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All About Avocado Tree

Most avocado trees are grown in tropical climates, primarily in Mexico (the world’s leading producer of avocado), California, Hawaii, and Florida. California is the number one producer of avocados in the United States, with most of the crop being of the Hass variety. But why not growing an avocado tree at home?

Growing an avocado from seed…

To grow an avocado tree, you need to get an avocado seed, clean it off and poke three toothpicks into the side of it. Then immerse the seed halfway in the water while the three sticks rest on the rim of a drinking glass. Set the seed with the wider portion down.

Place the glass with the seed somewhere warm with not too much direct light. The water should be changed at least every couple of weeks, before it gets dirty and depleted of oxygen.

In four to six weeks, the seed should split and out should come roots and a sprout. Once the stem has grown a few inches, place it in a pot with soil. Avocados have been known to grow large, so you will

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All About Organic Gardening

In this age of global warming of our planet, increasing pollution and fast food, many people no longer are confident of fresh products that are offered as many try to exert some control over what they eat.

Similarly, chemicals that have been used for so long within gardens are no longer accepted as the only means of channeling the vicissitudes of nature.

One of the key ways to improve our environment (and our health) is to ‘be organic. ”

Why organic gardening?

Organic gardening is one that uses only naturally occurring materials and does not use artificial fertilizers or chemicals.

Try to work with nature rather than against it.

Advantage

Organically grown foods taste better than those grown with artificial fertilizers.

Costs: the organic material can be created by returning all waste back to the land, which is a cheap process compared to Inorganic which tend to be way more expensive in the long run.

Same with chemical sprays, If an orchard where parasites do not prove a problem is created, it saves a lot in the cost of chemicals.

Another advantage is that by adding organic material to

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Secrets On Planting a Bee Friendly Garden

Planting a bee friendly garden will not only provide hours of entertainment to your house cat looking out the window, bees will also pollinate your vegetable garden, fruit trees, and bushes.

Bee pollination will help your garden plants and trees grow larger and more tasty fruits and vegetables.

1. Plant Flowering Plants In Large Clusters

Bees like to buzz around from one flower to the next in short order. They instinctively look for large clusters of flowers so they can get more nectar per minute of work.

Another way of looking at this is that Mother Nature has designed the bee to be a highly efficient worker!

2. Types Of Flowers To Plant

Daisy-like flowers tend to attract bees better than tubular flowers because most species of bees have an easier time getting at the nectar. However, having said this, some tubular flowers like foxglove tends to attract certain species of native bees. So, please know that there is no hard fast rule about what type of flowers to plant, no matter what anyone tells you.

The key point to remember is to plant a wide variety of different colors,

Helpful Tips For Gardening To Saving Your Money

Benjamin Franklin once said “a penny saved is a penny earned” and to help you save more than a few pennies around the home and garden, below are a number of money saving tips – many of which require minimal effort on your part.

Around the Home:

1. Switch off and unplug your appliances. Too many of us are guilty of leaving our appliances on standby when they’re not in use, yet this is a waste of energy and money. Switching our appliances off and unplugging them has the potential to save up to £30 per year.

Along with switching off, it’s important to make sure you don’t overcharge your appliances – something 49% of us are guilty of according to one energy provider.

2. Keep your fridge and freezer at their optimum temperatures, to ensure the motors do not have to work harder than necessary. The ideal temperature for your fridge is between 3°C and 5°C, whilst for your freezer the temperature should be -18°C.

3. Turn it down. By turning the thermometer for your heating down by just 1°C you have the potential to save roughly £85 – £90 annually on your utility bills, and you’re unlikely to notice the difference in

Make Over Your Yard

It is common for people to toil in gardens and yards for hours on end, pruning bushes, watering flowers, harvesting vegetables, and raking out dead leaves. However, many people forget to stop and “smell the roses” as they beautify their gardens and yards. One reason this may be the case is that many people forget that their yards and gardens are meant for their own pleasure as much as they are for everyone else! One way to remind oneself that the yard is for personal pleasure is to spruce it up with garden decor.

Adding home decor to a garden, yard or patio can make the area seem more like a room in the home rather than a work zone. Extending living quarters to include the outdoor areas of a home makes sense simply because when the property was purchased, it included the land with the building. Adding home garden ornaments and garden furniture can make the garden area seem as though it is more personalized with the qualities and creative efforts of the occupants, and this can achieve a sense of peace and relaxation.

Inside the home, no one wants to live in an empty room. A room in the

Secrets of Perfect Lawn

5 Keys to Perfect Lawns

Introduction

We have all seen those lush green lawns and wondered how they managed to get them looking like that. The perfect lawn is a continuous labour of love and requires ongoing care and effort.

