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  1. Някой някога беше казал, че да се занимаваш с градинарство е възможност да се отдадеш на философстване, тайно от околните. Действително, запалените градинари знаят, какво удоволствие и уединение носи времето, посветено на градината и каква голяма радост доставя всяка дейност, свързана с отглеждането на различни растителни култури. За да се наслаждаваме на вкусни плодове и зеленчуци и да изпълваме очите си с красотата на разнообразни цветя, цветни и зелени храсти обаче, трябва да имаме известни познания и оборудване, с което да работим. От какво оборудване се нуждае добрият градинар? За да се чувствате на място в собствената си градина, вие се нуждаете от удобни инструменти, които са винаги под ръка. Освен основния градински гроубокс комплект е добре да имате и резервен, който можете да опаковате добре, за да защитите от влага и корозия. Никога не е излишно да се запасите с резервна лопатка, гребло или мотика, в случай, че тези с които обикновено работите изведнъж се повредят. Инструментите са важни, но още по-голямо значение за успешното градинарство има почвата. Това, което можете да направите е да я наторите с компост, сух торфен мъх и тор. Необходими са ви и препарати за защита на растенията от вредители и вещества, които да обогатят почвата и въздуха в оранжерията, ако имате такава. За фазата на цъфтеж се препоръчва ускорител на цъфтежа Shooting Powder на House & Garden за последните 3 седмици преди прибиране на реколтата, тъй като той добавя тегло и плътност на съществуващите плодове. Зеленчуковите лехи са удобни и красиви, освен това, ще ви радват с изобилна реколта, ако се грижите добре за тях. За да си ги направите са ви нужни тухли, греди и камък. Обикновено широчината на лехата е от 30-40 до максимум 70-80 см. Тревната площ е идеална среда за смесени растения. За да бъдат те защитени, е добре да се постави и прозрачен покрив, през който да прониква оптимално количество светлина. Благодарение на него, вашите култури няма да боледуват толкова, ще се развиват добре и ще дават плод по-бързо от тези, които се отглеждат на открито. В стените на лехите можете да посадите висящи растения, например ягоди. Предимството на този тип лехи е в това, че чрез тях се пести място в градината, но недостатъка е в необходимостта от построяването им, нуждата от много органика, която трябва да бъде от високо качество. От друга страна, до късно през есента и зимата ще се радвате на хубави и свежи зеленчуци, а работата по отглеждането им няма да ви се струва толкова трудоемка. На пръв поглед дребните неща за градината като ръкавици, предпазни дрехи и престилка за по-удобна работа, не винаги се споменават, когато става въпрос за градинарство, но те ви дават възможност да се чувствате удобно по време на засаждане, плевене и бране на реколтата, така че не бива да бъдат оставяни на заден план. Нуждаете се от кофи, количка, малки ножици, достатъчно ръкавици, за да работите без проблеми и за да защитите ръцете си по време на работа. Поливните системи са от съществено значение за градината. Растенията се нуждаят от оптимално количество вода всеки ден и вие трябва да им го осигурите, ако искате да ви радват със свежи и здрави листа, стебла, цветове и плодове. За повече инфо: growshop grow.bg
  2. Some people don't see the value of conserving water unless they live in a desert or drought zone. They fail to recognize that fresh water resources can dry up at any time or become polluted by nearby agricultural and industrial processes. No matter where you live, reducing water waste when landscaping is critical to protecting this life-saving resource and the environment. You can decrease the amount of fresh water used for your landscaping by following these three simple tips: Build a Patio Since grass is the primary feature of many landscape designs and requires a lot of water to thrive, homeowners should always decrease the amount of grass in their landscaping. One of the best ways to do this is with a paving stone sitting area or patio. A properly sealed patio surface prevents water-greedy weeds from growing between the stones. You can also design the surface in a way that channels rain run-off directly to nearby plants. You can check out companies like Paving Stone of San Diego to find the right size, shape, and style of pavers and other materials you want to use. Install Rock Gardens A patio isn't your only stone landscaping option. Many homeowners who care about water conservation invest in a variety of small, medium and large loose natural stones in wide bands, geometric shapes and other patterns with or without plants for ground cover. Some people also install large boulders surrounded by small plants that use little water. A serene Japanese "Zen" rock and rake garden is another option. Some homeowners even replace grass with painted square pavers designed to duplicate a life-size chess, Scrabble or other popular game board for outdoor play with family and friends. Swap Out Plants Unlike grass and many common seasonal flowering plants that need a lot of water every day to maintain their healthy appearance, succulents like cacti, agave and aloe retain water longer so that you don't have to water them as often. Even though moss species need moist environments, moss is another option that can store enough water from short daily misting to survive periods of dryness. It also rejuvenates quickly after a dry period when it's re-hydrated. Additionally, both succulents and moss are more diverse and colorful than grass and they don't require maintenance via gas-powered mowers and trimmers that also cause environmental pollution. Always keep in mind that with all plant-based landscaping options, misting and drip irrigation works better than a sprinkler because they use less water in a more targeted and efficient fashion. It is possible for you to have a beautiful landscape and reduce water waste. Start redesigning your landscape today.
