How to Make Easy Kimchi Fresh from the Garden Recipe

John from shares with you how you can easily make kimchi from ingredients from your home garden (or the grocery store).

In this episode, you will learn how to make a plant-based kimchi that is delicious.

In this episode, John will harvest his bolting napa cabbage leaves and show you how you can preserve them by fermenting them into a probiotic-rich kimchi that can store for months.

You will learn the simple steps and ingredients you need to make the most delicious kimchi ever.

Jump to the following part of this episode:
02:22 Episode Starts
04:20 Harvesting Bolting Napa Cabbage Leaves
05:07 Making Kim Chi Starts
11:37 My opinions on Salt
15:20 Mixing up Kimchi Salad Mixture
16:00 Salt is Not necessary
21:50 Fermenting under vacuum to prevent mold

After watching this episode, you will learn how you can make the most delicious 100% plant-based kimchi you have ever tasted!

Referenced Episodes:
The episode with Fermentation Expert Sandor Katz

How I use the food in my garden playlist

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The Top Five Garden Trends

Garden Trends 2018

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to start thinking about how you can spend more time outdoors.

If you have a patio or a garden, giving it a little refresh is time and money well spent.

Make your outdoor living space more functional (and beautiful!) by incorporating the top garden trends of 2018.

1. Small gardens are at the top of 2018 garden trends2018 garden trends

As an intimate outdoor space, this small garden exemplifies the biggest 2018 garden trend. Image: Jarrett Yoshida Design

Whether you’re working with a small patio area, a side yard, or a large open space, it’s all about creating cozy, intimate spaces in 2018.

Got 150 square feet to work with?

Then make it the loveliest small garden ever! You can still have a seating area, a water or fire feature, and plenty of greenery in the form of potted plants.

If you have a large, open area, this is the year to consider breaking it up into smaller spaces.




Some ways you can do this is by:

Creating a sitting or dining area with fieldstoneAdding an arbor and vines, creating the illusion that you’re entering another worldCreating an outdoor dining spot under a trellisSetting up a spot with chairs and a firepit

The key is to enclose the space a bit with potted plants, hedges, trees or vines, creating intimate settings that flow from one to the other. Check out these ideas, for inspiration:

2018 garden trends

This larger garden utilizes walls, structures and varying landscape to create smaller, more intimate outdoor settings. Image: Abhiland Architects

A small patio features a dining space with a cedar privacy wall and modern landscaping, including boxwood in raised planters and stone. Image: Robert Hughes Garden Design

An outdoor terrace in San Francisco was converted into a small rooftop garden, featuring plants and citrus tress. Image: Siol Studios

2. Vertical gardens are hot right now

We’ve been telling you this for awhile now: the living wall, or vertical garden, is a beautiful way to add some life to a wall.

Here are a couple of ideas on how you can add one to your garden:

2018 garden trends

Limited on square footage?

Then go up!

Two large frames hold plants that grow vertically on the wall.

Image: Eco Walls

A wall of low-maintenance succulents in a wood frame adds a fresh, new look to this small garden.

Image: Bright Green Landscapes

3. Eco landscaping is one of the biggest garden trends of 2018

Color and texture are achieved using a variety of grasses and flowering herbs. Image: Coffman Studios

Low-water landscaping saves you time and money.

They require less maintenance and less watering.

They’re also quite stunning.

It’s all about geometry and architecture; for a striking effect, consider adding gravel, stone or rock among the eco-friendly plants like grasses and succulents.

4. Fire pits were last year, water features are this year

This water feature is designed to collect water and recirculate it.

The pots have small ledges where birds, or other wildlife, can perch to drink.


Image: Teserra Outdoors

We’re still a huge fan of fire pits: check out this roundup of fire pits and you’ll understand why.

But this year, the top landscapers and designers are opting for water features instead.

The water feature revival is likely due to the fact that nature-friendly, eco gardens are popular.

And providing water for birds and wildlife, while enjoying the soothing look and sounds of flowing water, make the garden water feature both beautiful and practical.


5. Garden to table

An outdoor garden, featuring tomatoes and vegetables.

Image: Fenton Roberts Garden Design









Our favorite of the 2018 garden trends has got to be the edible garden.

Regardless of what size your space is, you can probably manage room for a potted fruit tree, or a raised bed with veggies or lettuce, or even a small herb garden.

Want to take it to the next level? Add some chickens for fresh eggs! Just be sure to check you local zoning laws first. Here are some ideas:












If your garden is all concrete, or you have poor soil, you can add raised beds to grow your veggies and herbs.

Image: Aloe Designs

This garden gives new meaning to the term, “free range chickens!”

Image: Southern Living

2018 is all about enjoying your outdoor space.

Decide what works best for your lifestyle and needs and keep it simple and natural.

Here’s to outdoor living!

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Original Melbourne Home Addition Exudes Positive Vibes, Balance

By steve / May 6, 2018

Kiah House, by Austin Maynard Architects, is an architecture extension to a weatherboard cottage in North Fitzroy, Melbourne.

