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Canvas Awnings -How To Care For Them And Keep Them Good As New

Canvas awnings are a beautiful and functional way to beautify your home.

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Save Money While You Survive the Heat

Staying cool this summer could become a challenge when the waves of summer heat come lapping at your door. If you haven't prepared your home to keep the cool air indoors and the heat out, you may lose in the battle to survive the summer with reasonable cooling bills and optimal comfort.

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Portals To Safety And Savings

Savvy homeowners are discovering they can open their home to safety and a wealth of other benefits with the help of impact-resistant windows and doors.

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Decorate The Outdoors

You don't have to limit yourself to decorating the inside of your home. Your patio and yard are extensions of your home, and have unique opportunities to allow you to express yourself and your sense of style. Of course, they present unique challenges as well. Much of your outside decor will be seasonal. The furniture may have to be stored indoors in winter in some climates, and plants may die back. Start out by thinking of what you would like to do in your patio and yar...

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GARDEN PESTS.

If we could garden without any interference from the pests which attack plants, then indeed gardening would be a simple matter. But all the time we must watch out for these little foes little in size, but tremendous in the havoc they make. As human illness may often be prevented by healthful conditions, so pests may be kept away by strict garden cleanliness. Heaps of waste are lodging places for the breeding of insects. I do not think a compost pile will do the harm, but unkempt, uncared-for spots seem to invite trouble.

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Gardening Through A Drought Or How To Sprinkle Your Water Wisely

Gardening Through A Drought Or How To Sprinkle Your Water Wisely So you find yourself in the middle of the worst drought within living memory and your garden occupants are starting to sag, flag and wilt. Which plants should be watered first and which plants should receive the main quantities of the irrigation? You begin to feel like the leader of a third world country trying to spread your counties meagre budget across healthcare, military and education. Never fear, let me dampen your worries with some drought advice.

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Spring Planting Tips

You've just returned from the garden center with trees and shrubs for your yard. Now what do you do with them? This informative article shares all the details you'll need to know to successfully plant that new greenery for a beautifully landscaped yard.

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History Of Citrus

The pleasing appearance of citrus trees and the fruit was mentioned by many ancient travelers, even though the fruit of citrus trees had not evolved to the point as an important food staple, the fragrance of all parts of the citrus trees, including the flowers and fruit, were desirable perfumers of rooms and were thought to repel insects. The occurrence of citrus in Europe and Mideast were thought to have been natural occurring native trees and shrubs, but historians today...

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Bonsai Trees / Plants and Shops

Bonsai trees are special miniture trees that grow indoors (usually) in pots. Bonsai is japanese for 'potted plant' and originated in China. they are absolutely gorgeous, the idea of having an entire tree on your windowsil amazes me till today, they grow like trees for years and years, there are several styles and types of bonsai: The formal upright style, or Chokkan, is just as the name suggests, and is characterized by a straight, upright, tapering trunk. The trunk and branches of the informal

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The Peroxide Phenomenon-Gardening Miracle

He unabashedly begins his stories in newspapers, magazines and online by proclaiming, 'This will be the most phenomenal article you will ever read.' He claims to have cured his own cancer, to have removed his own warts and to be the most robust 82-year-old on the planet ' ever since he discovered the miracle solution known as hydrogen peroxide. Bill Munro immediately grabbed my attention with a story titled 'Gardening with H2O2' in Acres U.S.A., the highly respected farmin...

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Landscape Gardening Tips

Finally, let's sum up our landscape lesson. The grounds are a setting for the house or buildings. Open, free lawn spaces, a tree or a proper group well placed, flowers which do not clutter up the front yard, groups of shrubbery these are points to be remembered. The paths should lead somewhere, and be either straight or well curved. If you start with a formal garden, you should not mix the informal with it before the work is done.

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Summer Gardening Tips

Gardeners eagerly look forward to summer when they can enjoy the fruits of all their hard work. But along with summer comes humidity and the problems it creates. This article explores that downfall and provides valuable tips on maintaining a beautiful garden.

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Increase Curb Appeal With Flowering Shrubs and Bushes

If you want to create a home with more curb appeal you have many excellent options with flowering bushes. Depending on the type of bush you choose, you will end up with gorgeous blooms at varying times of year, giving your home a new, fresh, and exciting look. As you will discover by reading this article, flowering blushes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and blooms, all beautiful and many exotically fragrant.

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Hibiscus-High Performance

Our region's shrub form of hibiscus has a long and storied history in the garden, a history that starts in ancient Asia, where Hibiscus syriacus, the species we know commonly as Rose of Sharon, is native. While not native in Europe, Rose of Sharon was cultivated there for centuries and is referred to throughout ancient writings, including passages of the Bible. Settlers brought it to the New World, and it soon became a landscape mainstay in colonial America. It's easy to u...

