10 Interesting Garden Designs And Ideas

Hello my fellow gardeners! Today I decided to post 10 interesting garden designs and ideas for your inspiration. :) I think you’ll like them. As for me, I like raised garden beds. I thought to make one from old pallets this spring but unfortunately didn’t have a time to to that. And also I plant go go travelling for a few months so no garden this summer for me. :)

1) So here is number one. Just nice design and easy to walk between the beds.

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2) Round design. I think it’s a real pleasure to take care of such gardens, are you agree?

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The Benefits of Using Heirloom Seeds

In a time when saving money and being healthy are of equal importance, more and more people are returning to their own gardens to grow their food. However, once the soil has been turned and prepared there are a myriad of often confusing choices when it comes to varieties and seeds. While modern hybrid varieties are faster growing and often seen as less expensive, the benefits of heirloom seeds can be seen in the growing trend toward its use.

Heilroom seeds

What are heirloom seeds?

Heirloom seeds are defined as coming from an old or original cultivar and which growers continue to maintain. For many organic gardeners, the ultimate goal is to have a truly unmodified plant that has genetically withstood generations of cultivation. For others, it’s the novelty of experiencing colors, flavors, and types of plants we are no longer accustomed to.

Tasting the difference

How often have you tasted an apple or a tomato from a supermarket and complained about the lack of flavor? The ability of modern varietals to withstand long term storage often comes at the cost of flavor, texture, and scent. Heirloom seeds generally give rise to full flavored fruit that are intended to be eaten (or preserved) when they are at their best.

Preserving history

Collecting and using heirloom seeds is a very simple way to preserve our environmental history. As our society becomes more and more technologically driven and the borders between countries disappear, the plants our ancestors grew are beginning to disappear as well. Preserving the plants – both edible and non-edible – of our past help us to ensure our future.

Pleasure of produce

One of the greatest benefits of heirloom seeds, is perhaps one of the least recognized. There is a lot of pleasure to be derived from a hobby that involves such hands-on involvement. Once you have grown and consumed the vegetable – or enjoyed the flower – you should preserve the seeds for the next season.

Many gardeners split their seeds into two lots. One group of seeds is intended for pure preservation – the idea is to not allow any type of cross pollination in order to retain the strains historical genetics. The other group are planted outside and allowed to cross pollinate naturally via birds, insects and wind. Considered natural modification, this can result in new, hardier strains while retaining the plant’s integrity.Gardener

Some gardeners, new to heirloom seeds, complain about the lack of hardiness in the resulting plants. More often than not, however, the problem revolves around suitability in the location. If a plant does not grow ‘naturally’ in your area, perhaps it is the climate and soil that are the problem and not the seeds. After all, in natural circumstances, you would not try to grow a pineapple in Antarctica.

Most gardeners, however, find the benefits of heirloom seeds far outweigh the challenges. Moreover, once they realize purple carrots and yellow tomatoes are not only beautiful, but delicious, they are no longer satisfied with the offerings in their local supermarket.

Backyard Landscaping Tips and Ideas

landscapeHomeowners tend to pay more attention to their front yard’s design over their backyard. True, it’s on the frontline in adding beauty to your home’s exterior but there are merits in making sure your backyard gets properly landscaped as well.

With a good design idea in mind, proper planning and quality construction, you can make your backyard space an excellent multipurpose area for entertainment, recreation and relaxation.

You don’t have to stress out too much on the cost once you decide to overhaul your backyard since there are many ways to tackle a landscaping project while sticking to a budget. After all, you can always go for a DIY approach, but more on that later. Right now, here are helpful landscaping tips to get you started on your backyard design.

Come Up With a Design 

Before you can transform your backyard into an enjoyable space, it’s important to first come up with a design. It doesn’t matter if your backyard space is small or big, there’s always a design to fit your requirements.

Know that inspiration is everywhere; you can go online and browse for backyard landscaping tips, read home/yard decorating magazines, consult a landscaping artist, involve your family or friends in the project and gather their suggestions, or perhaps, take a quick look at your neighbour’s yard for concepts.

Nowadays, many homeowners go for unique and playful themes while others stick to a traditional, laid-back vibe. It’s ultimately up to you how you would want your backyard to look like although it’s recommended to have everything in cohesion and in proper placement.

Go for Quality Materials

Expert landscape professionals recommend timeless backyard designs. To do that, you have buy durable yet low-maintenance materials. Be sure to canvas several reliable suppliers in your area and compare their prices before making a purchase.outdoor fireplace

Because backyards commonly come with a garden, you may want to consider growing organic food and herbs. Organic produce are expensive to purchase so if you have some in your own yard, you can definitely save on your food shopping expenses. Start by growing those that you and your family eat the most.

Complete your Backyard Landscape Project in Stages

Don’t rush landscaping; doing it in stages is more beneficial not only to your budget but also to your backyard’s design.

