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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Plant A Food Garden

Today people are able to get all the required to start a food garden that will fit on the balcony of an apartment. One can purchase containers that can drain the soil as required, or one could even test the quality of the soil created to very precise measurements.

For less than $50 you can purchase potting soil and containers, with a few dollars spent on seeds you, will be able to feed your family after a few months. You will get a lot more than good health because of the improved efficiency of your metabolism and how your body detoxifies itself. You will also hopefully discover that ‘connection’ which created our bodies millions of year ago.

Our digestion is not built to digest unprocessed organic foods, even 100 years after the invention of junk and processed foods we still see no adaptation to our ability to withstand these toxic onslaughts that go through us every day. When we put our hands in the soil there is a possibility that we can find that ‘connection’ with our creator.

There is a reciprocity that you can feel, even though it may take a few months of eating organic foods, you will feel that there is more than just the growing of a carrot or potato in your food garden. However good or bad it might feel to be see something grow that you were responsible for, you will know deep inside that you are making that ‘connection.’

Whether you believe in the bible or not, the metaphor of the Garden of Eden is something we can scientifically prove. Any contemporary dietitian or nutritionist will tell you to stay away from processed foods and rather eat organic foods that are without toxins.

The Paleo Diet based on the “The Primal Blueprint” written by Mark Sisson has been extensively researched proving that our genetic ability to handle processed food is not getting any better. The highly processed foods we eat every day how now shown to cause diseases Cancer and Diabetes that increase every year at an alarming rate with diabetes now the fastest growing disease on the planet.

The only solution is to do something about it so we can ‘connect’ to the reason why the creator put us here in the first place. Our genetic predisposition when eating correctly gives us increased efficiency when consuming organic foods and health as a result becomes self-evident.

The basic foundation on which our bodies started to evolve over millions of years is built on eating foods that our bodies are originally designed to eat. The same can be applied to treating a new auto-mobile exactly as specified by the manufacturer.

A car will last a lot longer if treated correctly, a healthy auto-mobile will outlive any unhealthy badly treated auto-mobile. If the car is treated correctly as indicated by the manufacturers it will last a lot longer than not caring for it.

If we follow the directions as indicated by our creator based on solid research done on the best foods to eat. With all the state of the art science we have available we still cannot find a better way to feed ourselves than by eating organically grown foods as indicated by our creator. Science has still not found a better way to feed ourselves.

Right Garden Shed

When you have reached the decision about buying a new shed a good point to consider is the base it requires. If you are thinking of replacing your existing shed, then you would have to decide whether or not to keep the original base, or for a small fee and with minimal effort, a new one can be laid for you.

Whatever material you choose to have your shed made from your decision should revolve around what you need the shed for. Is it going to be just for storage or maybe a workshop? Perhaps you want it for both, in which case a larger shed is probably necessary. The size of the shed should also fit well into the space available. Make sure you take precise measurements of various parts of the shed. A good tip is to check the eaves and ridge height of the sheds to make sure you can stand up in it and also that it is a usable space to fit in and move around comfortably.

So what else will you have to consider when choosing your shed:

Are you going to be storing large items, you will need to take careful measurements to ensure that not only all the goods can be stored, but that you can also get the items in and out with ease.

If you are going to store large items then a concrete shed with double doors could be a good option. Concrete sheds are very popular due to their durable build and great safety record, and with the double doors it would make accessing the shed a lot easier.

The panels used in concrete sheds are virtually impenetrable which, coupled with some good quality uPVC windows and doors, means your items will be very safe.

A concrete shed also provides better security from the elements and from thieves than a typical timber shed. This is because it is made from more durable, watertight material that makes it less susceptible to damage from the elements. As it is a lot stronger, a new, well maintained concrete shed would probably be inaccessible to most if not all burglars.

Concrete sheds do not rot unlike wooden sheds, so rodents and other pests will struggle to gain access to a concrete shed compared to a timber structure.

Other aspects to consider are the windows and doors. Some sheds come with windows and some don’t. If you want to keep your items out of sight then it is a good idea not to have any windows, but make sure you have sufficient lighting installed so you can see when you are inside. If, on the other hand you are going to use your garden shed for a home office then windows would be a good idea, perhaps one that opens to improve ventilation.

The shed design is also something to take into account, particularly the shed roof. The most common are Apex, which is a two sided sloping roof with a ridge running along its length and a Pent, which is flat with a slight slope to allow rainwater to run off. Some people prefer the aesthetic appearance of the Apex, whilst others prefer the practicality and generally lower cost of the Pent. Apex designs can also be specified to have translucent roof panels to let in natural light, perfect if you wish to work inside your garden shed.

When thinking about location, you need to consider access, proximity to trees, bushes and garden beds etc. You shouldn’t really put a shed in an area that is susceptible to heavy rainfalls as standing water may rot a water shed. Although a concrete shed isn’t subject to this problem. Try to make sure you have at least two feet of space around all sides of the shed to allow for access for maintenance. A wooden shed would need regular treatment of the wood but a concrete shed requires little or no maintenance, which means you can find more interesting things to do with your days off rather than painting the shed.

Create a Family Vegetable Plot

In fact any part of a garden or greenhouse can be sectioned off to make a garden especially for your children to call their own. Choose crops for them to sow that are quick and easy to grow. Cut-and-come-again lettuces, radishes and carrots are all colourful and can be harvested in quite a short space of time.

A large garden can accommodate fruit trees and fruit cages and a plot of land dedicated to growing vegetables. In a small garden, fruit and certain vegetables can be grown up walls or fences to use all available space. They can even be mixed in with flowers. Some, like marigolds, help to keep pests away from your crops. Fruit trees especially like being trained against brick walls because these retain heat which will help to ripen fruit.