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History Of Pomegranates, ‘Punica Granatum’

Because of the many seeds found in pomegranate fruits, they were regarded as a symbol of fertility by the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The Greek writer, Homer, wrote about pomegranates growing at Syracuse, on the island of Sicily. The Bible of the Hebrews records many references to the pomegranate, and the image of the fruit was used extensively in molding and stone sculptures found in Solomon's temple at Jerusalem, Israel. Pomegranates, 'Punica granatum,' ...

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REQUISITES OF THE HOME VEGETABLE GARDEN.

In deciding upon the site for the home vegetable garden it is well to dispose once and for all of the old idea that the garden “patch” must be an ugly spot in the home surroundings. If thoughtfully planned, carefully planted and thoroughly cared for, it may be made a beautiful and harmonious feature of the general scheme, lending a touch of comfortable homeliness that no shrubs, borders, or beds can ever produce. With this fact in mind we will not feel restricted to any part of the premises merely because it is out of sight behind the barn or garage. In the average moderate-sized place there will not be much choice as to land. It will be necessary to take what is to be had and then do the very best that can be done with it. But there will probably be a good deal of choice as to, first, exposure, and second, convenience. Other things being equal, select a spot near at hand, easy of access. It may seem that a difference of only a few hundred yards will mean nothing, but if one is depending largely upon spare moments for working in and for watching the garden and in the growing of many vegetables the latter is almost as important as the former this matter of convenient access will be of much greater importance than is likely to be at first recognized. Not until you have had to make a dozen time-wasting trips for forgotten seeds or tools, or gotten your feet soaking wet by going out through the dew-drenched grass, will you realize fully what this may mean. Exposure. ——— But the thing of first importance to consider in picking out the spot that is to yield you happiness and delicious vegetables all summer, or even for many years, is the exposure. Pick out the “earliest” spot you can find a plot sloping a little to the south or east, that seems to catch sunshine early and hold it late, and that seems to be out of the direct path of the chilling north and northeast winds. If a building, or even an old fence, protects it from this direction, your garden will be helped along wonderfully, for an early start is a great big factor toward success. If it is not already protected, a board fence, or a hedge of some low-growing shrubs or young evergreens, will add very greatly to its usefulness. The importance of having such a protection or shelter is altogether underestimated by the amateur. The soil. ——— The chances are that you will not find a spot of ideal garden soil ready for use anywhere upon your place. But all except the very worst of soils can be brought up to a very high degree of productiveness? especially such small areas as home vegetable gardens require. Large tracts of soil that are almost pure sand, and others so heavy and mucky that for centuries they lay uncultivated, have frequently been brought, in the course of only a few years, to where they yield annually tremendous crops on a commercial basis. So do not be discouraged about your soil. Proper treatment of it is much more important, and a garden- patch of average run-down, or “never-brought-up” soil will produce much more for the energetic and careful gardener than the richest spot will grow under average methods of cultivation. The ideal garden soil is a “rich, sandy loam.” And the fact cannot be overemphasized that such soils usually are made, not found. Let us analyze that description a bit, for right here we come to the first of the four all-important factors of gardening food. The others are cultivation, moisture and temperature. “Rich” in the gardener’s vocabulary means full of plant food; more than that and this is a point of vital importance it means full of plant food ready to be used at once, all prepared and spread out on the garden table, or rather in it, where growing things can at once make use of it; or what we term, in one word, “available” plant food. Practically no soils in long- inhabited communities remain naturally rich enough to produce big crops. They are made rich, or kept rich, in two ways; first, by cultivation, which helps to change the raw plant food stored in the soil into available forms; and second, by manuring or adding plant food to the soil from outside sources. “Sandy” in the sense here used, means a soil containing enough particles of sand so that water will pass through it without leaving it pasty and sticky a few days after a rain; “light” enough, as it is called, so that a handful, under ordinary conditions, will crumble and fall apart readily after being pressed in the hand. It is not necessary that the soil be sandy in appearance, but it should be friable. “Loam: a rich, friable soil,” says Webster. That hardly covers it, but it does describe it. It is soil in which the sand and clay are in proper proportions, so that neither greatly predominate, and usually dark in color, from cultivation and enrichment. Such a soil, even to the untrained eye, just naturally looks as if it would grow things. It is remarkable how quickly the whole physical appearance of a piece of well cultivated ground will change. An instance came under my notice last fall in one of my fields, where a strip containing an acre had been two years in onions, and a little piece jutting off from the middle of this had been prepared for them just one season. The rest had not received any extra manuring or cultivation. When the field was plowed up in the fall, all three sections were as distinctly noticeable as though separated by a fence. And I know that next spring’s crop of rye, before it is plowed under, will show the lines of demarcation just as plainly. REQUISITES OF THE HOME VEGETABLE GARDEN.