A backyard overhaul is naturally costly, even if you’re doing it on your own, you will still be spending a rather large amount of money to turn your yard into a functional and impressive space. When you do it one step at a time, you will find time to recuperate your expenses and save up for the next addition – a swimming pool, a barbecue grill, a decorative pathway or maybe a fountain.

Also, a phased completion will give you the chance to step back and check out your progress. You may have invested enough planning time and effort onto your design but still, it’s advised to break free from the project every once in a while. It would allow you to notice design flaws you will probably miss if you’re too absorbed in finishing your backyard’s landscape.

Our New Rhino Deck: Perfect for Football Season

I love to be outdoors, especially in the fall when the weather is just right. However, fall also happens to be football season, which means that my football-loving husband is often huddled inside watching the latest game.

I began to consider ways I could lure him outdoors and came up with the idea of an outdoor entertainment area featuring a TV. The first step was to have the enclosed, screened-in portion constructed. After that was completed, I thought adding a new deck to the back would be ideal. That way he could sit in the screened-in portion of the outdoor space and watch football, and I could sit on the deck enjoying my book while still being close to him.

I found Rhino Deck composite wood products to be perfect for the deck portion of our project. After our contractor finished the job, my husband couldn’t wait to invite all his buddies over to watch the game and show off our new outdoor space.

The fact that the decking requires minimal upkeep was also a big selling point for him. After all, it is hard enough to get my husband to come outside, let alone venture outdoors to fix something. This decking material from Rhino Deck was the perfect material for our project.

A Buyer’s Choice: Real Estate Is Still a Good Investment

Many people are under the misguided assumption that real estate is no longer a good investment. This idea stems from the recent real estate market downturn and its slow recovery. Foreclosures remain high, a fallout from the predatory lending practices that took place during the real estate boom when mortgages were given to people who could not afford them. As a result, banks tightened up their lending guidelines. A lot of people now believe that real estate is not a good investment anymore because mortgages are harder to acquire and housing values are still low.

However, real estate remains a strong and smart investment. Home values in many areas might be low now, but experts believe they will not stay that way. Housing has a history of always coming out on top eventually. It may take many years, even a decade or more, for housing values to increase. During that time, houses can be had for unbelievable bargains. This makes real estate a good long-term investment. Under the right circumstances, you can buy low now and sell very high later. Even gold isn’t as sure of an investment as real estate. Many investors buy inexpensive properties and rent them out for extra income. Then, when the market does go up, they sell them for a nice profit. Some look at this as a worthwhile retirement income strategy.

Enough people know this strategy that the best properties don’t stay on the market for long. Real estate agents and home inspection companies, like A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections, are also profiting from the real estate market. Their clientele may have changed somewhat, however. For example, A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections is seeing many more investors as clients today than when Bill Redfern started the company back in 2007. The company still sees plenty of people who are simply looking to buy a new home in which to live, but the number of investor clients has skyrocketed.

Maybe you never thought of yourself as a landlord. Maybe you don’t want the headache of having renters in a variety of properties. That’s okay. You can still take advantage of the real estate market today when you buy a home that you intend to stay in for a long time. If you believe you’ll stay in your home for a decade or so, then buying a home can be a good investment strategy. When you eventually sell your house, you may profit handsomely if the market it up considerably. Many successful sellers scale up to a bigger, better home or use the money to travel the world. Just be sure you have a good real estate agent and a reputable home inspection company like A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections to assist you before you make that investment. You’ll be glad you did.

A guide to the best natural pest controls

Anybody who has attempted to grow something in their garden will be all too aware that
pests have a way of rearing their ugly little heads very quickly indeed! Sadly, the first
response for many gardeners is to head to their garden shed and reach for the pesticides in
order to get rid of their problem as quickly as possible. While this may be the quickest way
to solve the problem, it is most certainly not the greenest! Pesticides can have an adverse
effect on the environment, meaning that a quick-fix is not always the best remedy.

This is now finally being understood by those who make their living from the land; with
nature in mind, many farmers are now employing integrated pest management techniques
in order to protect their livelihood for the long-term – in essence, people are now making
much more of an effort to strike a balance between protecting their crops and protecting
the environment!

Fortunately, there are plenty of natural and organic methods that gardeners can employ
when attempting to rid themselves of would-be garden invaders! Below are some of the
methods of saving both crops and the planet:

Smells like trouble – many common garden nuisances (such as foxes) can be deterred with
the employment of strong smelling substances. The most commonly used substances that
can be turned into a stinky “keep out” sign are garlic, fish, rhubarb and tobacco.

Hot hot heat – would-be garden invaders can be sent packing with the use of a little heat;
this can include chillies, kerosene, methylated spirits and even table salt!

Odour eaters – many readily available garden plants give off natural odours that can be
extremely uninviting to bugs and other pests. This is nature’s way of informing the bug that
the plant probably carries some form of natural insecticide; it also lets it know to keep well
away!

Get slick – commonly found oils can be a great way of controlling certain kinds of garden
pests. Some tried and tested oils include mineral oil, vegetable oils and proprietary oils.
These can kill soft-bodied invaders by clinging to them and eventually causing suffocation.

