List of Perennials ~ List of Fail-Safe Plants

Gardening is more fun if you have some success to show for your time and effort. The following is a list of favorite fail-safe perennial plants:

Amsonia hubrechtli (Thread-leaf Blue Star): This former Perennial Plant of the Year is an American native with foliage that looks beautiful into late October.

Aster ‘Purple Dome’:  It likes the sun and will bloom from September until frost. Reaches 24 inches in height.

 

Autumn Bride Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa macrorrhiza):  A vigorous plant that is different from other coral bells. It reaches 20 inches, with wands of white in fall.

 

Autumn Sun Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia laciniata ‘herbsonne’): A dramatic, vigorous coneflower that reaches 5-6 feet high with bright yellow daisy-like flowers.

Baptisia Australis (Blue false indigo): A native plant that is drought-tolerant and super-adaptable.

Bigroot Geranium: This hardy perennial will grow in sun, shade, moist or dry conditions. Geranium macrorrhizum (pink) and White Ness (white) are favorites.

Black-Eyed Susan Summer Blaze (Rudbeckia ‘Summer Blaze’): This bright yellow plant thrives in full sun and attracts bees, butterflies and birds.

 

Blue Star Japanese Aster (Kalimeris incise “Blue Star’):  2 feet tall, pale blue flowers that bloom from midsummer. The deer leave it alone.

Boltonia ‘Snow Bank’: A large plant reaching 5-6 feet, covered with hundreds of white daisy like flowers in early September through October.


Carex ‘Ice Dance’: Good for the semi-shade garden, it forms low mounds (up to 12 inches) of variegated foliage; moderate rate of spread.

Coral Bells (Heuchera): You can’t go wrong with any of the scores of varieties that come in all colors, from maroon to black to peach. Most like partial shade and they are deer-resistant.

 

Day Lilies: Known as being indestructible, day lilies come in more than 100,000 varieties. Each year a variety is name the Stout Silver Medal Award Winner; any of the winners should be great. Find the listing at www.daylilies.org

 

Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla molis): A mounded plant with chartreuses leaves and unusual texture.

 

Montrose White Calamint (Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose white’): 18 inches high, 30 inches wide and covered with tiny white flowers that bloom for months.

Northwind Switch Grass: Tall ornamental grass grows in a tight upright form and is very hardy.

 

Perennial Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla): Its dainty sky-blue flowers bloom for up to six weeks in spring, and its heart shaped leaves look great all season.  Super hardy; prefers partial shade.

Rozanne Geranium: This perennial’s violet flowers bloom from June to September. 18 to 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide. A former Perennial Plant of the Year.

Ruby Star Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star’): As tall as 48 inches, this coneflower attracts birds but is deer-resistant.

Salvia ‘May Night’: An older hardy Salvia cultivar (1955) but still reliable, it provides spikes of deep indigo blue from the end of May into June. Needs well drained soil.

Shasta Daisy Becky: One of the best Shasta daisies. It blooms prolifically from July through August and reaches 30 inches or taller.

Learn How to Build an Herb Garden Here ~More on List of Perennials

Successful Gardening ~
Kali S Winters

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Fresh Apple Recipes


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Applesauce Recipe

There is nothing better than homemade applesauce from hand-picked apples, and it is so easy to do! If you want chunky applesauce, use a potato masher to mash the cooked apples. If you prefer smooth apple sauce, run the cooked apples through a food mill. The key is adding a few strips of lemon peel to the apples while cooking. The lemon heightens the apple flavor.

Preparation time: 45 minutes. The sugar amounts are just guidelines, depending upon your taste and on the sweetness of your apples, use less or more. If you use less sugar, you’ll likely want to use less lemon juice. The lemon juice brightens the flavor of the apples and balances the sweetness.

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 lbs of peeled, cored, and quartered apples. (Make sure you use a good cooking apple like Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonathan, Mcintosh, or Gravenstein.)
  • 4 strips of lemon peel – use a vegetable peeler to strip 4 lengths
  • Juice of one lemon, about 3-4 Tbsp
  • 3 inches of cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
  • Up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Directions:
    1. Put all ingredients into a large pot.  Cover.  Bring to boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Stir often.
    2. Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels. Mash with potato masher.
    3. Ready to serve, either hot or refrigerated. Delicious with vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt.
    Freezes easily, lasts up to one year in a cold freezer.

    Home Made Apple Cider

    The apples you choose are very important as they define the taste of the cider. Most manufactured apple ciders use a variety of different types of apples in their standard apple ciders. You can employ this mixing technique or simply use one variety of apple to make your cider. Red Delicious, Green Delicious, Fuji, Jonagold and other sweet-tasting apples. Granny Smith, McIntosh, Pink Lady and other tart-tasting apples will produce sharper ciders due to their tangy flavors.

    Step 1:Choose your apples
    1.   Experiment with a variety of different types of apples, if you are going to mix apple types in your cider. Try to get a good mix of red, green and gold apples.
    2.   Choose fresh apples that are picked directly from the trees. You should never use apples that have fallen on the ground as these may possess cider toxins and bacteria.
    3.   Discard any apples that are bruised or discolored. You should only use fresh, healthy apples to make apple cider.
    4.   If you don’t grow your own apples, try to visit a local farmer’s market to purchase the apples. While you can purchase apples from any grocery store, you’ll have a fresher cider if you opt for farmer’s market apples.

    Step 2: Prepare the Apples

    * Before you begin pressing the apples to get the juice out of them, you’ll need to first prepare them.

    1.  Wash all the apples thoroughly.
    2.  Core the apples. You can do this manually, however, it’s much faster to use an apple corer.
    3.  Slice the apples into quarters.
    4.  Put the quartered apples into the blender or food processor and puree them.
    5.  Continue pureeing the apples until they are very finely ground. You will be able to extract more juice from the apples if you attain a very fine ground.

    Step 3: Press the Apples

    Now that you have cored and pureed your apples, you are ready to press them.

    1.  Place the cheesecloth over the container in which you’ll store the apples.
    2.  Pour the pureed apples into the cheesecloth.
    3.  Squeeze the pureed apples through the cheesecloth and into the container below.
    4. Apply firm, steady pressure as you squeeze. This will ensure that you extract all juice possible from the pureed apples.

    If you are making large amounts of apple cider, you may wish to use a cider press. A cider press is a device with mechanically pulps and squeezes apples, and will extract juice more efficiently than squeezing by hand. Or you can use a fruit/vegetable juicer sold in a variety of shops.

    Step 4: Store the Apple Cider

    Now that you have extracted all the juice from the apples, your cider is ready to be stored. If you wish, you can also pasteurize your cider.

    1.   Cover the container with an airtight lid. The cider should not be exposed to air or it will go bad much more quickly.
    2.   Store your apple cider in the refrigerator. If kept refrigerated, it should stay fresh for about seven days.
    3.   Pasteurize your apple cider by heating it to 160 º F. This will help to kill any bacteria present. Pasteurized apple cider will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
    4.   Freeze your apple cider if you won’t be consuming it in the near future. When frozen, apples and apple cider will remain fresh for up to one year.

    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, pregnant women, elderly people and children should not drink unpasteurized apple cider as it may contain bacteria.

    Variations on Apple Cider

    You can have a lot of fun by experimenting with different seasonings and additions to your homemade apple cider. Don’t be afraid to try your own variations! You might discover a sensational combination.

    1.   Add cinnamon sticks to your apple cider for traditional holiday taste.
    2.   Mix apple cider with a bit of rum and brown sugar for an alcoholic beverage that tastes great.
    3.   Drizzle caramel into your apple cider for a decadent warm beverage.
    4.   Try various spices in your apple cider. Nutmeg, cloves, ginger and lemon peel all add tasty flavors to hot cider.
    5.   Pour apple cider over vanilla ice cream and top with caramel and whipped cream for a rich dessert. Add a slice of pound cake for added texture and taste.
    6.   Blend apple cider with orange juice, ice and honey for a refreshing summer beverage.

    Recipes for Apple Tart:

    Dough:

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, just softened, cut in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chilled water
  • Filling:

  • 2 pounds apples (Golden Delicious or another tart, firm variety), peeled, cored (save peels and cores), and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • Glaze:
    1/2 cup sugar

    1.    MIX flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl; add 2 tablespoons of the butter. Blend in a mixer until dough resembles coarse cornmeal. Add remaining butter; mix until biggest pieces look like large peas.

    2.    DRIBBLE in water, stir, then dribble in more, until dough just holds together. Toss with hands, letting it fall through fingers, until it’s ropy with some dry patches. If dry patches predominate, add another tablespoon water. Keep tossing until you can roll dough into a ball. Flatten into a 4-inch-thick disk; refrigerate. After at least 30 minutes, remove; let soften so it’s malleable but still cold. Smooth cracks at edges. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 14-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. Dust excess flour from both sides with a dry pastry brush.

    3.    PLACE dough in a lightly greased 9-inch round tart pan, or simply on a parchment-lined baking sheet if you wish to go free-form, or galette-style with it. Heat oven to 400º F. (If you have a pizza stone, place it in the center of the rack.)

    4.    OVERLAP apples on dough in a ring 2 inches from edge if going galette-style, or up to the sides if using the tart pan. Continue inward until you reach the center. Fold any dough hanging over pan back onto itself; crimp edges at 1-inch intervals.

    5.    BRUSH melted butter over apples and onto dough edge. Sprinkle  sugar over dough edge and over apples.

    6.    BAKE in center of oven until apples are soft, with browned edges, and crust has caramelized to a dark golden brown (about 45 minutes), making sure to rotate tart every 15 minutes.

    7.    MAKE glaze: Put reserved peels and cores in a large saucepan, along with sugar. Pour in just enough water to cover; simmer for 25 minutes. Strain syrup through cheesecloth.

    8.    REMOVE tart from oven, and slide off parchment onto cooling rack. Let cool at least 15 minutes.

    9.   BRUSH glaze over tart, slice, and serve.





    Types of Cherries & Apples


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    Types of Cherries

    Sour Cherries:

    Montgomery
    This variety is the best known sour cherry. It is mostly canned or frozen for use as pie filling or sauce. They are grown mostly in the eastern and Midwestern states.

    Sweet Cherries:

    Bing
    This variety is the best known sweet cherry. It is large, round, extra-sweet and has a purple-red flesh and a deep red skin that is close to black when fully ripe. The Bing is available from the end of May until early August.

    Lambert
    This variety is the second most popular sweet cherry. It is smaller than the Bing and is more heart shaped. It has a dark-red skin and a rich flavor. Lamberts are available a bit longer than the Bing, usually until the end of August.

    Rainer
    This variety is sweet with a yellow or pinkish skin. It is milder and sweeter than the Bing. However, this variety is grown in limited quantities.

    Royal Ann
    This variety has a blush-yellow skin and is often canned or made into maraschino cherries.


    Types of Apples

    Apples are free of fat, cholesterol and sodium; but very high in fiber. The pectin and the boron content in an apple helps in digestion as well as strengthening the bones respectively.

    Here is a list of various types of apples:

    Arkansas Black – Arkansas Black apples are mostly used for cooking. It is used as one of the ingredients in sauerkraut recipes. This variety of apple has a firm texture and a sour taste.

    Braeburn – This variety of apple is available anytime between October and July. The skin color of a Braeburn apple is reddish-orange with shades of yellow. This variety is usually used for making salad, applesauce, and pies. These apples can be frozen for later consumption.

    Bramley’s Seedling – Are among the best cookers and for keeping

    Cameo – Though the Cameo apples are harvested in the month of September, it is available in the market only between October and August. This variety is identified by the white spots on the red skin. Cameo apples are used in various desserts such as apple crumble or apple crisp and many more. It is also used to make salads, sauces and pies. Cameo apples can be frozen.

    Cortland – Cortland apples are available almost throughout the year. The only time it is not available in the market is during the months of January, March and April. This variety of apple is sweet and the skin color is red spread over a yellowish-green skin. It is used for baking and freezing. It would make a good snack after a meal.

    Egremont Russet – A desert apple which tastes sweet and wholesome, even when wrinkled.

    Empire – Empire apples are available throughout the year. It is has a sweet and a sour taste. The skin color of this apple is a combination of red and green. You can freeze this variety of apples for future consumption.

    Fuji – Fuji apples have reddish-pink skin. This variety belongs to Japan and was introduced in the US in the 1980s. This variety makes a good snack after a heavy meal. It tastes good in salads, pies and sauces. Fuji apples have longer shelf life without refrigeration. This is available from August to October.

    Gala – This variety of apples is available from September to May. Though it is not good for freezing, it can be used for baking and apple pies. Gala apples have pinkish stripes on yellow skin. This variety of apples is very sweet.

    Ginger Gold – This variety of apples have a sweet-sour taste. Ginger Gold apples are available from August to November. Apple pies and sauces could be made from this variety. However, it is not good for freezing. The skin color of a Ginger Gold apple is yellow.

    Golden Delicious – As the name suggests, this variety is not only sweet and delicious but also golden yellow in color. It is used to make jams, salads, pies and sweet sauces. Golden Delicious apples are good for freezing too. This variety is available throughout the year.

    Granny Smith – The skin color of this apple is green and it is very sour. It is available throughout the year. It can be frozen for later consumption. You can make pies and sauces with this variety.

    Honeycrisp – This is a new variety of apples, which was introduced in the early ’90s. The skin color of a Honeycrisp apple is a combination of red and yellow. It is used for baking and making salads and sauce. It does not taste good in pies. This variety can be frozen.

    Idared – Idared apples are available through out the year. The skin color of an Idared apple is pink. This variety has a sweet and sour taste. Idared apples can be used for baking and freezing. It is used for making pies and sauces.

    Jonagold – Jonagold apples are a hybrid variety of the Jonathan and the Golden Delicious apple. This variety is mostly used for making sweet-sour sauces, pies and salads. You can freeze Jonagold apples for future consumption. Jonagold apples are available between October and May.

    Jonathan – This variety has a shade of red and green skin color, and the taste is sour. Jonathan apples can be frozen. It is widely used in salads and sauces.

    McIntosh – This variety of apple makes an excellent snack. You can make pies and sauces with McIntosh apples. However, these are not good for baking or freezing. The skin color of this apple is a blend of red and green. It tastes sweet with a tinge of sourness.

    Red Delicious – The skin color of this variety of apple is red and it has a very sweet taste. This apple is good for making jams and would make a good dessert after a heavy meal. These apples are available in the market throughout the year.

    Rome Beauty – This variety of apples are commonly used in baking. The skin color of this apple is crimson red and it is mildly sour. It is mostly used in salads and pies. It can be frozen too.

    Winesap – Winesap apples are not good to eat raw and mostly used for making apple cider. This variety of apples is sour and has the flavor of a seasoned wine. The skin color of this apple is deep red.





    Freezing Cherries-Dehydrating Apples


    Fall is Fruit Harvesting season where I live and going to a local orchard to either pick your own or to buy a box of fresh fruit is an enjoyable family outing. The smell and taste of freshly picked cherries or apples just doesn’t compare to the grocery store. If you don’t have a local orchard, there is sure to be a farmers market nearby where you can stock up on local fruit.

    Re-Visit Your Local Farmers Market

    Dehydrating Apples:

    It is easy to make your own dried apple rings or pieces to keep in your pantry for snacks or an addition to your morning oatmeal especially if you have a food dehydrator.

    You can use your oven as well, but without a fan it takes longer and ties up your oven as well as heats up your kitchen.

    Core and slice your apples in as uniform pieces as possible. The thinner they are the faster they will dry. Cut out any bruised or bad spots as you go. Place the apple rings on the dehydrator trays or oven racks and set the temperature to about 140ºF. If you’re using a dehydrator with a fan check back in about 8 hours to see how they’re doing. The apple slices will be dry when they have a leather consistency. Be sure they are completely dry before you package them so no mold can grow and contaminate your whole batch. Store in air tight containers in a cool dry place.

    Learn about an Apple Slicer-Peeler-Corer as well as Freezing Apples Here!

    Keep Apples from Turning Brown by three easy methods: Apples are notorious for browning. Once you have washed, cored and/or peeled your apples, you will want to either:

    (1) Dissolve ½ teaspoon ascorbic acid, also known as “FruitFresh”, into 3 tablespoons of water then sprinkle over the apples and blend.

    (2) Soak sliced apples in a solution of 2 tablespoons of salt per 1 gallon of water, stir water a bit to make sure all have been submerged, or

    (3) Steam-blanch them for 1 ½ minutes then cool them in ice water before freezing.

    Any of the three methods mentioned above will keep apples from browning and must be applied before apples are frozen.

    Freezing Cherries:

    Cherries are already little bundles of natural sugar dressed up as fruit, so there is no need to add additional sugar.

    There are several ways to pack cherries for freezing. The best method selected will depend upon how you want to use the frozen product.

    Sugar Syrup Recipes: The sugar syrup recipe is useful because it preserves the flavor and texture best. Use 2 cups of sugar added to every 3 cups of water. Of course, you can scale this up or down to according to the table below. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved. Chill. Add ½ teaspoon of ascorbic acid (Fruit Fresh) to each quart of syrup. Pour ½ cup of syrup into the freezer container then add cherries. If necessary, add more syrup until the cherries are completely covered and place a small piece of waxed paper on top to keep the cherries submerged. Leave ½ inch headspace for pints, 1 inch for quarts.

    Syrup Pack: A light syrup is recommended for sweet cherries while a medium syrup can be used for sour cherries. Allow at least 1/2 to 2/3 cup of syrup for each pint size jar of fruit.

    Type of

    Syrup

    Sugar

    (cups)

    Water

    (cups)

    Approx.

    Yield (cups)

    Light

    1 1/2

    5 3/4

    6 1/2

    Medium

    2 1/4

    5 1/4

    6 1/2

    Heavy

    3 1/4

    5

    6 1/2

    Sugar Pack: Mix 2/3 cups sugar per 1 quart of sour cherries or 1/3 cups sugar per quart of sweet cherries. Place cherries into freezer containers leaving at least 1/2 inch head space.

    Loose Cherry Pack: This method entails placing the freshly pitted cherries directly into freezer containers.  Make sure to remove as much air as possible and remember to leave at least 1/2 to 3/4 inch head room at the top.

    Unsweetened Pack:  Place washed, pitted fresh cherries in a single layer on a cookie sheet or shallow tray, then place in the freezer. Once the cherries are completely frozen,  transfer them to freezer bags or plastic containers for long term storage. Squeeze as much air out of the container as possible. You can even use a straw to suck the air out if you would like.

    Use frozen cherries in smoothies, shakes, or any baked goods in which you would use fresh pitted cherries.



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    Recipes with Fruits


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    Cobbler Pie:

    This is a delicious cherry cobbler made with fresh cherries instead of canned. It may take a little longer to make because you need to pit the cherries, but it is well worth it when you taste the finished product.

    Ingredience:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups pitted sour cherries (you can substitute any fruit here)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350º F (175º C). Place the butter in a 9×13 inch baking dish, and place in the oven to melt while the oven is preheating. Remove as soon as butter has melted, about 5 minutes.

    2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and baking powder. Mix in the milk until well blended, then pour the batter into the pan over the butter. Do not stir.

    3. Rinse out the bowl from the batter, and dry. Place cherries into the bowl, and toss with the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour. Distribute the cherry mixture evenly over the batter. Do not stir.

    4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. A toothpick inserted into the cobber should come out clean

    Note: This cobbler recipe is easy & really delicious. You may want to doubled the sour cherries (4 cups), add 1 tsp. vanilla extract & ½ tsp. cinnamon. This recipe is a keeper! Addition: Please note the extra cherries could add additional cooking time (about 20 min.)

    Cherry Cobbler:

    Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cups stemmed, pitted fresh cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cherry brandy
  • Basic Sweet Pie Crust, (recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, for top of pie
  • 1 half-gallon vanilla ice cream, for topping
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, for top of cobbler and ice cream
  • Basic Sweet Pie Crust

  • 16 ounces flour, about 3 and 1/4 cups
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water
  • Directions:
    Preheat the oven 350º F .

    In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

    In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the cherries and cook, stirring gently, for 1 minute. Add the sugar-flour mixture, and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and begins to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the brandy. Let cool.

    Divide the pie dough in two, one portion slightly larger then the other. Roll out the larger portion on a lightly floured surface to about 11 inches in diameter. Transfer to a deep 8-inch cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, fitting the dough up the sides, leaving a slight overhang. Roll out the remaining dough into a large rectangle and cut into 1-inch thick strips.

    Pour the fruit mixture into the bottom dough. Working one strip at a time, create a lattice top crust by laying the strips across the top in one direction, then turn and lay across in the other, interweaving the strips if desired. Roll up the overhanging bottom crust over the edges and pinch to seal. Crimp together around the pan. Brush the top with the cream and lightly sprinkle with one tablespoon of granulated sugar. Bake until the crust is golden and the juices are bubbly, about 40 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

    Basic Sweet Pie Crust
    Sift the flour, sugar, and salt into a large bowl. Using your fingers, work in the butter and shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

    Add 3 tablespoons of ice water and work with your fingers until the water is incorporated and the dough comes together. Add more water as needed to make a smooth dough, being careful not to over mix.

    Form the dough into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before using.

    Cherry Tarts:

    Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup canned cherry pie filling
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Directions:

    1. Place crescent dough on a lightly floured surface; seal seams and perforations. Cut into 2-in. circles. Place in greased miniature muffin cups. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Place about 1/2 teaspoon in each cup. Combine pie filling and extract; place about 2 teaspoons in each cup.

    2. Bake at 375º F for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Refrigerate until serving.

    Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts:

    Ingredients:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 vanilla wafers
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling or other pie filling
  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350º F .

    2. Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of muffin pan. Beat cream cheese with a handheld electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla, beating well. Add eggs, 1at a time, beating well after each addition. Lay a vanilla wafer, flat side down, in each muffin cup. Spoon cream cheese mixture over wafers. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow tarts to cool completely. Serve with cherry filling on top, or pie filling of your choice.

    Fresh Cherry Tarts Recipe

    Ingredients:

  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 cups fresh, sour cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 6 3’2-inch baked tart shells
  • Directions:
    1. Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in top of a double boiler.
    2. Add corn syrup and mix well.
    3. Add cherries.
    4. Place over boiling water and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens.
    5. Cover and continue cooking about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    6. Remove from heat and add almond extract.
    7. Cool.
    8. Pour into baked tart shells and chill.
    9. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
    Makes 6 tarts.

    Baked Fresh Cherry Pie

    Ingredients:

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400º F (205º C). Place bottom crust in piepan. Set top crust aside, covered.

    2. In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries and extracts. Let stand 15 minutes. Turn out into bottom crust and dot with butter. Cover with top crust, flute edges and cut vents in top. Place pie on a foil lined cookie sheet — in case of drips!

    3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.





    Dehydrated Beans


    Drying Green Beans –

    The “Leather Britches” Way

    Early American settlers used this drying method with green beans. Before refrigeration, food was preserved by either drying, or storing food in a root cellar. By drying whole green beans into “leather britches”, people could enjoy an exceptionally good quality green bean all season long.

    The whole process begins by sitting on the front porch swing, sipping a cold glass of iced tea while shucking the green beans.

    After you have gathered and snapped the beans ends, the drying process begins. Traditional methods of drying greens beans entailed stringing them up by using a needle and heavy thread, although conventional methods prefer to dry the beans on a screen for several days.  The use of old screen windows are used for the drying process which allows enough air to circulate all around the beans evenly. Be sure to place some fine netting or cheese cloth over the beans to keep the insects away.  After several days they are ready for storage.

    For the “sewing” method, you do not have to rise or dry your beans first.  If you sew your beans on thread to dry and they are damp, they could possible rot. Take a thick needle and sturdy thread and thread the needle through the pod, not the bean or you will never get the thread out afterward.  Then hang them to dry. I have dried green beans in the shade and full sun and both methods work fine as long as the been remains dry and no moisture gets to them.  You want to dry them with the least amount of humidity as possible.

    Once the beans are dry as leather, which usually takes several days up to a week,  depending upon the humidity, they are then ready to be stored in the freezer.  Afterward, “Leather Britches” will need to soaked before cooking, they are best soaked over night and then the liquid drained off, followed by two more fresh-water soaks in the morning. After soaking the beans, they are then ready to be cooked as if they were fresh beans. Everthing depends upon the “moisture removal” process during the initial drying period in order to obtain the “freshness” quality or “raw” quality of the original “green bean”

    When you’re ready to cook, you rinse them really well and set them in water to soak overnight, then simmer slow on the back of the stove with a piece of white bacon for seasoning for a few hours. Add salt when the beans are tender, not before and serve with cornbread.

    Instructions for drying Shucky Beans

    String very full beans as you would for cooking, but do not break them. Thread beans on twine, using just enough beans on each string for one or two meals. Then drop them into a brine of ½ cup coarse salt and one gallon of water for 15 minutes. Drain on newspaper. The brine will keep bugs away from your beans. Hang the strings of beans on wire or rope in a dry place for at least three weeks. Make sure they are completely dry or they will mold.

    Successful Gardening!
    Kali S Winters



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    Calories of Green Beans – Green Beans Types

    Serving Size

    Calories

    Fat (g)

    Carbohydrates (g)

    Protein (g)

    Beans, snap, canned, all styles, seasoned, solids and liquids
    100g

    16.00

    0.20

    3.49

    0.83

    0.5 cup

    18.24

    0.23

    3.98

    0.95

    1 can (303 x 406)

    70.24

    0.88

    15.32

    3.64

    Beans, snap, green variety, canned, regular pack, solids and liquids
    100g

    15.00

    0.10

    3.50

    0.80

    0.5 cup

    18.00

    0.12

    4.20

    0.96

    1 can (303 x 406)

    65.85

    0.44

    15.37

    3.51

    Beans, snap, green, canned, no salt added, drained solids
    10 beans

    12.40

    0.06

    2.79

    0.71

    100g

    20.00

    0.10

    4.50

    1.15

    1 cup

    27.00

    0.14

    6.08

    1.55

    1 can (303 x 406)

    52.40

    0.26

    11.79

    3.01

    Beans, snap, green, canned, no salt added, solids and liquids
    100g

    15.00

    0.10

    3.50

    0.80

    0.5 cup

    18.00

    0.12

    4.20

    0.96

    1 can (303 x 406)

    65.85

    0.44

    15.37

    3.51

    Beans, snap, green, canned, regular pack, drained solids
    10 beans

    12.40

    0.06

    2.79

    0.71

    100g

    20.00

    0.10

    4.50

    1.15

    1 cup

    27.00

    0.14

    6.08

    1.55

    1 can (303 x 406)

    52.40

    0.26

    11.79

    3.01

    Beans, snap, green, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt
    100g

    35.00

    0.28

    7.89

    1.89

    1 cup

    43.75

    0.35

    9.86

    2.36

    Beans, snap, green, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt
    100g

    35.00

    0.28

    7.88

    1.89

    1 cup

    43.75

    0.35

    9.85

    2.36

    Beans, snap, green, frozen, all styles, unprepared
    100g

    33.00

    0.21

    7.58

    1.80

    1 cup

    40.92

    0.26

    9.40

    2.23

    1 package (10 oz)

    93.72

    0.60

    21.53

    5.11

    Beans, snap, green, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained without salt
    100g

    28.00

    0.17

    6.45

    1.49

    1 cup

    37.80

    0.23

    8.71

    2.01

    Beans, snap, green, frozen, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt
    100g

    28.00

    0.17

    6.45

    1.49

    1 cup

    37.80

    0.23

    8.71

    2.01

    Beans, snap, green, raw
    10 beans (4″ long)

    17.05

    0.07

    3.93

    1.00

    100g

    31.00

    0.12

    7.14

    1.82

    1 cup

    34.10

    0.13

    7.85

    2.00





    Green Beans Types – Chart


    Green beans are separated into two types — Pole beans vs bush beans. The varieties within these two types are listed below.

    Bush varieties:

    • Burpee’s Tenderpod- stingless green pod, harvest at 50 days, has 5-inch-long green pods.
    • Contender, 50 days (green)
    • Rocdor, 53 days (yellow)
    • Cherokee Wax, 55 days (yellow)
    • Golden Wax/Improved Golden Wax/Pencil Pod Black Wax/Top Notch, 55 days (yellow, heirloom)
    • Red Swan, 55 days (red)
    • Blue Lake 274, harvest at 58 days, has green, 61/2-inch pods with white seeds.
    • Maxibel, 59 days (green fillet)
    • Improved Commodore/Bush Kentucky Wonder, 60 days (green), 1945 AAS winner
    • Roma II, harvest at 59 days, has green romano, flattened pods, 41/2 inches long.
    • Brittle Wax, harvest at 52 days, has rounded, yellow pods, 7 inches long. Royal Burgundy, harvest at 51 days, has 6-inch-long purple pods.
    • Dragon’s Tongue, 60 days (streaked)
    • Festiva, harvest at 56 days, is deep green and disease resistant.
    • Soliel, harvest at 60 days, is a high-yielding yellow.

    Pole varieties:

    • Kentucky Wonder, harvest at 65 days, is a proved standard variety with heavy yields of 9-inch green pods.
    • Meraviglia di Venezia (Marvel of Venice), 54 days (yellow romano)
    • Fortex, 60 days (green fillet)
    • Kentucky Blue, 63 days (green), 1991 AAS winner
    • Old Homestead/Kentucky Wonder, 65 days (green, heirloom)
    • Rattlesnake, 73 days (streaked, heirloom)
    • Purple King, 75 days (purple)
    • Blue Lake, harvest at 60 days, has pods that are 6 inches long with white seeds.
    • Scarlet Runner Bean, harvest at 65 days, is often grown ornamentally for its scarlet flowers; pods are green and up to 12 inches long.

    Snap beans require a short growing season — about 60 days of moderate temperatures from seed to first crop. They grow anywhere in the United States and are an encouraging vegetable for the inexperienced gardener. Snap beans require warm soil to germinate and should be planted on the average date of last frost.

    You can plant bush beans every two weeks to extend the harvest, or you can start with bush beans and follow up with pole beans. Plant seeds an inch deep, directly in the garden. For bush beans, plant the seeds 2 inches apart in single rows or wide rows. Seeds of pole beans should be planted 4 to 6 inches apart in rows 30 to 36 inches apart. Or, plant them in inverted hills, five or six seeds to a hill, with 30 inches of space around each hill.

    For pole bean varieties, set the trellis at the time of planting to avoid disturbing the roots. Keep the soil evenly moist until the beans have pushed through the ground. When seedlings are growing well, thin the plants to 4 to 6 inches apart. Thin plants by cutting excess seedlings with scissors to avoid disturbing the roots of neighboring seedlings.

    Green, Wax, String, or Snap Beans: Green beans, wax beans, string beans, or snap beans are long and rounded. Most are green, but some are yellow or even purple. Heirloom varieties may still have a fibrous “string” running down their sides, but most varieties for sale today have had that inconvenience bred out of them. Steamed Green Beans are delicious with just a pat of butter and a sprinkle of salt. They are also delicious when turned into pickles.

    French Green Beans: These delicate green beans are very thin. They are usually green, but yellow varieties are out there, too. Many people consider them the best of the green beans, and they are priced accordingly.

    Purple string beans are simply purple version of classic green beans or wax beans. They loose their purple color when cooked, so consider them for raw recipes or lightly steam them and dip them into ice water to preserve as much of their color as possible.

    Romano beans are flat and wide and flavorful. Smaller ones tend to be more tender. Large ones will have more developed bean seeds inside. They require a bit more cooking, but have more flavor. Try them as Braised Green Beans to bring out their nutty sweet essence.

    Long Beans: Sometimes called yard-long beans, these beans are, in fact, a completely different family of plant from green beans. They are similar in flavor and look (except for their length) to green beans, however, and can be cooked in the same ways. Look for long beans between 12 and 18 inches long for the best flavor and tender texture.

    Dry Beans:

    Azuki (adzuki) – These small, dark red beans, native to the Orient, are thought to be useful in treating kidney ailments and other ills. They are loaded with nutrients and are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and vitamin A.

    Anasazi – Similar to pinto beans, these red and white speckled beans were originally grown by Native Americans. Try them tossed with noodles as a cold side salad or mixed with rice or quinoa as a complement to any meal.

    Black turtle – These small, compact black beans are especially popular in Mexican and Southwestern cooking. Fresh cilantro, crushed garlic, and a little hot sauce are all you need to transform a pot of black beans into a distinctive side dish or quick lunch.

    Black-eyed peas – Also known as cow peas, black-eyed peas are a southern staple. They are rich in potassium and phosphorus and loaded with fiber. Try them the traditional way, served with steamed greens and a splash of vinegar.

    Garbanzo (chickpeas) – Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas are a staple food in the Middle East and are high in potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin A. These round, pale yellow legumes are traditionally used to make hummus – a thick mixture of chickpeas and tahini used as a dip or spread – and they are also great with grains.

    Kidney Beans – These medium-sized red beans get their name from their distinctive shape. Kidney beans are a mainstay in Mexican meals, and they work equally well in soups and stews. Try mixing them with other cooked beans and tossing them in a light vinaigrette for a quick and easy, super nutritious salad.

    Lentils – A member of the pea family, these small, disk-shaped seeds have been found in excavations dating from the Bronze Age. These little legumes are nutritional dynamos – they are high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur and vitamin A – and are available in brown, red, and green varieties.

