Green Spaces or Parking Lots

56_greenspacesThe National Garden Bureau begins an initiative to encourage “A Garden In Every Yard…Or Roof” This slogan is our mission to convert people into gardeners to benefit the environment, our planet, and our communities. No one is exempt from our green movement; even urbanites can garden on roofs.

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”1 Today green space continues to disappear—turned into another mall, fast-food restaurant or subdivision. To counter this assault on the environment, it is important that an appreciation of the outdoors is nurtured in adults and children. Researchers at Washington State University recently completed a study2 showing that a love of plants and nature in adults goes back to their experiences as a child. While active participation such as planting trees and picking flowers created the strongest attitudes, merely growing up with a garden, being near trees and plants, and visiting parks during childhood resulted in positive adult values towards the environment. Gardening is an excellent way for adults to connect with kids; a time when everyone can step back from the fast pace of daily life and relax. Sharing

Grow Your Own Salad Bar

Lettuce_Ultimate-MixedOne of the self-satisfying things about growing your own vegetables is the knowledge that you are providing healthy food for you and your family. Many claims have been made for various classes of vegetables, from helping to lower cholesterol to reducing the risks of certain types of cancer. We make no particular health claims for vegetables, but they have been recognized as being good sources of vitamins and minerals, and have long been thought of as “health” foods. Salad Feasts While flowers and ornamental plants may be a feast for the eyes, a salad you’ve grown in your own garden is truly a feast for the body. One of the beauties of your own salad garden is its versatility. You can make an “enthusiastic salad” – where you put everything you have into it – or keep things as simple as lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. And if you have family members that may not be the avid fans of the leafy greens and their companions that you are, getting them involved in the salad garden project will often whet their appetites. Choices Salads today

Realistic Garden Resolutions for the New Year

127442Incorporate these realistic resolutions into your garden planning this year.I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, I plan for the New Year’s garden. As a part of the planning process, however, I do come up with a list of things I want to do better, usually by looking at my friends’ gardens for inspiration.
Plant Only What You NeedI always get carried away starting seeds. I know I have a limited amount of garden space for each crop, and yet I always seem to end up with a more-than-healthy surplus of seedlings. A few extra seedlings are a good idea, as pests, disease, and greenhouse accidents usually claim a few tender shoots. I, however, end up with several trays worth, wasting potting soil and time on plants that I do not have room for.This year, I resolved to plant only what I need, saving extra seeds for later on in the season. In order to do that, I needed to confront my second resolution, something that all of the great farmers and gardeners I know make a regular habit of doing.

Measure Garden Space


Keeping Your Business Up and Running with Help from Exterminator

With environmental condition such as that which exists in Tampa, Florida, infestation of variety of pests is possible. And when it does happen to your business headquarter, you should call an exterminator in Tampa to sort things out. You may think of doing it all by yourself because perhaps you think spending some cash to hire an exterminator would be a bit of a waste. After all, this is insects and rodents that we are talking about. But taking on this subject on your own might make things even harder to face in the process. Without proper knowledge about handling this kind of situation, infestation might get harsher.

Infestations of any kind are bad for business. Rats will spread germs. Mosquitos carry viruses. Fungi and bacteria thrive in a place where these things live. Termites will obliterate the wooden part of your building mercilessly. Ants drill hole through the floors and walls. Spiders are venomous. Bees and wasps are known to cause allergic shock when they sting. The presence of these things spells doom for your business. Customers will not feel comfortable being inside your office and you know how fast words spread from mouth to

Landscaping Tips For Sod Grass and Gardens

Landscape Like A Pro!

Does your home look worn and tired? If your answer is yes, some landscaping may be helpful. A small amount of landscaping can turn an older home into a visually appealing residence. For landscaping tips that can help you, keep reading this article.

Find out about the climate and hardiness zones of the plants you choose. Also think about whether annuals or perennials will work best for you. Be conscious of how the seasons will affect your landscaping. Consider every way that nature will impact a landscaping project before you start.

