Going Green.Try These Ten Steps to a Better Garden and Backyard

Outdoor Living
Going Green? Try These Ten Steps to a Better Garden and Backyard Going green is the newest trend worldwide with many people taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint and try to create sustainable practices as opposed to the wasteful living many of us are guilty of now. One of the best places to start is in the garden and backyard. Traditionally, these are areas where a lot of harsh chemicals are used to kill weeds and ensure a healthy lawn, but at what cost? There are plenty of ways to have a beautiful garden and enviable backyard decor while also doing our part for the environment. 1. Use Natural Sunlight One way to begin is to use the very source of light nature provides us. Purchasing solar powered lights…
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The Many Varieties of Thyme Suit Many Needs in the Home Garden

The Many Varieties of Thyme Suit Many Needs in the Home Garden

Herb Gardening
Thymes for kitchen use, thymes for fragrance, thymes for beauty - the many varieties of thyme suit many needs in a home garden. Everyone knows thyme as a versatile culinary ingredient, but there are also thymes that are scented of orange, lemon, and lavender. Try using thyme as a ground cover, or as a border in the flower garden. With its ease of culture and the multitude of varieties to choose from, thyme can find a place in most gardens. Most people start their thyme collection with cooking thyme (Thymus vulgaris). Not only one of the most useful kitchen herbs, the plant is also attractive with fine green foliage and tiny but abundant flowers. It may not be reliably winter hardy in the extremely colder winters, but replacement plants are…
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The Clueless Gardener’s Glossary of Terms

Gardening Humor
Gardening terms with a humorous twist! Backyard Habitat: A dandy excuse to sip a daiquiri instead of trimming the hedges. Bird House: A quaint, often elaborate structure designed to add fiber to the diet of squirrels. Bog Garden: The result of going on vacation without turning off the sprinkler. Bulb: Potential flower buried in fall, never to be seen again. Double Digging: An evil concept whereby you dig a large area with a shovel, and when you are finished you do it again. Garden Catalog: A well-illustrated work of fiction. Grass: A plant found in flower gardens that needs little or no care. Hoe: A garden tool calibrated so precisely that when stepped upon its handle rises swiftly up to mouth level, causing the gardener to say "Hoeeee!" Hoeing: A…
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Being Green, Gardening and Why I Blame my Kid

Soil & Compost
So often you hear "It is all my parents fault"occasionally I even hear m mother taking the blame for my occasionally caustic personality thought I'm fairly certain I've never blamed her for my questionable vocabulary and sharp tongue.  Not that she is shy by any means just a little more diplomatic. In this case I'm blaming my kid instead of the other way around. It all started in the spring while the youngest was I the second grade.  She came home all wound up about needing to save the earth. In fairness I've been a pretty green guy for years. I've used Organic lawn care products long before I most people had the environment as top of mind. Speaking of organic I've bought organic when its available for the past…
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Chicken Coop Progressing

Chicken Coop Progressing

Chickens, Our Homestead
What a long day, getting things square against all odds. The entire chicken coop frame was off square from the chicken run due to the fact that I wanted to use the 4x4's from the garden fence to build off of... seemed such a shame to let all that wood, cement, and hard work go to waste. You can see the autumn leaves are starting to really fall. Another reminder that we don't have long to go before it gets cold and the chicks still don't have a place to get out of the cold. Errrr. My son works during the day, goes to school three nights a week, has two children, one newly born August 28th and his brother will be two in November. His wife is taking online…
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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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Easy Steps to Composting

Easy Steps to Composting

Soil & Compost
It is becoming more and more obvious these days that we need to recycle as much as we can, and anyone with a garden has a head start and can make a great contribution. To many novice gardeners, this subject can be somewhat difficult to grasp; but in fact it is really straightforward - there are just a few very simple rules: You need a compost bin, and the type you decide on rather depends on the size of your garden, but there are a couple of options: A purpose built plastic bin purchased from a garden centre, not too expensive; and you just fill up from the top and a few months later, you can take compost from a small hatch at the base. Alternatively, if you can wield…
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Greenhouse Gardening Montana Style

Greenhouse Gardening Montana Style

Community, Greenhouse Gardening
These are some of the elements that must be considered in order to really get the maximum potential out of your greenhouse or sunroom: the type of greenhouse you want whether it be a cold house, portable greenhouse, hobby greenhouse a greenhouse kit or a large or a mini greenhouse, the greenhouse construction and it's foundation type, which greenhouse equipment you will need, which type of greenhouse covering or glazing is best suited to you, and the type of watering, humidity control, heating and air circulation systems that are best suited to your sunroom or greenhouse gardening needs. First Decide Whether you Want to have Cold House or a Heated Greenhouse. A cold house is the simplest of greenhouses, it is not equipped with any artificial means of heat and…
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Having a problem with slugs in your garden?

Having a problem with slugs in your garden?

Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control
Solve it by appealing to their problem drinking. If you have slugs in your garden, there is a natural, organic way to decrease their population and increase the life of the plants that those slimey creatures so love to eat: lure them into beer traps and drown them. Slugs are attracted to beer for the combination of yeast and the carbonation . Beer used to attract slugs (and ultimately drown them) is an organic way to reduce slug populations. Other beneficials like frogs and earthworms won't get caught in the crossfire like they do in commercial preparations. Poison baits that include metaldehyde (Deadline) and methiocarb (Mesurol) are harsh chemicals and are not always successful anyway. [caption id="attachment_2172" align="alignright" width="300"] slugs... eww![/caption] There's only one real downside to this idea.. slugs…
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