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Eco-Friendly Home and Property Ideas for Generating a Second Income from Your SmallRural Property

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

If you own a piece of land in a rural area, it could be earning you a considerable second income that could compete with your normal earnings. In a world where we are truly starting to care for our environment, the value of what you have is increasing. Some people are using eco-friendly technologies, such as eco-friendly canopies and bird netting to grow more crops, while others are earning income from the sun. Here is a look at some eco-friendly income earning options for small rural property owners.

If you live in a rural property, whether you are farming or not, there are some different considerations you will have compared with those living in the city. Many rural properties are more likely to be self-sustaining, and we do see a higher percentage of homes that are off the grid. Even if not on a huge commercial level, getting the most out of your land, with such features as canopies to protect what you grow, even solar farming, could mean you are earning considerable amounts of money from the land you have. If you are not earning, at least you will not be spending. In this article, we look at the ways you can rely less on utilities and make the most out of your property, and possibly earn something while you are at it.

Vines Offer Unlimited Opportunities For Decorating

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Vines are available in an endless variety of size, texture, color, and form, and they can be trained to any shape, line, or curve. Name the decorative purpose your planting should serve, the effect you want to achieve, and take your choice of suitable vines or hanging plants. For dangling down from the edge of an indoor garden or climbing a piece of gnarled driftwood at the back, there are dainties like the creeping fig or the more luxuriant scindapsus. For a big, bold, masculine effect on the wall of a man’s study or a tropical patio, there are a great number of astonishing philodendrons and monsteras. For airy, lacy shadow effects, there are annuals like the canary-bird vine, succulents like the ceropegias.

For filling the bare space between a tall plant and its planter and relating each to the other, use any number of attractive trailers. For shading or screening a porch or patio, choose heavy-textured vines like the Dutchman’s pipe, lighter types like akebia. For evergreen vines of winter beauty, you can have small-leaved euonymous or handsome ivies; for brilliant fall color, parthenocissus or grapevines. There are dwarf vines and giants; vines with waxy foliage, or subdued and velvety; vines with colorful flowers or berries, or both; those that grow rampant or modest and restrained. There are magnificent climbing roses and clematis; exotic passion flowers and bougainvilleas – and all kinds of trailing plants for hanging baskets and wall brackets.

Food, Cover And Water: Essentials For Wildlife

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Squirrels, while not predatory on birds at a feeder, take large quantities of food and keep the birds from feeding. Some people enjoy them as Hulett as the birds, but, if you want to keep them off the feeder, you will have to place it on a pole 6 or 7 feet above the ground and far enough away from overhanging branches or the buildings, so that they cannot jump from them to the feeder.

A circular funnel-shaped metal guard, 2 to 3 feet, in diameter, must be placed on the pole under the feeder to keep the squirrel Erma climbing the pole or jumping from the ground to the feeder. All other devices I’ve tried or observed have failed.

When Jane’s friends questioned her as to why they couldn’t get birds to their shelves when they put out the same food in similar places, she sought my help in trying to answer them. This time another basic principle of winter feeding was evident at Jane’s, but she had not helped in providing it or even realized its presence. I refer, of course, to the abundance of spruce, hemlock, and pine trees in the area and the tangles of forsythia, Virginia creeper, and Japanese honeysuckle nearby.

A Hit Among Landscaping Shrubs

Friday, March 12th, 2010

The landscaper must decide whether deciduous plants (those that drop their leaves) or evergreens should be used in the foundation planting. Your taste and your climate will be the key factors. But remember that a mixture of the two is rarely, if ever, desirable – although an evergreen ground cover can well be used with whichever type of plant you decide on. Indeed, such a ground cover might be even more useful and effective around deciduous material than around evergreens. It will keep the planting from looking sparse and bare after the shrubs go dormant and drop their leaves.

Seasonal Changes

Deciduous plants grow much faster and larger than most evergreens so you need to know more about plant habits generally to use them properly. As to which type offers the greater interest throughout the year, it may surprise you to learn that the deciduous plants lead. In many parts of the country such plants go through four seasonal phases in each of which they take on different characteristics.

Backyard Birding – Get The Facts

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Backyard birding can be entertaining and calming. The wildlife in one’s yard can be incredible together with numerous different types of birds flying in and out on a constant basis. A satisfying spare time interest can be had by all who are interested in lodging near to home. You will find it helpful to begin watching out for the different sorts of birds which fly into your own property. Some are more common compared to others. If you’re interested in photography, then these amazing subjects may provide you numerous chances to record their elegance with a digital camera or video recorder.

Feeding the birds is a really pleasurable and satisfying hobby. You’ll get to observe many species as well as turn out to be acquainted with some of the unusual behavior of the birds which frequent your own back yard. You’ll only need to provide the birds with food, refuge and water in order to get the most enjoyment out of the year round pastime of backyard birding.

