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  • 01/10/13--07:19: Backyard Pond Ideas
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    If you are in love with water, you might consider making your own water feature in the garden, and one of these features can become your personal pond in the backyard! Stick around for some amazing and easy ideas on building your own backyard pond! pond-making-ideas

    Pond Creation Tips

    How about making a nice attraction in your garden and starting your own pond? Besides being a water feature in your outdoor area, ponds also can be a major attraction for the live in the garden - imagine frogs, fish and yes, well - mosquitoes, but there are more pluses in that idea. Today we will focus on construction a smaller scale pond project, which you can make with your own hands. pond-making-ideas To start off, you will need to decide on the location of the pond, and please be sure that it in some distance from the vegetable or fruit garden. So, once you have decided on the location of the pond, it would be nice to indicate its form by making an outline, even with a sand! The pond should have a deepest point up to 24 inches, and some lesser depth points, but no less than 12 inches. Now dig up for the pump placing and this pump should be placed deep underwater. pond-making-ideas Now, using the initial outlines for the pond, however make sure that these outlines are not from sand and can be viewed without being flown away - so you would use the pond lines to fill in the pond with water to the edge later on. The last step would be in placing the pump and filling the pond with water. The pump should be at least 2 inches underwater. To make some statement, place some plants around the pond, or perhaps you would choose to plant some underwater plants as well. However be aware that the small pond can easily become polluted with underwater weeds! Among other simple landscaping ideas are rocks, simple fountain solutions and such. If you are thinking of building a pond for the fish inhabitants, you should make them comfortable: the fish should have the hideouts, and always some fresh water, and something to eat, preferably something that they can find themselves. So, making just a puddle with no interesting features would not make the fish comfortable, so think ahead!

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  • 01/15/13--12:47: Homemade Squirrel Repellent
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    If you have an extensive yard, or garden you might encounter the uninvited guests, such as squirrels from time to time. Squirrels can damage your garden, by chewing on the newly planted flower bulbs. If you see any signs of squirrels it is time to scare them away with this homemade squirrel repellent. squirrel_natural-repellent

    DIY Squirrel Repellent

    So, are you struggling with uninvited guests, that ruin your outdoors? Squirrels might come unexpectedly and start munching on your newly planted flower bulbs, or touch other greenery. If you have noticed the signs of squirrels, it is time to fight back. But instead of killing them with traps, try natural remedies. How about making a natural homemade squirrel repellent? You will need a pan, onion, two fresh jalapeno peppers, 1 table spoon paprika, 1 table spoon cayenne pepper, Cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer, Spray bottle. First step is to fill the pan with water, and then heat up the water in the pan. Prepare the onion, by peeling it and chopping it up into small pieces. Then, cut up the jalapeno peppers into pieces as well. When the water is about to be boiling, put the first ingredients, which you chopped up, into the water. squirrel_natural-repellent Later on, add this one table spoon of paprika, and one table spoon of cayenne pepper. Let the water be boiling, then let it boil for 15 - 20 minutes, you need to be sure that the water changed its color appropriately. Then, turn it off and let it cool down. While it cools down, prepare the cheesecloth, which you will use for removing the ingredients from the mixture. Once you have done so, you will have to pour the liquid into the spray bottle, therefore there should be no onion or paprika residue. squirrel_natural-repellent Now, the last step is to spread the liquid over all places where you have spotted the signs of squirrel intrusion. If the weather is rainy, spray the plants at least once a weak, this way you are sure that the plants are protected from the little squirrel invaders. Using this simple recipe will help you to resolve the conflict with squirrels peacefully, as they will go away themselves.

