Archive for March, 2009

Beware of these poisonous flowers

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Poisonous plants and flowers are everywhere and they are often difficult to recognize. This can be bad for our kids who are the usual victims of plant poisoning.

To help readers in this matter, the third part of my series contains a small list of poisonous plants and flowers that you should be wary of. If you have any of these plants at home or in your garden, fence them off or get rid of them fast. Teach children not to eat plants or flowers. These simple measures could save your child’s life.

The name Parietaria judaica may not sound familiar to you but it’s time you know what it does. This plant causes asthma and skin allergies. The plant has pink or red hairy stems, green leaves and small white or pink flowers.

This weed is often found in the coastal areas of Australia, the United Kingdom and North America. It’s common on roadsides and in cracks of buildings. Because of its bad effects, the plant is called sticky weed or asthma weed.

Plan Carefully When Building a Greenhouse

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

If you’re thinking about putting up a greenhouse, there are a number of things you’ll need to plan out ahead of time. There’s a vast array of styles, sizes and price ranges when it comes to greenhouses. You could purchase a greenhouse kit, or build a greenhouse from the ground up. Regardless, you’ll have to think about some essential factors before you get started. In the end this will save you a lot of time.

First of all, put some thought into where you’re going to locate your greenhouse. You might already have a suitably flat area on which to build it. Or you might have to create a level patch of ground for it. Then there are your trees to think about. You need to locate your greenhouse away from large, overhanging trees so they don’t block the sun.

Other important factors are things like the amount of sun you get each day, and your climate in general. If you live further north, you’ll get plenty of sunlight in the summer months. But in the winter months, not so much. If this is the case, you will need to supplement the sun’s light with a greenhouse lighting and heating setup. However, this will require an investment of both money and time.

Built-In Deck Benches

Monday, March 30th, 2009

There are many accessories you can put on your deck to make it appear better looking. But have you thought about how you can make it look larger and more functional that it really is? Deck benches are all you need then! These are just like your outdoor benches situated inside the porch. Building it is just so easy you can go about your usual DIY stunt. Put on your goggles and safety wears, pull out your tool box and hammer out!

One of the best ways of making a number of benches inside your porch or deck, especially with a very limited space, is by doing it built-in. Doing so will make your deck look spacey and real large than what it really is. This type of deck benches are really very necessary if you love entertaining right in the comfort of your home.

Building built-in benches is easy as you don’t need to really build the entire bench. You also have the deck for support so the figure of the bench is all that’s left for you to complete. This type of bench building is also so much inexpensive as the use of the deck where you build it in will become a decrease in the budget.

All Abloom in Georgia

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Cherry blossoms are pink flowering trees that originated in Asian countries like Japan and China. Its Japanese name Sakura, is also called as Yoshino cherries. They are also widely situated among other Asian countries such as India, Korea and Philippines. These pink flowering trees are often featured as a symbolic icon on movies, songs and literary art that symbolizes love, friendship and beauty. Cherry blossoms can also be found on other countries such as United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada.

Sakura or Yoshino cherries in the United States are located at the Sakura Park in Manhattan. History tells that the cherry blossoms are actually a gift from Japan to US on 1912 as a symbol of the two countrys friendship. Well, that was before the Pearl Harbor bombing at least. Japan reportedly donated 3,020 pieces of Yoshino trees to United States where it was then planted at the Sakura Park in Manhattan. The park continues to draw in tourists up to the moment.

Picking the Right Gardening Tools

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Picking the Right Gardening Tools

If you?re thinking about taking your gardening seriously and getting out
there every day to increase the attractiveness of your garden, then you
will want to get the right tools to help you in this. You might be tempted
to go out to the store and just buy the nearest things you see, but you?ll
be much happier if you put lots of thought into the styles and types of
tools you?re buying. There are styles designed just for gardening, and
you?ll be better off buying those.

You can find most of the tools you will need at your local gardening or
home improvement shop. Usually the employees will be simply thrilled to
assist you in finding the ideal tools. If you go to a shop that
specializes in gardening, you can usually get some advice in addition to
service. Gardening store employees are usually an untapped wealth of
wisdom, and they are how I learned almost all that I know about gardening

Lights Are Important Elements In Growing Plants

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I am building another lamplight greenhouse, so I can expand my study of roses under artificial lighting. I had some very astounding results from cuttings made during the winter and, believe it or not, several are blooming at this very moment in the garden.

