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Gardening gets you outside, keeps you active, and produces colorful and tasty rewards for your efforts. Even people who have a physical impairment can enjoy gardening with the right tools. The types of tools used depend on the needs of the gardener. With the right tools, anyone can reap the benefits of gardening.

Tool Handles

The handles of gardening tools such as hoes, hand pruners or trowels for people with impairments should be brightly colored and have good gripping surfaces and thick handles. Bright colors allow a gardener with limited vision to easily spot and grab the handle of a tool instead of the working end. The material used around the handle should allow for a good grip, no matter how tightly your hand is holding the tool.

Large or specially shaped handles let gardeners with arthritis comfortably hold and use the tools.

Work Gloves

Work gloves, along with providing hand protection, can help people with a loss of grip strength to hold things better. Nitrile-covered gloves designed for gardening are thin and lightweight, and the material prevents objects from slipping out of your hands. Use thicker gloves coated in nitrile when doing heavy garden work, such as weeding or pruning, that may rip thinner gloves.

Knee Protection

Kneeling to reach plants in beds is a part of gardening for anyone, not just the impaired, especially when the garden does not include raised beds. People with impairments that require them to get closer to the plants frequently kneel. This group includes gardeners with visual impairments, who must kneel down so that they can feel their way around the garden bed as they work. Kneeling for extended periods of time without knee protection is painful for anyone, and the longer you stay in a kneeling position, the more likely you feel pain in the knees. Knee pads or a padded kneeling stool can prevent knee pain resulting from gardening. Protecting the knees can also help gardeners with arthritic knees to work with less pain. Even people without impairments find it more comfortable to use padding under their knees when gardening.

Wheelbarrow

Your wheelbarrow should be easy to push, steer and leave standing if you have physical impairments. An even number of wheels on a wheelbarrow makes it easier to move and less likely to tip.

The handle should be padded, and brightly colored for visibility.

Tool Carriers

Carrying all the tools you need in a pouch around your waist makes gardening easier. The pouch should have easy-to-access pockets that can hold the tools you use most often. You can carry tools too large for the pockets in a bucket with ergonomically designed handles for easy gripping. The easily gripped handles reduce the chances of dropping a bucket full of garden tools.
Compost Food For The Soil
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Compost Food For The Soil

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Compost is the best food you can give to the soil in your organic garden! Imagine a diet of just plain water. Or, how about a diet of water and tasteless nutritional powder? Yuck! It would not leave you satisfied, healthy, or full. A diet like that doesn’t work for soil, either. The only thing that truly feeds and satisfies the soil is more soil –  in the form of compost.

Compost is recreating what nature does when people aren’t around to harvest and clean up…

When leaves fall in the forest or grasses die back in the prairie, they act as mulch; then, as they decompose, they become rich, dark, fluffy soil. Rich, dark, fluffy soil is every gardener’s dream. It is easy to plant in and plants thrive in it.

Compost is Worth Making

Making compost is probably the single most important thing you can do for your organic garden. The success of your garden depends on your soil. The health of your soil depends on the compost you give it. Compost makes the soil loose, porous and increases the amount of water it can hold. By adding compost to your soil, you won’t need to water your plants as often. You could vacation for a week or so without worrying that you’ll come back to a baked garden.

Compost also releases nutrients slowly into the soil, giving plants a steady, balanced diet to keep them growing strong. In spring, when plants are small, compost doles out nutrients slowly. Later, as the soil warms up and plant growth accelerates, nutrients are released at a faster rate. This is because the soil microorganisms that release the nutrients from compost work harder as the temperature rises.

As compost breaks down into humus, it improves the soil’s ability to store nutrients. So if you amend your soil regularly with compost, plant nutrients can build up over time to the point that the soil needs little fertilizer of any kind for several years.

Depending on what ingredients went into the compost, a given batch can be high or low in certain elements. The greater the variety of materials you use to make your compost, the greater the variety of nutrients it will contain.

That includes both the major plant nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) and the micronutrients (such as iron, manganese, and boron).

There’s even evidence that adding compost to your soil can protect plans from disease. Here are some examples of what it can do for your garden.

