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Caring for Bonsai Tree

Soil

Another important factor is soil. Soil is always a top-priority and one of the most influential elements to plant growth. You must use the right soil conditions for a Bonsai tree to thrive and flourish. The soil you need will depend on the species of Bonsai tree you purchase. There are several species, so be sure you know which one you have so you can pick the proper soil and fertilizer.

Water

As mentioned, Bonsai trees are not your normal house plant. In fact, they are not a plant at all; they are trees and require the same level of care as the trees in your backyard. As for water, they require watering every day. So if you are out of town, you must have someone care for your tree just like you would for your dog. And you don’t water Bonsai trees the same as house plants. You must place them in a bowl of water and allow the soil to soak. Once the bubbles stop in the water, the tree is done.

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

Healthy Flower Garden

PROVIDING THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF WATER.

Watering the flower garden need to be decided carefully to know the time of watering, the method used, and the amount of water to be used. A lot of water can make the plants to rot while insufficient can make them to die and wither. For a healthy flower garden, an overhead irrigation system should be discouraged since it leads to spreading of diseases while some systems deliver water into the surroundings rather than in the water where it is needed. In fact, it’s necessary to follow the watering suggestions for the flower and update your irrigation system.

CONTROLLING WEEDS.

Weeds can make a healthy flower garden to look ugly and unappealing. They take up nutrients and water that are needed by flowers and they act as a habitat for pests and insects. Controlling weeds when they are small is easier since they do not produce seeds at that early stage. Weed control methods include hoeing, hand pulling, and spraying.

CONTROLLING DISEASES.

When flowers are not doing well,

Pick Sod for Yard

Cool Season Grasses

If you live in a region with cold winters and hot summers and has regular periods of rain. Three of the most common cool season grasses are Kentucky bluegrass, Ryegrass, and Bentgrass.These grasses can go dormant during times of droughts and experience two periods of shoot growth annually, once in mid-spring and again in early fall.

Warm Season Grasses

If you live in the hot and humid climates found in places like the southern United States, one should choose warm season grasses. Warm season grasses only have a single expanded shoot growth during the summer. Many kinds of warm season grasses require special care during the winter months when blades tend to turn brown and may require reseeding in areas damaged by the cold. Popular warm season grasses include St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Centipede.

What Will Your Grass Be Used For?

If your lawn will be heavily used by kids who play on it or you have frequent outdoor get togethers or BBQ’s. Then consider grass that can withstand a lot of foot traffic. Two options would be Bermuda or Zoysia. Both of these withstand heavy use better than most

About 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

Rules of Culinary Gardens

Location, location, location: Close to the kitchen, not to close for aesthetics. You want your culinary garden to be close enough to cut quickly. But remember, you’ll be cutting your herbs often, so the plants might not be the prettiest. If it will bother you to have cut-back plants as your first view out the door, rethink placement.

Shoot for the sun: By and large, herbs hanker for the sun. Choosing a sunny locale gives you the best chance for overall success with your culinary garden. Added to that, they just taste better, with more nutrients and richer colors that add up to better flavor.

Flowers begone!: When herbs flower, their leaves tend to grow bitter. After that it’s unlikely to go back to producing leaves. The best strategy? Every four to six weeks in season, plant new plants.

Prune your evergreens: Sage, thyme, rosemary… these are the evergreen herbs, and as such they’ll need care and attention. If you aren’t cutting them regularly, you’ll notice branches that appear dead or dormant. Prune them at least once a year (spring or fall).

Beware the mint!: If you insist on mint, whatever you do, don’t

Hugelkultur

Step 1

The first step in building a mound is to removed the grass sods in the area it will be established. These sods will be placed on top of the wood pile before adding top soil.

Step 2

A typical hugelkultur mound will be around 1 to 2 meters wide at the base with a similar to width height ratio. Logs and any sort of (untreated) wood and timber debris are piled up in a tight pile.

Step 3

Add woodchips, bark and finer debris between the gaps of the wood debris and on top of this pile.

