Archive for April, 2009

Hydroponics as the Soil-less Gardening

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Hydroponics was first accepted in mainstream America in the 1930’s. Hydroponics is the system of growing plants with the roots suspended in mineral-rich waters. In 1930, the scientist Gericke had grown the first commercial hydroponic unit in the USA. And such acceptance saved the American forces in the Pacific during the World War II. They grew vegetables the hydroponic way to survive and feed the soldiers.

Hydroponics literally means ‘working with water’. The definition has actually become popular and widened to account all types of gardening without the usual use of soil. Hydroponics is actually the soil-less gardening.

A German scientist named Liebig originated the use of nutrient solutions to study the required nutrition of plants in the 1850’s. This method was adopted by Sachs in 1860. It was Knop in 1861 however who made studies of nutrient elements in water solutions. They were able to grow plants in nutrients-rich solutions made up from mineral salts getting rid of the soil.

Research on the nutritional requirements of plants extended through into the 1870’s leading to the practical applications of hydroponics by 1925. By the late 1920’s, hydroponics was already employed with the greenhouse industry.

Container Gardening

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Sometimes space limitations make it necessary to adjust your gardening plans. Container gardening can be a great option in these situations. All you really need are some containers for your new garden, some suitable soil, and your favorite flowers,

Many people living in apartments love their container gardens because they are the only way they have to express their love of flowers. Even if you own huge tracts of land though, container gardening can be used to liven up dark corners where there is no soil. Container gardening also gives you the flexibility to move things around wherever you like them.

Using containers for your plants allows you great flexibility in your flower choices. Plants that are picky about the soil they will live in can be catered to on a small scale instead of amending an entire area of ground. If you feel like putting a cactus next to plants that prefer a different kind of soil, it is no problem at all.

I’ve used just about any container you can think of for container gardening. My only limits are drainage and making sure that nothing dangerous was held within the container previously. You can often pick up containers for your garden at moving sales for almost nothing because people would rather buy them new than transport them.

The Hydroponics System Gives You More Time

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Hydroponics is no more an unfamiliar type of growing plants as it has reached more and more satisfied gardeners. Hydroponics is however still in a development stage where one can likely learn more by experimenting with various plants and trees.

A hydroponics system can effectively cut the amount of time necessary to bring about great plants like crops and fruit. Any vegetable, flower, shrub or tree can be grown without having to cultivate or weed while watering and fertilizing can be taken care of by automatic hydroponics system.

Therefore, the amount of time saved with the hydroponics system will grant you the luxury to focus on more gardening activities like pruning and training of crops. Moreover, it will be offering you with more time to spend on other activities outside the garden.

More importantly, you will no longer be frustrated with the quality of your soil as the major concern for the results of your harvest. With the hydroponics gardens, you will get the betas type of soils with the optimum nutrients for your crops. Thus, a hydroponics garden can be established in any place without much regard to the soil or climate.

Maintaining your lawn mower

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

For a home owner, the purchase of a lawn mower can be quite expensive which makes it important to maintain properly. If a lawn mower is maintained properly, it can last many years or even decades and will run well during that time. However, if a lawn mower is not maintained properly over time, it will cause the parts to wear out and the lawn mower will need to be replaced in a fairly short amount of time. Also, when not maintained properly, it can cause many frustrating uses.

There are certain key aspects of lawn mower maintenance that need to be borne in mind.

Care After Mowing the Lawn

After you have finished cutting your grass each time you should clean both the underside of the lawn mower as well as the top visible portions. Dirt and debris can cause clogging problems and bagging issues. After each use the wheels and blades should also be cleaned with water and any grass that is caught should be cleaned out. If you choose not to clean the mower, over time moisture and dirt will cause the underside to corrode, which means you will need to replace the mower sooner than if you cared for it properly. For water or liquid cooled lawn mowers, clean the radiator and check the level of coolant each time you use the lawn mower. With a four stroke mower, make sure to check the level of oil to prevent engine seizing.

Five most colourful Japanese maple trees

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Five most colourful Japanese maple trees

Butterfly Japanese maple

It is an excellent choice for a small modest garden. These upright small trees are good for nearly all the seasons. The leaves take different colours with the change in season. The autumn blazes with the red colours and the rest of the year colour changes from gray green to bright pink. It doesn?t demand any special treatment except for the usual moisturiser in the soil and protection from extreme sunlight. Generally it is known to be a small tree and can rise up to 10 feet in height. The leaves have variation in the shapes and most of them are take a curved shape. It has gained amazing popularity due to its vibrant colours that it manifests from time to time depending upon the season.