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    Planning is essential when you are starting a garden, because the plants should have best conditions to be lush and abundant. Here are some basics on garden layout, that will make your garden bountiful and healthy. garden-layout-basics

    Garden Planning

    By now, you should probably know that each garden, despite having the best conditions for each plant type, can also be benefitted by the accompanying plants. However, we are going far ahead, because first of all you need to plan what greenery, vegetables should be in your garden. Among the popular choices are tomatoes, potatoes, corn, carrots, radishes, beans and of course herbs! garden-layout-basics Once you have figured out what type of plants would be in your garden, make sure that you learn about each type of the plant receives the proper conditions. For instance, it is advised to place the taller plants in the back of the garden, and then plant other plants accordingly. Corn by the way, goes well with beans and summer squash. The corn provides support for the beans, while growing, while beans bring nitrogen to the soil, while squash is fighting of the weeds. This classic trio is known as three sisters, which was grown together by Native Americans for centuries. garden-layout-basics Accompanying planting is great for several reasons: it can become natural pesticide; it can save a lot of space, if you have limited planting area. Remember that some plants, such as chives, garlic, onions, basil can repel insects and protect your plants. For instance, garlic and strawberry is the classic planting combination - because garlic is repelling to birds and insects that eat strawberry. However, not all insects are harmful - because some can actually help you. Insects such as lady bugs, praying mantis, spiders, wasps and several species of flies are eating the aphids and other nasty insects. One of the way to attract these bugs is to plants carrot, dill, parsley and coriander, which strong fragrances attract them. If you would be careful with the planning of your garden, your garden would fully reward you afterwards!

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  • 02/14/13--01:44: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas
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    Front yard is essential part of presenting your house to the incoming people. Your front yard needs major update? How about these amazing landscaping ideas that will instantly increase the curb appeal! front-yard-landscaping

    Decorating the Front Yard

    Front yard is essential part of the curb appeal, and neglecting it is not really a good idea if you intend on selling your house. There are several ideas on improving the curb appeal by following these simple landscaping tips! First of all, identify what your front yard lacks from the common framework of the front yard appeal. Usually, front yards are made from a nice driveway or a walking path, some nice greenery for nice view or privacy and some inviting outdoor features. front-yard-landscaping Usually the pathway contains the gravel or stepping stone path with some bordering greenery along the way. When choosing the plants for the border, the purpose of the greenery will help you decide! If you want it to be low maintainance nice view, opt for perennial flowers, such as include daylilies, phlox and lily of the valley. If you would like more privacy, there are other options, such as planting some trees with dense foliage or high growing ornamental grasses. If you want to add some color, try planting Acer palmatum or Japanese maple, appears in the spring or fall. Usually, for low maintenance, people also plant the plants, that are native to a certain area, so finding out what are is your would also help you to identify which way to go. front-yard-landscaping Another popular option is the lush green lawn in front of the house. If that it is a problem, try starting a new lawn. First remove the remains of the dead grass, which can be done with a help of certain chemicals, then prepare the soil for the procedure by leveling the pH balance. It should take some time to prepare and then plant the new grass in its perfect planting season. In the end you should have a nice lawn on your own front yard! Don’t be afraid to start everything over, in the end it is your front yard that will benefit from that! [gallery]

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  • 02/19/13--02:01: Swimming Pool Maintenance
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    If you are lucky enough to own a pool, you should be aware that it drags alone a great responcibility. One of the important ways to keep it up is to constantly maintain the perfect pool, and here we will discuss some basic tips on keeping it up! swimming-pool

    Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips

    Some might consider it hard to keep a constant eye on the condition of the pool, however without that you pool will slowly degrade and become a useless mud hole. If you will make sure that you attend to your swimming pool regularly, it will surely bring less trouble to you! Among of the most important issues are cleaning, and one of the essential starting points is that you need to know that the tiles should be regularly cleaned and the pH balance should also be maintained. swimming-pool Firstly, check your swimming pool for any cracks, grout, and dirty tiles stains and debris, any clutter and anything that can be in the filters, water or anywhere near the swimming pool. Remove the debris tat build up near the filters, as they are mostly responsible for the bad water cleaning. Then, to clean the tiles, you should attach the scrubber to the handle with some tile cleaner and work your way to the waterline and around the pool. If you have a calcium build up you can remove it with pumice stone. Some suggest not using the tile scrubbers for cleaning, because it can damage the tiles, but just don't use stiff brushes! swimming-pool Another important issue to think about is the water which is in your swimming. Traditionally, the chlorinated water was always the choice to go with, but recently the new type was uncovered - salt water! Don’t be fooled by the name, the salt water is composed of simple fresh water where some amount of salt is dissolved. The thing is that while it will cost you more to install the special cleaning device, he salt water would cost you less, because it is less expensive than chlorine. However, salt water swimming pools also need regular attendance, or they can dangerous bromoform, which is also irritating the eyes and skin, and may be potentially dangerous to the central nervous system. But if you are careful about your swimming pool, you should not be scared of that! swimming-pool

