends suffering from the same problem years back.

As I became curious about hip labrum pain, I googled about it and found out that there is another hip pain common among athletes or people who are engaged in physical sports and activities. The other one is hip flexor pain. And both of them manifest pain around the hip area.

A hip labrum tear is a tear involving the soft elastic tissue ring located just outside the rim of the hip joint socket. The labrum is responsible for holding the ball on top of your thighbone to stay in place. Symptoms include a catching sensation in the hip joint or mild-to-severe hip pain. The most common cause of labral tear is repetitive stress from athletic activities such as football, soccer, golf, ballet and hockey. It can also happen if you force your hip into an extreme position or when you fall from a high chair or other high elevation.

You can reduce your risk of labral tear if you practice proper conditioning of the hip muscles before your actual game or when you avoid activities that will force your hip to do difficult positions.

On the other hand, the pain in the hip flexor involves a muscle group that makes it possible for a person to bend at the waist or to lift the knees. The flexors are very strong muscles that can be found in the abdominal cavity. Hip flexor injuries are more common on people who are into activities that involve kicking or sprinting such as soccer, running and martial arts. The pain is normally felt on the upper groin area where the pelvis and thigh meet.

Pain in the hip flexor muscles can be prevented if you avoid long periods of sitting down. You should get up every hour and then stretch your legs. If you are an athlete, you should do proper conditioning before a game, and be sure to do regular exercises to enhance your muscle strength.

They say that prevention is better than cure. Even though your lifestyle makes you more prone to these hip injuries, there are still things that you can do to avoid them. And if you have friends who are at risk of these injuries, you may also share your knowledge to them so that they can avoid suffering from painful hip pains.

What Causes High Risk Pregnancy

pregnancyPregnancy is one of the expectations of being a woman. And being a woman myself, I sometimes don’t like that kind of expectation because it could mean a life and death situation. This is especially true among women who have high risk pregnancies. As a woman, it would be good for you to know about high risk pregnancies, what makes you more prone to this condition, and what proper care should be done if you are in this condition.

A high risk pregnancy is a situation when either the expecting mom or her unborn child has an increased risk of suffering from health problems during pregnancy. The term “high risk” may scare some women, but in reality, your situation may not be as scary as you think it is. Doctors just use this term to ensure that you get special attention and care while you are pregnant to avoid possible complications and health problems for you or your baby.

There are several factors that can make your pregnancy be considered as high risk. Among them are preterm labor, placental problem, and slow growth of your baby. You are also on high risk pregnancy if your doctor has diagnosed you to have preeclampsia, a condition where your blood pressure is high and you have abnormally high protein in your urine. If you are suffering from certain serious health problems such as diabetes, kidney disease, epilepsy, seizures or cancer, your pregnancy will also be considered risky.

Apart from existing health problems, the age and lifestyle of the expecting mother may also cause her pregnancy to be on high risk. For instance, if you became pregnant when you are younger than 17 years old or older than 35, your circumstances may pose inherent risks to your pregnancy. The same is true if you smoke, drink alcohol, use illegal drugs, or take certain medications such as lithium, valproic and phenytoin.

Other factors that can put you on high risk pregnancy include multiple pregnancies like if you have two or more babies in your tummy, if you had several miscarriages in the past, or if you had preterm labor or other problems in your past pregnancy. High risk pregnancy is also possible if you are suffering from hepatitis, HIV or other infections such as chickenpox and syphilis. If during your regular checkup your doctor detects through a test or ultrasound that your baby has certain genetic conditions like kidney, lung or heart problem, or Down syndrome, your pregnancy will also be on high risk from the time the condition of your baby was detected.

If you had a high risk pregnancy in the past, early detection of your current pregnancy is important so you can immediately be advised by your doctor on how to avoid another risky pregnancy. You could make use of the implantation calculator or could also regularly monitor yourself for signs of implantation to detect pregnancy.

Once diagnosed with a risky pregnancy, you will have to visit your doctor more often and will also have to submit yourself for various tests and exams to ensure your safety and that of your baby.

Some high risk pregnancies are inherent to the circumstances of the mother, while other cases are caused by reasons that can be avoided like smoking or drinking alcohol. But whatever factor is causing your risky pregnancy, it is important to cooperate with your doctor so that proper care can be given to you and your baby.


What You Need to Know About Boxer Pitbull Mix

Having a pet dog at home can give you added security and enjoyment. Some breeds are really good entertainers and can amuse you with their talents. Other pet dogs also serve as the most loyal friends of their masters, accompanying them during walks and travels. Then there are also guard dogs that you can trust to guard you, your family and your home while you are away.