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The Most Popular Roses

When most think of flowers the image that comes to mind is that of a rose. A rose can be used to express any kind of emotion. It can indicate love or it can denote sadness. It can bring a peace of mind or it can excite the receiver. Little wonder that most of us want to buy a rose. And it is easily understandable as to why many of us would want to see roses blooming in our gardens. People like all the different varieties of roses. Yet as is the case with most things the...

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Organic Gardening: 10 Practical Steps

The key components fundamental to the practice of organic gardening are discussed in this article.

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Watering Your Lawn

Watering a lawn in the proper manner is one of the most misunderstood and most neccessary steps in keeping up a healthy, attractive lawn. Most people water there lawn too long and not often enough. Here are some awesome guidlines to ensure a the most effective and efficient method to properly water your lawn. First of all soak your lawn only to the depth of the root zone and no further. Each time you water you should moisten the soil to a depth of 6-8 in. when watering bluegrass and 8-11 in. on other grasses. This will ensure that you wter only to the grass’s active root zone. The length of time and amount of water it will take to moisten the root zone depend on soil type and the irrigation system. Sandy soils will be penetrated more quickly and more deeply than clay and other softer soils. To determine the length of time required to moisten your lawn’s root zone: This is an awesome formula given by a well known University…Run the sprinklers for 15 minutes. Twenty-four hours later, dig a small hole in the ground or use a probe to determine how deeply the soil is moistened. You will use this information to determine how long to water each time. To calculate the number of minutes to water the lawn divide 120 by the depth of the moistened soil in inches. For example, if the water soaked in 4 in., figure 120/4 = 30 minutes. It would take an hour to soak in eight inches. If it soaked in 6 in., the lawn should be watered for 20 minutes (120/6 in. = 20 minutes). However, bluegrass has a shallower root system than other grasses; it needs to be soaked to a depth of only 6-8 in. (instead of 8-12 in). Take the second example above: In 15 minutes, water soaked in 6 in. You would need to water a bluegrass lawn for only 15 minutes instead of the 20 minutes calculated for other types of grass. Once the length of the watering period is established, use the same period each time you water, no matter what the season. If water starts to run off the lawn before the end of the watering period, turn the water off for one hour and let the water soak in; then turn the sprinklers back on and finish watering. Runoff is sometimes caused by excess thatch. If thatch is more than 1/2 in. thick, the lawn should be dethatched. Dethatch cool-season lawns (bluegrass or fescue) in early spring or late summer. Dethatch bermudagrass lawns in late spring. Proper mowing, watering and fertilization can reduce the buildup of thatch. To reduce thatch buildup, avoid overwatering the lawn. When the lawn needs water the grass will take on a bluish or dull green color and the blades will begin to fold or roll. Footprints will remain visible after the lawn is walked on. Tree and shrub roots competing with the turf will require additional water. Once a month soak the soil very deep to encourage tree and shrub root development below the turf root zone. Leave the sprinklers on three times the normal time or use a soaker hose under the entire tree canopy. The best time of day to water is in the early morning. Less water evaporates if lawns are watered when temperatures are cool and winds are calm. These conditions occur most frequently in early morning. Late afternoon and evening watering also reduces evaporation losses if winds are calm, but tends to encourage disease because the grass stays moist all night. Many of the fungus diseases that affect grass require water droplets or high humidity to sporulate and infect the plants. Midday watering is more convenient for many people and does not harm the lawn. However, more water is lost to evaporation. In most situations sprinklers are the most effective way to water lawns. Flood irrigation can also be used on level lawns where a water source is available. Sprinkler spray patterns should overlap 80-100% depending on the type of sprinkler system that is installed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for proper sprinkler installation. A good system must provide even water distribution to all grassed areas. The water must be applied to only the grassed areas, not to walls, sidewalks, driveways or streets. Use the can test described above to gauge uniformity. Most sprinkler heads have a spring adjustment to control the flow of water. Sprinklers that water less than a full circle can be adjusted to direct water away from walls and paved areas. If some sprinkler heads have been replaced, it may be necessary to replace all of the sprinkler heads in order to achieve uniform application. Maybe this will assist you in watering your lawn.

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Landscape Gardening – 8 Tips to Wow Your Neighbors

Planning your landscape is like painting a picture on canvas. Just like your art teacher in high school told you - have a main point of interest and add several sub points to make your beautiful landscape more interesting.

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Build a Rain Garden

There's a new garden in town. It is (mostly) easy to install, looks good year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!

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Garden design planning

Good garden design starts with thinking before digging.

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Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won’t Find At Your Local Greenhouse.

Do you scour your seed catalogs or look at all the new varieties that have come out in your gardening magazines? You can't wait to go to your local greenhouse and purchase them for your garden or flower bed. But when you get there, you find they don't carry that variety.