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  • 02/25/13--03:21: Low Cost Landscaping Tips
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    Thinking of how to improve your curb appeal without much effort? Well, you could try to use some of these tips on making a low cost and low maintenance landscaping techniques work for you! So, stick around for some valuable information on budget landscaping! budget-landscaping

    Budget Carefree Landscaping

    One of the basic things that would instantly improve the curb appeal of your house is the simple carefree landscaping, which won't spend much of your money. However, to start this exciting makeover you will need to make some research on the climate conditions, native plants and of course peculiarities of your space. Yes, that means that you will have to invest your time in order to save your money and make your outdoors pretty. budget-landscaping One of the basic things that can instantly add aesthetic appeal to your outdoors is the outlines or paths. Imagine that there is a stepping stone path leading up to your house through your garden, you that your driveway has rock lines on each side, or that each plant has its own little border. That will help you garden to look more structuralized, however don't put too many of lines! Another thing you could consider making is planting some low maintenance plants, such as shrubs or trees. There are mostly easy to deal with but will help your outdoors to appear more friendly and lush, although not instantly. budget-landscaping Now, finally the last thing is to include some other objects into the scenery. These could include the benches, water features, such as fountains, bird feeders, outdoor furniture. A small water fountain can be aesthetically pleasing, while still demanding little attention from you. However, if you want a bigger investment, such as a swimming pool - you should be prepared for the conditions, and all of the attention it will take from you. Generally, with low cost and low maintenance projects, you need to think thoroughly about your goals and how best to achieve them. Only this way, your outdoor area can be pretty while not taking all of your budget, so take your chances. [gallery]

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  • 03/01/13--02:12: Koi Pond Basics
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    Thinking of how to make your outdoors special? Well, how about introducing a pond, with live fish in it? This is exactly what Koi Pond is about, this and much more! Find out basics about Koi Pond and get inspired! koi pond

    Introducing Koi Ponds into Garden

    Koi Ponds have become extremely popular lately, as not only they add an interesting detail to your outdoors, but also make you enjoy the nature more. By observing the fish and contemplating on nature of things you could reach the balance between beauty and perfection. However, generally a Koi Pond is a water container, which is a house for Koi, fish with bright coloration originating from Japan. The Koi in the pond make it appear more vibrant, changing the look of the whole outdoor area. koi pond However, not only you should be enjoying the pond environment, it is the koi fish you should worry about. First of all, the water is getting constantly refreshed with a help of special equipment. The Koi pond should be deep enough to house fish and usually it is designed for up to 500 gallons of water with at least 24 inches deep container. To keep the water clean, the pond also requires a filtration system. koi pond Another feature of the Koi pond is the accessories. These could be landscaping rocks, which are arranged in a way to present nice scenery; or it could be water plants. Among other decorating ideas is the naturally growing greenery, which also adds that special beauty to the Koi pond area. There are several types of the Koi ponds, a stone variation being the most popular one. It is necessary to point out that there are certain Koi pond kits for beginners. koi pond In general, Koi Pond is a nice way to decorate your garden with, in addition to giving you the perfect place for meditations. However there are certain issues with maintenance, and if you are not ready to take care of the fish, it is better not to engage in this sort of activity.

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    If you love greenery, yet not really a gardener - best way to start is from something simple. Houseplants are among the least attention wanting plants, so why not start with them? Today we present the top easy to grow houseplants, so stick around and get inspired!