  • Florida studies have shown that compost can protect pepper plants from phytophthora root rot; dramatically reduce damping-off (a disease that cause seedlings to keel over and die) and reduce early blight and root-knot nematode damage.
  • California researches used compost to eliminate brown rot on peaches (a fungal disease that causes fruit to turn brown and soft). Fruit from the compost – treated orchard had no brown rot. 24 percent of the fruit from a neighboring orchard (treated with chemical fungicides) did have it.
  • A New York country club uses compost to combat turf diseases and was able to cut its fungicide use 97 percent after just 3 years.
  • Compost tea – the liquid produced by steeping compost in water – has been found to prevent mildew on plants.
Benefits Of Parsley To More Energy Grow Your Own
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Benefits Of Parsley To More Energy Grow Your Own

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There are a lot of benefits of parsley to more energy. Grow your own because it is easy. These benefits are due to the high content of vitamins. Parsley is a powerful healing food with unexpected nutrient quality. It is actually a storehouse of nutrients with a delicious green taste.

The leaves contain large quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorous and potassium.

  • Parsley contains three times as much vitamin C as oranges, and twice as much iron as spinach.
  • It has almost all the important nutrients like vitamin B12, beta carotene,  fluorine, folic acid, Vitamin K chlorophyll and essential fatty acids.
  • Just two tablespoons of parsley provide over 150% of the daily recommended value of vitamin K.

Here are  the benefits of parsley explained further.

  • Traces of vitamin B12 in parsley help in maintaining a healthy nervous system and DNA synthesis. Beta carotene prevents aging, night blindness and other eye problems. It also boosts immunity, protects against toxins and cancer formations.
  • Folic acid plays significant  role in maintaining good cardiovascular health. It aids proper cell multiplication and maturation. Fluorine and calcium are essential in tooth and bone development. Parsley also prevents tooth decay and bad breath.
  • It has been proven scientifically that parsley reduces fever because its leafs contain essential oils. So you should eat parsley especially if you are stuck with a cold. Parsley is known to clear toxins and reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Eating parsley on a daily basis is easy. All you have to do is add it in your salads. It has a wonderful flavor and energizes your body on the spot. You can use parsley in any recipe. Better than dried herb, chopped raw, fresh parsley.
  • Raw parsley can be used as an effective natural blood cleanser, which can dissolve all possible toxic and cholesterol deposits in our veins, protect us against many serious cardiovascular diseases, as well as strengthen and increase elasticity of our blood vessels.

Here is how to eat right by adding parsley to your diet:

  1. Add chopped parsley mixed with lime juice over some cut veggies like chopped bell peppers, baby corn, carrots to make a delicious crunchy salad.
  2. Add chopped parsley to tomato or pumpkin soup to make it more zesty and delicious.
  3. Use parsley paste with lime, ginger and garlic to marinate fish, chicken, and lamb.
  4. Add chopped parsley while making juice of carrot, beetroot and orange. This is a very refreshing vitamin-booster drink.
  5. Combine chopped parsley with bulgur wheat, chopped green onions (scallions), mint leaves, lemon juice and olive oil to make the Middle Eastern classic dish, tabouli.
  6. Add chopped parsley with cottage cheese and corn while making grilled sandwich.
  7. Sprinkle it over any of the salads with your favorite dressing.
  8. Mix some chopped parsley with butter or olive oil and spread on toasted crusty bread.
  9. Add to homemade pesto sauce and herby sauces.
  10. Consume fresh parsley juice as a healthy herbal drink.

Growing parsley is fairly easy. Parsley likes to grow in full sun and rich soil. Make sure lots of well-rotted organic stuff has been dug into the ground before you plant parsley. Parsley grows quickly — pinching back the plant will keep it from growing large and woody.

It is seldom bothered by pests, but sometimes you’ll spot a black-striped, green caterpillar or two chomping on the leaves. Don’t be too quick to destroy these colorful caterpillars, because they are the larvae of beautiful, black butterflies.

I like to plant parsley borders around my asparagus beds. The parsley doesn’t take enough nutrients from the soil to bother the asparagus. Both plants seem to grow better together than they do separately.

Growing parsley in pots is also an option. A healthy parsley plant can survive right through the winter in a sunny kitchen.
Parsley is a bi-annual and in most climates, the plant will over-winter so you should be able to pick fresh parsley on even the coldest of winter days.

As soon as the stems reach 8 or more inches long, start cutting. Cut whole stems as you need them from the outside of the plant. Parsley will freeze quite well. Freeze whole stalks quickly and store in sealable freezer bags or plastic containers.

And Don’t Forget About Kohlrabi
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And Don’t Forget About Kohlrabi

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And don’t forget about many delights of Kohlrabi. This is one of the tastiest veggies on this or any other planet! Try it sauteed in olive oil with tarragon and shallots, or slice it raw and toss it into salad.

