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Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:23:22 -0500

 



No Time To Slow Down: October Is Planting Season in Southern California

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:08:32 -0500

Just when your summer garden's best days are behind it, October comes along and a new planting season begins in southern California. Here's what to plant.



How To Control Algae And Green Water In Your Pond

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:34:57 -0500

Algae is perhaps the most annoying thing that one witnesses in his / her pond. In addition to this, algae also spoils the look of your pond and the nearby surroundings. You will also feel foul smell emanating from the pond and deplete oxygen for the aquatic species in pond.



Are Aquatic Herbicides Safe For Your Fish?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:10:40 -0500

As the term indicates, aquatic herbicides are chemicals specifically prescribed for use in water to kill or control the growth of aquatic plants. These herbicides can be sprayed directly on floating plants or can be applied in conjunction with the water. To reduce their need, individuals needs to implement best management practices for their property.



Designing My Home Garden

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:00:48 -0500

Designing a home garden can be tedious. Here's some helpful tips on how I designed my perfect garden in the front of our house.



Tips to Enjoy Your Weekends With Your Family and Friends

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:20:28 -0500

The sun is bright and shining in the sky and you may feel the urge to enjoy this summer time with your family and friends. Well, this is the feeling with many of us to go out in a beautiful lush green garden and enjoy some qualitative time with family.



Strawberries! Learn How to Grow and Look After Them

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:41:16 -0500

There is one fruit, which is a favourite among many people - the strawberry. Your children love the delicious red pieces, and you like them for the fact that you can include them in several dessert recipes, and overall it seems like whenever there are fresh strawberries, people are happy.



Artificial Grass and Its Pros and Cons

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:12:48 -0500

When you are thinking of giving a transformation to your outdoor space, you might think to install artificial grass in it. These fake grasses, in the recent years, have gained a lot of buzz and they are considered to be the best alternate option when you have a plan to create a lush green garden. Everything has pros and cons and so is the case with artificial turf.



Gardeners Need to Prepare For Hot Weather, Dry Winds in September

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:36:34 -0500

While most of the nation begins to see cooler weather in September, southern California is often faced with hot, dry Santa Ana winds that make it a challenge to keep a garden green, hydrated and producing. Don't Overwater Despite Sagging Leaves: Droopy vegetable leaves are common during Santa Ana wind events. The leaves sag during the day but come back to life in the evening after winds typically calm down.



Artificial Grass: The Beauty to Be Admired

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:52:44 -0500

This is Saturday evening and you are in your garden maintaining it. Well, this could be tiresome as you might consider it a time consuming task to water or mow your garden on a regular basis. While you are planning to enjoy your weekends with your friends or family on an outing, your garden seems to act as a spoiler for you.



Why Artificial Grass Is Superior to Natural Grass

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:36:53 -0500

A beautiful house with a beautiful garden is something which most of us desire for. The fact that growing natural grass in a garden is not an easy task. It requires things which are beyond our control like soil texture in that region, climatic conditions and similar other natural factors. But due to the advent of technology, we have this stunning alternate option, artificial grass.



All You Need to Know About Artificial Grass

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:03:16 -0500

In the recent years, we have seen a surge of artificial grass in almost every sphere of our life. They have proven their feasibility for personal as well as corporate areas. A few to name are home gardens, corporate parks, playgrounds in schools and colleges and for other recreational parks.



Comparing Natural and Artificial Grass

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:03:32 -0500

When you are planning to decorate your garden, then there are a lot of things which come into mind and one such thing is the lush green grass. Since inception, we have been in love with the serene and calm nature surrounding us, which is the reason why we love having beautiful gardens around us.



Small Tips to Revamp Your Interiors and Exteriors This Summer

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:06:12 -0500

With summers knocking at the door, you might feel the urge to revamp your interiors and exteriors. Most of us want to make our living space, i.e. our dream home a beautiful place. We do a lot of changes in and around just because we love doing it as changes create a different world and it keeps us live, animated and cheerful.



What Impact Do Gardening Services Have on Your House?