The project brief hinted towards creating an extension with plenty of positive vibes: a sanctuary for the couple living here, but also a place to entertain friends and family.

“The extension comprises of two separate pieces of architecture,” the architects explain.

“The master bedroom haven—which sits beside the original house extending to the northern boundary—and the separate office poised above.

The original Victorian-era house, built in 1927, has been respectfully restored and updated with a new kitchen and bathroom.”

The architects took inspiration from Japanese gardens and Buddhist retreats of Kyoto to create the homeowner’s desire for peace and balance. “At Kiah House, we were charged with the task of creating spaces, both private and shared, that spill out into the garden, and are yet adaptable enough to create solitude and privacy when needed.”

The master bedroom haven includes a dedicated Buddhist prayer space.

It opens up to the garden and ponds via sliding, double-glazed glass panels, blurring the lines between indoors and out.

The towering, lemon-scented gum tree is enclosed by a small deck area: a place for the owners to sit and meditate.”

Elevated above the original house and accessed via spiral staircase, the owner’s home office enjoys vantage views of the surroundings.

The wall mural underneath the office window, envisioned by artist Seb Humphreys, depicts a gentle swirling of color, adding an original touch.

Enjoy our pictorial tour, and leave a comment and let us know what you think!


Information provided by Austin Maynard Architects; photography courtesy of Tess Kelly.

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14 Tips from the Forest to Have a Successful Vegetable Garden

John from shares with you 14 tips from the Forest that can help you have a more successful vegetable garden.

In this episode, John takes a hike up Mount Tauhara in New Zealand and will share with you some of his observations from the forest and how you can apply them in your vegetable garden to grow more a more productive and more successful vegetable garden.

You will discover some of the specific traits in the Forest that allows Nature to be a self-regenerating system that needs no external inputs to grow lush and have little pest pressures.

Jump to the following tips:
00:38 My thoughts on holistic grazing
01:32 Power the Power of Carbon in Your Garden
02:11 Use Clean Water
03:09 Grow Diversity
03:44 Cover Your Ground
04:23 Don’t Walk on Your Garden Beds
05:28 Grow what grows easy
06:30 Creat Leaf Mould Compost
07:08 Leave your roots in the ground after the season
07:59 Have a proper moisture level in your garden
08:47 Encourage Soil Microlife
09:23 Grow Pollinators, Natives and Beneficial Insect Attracting Plants
09:54 Amend Your soil with rock dust / minerals
10:40 Don’t Spray Pesticides in Your Garden
11:48 Never Give Up

After watching this episode, you will learn some of the most important practices you can model from a forest to have a more productive and successful vegetable garden.

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The concept of hydroponics

By steve / May 6, 2018

Hydroponics is a form of agriculture where plant roots grow, not in soil, but in nutrient-enriched water.

It’s a great method for producing food indoors and in small spaces.

With the addition of automatic controls, it can be nearly maintenance-free.

Hydroponic Historical Roots

Hydroponic gardening has roots in ancient history, possibly as far back as the first century in ancient Rome, when Emperor Tiberius wanted cucumbers grown year-round at his palace. In 600 B.C., gardeners at the Hanging Gardens of Babylon – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – may have employed hydroponic principles. Further south, in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Aztecs developed a system of hydroponic floating gardens or chinampas. Unable to grow crops on Lake Tenochtitlan’s marshy shores, these early hydroponic farmers built rafts made of reeds, allowing the plant roots to descend through the structure’s openings deep into the water.

Once known as nutriculture and chemiculture, the term hydroponics derives its meaning from the Greek words for water (hydro) and working (ponos) – working water. The term became a part of the horticultural lexicon when Dr. William F. Gericke of the University of California, Berkeley conducted experiments on plant nutrition for large-scale commercial farming applications. Outside the lab, Gericke became unpopular with his neighbors when he grew 25-foot-high tomato vines in his backyard using only mineral nutrient solutions.

How it Works

Plants grown hydroponically do not depend on soil to obtain nutrients. Instead, pH-controlled nutrient-rich water provides what the plant needs to thrive by transporting the nutrition directly to the plant roots, where it’s rapidly absorbed.

6 Different Hydroponic Gardening Systems For Growing Food.

Some Benefits of Growing Hydroponically
Controlled System for Optimal Growing Conditions
Hydroponics utilize closed-circuit controlled systems which enable gardeners to maintain optimal growing conditions. In an indoor system, artificial electric lights replicate the sun’s natural light to enable photosynthesis. As plants require adequate air circulation to receive the carbon dioxide needed for photosynthesis, indoor hydroponic systems usually include fans or some venting system.

6 Different Hydroponic Gardening Systems For Growing Food.

Herbicide-Free Crops
No soil means no weeds, so plants grown hydroponically do not require any harmful herbicides. As soil often contains diseases which can be transmitted to plants, hydroponic plants tend to be more disease- and pest-resistant, although not completely. As in soil-based growing, hydroponic plants can attract pests. But pests tend to be minimal due to the controlled growing environment. Hydroponic plants are not necessarily organic, but growers can control pests using biological methods instead of harmful pesticides.