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The Secrets Of Winterizing Your Garden

If you're like most people it isn't the thought of winterizing your garden that gets you, it's figuring out where to start. There's just so much to do that it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin! Well, relax. The harvest is in and putting your garden to bed, so to speak, is one of the more fun parts of gardening. You have a nice full cellar and pantry. The hard work is done, and you can relish the idea of preparing for next year's garden. Which is the perfect...

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Ideal Garden Tools For The Green Thumb

Do not rush into buying as you might just end up with unnecessary tools. In fact, many have purchased garden tools that are made to sit in their tool shed for years, wondering if they’ll ever be used again. Here’s a helpful list of must-have tools for every gardener: Shovel Gardening always starts with planting and that means digging holes on the ground. This is why the shovel tops the list. This is also one of the tools that are frequently used.

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Antique Roses – Proving That Old is Good!

Antique roses are making a comeback in many rose gardens. Rose enthusiasts are rediscovering their ease of care, heady fragrances, and hardier nature. They are more resistant to many insects and disease than their more sensitive, modern cousins. Just as with many aspects of "heritage"...Old is good!

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Plan before buying rose bushes

So, you have decided to plant rose bushes in your yard or on your patio, porch or balcony. Now all you have to do is go out and buy some bushes and plant them. Right? Wrong!! There are several things that you have to decide before buying:

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Preparing The Garden For Winter

This article outlines the practical steps to putting the outdoor garden to rest for the winter.

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Planting Bare Root Roses

Before planting, the plants must be prepared. The following suggestions will help insure that your roses grow into healthy bushes, trees, etc.:

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Training Beautiful Flowering Shrubs into Unique Flowering Trees

Would you like to add an ornamental tree to your landscape without spending a fortune at the nursery? This article talks about the simple tricks you can use to create a unique tree from an ordinary flowering shrub.

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Variety In Garden Plants – How Much Is Too Much?

Are you having a tough time figuring out exactly what plants you should choose for your garden design? A lot of people have the same problem. In fact, many people tend to choose too many plant varieties or ones that are not compatible with each other. Don't make that mistake. Here are some tips on how you can more easily select the appropriate plants that will ensure a healthy, vibrant and visually appealing garden.

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The Different Roses You Can Grow In Your Rose Garden

The rose is the queen of all flowers. There are many home owners, gardeners and landscape artists who desire to create rose gardens because of the enchanting beauty of the rose and the heady fragrance that this flower possesses.

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Gardening With Spring Trees And Shrubs

Spring is the time when gardening becomes once more of interest to everyone who has any interest in gardening and any size of plot, from a window box to stately acres. In most gardens structure is formed using hard landscaping, trees and shrubs, but they are much more than just shapes. Trees make a functional and beautiful contribution to many gardens. It is vital to take time in selecting the right size and shape of spring tree and to think through what exactly you want from...

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Thyme: The Herb of Courage

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is the featured herb in this article. Especially good in recipes that call for long, slow cooking, thyme is often used in fatty foods to aid in the digestive process. Cultivation requirements, growing indoors and out, uses in the garden and kitchen are included.

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Planning Your Patio Garden

A patio can be a wonderful place to relax during the warm days of spring, summer and autumn; or all year if you live in warmer climes. At times when the lawn may be too wet or even muddy, the solid floor of a patio means you can sit outside even after heavy rain and make the most of the fresh air, and visual pleasure of your garden. You can even turn your patio into a patio garden to make it more interesting. You can turn the plainest of patios into a patio garden with the...

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LANDSCAPE GARDENING.

LANDSCAPE GARDENING.

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What To Look For In Landscape Maintenance Service – Things You Must Know

When you are in search of a landscape service for your home, there are quite a few things that you should keep in mind. After all, not all landscape services are created equal. Care for your yard should be something that you take seriously. After all, it provides enjoyment, beauty, and can even save you money on energy and food costs. If you decide to hire a landscape service, make sure you get the right one for you. Different homeowners have different needs for their land...

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What is the Right Garden Style for You – Wildlife Garden

