Archive for January, 2009

Planting Alfafa

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

A perennial, herbaceous legume, alfalfa is the standard by which other legumes compared. Plants bear purple or yellow flower in loose racemes and the leaves are pinnately trifoliate and arranged alternately on the Pods are twisted and spiraled, and contain small, kidney bean-shaped seeds.

The root can be extensive, developing a thick taproot that penetrates the soil 23 feet or more. Alfalfa develops a crown at or near the surface. of the soil from which grow five to 25 or stems; as stems mature or are cut, more grow from the crown.

Plants grow from two to flue: feet high. Alfalfa is suitable for general feeding purposes, pasture, as an excellent cover crop, and is valuable as a green manure, furnishing nitrogen for future crops. Alfalfa grows virtually everywhere in the United States, with highest yields reported from the North Central states; cultivars have even survived – 57F. ( – 49.44C.) temperatures in Alaska.

The nurse crop will control most weeds and although the alfalfa stand will not be quite as heavy as it would be if it is planted alone, the grain crop will make up for the loss.

How to Check for the Quality of Outdoor Furniture

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

How to Check for the Quality of Outdoor Furniture

Even if they are designed and built to be more durable compared to indoor furniture, it is still important to know how to check for the quality of outdoor furniture you wish to purchase to be sure that you are getting the value of what you are actually paying for.

It does not generally mean that even if a furniture set is labeled as ?outdoor furniture? you still need to validate and make sure that it actually means what it claims, not just fall into it hook, line and sinker.
Knowing how to do so can be more beneficial to you rather than just take it for what it is.

One of the primary factors in determining a smart buy is getting real value for your money.

Here are some tips to help you check for quality of the outdoor furniture you hope to buy.

Regardless of the type of outdoor furniture that you may want to buy, it is important to always inspect in ?store samples of the outdoor furniture you want to purchase, if there are any available, that way you can check for comfort or suitability to your wants.

George Foreman Knocks Out The Fat

Friday, January 30th, 2009

There are folks out there who believe that the ingredients are what make good barbecue, but barbecue purists would certainly take issue with that believe. Different grills can create a different flavor, even when the same seasonings are used. There are a few other things that contribute to the overall flavor of barbecue and one of the most important is the type of grill, or smoker, you’re using.

It takes experience, talent, and skill to make a delicious barbecue concoction that truly overwhelms your family and friends.

There are times when it’s not possible to grill outside. The weather is usually the culprit; it’s either raining or too darn cold to work outside. Even if you’re willing to brave the frigid temps, it’s not always possible to keep the grill hot enough. For grilled food lovers there are options, however. One such option is the year round, multi-season George Foreman grill.

The product was introduced way back in 1994, and 80 million units later, they can claim to be one of the most successfully marketed products in history. It’s such a simple concept and design and that simplicity helps simplify the lives of families around the world. Outdoor grills have always reduced the fat by letting it drip on through the cooking grate. This grill accomplishes the same thing with the use of channels. The result is a juicy, lean piece of meat.

African Violets – Saint Paulia

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Growing erect or prostrate, with multi-colored tubular flowers, and leaves ranging in color from light green to bronze, Achimenes are popular plants for hanging baskets and window boxes.

Achimenes grow from small rhizomes that are planted as soon as they are received in late winter or early spring, about I/2 inch deep in a light porous compost made of leaf mold, or of any combination of leaf mold, peat moss, vermiculite, and loam.

Water the containers lightly and set them in the basement or under a greenhouse bench away from frost and where they will not get too wet, dry or hot. A temperature of 50F. (10C.) during storage is satisfactory. Don’t let them dry out.

As soon as the sprouts show above the soil in the spring (in about three weeks), move them to a lighted window and top-dress with well-rotted manure. They need considerable light, but resent full sunlight except in the early morning and evening. Repot in March or April and put in a greenhouse with a 60F. (15.56 C. ) temperature.

Add water meagerly. Remove suckers as they appear. Feed once a week with liquid organic fertilizer

Make the Most Out of Your Outdoor Furniture

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Make the Most Out of Your Outdoor Furniture

Aside from its functionality, you can make the most out of your outdoor furniture by putting it to good use not just for practicality, but for aesthetic and artistic aspects as well.

Knowing how to make the most of the artistic approach of your outdoor furniture, it will require a bit more artistic flair, but sometimes, just having an eye for beauty is enough to make you feel more fulfilled and satisfied with what you have done with your outdoor furniture.

Mixing and matching is one of the most common things you could do with your outdoor furniture, especially in making it an appropriate and attractive fixture in your patio frame.

Just so you have an idea, one of the most common and easily matched material used for outdoor furniture are those made of wood, be it wicker, cedar or teak.

Wood furniture adds a rustic and natural element to your backyard, especially those bedecked with gardens and plants.