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:39:41 -0500

Property owners that have nice looking yards tend to be more pleased with the property they are living in. Owning a garden that looks nice, healthy, and hygienic doesn't only make most properties look beautiful, in fact, it can have a bigger impact on an individual's life than someone might think. That is why everyone should ensure that their garden is completely clean. You may decide to do that alone or get professional Gardening Services.



5 Best Reasons to Choose Artificial Grass for Your Garden

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:45:54 -0500

Your garden area is a beautiful and most important place where you can enjoy the beautiful sunny day, relax your mind and body and spend some quality time with your family. If you are thinking of creating a beautiful garden, then here are the 5 best reasons to choose artificial grass for it.



Easy Lawn Care: Tips for a Perfect Lawn

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:21:42 -0500

A lush and green lawn is a wonderful sight to behold but many homeowners believe a green lawn is difficult to achieve, let alone maintain. Below are a handful of simple tips homeowners can follow to establish a terrific lawn and maintain it. Eliminate and prevent weeds before they sprout Weeds are a big sore eye for any homeowner who has a lawn.



Organic Gardening Supplies

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:34:31 -0500

There are several among us who believe it is time to change our living habits, which includes using organic gardening supplies. Since we know what type of chemicals are being sprayed on our foods, there are many people who won't ever return to that again. It's one of many explanations why a lot of farms are switching to a naturally grown crop.



August Heat Makes Southern California Gardening a Challenge in Southern California

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:45:01 -0500

Average temperatures in southern California are at their highest in August making it a challenging month to keep gardens looking their best. Remove Nonproducing Vegetable Plants: We sometime continue to water vegetables plants that have produced little or no vegetables. By August, most vegetables planted in spring have already yielded a sizable crop.



Go For Interior Planting To Boost Workplace Efficiency

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:50:05 -0500

Everybody loves plants but not all like the idea of growing and taking care of the same. However, this is mainly because people are largely ignorant of the blessings that plants offer to us on an everyday basis.



5 Tips On Planting a Bee Friendly Garden

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:00:28 -0500

Planting a bee friendly garden will not only provide hours of entertainment to your house cat looking out the window, bees will also pollinate your vegetable garden, fruit trees, and bushes. Bee pollination will help your garden plants and trees grow larger and more tasty fruits and vegetables.



How to Use the Drip Irrigation Properly

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:16:08 -0500

To grow your plants properly, you should make sure that your plants can get enough water. And the garden drip irrigation system does a great help. So I am going to show you how to use the garden irrigation.



4 Solutions to Farming in High Salinity Soils

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:01:19 -0500

High salinity soils are a worldwide problem. There are many solutions to high salinity soils and 4 of the most common solutions are discussed in this article.



Gardening: How to Save Water

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:02:47 -0500

You may think that plants only need water but the truth is that they need much more. There are different ways to look after your garden without using thousands of litres of water per day. Here are some ways that you may find helpful.



5 Steps Can Help You in Finding the Best Polytunnel for Your Area

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:11:52 -0500

The best solution which can tolerate the harsh weather condition efficiently is the Poly tunnel. You can buy the one for your residential property- if you have a garden in your home. Several other types of businesses also buy these tunnels for varied storage needs.



Things Plant-Crazy People Have at Home

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:00:07 -0500

It was my first time visiting the boyfriend at his home. I was so nervous that I think will pee or collapse on the floor, whichever will come first. While left along the in their living room, I look around.



10 Tips for Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:56:28 -0500

Here you'll find some tips for planning your vegetable garden - from making lists and drawing your garden design to rotating crops, companion planting, and choosing varieties that suit your climate and your needs. Some folks like to plan their garden ahead of time, but other people prefer to just play it by ear. I'm in the first category since I find that, when planting time comes, things go much more smoothly when I've planned ahead.



The Best Gardening Tips for Spring Preparation

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:38:05 -0500

If there are debris in the garden, it is time for you to throw them out. Don't ignore the lawn and the pond. Remove any weeds from the garden and put them in a pile to create a compost that could be used when gardening. Dig up the soil in the garden and flowerbeds to make sure it doesn't harden. If you cannot do this yourself, it is time to find a gardening service.