If you are considering owning a pet, one of the breeds that are gaining in popularity among dog lovers is the bullboxer pit. This breed of dog is a boxer pitbull mix. They are medium to large in size with an average life expectancy of 14 years. They are highly intelligent dogs, easy to train, loyal, and protective of their owners. They are also known to be playful and outgoing. If you want to raise a boxer pitbull, there are some important things that you need to know about this breed:

Appearance. A bullboxer pit puppy can grow up to 27 inches in height and 80 pounds in weight. These dogs have deep almond-shaped eyes, flappy ears and a slightly thick tail. Their coat is straight, smooth and short and is commonly light brown, white, golden brown, or black in color.

Temperament. Like its parents, a bullboxer pit is normally intelligent, attentive, a quick learner, competitive, agile, obedient and energetic. These dogs like to please their owner and love to spend time with people especially children. However, if they are not treated well or not trained to socialize, they may also be harmful to other pets and children.

Health Problems. To stay fit, a bullboxer pit needs daily walk and play. If the dog is a product of purebred parents, it may retain the common health problems of its parents. It may be prone to curable diseases such as dog ear infection, skin allergies and skin irritations. However, this breed is also more prone to certain types of cancer.

Grooming. Bullboxer pits are easy to groom because of their short coat. You just have to brush their coat regularly with a solid hair brush. You can bath them once a week. It is important to check their ears from time to time to check for any signs of infection. Nails should also be trimmed when already long.

Training. A bullboxer pit is very teachable. Teach your dog to be sociable so that you will not have problems when it is around people. During training, it is important to emphasize that you are the leader and your dog needs to follow. If well-trained, a bullboxer pit makes an excellent pet.

These are just some of the basic facts that you need to know about a bullboxer pit. If you are acceptable to their appearance and normal temperament, then this breed of dog may be suitable for you. If you already own one, it is important also as the owner to know its common health issues as well as its training and grooming needs so that you can properly take care of your dog.

Asthma and Gardening

In the past, asthmatic people are normally advised to avoid gardening since there are plants that can trigger an asthma attack. I know this because I have a friend who used to share the same interest as I do in gardening. She was advised by her doctor to find another hobby because plants and asthma do not go together. Recently however, I read that asthmatic patients can now engage in gardening provided that certain precautions are observed.

Before you engage in gardening, be sure that you have natural antihistamine or other home remedies for asthma on standby just in case you accidentally come in contact with plants that can trigger an asthma attack. This is one of the most important precautions to remember so that you can immediately alleviate the symptoms when you feel an impending attack. It is good to always be ready even if you have observed all the necessary precautions.

Moreover, it is also important that you have background knowledge of plants that are suitable for you to grow and plants that you should avoid such as the following:

  • Wind-pollinated plants – plants that are wind pollinated including deciduous plants having insignificant-looking flowers are among the plants to avoid as they release pollen that will make you more susceptible to an attack if you inhale them.
  • Bird and insect-pollinated plants – these plants normally has flamboyant and large flowers that attract bees and birds. You should avoid them for the same reason that inhalation of pollens can trigger an asthma attack.
  • Scented plants – plants with a strong scent such as sweet peas, lilies and roses may also trigger an asthma attack on some people.
  • Other flowers and trees – Certain flowers such as chrysanthemums, daisies and marigolds are also known as asthma triggers. The same is true with some trees including olive, mulberry, ash, alder, coprosma, elm, cypress and maple trees.

When gardening, it is advisable to use a mask to avoid exposure to pollen and dust. You should also minimize weeding by using mulches or ground cover plants. For mulches, gravel is the best option because natural mulches such as manure and tree barks are prone to mold spores which can cause an attack once you are exposed to them. And if you are using compost as an organic fertilizer, have someone do the composting for you to avoid exposure to molds.

While you can do the planting of suitable plants, other garden maintenance works such as mowing, trimming and weeding are best left with other people not susceptible to asthma. These tasks can stir up pollen, spores and dust which can trigger an asthma attack when inhaled.

Additionally, if you have a home garden, be sure to close your windows at night because most flowering plants release their pollens early in the morning. With an open window, the wind could carry some of the pollens to your room, triggering an attack. Also, remember to keep your flowers outside your garden and not inside your room to prevent an attack.

If you really like gardening like me, your asthma should not stop you from what you really like to do. The precautions listed here should help you deal with your condition while pursuing something you enjoy doing.