Tips To Create A Focal Point In The Garden – In the garden people should instantly feel that they are in a tranquil place of beauty, calm and enjoyment. One way to make sure that this is the case is to make sure that the visual aspects of your garden are attractive in all the right ways. What this means is that your eye should be drawn to one place as you enter the garden. Your eyes should also be drawn in a certain way in different directions within the garden. As you enter the garden, your focal point should be somewhere in your field of view. It should not be straight ahead of the entrance to the garden, but it should be that it is off either to the right or to the left side as you enter the garden. This is important because as you enter the garden this feeling of tranquility should be immediate.
Snakes In The Garden – To have a snake or two in the garden is good. Non-poisonous snakes, such as the common garter snakes, are beneficial creatures because they eat pest insects, mosquito larvae, slugs, snails, crickets, rats, mice, voles and even other snakes which may be poisonous.
But if you really don’t want snakes in your garden, here are a few tips to eliminate them without hurting or killing them:
– Keep the lawn neatly cut and clean. Be careful using weed eaters because the sting from the fast moving string can kill them.
How to Grow Bush Beans? The bush bean family has a lot of options to choose from. Bush beans range in different shapes, sizes and even color. Bush beans make for a nice addition to the home vegetable garden because they are fairly easy to grow, do not take up that much space and are determinate plants meaning you know exactly how much space each plant will consume. Here are some steps you can follow to add these great tasting vegetables to your home garden.
The first step is to always make sure the site where they will go is at its optimal condition. Since it’s not recommended that you start bush bean seeds indoors, we want to pay extra special care to our soil.
What To Plant To Attract Beneficial Insects? If you are one of those vegetable gardeners that think the non chemical means is a harder more labor intensive way to grow vegetables, you would be right. Well sort of. The labor will come from all of those beneficial insects, bacteria, worms and other creatures you are going to attract to your vegetable garden, and they will be the ones that actually do the work.
For instance, if you bury your left over supper in your ground (at least 18 inches deep), there is an underlying ecosystem beneath the soil such as microbial, bacteria, and worms that will break that dinner down into useable healthy compost. All you had to do was dig the hole, drop your left overs in, cover the hole and walk away. Not very hard now was it?
Blueberries In Your Home Garden – Blueberries add a nice flavor to almost everything. They are a good texture and very sweet. If you are a home vegetable gardener and a fan of blueberries, then you really should consider adding a bush or two. The species have different growth habits: blueberries form a substantial bush, while the two related species are creeping shrubs, sometimes used as ground-cover plants. Established high-bush blueberries should be pruned in winter, removing some old branches to ground level and all side branches growing in a sideways or downwards direction.
Before you get started growing blueberries you must understand that you will need to put a couple of seasons in before you can reap the benefits of a bountiful blueberry harvest.
Clover is a major headache for many lawn owners. During the dry days of midsummer the bright green patches stand out against the dull and pale grass. This patchy effect is an eyesore, and control was difficult until the discovery of the newer-type selective weedkillers.
The clovers you are most likely to see are white clover (Trifolium repens) and the smaller yellow-flowering species known as lesser trefoil. As with all clovers, they are encouraged by both water shortage and nitrogen shortage. So wherever clover is a problem you should feed with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer every spring – never use a phosphate- or potash-rich fertilizer at the start of the season.