Gardens Of The Past

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:20:54 -0500

The earliest gardens were grown for practical uses. They grew herbs or vegetables. When man became more civilized an upper class emerged that could enjoy decorative gardens. They had servants or slaves to do all the gardening.



Trichoderma Species As Biofertilizers

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:47:02 -0500

There are several species of Trichoderma fungi that are used as biofertilizers. In this post, we'll talk about the most commonly used Trichoderma. We'll also talk about the benefits of using Trichoderma for farming, agriculture and home gardening.



Grow Bigger, Healthier, Plants and Vegetables

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:20:17 -0500

The goal of every gardener is to grow healthier, more productive plants. Beneficial microorganisms will help you grow bigger, healthier plants. This article will show you how to use beneficial microbes, biofertilizers, in your garden.



Gardening Without Pesticides Is Practical

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:06:09 -0500

Did you know that pesticides do far more harm than good? My personal experience as a home gardener shows that, even in the face of crop loss, pesticide-free gardening is both practical and effective.



What You Need to Know About Buffering Agents

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:26:41 -0500

A buffering agent helps prevent a rapid change in pH of a solution when other substances are added or mixed with the solution. For example, most shampoos are buffered so that they are slightly acidic.



The Interesting Reason Behind the Obnoxious Smell of the Corpse Flower

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:11:37 -0500

One of the world's largest flowers is also one of the world's stinkiest. Yet, people flock to places where this flower is in bloom. Here is the reason behind it all.



The Advantages of Aquaponics Gardening - Organic Fresh Food

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:08:11 -0500

Aquaponics Gardening has many advantages over conventional gardening. It is a combination of Hydroponics and Aquaculture to give you the perfect eco system. Good for the environment, it also produces organic fresh food. You can have this everyday if you build your own backyard Aquaponics system. In this article you will learn the advantages of Aquaponics over conventional gardening and why you should choose this method of growing you fruit and vegetables at home.



Keep Gardens Growing During July - Southern California's Driest Month of the Year

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:45:21 -0500

Rainfall has been at a premium in southern California and with July traditionally the driest month of the year, gardeners must take extra care to keep their gardens growing and landscapes looking their best. Deep Water Your Lawn: Some cities have lifted or plan to lift watering restrictions, but many cities still require residents and businesses to water only once or twice a week. A lawn can still stay green with limited watering.



What Is Involved in Gardening Services?

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:01:34 -0500

There is always beauty in nature - those fantastic flowers and trees. What is so frustrating sometimes is when you're far from the beauty of nature. How can gardening services help you?



Creative Flower Planters to Express Your Creative Self

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:03:38 -0500

Give a new twist to your gardening habit with creative flower planters. If you are a newbie, creative containers will definitely ignite a new passion for you.



Things That Are Too Real For Gardeners

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:05:09 -0500

How well do you know gardeners? You give to have these expectations that could never be more correct. But, there gardener problems that you can't be bothered with.



Vegetable Garden Location and Layout

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:44:05 -0500

The selection of a suitable site on which to establish the vegetable garden requires considerable thought, for an ill-chosen spot can be a great handicap in the beginning. The average home gardener has little choice because of the relatively small size of urban plots but several points must be considered if the outlay of seed, fertilizer, manure and labor is to show profitable returns. Level ground with good drainage or ground with a slight slope make it an even one by filling in any depressions with soil taken...



Growing a Vegetable Garden Can Be Fun

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:55:00 -0500

Imagine making a salad and walking out to your garden where you have fresh lettuce growing. You pick a head of lettuce, and some tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, onion, and peppers as well. Throwing this in your salad, you realize you are eating the tastiest salad you have ever had in your life!



Starting A Garden In Extreme Summer

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:23:14 -0500

If you are a person living in any part of the globe except Antarctica and your area faces drought and scarcity of water, you would baulk at the idea of starting a garden at this time. The extreme heat in climate and shortage of water had even the authorities wondering whether the plants in government-laid gardens would survive. Now, that is the crux of this article? How to save water and start a new garden? It is possible - some sacrifices and smart actions, when made, will help us to start a garden in our home.