‘Drought-Friendly’ and Water-Conserving
Since water is supplied through a recirculating system, hydroponics uses about 90% less water than traditional soil-based growing methods, thereby conserving water – a welcome concept during periods of drought.

Great For Small-Space Living and Indoor Gardening
Hydroponic systems are perfect for gardeners living in small spaces, as they require very little square footage. In the same amount of space, growing hydroponically produces four times the amount of crops of traditional soil-based techniques. Most home systems are easy to set up, and relocating the garden is no arduous task, as the systems are generally simple to move.

Can Be Almost Maintenance-Free
Some hydroponic systems are nearly plug-and-play, as they feature automatic controls which monitor water and nutrient levels, and a timer to manage irrigation and add nutrient solution when needed.

6 Different Hydroponic Gardening Systems For Growing Food.

Six Basic Hydroponic Systems

There are four basic methods of hydroponic or soilless gardening – active, passive, recovery, and non-recovery – and six basic hydroponic systems which each function differently, but in all cases the plants receive their nutrients via some form of water (hydro) delivery system: drip (recovery or non-recovery), wick, water culture, ebb and flow or flood and drain, nutrient film technique (NFT), or aeroponic.

1 – Drip Growing Systems

One of the most common forms of hydroponics, recirculating or “recovery” drip growing systems recycle the excess nutrient solution from a reservoir. A timer controls a submersed pump which drips nutrient solution onto the base of each plant via a small drip line.

2 – Wick System

Maybe the simplest hydroponic system, the wick system involves no moving parts and can use a variety of growing media. In all cases the nutrient solution gets released onto the growing tray and delivered to the roots through a wick.

3 – Water Culture and Aquaponic Systems

In this system, the containers holding the plants sit inside a floating Styrofoam platform, through which the roots are suspended directly into the nutrient water.

Aquaponic systems are a form of water culture that uses fish. The fish produce waste, which becomes nutrients to fertilize the plants. The plants then filter and purify the water, which gets recycled back to the fish in a continuous cycle. Fish can survive for weeks without feeding, and they only need what they can eat in about 5 minutes – a very small amount of fish food. The fish, often tilapia, can also end up on your dinner table.

4 – Ebb and Flow or Flood and Drain

An ebb and flow or flood and drain system utilize a submerged pump connected to a timer to control the temporary flooding of the root zone’s grow tray with a nutrient solution which drains back into the reservoir. This system’s grow tray can use a variety of growing media, such as rocks, gravel, or granular Rockwool.

5 – Nutrient Film System

The nutrient film system, aka NFT, involves a continuous flow of nutrients, eliminating the need for a timer. A pump forces the nutrient solution over the plant roots onto a grow tray; then the overflow drains into a reservoir. Typically grown in small pots, the plant’s roots are suspended in the nutrient solution without any additional growing medium other than air.

6 – Aeroponics

In an aeroponic system, sometimes referred to as fogponics, the roots are not suspended in water but hang in the air, where they receive a nutrient-rich growing medium via misting with a nutrient-rich solution…

6 Different Hydroponic Gardening Systems For Growing Food.

The concept of hydroponics is not rocket science. Oh, wait, maybe it is. Growing food in the cosmos may represent the future as NASA experiments with cultivating crops hydroponically in space. Astronauts will be growing their kale in a space capsule, while back on Earth, individuals with postage stamp-sized indoor spaces may do the same on a small countertop using controlled hydroponic systems.

Ready to dip your toe, or your plants, into the water (Via Fix).

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Tired Of Chemicals?

Grow An Organic Garden With These Tips

An organic garden requires a lot of time and attentive care to thrive.

That is why wise organic gardening comes in handy.This will see you cultivating healthier and happier produce.

Use this advice to take your organic garden become the best around.

Plant strawberries for your children in the organic garden.Children will be more willing to eat other foods you’ve planted as well.

Keep your tools close at hand to make the most of your gardening time.

After sprouting occurs, the containers do not need to stay as warm as they once did. Watch your seeds closely to know when you can take these steps.

Laundry Basket

Use an aged laundry basket to help you collect your garden. The laundry basket will function as a great strainer when you wash your vegetables.

Your compost pile should contain green plants and dry plant materials.Green plant material consists of spent flowers, weeds, grass clippings, grass clippings, and leaves.

Dried plant material includes straw, cardboard, cardboard, cardboard, and any cut up wood materials. Avoid using ashes, charcoal, charcoal and diseased plants in your compost.

Some common examples are petunias and ageratum. If you are wondering whether or not the seeds require direct sunlight, try to read the package or find the answer online.

If you want to sell your crops, you should get an organic garden certified seal. This will improve your sales and also prove to your faithful customers that they are getting the best possible food that is grown.

Organic Gardening

Organic gardening can be more difficult than gardening with chemicals, but the results are worth it. While chemical pesticides and fertilizers may claim to do great things for your garden, it is hard to dispute that organic gardening consistently produces superior results.

One thing that is organic is that commercial pesticides are not used. While organic foods are healthy for your family, you will want to be sure to check even more for bugs and other pests.