    Lima Beans – Lima beans have a distinctive flavor and are loaded with potassium, phosphorus and vitamin A. They take a little longer to cook, but they are worth the wait. Serve them hot, tossed with fresh basil or rosemary and a little olive oil.

    Mung Beans – These small, dark green beans are grown in India and the Orient. Sprouted, they are the mainstay of stir-fries and make a wonderful addition to salads. Try tossing a handful of sprouted mung beans in soups just before serving, or mix them with millet and a little ground cumin for a savory side dish.

    Navy Beans – The hefty size and hearty texture of these flavorful white beans makes them the perfect bean for soups and stews. Or try mixing them with diced carrots and slivers of green pepper for a hot side dish or cold salad.

    Split Peas – These flavorful members of the legume family come in both yellow and green varieties and make a wonderfully substantial soup that is easy to make and loaded with nearly any grain and are especially delicious with buckwheat or wild rice.

    Pinto Beans – Along with black turtle and kidney beans, pinto beans are a favorite from the Southwest. They are rich in calcium, potassium, and phosphorus, and they make great soups.

    Soybeans – The soybean has been a major source of food and oil in the Orient for thousand of years, but it was unknown in Europe and America until 1900. The soybean is the only legume that’s a complete protein by itself, and it is the most versatile bean around – you will find soybeans in a variety of forms, from dried or toasted soybeans to tofu, miso, tempeh and tamari.

    In general, beans are warm-season annuals (although the roots of tropical species tend to be perennial) that grow erect (bush types) or as vines (pole or running types). Field beans are mostly the bush type and are used as stock feed. This has also become the principal use of the ancient large-seeded broad bean (called also the horse or Windsor bean), still widely grown in Europe but seldom as food for humans.

    The common garden beans comprise several bush types and most of the pole types; the most often cultivated and most varied species, P. vulgata, is familiar as both types. P. vulgata is the French haricot and the Spanish frijole. String beans, snap beans, green and yellow wax beans, and some kidney beans are eaten as whole pods; several kidney beans, pinto beans, pea beans, and many other types are sold as mature dry seeds. The lima or butter beans (P. lunatus, including the former P. limensis), usually pole but sometimes bush types, have a long history; they have been found in prehistoric Peruvian graves. The sieva is a type of lima. The scarlet runner (P. multiflorus), grown in Europe for food, is mainly an ornamental vine in North America. The tepary (P. acutifolius latifolius), a small variety long grown by Indians in the SW United States, has been found better suited to hot, arid climates and is more prolific than the frijole.

    Other beans are the hyacinth bean or lablab Dolichos lablab, grown in E Asia and the tropics for forage and food and cultivated in North America as an ornamental vine; the asparagus bean or yard-long bean Vigna sesquipedalis, grown in E Asia for food but often cultivated in the West as a curiosity; and the velvet bean Stizolobium, cultivated in the S United States as a forage and cover crop. The carob, the cowpea or black-eyed pea, and the chickpea or garbanzo are among the many other legumes sometimes considered beans. The sacred bean of India is the seed of the Indian lotus (of the water lily family).

    Soya beans: These are rich source of proteins. They can be used in preparing delicious dishes. You can extract milk from these beans. Soya milk is healthy and tasty.

    Kidney beans: These are most popular beans and widely used in North Indian cuisine. These beans are soaked over night and then cooked. These beans good for women who are going to reach their menpause state.

    White beans: These are widely used in south-Indian cuisine. They are generally used with cauliflower, brinjal, reddish and tomato.

    Black eye beans: They are rich in taste. These are generally prepared by soaking them in water overnight. Tomato and black eye bean combination is very tasty.

    Other varieties are:

    • Pitto beans
    • Cranberry beans
    • Azuki bean
    • Lima bean
    • Black bean
    • Red bean

    Caution: These beans must be cooked thoroughly to prevent toxins. That is why we need to soak them overnight and then cook on pressure for 5 to 6 whistles.

    There are many different varieties of beans, Below is a list of all the different types of beans from around the world:-

    1, Black-eyed peas, also known as; Field peas, cow peas, cream peas, Jerusalem peas, ton kin peas, crowed peas, and marble peas. These are small and shaped like kidneys with a black patch.

    2.  Cranberry beans, these are oval with a nutty flavor.

    3. Fava beans, which are long sometimes nearly 18 inches long, they are also known as broad beans, horse beans, and Windsor beans.

    4. Lima beans, these were named after the capital of Peru.

    5. Ford-hook Lima’s, also known as sieve beans, butter beans, civet beans, saawee beans and sugar beans.

    6. Baby Lima’s.

    7. Soya beans.

    Most beans that people use today are canned or dried. They should be used regular as part of a healthy diet. They are high in dietry fibre and complex carbohydrates. Soya beans are the only beans that are a complete source of protein.

    There are numerous types of beans, but very few were known before the discovery of the Americas. Broad (fava) beans, soy, mung, lentil and French haricot were the main beans known to the ‘Old World’, and they are still extremely important beans in much of the world.

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    String/Green Beans Salad

    1 frozen whole string bean
    olive oil
    wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint (or 1 Tbsp dried)
    1/2 teaspoon oregano
    1 garlic clove (thinly sliced or chopped)
    salt & pepper

  • Cook your string beans and then cool in cold water.
  • Add oil and vinegar as you would for any salad.
  • Toss.
  • Add 1 thinly sliced or minced clove of garlic.
  • Shake on some oregano (to taste).
  • Add fresh (or dried) cut up mint leaves. Chill thoroughly.
  • If needed add salt & pepper to taste.
  • Cucumber, String Bean and Olive Salad

    kosher salt for boiling
    1/2 lb string bean
    2 cucumbers (1 1/4 pounds)
    1/4 lb  black olive, pitted, cut in half
    1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    fresh ground pepper
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    bowl ice water (for green beans)

  • Boil string beans in salted water 3-4 minutes or until just tender.
  • Remove then Cool in bowl of ice water.
  • Drain then cut green beans in half lengthwise.
  • Peel cucumbers, cut in half and remove seeds.
  • Cut into ½-inch-thick slices on the diagonal.
  • Combine cucumbers, string beans, olives, and parsley leaves in a medium bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together mustard, red-wine vinegar, and salt and pepper.
  • Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly until well combined.
  • Toss everything together before serving.
  • Easy & Fast–Market Place Campbells String Bean Casserole

  • 1 can string beans, drained
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 can Swanson chicken, chunky
    Durkee onion rings
    1/2 c. milk

    Combine all ingredients except onion rings. Put in a casserole dish. Sprinkle with onion rings and bake 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes until bubbly.

  • Green Bean Bake Recipe

    1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
    1/2 cup milk
    1 teaspoon soy sauce
    pepper (optional)
    4 cups fresh green beans, cut in half,cooked until just crisp
    1 can French-fried onions

  • In a 1 1/2 qt casserole mix soup, milk, soy& pepper.
  • Stir in beans and 1/2 can fried onions.
  • Bake 350 for 25 minutes.
  • Top with remaining 1/2 can of fried onions.
  • Brown for 5 minutes more.
  • Beans Casserole

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 large onion, sliced
    1 medium carrot, sliced
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon white sugar
    1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    6 fresh mushrooms, sliced
    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup water
    1 tablespoon tomato paste
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 (14.5 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    ground black pepper to taste
    1/2 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut into
    1/2 inch thick slices
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and carrot; cook and stir until onion is tender and transparent. Stir in the sugar, red pepper and mushrooms and continue to cook until onion is browned.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir to blend. Cook for 1 minute then mix in the water and tomato paste. Season with basil and thyme. Mix in the beans and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased casserole dish.
  • Pour the remaining oil into a shallow dish. Dip one side of each slice of bread in the oil, then arrange on top of the casserole with the oiled side up. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bread and cheese are toasted.
  • Recipe for String Bean Casserole

    This Green Bean and Potato Casserole recipe makes 6-8 servings. To add even more flavor, crumble a few slices of bacon and add near the end of the cooking time.

    2 16-oz. packages frozen cut green beans
    5 medium red-skinned potatoes
    1 large onion, sliced
    1 teaspoon dried dill weed
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
    Margarine

  • Slice potatoes a quarter-inch thick.
  • Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Layer sliced potatoes, sliced onion and green beans in crockpot, sprinkling with dill, salt and pepper as you go.
  • Dot with margarine, about 1 tablespoon total, and add about 2 tablespoons of water.
  • Cover; cook on high 4 hours.
  • Stir in soup, reduce heat to low and cook an additional 30 minutes.




  • Winter Squash Recipes-Healthy


    Squash Stew

    Peeling the squash is quite tricky, but I have found that a carrot peeler is the most useful tool for this job. Serve with pita bread

    Ingredients:
    * 3 tablespoons olive oil
    * 1 large white onion, diced
    * 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    * 2 tablespoons chili powder
    * 4 cloves crushed garlic
    * 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
    * 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    * 4 large tomatoes – peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
    * 1 medium acorn squash, peeled and diced
    * 1 cup pinto beans, cooked or canned
    * 1 cup water
    * salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:

    1.  In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil and saute the onion for a few minutes. Add the cinnamon and chili powder and continue to saute for another 2 minutes. Mix in the garlic and cumin seeds, saute for 2 minutes more before adding lemon juice and the tomatoes. Mix thoroughly so the stew doesn’t get too chunky.
    2.  Stir the squash, pinto beans and water into the stew. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the stew simmer for 1 hour, or until squash is tender. Stirring occasionally throughout the cooking hour, and add more water if necessary. The finished stew should have a nice, thick stewy texture.
    3.  Heat a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Place one piece of pita bread at a time into the skillet. When one side of the pita bread gets hot, flip the bread over and heat the other side; approximately 1 minute of cooking per side. Serve the stew with the heated pita bread.

    Pumpkin and Butternut Creamed Soup

    I serve this soup in mini halved roasted pumpkins. A blend of squash, cream, spices and sprinkled Asiago cheese is sure to warm your heart and soul.

    Ingredients:
    *6 cups cubed butternut squash
    *6 cups cubed butternut squash
    *2 tablespoons butter
    *3 carrots, chopped
    *1 large onion, chopped
    *1 cup chopped celery
    *1 cup heavy cream
    *1 cup sour cream
    *8 cups chicken broth
    *1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
    *1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    *salt to taste
    *6 small sugar pumpkins, halved and seeded
    *1 cup grated Asiago cheese, divided

    Directions:
    1.  Place the butternut squash cubes in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain off water, and set the squash aside.
    2.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
    3.  Melt the butter in a large skillet, then cook the carrots, onion, and celery until tender, about 10 minutes. Place the vegetables, cooked butternut squash, cream, and sour cream into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth, working in batches if necessary. Transfer the blended vegetables to a soup pot; stir in the chicken broth, nutmeg, black pepper, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, then simmer gently for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4.  While the soup is simmering, place the pumpkin halves, cut sides up, on the prepared baking sheet, and bake in the preheated oven until the pumpkin flesh is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Start the broiler, and place the pumpkin halves under the broiler about 6 inches from the heat source to brown the cut side of the pumpkins, if desired. Place a pumpkin bowl into a decorate soup plate; serve soup in the pumpkin bowls, and sprinkle each serving with Asiago cheese.

    Acorn Squash Soup

    The attractive rich yellow, thick and creamy soup is especially enjoyable during the cool nights of Indian summer.

    Ingredients:
    * 1 small onion
    * 1/4 cup chopped celery
    * 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
    * 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    * 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
    * 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
    * 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
    * dash cayenne pepper
    * 2 cups chicken broth
    * 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
    * 3 cups mashed cooked acorn squash
    * salt and pepper to taste
    * 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

    Directions:
    1.  In a large saucepan, saute the onion and celery in butter. Stir in flour, bouillon, dill, curry and cayenne until blended. Gradually add broth and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add the squash, salt and pepper; heat through.
    2.  In a blender, process the soup in batches until smooth. Pour into bowls; garnish with bacon.

    Spaghetti Squash

    The flesh of spaghetti squash comes out in long strands, very much resembling the noodles for which it is named. In this recipe, the ‘noodles’ are tossed with vegetables and feta cheese. You can substitute different vegetables, but be sure to use ones that have contrasting colors.

    Ingredients:
    * 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
    * 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    * 1 onion, chopped
    * 1 clove garlic, minced
    * 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
    * 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    * 3 tablespoons sliced black olives
    * 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
    2. Place spaghetti squash cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled.
    3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook only until tomatoes are warm.
    4. Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash, and place in a medium bowl. Toss with the sauteed vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm.

    Seasonings and Foods to use with Winter squash: butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, chicken, couscous, garlic, honey, lamb, maple syrup, olive oil, onion, rosemary, sage, thyme

    Preparation: Wash thoroughly under cool running water before cutting. Carefully cut in half and remove the seeds.

    Bake: Place squash halves cut-side down in a pan with some water and bake at 400°F for approximately 30 minutes until soft and tender.

    Steam: Carefully peel squash and cut into chunks. Place in a steamer basket in a pan of boiling water and cover. Steam squash for approximately 15-20 minutes or until tender.

    Baked: This vegetable is a flavorful side dish when baked with butter and brown sugar or maple syrup. Another option, for a less sweet dish, is to bake it with olive oil and herbs.

    Stuffed Squash: The halves can be stuffed with other vegetables or meat or a combination of both vegetables and meat and then baked until tender and cooked through.

    Pasta Dish: Substitute baked spaghetti squash for regular pasta. After cooking, simply take a fork and pull the squash away from the shell. It will come out in strands similar to pasta. Toss with a little olive oil, your favorite pasta sauce and fresh grated cheese.



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    Recipes For Squash Soup


    Cream of Squash Soup

    This soup could also be made with zucchini or broccoli.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 pounds yellow summer squash
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 medium onion, sliced
    • 1/4 lemon, sliced, seeds removed
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 6 cups chicken broth
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
    • 3 to 4 grinds of fresh nutmeg or dash of ground nutmeg
    • 1 cup heavy cream

    Preparation:
    Wash and trim squash. Slice, reserving 8 very thin slices for garnish. In a large saucepan, melt butter; gently saute onion and lemon. Sprinkle with flour and cook slowly, stirring, until flour is absorbed. Add chicken broth gradually, then sliced squash, salt and pepper. Simmer for 1 hour. Puree soup in blender or food processor. Add nutmeg. To heat, stir in cream with a wire whisk and cook over low heat. Do not allow to boil. Garnish cream of squash soup with reserved squash slices.
    Squash soup serves 8.

    Pumpkin Soup Recipe

    A wonderful pumpkin soup recipe made with steamed pumpkin, cream or milk, maple syrup, butter, and nutmeg.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 pounds fresh pumpkin, peeled, cut into chunks, seeds removed
    • 3 cups milk or half-and-half, scalded
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

    Preparation:
    Steam the fresh pumpkin until tender; mash or puree. Stir into the hot milk; stir the remaining ingredients. Heat through and serve immediately.
    Serves 6.

    Summer Squash Bake

    A summer squash casserole recipe.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/4 cup chopped onions
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 3 hard cooked eggs, chopped
    • 3 summer squash, diced, about 3 cups
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/3 cup half-and-half
    • 1/4 cup soft bread crumbs tossed with 1 tablespoons melted butter

    Preparation:
    In a saucepan, sauté onion in butter. In a large bowl, combine onions and butter with summer squash and chopped hard cooked eggs. Place squash mixture in a greased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Mix beaten eggs with half-and-half; pour over squash in casserole. Sprinkle top with buttered bread crumbs. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Serves 6.

    Stuffed Summer Squash

    Baked stuffed summer squash recipe, with sausage and onion, along with bread crumbs and seasonings.

    Ingredients:

    • 4 to 6 medium yellow squash
    • 4 ounces fresh sausage
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • 2 slices fresh bread, crumbled
    • seasoned salt, to taste

    Preparation:
    Boil squash whole until just tender; remove and carefully split lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out pulp, taking care not to break shells. Set pulp aside. Place squash shells in a baking dish.In skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage with onion. Add salt and pepper to taste; remove from heat. Add squash pulp, bread crumbs, and seasoned salt. Add a little water if the mixture is too dry.Stuff squash shells with the sausage mixture; bake at 375° until browned.
    Serves 6 to 8.

    Summer Squash Pancakes

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups grated yellow summer squash or zucchini
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
    • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
    • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 cup biscuit mix
    • dash pepper
    • milk, as needed

    Preparation:
    Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add enough milk as necessary to make a thin pancake-like batter. Drop by spoonfuls onto hot oiled griddle or skillet. Turn over when bottom is golden and cook until browned on both sides.



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    Summer Squash Types


    Summer Squash Types:

    One of the best things about summer squash versus winter squash is that they are completely edible, the skin, seeds and flesh, which means they can be eaten raw. However, summer squash are much more fragile than winter squash and do not keep as long. There are many varieties of summer squash to choose from, the most commonly found are:

    Zucchini: Zucchini can be dark or light green, and generally have a similar shape to a ridged cucumber. A related hybrid, the golden zucchini is a deep yellow or orange color. When used for food, zucchini are usually picked when under 8 in. in length, when the seeds are still soft and immature. Mature zucchini can be as much as three feet long, but the larger ones are often fibrous and not appetizing to eat.

    Yellow Squash:  It has mildly sweet and watery flesh and thin tender skins that for many recipes don’t need to be peeled off.  The squash grows on vined plants reaching 2 to 3 ft in height that thrive in mild weather.  It is often used in recipes interchangeably with zucchini in which it is fried, microwaved, steamed, boiled, or baked.

    Pattypan: Its small size, round and shallow shape, and scalloped edges, somewhat resembles a small toy top, or flying saucer. Pattypan comes in yellow, green, and white varieties. The squash is most tender when relatively immature; it is generally served when it is no more than two to three inches in diameter.

    Summer Crookneck Squash: They have bumpy, yellow skin and sweet flesh. The taste is closer to winter squashes than to summer squashes, although it is a short-season bearer.  The squash taste best when harvested at approximately 6 inches in length

    Straightneck Squash: Also called yellow zucchini, good-quality yellow Straightneck should be firm, smooth-skinned and small in size. The surface will shiny and bright yellow in color. Large squash will be less tender than smaller product.

    Winter Squash Types:

    Winter squash comes in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Some of the more well-known squashes are:

    Acorn: A smaller variety with ridged skin and color ranging from a beige or buff to orange to dark green. It is one of the most widely available and has sweet and smooth-tasting flesh with a somewhat stringy texture.

    Buttercup: This is a square and stocky variety with a turban-shaped top that becomes bigger as the squash matures. It is green in color with orange flesh that is somewhat dry and dense with a taste that is similar to sweet potatoes with a nutty flavor, as well.

    Butternut: A very good all-purpose squash with a soft beige color, wide bottom and thick, narrow neck. The neck is solid flesh while the wider bottom contains the seed cavity. When cooked, the flesh is bright orange, firm, moist and has a creamy texture.

    Hubbard: This is a very large squash with extremely hard skin. They have an irregular shape with tapered ends and blue-gray skin. The flesh is very moist and dense and is good for pie-making.

    Kabocha: A smaller variety, kabocha ranges in color from orange to green and is rough-skinned with very dense flesh. The flavor of this squash is rich and sweet when cooked.

    Pumpkin: This variety ranges in size from quite small to very large, the smaller sizes containing sweet, firm flesh. It has a round shape and orange color and is popular for making Jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween.

    Spaghetti: An oblong shaped variety with a thin, hard shell and golden yellow skin. The flesh is very fibrous, resembling spaghetti when cooked, with a sweet and mild taste. The larger this squash becomes, the thicker the fibrous strands of the flesh will be.



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    Easy Summer Squash Recipes


    Pan-Seared Summer Squash

    3 tbsp olive oil
    2 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tsp lemon zest
    2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
    ¼ tsp salt
    2 large summer squash

    For the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon
    juice, lemon zest, fresh basil and salt. Slice squash into large
    rounds. Warm a 10-inch skillet (cast iron is best) until very hot.
    Place squash in pan and sear over high heat, until blackened, 2 to
    3 minutes. Flip onto other side and sear additional 2 to 3 minutes,
    until both sides are blackened. Place squash on a large platter.
    Spoon vinaigrette over squash and serve warm.

    Summer Squash Bites

    1 cup grated cheese
    25 wheat crackers, crushed
    Chopped basil
    3 summer squash, cut into ½ -inch-thick rounds
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp lime juice
    ½ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

    Preheat oven to 425F. In a medium bowl, toss together cheese,
    cracker crumbs and basil. In a large bowl, toss together squash,
    oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Arrange squash in a 9 x 13 inch
    casserole dish. Scatter cheese mixture evenly over the top and
    bake until melted and golden brown and squash is just tender for
    about 20 minutes.

    Summer Squash Corn Waffles

    1 cup flour
    ¼ cup corn meal
    1 ½ tsp baking powder
    ¼ tsp dried basil
    ¼ tsp baking soda
    ¼ tsp salt
    1/8 tsp pepper
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 cup shredded summer squash
    ½ cup cottage cheese
    1 large egg, lightly beaten

    Combine flour with the next 5 ingredients. Combine buttermilk and
    next 5 ingredients. Incorporate the wet and dry ingredients together. Coat waffle iron with nonstick spray and spoon in the batter Cook for 5-6 minutes or until steaming stops.

    Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup
    Low-fat cooking spray
    3 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
    2 cups carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
    1 large leek, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced
    2 14-1/2 oz. cans low-sodium chicken stock
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/4 cup 1% milk
    Salt to taste
    Sprig of rosemary for garnish

    -Spray a large saucepan with low-fat cooking spray and heat pan to medium-high heat. Add squash, carrots and leeks and cook, uncovered for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    -Add broth, pepper, and nutmeg then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
    – Place a third of the soup mixture in a food processor, cover and process until smooth. Repeat with remaining soup and then return to saucepan. Bring to boiling, reduce heat then stir in milk. Add salt to taste.
    -Serve soup garnished with a sprig of rosemary (optional.)

    Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup

    1 butternut squash, halved and seeded
    1 acorn squash, halved and seeded
    3 tablespoons butter
    1/4 cup chopped sweet onion (I omitted)
    1 quart chicken broth
    1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened (I omitted the cream cheese and used a bit of milk and a splash of cream instead)
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    ground cinnamon to taste (optional)
    fresh parsley, for garnish

    -Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the squash halves cut side down in a baking dish. Bake 45 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Scoop the pulp from the skins. Discard skins.
    -Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion until tender.
    -In a blender or food processor, blend the squash pulp, onion, broth, brown sugar, cream cheese, pepper, and cinnamon until smooth. -This may be done in several batches.
    -Transfer the soup to a pot over medium heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Garnish with parsley, and serve warm.




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    Fresh Pumpkin Recipe


    Pumpkin Puree
    Peel pumpkin and remove seeds. Dice the pumpkin flesh then stew in a saucepan until soft. Mash it and squeeze it through a sieve. Discard the residue. Pumpkin puree can then be frozen in half-pint portions for later use in pies or soup.

    Pumpkin Pie
    4 oz short crust pastry
    half-pint pumpkin puree
    2 eggs
    half-pint milk
    1/4 cup sugar
    dash of nutmeg
    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    Make the pastry and line a pie plate. Beat the eggs; add the milk, sugar, flavorings and pumpkin puree. Stir well and pour into the pie shell. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes, then finish cooking at 350 F for at least 20- 25 minutes, or until filling is set. Allow to cool before eating. May be served with cream and stored in the refrigerator.

    Pumpkin Pancakes
    Pumpkin puree (see  recipe above)
    1 tbsp plain flour
    2 large eggs
    1/4 teaspoon sugar
    dash of salt
    pepper to taste
    vegetable oil for frying

    In a medium bowl mix flour, eggs, sugar , salt and pepper to a very thick batter. Add to mashed pumpkin and mix very well. Taste for seasoning.

    Heat oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup of mixture, flattening or spreading each out for about 2 minutes or until golden brown on each side. Turn carefully using slotted spatulas. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve hot or at room temperature.

    Pumpkin Marmalade
    3 pounds of pumpkin, peeled and diced
    grated rind and juice of 3 lemons
    about 5 cups of sugar

    Boil the pumpkin until it is tender, drain well and mash thoroughly. Add the grated lemon rinds and juice and put it all into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Boil for 20 minutes or until thick and pour into sterile jars. This is quite runny marmalade, so use pectin if you want it more jelly-like.

    Spicy pumpkin soup
    2 tablespoons margarine
    1 large onion chopped
    1 1/2 cups chicken stock
    3 cups pumpkin puree
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 cup non-fat evaporated milk or long life
    1. Heat margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat, add onion and cook for 2 minutes.
    2. Add the stock , pumpkin puree and nutmeg. Simmer gently until mixture boils.
    3. (a) Stir in milk and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.
    (b) alternatively, leave out the milk and add freshly-cooked skinless frankfurters (chopped up) and serve.



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    Recipes Using Sun Dried Tomatoes


    How to Use Sun Dried Tomatoes:

    If you have not read my article on:

    Storing Garden Produce #4- How to Make Sun Dried Tomatoes at Home

    Please do so now

    It will help you to preserve Your Sun Dried Tomatoes. I have also included ways of Drying Tomatoes in Dehydrator.

    But I will have to say that the best sun dried tomatoes are truly “sun dried!”

    One of my most favorite recipes for enjoying Sun Dried Tomatoes is preserving them in Olive Oil. My Grandma Hazel passed this recipe down to me years ago.   G-Ma Hazel also showed me how to add my Sun Dried Tomatoes to other ingredience to make them absolutely scrumptious! G-Ma Hazel has long since passed, but her memory lives on with her wisdom on gardening….Thank you G-Ma Hazel- I miss you dearly!

    Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil:

    Ingredients:

    * 3-4 cups of olive oil depending upon the size of your canning jar.
    * Fresh Basil- a good amount of leaves for layering
    * 4-5 cloves of minced garlic
    * ½ cup of dried Oregano
    * Kosher Salt
    * 3-5 pounds of Sun Dried Tomatoes.

    Start by taking a large wide mouth mason jar, you can use a pint size too, and thoroughly wash and dry. Sterilize the jar if you like. Next, begin layering your unseasoned sun dried tomatoes in the jar in the following order:

    * layer of tomatoes
    * dash of kosher salt
    * pinch of garlic
    * pinch of dried oregano
    * and a layer of fresh basil leaves

    Repeat the above process until you are nearly to the top of the jar. Do not over stuff the jar due to filling the jar with the olive oil. Top off the jar with the olive oil, screw the lid with a rubber gasket securely in place, then store the jar in a cool, dark cupboard or pantry. You will need to let the tomatoes cure for at least a week before enjoying them. This allows the oil to soften the tomatoes and allows the spices to penetrate the tomatoes for flavoring.

    I enjoy this recipe with a nice glass of white wine along with sharp cheese on rye crackers. They also go great with fish such as cod, flounder or salmon.

    Salmon Bake with Basil and Sun Dried Tomatoes

    * 2 Tbsp. olive oil
    * 1 cup chopped leeks –both the green and white parts
    * 3 cloves of garlic, minced
    * ½ cup sun dried tomatoes, snipped into thin strips
    * 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
    * Pinch of ground nutmeg
    * 3 Tbsp. lemon juice or dry white wine
    * 4 salmon fillets
    * Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 425. In a large skillet, heat the oil and sauté the leeks and garlic over low heat until they are soft. Stir in the tomatoes, basil, nutmeg and heat the mixture through. Add the lemon juice or wine and cook for an additional minute more.

    Oil a baking dish large enough to hold the fish fillets, making sure they are in a single layer. Put in the fillets, then spoon the heated mixture over the fish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake uncover for 15 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork.

    Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pasta:

    Pesto

    * 1 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes
    * ½ cup chicken stock
    * ¼ cup olive oil
    * ½ cup parmesan cheese
    * 2 cloves garlic, minced
    * 3 green onions, chopped
    * 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
    * freshly cooked pasta

    Place the sun dried tomatoes, stock, oil, cheese and garlic in a blender or food processor. Bend until smooth. Pour over fresh hot pasta. Sprinkle with green onions and pine nuts.

    Ingredients
    * 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    * 1/2 cup sour cream
    * 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    * 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and patted dry
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    * 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
    * 2 green onions, sliced
    * Assorted crackers and/or fresh vegetables
    Directions
    * Place the first seven ingredients in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Add green onions; cover and pulse until finely chopped. Serve with crackers and/or vegetables. Yield: 2 cups.

    Sun-Dried Tomato Dip Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    * 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    * 1/2 cup sour cream
    * 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    * 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and patted dry
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    * 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
    * 2 green onions, sliced
    * Assorted crackers and/or fresh vegetables

    Directions

    Place the first seven ingredients in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Add green onions; cover and pulse until finely chopped. Serve with crackers and/or vegetables. Yield: 2 cups.

    Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Ball:

    Ingredients

    * 3 scoop Cream Cheese (8 oz) softened
    * 1 Dried Red Tomatoes (7 oz)
    * 1/4 cup Oil
    * 1 organic tomatoes – drained
    * 1 clove Organic Garlic
    * 2 teaspoons Dried Basil
    * 1/2 cup Pine Nuts coarsely chopped
    * 1 Almonds (or more) toasted

    Directions

    Process the first 5 ingredients in a bowl with a fork or whisk until smooth. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. Next, shape a 1/2 cup of the mixture into a ball; roll in toasted pine nuts or almonds, pressing gently to make sure  the  nuts adhere. Repeat procedure with remaining mixture and nuts. Wrap each ball individually with plastic wrap.  Then Chill.

    Store Cheese Ball with Marinated Dried Tomatoes in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Serve with unsalted crackers or veggies.

    Sun Dried Tomato Popcorn:

    * 2 Tbsp. corn oil
    * 2 Tbsp. olive oil
    * 2 cloves garlic, split
    * ¾ cup popping corn- I prefer white popping corn
    * salt
    * ¼ cup grated provolone
    * 6 finely chopped oil cured sun dried tomatoes
    * 1 tablespoon oil from the tomatoes
    * 12 finely chopped basil leaves
    * Cayenne pepper

    In a large heavy pot, heat the corn and olive oils over high heat, until the oil starts to smoke. Add 1 kernel of the popping corn and heat until the kernel pops. Add the split garlic and the remainder of the popping corn, cover the pot and shake gently until the corn starts to really pop. Shake until popping stops. Remove from heat and remove the garlic. Toss the popcorn with the remaining ingredients.



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    ReVisit Your Local Farmers Market


    It’s not too late in the season to bring back those childhood memories. You all remember, you might still notice those colorful road side displays even today: “Farmers Market-Held Today ” or the “U-Pick” road side signs that beckon the traveler to come in and try their hand at finding the best produce in the field or market. A child hood experience long forgotten…but has been brought back from the past in the local weekly Farmers Market…. It still awakens a desire in most of us to “get back to the basics, our roots.”

    My best experiences growing up were when my folks would pile all of us kids into the back of the station wagon and drive the back roads… searching for that next “colorful road-sign” to beckon us in. When found, we would then reap our rewards by filling buckets full of strawberries, blueberries or blackberries. To this day, my family still reminisces about those adventures.

    The next week was spent in the kitchen, preserving all of our tasty finds…stuffing our mouths and bellies full of those sweet delicious berries or anticipating the enjoyment to follow through out the coming months. There was still enough leftover to be given away as holiday gifts. A long day forgotten memory in today’s world, but treasured in our hearts forever.

    In these economic times, most local communities hold those ‘memories of days gone by” in their weekly Farmers Market, typically on Saturday mornings. More and more people are becoming aware of obtaining a more self-sufficient lifestyle- especially in the area of gardening. We have seen a boom in local Farmers’ markets. The USDA reports a 28 percent increase in Farmers’ markets between 2007 through 2009. That is because there is a growing concern about where our food comes from and how it is grown! People are coming back to the basics. You will also find that the prices at your local area Farmers Market have been drastically reduced since times past. Today, sweet corn goes for $2/doz. Five years ago, you could only purchase 6 ears for that price. Prices are coming down…especially in the area of produce.

    I have always found a feeling of excitement at my local Farmers’ market. Typically a local band is playing music all amongst the exchange of pleasantries with the local farmers. It always gives a feeling of celebration! The festivities sometimes allow you to find an “expert or two” in some form of gardening advice offering a lecture on growing herbs, perhaps a food demonstration or a particular class on food preservation. A Farmers Market is a great leaning experience….But most importantly, you know you are purchasing fresh produce if you purchase produce that is locally grown and helping out your local community as well. Produce is also loaded with tons of vitamins, minerals, and fiber making it much easier to get your recommended daily dose of fruits and vegetables.

    If you are not able to grow your own garden vegetables, herbs, and fruits…why not check out your local farmers Market for this much sought after commodity. You will find that the prices are much less expensive than in the commercial supermarkets. Besides: It is American Made— better yet—locally made! Since the product is naturally grown, they contain less preservatives…which means more overall health for your entire family. Be sure to check out your local area newspaper for listings within your community to surround yourself with nature’s plentiful bounty.



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    When & How To Prune Rose Bushes


    If not properly pruned, rose bushes can develop into a large tangled mess and produce small, inferior blooms. If you would like to grow an attractive, well shaped, sizable rose bush that produces large lovely blooms, then follow the rose gardening tips outlined below.

    Pruning your rose bushes at the right time of year can be just as important as how you prune. Rose bushes go dormant during the colder months and should not be pruned until they come out of this stage. This could be as early as January in warmer climates or as late as April in colder regions. In colder climates, it is best not to prune until all traces of frost has disappeared.