  3. The key to living healthy starts with farming green. Organic farming is the most recent trend that has now become a billion-dollar industry. Millions of farmers are participating in new techniques that reduce the reliance on heavy machinery and toxic pesticides. If you are interested in green farming, know that this industry is new and growing fast. Learn about a few initiatives that have grown in this past decade. Organic Farming Organic farming is the boldest and most environmentally safe step farmers today have taken. This type of farming involves using few or no chemicals to plant crops and the fertilizers used are all natural without toxic or artificial ingredients. Many crops planted into the ground are eaten or put into skincare products. Organic farming has reduced the harmful effects associated with toxins and pest immunity. Farmers like organic methods because machinery is usually not involved and the instructions are easy to follow. Becoming organic means using the tools and materials that come from nature. No-Tillage Farming Soil is essential in any sustainable farming plan. No-till farming reduces the use of tilling to break up the soil which causes less damage, such as excessive drying and loss of nutrients. Instead of tilling the soil, farmers use herbicides to get rid of weeds. They engage in crop diversity to reduce the growth of weeds naturally. The use of heavy machinery is reduced, and the soil retains its natural state. Recycling Recycling is not a new technique but has increased in popularity over the years. In front of most suburban homes are recycling bins that were not found there a few decades ago. Most products nowadays are being reused and recycled. Glass, metal, and wood come in recycled versions that are exactly the same as the original ones. Green farmers are encouraged to buy recycled tools and most already use quality products like Accurate Products Inc. rubber grommets for their shipping and harvesting processes. Many of them recycle the materials used to produce crops. They build compost piles consisting of soil, leaves and rotting food and are used as natural fertilizers. In the past, green farming was an experimental approach to traditional farming. Few people knew about the idea or its practices. Today, it is an industry that is internationally practiced and regulated by governments it is important to know how farmers have reduced their effects on the environment.
  4. Herb gardening is as easy as the fresh herbs are flavorful. Small flower beds, vertical spaces, and even odd corners can be turned into a productive herb garden with these helpful hints and inspirational ideas. If you don’t want to do all the initial digging and planting work, a local Utah landscaping company would be glad to do the ground-breaking work for you, and help make your herb garden idea a reality. Small Spaces Apartment and condo dwellers that have small outdoor spaces can still enjoy the satisfaction of growing an herb garden. As long as there is some type of sunny outdoor space, such as a porch, or accessible roof top, there is the opportunity for planting a container garden. Select a location that receives bright sunlight for 4-5 hours a day to place your planting containers. Fill them with a good quality potting soil mixture and mix in some slow release, granulated fertilizer into the soil. Start the herbs of choice from seeds and place them in a small container of water (use separate containers for each seed variety), then place the containers in the refrigerator for 48 hours. This cold water soak will cause the tiny herb seeds to germinate quicker. Drain seeds, and plant in prepared soil. Keep soil moist and seeds will germinate in 4-7 days. Container Companion Planting Herbs make excellent container companions for other garden favorites like tomatoes and flowers. Select planters large enough to accommodate the root system of the plants, and place a tomato plant in the center of the container with oregano and chives seeds tucked in around the sides. Basil and cilantro make good growing companions for a pepper plant, and the mixed containers are interesting to look at wherever you place them. Containers will dry out quickly, and the growing plants will need a steady supply of water and food. Water daily during the heat of summer and feed plants weekly with