It will only takes a few steps to create a new garden area for perennials. Use the spade to get under the turf, turn them, and then apply a layer of wood chips that is several inches deep. Wait a few weeks before planting perennials into the brand new bed.

The ideal way to water your organic garden are soaker hose.

You need to know the correct way to create planting beds if you want to make beds correctly prior to beginning organic garden. You do this by slicing underneath the turf with a spade. Once this is accomplished, flip it upside down and cover this area with around three or four inches of wood chips. Leave it for a few weeks and then you can plant.

Think carefully about any product you can use in your garden. Try to use natural or organic alternatives rather than common chemical fertilizers.

A great example to use compost.

Try to make your organic garden in the shade.You might be interested to know that gardens of this type are relatively easy to maintain. They don’t require as much watering, and not much work or time. The only downside is a slower growth, which means you will not have to pick weeds as often either.

Be specific about what you desire to grow when it comes to your organic garden. Different variations of a particular flower or vegetable require different types of environments.

For instance, of the numerous varieties of roses, while others won’t. Make sure you find varieties that fit into your gardening situation.

You should know how to buy plants that will go in your all-natural garden. This is particularly important when purchasing perennials or annuals. You will need to be sure to get ones that are budded but not in bloom.This is so they can begin growing strong root systems in the garden.

Know when you must water the right time is for your organic garden. A soaker hose would be the best tool to use.

The ideal time to water your garden is in early parts of the morning.

A safe and effective way to repel bugs from your garden is to plant garlic in a few places. The smell is unpleasant for many kinds of garlic will deter insects from inhabiting your garden. Be sure to plant them in an area that is going to be near other plants that are a little more prone to being attacked. A benefit to planting garlic is you can use it for yourself because it is edible.

Compost Bin

A terrific way to obtain fertilizer for your plants in the garden is by creating compost of your own.

An enjoyable way of making organic fertilizer is with a worm compost bin. Red wiggler worms, some dirt, kitchen scraps and shredded newspaper will be a good base for your compost bin.

You should build a tent in your organic garden during winter. Then, throw sheets on top of them, and use some bricks to keep the edges held down.This tent that will protect your crops during the winter months.

You should think about digging small channels between rows of plants if you are planting an organic garden.

This is a good way to save you water and money.

You can start a compost pile so that you can create organic fertilizer for your organic garden.This can help you recycle, reuse old refuse and recycle your fertilizer, and cut down on trash.

The vegetables will decay quickly and provide nutrients into your plants. You can also use those trimmings in your compost heap, but using a portion of this waste now can be beneficial.

Having an organic garden means that you can enjoy fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables whenever you want. Organic gardening takes patience and manual labor, but it’s worth it when you start reaping the benefits of your labor.

Do It Yourself Landscaping Tips And Hints

By tony / May 6, 2018

Landscaping is something that you could do to make your house look magnificent. You can improve your landscaping skills.Read this article and discover how your house the talk of the neighborhood.

Curved borders create much more interest than the straight lines and sharp corners.

Try to use native plants for landscaping.When choosing plants, shrubs and trees that are native to your area.

When you landscape, make sure you know the differences between annuals and perennials, as well as what flowers, plants, or flowers work best in different areas.You need to be conscious of the seasons when planning your landscape layout. It is important to understand which plants do well during specific seasons to get good results from your landscape is successful.

Make your landscape by growing a garden that incorporates all seasons. Choose an array of plants that burst with blooms at different times of the year, as well as ones that are local to the area. You can also use trees with interesting foliage or evergreens to keep your garden looking lively all year long.

Quality Products

Pick quality products that are made well and avoid the cheaper ones. In most home-improvement stores, you will mostly find the cheaper items.Go to a store that specializes in landscape design where you can get top-notch products and advices from their workers. It’s worth it to pay more for quality products and advice that truly work.

You want to use plants whose growth requirements mesh well with your climate and planting space. You wouldn’t want to avoid planting bigger trees in small growth areas. Take the time to do adequate planning to ensure your plants can thrive in their new home.

TIP! Designing a garden that will look beautiful in all seasons will ensure that your hard work is enjoyed year round. You should mix in plants which bloom or have color in all seasons, so that you can enjoy the garden year-round.

This just end up costing you lots and lots of money. You may want to ask them for advice, though, but doing the work yourself will save you a lot of money.

Shop online to save money and to find a wider variety of products. There are a lot of online sites that sell well-made products at affordable prices. Make judicious use of customer reviews to see if you are getting products to ensure proper packaging is used when transported.

When starting a substantial do-it-yourself landscape project, think about talking with a professional landscaper so that you can learn a little more about how to design and what materials to use. The average price of a consultation is around $75 but the return will spend on it can be worth every penny by helping you prevent costly mistakes.

TIP! Do you plan on selling your home soon? Landscaping can provide you with great returns on your home. By creating a new outdoor living area in your backyard, you will add curb appeal to your home.

