A mini-aquatic garden in a tub or other container located close to the house on a deck or patio, can provide you with a unique gardening experience. Containers are a great way to try out the idea of water gardening without committing to a larger, more permanent pond. A container aquatic garden is a small commitment in terms of finances and labor. It doesn't require special aerators or filtration if set up and properly managed.
The Container A container with a capacity of 15-25 gallons is practical. Many commercial containers are available or you might consider things like small kiddie pools, horse watering troughs, lined whiskey barrels or even old bathtubs. Remember that water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon, so be sure the location of your container will be able to hold the weight. Locate the garden so it receives a minimum of …
Ohio State University Extension Fact SheetHorticulture and Crop Science2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210-1096 Growing HostasHYG-1239-02Gretchen Heinke, Master Gardener, Franklin County Central Ohio Hosta Society, Member and Past President Jane Martin, Extension Agent, Horticulture Hostas are extremely popular, hardy herbaceous perennials grown primarily for their beautiful foliage. They are easy to grow, shade-tolerant plants. Leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures and may be solid in color or variegated in different combinations of blue, green, white, and gold. The plants are low maintenance and are widely available in nurseries and garden centers. Many catalogs also offer a large selection of hosta plants, with more than 2,500 different cultivars on the market. Hostas originally came from Japan, China, and Korea. They were first introduced to Europe in the late 1700s and then came to the United States in the middle 1800s.
Do you have a slope on your property down which excess water flows, causing erosion on the slope and/or a landscape drainage problem below? Homeowners often get rid of such puddling by building dry creek beds. Besides the practical aspect of improving landscape drainage, dry creek beds can also be attractive. In fact, some folks with absolutely no landscape drainage problems build dry creek beds just because they like the look of them! Difficulty: Average Time Required: 4 hours/10 feet Here's How:First plan the course that the dry creek bed will take down the slope. Mark the 2 edges of that course with landscaper's paint. A meandering course looks more natural than a straight course. How high up the slope should you start? In some cases, there's little choice. For instance, if a landscape drainage pipe that's already in place is dumping all that excess water onto your property, your decision is clear-cut: begin the dry creek bed by grading the land right u…
Different Types of Ferns
By Mark Orwell, eHow Contributing Writer
Ferns are low-lying shrug plants that are often added to yards and gardens for aesthetic purposes. There are over 20,000 species of ferns that grow in various regions of the world. In fact, the only parts of the world that don't grow ferns are the arctic regions. Even deserts have species of ferns that are designed to grow in dry, arid climates. The following are just a few of the types of ferns you may encounter.
1. Lady ferns have been a popular house fern since Victorian times. They have green, perennial leaves, and are found in deciduous forests in North America and Eurasia.
Image via WikipediaMy friend and I are going on vacation this winter , The hubbies are staying home , they go fishing a couple of times a year and we go to the Islands . I think we have the best deal but I bet they don't think so.
Anyways I wonder if anyone reading this has been to Punta Cana , if so where did you stay?
I found these wonderful recipes in the Herb Mentor website. Check them out You will find many good tips about Herbs over there!
There are three main steps to making cordials. Steeping - in this step, the ingredients are steeped in the alcohol (usually vodka or brandy, but you can try anything you like). Sweetening - typically a sugar syrup is used, but maple syrup is a great substitute. Honey can also be used. Aging - The flavors all improve tremendously with age. Generally 2 to 4 weeks is good. I like to leave mine longer, if possible.
How to Make Lilac Perfume at HomeContributor By Jen Raskin, eHow Contributing Writer Make Lilac Perfume at Home www.theflowerexpert.com/.../lilac/lilac-1.jpg Lilacs are a beautiful addition to the garden, producing an abundance of early-spring to mid-summer flowers ranging in color from white to pink to many shades of purple. But whatever the color, lilacs are known for providing a lovely scent that's popular in perfumes. If you enjoy the light, spring-like fragrance of lilacs, you can create your own lilac perfume right at home for a fraction of the cost that you'd pay for a designer scent. With a few ingredients and a simple recipe, you'll be creating lilac perfume straight out of your garden in no time. Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions
by CaseyWhite Making a microwave flower press is easy to do, so don't be afraid to collect some beautiful flowers and press them yourself to use on a wide variety of crafts. It seems that no matter what you do, each microwave you own in your lifetime is a bit different, so I hope you know your oven well enough to adjust times for different temperatures. I'm going to assume for reference that you are using a microwave that is between 500-700 watts. You may have to adjust the time up or down depending upon your own oven's power. Things You'll Need: A microwave Two pieces of hardboard (about 8 x 10" should work in almost any microwave - it has to turn comfortably without catching) Some elastic bands, about 1/4-1/2" wide Blotting paper, cut just slightly smaller than your hardboard (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 should work if your boards are 8 x 10.
VERTICAL VEGETABLES: "Grow up"
Found this on Instructables Site VERTICAL VEGETABLES: "Grow up" in a small garden.
step 1Materials needed
- Hanging pocket shoe organiser /store. - Pole and attachments (
curtain pole or pipe fittings, screws). - Strong metal saucepan or
utensil hanging hooks - Compost
of a good quality moisture holding type. - Selection of plants or
seeds... e.g. mixed leaf salad, herbs,sorrel, peas, mini tomatoes. -
Piece of wood 2"x2" as long as the width of the pocket store to k… step 2Attach pole to shed or wall
I attached a strong chrome pole with metal fittings to the shed. You
could use a curtain pole. Make sure it is at the correct height
especially if you want to grow plants in a trough below ( see step 7). This uses the surplus water from the pockets above. step 3Attach hanging shoe store
Use strong hooks or wire to attach the shoe store. They must be strong
enough to support the weight of the compost, plants and…