If your garage is running out of space, try building this overhead storage system. The construction is simple and fast, and the whole system is made with standard materials.
There are various types of energy generators. A gas generator starts with stinky gasoline becoming poured into a loud shaking machine which emits noxious fumes. Oh, and electrical energy. In most cases the electrical energy becoming generated is used to run things like your Television, refrigerator, lights, etc. As the name infers, gas generators require gas to run. We saw after Hurricane Sandy that the possibility of a gas shortage is likely during an emergency; leaving individuals with no method to power their gas generators, meaning no power in their homes.
A bouquet of flowers can brighten up any room, but before long, they start to wilt and die. “Taking proper care of your flowers will help them last longer,” says Kate Law, product designer for ProFlowers. But there’s no need to buy fancy preservative.
Step 2: Pour 2 tablespoon sugar into the water. The sugar will help feed the flowers and promote opening of the blooms.
Step 3: Add 2 tablespoon white vinegar and stir well. The vinegar helps slow down the growth of bacteria and keeps your flowers fresher longer. If you don’t have vinegar and/or sugar, lemon-lime soda mixed with the water will do the same thing.
Step 4: Remove all lower leaves from flowers so there won’t be any in the water.
Step 5: Cut 1 to 2 inches off the stems at an angle while they are under water.
Step 6: Arrange your flowers in the vase.
Step 7: Display your bouquet in a cool, draft-free area. Avoid direct sunlight, which causes the flowers to die more quickly.
Step 8: Change the water every other day and re-cut the stems each time.
Step 9: Enjoy your long-lasting flowers!
• Tulips grow a few inches after they are cut and will continue to grow toward the closest light source.
• Hyacinths should not be cut down off the bulb. They actually last longer if left on the bulb.
• Daffodils should not be put in a vase with other flowers. They secrete a substance that kills other flowers when in the same vase.
An evening in the garden under the moon is indeed one of the most romantic event I ca imagine. But not all nights have the moon for you to enjoy. With that, adding some light feature in the garden is indeed a good idea. On her blog dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com, Laura added some solar lights how and and ideas of solar light that you can try.. The good thing on these light craft is that they are solar which are eco-friendly. The common solar light craft are major jars which are really cost-effective which makes it more appealing among gardeners. You can add design on the jar to add some silhouette or leave them plain. It will still beautiful and very captivating. So try it out and visit Laura’s article here.
When you knew me back on my childhood days, then you will really be shocked on this post. Who wouldn’t? I really hate eggplant when I was a child. You cannot blame me though. I think most kids don’t like vegetables. Although its has attractive violet color, I really hate its texture specially when my mom grilled them. Anyway, eggplant has grown on me and I became a fan of this very healthy and nutritious vegetable.
Originated in southern India and Sri Lanka, this beauty is a part of nighshade (Solanacene) family which includes tomatoes, potatoes and chilies. Although it is commonly known as a vegetable, eggplant is in fact a fruit. So are you an eggplant lover or not? Let us get to know more about this plant as we go along in my article.
- Scientific Name: Solanum melongena (Solanaceae)
- Common name: Aubergine, eggplant, brinjal, brinjal eggplant, melongene, or guinea squash
- Common Varieties:
- miniature varieties (most commonly called vengan)
- Regular/Classic Varieties: Black Magic, Black Beauty and Black Bell varieties
- “Zebra” or “Graffiti” eggplant or Sicilian – slightly smaller with a wider base and purple skin streaked with white
- Italian eggplant deep shade of mauve-purple with some light streaking on the skin
- White Varieties includes albino and white beauty
- Japanese eggplant – small and longer in shape with smooth, light purple skin and a dark, purple calyx.
- Chinese eggplant – Longer and more cylindrical in shape, with smooth purple calyx and skin.
- Thai eggplant – tiny little eggplants and are more bitter than the regular varieties
When you think of organic gardening, do you just see it as something that takes a long time to grow without pesticides? If so, then you have a very narrow view of the subject. Organic gardening is so much more than that and it can be personalized so that it works for you. Read on to find out how.
- A trick to help measure in the garden is to take one of the long handled garden tools like a shovel and mark on its handle using a tape measure.
In this industrialize world, we face the effects of climate change and natural disaster such as typhoons, earthquakes and floods. These effects are the main reason why we take a conscious effort on conserving our environment and restoring what we have damage through time. As I have discussed on my previous post – Conserve Water Through Rain Gardens, rain gardening is one of the actions we have come up to somehow help the environment specially in urban areas. Through gardening, we may be able to somehow contribute on the restoration we aim. So as I have promised on my previous post here is my post on how to create your own rain garden.
Steps in Creating Your Own Rain Garden
Step 1: Choose Your Location
In choosing your location, consider the sunlight and its proximity in your house. While some opt to have their rain garden near their house, I wouldn’t suggest this for this may cause flooding in your house. Situate your rain garden away from the septic area as well. Choose a low spot in your garden or a spot that have a full or partial sunlight.
Step 2: Create a design for your garden
Planning is always the basic in every garden activity so plan your garden including the design you want, as well as its size. With these, you can visualize properly the garden you want to create.
Step 3: Choose the plant for your rain garden
Be creative in choosing the plant but be sure that they can tolerate heavy rainfall as well as drought season. Native plant are perfect as well for they are well adapted in the conditions in your area. Visit your local garden store to help you pick out these plants. Be sure to pick out a variety to grasses and flowers to make it more appealing. Don’t forget to check your old seeds in your garden shed as well.
Step 4: Lay out and dig your garden
Start to lay out your garden based on the design you created. Then, contact a certified plumber or an expert if there is a need for modification and reconnection in the stormwater system in your area. Next, dig your garden for about 4 to 8 inches deep for drainage.
Step 5: Soil Preparation
Add soil with 2-3 inches of compost then mix it well. The compost. This will help a better drainage in your garden.
Step 6: Plant, Mulch
Based on your design, start to plant taking note on their distance from each other. Be sure to follow your design. After planting, put some mulch about 2 to 3 inches deep. You can choose shredded wood chips as a mulch but be sure that they won’t float. You can also put some pebbles for aesthetic effect. Then water your garden every other day if it doesn’t rain.
Step 7: Arrange rainwater tank or downpipes
Make sure that your downpipes and rainwater tanks overflow is connected to your rain garden. Attach a flow spreader at the end of the downpipes to evenly distribute the water. Water your garden every other day if it doesn’t until it can grow on its own.
There you have it! You can now create a garden you own rain garden and help on the conservation of water as well. Happy gardening.
- Going Green: Make Your Own Rain Garden (blogsouthwest.com)
- Conserve Water Through Rain Gardens (nelsontheadventurer.wordpress.com)