Square Foot Gardening Templates March 19th, 2009 A few of you asked about the template I was using in my photo yesterday, so I decided to explain what they are and how we made them. I use the Square Foot Gardening method in my raised beds. Which basically means that I break my raised beds down into square foot sections for planting. I don’t plant each square with something different as other people do, I usually plant large sections of different types of plants. Make Your Own Pop Bottle Drip Irrigation System The last time I forgot to water my outdoor potted plants and discovered them completely wilted and hanging on the cusp of near death, I decided it was time to take action. Some of the plants on my deck receive a full, searing sun all day long during the hottest mid summer days. While these plants thrive under such conditions if properly taken care of, they will die quickly if they don’t receive enough water. Although it has been unusually rainy this year in these parts, full sun deck plants will still get extremely hot and dry very quickly. One of the best ways to provide a steady water supply to your plants without your constant attention is the gradual watering system or drip irrigation. Through this method a device is employed that slowly delivers water into the soil directly around the roots.
The Semiahmoo Library's Larger Than Life Living Wall Features Over 10,000 Plants We've featured the amazing Semiahmoo Public Library vertical garden before, but our new pictures show even more clearly just how alive this wall really is. More than 10,000 individual plants representing 120 unique plant species cover so much wall space - a whopping 3,000 square feet - it's kind of surprising that the whole building doesn't keel over. Vancouver-based design firm Green over Grey has transformed the library's exterior into a totally self-sufficient (and structurally sound) green wall which actually enhances the interior environment while also supporting a healthy urban ecosystem that entices bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to come out and play! We’ve seen some pretty cool living walls, including the world’s largest, but we are astounded by how lush the Semiahmoo Library wall looks up close. Featuring ground covers, large perennials, shrubs, and even small trees, this vertical garden requires absolutely no soil. + Green over Grey
5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work.
Best Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs to Grow for Beginners Whether you’re an old hand at gardening but have never grown edible plants, or you’re new to gardening all together, here is a list of plants that are well suited to people who are considering growing something they can eat for the first time. Photo by GNIKRJ I’ve linked to growing information from Organic Gardening magazine to help you get your container farming off to a good start. Going organic is really important when it comes to plants you are going to eat because eating chemicals (whether in the form of fertilizers or pesticides) is not very appetizing.
How To Graft A Fruit Tree Are you bored of your one variety fruit tree? Is your tree an eratic cropper? Or does it never fruit at all? Why Natural Insect Control Works Better Related Content Spiders in Your Bathtub? Suddenly it seems like spiders are everywhere, which makes many people uneasy. Fear not! Autumn's aw... Three Easy, Low-Tech Ways to Keep Container Gardens Watered Photo Credit: Maggie Hoffman, Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License. Container gardening is, in many ways, one of the easiest ways to grow flowers and edibles in your garden. You can take advantage of sunny areas, and it doesn't matter how awful (or nonexistent) your garden soil is, because you can fill your containers with perfect, fluffy soil. But watering can be a challenge, especially during hot, dry weather. Here are a few tips for keeping your container gardens happy.
Transparent Bubble Tents Posted on November 24, 2010 by saya These Transparent Bubble Tents encourage users to have a closer contact with the nature. Totally transparent, the new tent not only provides beautiful sceneries but also offers smart beds, cabinets, shelves and even electric lighting for use. To sum up, it’s really the best tent designed for those who love waiting for the stars. Designer: Pierre Stephane Dumas