I am lucky enough to live in a rural area within easy reach of various country footpaths, which take you through different natural habitats. There are woodland walks, a coastal path, grassland areas and one or two large ponds with all the associated wildlife. Each area has it’s own natural beauty and the wild plants can easily compete in shape form and colour with the cultivated varieties. When planning a wildlife garden it is a good idea to visit any country walks or parks in your area, so that you can get an idea of what natural species grow there, and the type of wildlife that lives in your area. You can then plan your garden around what is found naturally in your neighbourhood. To attract birds you need to provide plants that offer shelter, food and nesting spaces. Along with this you should incorporate water for them to drink. This can either be in the form of a pond, ornamental bird baths or simply tubs filled with water scattered around the garden. There are plenty of plants that can be grown in your garden that are both attractive and good food sources for the local bird population. Mountain ash (Rowan) provides an abundance of berries in the autumn which birds love. Dog woods, pheasant berry, viburnum and cotoneasters will also provide your birds with berries. Perennials flowers provide seeds for other birds. Sunflowers are a good example of these. Birds that visit your garden feed in different ways and levels, so you will want to provide plants of differing heights. Robins will scavenge on the ground looking for worms, grubs and insects. Finches and other seed eaters will be in amongst your perennials looking for seeds. Some birds such as woodpeckers prefer to be up in the tree tops. Along with birds there is plenty of other wildlife that you can attract to your garden. Butterfly’s are no longer as common as they once were, so why not plant something like lavender, geraniums, hebe or a buddleja (Butterfly Bush) or two to attract them. These plants not only provide butterfly’s with food, but also produce attractive flowers, and in some cases a pleasant fragrance throughout the summer. Bees are another form of wildlife that has been having problems in the last few years. Many people are nervous of bees, but they are in fact gentle creatures and will not sting unless provoked. Potentilla, penstemons, heathers, Lamium and ceanothus are always frequently visited by bees. A pond in the garden will always attract a fair amount of wildlife. Frogs, toads and newts will always find your pond and move in. You will also attract a number of insects, some of which are quite beautiful such as dragonflies and damselflies. Other birds and animals will also visit the garden to grab a quick drink. Maintaining a wildlife garden is a little less time consuming than some other garden styles. Trees and shrubs can be left to grow naturally. Shrubs only need pruning once or twice a year to encourage new growth. Perennials should be left to go to seed and tidied up in the spring before new growth starts. Weeding can be less of a chore as well. I like to leave many of the weeds in place unless they are causing a problem and taking over. Many of the weeds have attractive flowers and provide food for the wildlife that visits your garden. When designing your garden you want to create plenty of areas that your wildlife can take shelter in so that it feels safe from predator attack. Trees and dense shrubs are ideal for this. Try to use natural curves instead of straight lines, and don’t manicure you plants.

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Tips on Dealing with Slugs and Snails in the Garden

Want to know how to start gardening? Confused where to start? Let Fran help you with easy to follow tips and advice. This article gives practical suggestions on how to minimise slug and snail damage in your garden!

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Marvellous May Plant ColourMarvellous May Plant Colour

Many plants vie for my attention during the month of May. Here are four of my favourites. Cornus alternifolia 'Argenta' Cornus alternifolia 'Argenta' is commonly known as the 'Variegated pagoda dogwood'. Originating in Asia, its common name relates to its shape which resembles a sacred tower in China. This large deciduous shrub or small tree can have ultimate height of 3 metres (9ft); with a spread of approx 2 metres (6ft). Within the next week its layers of slim branch...

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Ease Bug Bites with Easy Herbs

Bothered by biting insects? Susun Weed offers wise woman ways to soothe the bites and repel the insects!

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Fertilizing to Create More Blossoms on Your Flowers, Flowering Shrubs and Trees

Are your flowering trees not flowering to your expectations? This article provides all the information you'll need to know to have a spectacular flower display from your trees and shrubs.

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Fertilizing to Create More Blossoms on Your Flowers, Flowering Shrubs and Trees

Are your flowering trees not flowering to your expectations? This article provides all the information you'll need to know to have a spectacular flower display from your trees and shrubs.

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How Safe Is Your Child’s School?

As a parent, have you ever thought about whether your child's school was designed and built with security in mind?

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Gardening – Is It A Hobby?

Considering the hard work involved, I can still honestly state there is nothing quite as 'relaxing' as spending the day working in my garden. Well okay, if not exactly 'relaxing', it certainly is rewarding and just gives you an overall feeling of well-being. An added benefit is if you are not physically fit before you start your first gardening project, chances are you soon will be simply thru the process of maintaining it. But is serious gardening actually a hobby? I don't ...

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Building A Garden Fence

They are privacy and shelter are two important things in the garden. The latter is often a problem in gardens which are exposed to cold prevailing winds. Both these points are important not only for the gardener himself, but also for the plants in his garden. Young growth can be severely damaged by cold winds and frequent buffeting will cause a great deal of root disturbance. Although privacy and shelter can be provided by trees and shrubs, fences also have an important p...

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Flowering Trees – How to Make Your Garden Shady and Beautiful at the Same Time

The most important components in a landscape are probably trees. Their prominent shape and size gives the necessary depth to any garden or lawn. Such a large and tall plant can be impossible to ignore in any scenery and they can add a sense of permanence with their remarkable longevity, making it possible for them to be enjoyed through generations.

