Summer Pond Care Tips

Summer Pond Care Tips

Sustainable Landscaping
In the summer, you'll be more likely to be in your water garden in the evenings, enjoying your pond, watching the fish swimming lazily through the water. The heat of summer, however provides some challenges in maintaining your pond, and keeping the fish healthy. These tips will help you to keep the fish and the pond healthy. Oxygen Oxygen levels in your pond are essential if you have gold fish. When the water temperatures reach 90 degrees F., level of oxygen should be at least 7.0 ppm. You will start noticing signs of stress in the fish when the oxygen level drops to 4.0 ppm, and they will start dying at 3.0 ppm. The oxygen levels in the water will drop as the temperatures rise, so during the hottest part…
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Beat High Prices by Growing Your Own Tomatoes

Growing Food, Organic Gardening
It's easy,very inexpensive and they taste better too so lets get started! STEP 1: Which tomatoes should I grow? If you have a long growing season then you would want to go with an indeterminate variety which grows all summer long. If your growing season is short then you would go with a determinate variety which produces its fruit quickly (in as little as 85 days or less) and ripens all at once. Step 2: Now that I have bought my seeds what do I do with them? Six to eight weeks for the end of winter I line up little paper cups filled with peat moss and put one seed in each cup. I then place them in a sunny window sill and water almost daily as peat tends…
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Chicken Run Complete

Chickens, Our Homestead
Chicken Run Phase One Complete Here in the yard in front of the chicken run is where I sit and take a break in between digging post holes and stapling wire. This was so much fun doing with the girls. Well, at least two of them showed up for the hard work. ;) Building a chicken coop has proven to be a bit trickier than I had hoped it would be. I suppose I could have skimped on lumber or not sunk the posts so deep and used less cement, blah, blah, but this will last for a very long time. If I ever sell this house, I hope they like chickens. Where I wanted it built, toward the back of the yard from the house, there is a tree…
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Composting! An Enviornmental Gold Mine In Your Back Yard

Soil & Compost
Composting is not only one of the best things you can do for your garden, it is also one of the best things you can do for our environment. Knowing how to create and use compost is in our interest due to the tremendous problem of waste disposal. Landfills are becoming more and more difficult to find, so some municipalities are dealing with waste by refusing to pick up leaves and grass clippings.. About one-third of the space in our landfills is taken up with organic wastes from our yards and kitchens, which are ideal materials to be used in compost. The end product from your compost bin it will be a wonderful pile of black, crumbly humus which makes an ideal soil conditioner. Compost added regularly to your soil…
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The chickens have flown the coop.

Chickens, Our Homestead
Okay. The chicks STILL don't have a permanent home. The newness has worn off. The girls are NOT paying close enough attention and even while I am in the garden more and more with spring planting and yard work I can't watch them day and night. We are down to one. I'm trying to decide whether to buy more or abandon the idea all together. There is one tough red bird hanging on, and I have my suspicions that 'she' is a 'he' The comb is getting bigger and the tail feathers getting longer and longer all the time... hmmm.
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