Why Starting Your Own Herb Garden Is Essential To Any Hobby Farm

In the debate on whether you should grow your own garden, rear farm animals or possibly do both, a useful crop to consider in making your choice are herbs. There are several important reasons for this.

Firstly, if you decide to rear animals, especially if they are for personal consumption, having an herb garden will ensure that there are always interesting dishes on your table.

Consequently, if one decides to rear chickens, there are several new options available to you when preparing a dish. An herb garden has suddenly opened up a myriad of fine dining possibilities to its owner.

Moreover, there are several herbs that may be grown in your garden. These range from common herbs such as mint, sage, parsley, basil, bay leaf and dill to rare exotic ones such as Japanese wild parsley, chervil and sweet cicely.

Importantly, these may be grown either indoors or outdoors which is an added benefit. In either case, know that your choice to plant an herb garden is always the correct one. Thus, once you plant your own herb garden you will always have fresh herbs that you can pick. This eliminates having to run to the store to get that rare ingredient that best complements that special dish as it will be either right outside or just inside and thus easily picked.

There are also has added health benefits as herbs are of great nutritious value and in order for you to tend to it you will have to exercise. Importantly, you will save money for two main reasons.

Firstly, a small jar of herbs can be expensive. Moreover, if you decide to purchase herbs that are fresh, taste better and are of greater value to your health, you will pay even more. Growing your own will result in instant savings.

Secondly, stores may not sell some rare herbs. However, if you grow rare herbs such as those mentioned earlier in this piece, they will always be a few steps away. What is more, planting your own herbs, especially those that are rare, presents you with the opportunity to sell some of these and to make a profit

Having decided to start your own hobby farm, a step that is just as important to its success is deciding what crops you should grow or the type of livestock one should rare. Hence, your own herb garden is an essential component of any successful hobby farm.…

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Great Low Light Plants For Indoors

There are many reasons why one would be interested in low light plants. They may be limited in usable square footage for a garden. Some may be fans of them, or they may just be unfortunate enough to live under a very large Oak tree. I actually like them because there are a surprisingly wide amount of low light plants that look marvelous.

I’m also guilty of being fond of them because we too have a very large canopy over our home. This has its pros and its cons, buts for a different article. Contrary to popular belief, not all flowers require sustained light for success. Some would actually prefer a few hours, and there are those that do best in no direct light at all. In this article I will fill you in on which low light plants that work best for us.

I’ll begin with one of our favorite low light plants; the Spider plant, or Chlorophytum. It is called the Spider plant for very obvious reasons and that is because how it looks. One glance at its cascading narrow leaves and you would swear that it was an oversized insect. It comes in a variegated version, meaning that each blade-like leaf has a white stripe down the center. The “regular” version I find rather boring because its only green, as it should be. While it comes with aesthetic splendor, the Spider plant is well known for its indoor air purification.

A NASA study actually proved that it is the best indoor plant to eliminate indoor pollution such as smoke, mold, and pet dust. We hang them from our bathroom ceiling with no problems because they thrive in humidity. As a matter of fact, you should never allow the soil of the Chlorophytum to dry out. Keep it moist for a deep contrast with the variegated type and lush growth.

Speaking of growth, this species propagates very easily. Your first Spider plant may even have little “babies” hanging from the mother plant. Not hard to notice, the babies will spring out like its coming off a rappelling tower. Very fun and simple to grow.

If variegation isn’t enough and you desire more color, go with the Kalanchoe. These low light plants come in a variety of colors and mine happen to be the scarlet one. Each year I get at least three bloom periods from these succulents. If you know anything about succulents, you’re aware that these too are easy to propagate. Unlike some plants where you have to pinch off a stem to propagate, all you need is one Kalanchoe leaf and lightly press it into the soil.

Be careful not to overwater Kalanchoes because you will be sure to rot the shallow roots. Its somewhat of a delicate plant but it looks superb when trained to bush out. A great place for these low light plants is at the base of a tree, where the dark scarlet red creates and amazing contrast. If you …

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Getting Ready to Garden!

Spring has finally showed itself, the snow has melted and you can see the hint of daffodils and crocuses peeking their heads up through the soil. Your garden is looking messy and you don’t know where to begin to get it cleaned up. Well help is here, keep reading to get some great gardening tips.

Cleaning your flower bed:

Take a rake and gently clean out all the debris from the garden, the leaves that didn’t decompose and twigs and sticks that may have dropped during those winter storms. Just cleaning this out will make a huge difference.

Next you want to edge your garden and pull the grass and weeds back creating a nice outline once more. With all that done you can see what you have left to deal with. Much of it will be weeds and grasses that you can just pull out.

What’s in my Garden?

Now if you can’t remember what you had growing where, here is a great simple tip. In the fall when you are cutting down the old growth, place a bamboo stick in the spot where you know your plants are. Also place sticks in spots where you have annuals like marigolds and carnations, as many times these will come back the following year.