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Gardening Book

Gardening books come in all different shapes and sizes and offer more information on gardening than can be found anywhere else. Anything anyone ever wanted to know about gardening can be found in a gardening book. Gardening books are not expensive, and will end up being worth much more than you will pay for one. Not only can gardening books be used for personal use, they are also an excellent gift for a gardening friend. For the beginner, gardening books are almost a necessity in starting a garden. Books will give step-by-step instructions and easy to understand directions on how to plant a garden, from breaking up the dirt to how much water your plants need. They will give all of the necessary details about every type of plant, such as how much light they need to survive, how often they need to be watered, how much nutrients must be added to the soil, and any other little quirks that plants have. Gardening books are very informational and range anywhere from just a pamphlet size book with a few pages to a novel size book with hundreds of pages. The information provided is top notch and a lot of it cannot be found anywhere else. Books provide hints and tips on how to make your plants healthier, how to keep your garden free of weeds, and how to prevent against and fight diseases. Often times gardening books will give readers ideas they had never thought of before. For example, there are hundreds of vegetables and herbs out there that many people would never think of growing in their backyard, but would be very good to grow in your own personal garden. There are also millions of flowers many people don't think about but that are very beautiful. There are hundreds of people that would probably trade their rose bush for an exotic flower, and with a gardening book they could read about what types of flowers are available and will grow in their area. Whether you enjoy gardening or not, gardening books are wonderful gifts if you have a gardening friend. It is personalized and you can give a great gift that isn't that expensive. You could even give it to someone who doesn't garden. Who knows, maybe they will be interested and decide to plant a garden. Gardening books are excellent for any type of gardener at any level. No matter how much gardening knowledge and experience you have, I guarantee you there is a gardening book somewhere that has something in it you don't know. Gardening books can be used no matter what you grow: shrubs, flowers, vegetables, fruits, and trees, even those of you who grow weeds!

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Creating a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden

With just a little bit of planning, you can have beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds flocking to your garden. That's good news for gardeners because not only are these winged creatures fun to watch, they're essential pollinators.

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Rose Gardening

Roses have gotten a bad wrap over the years for being difficult to grow and maintain. If you are thinking of rose gardening don't let this rumor stop you. While rose gardening can prove to be challenging, once you get the hang of it, it really isn't that bad. When you first start rose gardening, you will have to choose what type of rose you wish to plant, and no, I'm not talking about the color. You will have to choose between bare-root, pre-packaged, and container-grown roses. Bare-root roses are sold in the winter and early spring. They should be planted as soon as frosts are over and the ground is warm and workable. Pre-packaged roses are bare-root plants that are sold in a bad or box with something around the roots to retain moisture, such as sawdust. Container-grown roses are grown; you guessed it, in containers. They will be either budding or already in bloom when they become available in the early spring. Planting in rose gardening is not that much different than any other type of plant. The most important thing, as always, is good, healthy soil and a prime planting area. It doesn't matter whether your roses are bare-root or container-grown, the planting methods are the same as any other shrub. Make sure the spot you choose has good drainage, gets plenty of sunlight, and will not overcrowd your roses. Before planting, any dead leaves and thin or decayed shoots need to be cut off. Any damaged or very long roots also need to be trimmed. Soak bare-root roses in water about 10-12 hours to restore moisture in the roots before planting and water the soil before planting as well. Make sure the hole you have dug is large enough for the root growth of the rose. Also it is a good idea to use compost or mulch. After all, roses like extra nutrients just like any other plant. Roses need the same things as other plants; they are just a bit needier. One of the most important things to remember in rose gardening is that roses are heavy feeders and will need several fertilizer applications. Fertilizing should be started in early spring and discontinued in early fall. Make sure not to over-fertilize (fertilize should come with instructions) and water after each feeding. Roses require large amounts of water; a thorough watering twice a week should be enough. Pruning is an essential part to flower gardening. It increases blooms and encourages healthy plant growth. Different varieties of roses have different instructions for pruning, so you might want to read up on your rose types and see what is suggested. The main thing to remember in rose gardening is to water, water, and water some more. One other thing about rose gardening is the amount of fertilizer and nutrients you will need to use, and the pruning that needs to be done to keep your roses under control and healthy. Even though rose gardening takes a little more time and roses are more work, they are one of the most unique and beautiful plants, and definitely worth the extra work.

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Create Lasting Color In Your Garden

"It really doesn't take a maestro to create lasting color in your garden," says Bayer Advanced garden expert Lance Walheim, who wrote the best-selling book "roses for Dummies."

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English Gardens during the Reign of Edward I

The reign of Edward I allowed landowners to turn their attention to something other than defense and safety. As within the castle the wealthy lord sought to embellish the great hall, which often took the place of the ancient keep, with fine tapestry, richly carved furniture, magnificently carved garden statuary, large functional and ornate garden fountains, so outside as well he strove to decorate the gardens with fountains, arbors, and perhaps a maze.

