Aquaponics Garden: Growing Organic Vegetables – As a grower of organic vegetables you are obviously a person who believes in sustainable farming. However, most organic farming methods are very labor intensive and they also are rather low in productivity since there are many restrictions on the kinds of fertilizers and pest control methods you can use. One way that you can increase the yield from your garden is by switching to a system of farming called Aquaponics.
This system combines Hydroponics and Aquaculture and involves growing plants and fish in the same system without any soil. This is one of the best systems of sustainable farming available because it is possible to get an immense amount of produce out of a limited area.
The joy of watching birds is something that many people enjoy and one of the ways to attract them to your home is by offering them an easy meal. Bird feeders are great garden additions because they are safe on birds and can keep them well-nourished. However, they need to be maintained in good condition and the following are a few tips that can help to keep them in place for years.
Amaranthus is a beauty to have in the garden. Amaranthus (Amaranth, Tampala, Tassel flower, Flaming fountain, Fountain plant, Joseph’s coat, Love-lies-bleeding, Molten flower, Prince’s feather) is better known as a bold bedding plant rather than as an indoor plant, but it can be grown successfully on a windowsill or in the conservatory. In the summer and early fall the long and pendant tassels appear, each one made up of tiny blooms.
Amaranths are famed for their colorful grains, these can be in many different colors, especially purple and gold. The shrub bears reddish stems and the leaves turn bronzy as they age. Look for this one in the outdoor plant section of the garden center.
Provide a natural food source by planting shrubs to feed the birds – shrubs and trees that will provide berries and fruit to your birds all year long. What is wonderful about fruit bearing trees and shrubs is the glorious flowers they produce in advance of the flowers turning to seeds/berries that the birds just love.
If you plant a variety of shrubs that flower and fruit at different times of the year, your birds will have a natural source of food and you won\’t have to spend quite as much on bird seed either. It is especially important to have food for birds during the winter months.