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Home Gardening Guide: Things You Need To Know About Your Vegetable Garden PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 March 2013 07:45

People grow their own fruits and vegetables in backyards, community gardens or even pots on rooftops and window sills. It’s because of the reason of having numerous benefits to growing your own fruits and vegetables. Aside from the convenience of picking right from your backyard garden, you get to serve more fresh and healthy food for the family reducing the risk of deadly diseases like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and some types of cancer. You get to have more control over whether chemicals are used to treat for pests and weeds. You’ll also be happy to know that you’ll have lower fruit and vegetable bills at the grocery store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s a great sense of achievement to growing your own vegetable garden. But in order for it to become successful, it has to be continuously given regular care and maintenance to keep the plants thriving well enough to produce a crop because your labors are by no means done once the seeds are in the ground. Proper care starts at the planning stage and involves treating the soil before any seed or plant takes root. In taking care of a vegetable garden, it will involve learning how to prepare the soil, keep it weed free, stake and control plant growth, protect the garden from pests and water as needed.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 08:10
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How To Grow Herbs That Can Help Minimize Bruising and Swelling After Cosmetic Procedures? PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 January 2013 05:49

Recovery from cosmetic procedures such as liposuction takes time.  One doctor mentioned that there are three stages of recovery; the first stage takes 2 to 3 weeks and at these times, you can get a general sense of your new shape; the second stage takes 2 to 3 months, the swelling subsides and your tissue softens; the final stage can take up to a year so it is not uncommon to have areas of numbness.  The discomfort of liposuction is for just a short period of time and majority of the swelling will resolve in four to six weeks, but not completely healed for six to nine months.  There are herbs that can help minimize the bruising and swelling area and the good news is, if you have your own garden, you can grow them yourselves. 

 

Arnica montana, also known as “mountain tobacco” or “wolf’s bane” is an herbaceous flowering plant and is used to help reduce post-surgery swelling and speed your healing time after liposuction however it should be paired with exercise and healthy diet.The plant grows to two feet in height and produces two inches in diameter yellow flower; it originates from the mountainous regions in Europe.  Here are tips on how to grow your own Arnica montanaat home.

 

You can grow the plant outdoors; it survives winter temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit.  It also grows well in full sun, but may benefit from afternoon shade, especially in warmer climates.

 

Prepare the soil, it should have good drainage; the plant tolerates poor soil but grows best in an equal mixture of loam, peat and sand.  Preferably with a slightly acidic soil is and soil pH should be between 5.8 and 7.6.

 

Plant the seed on bare soil and space them at least an inch apart.  For the seed to have good contact with the soil, rake the soil lightly.  Water the seeds thoroughly after planting.  Its seeds germinate within a month at 55 degrees Fahrenheit with regular watering.

Make sure the soil is moist so water it regularly; this plant does not require supplemental fertilization.

 

Remove the smaller seedling as the plant grows to achieve final spacing of 1 foot between plants.  When July comes, harvest the flower to use them as herbal medicine.

 
Wow your Neighbors with Garden Flooring Ideas PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 October 2012 11:48

future-garden2Your own great outdoor

Everybody wants to make their homes look good, from the inside and out. We hire interior designers and decorators to make the insides of our home look great, and we hire landscapers to make our outdoors look awesome. Albeit such an extensive project, people don’t seem to mind the expenses when it comes to home improvement. For the vast majority who can’t afford to hire interior designers or landscapers, we resort to doing it ourselves by reading and researching about do-it-yourself or DIY articles about home improvement. In my experience, beautifying the outdoors can be a little more challenging than the indoors.

 

How to wow your neighbors

Unless your neighbours make it a point to visit your home every now and then, they won’t be able to see your interior design masterpiece. If you really want to impress your neighbour, why not start somewhere they can see without getting in the house? You can focus on beautifying your garden or backyard by improving the flooring, adding terracotta, gazebos, and pergolas. The concept of improving your garden flooring is enough to keep you occupied because the whole backyard is your canvass. Whether you’re on a tight budget or have a couple of dollars to burn, here are some awesome garden dluxhom flooring ideas that will make your home stand out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 04:08
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Turn your Garden into a Beautiful Park PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 October 2012 11:39

Your very own park

Most of us are fortunate to own a house with a garden. It gives us a decent amount of outdoor space where we can rest, relax, and simply unwind. A beautiful garden, those that are shown in television shows or movies, looks like something only we can dream about. It takes a lot of effort and hard work when it comes to beautifying your garden, but no one said that it’s impossible. You can choose to spend a lot or you can do everything within a specific budget. Regardless, your garden is like a blank canvass waiting to be painted on.