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Gardening Equipment

Nearly every gardener has some type of gardening equipment.? In fact, it’s nearly impossible to have a garden without used gardening equipment.? What kind of gardening equipment you use will obviously depend on the size and extent of your garden, what you are able to handle, if you want to spend a lot of time in your garden or get done quickly, and finally, how much money you are willing to spend. While many gardeners do not have expensive or high-tech gardening tools, all of them have some type of gardening equipment for cultivating.? Tools for cultivating can include both hand held tools and power tools.? What kind you buy depends on how serious of a gardener you are.? Hand tools include your everyday items like shovels, spading forks, rakes, trowels, and diggers.? These can all be used to get a garden ready for planting and are relatively easy and do not require much strength to use.? Other tools include a wheel cultivator, pickax, and mattock. While power tools are a little more expensive than hand tools, they really cut down on the hard labor.? The most essential piece of gardening equipment is undoubtedly the tiller.? The tiller will break up the ground and get it ready for planting, chop up any debris, and help mix in fertilizer and compost.? If you don’t want to spend the money on a tiller you can hire someone or rent a tiller for one time use.? Other power tools that are very popular include chippers, garden shredders, and chain-saws. If you have shrubs, hedges, or small trees in your yard, pruning tools are a vital piece of gardening equipment.? Pruning shears are good for branches about ” in diameter, while lopping shears can handle branches from a half inch up to about 2 inches.? Pole pruners are on a pole and can reach branches about 15 feet above ground.? Hedge shears and pruning saws are both larger, more heavy duty pruning tools for the serious gardener. Since your plants must be watered in order to survive, and lets face it, it doesn’t rain whenever we want it to, gardening equipment for watering is a must have.? The one thing you can’t get along without is a water hose, everything after that is optional.? Many gardeners use sprinklers or s drip irrigation hose.? There are even timers you can purchase for sprinklers or drip hoses, if you are willing to drop the extra cash.? Gardening without gardening equipment would be a nightmare.? Sure there are some people who enjoy getting a little dirty while they plant their flowers, but even those types of people have the most basic of gardening tools, like a rake or a hoe.? Gardening equipment is a part of gardening, as important as the dirt and the seeds. Gardening Equipment

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British Gardens during the Roman Years

To get a good picture of Romano-British gardens of antiquity, we must consider their prototypes in Italy. Horticulture in primitive Italy, as in other countries, was at its beginning merely intended for practical purposes.

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Japanese Gardening

Japanese gardening is a cultural form of gardening that is meant to produce a scene that mimics nature as much as possible by using trees, shrubs, rocks, sand, artificial hills, ponds, and flowing water as art-forms. The Zen and Shinto traditions are both a large part of Japanese gardening and, because of this; the gardens have a contemplative and reflective state of mind. Japanese gardening is much different than the Western style and most would say it is far more meditational and soul soothing. In Japanese gardening there are three basic methods for scenery. The first of these is reduced scale. Reduced scale is the art of taking an actual scene from nature, mountains, rivers, trees, and all, and reproducing it on a smaller scale. Symbolization involves generalization and abstraction. An example of this would be using white sand to suggest the ocean. Borrowed views refers to artists that would use something like an ocean a forest as a background, but it would end up becoming an important part of the scene. There are essentially two types of Japanese gardening: tsukiyami, which is a hill garden and mainly composed of hills and ponds. The other is hiraniwa, which is basically the exact opposite of tsukiyami: a flat garden without any hills or ponds. The basic elements used in Japanese gardening include rocks, gravel, water, moss, stones, fences, and hedges. Rocks are most often used as centerpieces and bring a presence of spirituality to the garden. According to the Shinto tradition rocks embody the spirits of nature. Gravel is used as a sort of defining surface and is used to imitate the flow of water when arranged properly. Stones are used to create a boundary and are sculpted into the form of lanterns. Water, whether it be in the form of a pond, stream, or waterfall, is an essential part of a Japanese garden. It can be in the actual form of water or portrayed by gravel, but no matter what form water is in, it is crucial to a Japanese gardens balance. There are several forms and types of plants that are signature of Japanese gardening, the main one being Bonsai. Bonsai is the art of training everyday, average plants, such as Pine, Cypress, Holly, Cedar, Cherry, Maple, and Beech, to look like large, old trees just in miniature form. These trees range from five centimeters to one meter and are kept small by pruning, re-potting, pinching of growth, and wiring the branches. Japanese gardening is a tradition that has crossed the Muso Soseki, poet, said 'Gardens are a root of transformation'. A Japanese garden is sure to bring about many different feelings and is definitely a transforming experience.

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Gardens in Post Norman England

The end of internal warfare in Norman England permitted the precincts of the castle to become less restricted without loss of security. At the close of the thirteenth and the beginning of the fourteenth century the connection between France and England was very intimate.