Adding accessories like cushions, skirts or mantle pieces also add a bit more southern style to your outdoor furniture.

Maintaining The Health Of Your House Plants

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Lighting

Indoor house plants prefer an environment where they can get sunlight in a doorway, archway or other location. Direct sunshine for a portion of the day will happily tolerated by plants as long as it is not direct sunlight for long periods of time. Morning or filtered sunshine is ideal and bright light coming through colored or frosted glass panes makes a pretty background for a group of potted palms and can be highly beneficial to their growth. Such glass as this however, can transmit heat and this makes the plant need more frequent watering and attention to humidity needs to be added if needed. Solar films can be applied to windows to reduce heat and glare can be very important to house plants.

Humidity Needs

An indoor environment generally has low humidity and will fluctuate with considerable changes in the outdoor environment, heating and cooling. Plants do not tend to do well with low humidity though there is a wide range of responses within any given group of plants. Some species will not be tolerable of low and varying humidity and will lose their luster and seem dull and can become the victim of a pest attack such as by spider mites or mealy bugs.

Choices for Online Retailers of Outdoor Furniture

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Choices for Online Retailers of Outdoor Furniture

Purchasing items thru the internet is the latest trend in shopping. Products range from books, cds, home improvement items and even outdoor furniture. It is important when you buy from online retailers to have a previous knowledge of the reliability of the seller. To make sure, you won?t encounter problems in online purchases, you must inquire and trust more the suggestions of top online researchers.

1. Cabela?s World Famous Outfitter

Dick Cabela and Mary Cabela started to ran their outdoor products in 1961 from the kitchen table of their home. It began when Dick had a brilliant idea of selling fishing flies he purchased while at a furniture show in Chicago. With perseverance and dedication, their main headquarters now is about 250, 000 square feet located in Sidney.

Dick and Mary?s secret to success is from their world famous catalog business. The company produces about 100 varieties of catalogs a year focusing on outdoor gadgets, clothing and most especially outdoor furniture. Today?s top gear picks at Cabela?s are: Adirondack Patio Furniture, Pawleys Island Cotton Hammocks and Accessories, Chaise Loungers, Cast-iron Whitetail Outdoor Pub and many more. They have 29 retail stores which includes one at Winnepeg, MB, Canada. Their website is at: cabelas.com

Every Gardener Wants a Greenhouse

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

At this time of year people start to contemplate whether to buy a greenhouse or not. Since owning a greenhouse requires both money and time, its a good thing to ask a few questions before you decide one way or another and taking the cheap way out is not always the best way.

Not all plants are equal so you will need to know how much space the plants you would like to grow need to thrive. Most people just consider what space they have for the greenhouse and not what space the plants need. Both of these space issues will need to be addressed before you make your purchase.

While greenhouse can be used in an array of locations, they do much better when located in direct sunlight during the entire day. If your location has shade all or most of the day, the greenhouse may not yield like you expect it to. So knowing how much sunlight you will be getting in the space you have is important to manage expectations.

Thinking About Spring Time Lawn And Landscape Tasks

Monday, January 26th, 2009

While the snow and ice continue to pound the greater part of the Northern United States this month, its never too early to start planning spring and summer lawn care and landscape services for your home. The snow is gonna melt… …I promise!

Begin setting both your budget and expectations now, so when the snow melts and flowers begin to bloom, you are set for a year.

Another advantage to getting an early jump on your landscape plans is saving money. If you plan to hire a pro landscape service or lawn care company, you can take advantage of early season pre-payment options that will save you money now and in the future.

Here are some quick tips for getting started on your lawn care and landscape plans for 2009.

Lawn Trimming And Cutting

I’ve never done a study on this, but I assume that about half of you are do-it-yourselfers, and the other half hire a lawn maintenance company to mow, trim and edge our lawn. If you are going to DIY the lawn mowing, then you should definitely get out and tune up your mower and change the oil. Its also a good idea to have the blade sharpened prior to the first cut.

Illuminating Solar garden Lighting and Solar Lights

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

If you are looking to build the garden of your dreams, you should know about solar garden lighting and solar lights. A garden, naturally, thrives beneath the light, love, and nourishment of the sun. however, what happens when the sun goes down? Well, with solar garden lights, your garden can be just as illuminated at twilight. That is definitely a special sight to see.

Lights which run on solar power can be much more advantageous than traditional lights which are hard wired. After all, there has to be a reason why solar lighting is becoming such a popular alternative for so many people. You may not be ready to use solar lights all over your house, but that is fine. You can still benefit from using them in your garden.

It takes a whole lot of planning and care to put traditional, electric lights in your garden. More often than not, you have to involve the help of an electrician. As many of us know, that can be extremely costly. Then, too, you have to consider all the necessary planning. The wires used have to be placed somewhere – somewhere safe at that.