Soft Textures For Fall

How To Fight Bugs Responsibly

We all have to fight bugs. Let me correct myself. Those of us who have ever done any sort of gardening have definitely had to deal with those pesky critters. Most of us try to find the best bug repellent and exterminator we can find and just try to avoid making our plants and/or veggies toxic. Dealing with bugs in your garden can be a tremendous headache, and I am not judging anybody. However, I just want to bring to light a method of controlling bugs which sounds very environmentally friendly. Now I am going to be honest about it, I have never tried this method, but it certainly seems intriguing and undeniably sounds like it could work.

Vermicomposting – How To Make Worm Castings

We have all heard of composting. Composting is simply the decomposition of organic waste like yard waste and kitchen waste into a very rich and nutritional dirt-like substance. Vermicomposting is very similar to composting, but vermicomposting uses worms to help speed up the composting process, resulting in a final product of a soil-like amendment which is literally loaded with nutrients for plants.

Worm Composting Fun For the Family

If you’re thinking about starting up a family-friendly composting project, why not consider doing one that involves worm composting? Fun for you and the family, worm composting can be a great project that will get your kids interested in gardening while learning about life cycles.

Start Composting Today and Reduce Landfill Waste

If you’re looking for another way to make a positive impact on the planet, in addition to recycling, look no further than the wonderful world of composting. In basic terms, composting is the act of breaking down organic food and yard waste into a potent soil amendment called humus.

Compost Bins Vs Compost Tumblers

When starting to compost, one must ask, which exactly is better the compost bin or the compost tumbler? Before you purchase one or the other, ask yourself, do you have the time to commit to composting?

Composting – Materials to Add for Optimal Composting and Gardening

Soils and potting mixes that include compost produce healthier plants whether it is used for indoor gardening, rose gardening or vegetable gardening. Although it won’t guarantee the best vegetables, fruit or flowers, composting can help make up for all kinds of plant deficiencies by improving your garden soil. Adding compost will boost plant health and helps the environment by reducing the amount of organic material that goes to waste (literally) in landfills. Following are materials to add or not to add to create optimal composting for gardening.

Begonias – Growing and Preserving Begonias

It is necessary to preserve your Begonias prior to the winter months. For the Begonia novice, following are a few tips for preserving your Begonia tubers for the next season.

Container Gardening

In recent years there has been a move towards planting up more containers in the garden. At one time the only container gardening was the occasional hanging basket.

Small Japanese Gardens

I find Japanese gardens fascinating, I have visited Japan twice once in 1998 and again in 2002. Japanese gardens are simple yet amazing, I particularly like the small Japanese gardens and this is what I am going to be writing about here.

Why Compost?

Many people wonder, “Why should I compost when I can simply buy the compost in bags?” That is a good question which deserves an explanation. After all, it is very easy to simply buy bags of compost; however, before you go that route, please consider the following…

Ants and Bees and Worms – Oh My!

Sometimes beginning gardeners are concerned that they may have a problem with the creatures they encounter while playing in the dirt. But…are those ants or bees or worms actually a necessary part of a healthy garden area?

How A Composting Pile Works

To help you better understand the mechanics of composting, here is a general explanation of how a compost pile works. But first, let’s look at nature’s way of doing things. When leaves drop from a tree, over time they decay into soft black humus without any help from people.

Adding Food To The Compost Pile

This article explains what is meant by “green” foods and “brown” foods. The 3 lists included will help you better identify what materials can be used as green materials or brown materials, and which ones must be kept out of the compost bin all together.

Where To Place Your Bamboo Feng Shui Plant?

Whether it is in their offices or their homes, very often many people place their Bamboo Feng Shui plants at the wrong places. Unknown to them, not only could they have downgraded their own Feng Shui “Qi” status instantly because of this, they could have also killed their lovely Bamboo Feng Shui plants which suppose to be there to help enhance their Feng Shui in the first place.

Planting Your New Feng Shui Bamboos

Most Feng Shui bamboos are happiest in a moderately acidic loamy soil. If your soil is very heavy you can add organic material. It can be dug into the soil where the bamboo is to be planted, but the easiest thing is to mulch very heavily and let the earthworms do the work. Spread two or more inches of mulch in the area around the Feng Shui bamboo, and where you want the Feng Shui bamboo to grow.

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