Take my word for it: You’ll be an instant kohlrabi convert! Kohlrabi has the mildest and best flavor (resembling mild white turnips) when small. Unfortunately, many gardeners allow kohlrabi to grow too large before harvesting it.

Large, older kohlrabi is tough and woody and it may have an off-flavor…

And, If you don’t care for the taste or texture of kohlrabi, it’s because you’ve only tasted a crop that’s spent too much time growing up. The secret to great-tasting kohlrabi is rocket-fast growth – it should go from sowing to harvest in about 8 weeks.

Like its cabbage-family cousins, kohlrabi prefers cool weather. But unlike those fussbudgets, it will still do its work when the mercury rises. All it asks for is plenty of water to quench its healthy thirst. Kohlrabi doesn’t mind being transplanted, but it grows so fast that there’s no advantage to starting seeds indoors or buying transplants.

Kohlrabi likes a home that gets a lot of sun and has soil that drains well but retains moisture. The pH of its dreams is 6.3 to 6.8.

Of kohlrabi’s two varieties the purple globe is sweeter and tastier than the apple-green. Both have a pale green, almost ivory colored, flesh inside. While the entire vegetable is edible raw or cooked, the small, young kohlrabi, about 1 1/2″ to 2″ in diameter, is ideal for its flavor and texture.My favorite giant-kohlrabi variety is “Superschmelz”. It’s a new variety from Oregon with bulbs that regularly reach 8 to 10 inches in diameter. And (this is the best part) even at that size, they stay sweet and tender.

Young kohlrabi leaves make great eating raw or steamed. I clip them all season long, until it’s time to harvest the stems. I pick the stems when they’re about the size of a golf ball. When they grow bigger than that, they get tough and bitter; all they’re good for then is the compost pile.

If your bulbs are reaching good-eating size faster than you can keep up with them, don’t worry: Just clip them off the stems, bury them deep in the soil, and cover them with hay or straw. They’ll stay crisp and fresh well into winter.

A Harvest Of Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
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A Harvest Of Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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We would like to share with you our harvest of simple & healthy Thanksgiving recipes when you gather your loved ones around the table. These easy-to-follow recipes taste even better than they look. We’ve come a long way since 1621, so let’s celebrate!

I love stuffing perhaps more than any other holiday dish. Which is why I have never thought of it as something that has to be stuffed into anything, especially a meaty thing. Sometimes this confuses people. To them I say: embrace the unstuffed stuffing.

Classic Sage Stuffing

Like pretty much all my recipes, this one is totally flexible; you don’t need to be exact with the quantities, and you can add or subtract ingredients as your tastes dictate.

The quantities below will generally serve about 10 people (exact yield depends on the size of your bread loaves). And,

  • 2 loaves whole grain (or part whole grain) bread (I like a good crusty sourdough, but a hearty sandwich breadworks too [purists be warned, the bread I just linked to contains a little honey]; use what works for you), cut into cubes approximately 1-inch square and left out to dry for a few days
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 7 celery ribs (extra points if they have leaves), diced a little larger than the onions
  • 1 bunch fresh sage, minced (you can use a generous tablespoon of dried sage, but it won’t be quite the same)
  • 2 cups (approximately—it’s impossible to pin this down exactly because every batch is different, moisture-wise) veggie broth (I use the stuff in a box; if you have time to make your own, more power to you)
  • some white wine (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add the onions and some salt to your Thanksgiving recipes and cook, stirring every minute or so, until the onions start to soften and become translucent (about 7 minutes).
  2. Add the celery and cook for about 5 minutes more.
  3. Add the sage and cook another minute.
  4. Consider adding more salt.
  5. Add your dried bread cubes and stir thoroughly so that your aromatics and your bread are evenly mixed.
  6. Add some (about half a cup?) of the veggie broth. You want to pour a thin stream around the pan, moistening all areas and not dumping it all in there at once. Stir thoroughly, but do not mush the bread. The bread will soak up the liquid. You want moist bread, not gluey smashed bread. The key is a light touch, stirring to combine, not to meld.
  7. Add the wine, the same way you did with the veggie broth. (If you’re not using the wine, just add more broth.)  Grind in some pepper.  Stir thoroughly, keeping in mind the whole mush thing.
  8. Taste your stuffing. If you need more salt, add it. You’re also judging texture: is the stuffing still dry? Is some of it in danger of getting mushy? You’ll have to use your judgment about how much more liquid to add.
  9. Add liquid in small increments, stirring to combine, until you reach your desired texture.
  10. That’s it, you’re done. You can keep it warm in a 200º oven (covered with foil) if you need to, but there’s no need for baking.

