Care for a Juniper Bonsai

Some tree species are better suited for this style than others. Juniper and Cotoneaster are the two most popularly used to develop cascade bonsai because of their natural tendencies. Both of these species naturally grow close to the ground and are commonly used as ground cover. With a little wiring, you can easily train both of these species into cascade bonsai.

Other trees that are used to make great specimen cascade bonsai are Japanese Black and White Pines, Mountain Pine, and Scotch Pine. Pines are typically best for this style, but with some extra work, just about any species can be used. If you are ambitious and use a broadleaf species, make sure that the sun is not beaming on the undersides of the leaves.

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Care For a Hibiscus Plant

Hibiscus Basics

You can consider the hibiscus a small tree or a large bush. These plants produce the hibiscus which is a large, vividly colored, horn-shaped flower.

Today’s hibiscus are descendants of the natural ancestors that were native to Fiji, Madagascar, Mauritius, China and, yes, Hawaii. These plants are self-flowering (pollinating) that grow tall and willowy, almost like large green cotton.

There are many different color variations available with today’s hibiscus. These colors include: yellow, orange, red, white, brown and lavender. There are also a vast amount of color combinations, shades and flower forms.

Care and Growth

The hibiscus is highly susceptible to colder temperatures. If the temperature where you live falls below the 35 degree Fahrenheit mark then your hibiscus is probably going to be in trouble. You may be able to protect a hibiscus plant for a few … Read the rest

Creating Outdoor Rooms

  • Determine where the garden room will be located and the size of the room.
  • Choose a floor surface such as dirt, grass, decking, stone, gravel or brick.
  • Create garden room walls with fences, hedges or flower beds. If I want to completely separate the room use a tall formal hedge or privacy fence. To keep the rooms open and more connected I might choose to use flower beds, containers or just a different type of floor surface.
  • I stand in the space and look up. I can then decide what type of ceiling I want to incorporate into the space. The sky usually acts as the ceiling, but I could choose to use a pergola, covered porch, a canopy of trees, a garden arbor or an umbrella.
  • Once the work is complete, I can accessorize the casual living patio furniture
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Create Small Vegetable Gardens

  • Bush French Beans – plant six bushy plants. The pods are ready to be picked if they snap when bent.
  • Courgettes – use two plants. Water and feed plants regularly and harvest them while young.
  • Lettuce – you can grow eight of them in a bag.
  • Tomatoes – you can grow 3-4 plants in one growing bag, you need to ensure that you put in supports. You need to pick fruits as they ripen. Tomatoes can also be grown in hanging baskets or pots. Whichever option you choose, side shoots need to be removed.
  • Other vegetables for small gardens are:
  • Aubergines – otherwise known as egg plants. These plants are frost tender. They can be grown in sheltered and warm beds, as well as growing bags and large pots. Plant established plants once the frost has passed and use compost.
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Compose Landscapes

  • Every landscape should have a focal point. This is the center of interest, the part of the picture your eye is drawn to. It can be a distant mountain, the facade of a building, or a clump of trees. Without a focal point, your landscape will likely fall flat.
  • Make sure the subject is big enough. If you use a wide-angle lens, a distant focal point such as a mountain may be too small or the sea may seem to trail off into nothing but water. Your eye seeks a center of interest. If there is none, it will simply wander off to infinity because there is nothing in the picture to hold your attention. A small main subject can express the vastness and grandeur of a scene, but if this isn’t your aim, move closer to the main subject
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Desert Gardening and Landscaping

The desert shrubs are known for vivid coloring, easy planting and caring requirements, and green environment in the garden premises. There are shrubs that grow in desert regions that are not the typical desert plants. The viburnum shrub is great inclusion in the desert garden landscape area. Offering extended foliage, versatility, and convenient growth habits; these are often treasured plants in the garden. They are widely recognized for magnificent aromatic flowers and bright color fruits that are highly favorable for attracting wildlife to your home garden. With over 150 species to choose, you have plethora of them including the Japanese Snowball Viburnum, Old Fashioned Snowball, and the evergreen shrub Pragense (Prague Viburnum).

One of the most beautiful desert plants is the Succulent species is the Delosperma or Iceplant with its glimmering flowers. These plants grow about 6 to 8 inches … Read the rest

Growing a Hardy Banana Tree

Asides from giving of the awesome banana fruit, these plants can also offer other things:

  • They are good for wind, boundary and noise screens
  • They make good use of water and the nutrients in waste drainage systems.
  • You can actually use the dried remains of trunks for weaving (how about that for a side job from your tropical gardening?)
  • You can sell your dried banana leaves to local farmers or owners of horses, cows and other grazing animals.

How to Grow Strong Banana Trees

  • Plant in fertile soils. The darker and richer, the better.
  • Pile on as much mulch and organic matter as you can get and that doesn’t get in the way. (Seriously, banana trees love this stuff!)
  • For best results use a fertilizer that is rich in nitrogen and potassium. Chicken manure works great. Maybe you can trade
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Benefits of Using a Lot of Compost

Compost not only returns or adds nutrients but also helps with water retention and acts as a mulch. Many organisms and good bacteria thrive in well composted soil thus ensuring constant biological activity that helps break down ‘hard’ soils and aerates plant roots.

Too many gardeners are struggling to garden in some horrific soil conditions and see the treatment of garden soil as an unaffordable option. Ordering compost in large loads is not only cost effective but also very convenient as in most cases, it is delivered to your home. Be sure to buy any compost from reputable sources as often, compost bought off the street, contains weeds and disease.

Compost should also not contain certain components such as dog feces. Freshly cut grass can also cause more harm then good so make sure that it is well composted on … Read the rest

Deck Lighting

  • Post Lights – With Optional Light Sensor Controls. Any number of deck post designs can be used to increase outdoor ambience and day-to-night use. Think of flood lights… lantern designs set in as deck post or wall mounted… quartz flood… LED deck lights. Dawn-to-dusk adaptation becomes a cinch with the use of high tech hi-lo sensor units… saving energy when you need to, or providing motion detection when people enter the deck area. Deck lamps can be post-mounted, screwed into the deck directly, or wall mounted too adapt to any outdoor lighting need.
  • Step Lights. Deck stair lights are critical for night time safety. Homeowners should consider a pattern, with two fixtures on the opposite ends of wide stairs over 6 to 8 feet, or a single center-positioned deck step light for narrower deck stairs.
  • LED Deck Lighting. Recessed lighting
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Greenhouse Polycarbonate

  • Greenhouse polycarbonate is crystal clear like glass. This is incorrect. Twinwall or triplewall polycarbonate is used for greenhouses. The easiest way to describe it is to envision looking down the end of a cardboard box. There is a sheet on the outside, a sheet on the inside and a rib that runs directly between these two sheets. Although the exterior sheets both have glass like clarity, the center rib will distort your view. You will see colors, but not forms clearly.
  • Greenhouse polycarbonate is difficult to cut. No, it isn’t. The sheets can be cut with a circular saw, a table saw, even a jig saw with a fine tooth blade. Simply cut it as you would a sheet of plywood. If you would like, you can use compressed air to remove any dust from the channels.
  • I can store
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