    Easiest Plants to Grow Home

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    Peperomia

    This plant is actually a rather diverse group of plants, with highly textured and waxy leaves. The most popular varieties are Red-edge peperomia, ripple peperomia, watermelon peperomia, baby rubber plant, and silverleaf peperomia. This plant grows up to one foot high. Peperomia prefers low to medium lights, in 60 degrees F, with rather dry soil. However, it is important that this plant would be out of reach for the pets, as its leaves are poisonous. easy to grow houseplants

    Dracaena

    This gorgeous houseplant has really lush green-yellow leaves, with a single upright stem. It is best to plant several of them together to create best view. Dracaena enjoys medium to bright light, and 65 degrees F, and dry soil. It can be up to 3 feet tall. This plant is poisonous, so don't allow your kids or pets anywhere near these plants. easy to grow houseplants

    Fiddleleaf Fig

    This one is actually a tiny tree, that gets its name from violin-shaped leaves. It prefers medium light, although would tolerate dim lights. If the Fig grows too tall, you can prune it because it can be up to 15 feet tall! The perfect temperature is from 65 to 75 F, and make sure the soil is dry. easy to grow houseplants

    Philodendron

    This plant is among the most popular choices for indoor gardening. Its heart-shaped leaves are classy and very lush. It can adapt to low light spots, and it needs to climb up or trail down something. Philodendron enjoys low to bright light, up to 80 degrees F. and can be trailing for up to 8 feet! easy to grow houseplants

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  • 03/19/13--10:37: Pruning Essentials
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    Pruning is an important process for decorative plants as well as for edible plants alike. It is needed either to make a right form for the bush, but more generally to promote the healthy growth of a plant. If you are uncertain why - here you will all the essential information regarding pruning! pruning

    Pruning Basic Tips

    There are different types of pruning, but basically all of them fit into one frame. Pruning can be used in decorative goals, as when you are pruning a hedge or making topiary, or it can be the necessary annual procedure for edible plants. Generally, pruning helps to repair a plant, so now you get the idea why is this so important. If you have edible plants, such as fruit trees, or let's say a vegetable garden - they also need their type of pruning. The fruit trees need to pruned once a year, and preferably at the same time. This time largely depends on the time of the plant or tree you have, because apples and peaches vary in their cycles. So, when pruning the fruit tree - know about their cycles. pruning Same applies to vegetable gardening if it is in a container. The pruning controls the size of the vegetable garden, not allowing it to spread beyond its limit and thus be ruined. As in the above example, you will need to have certain tools to perform the process. Most popular version of pruning is attributed to hedge pruning. This type belongs to decorative pruning, and is usually needed to keep up the particular hedge form. First of all, young plants respond well to trimming, so start that as soon as they are planted. Cut off the branches that stand out. It is also important to cut off few inches off the top, it also promotes the growth. So, no you know how pruning is important to keep up the plant cycle.

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    We all know that in order to have a fancy garden, you need to pay attention to the state of your soil, and what grows where. Today, we are presenting the compilation of plant types, which ruin the gardening process, because of their effortless growth all over the place. Yes, we are presenting the gardening tips on weed identification!

    Most Famous Weeds

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    1. Dandelions

    It is a medium growth perennial, which enjoys growing in the sun. You can identify a dandelion by its big yellow blooms, which later turn into puffballs. One of the methods of controlling this weed is to use herbicides and mulch. While, dandelion is one of the most famous types of weed we would encounter in our garden, few know that it actually has medicinal value.

    2. Crabgrass

    This weed got is name from its crab-like appearance, It can growon practically anywhere. It is an annual plant, which grows in the sun, and spreads really fast. Each crabgrass plant can produce about 15,000 seeds! To prevent this plant from spoiling the garden, you will need to pull them by hand and use herbicide afterwards.

    3. Bindweed

    weeds This one is a broadleaf perennial plant, which can climb up to 6 feet. Besides its climbing ability, bindweed also produces morning glory-like flowers. The roots of this plant are quite expansive and can be found from 20-30 feet away from the mother root. To prevent this weed from taking over your garden, you need to chop down the existing plants.

    4. White Clover

    Also a perennial, white clover grows in a partial shade or sunny areas. It can be up to 10 inches tall, and has a distinct three-lobed leaves. This weed is somewhat helpful, as its presence adds nitrogen to the soil. To remove it you will need to use herbicide and mulch.

    5. Creeping Charlie

    weeds A highly suggestive name stands for a rather cute weed perennial, which covers the soil as a green carpet. Apart from the little green leaves, this weed gives off pretty purple flowers in mid-spring. To remove it, you need to spray the soil with post-emergence herbicide.