    Another important aspect to consider when rose bush trimming is the proper use of hand garden tools. A good set of pruning shears as well as good quality leather garden gloves, is a definite must have. The shears must be sharp, otherwise you will risk tearing your stems instead of just cutting them. A well lubricated, fine toothed, sharp, cutting saw is ideal to use on the older, much larger stems.

    You never want to cut your stems straight across. Always cut at an angle between 40 to 65 degrees. Additionally, make sure that the shear’s cutting blade is on the underneath side of the stem in order to produce a clean cut. Always cut upward. This way, any injury to the plant will be on the upper part of the stem. Try to make all cuts at about one quarter inch from a strong outside bud union or eye, the eye is where the new growth stems form.

    It is also a good idea to have some type of sealer or pruning paint to seal the larger cuts. Just apply the pruning sealer to the cut ends immediately after shearing. This will aid in the healing process and it will also help keep the insects out as well as eliminating any possiblity of disease.

    Take special care in the amount that you prune at any given time. This will all depend upon what you are trying to accomplish and on how well established the plant is. Moderate pruning, leaving 5 or more stems of up to 24 inches in length, will produce a large bush with nice, moderately sized, blooms. Light pruning, stems 3 to 4 feet in length, will produce an even larger bush but with smaller blooms on shorter stems. Light pruning is good for new or weaker plants. Heavy pruning, 3 to 4 stems from 6 to 12 inches in length will produce the largest, showiest blooms, however if the plant is too new or weak you may end up reducing the plants life span. It is best to wait until the rose bush has matured when applying the heavy pruning method.

    When pruning roots, remove all suckers. Suckers are shoots that grow from the root stock. This is different from the grafted bush. Suckers may eventually take over the plant completely and kill the bush, so it is very important that they be removed.You can recognize a sucker when you see that it is coming from below the bud union and by the different leaf form and color. Always pull the sucker off rather than cutting it as cutting will stimulate growth again. Pulling if off causes the wound to form a callous.

    Additionally when plant pruning, cut out all weak, spindly and deformed stems, and if possible cut out branches growing toward the center of the bush. If stems cross each other, remove the weaker one. Proper shaping and pruning makes for a lovelier bush and allows proper air circulation which will produce a much healthier plant.



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    Wedding Orchids


    One of the most important aspects regarding a wedding is probably the wedding flowers. Not only do they add visual interest to that special day but they add a certain elegance and a statement about the couple themselves. One traditional and probably the most popular wedding flower chosen is the orchid.  There are so many different varieties and colors to choose from that any couple would be hard pressed not to find exactly what they are looking for.

    There are several ways orchids can be used in a wedding ceremony.  One way of course is in the bouquet.  What makes the orchid the perfect flower for a wedding bouquet is it’s color and scent.  Most wedding bouquets typically feature a white or off-white colored orchid, which are usually in great supply. However, when choosing a scent, a strong scented flower might be out of the question since many people suffer from allergies.  This could create a difficult situation when holding fresh flowers so close to one’s nose.

    Many people may not know that there are meanings behind a flower’s name and they stand for particular things.  For instance, roses embody love.  Lilacs and daisies stand for innocence.  Blue hydrangeas stand for loyalty and friendship.  The flowers that are picked for a wedding send a message as well.  Orchids portray beauty and that’s definitely something every bride and groom wants their wedding to be.  Beauty goes beyond looks; it can further accentuate the beauty of one’s life, their relationship and the tradition and ceremonies themselves.  With so many beautiful things about a wedding, orchids are a wonderful flower of choice.

    Centerpieces on the tables are another great aspect of wedding orchids.  While some of the concerns regarding allergies and strong scents should be taken into consideration, there are several reasons why orchids would make the perfect flower in these arrangements.  Orchids are tough as nails.  Although they are sensitive to cold and may bruise or drop blooms with rough handling, they are however resistant to moisture loss and heat. For the happy couple who plan a summer wedding this brings great news. Orchids also are great for centerpieces due to their height.  Some types of orchids can grow quite tall making the centerpiece truly the center of attention.

    Being able to buy orchids in bulk means that you are also able to cut costs and go right to the source of the growers rather then paying for all the times that the flowers have to change hands. If you are planning on doing things yourself and incorporating orchids into not only the bouquets and the centerpieces but also other aspects of the decorations, then buying orchids in bulk is definitely the way to go.  Additionally, orchids are available year round depending upon their variety.



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    Orchid Watering Tips


    Orchids have quickly become a favorite among houseplants due to their gorgeous blooms and their variety in species, colors and sizes. Like any other plant, orchids require the correct growing conditions in order to thrive. Part of offering your orchid the right growing conditions is giving your orchid the right amount of water. Since the amount of water required for your orchid can vary between different species of orchids, it is important to research your particular plant. But, it is helpful to understand orchids in general and where they come from.

    Orchid plants are typically found in tropical areas of the globe. The areas where many orchid plants are found receive a tremendous amount of rain. It can also be very humid in their native habitats. In fact, the ideal humidity level for most orchid plants is 80%. Considering that a room that is kept at 80% humidity would be extremely uncomfortable for most human beings, you need to find other strategies in order to keep your orchids happy and healthy. An easy way to humidify your orchids is to provide them with a constant supply of water. Orchid owners can purchase a deep saucer and some pebbles. You should pour the pebbles into the saucer. Set your orchid pot on top of the pebbles within the saucer and then water the pebbles. Make sure that the water never touches the actual orchid pot. By doing this you are able to set up an artificial high-humidity climate around your orchids.

    One of the biggest mistakes that people make when caring for orchids is over watering them. Generally it is assumed by some owners that when the potting soil looks dry, the plant needs to be watered. This is not true especially when it comes to orchids. Although the potting bark may appear dry, the bark itself holds moisture. The rule of thumb is to water your orchid plant once a week or once every other week, sparingly.

    When growing an orchid plant in your home, you should let the potting bark dry out completely before watering again. Some species of orchids grow on the trunks and branches of trees. In their native habitats it is normal for their roots to dry out before being given water again. Orchid plants also need to be fertilized but sparingly as well. You can buy orchid fertilizer at most garden shops or an orchid store within your area. Creating a good routine for watering and fertilizing your orchid is an excellent way to guarantee that you will be able to enjoy these exotic plants for a very long time.

    Orchids will thrive in your home environment if they are given the proper care including the right amount of potting bark, the right amount of water, the proper amount of sunlight and if they are fertilized occasionally. Although they are quite beautiful, they can also be temperamental. But, by understanding how to care for them properly, orchids are not that complicated and you can grow these exotic and beautiful plants within your home.



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    Types of Orchid


    Although there are many, many different species and hybrids of orchids, there are actually only two different types of orchids. Growing ground orchids is called terrestrial.  The other type of orchid is the epiphytes orchid that grows in trees, rocks or even on poles.

    Terrestrial orchid species are some of the most popular orchids.  Although terrestrial orchids have roots that grow beneath the surface of the soil just like most other types of plants, some terrestrial orchids are semi-terrestrial.  This means that they have both underground and aerial roots.  Cymbidium orchids are a terrestrial orchid consisting of more than 40 species with thousands of hybrids.  They are one of the first species of orchids to have been cultivated. These orchids are a great example of terrestrials that not only grow on the ground but they can also grow on trees and rocks. They grow extremely well in the loose humus of rotted wood or decaying leaves. Cymbidium orchids can be found in their natural habitat which extends from Southeast Asia to Japan as well as being found in Australia. Cymbidium orchids are so popular because they are easy to grow and are therefore a perfect choice for beginners. Additionally, with the proper care, they will provide beautiful flowers each and every year.

    The term epiphyte is actually not reserved to a type of orchid. It refers to any plant that has a root system above ground. Dendrobiums are the best known epiphytes orchid. Although they are easy to grow, they require slightly more care than Cymbidiums and do not flower as easily on a regular basis. There are over 1000 species of Dendrobiums. They can be found in their natural tropical conditions of Northern India, South East Asia, Australia and Polynesia. Because they are found in tropical conditions, Dendrobiums thrive in warm, humid growing conditions and should be kept moist. Another popular epiphyte type of orchid is the Phalaenopsis. These orchids are easy to grow and have long-lasting flowers. They are often seen at weddings and can be found in various colors including pinks, yellows, and even stripes.

    Epiphytic orchids grow upon structures like trees. Even tho they grow attached to the tree, they do not receive their nourishment from the tree itself. They establish themselves by their fleshy roots on branches or bark of trees. The organic matter that accumulates between the roots and branches is used as nutrients for the plant. The roots of epiphytic orchids can also sustain the plant throughout wet and dry periods. A spongy off-white covering that can absorb water easily surrounds the tough, stringy core of the root. When it rains, this cover soaks up water. When it is completely saturated, it turns light green. The orchids roots retain the moisture and will release it gradually to the plant tissues. There are also some species of epiphytic orchids that cling to rocks. As they are suspended from trees or rocks, the epiphytes thrive in filtered light and always in open, airy situations.



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    Orchid Growing Tips With Lights


    Orchids, like many other types of houseplants, have very specific needs including light, water and nutrition. One of the most important aspects in regards to the overall health of your orchid plant is the kind of light that it receives. The amount of light can vary depending upon the species. Since orchids naturally are found within the tropical areas of the globe, they generally require a great deal of diffused light to thrive. The tropical areas they originated from normally have distinct patterns of sun and shade throughout the day. Therefore, in order to provide your orchids the cooler morning diffused light and prevent them from burning in the strong afternoon sun, place your orchid in an easterly facing window, where it should receive at least twelve hours of light per day. Granted, this is sometimes not feasible due to the very strong afternoon sun. However, your particular situation may be different.

    In order to determine the growing conditions your specific orchid species will require, you will need to find out as much information about your particular orchid. There are several ways to go about doing this. First, talk to the nursery where you purchased your plant. Pick their brains with as much orchid growing instructions as possible. While you are doing your research, look up information about your orchid species online to find what would be best for your situation before you even purchase your plant. Some orchids thrive on receiving a lot of sun. While other species of orchids will wilt if they don’t get the required shade.

    Among orchid growers there are two distinct ways to decipher which orchids like what type of light. Soft growing orchids mean they thrive in shady conditions. Hard growing orchids thrive in sunny conditions. Typically an orchid that requires soft or shady growing conditions will offer their owners the enjoyment of a healthy and thriving plant, but the blooms will tend to be small and infrequent. On the other hand, orchids that are grown in hard or sunny conditions will produce many blooms, but not many plants. There you will most likely find stunted orchid yellow leaves on such a plant.

    One way of ensuring that your orchid will get the correct amount of light is to use a glow-light. By purchasing a grow light and a timer you will be ensured on providing your orchids the correct amounts of both light and darkness. It is also possible to use a florescent light to offer your orchids a light source that is not too over powering for their needs. For years it was thought that experienced horticulturists could only successfully grow orchids. But, with these simple tips of giving your orchids the right kind of light necessary, even the most inexperienced growers can now grow orchids. With a full understanding of the type of species, along with the natural sunlight, a grow light or florescent lights, you will be able to produce a gorgeous orchid plant that will give you wonderful, full blooms throughout their blooming season.



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    Caring for Orchids


    Orchids have become one of the most favorite houseplants. There are many different species of orchids that can be found naturally and there are even more species of hybrid orchids available . They are not difficult to grow with the proper amount of care including water, light, fertilizer and air. While many species of orchids do enjoy cooler conditions, several species do quite well in temperatures that are around 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

    One of the easiest orchids to grow is the Phalaenopsis orchid plant. This species of orchid adapts well to the environment of a home or office. Different species of the orchid’s flowers will last for different amounts of time. From the time that the first Phalaenopsis bud opens, the sprays will remain in bloom for the next two to three months.Where as, the flowers on a Cattleyas orchid plant may last up to a month in bloom from the time that the bud opens. Some species of orchids will bloom once a year, while other species bloom several times a year and some even bloom continuously.

    Another aspect of orchids that makes them so popular is their fragrance. Some orchids have wonderful aromas. But, the scents from fragrant orchid flowers vary considerably. Some species of orchid plants are subtle while other species can be quite overpowering. The scents can range from fruity to flowery. More amazing is the fact that many orchids have familiar aromas such as chocolate, raspberry, coconut, lilac or citrus.

    Orchids should be planted in bark rather then typical potting soil because potting soil cuts off the air circulation at the roots and blocks the drainage of the water. They can also be grown in New Zealand sphagnum moss. Orchids need to be grown in pots that will supply good drainage. They should also be watered about once or twice a week. During the summer, your orchid plant may need to be watered more frequently about every four to five days. A good rule of thumb to follow is the more heat, the more water you should give your orchid. The less heat, the less amount of water. Orchid plants that are potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should be water less often then those planted in bark. These plants can be watered once every seven to ten days.

    Depending upon the species of orchid, they prefer a lot of light that is not too strong. They do very well sitting in an east-facing window. Since many orchid species can be found naturally in tropical conditions, they are use to receiving both sun and shade. Orchids that are suffering from either too much light will display yellowing leaves. If this occurs you should increase the shade that your orchid receives. Orchid yellow leaves may also indicate insufficient feeding. Orchid plants can be fertilized on a regular basis about every other week. You should also water your orchid plant before applying the diluted nutrient solution if the potting media is too dry.



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    Growing Orchids Indoors


    It has been the belief of many for sometime that caring for orchids was difficult or reserved only for the rich. But, with more then 25,000 species and more then 100,000 hybrids, it is possible for anyone to find an orchid that will fit into their lifestyle, budget and level of skill as a horticulturist. Today, orchid problems have become a thing of the past.

    Most orchid types do not require anymore additional care than any other house or garden plants. But, some orchids do have special requirements. Your first step towards caring for orchids should always be to find out the particular needs that your orchid requires. There are very few plants that produce such a delicate and beautiful bloom as an orchid. For that reason, it is one of the things that makes growing an orchid indoors such a popular past time. If you give your orchid additional care, you can keep them blooming just as healthy and heartily as they were in the store. The most popular orchid, a phaleanopsis, you may have either received as a gift or purchased from a nursery. This is the stunning white or purple orchids that are readily available due to the fact that they are easier to care for than some of the less common varieties of orchid plants.

    Orchids will bloom for at least three months if they are taken care of correctly. You should always place your orchid near the window so that it will receive sunlight throughout the day. However, you should avoid the midday sun which can be too harsh for these plants. Your aim should be to give your orchid morning and evening sunlight. For this reason, the eastern side of your home is an excellent location to place your orchid. You can substitute natural sunlight with fluorescent lights placed about a foot above the orchid’s flowers but, you still want to limit exposure during normal daylight hours.

    Orchids thrive in temperatures that are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit but no higher than 80 degrees. Orchids that are in weather that surpasses 90 degrees will start to loose their buds or will stop blooming all together. It is important to make sure that the flower stays moist, but do not over water the roots for it can kill the blooms. In stead, water the plant once every few weeks, or keep the orchid in a water tray constantly. Make sure that the roots do not touch the water tray or it will then constantly be soaking up too much water. A great tip to keeping the orchid in bloom for the most amount of time as possible is to fertilize the plant before it blooms. Once it has bloomed, you don’t need to fertilize it any longer. An additional tip to keeping your orchid in bloom for the greatest amount of time is to carefully prune the orchid while it is blooming. You will then be able to see a second set of flowers develop. With the right amount of care and attention, you will be able to own a gorgeous orchid plant that will display a full and rich bloom throughout the blooming season.

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    How to Start a Vegetable Garden in Your Backyard


    Nowadays, it’s ideal if you can plant your own vegetables to make sure that they’re pesticide free, but a lot of people feel intimidated by the idea of vegetable garden planting, especially in the city.

    Vegetable gardens are typically easier to maintain than flower gardens because vegetables are more resilient, especially in different types of weather. Flowers are typically more sensitive to changes in the weather and don’t adapt as easily. Vegetable garden planting usually demands a lot of space, however container vegetable gardens enables you to create a small home vegetable garden on your deck or patio. You can even grow indoor vegetables. It really all depends upon how much room you have available, what type of vegetables you’ll choose to plant and what you expect out of your overall vegetable gardening experience.

    Planting Styles:

    The more traditional vegetable garden layout is laying your plants out in straight, organized lines. Some people prefer to plant alternating rows of different types of vegetables so that when one type of vegetable is about to be harvested, the rows in between will have vegetables that are not yet in season. A drawback to this method is that the soil structure quickly becomes compromised because gardeners have to walk between rows for harvesting.

    Rather than the traditional row style, a popular way of planting vegetables is building a raised vegetable garden bed. The beds have to be small enough in size so that you can reach into them and pull out the weeds or pests that might inhabit your plants. Beds can also be raised even higher off the ground so that the heat is contained longer during colder weather. It also makes for a great drainage system around the beds.

    Another planting style that is popular is potager which combines vegetables with flowers and herbs and are planted in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. However, this method requires some knowledge of a vegetable companion planting chart.

    For people who have constrained living spaces (especially those who live in the city), vegetables and herbs can grow in smaller plant boxes and containers. Vegetables will need a lot of sunlight and open space. If you want to reap a lot of vegetables, you should invest in bigger real estate.

    Preparing the soil is a very important aspect of vegetable garden planting. It doesn’t matter whether you plan raised vegetable garden beds in a small plot of land or you choose container vegetable gardens on your patio or deck. Soil preparation is an essential key. Soil can be categorized as sandy or clay-like, with silt being a fine mixture of both sand and clay. Clay particles in sand help retain water longer as well as make the soil absorb water faster. Sandy particles in soil makes the water flow through it easily and lets the air in so that the roots can breathe.

    The best way to prepare the soil for your vegetable garden planting is to try to make the soil a good balance between clay, silt, and sand. Ideally, it should be 40% silt, 40% sand, and 20% clay. To test it, you can scoop up the soil using your hand and form it into a ball. The soil should be sticky enough that it retains it’s shape but yet you don’t want it to easily crumble when you poke it with your finger.

    Vegetable garden planting requires a lot of patience. You have to find what works for you, and experiment on getting the right type of soil for the right type of vegetables. All the hard work will be worth it, though, once you experience eating something that grew from a garden that you planted yourself.



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    The Desert and Plants


    If you live in a biome desert climate, which can be a hot arid climate, then your desert landscape design is going to take a little more planning than other parts of the country. A desert biome landscape will have to work with a plan that includes only drought resistant plants and flowers along with dry climate trees. There is no point in planting something if it cannot sustain itself afterwards. One other type of desert biome landscape to consider is desert hardscape. This is the use of rocks, stones and brick. Take some time with your desert landscaping ideas and make sure that you have done everything suited to the deserts climate.

    You could spend the money on a do it yourself irrigation system, it would be money well spent but quite time consuming. A better and much simpler desert landscaping ideas would to include arid climate plants that will thrive even in the hot sun all day.

    What makes arid climate plants so great is that not only will these plants do well in the hot sun they will also be able to thrive in poor quality soil. This is a much-needed quality because biome deserts have so much sun that they tend to have poor deserts soil as well. So in essence you are killing two birds with one stone as they say.

    Here are a few wonderful biome desert plants that you can use in your desert landscape design:

    Dark Knight Caryopteris
    These are deciduous shrub bushes; they will grow back each and every spring. It will always come back healthy and happy. This makes it perfect for a desert landscape design. They are not tiny drought resistant flowering plants, they can grow to be anywhere between 3 and 4 feet high with a width of about 2 feet. This is a lovely plant to use in your desert biome landscape because the plant has water-storing leaves. Butterflies and bumblebees pollinate the longwood flowers. They are not only beautiful biome desert plants with their pretty blue flower clusters and silver foliage, they are also quite fragrant.

    Autumn Joy Sedum
    The sedum Autumn Joy plant is a wonderful perennial that you can plant in a biome desert location. With this choice you will have great leaves in pretty whorls. These leaves can be of any number of different colors and can be bought to go with any desert landscape design. The Autumn Joy Sedum is the ultimate for your desert landscape design because it can grow in your desert rock landscaping with ease. This is one of the more common plants in the desert. These lovely drought resistant flowering plants also have a unique and interesting flower unlike any other I have ever seen. The small flowers grow in clusters and they can be a few different colors and shades. The most common are yellow, orange and red and pink. If you make these desert region plants part of your backyard desert, then you will have butterflies for the garden all the time. Besides, a butterfly and humming bird garden make such lovely entertainment all on their very own.



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    Water Garden Features


    Pump up your backyard garden design with the sound of splashing water. The sounds of water garden features is an experience not to be missed. For instance, listen to the sound of running bath water and to the constant dripping of a tap – which can be annoying to say the least. However, if we change the word dripping to trickling and replace the word running with flowing then that is another kettle of fish (excuse the pun if you have a pond.)

    If water garden features are to prove their worth to the eye and ears of the beholder, then choose your garden decor fountains with these two factors in mind – pretty to look at and nice to listen to.

    Water garden fountains and backyard waterfall ponds are the most favorable amongst gardeners. Before engaging in the actual water garden construction you will need to remember – a backyard water garden will actually oxygenate and freshen the water with its constant ongoing movements. If you have fish in the pool of your water garden features, then they will love the lively waters – but live aquatic plants like lilies and lotus may suffer because of this. Water pond plants prefer a waters stillness and their growth may just be hampered in action packed waters.

    Careful thought and planning behind your backyard water garden features will make your venture a whole lot easier. If you want a bit of both worlds (fish and plants) then this is certainly possible. Your water garden features can still be home to easy aquatic plants but instead of live aquatic plants on top of the water why not landscape surrounding areas with pretty shrubs – this can be very affective as well as cost effective because the plants that you will use will not be of a specific plant type, therefore cost you less.

    Another suggestion is to create a small water feature as a mini replica of your feature to the side of the larger garden fixture, with no pump action and have floating plants there. Water movements are very important to give off an effect which is relaxing to listen too and attractive to look at. Circulating swirls are fabulous water moves.

    Water garden features and water garden kits can be found from the best friend you could ever have when taking on the task of water garden construction – and that is a manual. It is a wise decision to have a DIY book with you at all times when undertaking these types of tasks. Home garden supply stores will have all the information you need. Garden centers will offer a complete line of water garden kits, backyard ponds kits as well as fish ponds kits, so you will have a variety to choose from.

    Gardening books will also provide you with all you need, for instance, there are basically two types of fish pond pumps – the submersible pump and surface pump. The surface pump is usually enclosed in a container alongside the pool where a polythene tube is used to feed the fountain or waterfall. To undertake this installation is far less complicated than you may think.

    If you choose the alternative method – then the water garden pump thats submersible is a lot simpler. Plumbing is reduced to a minimum. Submersible pumps are not visible to the eye. This type of pump can not be seen due to its location submerged under water. It also creates no sound.



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    Preformed Water Ponds


    Location

    Decide first what part of the backyard you want to have your garden fish pond situated before going out and buying anything. Select an area where it is far from the trees since many live aquatic plants, like lilies, need a sufficient amount of sunlight to grow.

    Choose an area where there are no falling leaves that can make cleaning a nightmare. Do not place your pond on low areas either, since large volumes of rainwater might run off and accumulate in the pond during rainy seasons. Not to mention, the runoff water might contain fertilizers, pesticides, and other harmful materials.

    Place your pond in an area where it can be best appreciated and seen. The sense of building a pond is for you to enjoy it. Select a location where it can be best viewed (i.e. the sitting area or a patio in the garden).

    Types of Pond

    After choosing where you want your pond to be located, it is now time to select what type of pond you want. The two types of pond are the following:

    ABS plastic preformed water ponds are usually used for small ponds that can contain up to 250 gallons of water. This type of pond comes in a variety of sizes and shapes such as hourglass, rock gardens, and kidney. Waterfalls and formed spillways are also available.

    Fish Pond Liners

    A fish pond liners or liners are used for any size of pond. The sizes available are 10’ x 15’ to 20’ x 25’ or larger. This will allow you to build a pond to your preferred size either by using them individually or by connecting two or more pond liners together with a special adhesive.

    Fish pond liners can be very heavy especially the larger ones. They are usually made of rubber. Using fish pond liners can be quite a fun and creative experience since this type will allow you to decide on the shape of your pond. However, you need to be aware that a 19’ x 26’ liner will not create a pond of the same size due to the depth and the extra material required for the overhang. Read further to see what I mean.

    In choosing the proper size liner, it is imperative to know the width (W), length (L), as well as the maximum depth (MD) at their widest points. After which, use the formula L+(MD*2) by W+(MD*2).

    This means that a 10 foot long by 5 foot wide by 2 foot deep pond may require a 14’ x 9’ pond liner so as to make an edge above the water level. It is important to let a professional pond developer help in determining the pond size liner you will need.

    Dig It

    Now that you’ve decided on the location and the type of fish pond, it is time to dig it. The average size of the pond is at least 18″ deep at its deepest point. However, 24″ is better. With this depth, the fish may be allowed to stay in the pond during winter months without freezing. Inclusion of planting shelves in the design will make it easier to place emergent lilies and plants.

    Fish Pond Filters

    After accomplishing the above tasks, it is high time for you to think about filtration. It may be better to ask your pond professional about this topic. Just keep in mind that whichever filter you choose, ensure that it is cleaned on a regular basis so that the water will remain clear. Utilizing a filter may also hinder the mosquitoes from making the pond their breeding ground.

    All Set

    And now, all you have to do is add your fish and you are good to go!



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    Creative Water Gardens


    A Landscape Masterpiece

    A backyard garden pond is the kind of structure that can turn your average backyard into a landscape masterpiece. Water garden ponds often times are considered to be the centerpiece of a yard. As the variety of inexpensive water garden kits increase in the market, water garden features are becoming more popular to the public. Water garden ponds were only a luxury in the past for only those who could afford them. However, with the current landscape water features available today and with the efforts of home owners, building perfect landscaping water features has become a luxury for all.

    Unfortunately, the rush of home owners to integrate ponds into their home landscaping, several DIY’ers have made mistakes. Building a backyard garden pond is not as easy as the market has made it out to be. There are several important factors to take into account before and during water garden construction. The following are some guidelines on how to build perfect landscaping water features the smart way. Remembering these key points will help in reducing those mistakes that DIY’ers usually make.

    Tips and Tricks

    First, let your backyard decide. The first question that comes to mind is where to place the pond? In most cases, home owners just find an open spot in their yard and immediately start working. The result? They still have their plain old backyard but now with a pond. Home owners have to integrate the pond into their existing landscape. Otherwise, the backyard water pond will fail to compliment the overall design and feel of the property. In situations like these, the presence of a pond can actually diminish the beauty of a homes landscape.

    When considering water garden construction, take the time to pick out a design and suitable spot that will flatter the over all water garden design of your yard. Don’t just simply grab that shovel in and dig on the first spot you can find. Do a little research and if you still feel that your own judgment and creative water gardens design is not enough, ask some friends or family members to help you out. Remember two heads are better than one.

    Second, consider the elements of your backyard. If you are considering breeding fish, you may want to rethink placing your pond in a shaded area. Warmth is an important element in maintaining the fish population. If the pond is placed near a tree, you may find yourself in a position where you are constantly cleaning leaves off the pond. The environmental surroundings of your backyard will have a great impact on the appearance and maintenance of the pond.

    Last of all, size does matter. You need to make sure that the size of the pond will meet your goals. Some homeowners will build a small pond and place a variety of live aquatic plants and animals in it only to find out that the pond cannot satisfy the necessities of the plants and fish. Another thing to consider carefully is the depth of the pond. This is especially true for landscaping water features in colder climates and the ponds that contain fish. If the pond is built too shallow, it could freeze completely. Proper depth should always be considered when talking about size.

    Building landscaping water features in your backyard can definitely make it more attractive. It is a great way to make outdoor living more colorful and enjoyable. If built correctly, it can add a certain luster to the beauty of a property and can ultimately raise the market value of the property. However, if done poorly, your backyard garden pond could become more stressful and ultimately present an incredible nightmare.



    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Pond….with instructions and pictures to help!

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    How To Fish Ponds


    A backyard water pond can offer a number of benefits. It can be cool and relaxing, visually appealing or it can provide the local wildlife a watering point.

    For Starters

    It is imperative to know the reason why you are building your backyard garden pond before the actual water garden construction. Some individuals just want to put in water garden ponds without considering the comfort and safety of the inhabitants of the pond. First evaluate the important aspects before even considering a water garden installation.

    You can ask for advice from your local pond professional or read books that concentrate on fish ponds kits and the techniques of the actual water garden construction itself. Consult with your local pond contractor who will have experience in this particular field.

    After you have your consultation, you may now begin to build your own outside fish pond following these planning stages:

    Consider the location.

    Choose a site where your pond will not be near existing large trees. The vantage point will prevent root problems as well as minimizing the hassle of falling leaves in your pond that may cause decay and poor water quality. Live aquatic plants such as water lilies need sunlight to grow. It is best to place your pond where it will be exposed to the sun for at least 6 hours per day. Too much sun can overheat during mid afternoon, usually between 11am until 3:00pm on hot summer days. A semi shaded area with a good amount of sunlight should be sufficient enough.

    Temperature extremes should be minimized on the pond. If you intend on raising and breeding fish, it is important to make the pond as deep and as large as practical. However, deeper ponds may need to be fenced to prevent accidents.

    Design with purpose.

    Consider electricity to supply pumps, filters, and lights when designing your pond. It is also important to look into the water supply and drainage.

    Ponds must have an overflow area (a place located below the rest of the pond height) to control where the excess water should go. Overflowing may be caused by overfilling the pond with water or from heavy rain.

    Screen your overflow paths to prevent any escape of small plants, fish (and their eggs), and snails during water additions and heavy rainfall. This may also protect the local waterways from any possible escape. This is especially important if there are foreign fish in the pond.

    Complete preparation requirements.

    It is essential to clean and rinse ponds before use since fish and other water plants are sensitive to contaminants. “Curing” concrete ponds combined with water changes, scrubbing, filling, and painting with vinegar is also important.

    Allow chloramines and chlorine to dissipate chemicals, especially if you used tap water to fill the pond. One can also utilize a commercial chlorine neutralizer from pet shops to solve this problem.

    Ensure that all equipment such as fountains, waterfalls, filters, and lights are working satisfactorily before adding the fish and plants.

    It is also better if you allow at least one week for the plants to settle in the pond before adding the fish. Clean up the pond regularly for dead leaves as this will add unwanted excess nutrients to the water and decay it as well.

    Observe proper maintenance.

    In general, keep the pond clean of fallen vegetation and dead leaves. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the amount of vegetation falling into the water and on the time of the year. Do the cleaning at the beginning of spring before the temperature of the water starts to rise.

    Feed your fish and clean up the filters periodically.

    Add water in the pond periodically. A normal garden hose will do. However, no more than 10-20% should be added at any one time because of the chlorine levels in tap water.

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    Outside Fish Ponds


    Aesthetics

    Recently, one of the most popular backyard projects is adding water garden ponds or outside fish ponds to the yard. These projects, however, can only be achieved in larger yards that have walkways and large areas.

    But if you are really set on creating your own outside fish ponds and yet you do not have a large back yard, there are design ideas that can be incorporated to place your pond in a location without having it take up too much space or dominate your yard.

    Let your pond serve as the focal point of your backyard. Place it in the middle or in one corner of the yard if you have a small space. Make it appealing to the people walking around the house.

    Location

    If you wish to place it in the corner part of the yard, raise the pond a little higher so that the fish will become a surprise to visitors. But if you want to place it in the center, it is best if you place the pond at ground level or a little above it.

    Fish Types

    Make sure that the fish you house are colorful and lively enough to attract attention. Watching the fish swim around everyday can also be quite therapeutic. If you wish to maintain a small pond, do not house large fish such as the Japanese Koi. They may not live long enough in this type of environment and they are also extremely expensive. A gold fish pond is compatible with the size of your small pond, however, their longevity might not be a guaranteed in outdoor fish ponds.

    Maintenance

    Think how much you really want an outside fish pond and how you can maintain and build it depending upon your preferences. You might find that maintaining an indoor aquarium is difficult enough, think of the extra maintenance involved with outside fish ponds.

    Consider the climate of your place. Water garden ponds and outside fish ponds are most applicable in tropical weather because of the advantage of the sun all year round. Some live aquatic plants need to be exposed to the sun to grow. The plants and fish may die if you let them stay in the pond during the winter months. It is best to transfer them to an indoor tank if the weather is not applicable.

    Outside fish ponds in your own backyard only tells an individual how much energy, time, and money you are willing to devote to the beautification of your backyard. It does not matter how large or how small it is, it just goes to show that you appreciate beautiful things. You will not only impress a lot of people but yourself as well. A backyard garden pond brings a luxurious and relaxing feeling to any surrounding.

    In order to make outside fish ponds more appealing, decorate their surroundings. Landscaping the pond will attract frogs and birds which will only add to the overall natural feeling. If you cannot afford landscaping projects, hanging plants and flowering bushes will also do. This will produce a great ambiance to your visitors and guests.

    Creating outside fish ponds is not a go-get-it-and-have-it project. You have to maintain and preserve their beauty time and time again. Make sure to add water to it periodically. It is also important that you get rid of fallen leaves as this will cause decay and an unpleasant appearance.

    Last of all, consult your local pond professionals before you start your water garden construction yourself. Do not hesitate to ask questions as this will only benefit the inhabitants of outside fish ponds.



