Introduction to Cold-Hardy Tropicals for Virginia Landscapes Any Virginian who has ever been smitten by palm trees and tropical landscapes while on vacation can build a similar oasis in their own backyard. A number of tropical plants, including palms, are cold-hardy and worthwhile perennial additions to the home landscape, providing texture, whimsy and even evergreen winter interest. Palms for Virginia Landscapes The Commonwealth of Virginia spans several USDA hardiness zones, from Zone 5 in the coldest mountain areas to Zone 8 in the warmest coastal regions (see link to map in Resources, below). Yet, within this broad range of annual average minimum temperatures, certain palms may be grown successfully.
No Outdoor Space? Try Gutter Gardens : katyelliott.com Posted on | April 29, 2009 | 12 Comments I love this garden idea! Great for tip for urban living. Attach gutters to the back of a house/building or to a fence. Gutters are available in many different sizes which makes them ideal for fitting into a small space. Brilliant! Seeding Square: Garden by Color and Number Have raised enough to donate 40 Seeding Squares to elementary schools! Thank you backers! Thank you everyone! We have reached our initial goal of $6000! Now it's on to STRETCH GOALS. Next on the chopping block is to have our website done by a professional ($3000). Glaser Tipps und Tricks Useful and important information about „Glaser“ - tools and implements. ● Copper rivets Soil with the trace element copper has fewer problems with fungus. Old farmers knew this long ago and attached pieces of copper to their ploughs. When ploughing, the soil was enriched with traces of copper.
Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses. Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates. Here's a video tour of a walipini that shows what a basic version of this earth-sheltered solar greenhouse looks like inside:
The Curated Eight: DIY Herb Gardens - Inspired by CharmInspired by Charm Okay. Seriously. Mother Nature, I am completely ready for spring. Love, Michael I don’t know what things are like in your neck of the woods. PRODUCTS FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING Weed Master is a versatile tool carrier for seeding, planting, flaming, spraying and hoeing. It is specially designed for 0.1-2 ha vegetable fields. Within few minutes you can attach various weed control equipment in the same frame. Row flamer (picture on left) has effective cover, that keeps the heat between the rows, without damaging the crop plant. Especially useful during rainy periods, when hoeing does not give satisfactory control. Suitable also for pre-emergence flaming on the row area. The New Vitruvian Man Avocado isn’t something that I’ve grown up with, especially since it wasn’t very freely available here until very recently. It’s still also quite expensive in comparison to local fruits and vegetables, but even since I was re-introduced to its special ability to liven up a salad, I’ve been hooked. There’s one particular time of the year (between December and February) when it’s quite abundantly (and therefore also cheaply) available, when I would finish breakfast with a sliced up half avocado with salt, pepper and freshly squeezed lime drizzled on it.
anderson + grant: Creating a Summer Flower Display I wanted to create a tall flower display in a urn as you walk up onto the porch. The pot is in the sun all day long so I needed plants that could handle those conditions. Adding a variety of types of plants in different heights and textures makes for a pretty planting arrangement, whether in a pot or in the ground. I bought four types of flowers: a hanging geranium pot with three geraniums in itone Spike planttwo vinca vinesa plant labeled Strawberry Shortcake that had three plants mixed in it: bacopa, calibrachoa, (both of which I had never heard of) and verbena....it is a mixture of light pink, dark burgundy, and white flowers Let's start with my new gardening gloves...Aren't they great?
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3 Composting Techniques Everyone Should Know We all know by now that composting is important to the environment. It allows natural waste to return to the earth, while adding a nutrient rich material to our gardens. Here is a break down of the top 3 most common techniques for composting for the home gardener. Hot Composting – Open Bins Hot composting is the most intensive method, but also the fastest way to get finished compost. It involves building compost piles that have a balance of green material (nitrogen), oxygen, water and brown material. A Colorful Screened-In Porch Makeover As I write this post, I am sitting in the most colorful space in my home. I dare you to step into the screened-in porch and not be happy. Double Triple Dog Dare You. And if you do step out here, and you aren’t happy, I’ve got a cheap beer for ya and a kid is bound to turn the corner at any moment riding a plastic pink flamingo. Heck, you just smiled as you read that last sentence, didn’t you? Sweet friends, who put up with way too much craziness from me, welcome to my back porch.
Fabulous Ways to Beautify Your Window Wells Window wells are a necessary sore thumb….or are they? They certainly don’t have to be. We chose to dig out our window wells and landscape around them in different ways.