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Using Variegated Plants in the Garden

Gardeners have long valued variegated plants in the garden. The usually lighter coloured variegation is used to lift blocks of solid green foliage in planting schemes. Variegation in plants is due to two quite distinct things. The first and the simplest is pigment variegation, where the non-green parts of the leaf lack chlorophyll. This form of variegation is a mutation, but one often encouraged by plant breeders. The second is structural variegation which creates a visual effect due to the reflection of light from the leaf surface. This happens when an air layer is located just under the epidermis resulting in a white reflection. Here are just a few of my favourite variegated plants and how to use them in your planting scheme.

Let’s Talk Tomatoes!

You say Tomayto, I say Tomahto! No matter how you pronounce this delicious food, the history of its meteoric rise into our kitchens, is truly fascinating. What is now a vital ingredient in many house hold recipes, the tomato was once considered poisonous. The tomato is housed by the plant Solanum lycopersicum, belonging to the nightshade family and many varieties are grown around the world

How to Start Your Own Compost Manure

Compost manure refers to organic materials or matter that have been made to compose by following certain procedures over a period of time to improve the soil fertility and amend the soil. Compost manure is a natural means to improve soil fertility

The Easiest Vegetables You Can Grow

Growing your own fruit and vegetables can be a daunting task, especially for the city-dwelling novice. A failed crop or, indeed, a dead plant, can lower morale to such an extent that no further attempts in the area of gardening are made. Do not lose heart though. Here are some excellent reasons to grow your own vegetables.

Picking a Water Feature for Your Garden Landscape

There are plenty of different kinds of water features to choose from. However, each of them has their very own list of pros and cons. Check out the most popular water features that you’d have the option of installing on your very own garden.

Garden Pests – Fight the Pests the Natural Way

Every garden, at one point or another, encounters pests and bugs. Bugs are always found in a natural environment, and on plants and leaves. Though these bugs are not life-threatening, some of these bugs can cause significant damage to plants and, therefore, should be got rid off as early as possible.

Finding the Best Landscape Design Company

Finding the perfect landscape design company is not at all an easy task and therefore you need to make sure that you hire the perfect company based on your needs and budget. Check out these tips to help you find the right company.

Landscape Design Ideas to Spruce Up Your Garden

If you’re planning on redoing your front yard, you should always plan your design before you begin. If possible you should hire professional landscape designers to help you out as they would know exactly what needs to be done. Tips to help you plan your landscape design: Elemental Equality If at all you want your garden to look beautiful you would need to make sure that all the elements are present in the right proportions.

How to Grow a Pea Eggplant

There are many types of eggplants and they come in a wide variety of different colors such as purple, orange, white, or streaked. They can be cylindrical, peak-shaped and have a wide variety of different tastes. Pea eggplants are very small and they look like green peas, hence their name. They tend to cluster in groups of 10 to fifteen eggplants. These eggplants have a rich strong eggplant taste. They are useful in stir-fry dishes, for pickling, in curries, and in soups. These eggplants are quick growing and they can add variety to any meal.

The History of Bokashi and How It Works

A introduction to what Bokashi is and how it came to be. An overview of how composting with Bokashi works.

Preparing an Allotment for Winter – Black Membrane or Green Manure?

As winter approaches on the allotment and you have harvested all the crops and have some bare patches. What can you do to stop weeds and make your Spring workload easier.

What Is the Difference Between Building a Garden From Scratch and Using Last Years’ Seeds?

When you are a novice or an experienced vegetable gardener, you may find that the garden seeds are very expensive to purchase, so you should be asking the question of what is the difference between building a garden from scratch and using last years’ seeds – I think everyone asks that question when they first start out vegetable gardening on their own. Some gardeners have gone so far as to inquire how to get seeds from their own plants in their own vegetable garden. To be very honest, it is the easy part to collect the seeds and the hard part is drying these same vegetable seeds out so that they will keep until the next seeding period for a successful vegetable garden.

Three Easy Steps for Growing Tomato Plants

If you want to start growing tomato plants so you can enjoy fresh natural nutrition, this article is for you. I am going to share with you three easy steps for growing tomato plants that taste great and give you great nutrition! First I will share with you what seeds to plant. Then, I will give you the information on what your soil should be. Then I will share the basics of watering your tomatoes properly. By reading this article, you will gain a basic understanding of how to grow tomato plants naturally.

Start to Grow Herbs Today

This article presents reasons why you should grow your own herbs and then goes on to explain how you can get started immediately. It gives you a step by step description of how you can grow your own herbs indoors, now.

How to Take Care of Your Lawn All Year Round

As a homeowner, you need to know that your garden is a reflection of your personality. A well kept garden shows that you are responsible and know exactly what to do with your lawn, plants and flowers and when.

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