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Vegetable Garden Growing Tips with Planting Times, Spacing and Guides

Vegetable Garden Growing Tips with Planting Times, Spacing and Guides
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Plants That Repel Mosquitoes By Jason Knight There are a variety of both wild and cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes. Almost anywhere you go, it is reasonable to find several plant species that you can use to ward off these pesky critters. Plant-based mosquito repellents are especially useful for people who spend a great deal of time in the wilderness. It is important to note that it is compounds found within the plants that do the repelling. Below are separate lists of wild and cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes: Cultivated Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus) is the most popular cultivated plant used for repelling mosquitoes. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a common garden plant that can be used to repel mosquitoes. Additional cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes: Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Marigolds (Tagetes spp.) Wild Plants That Repel Mosquitoes Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla) is a plant native to the northwest and Japan.

27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space Playful as kids are, accidents happen. And the accident that befallen me at 7 years old was the feeling of the hot exhaust pipe of a motorcycle kissing the skin of my leg. Grandma was around and saw it. Looking back, I realized that it was important to have medicinal plants around the house cause you never know when you might need them. Aloe Vera The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. woundscutsburnseczemareducing inflammation Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of : ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice)chronic constipationpoor appetitedigestive problems Marsh Mallow The plant of which marshmallows were once made of. inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranescounter excess stomach acidpeptic ulcerationgastritis Externally, the root is applied to : bruisessprainsaching musclesinsect bitesskin inflammationssplinters Great Burdock Pot Marigold Gotu Kola Camomile Sage

we like it wild: bottle gardens As much as we love to garden, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. If there’s a way we can shorten our to-do list, we’ll take it. This week’s project, a no-fuss recycled windowsill herb garden, has knocked watering the plants off our list. Self-watering planters like these aren’t a new idea; we remember our own childhood craft books that taught us how to poke holes through Dixie cups or invert two liter plastic bottles to grow our own little bean garden. This grown-up version is much better looking and works great for small herbs and plants. We used beer bottles for ours, but you could make a larger garden with wine bottles too. Although this project may take a little more effort than your average windowsill garden initially, the pay off is worth it for us: we get to usefully recycle bottles, we get fresh herbs we don’t have to dote on, and we get a sparkling window display. CLICK HERE for the full (photo illustrated) project steps after the jump!

How to Grow Vegetables Some general considerations for growing vegetables: Sowing Tips When sowing seeds, a good general rule of thumb is to sow to a depth of approximately twice the thickness of the seed. Some smaller seeds require light to germinate and should not be sown too deep; otherwise they may never germinate or break through the surface of the soil. Conversely, large seeds planted too shallow may not develop properly. Keep seeds well-moistened while awaiting germination and check regularly. Select a light-weight, well-drained medium for sowing to ensure good seed to soil contact. Growing Tips Most vegetables will produce better results if sown and grown in a soil-medium that is well-drained, rich in organic matter (fertile), and fairly lightweight. Most vegetables will prefer good quantities of natural, direct sunlight daily. Harvesting and Seed Saving Many vegetables will be harvested in the fall, especially if grown in lower hardiness zones.

Living Sculpture Website Template Printable PDF version Related videos: In turf works, we create living sculpture by shaping soil and covering it with grass or moss. These sculptures take on many shapes and sizes, from sod animals and other figures, to more abstract creations. One of the most popular forms is a very literal translation of the term “lawn furniture.” No matter what shape the sod seating takes, the basics of construction are the same. Design The sky’s the limit when it comes to design and there is plenty of inspiration in the home and lawn furniture that we encounter every day. Another design consideration is to carefully examine the space at hand. Almost any site with adequate drainage and sun exposure will work. Materials Soil Sod Shovels Water Ground staples A large, knife for cutting sod Hammer or mallet Some notes on materials: Soil quantity: The biggest question when it comes to soil is: how much do we need? Sod: You can expect to pay about $.40/square foot of sod from a sod farm. Construction

The Gravity of Illusion: Dyson’s Mysterious Garden Fountain A simple water feature can take an ordinary deck and turn it into something magnificent. But a water feature fashioned by celebrated industrial designer James Dyson (of Dyson vacuums fame) is bound to be the most unforgettable water feature ever. This fountain, part of an overall garden design dubbed “The Wrong Garden,” was created by Dyson for the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2003 Chelsea Flower Show. Like everything else designed by Dyson, it accomplishes a seemingly impossible task with highly astonishing style: in this case, it makes water flow uphill. Dyson’s inspiration for the highly unusual outdoor fountain was M.C. Escher’s “Waterfall,” an illustration in which a stream of water seemingly breaks the laws of physics. The secret is deceptively simple: the water is actually flowing inside and through the tanks and being propelled through small openings at the highest corner of the tanks.

Build a garden gateway pergola – Canadian Home Workshop Posted Every permanent outdoor project begins with the challenge of creating a plumb, square, accurate structure on top of the inevitable irregularities of the ground. This project is one for which one construction strategy proves useful again and again: set the posts in or on the soil first, then cut them to length later. In the case of this arbour, concrete isn’t necessary around the posts because all four work together to support each other as they sit within holes in the ground. That said, try as hard as you like, but you’ll never dig post holes consistent enough to allow posts to be cut to final length before placing them; the tops won’t be level. The trick is to set overlength posts into holes (I began with 12' posts for this project), plumb them with temporary 2x4 braces, then fill in soil around them, compacting the earth around the posts as you go. The roof boards straddle the crosspieces with interlocking dados. Getting cross Lattice Work Finishing Touches Bulider's tip

The Guerrilla Gardening Home Page Propiedades del jengibre El jengibre es una de las plantas más populares en la medicina tradicional china; además, es un antiinflamatorio natural que ayuda a combatir enfermedades respiratorias, artrosisy problemas digestivos. Por su sabor picante y aromático se recomienda consumirlo con moderación y acompañando otros alimentos. Gracias a que es muy rico en aceites esenciales, vitaminas, minerales, antioxidantesy aminoácidos otorga muchos beneficios al cuerpo humano, como los siguientes: Disminuye los dolores reumáticos y menstrualesEs eficaz contra la gripe y los resfriados, al favorecer la expectoraciónMejora el flujo sanguíneo, por lo que previene las enfermedades cardiovascularesElimina el mareo y el vértigoEs un afrodisíaco natural, al estimular la libidoEs un antidepresivo naturalCombate el envejecimiento prematuro y reduce los niveles de estrésDisminuye las migrañas al bloquear los efectos de la protasgladinaPreviene el cáncer de colon y de ovarioFacilita la digestión

slide to the right -> : string gardens Growing mushrooms in a laundry basket Thought you might like to see a great way to grow mushrooms outdoors if you have a shady place that gets watered regularly… This technique also works indoors, but the laundry basket is usually bagged or boxed until the straw is completely colonised with mycelium. This technique has both upsides and downsides, but most importantly, it’s easy, and gets people growing mushrooms! Huzzah… Zodd’s oyster mushrooms VelaCreations’ colonised straw Fungifield’s golden oysters VelaCreations’ basket, bagged and ready to fruit VelaCreations’ fruiting oyster mushrooms Grow your own’s oyster mushrooms – delish! At Milkwood Farm, we’ve opted to grow our oyster mushrooms in double buckets. However, many home mushroom propagators use the laundry basket technique, and it illustrates yet another way oyster mushrooms can be grown inside, outside and upside down, once you have the basic knowledge, skills, tools and of course mycelium… mmm mushrooms. >> More posts about mushrooms at Milkwood Farm

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