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Organic Gardening

Organic gardening is one that uses only naturally occurring materials and does not use artificial fertilizers or chemicals.

Try to work with nature rather than against it.

Advantage

Organically grown foods taste better than those grown with artificial fertilizers.

Costs: the organic material can be created by returning all waste back to the land, which is a cheap process compared to Inorganic which tend to be way more expensive in the long run.

Same with chemical sprays, If an orchard where parasites do not prove a problem is created, it saves a lot in the cost of chemicals.

Another advantage is that by adding organic material to Earth, it keeps getting better, pitching chemicals ultimately impoverishes the soil.

The size of the fruits of an organic garden are usually larger and higher quality.

Tips for planning organic garden

The first step to take when planning a garden is to make a list of what you want from it, imagine what you can achieve within the space and time available.

Once you

All about Garden Flags

Safety from sunlight

Irrespective of the theme of flags you choose, you should remember that overexposure to sunlight can make them look faded and damaged in no time. These flags are essential outdoor décor items; therefore, you cannot avoid them from being exposed to sunlight. So how do you ensure that the fabric of your flag remains fresh for a long time even time, even though it is under the sun for long hours? You can make use of some UV fabric protector sprays on your flag so that damage due to sunlight is reduced considerably. This spray prevents dust from accumulating on your flag’s material. Hence you can keep your flags fresh and bright for a long time.

Be aware of climatic changes

Garden flags are not very sturdy. Their flag posts are also quite slender. So, they get easily damaged in harsh climates. Whenever you expect a windy day, it is better to remove your flags, fold them nicely and put them away in a cool & dry place. This way, you can avoid flags from

How to Grow Strawberries

Preparation – before you plant strawberries, make sure you dig over the soil and remove any perennial weeds. Add manure for improved organic results. Place every strawberry plant 35cm apart in rows. The rows themselves should be at least 75cm apart. Water well and consider some protection for your plants, as birds and other pests can quickly eat the fruit.

Hoe regularly – it is a good idea to maintain a regular hoe routine between individual plants and rows.

Consider mulch – as May approaches, you can place straw mulch under fruit trusses. It serves a dual purpose: on one hand it prevents invading weeds from taking hold near the strawberries; on the other hand, straw prevents fruit rotting when lying on the ground. Barley straw is likely the best type of mulch you can use, because of its softness and because it is more pliable.

Grow in baskets – you can grow strawberries in baskets, which is a nice way to protect them from slugs. Five or six plants can easily survive in a single basket,

Starting Garden Seeds

Let’s break starting seeds down and take a look at the following sections: container type, soil composition, soil temperature, time for development, and what makes a healthy plant.

Container

We don’t all have 140 milk cartons sitting around to start our seeds in, but finding a better (and re-useable!) replacement is really easy and affordable. I found mine at the local gardening center for under $5. It has 64 slots within a plastic tray. There are also options to use trays or pots made of peat, which can then be placed directly into the ground upon transplanting.

But really, you can plant in whatever your heart fancies. Shoes, soup cans, children’s hands that agree to stand still for 6-8 weeks… As long as it can retain soil and allow moisture to escape, you should be golden.

The individual slots allow me to put anywhere from 1-3 seeds per square, totaling nearly 200 seeds per tray. I start my onions in a 4-6″ pot, rather than the squares. Onions are hardy seedlings and can handle growing in big bunches like that, plus they are one onion per plant, and the more the merrier in my

Lawn Mowing

Keeping Lawns With A Long Leaf

Photosynthesis is the process of lawns and plants which takes direct sunlight and uses that energy to create food for the lawn or plant out of the available nutrients in the soil. The longer the leaf of the lawn, directly increases the amount of food the turf can then produce for itself to stay healthy and strong. While a lawn which is mowed at very low heights can produce much less food, and thus these lawns will require far greater attention to their overall health, or otherwise risk becoming sick or even at risk of possible death of the lawn.

With this knowledge, we can then easily see that lawns which are subject to partial shaded conditions will need to have their leaf kept longer than a lawn which is being grown in full sun. The partial shaded turf requires a longer leaf to power more photosynthesis with less direct sunlight. Whereas a lawn in full sun can easily have its leaf length kept much shorter and still maintain the same level of photosynthesis and food production.