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    Although natural swimming pools although quite popular in Europe, they are not really popular in USA. The main difference between the natural pool and a regular one is its maintenance. The natural pool is not cleaned by chlorine; instead it gets cleaned through the eco-system of plants. Here, we present easy tutorial on making a natural swimming pool! Natural Pool Tutorial

    DIY Natural Pool

    Natural ponds are gaining their popularity by offering eco-friendly swimming options, because no chlorine is being used. Generally a natural pool is made from two parts:
    • The swimming zone - the actual container where one can swim;
    • The regeneration zone is a shallow area, where the plants grow, which are sustained by gravel, sand or lavastone. This area is intended for purifying the water.
    First you need to find a space for your swimming pool, which can be practically anywhere. Then dig up the hole for actual container, now the bottom of the container should be laid out in gravel or clay. However, the actual swimming zone for you comfort can done in concrete, but the regeneration zone should be in gravel. Gravel increases the cleaning property of the ecosystem. Swimming Pool Tutorial Make sure to allow 1-foot vertical drop for every 3 horizontal feet when constructing a swimming pool. This way you can be sure that you avoid any soil from coming into the swimming pool. The shallow zone is intended for filtration, as you remember, but it also warms up the water quickly. Stagnation of water might be a threat, but it can be eliminated with a use of oxygen. Make sure that the natural pool has an adequate water supply and that water circulates along the plant's roots. The plants of choice can be any aquatic plants, such as water lilies, duckweed and cattails. So, now you see that it is not really hard to make your own natural swimming pool!

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    Spring is a perfect time for planting your favorite greens. However, the planting process can be quite complicated due to the differences in planting processes for each greenery type. For example, vegetables vary in their planting preferences, as do flowers and trees. Also, planting procedure varies by different zones, which largely depends on the climate of the zone. To make things easier, we will explore different planting procedures for each type of greenery at a time, starting with vegetable planting. Springing GardeningBrocolli

    Spring Vegetable Planting Guide

    There are certain vegetables that can tolerate cold temperatures, and they can be planted in early spring, while others won't survive the frost, and must be planted only in late spring. Among the first signs that the planting season can be started is the readiness of the soil, which means that the soil is not frosty and can be worked with. The hardy vegetables to plant in spring are: broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach, peas, cabbage, radishes and turnips, which would be fine in temperatures of 40 degrees or less. The semi-hardy vegetables are potatoes, Swiss chard, beets and cauliflower. The planting season can be divided into early spring and late spring. Springing GardeningCorn

    Early Spring Planting

    The early spring vegetables that should be planted during this period are: lettuce, beets, carrots, radishes, dill, cilantro, cabbage, broccoli, celery, kale and potatoes. Follow the general instructions for vegetable maintenance, for example, both lettuce and celery seeds need light to germinate, so don't cover them with too much soil.

    Late Spring Planting

    The late spring in terms of planting comes when the last average frost day is over. This day differs by geographical zones and you can check it with the weather forecast of your area. So, once the frost day is over you are safe to plant the following plants: beans, corn, melons, cucumbers, squash (summer and winter), tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, eggplant.

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  • 04/27/13--05:54: Limited Space Gardening
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    Spring has finally settled in its warm climate and it means that we can finally start our planting projects. However, if you live in an urban area or a house with no large outdoor property, that might be quite puzzling for a starting gardener. Fortunately, there are many other ways to enjoy gardening even in limited space.

    Small Garden Ideas

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    Container Gardening

    Container gardening is a classy solution to the limited space problem. You can still satisfy your desire for gardening, while taking up a little bit of space. Basically container gardening is used with indoor plants, such as orchids, lilies, however the concept can be extended beyond this. Popular kitchen gardening includes container gardening for herbs.

    Vertical Gardening

    When the space is concerned there is no better way to save it as going upwards. Vertical gardening can be understood in multiple variations, including the mentioned above container gardening, but in the upward position. The bonus of this gardening technique is that it can be used even indoors. Small Space GardeningWindowsill Strawberry Gardening by Blake Royer

    Windowsill Gardening

    You have probably seen windowsill gardening numerous times in the country side. This type of gardening is also gaining popularity in the urban areas. When planting in a windowsill box you can make a contrast with different height of plants. Windowsill gardening can be used both indoors and outdoors.