Consult a professional landscape designers before designing your landscape. Even if you will be doing the landscaping, it is always best to speak with someone who has this type of experience. They can make sure that you some good advice on what to do or avoid if you are new to working on your landscaping.Even if you have some prior knowledge they can benefit from outside perspectives.

When buying home landscaping materials, don’t always go with what is cheapest. Consider all the pros and cons before you spend any product.

Always keep your climate in mind when determining which plants you are selecting plants. Some plants need more soil acidity, while others can’t tolerate colder weather, so be sure to take that into account. Also take the amount of sun you get, your local wind conditions, and levels of rainfall in your area.

Complete your lawn or yard in segments. You could start with different sections or start with different types of plants.

Take some time to study different landscaping techniques. For instance, use a few larger plants as anchors throughout your yard design, to build a sense of continuity in your landscaping. The textures of different plant leaves and branches also add important so consider that to vary your landscape design. There is a few books out there and websites that will allow you to learn new things.

Don’t allow yourself to put off a landscaping project just because you aren’t able to afford it. You might even find that a few nice additions that are carefully chosen will make your garden look better than you thought.

If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, you should consider bringing the landscaping up to date before-hand.

Choose a great fertilizer for use in your yard. Try to select a single fertilizer for your entire garden. Test various products and consult with reviews to identify the best for your needs. It may be best to address your entire property prior to beginning your project.

Multi-level elements can add great dimension to landscaping design. You can add beauty and elegance to your yard with fountains, steps and fountains. You don’t have to do things like adding dimensions by renting a mountain to create the impression of depth. A shovel can be enough to add a few small terraces to your landscape.

TIP! Talk to an expert before beginning any yard work. A short discussion about your ideas and approach with a pro can widen your perspective and uncover any issues in your design that need rethinking.

Before landscaping your yard, you need to figure out where your property lines are. This will be crucial if you have no fence around your property to clearly define the boundaries. You don’t want any conflict with your neighbors if you planted on their yard. You could find out this information written on the property deed.

Add some variety to your flower beds and borders by adding ornamental grass. Adorning grasses break up flowered borders and add texture to flowering beds. You could even use them as a border.With some varieties, you can find a lot of different varieties that can fit into your landscape project.

As you can probably see, when done properly, landscaping is quite logical and easy. Take the tips you learned here and start landscaping today for better results! After diligent research and some trial-by-fire, you can build your landscaping expertise. Start down your new and exciting path today!

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You only need to learn about them and use them.

TIP! Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season.

This boosts the chance that your plants growing until adulthood. This also gives you the freedom of tightening time between plantings. Your seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your old mature plants.

Healthy Plants

TIP! Try to ensure your plants are dry and have enough air, daily! Moisture on the surfaces of your plants is an invitation to pests and illness. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi.

Having healthy soil in your garden will help your number one defense against pests!Healthy plants and healthy plants can fight off diseases with ease. To boost your garden’s prospects of giving you the healthiest possible plants, start with a high-quality soil that has fewer chemicals which over time will accumulate salts.

TIP! Always fertilize your garden. Manure can help grow plants, but to eliminate risk of pathogens, try using a type of commercially composted product.

Use annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower garden. You can also use these flowers to fill any spaces between shrubs or perennials. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, hollyhock, sunflower, rudbekcia, and cosmos.

TIP! There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs.

Plants need a sufficient amount of CO2 to reach their maximum growth. A higher level of CO2 provides an optimum environment for growth.A greenhouse will provide the levels of providing enough CO2 for your plants.

Stink Bugs

TIP! Chill out by taking time to garden. There are a variety of ways to achieve a state of inner peace.

When you’re out and about in the garden, beware of stink bugs and other insects, keep an eye on those stink bugs. Stink bugs like to reside in tomatoes, and are especially fond of fruit, tomatoes, and all sorts of fruit. If they are left in the garden, they can decimate your garden, so take steps to cut down their population.

Get some horticulture knee pads if you have low-growing plants. Having a pair of knee pads will cushion your knees in comfort.

TIP! Protect yourself from sun overexposure while gardening by wearing the proper clothing. Put on some sunglasses, sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.

Moisture on the surfaces of your plants is sure to attract disease and illness. A commonplace plant parasite to plants is fungi.It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but the key is to treat your garden before any problems arise.

TIP! If you have a high priority for sustainability in your organic gardening, try leaving a corner of the property undeveloped as a mini wildlife refuge. This can be a good area for the types of insects that pollinate plants.

Using pest-resistant plants or natural materials in your garden will keep pests away. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will repel slugs.These are methods remove the need for harsh chemical pesticides.

TIP! Work properly in your garden. Don’t spend 30 minutes searching for a tool.

If you are going to grow peas, you should consider starting them indoors instead of beginning them outside. The seeds will grow better germination rate if you start them indoors. The seedlings will also be heartier, which would help them resist diseases and pests more easily. You could transplant the seedlings outside after they are able to survive and thrive.

TIP! Try using coffee grounds on the soil. The grounds contain essential nitrogen, which will benefit your plants in many ways.

