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Building a Compost Bin

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Composting should be an essential part of gardening. It is a way to recycle your yard and kitchen waste and reduce the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal. There are a variety of composting bins that can be purchased or built and this video is an example of using old wood pallets to create your own Read More→

Originally posted 2009-07-03 08:56:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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written by: Gerardas Norkus

Gardens come in different varieties like the plants you find in them. There are several gardening tips that can be used for all type of gardens.

1.Mulching protects your garden topsoil from being blown away. It also provides nutrients as it decomposes and improves the appearance of your gardens. Mulching has other benefits and is one of the most recommended gardening tips by gardeners and farmers alike.

2.Healthy plants are more disease resistant. Plant are like people, a person with a strong immune system can combat diseases. A healthy plant does the same.

3. Pests can be eradicated by cleaning the plant with a watery solution of soap. Just make sure to rinse after. This gardening tip is best heeded for fruit bearing trees or edible plants.

4. Using compost fertilizers are a great way to have healthy plants. It is also a great way to save money on expensive fertilizers. Non -organic fertilizers also tend to leave chemical residues that can accumulate in garden soils and harm not only the plants but the gardeners as well. They cause toxins to go to the water supplies. Another gardening tip recommended not just by farmers and gardeners but also by environmentalists.

5. There are several plants that are only suitable for a specified climate, a certain kind of soil or can only grow with certain plants. You have to know what plant grow in the conditions you have in your area this is for you to avoid unnecessary purchases. This is a money saving gardening tip.

6.Landscaping is a good investment which can double the value of your home. This is one gardening tip that can earn you money.

7. Growing grass on bare ground is an easy way to make your home look better and appreciate in value. This is one gardening tip that promotes earning money while growing grass legally.

8. Aside from looking great in your home, trees also provide some sort of protection from direct sunlight exposure and strong winds.

9. Vines on the walls, fences and overhead structures also would offer some protection and would also look great.

10.Flowers are beautiful, but they are also expensive. Get one that is resistant to many elements. Flowers from your local community already have developed resistance to conditions present in your area.

11.For most gardens plants, their roots go only as deep as 6 inches. Putting fertilizer deeper than that would be a waste of money. Put them shallower as they seep down when the plants are being watered.

12.Earthworms are important to plants. They till and aerate the soil for the roots to breathe. Non-organic fertilizers can kill them. This gardening tip dates back to the old days of gardening.

13. Having several kinds of insects that are beneficial to your garden would be good. These insects can be encouraged to stay by having diverse plants in your garden.

14. Spot spraying weeds with household vinegar, instead of using commercial weed-killers, can eradicate them. This is another environment friendly gardening tip.

15. Avoid putting too much mulch on tree trunks, this would encourage unwanted pests to reside on them.

16. Use plant varieties that are common to your area or have been taken from an area with similar conditions.

17. Be sure to know the plants that are poisonous. If you are intent on growing them, make sure to have the necessary cure available in your household. Take note of this gardening tip, it can save your life.

18. The best time to water plants is during mornings.

19. Before planting a new plant in your garden, you must consider its height and size when it matures. This garden tip can help you save money in the future.

20. Newly transplanted plants may require special attention during its first week. This is to reduce the stress and shock it got during transplantation.

And last but not the least of the gardening tips

21.Plants are living entities. If you want them to grow in your garden you have to treat them as such. They need to be taken care of. They are like your pets, you look out for them. In return you get that feeling of contentment watching them thrive.

A good way to take care of them is to consider that plants might have some feelings too.

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Gerardas Norkus

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Originally posted 2009-05-08 07:00:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Passion Vine Trellis

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All kinds of great advice about different kinds of vines and what they can do for you and where you want to grow them. You can’t beat a vine that attracts butterflies, so sit back and enjoy!

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How to use a passion vine to provide food for birds and other wildlife and shade for your porch

Originally posted 2009-06-22 10:24:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Growing Your Own Herbs

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Growing Your Own Herbs by Robert Thomson

If you’re not the type of person that wants to spend their time managing an elaborate fruit or vegetable garden, you might consider planting and maintaining an herb garden. While the product might not seem as significant, you’ll still enjoy the constant availability of fresh, delicious herbs to flavor your meals with.

First you’ll want to choose the herbs that you’ll plant. You might have a hard time doing this because of the huge scope of herbs available. But the best way to choose is to do what I did; just look at what you have in your kitchen. By planting your own collection of these herbs, you can save money on buying them from the grocery store while having the added benefit of freshness. Some of the herbs you might start with include rosemary, sage, basil, dill, mint, chives, and parsley among others.

When choosing an area to put your herb garden, you should remember that the soil should have extremely good drainage. If the dirt gets watered and stays completely saturated, you have no chance of ever growing a healthy plant. One of the best ways to fix the drainage problem is to dig a foot deep in the soil, and put a layer of crushed rocks down before replacing all the soil. This will allow all that water to escape, thus saving your plants.

