Building a bottle tower for vertical container gardening. (Photo credit: Willem Van Cotthem, http://www.youtube.com/user/willemvcot)
I love re-purposing materials that would otherwise be going to a landfill or even recycling since it uses more energy than re-purposing. This is a great way to recycle plastic soda and water bottles. The basic idea is to stack the plastic bottles, filled with soil, then cut holes in the sides and plant your veggies, herbs or whatever in them. The watering and drainage system is very clever and efficient, both from the perspective of time spent watering and water wastage. Read more »
potatoes (Photo credit: stallio)
Potatoes are easy to grow, and usually produce a satisfying harvest. In fact, you might notice that potatoes in your kitchen often start sprouting ‘eyes’ if they have been sitting around for a while. They want to grow!
If you plant your sprouted potatoes out, then harvest them at the end of the season and eat half, save half to plant you have a sustainable crop year after year. Read more »
Growing a garden that is full of lovely flowers can be a lot of fun, especially if you don’t mind getting a little bit dirty. Of course you can always opt to buy potted plants, but growing your own is definitely more rewarding. Plants are like pets. You care for them and as they grow and you feel proud for being part of their development. Read more »
Herb gardening is a rewarding pursuit for experienced and novice gardeners alike. Herbal plants are available in all types of colors, textures, and fragrances making them ideal for displaying in the garden. And everyone knows that fresh herbs add deep layers of taste when added to our cooking.
On top of their visual, aromatic, and flavorful attributes, the fact that herbal plants can be grown indoors all year-round is another reason for their widespread popularity among gardeners and cooks. Of course, as with any garden plant, certain care and attention must be taken when selecting herbs as certain types are better adapted to indoor growing, easier to care for, and will yield more bountiful results. Read more »
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A koi garden pond is the main attraction in any garden, and is a source of great pride for any koi keeper. The brilliantly colorful and effervescent fish provide endless entertainment, while at the same time the pleasant surroundings add a peaceful quality to the atmosphere. It can serve as the perfect background for quiet time, romantic talks, or deep meditation.
A koi garden pond also happens to be a miniature ecosystem, where plant and animal life thrive and complement each other in many ways. For this reason, it is essential that these ponds be properly maintained and preserved. And because this is where the koi will spend the rest of their lives, it is important to keep the pond safe and clean at all times. Read more »
Pesticides are harmful to us and the environment. There are more than 9,000 different acceptable pesticides that have been approved by the FDA. You may not be able to see, smell or taste them, but unless you eat organically-grown food, you’re consuming them. And unfortunately these pesticides don’t harm only the pests they are intended for. They can pose health risks for us too. Even produce certified as organic may contain some pesticides that are allowed under the organic certification, although the amount of pesticides on organic produce will be far less than that used on commercially-grown, non-organic produce.
So are pesticides even necessary? Contrary to what the developers of agricultural pesticides would tell you, the answer is NO. And the one way to make sure the food you eat is pesticide-free is to grow your own, work with nature instead of “fighting” against her, and use natural pesticides if you really have to. Read more »
“A beautiful garden is a work of heart.”
There is immense satisfaction in creating your own garden plan — the satisfaction derived from relaxing or entertaining in the garden as well as the satisfaction that comes from a job well done. The effort that you expend in planning and executing a design unique to you will add to the enjoyment your garden provides for years to come.
How do you begin to create a garden space that is unique to you? Here are ten simple steps that will help you move effortlessly through the process. Read more »