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Gardening 101: How to Use Eggshells in the Garden

Crushed egg shells add valuable nutrients to soil. You can put eggshells in compost, in soil or use them as a kind of organic insecticide, which means that not only are you helping reduce trash, but helping your garden too.

Last fall, I started collecting eggshells after I read an article on Realfarmacy.com that touted their usefulness in the garden, for everything from fertilizer to organic pest control. This spring, I’m using crushed eggshells in the garden five ways:

Above: During the winter, I saved the shells from all the eggs we ate by simply rinsing them and placing them in an open container where they could dry out. (No, they did not smell. Everyone who came to my house and saw them asked me this question.) After my containers were full, I set the kids to pulverizing them into little bits with wooden spoons, thus compacting the shells so that I could collect more.

Eggshell Fertilizer

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Above: When tilled into the soil, ground eggshells provide your plants with calcium.

Though nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are most vital for healthy growth, calcium is also essential for building healthy “bones”—the cell walls of a plant. Composed of calcium carbonate, eggshells are an excellent way to introduce this mineral into the soil. To prep the eggshells, grind with a mixer, grinder, or mortar and pestle and till them into the soil. Because it takes several months for eggshells to break down and be absorbed by a plant’s roots, it is recommended that they be tilled into the soil in fall. More shells can be mixed into your soil in the spring.

By the same token, finely crushed shells mixed with other organic matter at the bottom of a hole will help newly planted plants thrive. (Tomatoes especially love calcium.) For an exciting recycled garden cocktail: try mixing your eggshells with coffee grounds, which are rich in nitrogen.

Read more: https://www.gardenista.com/posts/diy-5-ideas-to-use-eggshells-in-the-garden-pest-control-mulch-fertilizer

 

How to Grow Your Own Bonsai Tree

Bonsai is, as I’m sure you know, the art of growing miniature trees. Creating bonsai trees is a captivating hobby and can be enjoyed by anybody with an interest in plants. This article discusses some of the very important know hows for growing bonsai trees.

There are five main ways of raising your plants for bonsai:

  • Seed
  • Seedlings
  • Cuttings
  • Layering
  • Plants collected from the wild

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    (C) Bonsai Bar

In addition to these methods of obtaining a bonsai some firms are now supplying bonsai which have already had their initial training, and sometimes they are planted in suitable containers. These ready made bonsai may or may not be entirely to a buyer’s liking; if they are not they can, to a certain extent, be altered and improved by the new owner by well thought-out training and pruning. If the tree has not been planted in a way that pleases, this can also be adjusted when it is repotted.

Grafting and layering are also used in nurseries, but on the whole amateur bonsai growers would be well advised to content themselves with other methods.

Each method is quite simple and may have advantages over the others, depending on the species concerned and whether or not large numbers are required.

Read more: https://dengarden.com/gardening/Growing-Bonsai

 

21 Bamboo Garden Design Ideas To Bring Fortune Inside Home

Bamboo gardening involves a little bit of care in the beginning, but the rewards are definitely worth it. It’s a great indoor plants also which you can modify its design to fit your style. We have one in our living room which is designed based on Feng Shui.

If you are looking for a houseplant which needs very little light and minimal care, then bamboo is the best choice. Bamboo is an essential element in traditional Asian style of decorating home. It is an ideal choice for modern eco style of home decoration using house plants.

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Bamboo garden helps you to pursue gardening, decorate home and also at the same time, has got some importance in Feng-shui as well. Lucky bamboo is considered the best plant for doing Feng-shui cure for your home. It is an amazing plant which gives very peaceful atmosphere and energy to your home.

Bamboo garden ideas for Feng-shui

Bamboo plants combines five elements of Feng-shui cure which are essential for harmonious and happy universe. Wood (bamboo plant wood), Earth (soil in which bamboo grow), Water (water you provide for your house plant), Fire (red ribbon tied to the plant) and Metal (pot in which your plant is growing) are five elements of Feng-shui cure.