Therefore, this lawn mowing tip is a rather simple one to understand

Except Gardening Accessories

• Soil

A good soil is the key to a healthy and beautiful garden. Soil of a garden is expected to be fertile. Before starting gardening, the type of the soil should be examined. A gardener should grow plants which are suitable for the soil of his garden. The quality of soil can be further improved by adding compost or manure in every year. In the case of flower and vegetable, soil quality is really important. Therefore compost must be added in such cases. If the soil pH is much acidic, some lime can be added into the soil to maintain a balanced pH level. Soil pH level should be kept from 5 to 8. This is not so acidic or much alkaline. Soil pH also varies from plants to plant. Some plants may require soil pH level other than the mentioned one.

Addition of mulch (layers of bark, plastic, wood which protect the soil) into the soil helps to maintain soil temperature, soil moisture, weeds etc. Organic mulch enhances the fertility of the soil. During rains or watering, organic mulch reduces the soil splash.

• Environment

Main environmental factors which have deeper impact

Weed Control

Manual uprooting of weeds is extremely difficult and it would be unfair to say that it can completely be eliminated from the roots.

Another method is Chemical Control-Herbicides are most commonly used to manage land and water plants. It is apparently the only and best possible method of completely removing the weeds from the roots. Many variety of herbicides are available in the market that can be used to treat the simplest kind of weed to the harshest ones. These chemicals are often easy to apply and can be done as prescribed on its leaflet.

Another advantage is that you can remotely or conservatively use it as per your need and depending on the nature of the weed that needs to be treated. However, its treatment involves lot of implications as one needs to keep in mind the aquatic species that thrive inside the pond as they could get affected if too much quantity of chemical is applied.

Water treated with herbicides can have water use restrictions depending on the specific application.

Herbicide treatment should be undertaken in presence of some expert practitioner or field expert to ensure optimal results.

Some of the

Must Know about Cultivate Cranberries

Cultivating cranberries in the garden is remarkably straight forward, in the open sunny locations either in the ground or in containers, but crops are most successful when a special planting pit is created. In a well drained part of the garden, excavate a pit 30cm deep and 1m square. Line the sides and base with a polythene sheet, perforated to allow excess water to drain out. Line the base with granite stone chippings (avoid replacing these with alkaline gravel as this will increase the pH). Place a permeable weed membrane over the gravel before backfilling the space with ericaceous compost. A bed of 1m square will be sufficient size, at least initially, to accommodate three young container grown plants.

As a stoloniferous it is important to provide good surface rooting conditions around the base of the plant, this is best achieved by mulching the entire bed with 2cm of washed, lime-free, sharp sand. This fine layer will also assist moisture retention in the compost below. Water well throughout the season to get plants established, especially in spring and early summer as growth, flowers and fruiting is initiated. This is best done with rain water unless you are

Info of Garden Shed Plans

In best cases you will end up preparing something that looks like a cake but doesn’t taste like one and the worst cases will lead you to mix everything randomly in indefinite proportions and make a chocolate “soup” rather than a cake. Even though you have been provided with the ingredients but still you can’t produce a cake without knowing the step by step procedure. In layman’s terms, lack of plan leaves you with an undesirable result.

By this time, you may be wondering what a perfect plan may look like or what are the steps one may follow to create a perfect plan? As mentioned in the title of this write up, unique garden shed plans allow your shed to “build itself” that is, its simplicity leaves you with no work to do than just pick up the material and fix it on its respective place just like the block building games you used to play with in your childhood. I am using the word “plans” instead of “plan” because their can be more than one unique design to help your shed look superior than the others. The more number of plans means more options to

Control Algae in Pond

Algae uses photosynthesis technique which means plants, algae and certain bacteria harness energy from sunlight into chemical energy. Pond algae can be categorised
into two:

1. Green Water: These type of algae is so tiny that they can pass through even the finest of net or filter. These type of algae usually need sunlight and nutrients to be able to grow.

2. String Algae: This is also popularly known as hair algae, this filamentous species extends in the form of long strands and tend to tangle together.

Now let’s ponder our thoughts over eliminating algae.

Appended below are some of the tried and tested method that control the growth of algae and also help prevent its growth.

1. Insert Plants

The first step in this direction is to add plants inside the pond. This process will help plants to consume all nutrients produced by fishes, leaving very little for algae.

Increasing the quantity of plants at the bottom of the pond helps in oxygenating the pond and provide a new lease of life to the flora and fauna inside the pond. Believe it or not but this is perhaps the easiest and long-term solution to keep

Planting a Garden

Tomatoes are packed and full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants and are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid. The tomatoes are associated with the benefits of the cure for cancer combating the formation of free radicals, diabetes and heart diseases. Also, they have folic acids that help with depression. Whether you refer to a tomato as a fruit or a vegetable, a tomato is a nutrient food that most people should be eating.