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    Water Garden Installation


    Backyard Centerpiece

    Homes with waterfront views and accents are admired by many. This is because being around water offers a feeling of beauty, allure, and serenity. Creating your own water garden features in your backyard, such as outside fish ponds, will also add to that visual appeal. Bring your yard to life with the soothing sounds of water in motion. Make your backyard water garden the focal point.

    However, there are some considerations before starting water garden construction:

    Climate

    Consider the climate of your area. If you live in an area to the north where your winters experience snow, then it is best if you make outside fish ponds deeper since the fish tend to hibernate at the bottom of the pond and naturally stop eating when the water temperature goes below 45 degrees.

    If you live in a location where the pond will completely freeze over, it is imperative that a hole be created in the ice to help the fish survive. In this case, live aquatic plants should be removed and placed indoors since they may not survive the cold temperature.

    Water Garden Filters

    Consider the filtration system of your pond. There is what you call natural filtration where filtration is provided by the natural motion of the moving waters. If this is the case, then you probably don’t need a filter for your backyard garden pond, considering the design of your system and the climate of your area.

    However, to know what is best for your backyard garden pond, consult a pond professional concerning filtration. There are cartridge filters and biological filters available from shops that provide fish pond supplies.

    Backyard X-Scapes

    Now, to get your backyard garden pond started:

    First step. Make intelligent decisions by educating yourself.

    Do not push the task of water garden construction or pond building
    without knowing the essentials first. Know what equipment requirements are needed. Find out if your yard is appropriate to hold decorative garden accessories. Is the climate compatible with your pond? Are you up for the regular maintenance it needs? Take into consideration the availability of supplies such as electricity, filtration, and water. Decide what type of pond you are willing to make, is it a small one? Or large backyard ponds?

    Second step. Decide on the location of your pond.

    Locate your pond in an area where the sun will be able to shine on it. Do not place it under the trees since it will cause a cleaning nightmare due to the falling leaves. Do not place your pond where runoff water tends to overflow. These will accumulate in your pond making it dirty and murky.

    Determine the depth of your pond. The average depth of a backyard garden pond is usually between 18″ to 24″. Make the outline of your pond and start digging it. Create steps in order to provide easy access to the pond during maintenance. These steps will also be perfect for holding potted plants just above the water. Make sure that the bottom is leveled as you dig.

    Third step. The appropriate sized fish pond liner.

    In order to get the correct size for your fish pond liner, take the
    width of your pond and add twice the depth of the pond, then add 24 more inches. Measuring the length is done by using the similar formula. Now, drape the liner over the pond. Arrange it and place stones around the edges.

    Fourth step. Fill it up with water.

    Start filling the pond with water. Fold large creases neatly and remove wrinkles as you fill the pond with water to make the creases less noticeable.

    Fifth step. Install the required equipment.

    After filling it up with water, place filters, pumps, and add lights to the pond. Connect them to the electrical supply. Then add your fish and plants, and you are ready to go!

    Enjoy!




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    Tweaking Your Backyard Garden Pond


    A backyard garden pond is not just for rich individuals. Nowadays, even the simplest homeowner can make their own backyard garden pond as luxurious as the any wealthy estate. Once you get your backyard garden pond set up, it will provide both fun and enjoyment. It also provides a dwelling place for the fish, wildlife, live aquatic plants and flowers. It is a relaxing hobby that not only provides relaxation but appreciation of Mother Nature as well.

    Plan Ahead

    Building your own backyard garden pond may not be extremely difficult, but thorough planning should be considered during water garden construction. The hardest part in building water garden ponds is digging the hole. It all depends on what type of soil your region has. This determines how easy or how strenuous the digging part would be. The size and shape of the pond depends on your preferences. It can be a small, preformed water pond or one that needs a fish pond liner that can hold up to seven thousand gallons of water.

    Location

    Consider the location of your pond. Where would it be best seen? Picture yourself sitting outside. What location grabs your eye the most? Consider these important elements. Is the water source situated nearby? Is your pond’s location a flat area? Is an electrical supply available? Keep in mind that these are just some of the questions that need to be answered.

    Equipment

    Building a backyard garden pond of any size requires a complete set of tools. In water garden construction, one must need a water pump, a UV filter, a pond filter, and some pond plants among others. Additional must haves are the following: a fish pond liner of appropriate size, an air diffuser, pond lights, a skimmer, the aquatic animals, and fish food.

    Cost

    Another thing to consider in water garden construction is the cost. Initially, constructing and maintaining the pond could be quite expensive, that is with out a doubt. But there are now cheaper do it yourself backyard ponds kits available in the market. Once it is finished, the enjoyment it brings is well worth it. Another plus for the backyard garden pond is that it turns an oh-so-boring piece of land into a place of beauty. It works best if you have the proper landscape to go with your pond. Make your pond the centerpiece of your back yard. However, because of too many do-it-yourself homeowners, they usually make mistakes. Following these guidelines may help you avoid the pitfalls of do it yourself backyard pond disasters.

    Initially, it is important to incorporate your pond into the current landscape of your backyard. This works best for amateur landscapers who just want to get right down to work. Do not let your pond detract the beauty of your yard. Make it fit so that your pond will not feel out of place.

    To Sum It Up

    Integrate your water garden design into your landscape. Do not make it lavish if you have a very simple backyard. Take time to choose the design that will flatter the overall landscape. Secondly, think of the essential requirements of a pond. Do not place your pond in complete shade since this will hamper the amount of sunlight your pond gets. Aquatic animals and plants need ample amount of the warmth of the sun. Finally, size does matter. Plan the size of your pond. Do not house too many fish in a small pond. Experiment with a variety of live aquatic plants. A backyard water garden will provide luster and relaxation to your yard as well as increase your property’s value. Make your backyard more attractive and enjoyable by adding a backyard garden pond.




    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Pond….with instructions and pictures to help!

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    Home Garden Supply


    Because gardening has evolved into such a popular activity, home garden supply products are not hard to come by. You can buy outdoor garden decorations in various stores or nurseries, or you can order your home garden supply online or from catalogs. A gardeners products can range from equipment too fertilizer or to the actual plant itself.

    You will obviously need the basic home garden supply no matter what you are planting, such as a hoe, spade, and maybe even a shovel. You must have watering supplies, like a water hose and perhaps a sprinkler. Other possibilities include a spade, a pot (if you are container gardening), and a pair of gloves for comfort, some secuturs, or a rake. When first starting a garden you will definitely want some type of mulch or potting soil to get your soil ready. There are a few types of potting soil to choose from, including organic potting mix, seed starting potting mix, cactus potting mix, and root development potting mix, just to name a few.

    Once you have your garden planted, you must have gardeners products so that you can add nutrients to the soil to ensure a healthy plant life. Miracle-Gro is one of the most popular growing enhancements for plants. There are many different types of Miracle-Gro to choose from and what type you choose will depend on what you are trying to grow. You will also want to add fertilizer, such as 10-20-10 or triple 13, depending upon the requirements of your soil.

    If you are growing vegetables or herbs, you may need select garden products rather than the regular flower garden products. If you are growing tomatoes you will need a tomato cage and ties to protect the plants against the wind. Many plants, mostly vines, are designed to grow on structures and you will have to have a fence or trellis of some sort to hold it’s fruits.

    Gardeners products are not limited to just the gardening necessities; they can also come in the form of outdoor garden decorations. There are decorative flower pots, sundials, plastic figurines, stones or bricks for a pathway or looks, and even lawn furniture. Decorative garden accessories will add to the charm and uniqueness of your garden and are an excellent way to give it a personal flair.

    The winter months will bring a whole new set of home garden ideas to store shelves. When the frost hits, the prime place to put your plants are in a greenhouse. However, if you do not have a greenhouse for whatever reason, a tarp of some sort can be used to cover plants up at night. You also might need a light source, like a heat lamp, to keep plants warm and to provide them with extra light.

    New and upgraded gardening products are always popping up on the market. It seems like every day there is some home garden supply necessity that claims to be bigger and better than the last. While many gardeners products are not a necessity, they sure make the job a lot easier and more enjoyable.




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    Learning Tree Training


    Many people associate tree shaping with changing the structure of your tree to fit a different shape or style. However, this is not the case. Altering the structure of the tree is known as “Tree Training”. This is a much better way to develop an alternate form for your tree. Training trees should be used to prevent diseases, prevent lopsidedness, and encourage healthier fruit growth.

    Tree pruning is also used to maintain the proper shape for the tree. For example, if you have an abundance of branches on one particular side of the tree, then you will use tree pruning to get rid of the larger segments which weigh down the tree to one side. Think about it more in terms of maintaining rather than altering. While tree pruning is useful occasionally, most of the time you can use tree shaping as a healthier and more efficient alternative.

    Training trees has not been around for very long. Through tying down branches or propping them up from the ground, one can direct the growth of the tree to take whatever shape they want. This theory is usually used in the early days of the tree to encourage it to develop fully. If you direct the tree and get it started off on the right foot, you’ll save yourself a lot of tree pruning time later.

    Usually, tree shaping occurs during the summer. Rather than just cut off all the branches that aren’t going in the right way, you try to redirect them. The mechanisms you use can be thought of as orthodontic braces for your fruit trees. They pull or push the branches, like teeth, in whatever direction you want them to go. Eventually they naturally grow that way due to your tree training.

    It can be hard to decide how exactly to train your tree. There are many different forms and shapes to choose from. Some are meant to allow a high density of trees in one orchard, and some are meant to provide maximum fruit bearing per tree. Depending on where your tree is and how you want it to function, you will have to look for different types of forms that will perfectly fit your situation.

    The theories of tree shaping can also be applied even if you are growing a tree in the traditional (natural) form. Sometimes branches will grow too close together and block each other out, so training trees to grow away from each other can prevent the need to prune them later. This is highly beneficial even if you are just growing a tree in your backyard, in a non professional environment.

    To learn tree trimming training, you will need some sort of outside brace to push or pull a branch. Alternately, if you want to push 2 branches closer together or further apart, you can place something in between them or lash them together with rope. Successfully training trees just takes a little imagination in deciding what to tie things to and what to push things off of. I have found that stakes, fences, or simply an upright two by four leaning away can work wonders.

    There is no tree grower that couldn’t benefit from using a little tree trimming training in their tree growing escapades. Whether you have decided to give your trees a completely new form, or just want to optimize the branch placement for healthier fruit, there is surely some way that tree trimming training can benefit you.




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    Starting a Fruit Tree Orchard


    If you have a large amount of land that you have not put to use, you may want to consider planting a fruit tree orchard. If you’ve had previous experiences with planting fruit trees, that is just an added reason why you would be perfect for planting fruit trees. It might seem like an overwhelming thing to undertake, but it is actually fairly simple. All it takes is some commitment.

    If you’ve never grown fruit trees on your property, you may not want to take the time or put out the money with buying lots of orchard trees to start. If you are inexperienced, you will want to begin with just one or two fruit trees so that you can get a feel for the growing process. Once you have seen one tree along all the way to adulthood successfully, you are probably experienced enough to handle multiple orchard trees. You should never plant so many trees that you are going to be overwhelmed, though. Only plant what you can handle.

    Generally if you are getting started on a large fruit tree nursery, you will want them to all be the same type. If they all require the same amount of water and nutrients, you won’t have to spend as much time catering individually to the different types of orchard trees. As an added benefit, you will become very familiar with the process of growing that specific fruit tree. You won’t be overwhelmed by having many different types, but instead you will become a master of that specific orchard trees type.

    If you have already stared planting fruit trees in the past on your property that you have maintained from their childhood, then you know that the soil is acceptable for that type of orchard trees and ones similar to it. Since you’ve already been through the process of growing that type of tree fruit before, you shouldn’t have any problem testing all of the soil to make sure it is similar to the segment you already planted on. Then it is just a matter of growing more trees and causing the process to be the same as it was before. Since you’ve already dealt with the same problems in the past, you probably have a good idea of how to deal with any pests that might come about during growth.

    Generally in a fruit tree orchard, the trees are planted in a row, then pruned to be in a two dimensional shape. This is known as either a fan or an espalier shape. There is one main branch in the center that is completely vertical, then multiple branches that go off to the side. If the side branches are horizontal it is known as an espalier. If they are sloped, it is known as a fan. Generally these 2 shapes are used in a fruit tree orchard because of how compact they are. By using them, you allow for many more trees to be grown in the certain amount of space. However, if land conservation is not an issue or you’re not looking to be efficient, you should probably stick with the traditional tree shape.

    To aid in the watering of your trees, you should install either a sprinkler system or an irrigation system. The sprinklers require more maintenance, but if you dig an irrigation ditch then it is really easy to just run the faucet for a few minutes every day and reach all the trees. It’s just a matter of what you would prefer.

    Once your fruit tree nursery starts to bear large amounts of fruit, you should consider starting a fruit stand or participating at the farmers market. Instead of letting the fruits go to waste or trying to eat them all (which can lead to some bad stomach aches), you can let the rest of the world enjoy the product of your intense labor. If you become a popular vendor, you might even make back a decent return on your investment. However, you can’t count on making very much money. Starting a fruit tree orchard shouldn’t be a capitalistic investment. You should only start one if you have a passion for trees.




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    Tree Shaping for Different Situations


    Through the use of tree shaping techniques, it is possible to shape your tree to a certain style. There are seven main tree shapes and all of them have their own benefits for certain situations. During the growth of the tree, simply cut off the unneeded branches, tie the wanted branches into the proper shape, and you will be able to shape it however you want. However, for some of the more advanced shapes, equally advanced pruning techniques are required. There are many books written on this subject.

    Usually, if you’re training trees to get to a certain shape, all the tying and pruning should occur in the fall. This will encourage the shape to stick, since no fruits will be produced at that point in time. Each of the different shapes is very useful in certain situations. So, here are some different types of shapes you are able to choose from.

    Standard trees hardly need any explanation. These are the varieties that are most common, and probably what you picture when you think of any tree. No specific shaping is required to get the shape to take this type of form. Just let it go and prune it as you would normally, and unless you have a strangely deformed tree then it should end up being a standard tree.

    It is possible to turn a standard tree into a bush tree through pruning. The branches take the same shape, but the stem or trunk of the tree is noticeably shorter. This can be beneficial if you want to grow trees, but don’t want to block the view. For example, my house has a great view of the Rocky Mountains. I didn’t want to sacrifice this gorgeous view, so I grew my trees up as bush trees.

    Cordons are a type of tree that you might not be familiar with. It consists of one stem with no branches. It is planted at an angle so that it arches up over the ground. Through the course of its growth, all branches are removed. These are beneficial because they take up very small amounts of space and more can be fit in a certain square footage. The only negative aspect is that they produce smaller amounts of fruit per tree.

    Espalier trees grow with a single vertical stem in the center, and several horizontal branches on each side. These allow for long rows of trees, while still producing large amounts of fruit. If you operate a fruit tree orchard, you probably use this shape to fit as many trees as possible into the area you have.

    Fan trees use the same theory as espalier trees. However, the shape is slightly different. The same central vertical stem is used, but the connected branches are not horizontal; they grow in the same pattern as a standard tree, only they are two dimensional rather than three dimensional. They are also used to save space, and are used instead of espalier trees for certain types of fruit trees that do better with sloped branches.

    Another type of espalier is the step-over espalier. They are like a normal espalier, but with just one horizontal branch very close to the ground. They are particularly interesting because they still produce delicious fruit while providing a border for whatever you want. I have used step-over trees to fence of my garden. They are definitely my favorite shape of tree, mainly because they are like a fence that bears fruit. What’s not to love?

    As you can see, each of these shapes has its own benefits and negative aspects as well. If any of these sounds like they would be a good fit for your garden, you can ask your local nursery employee for advice on reading material that will help you achieve your goals. Most of the time, getting the training tree into the desired shape is a very easy process and just requires some guidance at the beginning.




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    Removing Trees


    Sometimes a tree gets to the point where it is necessary to say goodbye. Sometimes the choice of removing a tree can be a painful decision to make, but sometimes removing a tree proves valuable when it gets too close to the house, becomes diseased, gets an incurable infestation by a pest, or grows too tall and gets close to a power line. If any of these tree removal situations occur, its best to do the right thing and set yourself up for the task of removing a tree.

    Although you might have spent hours and hours getting the tree to where it is today, it is almost dishonorable to the tree to allow it to suffer in bad conditions.

    Once you have made the choice of removing a tree, you need to then concentrate on a plan for its removal. I can’t begin to count how many windows I’ve seen knocked out or cars I’ve seen crushed because of poor planning in the tree removal process. Decide what direction you want it to fall, and accurately measure to make sure it will fall completely clear of anything else that it could possibly cause damage to.

    Once you have the falling direction planned out, you should climb up the tree and tie two long ropes near the top. Anchor them on the opposite side of the one that you want it to fall towards. This will allow you to adjust the direction the tree is being lowered to, just in case it starts leaning towards anything it could destroy.

    Now that you’ve taken all the necessary precautions, you are ready to begin chopping and the actual removing of the tree itself. If you plan on using a manually operated saw or axe, please step back and consider how insane that is. Chopping down a tree by hand will take you forever. It is a cheap tree removal method but you will not even begin to be as accurate as using a chainsaw. If you don’t have a chainsaw, you shouldn’t even consider doing it without one. Ask around with your neighbors and see if anyone has one that you could borrow. If that doesn’t work, rent or buy one from your local home improvement store.

    Before you start chopping away at the tree, you should wear proper eye and face protection in case any wood chips fly towards your eyes. I had a friend who blinded his right eye while cutting down a tree, so I hope all of my readers do not make the same mistake as he did. Whenever you operate a power tool, always be sure to wear proper protection for any exposed parts of your body.

    When making the cut, you do not want to just cut a straight line into the tree. It is best to cut a sideways “V” into the tree. This is because if you cut the straight line, the tree will end up rolling to one side or the other. If you cut in a “V”, the tree will be able to fall in the exact direction that you want it to fall. Occasionally it might be a few feet off due to human error during the cutting process, but if you have some strong friends pull on the ropes you tied, you can line it right back up with the path you wanted it to take. The entire process shouldn’t take more than an hour.

    Removing tree stumps can be slightly more difficult. You have several choices; you can rent out a stump remover that will completely destroy the visible section of the stump. Or you can spend countless hours digging it out. Removing tree stumps by digging out the stump is much more thorough, but takes forever. If you have kids this shouldn’t be a problem. Kids often find the thought of digging fun, and are excited to go outside and dig all day long with their friends. This was the method I used, and I had the entire tree trunk removal done within a week. Keep in mind that my stump removal was about 1 foot in diameter, and digging probably won’t work for tree stumps much larger than that.




    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herbal Advantages

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    Protecting Trees with Birds Netting


    If you have a problem with birds, you have probably tried many solutions. Some of the most popular include plastic animals, scarecrows, wind chimes, or highly reflective tape. All of these things can do a great job of reducing bird problems. I have quite a few cherry trees in my backyard, and I used to struggle a lot with birds. After I applied all of these solutions, my problem went almost completely away. Unfortunately, the solution only lasted a few months.

    Apparently, birds have a natural tendency to get bolder as time goes by. While at first my scarecrow scared them senseless, now I look outside and see them sitting on his shoulder. And munching on cherries from my tree. Those insolent little fiends! I’m not saying I mind birds. I love having them around my yard. But you see, I’ve already designated one of my orchard trees specifically for allowing birds to eat off of. But it seems that birds can’t be content with what they’re given. They always feel the need to go over to my own trees when there is a tree just for them that doesn’t have any scary things around it.

    I saw many gardening stores marketing a type of garden bird netting. I decided to use it. Birds netting is basically a giant net that you throw over the entire tree. The holes are about one half of an inch wide. I buy bird netting for just enough to cover one whole tree. It was quite a hassle to install, but it definitely worked after that. I didn’t have any more problems with birds taking cherries from that tree. But one day I woke up and made my daily rounds. On that day, I found 2 birds caught in the netting that had been choked to death. I felt absolutely terrible. I buried the birds and immediately took down that birds netting. I didn’t want to protect my tree at the cost of the birds’ lives! Sure, I’ll kill off a few bugs, but birds are a little too nice for me.

    For a while I felt too guilty to prevent the birds from eating any more. I thought that I would make it up to them by letting them feast on my cherries. I even took down my scarecrow. But a few months later I saw something in a fabric store that made me rethink my generosity. Almost every fabric store sells a material called “tulle”. It is very fine birds netting with holes too small for any bird to fit its beak or head into. While it is easy to find, it is also extremely cheap. Buying enough to cover one tree ended up costing less than half of what it cost for the lethal birds netting.

    I installed the tulle onto my tree (I’ll admit it was a lot harder to install than the birds netting was. I had to attach several large pieces together at the seams) and watched it for a day. I wanted to keep an eye on it every second, so that if a bird got caught I could quickly help it out. Fortunately, no bird ever got caught. Tulle is a much safer and cheaper alternative to birds netting, and I highly recommend it if you have any problems with birds. Just remember to let them have at least one tree for themselves! Sharing with birds is an essential part of being a good gardener.




    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herbal Remedies

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    Planting and Caring for a New Tree


    When you have decided on which kind of fruit tree you would like, and where you would like it, you can finally start to plant it. If you buy your tree from a nursery, be especially careful when you are taking it from the nursery to your house. I once had a friend who put the tree in the back of his truck, but clipped a sign on the way home. The entire tree snapped in half, and my friend was left a very sad man.

    When you have your tree safely back to your yard, look at the bottom of it and see how big the clump of roots are. It may seem like a lot of work now, but you want to dig a hole that is twice as wide as the clump, and just a little less deep. Making the hole slightly bigger than the clump of roots allows there to be room for the soil that you dug out to be put back in. Otherwise you would be stuck with a giant heap of unwanted dirt, and nowhere to put it. After you have dug the hole, line the hole with some compost or fertilizer so that the tree will grow better. After you have done this you should set your fruit tree into the hole, and spread the roots out evenly so that the tree will be strong and stable.

    When all of this business is done, take the soil that you dug up and fill in the hole completely. Unless you want big piles of dirt everywhere, you should be sure you use all of the dirt even is it is a couple inches higher than the rest of your yard. This is because it will compress when watered. Before you firm up the soil, make sure that the tree is completely vertical and will not fall over. After you have checked that the tree is perfectly vertical you can gently firm up the soil.

    If the tree’s trunk is not yet completely sturdy and can be bent, you need to tie the tree to a stake with a bit of rope. Be sure not to tie the rope tightly to the tree, as you need to allow room for the trunk to grow. Once the tree is sturdy enough to withstand all types of weather, you can take the stakes off of it. When all of this is done you should mulch around the base of the tree. If you live in an area where wildlife can access your yard, then you should put a fence around your tree, because some animals will eat the bark off of young trees.

    Once you have successfully planted your fruit tree it will start to bear fruit after it is three to five years old. Once your tree starts to carry a lot of fruit you should periodically pick some of the fruit so that the branches aren’t weighed down too much. If the fruit gets too thick, the branches can break off. On some years your tree might not bear as much
    fruit as others, but this should not worry you. Healthy trees often take years on “vacation” where they produce little or no fruit.

    After you’ve planted your tree you might start to have some problems with pests. To help keep these pests away, always rake away old leaves, brush, or any other decaying matter that could be holding bugs that could be harmful to your tree.

    To make sure that your tree always stays healthy in the long run, you should prune it during winter or spring. Water your tree every two weeks during dry times, and be sure not to hit your tree with a lawn mower or a weed eater because it could severely damage the growth process. Also just make sure that your tree gets plenty of water and plenty of sun, and your growing experience should be just great.




    Kali Winters is a Herb Gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain amazing Herb Gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about <a href=”http://www.holisticherbsinfo.com/herbal-advantages”>Herbal Advantages</a>

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    Picking the Ideal Spot for Your Fruit Tree


    When growing a fruit tree, choosing the right place to plant it is very important. One thing that you have to consider is its proximity to a building, electric line, side walk, or any other thing that might disrupt its growth. Once you have planted fruit trees, the chances of unearthing it and changing its spot without killing it are very slim. Therefore you must always be sure you know which size fruit tree you have (dwarf, semi dwarf, or standard) and how big it will end up being once it is an adult. Dwarf fruit trees need an area with an eight-foot diameter to grow. Semi-dwarf fruit trees can grow up to fifteen feet wide. Standard fruit trees can grow as wide as thirty feet. To keep the size of your fruit tree(s) at whatever level is best for you, be sure to prune them at least once a year.

    Another thing that you have to consider when planting a fruit tree it whether or not it is getting all of the sunlight it needs to survive. You also have to be sure it doesn’t get too much sunlight. If your tree doesn’t get just the right amount of sun, it will die. Be sure that you do not plant it where the sunlight will be blocked by something. Also be sure that it isn’t being constantly hit be the sun at every moment of the day. Either of these can be fatal to the tree.

    An important thing to keep in mind when choosing a spot for your tree is whether your spot will be convenient for watering, harvesting, and pruning. A place that would not be good to plant a fruit tree is close to your house or your fence. Any of these things could get in the way of you harvesting and pruning. If your tree grows over your fence the fruit could drop into your neighbor’s yard, which might seem like a nice thing but would probably offend some people. You should also be sure to plant your tree where it will be easy to water; if you already have a sprinkler system in your yard you could put your tree where the sprinkler could reach it. If you do not have a sprinkler system installed, you should put the tree within reach of your hose.

    One of the most important things of all to keep in mind when planting a fruit tree is whether or not your soil in your yard is suitable for your tree. You have to make sure that is has enough nutrients, it has enough moisture, there is proper water drainage so your tree doesn’t drown, and it is the right texture. If your soil doesn’t have these traits then your tree won’t grow very well or produce good fruit. You can always alter your soil to be more suitable for your tree. One way that you can find out what kind of soil you have is by taking a sample of it and taking it to a lab. It may be expensive, but they can test it for what nutrients it has the most of. You’ll have the results back in a couple of days. If your soil is low in nutrients, you can go to your local nursery, or any other store with gardening supplies, and get fertilizer according to what your soil is most lacking in.

    After you have checked on all of these things, you are finally ready to go choose what kind of fruit tree you want and get ready to plant it. When you are choosing your tree keep in mind the spot you picked, and buy the tree that would do best in that spot. The worst thing that can possibly happen is devoting time and money to growing a tree, only to end up having to remove it because of poor planning.




    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain wonderfully, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herbal Home Remedies Here!

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    Maintaining a Healthy Young Tree


    Making sure that your fruit tree stays healthy is very important, but not as hard as some might think. There are several vital things you need to do: don’t harvest all of the fruit on the tree at the same time; make sure the soil is healthy; watch out for pests; plant it correctly; be sure it is protected when it is young. I will expand on all of these things.

    One way to ensure that your fruit tree will remain healthy is to never harvest all of the fruit at the same time. If all of the fruit is left on the tree, it will grow to an unbearable weight. The combined weight of all of the fruit can get very heavy and snap the branches. So once the fruit starts to grow, you should always pick some of them before they are completely ready. Even if you don’t want to pick the fruit before it is ready, it will be beneficial to your tree. While you should do this to prevent it from becoming too heavy, you should also never over-harvest. This can be equally damaging.

    Another part of making sure that your fruit tree stays healthy is planting it in fertile soil. If you plant anything in soil that doesn’t have the proper amount of nutrients in it, it will not grow and flourish as I am sure you would like it to. You also have to be sure that you plant the right tree in the right kind of soil, because some types of fruit trees do better in drier soil while some kinds or trees do better in damp soil. Just look up what kinds of nutrients your desired tree requires and you’ll know for sure whether to plant it or modify your soil in any way.

    Another way to ensure your fruit tree’s health is to watch out for pests. To help keep the pests away from your tree, try to eliminate places by your tree that pests might be living. Always look for old piles of brush, weeds, old leaves, or any other decaying matter where pests could be hiding. Another way to keep pests away is by using bug sprays and repellents. Also, regularly turn over a little bit of soil around your tree and look for pests that could be hiding underground. Sometimes the ones that are hidden out of sight can be the most harmful.

    If you don’t plant your fruit tree correctly, it could end up being very unhealthy. So to avoid this, always look for instructions before you plant trees. When you are planting a tree, make sure that your tree is perfectly vertical, so it won’t grow to be pointing off in an abnormal direction. When you are planting a tree you should also spread out the roots so that the tree will always be stable. This will help it live longer since the maximum water intake will be optimized.

    The final thing to do in keeping your fruit tree healthy is to keep it protected when it is young and fragile. When you have a young tree you should tie it to a stake to help it to survive strong winds. Don’t tie it too hard, you should always allow room for the tree trunk to grow. Another thing to do when it is young is to put a small fence around it. This can help keep it safe from animals that will eat its bark if given the chance. A fence will also help to guard the base against strong wind and other weather.

    If you follow all of this advice during the early years of your tree, you should have an experience that is nothing but joyful. Hopefully you’ll learn from the mistakes of others, and take great care of your tree. Just remember to always look up information on the type of tree you have, so that you can find out what exactly it requires.




    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain wonderfully, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Starting an Herb Garden!

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    How to Prevent Small Fruits


    The one thing that usually shocks new tree growers is the fact that the fruits produced by their tree are much smaller than the ones they’re used to seeing at the grocery store. “What is wrong with my tree?!”, “My God! What have I done!?” are some cried you may hear from the disgruntled tree grower. However, small fruits are a natural occurrence. But while smaller fruits might be what nature originally intended, it is possible to attain larger fruits without any genetic altering or added chemicals. It is only through advanced techniques that the professionals reach such large sizes with their fruits.

    Usually in the early stages of a fruit trees growing, veterans do something called “fruit thinning”. The theory behind this process is that with less fruits to pay attention to, the tree will be able to more efficiently send cells to the leftover fruits. When there are hundreds of little fruits on one tree, competing for the available materials necessary for growth, you will most likely just end up with a bunch of stunted fruits. To take care of this problem, simply pluck a third of the fruits extremely early on in the process. You should notice larger fruits that season.

    On almost any tree, the success of each individual fruit depends on the spacing. Usually there should not be any fruits within six to eight inches of each other. During the fruit thinning process, this is the distance you should generally aim for to optimize the amount of nutrition that each fruit gets. Any closer and you’ll find they are crowding each other out. Usually this is the first mistake that a new tree grower makes. Having tons of fruit starting to grow is not always a good thing!

    Sometimes small fruits are caused by conditions out of the gardener’s control. During the process of cell division that all new fruits go through, cool weather can be fatal to the largeness of your fruits. Likewise, if the weather is particularly cloudy very early in the season, then fewer carbohydrates will be available to your plants. Occasionally, if the factors are all against the well being of your fruit tree, then the fruits will drop to the ground before they are even ripe. A lack of water or certain nutrients, or excessive pests and diseases can also damage the growth of fruits. If you notice these things going on early in the season, you should do more fruit thinning than normal. Sometimes as much as three fourths of the fruits should come off, to allow full nutrition to those who remain.

    The best way to find out how to gain larger fruit sizes is to experiment. If your tree has been around for a while, there is almost nothing you can do to it to cause it to die or stop producing fruit. Just test different thinning techniques or anything you can think of to make the fruits larger. You might even head down to your local nursery and enquire about what they would suggest. They will be able to give you advice based on your region and specific tree, which is better than anything I could tell you. So don’t settle with small fruits. Go out there and find out what exactly you need to do to improve the size.




    Kali Winters is a Gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herb Gardening!

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    Finding Drought Resistant Trees


    If you live in an area that is slightly parched of water, you know better than anyone that one of the things that decides whether fruit trees survive or not is your ability to supply it with sufficient water. Unfortunately, many people don’t take this in to account when buying fruit trees for sale. They will just go for the nicest looking tree, and then wish they could give it more water. If you do a bit of training trees before you rush out and buy a tree, you should be able to find trees that can survive on lower amounts of water.

    Usually the most adaptable plants are the ones that are indigenous anyway. If you live in a zone that is suffering a water crisis, usually the only plants that survive are the ones that have been there all along. This is because they are used to the conditions and know how to survive. Just take a drive through the undeveloped regions of your city, and look at what fruit trees are producing. Find out their names, and buy them. They might not be the most attractive fruit trees, but you rarely have to make any modifications to your soil to get them to grow.

    One of the most drought resistant trees that can grow anywhere is the “Scotch Pine”. Not only does it grow at a very fast rate of 20 or more inches per year, it is hardy and drought resistant. It usually grows between 25 and 35 feet, and it extremely easy to get started. Most fruit tree nurseries sell these trees, especially in areas with lower amounts of water.

    There are many varieties of drought resistant trees available. Many fade to a yellowish brown color during the colder months, and this is usually what causes some people to dislike them and others to love them. However, there are many varieties of drought resistant trees available that do not do this.

    The Rocky Mountain Juniper is another example of a drought resistant tree that is an extremely hardy and easy to grow. Its bark also turns a browner color during the winter, and rejuvenates in late spring.

    Drought resistant trees are frequently used as windbreaks because of how tough and hardy they are. These drought resistant trees are also great if you are trying to attract different varieties of birds to your yard. They provide great branches to nest in. Unfortunately the Rocky Mountain Juniper doesn’t grow as fast as other hardy plants like it. The rate is less than 10 inches per year.

    Another one of the most popular drought resistant trees is the Russian Olive. This tree is impressive and will definitely turn some heads once it is fully grown. It is more decorative than the other drought resistant trees mentioned above, and will reach 20 or 25 feet once it is fully grown. They are able to grow in almost any soil, and attract birds with the berries they produce.