How To Water House Plants

The life of a plant requires proper sunlight, personal care and the right amount of water. Where you position your plant will affect the way it functions, and it might even affect its ability to survive. Some plant lovers have no outside area to store the various kinds of plants that they want to keep on hand and end up making room for their beloved plants inside the residence. Plants that live indoors require a different kind of attention than if they were outside where the rain and sun could get to them. Here are a few things to consider when watering those house plants.

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Choosing the right Time

One of the easiest mistakes to make when it comes to watering a plant is to give it too much or even not enough water to fullfill all requirements. The key to figuring out when to water your house plants will be to evaluate the soil in the pot. Begin by sinking your finger into the soil to feel the texture, if wet or moist soil is apparent, then you will not need to give your plant any water. On the other hand, if your finger returns with dry soil, then get ready to provide your plant with the appropriate amount of water.

Water temperature

Depending on the climate you live in, you may need to consider leaving your water to stand for a few hours until it gets to room temperature. Indoor plants especially will have become adjusted to a more controlled environment. If your water is extreme (hot or cold) it can affect your plant. Consider the kind of plants you have also, as some of them may be much more sensitive to sudden changes in the climate conditions. After your water has been allowed to stand for the appropriate amount of time, proceed to water your plants.

The right way to water

The way you apply water to your plants can also vary from one plant to another. For instance, plants that have a tough exterior and foliage can be watered from the top. Apply your water from the surface, without actually touching the plant itself. Allow the water enough time to soak through until it gets to the bottom. Repeat the process once again until you are satisfied that the plant has adequate water. Certain kinds of plants require watering from below just like agen sbobet in Indonesia. This can be accomplished by placing the appropriate amount of water into a saucer which sits at the bottom of your pot.

The direct approach

We all have our distinct likes and dislikes and for some plants, that thought process would hold true. If you own an urn plant, the watering process will be slightly different. A Bromelaid is considered as an urn plant and should not be watered from below or through the soil on top, in fact, the water should be applied to the plant itself. This plant does not require a lot of water to survive, so pay close attention to the amount of water you apply. Introducing water through conventional methods will simply facilitate the early demise of your plant.

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Kitchen Compost - Your Organic Gardening Blog

Kitchen compost is garden gold when added to the soil. Food scraps contain valuable nutrients that can be used to improve garden soils and place your bets at judi bola in Indonesia. Kitchen composting is one of the easiest ways to clean up the kitchen. All you need to do is to toss some food scraps from salads, vegetables and fruits into your compost pail. I usually add all fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, filter, paper towels, napkins, oatmeal, banana peels, eggshells and tea bags. You’ll find more items.


What I usually do is to mix a variety of these ingredients up and try to get them moist. As with everything in life, there are exceptions to the rule, including kitchen
compost. Don’t add meat products, bones, fats, grease, oils, or dairy products to compost. They create odors and not the right “organics.” What’s to do next? I bury food waste in empty spots in my vegetable garden.

How? I usually make a hole at least twelve inches deep. Then, add three to four inches of food scraps to the bottom of the hole. Using my shovel I try to chop and mix the wastes into the soil to speed composting. The smaller the chunks, the quicker it composts. Then, I cover food scraps with at least eight inches of soil to prevent rodents and pets from digging them up. Buried food scraps may take from two to six months to decompose depending on soil moisture, temperature, worm population, and food source. In good garden soil, leafy greens will break down in weeks while whole citrus peels may take several months in a loose and fertile garden soil.

Wait a month or more if the soil must be tilled before planting. Then you will see how effective is. Annual plants may be planted immediately.


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Several Plants That Are Suitable For Garden

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Do you want to decorate the backyard garden? Maybe the article below can help you. Gardens or gardens at home are not just a complement. But the garden or garden in your home can also function as an oxygen enhancer in the house. In addition, your garden or garden can also be used as a place to gather with your family while enjoying tea in the afternoon. Even more interesting if you add beautiful ornaments to add a beautiful feel to your home. The following are some types of plants that are suitable for planting in home gardens. Who knows there are several types of plants that are suitable for you.

Types of Plants that are Suitable for Planting in Home Gardens

There are various types of plants that live around us. But not all types of plants are suitable for planting in gardens or home gardens. Some plants can actually reduce the beauty of the garden if forced to grow. The following are the types of plants that are suitable for planting in your home garden.

1. Pine trees
This type of plant is of course very often encountered when traveling to the highlands. The uniqueness and beauty of pine leaves has its own charm so that it is not uncommon for people to plant pine trees as an ornament in the yard to give a cool impression. The type of pine tree that is usually planted is the type of pine with better looks and appeal.