Building Garden Character With Garden Gnomes and Fountains

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:13:36 -0500

Some can find relaxation from meditation, massages, reading or sometimes exercising activities. However, I have found it quite relaxing by giving my garden character and personality with garden gnomes and the beautiful sounds of water fountains. The interesting thing about gardening with garden gnomes is that they will never disappoint the atmosphere and they can fit into any garden style and decor.



Reasons to Hire Removalists for Green Waste From Our Garden

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 07:26:16 -0500

For most of us, gardening is a hobby and something that we like performing either for leisure or to keep our homes looking beautiful for ours as well as the lookers' eyes. It involves taking proper care of the lawn by mowing it well, clearing of the weeds from the flower beds, brushing aside fallen leaves and twigs from the trees and plants that are a part of our garden.



Sometimes Too Hot, The Eye Of Heaven Shines

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 07:21:07 -0500

When summer unfurls its brutal heat from the sun, it can be a challenge to keep the water in your aquaponics fish tank cool enough for your fish. As the water temperature rises, the oxygen level decreases and your fish may start gasping for air.



Garden Shed Plans - A Perfect Plan Lets Your Shed "BUILD ITSELF"

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:50:54 -0500

Talking about the perfect garden shed plans one may think that it merely features a gable roof, double doors, and side and rear windows for natural lightning. Well, the reality is, these factors only provide you with the basic understanding of what your shed may include but not the complete detailed description which serves as a staircase towards your building objective. Most of the beginners and even experienced builders fail to outline a step by step guide before initiating the construction process which ultimately results in wastage of bucks, sweat and a heck lot of time without getting...



Saint Augustine Lawn Seeding - Reasons and Solutions

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:16:02 -0500

Saint Augustine lawn seeding can seem unusual for many people who are unfamiliar with how this unique lawn type seeds. We discuss why Saint Augustine grass goes to seed, the appearance of the seed, and to discover if there may be a reason and solution to any seeding issues with St Augustine grass lawns.



Elderberry - The Salutary Plant Used For Centuries

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:51:48 -0500

Let me share with you some extra healthy benefits and interesting facts about this small tree which is member of honeysuckle family. You can plant and grow it in your yards but you have to know that caring for it in the first years of its life is little more specific.



Lawn Mowing Tips For Healthier Lawns

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:01:10 -0500

Lawn mowing is often regarded by many people as one of those simple tasks that requires little forethought past ensuring that the lawn mower itself is in working condition and that this yard chore gets done. This article discusses how just a couple of simple changes to our lawn mowing practices can bring great results to the health of our lawns.



Lawn Watering For Better Lawn Health While Using Less Water

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:58:49 -0500

Lawn watering is another often neglected factor of our lawn care practices, which while we know how important it is, we often may not stop to consider whether we are watering the right way at all, or if perhaps we have been doing it the wrong way for far too long. Correct lawn watering uses less water, while maintaining a healthy strong lawn which is more drought tolerant, and this lawn watering method is explained in this article.



Lawn Care Tips For A Healthy Summer Lawn

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:57:38 -0500

Summer can be a time of lush green healthy lawns for many homeowners who are meticulous with their lawn care practices. For most of the rest of us though, Summer can be a time of stress in our lawns, usually because we have missed just a couple of minor, but important lawn care practices which could make a world or difference to the health of our lawns during a long hot Summer.



Mild June Weather Makes Gardening Easy in Southern California

Thu, 26 May 2016 15:07:29 -0500

While summer heat is not far away, typical gloomy June weather in southern California can make the month ideal for planting a garden and catching up on yard maintenance. Revive Established Trees: Planting a new tree requires almost daily initial watering. To keep water bills at a reasonable level, consider revitalizing existing trees by providing nutrients and by trimming and shaping limbs.