This guide aims to arm you with the knowledge you need to create the perfect lawn; results will vary depending on what type of grass you have.

Now all these tips will depend on where you are in the country, I’m in Newark in the East Midlands so if your up North then you will be running approximately 1-2 weeks behind these recommendations in Spring and about 1-2 weeks ahead in the Autumn. If you are down South then you will be 1-2 weeks ahead in Spring and 1-2 weeks behind in Autumn.

What it won’t do is create the perfect lawn for you – that is down to the level of effort you choose to put in!

Mowing

During March your lawn will start growing and the first cut should always, ideally, be done whilst the grass is dry and early in the day or late on, about an hour before sundown. Whatever the highest setting on your lawn mower is, use it.

Once the

Tips to Irrigate a Garden

Most outdoor plants do well with only occasional watering unless they are situated in very poor, free-draining soil or are struck by drought conditions, but those under cover need more attention. Plants can only thrive if they have a good supply of moisture to their roots.

The plants that need the most watering are container-grown or newly-planted. Plants that have just been put in the soil are prone to drying out because their roots are not yet established.

Always water the garden in the evening or early morning because in the intense heat of the Sun not only does water evaporate quickly, it can scorch leaves.

A way of reducing evaporation is to add a thick layer of mulch to the ground when it is moist. Aim to make the layer about 10cm or so. The layer should be organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure or alternatively you could use a membrane designed for the purpose.

When using a watering can or garden hose, try to direct the flow of water to the base of the plant so that the roots can benefit. Keep the flow gentle so that the pressure of the water does not erode the soil leaving any

The Importance Of Maintenance Your Garden

A sense of beauty and joy fills your heart when you are surrounded by greenery. But we should appreciate a garden’s maintenance in the same way we appreciate its beauty. Nowadays, gardens are not only restricted to residences but also found in offices. It is significant to maintain gardens regularly because an unkempt one can makes the property look dull and unwelcoming. If you cannot make time to manage your garden area, you can hire landscape design services. Now, let us go through the reasons why garden maintenance has become so important today.

Why do you require maintaining your garden area?

Whether it is your office or home, if you have garden, you require maintaining it properly. We have compiled a few reasons that signify the importance of the upkeep job.

Live amid nature

If you have your own well-kept green area, you have the privilege to live in the middle of nature. Plus, such a space can always serve as a perfect destination to sip your morning or evening cup of tea or coffee. (Whichever drink suits you.) Furthermore, you can always use the space for organizing formal parties or impromptu get-together.

Add beauty

If the green area has beautiful flowers and leaves that

Gardening Tasks for Summer

With June almost over, now is the time to prepare for the gardening tasks which face us this summer – and whilst you may think a lot of the hard work in terms of planting and preparation has already been done during Spring, you’ll be surprised at how much there is still to do in the summer.

June:

    • If your decking or patio is looking a little grubby, is suffering from algae or moss – remove it without the need for extensive elbow grease. Instead, turn to your pressure washer and give it a thorough blast, before scrubbing any remaining dirt away with a hard bristled brush.
    • Now is a great time to enjoy the flurry of flowers and colour which blooms throughout your garden. But it isn’t just flowers which are likely to be growing throughout your flowerbeds – weeds will be too. One of the best ways to tackle this, without the need for chemical products, is to use a hoe to lift the weeds out of the ground, before leaving them on the surface to wither and die in the sun.
    • Unfortunately, as much as we’d like them to – flowers won’t last all season in our garden, so it’s

How To Pick the Right Worms for Your Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting is gaining ground as a simple and cost-efficient method to create nutrient-rich manure for your pots, yards and gardens. The benefits are twofold as you can get rid of all your organic waste and reduce your carbon footprint, and secondly get a natural fertilizer for growing healthy plants and trees on the other.

While it’s relatively easy to create a worm farm with a substantial bedding topped by all your fruit or vegetable peels, egg shells, leaves, branches and so on, you need the right kind of worms eating the scraps an in the compost bin to do the trick.

While many people assume that all they have to do is dig up some of the omnipresent worms from their backyard, the sad news is that not every kind of earthworm meets the composting job description.
Indeed, when it comes to vermicomposting, all worms are not created equal. Following is a list of those that are considered perfect for the job:

Red Wigglers – These small red worms are right at the top of the composting table. They have a large appetite and voraciously thrive on organic matter. Therefore, they can process large amounts of organic waste to produce nutrient-rich castings

Tips To Grow Vertical Garden

When I started my vertical garden, it was a small affair, just a few herbs like basil, mint and Rosemary. Then I added cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers and burpless cucumbers and my garden has now expanded to plants on Shepard hooks and on hooks attached to the fences. Additionally, I started adding some decorations like stake type art, one of which has a solar light included!