Read more: http://smallgarden-ideas.com/bamboo-garden-design-ideas

 

Sculpture Can Bring Life to Your Garden

Garden is a part of your property that you could relax and breathe in good and fresh air. It is also a spot where the young children can enjoy and have fun. So it is great for those who have a garden that can give you a beautiful feeling to stay with.

One of the good landscaping ideas is by using the use of outdoor garden sculptures. This stuff comes in several designs and it depends upon what you would like. Aside from the plants, they are also attractive to the eyes and of course it might emphasize an area of your garden. They could be placed anywhere since not only do they vary in designs but they also are available in different sizes. You may already plan your own garden and include these accessories to get a better landscaping design which brings value to your house.

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When placing your art, look for places that require some visual interest added. You should place it at a focal point, where eyes will be drawn to it. Find bare areas that require something added. You can put the art to anchor the end of a path, in order that the path will seem to have more purpose than simply a walkway through the garden. If there’s a fence along the garden, hang something on it to break up the long monotonous lines.

The laughing Buddha is a good choice of statue that make the garden away from the negative energies. The child with a statue of sunflower is a nice add-on to your garden. Bond statues and statuettes flower are the sensible choice for nature lovers.

Sculptures are always known to be made of marble stones and granite. These will take time to sculpt out and so are to be chiseled to a finish. Nonetheless, when done, they become beautiful showpieces that are ready for adoring any garden. Even you can buy one of these garden sculptures for your own private garden. It is considered that the more the sight of water falling from a height, the better the financial luck of that household. The figurines with pitchers positioned at the correct place in the garden help in understanding this principle of Feng Shui to a better extent.

Garden sculptures can always be ordered on the internet. Go online and search for the typical garden sculpture of your choice. You would find your requirement available in one or the other internet shop in the country. The most obvious benefit of online shopping is the fact that you could see the picture of the product you’re buying.

 

12 Christmas Decorating Ideas For Minimalists

One of the many things that we look forward to during the holidays is the sight of Christmas decorations. This article provides some great ideas for minimalist Christmas decorations.

Christmas decorations for people who don’t do Christmas decorations. Chic, simple ideas with just the right amount of sparkle…

1. In this sitting room designed by Rose Uniacke, floral designer Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart has created arrangements to complement the simplicity of the interiors. ‘We incorporated elegant statement arrangements, that were clean and sophisticated,’ says Nikki. ‘For both arrangements, we’ve used a base of Scots pine, soft grey pine, soft grey eucalyptus and asparagus fern. On the mantelpiece we’ve added flowering white jasmine and white euphorbia, while the grey vases have been padded out with lichen branches and eucalyptus buds.’

2. Solenne de la Fouchardière the co-owner of chic home-furnishings company Ochre, has given the interior a relaxed look, using muted colours. Her Christmas decorations are similarly understated. ‘I have stuck to a white and silver palette – the traditional red and green would have been too harsh,’ she says. The results are cool and stylish, yet pretty.

3. This simple, natural arrangement works especially well in a smaller space or above a console table. Tie string around each end of a fir branch and hang it from a central point with twine. After a short amount of time, it will form this lovely relaxed shape. If you find that it falls back like a hammock, an additional length of string running between the two ends to form a triangle should keep it facing forward. Hang little bud vases at random lengths and fill with tiny berries or winter flowers. Red berries are festive, while bold flowers like hellebores would look very chic. Alternatively, attach brown envelopes with string or tape for a different take on an advent calendar.

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Read more: http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/christmas/ideas/simple-christmas-decorations

 

How to Build a Living Fence

If you own and maintain a garden, consider enhancing your garden with garden living fencing. So, let’s get this beautiful element of garden architecture as functional and as beautiful as it can be. A personal touch makes it more attractive.

Using standard pruning techniques, you can train dwarf fruit trees to form a living wall that will enhance your yard’s privacy and provide beauty and fresh produce. In an espalier (pronounced es-PAL-yay), plants grow along a usually flat, symmetrical framework against a wall, trellis, or freestanding support. Frequent pruning and tying of new growth directs the plants into a decorative pattern such as intersecting diamonds, or horizontal arms or elbows.