    As you can see, there are many options for you if your water is limited. There are many other drought resistant trees that I have not mentioned, and depending on your area, you may be able to find a preferable variety. Do a Google search for hardy plants that will survive in your area, and you should be presented with a large list. If you can’t find that list, just go outside and see what is currently flourishing. That is the best indication of what drought resistant trees you should buy.

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    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain wonderfully, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herbal Advantages Here!

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    Dealing with Moths


    Having a steady supply of fresh fruit from your backyard is quite a nice thing. Many people strive to attain this dream. However, many people fail to realize how easy it is to obtain a fairly serious infestation of worms in their fruit. I can’t think of anything more unpleasant than biting into an apple off of the tree you’ve slaved over for so long, only to find that you have not been diligent enough with your pesticides.

    Even though it seems like a hassle to always be spraying pesticides, it is something that you should never overlook. Spraying pesticides is a fairly quick and easy process, and you shouldn’t have to do it very often at all. Believe me; it is worth it to just get out there in the yard every couple of weeks and spray.

    Spraying can seem like a time consuming process. After all, you have to go out and buy all the supplies, mix the chemicals, apply them, and clean up everything you used in the process. Sometimes you’ll even need a ladder to reach all segments of the trees. The entire process can take as long as four hours if you have several large trees. Doing this every 2 weeks can get very tiresome and irritating. However, you should always persevere. Usually being adamant in your regular spraying will help prevent infestations of such things as moths, but sometimes it’s just not enough.

    Usually you can recognize if moths have laid eggs on your trees by the ends of the branches. If you notice something that looks like a cluster of moth eggs, you should immediately prune the branch you found it on and destroy it. Check the rest of the tree very thoroughly. If the eggs were to hatch, you would have a huge amount of moth larvae crawling around through your tree and into your fruits. I don’t know about you, but the very thought of this makes me wretch.

    I once had a friend who was dealing with a very bad moth infestation. He couldn’t find a single fruit on his tree that didn’t have a worm inside of it. He ended up having to cut down the entire tree (the stump was a wriggling mass of white larvae. I threw up when I saw it. Damn my weak stomach!) and have the stump professionally removed to get rid of all traces. Having to start completely over on a tree you’ve worked on for so long is an absolute travesty.

    I myself live in the same area as that friend I just mentioned, and I have never had a problem with moths. This is because every Saturday during springtime, I make it part of my schedule to go outside and spray down my entire tree. Preventing the infestation of unwanted guests is much better than having to cut down a tree and start completely over just because of a little laziness.

    If you have not thought of spraying pesticides in the past, you should head to your local gardening supplies store today. Find out what pests are most prevalent in your area, and buy the appropriate pesticides to prevent them from ever visiting your trees. I urge you not to brush this off, as it will save you lots of trouble in the long run.




    Kali Winters is a Gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain amazing, successful gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herb Garden Kits!

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    Dealing with Barren Trees


    One of the most frustrating things that can possibly happen to someone who has slaved for hours and hours in growing a fruit tree is the unexplainable barrenness that can sometimes occur when there should be a plethora of fresh fruit. I know this from experience. My neighbors all consider me the gardening guru because of my extensive knowledge. But this is only because gardening has been my passion for years and years, and like a sponge I have accumulated so much information in my mind. My learning has also come from past experiences with failure. For about 5 years after I started planting fruit trees, I did not see a single fruit for all my labor. I was nearly ready to give up, until I met who I think is truly the guru of gardening.

    I was in the gardening store, looking for some sort of new fertilizer to put my hope in for my quest to obtain fruit. I don’t know if there was a look of desperation in my eyes, but a kindly old man came up and started speaking with me. He introduced himself as Ralph, and for some reason I opened up to him and told him about all of my difficulties. I’ve never been the type to spill all my problems on anyone who asks, but Ralph seemed like such a nice fellow that I just couldn’t help it. And I’m glad I did, because what he taught me truly helped me to get my fruit trees in gear and start producing.

    I learned that generally, the inability to produce can be caused by a number of factors. Sometimes the tree is simply too young; If your tree is less than four years old, you shouldn’t exactly expect it to be producing yet. If it has reached 4 years and you still have seen no sign of fruit, then you should start to consider other factors that might be causing the barrenness.

    If the tree is undergoing any type of water stress (this can be poor drainage, too much water, or too little water), then it will have trouble growing. If you suspect this is the case, you should evaluate your own watering techniques and compare them with the needs of the tree to see if you are causing water stress. Also always be on the lookout for any diseases or pest damages. If your tree is constantly being molested by all kinds of little creatures, then you can’t expect it to be lively enough to produce fruit.

    If your tree blooms but still doesn’t produce any fruit, this could be because of cold temperatures during the bloom. The coldness damaged the flower bud or damaged the baby fruit. Aesthetically the tree may look fine, but the inside could be damaged beyond any hope of ever seeing fruit. Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do in this case except for wait until next year and hope that it doesn’t happen again.

    If the tree’s pollination process has not been fully completed, it could have troubles growing fruit. If you planted different varieties, you may find that the requirements are different than you had originally thought and they were incompatible. In this case you need to replant the correct combinations.

    Once I evaluated the conditions of my tree and everything that has occurred in its life, I realized that not only had I cross pollinated slightly incorrectly, but I was also giving my tree too much water. After I fixed these problems, I had learned my lesson and I have not had any trouble bearing fruit since then.

    So if you are struggling with a plant that is not being cooperative, you should consult an expert gardener. If you can find a gardening mentor like mine that is willing to teach you everything they know, then you should be able to get your garden on the right track with no problems.




    Kali Winters is a Gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Growing Herbs!

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    What to Look for when Buying a Tree


    Although the process of growing and caring for a tree is generally challenging and even difficult at times, sometimes one of the hardest parts is choosing which kind you want. You have to choose between the many sizes, fruit, and other attributes. The different sizes include: dwarf, semi-dwarf, and standard. Your choice can affect everything about your growing experience, including the amount of work you have to put in and the amount of rewards (fruit) you will obtain.

    Dwarf trees are ideal if you only have a limited amount of open space in your yard. They take up as little as only as eight-foot diameter plot of land. Although the dwarf fruit trees are smaller than the others, their fruit is just the same size and the shortness makes them easier to prune and harvest. Dwarf fruit trees aren’t known for living quite as long as larger fruit trees. They begin to bear fruit after three to five years, so if you are going to buy a dwarf fruit tree from a nursery you should always check and see how old it is.

    Semi-dwarf trees are medium sized, and when they are full grown they take up a fifteen-foot diameter. Semi-dwarf fruit tree’s height can range from as low as ten feet to as high as sixteen feet. To keep them from getting to large you should prune them at least once a year. Occasionally semi-dwarf fruit trees take a season off and produce little or no fruit, but mostly they produce hundreds of fruit every year. Many people enjoy having semi dwarf fruit trees because they produce more fruit than a dwarf tree, and they are generally easier to harvest and maintain than a standard fruit tree.

    Standard sized fruit trees take up much more area the then any of the smaller tree varieties, and they are also harder to keep manageable and to harvest all of the fruit. If you do not prune them at least once a year they can grow as large as thirty feet. If you are just looking for a good tree to provide you with plenty of delicious fruit from and to keep your yard shady, a standard sized tree would be the perfect tree for you. Standard sized fruit trees take a very long time to reach their full height, but they usually begin to bear fruit after only three to five years.

    The best variety of fruit tree to buy would be one that carries fruit and does well in your area, because a local fruit tree takes less work and grows the best. Although fruit trees bearing other, more exotic kinds of fruit may seem more exciting, they usually won’t grow as well in your area. That’s not to say it’s impossible. You can definitely try to grow a more exotic tree, but it will take much more commitment and time.

    Another factor involved in deciding on a type of tree is what kind of soil you have, because some trees do better in damp soil while others are better suited for drier soil. If it rains often in your area you would do well to plant a plum tree. But if you do not get very much rain you would do better to plant a pear tree or an apple tree. Before choosing which type of fruit tree you would like, consult your local nursery or gardening guru to find out which trees would do well in your area.

    Other things that you should look for while looking for a fruit tree at the nursery are things like how sturdy it is, if all of the branches are evened out, how straight the tree stands, the condition of the roots that support the tree, the length of the stem, and the height of the fruit from the ground. Making a careful and deliberate decision can mean the difference between having the stunted fruit from your lopsided tree being eaten by animals all day long.




    Kali Winters is a Gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herb Gardens!

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    The Many Types of Cherry Trees


    One of the most pleasant trees you can possibly maintain is a cherry tree. The word Cherry is derived from the name of an ancient city in Turkey. It describes both the tree and the fruit it produces. A cherry fruit is classified as a “drupe”. In the center it has a single hard core that holds the seed. The outside of the fruit is smooth and might have a small groove down one side. There are hundreds of different varieties of cherry.

    There are two main groups that cherries can fall under. It is either a wild cherry or a sour cherry. Wild cherries are generally used for plain eating, and originated in Europe or western Asia. Usually if you buy a bag of cherries from the store, you can guess that they are wild cherries. The other type, sour cherries, also originated in Europe and western Asia. These are less pleasant to eat, and are used more in cooking situations, including the production of jam or jelly.

    Cherry trees aren’t just known for their delicious fruits. They are also popular for their beautiful flowers or blossoms. The clusters of flowers that appear in the spring are rather breathtaking, and have inspired many a song or poem.

    If you’re looking to plant a cherry tree, you might consider black cherries. It is best known for being the tallest tree available, and producing beautiful white clumps of flowers. The fruit, which becomes ready to pick in the summertime, is small and black. The only negative aspects about this tree are its vulnerability to certain caterpillars, and the tendency for the fruits to fall on their own and stain concrete. That’s why it is best to keep them over grass rather then near a sidewalk.

    Another one of the most beautiful types of trees is the purple leaved plum. Contrary to its name, it isn’t a plum but rather a larger type of cherry. Its tree is most recognizable for its strikingly purple flowers. Through the course of its flowering season, they usually change from deep purple to light pink. Either way, you’ll probably be the only one on the block with such a colorful tree. One of its strong points is that it is particularly resistant to pests.

    The Amur Chokeberry is most recognizable for its golden bark on the trunk and branches. When its flowers bloom in the middle of spring, they are very small and white. These trees specifically require moist, but well-drained soil. If your yard can’t supply that, then this is probably a tree you should skip. This tree is one of the most susceptible to pests and diseases unless you live in a very cold climate. It is one of the most high maintenance trees, but the cherries are delicious and the flowers are some of the lushest.

    No matter what your yard or soil situation is like, you should have no problem finding a cherry tree that will do well in your area. They are a great thing to add to your yard, and when it flowers it will take the breath away from everyone that looks at it. It works great as a focal point for any garden. So go to your nursery today, and enquire about what types of cherry trees are known for doing well in your region. You’re bound to find something you like.




    Kali Winters is a Gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs-A Beginners Guide on Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Herb Gardens!

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    Staking a Young Tree


    When a tree is in the young stages, one of the most vital things you need to provide for it in addition to water and nutrients is support. If you don’t hold up the tree somehow, it might end up bending in a certain direction and growing extremely crooked for the rest of its life. So no matter what, you should always have some kind of support.

    The most popular method of keeping young trees upright is to put long stakes into the ground on either side, and tie loops around the tree. Each loop should be fairly loose to allow for further expanding of the trunk. Lots of people just have a stake on one side of the tree, but this is not a good practice because it generally doesn’t allow for further growth of the tree.

    You should only be staking your tree if you think that wind and other forces might be literally moving the ball of roots within the ground. Your staking should prevent all of this movement, because this is the most harmful thing that can happen to a young tree. It causes the roots to be in motion too much and not be able to properly get a hold on the soil so that the tree can develop normally.

    Before you stake a tree, you should be completely sure that it needs it. If you constrict the movement and growth of a tree that doesn’t need to be tethered down, you could harm it beyond repair. For example, the staking mechanism you use could cause abrasion or “rashes” on the trunk. This will happen anyways, but why have it happen needlessly? Also, staking gives your yard an unnatural look and can present a hazard for people walking or running across the yard.

    The staking process is actually rather simple. Just take 3 stakes and tie each one separately near the base of the trunk. If you use some sort of tether to prevent rope burn on your tree, that would be an even better solution. These can be purchased at any gardening shop, and are designed to be friendly to the bark of the tree. It is much better to stick with these instead of bare rope, to minimize the amount of friction the tree endures.

    When you think your tree has been staked long enough to stand on its own, you should remove the stakes from the ground as soon as humanly possible. Every moment the tree is constricted it is losing some of its vitality. As soon as it seems like the wind is dying down around your area, look on the weather reports and see how much wind is forecasted. If the skies will be pretty clear for a while, you should at least temporarily take off the stakes.

    To wrap it all up, you should never deny your tree a good staking. It is a completely necessary thing to do in certain situations. It is very crucial to understand when those occasions are, though. Staking a tree that doesn’t need it can be as damaging as not staking a tree that does need it. It might be beneficial for you to consult an expert, and get their opinion as to whether your tree should be staked, and for how long.




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    Selling at a Farmer’s Markets


    Usually the main motivation for planting a fruit tree is just the joy of maintaining a tree and eating the delicious fruit that comes from it. However, in my personal experience it is possible to go on a quite lucrative venture with fruit trees by operating a fruit stand or participating in a farmer’s market.

    When I moved to Florida, I was slightly depressed at the fact that I had just left behind years and years of hard work to get my lawn to the point it was. However, I was able to channel this depression into the desire to get a new and more beautiful garden and lawn setup going. The house I moved into was nice, but the previous owner obviously had no gardening prowess. The lawn was barren of any features besides grass. Lots and lots of grass.

    I decided that since I was now in a new climate that I had never experienced before, I would grow some trees that I didn’t have the opportunity to grow before. I decided to do the truly Floridian thing to do, and get a few orange trees. It was a lot easier than I had imagined. I’ve had some rather disastrous experiences with planting trees in the past, and planting the orange trees was no problem at all. I decided to go with Valencia oranges, just because they are the most popular orange to grow and almost everyone is able to grow them successfully.

    After I picked out what type of orange I wanted, I decided to get three trees. It took me about 3 days to dig all the necessary holes and install the trees. It was a flawless operation, and I truly felt like an expert. The trees grew healthy and straight, and produced fruit at the time of year they were expected to.

    For the three or four years, my orange trees didn’t produce very much fruit. Sure I never ran out of oranges for my own personal usage, and I drank almost nothing but orange juice, but I didn’t have the ludicrous amount that you might expect from 3 trees. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed with my trees. I was happy to be getting any fruit at all. But I had heard of people getting thousands and thousands of oranges from several trees, and I was slightly baffled as to why I wasn’t so fortunate.

    About a year after that, my orange trees really took off. I walked outside one day to see about 5 times as many oranges as I had grown in any previous seasons. I thought I was seeing things, but they all stuck around. I harvested so many oranges that year, I hardly even knew what to do with all of them. That was when my neighbor suggested to me that I sell at a farmer’s market. I found out the time that they go on, and rented a spot for my truck (some farmers markets allow you to come and sell for free, but mine charged rent just to park my truck).

    Within the first day at the farmer’s market, I had made back all the money I spent on the original trees. My oranges were truly a hit, and I was getting more customers than any of the other participants. After that week, I didn’t miss a day at the farmer’s market. It wasn’t enough money to live off of, but it was a good amount for just selling some oranges. Besides, what else would I have done with them? I certainly couldn’t have eaten them all by myself. So if you have any excess fruit, you should never throw it away or try to eat it all by yourself. Take it to the farmer’s market and try to get some extra cash for your gardening labor. If your products are delicious, you might just be a hit with the consumers.




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    Pruning Your Trees


    If you have just entered the tree growing world, you have no doubt heard the term “pruning” tossed around by the more veteran growers. Well, I have something to admit. For several years, I did not even know what pruning was. I heard the term a lot, but I never felt comfortable asking someone what exactly it was. Even though it would have benefited my gardening and tree growing, I was too prideful to ask. I’ve found that pride is the reason for the failure of many great endeavors; if I had just asked someone what pruning was, I wouldn’t have undergone a few of the disasters that occurred during my first years of gardening.

    Pruning is the removal of dead or unneeded branches to encourage the growth of flowers. Usually a tree will end up devoting energy to branches that don’t need it, while neglecting branches which are bearing more fruit. If you remove the branches that are taking all the nutrients, you will begin to see a flourish in the other ones. Pruning also keeps the tree in shape by keeping the branches even. This prevents it from becoming weighed down on one side. Having too many branches on one side could cause the tree to become permanently crooked.

    Many gardeners don’t even think about pruning their trees until they start to bear fruit. This is a big mistake, and you should never neglect to care for a tree just because it hasn’t yet begun to produce. During the entire process of growth, you should prune the tree in a way that it is even and uniform. Then, when it does start to produce fruit, the results will be significantly greater. It is very easy to tell the difference between a tree that has been pruned regularly during its growth, and one that has been neglected. Generally the shape of the tree is much more natural looking if it has been pruned.

    The first thing to look for when you start pruning is any branches which are dead or diseased. These are quite easy to recognize. Usually they don’t bear any fruit, and might be misshapen or discolored. Don’t hesitate at all in chopping these guys off, as they are nothing but detrimental to the health of your tree. Sometimes a branch can be dead or diseased without making it too obvious. If this is the case, simply wait until the tree is flowering and it will become obvious by not growing anything.

    The second type of branch to look for is the branch that is too close in range to all the other ones. If it grows at such a length and angle that the end is right next to all the other branches, they might end up crowding each other out. Take off the smaller of the two branches to allow the larger one to have the breathing room that it needs. This same rule applies to the weight balance of your tree. Sometimes, for reasons we will never understand, a tree will grow several branches on one side and weigh itself into being lopsided.

    So hopefully I have provided you with a basic knowledge of pruning. There are more situations and types of branches that require pruning, but what I’ve outlined is the very basic parts. These can alter depending on how old your tree is. For example, for the first 3 years of a tree’s growth it requires pruning that follows more “formative” guidelines. After the tree is well established, you will need to use “regulatory” pruning to keep it where you would like it to be. There are entire books written on how to prune trees depending on how old they are. There are far too many techniques for me to go over, so if you want to use these advanced techniques then you should go to your local library and check out a book.




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    Preventing Diseases in Fruit Trees


    If you maintain any pitted fruit trees such as plums, peaches, or cherries, I’m sure you know that those types of trees are much more susceptible to diseases than any other type. While the fruits are delicious, it can be rather hard to live with all of the maladies that can plague the life of everyone who has ever grown one of those types of fruit trees.

    The main disease that you will hear about the most is known as “Brown Rot”. This is a fungus that attaches to many of the leftover fruits after the picking season is over. Not only does it look disgusting on the leftover fruits, but it also can come back on the newer fruits, rendering them inedible (unless you enjoy eating fungus). To prevent this malady, you should prune your trees often to encourage good air circulation. Buildups of moisture are the main cause of the brown rot. Also when you are done picking for the season, you should get rid of all of the leftover fruits in the tree or on the ground.

    A cytospora canker is a disgusting dark, soft area on tree branches. Gum protrudes through the bark, along with a large callus. The pathogen which causes these cankers usually enters the tree through older wounds. If you prune all of the sprouts that occur in late summer, cankers will have a harder time making themselves known within your tree. When you prune, always allow the wounds to heal naturally rather than use the wound dressings that you can buy at gardening stores. I’ve found that these usually do very little to help any situation, and only serve to make the tree look unnatural.

    Those planting plum trees might deal with something called Black Knot. The symptoms of black not are rough tumors or growths that can be seen on the tree’s branches. If you see any of these, you should immediately chop off the branch it has attached to. If you use branches for mulch usually, don’t for this one. This disease can easily re-enter the tree if it is within a certain distance.

    Almost everyone who has ever maintained a cherry tree has dealt with the “Cherry Leaf Spot”. It usually shows itself when there are old dead leaves accumulated on the ground. Preventing this disease is fairly easy. All you have to do is be fairly diligent in raking up all of the leaves that fall from your tree. If you have already seen signs of the disease, you should destroy all of your raked leaves. If not, then you can use them as mulch.

    When your fruits ripen and become ready for picking, you should always be completely finished with picking within 2 weeks. It is best to daily go outside and pick all of the new ripe fruits, along with any that have fallen off of the tree or are starting to rot on the tree. By doing this, you will prevent bees and wasps from becoming too dependent on your tree for nourishment.

    Growers of fruit trees are constantly faced with diseases and pests to worry about. However, if you take the proper precautions then you can avoid most of them. You should also look for any diseases that have been affecting your local area, and try to take steps to prevent those as well.




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    Picking the Right Orange Tree


    If you live in a hot, humid sub-tropical zone like Florida or California, you have many options for growing fruit trees. You are lucky enough to be able to support almost any type of plant as long as you prevent pests from taking over. You should consider growing an orange tree, as these are usually easy to maintain and produce some of the most delicious fruits. The orange is one of the most popular fruits worldwide due to its sweetness, juiciness, and distinctive flavor.

    The orange tree can reach up to 50 feet in height towards its later years, so you should definitely take that into account when planning. Even if you’re starting with a very small tree, plan ahead and place it in an open area so that it will have plenty of room to expand. If you make the same mistake I did, you will end up having to renovate your yard to some extreme measures, such as taking out an entire shed. Just take the necessary precautions beforehand and avoid all of this trouble.

    The ideal soil for growing an orange tree would be fine sand with great drainage. The soil should be deep enough to allow for extensive root development, since the trees are known for reaching monstrous sizes and requiring lots of support from down below. If you have shallow, easily saturated soil then you should either do something to remedy it or move onto a different type of tree. It is most likely that attempting to grow an orange tree in these conditions would be disastrous.

    One of the more popular types of orange is the “Washington Navel”. It probably came about as a mutation of other oranges. It originated in Brazil around 1820, and had moved on to Florida within fifteen years. It is characterized by being one of the largest of all available oranges. The peel or rind is easily removed. Usually it is not as juicy as other oranges, but has an intense flavor. These are the most popular orange trees for commercial growing. If you decide on one of these trees, you probably won’t have to water as much.

    Another type of orange is the “Trovita”. It was invented sometime in the early 1900s at a lab in California devoted to experimenting with new types of citruses. It started being publicly marketed around 1940. It doesn’t have a very strong flavor, and has more seeds than a Washington Navel. However, it was designed to be more adaptable to harsher, hot and dry environments that would not be acceptable for other types of orange. Some of the more popular oranges in Florida right now are mutations of this type.

    The ‘Valencia’ is one of the most juicy and flavorful oranges. It is most popular in South Africa and the southern USA states. Until about 20 years ago, Valencia oranges made up a strangely large portion of the orange market due to its popularity. It is thought to have been invented in China. It has almost no seeds. Another subgroup of Valencia oranges are the “Rhode Red Valencia” oranges. These were created around 1960, so they are slightly more recent than other types. Various mutations occurred and the trees that grew as a product of them were large and extremely hardy. The oranges themselves are more juicy and less acidic than the standard Valencia oranges.

    Orange trees are a great thing to get planted, because with just a little effort in the planting process you will be able to enjoy hundreds of delicious fruits every year. Just pick whatever orange sounds the most delicious, and go with it! Before you purchase a tree, you should of course consult a local expert to make sure your desired type will flourish in your area. Usually this won’t be a problem, but it is always good to make sure before you spend the money and time.




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    My First Tree


    Almost everyone’s first tree experience has some embarrassing events. Nobody can be an expert right away; we all make mistakes that sometimes haunt us for years afterwards. Some of us make worse mistakes than others, though. I think that if there was an award for being the most naïve person to ever attempt growing a tree, I would win.

    When I decided to plant a tree of my own, I had the perfect spot in mind. There was a gap between my house and my fence of about 5 feet. It was probably the least traveled area of my whole lawn, and I thought it could use something to spice it up. Maybe if I provided some lovely shade, it would become more used by my family. I envisioned a little picnic paradise in the shade, where my family could go just to be with each other and nature. Boy was I wrong.

    I decided on a nice apple tree. Despite the risk of apples falling on our heads, I thought it would be a treat to sit under the shade and munch on delicious home grown apples. Just the thought of this romantic, poignant activity was enough to make me drive my self to the nursery and purchase the first apple tree in sight. I didn’t know enough about trees to look at the roots or any of the signs that it could be an unhealthy tree. I spent the required amount of money and had the tree delivered right to my house.

    I dug the hole right where I wanted the tree. This took almost the rest of the day. Holes are an easy thing to underestimate. It’s easy to say that a hole will only take an hour or two, but once you actually start digging it usually progresses a lot slower than you would have estimated. By the time I actually got the hole big enough to fit the ball of roots, I certainly didn’t feel like digging another few feet around the perimeter as most tree planting guides suggest. I was just ready to place the tree. With the help of my morbidly obese neighbor, I lifted the tree across the yard and dropped it into my hole. Then, it was time to fill in the hole.

    I couldn’t have been happier once I filled in that last shovel load of dirt. I stood back to admire my work. That was when my 3 year old daughter said something that crushed my spirits, and haunts me to this day. “Daddy, that tree stands up like grandpa!” My father is a great man, and if she had compared any other aspect of the tree to him I would have considered it an honor. But unfortunately his back has been deteriorating lately, and he can’t stand up very straight. I noticed that my tree did indeed have a similarity to his posture.

    Thinking this was a problem that the tree would naturally outgrow, I decided to leave it for a while to see what happens. Every day I went out to check on the progress of the tree; to see if it was any straighter than it was the day before. I daily had my spirits crushed when I saw that it had not improved at all. Not wanting to put forth the effort of removing it from my yard, I decided to just forget about it. I never went over to that side of the house again and almost completely pushed the tree from my mind. I decided that if any problem ever came about from leaving the tree there, I would pack up my furniture and flee the state. That’s how much I was humiliated by my tree experience.

    After about 3 years of completely ignoring that the tree ever existed, I was sitting in my house one day and heard a loud crash. I ran outside to see what the problem was, just to see that my tree had grown to such an unmanageable size that it had taken out my gutter and part of my neighbor’s fence. I moved out of state within a week.




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    How to Safely Spray Pesticide


    If you want to protect your fruit tree from pests during the summer, this is almost impossible to accomplish without the use of pesticides or chemicals. This might scare some people into thinking that the actual fruits will contain traces of the chemicals. If you do things correctly, you can get rid of all the pests and not infect the actual tree. If you’re going to be spraying chemicals, you most likely will be using either a handheld pump or a hose-end sprayer.

    If you’re using the pump sprayers, you will be able to more accurately determine the mixing of the chemicals. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to spray it very far. Usually it won’t reach the tops of trees. This can be achieved with the hose end sprayers, but getting the correct mix of chemicals is quite a challenge. It all depends on your water pressure to get the correct mixture of chemicals, but water pressure is not constant. One day it might be lower, in which case your chemical content would be higher. The types of materials you buy for hose application are generally in an extremely strong form. They need to be severely diluted before they are weak enough to apply.

    When you are mixing the chemicals for spraying, you need to follow the directions exactly. You are dealing with dangerous chemicals, so its best to do exactly what the professionals recommend and wear the proper protective gear. When you’re dealing with chemicals like this, you should always wear rubber gloves. Use the exact portions indicated on the label. Estimation won’t work in this case, and you could end up killing your tree or not killing any bugs. You should usually start by putting in the proper amount of pesticide, and then top it off with all the water.

    Now comes the spraying. The goal is to spray the same amount over all the areas. You still don’t want to spray so much that enough builds up to drip off of the leaves. Usually you will want to get a ladder so that you can get within spraying distance of all the portions of the tree. Apply the pesticide in even, full sweeps as to hit every piece. Never go over the same part twice, because that is when you start to drip.

    If you’re dealing with a large and well developed tree, you should stand on a ladder under the base of the trunk. Spray all segments from the inside towards the outside. After you are done spraying the outer canopy, you’re ready to get out from under there and work on the rest. Once you are done cleaning, be sure to fully and thoroughly clean off every bit of equipment you used, including your clothes. Don’t include the clothes you wore while spraying in the rest of your family’s laundry.

    While you’re spraying for pests, the main thing to keep in mind is to avoid dripping onto the ground. When this happens, the pesticides will be absorbed by the roots of the tree and be transported to the actual fruits on the trees. As long as the pesticides stay on the outside and you wash your fruit thoroughly before you eat it, you will have nothing to worry about as far as being poisoned goes.




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    Growing Trees for Shade


    If you are currently trying to plant trees in order to shade your garden, you will probably want something that grows very fast and provides plenty of shade. With the many types of trees available, you will have no problem finding a variety that will grow extremely fast and provide all the shade that your garden needs to survive. There are also many things you can do to speed up the growth of trees.

    Generally trees are separated into two categories: long lived and short lived. If you are just looking for some temporary shade for your garden, you should stick to a short lived tree. But if you plan on keeping it for years, go for a long lived tree.

    If you decide on a short lived plant, you are probably looking for something with speedy growth. This means the root system will be particularly aggressive, so be sure not to place it near any septic tanks or other deep rooted plants. If the roots have plenty of area to grow, then they will shoot out extremely fast and your tree will take off in growth. Your placement should also be based on the tree’s relative position to the area you are wanting to shade. You should keep it to the western or southern sides for maximum shading.

    Preparing your soil well for the shade trees can be the best way to enhance the plant growth speed. The bigger hole you dig for the root ball, the better. Also when you dig out the soil from the hole, you should work it over well before you replace it. This will allow the roots to penetrate through the soil better. If you mix in all your fertilizer and nutrients to the soil before you replace it, you will end up with a superior tree. Also try to use organic materials as mulch. Bark and any branches or twigs work well for this, and will encourage the quick growth.

    When you buy your shade tree, it will usually come with the root ball balled up and in a burlap bag. It might also be grown in a container or simply with bare roots. If you get a tree in a burlap bag, you should plant it anywhere between fall and early spring. Trees grown in containers are ok to plant at almost any time of the year. If the tree just has bare roots, then the ideal planting time is anytime in winter and early spring. If you buy a tree that has been grown in a container, make sure that the roots are not constricted by the container. This will usually cause the roots to go in circles underground after you plant it. After you buy the tree and before you plant it, be sure to constantly add moisture to it.

    The ideal planting process would include putting it in the ground at the proper depth, and replacing the soil without compressing it too much. Immediately after planting, you should give the tree its first watering before putting the layer of mulch on. You should always use organic mulch, and have a 2 or 3 inch layer of it at the base of your tree.

    You should always use nitrogen fertilizer during the first segment of the tree’s life. Simply follow the instructions on the label in order to find out exactly how much to apply and when to apply it. Never apply too much fertilizer while the tree is young. You should usually wait until it has been established for about a year. The fertilizer that you do add should be sufficiently watered down.

    If you are trying to grow a tree speedily, there are many more things that you need to consider. However, with proper planning you can create the perfect environment for the tree to spring right up and provide you with plenty of shade within months.




    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain wonderfully, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! Learn more about Harvesting and Drying Herbs!

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    Different Types of Apple Trees


    In the past, there have been only a couple different kinds of apple trees that you could buy. But now, thanks to the wonders of genetic engineering, if you want to buy an apple tree you are able to choose between many different types of apples and flavors. Here I will outline five different popular types of apples that you can consider for your first apple tree.

    First introduced in Japan, the Fuji apple has been around since 1962. The Fuji apple has yellow-green skin with red streaks down the side. The inside is delicious and sweet. It is white, firm, crunchy, and very flavorful. It becomes ripe in the middle of September, but tastes the best if it is left to fully mature until October or November. These apples will start growing early and grow in abundance. They are good for pollinating other apples. The Fuji tree can tolerate wet, dry, or poor soil, but the fruit quality will most likely reflect the quality of the soil. The apples always taste the best when they are fresh, and are great for cooking.

    Gala apples are a wonderful tasting import from New Zealand. The Gala apple has yellow skin with a slight hint of red, and it is medium sized. The insides are yellow, very juicy, firm, crisp, and smell excellent. When they are fresh they are one of the best tasting apples you can grow. They grow quickly, and the trees bear heavily. They become ripe in late July. They are generally not used for cooking, just because Fuji is a better alternative. The trees can grow in wet, dry, and poor soil as well.

    The delicious Brae Burn apples’ color varies from gold with red streaks to almost completely red. It was first popularized some time in the late 1940’s. It was also originally from New Zealand along with the Fuji, and is now the best selling apple in Germany. The insides are white, crisp, aromatic, firm, and juicy. They are sweet, but also slightly tart. The size varies from medium to large. They were introduced to the United States around 1980, and met with great enthusiasm. They are some of the most popular apples in the world. They generally don’t become brown too quickly after being cut. They become ripe around October or November.

    As red as its name proclaims, the Red Delicious apple is very tall and large. Their yellow insides are crisp, sweet, juicy, and delicious. They are grown across the country, and are great to put in salads. They are usually recognized by their distinct heart shape. They were first introduced in 1874 in Peru, Iowa. They become ripe in mid to late September. They are usually best when they are fresh off the tree.

    Golden Delicious apples have great, juicy flavor. Their insides are firm, white, crisp and sweet. They are great for cooking because even when they are cooked or baked they keep their great taste and shape. The skin is thin and soft. They are great for salads. They range in size from medium to large. They are shaped much like the red delicious apple. The insides are crisp, juicy, sweet, and mild. Many people enjoy them, although they bruise rather easily. They become ripe in late September. They are good for many purposes, and they last a long time if not handled roughly.