If you are new to horticulture, it is vital that you follow the instructions when it comes to your chemicals and tools. If you use your horticulture chemicals wrong, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Keep your body safe and always follow directions.

You should think about adding evergreen plants that yield berries into your garden. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, Snowberry trees, Winterberry and similar plants.

Plant ever-bearing strawberries for your children. Children will be more willing to eat other foods you’ve planted as well.

TIP! The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Place a container in the ground so that the lip is even with the soil surface.

It is easy to quickly prepare your perennial garden. Use a spade to dig into the turf, then flip each piece over, then spread the area with approximately three inches of wood chips. Wait two weeks or so, then dig in and plant the new perennials.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are good addition to your soil. Coffee grounds are full of essential nutrients that growing plants need.

TIP! Change your garden beds every year. Repeatedly planting the same greenery in the same place can cause fungus and disease.

Space is important when planting an organic garden. It is easy to underestimate how much space that the plants will need once they begin growing. Plan your garden carefully and put an appropriate amount of distance between seeds.

TIP! If you are wanting to start your own organic garden, it is crucial that you know how to properly make beds. One way to achieve this is to use a garden tool to carve out a small slice of earth.

Create a raised bed for your garden out of stone, brick or untreated wood.Choose wood that is naturally resistant to rot and does not contain any chemicals. Some good choices include locust, cypress, and cypress. In a veggie garden, avoid using treated wood to enclose or demarcate different sections of your vegetable garden. If you are already using treated lumber, you can still use it, however, in order to protect your garden.

TIP! If you’ve spent even a little time gardening, you’re probably well aware of how beneficial compost can be, but how much do you know about what it contains? Compost is a mixture of organic matter such as grass clippings, dead leaves, scraps of produce, eggshells, straw, and small twigs that all break
down together into a soil-like consistency. Use this instead of commercial fertilizer.

If you sell or use organically grown produce in a commercial setting, you need to secure organic garden certification. This will increase sales and shows your customers that you’re providing the best.

By changing up varieties and locations, you will be able to ward off disease and fungus naturally.

The garlic are ready for harvesting when the green tops turn brown.

You should think about digging small trenches between the rows of plants if you are planting an organic garden.This is a good way to save you water and money.

TIP! Use six parts water with one part milk to spray the leaves of your garden plants regularly. Doing so will aid in the prevention of powdery mildew, a detrimental disease.

Bees are great for your garden as they help aid in pollination. There are harmful bees though, some bees such as the carpenter bees, that can be harmful because they eat wood and create their nests inside them. Most bees you will come across are beneficial to gardeners and should be allowed to live freely in peace.



Dwarf Fruit

Dwarf fruit trees are the perfect choice for a small garden. Many areas only allow for small gardens, but have plenty of space for miniature versions like the dwarf fruit tree. These tiny trees produce regular sized fruits and produce fruit in about four years from planting.

This helps keep the scourge of plant-ruining powdery mildew that may ruin your plants. You can store this mix in your fridge for as long as three weeks. You can use it once each day until mildew under control.

You can easily build up plan material layers for compost by stuffing big plastic garbage bags with the material. You can do this in the fall once the leaves have been raked. Store the bags of leaves you rake in a place that is warm.

Many people try to garden, but if you do not know what you are doing, you will not see the best results. It is important to put these organic tips to good use.

Making Your Landscaping Stand Out By Using Color

By tony / May 4, 2018

Landscaping is a great way to beautify the outside of your house look magnificent.

You can improve your landscaping skills with a little helpful advice. Read on for simple tips to make your house the talk of the neighborhood.

Many people do not think about shopping can be done online.

Not only will it be simple and convenient, but you can often find rare and unique plants for your landscaping designs that are not available locally.

TIP! Think about making a drawing of your prospective landscaping project before you begin the work. This lets you visualize the space with the correct dimensions, thanks to your careful measurements, so you can estimate the materials needed and costs involved.

Include many different kinds of your yard or garden. This will give you greater protection in the event a disease or insect colony shows up. If you plant the same plants, just one bad incident can leave your yard devastated. Diversity in plant health.

This just end up costing you lots and lots of money. You may want to consult with a landscaper, and pay them for the service, but doing the work yourself will save you a lot of money.

Wildflowers are a great way to inject a great deal of color to your yard or garden.

The result will provide you with lots of different colored flowers. You can place wildflowers to bring inside to arrange in your dining room table.

TIP! Use native plants in your yard. Native plants are easier to care for because they are already comfortable in your climate and soil.

Try using curved borders around what you plant when landscaping your yard. These rounded borders are more pleasing to the eye. The curves help your yard look softer to people passing by on the street, despite the hard, soften your straight lines of the driveway and house.

Speak with an experienced professional or two before beginning your project.

Even when you are the primary landscaper, talking to a pro is a wise idea. They can make sure that you some good advice on what to do or avoid if you are new to working on your landscaping.Even experienced landscapers can benefit from another perspective.

Those looking to take on a landscaping project would be wise to choose some plants with unique leaf textures.