When you are ready to begin planting herbs, you might be tempted to buy the more expensive plants from the store. However, with herbs it is much easier to grow them from seed than it is with other plants. Therefore you can save a bundle of money by sticking with seed packets. Some herbs grow at a dangerously fast rate. For example, if you plant a mint plant in an open space then it will take over your entire garden in a matter of days. The best way to prevent this problem is to plant the more aggressive plants in pots (with holes in the bottom to allow drainage, of course).

When it comes time to harvest the herbs you have labored so hard over, it can be fatal to your plant to take off too much. If your plant isn’t well established, it isn’t healthy to take any leaves at all, even if it looks like its not using them. You should wait until your plant has been well established for at least several months before taking off any leaves. This wait will definitely be worth it, because by growing unabated your plant will produce healthily for years to come.

Once you’ve harvested your delicious home grown herbs, you’ll want to use them in cooking. Why else would you have grown them? Well first the process begins with drying them out. This is easily achieved by placing them on a cookie sheet and baking them 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 4 hours. After they’re sufficiently dried to be used in cooking, you can consult the nearest cookbook for instructions on using them to effectively flavor a dish.

If you want to store your herbs for later usage, you should keep them in a plastic or glass container. Paper or cardboard will not work, because it will absorb the taste of the herbs. During the first few days of storage, you should regularly check the container and see if any moisture has accumulated. If it has, you must remove all the herbs and re-dry them. If moisture is left from the first drying process, it will encourage mildew while you store your herbs. Nobody likes mildew.

If you enjoy herbs or gardening, or both, then you should probably consider setting up an herb garden. It might require a little bit of work at first to set it up for optimal drainage, and pick what herbs you want to grow. But after the initial hassle, it’s just a matter of harvesting and drying all your favorite herbs.

Jonathan Locke is the author of many articles on gardening, including How to Grow Tomatoes, How to Grow Potatoes, and How to Grow Herbs.

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Originally posted 2009-01-20 12:23:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Bravo Brave Gardener!

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Courage: a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear(1)

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Come spring as we begin our fearless foray into peoples messy untamed garden jungles; surrounded by piles of menacing dead branches, unsightly beds filled with brown and wilted vegetation, cracked and broken pots, old abandoned sharp tools left to rust lying in a grey and mucky menagerie-
We climb mountains of boulders which can be slippery and precarious, we forage streams of spring run-off and deep pooling water, we have to hack our way through dangerous raspberry patches, and we sometimes get mangled by sharp clawing rose vines. We clear giant tree branches, shovel mountains of mud, and haul piles of debris. It’s hard, back breaking work…and we do it!

We encounter wild animals on land; squirrels, chipmunks, salamanders….the occasional worm. Cougars! Don’t laugh, it’s true…One can never be too careful, I say to myself when fear creeps up my spine on that rare occasion that I find myself no longer in the formal garden but suddenly in the woods…out back…yep, scary stuff.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the sky! Many a gardener has been attacked from above by angry and venomous wasps. I myself have had to fight and claw off an angry swarm of stinging mud daubers. My only salvation was to dive head long into the swimming pool. “I don’t believe it!”, you say. Well, believe it! It’s a mad jungle out there. And the only thing between you and that beautiful garden is a BRAVE gardener!

And brave is what we are. We are Garden Hero’s, come to save the day! We accept our accolades with a humble sense of “just doing our job, mam, sir!” “All in a days work!” and then we quietly return the job at hand.

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Originally posted 2009-02-13 17:47:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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This is a video clip from Six Minute Style on how to plant a container herb garden. Herbs are not only great for cooking, they are also are a very fragrant and appealing addition to any garden or patio.

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Originally posted 2009-07-17 16:57:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Zebra Longwing, Beautiful and Unique by Diana Cooper

The Zebra Longwing, also known as the Zebra Heliconian, was declared the official butterfly of my home state Florida in 1996. These beautiful and unique little creatures, actually insects, with long narrow black wings and yellow zebra-like stripes (purposely designed by nature to help avoid and warn off predators) live throughout Florida and are plentiful on my land in the North Central section. You can also find Zebras in warm and damp tropical areas of Texas, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Certain passion vines are the host plant for the Zebra Longwing; it is the only plant the larvae will eat. A corky stemmed passion vine is a favorite of theirs which grows wild in Florida, classified as a weed. Eggs are laid in groups of 5-15 on leaves of the host plant. The larvae will hang in a “J” position waiting to form a chrysalis. In about 10 to 14 days the adult emerges. No time is wasted with this life cycle for an eager male will mate with a female as she is about to emerge from the chrysalis. The Zebra Longwing can go from egg to butterfly in a little over three weeks.

Zebra Longwings live a longer life than most butterflies, up to 6 months compared to a week or two. Experts believe this is because of their diet. Not only do Zebras feed on nectar, they are the only known butterflies to eat pollen which is rich in protein. If denied pollen, their life span is greatly decreased. Zebras feed off of a variety of plants. I noticed my group feeds off many, including the lantana, porterweed, mexican sunflower, powder puff, milkweed and candy corn but the one they seem to enjoy the most is the red penta.

During the daytime hours the Zebras will fly slowly and gracefully, almost as floating, through the air instead of fast and fluttery like other butterflies; however, they can pick up speed when threatened. The Zebra Longwing is less fearful of predators, not only because of their warning colors, but because of their foul taste. Passion vines, consumed by the larvae, contain a toxin that makes adult Zebras poisonous to predators. Once a predator experiences such a taste they will never forget.