Organic Vegetable Garden Mulching - Do's and Don'ts

Wed, 25 May 2016 14:55:52 -0500

Not every mulch is good for your garden. If a mulch is high in carbon it will tie up most of the available nitrogen and not be available to your plants. Low carbon mulches are straw, dried grass clippings, and well-rotted manures. High carbon mulches are wood chips, shredded bark, paper products, and sawdust. If you buy bags of mulch ALWAYS LOOK AT IT FIRST! Open a bag and look for lots of wood chips. If you see this than don't buy it as it will tie up all your nitrogen in the soil and your plants will suffer. The preferred mulch is oat or wheat straw. NOT HAY, as hay has too many seeds in it. Spreading 2-3 inches of stray mulch over your raised beds will not tie up all your nitrogen. Bark mulch works exceptionally well between the rows of your raised beds. If you don't have raised beds, than use straw as your mulch between the rows.



Unique Benefits of Planting a Garden

Tue, 17 May 2016 14:03:35 -0500

Our garden along with our kitchen can make a difference in our lives. What we eat defines us. It's for that reason to consider the most important things that can improve the way we look and the way we feel. There are many vegetables and fruits out there with secret properties that will help us to feel better when consumed. We can make better choices knowing the benefits of these fruits and vegetables.



5 Reasons to Choose Artificial Grass for Gardening Purpose

Tue, 17 May 2016 11:56:29 -0500

Artificial grass is considered one of the best options when you are considering of giving your garden a makeover. Whether you are thinking to use it for your personal space or for huge commercial parks, these fake grasses will always stand up to your expectations.



Gardening With Carnivorous and Insectivorous Floras

Tue, 17 May 2016 06:26:21 -0500

Growing plants and flowers is an exciting endeavor that provides relaxation and peace. With thousands of plant species, carnivorous plants may be a wonderful addition to that dream garden.



How to Pick Sod for Your Yard

Mon, 16 May 2016 12:49:00 -0500

In this article I will go over different types of grass sod and what you need to consider about them. This will allow you to pick the sod best for your yard.



Dances With the Daffodils

Mon, 16 May 2016 08:36:21 -0500

Of daffodils outfitted in the vibrant yellow hues, emerging after long winters to capture every eye with their bright yellow trumpet. Causing excitement for they come but once a year and but so briefly stay. One must be ready; ready to behold, to enjoy, to savor, their time brilliant, memorable, but always far too short. So here we have their story to capture and hold their glory for a wee bit longer. Enjoy!



Tips to Create Your Own Japanese Garden

Tue, 03 May 2016 09:46:42 -0500

Everyone who's seen a Japanese garden would like to emulate the feeling of calm and relaxation it brings into their own homes. After all, Japanese gardens are created to invoke meditation and reflection, and are meant to be havens of Zen.



Why Tree Pruning Or Lopping Is Best Done In Winter

Mon, 02 May 2016 13:48:04 -0500

Winter is the perfect time of year to prune your trees. This is because trees are dormant and changes you make to them will be slowly introduced to the tree as it "wakes up" coming back into spring.



Beat the Summer Heat by Planting Vegetables and Flowers in May

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:35:27 -0500

Summer is almost upon us. May is when to plant vegetables and flowers so they are well established before summer heat takes hold.



Elegant Azaleas - Stunning Impact in Your Garden

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:49:37 -0500

Elegant azaleas can add a stunning impact in your garden. I have a faint pink azalea with darker markings on the petal edges that is gorgeous with prolific blooms from the bottom of the plant to the end of every branch. I bought this evergreen azalea last spring and transplanted it this winter into a larger container where it busted out in a plethora of new growth filled with blossoms for the spring fashion show, the only thing missing is fragrance. The good news: azaleas can bloom for several weeks.



Flowering Plants That Attract Butterflies

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:05:26 -0500

In this article, I want to talk about plants, but not all kinds. I want to mention some in particular that every outdoor lover enjoys. These plants bring about not only beauty, but also a sincere meaning behind them. They come in different types and in an array colors. I'm talking about the ones that attract butterflies to them. Truly, flowering plants and butterflies are made for each other.



