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Six Ways To Get A Healthy Lawn

This will “tighten” the turf, cut down on thatch and preserve nutrients, decrease water and fertilizer needs, stop weeds from going to seed, decrease pest problems, virtually eliminate fungus and is the single BEST way to provide a better lawn.

Five Steps to Become a True Cactus Lover

Are you fond of collecting cacti? Or maybe you have friends who admire these gorgeous plants? Or maybe you just dream of starting your own cactus collection? Here you will learn those five well-known steps each typical cactus admirer goes through. And remember, once you’ve become a cactus lover this is going to last forever!

Hydroponic Techniques – Home Hydroponics

Hydroponics was originally defined as “the cultivation of plants in water,” however, with the successful use of the technique for cultivating plants in air and other media besides water, the definition was changed to the more inclusive – “the cultivation of plants without soil.” Hydroponic techniques have proved effective for commercial cultivation and also in home gardening. Hydroponic techniques and systems have greatly benefited agriculture especially where, conventional soil cultivation is not possible due to unavailability of agricultural land, resources or other factors.

A Little History With John Deere

John Deere has been in our history for many years, you cant find anyone that hasn’t heard the name John Deere.

Compost Tumblers – Is There One in Your Garden’s Future? (part 1 Why Buy?)

f you have a garden you likely know the value of “black gold,” compost and the adds for the compost tumblers all seem to scream that “Now you cam have all the rich, dark compost you need in just a few short weeks!” Actually most claim that a compost tumbler will give you finished compost in just two weeks with a turn of the crank or a roll of the container. Little work but lots of return. One might say that the compost just keeps tumbling out.

Compost Dryer Lint and a Host of Other Stuff

Compost can be made from anything organic although most of us avoid animal waste with the exception of manures. You can even compost dryer lint and vacuum cleaner accumulations.

Compost Tumblers – Is There One in Your Garden’s Future? (Part 2)

If you have decided to compost with a compost tumbler, the next question is “What kind would you like?” There are four types based on construction and each has their own pros and cons.

Fall Compost – Why Move it Away From the Garden?

Fall is a great time for composting but not many gardeners do it. In the let down after the work of final harvest, it seems that all the energy left goes into putting the material in the compost bin and forgetting it until spring. Instead, this is a great time to plan ahead for the next summer’s crop.

Building a Compost Bin – The Number Three

Building a compost bin is as easy or as complicated as you would like to make it. In fact the simplest bin is none at all. Just pile up organic matter and let it rot. If if sits for a couple of years it should be finished compost. A compost bin is just a means of making measuring a finished pile easier and keeping things neat and tidy. It also makes it easier to keep out vermin and in certain area this is almost a necessity. Town bylaws or property covenants may also make it mandatory to use a bin for the neatness and appearance of the community. Some consideration needs to be given, however to the nature and number of the bin.

Compost Tumblers – Is There One in Your Garden’s Future? (Part 3 – Operating)

Every compost tumbler has individual quirks that make it a good or bad design within its own category, lever action, center-axle, rolling or sphere. Here a few things to look for when buying one.

Compost – Do It in the Garden

So you are considering a new garden plot. If you plan on a 25 by 50 foot garden with 3″ of compost to get it started that is going to require 312.5 cubic feet or about 12 cubic yards of compost. Realizing that a third of a compost pile can be lost due to moisture and carbon dioxide loss while it is being made, about 18 yards need to be produced which means in turn a pile 3 feet by 3 feet by 54 feet. This is a lot of material and a lot of work. While there is still work involved, the material can be home grown.

Compost – Why Make it Anyway?

As anyone who has composted will tell you, it can be a lot of work. Most commercial farm efforts have moved away from composting with animal manures, leaves and straws and have moved instead to the easier chemical fertilizers. However, these do not improve the soil and year after year plants remove materials that are never returned and the soil is less healthy each time.

Advantages of a Compost Pile

A hot compost pile can be a lot of hard work, so what are the advantages of a compost pile? There must be quite a few or they must be important because most gardeners have at least one on the go all the time. In fact, gardeners consider compost to be “black gold.”

The Secret Language of Flowers

Flowers can express love, hate, jealousy, or happiness – almost any thought imaginable. Although people still send flowers as a way to say something meaningful to a friend or family member, many flowers’ specific historical meanings are usually unknown.

Selection Of Delicious Edible Flowers

Want to make a start towards an organic lifestyle – How about adding edible flowers to your cooking. They are simple to grow or even better free, you may already have some of the varieties growing in your garden.

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