The Basics of Japanese Gardening

postThings to keep in mind for a beautiful garden

Main principles on the garden’s design

Bring the Japanese feeling into your garden with these basic steps. First of all, embrace the ideal of nature. That means, keep things in your garden as natural as possible, avoiding to include things that could disrupt this natural appearance.

For example, don’t include square ponds in your design as square ponds are nowhere to be found in nature. Also, a waterfall would be something closer to what exists in nature if we compare it to a fountain. So you also have to consider the Japanese concept of sumi or balance. Because one of Japanese gardening design main purposes is to recreate large landscapes even in the smallest place. Be careful when choosing the elements for your garden, because you don’t want to end up filling your ten by ten courtyard with huge rocks.

As a miniaturized landscape, the rocks in the garden would represent mountains and the ponds would represent lakes. A space filled with sand would represent an ocean.

Vegetable Gardening A Hobby for Everyone

postThe Rewards of Vegetable Gardening

If you love to have fresh produces in the spring and summer, you should consider creating a home vegetable garden. Growing a vegetable garden is a fun and healthy hobby that anyone can excel at.

While gardening, you may find that your troubles and stresses of the day simply float away. Home vegetable gardening relieves stress and allows you to be out in the sun. Vegetable gardening is proven to lower blood pressure and clear the mind. Also, the act of nurturing plants and watching them grow is rather soothing. And it can look good too!

The Pros of Organic Gardening

One great aspect of home vegetable gardening is that it does not require a bunch of chemicals. Therefore, home vegetable gardening allows you to have more natural, juicy, and healthier vegetables that are also better for the environment. Using a lot of chemicals on vegetables is not only unhealthy for your body, but also takes a large toll on the environment. Growing your own vegetable garden

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Pest Control Company are Best to Avoid Problem of Pests

Some people would prefer to save money rather than hire a pest control expert. DIY techniques may seem like a more cost-effective solution. There are real benefits that come with hiring a professional rather than doing it alone at home. Here are some of the key benefits.

Eliminate Guesswork

The last thing you need is to have to clean all the rooms in your home and fumigate the surroundings only for the pesky pests to come back again. Most of the solutions that people use at home are improvised and not tested for their efficacy.

A pest control company has the expertise that you can tap into so as to eliminate the pest problem in your home. They address very specific needs that non-professionals had no clue about. They are aware of the existence of different sub species of bugs and what is required to get rid of each of them.

Toxicity

Homeowners improvising their own homemade solutions are at a much greater risk of toxicity. One common problem that occurs is when non-professionals use outdoor pesticides for indoor applications. This poses a significant risk for people living in that home. This is also as a result of misleading information from unqualified online sources.

Pest control

Pollinators and Ways to Attract Them to Your Garden

If you will look through the Internet and search pollinators, you will see that there are lots of articles and blogs about their importance, and how you can attract them to your garden. So what are pollinators and why do you need them in your garden? This article seeks to give you a brief answer to these questions. What you will read are important in understanding pollination, the importance of pollinators, and tips you can do to invite them to your yard.

Importance of Pollinators

The animals and insects in your garden are not only there to sniff in your plants or to just pass by. Apart from the view of diversity in your garden, these animals and insects are pollinators and they play a very important role in your garden.

Pollination is the transferring of pollen grains from male part of the flower (anther) to the female part (stigma). It is called self-pollination if the pollen grains from a flower’s anther are transferred to the stigma of the same flower.

On the other hand, cross-pollination happens when the pollen grains from the anther of a flower are transported to the stigma of a different flower. Pollination can only become successful if the transfer

The Water Heater Buying Guide – What to Know Before Making the Purchase

Most of the manufacturing companies offer 12 – 15 years of warranty on water heaters. If hard water is supplied to your homes, the heater might not even last till the warranty period. These days, many energy efficient heating systems are available in the market to choose from. You must do the homework well to find a cost efficient system.

In order to heat a tank, the traditional system will consume about 20% of the home’s energy. However, the advanced efficient systems will boost 4 – 20% of energy. You could contact a trustworthy and knowledgeable contractor, who fully understands the regulations of new systems.

Determining the capacity

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If you would use the hot water after a while, it while either cool down or become less hot. In order to return to original

Put Some Green In Your Apartment Life

Urban gardeners are usually well aware that space is their biggest challenge, but it is possible to introduce green and living design to a balcony, a roof space, or even to window ledges and walls. In fact, green walls have become very popular because they not only improve air quality and offer more natural surroundings than the typical brick face found in city and town centres, but they can help reduce the amount that you have to spend on heating during the winter. While space is potentially the biggest challenge, though, you shouldn’t overlook the potential problems with a lack of light, and questions of how best to deal with ventilation and drainage.

Light And Shade

Almost all forms of urban garden will pose some lighting challenges. Roof gardens can offer a large expanse of space, but the height of the location means that there is likely to be very little in the way of shade, meaning that sunscald can become a major problem. Take into account the light levels that your planting area will face throughout the year, and not just the problems that are present when you are planning and planting.

Planters

For urban gardens on rooves and balconies, there is the

Starting with a Water Garden

Gardening is one of our primordial fascinations. For thousands of years humans have gardened and for most of that time a major part of our diet came out of our gardens. As we became better at feeding ourselves, we also gained the time to indulge in activities that weren’t directly linked to our very survival. Flowers, ornamental shrubs, decorative trees all became a part of gardening for beauty and pleasure.