Another unusual feature of Zebra Longwings is that adults roost in groups of up to 70 at night. The Zebras on my land will huddle together (about 18-20) on a strand of moss hanging from an oak tree near one of my gardens. Each night they return to the same spot and on cold and gloomy days they will remain there. Although Zebras are commonly in flight all year in South Florida, I have seen a few survive on my land during the cold winter months.

Zebra Longwings are wonderful to have around. If you live in their territory and don’t have the native plants required, just plant some of the above mentioned flowers and in no time you should have your own family of Zebra Longwings.

Diana Cooper specializes in nature and wildlife photography. You can visit her websites at (gallery, articles, links) and (photo cards and gift items of flowers and butterflies).

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Originally posted 2009-01-30 01:16:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The Life Cycle Of Flowers

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The Life Cycle Of Flowers by Jules Sims

Flowers, also called blooms or blossoms, is the reproductive organs of the stand. The chief affair of a flower is too precipitate the merger of the gentleman sperm with female ovum to construct seeds and breed the species. The basic managed starts with pollination, which in favor causes fertilization, and the leads to the formation of the seeds. There are different habits that the lodge causes diffusion of it’s seeds. It can range it’s seeds by breeze or like the blackberry hide and increase it’s seeds by use of birds and animals.

Seeds are the next generations, or offspring, and are the initial means by which the species ensures it’s continuation. The production of the tiny flora on a song deposit is called inflorescence. Besides being the reproductive organs of peak plants, plants have been used by humans all across the world to revamp their surroundings and as a fund of food.

Every flower has a point which helps the convey of it’s pollen in the most competent way potential. Some types of plants are self pollinated, such as many types of sativas, while others expect pollination by insects. Plants, such as many types of mints or clover, interest and use bees, bats, birds, etc. to removal pollen from one flower to another. Most plants have glands called nectaries on countless parts that fascinate insects such as bees. Some flora had patterns termed nectar guides, that help insects like butterflies where to look for the pleasing nectar. Flowers can also draw pollinators to them by using detect and shade. And some plants use an astute mimicry to draw pollinators to them. Many types of orchids construct plants that look like a female bee in their coloration, cologne, and their identity to draw the chap bees to them.

A giant arrayed of flower species are also specialized in their particular nature to have an arrangement of the stamens to make convinced that the pollen grains are transferred to the bodies of the insect when it domain looking for what attracted it in the first place. By the insect’s faithful pursuit of the pollen, nectar, etc. from many different plants of the same species, the insect transfers pollen to the assorted stigmas of each flower with that solitary minded precision to all the plants it parkland on.

There are many plants that expand pollen from one flower to the next by using breeze. Many of the examples that use this mode embrace Birch foliage, Ragweed, Dandelions, Milkweed, etc. These plants have no very basic to draw insects or other creatures to pollinate them and then cultivate to not have sharp and glitzy flowers.

The male and female flowers are on the same stand with the male flowers having some long filaments finish in the stamens, and the female flowers having the long light stigmas. The pollen of entomophilous flowers, (flowers that should pollinators), have the movement to be large-grained, pretty sticky, and rich in vital proteins, the anemophilous flower, (flowers that needed no pollinators), pollen has tiny grains, is very light, non-sticky, and has little or no nutritional meaning to insects or other creatures.

Flowers are a gorgeous and necessary part of our world. They can calm our minds and sooth our souls in an increasingly excited age. Plant a plot and have the inherent beauty of flowers!

To read about phalaenopsis orchids and orchid pots, visit the Care Of Orchids

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Originally posted 2009-01-10 13:36:01. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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One of the problems that a new northern landscape may encounter is a lack of plant material to fill the landscape with. A new garden can be a little sparse sometimes as you wait for the young plants to mature-which can take about three years when you live in a northern climate. So instead of looking at mulch for the next three years, get pro-active and plant some ground cover! And a lot of it. Use ground cover to help fill in between plants, fountains and garden decor, or around stepping stones.
Before you start planting just anything you need to choose your ground cover based on the light, water, and traffic conditions in your garden. Here are just a few of the many ground cover ideas a gardener in a northern climate garden might want tHelluhnoðri
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If you have a sunny garden you might want to consider planting some sedum. It comes in many different foliage and flower colors ranging from yellow and white and bright green to pink and burgundy. Sedum is great for a garden that does not receive a lot of water as it is drought tolerant and actually thrives in poor soil conditions. It is often used on a lot of those new fangled green roof tops to give you an idea of what kind of environment it likes. Hot, hot and hot! It is not a great ground cover choice if there is going to be a lot of foot traffic, though. Read More→

Originally posted 2010-01-02 11:51:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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How To Play The Boo Game

This is a great game and is really fun for everyone of all ages. The best part is that you can get your neighbors into the Halloween spirit by engaging them in this fun game called “Boo!”

In some parts of the country it is popular and in others…well, don’t be surprised if nobody has even heard of it.

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Originally posted 2009-10-13 05:41:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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