The whole point of starting this type of garden was that my Shorkie, Brandy, is very destructive and I still wanted something pretty to look at besides the gray fence. So, my first thought was “why not plant something we can use”? Hence the herbs and veggies. That wasn’t enough however, we were still looking at the ugly gray fence, so a few weeks later, we added the flowers and decorations. I still plan to add more to the fence when the temps start going down a bit. Hey, it’s hot in Texas right now!

My inspiration was a beautiful pin I saw on Pinterest and not only were there plants all along the fence, the fence itself was painted like a flower garden! Very inspirational and so much talent needed I’m sure. The first

You Should Know These For Indoor Garden

Temperature is one of the most important factors to control for an indoor gardener. When it gets too hot or too cool trouble is just around the corner. Temps below 65 degrees tend to squeeze water vapor from the surrounding air, which then condensates on your growing plants and invites mold and fungus. The cooler the room becomes, the worse the problem gets. As temps climb above 80 degrees, another set of problems is encountered. The metabolism of garden plants becomes so high that C02 in the grow room is used up very quickly… a 6x8x10 garden area can become C02 deficient in approximately 45 minutes. This means that all photosynthesis (and therefore plant growth) stops, unless you are constantly exchanging the garden air or constantly adding additional C02. In extreme cases, high temps in the grow room combined with higher metabolism rates will simply cook the plants to death.

So, what is the ideal temperature for an indoor garden? That is a tricky question. In general, I like to keep my daytime temperature at about 75 degrees, and my nighttime temperature 5 to 10 degrees cooler. This is just about ideal in a garden that constantly exchanges the air

Helpful Tips To Make Mini Meadow Garden

With attention paid to the plight of diminishing wildlife, especially populations of pollinators such as native bees and butterflies, people have responded with an interest in ways they can help keep what pollinators are left and even help increase populations.

This has resulted in a heavy interest in native plants as alternative choices in landscapes, and has changed much of the approaches we take when designing landscapes, as to make benefitting wildlife a priority in design. Ultimately, creating gardens and landscapes that resemble a healthy, established native ecosystem is the ultimate goal, but doing so takes a lot of space, money, and time. So what’s the typical eco-conscious gardener living in the urban jungle to do?

Many gardeners are falling in love with the ideas of mini-meadows. While it’s not acres of native restored prairie gardens, it’s still a beautiful way to enjoy wonderful, healthy plants in the landscape while helping out the bees and butterflies (and birds and a plethora of other native wildlife).

Native prairie plants have evolved over hundreds of thousands of years in tough climate conditions. They can handle a wide range of weather – from heavy rain, to drought conditions, to heavy wind and high humidity. Prairie

Winter For Garden

The most keenest of gardeners will admit not wanting to share any views on their garden during wintertime. Even so, with some experience and a simple forward preparation it’s not too hard produce a garden that will provide you with something to value in the winter season.

Your garden needn’t be full with dismal beds of flattened shrubbery lacking any coloring. There are winter gardeners with tailored displays around beautiful flowerbed features with twisting paths marked by trimmed flagstones, or a specially placed statue or tree or plantation that will stay beautiful in an aromatic state during winter.

They all do finally enter their own once the rest of the garden lays dormant. It’s best to look for dark areas and patterns that will be highlighted by the sun low in the sky also a nice surface from a new frost. The shadows shaped from the low sun also discover highlights of textured tree bark and branches, be sure to opt for trees like silver birch or Persian ironwood due to striking winter bark.

Cut back evergreen shrubbery like holly and the conifers, they will bring shape around your garden through winter months. Still, any naked branches of fleeting trees look dazzling,

Taking Care Lawn In Winters

As a homeowner, you’re pretty familiar with the lawn care required during the actual growing season. You’re probably familiar with what needs to be done before spring as well in order to ensure good, healthy growth. But what about during the winter?

Actually, there are several things that need to be done during the colder months of the year.

Keep It Clean

One of the most important tips here is to ensure that the lawn is kept free and clear of limbs and branches. Winter storms can bring down pieces of even healthy trees. These will lay on the grass and cause damage. The best option is to inspect the yard once a week or so and remove anything that shouldn’t be there.

Mow Less

If you’re located in a warmer climate, winter doesn’t mean the stop to growth. However, it should mean that you use your landscape maintenance equipment less. You’ll want to cut the grass higher, and mow less often. Limit your cutting to only the top third of the grass blade to help boost health and ensure healthier growth once warmer weather hits.

Seed Dying Spots

It’s inevitable that the yard will eventually have dead spots. The winter is the ideal time to

Trees Can Help The Value of Your Home

Selling Your Home

So you have decided to sell your house, tidied away all the clutter, given all the rooms a fresh coat of neutral paint and the house has now been on the market for several weeks. But with plenty of viewings and favourable comments about your home you still haven’t had any offers and you really can’t understand why. Have you thought about looking at the condition of your garden?

