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Butterfly Gardens – Ten Flowering Plants That Attract Butterflies

Butterflies feed on the nectar of flowers, so if you want to see an increase in the number of butterflies visiting your garden, you will want to ensure you plant the right kind of flowers and shrubs in your garden. It is also worth remembering that some butterflies will only lay their eggs on specific plants, so you can help to ensure the future survival of these species too.

Discover The Top Five Bedding Plants To Grow In The Southwest Region

Growing plants in the southwest is a challenge. Water, mulch and fertilizer in the appropriate amounts will make all the difference.

Greenhouse Gardening Tips – Plan To Succeed

There are a lot of greenhouse gardening tips available out there. Every gardener has their own tricks and tips to ensuring a great yield. Many of these tips come from superstition, others have been passed down by the previous generations.

Feeding – Basic Technique

The other regular task facing the gardener during the summer is feeding. Plants in containers will quickly deplete the fertilizer present in the potting compost soil mix unless a slow release fertilizer was added at the planting time. You will need to feed weekly from about six weeks after planting. Some fertilizers are formulated for specific plants, tomatoes, roses and lawn grass are the best known, but most gardeners will also find a general fertilizer of some kind useful. These fertilizers are supplied in powder or liquid form and may need to be diluted or made up according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Aquaponics – The Beneficial Relationship Of Bacteria to Nitrite and Nitrate

In an aquaponic system there are basically three crops, fish, plant life and most important is beneficial bacteria. This bacteria is what converts toxic components of fish waste into a form of nutrient that plant life can use. There are several types of bacteria that exist in an aquaponic system, and all of them perform there own specific job. Without them, a healthy aquaponic system for food production would not be possible. These bacteria do not need to be introduced into a system, they occur naturally.

Aquaponics – Effects Of Water Temperature

The water temperature in an aquaponic systems is of great importance. It can influence dissolved oxygen levels, the rate that algae and aquatic plants photosynthesize, metabolic rates of aquatic organisms, and how aquatic organisms are affected by different parasites, pathogens and pollutants.

Growing Container Tomatoes Is Perfect for Those Who Don’t Have a Garden

If you know what it’s like to bite into a fresh, succulent, juicy delicious tomato grown in your own garden, then you don’t want to be shut out of the opportunity for growing tomatoes at home just because you don’t have a garden. Perhaps you live in an apartment in the middle of a big city, or you live in a cold climate where the growing season for tomatoes may be too short. Growing container tomatoes is the perfect solution!

Deterring Pests And Diseases

The best way to control pests and diseases it to maintain a healthy garden environment and grow plants well so that they are able to shrug off or recover quickly from most attacks. It is also worth seeking out problem free varieties that are naturally resistant to attack. Good garden hygiene is the most important factor in the battle against pests and diseases. Clear all debris from around the garden and put suitable material on the compost heap. Consign the rest to the dustbin or bonfire as soon as you can. Clean containers once you finish using them.

Synthetic Grass – The Benefits Over Natural Grass

There are benefits to having synthetic grass as opposed to natural grass. A few of the benefits are maintenance, appearance, and cost. Synthetic grass has little to no maintenance and can be used everywhere in any condition or environment whereas natural grass cannot say the same.

It’s a Jungle Out There

In light of the rumoured approaching summer, and with the hope of warmer weather ahead, I present to you this week a list of tropical plants suitable for a metropolitan environment. City gardens often suffer, not just because of space restrictions or local conditions, but more commonly through lack of imagination. With a little planning you can have your own urban jungle, but of the green kind!

Aquaponics – The Importance of pH Levels and Water Quality

Water quality is one of the most important things in having a successful aquaponic system. There are several factors that need to work along with each other to create a perfect water environment. Water quality is high priority in insuring the healthy growth of both fish and plant life. Alkalinity, ammonia, bacteria levels, nitrate, nitrite, oxygen levels, pH, source, and temperature are all factors that when out of balance can cause a water quality to drop to harmful conditions for both fish and plant life.

Trees Tolerant of Partial Shade

Deciduous trees are well-known for providing shade, while growing and thriving in the sun they serve to shield us from. Some varieties of deciduous trees fare much better growing in the shade provided by these monstrous hardwood shade trees.

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