TIP! One great tip is to first write down every material that you will need. Nothing is worse than starting your landscaping project, only to find out that you are missing something, and have to halt your work until you go out, and get it.

Don’t forget your climate when picking shrubs and plants. Some plants need more soil acidity, and if your weather does not cooperate, so be sure to take that into account. Also take the amount of sun you get, average wind velocity, and levels of rainfall in your area.

There are lots of parts of the country the have water restrictions due to shortages, so you want to make sure that your plants are going to get the right amount of water.

Do not be too quick to make any impulsive decisions. Plants change as the year goes by, and something that is unappealing in January might be beautiful in June.

Don’t postpone a landscaping project just because you can’t afford it.

You might find that a few nice additions that are carefully chosen will make an appealing look.

Fall color should also be considered when you design your landscape.

Many homeowners only think about spring or summer for their property, but oftentimes they forget that fall offers the most beautiful colors when you plan your landscape correctly. You will love this decision at the beginning of the fall when your yard looks absolutely stunning.

Create a self maintaining yard that will diminish weed growth. Weeds grow in places where there is room for them to flourish.

TIP! If you are planning to put your home on the market, landscaping is worth considering. Landscaping your yard is a great way to increase the value of your house.

Make sure your design is both functional as well as visually pleasing. For instance, remember that you need to leave enough room for a patio and driveway. Don’t put plants very close to your house or spiders and bees may be able to get inside the home when summertime comes around.

Choose a quality brand fertilizer that is appropriate for your yard well.

Try to select a single fertilizer for everything you’ve planted to ensure that you don’t have two competing products causing possible damage where they meet. Test various products in a small area and look at reviews to identify the best fertilizer. You need to fertilize the whole yard prior to starting your project.

You can keep some of your cash by ordering them online through catalogs and mail order sites.

It is possible to order rare specimens more cheaply through the Internet than to shop at a nursery nearby. This can also very convenient since your home.Do not forget to include the cost of shipping when determining whether your purchase.

TIP! Many people overlook online shopping options when landscaping their properties. However, shopping online is simpler to do for many reasons and also provides better prices and more variety at times.

Before doing landscaping, find out exactly where the property boundaries are.

This is vital if you have a fence. You don’t want conflicts with your neighbors if you planted on their yard. You could find out this information written on the property deed.

Many folks plant flowers and shrubs along their property lines and homes.

While this is preferred, in the long run you should landscape your whole lawn. This will create the illusion of depth to your property. Your house will also give the impression that it is not as close to the road as it actually is.

You may want to allow a beautiful curving border to your landscape. This will achieve a pleasing effect, eyecatching, and may even add value to your home. It might be harder to make than a normal border, but in the end it will look so much nicer.

TIP! Time your purchases to save money. Winter can be the best time to purchase lumber while mulch, trees and plants may be cheaper at the end of the season.

Don’t hesitate to get rid of plants from the yard. There will be times when a plant outgrows a space or may not work well in your landscape. You could try putting the removed plants in a different area or give them as gifts to friends.

The USDA updated its hardiness zone map in 2012, the first update in over two decades.

This map shows which plants will survive in the lowest temperatures are needed for various plants.

Use lots of different textures, sizes and textures in the plants you use.

Use larger plants to anchor the area you are landscaping and smaller plants around them. It is good to have a theme in order to make the arrangement interesting.

TIP! Despite what you might have heard, you don’t need to spend money on hiring a professional landscaper to achieve the landscaping effects you want. This will result in you investing a lot of money.

Landscaping isn’t as hard as you might have thought if you do it properly.

Take the tips you learned here and start landscaping today for better results! Once you’ve gotten some experience under your belt, you’ll be like a pro! So start your journey in landscaping excellence today!

Become An Expert At Organic Gardening With These Tips!

By tony / May 3, 2018

Read up on to glean some new organic ideas in the following article.

TIP! Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Bulbs are usually very hearty and very easy to grow, and bulbs will grow year after year.

This boosts the chance that your plants growing until adulthood. This method also helps tighten time between planting cycles. Your seedlings will be ready to go in as soon as you remove your old mature plants.

TIP! To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. For example, planting a border consisting of marigolds or onions can repel slugs.

The handles of your gardening tools can double as a convenient measuring instrument. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape beside them. Label the distances with a permanent marker pen.

Pick the proper soil to get the best outcome. You can also be able to design an artificial area that contains one type of dirt.

TIP! If little ones live in your home, consider including everbearing strawberries in the garden plot. Your children will enjoy being able to pick strawberries and will be ready to help you if they can get something sweet to eat.

Do you want fresh mint leaves would not grow as quickly and overcome your garden? You can slow their growth of mint by planting it inside a garden container or large pot instead. If you prefer, simply plant the container, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.

TIP! You must always take care of your knees when working in the garden. Most people can’t bend over while standing up for a long period of time.

Fertilizing is an important step in preparing your garden is essential.Manure is great in enabling plants to grow, but you must use only commercially created products to reduce the chance of contracting pathogens.

TIP! If you’re growing plants indoors, keep your thermostat around 65 or 75 degrees daily. In order to encourage proper growth, they will need that warmth.