Kids Herb Garden: Teaching Responsibility To A Youngster

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

A kids herb garden is a great way to give with no previous exposure to gardening the opportunity to see how things grow. For a child who has grown up doing gardening chores, it’s a way to share the joy of planting and caring for a garden of their own. A child’s personal garden of herbs can be fun, yet provide rewards for work well done.

An herb garden can be as large as the child can manage or as small as a single pot or container. Your child will probably have best results with a garden plot approximately the size of a window box. If it is too large, you may find yourself having to do part of the garden care, since it’s too much for a child to deal with. A plot that is too small doesn’t give the child as much interest in taking care of the garden, since there can’t be more than a plant or two.

Your child can get started by being present when the garden containers are selected. This allows you to rein in over ambitious plans while maintaining a high level of interest in the project. You can choose a series of individual pots, one for each of the growing herbs to make it easier to get optimum watering and sunlight.

What Type Of Herbs To Use In An Italian Herb Garden

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Savory and potent herbs make Italian cuisine both tasty and famous. Nothing can compare to the fine seasonings found in Italian herb gardens. Open up the soul of the chef within you by growing Italian herbs.

Basil is a well know Italian herb and useful in many Italian recipes. Basil will not only add flavour to many Italian cuisines, it is useful in the garden to other plants. Planting basil next to your peppers and tomatoes will actually improve their flavour. Plus, basil will also repel flies and mosquitoes.

Parsley is a relatively hard herb plant to grow but it is useful in not only Italian dishes but many other types of cuisines. Many generations ago before there was breath mints it was found that eating fresh, raw parsley after a meal eradicated the bad breath left over from enjoying a flavourful cuisine. The tradition arose to serve parsley on a small dish after the meal. The tradition lives today by using parsley as a garnish on a variety of meals. Oregano is as decorative as it is flavourful. When it is fully mature it will sprout pretty little purple flowers. Oregano should not be harvested until it has flowered because this is when the plant is most flavourful.

What To Do In The Garden For January

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

In Northern United States and Canada

Now is the time to check out seed catalogs and online along with placing orders. Early in the month sow seeds of Clarkia, Godedia, Larkspur, Stocks and other annuals for Spring bloom in the greenhouse. Toward the end of January sow in the greenhouse Wax Begonias, Lobelias, Vinca roses, Delphiniums and Pansies for Summer bloom outdoors…

Remove pots of bulbs, such as Hyacinths, Daffodils and Tulips, that are to be forced for early bloom, a few at a time, from the cool basement or sand bed outdoors where they have been rooting, and bring them into the greenhouse or house. Shade them for the first few days and give them lots of water at all times. Keep them cool at first; increase the temperature gradually.

As soon as dormant potted Amaryllis bulbs show signs of life, remove a little of the old surface soil, replace with rich new soil, water thoroughly and place the pots in a warm, light location in the greenhouse or house. Pot new Amaryllis bulbs in well-drained pots of fertile sandy soil.

You Can Have Success Growing Herbs in Pots

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Growing herbs indoors is an excellent way to add to your herb garden. It is no more challenging to plant herbs in containers than it is to plant them out doors. They can also be grown indoors in sunny window boxes, hanging baskets or regular pots. Whether in or out doors, herbs need the same basic things.

All plants need three main things in order to grow successfully; sunlight, soil and water. Herbs are no exception. Sunlight is key to growing any type of plant including herbs whether they are grown indoors or in a garden. You should place herbs grown in a kitchen or other room in a south or west facing window to get the best kind of sunlight. Different types of herbs have different light requirements but, for the most part, all need a sunny location. Some home herb growers supplement the light source with “grow lamps” or fluorescent lamps.

Give Dahlias And Begonias A Lift

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

October may provide brilliant color in the landscape but it also signals an end of another growing season. Let’s look at some of the things needed to be done in the landscape.

Dahlias can remain in the ground until after frost. Cut off the stems six inches above the ground and lift carefully, for the tubers are brittle and break off easily. Discard any that do. Place the clumps in flats, stem side down, and let them dry off before storing. Just before storing cut off the fine roots and cut the stem back to within an inch or two of the crown. They are best stored in a cool place (about 40 degrees) but may be stored at a warmer temperature if covered with peatmoss or sand. Line the storage boxes with paper. A dusting of sulphur before storing will prevent rot. Be sure to tie labels to the clumps so you will know what is what next year.

Tuberous begonias are lifted after the foliage has yellowed, but don’t remove the foliage until it is dry. Remove the dried stems and clean off the dry soil. Store the tubers in flats in a warm place (50 to 60 degrees) and cover them with peatmoss. They need good circulation of air to prevent rot.

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