All About Composting

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:07:20 -0500

In order to avoid purchasing expensive humus or substratum for flowers or great harvest, residents of villages or garden communities can make valuable compost from garden waste. Once the waste is put in the pile, the right temperature and amount of oxygen and humidity, green mass disintegrates thanks to the micro organisms. Adding additional mineral fertilizer results in valuable compost, which is perfect for flowers and vegetables. But in order to make the most out of compost, you need to know a few things first.



Why Hire a Professional Tree Service Company?

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:10:08 -0500

Going green is the latest trend in the melting scenario of global warming. Every household observes a well-maintained greenery to make their property eco-friendly and soothing, to the eyes that often includes trees, flowering plants and mini shrubs.



Which Herbs to Grow in Your Garden

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:40:51 -0500

We all find ourselves busy and worn out because our lives are packed with so many tasks. Quite often we forget to go to the grocery store after a long day of work to get herbs for a meal. I find myself getting home after work and realising that I didn't get basil for the pasta dish we planned to cook. That's when I decided to grow my own herb garden in the back yard



Incorporating Vegetables in Your Garden

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:40:48 -0500

It's not surprising that many people are opting to grow their own vegetables, especially since the food prices continue to rise. Many gardeners find themselves planting and tending to various plants and flowers, so why not add vegetable plants also. There are quite a few vegetables that you can grow in your own garden. Of course, you need to consider your climate when you choose particular vegetables.



How to Grow Malva Moschata - Musk Mallow

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:50:43 -0500

Malva moschata or musk mallow as it is often more commonly referred to due to the basal leaves having a slightly musky scent, is probably one of Britain's prettiest native wild flowers. A deciduous, hardy perennial in most parts of the United Kingdom and with rounded leaves, the foliage is delicate and almost fern like. Musk mallow flowers from mid-summer through to early autumn with a succession of the prettiest, fairly large, saucer shaped flowers in the most delicate of pale pinks, a delightful sight in any herbaceous border.



Lapageria Rosea Chilean Bell Flower, Copihue

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:39:27 -0500

Lapageria rosea the Chilean Bell Flower is one of the most fantastic flowering climbers in the world. Gardeners and horticulturists will be interested in reading all about this lovely plant and viewing the photos on Pinterest.



The Elements For Creating a Japanese Garden

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:07:06 -0500

The Key Elements of a Japanese Garden - Japanese gardens are growing in popularity nowadays. This can be attributed to its graceful combination of plants, water and rocks all meticulously arranged to invite a sense of calm and tranquility. If you're looking to build your own Japanese garden at home, here are important principles you should keep in mind: 1...



How Gardening Services Can Help to Keep the Garden Arranged

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:46:34 -0500

Garden upkeep is usually a bit of a challenge, particularly for individuals who have a busy lifestyle or disinterest in gardening as a hobby. Fortunately, assistance is readily available, especially for those willing to add life in their home's exterior without making drastic changes. Creating a gorgeous garden is the final touch that every home needs. For people who are lucky enough to own one, Gardening Services London could be needed for upkeep purposes.



5 Cardinal Rules of Culinary Gardens

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:53:21 -0500

Why look any farther for fresh flavors than your very own garden? A culinary garden can be the ultimate inspiration for budding cooks and gourmet chefs alike. Like any recipe, start your kitchen garden with the basics.



Gardening: Studies Show Gardening Can Reduce the Risk of Dementia & Other Mental Illnesses

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:19:44 -0500

Recent studies show that gardening can improve mental health and cognitive function. This article discusses a few of these studies regarding gardening and improved mental health.



Neighbour Disputes Regarding Trees and Hedges in Kingston

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:22:40 -0500

Kingston Council and indeed many local tree surgeons receive phone calls from people unhappy that a neighbouring tree is causing a nuisance or obstruction to their property and they are not sure what they are entitled to do. Tree surgeons and Kingston Council are obviously not able to get involved in these types of private matters and it is recommended that you try and deal with any issues you may have in a reasonable and friendly manner with your neighbour before they get out of hand and become a full-blown dispute.



