Apr
20

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Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered to be a relaxing activity for many people.
Gardening ranges in scale from fruit orchards, to long boulevard plantings with one or more different types of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, to residential yards including lawns and foundation plantings, to plants in large or small containers grown inside or outside. Gardening may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a large number of different plants in mixed plantings. It involves an active participation in the growing of plants, and tends to be labor-intensive, which differentiates it from farming or forestry.

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Apr
20

grow fresh vegetables now

Celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum), also called turnip-rooted celery, celery root. or knob celery, is a variety of celery cultivated for its edible roots, hypocotyl, and shoots.
It was mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey as selinon.
Celeriac is a root vegetable with a bulbous hypocotyl. In the Mediterranean Basin and in Northern Europe, celeriac grows wild and is widely cultivated. It is also cultivated in North Africa, Siberia, Southwest Asia, and North America. In North America, the Diamant cultivar predominates. Celeriac originated in the Mediterranean Basin.

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Apr
20

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Slow gardening is a philosophical approach to gardening which encourages participants to savor everything they do, using all the senses, through all seasons, regardless of garden type of style. Slow Gardening applies equally to people growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits, as well as those who tend to their own lawn, or have an intense garden hobby such as topiary, bonsai, or plant hybridizing. It actively promotes self-awareness, personal responsibility, and environmental stewardship.
Slow gardening, which is an attitude, not a “how-to” checklist of things to do or not do, was started by American horticulturist and garden author Felder Rushing, who was inspired by the Slow Food organization. The Slow food movement unleashed a worldwide wave of relief among people of all walks of life. Slow gardening has also been promoted by horticulturist and Mississippi radio show host, Felder Rushing.
The Slow Gardening approach can help us enjoy our gardens year in and year out while connecting us with our neighbors. It strikes a special chord among gardeners who, though perfectly normal in all respects, have struggled to find – and follow – their bliss against the lockstep pressures of “fitting in.”
The basic tenets of slow gardening are rooted in the Gestalt approach. A major goal of all Slow movements is for adherents to become aware of what and how they are doing something while valuing how it affects the whole. The slow gardening concept:
uses an experiential, hands-on approach to gardening
takes into account the whole garden (or gardener – body, mind and spirit)
assesses what is happening in the present (the here-and-now)
emphasizes self-awareness
encourages personal (garden) responsibility
acknowledges the integrity, sensitivity, and creativity of the gardener
recognizes that the gardener is central to the gardening process.

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Apr
20

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Urban Cultivator is a hydroponics company based in Surrey, British Columbia that creates indoor gardening appliances, which can grow herbs, microgreens, vegetables, and flowers for residences and commercial kitchens. It was founded in 2010 by Tarren Wolfe, Myles Omand, and Davin MacGregor.
Urban Cultivator appeared on the sixth season of the Canadian reality television show, Dragons’ Den, and signed a deal with Arlene Dickinson of Venture Communications.
The company has since expanded and its products are currently sold directly to consumers and through various retail dealers in North America, Europe, and Australia.

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Apr
15

Tips to Trap Fruit Flies

Tips to Trap Fruit Flies

Fruit flies in the summer can be annoying, really annoying, and are difficult to get rid of at peak times, so try these methods to trap fruit flies this summer..

Fruit flies only have a short life span, going from egg to adulthood in 8-10 days, and this means that they can reproduce at a ridiculously fast rate.

The flies thrive in moist, damp places, such as sink or garbage disposal drains, and are attracted to fruits and other foods – particularly ones that are fermenting or rotting. To get rid of the nasty little fellows, try these 3 homemade fruit fly traps this summer.

Merry Fly Trap

This is the easiest method to trap fruit flies – a drunk fly is a strange thought, but they can get intoxicated just as we can. They are very drawn to red wine and will congregate to it if any is left out. They will either drown, or you can use the freezer or soapy water technique to finish the deed.

For this you need:

A little bit of that leftover wine from last night, still in the bottle (you can use red wine vinegar or balsamic in a pinch). Leave the little bit of red wine at the bottom of the bottle and let it sit out.

The flies will flock to it, and die a very merry death. You can also put it in a separate container with plastic wrap and holes poked in the top if you wish.

Cider Vinegar Trap

Another easy way to deal with your fruit-fly invasion, using a simple trap and some apple cider vinegar. Fruit flies can’t resist the smell of fermenting, and since apple cider vinegar is from fermented apples, it’s an enticing aroma to them.