Clean up your act – a little-known pest controller comes in the form of soap. Ensuring that
the soap is natural and vegetable-based is the best way to make sure that it will not harm
the plants as opposed to the pests!

How to grow bigger garlic cloves

Back in 2009 I wrote the article about growing garlic.  One quy sent me a question about growing bigger garlic cloves.

If you want to grow bigger garlic cloves you need to do the following:

Be sure you are starting with the biggest cloves in the bulb only. Remember, in this case the size DOES matter! ;)
Garlic loves sun. So plant it in the sunny areas.
Make sure the soil is well drained. Otherwise garlic will root.
Fertilize it. Garlic loves manure. Some people say that chicken manure giver great results but I didn’t try it yet.
Don’t forget to weed garlic.
Remove scapes or garlic false seedheads. Otherwise they will take energy and power from your garlic cloves. By the way, garlic seedheads are delicious when young! You can cook them in oil and enjoy their great taste!
Harvest garlic in the right time! The right time to harvest garlic is when the bottom three leaves are brown.

Read also:
Growing and planting onions
Growing watermelons
Growing Morel mushrooms

Help the world! Use paper pot maker!

Making a water supply in your garden

Do you want to enjoy the beauty of colours and scent from fresh flowers in your garden? Of course you do. Thus for healthy growth of your lawns and backyards you need water. So this article is dedicated to making a water supply in a garden.

Tap water supply
The most simple and comfortable way for irrigation is to use tap water. All you need is just to fix a hose pipe to a tap. But you should realize that chlorinated water is not so good as an irrigation source. At least you must settle it down before use.

Bore hole
A borehole is another option that has many advantages. First, it gives suitable water for irrigation; second, the water supply will be constant. However, this is most expensive way. Sometimes it may cost a fortune if water runs deep under the ground in your area.  Used drill pipe for sale will make this option less expensive.

Rainwater supply for your garden
You can also use rain water to pour your garden. Facts show that rainwater is healthier and better for plants in comparison with tap water. How do you collect rainwater? Well, it’s very simple, just by placing water butt right under your roof’s gutter or ditch during rains.
Water butt can really work wonders in terms of water conservation and usage. It’s up to you to make it looking as a part of the garden design covered, for example, by plant creepers. You are free to create original ideas of your own that can even become a trend for others to follow.
Back in March 2009 I had a wonderful idea of creating free organic fertiliser by using rainwater and some fish. :) You can read this article here:  Free Organic Fertiliser.

Some thoughts about garden design

Garden design has a lot in common with art. The same as art it helps us to express ourselves, our styles and even our cultures. As a nice dress can add charm to an ugly person, in the same way a simple house looks absolutely new and great if it has a garden.

If you are lucky enough to own a huge cottage with a vast land area, then you possibly won’t do without professional advice to achieve harmony between your house and the surrounding landscape. But with a small garden you can definitely cope yourself.

First of all, remember that you plan your garden for you and your family, so make your design practical and functional. A front garden undoubtedly should be easy to keep looking tidy. Choose appropriate plants and materials for it.

To create an eye-catching pattern, combine lawn and hillside landscaping.

 

Take a look at picture 1.

The land is flat that affords making a nice path, lawn and rockbed. To make such a wonderful garden it is necessary to level the ground. And it wouldn’t be enough a couple of wheelbarrows of land to do that. You will definitely need heavy machinery. There are firms that rent articulated trucks out. You can call them.

Take a look at picture 2.

A nice set of natural stone steps. The slope is nicely mixed with small trees, shrubs and rocks.

Combine these patterns in your garden design, compliment it with effective lighting and enjoy yourself with you family in your dream yard.

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How to grow parsley

Hello, my fellow gardeners! Like a promised on Saturday, I wrote a post of how to grow parsley for you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to write a comment, I will gladly try to help you!

How To Grow Parsley

No doubt, parsley is a popular herb in every kitchen. It has a nice flavor and adds attractiveness to our table. Moreover, it is a rich source of minerals, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. So, if you want to relish this tasty and healthy herb, you must know how to grow it. Growing parsley is not so difficult as it may seem. Just stick to our tips and you will receive a high yield.

Remember, parsley likes:How to grow parsley?

  • Sun
  • Moisture
  • Rich soil

Steps:

  1. Soak parsley seeds in hot water for at least a couple of hours to speed up germination.
  2. Sow the seeds in warm ground (early spring) at 3-inch intervals.
  3. Make sure a spot you’ve chosen receives enough sunlight and moisture.
  4. Water the plants deeply once a week.
  5. Mulch around the plants to retain moisture and prevent weed growth.
  6. Use general purpose fertilizer once a month.
  7. Harvest parsley from late spring throughout the season by cutting stalks just above the ground.

It is better to use parsley while it is fresh, however, frozen it also tastes good. Besides, if you like to eat garlic or curry, a spring of parsley after dinner will freshen your breath better than any chewing gum. Enjoy it!

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