Water spinach is another one that has essential nutrients like vitamins A and C as well as a high concentration of beta-carotene. Due to its healing and detoxifying properties, it helps in providing relief in case of skin itching or insect bites. Just add salt to water spinach and grind it into powder. Dab it on the sore spot and wrap it for immediate relief. Another property of this plant or should I say vegetable is that it acts as a sedative for people who have insomnia or sleeping difficulties. Water spinach also is effective in treating ulcers, menstrual pains, toothache, launched urination, nosebleed etc.

Aloe vera, there so many benefits in aloe vera that this plant is

Plant Smart

Plant Drought Tolerant Herbs: Some types of herbs do very well with little water. Herbs that thrive in dry conditions include sage, rosemary, lavender, oregano and thyme. All these herbs come from the Mediterranean region. Once their roots are established during the first growing season, they require minimal watering and love full sun.

Add Water-Saving Compost to Lawns: New lawn-related products on the market contain biochar, which enable more time between lawn waterings. Biochar is a naturally-produced soil amendment. Its tiny pores retain water, much like a sponge. Biochar also contains nutrients to help the soil and plants to remain healthy. As another advantage, biochar captures carbon emissions, which reduces greenhouse gasses.

Cover Bare Spots With Bark: Spruce up bare spots around lawns and gardens with bark. Chopped bark, usually 1/4″ to 3″ in size, can be placed in large open areas to give a yard a finished look–and requires no water.

Upgrade Your Garden Soil: Garden soil should be replenished with nutrients before new planting. First, break up hard soil and add organic soil amendments. Next, consider rotating your garden–for example, plant tomato where corn was grown last year. By rotating vegetables of the same plant family to

Garden In Extreme Summer

Every gardener, with a common sense, can easily know that water poured on soil can evaporate easily. You can dig a small area around the plant, cover with stones and rocks where water can percolate down easily to prevent evaporation.

You can also test in the soil moisture the same way. You can poke a stick in the soil around the plant to see if there is moisture. You should water only if there is dryness on the surface.

You can water only near the root tips. Note, that plants do not catch water flowing around and absorb water only near their root tips. The rest of water all around the plant is wasted.

You can put ‘mulch’ near the plant roots to prevent water from evaporation. Mulch can be prepared from any layer, such as dry leaves, compost, brick pieces, hay to provide moisture near the stem of the plant at its lower part. All the plants, benefit from mulching. However, the mulch has to be changed or moved up and down to prevent infections by fungus and worms.

A grass lawn may be soothing to the eye, but they require water in

Garden Room

Think about room space and positioning

How you wish to use the room should be what guides your space and positioning considerations. Remember that the room can be placed anywhere in the garden, even if it is not that close to your main house or on the patio. You can actually hide it from view or choose a sunny spot so that you have enough light coming into the garden room. If you are looking to enjoy more privacy while using the room, then choose the location carefully.

Choose the appropriate structure

When it comes to garden rooms, the structure options are numerous. You can choose anything from tented spaces, glass boxes, mobile shepherd huts or fully constructed and insulated rooms. Again, your usage should help you determine what kind of structure is best for your garden. The size available in the garden can also be used in determining whether a mobile structure or a semi-permanent one is best. There are so many ready built solutions for garden rooms you can choose from but you can always have something unique built from scratch to match your personal preferences. But whatever you structure you choose, remember

Artificial Grass Is Superior to Natural Grass

First, the ultimate reason why we want to have a lush green grass surrounding our place is because they uplift the outdoor space with their natural beauty. Both the grasses qualify here as both look stunningly great and awesome. Some even call artificial grass as an exact replica of natural grass.

Once the appearance and beauty is done, then comes the real test. The durability and long lasting feature. This is the point where artificial one is superior than the natural one. The reason behind this is the premium quality of synthetic fibres used in the manufacturing process. They are soft, durable and hard wearing. Some of the grasses come with an impressive 10 years of the warranty period. This means, once you installed these grasses, they are going to remain fresh and green for years to come. So, you don’t need to worry about them at all. These grasses can withstand harsh weather conditions and remain at bay from wear and tear. And as far as natural grass is concerned, they are not going to remain fresh and green for long, if you stop maintaining them.

Here we come on the maintenance factor. As mentioned

All about Vegetable Garden

Level ground with good drainage or ground with a slight slope is just about ideal. If the ground is on a slight slope make the slope even by filling in any depressions with soil taken from obvious high spots otherwise some plants will suffer from excess moisture while others, a few feet away, suffer from the lack of it. It is difficult to obtain an even stand of seedlings on uneven ground, for germination is always patchy.