Best Dwarf Shrubs for Planting In Every Gardening Landscape

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:58:01 -0500

Here are some of the best basic landscape dwarf shrubs that suit most all landscapes. Many people who are installing new gardens or fixing up an old one may not know lots about what's available or what they should choose for plant material, so highlighting the basic tried-and-true varieties could be useful. This is especially true for shrub choices.



Common Orchid Plants Grown in the Home

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:56:19 -0500

Learn about the most common Orchid plants that are grown in a home environment. Pronunciation help included.



Orchids = Basic Types and Origin

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:51:53 -0500

A basic guide for beginners. Out of the 25,000 different types of Orchids, I've explained the four basic types.



Orchids Care Tips

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:49:24 -0500

An orchid could be considered to be one of the most beautiful and elegant flowers on this earth. This exotic and stunning plant conveys a strong message of strength, beauty or love. Between you and the recipient, it could also be a reminder of a special moment shared. Truthfully, growing orchids can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. To help you, I will share with you some tips that I have used in my own garden when growing and maintaining orchids that will have them lasting for years.



Upcycling In 2016

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 06:22:01 -0500

Upcycling has really exploded in popularity over the past few years. In this article, I explain some of the creative ways you can upcycle old materials.



Cultivate Cranberries

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:22:58 -0500

Add these goodness-packed little gems to your fruit garden with expert advice, and enjoy bountiful harvests in autumn. Referred to by the Native Americans as 'Sassamanesh', 'ibimi' or 'ataqua', the cranberry derived its name from the German and Dutch settlers who noted the similarity of the flower structure to that of the crane, a bird they were familiar with from their native lands.



Plant Smart in April For Maximum Results In Your Garden

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:22:03 -0500

With rainfall totals below average in southern California, April is the time to plant smart while saving water in spring and summer. Add Mulch To Reduce Water Usage: The cost of water is on the rise and watering restrictions are still in place. Adding mulch to your yard can mean significant water savings.



Gardening Recommendations Before the Summer Season

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:05:40 -0500

Gardening is a hobby that calls for special techniques and skills. Being equipped with this arsenal of skills and techniques is vital to maintain a green garden, healthy, especially through summer - the hottest and driest season of the year. As the temperature rises before and through summer, cleaning the garden will help to ensure you have a beautifully maintained garden.



Except Gardening Accessories, Which Factors Influence Your Garden?

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:36:30 -0500

The gardener should educate himself about gardening. Nature is always mysterious to mankind. It has great impact on the garden. A little idea of nature helps a lot in gardening. Some factors which play vital roles in gardening are soil, environment (including climate and weather), types of plants etc. These all are integral parts of nature. Apart from these, choice of plants, pots and containers along with other gardening tools have impact on a garden.



How to Use Mirrors in the Garden to Add a Feeling of Light and Space

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:23:04 -0500

Why Use Mirrors In The Garden? 1. Frame a pretty view or plant 2...



It Only Takes One Seed

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 11:14:37 -0500

You may not have the ambition to become a farmer, but you do pick up a fork, stop and relish the beauty of a rose or even meditate at a garden of cacti - gardening brings all these pleasures and more if you just take the time to start with just one seed. When that first sprout breaks through, you can try all you want but you can't stop that smile from lighting up your face and your day.



"Even Solomon in All His Glory Was Not Arrayed Like One of These" (Matthew 6:28) Easter Lily

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 06:53:01 -0500

Of the mandatory (for some) Easter Lily. They come in just before the holiday. Often with only one flower open and many buds promising good value and good looks, too. It is of this plant the Easter Lily - Lilium longiflorum - that I wish to speak for it is, verily, the symbol of the day and its world-changing events.



Walnut Tree (Juglans Regia)

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:47:20 -0500

The walnut is a large, deciduous tree which can grow up to a 100 feet tall and with a spread of up to 40 feet. Native to Central Asia and South East Europe it is widely planted in the United Kingdom and is very popular in parks and large gardens.



Western Hemlock Tree (Tsuga Heterophylla)

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:15:34 -0500

The western hemlock, not to be confused with the deadly poisonous herb hemlock and to which it bears no relation, is an evergreen conifer, broad in habitat, with a narrow conical crown and a drooping leading shoot. Having been introduced to the United Kingdom sometime in the 1800's from its native western North America it quickly became commonly planted for its timber and being extremely shade tolerant made it ideal for planting underneath other trees in forestry plantations. This impressive specimen is capable of reaching heights of up...