2. Hibiscus
One type of plant is included in the shrub that comes from eastern Asia. Hibiscus has large red flowers. Because of this beauty, many people like to plant hibiscus flowers on their home yards. In Indonesia, usually flowers and leaves of hibiscus are used as ingredients for traditional medicine. Hibiscus can also be dried to drink as the. Japan is a country whose population often uses hibiscus as a hedge plant.

3. Banyan tree
If you have a large garden area, it doesn’t hurt to plant a banyan tree. This one tree has small but large leaves so it looks lush. Plant one banyan tree in a large garden as shade. This tree is easy to plant because it is resistant to disease so it does not need extra care.

Bamboo

4. Bamboo
There are approximately 160 types of bamboo in Indonesia, and 88 of them are endemic bamboo species. The uniqueness of bamboo and the benefits it produces makes many people in  like to plant this plant in their garden or yard. Ornamental bamboo plants suitable for planting in gardens or home gardens that are not too broad.

Now you already know the types of plants that are suitable for planting in home gardens. Please select the plants you like for your home garden

Small Garden With Compact and Fresh Looks

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Many people think that a garden must be built on large land. Even though it really isn’t. If you can be creative, then you can make a narrow and modest land as a beautiful and fresh garden. No need to be disappointed if you live in a narrow house with a small yard. A little touch and arrangement, then your narrow land can turn into a unique garden. Curious? The following are tips that you can follow.

Beautiful garden with natural looks

1. Using bright colors and natural elements

Narrow land does not become an obstacle for you to make a garden. You can get around by using bright and natural colors and elements. Use natural elements such as clay, stone, wood, or bamboo to enhance your small garden. You can also use flower pots, wall coverings, or garden furniture. Use flowers with matching colors.

2. Put a bench on the lawn

If you have a narrow yard with grass, please decorate the center using small walkways. Then place a wooden bench in the middle of the path.

Adds furniture to the small garden

3. Plant shady trees

If you don’t have time to take care of the plants, please try to plant shady trees in your yard. Then put garden furniture to relax. You can choose neutral colors like beige, beige or gray. Tropical styles can also make your garden on narrow land more attractive. Try to plant palm trees, bamboo, or wood ornaments. But plants like palm and bamboo need regular maintenance. Because if not the plant can grow to be very lush and instead become mosquito nests.

4. Using pots and plants

A practical way to bring fresh plants to a narrow area is to use a plant and pot as a freshener in the area. You can also add seats so that the garden is small as well as functioning as a comfortable seating area. To make the atmosphere feel more natural, also add the design of the path.

5. Adds furniture to the small garden

To add a feel to your tiny garden, you can put some furniture. For example to add a natural rural feel, please place furniture made of rattan or other decorations made from wood. To give a natural impression, you can give texture to the walls of the garden. This can be applied to narrow land. In addition to adding texture to the wall, you can also use the wall as your garden land by planting hanging plants or vertical gardens. So even though your garden area is narrow, there are still nuances of freshness that can be presented.

Natural and Beautiful Garden Ideas

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There are many ways that can be used to create beauty at home. One of them is by designing a garden that can add a fresh and natural atmosphere to your home. A beautiful garden can be a beautiful sight to welcome guests visiting your home.

If your house has enough space to make a garden, you can make a garden by adding a few flower pots and other plants. The garden will make the look of the house look more dynamic and colorful. A park in front of the house can also entertain people passing in front of your house. If you are curious and want to try to make a small garden that is natural in your home, here are some tips.

Fresh and natural Garden Tips

1. Adjust to the style of our home

Before deciding to build a garden, you must first adjust the style of your home. This is important to create harmonious and sweet visuals. This is related to plants that will be planted as well. Flowers with warm colors match the style of a tropical house. While flowers with pink or purple, suitable for homes with a modern minimalist style. Plant compatibility with the climate of the house must also be considered.

2. Choose a horizontal or vertical garden style

Vertical gardens are suitable for residential areas where the land is narrow or has no land at all to grow crops. But if your house does have enough space, you can combine the two. Vertical gardens can be arranged by placing wooden boards to place flower pots. It is also possible to install zigzag pots on the wall. For a horizontal garden, choose a rather large flowerpot. Don’t forget to match the harmony between vertical and horizontal plants.

3. Beautify the garden on a narrow area

You don’t need extensive land to make a garden. Parks that are on narrow land can still look beautiful. Beautify your garden with several types of plants. You can plant colorful flowers. Can be started with two or three different colors. But also pay attention to the garden environment. Lighting and color in the environment also determine the colors of your garden.

