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Organic Gardening 101: Principles of Sustainable Agriculture

As more consumers become aware of some of the hazards associated with synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, organic gardening is surging in popularity. By applying basic principles of sustainable agriculture, anyone can learn to grow organic vegetables in their own back yards. Here’s a brief introduction to Organic Gardening 101, for beginning gardeners.

Pruning and Protecting Your Soft Fruit Bushes

This time of year is perfect for pruning your soft fruit bushes to ensure a perfect crop of fruit and reduce the chance of disease. Before you start, make sure you have a good, sharp pair of secateurs otherwise you won’t get a clean cut and could encourage disease. If your secateurs are a bit old and worn out, why not treat yourself to a new pair? Also, make sure you choose a dry day – preferably with a bit of a breeze to encourage the newly cut stems to heal.

Cheap Brussel Sprouts

This can be a very expensive vegetable during the season, and you rarely see it sold cheaply. Understandably, as it requires a long growing season, the commercial growers have to recoup their losses for having their land tied up for four or five months with one vegetable. Grown easily in a home garden it is interesting to grow, so if you have space, grow it.

Keep Your Deck Flowering All Year

Suggestions for keeping a deck or patio looking attractive. The seasons bring changes to the plants on patio and decks.Then its time to have a change of flowers, shrubs or bulbs.

Growing Sunflowers From Seeds

Ah, sunflowers. The sight of sunflowers brings a sense of summer, warm air and of course all of the wonderful tasty seeds they produce. Their popularity has grown over the years, due in part to their ease of growing, minimal space requirements and of course because baseball players chew sunflower seeds as opposed to tobacco.

How To Make Sure You Are Using Good Greenhouse Soil In Your Backyard Greenhouse

Building a greenhouse for plants is something that all serious gardeners consider doing eventually. Having the right soil mixture for your seedlings is an important step in growing plants in your greenhouse. Good greenhouse soil is more than just taking dirt from your backyard. You can buy good soil for your greenhouse seedlings or you can make your own greenhouse soil easily and inexpensively.

Growing Tomatoes From Seeds Will Put You In Complete Control

If you’re a “purist” about your gardening like I am, you appreciate the satisfaction of growing your tomato plants from seeds so that you can be in full control of the gardening process from start to finish. Here is a complete rundown of the entire tomato growing process from seeds to delicious tomatoes on your table.

Choosing The Right Lawn Mower

It is a widely accepted fact among industry experts that grass is one of the highest maintenance plants you will ever grow in your garden and the time and effort you put into your lawn will have a direct impact on the quality of the turf. You only have to look at some of the top level sports pitches to appreciate the standard that can be achieved with the right maintenance regime. So what does it take to achieve a healthy lawn?

Get Excited About Spring Gardening

Gardening is a very rewarding hobby. Working with the soil helps you to connect with the Earth and helps to get you grounded. Be sure to do some stretching before you start planting or weeding. This means exercise for some muscles you probably have not used over winter. Time in the garden keeps you in touch with your thoughts, even release nagging tensions. Designing your garden gets your creative juices flowing. Your time alone in the garden can serve as your meditation time.

Water Gardening – How To Design Your Own Water Garden

Having a waterfall in your yard is a great way to harness the beauty of nature and the calming effects that the sounds produce are legendary. Ponds can add a new level of beauty to an already desirable landscape. you can do them both yourself with a little help from kits and a few well placed plants.

Japanese Landscape Design – How To Design Your Own Japanese Garden

A Japanese garden will add beauty and value to your home. It can be a place of tranquility for you to enjoy in the years to come. The presentation of Japanese gardens is such that a visitor to the garden may only view it from one angle. The paths lead them on a journey of discover both without and within.

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