Starting Your Garden Seeds: The Basics

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:51:54 -0500

Learn some of the basics on starting your seeds, including: what kind of soil to choose, how much light and heat to give, when to transplant, how to decide if the plants are healthy, and more. Enjoy some lesser known facts and a few hidden jokes along the way.



How Trees Can Affect the Value of Your Home

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 07:20:00 -0600

So you have decided to sell your house, tidied away all the clutter, given all the rooms a fresh coat of neutral paint and the house has now been on the market for several weeks. But with plenty of viewings and favourable comments about your home you still haven't had any offers and you really can't understand why. Have you thought about looking at the condition of your garden?



A Rock Garden Or An Alpine Garden?

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 07:02:48 -0600

What's the difference between a rock and an alpine garden? Well... an alpine is often a rock garden, but a rock garden isn't necessarily an alpine garden. The difference is alpine plants are typically plants found in mountainous regions.



Plants That Will Feed Your Chickens For Free

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:44:12 -0600

Feeding your chickens a harvest from the landscape and reasonable space you already have. So how do you do it? What should you grow? Here is our list of fruiting plants that will feed your chickens for free.



What to Do If Plants Wake Up Too Early in the Winter

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:36:39 -0600

While some swelling of buds is normal, seeing them swell and open is something else entirely. Here's what you need know if your shrubs and trees are waking too early in the season.



Basic Ideas for Landscaping Your Tiny Front Yard

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:35:48 -0600

One of the most important aspects of landscape design, and this definitely applies to small spaces, is creating a front entrance that is inviting and curb appeal that is attractive and adds value to a home. Even if your front entrance is small, you can have a beautiful front entrance.



Spring Gardening Begins in March

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:41:32 -0600

While spring officially begins March 20, the just completed warm (sometimes hot) February means gardeners in southern California need to get an early start to the growing season. Add Plants That Attract Good Bugs: Attract good bugs (ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies) to your yard by adding plants they love. Plants that appeal to good bugs are yarrow, dill, fennel, marigolds, coriander and buckwheat.



UK Legislation on Trees: Tree Preservation Orders

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:21:41 -0600

Do you know your rights and responsibilities as a tree owner? Did you know you can be fined for violating a Tree Preservation Order? Find out about UK legislation relating to tree ownership.



Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Aquaponics Working

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:02:52 -0600

Aquaponics involves rearing water-based animals like fish along with plants. It is a controlled environment that maximizes the use of nutrients and energy. This makes it possible to produce a lot of fish protein and vegetables in a small space using little water. Proper maintenance is required to keep the aquaponics system running smoothly.



All You Need to Know About Green Waste and Its Disposal

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:42:51 -0600

Living in urban areas has become synonymous with tall concrete buildings where there is a lack of greenery but there are places where people have their house with a sprawling garden to add to the beauty. Urban areas with gardens involve attention from the owners as there are several elements that you have to attend to.



Types of Flowers To Add Colour to Your Garden

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:46:09 -0600

Flowers can add colour to your garden and make it more inviting. It is something that most people want, but they are not too sure about the types of flowers to add to their garden. In certain cases, where water shortages are in place or people are too busy to maintain their gardens, it may be necessary to look for flowers that require little water.



Decorating Your Garden: Romantic Ideas

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:43:48 -0600

If you are a couple living together then a time may come when you are so comfortable together that you forget about romance. Well, keeping the love burning and the romance going is essential for any committed relationship. If you have a garden then you can make use of it by adding some romance and surprises for your loved one.



Four Major Benefits to Adding a Conservatory to Your Home

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:06:33 -0600

As home is a place that we spend most of our leisure time, therefore making it a relaxing and enjoyable place is paramount. For those who have a garden and like to experience some of the pleasures of the outdoors whilst indoors, adding a conservatory or an orangery to your property is a great idea.