4. Use the right garden arrangement

You must be able to arrange the garden properly. So that the park still looks fresh and natural. To further add to the natural atmosphere, you can use green dominance. The park also looks like a forest in the middle of the city. But if you don’t have a lot of land, you can use a pot. A terrace filled with flower pots can also make your home terrace feel like a natural garden.

How To Care For A Begonia?

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The Begonia is one of the most beautiful plants used as either an indoor or outdoor source of greenery depending on where in the world the owner lives. Caring for a Begonia begins with making sure it is planted, pruned, fed and watered correctly over the course of its lifetime. To begin the process of understanding how to care properly for a Begonia we must assemble the correct equipment to make sure we can care successfully for the plants, this means fertilizer, a saucer, gravel and water must all be readily available when looking at how best to care for a Begonia.

Once all the necessary equipment has been assembled we must take a look at how healthy the plant is at the current time. One simple to avoid problem with the Begonia is the rotting of organic material still attached to the plant, which is a problem occurring throughout the life of the plant as new stems and material grows. Simply remove the dead or dying leaves at their junction with the main stem of the plant, this means that the entire dead and dying stem is removed to avoid pieces of the plant rotting as the plant continues to grow.

Once the Begonia is cleared of any rotting or damaged organic material it must then be fed to make sure it grows successfully and healthily over the coming months. A good option are fertilizer pellets that offer a time release option, usually for between three and six months. In colder climates, the begonia is usually a house plant and therefore only requires fertilizer for the duration of the summer, which means feeding times should be limited to periods when food is required. Making sure the fertilizer is administered in the correct amount is important, with every package of fertilizer including instructions on how much to feed based on the diameter of the plant pot.

Many people who play poker online become worried by the way they should water a Begonia, with the correct amount of water administered being more than any plant owner may imagine. The root ball of the Begonia should be thoroughly watered, which means almost the entire pot of soil holding the Begonia should be damp when the water is administered. Adding small amounts of water at regular intervals is not always a good idea as only the top layer of soil will then be damp and the root ball will be damaged as it dries out.

Room temperature water should always be used to avoid shocking the plant, with cold water left in a watering can for several hours before administering.

Once the excess water has drained through the pot, the Begonia can be placed on a saucer and the next step in maintaining the plant can begin. Water pressing against the leaves of the Begonia will often cause damage to the plant, which can be avoided by a layer of small stones or gravel being added to the surface of the soil around the plant to provide some form of protection.

When to Start Seeds for the Garden

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If you want to get a jump on summer growing, don’t wait until growing season to start your Frost-Leavesseeds. Each year nature plays games with gardeners. Warm weather rolls in, gardeners get Spring fever, and the urge to start vegetables becomes overwhelming. Growers stake out the garden, sprinkle some seeds into rows, water it with love, and in about a week and a half, little sprouts emerge. Just about the time the true leaves open in full splendor, a cold snap hits and frost kills 90% of the garden.

But you know what happens when you wait to plant? Frost never comes. That’s because Jack Frost is hiding behind the tree and snickering at your gardening efforts. He won’t strike until he sees you smiling at your new plants.

That leaves you with two choices. Wait until the temperatures get too hot for Jack to hang around, or allow him to be humored with your gardening agony. But if you wait, then it will be another month or two before the fruits of your labor can be picked from the garden.

Fear not, little gardener. There is a third option. Plant indoors and snicker at Jack. Many seeds can be started up to 8 weeks early and be ready for the garden when Jack Frost heads north for the summer. Just figure out what the latest chance of frost is for your region, and count back 60 days. That’s when you plant your indoor seedlings. I’ll even save you a little time by giving you a handy chart.

USDA Hardiness Zone Approximate Last Chance for Frost Date to Start Seeds
Zone 1 6/30 5/1
Zone 2 6/15 4/16
Zone 3 5/31 4/1
Zone 4 5/30 3/31
Zone 5 5/15 3/16
Zone 6 4/30 3/1
Zone 7 4/15 2/14
Zone 8 3/30 1/29
Zone 9 2/28 12/30
Zone 10 1/30 12/1
Zone 11 Frost? What’s that? Whenever you get the hankering

This chart doesn’t take into account the freak cold snaps that sneak a frost late into spring. Like the oddities found in my area. The official latest frost on record is April 25th, and that happened in 1910. However, they apparently don’t take my property into account when record keeping. I’ve lived at my current location for ten years, and twice I have had frost kill my garden in May. One as late as the third week of May.