More and more people now really value their gardens, see it as an extension of their home and enjoy the outdoor space it has to offer, so let’s have a look at the front garden first.

The front garden is the gateway to your home, the first thing a potential buyer sees and an impression will quickly be drawn in the first few seconds.

How does it look to you, do you have a large, overgrown and badly maintained hedge or a tree that has become too large, blocking out light and has branches that are overhanging into the street or the garden next door? Perhaps the front garden is fine so no problems there, so now take a look at the back garden.

Is the grass neat and tidy, do you

How To Make Your Own Japanese Garden

What kind of sod should you pick for your yard?

One of the most important factors to consider is the climate of where you live. The two main categories are cool season grasses and warm season grasses. One must also consider the function of the grass; will it have a lot of foot traffic? Will it be in sunlight or shade? What kind of soil do you have? How much grass do you need? All of these things must be accounted for when picking your grass.

Cool Season Grasses

If you live in a region with cold winters and hot summers and has regular periods of rain. Three of the most common cool season grasses are Kentucky bluegrass, Ryegrass, and Bentgrass.These grasses can go dormant during times of droughts and experience two periods of shoot growth annually, once in mid-spring and again in early fall.

Warm Season Grasses

If you live in the hot and humid climates found in places like the southern United States, one should choose warm season grasses. Warm season grasses only have a single expanded shoot growth during the summer. Many kinds of warm season grasses require special care during the winter months when blades tend to turn brown and

Tips To Buy Artificial Grass for Your Garden

Your garden area is a beautiful and most important place where you can enjoy the beautiful sunny day, relax your mind and body and spend some quality time with your family. If you are thinking of creating a beautiful garden, then here are the 5 best reasons to choose artificial grass for it.

Artificial grass comes with same aesthetic beauty as that of natural lush green grass

Believe it or not, the first and prime reason to have a garden is to enjoy the lush green grass underfoot. Moving along on these grasses has an awesome feeling and this is the reason why people prefer to be in their garden area to relax their senses. One of the reasons why people are opting for artificial grasses in their garden is because it looks exactly the same. Not just looks, these grasses have that feeling too which drives our senses crazy.

The durability factor

While buying anything, the one thing which is always there is the durability factor of the product. How long is it going to last? And in this case… How long is it going to look beautiful and lush green? Well, the answer is quite long. Artificial grasses come with impressive warranty

Benefit of Growing Vegetable Garden

I know what you’re thinking: gardening is too hard, it takes too much time, and how can anyone like me go about growing a garden when I know nothing about the subject? This is most people’s view on gardening, and is completely wrong! Gardening is easy and anyone can do it!

Imagine needing to make a salad, and walking out to your garden where you have fresh lettuce growing. You pick a head of lettuce, get it washed, and then realize you need some more ingredients.

Back out to the garden you pick some tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, onion, and peppers as well. Throwing this in your salad, you realize you are eating the tastiest salad you have ever had in your life! This is because you are growing the highest quality of fruits and vegetables, as well as getting it as fresh as possibly can be!

How to Start a Garden

But how can you start a garden? It’s simple! All you need is a spot of ground, some water, seeds, and some determination.

Start with tilling your garden. You will want to mix up the soil nice and good to mix the nutrients equally throughout the garden. This is also good as it

Tips To Make Your Plants Grow

Grow Bigger, Healthier Crops and Vegetables

The goal of every farmer and every gardener is to grow bigger, healthier, more productive crops and vegetables. Whether the crop is 1000 acres of beans or a backyard with herbs, spices and tomatoes, healthier plants are the desired outcome. The health of all plants starts with the root system.

Nutrient Absorption by Plants

The root system has a number of important functions, but for our purposes the absorption of nutrients is the topic we’ll discuss. Of particular interest is the rhizosphere, The rhizospere is generally defined as the region of soil around the root influenced by root secretions and the microorganisms present.

Beneficial Microorganisms in the Root Zone

It’s these microorganisms in the rhizosphere, or root zone, that can have a large impact on root development and ultimately plant growth.

The plant and the microorganisms form a symbiotic, mutually beneficial, relationship. The plant secretes many compounds into the rhizosphere. These secretions attract microorganisms including mychorrhizae, Trichoderma, and bacteria. These microorganisms, in turn, secrete a number of growth factors and hormones that help the plants grow to their fullest potential. Here’s a few benefits from beneficial microorganisms:

  1. Plant Growth Promotion – production of plant growth hormones including auxins.
  2. Nitrogen Fixation
  3. Enhanced root