Step 4

Add the grass sods upside down on the top of the pile – don’t worry if it’s not enough to cover the whole pile.

Step 5

Add top soil, compost, straw, manure and other growing media to the pile. (Search Google for ideas on creating quality soil using permaculture principles) Leave pile to settle for a week or 2 before planting out.

I recommend searching images on Google for Hugelkultur to see how the mounds are constructed.

A well constructed Hugelkultur mound will gradually reduce in

Creative Flower Planters

Rain Boots

Flowers have always been a staple motif for fashion. You are never caught in bad fashion, even when it rains. But, as the seasons change, we just threw away key fashion pieces. So, if you have rain boots with a missing pair, make use of it by repurposing it into artistic flower containers. Being a fashionista, this project has you written all over it.

Old Toys

One thing that Toy Story taught us is that we all grow and our most cherished toys will become a distant memory. Don’t just keeping them in the attic. Bring them out and make imaginative planters out of them. You can recreate scenes straight out from your childhood days.

Candle Holders

Some people are into scented candles and all those relaxation shenanigans. If you are one of these fanatics, you may have a couple of candle holders hidden in your storage room. These things will make magnificent flower planters that are effortlessly creative. You are rid of unused things, while having an artistic representation of your inner yoga diva.

Baskets

What can you remember when you see baskets? Perhaps it will

Tricks Remove Lily Pads

Physical Removal

1. Grass Eating Carp – Grass eating carp are one way to keep aquatic vegetation down. It is recommended to maintain two small grass carp per surface acre to ensure the proper maintenance.

2. Raking – The Raking method can be difficult especially if the roots are well established but can be done early in the growth cycle.

3. Cut the lilies – The Weed Razer works great for cutting the lily pads directly at the base. This method is similar to mowing the lawn in that you will need to do it several times per season but you can often save some money over chemical treatment however it will usually take up more of your time.

Chemical Treatment

Proper treatment can surely give you best of results and ensure relatively less growth of lily pads.

1. Early Season Growth – As Aquacide Pellets are a great option early in the growth cycle because the lilies are growing very quickly and will absorb the Aquacide Pellets material relatively quickly and the roots will be dead in three weeks. Reapply in three weeks if you still notice some growth.

2.

Place for Garden Shed

If you simply require extra storage, the location may not be of great importance as long as the ground is dry and level. However, if you’re intending to use the shed as a workshop, potting shed or hobby space you will probably want a spot that is easily accessible and gets plenty of natural light.

Choosing a level part of the garden will make the build much easier. If you try to construct a shed on uneven ground you are going to struggle to put it together correctly. Walls will start to warp, doors won’t fit the frames and screw holes may not line up properly. The whole structure will be weakened before you’ve even finished assembly, and it won’t last very long.

Good drainage is also important. A sheltered spot at the bottom of the garden may seem ideal in summer, but could turn into a swamp in wet weather if the shed is set in a dip. No timber building, however well made, can withstand rising water for long!

It’s never a good idea to shoe-horn a building into a tight space – this is asking for damp. The timber needs to breathe,

Gardening Before Summer

Before the summer season arrives, you need to give the garden a complete clean. One way to do this is by removing debris, such as dead leaves and twigs, in addition to any rubbish. Weeding the garden would be recommended as well, as it eliminates the requirement for plants to compete for water during summer time.

Infected plants have the potential of spreading illnesses to other plants and the warm summer temperatures would be just right for diseases to spread. That is why, it is vital to discard all infected plants if there are any around the garden.

When to start

The best time one should start cleaning one’s garden in preparation for summer is a week or two before the summer season. This will give sufficient time for all issues in the garden to be resolved before the summer arrives.

Keeping it fresh and clean throughout summer

Besides working on the garden before summer, it is equally imperative to do gardening in order to maintain a clean and fresh garden. One way to do this is by keeping one’s garden pests and disease free.