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    Dealing with Bird Problems


    If you are lucky enough to have a cherry tree in your yard, I am sure I don’t need to tell you how much enjoyment can come from them. Just eating the delicious cherries that spawned from your tree is a rewarding experience in itself. Looking out your back window and seeing a magnificent, glorious cherry tree is also rewarding. Most people are impressed just by the fact that you have a cherry tree, because they are usually thought of by non-gardeners as some sort of exotic plant.

    But along with the joys that a cherry tree can bring, there are many annoyances. They seem to attract more unwanted creatures than any other plant in the world. Almost every day it seems like there is a new type of pestilence swarming the tree, trying to get a nibble of its delicious fruits. I can’t say I blame them, but if they want to eat delicious fruits then they should grow their own trees.

    One of the main and most constant problems that most people deal with is birds eating the fruit off the tree. It can seem almost impossible to get rid of this pest. After all, they can come in from any angle and make a quick getaway with the cherries. Or they can sit undetected in the branches and munch away all day. A bird certainly has its versatility on its side. Those little guys can be a real hassle to catch or repel. However, there are several different ways you can deter the birds from your house.

    The most used way of repelling birds is to place a plastic owl within the vicinity of the house. If you find any animal that usually eats birds and purchase a plastic version, usually real birds will be instinctual enough to avoid it. These can include snakes, owls hawks, or scarecrows (OK, maybe they don’t eat birds normally. But they sure scare the birds for some reason). Most of the time you can purchase these at your local gardening store. If you want a different version or a more lifelike representation, if you look online then you’re sure to find something that will work.

    If you get a plastic animal of some sort, usually it will cure the bird problem for a while. However, some birds are just really brave (or really stupid) and will continue to eat from your tree. Almost any reflective surface or noisy object will prevent the birds from coming too close. I personally like to use reflective tape designed for scaring birds. You can purchase this at any gardening store. I usually use this in combination with a large assortment of wind chimes for maximum scaring. Once you have a plastic animal along with reflective items and noisy items, almost all birds will be too terrified to even go close.

    While airborne creatures might take a little more than their share of fruit, you should still consider leaving one tree exclusively for them. While they might seem like a pest sometimes, birds can be the one thing that livens up your garden. If you’re used to having birds and then all of a sudden you’ve scared them all away, you’ll feel like there is something missing from your yard. Something that, on the inside, you truly loved all along.




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    Caring Properly For Your Fruit Tree


    If you have just recently planted a new fruit tree, I think it is safe to assume you are not yet an expert on the subject. More fruit trees die in their beginning years due to poor care habits than any disease or pestilence. Therefore it is vital that you understand how to care for trees in a way that will ensure their immediate success as well as future good health.

    During the first stages of the tree’s life, the roots, trunk, and branches have not yet fully developed to a self supporting strength. Therefore if your tree is growing fruits, occasionally the combined weight is enough to snap off an entire branch. If this is the case, you should provide external support for your branches – prop them up with boards, or tie them to something at a higher altitude. As long as you can provide your tree the support it needs in these early years, it should grow to be independent in no time at all.

    Proper nutrition is not only necessary for the production of healthy fruits, but is also necessary for the tree to survive longer than one season. The exact specifications vary with the area, climate, and type of tree, but I’ve found that there is no better source than a nursery employee. Maybe they’re just eager to sell you the right type of fertilizer, but in my experience they are almost never wrong. Just inform them about the conditions your tree is living in and how healthy it is looking, and they should be able to help you find something to improve the state of your tree.

    Lots of people think that the only way to ensure a tree’s healthiness is to provide it insane amounts of water. This is not the case at all. As a matter of fact, giving too much water to a tree can be more harmful than making it go thirsty. At the best it will have a negative effect on the taste of the fruit. But at worst, your entire tree could die and prevent you from ever growing fruit in the future. So do not ever try to solve your problems by giving it lots of water! Solve your tree’s health problems at the root, so to speak. Go to where the problem originates from, and fix that.

    If it is too late and you’re already starting to see unhealthy branches that look either diseased or damaged, you should always remove them. If the tree is wasting nutrients by sending them out to the branch that cannot be saved, it is practically throwing away all the nutrients that it could use on the other, healthier branches. As soon as you start to see a branch that is deteriorating or becoming unhealthy, chop it off right away. At the very least, trim down the unhealthy part but leave all the segments that still look like they could continue growing.

    Once your tree has started to enter the picking stage, never leave any of the fruit on the ground that is bound to fall. Also, be careful to get every piece off of the tree. Even if it is an ugly looking fruit that you don’t want to keep, you should still pick it and throw it away. Once these fruits begin to rot, they provide a perfect home for unwanted insects or diseases that can transfer to the tree itself. So always remember to rake up these fallen fruits, and prevent yourself a lot of future grief.

    Getting a fruit tree and caring for it throughout its life can be a daunting task. It may even seem impossible sometimes to keep track of all the factors that make a tree healthy. But if you just pay attention to the nutrients that your tree needs, you should be on a good path. In addition to nutrients, figure out the precise amount of watering that you should be doing to keep your tree’s thirst quenched without drowning it. Just do all these things, and you will have a great tree that produces delicious fruits.




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    Basics of Vegetable Garden Planting


    Not a lot of people try vegetable garden planting these days, especially in the city. With the busy lifestyle, constrained spaces, and pollution, it seems inconceivable that a vegetable garden would survive. The fact is, you can actually grow vegetables even if you are smack dab in the middle of a busy city. It’s only important that you get the basics of vegetable garden planting right.

    First things first. Soil preparation. This is the most basic ingredient that any new gardener will have to learn. Whether you plan on indoor vegetable gardening or start raised vegetable garden beds in your own backyard, soil preparation plays an important role in whether your vegetable garden will survive or not.

    There are three types of soil that you need to be familiar with; sand, clay and silt. Sandy soil is loose and helps the roots of the plants to breathe because it lets the air pass through easily. Clay soil absorbs water faster and keeps it inside longer. A soil composition that has more clay particles in it would be ideal for places that are too hot and the soil dries up quickly. Silt is a fine mixture of sand and clay particles combined.

    When preparing the soil for your vegetable garden, dig up the soil and break up the clumps. Take out the rocks, roots, and weeds while you’re at it. Check if you have just the right mixture of sand, silt, and clay before you begin vegetable garden planting. Ideally, silt and sand should both be 40%, and clay should just be 20%. This is to make sure that the water isn’t trapped inside too long that the roots end up choking. Also, if the water is trapped too long inside the soil, the roots will rot. One good way to test whether the composition of your soil is good is by scooping out a handful and forming a ball with it. The soil should hold the shape of a ball without too much difficulty. If the soil cannot hold the shape, you might have too much silt or sand in the mixture. If the soil holds the shape but does not crumble easily when you poke it, it might have too much clay in it which you will need to balance it out a bit by adding additional silt or sand.

    Once you have finished cultivating the soil where you want to plant your vegetables, choose your vegetables. Keep in mind that some vegetables don’t grow well when you plant them too close to certain other types of vegetables. These are known as companion vegetables. Potatoes, for example, shouldn’t be planted too close to squash or tomatoes because it inhibits their growth. They can be planted in the same garden, just don’t plant them beside each other.

    After you have decided on the type of vegetables you want and have planted them into the cultivated soil, you will need to learn how to water them properly. Vegetables need to be watered consistently. When planting vegetable gardens in larger spaces, you may want to consider using a soaker hose. A soaker hose has a lot of holes running along its body that waters your garden by letting the water seep through its holes.

    Vegetable garden planting does require manual labor (yes, actual work), and a lot of patience. The rewards are very well worth it, though. Especially for people who are concerned about their health. Growing your own vegetables insures that there’s the least amount of poisonous (and in the long run, carcinogenic) particulates in it as possible.




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    Vegetable Gardens for Stress Relief


    More than reducing the sum of money allocated for food, there is another very beneficial effect to vegetable garden planting that will really give your health a tremendous boost: it’s called stress relief.

    We all know how stress wreaks havoc to our overall health. Aside from the more obvious fact that stress takes joy and serenity out of our lives, it is also the root of many illnesses known to man. The negative effects of stress in our lives can and will bring numerous problems such as: heart diseases, depression, migraines, eating disorders–just to name a few.

    Having your own backyard vegetable garden is an easy and highly accessible method of stress relief. Since a vegetable garden is easier to look after than one with ornamental plants, you know that working on your garden simply will not create additional stress.

    The weekends are a perfect time to unwind and make up for those stressful hours spent at the workplace during the week. Different people have different ways of getting rid of stress. Just imagine if you had a vegetable garden in your backyard; just don your gardening attire, step out into your yard and you will immediately be in touch with nature, all the while putting behind the stresses of life. Now compare that to a weekend at the beach. The long hours of travel, heavy traffic, and the additional expense for gas and accommodations, will only add to your already stressful life.

    Relishing the sunlight

    Getting enough sunlight while vegetable garden planting alone will already significantly improve your mood. It’s also a great and productive way to obtain enough natural vitamin D, which is necessary for proper absorption of calcium in your body. Try to picture some of the happiest moments of your childhood; it is probably without a doubt that most of them were spent under the nourishing radiance of the sun.

    Hours spent at the office means exposure to unnatural light. Not that it is bad to be exposed to light coming from incandescent bulbs, but the lack of being exposed to natural light of the sun is. For sure those skyscrapers are blocking out the sunlight from directly hitting your skin even as you walk to work in the morning.

    Attending to the needs of your vegetable garden in the backyard is a great opportunity to get plenty of sunlight. However, it is best that you avoid gardening between 11 am to 3 pm as the sun will most likely cause irreversible skin damage or cancer.

    Surrounded with life

    Being surrounded with plants alone is both invigorating and encouraging. Days and days spent indoors and at the workplace prevent us from getting in touch with nature, therefore we tend to have limited means to appreciate everything that’s grand and beautiful in life. Picture yourself being surrounded with plants that teem with life and growth, and their edible parts improve the appetite and nourish the body with essential vitamins and minerals.

    Having your own little piece of nature can help you get rid of stress. The sight of your vegetable garden alone gets rid of stress by giving you a rewarding feeling, knowing you raised those healthy plants with your very own hands. Raking, digging, weeding, pruning and harvesting – all these activities you preformed while vegetable garden planting provided you with a constructive outlet for all the tensions that the body amassed during a week of stressful work.

    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Vegetable Garden….with instructions and pictures to help! Find out more about Holistic Health~Alternative Medicine!




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    How To Start a Garden in Your Backyard


    In periods of financial difficulty, vegetable garden planting becomes a viable option that achieves two things: it helps the family reduce expenses related to buying food, and it offers the opportunity to sell the surplus to friends and neighbors. Starting a vegetable garden is not particularly difficult, as long as you put enough time, thought and effort into it.

    The first decision you have to make is the location of the vegetable garden itself. You must place it in an area where it will be exposed to at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. The location must also be accessible to the water source. It must be near enough for short trips if you are carrying heavy pails of water, or it must be close enough to a hose connection either inside or outside your home.

    Also, check if the area has soil conducive for growing plants. It must have good drainage, and must be free of silt, stones, and other hard objects. Last, the location of your vegetable garden must be somewhere accessible, so that you can frequently check for pests and weeds when you walk by.

    Included in your vegetable garden layout should be the type of plants and how many of each you intend to grow. This will help determine the size of the plot you will actually need. Afterwards, make a list of all the plants you want to grow. This decision cannot be completely random, especially since the yield of the garden will be what you consume as a family. Make sure to plant vegetables that your family would love to eat, or vegetables that you often use for cooking. This way, you are ensured of a direct benefit from your vegetable garden planting.

    Make a plan for the arrangement of the vegetable plants in the garden as well. Remember, you must think about rotating vegetable crops. The first consideration is the frequency of yield. Perennial plants, or those that yield vegetables constantly throughout the season, must be placed at the back where they will be undisturbed by whatever gardening activities you have set for the rest of the garden. Put the crops that produce early together. These crops include radishes, spinach, carrots, beets, and the like. Make some space for replanting successively. Once these crops have seen their yield, you can then rotate your crops and plant the vegetables that are able to produce late into the season.

    The last consideration for your vegetable garden layout is the reality that there are plants that cannot grow beside other plants. They are known as companion vegetables. For instance, there are plants that enhance the growth of others when planted together; there are those that inhibit the growth of others as well. It is important to take into consideration which crops inhibit the growth of others. For instance, potatoes are capable of inhibiting the growth of both squash and tomato plants. Broccoli inhibits tomato growth. Beans, on the other hand, inhibit the growth of onions. Carrots also inhibit the growth of dill plants. This does not stop you from planting all these plants in the garden. This only serves as a reminder of which plants you should separate from the others when making your vegetable garden plans.

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    Backyard Vegetable Garden Ideas


    The structure of your vegetable garden does not have to be entirely functional but it should look and feel good. Building some decorative arches and some tomato cages will not only make your garden look good but it will also help it produce more crops. After all, there is more to vegetable garden planting than just cultivating a spot of land.

    Function Over Form

    The most well known form of garden structures are those that are built to sustain plants, give them room to climb and enable the plant to hold up under the weight of its fruits.

    Building cages and poles allows you to have a vertical garden which boosts your produce per square foot since you’ll have more space to plant in the ground.

    Vegetables like cucumbers, peas, peppers and eggplants need lots of garden support. Carrying these vegetables above ground will not only produce better crops it also protects it from insects found in the soil. Plus, the fruits will be less likely to rot if planted in this manner. Building other support structures like stakes and cages will help in making your plants grow stronger and taller.

    Choose Your Structure

    If you plan to shop for items for your garden online or in a garden store, you’ll notice how many choices there are when it comes to garden structures. A great online garden resource is a company called Garden Supply Company. Not only do they have a mail-order catalogue, they make trellises for plants like cucumbers that serve as a shade to neighboring plants, tomato cages, spiral supports, bean towers, maypoles and others.

    Garden structures may vary especially in terms of form and function because they not only are very supportive of plants it also makes your garden look good. The best kind of garden is not only beautiful, but also enhances the health of the vegetables planted within.

    Form over Function

    There are so many options when it comes to building your vegetable garden especially if your purpose is purely aesthetic. You can build ornaments like arches, trellises or archways to beautify your garden. You can even build walls or doorways to surround your garden for more visual appeal.

    For gardens like these, you can decorate them with plants aside from vegetables. You can plant beautiful flowers to cover your trellis but choose flowers that are sun friendly and attract helpful insects.

    An example is trumpet flowers, which are not only beautiful but they attract bees for your vegetable garden. Since you also want to attract helpful creatures, you can build a bird bath or a bird house in your garden. If you prefer organic gardening, the birds can certainly help eliminate pests.

    As long as you keep your garden attractive to birds and other helpful insects, they will spend a lot of time in your garden and repay you by eating away harmful pests.

    Supporting Your Plants

    Building plant supports are essential garden structures which is why it’s necessary to use them in the proper way to maximize results. This does not mean building stakes or cages in the ground and just leaving the plant to grow on its own.

    There are other materials like plant ties, jute cords or twines which you can use to tie up your plants to the cages or poles– but don’t tie them too tight.

    Another great support when it comes to vegetable garden planting are stakes. Make sure to drive them properly into the ground and space them a little further from your main plant to avoid hitting its roots.

    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!

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    Vegetables and Their Vitamins


    Instead of setting up a swimming pool or a Zen garden in your backyard, why not plant vegetables instead? Vegetable garden planting is a great way to spend quiet time de-stressing while getting in touch with nature. Having a steady supply of vegetables will also lessen food expenses and improve the health of your loved ones.

    Money-saving strategy

    It’s not easy to ignore the soaring prices of food these days, especially vegetables and herbs. Although your backyard may be small and your garden may not provide all that you need, it will have a dramatic effect in reducing your overall food bill. Imagine not having to run to the grocery store to buy some of the ingredients for everyday cooking. Some of the most common vegetables and herbs that you need are already right there in your very own backyard. Depending upon the kind of vegetables and herbs you plant and your methods of preserving them, the economical benefits you get from your backyard garden will be felt all year round.

    You may also think that your kids will eat less each time you serve them vegetables. It is obvious that kids would prefer to eat burgers, hotdogs and pizza. However, there are several cookbooks available in the marketplace that will show you a variety of vegetable meals to prepare that are appetizing even for the kids. When what you serve on the table does not look and taste boring, your kids will surely dig it.

    More nutritious meals

    With a variety of backyard vegetables ready to be picked, you will find it more pleasant to cook and serve vegetable dishes to your whole family. This means that everybody will get to enjoy the tremendous amount of health benefits by eating fresh produce. Vegetables are packed with tons of nutrients. Aside from the fact that they are low in fat and calories, and contain no cholesterol, you will also get a steady source of the following:

    Dietary fiber – This is important for normal bowel movement and good for your entire digestive tract. Dietary fiber is also known to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body, lower the risk of heart disease, as well as fight off certain forms of cancers. If you are on a diet, you will also feel fuller faster. Some vegetables that are rich in dietary fiber are peas, carrots, cabbage and spinach.

    Potassium – This is a necessity for keeping blood pressure at normal levels. It is also important in keeping the brain, muscles and other tissues in the body functioning properly. Vegetables that are loaded with potassium include potatoes, squash, tomatoes, eggplant and celery.

    Vitamins A, B and C – Vitamin A is great for the eyes and skin. Vitamin C is necessary to maintain healthy connective tissues and is known to boost the immune system. Vitamin B is important for extracting the energy in the carbohydrates in several food sources. Carrots, asparagus, broccoli and green peppers are rich in Vitamin A. Broccoli, peas and beans are a great source of vitamin B. Your dose of vitamin C is supplied by red cabbage, kale, parsley and turnip.

    Other vegetables and their vitamins worth mentioning include calcium, phosphorous, sodium, magnesium, iron, niacin, foliate, zinc and manganese.

    Save money and help your kids stay in the pink of health by vegetable garden planting. You will get that sense of pride each time your family enjoys the meal on the table, whose vegetable ingredients you cultivated yourself right in your own backyard.

    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!



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    Vegetable Gardens for Dummies


    Nowadays, it’s ideal if you can plant your own vegetables to make sure that they’re pesticide free, but a lot of people feel intimidated by the idea of vegetable garden planting, especially in the city.

    Vegetable gardens are typically easier to maintain than flower gardens because vegetables are more resilient, especially in different types of weather. Flowers are typically more sensitive to changes in the weather and don’t adapt as easily. Vegetable garden planting usually demands a lot of space, however container vegetable gardens enables you to create a small home vegetable garden on your deck or patio. You can even grow indoor vegetables. It really all depends upon how much room you have available, what type of vegetables you’ll choose to plant and what you expect out of your vegetable garden.

    Planting Styles: The more traditional vegetable garden layout is laying your plants out in straight, organized lines. Some people prefer to plant alternating rows of different types of vegetables so that when one type of vegetable is about to be harvested, the rows in between will have vegetables that are not yet in season. A drawback to this method is that the soil structure quickly becomes compromised because gardeners have to walk between rows for harvesting.

    Rather than the traditional row style, a popular way of planting vegetables is building raised vegetable garden beds. The beds have to be small enough in size so that you can reach into them and pull out the weeds or pests that might inhabit your plants. Beds can also be raised even higher off the ground so that the heat will be contained longer during colder weather. It also makes for a great drainage system around the beds.

    Another planting style that is popular is potager which combines vegetables with flowers and herbs and are planted in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. However, this method requires some knowledge of a vegetable companion planting chart.

    For people who have constrained living spaces (especially those who live in the city), vegetables and herbs can grow in smaller plant boxes and containers. Vegetables will need a lot of sunlight and open space. If you want to reap a lot of vegetables, you should invest in bigger real estate.

    Preparing the soil is a very important aspect of vegetable garden planting. It doesn’t matter whether you plan a raised bed vegetable garden in a small plot of land or container vegetable gardens. Soil preparation is an essential step. Soil can be categorized as sandy or clay-like, with silt being a fine mixture of both sand and clay. Clay particles in sand help retain water longer as well as make the soil absorb water faster. Sandy particles in soil makes the water flow through it easily and lets the air in so that the roots can breathe.

    The best way to go when preparing the soil for your vegetable garden is to try to make the soil become a good balance of clay, silt, and sand. Ideally, it should be 40% silt, 40% sand, and 20% clay. To test it, you can scoop up soil and form it into a ball using your hand. The soil should be sticky enough that it retains it’s shape but you don’t want it to crumble easily when you poke it.

    Vegetable garden planting requires a lot of patience. You have to find what works for you, and experiment on getting the right type of soil for the right type of vegetables. All the hard work will be worth it, though, once you experience eating something that grew from a garden that you planted yourself.

    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Vegetable Garden….with instructions and pictures to help!




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    Vegetable Garden Layout


    Your vegetable garden layout will depend upon what vegetables you intend to grow, the planting space available and if you would like to opt for companion planting. Here are some helpful tips on how to layout your own garden and start planting vegetables.

    Sit Down and Plan

    Before choosing a layout you need to decide on what type of vegetables you would like to grow and where you would like to plant them. Here are some other factors you need to consider for your vegetable garden layout:

    * Garden Space * Amount of Light in the Space * Drainage System * Soil Amendments * Type of Vegetable * Additional Space (if needed)

    You should also think about whether you want to grow one type of vegetable like lettuce and tomatoes or if you want one type of vegetable with different varieties, such as romaine lettuce or iceberg lettuce. Research the amount of light and space each vegetable requires for optimal growth.

    Make a list of vegetables you want to plant and find out the plants requirements, then compare it with the garden space you have available. This should give you an indication of where you are able to plant each particular vegetable in your allotted space.

    Choose your Garden Layout

    There are three basic vegetable garden layouts: rows, beds and the “potager” style.

    The more traditional layout style consists of planting seeds in a row. This type of arraignment would either mean planting one type of seed in a row or different seeds in a row. Regardless, the style is in a row formation.

    A similar layout and a more popular approach is the raised vegetable garden beds. This bed type is similar to the rows style but on a smaller scale. The layout allows access to the plant beds from all sides. The beds are raised off the ground with some being as high as 3 feet. This is particularly convenient to avoid stepping on the beds which tends to pack down the soil, making it difficult to dig and aerate in the spring or fall. Plant beds are great ways to maximize a garden space and you can even use raised beds for easier gardening.

    The most decorative style of layout is called the “potager” which means kitchen garden in French. This layout is described as geometric which allows you to layout your garden in circles or arrange plants by color or even food type. Gardens like these often contain vegetables, flowers and herbs planted together.

    Companion Vegetable Planting

    The idea behind companion planting involves planting different kinds of plants together so that they help each other grow. A perfect example of this is planting beans, corn and squash together which were commonly done by Native Americans. While the corn gives the beans a place to climb, the beans gives its three companions nutrients in the soil and the squash serves as a shade to the roots of the plants beside it. This not only prevents weeds from growing, it also saves up on water.

    Other great companion vegetables are onions, which scares slugs and aphids away, tomatoes, which grow well with carrots and basil, which improves the taste of tomatoes. Another example is horseradish and potatoes which when planted together give your potatoes protection from disease.

    Companion vegetable planting is certainly worth considering when vegetable garden planting. My new book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners guide to Herbal Gardening,” has a complete vegetable companion chart. You will get the chart for free along with 12 other bonus books when you order my book Here!




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    Water Garden Construction



    Aesthetic Appeal

    A backyard garden pond offers an aesthetic addition to your landscape. Water garden construction projects such as these will offer tranquility and relaxation to the whole family as well. However, building, constructing, and taking care of ponds are not as easy as you may think.

    A lot of effort, planning, and money must go into water garden ponds. It is important that you think things through before deciding on constructing and installing your very own creative water gardens.

    A backyard water garden is not as simple as installing it and letting it go afterwards. It is a consistent and constant endeavor, much like a hobby. Maintenance should be done periodically.

    There are backyard ponds kits, water garden kits, as well as fish ponds kits available on the market. However, by following some of these guidelines, you will be able to construct and install a do-it- yourself backyard garden pond.

    First Tip: Utilize a plastic fish pond liner for your pond.

    In separating the garden fish pond from the surrounding soil, it is better to use a plastic fish pond liner (PVC liners work best). It prevents the escape of the live aquatic plants, fishes, and other pond contents from the garden fish pond. Along those same lines, it also prevents the entry of nutrients from the soil or other non pond materials. This will make maintenance and cleaning easier since you will only have to deal with the mess and dirt of the backyard pond itself and the fish that live there.

    In building the pond of your preferred size, fish pond liners are the option to choose. Usually, they are utilized for large ponds that do not have pre-formed sizes available.

    However, it is imperative that you choose the right size of the pond liner. Pond lines or fish pond liners are used for any size of pond. The usual sizes available are 10’ x 15’ to 20’ x 25’ or sometimes larger. This will allow you to build creative water gardens to your preferred size either by using them individually or by connecting together two or more pond liners with an adhesive especially made for this material.

    A cement pond liner or molded fish ponds will also do, however, these options are more expensive and may require extra labor in construction.

    Second Tip: Avoid low lying areas.

    Water garden construction in an area of your yard where runoff water from your lawn flows is a huge no-no. The runoff water will only accumulate in your fish pond, causing it to overflow and become dirty as well. This is one of the common mistakes of do-it-yourself backyard water pond projects. Maintaining a fish pond or backyard water garden is difficult enough without excess dirty water coming from your lawn.

    On the contrary, installing the pond in an area a little above the ground or in high parts of the lawn will prove to be easier and wiser to maintain.

    Third Tip: Provide sufficient sunlight.

    This means that placing the pond in shady areas will not enhance the growth of the live aquatic plants. On the other hand, placing it in an area where too much sun shines will just cause them to die. Place your pond where there is enough sunlight to filter through. Most live aquatic plants need sunlight to grow, but some do not. Research on what plants suit your weather the best.

    Fourth Tip: Water your plants.

    Adding a variety of live aquatic plants may decrease the excess nutrients in the pond. They will also hamper algae growth that makes the pond murky and dirty.

    Consulting your local pond professional is also an option. Not only will they provide advice to make your project work, they may also make maintaining your backyard garden pond easier and more pleasant to do.

    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Pond….with instructions and pictures to help!




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    Building a Backyard Garden Pond


    Building the perfect backyard garden pond can be a do-it-yourself project or you can hire a professional to do it for you. It’s really not that hard but it does require some research and a certain knowledge about landscaping in general in order to get it right.

    You may need to get a good book and read up on it or ask some friends and professionals about the idea of building a backyard garden pond. For now, here is a brief discussion on water garden construction that you’ve always wanted in your garden.

    Situate the Pond

    Basically the first step to building water garden ponds is to find a suitable spot to dig a hole in your yard. The size and depth of the pond should be proportional to the size of your yard.

    A fish pond liner will also be needed. You can buy a prefabricated fiberglass fish pond liner or you have the choice of free forming your pond with rubber roofing material. There is also the option of molded fish ponds you can buy in the marketplace. In any case, a fish pond liner is essential for your backyard water garden to keep the water from draining.

    If you are planning on breeding fish in your pond, you will need to consider the depth. Make sure that the pond is deep enough for the fish, especially gold fish ponds. I would suggest at least twenty four to thirty six inches. Our pond is thirty six to forty eight inches deep just because our pond contains fish. In colder climates, the pond should be deeper than the frost line, making sure that the fish still have room to grow and survive.

    Water garden ponds should not be placed near trees or in low lying areas. Live aquatic plants, especially lilies, and fish need the warmth of the sun. Falling leaves can also accumulate quite fast and cause a cleaning nightmare. Low areas on the other hand, can create a large amount of runoff from the rain to enter the pond. Rainwater runoff may contain chemicals coming from pesticides and fertilizers which can be harmful to live aquatic plants and fish.

    Water Garden Filters

    Building a backyard water garden also requires the owners to put some thought into how to filter off the waste that accumulates in the pond itself. A good thing to remember is that the bigger the water area the better it can handle the waste coming from the fish. Keep in mind that you will need to put some kind of substrate or gravel so that a bacteria bed can build up and help maintain good water quality. You can buy fish pond filters and gravel at your local pet stores.

    If you are building a gold fish pond or Koi fish ponds, wait until you have covered the bottom with gravel and placed a good filtering system in. Like an aquarium or an indoor water garden, you should introduce the fish to the pond one at a time. Allow some time for the environment of the pond to adjust to the population. If you dump all of the fish in at once, they probably would not survive the environment because of the natural filtering effect of the bacteria that takes place with the waste of the fish and their food.

    Fish pond filters can also help to ensure that your pond doesn’t become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on still waters, so anything that agitates the eggs will help prevent the pond from becoming a breeding ground. Filters help maintain the cleanliness of the water but regular cleaning is still required to maintain the quality of the pond.

    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Pond ….with instructions and pictures to help!

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    A Backyard Water Garden


    A backyard water garden was once thought to be owned only by the wealthy elite. Today, a backyard garden pond can be built by even the simplest of homeowners. Water gardens liven backyard living spaces up and make a great conversational piece for guests and visitors. Water garden ponds will not only provide a beautiful and visually appealing backyard but create a relaxing one as well.

    From cozy and small, to rich and lush, a backyard water garden can range from extravagant natural water gardens to simple container water gardens. Just a little background about building a back yard pond and the right materials is enough to build your very own creative water gardens.

    Step One: Decide where your pond will be situated.

    Look for an area in your yard where there are very little trees. Falling leaves and debris can make maintenance an everyday occurrence. Place your pond in an area where the warmth of the sun will reach it daily as well. Fish and live aquatic plants need the sun to grow and survive. However, too much of the sun’s heat can cause some plants, especially lilies, to die. Creating a balance is a necessity.

    You will also want to place your pond in a high area of your yard. This will prevent runoff water from accumulating and overflowing your backyard garden pond which will create murkiness and additional maintenance.

    Step Two: Lay out the area of your pond.

    To form the size of your water ponds designs, trace the perimeter of the pond using a bendable material such as a garden hose. Form the garden hose to your desired design then mark the area using spray paint or household flour, which is biodegradable.

    Step Three: Use a pond liner.

    Fish pond liners are used to prevent water from the pond, fish, plants, and the other pond contents from escaping the pond itself. In the same way, it also prevents non-pond materials from entering and causing dirt or excess nutrients in the pond. Pond liners range from pre-formed liners to PVC liners. Using cement or molded fish ponds are also applicable, however, they are a bit more costly.

    Pre-formed liners are usually utilized by small ponds. They can be bought at pond supply outlets and can be easily installed after digging the ponds layout. However, if you want creative water gardens, PVC liners would work the best. They are basically used for complex or large backyard ponds. Other types of liners are available as well, so it is always best to ask for advice from your local pond expert.

    Step Four: Dig your pond.

    Dig your pond according to your water garden design. A general rule of thumb is twenty four to thirty six inches. If your backyard garden pond will house fish, thirty six to forty eight inches in depth would be desirable. Diligently and carefully place rocks on the edges of the pond liner and fill in any empty spaces with gravel. Then camouflage the rest of the exposed liner with stones, pebbles, or plants.

    Step Five: Assemble the equipment.

    Make sure that the water filter, pump and lighting are functioning properly before placing them in their desired location. Connect them to the electrical supply and place them in the locations according to your design. Do not forget to make a proper drainage system for your pond as well.

    Step Six: Just add water.

    Now is the time to fill the pond with water. Clean out the area first and then add clean fresh water to your pond. You will want to observe if there any places your liner is leaking. Place the plants in their rightful spots and let the plants settle for at least a week before adding the fish. Add your fish one at a time so that the natural bacteria of the pond starts to form. Never overstock your pond with fish or you will probably loose them all. Remember, always consider the size of your backyard water garden to your fish. Make sure they are compatible.

    And now, sit back and relax. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!

    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Pond….with instructions and pictures to help!




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    Garden Fish Pond Tips


    Backyard water gardens are for butterflies, frogs, birds, fish and for your whole families enjoyment. Some ponds may be small, such as container water gardens, or some may only reach 3 to 4 feet in diameter. You might see outside fish ponds but then again you may also see very large backyard ponds. Regardless, backyard water gardens no matter the shape or size, will not only provide enjoyment and interest but they will also bring a natural and relaxing environment to many. Isn’t that the main reason for creating one in the first place?

    Backyard water gardens, particularly a garden fish pond, will become the focal point of conversation from visitors and family alike. So spice it up with the following tips and techniques provided.

    Where to Place Your Backyard Garden Pond

    Locate your garden fish pond in a place where it can be viewed the best, such as from a deck or patio. Create it so it coincides with the natural surroundings of your property. Never place a garden fish pond where the sun might overheat it. Rather, nestle it in a semi-shaded spot. Do not locate it under the trees where debris will overrun it and create too much maintenance for you to handle.

    Landscaping

    It is best to slightly elevate the soil surrounding your garden fish pond so that excess water will not enter into it. Plan the drainage system of the pond, making sure that it draws the water away from the pond itself.

    Landscaping the surroundings around your pond will invite a natural dwelling for birds and frogs alike. Both require water and the land your landscaping will provide.

    Make sure that electricity is available as well if you plan to use lights, filters, or a water re-circulating device. Also check into the possibility of creating solar water gardens.