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Gardening Catalog

Gardening catalogues are an excellent way for gardeners to purchase anything their heart desires or anything their garden requires without ever leaving their home.? Gardening catalogues offer a wider variety at a cheaper cost with less hassle involved.? You can order anything you want or need and have it delivered right to your door, ready for use. Gardening catalogues are a treasure trove of information for both beginner and experienced gardeners.? They will give detailed descriptions about all plant types available for purchase, their growing and blooming seasons, and the maintenance that is involved.? They will tell readers exactly what nutrients each plant needs and the proper times to administer them.? Catalogues even give tips and hints on things like how to control weeds and/or diseases that may infect your plants.? They give step-by-step planting instructions, such as how much sunlight will be needed, and what season are the best planting times.? Keeping that in mind, most catalogues will wait and ship these goods so that you receive them during the proper planting time according to what zone you live in. Gardening catalogues also have all of the equipment you could possibly need for any type of gardening.? If you have a hydroponics garden you can order a timed water pump or artificial lighting.? You can order pruning shears for shrubs or a gas operated tiller to break up your dirt.? Catalogues will give you a large selection of gloves, making it possible to find a pair that is operational and fashionable.? Other tools that can be purchased include, but are not limited to, hoes, rakes, spades, shovels, water hoses, and sprinklers. Gardening catalogues provide gardeners with a wider selection of seeds and plant types than can be found anywhere else.? The biggest plus about catalogues is everything is offered to you at once.? You can look through what is available and pick and choose what you wish to plant based on the requirements, such as the plants maintenance, time, and climate needs.? A gardening catalogue gives you the luxury of viewing every plant type all at once, making it much easier to make a choice. ????? Gardening catalogues, above all else, are extremely convenient.? If you do not live near a nursery or some type of gardening store, it is difficult to find all of the things you need to start and keep a healthy garden.? Let’s face it; Wal-Mart does not have everything you need for a garden.? Gardening catalogues give you more options and allow you to view everything available at a single setting.? Whether you are in the market for seeds or equipment, a gardening catalogue is the only way to go. Gardening Catalog

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Gardening Plants

When it comes to gardening plants, there are too many to name. Gardening plants can refer to flowers, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, fruits, and many more. There are also gardening plants that are in season at different times of the year, some in fall and winter, others in spring and summer. Whatever type of gardening you decide is your forte; there are plenty of gardening plants available to suit your preferences. If you want gardening plants that you can actually use instead of just look at, vegetables, herbs, and fruits are all very satisfying. Edible plants add an excitement to gardening because of the produce available at harvest time. The main vegetables grown in smaller, home gardens as well as larger ones include corn, peas, cucumbers, potatoes, squash, peppers, onions, carrots, spinach, lettuce, and beets. Popular fruits are pears, plums, tomatoes, blueberries, apricots, cherries, and strawberries. Herbs are used for their wonderful fragrances, to spice up a salad, and in cooking. Herbs that are often home grown include thyme, sage, dill, mint, lavender, and chives. It is fairly easy to have a colorful garden in the spring and summer months, but it is a whole different ball-game during the cold, winter months. Even though it is difficult, with planning and a little more care you can have a colorful garden year round. One gardening plant that thrives in the fall and winter months is the Rudbeckia, a beautiful yellow perennial. Others include the Christmas rose, the Japanese Anemone, and Cosmos. When you think of flowers you automatically think of a spring garden full of many different, beautiful colors. Spring and summer gardening plants are some of the prettiest things on earth and give inspiration to all who grow them. Some of the most grown spring plants are tulips, daffodils, and violets. Favorites of the warmer months of summer are lilies, dahlias, and roses. When gardening, many people will opt for decorative grasses or shrubs. Monkey grass is an all time favorite, especially for a sidewalk. These will gardening plants can be for looks, can act as a border or fence, and can be used for privacy. Shrubs are easy to take care of and add a defining look to any yard or garden. There are so many different kinds of gardening plants available. Many gardening plants actually have a purpose and can be used, whereas many of them are just for looks. The kind of gardening plant you choose to have in your garden is completely up to you, but remember, no matter what kind it is, it will require some maintenance and without proper care you will end up with a garden full of just dirt.

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Shrubs – the Way I Like It!

Of recent times, the popularity of this pint-sized horticultural woody plant has been growing in leaps and bounds. People who wish to be in touch with their inner side and Mother Nature prefer taking care of shrubs rather than other types of plants becuase generally cuter and easier to transfer to different locations.

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Selecting The Perfect Garden Tools For Your Yard

As winter days grow longer, the gardener in all of us longs to be out digging in the dirt. After many cold months of sitting in warm kitchens and happily dreaming of flower and vegetable gardens, it is a wonderful feeling to finally get outside in the sun and feel the earth beneath your fingertips. If you have never before known the satisfaction of working the soil and nurturing plants, there is no time like the present to start enjoying everything that gardening has to offer...

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