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Gazebos and pergolas

Gazebos and pergolas are two outdoor structures that are popular choices when it comes to beautifying the garden or yard. They can be bought from stores that sell turf supplies, gardening tools, and even home improvement items. A gazebo is a structure with a roof, usually in the form of huts, while pergolas are free-standing structures that can be attached to existing structures like walls, fences, or even a gazebo. Pergolas are also used to let flowers grow throughout the entire structure. It’s like having your own wall of flowers right in your backyard.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 11:48
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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR GARDEN FURNITURES? PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 October 2012 10:47

Garden furniture pieces are usually made up of wood.  You can check any experts from any furniture stores they will tell you the same thing that is because wood are designed to withstand weather elements.  However exposure to too much sunlight, moisture, and heat over a long period of time can damage the wooden furniture and ruin its polished exterior.  Weather elements can cause the wood to deteriorate at a much faster rate.  When it happens, the furniture will look worn out and will need immediate polishing, painting or replacement.  But we can prevent this from happening. Here are a few tips on how we can take care of our garden furnitures:

Apply wood sealer to the furniture.  It must be applied to all wooden pieces.  Wooden sealers help the furniture withstand the daily exposure to weather elements and prevent wood warping.  You may use a brush or a spray to apply coats of wood sealer.  You can buy wood sealers from any hardware stores.  There are wooden sealers that come in cans and it is easier to use.  For older wooden furniture, just remove the old paint, repaint it then apply the wood sealer to save it.  There are no specific techniques on how to seal wooden furniture, just make sure that it doesn’t interfere with the other finishing steps.  So apply it in thin coats only.  

Keep the furnitures away from too much heat and moisture.  When going on a vacation, have your furnitures covered or keep them in dry, covered and well ventilated area until it will be used again.

Apply putty in every crack.  Larger cracks will be prevented when the putty is applied early on.  When the furniture has been outside for so long, before you apply the putty, paint and the wood sealer, give a good sanding to the furniture first.  Be careful not to give too much sanding as it can damage the furniture.        

Paint the furniture after two to three years.  It is necessary to give the furniture another coat to help protect it after two to three years maximum.  Paint is considered to be another layer of protection for your furniture.

 
PEST CONTROL WITHOUT THE USE OF PESTICIDES PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 October 2012 10:40

 

Pests are a major threat and they need to be controlled before they destroy everything in our garden and in our homes.  There are many pesticides available in the market that can be used to control these pests. However, these commercial and widely available organophosphate pesticides are unhealthy for people and also harmful to the environment.  Most of the chemical pesticides for pest control are linked to permanent neurological and kidney problems, and were linked to heightened risks for reproductive toxicity and death.  For this reason, many people have switched to organic insecticides, which are effective in controlling pests and are safer and easier to use.  Organic methods of controlling pests such as removal by hand and by organic pesticides known as bio-pesticides, are less harmful than conventional methods.  Here are few alternatives for controlling pests in your garden without the chemical pesticides:

Use barrier methods.  Barrier methods prevent pests from getting to plants.  You can lay a floating row cover on top of your crops to impede pests.  This floating row cover can be a lightweight cloth that lets sufficient sunlight in.

Use botanical pesticides. Pyrethrum is made from the dried flower heads of the pyrethrum daisy and is useful to control a wide variety of pests, including mosquitoes.

Clean up your garden.  Pests seek protection in crop debris so keep your garden free from weeds and plant debris.  A strong spray of water can wash off delicate insects such as aphids.

Rotate your crops.  Pests tend to build up at certain areas in the garden over time, so rotating your crops will help keep pest levels low.

Suffocate the pests. Horticultural oils that are made from minerals, fish and plants parts can cause respiratory collapse among soft-bodied insects and mites.  The oil naturally suffocates them, and even destroys their eggs.  It can also prevent them from transmitting viruses from plant to plant.  You can also use pesticidal soap as they are effective in smothering and disrupting the outer coating of insects, mites and algae.  Another useful tool to suffocate pests is neem oil, which is derived from neem tree (Azadirachta indica).  It disrupts insect pests’ growth, feeding and egg laying.

 

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