If the only ground is on a moderate to steep slope it will be necessary to construct a number of bench terraces to conserve soil and moisture. The grade of the slope will determine the number of terraces necessary. Moderate slopes need two or three wide terraces; steep slopes call for several narrower ones. On moderate slopes the terraces can be shaped with soil, but on steeper slopes retaining walls of concrete, brick or stone are essential to prevent severe damage and soil loss during heavy storms. For preference these terraces should slope back slightly from the retaining wall. At all costs avoid, if possible, low-lying ground which is likely to become waterlogged in the rainy season. These lower soils

Healthy Summer Lawn

Fertilize Lawns In The Spring

A home lawn which is healthy before Summer arrives is a far better solution to achieve a healthy Summer lawn, than if we were to wait until Summer arrives and then trying to create a healthy lawn. The same is true of Winter lawn care.

Fertilization of turf should be done prior to the onset of the two harshest seasons, Summer and Winter. So we want to be sure we have fertilized with a high quality fertilizer prior to the onset of Summer so that the lawn is in its peak health as the heat arrives.

The Importance Of Correct Summer Lawn Mowing

Loss of moisture in soils is responsible for the majority of turf problems in the Summer. As already discussed, we can greatly improve this situation by watering correctly to promote deep root growth, but we can also help the soil further by reducing the amount of water lost through evaporation in the Summer sun.

While a strong healthy lawn growing in full sunlight can be cut short, for most lawns which are less than perfect, their greatest health benefit in Summer can come about by

Carnivorous and Insectivorous Floras

Drosera (Sundews)

Australia is home to some of the most dangerous and fascinating creatures. From the plants and flowers growing in Australian localities, the Drosera or the sundews is among the hundreds of insect-eating plants. Its deadly powers come from its sticky tentacles that trap insects for digestion.

It is a fighter as they can hold extended exposure to the sun, but will require hydration or they die. As the Drosera grows heavier, it may take a siesta down the pot. Gardeners planning to grow them should not be wary as it will eventually grow back with more vigor.

Nepenthes

Also called the Monkey Cups, Nepenthes resembles a pitcher storing fluids that monkeys love. They can’t swallow big mammals like monkeys. Yet, they are capable of digesting small frogs, small crawling animals or winged insects when grown higher.

These plants can be daunting to grow, but doable nonetheless. Where will be the fun in doing something easy, right? They are apt for growing in a spacious greenhouse because they can grow longer. But, hybrids allow plant lovers to bring it indoors. Maybe you could change the theme of your living room and make

Control Coontail Moss

1. Reduce the Use of Fertilizer near the water body- Chemicals such as Phosphorus and nitrogen foster the growth of weeds like Coontail.

2. Insert fish- Another effective way of curbing the growth of plant is to introduce grass carp inside the water body. These fishes eat all the weeds and grow tremendously, as a result of the nutrition gained through these hornwort.

3. Apply herbicide- Application of the herbicide is advised in case the plant grows exceptionally in leaps and bounds. Before applying a chemical such as Aquacide Pellets, we suggest that you first measure the area which is infested with Coontail and then apply the herbicide selectively.

Carefully read all the instructions related to the application of herbicide or call with specific questions. Herbicides such as Aquacide Pellets can be evenly distributed by hand broadcast using 100 to 150 pounds per acre.

4. What all You Need.

• Fishes like Grass carp, koi and other effective ones.
• Aquacide Pellets.
• Use shade-Limiting sunlight to the pond also restricts its ability to grow (Aquashade).

Trees Can Affect Value of Home

The front garden is the gateway to your home, the first thing a potential buyer sees and an impression will quickly be drawn in the first few seconds.

How does it look to you, do you have a large, overgrown and badly maintained hedge or a tree that has become too large, blocking out light and has branches that are overhanging into the street or the garden next door? Perhaps the front garden is fine so no problems there, so now take a look at the back garden.

Is the grass neat and tidy, do you have lots of overgrown beds, borders and shrubs creating a tangled mess and lots of weeds? Perhaps that is all fine but you have a tree or trees that have been badly maintained, are now far too big, look like they could cause a potential hazard and are blocking out all the light.

Trees and gardens that have been unmaintained can not only reduce the value of your home, they all too easily put off potential buyers. All they will be able to visualise is the additional added cost of either having the tree or trees removed or heavily