So when cleaning the following spring, you know everywhere that you can possibly have a plant growing and not have to worry about pulling the wrong thing out.

Where you want to be careful is with all the new shoots that are growing. If you have lily bulbs or flowers that have reseeded themselves, clear the area around them so they have room for growth and loosen up the soil. Feeding with a perennial fertilizer is recommended at this time of your, to provide food and nourishment while they are in the growth stage.

Time to Enjoy:

Once you have done all the weeding and cleaning your garden really only requires maintenance for the remainder of the summer. Don’t let the weeds get the better of you. After it rains and the soil is soft go and pull the weeds.

Once the danger of the last frost is gone you can now add in instant color with an assortment of annuals. Everything ranging from Marigolds to petunias are available at your local garden centre. Take into account how much sun your garden gets and purchase accordingly.

A beautiful garden can be easy to have and will be admired by your friends and family.…

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How to Keep Deer Out of Your Vegetable Garden

Most gardeners know that deer are a persistent, annoying problem. Their appetite is insatiable and they will eat almost anything. It is the natural instinct of deer to find set feeding grounds and visit them frequently. If this is your garden, then the deer will keep coming back until you stop them. There are a few different methods of control that can be implemented.

There are several varieties of chemical products available. The most common ones use urea, which is a chemical that is extracted from the urine of predators like coyotes or wolves. It is thought that the scent of a predator’s urine will scare off the deer. Another common deer repellent chemical is a spray of latex and rotten eggs (The latex helps the spray stick to the foliage). The idea being that the deer will not like the smell or taste of this spray and will, eventually, abandon the feeding ground.

If you did not want to try chemicals, you can try natural solutions. One is to hang bags of garlic around the garden. It is said that deer do not like the smell of garlic and will avoid it if possible. Another idea is to plant daffodils around the border of your garden. Daffodil bulbs are coated with a poisonous powder, so the deer do not usually eat them and will avoid them. Hostas are also said to repel deer. Unfortunately, if a deer is hungry enough, they will either ignore these plants or actually eat them anyway.

There are also electronic devices that can be used. One such device hooks up to your garden hose and uses a motion detector to spot deer. If it senses movement, the device shoots a jet of water out at the deer supposedly scaring them away. There are even electric stakes that gently zap the deer if they touch them.

Ultimately, however, none of these methods are proven to be completely effective. The only known method to guarantee deer do not enter you garden is to use deer netting. This is a fine netting, basically invisible, that you place all around the area where you want to keep the deer out of. Make sure you build it high enough because deer have been known to jump as high as 6 feet into the air.

Deer sometimes ignore or become accustom to chemicals and other methods of control. The physical barrier of deer netting is the only sure way to stop them.

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Get To Know More About Quartz Countertop

At present quartz are the popular countertops used worldwide. Since quartz countertops hard in nature it will come for several years no matter what. The quartz used referred to as an engineered stone. This one is the unbreakable material that’s why it becomes a countertop option. Likewise, none of the countertops stand in front of quartz durability. Even though it is hard and durable in nature, in contrast, it has better flexibility. Thus no matter about the type and pattern of your kitchen it will easily fit. You don’t want to compromise in any properties like color, style and elegance hence it has plenty of options to choose from.

Get To Know More About Quartz Countertop

Reasons why choose quartz countertops:

As discussed earlier, it has several features and benefits that none of the countertops can offer. They are,

  1. Quartz is strong and the chance for break and crack is considerably low.
  2. At the same time quartz are made from resin and other material it is strong in nature
  3. Quartz is non-porous material thus it will strongly oppose bacteria and some other sorts of breaks and cracks in the countertop material
  4. There is no issue when any of the strains and spills falls on quartz countertops because without any effort you can remove it easily.

What makes quartz special?

When it comes to quartz countertops it has so many properties and facets. They are,

At the time of manufacture, quartz will be treated with resins since it is durable in nature. Once it mixed with resin then it will become resistant to any strains. Likewise, the nonporous property of quartz implies that this material is totally aside from tiny pores and home for tiny bacteria and other living organisms.

The durability of the quartz countertops will offer damage-free surface as like it is free from resistant as well. Plus it is not indestructible and no matter about the usage it will come. But you have to avoid cut things directly on the countertops instead use a cutting board.

While cleaning any strains and spills present in the quartz countertops then use the gentle solution and cleanser. In order to take away the strain use cloth or sponge and clean that in the circular motion.

Most importantly note that the cleanser that you have been should not contain bleach. There is no complication in cleaning the quartz countertops because it has no porous so the strains will stay at the top layer.

Through there is strain such as grease and oil it will get removed with one wash or else use a gentle material to wipe of it properly. Also, be sure you do not use the cleanser directly on to the surface. Make use of the cloth and mix the cleanser into the warm water and then wipe off the strain using the cloth once after straining the water. After cleaning doesn’t wait until it dries instead use another cloth and take away the water reside over there to restrict other strains.…

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