I've found this aritcle on designing flower beds in your backyard and found it really useful. Its an article on the basics of creating a flower bed but it has quite a few simple and useful ideas that I think can help the beginners out there. Have a look at it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
"This guide will show you how to design and create a magnificent flower bed to enhance the color and aesthetics of your backyard, turning it into a paradise for you to enjoy."
If you have warm temperatures during the day but cold nights and want to add plants to your Fall or Winter garden you can start your seedlings in small containers stored inside clear plastic totes. Take the totes outside before you leave in the morning so they can get a day's worth of sunlight and build up cold tolerance then bring them inside at night.
This idea comes from homesteading weblog The Prairie Cottage. They recommend grouping seedlings into plastic totes according to their cold tolerance. That way you can bring in your most vulnerable plants well before sunset while other plants may be fine for another hour or two. Eventually most of your plants will grow and build up their cold tolerance so they can be planted in the soil and you can flip the clear tote over as an improvised cold frame while the plant's root systems are getting established. The plastic totes may not seem like much but they will keep wind chill from hurting your plants as well as trap a little solar heat.
Since the beginning of recorded time, mankind has been using collections systems to gather and store rain water for future use, and while the appearance of the systems has changed, the basic elements that make them up have not. All you need is a wide surface and a piping system to direct the water to the storage device.
Roofs and down spouts fulfill the first two requirements and are at the disposal of every homeowner, it’s getting a proper water storage device that trips up most would be water collectors.
Follow the photo-link to read detailed, step-by-step instructions for building your own "perfect rain barrel system".
In order to bloom, wisteria needs full sun and moist soil. It prefers slightly acidic soil, but they will adapt to most soil conditions. Wisteria is a vigorous vine, so you will need to build support for your plant. Most ready-made trellis will be pulled apart by your wisteria. Also, avoid using your house or other building structures as support, since the vines are capable of ripping off shingles and siding.
Follow the photo-link to learn about how to grow this beautiful and fragrant plant.
The Alnwick Garden - an English duchess created this garden, dedicating it entirely to flora which are deadly and/or narcotic. Behind big black gates, the carefully curated garden contains about 100 legendary killers like Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade), Strychnos nux-vomica (strychnine), and Conium maculatum (hemlock).
The TERRAform pod is made from food safe, UV-treated, recycled polyethylene that is molded to fit the dimensions of wheelchairs. When the three-sided pen is built around the pod it creates a garden at table height that allows easy access for planting, weeding and harvesting. Currently there are around 100 of the TERRAform pods being tested and used in gardens throughout France.
Follow the photo-link to read more about this collaborative effort.
Seventeen years ago Kamal Meattle found out that the air in his home city of Dehli was killing him. He had grown allergic to the pollutants in the air and his lung capacity started declined to 70%. He began researching and found that these three plants can provide a human with all the fresh air they need indoors to be healthy.
Follow the photo-link to read about the plants and their benefits.
It doesn’t matter what kind of spring garden style you have, whether it is smart and modern, stark and minimalist or wonderfully old-fashioned, there is always room for a strong display of spring plants. The secret is choosing the most suitable plants for your preferred style, and then finding the right position.
Cacti and succulents often seem intimidating, but they are actually forgiving plants that respond to a gardener’s attentions by multiplying freely (succulents) or bursting into bloom (cacti). Because they require little water, succulents are a great choice for rooftop gardens.
Follow the photo link to discover the benefits of, and instructions for, planting succulent gardens.
"And the weeds of the garden shall be visited upon the gardener.”
"I can certainly think of the7+ weedy sins of the garden but knowing how to cleanse my garden of these weeds is even better. Especially if it can be done cheaply and with household items. Murdering weeds is a fun past time.
So, for your reading enjoyment, here are The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers, guaranteed to help you eradicate the weeds you find in your garden."
The best way to maximize our effort is to plan now for what we want to eat later. It’s really no different than the age-old concept of planning out your week’s meals before heading to the grocery. It eliminates ending up with produce that you have no idea what to do with in late fall – and not enough of the ones you need to can and freeze to feed your family.
Follow the photo-link to find helpful tips to help "Plan to Can".
There have been 117,000 of these snails picked up in Miami-Dade County since they first noticed the infestation in September 2011.
Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services told Reuters that it is important to get these massive guys under control as soon as possible. The snails are not just a problem for the area's vegetation, but they are for the areas human population as well. "These little buggers carry a parasitic lungworm that can cause meningitis in people."
With ‘no-till’ gardening, once the bed is established the surface is never disturbed. Amendments such as compost, manure, peat, lime and fertilizer are ‘top dressed’, i.e added to the top of the bed where they will be pulled into the subsoil by watering and the activity of subsoil organisms.
Recycled newspaper pots are relatively easy to make and make transplanting seedlings to the garden simple, as the pot can be placed directly into the soil, where it will degrade. Instead of purchasing peat pots at the garden center, consider recycling your old newspapers into beneficial seedling pots.
Grow-chart for a wide variety of common garden vegetables. Most of these vegetables can be grown outdoors during the warm growing season in USDA hardiness zones 4-9. If growing in cooler climates or locations with shorter growing seasons, or cultivating plants native to tropical or subtropical regions (such as tomatoes and peppers), you may consider starting your plants indoors to ensure a mature crop before the first freeze of the fall or winter.
This article will strike different ‘chords' with different people. For some this is art, but others may see this as decimation of a beautiful instrument. But before you begin to grieve for them, to my knowledge all the instruments shown here were beyond repair.
Use the photo-link to find other examples of artful instruments.