My failures were also ever present, but from each 1 learned a lesson, be it in rooting mediums, temperature, hardening off, or what- ever problems beset the indoor gardener. One thing I do know is that it works if you know how to properly balance the lights and take certain other precautions.

I bought a dormant rose the second week in March, planted it in a pot and set it alongside my propagating box under lights. On April 27 I cut my first rose of the year, and I believe the first one in this area. It caused quite a commotion. When I told people I raised it in a basement they said I was “nuts.” The rose had never seen daylight until it was cut and brought out of the house.

Having A Vegetable Garden

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Planning your garden in advance helps produce maximum crops in minimum space. The less space you use, the less work you have to do. Also, you can improve the soil in a small plot much more rapidly than in a large area and at less expense. This sets up, within limitations, a chain reaction. The better the soil, the smaller the area required to produce a given quantity of peas or beans or corn, and, the smaller the area, the faster its soil may be improved.

The best time to plan your vegetable garden is right now in midwinter. Unless you are a draftsman, you will probably find it easiest to draw the plan on cross-section paper, which you can get at any office supply store. Use sheets which provide plenty of space for both the simple plan of our vegetable garden, and for additional notes to be made on the margins during the season to help plan a better layout for next year. You will also need a pencil and a ruler.

This is How You Landscape Your Garden

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Sometimes a little more garden landscaping is exactly what your home needs. Most likely, which is excellent. Landscaping is more fun than one can imagine, and there’s nothing more exciting than planting your own flowerbed.

To reach a new level of beauty in your landscaping design, start by layering your garden beds. Your garden makes the first opinion on any visitor to your home, so giving a tour that showcases your awesome garden is a wonderful idea. You will be the talk of the neighborhood, and for all the right reasons this time, when you do some really good garden landscaping.

Layering the landscape of your garden is uncomplicated. Before planting, make sure you know what plants you are going to use. The layout of your garden landscaping will be affected by many things including your choice of flowers and other plants.

It is important to place the shortest plants in front of the taller plants. This is obvious but you should still make a rough outline of where you want things laud out for your landscaping before you begin. This will help you to keep things as uncomplicated as possible. Your landscaping project will be completed sooner with fewer snags along the way.

Avoiding Your Plant From Sun Injury And Pests

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

West January

Protect Trees from Rodents, Sun Injury

Sunscald is an injury prevalent in the prairie sections of the country. It appears as dead sunken areas of bark on the trunks of trees particularly on the south and southwest sides. Exposed trunks of fruit trees, especially apple and pear, and some ornamental trees such as the mountain ash, suffer from this condition. Apparently the injury occurs in late winter. Day temperatures above the freezing point followed by below-freezing nights cause damage to the wood on the exposed side of the tree. Most damage occurs on the southwest side of the trunk.

This kind of damage can be lessened if young trees are trained so they branch low to the ground. Growing mountain ash in a clump form instead of to a single trunk aids in lessening sunscald injury. Growing shrubs near the base of susceptible trees assists in protecting tender bark. Painting trunks with white paint is another “old timers” method followed.

How to Buy Bamboo Blinds

Friday, March 27th, 2009

A very common way to both decorate and shade a window is to use a blind. They have a number of advantages over curtains including being easier to clean and operate. Also, they can come in a wide range of different colors and styles which means you will have no problem in matching them to your home decor.

Bamboo blinds are a type of blind which are made from bamboo. Because of the material that they are constructed from they inexpensive, easy to clean and can look great. They are not however, a type of blind that you would buy for an expensive looking redesign of a house – that is for more costly blinds.

You can use these types of blinds both inside or outside. The home or garden that looks best with bamboo blinds are those with a tropical or Asian feel. However, they can still work wonders when used properly in more modern homes or gardens.

When used outside they are a fantastic shade covering for patios or decks. If you are going to use bamboo blinds outside it is a good idea to rotate what side of the blind faces the sun so that one side doesn’t fade more than the other.