Diseases and pests in the garden tend

Your Garden Without Pesticides

Allowing the biological process of decay do the work would invite a sturdy network of fungi to help bring nutrients to the plants. Finally, I used a technique called wintersowing to sow my seeds outside during the winter. I only planted native varieties, the idea being that they would be a boon to natural pollinators. Native plants would be able to care for themselves once established.

The real work came in the spring. Planting, watering new plants, only to plant and water more new plants, was a daily routine. I was sore in places I didn’t know had muscles, but the garden was doing very well. It was green, perfect, and all native.

The bees and butterflies came, but so did everything I had failed to anticipate. My new ‘serious’ garden began to be eaten before my eyes. There were all sorts of native leaf chewers: Aphids, slugs, and caterpillars to name a few. Leaves were mined and skeletonized and fell off. Flowers and buds were being sucked into oblivion.

However, the damage that really hurt my feelings was to the roses. When the Japanese beetles arrived, my roses were denuded of both foliage and

Strawberries growing in Pot

Necessary supplies:

  • Everbearing Strawberry Plants
  • Organic Soil
  • Self draining hanging pot with water collector

Purchase already started strawberry plants from your local garden center or buy them online from a reputable retailer. When purchasing your strawberry plants, be sure that the plant is an everbearing strawberry, meaning it will continuously produce fruit throughout most of the year.

Fill the hanging pot about 1/2 way with dampened organic soil and place the strawberry plant in the center.

Continue filling the pot with soil until it is full. Be sure to use a large hanging basket with good drainage in the bottom. A self draining pot with a water collector at the bottom is a great choice for strawberries.

Press the soil down gently, but don’t compact the soil. The plant needs room to grow and if the soil is too tight, it will make it harder for the roots to take place.

Lightly water the soil. Don’t soak the soil, or you risk drowning your new plant. Just water until the soil is damp and pliable.

Hang the strawberry plant in bright sunlight for at least six to eight hours each day.

Water

Artificial Grass

One of the biggest advantages of using fake grass for your garden areas is that it has a very low maintenance cost. Even, some of the grasses in the market are available in no maintenance at all. It is especially recommended for huge playgrounds or commercial parks because the maintenance cost’s scale is very low. According to the experts, it is financially very friendly as the cost of maintenance is very negligible, even after keeping in mind the factors like vacuuming, repairing, refilling and even watering.

Another perspective of seeing the advantage of maintenance friendliness is that you do not have to waste hours in keeping a check on its growth or watering it for nourishment. This saves you a lot of time and gives you the freedom to enjoy your time, rather than wasting it in maintaining your garden.

Since, you do not have to water them, it saves a lot of water for the planet and thus is considered to be eco-friendly as far as saving water is concerned.

Unlike natural grass, it does not require pesticide treatment for keeping it at bay from pests and insects.

Durable and UV Resistant_ these

Farming in High Salinity Soils

High salinity soils in farms and gardens is becoming a worldwide problem. High concentrations of salt impact crops in a number of ways, from a reduction in yield all of the way to total crop failure.

In fact, the United Nations “estimates that 2,000 hectares of farmland (nearly 8 square miles) of farmland is ruined daily by salt degradation. So far, nearly 20 percent of the world’s farmland has been degraded, an area approximately the size of France.”

The rest of this article will discuss 4 solutions to farming in high salinity soils. While there are other methods used, these are the most common and generally the most successful.

Improving Drainage and Leaching

First, if adequate water sources and good drainage are available, the soils can be washed (leached) to remove the excess salt. Drainage is an absolute must, because the water must move through soil and not just run off the surface.

Select and Plant Salt Tolerant Crops

Plants widely vary in their salt tolerance. One method to control saline soils is to plant crops that have a high salt tolerance. Crops selection varies greatly by climate so check with your

Vegetables can grow in Winter

You can use so-called “season extenders” for winter gardening to retain some level of warmness for your plants and to protect them from wind and snow damage. This can be:

With this later system, you’re flexible when it comes to size. You can create small row covers just large enough to cover your plants; or you can create a kind of greenhouses, that you’re able to enter and work inside.