Remember to aerate your soil. If you loosen or puncture the soil, it will increase air permeability and water penetration. Aerating can be as simple as turning the soil over with a trowel, or in the case of lawns, making small holes in the grass. This can be done with an aerating machine, a garden fork, or even by walking on the grass wearing a pair of spiked golf shoes. This brings oxygen into the roots and promotes healthy new growth.

Use granite for the surfaces in the outdoor kitchen you are installing. There are many cheaper materials

3 Landscaping Tips for the Springtime

If you are ready to have a gorgeous landscape then you need to follow these 3 very simple landscaping tips for the springtime. The reason these 3 landscaping tips work no matter what kind of climate you are in is because they have been used for many years and have been tested to work, so don’t worry about them failing.

The first thing you need to do before I get into the landscaping tips is determine what you want to do this spring to your yard. If you want to totally redesign it then go for it, if you want to add color then do it, and if you want to just do some springtime maintenance then do that as well. Whatever you want to do this spring is up to you, just know that whatever it is you need to have a PLAN.

3 landscaping tips

Fertilize before it gets too hot

The reason you want to fertilize your lawn before it gets too hot is so that the fertilizer has enough time to stay in the soil without being evaporated by the sun and also so that you don’t have to

Landscaping Tips That Will Surely Make Your Yard Attractive

People are very conscious about the looks of their house that is why many are doing their best to make their house look great. And when it comes to home beautification, the yard is one of the most important parts of the house that needs attention, as it is the first area being seen by visitors.

If you are in the process of beautifying your yard, there are many landscaping tips that you have to follow in order to achieve the result that you have always wanted.

The Internet alone offers hundreds of tips based on the type of landscape that you will be doing. But out of the many landscaping tips, there are only few universal tips that can be applied in every type of landscaping project.

One important landscaping tip that one should always remember is to make your yard look great at all times. This may sound impossible because during winter season, your yard may look dull and ugly. To get rid of this situation, it is important that you choose the right plants that will still bloom and bring beauty to your home even if it is winter or summer.

Finding this type of plant

Landscaping Tips For Busy Homeowners

Getting the home of your dreams is always one of the most rewarding experiences for every homeowner. Finally, they have the upper hand in doing everything to make this place their own comfort zone. That is why there is always a challenge to keep everything neat and in order all the time. A lot of homeowners find it easy to do when it comes to arranging the interior part of the house. But how about when you go outside? How can you manage to do the same to your garden? Here are some quick landscaping tips for busy homeowners like you:

Make A Sketch Of The Garden That You Want

This is where everything starts. But this can be as simple as getting a pen and paper to write everything down. Make a simple sketch of what you want your garden to look. You can even label parts of the landscape materials accordingly if you want. The more specific that you can get with your plan, the better. The purpose of doing this is for you to have a clear idea of what you want your garden to have after the makeover.

Your spouse or kids can help you elaborate on your

If You’re Looking For In Home Care For The Loved One, You Better Knew This!

Incapability to manage time, yet you want to give the best care for the seniors at home, it becomes the main reason, why many people consider to hire in home care to take care the elders. Though, the options can be varied, however, in case you look for a non medical in home care Glendale AZ, be sure that you prepare yourself with any necessary information to choose trusted in home care in Glendale AZ you can rely on. Considering a non medical category for in home care, before hiring the services, there are many things you better check.

Giving you peace of mind, you need to know nook and cranny about the services that are offered by a certain non medical in home care of your choice. A trusted in-home care service provider will provide you with printable brochure, so then you can access further information related to the services and some. Years they spend their time in the industry, it is essential for your own assurance, because those with experience know exactly how to treat their clients right and put their clients needs as priority.