a water soluble plant food. Grow Vertical Decorative and space-saving, a vertical herb garden is an easy DIY project. If you have an exterior wall or fence you can plant and grow herbs of your choice upon the structure. Just attach any type of individual planting containers in an upright position on the vertical wall, low enough so that herbs can be tended and harvested as needed. Create a decorative vertical pattern with the containers, then fill them with good quality potting soil that has a good fertilizer mix, then plant herb seedlings or seeds of your choice. Give seeds a cold soak as described above prior to planting and water vertical container daily. Odd Spaces Herbs have shallow roots and are happy growing in most any location as long as they receive 4-6 hours of direct sunlight, and the soil is kept moist. Since the plants are easy to please, think outside the garden plot and look for odd spaces in which to plant and grow your favorite herbs. An old tree stump can become a prime growing location. Hollow out the stump center, fill with good quality potting soil, and plant seedling or seeds. Suspend a window box or two from an easily accessible window and fill with fragrant and flavorful herb plants. Window boxes can also be suspended from porch railing. Tuck in a nice trailing vine, such as a petunia, in the window boxes for some extra flowers and color. Herbs are easy to plant and take care of, even year round. No matter what your outdoor space looks like, you can find a way to make it a happy place for herbs of all kinds.
  5. In the recent past, doing your part to save the environment meant recycling plastic containers, buying organic vegetables and using canvas tote bags. Today, there are more ways to live green than ever before. In fact, a few simple changes can help you create a greener, healthier home. Here are five decorating ideas to consider. Marry Your Interior and Exterior Home One of the easiest ways to green up your home is to blur the lines between the interior and exterior living spaces. Opening your doors and windows is one way to bring the outdoors inside. If you are planning a home renovation, consider installing a window wall that opens an entire room to the outdoors. Screens allow you to let in fresh air while keeping the bugs and other pests outside. Install Energy-Efficient Lighting Fixtures The right lighting fixtures can give your home an aesthetic appeal that is eco-friendly and functional. Old fixtures use a lot of energy, which can drive up your electricity bills. Replace them with energy-saving fixtures, such as those with Energy Star certification, or even solar-powered models. Replace your standard, incandescent bulbs with energy-saving alternatives such as light-emitting diodes (LED) or compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Decorate With Indoor and Outdoor Plants Nothing says green living like live plants. Besides adding beauty to your home, plants from places like Green Smart Decor provide a relaxing outdoor hobby and help reduce indoor air pollution. Choose low-light, low-water houseplants for indoor decorating, and water them with rainwater or water you would otherwise discard. Outdoors, use the right soil and appropriate fertilizers, and water your plants frequently to keep the soil from drying out. Beautify Your Home With Reclaimed Water While luscious greenery is a great way to green your home and lawn, it comes at the price of high energy bills. If you are renovating your home or designing a new one, consider installing reclaimed water solutions. For example, try drainage systems that use rainwater to feed your lawn and outdoor landscaping. Save Water With Artificial Leaf Panels Artificial leaf panels are a good way to green your home without adding to your water bills. In addition to their easy installation and natural appearance, polyurethane panels provide ultraviolet (UV) protection and noise insulation. They are also weather-resistant, pest-free and unattractive to pets. Green Smart Décor offers a variety of panel options including ficus and ivy. "Going green" does not have to mean "going expensive" with solar panels or bamboo flooring. Simple changes like the ones above can make your home a greener, safer, healthier place to live. Begin with small steps and make a commitment to change your habits over time.