    Raised-Bed Gardening

    If you do have a little bit of your own land, you can indulge your gardening urges by going with raised-bed gardening. Raised-bed gardening is following the principles of container gardening, except the containers are made from wood and are dug deeply into the soil. With raised-bed gardening you can plant vegetable and fruit. Also particularly popular are the herb gardening as well. Raised-bed gardening is also great if you want to plant greenery for specific meals, such as pizza garden. So now you know that despite limited space, you can still have your own share of gardening experience.

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    Carnivorous plants are those that actually feed themselves not through photosynthesis but with something more meaty. This kind of plants helps to solve the insect problem, and at some occasions even adds tropical charm to your outdoors. How about some tips on growing carnivorous plants, right in your own garden? Growing Carnivorous PlantSundew Known As Drosera

    Growing Carnivorous Plants

    There are many different carnivorous plants out there in the world but all of them share same characteristic eating habits. Usually, this kind of plants is found on the soil that is scarce in nutrients, that way they have adapted by trapping their prey and deriving the nutrients from what they consume. It is essential to learn more about the type of the carnivorous plants and their eating habits beforehand, so you can recreate these conditions in your garden. Water the carnivorous plants with purified water or let the rain water them. Even though the carnivorous plants take nutrients from insects they eat, they also have green leaves which allow them to get energy from photosynthesis, so that means the sunlight is essential for them. However, they have came up with a better solution for eating. There are five major ways of feeding that these plants can be distinguished by:
    • Pitfall traps - trap prey in a rolled leaf that contains a pool of digestive enzymes or bacteria;
    • Flypaper traps use a sticky mucilage;
    • Snap traps utilize rapid leaf movements;
    • Bladder traps suck in prey with a bladder that generates an internal vacuum;
    • Lobster-pot traps force prey to move towards a digestive organ with inward-pointing hairs.
    Growing Carnivorous PlantDionaea Muscipula Known As Venus Flytrap The common characteristics of the area where these plants grow are bright sun, high humidity, and moist, acidic soil. However, the sunlight should not be direct or it might burn the leaves. It is also essential to check the chosen plants for hardiness zones, so that your plants would feel comfortable in your climate. If you live in a desert climate, grow carnivorous plants in a closed environment, like a greenhouse because this would provide them the needed humidity level. It is essential to buy the carnivorous plants from the nurseries as opposed to just collecting them from the wild, as most of the carnivorous plants are considered endangered species.

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    You may know that when the limited space is concerned, the best way for planting is to choose vertical gardening. It doesn't take as much space as the horizontal one, and brings as much joy as does the regular gardening. There are several smart vertical gardening ideas that we are going to share today.

    Unique Vertical Gardening

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    Vertical Gardening: Trellis

    If you are thinking of ways to spruce up the vertical garden, why not try trellis? DIY trellis made of sticks can add rustic appeal to the vertical garden, while giving the support to the climbing plants. Trellis can be in a form of an archway (trellis teepee) or it can be in a square composition. They are perfect for growing tomatoes, grapevines, clematis, ivy, climbing roses, and morning glories.

    Vertical Gardening: Pergolas & Arbors

    Now pergola might be another support system for climbing plants, as it provides it from the "ceiling", so to speak. The main feature of a pergola is that it is square, and big enough to provide shade. There are also other options available for vertical gardening for climbing plants, such structures are known as arbors, but they are generally not that big and serve as doors or symbolic entryways. Vertical GardeningPergola Vertical Garden by Laurie March

    Vertical Gardening: Raised Beds

    While not technically a vertical garden type, the raised bed do provide special conditions for gardening. The raised beds differ from containers in that they still have the same soil, but the soil can be quite different in nutrients and other qualities. A structure for the support, such as a teepee can also be incorporated into a raised bed. The benefits of such gardening involve the sustainable conditions of the soil, slug and snail control (especially if you would secure the walls with copper) and they can also prevent hard-soil compaction.