The wide range of services which are

Garden tour A bountiful garden in Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec

A couple proves that when it comes to flowering perennials, more is merrier in this bountiful Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec, garden.Many of Françoise Grenon’s fondest childhood memories feature the family-owned nursery that her father opened in 1948 in the Saguenay region, about 200 kilometres north of Quebec City. “All winter, I’d do my homework in the greenhouse,” she says. “Flowers are my life.” Françoise dreamed that someday she would follow in her father’s horticultural footsteps. “Years ago, when I moved to Montreal, I lived in an apartment with no space for a garden. I told myself that one day I’d have a large piece of land where I could do whatever I wanted.” Françoise’s dream came true in 2005, when one of her clients (she works in sustainable development for an industrial company) mentioned his house was for sale in Saint-Hippolyte, 80 kilometres northwest of Montreal. “My husband, Jacques Mayer, had wanted a house there. It was destiny,” she recalls. Once the couple saw the 7,900-square-metre sloped property, they knew it had great potential to become a fabulous weekend retreat.‘Becky’ Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum ×superbum ‘Becky’) peek over a rainbow of plants, including Eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis cvs.), Billard spirea (Spiraea ×billardii), ‘Berry

In the Garden Top trends for 2016

In the Garden: Top trends for 2016

Busy gardeners lead the way toward another hot, dry summer

By Steve Whysall, Vancouver Sun columnist January 3, 2016


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In the Garden: Top trends for 2016

Vancouver’s drive to create more tree canopy will require more homeowners to plant more trees, and learn more about how to care for them during their early months in the ground.
Photograph by: Allen McInnis , Montreal Gazette

Planting more trees, ripping out lawns, growing more fruit and vegetables and generally finding an easier, less time-consuming way to have a garden — these are just a few of the top trends expected to shape our passion for gardening in 2016.

In Greater Vancouver, the prospect of another hot, dry summer with more water restrictions is making many gardeners rethink the kinds of plants they will buy this spring.

The emphasis will be on drought-tolerance and sturdy, easy-care cultivars that can withstand a prolonged heat wave and thrive with barely a sip of water.

Expect to see a bump in sales of succulents and warm-season grasses as well as yuccas and windmill palms and highly decorative tender container plants like aeonium and echeveria.


Math in the Garden

We all know plants are amazing organisms, but did you know that some of them have done their math homework as well? Remember back in the dim reaches of high school math class learning about Fibonacci numbers, where each number the sequence is equal to the sum of the previous two? It turns out that many plants with spiraling shapes, such as cauliflower, artichokes, and sunflowers, make use of the Fibonacci sequence to pack their florets as tightly as possible, thereby maximizing the their ability to gather sunlight for photosynthesis. How does a plant accomplish this feat? It uses the hormone auxin to direct the growth of the florets in this most efficient spiral pattern. The way auxin and certain proteins interact within a sunflower, for example, gives rise to the astounding pattern of disk florets — and later seeds — in the center of the sunflower. In a recent study, researchers using a mathematical model to predict where auxin would accumulate in a sunflower were able to reproduce exactly the real Fibonacci spirals in sunflowers.

For more about this study, go to Science Shot. For more about Fibonacci numbers in the natural world, go to Fibonacci in Nature.’Royal Frost’

Early Spring Bulbs

Nothing signals the end of winter like the first crocuses poking their heads through the last of the melting snows. Few plants are as easy to grow, or as rewarding, as the early-blooming bulbs. The only challenge is remembering to purchase and plant the bulbs–during the excitement of the summer and fall gardening season, it’s hard to imagine just how bleak the garden can look in late winter. Plan now for fall planting, and come spring you’ll be glad you did!

Following is a selection of early-blooming bulbs. Since many of these are small in stature, they look best planted in relatively large numbers. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of planting 100 or more bulbs; the tiny bulbs take just seconds to plant, especially if your soil is relatively loose. Simply make a slice in the soil with a trowel about 4 inches deep, wiggle it a little to make a hole, and, holding the soil back with the trowel, drop in the bulb. As you slide out the trowel, push any scattered soil back into the hole, then water the area to settle the soil.Blue Siberian Squills (Scilla)Scilla is one of the earliest spring flowers to bloom. Flowering for

Garden Tours With The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Announcing the 2016 Garden-to-Table Experience! It’s a unique garden tour with exclusive access and guided tours that you won’t find anywhere else.

Not only will you explore some of the most beautiful revered gardens, but also they will serve as a backdrop to culinary adventures with gourmet food prepared by award-winning chefs.

This year, we start in Philadephia and continue into Delaware and New York, stopping at 10 of the Northeast’s most revered gardens, farms, and arboretums.