    Do not place water garden ponds under trees. This will avoid the maintenance problem of falling leaves into the pond. Expose the pond to sufficient sunlight only since some live aquatic plants grow well in full sun where others do not. Balance is the key.

    Using a Fish Pond Liner

    A fish pond liner is used to keep water from leaking into the soil. They are a necessity for garden fish ponds even if the pond is situated in clay soil. A fish pond liner will come in many different shapes and sizes and are quite durable and convenient. Some fish ponds kits even include built in waterfalls or can be bought upon any design based on your preference.

    Consider a polyvinyl chloride liner (PVC liner) when building large backyard ponds. To determine the size of the PVC, you have to know the maximum length, width, and depth of the pond. Then multiply the maximum depth by 3. Add the answer to the width plus the length. Now you have enough PVC to securely hold down the pond edges.

    A PVC fish pond liner comes in many different thicknesses as well. The thicker the pond liner, the more resistant it is to punctures. Cement is considered an optional pool liner as well as manufactured molded fish ponds designed to your liking, however, both are a relatively expensive alternative.

    Considering that many ponds are quite small, other plastics may be used instead. They may be cheaper, however, they may also break down faster when they have prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light. Some plastics may also prove to be toxic to fish. It is always best to go with the thicker fish pond liner. It will save you more time and expense in the long run.

    Water Garden Installation

    Time your water garden installation in the late summer or early fall, when the ground is not overly wet or frozen. Dig the hole according to the right depth and size and secure the pond liner with rocks, pebbles and stones. Then landscape the ponds surrounding. Add water, plants, and your water garden pump. Let the pond sit for a few days before adding plants and fish. Let the plants settle for at least one week before placing the fish.

    Then it’s time to sit back and enjoy your garden fish pond with family and friends!

    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!

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    Small Garden Design Basics


    The thing to remember while planting backyard garden is to start small. In raised vegetable garden beds, about 25 or 30 feet square, is just enough room for about 30 plants. This will give you a chance to try out your green thumb and if you find that you enjoy your small garden design you can always expand and increase your plantings later on.

    The next thing you will want to do is choose a site. Gardening must be done in an area that gets at least six hours of sunlight. Try and stay away from large trees that will take your plants water and nutrients, and at least three feet from any fences or buildings. In hot climates it is a good idea to choose a place that will have shade from a part of the intense afternoon sun. It is possible to have a healthy garden with even ten to twelve hours of sunlight, but the type of plants must be adaptable. While soil can always be improved, a site with good soil is a plus. Avoid areas that have rocky soil, steep slopes, or areas where water stands.

    Now comes the fun part: start digging. Gardening is not a clean hobby; you’re going to have to get some dirt under your nails. First remove the rocks, debris, and any grass and weeds then dig the spot up about one foot deep. Level up the dirt and add compost or minerals if the needed. If your soil is too acidic, add lime; if it is too sandy, add peat moss. Plants will thrive in neutral to acidic soil with a little added fertilizer.

    If you buy seeds then plant them according to the directions. If picking plants, choose ones with green, healthy looking leaves and stems and healthy roots. Put the smaller plants towards the front of the bed and larger ones in the back. The key to a successful beginning in gardening is planting at the right time. Make sure and wait until the frosts are over before planting. If you are planting seeds the package will usually tell you exactly when you can plant them to achieve maximum growth.

    Once you have started and gotten into gardening, making sure your plants receive enough water is essential to their growth. Hand watering works well if you only have a few plants. Other options include sprinklers or sprinkler hoses. Watering is more effective during the cooler parts of the day. The type of plant will depend on how much water is needed, but most require about an inch per week. During the hottest periods plants will be need watering about three times per week.

    One of the most helpful things to add to a garden is mulch or compost. Just a few inches of organic mulch will improve fertility and help the soil hold moisture. Wood chips, grass clippings, leaves, manure, and pine needles are all things that can be used as mulch.

    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!



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    Gardeners Gloves


    One of the best things about gardening is felling warm, moist dirt in your bare hands, but you will often end up with blistered, chapped, and scraped skin. The solution to this problem is gardening gloves. The more time you spend getting down and dirty in the garden, the more you need gardening gloves. Gardening gloves will be able to ease some of the pain you would otherwise be subject to, letting you spend even more time playing in the dirt.

    There are hundreds of different types of gloves on the market, and the kind of gardening glove you buy depends on the way you garden. Some gloves offer protection against specific substances or things, for example, leather gloves are not the best for working with chemicals or water. Many gardening gloves are specialized for pruning thorns, refilling gasoline tanks, or using a chain saw, while others are for general tasks such as raking, digging, and weeding.

    After choosing the type of gardening glove you need, you must make sure and pick out the perfect fit. Gloves that are too big have a tendency to slip off while gloves that are too small could cause aches and cramps. Any glove that doesn’t fit could defeat the whole purpose of wearing gloves and cause blistering. To find a glove with the best fit possible, try the gloves on both hands, make a fist, and imitate the movements you make when gardening. If there is no pinching or slipping and the glove is comfortable then you have found your match.

    Gardening gloves can be bought in many places and are produced by many companies, causing them all to have a different quality and price. Most gloves can be washed in cool water and then air dried. There are many different types of gloves you can purchase to satisfy your varying needs, such as cotton and cotton-polyester for general-purpose chores. These are among the most popular gloves and are perfect for light chores in cool and dry weather. Leather gloves can also be used for general chores but are heavier than cotton and polyester. Chemical resistant gloves will help protect your hands against oils, acids, herbicides, pesticides, and many other chemicals. Grip enhancing gloves are designed with rubber dots for extra gripping power. Cut and puncture resistant gloves are designed to offer extra protection against sharp edges

    If you are the type person that only wears gloves as an optional luxury for various tasks, you should think seriously for using specialized gardening gloves for many of the activities you will be doing outside. There is really no reason not to wear gardening gloves; they protect your hands from the elements and don’t ever cost all that much.

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    Home Garden Tips


    Home garden tips are not that hard to come by. In fact, you can get a gardeners advice from another gardener, in a gardeners catalogue, gardeners books, garden and home magazine, and even from gardening advice websites. Although you will have variations with each plant, there are some home and garden tips that are universal and those rules go for any plant.

    For example, the home gardening tips given for planting is pretty much universal. You must place plants where they will have room to grow so they don’t overcrowd each other. Good air flow is a plus, and plants must be in a position where they will receive adequate amounts of sunlight. A gardeners advice will always tell you to add some type of nutrients, such as mulch or compost, to the soil to promote better plant growth.

    Home garden tips on watering plants is a little more varied, because every type of plant needs different amounts of water. For example, you wouldn’t want to water a cactus near as much as you water a tomato plant. How much you water will obviously also depend on where you live, the climate, and how much rain your area receives.

    A gardeners advice from nearly every source will tell you that your plants not only need fertilizer when you first plant them, they will also need to be fertilized throughout their growing season. What type of fertilizer you use will depend on the soil content and pH balance, but fertilizer will definitely be needed just about for every plant. Organic composte can be used instead and it is easy to find advice on how to make a compost pile as well as when fertilizer and compost needs to be utilized.

    Home gardening tips on weeds, insects, disease, and how to get rid of them is probably the most sought after advice of all in the world of gardening. These pests invade all types of gardens and if you don’t get rid of them, they will take over and ruin your garden. There are many different chemicals and pesticides that can be used, and a gardeners advice will usually clue gardeners in on which chemicals are better, which are harmful, and which ones are easier to administer.

    Gardening is not an easy task; you have to fight against many outside forces, such as weather, insects, disease, and weeds. Even the most seasoned of gardeners will seek out a gardeners advice once in a while. Who wouldn’t when there are so many forces that could take a garden out? There is a lot of general home garden tips on the market that goes for any plant, but if you look a little harder you will find specific advice for that one plant that is the only one giving you trouble. A gardeners advice is relatively easy to find, and while you may come across the occasional bad apple, most of it is relatively sound and will help with any gardener questions.

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    Basic Tools For Gardening


    Nearly every gardener has some type of lawn and garden tool, it’s nearly impossible to have a garden without them. The type of lawn and garden tool you use will obviously depend on the size and extent of your garden, what you are able to handle, if you want to spend a lot of time in your garden or get done quickly, and finally, how much money you are willing to spend.

    While many gardeners do not have expensive or high-tech gardening tools, all of them have some type of gardening equipment for cultivating. Tools for cultivating can include both hand held tools and power tools. The type you buy depends upon how serious of a gardener you are. Gardening hand tool include your everyday items such as shovels, spading forks, rakes, trowels, and diggers. They can all be used to get a garden ready for planting and are relatively easy without too much emphasis upon strength for operation. Other tools include a wheel cultivator, pickax, and mattock.

    While gardening power tools are a little more expensive than hand tools, they really cut down on the hard labor. The most essential piece of gardening equipment is undoubtedly the tiller. The tiller will break up the ground and get it ready for planting, chop up any debris, and help mix in fertilizer and compost. If you don’t want to spend the money on a tiller you can hire someone or rent a tiller for one time use. Other power tools that are very popular include chippers, garden shredders, and chain-saws.

    If you have shrubs, hedges, or small trees in your yard, pruning tools are a vital piece of gardening equipment. Pruning shears are good for branches about ¾” in diameter, while lopping shears can handle branches from a half inch up to about 2 inches. Pole pruners are on a pole and can reach branches about 15 feet above ground. Hedge shears and pruning saws are both larger, more heavy duty pruning tools for the serious gardener.

    Since your plants must be watered in order to survive, and lets face it, it doesn’t rain whenever we want it to, gardening equipment for watering is a must have. The one thing you can’t get along without is a water hose, everything after that is optional. Many gardeners use sprinklers or s drip irrigation hose. There are even timers you can purchase for sprinklers or drip hoses, if you are willing to drop the extra cash.

    Gardening without gardening equipment would be a nightmare. Sure there are some people who enjoy getting a little dirty while they plant their flowers, but even those types of people have the most basic of gardening tools, like a rake or a hoe. Gardening equipment is a part of gardening, as important as the dirt and the seeds.

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    Japanese garden design is a cultural form of gardening that is meant to produce a scene that mimics nature as much as possible by using trees, shrubs, rocks, sand, artificial hills, ponds, and flowing water as art-forms. The Zen and Shinto traditions play a large part in creating Japanese gardens and because of this; the gardens produce a contemplative and reflective state of mind. Creating Japanese gardens is much different than the Western style and most would say it is far more meditational and soul soothing.

    To design a Japanese backyard garden, you will need to know that there are three basic methods for scenery. The first of which is called reduced scale. Reduced scale is the art of taking an actual scene from nature, mountains, rivers, trees, and the like and reproducing it on a smaller scale.

    Symbolization involves generalization and abstraction. An example of this would be using white sand to suggest the ocean. Borrowed views refers to artists that would use something like an ocean or forest as a background, but it would end up becoming an important element of the scenery.

    There are essentially two art forms to design Japanese garden: tsukiyami, which is a hill garden and mainly composed of hills and ponds. The other is hiraniwa, which is basically the exact opposite of tsukiyami: a flat garden without any hills or ponds.

    The basic elements used in Japanese garden landscaping include rocks, gravel, water, moss, stones, fences, and hedges. Rocks are most often used as centerpieces and bring a presence of spirituality to the garden. According to the Shinto tradition, rocks embody the spirits of nature. Gravel is used as a sort of defining surface and is used to imitate the flow of water when arranged properly. Stones are used to create a boundary and are sculpted into the form of lanterns. Water, whether it be in the form of a pond, stream, or waterfall, is an essential part of a Japanese garden design. It can be in the actual form of water or portrayed by gravel, but no matter what form of water it’s in, it is crucial to a Japanese gardens balance.

    There are several signature forms and types of Japanese garden plants, the main one being Bonsai. Bonsai is the art of training everyday, average plants, such as Pine, Cypress, Holly, Cedar, Cherry, Maple, and Beech, to look like large, old trees just in miniature form. These trees range from five centimeters to one meter and are kept small by pruning, re-potting, pinching new growth, and wiring the branches.

    Japanese garden design is a tradition that has crossed the poet, Muso Soseki, who stated “Gardens are a root of transformation”. A Japanese garden is sure to bring about many different feelings and is definitely a transforming experience.

    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!

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    Avoid Garden Fungus


    Most of us are ready to make an investment for landscaping to give a face lift to our homes. Yet we failed when it comes time for some basic plant pruning when our plants need it most. Then we wonder why our highly invested landscape looks terrible. Check out the following home garden tips to avoid garden fungus and to better maintain the life of your garden and lawn:

    Home Garden Tips for Pruning
    Pruning plays an important role in home garden maintenance. If you accidently make a mistake while pruning, don’t lose heart because it’s like a bad haircut, it is going to grow again.

    Avoid Watering in the Evening
    During summer, you may experience high humidity, which might result in a lot of problems in your garden. To get your plants nice and dry, tuck them in for the night. In addition to this, watering in the evening should be avoided to prevent damage to the plants.

    Powdery White Mildew
    Powdery mildew is the most common fungus that affects your ornamental plants. This will create a white film on the leaves of the plants in your garden. Other ornamental plants such as Sand Cherry and Dogwoods are now becoming infected with this fungus. Efficient gardening is necessary to curtail the growth of this fungus. You can easily prevent this by spraying general fungicide which is found at your local garden centre.

    Pythium Blight Treatment
    If you’re in the north and have perennial Rye grass, then you ought to be very careful not to leave your grass wet at night. A dreadful fungus called Pythium Blight may produce its upper hand. This fungus loves to grow in high humid conditions, mostly during the night.

    Pythium blight can easily be seen in the early morning. You can easily recognize this fungus resting on top of the lawn which looks like white cotton candy. You will most likely find this fungus mainly along driveways and walks, where the soil is moist. Pythium rot can easily be controlled by watering in the day at the earliest possible time.

    Fire Blight Treatment
    Fire Blight is yet another garden fungus culprit which prefers to mostly grow during the summer season. This fungus prefers to attack Pyracantha, cotoneasters, crabapple trees, and Apple trees. The presence of Fire Blight can easily be recognized once one of the branches of the plant turns red and dies. Fire Blight can be prevented by pruning the affected branch and removing it from the main plant as soon as possible.

    It is also important that the cut branches be burnt since Fire Blight is extremely contagious. Also wash or dip the projected shears by using alcohol in order to prevent the spread of this deadly fungus to other parts of the branch.

    Shotgun fungus
    This little gem like fungus, which prefers to grow in mulch and tends to swell, has been termed as the “Shotgun Fungus”. This fungus can fly up to 8 feet in the air and will spatter your house with tiny brown specks. Once Shotgun fungus sticks to your house or windows, it sticks like glue. Most of us suspect the spiders and other aliens for this tiny brown speck. You can’t prevent this fungus, but you can do something by keeping the mulch loose so air can circulate inside to keep this fungus out. Although mulch is great, don’t allow it to get packed and try to remove it at least once a year. Additionally, rake it flat periodically as if it will look like you’ve just mulched.

    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!



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    Vegetable Garden Plans


    Vegetable gardening has lately become just as popular as going to the grocery store for produce. Vegetable gardening can produce vegetables that are usually cheaper than store bought, and home grown vegetables definitely taste better by far. Vegetable gardening is no different than growing herbs or flowers and if the proper steps are taken and the plants are give the proper care they will flourish and produce very tasty vegetables.

    First you must decide what size of garden you wish to plant and then select a location for it; somewhere that has good drainage, good air flow, and good, deep soil. Your garden will also need as much sunlight as possible. Because vegetable gardens have such tasty rewards, animals such as dogs, rabbits, deer, and many others will try and get to your veggies. One way to prevent this is by building a vegetable garden fence, or by putting out a trap to catch mice, moles, and other rodents.

    Before planting, the soil must be properly prepared. Good soil for vegetable garden planting is achieved by cultivation along with the application of organic materials. The soil must be tilled (plowed) to control weeds and you must mix mulch into the soil. If you have a small garden, spading would be a better bet than plowing. Mulching is also a vital part of soil preparation.

    Organic matter added to the soil releases nitrogen, minerals, and other nutrients plants need to thrive. The most popular and best type of mulch you can use is compost. While the kind and amount of fertilizer used depends on the soil and types of plants, there are some plants that have specific needs; leafy plants, like cabbage, spinach, and lettuce, usually grow better with more nitrogen, while root crops like potatoes, beets, turnips, and carrots require more potash. Tomatoes and beans use less fertilizer, while plants like onions, celery, and potatoes need a larger amount.

    One thing that is vitally important in vegetable garden planting is the arrangement. There is no single vegetable garden plan that will work for every garden due to varying conditions. One popular way to arrange a vegetable garden is to plant vegetables needing only limited space together, such as radishes, lettuce, beets, and spinach, and those that require more room together, such as corn, pumpkins, and potatoes. Try to plant tall growing plants towards the back of the garden and shorter ones in the front so that you can make the most out of the available sunlight.

    When you are finally ready to begin your vegetable garden planting, make sure to plant at the right time of the season. If you are dying to get an early start, you may want to begin your garden inside in a hotbed and then transplant when the weather permits. After you are finished planting, make sure your vegetables receive the appropriate amount of water, which depends on the type of plant. Most plants will need the equivalent to about an inch of water per week.

    Weeds must be controlled in vegetable gardening because they will take away the water, light, and nutrients that are meant for the vegetables themselves. Weeds often bring disease and insects to the garden as well. You can get rid of weeds by cultivation or mulching. To protect against disease and insects you can buy seeds that are disease resistant or use controlled chemicals.

    Vegetable gardening is many people’s favorite form of gardening because you can actually taste the fruits of your labor. Vegetable garden planting is not that expensive to start and the taste of home grown vegetables definitely beats that of supermarket veggies. Your vegetable gardening days will be full of produce if you take the proper precautions when planting and continued maintenance of your garden.

    Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!




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    About Water Garden Ponds


    There are many new trends surfacing in gardening today, and water garden ponds are one of the main new interests. Backyard water gardens can be in the form of garden water falls, fish ponds, and water garden fountains, all of which can be enhanced by rock work in many combinations as well as lighting, plants, and fish. Water garden ponds don’t have to be just an outside fish pond or natural water gardens either, it can consist of just a plastic tub to create container water gardens, or basically anything that can hold water.

    The most important thing to consider in a backyard water garden is probably the spot chosen. Since live aquatic plants and fish both need plenty of sunlight, places in direct light away from trees and bushes is the best overall position. This will also help prevent leaves and debris from collecting in the water.

    When planning your water garden design, first decide the size you want. This will depend on how much money you are willing to spend because a backyard water garden can get expensive if you opt for large backyard ponds full of plants, rocks, fish, and lights. Also consider the size of our property, and the amount of time you want to spend with maintaining your backyard water garden.

    When choosing the type of live aquatic plants you wish to place in your pond, remember that the plants should only cover about half of the water area. Plants can be free floating, submerged, or marginal. The one you choose is all a matter of personal preference. Some plants are good for their scent, some provide more oxygen and will keep the pool healthy, and some are just simply beautiful. Fish are not only nice to look at but they are also very beneficial. Fish help keep debris at a minimum and help in controlling larva and other insects.

    One of the main difficulties in water garden ponds is keeping pond water clear of algae. Algae problems are usually caused from too many nutrients in the water from feeding fish too often or from over fertilizing plants. If backyard garden ponds are made correctly and are maintained properly algae problems and control will be kept at a minimum.

    You can get rid of algae by reducing the nutrients that caused the algae in the first place. Cutting back on feeding and fertilizing, planting more live aquatic plants, installing a water garden filter system, or replacing existing water with fresh water are simple solutions. There are some chemicals that can be used, like copper compounds, but overuse can kill plant life and fish.

    All water garden ponds, regardless of size, will need regular maintenance throughout the year. With proper planning you can ensure a healthy balance between living and decorative features of water garden ponds that can almost care for itself with simple maintenance inputs.

    Water garden ponds don’t take anymore time than regular gardening, but obviously they aren’t nearly the same thing. You may be the type of person who couldn’t grow a flower if you tried but would be excellent at water gardening. If you are looking for something to occupy some time or to beautify your yard, installing a backyard water garden is an excellent way.

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    Fall Vegetable Gardening


    Many gardeners do not even consider fall vegetable gardening because of the winter frosts that might make an early appearance. On the contrary, fall vegetable gardening will result in excellent produce and will extend crops long after spring plants have been harvested. Vegetable garden planting in the fall yields a much sweeter and milder vegetable than those grown in the summer and offer a brand new taste to the same old veggies.

    What you choose to grow during your fall vegetable gardening will depend on your available space and what you like to eat, just like spring plants. Even the crops that enjoy the heat, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, and peppers, will produce until the first frosts hit, which can be pretty late in the year in southern areas. However, there are some plants that will quit towards the end of summer like snap-beans, summer squash, and cucumbers. If these vegetables are planted around the middle of the summer they can be harvested until the first frosts as well. Hardy, tough vegetables will grow until the temperature is as low as 20 degrees, but those that aren’t as strong will only be able to grow through light frosts. Remember that if you have root and tuber plants and the tops are killed by a freeze, the edible part can be saved if a large amount of mulch is used.

    When fall vegetable gardening, make sure to pick the vegetables with the shortest growing season so they can be full grown and harvested before the frost arrives. Most seed packages will be labeled “early season”, or you can find the seeds boasting the fewest days to maturity. You may want to go after your seeds for fall vegetable gardening in spring or early summer; they are usually not kept in stock towards the end of summer. If they are stored in a cool, dry location they will keep until you are ready to plant.

    In order to know exactly when to plant vegetable gardens in the fall, you must know about when the first hard frost will hit your area. One of the best ways to tell this is by a Farmer’s Almanac. They will give you exact dates and are rarely wrong. You will also need to know exactly how long it is going to take your plants to mature.

    To get your soil ready for fall vegetable gardening you must first remove any leftover spring/summer crops and weeds. Crops leftover from the last season may end up spreading bacteria and disease if left in the garden. Spread a couple of inches of compost or mulch over the garden area to increase the nutrients, however, if spring plants were heavily fertilized it may not need much, if any. Till the top layer of soil, wet it down, and let it set for about 12-24 hours. Once this has been done, you are ready to start planting.

    Many gardeners will run from fall vegetable gardening so they don’t have to deal with frosts, but if tough, sturdy vegetables are planted they can withstand a few frosts and give you some wonderful tasting produce. Fall vegetable gardening gives you the chance to enjoy your vegetable garden for at least a little bit longer.

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    Best Home Plants for Landscape Yard Designs


    Finding the best home plants for your landscape yard designs is no ordinary task. There are so many different varieties of landscape plants and shrubs for you to choose from and each will have its own special traits that make it just right for yard designing. You can choose any type of plants for landscaping that will compliment your particular yard, just make sure that the landscape plants and shrubs that you choose can live in your climate. Not all plants for landscaping can thrive in all areas so talk to your local plant specialist. Professional landscape services will be able to help you with your landscape design idea.

    The best home plants to choose are the ones that you would normally never think of. For example if you want to have a gorgeous border you can use sage garden herbs. This is the perfect landscaping plant for any home landscaping design. You can do so much with this great landscaping plant. Not only can you make wonderful borders with it you can also add them to your home herb garden.

    What makes a home herb garden so much fun is that they are not only pretty to look at they are also very practical. Using herb plants for landscaping creates the perfect herb garden. A fresh herb garden is such a wonderful bonus to having gorgeous plants for homes.

    When you are looking for the best home plants you will need to take into consideration the time of year. You cannot go into a plants shop looking for the perfect landscaping plant in the middle of winter and find a summer bloom. Your plants shopping will have to be at least a little seasonal. Your landscaping plant, some of them anyway, will have to be purchased at certain times of the year.

    When landscaping your home, you may want to choose a perennial garden design or you might consider annual garden plans. An annual landscaping plant will need to be bought and purchased fresh each year where as a perennial landscaping plant will grow back each year on its own. Some perennial plants like tulips for instance will double in number each year if left alone. When there becomes too many in one particular spot you can simply dig down and split some of them up to replant elsewhere.

    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!



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    Landscape Design Pictures


    There is nothing that is more useful to someone trying to create a new look and feel in their yard than a good landscaping idea picture. With a landscaping idea picture you will not only get inspired you will learn so much. Yes, I said learn, you can learn a lot by looking at a landscaping idea picture. You can learn what looks fabulous and you can learn what does not look so hot. All that from a little tiny landscaping idea picture.

    Where can you find a landscaping idea picture you ask? You can get a wonderful landscaping idea picture from many different places. Your best bet is to get as many as you can and take notes about which ideas you liked and which you really didn’t like. This way when it comes time to start work you will know exactly what you want. You can even show your landscaper the landscaping idea pictures so that he or she can see exactly what you are talking about. This kind of communication is very important because the landscaping contractor may not know what you are talking about otherwise. This way he will see it for himself.

    You can get a great landscaping idea picture from the library, in fact you can get hundreds of them there. Visit your library and find the landscaping and gardening section, if you are having trouble then ask the librarian, they are there to help you. Explain that you are afer a landscaping idea picture or two and you need help. They might even have some books of that kind in a different section as well, who knows?

    You can then photocopy any landscaping idea picture that you think may be of help to you. Bring a folder with you so that the landscaping idea picture will be protected and then go home and start making the things that you like in each landscaping idea picture and the things that you hate. If you do not want to write right on the landscaping idea picture then write on the back. This is good because if you were to write about the landscaping idea picture on a different page you could get things confused, this is easy to do if you are dealing with all kinds of landscaping idea pictures.

    If you can find yourself a wonderful landscaping picture you will be that much closer to designing your yard, just like that. This landscaping picture will give you all of the inspiration that you need to come up with the most gorgeous and eye catching ideas around. It is hard to think of all of the best landscaping ideas on your own, especially if you have never taken on a project like this before. So if you are new, do not worry, use a landscaping picture to help you come up with some fabulous ideas, in fact use a few!

    Even if you choose to work with a professional landscaper for your yard you should make sure that they show you a landscaping picture. This landscaping picture should show you what they expect your home to look like once it has been completed. This is important as it will help you to choose the right landscaper for the job. The landscaping picture that they show you will tell you a lot about the landscaper. The landscaping picture will tell you how much imagination the landscaper has as well as how much work they actually plan on doing. So never, choose a landscaper until you see some kind of landscaping picture.

    This is not the only landscaping picture that your landscaper should show you either. You should also ask that he show you at least one landscaping picture of a job he has completed in the past. The best landscapers usually have more than on landscaping picture, they usually have a portfolio that they will let you flip through. This is so useful because you will see exactly the kind of service you will be getting if you choose this company.

    It is important to take care with all of the decisions like this. This is the entire look of your home. When people walk by your house you want them to notice it for how gorgeous and wonderful it looks, not how run down. Having a lovely garden can make all of the different so start thinking about getting in a professional landscaper today. Just make sure that you have him show you a good landscaping picture first and you will be way ahead of the game.

    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!



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    Home Landscaping Ideas


    If you want to incorporate the perfect landscaping, then you need to start thinking along the lines of landscape unity. This is key to your landscape success. It will need to be applied to your entire yard, all around your home. Your entire properly will need to have a similar look and feel. If you are able to achieve this, your home will have a balanced look of symmetry. This will add all kinds of beauty to your home.

    You can create a sense of landscape unity to your landscape design idea in a few different ways. The most common way of bringing harmony to your yard landscape design is using trees for landscaping, but they have to be of similar types. This is easy to do and it will look fantastic. There is another way to get landscape unity to be a basic part of your home landscape design and this is with height. By planting different types of plants and trees of the same or similar height you will be bringing the whole design of your yard together like you never knew you could. It will look wonderful and it will be so easy to do!

    Your home landscaping idea should make use of much more than just plants and trees. Flowers look great but unfortunately, they only bloom for a short season. You need to incorporate some other form of yard landscaping design elements that will look perfect all year round. To do this you will want to look at some hardscape ideas like stones and rocks, or even wood chips just to name a few. You can even use granite or marble in your home landscaping design. How about broken concrete landscaping to create nice little stepping-stones through your garden. Or perhaps cement yard statues or any other type of concrete yard art to display in your home landscaping design.

    A theme can go a long way towards making your home landscaping design gorgeous. If you love butterflies for the garden or perhaps hummingbirds, then choose plants and flowers that will attract them to your yard and garden. This is a glorious way to showcase your home landscaping design and you will always have something wonderful to look at. You can talk to professionals at your local plant store about which type of plants and flowers will work best for the climate that you live in.

    In the end, your landscaping design idea needs to be balanced and whole looking. You can do anything you want with your landscape design plans, you can design your own home landscape or you can use professional landscape software. You can always Google landscape software where you will find free landscaping ideas as well as a bunch of free landscape design software. But, no matter what you decide to do, as long as there is landscape unity, then you will have created the perfect landscaping.

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    Landscape Design Idea

    Home landscaping design is no different than any other form of landscaping. It is natural for people to want their home to look as fabulous as it possibly can. Who doesn’t want the kind of yard that the whole neighborhood is envious of?

    The beauty of yard landscape design is that it does not have to be difficult. Much of the work can be done yourself. All it takes is a little bit of elbow grease and some time to spare and you can create your own home landscaping design quickly and easily.

    There are products on the market that will help you to find the best landscape design idea out there. You may want to choose landscaping design software for one. These programs can be a great start as you try to figure out what will suit your home and landscaping style the best. Landscape and design software programs allows you to see a few different layouts and options which are always good when trying to narrow down your choices.

    If landscaping design software programs are not for you, then you can try doing a search online for some wonderful home landscaping ideas. The internet is full of great sites that you can use to get everything done the right way. There are even sites that will provide free landscaping ideas as well as free landscape software. Just Google landscape software. It is important to do plenty of research before you start your own home landscaping design so that you keep the number of mistakes down to a minimum. If you do make a boo-boo, don’t worry about it, anything can be fixed.

    Before you start your home landscaping design you will need to look into any gas lines or electrical lines that may be running through your property. This is very important if you are planning to be doing a lot of digging. You cannot afford to hit either of these things, not only can it cost you a bundle to fix, it can also be very dangerous. Hitting an electrical line with a metal shovel could put an end to all of your work, and possibly your life too.

    You will also need to find out about zoning restrictions that could affect your home landscape design plans. In some places you cannot have trees too high and even some fences are not allowed. Find out the specifics before you start landscaping your home. This will save you a lot of time and money.

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    Easy Front Yard Landscape Design


    Having a low maintenance front yard is the goal for many gardeners. You can get simple front yard landscaping done by any of the professional landscape services in your area or you can do it yourself. Either way you can have front yard landscaping done that will take minimal work to keep it fantastic looking all year round. If you are going to get a professional in to do your front yard landscaping design though, be sure to tell them that your over all goal is to have a yard that will not take a lot of work to keep up.

    If you have less grass in your front yard landscape then you will eliminate a lot of maintenance time right there. Mowing the lawn can take up a lot of time and energy so keeping the grass to a minimum is a great way to save on work. Talk to your yard landscape design expert about alternatives that you can use to keep your yard looking good with little lawn care.

    Some people choose to use lawn clover instead of grass. Using clover as lawn in your front yard landscape design is a good idea because it will save you time and money. You won’t have to mow it very often at all and clover lawns are great for front home landscaping in areas that are prone to droughts.

    Clover lawns do well virtually everywhere. Best of all, for those of you who are home landscapers, bugs hate clover!

    Watering the yard can be a big hassle as well. That is why many people incorporate automatic plant watering systems into their front yard landscape design these days. This can save you tons of time and money. This is one of the easiest ways for you to keep your yard looking healthy and well watered during the hottest months of the year. No more hooking up the sprinkler or having to drag out the hose. You can get a professional to install an automatic plant watering systems for your front yard landscaping design quickly and easily or you can get a kit and do it yourself. I would recommend getting a professional however, unless you have experience with this kind of thing. If you were to cause a leak then you could face some flooding or rotting, neither of these is going to do anything for your front yard landscape design, do you know what I mean?

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    Cement Designs For Your Yard


    Cement yards, otherwise known as concrete landscapes can add so much to your yard!

    To hear the word concrete you may not think that it would be something for your yard but in fact, concrete landscapes have come along way in the last 10 years or so. Now using cement designs is all the rage and it is very attractive too.

    You can use cement landscaping for many different parts of your yard. Most people use broken concrete landscaping for the walkways and paths that wind through their gardens. This is more for those with larger yards. Even if your yard is small it could do with some cement ideas. You could use concrete color and design to put down a lively patio that you and your friends could sit at to have drinks or tea. There is nothing more enjoyable than a little party out on your concrete patio design on a nice summers day.

    Concrete landscape walls are another form of cement designs that have really caught on like wildfire. Walls are what will frame the whole home. They are the exquisite concrete design that frames your front and back yard like a glorious painting. There are many other reasons to have concrete landscape walls as well. The walls are perfect for keeping your pet in the yard. If you have a dog that is prone to runng away then look into this type of cement tip. These walls are also very good for keeping intruders out. The harder your home is to get into, the less likely burglars will bother trying. So look into concrete landscape walls today and talk to a professional about it.

    You can also use cement landscape edging to keep your soil in place. If there is a part of your yard that is prone to slipping then you can also build a concrete retaining walls design expressly with concrete landscape block. The best thing about cement designs is that while they can be functional, you can make it look as if it is just there for looks. There is so much that you can do with cement ideas because cement and concrete is so easy to work with. You can use a classic concrete design to create cement yard art or concrete yard statutes. You can even get custom made concrete landscaping stones that are in unique and creative shapes and patters. Take some time and see what all there is out there in terms of cement designs, you might just be pleasantly surprised.