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  • 05/06/13--09:36: Getting Rid Of Garden Moles
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    Although gardens are great, they can invite unpleasant small guests, specifically garden moles and gophers. Moles and gophers create a lot of nuisance with their quick appearance, but there are several methods of getting rid of them, and we are going to focus on humane ways of driving these pests away.

    Driving Away Garden Moles

    Emerging Garden Mole by Critter Company First of all, moles as well as gophers, make distinguishable underground patterns that are visible on the soil. While moles eat earthworms and grubs, the gophers actually disrupt the underground systems by eating the roots of the bedded plants, which means that they are ruining your garden. The activity of moles and gophers also causes the disruption of the irrigation system. Most of the methods are quite humane, like driving moles away with a help of their natural enemies. Spread used cat litter around the lawn on the places where you have seen the patterns made by gophers or moles. The strong odor of a cat that has stuck on cat litter will drive the moles away, as the cats are their natural enemies. Another option is to make little traps for  moles, but be gentle with these little creatures. Dig up the tunnel with a shovel and place there a large coffee can. The idea is that when the mole will be running through the tunnel it will get stuck in the can. After you get it trapped release it somewhere in the wilderness without bringing any harm. Castor oil is a popular  method of driving away the pests, as it doesn’t involve killing them. You will need to make a mixture from dish soap and castor oil. Take 2 table spoons of dish soap and mix it with 1 table spoon of castor oil in a large bowl. Start mixing to make foam, then add 6 table spoons of water and continue mixing. When the bowl seems to be filled with shaving cream-like substance – it is ready, and you would need to spray the mixture over your property. Castor oil would most definitely help.

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    If you are an avid gardener you should know better that tasty fruit and vegetables attract lots of unwanted attention from the insects. However, dealing with insects often means using chemicals that are harmful to the plants themselves. But don't fret; there are also natural remedies that can help you with the annoying insects: we are presenting to you the natural insecticide remedies for your garden.

    Natural Insecticide Remedies

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    Plant Repellent Method

    There are various methods of driving the insects away from your garden, and one of them involves using other plants as insect repellents. Of course each case is individual, so you need to make sure what kind of insects are invading your garden. This is easy, as each pest is eating a specific kind of plant. For instance, basil can ward off flies and mosquitoes, while catnip can act on ants, aphids and cockroaches. Garlic can control aphids, Japanese beetles and spider mites. Plant the companion greenery, such as garlic for strawberries to repel the insects. There is also a general method of dealing with soft-bodied insects, a natural insecticide that is called Pyrethrum made from species of chrysanthemum native to Kenya and Ecuador.

    Insect & Bacteria Repellent Method

    Well it is not a secret that some bugs and insects are eating other insects. This might help in saving your garden. For example ladybugs and lacewings eat aphids; assassin bugs eat caterpillars and flies; tiger beetles generally feed on other insects. There is also a biological method of controlling the insect problem that involves using micro-organisms, such as Bacillus Thuringiensis, which makes the insects sick. Also frogs are good for decreasing the insect population, but they need special conditions such as a pond, for living.

    Homemade Method

    Dish soap can be mixed with water and sprayed on the garden leaves: it will act on the soft-bodied insects such as mites and kill them eventually. Red hot sauce with dish soap and water can also be used as insecticide that is relevantly safe for the plants. Compost and mulch are also good in helping to drive the insects away. Add mixture of crushed garlic, onion, hot pepper and ground cloves into compost as it will help in fighting the insects.

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  • 05/11/13--01:34: Making Of Bog Garden
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    If you have an outdoor water feature, such as a garden pond, there is probably a little area adjacent to the pond that is quite soggy. Not to waste any land, you can create a beautiful bog garden in that spot highlighting the natural beauty of the area. Here you will find a tutorial on making a perfect bog garden.