The benefits of these systems are, of course, that you use the greenhouse effect to heat up the air under the respective cover. As it will get cold at night nevertheless, best grow cold-resistant plants.

There are winter gardening vegetables that can be planted even in late fall or in the winter months (also when the ground is frozen). In fact, some plants (so-called cold season plants) are meant to be planted rather and will not grow as well if planted late in the year.

The benefit of planting early is that a.) You get healthy, resistant plants and b.) You get your vegetable yields much more early (in spring instead of in summer).

Before planting any seeds, you should always clear your

Tricks Build Garden Pond

Decide the type of garden pond construction
Depending on the purpose, you should decide how deep and how big your garden pond would be. This is a critical decision to make since you cannot simply change the size and depth of your garden pond the moment it is finished.

To determine the size, shape, and depth of your pond consider the number and the kind of marine life and aquatic plant you will put in. You may want to read specific articles that instruct you the right size of pond for a particular fish.

Select your location.
Garden pond can improve the beauty of your garden and at the same time, can attract different birds and butterflies. To enjoy these two, you should select a location close to your home. It is important that the garden pond must be placed away from direction of rainwater run-off. Keep your pond away from trees.

Mark the area of the garden pond
Once you have decided what type of pond to construct and where to place it, now is the perfect time to get your tools ready and start heading to the location. First, mark the area of

Information of Organic Gardening Supplies

Bear in mind; organic fertilizer is extremely different when compared to the chemical options. However, it’s one of the biggest supplies utilized in organic farming because it raises the fertility quantity of a soil.

You also need composting supplies, which are employed for decomposition of the plant remains. It also gets rid of other living organisms and acts being an accelerator.

Another significant need needs to be nematodes. These are something which come naturally within the soil and assist the soil’s fertility to improve as well. You might also need things like mite predators and organic fungicides or insecticides. You’ve probably heard of Neem oil before, but if you haven’t it utilizes all these too to grow Neem trees. These happen to be medicinal in nature and can help control insects, mites, and fungi.

Other organic gardening supplies can include; spreaders and stickers. You’ll find these within the spray process, however in order for the organic pesticides to work well they need to spread fast towards the plant. The stickers are used to guarantee the spray actually keeps the Guarana plant rather than dripping off.

You definitely don’t want your plants to become susceptible

Types of Weeds Grow

  1. Chickweed

Chickweed plants are famous travelers and they are very persistent. They are active all year-round. Generally, they love make themselves at home in the tropics and in cold climates. However, even during autumn when most weeds are blackened by frost, they are still fresh and green. Their seeds sprout and their star-shaped flowers open even during winter.

  1. Bindweed

This kind of weed is a close relative of the morning glory. Bindweed plants have the ability to twist their stem around and around until they have climbed to the top of a larger plant.

  1. Poison Ivy

This plant is famous clinging vine with roots growing from its stem. These roots allow them to cling to a stone wall or the bark of a tree.

  1. Dodder

This is the most dangerous kind of weed to have. If left to themselves, they will kill your plants and take over your garden.

Since they have no leaves and lack green coloring matter, they are unable to make their own food. In order to survive, they curl around another plant with their orange-yellow stem and get nourishment from the plant they

Get Benefits from Aquaponics Gardening

1. Due to the fact you will not be using soil there is no weeding.

2. Watering is eliminated because water is circulated automatically from the fish pond to the grow bed. Aquaponics use about 10% of the water used by conventional gardening.

3. All fertilizers are supplied by the fish waste being circulated through the grow bed.

4. Soil pests are eliminated, no soil is used in an Aquaponics grow bed.

5. Your fruit and vegetables will grow at least twice as fast as conventional gardening.

6. Energy use is a lot less, estimated 70% saving.

7. More plants in the same area, up to 10 times.

8. All fruit and vegetables are totally organic.

9. Extremely low cost of growing your plants.

10. You have fresh organic fruit and vegetables to pick as you use them