  6. You might take steps to ensure the food and water you drink is clean and healthy. But what about the air you breathe in your body thousands of times per day? Are you making sure that is clean, too? Air pollution is detrimental to humans, causing respiratory diseases, asthma and other sickness. Read on to discover ways to improve your indoor air quality. Keep Smoke Out Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in America. Thousands of toxic chemicals enter the body with one puff, and over time cause serious health risks. In turn, secondhand smoke also poses serious health risks. If you or a loved one smokes indoors, everybody who enters your home will be affected. If you or a loved one smokes outdoors, the smoke residue on your clothes will still be carried into your home and indirectly affect everybody in the home. Stopping smoking will create the most notable improvement in air quality. Reduce Moisture High moisture levels are perfect environments for growing mold and mildew. If left untreated, those with asthma will have symptoms flair up, and those without will become susceptible to getting asthma. Use a dehumidifier if moisture levels rise, and turn on the vent whenever taking a shower. Open windows and turn a fan on to create a breeze and circulate air. Using an air conditioner with a HEPA filter will vent out a room, reduce moisture levels and clean impurities in the air. HVAC companies like C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can affordably install a HEPA filter in your home. Keep Things Clean Leaving windows open is great for reducing moisture, but will bring in unwanted dust and air impurities that will settle on the countertops and floors. Regularly vacuum the floor with a high-powered vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. Mop kitchen and hardwood floors and wipe down counter tops. If you don’t always have time to vacuum, enforce a no shoes indoor rule. Shoes bring in a variety of dirt and germs that your home’s floors will pick up. Get Rid of Scented Air Fresheners Scented air fresheners release many toxic chemicals in the air. So while they may make your home smell good, they won’t do well for your health. Consider natural alternatives to reduce odors such as baking soda, and eliminate wall plug-ins and scented air sprays. Get Chemical-Killing Plants Certain plants will both make your home look nicer and remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, ammonia, xylene and toluene in the air. Peace Lily is a gorgeous flowering plant that removes VOCs and doesn’t require much care, but keep it out of sunlight. Chrysanthemum and Devil’s Ivey also remove VOCs, but like the sunlight. For optimal protection, get a couple different plants. Be warned, these plants are unsafe for human and animal consumption. If poor indoor air quality is getting you down, don’t fear. Follow these five steps, and your air quality will be improved within hours. A clean home is a healthy home, and a healthy home is one you’ll want to come back to night after night. Sleep peacefully knowing you’ve done your best to make sure your family breathes easily and naturally.
  7. How To Build A Butterfly Garden

    It's easy to know when spring is upon us, the trees return to their lush green color and start to bloom, flowers shoot up from the ground opening their petals to the sunshine, birds return to the area and fill the air with birdsong, and baby animals start to appear in the bushes, and butterflies come back. It's easy to attract these beautiful and interesting butterflies and monarchs to your garden. All you need to do to start is have plants that feed caterpillars and adult butterflies, but if you want to create a sanctuary for these flying beauties you'll need some simple plans for your garden. By planning what plants you'll bring into your garden will help to encourage butterflies to stick around, laying eggs and creating new generations. To do that you'll need to choose a combination of plants that are nectar plants, and caterpillar 'host' plants, which will feed the adult butterflies and young caterpillars. These two groups will provide an entire life cycle of food for the butterflies in your garden. Nectar plants are plants that have bright blooms, almost all flower bearing plants are nectar plants, but the ones that work best for butterflies are Purple Coneflower, New England Aster, and the appropriately named Butterfly weed. Four more good nectar plants are Milkweed, Marigold, Oregano, and Butterfly Bush. The more diverse types of flowers you plant the more butterflies you'll attract. Next you'll want to have some caterpillar plants for the babies to munch on. These you need to be prepared are going to be eaten. However that's what they are going to be planted for! To avoid a 'bug-eaten' garden, you may want to plant these plants in areas that will not be very visible. These plants are also called "Host Plants". Alfalfa, Clover, Deer-weed, Hollyhock, Mustard plants, Fennel, Dill, Sunflower, Cabbage, Milkweed, Thistle, Hops, Nettles (Careful these sting!), Wild Licorice, Pansy, Choke-berry, Snapdragon, Toadflax.. There are hundreds of host plants out there, but these are the ones that will be the safest for your growing caterpillars. Now you have the plants, the best place to plant them would be an area that will be shaded at some parts during the day, such as tree shade, but not totally covered as not to get sun. Dew collected on the leaves should be enough to 'water' your butterflies.