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written by Rebecca Rambal

Poppy in a garden
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When you think of Feng Shui, you mainly associate it with the home or the office, rearranging the furniture and surrounding yourself with objects that attract good luck. However it is not only indoors that can be designed using Feng Shui. You can also use it to create the perfect garden environment.

If a garden is part of your property, Feng Shui should be incorporated into it. That will really help to bring you the best results. We all like our gardens to look impressive and beautiful. It allows us to appreciate our environment a lot more and it helps to release positive energy that helps us flourish. Feng Shui gives us the tools needed to create the most positive outside environment and the best part is that you don’t need a huge garden to use Feng Shui arrangements.

Incorporating Feng Shui into the Garden

~ Orange Tree ~
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One of the main factors that you have to take into account when it comes to Feng Shui is that clutter is always a bad thing. This also applies to the garden. If you have a lot of clutter outside of your doorway you won’t attract good energy. Make sure that the entrance to your home looks welcoming and tidy. Also make sure you clean up once Winter is gone. The cold weather and the snow will cause leaves to stick to your lawn and in your flower beds. Once you have tidied everything away, you can truly start to incorporate Feng Shui into the garden.

If you want to plant trees in your garden, aim to plant them at the sides and around the back of your garden. Don’t plant them too close to your home as, although they are fantastic producers of positive energy, they can overshadow the home and look a little too imposing if placed too close. There should always be plenty of natural light shining into your home, so don’t place anything in the garden that will block out the light. Read More→

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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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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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garden decor

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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How to Make Paper Pots

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This is a handy video from Dave’s Garden on making paper pots for your seedlings. The only items needed are Read More→

Originally posted 2009-07-13 16:39:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Happy Spring Everyone! Here in Michigan the daffodils and forsythia are blooming and the peonies are pushing out of the grown like gangbusters! So as far as I’m concerned it’s time to get off the couch and get to work in the garden. With that in mind I have made a small list that I am calling:
Spring Garden Do and Don’t List
Forsythia has Sprung!
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  • Do clean out some of the leaves and brush that littered your beds over the winter
  • Don’t mangle your plants while you do this and don’t over do the clean-up as leaf debris will enrich the soil
  • Do trim your spirea, rose of sharon(you can really hack it back now),butterfly bush, hydrangea arborescence(white hydrangeas), hydrangea paniculata(tree form hydrangeas)
  • Don’t trim your pink or blue hydrangea macrophyllas! They bloom on terminal bud from last year
  • Don’t trim you viburnum, lilac, forsythia(wait till May), or fruit trees Read More→

Originally posted 2010-04-09 10:02:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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This is a video clip from a film Lee O’Hara made on organic vegetable gardening. His gardening area is only 420 square feet (roughly a 2 car garage), and he has creatively found ways to utilize every inch of space so that he never has to buy vegetables from the market. We have not yet bought his product, but what he is doing is pretty interesting!

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By Scott M. Free and Nickolie Allen Greer
A Summer Garden Scene from Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire
Photo by UGArdener

Creating a walkway or path for your garden, flowerbed or lawn is a superb way of adding a glorious touch to the outdoor environment. There are innumerable options from where you can make a choice. Quite a few options have been mentioned below; let’s take a look at them:

• Basic Brick Pathway: The first thing that comes into our mind before creating walkways or paths is bricks. Using bricks you can give any desired shape to your path. In simple words, using bricks you can create several paths such as winding, meandering as well as narrow.

What’s more interesting is that bricks are available in various patterns and designs. You may even choose whether you desire to set the path in concrete or sand. Almost all people prefer opting for a concrete base!

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Originally posted 2010-03-03 14:51:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Growing African Violets with Artificial Lights by Susan Slobac

African violets are glorious indoor blooming plants. They are not hard to take care of, but they do require bright light and the proper care in order to flourish and bloom all year long. African violets grow very well indoors under artificial light.

African violets require ten to fourteen hours each day of good light. Plants with variegated leaves need more than that, and African violets with yellow flowers need less. Fluorescent lights are appropriate for this task, as are HID lights. HID, or high intensity discharge lights, come in a metal halide and high-pressure sodium versions. They give off a higher quantity of light than either fluorescent or incandescent bulbs, and more closely resemble sunlight. Both HID lamps and fluorescent lamps need digital ballasts to control the electrical current flowing through the bulb.These ballasts can be futurebrite digital ballasts or lumatek digital ballasts, and can be installed inside the light fixture or used as a separate component linked to the fixture and the bulb. These plants also need eight hours of darkness each day so that they bloom properly.

Other cultural needs your African violet has is for temperature, humidity and soil. These lovely plants do well in household temperatures that range from 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. They thrive in an area of high humidity, so adding a humidifier to their room is helpful. They like light well-drained soil, and soilless mixes are very good for this purpose.

You will not want to spray or mist your African violet with water, because this can damage and discolor the fuzzy leaves. Instead, water the plant from the bottom by putting water in the saucer and let it be drawn up into the pot by the plant’s roots. If there is calcium in your water supply, it is best to let some water sit for 24 hours before you use it so the calcium dissipates. It is easy to overwater these plants, so check the soil with your finger, and give it some water when the top of the soil starts to feel dry. At the same time you can also fertilize the plant lightly.

There are many beautiful varieties of African violets from which you can choose your favorites. If you like bi-colored flowers, ‘Fancy Pants’ has single, frilly red and white ones. ‘Spectacular Blue’ actually look a bit more purple than blue, but its double ruffled petals will thrill you. If you like burgundy, you will flip when you see the double deep burgundy ‘Blackberry Jam.’ There are miniature African violets as well, such as the stunning double pink ‘Queen Sabrina.’ Your African violets will be spectacular when you meet all their easy cultural requirements, especially appropriate artificial lighting.

Susan Slobac is an expert in indoor gardening topics such as hydroponic gardening, digital ballasts and full spectrum grow lights

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Originally posted 2009-04-17 13:10:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Strawberries are a wonderful and sometimes easy fruit to grow. Strawberry plants should be kept out of the shade and grown in hot sunny areas with good drainage. Grow strawberries with tips Read More→

Originally posted 2009-07-07 15:18:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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