Place a few inches of organically based mulch as close to your vegetables. The mulch will keep the soil around the plants more moist. It can also prevent the growth of weeds. You’ll save a time saver since you won’t have to pull them later.

TIP! Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. Doing this keeps weeds down, keeps the moisture in your plants, and gives more nutrients to the plants.

Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticidal products anywhere in your garden. These pesticides can kill the useful insects that eat your pests. Bugs that provide a benefit to your garden are more easily killed by these broad-spectrum pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of.This will leave you using even more pesticides to fix the pests.

TIP! Believe it or not, pine makes great mulch. There are many common acidic plants that prefer acidic soil.

Use smarts when you are watering the garden.Use a type of soaker hose so that you don’t need to do individual waterings with the hose nozzle, or a watering can that needs to be refilled repeatedly. Use low water pressure for your hose so that you do not cause harm to the tender plants. Let your soaker hose run for a while you do other things.

TIP! You can get rid of slugs with a simple beer trap. Bury a glass jar in your garden so that its open mouth is level with the top of the soil.

If you want to start a small organic garden indoors, you should ensure that you think about how much light is available for them. If the garden will receive little sunlight, choose varieties of plants which can accept this type of environment. You could also try using grow-lights for this exact purpose.

TIP! Add mulch to keep your soil healthy. A layer of mulch can protect the soil beneath.

Take the time when planting seeds. You need to start by moisturizing the soil. Bury your seeds about three times deeper than the seed’s size. Some seeds should not want to bury because they need light to grow.

TIP! Gardening can not only be an excellent hobby for consuming time, but is great for saving money and aiding a healthy diet. Organic gardening is an excellent lesson in the plant life cycle and how to get the most from the planting process.

When your plants begin to sprout, it doesn’t need to be in as warm an environment. Check on your seeds periodically to make sure you catch them when to remove the films.

TIP! When you mulch your garden beds with organic material, make sure it’s about three inches deep. Doing this will nourish the soil in your garden and improve its ability to retain moisture.

Make sure you work in your garden. Don’t waste time by searching for lost tools. Prepare all the tools you need before you go out to work on your garden, and then put them back in their place when done. If you use lots of tools, try using some pants with pockets in them.

Coffee Grounds

Add used coffee grounds to your garden’s soil. Coffee grounds have nitrogen that will benefit your plants.

TIP! What plants are native to your area? Chose plants that are native to your area. If you choose groups of plants that all mesh with each other in terms of optimal soil conditions, weather requirements and plant interaction, you won’t need to do as much work to get the plants to coexist peacefully.

Your compost pile should contain green plants and dry plant materials.Green plant material consists of spent flowers, fruit waste, grass clippings, weeds, and fruit and vegetable waste. Dried plant matter, cardboard, can include items such as cardboard, sawdust and shredded paper. Avoid ashes, charcoal, charcoal and diseased plants in your compost.

TIP! Be sure that holes you dig for planting trees and shrubbery are ragged around the edges. If there are any glazed sides in the hole, it restricts the growth of the roots.

When maintaining your organic garden, lightly brush over them using your hand up to twice a day. While it seems a little odd, research has shown that this method can increase the size of your plants.

Fill the jar up with beer to an inch below the jar’s top. The scent of the beer helps attract slugs and they will become trapped.

Treated Wood

TIP! Strategically plant garlic in your organic garden to deter pests. The strong odor will repel many destructive insects.

Create raised beds with stone, bricks or untreated wood. Choose wood that is naturally resistant to rot and does not contain any chemicals. Some good choices include locust, cedar, and cypress. In a veggie garden, avoid using treated wood to enclose or demarcate different sections of your vegetable garden. If you have placed treated wood in your garden, line it with some plastic and replace the soil near it.

Any gardening can connect you with Mother Nature, but organic gardening takes this concept to the next level.

TIP! Use rainwater to irrigate your garden as a more eco-friendly way to tend your plants. Collecting rainwater in buckets not only helps your garden be environmentally conscious, but it can also save money on utility bills.

You should add mulch to your garden or flowerbed using at least three inches of materials that are organic. This affects your garden in a variety of ways, holding in moisture levels, locking in moisture, and improving the overall appearance of the garden.

The ideal way to water an organic garden is with a soaker hoses.

TIP! Maximize the use of fall color. There are a lot of deciduous bushes and vine plants that really put out a burst of color in the fall with colors between deep red and captivating yellow.

There are many different plants that will grow in your organic garden. Mulch is the friend of plants that require acidic conditions.These types of plants should be mulched with a thick layers of pine needles around fall each year.

Weeds are a plague to any garden’s existence. This organic weed killer will not harm the environment.


Humidity might be needed by certain houseplants. You could create humidity by grouping different kinds of plants together in a pot, or replanting the specimen into a larger pot and filling the gap in with compost or stones. Another way you can achieve humidity to your houseplants is by misting them with water one to two times daily.

The more you fill your brain when it comes to horticulture, the more you have at your disposal throughout the whole process. The tips here can help.

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