If you only have a courtyard garden or balcony, crops can even be grown in pots, containers and compost bags. If your soil is too poor or your plants will be competing with the roots of large trees, then raised beds can be employed. All of this can be done in an inexpensive way if you recycle containers or other objects such as old tyres or planks of wood.

A lot of fruit trees and vegetable plants have been bred as dwarf varieties to suit the smaller garden. Some crops like herbs, radishes, cress and chillies can be grown on window sills or in conservatories. Strawberries can be grown in ornamental towers.

If you really don’t have enough room to grow everything you would like to grow, then look for an allotment or community garden where you will also find people who will share seeds, plants and knowledge with you. There will probably be other children for yours to play with as well.

Otherwise, when planning your own garden, decide how the light falls on it throughout the day before you decide where to site your green house, cold frames, compost heap, fruit trees and cages and your vegetable plot. If you don’t have room for everything, consider what is most important for you to have.

Grow what you know you like to eat and if you want to experiment with crops, don’t dedicate too much space to them in case they are not a success. You could split a packet of seeds with someone else or swap plants with them.

A greenhouse of any size will extend a growing season but cold frames and cloches can be used for this as well. A compost heap will save you money. Asparagus will need much more room than lettuce to give you a good yield.

You might want to grow things that cost the most to buy in the supermarket or are not even available in your local shops. Or maybe you will choose harvests that can be stored in some way over the winter to reduce wastage or simply crops that will give the highest yield in the space available. Consider what is most valuable for your own family.

If you have never eaten freshly picked vegetables, you will probably not realise how different they taste from the ones bought in the shops. This is especially true of peas, tomatoes and potatoes.

Children can join in with the harvesting of these crops and cooking simple recipes with them. A glut of tomatoes can be turned into sauce for topping home-made pizzas and frozen in batches. A mini mushroom farm can be grown in a dark shed.

Every section of a garden needs to be safe if there are children around. Chemicals must be locked away. Tools should not be left on the ground where they can be stepped on. Support canes pushed into the ground should be capped with film canisters or yoghurt pots stuffed with scrunched up newspaper to ensure they are visible and protected.

Plan your plot carefully to allow each crop room to grow and prepare the ground accordingly. Rhubarb and asparagus will need to establish themselves over a few years so need to be placed in a permanent site. Every other crop should be rotated over a three or four-year cycle. Brassicas follow peas and beans and they follow root crops and potatoes.

Paths need to be wide enough to get a wheel barrow along and you need to get access to all areas that need maintenance. To make paths child-friendly make sure they are level with no ridges to trip over. Buy your small children toy wheelbarrows or pull-along trucks so that they can transport weeds or clippings to the compost heap.

Consider how much time you can spend in your garden and how much attention each crop will need; some are more self-sufficient than others. Think about when you will be away from home on holiday and when your crops will be ready for harvesting.

Choose crops that will do well in your soil and in your climate. If you live in a windswept place, using up some space to grow protective hedges will pay off in the long run. Permeable barriers like trellis and hedges are better than solid walls.

Your crops will need well-drained, fertile soil, good airflow and enough water.

Test your soil with a soil testing kit and distilled water, not water from your tap, before you begin planting. Sandy soil does not retain water or nutrients well. Clay soil holds nutrients but is prone to waterlogging. Soils that are very acid or alkaline will not suit some plants. If you want to grow brassicas such as cabbages or sprouts on acid soil, dress the soil with lime the autumn before.

Sandy soils benefit from added well-rotted manure and clay soils from added grit. Always prepare the soil well before planting. It will pay dividends later. Dig over the plot to loosen the soil adding compost as you go. Avoid walking on the soil wherever possible. Stand on a plank to distribute your weight.

Easy to Grow Garden Roses

There are a few types of garden roses that are bred for landscape use. Knockout roses are one type that has been around for a little while, but they haven’t been around for very long. Bred by Will Radler, in the short time knockouts have been on the market they’ve quickly become standards as a go-to for landscape use.

Residential and commercial landscapes all over the world have used knockout roses for their superb disease resistance, neat habit, and long bloom time. They are larger mature shrubs than other types, but they work well under a variety of conditions. They are good for creating a hedge, as screens, and as barriers. They are also fantastic specimen shrubs. They come in many colors, from white to luscious red, even multi-colored and double blooms.

OSO Easy shrub roses are short spreading roses that come in a variety of colors that are also very easy to grow and disease resistant. Drift Roses are also another type of rose, derived from the Knock Out series. They are a dwarf rose that are perfect for small spaces in the landscape.

Much of the breeding of these very hardy and beautiful landscape roses has a foundation in the hardy and US native Rugosa rose, known as the species of rose called Rosa rugosa. Naturally resistant to the typical diseases that garden roses fall prey to, supremely hardy in most all climates, heavily scented and lovely, Rugosa roses are making their name in landscapes and gardens. They are single petaled, usually bright pink, and heavily scented with a sweet rose scent. They have many uses in gardens and landscapes. They are great hedges. They work on fencerows, and in foundation plantings. They are long-blooming and much enjoyed by native pollinators. The hips can be harvested and made into jellies, jams, and perfuming waters. Care is as easy as it is for the Knockout, OSO, and Drift series of roses.

We offer another shrub with the name of “rose”, but they’re not really roses at all. Rose of Sharon is another hardy, beautiful blooming landscape and garden shrub that’s actually a hibiscus. They come in many colors, from white to blue. They can be bi-colors too. They are usually pruned to suit a shrub-size in form, but rose of Sharon tree specimens are common when they aren’t pruned, as they can grow quite large.