What You’ll Need

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Plan your espalier to meet your needs. If you want fruit, select a dwarf apple, peach, or pear that is rock-solid hardy in your area. For a purely ornamental fence, choose a blooming tree or shrub such as flowering crabapple, magnolia, or doublefile viburnum.

Although creating an espalier isn’t particularly difficult, it does take time. Expect to wait three years for fruit, and plan to spend some time each year doing light pruning and training of branches.

Bamboo can be a good living fence, too. Learn how to grow it.

Supplies:

  • three or more plants (dwarf fruit trees, for example)
  • posthole digger (optional)
  • 4×4 posts (treated for soil contact or rot resistant cedar or similar wood)
  • 2×4 top rail, 8 feet long
  • 14-gauge wire
  • hand pruners
  • cloth-covered wire plant ties

Read more: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/trees-shrubs-vines/trees/how-to-build-a-living-fence

 

Dressed to Kill: 7 Haunted Houseplants for Halloween

This year, if you are planning to host the Halloween party in your neighborhood, then be prepared to turn your house into a haunted house with the help of these haunted houseplants. Check out the list of the plants.

First, a disclaimer. No houseplants were harmed in the creation of this post. Well, at least not fatally. But we did force them to dress in creepy costumes for Halloween, despite knowing they’d rather be growing outdoors in their native climates (for most of them, that would be the tropics). Tough job, being a houseplant.

This DIY decor project was pretty easy on humans, though. First, we chose our victims for their theatrical foliage. Then, to create a darkly tortured Little Shop of Houseplants, we cloaked the plants’ nursery pots in washable black Paper Storage Bags (a set of three in different sizes is $34.27 from Warm Grey Company via Etsy). Tip: You can also give your houseplants a haunted look by simply painting their pots a dark color (see our Ikea houseplants below, painted in Farrow & Ball’s bruise-black Railings).

If they know what’s good for them, on Halloween our haunted houseplants will gather by the front door, where they can scowl menacingly at the trick-or-treaters:

Photography by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista.

Peacock Plant

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Botanical Name: Calathea ‘Marion’

Care and Feeding: Calatheas will fade if they get too much light; keep yours away from bright sun to preserve the distinct veining and colors of its leaves.

Design Tip: With its stiff leaves and strong silhouette, Calathea contrasts nicely with ferns or other lacy-leafed plants.

Read more: https://www.gardenista.com/posts/dressed-kill-7-haunted-houseplants-halloween

 

5 Useful Tips to Decide the Kind Oil for Lawn Mower

This article lets eager lawn groomers know how to properly prepare their lawn mower for the spring and summer. One of these ways in minting it is to check the lawn mower oil.

When it comes to decide the kind of oil for lawn mower most people usually ignore the importance of careful and thorough selection. It is one of the little things to think about that’s for sure but getting the wrong oil can cause a bigger problem and most likely more expenses too. Although as less important as other gardening tools, do not neglect to research and choose the right lawn mower oil.

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(C) Husqvarna

Lawn mower is a very important type of equipment in gardening. It is specifically designed to cut grass and apparently keep your lawn neat and beautiful. A single lawn mower, whether it’s a push type of a tractor, can be very expensive, so it’s wise to maintain it and be useful for years. To ensure it’s perfectly working fine and last longer, regular oil change is required.

On average, oil of a new lawn mower must be changed right after when the first 5 hours have been consumed. After that, it should be after every 50 hours or once during summer or spring. Changing oil is as important as to decide kind oil for lawn mower.

Read more: https://www.growgardener.com/5-useful-tips-decide-kind-oil-lawn-mower

 

Top 10 Varieties Of Tomato For Short And Long Growing Seasons

When growing tomatoes it is most definitely helpful to know the different tomato varieties so that you can choose tomato plants that suit your growing situation. I will share this article of the 10 best tomatoes available to grow for short and long growing seasons.