Heat the vinegar beforehand to release more of its irresistible fragrance.

You will need…A large jam  jar or something similar

 

  1. A funnel (you can make this yourself)
  2. Apple cider vinegar, about ½ cup
  3. A drop of dish soap
  4. A piece of ripe or overripe fruit (optional)

Heat up the apple cider vinegar a little and pour it into your jar – it just needs to be deep enough for the flies to drown. Add a drop or two of dish soap – this will break the surface tension of the liquid, so the flies can’t just sit on top and fly away when they’re done.

Roll up a piece of paper or cardboard and insert it into the mouth of the jar to form a makeshift funnel and tape it in place. The flies will go into the jar to get at the vinegar but won’t be able to figure out how to get out, and will drown.

If you find you need a little extra temptation, drop in a ripe piece of fruit and let it breakdown. If they don’t drown, place the whole thing in the freezer for 20 minutes. There is no need to remove the old contents if you want to reuse this trap-although I do, because I find the sight terribly unappealing.

Jar Trap with Fading Fruit

Fruit flies like fruit of course, so what better to lure them into a trap than…fruit?

You will need…

  1. A glass jar
  2. Plastic wrap
  3. A toothpick
  4. Some very ripe or over-ripe produce
  5. Soapy water

Place several pieces of very ripe or almost rotting fruit in the bottom of a glass jar, and cover with plastic wrap (using a rubber band works to secure it well.) Poke holes in the wrap with a toothpick, and set these jars strategically throughout your house where you notice fruit flies seem to come from or congregate. Also set one outside the doorway on a warm sunny say.

The flies will be drawn into the trap but won’t know how to get out. At least they can enjoy a nice little feast until you decide the jar is full enough. At that point, submerge the jar in a bucket of warm soapy water and let it be for about 10 minutes to ensure the flies won’t be coming back. Rinse out, refill, and repeat! This is a great way to get rid of produce that you accidentally let sit too long.

So don’t despair, trap fruit flies this year.

 

Mar
20

Grow a Lemon Tree at Home

How to grow Lemons

Lemons are probably one of the healthiest fruits on the planet, good for so many reasons, so you should think seriously about how to grow a lemon tree at home this year.

Saying that lemons are a ‘super-food’ is really an understatement. Not only do they add abundant flavour to a variety of dishes, but they also boast a ton of health benefits, as well as being rich in antioxidants and containing useful anti-inflammatory properties.

Naturally, as we all know, lemons contain vitamin C and B. They boost your immune system and energize your body.

To grow at home, you will need the following –

  • 1 lemon
  • good healthy soil
  • a large container (or pot)
  • Breathable plastic film
  • some sun
  • focus

To Begin Growing a Lemon Tree:

  1. Fill the container with the healthy soil and mix it with a little bit of water in order to dampen it.
  2. Below the rim, leave an inch of space.
  3. Take a seed from a well-formed lemon.
  4. Clean the seed, but take care not to dry it out.
  5. Make a hole for about half an inch in the soil and plant the seed.
  6. Cover it with soil and water it well.
  7. Cover the pot with a breathable plastic film in order to keep the pot moistened.
  8. Place the pot in a sunny area.
  9. To care for the plant, don’t water it too frequently.
  10. After 1-2 weeks when it starts sprouting, remove the plastic film, and place in direct sunlight.

Okay, I know this assumes a certain level of sunlight where you live, so start indoors if necessary.

To nurture the Lemon:

  • The lemon plant requires regular watering, but not overdoing it, you should be able to tell from the soil.
  • The plant ideally needs to be exposed to direct sunlight at least 8 hours a day.
  • Feel free to add fertilizer or small amounts of compost to the lemon tree.
  • You can keep the pot inside your house facing a window, or place it in your garden.

More Reasons to Grow Lemons

Drinking one half-cup of lemon juice every day raises citrate levels in the urine. Studies have shown that this could protect against calcium stones in the kidney.

Mixing lemon juice with honey can help alleviate the discomfort that comes from a nasty sore throat.

Leave caffeinated drinks behind, and start your day off with hot water and fresh lemon juice to stimulate your digestive track and add vitamin C.

So what could better than having your own fresh lemon tree to keep you in supply with tasty, juicy lemons? Grow a lemon tree at home and enjoy.

 

CW

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