Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Home Grown: Trellis Home Vegetables.

The seeds have all come up. The transplants are all in the ground. Your vegetable garden is growing, so it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy. Well, not exactly.

As all veteran gardeners know, there are constantly chores to be accomplished. It’s now time to trellis some of those vegetables you planted.

Trellising gets the plant and fruit up off the ground. This makes for better quality fruit and less disease. It also helps maintain order in the garden and makes harvesting easier.

Continued at... Trellis Home Vegetables.

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Artwork: Wooden A Frame Garden Trellis.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Greenhouse Kits from Surrey, British Columbia

Now available in Home & Garden Center:
Greenhouse Kits direct from B.C. Greenhouse Builders, Ltd.  in Surrey, British Columbia.

These glass or polycarbonate greenhouse kits help growers increase the choice, quality and quantity of the plants they raise. Crops can be sown and harvested months earlier and the overall annual yield can be increased.

Many plants can be raised from seed in a greenhouse, allowing growers to pick any variety they choose, rather than just the inexpensive, narrow selection offered by a nursery.

A greenhouse also makes it possible to grow plants from outside the local area and to protect special plants from environmental extremes.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Home Grown: Arbor Day Tree Planting.

Wherever you reside, Arbor Day is not only a day to take note of the beauty and usefulness of trees, but it's also usually a good day to plant a new tree.

Millions of conservation tree and shrub seedlings are planted each year across the U.S. for windbreaks, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, wood products and other conservation purposes. These seedlings are typically small, bare-root, 1 to 2 years old, and about 12 inches tall.

Spring is the best season to plant conservation trees, from the moment the frost is out of the ground until the weather starts to become hot and dry.

Ideally, seedlings should be planted the same day they are received from the nursery. But if planting must be postponed, choose cool, humid, cloudy days. Early morning or evening generally provides the best conditions for handling seedlings.

Continued at... Arbor Day Tree Planting.

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Artwork: Planting a Tree by Sir George Clausen.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Home Grown: Saving Rainfall.

When summer arrives, gardeners will wish they could have saved some of the rain that ran down their driveways in the spring. A University of Georgia scientist is studying ways people can do just that.

"Outdoor use is a major component of the total water demand for urban areas," said Rose Mary Seymour, a UGA agricultural engineer. "But in times of drought and water restrictions, landscape irrigation will most likely be a low priority for potable water supplies."

Seymour, a researcher in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has found that using rainwater can reduce the amount of drinkable water used for irrigation.

"Captured rainwater is of suitable quality to be used for irrigation if the rain falls on relatively clean, impermeable areas," she said. "Collecting rainwater in a retention area also helps remove nutrients and other pollutants and recharges the groundwater."

Continued at... Saving Rainfall.

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Artwork: God's Rain by Brad Haugaard.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Here's How To... Build a Patio

A patio can be an intimate outdoor space or a wide expanse for barbecues and entertaining. Choose from a wide variety of patio pavers and select a style that complements the location. Make it even more inviting with furniture, umbrellas, lighting, and a chiminea or fireplace for cool evenings.

How the patio will be used usually determines its location. Patios for sunbathing obviously need to be placed in a sunny location, while barbecues will be easier on patios placed close to a kitchen.

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Artwork: Patio Paver Mold

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Here's How To... Propagate Houseplants.

Have you ever tried propagating your houseplants?

Most people simply place cuttings in water and hope for the best. While the shoots of species such as creeping Charlie will root in water, many species won’t. Even when a shoot roots in water, they must be repotted into soil quite soon or they won't thrive.

There are several ways to propagate houseplants, and each houseplant responds best to a certain treatment.

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Artwork: Jade Plant