Two years ago, I planted my garden on May 1st. Three weeks later, everything was doing nicely, but a cold snap came in. The official temperature was 39 degrees. No big deal. Cold, but plants can survive that temp. But in the pasture behind my house, I saw frost. Sure enough, when I walked to the back of the yard, tiny ice crystals outlined the leaves of all my plants. Two days later, I had nothing but dead plant corpses.

The odd part is that I have two growing areas. The one at the back of the yard was wiped out. The garden to the side of my house was untouched. I could see the frost line in the grass. A mere 50 or 60 feet was the difference between life and death.

So, if you are in a strange area like me, waiting another two weeks after the last possible frost date might be a better option. Worry not, little sprout. When Jack has to head north, you will still get the last laugh when you take your two-month old plants and place them in the garden.

How To Divide Perennials In Your Garden?

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If your garden heavily features perennials, or plants that live for two or more years, you might have heard that it is advantageous to periodically divide them. This guide is here to help go over what dividing perennials means, the best reasons to do it, the best time to do it, and of course give some practical advice on how to do it. For those who are curious about what exactly dividing means, it is relatively self explanatory. Dividing perennials means digging and replanting individual species of plants in other parts of your garden or in another garden entirely.

Why Divide Perennials

There are many reasons why dividing is a good a strategy for perennial plants. One reason is overall health: many species of perennials grow in a way that causes clumping. If these clumps don’t go untreated they can actually start to die out and leave unsightly holes in your garden.

Another benefit is that less crowded plants are more likely to bloom bigger prettier flowers.

Finally, for the more aggressive varieties of perennials, dividing can prevent them from encroaching on their neighbors and will keep your garden looking clean and well delineated. Of course, another great side benefit is that dividing will yield extra plants for either expanding your garden or you can even give away or sell your surplus.

When To Divide Perennials

The process of division can be a stressful one for the plants involved, so it is best to try and do big dividing projects in the milder seasons. When the soil is cool and moist, like in the spring or autumn months, your plants will better be able to recover from the shock of being dug up and transplanted. However, it is possible to divide them as agen sbobet member do in other seasons like summer or winter; it is important to make sure they get any extra care they might need like additional water, or extra heat though.

When looking at the plants, you will know they are ready for division when they are big enough that you can make several distinct ‘clumps’ out of them. Most perennials are ready to divide every three to four years, but do some research on the species in your garden to see if you have any that need more or less frequent dividing.

Some species, such as lavender, can actually be left alone altogether.

How To Divide Perennials

Dividing your perennials is predominantly a three step process. Step one is to prepare both the area you are going to dig and transplant to by watering the soil in both places. Step two is to dig up the plants to be divided by selecting a clump and inserting the shovel around the perimeter to carefully isolate the roots and dig underneath them. Now lift underneath the root clump to lever the plant out. Finally, you are going to separate the tops of the clump you’ve uprooted and replant in the new area as quickly as possible so the roots remain moist and healthy.

Benefits Of Parsley To More Energy Grow Your Own

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There are a lot of benefits of parsley to more energy. Grow your own because it is easy. These benefits are due to the high content of vitamins. Parsley is a powerful healing food with unexpected nutrient quality. It is actually a storehouse of nutrients with a delicious green taste.

The leaves contain large quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorous and potassium.

  • Parsley contains three times as much vitamin C as oranges, and twice as much iron as spinach.
  • It has almost all the important nutrients like vitamin B12, beta carotene,  fluorine, folic acid, Vitamin K chlorophyll and essential fatty acids.
  • Just two tablespoons of parsley provide over 150% of the daily recommended value of vitamin K.

Here are  the benefits of parsley explained further.

  • Traces of vitamin B12 in parsley help in maintaining a healthy nervous system and DNA synthesis. Beta carotene prevents aging, night blindness and other eye problems. It also boosts immunity, protects against toxins and cancer formations.
  • Folic acid plays significant  role in maintaining good cardiovascular health. It aids proper cell multiplication and maturation. Fluorine and calcium are essential in tooth and bone development. Parsley also prevents tooth decay and bad breath.
  • It has been proven scientifically that parsley reduces fever because its leafs contain essential oils. So you should eat parsley especially if you are stuck with a cold. Parsley is known to clear toxins and reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Eating parsley on a daily basis is easy. All you have to do is add it in your salads. It has a wonderful flavor and energizes your body on the spot. You can use parsley in any recipe. Better than dried herb, chopped raw, fresh parsley.
  • Raw parsley can be used as an effective natural blood cleanser, which can dissolve all possible toxic and cholesterol deposits in our veins, protect us against many serious cardiovascular diseases, as well as strengthen and increase elasticity of our blood vessels.