Whether you have a short or a long growing season, the range of organic, heirloom tomato varieties means that you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing which seeds to plant in your garden, greenhouse or polytunnel. This list outlines some of the best varieties of tomato seeds that will give you some of the best tomato plants possible come harvest time. It is of course an incomplete list but will certainly give you some ideas when it comes to choosing which type of tomato plant to grow. All the plants on this list are heirloom tomatoes, as these will allow you to collect seed from the plants and grow again next year and eventually, to breed plants ideally suited to your climate and local soil conditions.

1- Brandywine

Easily recognizable from its unusual foliage which resembles potato leaves, this heirloom variety is one of the best known and most highly regarded around. It is suitable for growing outside or in a greenhouse or polytunnel and is generally considered to be one of the best tasting ‘beefsteak’ tomatoes. It dates from 1885 and has a long history as an organic garden favorite. Brandwine tomato plants will grow to a height of around 2m with a spread of around 50cm and are best grown as cordons. They will flower and then fruit between July and September. Fruits are slower to mature than other varieties, taking 80-100 days to grow to full size, but these fruits can reach a weight of 0.7kg.

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2- Galina

An heirloom alternative, perhaps, to the popular hybrid variety, Sungold, this super-sweet and super early, yellow tomato variety comes from Siberia and could be a good choice for those who want all kinds of tomatoes in a variety of different colors. With these tomatoes you can make a great yellow tomato soup or yellow tomato ketchup – for something a bit out of the ordinary. Galina produces an abundance of fruits of around 3cm in diameter in bunches on tall plants. These potato leaf foliage plants grow to around 1.2m in height and the fruits do not fall off when ripe which makes harvesting easier. Galina can be harvested early and will continue to fruit for longer than other varieties, perhaps bearing even until November.

Read more: https://theselfsufficientliving.com/top-10-varieties-of-tomato-for-short-and-long-growing-seasons

 

The Right Way to do Spring Lawn Care

Spring is a time for you to have a look at your lawn and take necessary methods to promote its growth and health. The inclement weather conditions of winter makes a lawn exhausted. Using a few simple steps can help the lawn recover its lush green coloration and flourish. Raking, repairing damaged areas, renovating the lawn’s appearance and correct fertilizer applications recover a lawn to its pre-winter glory.

To ready the lawn and gardens for healthy growth and new plants this spring, follow these basic steps.

Preventative Weed Control

A pre-emergent product should be applied to your lawn in order that broadleaf weeds, nutsedge, dandelions as well as other weeds may be stopped from germinating. Such a product are available at several home and garden stores. A safer option though is to purchase in contact with a lawn care company and get them to set up your lawn with a program for weed control and fertilization. By doing so, you are able to be certain that your yard is free of weeds and will be fertilized properly.

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Mow the Old Material

Trim and mow your lawn. Make it happen if your lawn is over grown, or maybe you are doing your spring clean up late in the season. Your lawn mower will pick up the debris from the previous step.

Add Mulch or Pine Straw

On this spring lawn care, it’s time you put down mulch or pine straw. You need to refresh your grass beds in order to add color in your lawn. Weeds also needs to be avoided from growing since it can block out the sunlight from your lawn.

Fertilize

Fertilizing in the spring replenishes the grass plant’s food supply. The fertilizer will encourage the grass to develop healthy, new growth and a strong root system. A satisfactory, balanced fertilizer can create a thick lawn that will be able to more readily fight weeds by choking them out. Apply fertilizer if the grass begins to show indications of breaking dormancy.

Pressure Wash Home and Driveway

Your property and driveway must be pressure washed. This is because the fall and winter time could have left a lot of grime and dirt. It is strongly recommended that you pressure-wash once each year to be able to give your landscape a boost as well as help your home look clean.

There, you will discover tricks and tips for spring lawn care and having the greenest, fullest lawn possible. You’ll also find business packages, equipment and tools for all your yard care needs, whether you are a home owner, property manager, or full-time lawn care professional.