Filigree Japanese maples

A Guide to Patio Awnings

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Your patio is a place where you can relax with your friends and family during the warmer period of the year. In order to keep you and your loved ones in the cool shade, patio awnings can be utilized. They are also a way to keep yourself dry during the colder and wetter months of year. Put simply, a patio awning can extend your house outside.

Awnings that fit over your patio are obvious visual features. It is for this reason that you need to choose an awning which has a color, pattern and style which suits your house. There all sorts of different awning styles that you can buy and you are sure to find one that matches your taste.

The fabric of the awning is an important consideration. Some fabrics are high in UV protection which enables children to play in the shade during hot days. Others not only provide the protection from the sun but also keep the air cool underneath. For people who like to cook and entertain, fireproof awnings are a must.

Orchids: It is all in the Details

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Orchids are very popular plants in Indonesia and easy to find in every island, you do not have to go to the jungle to see them. That is one of the reasons why Indonesia chose Phalaenopsis amabilis as one of our national flowers. Orchids are notoriously lavish blooms that can add glitz and glamour to your walk down the aisle. Simply gorgeous wedding flowers. Orchids dislike sudden change in temperature, however a difference of 10 C – 20 C between day and night temperature is beneficial. The best suitable range is 18 C to 30 C, proper ventilation is must to provide fresh air and also helps in reducing the temperature.

Orchids are a flowering plant that can grow on every continent in the world, except Antarctica. In addition to their large growing area, orchid flowers are part of a family that contains more species than any other family of plants. Orchids are typically found in humid habitats and providing your house plants with a humid environment is therefore recommended if you want to carry out supreme orchid care. The recommended daytime humidity for orchids is 50-70 percent. Orchids have been the symbol of love, luxury, and beauty for centuries. The Greeks looked at the orchids as a symbol of virility.

Buying Patio Cushions Made Easy

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Patios are great places to entertain guests outdoors or simply have a relaxing time with friends and family. To maximize the enjoyment patio furniture is an important component of any patio. And to make sure that the furniture is comfortable and relaxing you will need patio cushions.

Patio cushions also have the ability to make your patio and the furniture look better. There are many different style and patterns to choose from, and it is important that you buy the right cushion that suits both your home and patio’s decor. The right patio cushion set can simply transform the look of your patio and garden.

Regardless of what color and pattern you choose, the most important thing of any outdoor cushion is the fabric that it is made from. You will need something tough and durable, and easy to clean when they become dirty.

This means the material will need to be resistant to fading in the hot sun and withstand the heavy rain. The cushion will also need to be made in such a way that insects or other nasties won’t be able to nest inside the fabric or filling. There are a range of different materials available that are ideal for outdoor use.

Awesome Home Landscaping Ideas To Move You Forward

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Home landscaping doesn’t have any differences as compared to other types of landscaping. It is natural for people to want a yard that looks fabulous, that’s why people spend so much money to become the envy of their neighbors. And the beauty of home landscaping is that it does not have to be hard and much of it can be done by you. All it takes is a little better effort and some of your spare time and you can put together the home landscaping design of your dreams effortlessly.

There are even products on the market that will help you to find the best home landscaping idea out there. A really great option for this is to use home landscaping software. These programs can be a great help to you as you are trying to figure out what will suit your home and yard the best. Please landscaping design programs will allow you to see several different layouts which can really help you to narrow down the choices that you actually want.

The colours of autumn for Japanese maple trees

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

The colours of autumn for Japanese maple trees

Japanese maples are mostly known for their blazing colours that change the environment completely. There are hundreds of different variations available in the market, but few of them are exceptionally popular among the public. And these few are generally known for their colours that they bear in the autumn. The arrival of fall changes the plant dramatically. It seems that either the plant was waiting for the fall to come or the fall was waiting to set on fire the plant. In either case, the garden and the viewer feel exceptionally blessed with this dramatic change in the colour scheme.

We all know that there are some chemical reactions that are triggered by the change in season but still it doesn?t take away the feeling of joy from us. It can certainly be said that to enjoy the real beauty of these plants, one has to wait for the fall to come. The presence of certain chemical gives the variations in the apparent colours. So if you are witness a sparkling yellow colour then it has something to do with the sodium, nitrogen or any other element present in the foliage of the tree. If you have provided a good acidic soil to the plant then it surly is not going to disappoint you in the autumn.