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    Backyard Landscape Ideas


    A great backyard landscaping idea is one that everyone can make use of. There are many different backyard landscape ideas and most of them are pretty good. But to find the one that matches you and your landscaping style may take some searching. This article will help you with the perfect backyard landscape ideas for your home.

    One great backyard landscaping idea is to use evergreen landscaping plants. The use of these fabulous trees will do so much for any yard. They will add a stately nature to the feel of your home while keeping it warm and welcoming. Many people prefer to use deciduous trees in their yard and this is always a good idea but it is the evergreen tree and shrub landscaping that gives the yard structure and the stability that it needs for easy backyard landscaping.

    You need to look for a backyard landscaping idea like the one above that will benefit you all year round. Deciduous trees will not be gorgeous in all seasons, most perhaps, but not all. Evergreen landscaping plants on the other hand are always fantastic and they look as beautiful in the winter as they do in the summer. The key to any great landscape design idea is to keep your yard interesting no matter what time of the year it is.

    Another great backyard landscaping idea is to use garden hardscape. This is the use of hardscape material like rocks, fences and walls. They can make your yard look awesome during any season. You can have climbing plants on your hardscape wall in the spring and summer and pretty trees around it that will look great in the winter. When looking for a good backyard landscaping idea you need to look for other options besides just plants. There is much more to landscaping than just plants and trees.

    Walls and fences can frame your property beautifully and using them is such a great garden hardscape solution because they will just accent all of your other wonderful backyard landscaping ideas. They will frame your yard as a picture frame frames a gorgeous painting. Look at this kind of backyard landscaping idea as well in your search for that special design.

    Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!



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    Butterfly Flower Garden


    When creating a butterfly flower garden, the possibilities of what to include in your butterfly garden design are endless. Below are some helpful suggestions to help you get started. They are designed to spark the creative process of your mind and get you started on your way to creating a lovely butterfly flower garden.

    Before you even begin your butterfly flower garden, find out which species of butterflies are in your area. Consider taking an exploratory hike around your location with a butterfly identification book. This may take a little extra time and effort, but the results will be well worth it. After you have compiled your list of local butterfly species, be sure to write down in your butterfly garden plan what these particular species of butterflies use for nectar and food plants.

    Make sure that your garden is in a location that provides at least six hours of sunlight per day. Butterflies are cold-blooded creatures and therefore do better where they can be kept warm and protected by shelter.

    Wind can be a butterfly’s worst enemy so be sure to incorporate plenty of wind protection in your design. You can plant tall shrubs and other plants in order to create a wind break, but a location that avoids the heavy winds is more appropriate.

    The best possible location of all would be a butterfly flower garden placed on the sunny side of your home with windbreaks on both the west and east sides, or wherever the prevailing winds may come from in your area. Try and locate your garden close to a window so you can watch the butterflies from indoors. Provide seating outside too to take in the view as well.

    If possible, you could excavate an area and build a stone wall around it. This would create the ideal windbreak for your butterflies. Create gravel pathways around your garden to spare you from walking in the mud.

    There are many creative ways for constructing a butterfly flower garden. Take your time to design a garden that you will enjoy and be proud of.

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    Vegetable Gardening Tips


    With the costs of living increasing all the time, it may be possible to save money and boost your family’s health at the same time by growing vegetables in your backyard. Here are some vegetable gardening tips which will help you in your endeavor.

    It’s a good idea to choose your favorite vegetables to grow and plan your vegetable beds for early, middle of the season and the late bloomer varieties.

    Most vegetables require at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, some need 8. Some quick growers like lettuce and radishes can be grown between the rows of plants that take longer to mature, like beets and corn, therefore, making full use of the area that’s available.

    Throughout dry periods or droughts, vegetable gardens need extra care and watering. Most vegetables benefit from an inch or more of water per week, especially when they are fruiting.

    During the growing season watch for insects. If you discover a bug problem early it will be much easier to get a handle on the situation, just be careful not to use pesticides once the vegetables are close to being harvested unless it becomes an absolute necessity. Organic gardening is one healthy and environmental-friendly option. Once you have harvested your crop, put the vegetable waste into your compost pile so that it can be recycled for next springs planting.

    It is important to protect your vegetable garden from wild animals looking for a tasty treat. Make sure you start building a vegetable garden fence that will keep out dogs, rabbits, and other animals. The harm done by wandering animals during one season can equal the cost of a fence. A fence also can serve as a framing structure for peas, beans, tomatoes, and other crops that need support.

    Protection is needed in order for your vegetable garden to yield a bountiful harvest. Hard work will pay off in the long run if necessary precautions have been made ahead of time. So create your backyard vegetable garden plans today!

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    Disease Free Roses


    To make sure that your prized roses remain in the best of health, simply follow these tips:

    1. Black Spots on Leaves

    This disease is commonly known as rose bush black spot disease. The appearance of black spots are circular with fringed edges on the leaves. They cause the leaves to turn yellow. Remove the infected foliage and pick up any fallen leaves on the ground around the rose. Artificial sprays may be used to prevent or treat this kind of rose disease.

    2. Stunted or malformed young canes

    Known as powdery mildew, this is a fungal disease that covers leaves, stems and the buds with a fine, wind spreadable, white powder. It makes the leaves curl and turn purple. Spray with Funginex or Benomyl to treat rose fungal diseases.

    3. Blistered underside of leaves

    Known as rose rust disease, this is characterized by orange-red blisters that turn black in the fall. It can survive the winter and will then attack new sprouts in the spring. Collect and discard leaves that are infected in the fall. A Benomyl or Funginex spray applied every 7-10 days may help.

    4. Malformed or stunted leaves and flowers

    This is caused by spider mites. They are tiny yellow, red or green spiders found on the underside of leaves where they suck the juices. An application of Orthene or Isotox may help in treating this infestation.

    5. Weak and mottled leaves with tiny white webs under them

    This is caused by aphids. They are small, soft-bodied insects that are usually brown, green or red in color. Aphids often cluster under leaves and flower buds and suck the plant juices from tender buds. Malathion or diazinon spray may help roses to survive this rose bush bug.

    6. Flowers that don’t open or are deformed when they open.

    Thrips could be the reason behind this problem. They are slender, brown-yellow bugs with fringed wings that also suck juices from flower buds. Cut and discard the infested flowers. Orthene and malathion may also treat this problem.

    Remember that roses are hungry feeders that require a lot of fertilizer to remain healthy bushes. By following the tips mentioned above, you will soon have disease free roses!

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    Home Landscaping Design


    Home landscaping design can usually be a fairly big task, consuming a lot of your time and energy. But before you go out and hire professional landscape services, here are some landscaping tips and ideas that could save you both time and money.

    1. Spend some time thinking about exactly what you want your final home landscaping design to look like. A great place to start is to focus in on the area where you will spend most of your time. Do you want to include an area for entertaining? A barbeque? Is there going to be an area for children to play, a garden fish pond or a swimming pool? You need to take into account the style and function of your landscape as well. Also form an idea of the type of plants you will grow in your space.

    2. Think twice before hiring a professional landscaper. An independent designer may cost you hundreds of dollars when you could just as well access free plans on the internet or at a nursery. There is also landscaping design software available at a fraction of the cost. However, if you have an awkward slope or a very steep grade to your lawn, professional landscape services may just give you the expertise to save yourself on costly mistakes.

    3. The style of your home must be taken into consideration. If you have a rural cottage, a formal garden design will look out of place. You would want to lean towards the country style landscaping design. Think also about your lifestyle. Do you want to spend hours plant caring or flower pruning? If so, go ahead and plant them, but if you’d rather spend your free time at the beach, then go for an easy-care garden and landscape.

    There are various home landscaping design styles you can choose from for your own garden:

    a. Formal Landscape: This style uses a lot of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. Orderly arrangement of plants instead of random positioning is employed. Close arrangement and pruning is seen on many landscaped garden design of this style.

    b. Informal Landscaping: This kind of landscaping works well with cosy cottages. This style is sometimes known as the country style landscaping design. Beds with curved edges instead of straight lines and random placement of plants suit this landscaping style.

    c. English Garden Design: This style emphasizes the harmony between the homes architecture and the garden. Many times you might see an english garden bench tucked amongst the trees.

    d. Formal/Informal Garden: This style often comes with a brick walkway that exudes formality. This walkway leads to the rear with a circle of plants. The arrangement of plants resembles the English garden design style but it has no formal borders.

    e. Oriental Gardens: It is often the kind of garden found in small backyards. The most famous known is the Japanese backyard garden design. It uses rocks, evergreens and water. A wide variety of plants create several interesting angles with this landscaping style.

    f. Woodland Landscaping: This landscaping suits a house that has a wooded backyard and sloping ground.

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    Benefits of Kids Gardens


    We can all see how nature is treated these days. It’s a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention so much anymore to the environmental problems. What can we do about this? It’s as simple as starting with our children. It is good to see the children’s involvement with environmental-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is kids gardens. Why should you consider gardening activities for kids?

    Here are some gardening lesson plans for kids:

    1. Science

    Through childrens gardening, they are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plant’s life cycle and how human’s intervention can make or break the environment. They can have a first hand experience on the miracle of life through a seed. This would definitely be a new and enjoyable experience for the kids.

    2. Life

    Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as wondrous as the conception to birth and growth of a child. In time, kids will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life plants provide. Gardening for kids could actually help simulate how life should be treated — it should be with care. The necessities to live will be emphasized through children and gardening such as – water, sunlight, air and soil. Those necessities could easily be corresponded to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, food. By simply weeding out, one could educate children on how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life happy and productively.

    3. Relaxation

    Studies show that gardening in general can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group. More so, it stimulates all the five senses. Believe it or not, gardening may be used as a therapy to children who have been abused or those who are members of broken homes. It helps build one’s self-esteem.

    4. Quality Time with the Family

    You can forget about your stressful work life for a while by being soothed through the lovely ambience in the garden. It a chance to play and spend quality time with your children. You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other. The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your child while mingling with them in your garden.

    Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. One way to jumpstart that environmental education may be through gardening. It’s hitting two birds with one stone — teach them to respect life while you bond with them as well.

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    The Best Tools For Gardening


    Different kinds of gardens require different kinds of garden tools. Hardware stores mostly cater to a wide range of tools, but there are shops that specialize in the more expensive kind of garden tool that shouts quality. Wherever you decide to shop, here are a few pointers to guide you.

    Do you have a small garden or a large one? A small garden will not require the same large equipment that would be used in an extensive one. A ride-on mower is unnecessary if you only have a small strip of lawn. Another point to consider is who does most of the gardening? Some tools are too heavy for women to use comfortably.

    When you buy secateurs make sure the blade always stays sharp to avoid damaging the plant. Look for models that have blades that can be sharpened or replaced, models with tension control and with sizes that best fit your hands. Secateurs usually cost around $50 – $130.

    Hedge trimmers or shears are handy – but only if you have a hedge, or plan on growing one. Some hedge trimmers have curved blades to stop branches from sliding out when cut.

    Pitch Forks are used for turning and aerating compost and breaking up lumps of soil. The cheaper ones are often not strong enough for heavy soil, so go for sturdiness instead of price. Forks usually cost around $30 – $100.

    A shovel has a scoop blade and is best used to move around dirt and garden soil. A spade has a flat blade great for cutting edges, digging and dividing plants. The edge of a spade should be kept sharpened for clean and efficient cutting so it will cause the least amount of damage to plants. These are a basic garden necessities and usually range from $30 – $50.

    A pruning saw is used for pruning trees and larger shrubs, while secateurs are for plants like roses. Pruning saws have a narrow curved blade that fits between stems or branches and easily cuts them as you pull the saw backwards. They are approximately $27- $55.

    A chipping hoe is a handy tool for getting rid of small weeds. The Dutch or push-hoe is slightly more user-friendly due to the fact that the action required to use the hoe does not jar the neck and shoulders quite as much.

    A rake is also a basic requirement for the garden. A strong rake with a flat head and sharp metal prongs is used for smoothing a garden bed and getting out the last of the bumps and weeds. The plastic rake is used to gather leaves and grass clippings only.

    Gardening tools don’t have to be expensive. Flea markets and garage sales can be excellent places to pick up great tool bargains.

    Even though there is a lot of information you need to absorb and understand about gardening in your backyard, the rewards are worthwhile. Growing vegetables and herbs at home is easy but only with a bit of knowledge and patience. I hope this article has given you a bit of inspiration to complete your pursuit for knowledge on your own backyard garden. Be sure to read the rest of the articles indicated to the right…. for further knowledge…order my book…

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    Some of the Best Home Garden Magazines


    Various home garden magazines are available in the market today. But would you like to know which stands out from the rest? Here is a selection of home garden magazines that anyone that has a passion for gardening will appreciate.

    COUNTRY GARDENS often showcases the more unusual gardens around the country. It introduces wonderful new ways to enjoy garden sights and scents. It helps the avid gardener to create an eye-pleasing, fragrance – filled country garden.

    This magazine has very useful advice on setting up and caring for your garden. Every issue contains profiles of fascinating people and their gardens, inspiration gardens and detailed garden design plans. Best of all, it’s a trusted source of information that’s easy to understand. Every season carries a vast harvest of ideas to delight, motivate and guide any gardener.

    How about a gardening magazine for those who want to become a better gardener? FINE GARDENING MAGAZINE from The Taunton Press brings you amazing design ideas, beneficial techniques, and the know-how to get the best results from your gardening endeavors.

    In each issue you’ll find eye-opening bits of advice from the experts, detailed information on all types of plants, effective techniques and time-saving tips, straightforward tool reviews from editors and readers and planting suggestions for specific regions.

    But for more intensive information on how to maintain a garden packed with style and color, then you’ll want to read GARDEN DESIGN. This home garden magazines eye-popping photos, illustrations and useful recommendations brings out inspiration on how to create a picture-perfect garden. It is written and designed for those who are passionate about their homes and gardens. Garden Design is more than just a dig-in-the-dirt gardening magazine; it’s for people who enjoy bringing in more aesthetic value for their homes through their gardens.

    Garden Design encourages you to create stylish outdoor living spaces and rare gardens through cultivating rare breeds of plants, with updates on the best tools and techniques. It contains magnificent photographs and articles that capture the imaginations of gardeners everywhere.

    For passionate gardeners, HOLTICULTURE MAGAZINE is the ultimate guide to gardening. The authoritative voice of gardeners, Horticulture serves as an essential guide and trusted friend, and is a main resource for serious gardeners from every corner of the country.

    These magazines aim to instruct, inform, and inspire serious home gardeners. There are gardening magazines for beginners and expert gardeners. Discover or develop your green thumb with their latest gardening techniques and garden design information.

    For Australian readers, there is BURKE’S BACKYARD. Springing form a TV series of the same name, Burke’s Backyard focuses on gardening décor as well as the all-important small backyard garden makeovers that have become so popular.

    YOUR GARDEN is another beauty, claiming the prestige of being Australia’s gardening magazine, it usually features two or three popular flowers and how best to grow them, with a wealth of tips and information on other plants, tools and products for the garden.

    GARDENING AUSTRALIAsprings from the ABC’s feature of that name it features many wonderful articles by gardening experts and often holds a free catalogue from one of the larger nurseries.

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    Six Small Home Gardening Tips


    Beautiful small backyards can still hold a well-maintained garden design, only two things are required – determination and know-how. Here are some tips on how to keep your small backyard oasis looking spruced up and glamorous.

    1. Deadheading Flowers
    Keep your borders free from wilted flowers and dried leaves. Deadheading plants or removing dead flower heads will encourage the plants to produce more blooms for a longer period of time. Many perennials such as geraniums and dahlias, and some annuals benefit from having spent blooms removed.

    2. Pinching Out Plants.
    Certain plants – especially foliage plants like Coleus – respond with a spurt of growth when their tops are pinched out. Pinching out plants encourages a more bushier plant and so more blooms are produced. Fuchsias are prone to becoming leggy unless they are pinched out.

    3. Don’t Over Fertilized Plants.
    A minimal amount of fertilizer will further boost the growth of your vegetation. If you water your yard frequently, you will have to fertilize it more regularly because of the nutrient depletion. A nightly application of liquid fertilizer is sometimes more beneficial than granules as it is more readily absorbed by the leaves. Your container gardening plants will be considerably healthier with a half-strength solution of liquid fertilizer applied regularly.

    4. Weeding Plants.
    One of the best ways to preserve the beauty of your small garden design is to weed it out. Remember, weeds compete with your plants for both nutrients and moisture. If the weeds are not close to seeding, leave them on the bed to rot down for mulch. If you must use a weedicide, try and get a wick applicator, rather than a spray. This will protect your plants from spray-drift.

    5. Water them well
    One good tip when it comes to watering your small backyard oasis is to give it a thorough soaking once a week, making sure there is no run-off to cause erosion. Deep watering will encourage the growth of deeper roots that will be able to withstand dry spells in the weather.

    6. Say no to chemicals
    Chemicals are dangerous to humans and often kill the natural predators of the common garden pests in your garden, so avoid them if possible. There are many organic alternatives that work almost as well.

    With these simple tips, your beautiful small backyards design will soon be the envy of your neighbors.

    Even though there is a lot of information you need to absorb and understand about backyard designs for small yards, the rewards are worthwhile. A small garden design is easy but only with a bit of knowledge and patience. This article was provided to get some of your gardening questions answered. Be sure to read the rest of the articles indicated to the right…. for further knowledge…order my book…

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    Modern Gardening Power Tools


    The types and quality of equipment you use to take care of your plants not only has an effect on your plants’ health, but your own as well.

    Defective tools could cause damage to your plants, but it is worse if they are so uncomfortable to use that they give you blisters or a bad back. To avoid this, look for the gardening equipment that will do the best job for your type of gardening. It must have the right amount of power to be energy efficient while also being able to do the job without causing you any more strain than necessary.

    Here is a review of gardening equipment from the gardening experts themselves.

    1. Garden Shredders

    JCB SS2400 received five stars out of five from the gardening equipment reviewers from recommendedbuys.co.uk. It has a 2400 watt motor and comes with a silent gear crushing system. It is one promising tool to improve and hasten your shredding activity.

    Ryobi ESR – 2240 Electric Shredder is an easy to assemble garden shredder suitable for prunings up to 40mm. It comes with built-in wheels and a plunger for increased portability.

    2. Hedge Trimmer

    Bosch AHS42-16 Electric Hedge Trimmer also received five stars out of five rating from the gardening equipment reviewers from recommendedbuys.co.uk. It has 420 watt output.

    3. Cultivators

    Mantis Tiller Cultivator comes with patented tines to aid in cutting smoothly through hard, compacted soil. It is perfect for preparing vegetable plots, flower beds, etc. It also helps in thatching, aerating and cleaning moss. It also comes with a free border edger.

    4. Lawnmowers

    Brill 78370 Luxus Push Reel Mower was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Tools-hills.com customers. It has a large top cover that protects shrubs and overhanging flowers.

    American Lawnmower Deluxe Light Reel Mower 1815-16 received 4.5 stars out of 5 from Epinions.com buyers. It is a push-mower and it does not cause pollution, but it is not suitable for tall grass.

    5. Leaf Sweeper

    Agri-fab 26 Push Leaf Sweeper is for smaller lawns and is available with a 200 litre collector. It also comes with an infinite height adjustment feature.

    Even though there is a lot of information you need to absorb and understand about backyard gardening, the rewards are worthwhile. Growing vegetables and herbs at home is easy but only with a bit of knowledge and patience. I hope this article has given you a bit of inspiration to complete your pursuit for knowledge on your own backyard garden. Be sure to read the rest of the articles indicated to the right…. for further knowledge…order my book… “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening”.

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    Gloves for Gardening


    Gardeners gloves protect your hands from blisters, thorns and cuts while doing rough work like digging or pruning in the garden. Investing in one or more pairs of quality gloves is a good decision and a great investment.

    Here are some tips on how to choose the appropriate pair that will suit your needs the best:

    1. Look for quality leather garden gloves with a back cloth; this will let the gloves breathe and keep your hands dry, cool and comfortable. Goatskin gardening gloves are one option. There are also deerskin garden gloves available as well.

    2. If mud bothers or effects you, select rubber gloves with a cotton lining inside. The cotton keeps your hands warm while digging deep into the cool mud.

    3. When spraying pesticides or chemicals choose gloves that are made from neoprene, a synthetic rubber. Gloves made from latex or any other type of plastic may not offer the best protection if the chemicals should happen to penetrate the glove and get onto your hands.

    4. There are gardening gloves for roses available in the market as well. These extra long gardening gloves reach all the way up the arms which makes them perfect for pruning rose bushes.

    5. If you usually operate large garden power tools, buy gloves in the color brown instead of red as the latter may dye your hands when your hands become wet or sweaty.

    6. Light cotton or even fingerless gloves may be useful for transplanting seedlings. They will allow more dexterity and also help to prevent the tiny roots from being crushed.

    7. And of course, make sure that the gloves you buy actually fit your hands. If you have small hands, try the children’s gardening section. There’s nothing worse than trying to garden in gloves that are too big.

    Your gloves must be comfortable as well as give protection to best serve your gardening needs.

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    How to Flower Garden


    Knowing how to flower garden can make a big difference in the look and over-all health of your plants. Here are some simple hints to make your garden bloom with health:

    1. The essentials must always be given major consideration.

    Your flower garden must have an adequate supply of water, sunlight, and fertile soil. Any lack of these basic necessities will greatly affect the health of plants. Water the flower garden more frequently during dry spells.

    When using flower garden bulbs, make sure they are planted at the correct depth. When planting out shrubs and perennials, make sure that you don’t heap soil or mulch up around the stem. If you do, water will drain off instead of sinking in, and the stem could develop rot through overheating.

    2. Mix and match perennials with annuals.

    Perennial flower garden bulbs need not to be replanted since they grow and bloom for several years while annuals grow and bloom for only one season. Mixing a few perennials with annuals ensures that you will always have blooms coming on.

    3. Deadhead to encourage more blossoms.

    Deadheading is simply snipping off the flower head after it wilts. This will make the plant produce more flowers. Just make sure that you don’t discard the deadhead on the garden or mildew and other plant disease will attack your plants.

    4. Know the good from the bad bugs.

    Most garden insects do more good than harm. Butterflies, beetles and bees are known pollinators. They fertilize plants through unintentional transfer of pollen from one plant to another. 80% of flowering plants rely on insects for survival.

    Sowbugs and dung beetles together with fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms are necessary to help in the decomposition of dead plant material, thus enriching the soil and making more nutrients available to growing plants.

    Other insects like lacewings and dragonflies are natural predators of those insects that do the real damage, like aphis.

    An occasional application of liquid fertilizer when plants are flowering will keep them blooming for longer.

    Always prune any dead or damaged branches. Fuchsias are particularly prone to snapping when you brush against them. The broken branch can be potted up to give you a new plant, so it won’t be wasted.

    This is but a small excerpt from my new ebook: Holistic Herbs ~ A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening. If you would like to learn more about Holistic Herbs, Landscape and Garden design, Click Here to grab your copy today!

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    Butterfly Garden Design


    What is butterfly gardening? Simply put butterfly gardening is the art of growing flowers and plants that will attract these colorful and dainty creatures to your garden. Delight your family and visitors with beautiful butterflies, but be sure to create a safe habitat for them. If you own cats rethink your plans, because it would be a shame to invite these lovely insects to their death.

    Butterfly garden design is a matter of personal preference. Typical points to consider are the size of your garden and the types of flowers and plants you want to grow. Pick a style of garden that appeals to you, but ensure it also contains the plants and flowers that appeal to the butterflies you wish to attract as well.

    It is important to find out which plants and flowers will attract the species of butterflies that live in your area. This information can be found at the local library.

    To create the kind of environment that they find attractive, you will also need water of some kind. A birdbath will look attractive and keep the butterflies up off the ground, away from stray cats or mischievous puppies. Butterfly garden dishes or any shallow dish on a post or hung in a tree will do just as well.

    When planning your butterfly garden design, be careful how you coordinate the colors you’ve chosen for your flowerbeds. Although butterflies do not care about your choice of color, you don’t want your garden to be a hodgepodge of unrelated colors and textures. Butterflies are attracted to those flowers that have nectar rather than pollen, like honeysuckle, milkweed, summer lilac, Valerian, daisies, Purple Coneflower, Yellow Sage, day lilies and lavender.

    Some people find it helpful to draw and color a layout of their butterfly garden design to see what the finished product would look like. Keep in mind that warm colors like red and orange are flashy and showy. These colors have a greater impact against a strong green background. Cool colors such as blue and purple are soothing and toned down and would work better with a white contrast to create the look of freshness and brightness.

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    Basic Flower Garden Designs


    Many times we buy plants on impulse then find there is nowhere in the garden that really suits them. Before buying plants carefully examine your garden to see how much sun and shade it gets, whether the soil is well drained or waterlogged and whether your aspect is sheltered or windswept. You’ll then be equipped to go and buy the best plants for your situation; a shade plant for the sheltered areas, sun-lovers for the warm spots, drought-resistant plants for the parched areas which may be either sunny or shaded, and swamp plants for the poorly-drained parts.

    But wait! Test your soil first, to determine the pH level of your soil and what kind of nutrients you need to add, if any. Is the soil acid or alkaline? Most plants prefer soil that is slightly acidic, but there are some that must have alkaline soil to grow. You can alter the soil’s pH level, but it’s much easier to simply plant for the soil you have.

    Now you are ready to plant. Well – almost. Will you plant in groups or plant solo? If you buy ‘one of everything’ your garden may seem rather spotty. Group plantings are organised, harmonious and you can vary the color for interest.

    Before planting, place your chosen plants around the garden bed in their pots to see how they will look. Re-arrange them until you are satisfied. Grouping plants in sets of threes or fives usually looks better than planting in groups of even numbers. Be sure that you have an interesting combination of colors and textures of plants. Tall plants should go to the back, or the centre if your garden will be viewed equally from all sides. Try to keep your plants away from trees. The roots of trees are fiercely competitive and will steal all the nutrients and moisture meant for your flowers.

    The right color scheme is one way to maintain the harmony in your garden. Imagine the color of the flowers when they are in bloom. Some colors may clash with others, but can still be planted side-by-side if they have a different blooming season. Foliage color is also important. Many flower plants have silver, grey or purplish foliage that is just as attractive as the flower. This means that they are still attractive well past the blooming season and so have added value.

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    Landscape Gardening

    Landscape gardening has often been likened to the painting of a picture. Your art-work teacher has doubtless told you that a good picture should have a point of chief interest, and the rest of the points simply go to make more beautiful the central idea, or to form a fine setting for it. So in landscape gardening there must be in the gardener’s mind a picture of what they desire the whole to be when they complete their work.

    From this study we will be able to work out a little theory of landscape gardening.

    Let us go to the lawn. A good extent of open lawn space is always beautiful. It is restful. It adds a feeling of space to even small grounds. So we might generalize and say that it is well to keep open lawn spaces. If one covers their lawn space with many trees, with little flower beds here and there, the general effect is choppy and fussy. It is a bit like an over-dressed person. One’s grounds lose all individuality thus treated. A single tree or a small group is not a bad arrangement on the lawn. Do not centre the tree or trees. Let them drop a bit into the background. It makes a pleasing side feature for them. In choosing trees, you must keep in mind a number of things. You should not choose an overpowering tree; the tree should be one of good shape, with something interesting about its bark, leaves, flowers or fruit.

    While the poplar is a rapid grower, it sheds its leaves early and therefore is left standing, bare and ugly, before the fall is old. Mind you, there are places where a row or double row of Lombardy poplars is very effective as well. But I think you’ll agree with me that one lone poplar is not enough.

    The catalpa is quite lovely by itself. Its leaves are broad, its flowers attractive, the seed pods which cling to the tree until way into the winter, add a bit of picture squeness. The bright berries of the ash, the brilliant foliage of the sugar maple, the blossoms of the tulip tree, the bark of the white birch, and the leaves of the copper beech are all beauty points to consider.

    Place makes a difference in the selection of a tree. Suppose the lower portion of the grounds are a bit low and moist, then that spot is ideal for a willow. Don’t group trees together which look awkward. A long-looking poplar does not go with a nice rounded little tulip tree. A juniper, so neat and prim, would look silly beside a spreading chestnut. You must keep proportion and suitability in mind.

    I’d never advise the planting of a group of evergreens close to a house, especially in the front yard. The effect is very gloomy indeed. Houses surrounded with this arrangement are overcapped by such trees and are not only gloomy to live in, but truly unhealthy. Keep in mind that the chief requisite inside a house is sunlight and plenty of it.

    As trees are chosen because of certain good points, so shrubs should be. In a clump I would wish some that bloomed early, some which bloomed late, some for the beauty of their fall foliage, some for the colour of their bark and others for the fruit. Some spireas and the forsythia bloom early. The red bark of the dogwood makes a bit of colour all winter, and the red berries of the barberry cling to the shrub well into the winter.

    Certain shrubs are good to use for hedge purposes. A hedge is prettier rather than a fence. The Californian privet is excellent for this purpose. Osage orange, Japan barberry, buckthorn, Japan quince, and Van Houtte’s spirea are other shrubs which make good hedges.

    I forgot to say that in tree and shrub selection it is usually better to choose those of the locality you live in. Unusual and foreign plants do less well, and often harmonize poorly with their new setting.

    Landscape gardening may follow along very formal lines or along informal lines. The first would have straight paths, straight rows in stiff beds, everything, as the name suggests, perfectly formal. The other method is, of course, the exact opposite. There are danger points in each however.

    The formal arrangement is likely to look too stiff; the informal, too fussy, too wiggly. As far as paths go, keep this in mind. A path should always lead somewhere. That is its business– to direct one to a definite place. Now, straight, even paths are not unpleasing if the effect is to be a formal garden. The danger in the curved path is an abrupt curve, a whirligig effect. It is far better for you to stick to straight paths unless you can make a really beautiful curve. No one can tell you how to do this. Remember visualization!

    Garden paths could be of gravel, dirt, or of grass. you could also see grass paths in some very lovely gardens. But, I doubt, however, if they would serve as well in your small garden.

    Your garden areas are so limited that they should be re-spaded each season and the grass paths are a burdensome as far as the amount of work involved. Of course, a gravel path makes a fine appearance, but again you may not have gravel at your disposal. It is possible for you to dig out the path for about two feet deep. Then put in six inches of stone or clinker. Over this, pack in the dirt, rounding it slightly toward the centre of the path. There should never be depressions through the central part of paths, since they tend to form convenient places for water to stand. The under layer of stone makes a natural drainage system.

    A building often needs the help of vines or flowers or both to tie it to the grounds in such a way as to form a harmonious whole. Vines lend themselves well to this work. It is better to plant a perennial vine so that it lets the vine form become a permanent part of your landscape scheme. The Virginia creeper, wistaria, honeysuckle, a climbing rose, the clematis and trumpet vine are all satisfactory examples.

    Close your eyes for a moment and picture a house of natural colour, such as a mellow gray from the weathered shingles. Now add to this old house a purple wistaria. Can you see the beauty of it?

    Of course, the morning-glory is an annual vine, as is of the moon-vine and wild cucumber type. They do have their special purposes, often, it is necessary to cover an ugly object for a time, until the better times come. This annual is ‘the chap’ for this type of work. Along an old fence a hop vine becomes a thing of beauty.

    Flowers may well go along the side of the building, or bordering a walk. In general, though, keep the front lawn space open and unbroken by beds. What,s lovelier in early spring than a bed of daffodils close to the house? Hyacinths and tulips, too, form a blaze of glory. These are little or no bother, and start the spring just right. You might want to plant some bulbs as an exception to the rule of an unbroken front lawn.

    Snowdrops and crocuses planted throughout your lawn are beautiful as well. They do not disturb the general effect, but blend with the whole. One expert bulb gardener says to take a basketful of bulbs in the fall, walk about your yard and just drop bulbs about here and there. Wherever the bulbs drop, plant them. Such small bulbs as those we plant in lawns should be in groups of four to six. Daffodils can also may be planted this way too.

    The place for a flower garden is generally at the side or rear of the house. The backyard garden is a lovely idea, is it not? Who wishes to leave a beautiful looking front yard, yet turn the corner of a house to find a dump heap? I don’t.

    The flower garden can be laid out formally in neat little beds, or it can be more of a careless, hit-or-miss design. Both have their good points. Great masses of bloom are attractive.

    You should have in mind some notion of the blending of colour. Nature appears not to consider this at all, and still gets wondrous effects. This is because of the tremendous amount of her perfect background of green, and the limitlessness of her space, while we are confined at the best to relatively small areas. So we should endeavour not to blind people’s eyes with clashes of colours that do not, at close range, blend well. In order to break up extremes of colours you can always use masses of white flowers, or something like mignonette, which is in effect green.

    Finally, let us sum up our landscape lesson. The grounds are a setting for the house or buildings. Open, free lawn spaces, a tree or a proper group well placed, flowers which do not clutter up the front yard, groups of shrubbery these are points to be remembered. The paths should lead somewhere, and be either straight or well curved. If one starts with a formal garden, one should not mix the informal with it before the work is done.

    Kali Winters is a Herb Gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain amazing Herb Gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs-A Beginners Guide on Herbal Gardening” is available Here!

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