Water is a source of life. We are actually composed of 50 to 70 percent water and without water we can die in hours or a few days – far faster than from lack of food. Throughout history, water has been a necessity, even a source of warfare. We find comfort in sights and sounds associated with water, whether the source is the sea, a lake, river, stream or pond. I believe that the sense of comfort and relaxation most of us feel around water is deeply embedded in our being.

Water gardens of various kinds have a long history. From elaborate fountains with statuary to the simplest aquarium (yes, I include aquariums as a form of water garden despite the usual focus on the critters

The Magic Of Gardening

Gardening is great, and we learn to appreciate not only outstanding gardens when we visit one but also the gardener, who is putting a lot of time and energy into his garden. We are so accustomed to the fact that some people enjoy working in their gardens that we often forget that this is not something that is forced upon them, gardening is an acquired hobby, it takes time and a lot of learning to get to being a gardener and it is not a thing that can be achieved in a short time.

Let us leave aside for a moment the classic gardener that we know and think of, that middle aged, sometimes even older, man or woman that spends a lot of his or her time in the garden manicuring every leaf on every flower and examining the roots of every tree, these are the people who have made their decision about gardening a long time ago.

What makes a gardener, what are the deciding moments for a gardener and how does it start. Most will say that it starts simply by having a garden or a backyard, since most gardeners own a

Gardening For Personal Growth

One of the hottest jobs to emerge during the past few years is coaching, already a booming business before the economic downturn. Recently, the recession has been driving the market toward personal and career coaching, but the newest big idea to hit this type of paid mentoring is meaning coaching. Because meaning originates from inside ourselves, not from the outside world, the ability to construct a meaningful life depends upon our capacity and willingness to take positive actions to incorporate into our lives those aspects of life that we personally value, including gardening.

By connecting the transformational power of gardening to the choices that gardeners make, a gardener-centric coach can help them create personal spaces that are not only beautiful and healthy, but also provide a sanctuary from the world that speaks to their souls.

Making our own meaning encompasses the thought, energy, emotion, time, money, and commitment we’re willing to expend in the service of bringing our own dreams into reality. In the context of gardening, this means tuning in to why we feel our view of gardening is important and asserting that to be a sufficient reason to garden in our own way.

Using Garden Decor For a Complete Garden

For many people, the garden is an extension of the home; a living area to be beautified just as they would want to decorate the interior of their house. Much of the beauty, both in their eyes and those of the passer-by and visitor, comes from the garden layout, the plants and flowers, the trees, the terraces, and the lawns. Such beauty can be brought to life by the birds and butterflies that visit the garden. It can also be further enhanced by the choice and use of garden decor.

Types of Garden Decor

There are many types of garden decor that you can consider when designing or improving your garden. The use of the word ‘decor’ is traditionally used for the decoration of a house interior, incorporating everything from the furniture to the paint on the wall, and the fabrics used for curtains and bedding. There is no reason that a garden, an extension of the home living space, should not also be considered in the same way.

You could argue that all the flowers and plants in a garden are decor; in fact, I would not even argue. You are trying to

Build a Rain Garden

There’s a new garden in town. It is (mostly) easy to install, looks good year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment plants often can’t handle the deluge of water, and in many locations the untreated water ends up in natural waterways. The EPA estimates as much as 70 percent of the pollution in our streams, rivers, and lakes is carried there by storm water! By taking responsibility for the rainwater that falls on your own roof and driveway, you’ll be helping to protect our rivers, streams and lakes from stormwater pollution.

To reduce the excess water runoff, many towns are encouraging businesses and homeowners to install rain gardens in their yards. Rain gardens are specially constructed gardens located in low areas of a yard where storm water can collect. The idea is to have the water naturally funnel to this garden. The rain garden collects

Creating Ambiance With Gardens

During his 40-year career as a garden writer and photographer, Derek Fell has designed numerous garden spaces, many involving his wife Carolyn. The best example of their work can be seen at their home, historic Cedaridge Farm, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There, they have designed more than twenty theme areas, including shade gardens, sunny perennial borders, tapestry gardens involving trees and shrubs, a cottage garden, herb garden, cutting garden and an ambitious water garden.

Derek worked as a consultant on garden design to the White House during the Gerald Ford Administration. Derek designed Ford’s ‘Win’ garden, following his ‘Win Speech’, advising the nation ten ways to fight inflation.

Many garden designs by Derek Fell have been implemented without inspecting the site. The great late architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed beautiful homes for his clients, entirely from photographs without the need for a site inspection.

Fell’s garden spaces have been featured in newspapers, magazines, books and also on television, including Architectural Digest, Gardens Illustrated, The Garden (the magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society), Country Gardens, HGTV, QVC and PBS.

Derek has authored more than sixty books and garden calendars, including 550 Home Landscaping Ideas

Designing Your Garden

Garden design is a very personal thing and is often an expression of your personality. What I like you, you may not and vise versa. Some people like neat and tidy gardens where there are no surprises, others love the thrill of windy paths, lots of different plant material and not knowing what is around the corner. There are three main styles of gardens formal, semi formal and informal. They can then be divided into many types of gardens and that depends on what you would like. Garden design can be intimately tidied to the style of your house as in example of the grand french chateaux where the geometric patterns of the garden mimic the geometric construction of the house or it can have no connection to your house at all.

Some people are lucky and have this innate gift of knowing how to design space, making it a pleasing place to be in. Others don’t have this gene and find it very difficult to visualise how the space will work. To create a good design it is important you understand that design is about managing space and people moving around it. The core of