Sunday, January 21, 2007

Garden How To Building Plans

Garden How To Building Plans

From time to time, we come across some excellent garden related how to building plans. We've found a few here that you're sure to enjoy so give them a look when you get the chance: Greenhouse Plans - How to Build a Greenhouse - Arbor Plans - Build an Arbor - Gazebo Plans - Hot Tub Gazebo - Compost Bin Plans

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Composting Pile Tips

Compost Pile Tips

Composting is fun. Watching vegetable scraps and lawn clippings turn into rich, dark compost for the garden can be very rewarding. You'll enrich the soil in your garden beds. You will help keep valuable organic matter out of the overflowing landfills. And you will see what wonders it does for your garden plants. Your plants will be much healthier by adding compost to your soil. Below are a few composting tips to help you get started.

  • As a rule, the smaller the items are that you add to your compost bin, the quicker they will break down.

  • Be creative when finding items to put into your compost bin. Everything from cardboard to egg shells are welcome to the organisms working in your active compost pile.

  • The average size compost pile is about 3 feet by 3 feet. This makes the compost pile easier to work with and gives it enough mass for things to heat up.

  • Compost piles need to be aerated often. Make sure you dig deep into the pile and mix everything thoroughly, especially when adding new items to the pile.

  • You want to keep your active compost pile moist but not overly wet. If your pile starts smelling, you can bet it is too wet. If it is, aerate the pile and make sure no moisture gets into it until the moisture content is lowered. But don't let the compost pile get too dry either.

  • Compost can be made by just piling everything up in a pile, but a compost bin helps to keep the pile all together and working more efficiently.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Lavender Vista Daylily

Lavender Vista Daylily

The All American Daylily Selection Council has released their All American Daylily Winner for 2007. With its 5 - 6" fragrant, reblooming lavender blooms, Lavender Vista Daylily has been awarded All American Daylily for 2007 Exhibiton. Lavender Vista Daylily now ranks among the other 14 daylilies awarded with this distinction. Lavender Vista blooms an average of 88 days per year, shows good resistance to daylily rust and is more tolerant of shade than most daylilies. Black Eyed Stella was the first All American Daylily winner in 1994.

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Forming Perfect Homemade Meatballs

Forming Perfect Homemade Meatballs

The best way for forming perfect homemade meatballs is to use a melon ball scoop to form the meatballs. Dip the scoop in cold water occasionally to prevent your homemade meatballs from sticking.

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Garden Tiller Maintenance - Garden Tillers

Garden Tillers Maintenance

If you've put off your annual maintenance on your garden tillers until now, you can still get the old tiller back into shape for breaking up some dirt early next Spring. I'll confess, I got a late start on this gardening chore this year. Plants needed planting. Brush needed clearing. And every other chore seemed so much more important than getting the garden tiller ready for winter storage. I used the tiller quite a bit this year and it's still running as good as when I first purchased it. Some simple maintenance procedures, listed below, will help keep your garden tiller in top shape.

Annual Maintenance for Garden Tillers

* First, for safety sake, disconnect the spark plug when you are performing any maintenance on your tiller.

* If it's broke, fix it. A broken bolt or support can seriously weaken and stress the whole garden tiller. If you don't get the broken tiller parts fixed quickly you may soon be buying more than the one part due to stress failures.

* Replace any worn or broken belts, or chains, if so equipped. Also adjust any loose belts as they can cause needless wear on the gears and the tiller engine itself.

* Change your tiller's spark plug at the very least once a year.

* Oil should be changed as recommended by the tiller manufacturer.

* You should be keeping the air filter and pre air filter clean during the season. Try to replace the tiller's main air filter at least once per year. Most tiller pre air filters can be reused until they cannot be serviced any longer.

* If you haven't drained the fuel from your tiller and can't find the time, add some fuel stabilizer to keep the fuel from breaking down during the Winter. Make sure you run the engine for a short period, about 5 minutes, to distribute the stabilizer throughout the fuel system.

* If you will be draining the garden tiller's fuel tank over Winter, drain as much fuel as possible, then start up the tiller and let it run until it totally runs out of fuel. Unscrew the bolt on the bottom of the carburetor bowl and remove the bowl. Clean out any dirt particles and spray the inside of the bowl with carb cleaner. Replace the bowl.

* While you're at it, now would be a good time to replace the tiller's fuel filter and check any fuel hoses for cracks or leaks. Should you find any, replace the hoses that are damaged.

* If you know where all of the grease fittings are on your tiller, get out the grease gun and fill these fittings until you start to see the new grease pushing out the old grease. If you don't know where all of the grease fittings are on your garden tiller, they should be noted in your tiller manual.

* Check the blades of the tiller tines. If you have a lot of rocks in your soil, the blades may be pretty dull. The tiller tines are pretty easy to remove and sharpen on most garden tillers. If they need it, sharpen them, but wear a pair of leather gloves to prevent cutting yourself. If the tiller tines are bent, you really need to replace them.

* If your garden tiller is dirty, give it a good wash. Rust may form from moisture trapped between dirt and the tiller surface. Carb cleaner can be sprayed around the engine area to remove oil and grime. Not really done for aesthetic purposes, but to help you more easily locate any leaks, should they develop.

These tiller maintenance tips are provided to help you extend the life of your garden tiller.

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Endless Summer Hydrangea

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Endless Summer Hydrangea is claimed the first hydrangea macrophylla that blooms on both old and new wood yielding a spectacular showing of flowers throughout the growing season. You can encourage more flowers on Endless Summer Hydrangea by pinching out spent blooms on this cultivar. Grows to a height of 3 - 4 feet. Deciduous.
Zones 4-9

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