Four Ways to Green Your Wallet (and the Environment)

As ordinary citizens await to see what will transpire in the coming days and the fallout from the credit/subprime/overall economic decline, one might wonder what effect this might have on the environment. While most are likely much more worried at this point whether or not their savings and investments will be worth much after this mess and still others wonder whether or not they will have food on the table or a roof over their head.  Still, even others already find themselves hungry and/or without a home. While you may feel somewhat hopeless about the financial system at-large, there...

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My Top 12 Easy Vegetables To Grow From Seed

First and foremost, I just want to remind you that this is all my opinion, based on my own experience, reading, and learning. When it comes to gardening, there is no one be-all-end-all way to do anything. So please take what I suggest here and apply it to your own needs. Try it, use what works, and adapt as necessary. In Situ vs. Ex Situ In situ means “in the place,” and refers to seeds you plant directly in the ground; rather than seeds that you germinate in flats and then transplant – ie, ex situ. I’m explaining this...

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How To Plant Garlic

It’s time to plant garlic in the Northern Hemisphere!  I encourage you all to try this as it is so easy, and extremely rewarding. There are all sorts of lovely types of garlic to try – some mild, some spicy, some long keepers, some beautiful braiders, and some just mouthwatering! We had a lovely crop of garlic this year.  And let me tell you that garlic is pretty darn resilient.  We planted our garlic in mid- and late November.  It sprouted and looked lovely.  Then we moved at the end of April and brought some of the garlic with...

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8 Common Gardening Mistakes That Everyone Makes

Gardening is all about trial and error, but who wants the errors? Learn how to avoid some common mistakes-and enjoy your best gardening season ever. Whether we’re beginners or experts, we’ve all made mistakes in the garden. Sometimes it’s a matter of overwatering or underwatering. Sometimes we put a plant in the wrong place. Or maybe we don’t amend the soil properly. Making mistakes is part of the process, but it’s nice to avoid them altogether. Here are eight common gardening mistakes and how to prevent them: Mistake 1: Drowning or underwatering plants Some gardeners water too much, and...

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Best Garden Hose UK

When it comes to water, it’s best not to take any chances and that is particularly true of a quality garden hose. Some might wonder why there is such a large difference in price with various garden hoses, but that’s because they are made in different ways, with varying materials. The more expensive options tend to have long-lasting materials that won’t degrade with time; something that could prove costly in the future with cheaper hoses. Trying to repair a degraded hose can often result in having to replace it completely, which then doubles the original cost of any cheap...

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Amending Your Garden Soil, Organically and Sustainably

Feed the Soil, Not the Plants When asked how to grow good vegetables, many gardeners and farmers will say “it starts with good soil.”  Soil is the foundation of your garden, it’s what feeds & aerates your plants.  Good soil is not just dirt, it is is a microcosm filled with microorganisms (hundreds of millions per gram!) that transform organic matter into food your plants can digest. Only with good soil will your plants thrive. Soil Testing The first thing you should do before planting a new garden is to test the soil to find out what nutrients it...

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Best Post Hole Digger in UK

Digging a hole without the proper tools is almost impossible, especially when clay is involved. Not everyone can afford to pay for backhoe services and sometimes the job does not call for such action. The solution is the post hole digger, which is designed to cut through the toughest soils and small rocks. While it may seem a simple task to shop for a post hole digger, just the slightest imperfection could alter the digging process and render the tool useless. To help you find the perfect post hole digger, we have included a few short reviews of several...

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10 Steps to Perfect Leaf Compost

Leaves that have fallen after the fall foliage season of colors, whether collected and composted during the fall or spring, are a great food source for your organic garden. By recycling them and turning them into compost, you have a constant source of natural plant food. In this article you will learn how to compost leaves if your are fortunate enough to live in an area where you have deciduous trees that shed their leaves on a seasonal basis. 1 – How to Pick a Spot for your Compost Pile Pick an area with adequate drainage First you have...

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Best Compost Tumblers

Composting has been around as long as the earth. It is Mother Nature’s way of recycling plants and other growth to produce more growth. Basically, compost is organic matter that has been recycled to produce fertilizer and soil addition. The process of composting involves using yard waste and/or kitchen waste to form a pile and allowing it to decompose. Why should I make compost? If you are a home gardener, you want the best soil for your plants and vegetables. Sure you can buy fertilizer but the quality is no where as good as compost. Compost is rich and...

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Best Pond Pumps in UK

Wouldn’t you like to spruce up the appearance of your yard and garden? There are numerous ways to achieve this goal, but some methods are far more dramatic than others. By installing a pond or fountain in your yard, you’ll be able to ensure that your house is the biggest attraction in the neighborhood. You’ve gain tons of attention and plenty of compliments from your neighbors and relatives. Before you can set up a pond on your yard, you’ll need one of the best pond pumps. Below, you’ll discover tips that can help you pinpoint the overall best pond...

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