Sponsored by the trusted and venerable Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’ll travel in small groups—providing you with the structure and the peace of mind to enjoy your trip in comfort.

And who knows gardening and garden-to-table food better than the Almanac? Whether you’re an experienced horticulturalist, a complete gardening novice, or simply someone who would love a relaxing holiday amidst sublime natural beauty and great food, this trip is sure to inspire.

Traveling in style aboard luxury coach, you will visit the most beautiful private and public gardens across three states (PA, Delaware, NY), with exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

  • Among our stops will be a visit to Stonecrop Gardens and the exemplary Blue Hill at Stone Barns, as headed by executive chef Dan Barber, who has made a spectacular career of using locally sourced and in-season produce

How to grow your favourite flowering houseplants

There was a time when houses large and small belonging to garden fanciers sported a succession of home-grown indoor plants all year round. From the smallest succulent to the mightiest tree fern, an older generation of gardeners always made time and space for plants that did well in the house.

This is much less likely to be the case nowadays. The sad truth is that many of us appear to have dismissed the idea that it is possible to grow plants for the house easily and well.

As with alpines, there seems to be a belief that specimen houseplants are old hat and difficult to grow. I also think that gardeners have lost their skills – and with it their nerve: we worry that we are more likely to kill a cymbidium orchid, say, than be able to guide it through successive years of abundant flowering.

Gardening habits and trends have changed over the decades: since evergreens such as ficus, monstera and dieffenbachia rampaged through the homes and offices of the Seventies and Eighties, old-fashioned flowering houseplants have been left reeling. The low maintenance aspect of these dreary plants

Garden trends for 2016

Bedding plants will add instant colour to your garden this winter, and allow you to plan your ideal look for the spring and summer of 2016

We’re only just putting our gardens and vegetable patches to bed, so it might seem a little early to be thinking about what’s in store for the growing season of 2016. But as any gardener will tell you, looking through seed catalogues and planning ahead is a great way to keep the spirits up through the darkness of winter.

One gardening trend predicted for next year is vivid colour: think vibrant gerbera planted in drifts rather than dotted around the beds. You can do the same with dianthus, an old-fashioned favourite with wonderfully fragrant flowers.


Phlox is another great summer show-stopper, with big clusters of brightly coloured blooms. And who doesn’t love seeing large pots brimming with hydrangea?

But if you prefer more subdued tones, don’t worry – many plant companies are going down the nostalgia route for 2016 with more delicate, heirloom shades such as the apricot sorbet petunia, which is new for next year.

Roses are perennially popular; heavily fragranced ramblers are expected to be especially so next summer. The Lady of


There is no more important thing you can do to help you garden tools last and is also one of the simplest…oil your garden tools. With this simple step, you can prevent rust on the metal portion of the tool and when applied to any wood element, you’ll prevent drying and cracking.

While I will never be called a garden tool maintenance freak, the simple fact that I oil our tools makes up for my occasional neglect. Ultimately, if I had took the time to wash and dry my tools after every use, they would be better off. But, the reality is that after a long day of gardening all I want to do is shower and put my feet up…sound familiar?

For a lot of years motor oil has used as a rust preventative on garden tools and is still in practice today. You’ve probably read or been told to get a bucket of sand, pour some motor oil in it and poke your tools into it. Well, that will keep your tools from rusting, but what about the next time you stab that tool in your soil? You just transferred

Native Plants for the Home, Garden and Landscape

Native plants are among the best new plants for American gardens, yet they have been growing in North American prairies, woods, and deserts for hundreds of years. However, the term native is often misunderstood and misused because all plants are native to some region of the world. The term is used here to identify a plant that was growing naturally in what we now call the United States, Canada and Mexico before European settlement. A plant that was originally discovered growing in southern Florida is native even though it doesn’t grow in Minnesota or California. A native plant may also be called an indigenous species. Other plants, often referred to as exotics or aliens, were originally brought here from another part of the world, but have become established as part of a local environment. They are not native but often have become naturalized.
Many of these beautiful yet hard-working plants are equally at home in garden beds and borders as they are in larger wildflower plantings and prairie restorations. In fact many North American natives may already be growing in your garden. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica),columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), butterfly weed(Asclepias tuberosa), Texas bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) and black-eyed or brown-eyed Susans(Rudbeckia

Great Gardeners Use Seed – Everything Old Is New Again

The National Garden Bureau launches a campaign to revitalize the ease and pleasure of growing from seed. This logo will be used to identify educational information on gardening from seed or bedding plants from seed. National Garden Bureau members will encourage the art and craft of gardening with seed using the Great Gardeners Use Seed™ logo. This is a commitment to reach teachers, youth, and adults teaching the benefits of gardening with seed and plants from seed.