Here is how to eat right by adding parsley to your diet:

  1. Add chopped parsley mixed with lime juice over some cut veggies like chopped bell peppers, baby corn, carrots to make a delicious crunchy salad.
  2. Add chopped parsley to tomato or pumpkin soup to make it more zesty and delicious.
  3. Use parsley paste with lime, ginger and garlic to marinate fish, chicken, and lamb.
  4. Add chopped parsley while making juice of carrot, beetroot and orange. This is a very refreshing vitamin-booster drink.
  5. Combine chopped parsley with bulgur wheat, chopped green onions (scallions), mint leaves, lemon juice and olive oil to make the Middle Eastern classic dish, tabouli.
  6. Add chopped parsley with cottage cheese and corn while making grilled sandwich.
  7. Sprinkle it over any of the salads with your favorite dressing.
  8. Mix some chopped parsley with butter or olive oil and spread on toasted crusty bread.
  9. Add to homemade pesto sauce and herby sauces.
  10. Consume fresh parsley juice as a healthy herbal drink.

Growing parsley is fairly easy. Parsley likes to grow in full sun and rich soil. Make sure lots of well-rotted organic stuff has been dug into the ground before you plant parsley. Parsley grows quickly — pinching back the plant will keep it from growing large and woody.

It is seldom bothered by pests, but sometimes you’ll spot a black-striped, green caterpillar or two chomping on the leaves. Don’t be too quick to destroy these colorful caterpillars, because they are the larvae of beautiful, black butterflies.

I like to plant parsley borders around my asparagus beds. The parsley doesn’t take enough nutrients from the soil to bother the asparagus. Both plants seem to grow better together than they do separately.

Growing parsley in pots is also an option. A healthy parsley plant can survive right through the winter in a sunny kitchen.
Parsley is a bi-annual and in most climates, the plant will over-winter so you should be able to pick fresh parsley on even the coldest of winter days.

As soon as the stems reach 8 or more inches long, start cutting. Cut whole stems as you need them from the outside of the plant. Parsley will freeze quite well. Freeze whole stalks quickly and store in sealable freezer bags or plastic containers.

And Don’t Forget About Kohlrabi

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And don’t forget about many delights of Kohlrabi. This is one of the tastiest veggies on this or any other planet! Try it sauteed in olive oil with tarragon and shallots, or slice it raw and toss it into salad.

Take my word for it: You’ll be an instant kohlrabi convert! Kohlrabi has the mildest and best flavor (resembling mild white turnips) when small. Unfortunately, many gardeners allow kohlrabi to grow too large before harvesting it.

Large, older kohlrabi is tough and woody and it may have an off-flavor…

And, If you don’t care for the taste or texture of kohlrabi, it’s because you’ve only tasted a crop that’s spent too much time growing up. The secret to great-tasting kohlrabi is rocket-fast growth – it should go from sowing to harvest in about 8 weeks.

Like its cabbage-family cousins, kohlrabi prefers cool weather. But unlike those fussbudgets, it will still do its work when the mercury rises. All it asks for is plenty of water to quench its healthy thirst. Kohlrabi doesn’t mind being transplanted, but it grows so fast that there’s no advantage to starting seeds indoors or buying transplants.

Kohlrabi likes a home that gets a lot of sun and has soil that drains well but retains moisture. The pH of its dreams is 6.3 to 6.8.

Of kohlrabi’s two varieties the purple globe is sweeter and tastier than the apple-green. Both have a pale green, almost ivory colored, flesh inside. While the entire vegetable is edible raw or cooked, the small, young kohlrabi, about 1 1/2″ to 2″ in diameter, is ideal for its flavor and texture.My favorite giant-kohlrabi variety is “Superschmelz”. It’s a new variety from Oregon with bulbs that regularly reach 8 to 10 inches in diameter. And (this is the best part) even at that size, they stay sweet and tender.

Young kohlrabi leaves make great eating raw or steamed. I clip them all season long, until it’s time to harvest the stems. I pick the stems when they’re about the size of a golf ball. When they grow bigger than that, they get tough and bitter; all they’re good for then is the compost pile.

If your bulbs are reaching good-eating size faster than you can keep up with them, don’t worry: Just clip them off the stems, bury them deep in the soil, and cover them with hay or straw. They’ll stay crisp and fresh well into winter.

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