Easy To Grow Summer Flowers

Flower Gardening
Late spring is the perfect time to plant seeds for easy to grow summer flowers. The soil needs to be warm enough for germination and the spring rains will help the seedlings get going. Summer annual flowers include zinnias, sunflowers, cosmos, petunias, bachelor buttons, balsam, alyssum, marigolds, vinca, poertuluca, lobelia to name just a few. Flowers need at least six hours of full sun to bloom profusely. In very hot areas such as the Southwest and desert areas, afternoon shade is appreciated. Prepare the soil by digging down at least six inches. Turn the soil over with a shovel. Add compost or well rotten manure and a time release fertilizer per the package directions. Turn the soil over again to mix in your ingredients. If your flower bed is up…
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Growing Tomatoes in Containers and Pots – 4 Top Tips

Container Gardening, Growing Food
I have been growing tomatoes in patio containers and pots this year with some success. I also have my beloved plot with tomatoes growing in the ground. I know the ones in the ground will work fine – they have done for thirty years. But growing my tomatoes in containers is anew departure for me. The comparison between the pot grown tomato and those in the ground. I grew 2 varieties this year moneymaker and an Italian cherry tomato variety. I cannot remember the name but they came free with a magazine. I sowed the seeds in March 2008 and grew them on in my conservatory in 6 inch pots. As Always I grew too many tomato plants and gave 20 away. I planted them out as 2 – 3…
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Organic Garden Pest Control is Cheap and Effective

Organic Pest & Disease Control
It is not only important to get rid of pests from your garden, but it is also important to prevent them from destroying your garden. You can use chemicals in the form of pesticides to do this, but it may be as harmful to you as it is to the pests. It is also not good for the plants that grow in your garden. Using these chemicals has also been shown to be related to the cause of a number of diseases like Lymphoma, cancer, birth defects etc. These chemicals are also expensive. Hence using organic garden pest control strategies are beneficial for you and the plants. One of the first steps you can take is using organic soil. Organic soil aids in the proper growth of plants and thus…
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Mr. Red

Mr. Red

Chickens, Our Homestead
Isn't he wonderful? He now has his very own run... no real house yet, but his run is safe and sound. He crows day and night. I have been hoping my neighbors won't complain, but he starts up around 5am and doesn't stop until dusk... I mean off and on ALL DAY long! My son has dedicated his Sundays to helping me build the chicken house. My daughter has started college, the 'friends' that begged and pleaded for their purchase, I see less and less. It's just me and the dogs and the rooster. I have to give him credit too... The rooster is quite protective. Nothing is getting into this backyard without his say so. Even the dogs are afraid of him now. My sister came over the other…
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Tips For Growing Strawberries: Easy Garden Care

Growing Food
Imagine eating luscious red strawberries fresh from your garden still warm from the sun. What a treat and that treat can be yours. Here are easy tips for growing strawberries. Strawberries need at least six hours of sun a day to flower and set fruit. Keep that in mind when selecting a site for your berries. Strawberry pots, those big pots with little holes in the sides are not ideal for strawberries because they dry out too fast. Strawberries prefer rich soil. Dig down about six inches with a sturdy shovel and turn the dirt over. Remove rocks and twigs and sprinkle in a slow release fertilizer per package directions. Add a bag of compost or well rotted manure for every 8 square feet of your strawberry patch. For example…
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