Founded in 1920, the Bureau’s original mission was to disseminate basic instructions for backyard gardening. In the 21st century, the Bureau has published Today’s Garden and the “Year of” fact sheets and offered the same valuable gardening advice on the website,

In addition to general public education, the Bureau has sponsored programs that teach youth science with the use of garden-based activities. The Bureau acknowledges that previous generations were taught to garden by their parents, grandparents, or other family members. Millions of children and older youth have not had the opportunity to sow a seed and nurture the plant grown from seed.

Garden-based activities – the GrowLab® Program
Over 50 GrowLabs have been donated to teachers for classroom use. A GrowLab® is a tabletop structure

The Magic of Seeds

It’s no surprise that Jack (of fairy tale fame) was traded “magic” seeds for his cow. By their very nature, seeds are magical. They’ve laid dormant, just waiting for the right conditions to come along so they can burst forth with entertaining growth and continue the fanfare to a summer long display of flowers or vegetables.

Seeds let you start at the beginning. It’s a satisfying, personal involvement that starts with your decision of which seeds to grow. Seed catalogs and seed packet displays offer you a much wider selection of flowers and vegetables than you will find among started plants. You get to choose exactly which plants you will end up with – size, shape, color and even the name you like. Seeds are inexpensive, so you can afford to “try something new,” or go a little “crazy” and buy all your favorites.

Seeds are as “natural” as you can get. You can watch their life cycle from beginning to end. Even if you aren’t an aggressive recycler, seeds naturally lend themselves to being started in egg cartons or other “throw away” containers that let you feel good about what you are doing.

For most of us, seeds take only a little

New Beginnings

This is the time of year for new beginnings. Spring signals the start of another cycle of growth. The warming temperatures and longer days reawaken nature and people. This year try something new yourself—become a gardener.

Garden for tradition—old or new.  Gardening has been part of the human culture for centuries. Not long ago most families still had gardens and relied on it to provide food for their family. Remember visiting grandma’s house as a child and picking deliciously scented flower bouquets—or the thrill of pulling on green tops and being surprised with a carrot to eat right from the ground? Recreate some of those memories for you and your family to enjoy again.

If you’ve never tried to garden, start a new tradition. You don’t have to dig up the entire yard. Begin with a small container or border area for flowers. If you want vegetables, get some large pots or create a small garden area and fill with easy-to-grow lettuce, delicious tomatoes, or rambling cucumbers. Gardening is a wonderful activity for parents and grandparents to share with the younger generation while creating pleasant memories for the future.

Garden to save money.  Gardening is a great way to have the freshest vegetables

Container Gardening

Container Gardening: Anytime, Anywhere

Container gardening offers many advantages that people can tend to overlook: containers can be less work because they can be placed closer to a water source; they offer a smaller soil area to have to weed; they can be placed at a height that can minimize bending for watering and tending; movable containers can “follow the sun” if you have changing exposure; they can provide a garden plot even in high-rise apartments or homes with no space for a traditional garden; and just about any plant—flower or vegetable—can be grown in a container.

Selecting a Container

Virtually anything that will hold soil and water is a candidate for container growing. From a bag of soil with holes punched for planting and drainage to wooden tubs, old riding boots, milk cans, hanging baskets and fancy ornamental pots. You can choose the size, shape and cost to fit your needs and desires.

The deeper the pot the less watering it will need. Pots with a small soil volume will dry out faster and require more frequent watering. Unlike plants in the ground, plants in pots or hanging baskets in the yard, on a deck or on a windowsill are exposed on all