    DIY Bog Garden

    Bog Garden Bog Garden by Dorling Kindersley The project seems to be quite easy, however, it requires some effort. In order to make a bog garden you need to check the area where the soil is soggy. Then, make sure you have the following:
    • garden hose & perforated hose
    • pond liner
    • bricks & gravel
    • topsoil & well-composted organic matter
    • garden fork & shovel
    • bog plants
    Now, using the garden hose make the outline of the future bog garden area. Excavate about 24 inches of the soil and then lay the pond liner inside. In order to keep the liner in place use bricks and lay them on the edge of the lined area. Perforate the liner with garden forks at 3-foot intervals. This is needed to provide the drainage that is still essential for the plants' maintenance. Bog Garden Laying Of Pond Liner The next step is to cover the base of the future bog garden with gravel that is needed for better drainage. Now it is finally the time to fill the area with soil together with the needed nutrients and compost. When you are done with this procedure, make sure to cut off the excessive liner around the edges. To keep the pond wet, place a perforated hose near the bog garden, but make sure it is almost completely in the soil. The last step includes planting the greenery. There are wide variety of plants that enjoy wet soil, but make sure to learn about each type of the plant for better maintenance.

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  • 05/13/13--01:47: Outdoors Color Drama
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    Thinking of how to spruce up your outdoors to add some drama? Well, color is a universal tool of making the outdoors and the indoors dramatic. Let's find out all you need to know about various dramatic colors and how to integrate them into the outdoor area.

    Outdoor Colors For More Drama

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    Blooms & Colors

    Plants are the most common tools of incorporating colors into the outdoors. There are so many plants with various hues that offer diversity to the outdoors. By choosing plants with particular blooms, you can incorporate your favorite colors into the yard. For instance, roses come in many different colors, and there are also hybrid types with unconventional hues. Not only roses bring color into outdoors, they also fill your garden with pleasant scents.

    Seasonal Hues

    Another way of adding color to your outdoors is to plant seasonal greenery. This way the hues will change with the coming of different seasons. The essential idea here is to pay attention to the blooming periods of each plant. Try to add seasonal touches with pink or purple blooms in spring, red and orange flowers in summer, and ,of course, golden and red foliage in fall. Outdoor Colors Colorful Focal Point From Houseplants

    Timing Colors

    It is important to pay attention to the time when you are visiting your outdoors, because if you do so in the nighttime most of the blooms are not visible. If you are most likely to spend the time outdoors during nightfall, plant night-blooms, and also shrubs with silver foliage. The silvery foliage shines in the setting sun giving your yard fragrant illumination. Likewise, if you prefer to spend the mornings in your yard, plant the morning bloomers.

    Colorful Focal Point

    Use the brightest colors, such as red, pink or yellow to create eye-catching dramatic focal points from various plants. Focal points add a sense of order into your yard, while hiding some objects that you don't want to be seen by diverting the unwanted attention to something beautiful.  

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    Sometimes people just love outdoors so much that they tend to surround their houses entirely with lush greenery. Not only that, they can even bring a piece of outdoors inside their houses, dedicating some part of the house's interior to the indoor garden. Meet the exceptionally green Seacombe Grove house that extends the outdoor area way beyond.

    Outdoors Of Seacombe Grove Residence

    Seacombe Grove OutdoorsSeacombe Grove Incredible Outdoors B.E. Architects has completed a unique architectural project in Melbourne, Australia. The Seacombe Grove residence has absolutely no frontyard or backyard, because the whole outdoor area is a continuous lush garden that is physically and visually accessible from the first level of the house through large glass panels that surround the level. Despite the glass panel, the first floor has a privacy factor that is provided by large fence surrounding the property. The first level is divided into various living areas: day/ summer area for entertainment in the outdoors integrated with a garden, swimming pool and eating areas, and the night/ winter zone facing south and east. The separation of two areas is made possible with a staircase and some transitional spaces. Seacombe Grove OutdoorsSeacombe Grove Interior The exterior of the house is completely clad in gray stone with black dense fence around the property. However, once you get inside you are amazed by the lush gardens surrounding the whole area. It is amazing how the garden envelops the house, and even appears in some areas inside the house. There are indoor gardening areas that remind the dwellers of the proximity of the lush greenery that awaits outside. The interior is really aerial, mostly white & black and the transparency of the glass panels makes the space appear as whole. The upper levels are deprived from the beauty of the garden, and the dwellers are forced to watch the stone walls that protect their privacy from the road nearby. In generally, the construction is really huge stone house with amazing garden enveloping its structure. [gallery]

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