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Bonsai TreeLearning how to effectively wire a Bonsai tree is the number one thing that you can do to create your Bonsai. Here's how to wire a Bonsai:

Get your wire Wire usually comes as either copper or aluminum wire. Choose a gauge that is roughly 1/3rd of the size of your branch. Remember, you can always double back on your branch if you need to get extra strength. You can buy Bonsai wire on the internet, and it's not very expensive so don't worry.

Give it a base If you're wiring the trunk, you'll need to start by 'anchoring' your wire around the bottom of the tree. Wrap it around a couple of times, and then you can go up the tree. Some people like to wrap it around the roots. If you are wiring a branch, then wrap around the trunk, again to 'anchor' it.

Go up! Wrap the wire around the tree kind of like a barbershop pole. Don't make the angle too sharp or too flat - about 45 degrees will work wonderfully. DON'T bend the tree as you go up. Simply focus

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Planning a Vegetable GardenIt is important when you start to plan a garden, to know what you want the garden to do.
For instance, if you are hoping to feed a family of four all year round, you will need to plan a garden that is approximately 100 square meters of space (not including
walking paths) that produces more than once. If you live in a cold climate, you will not be able to grow year round. So asking yourself a few basic questions is a good way to start.

Where do you Live?

Climate can be broken down into three basic categories when planning a garden. Cold, temperate and tropical/sub-tropical.
Of course there are many shades of climate in these categories and only you can determine exactly how where you live, fits into the mix.

What will grow Where?

Different plants have different requirements so take that into consideration when doing your vegetable garden planning.

Plants like beans, broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, cauliflower, turnips, onions and peas grow best at temperatures between 10-20C. These plants prefer a

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Flowering CherriesWhile the briefness of their glory has to be acknowledged, cherries really are the hardy spring-flowering trees for temperate climate gardens. I can think of no others, apart from their close Prunus relatives and some of the magnolias that even come close to rivalling flowering cherries for sheer weight of bloom and vibrance of colour.

The genus Prunus, to which the cherries, plums, almonds, apricots and peaches belong, includes around 430 species spread over much of the northern temperate regions and has a toehold in South America. Although including a few evergreen species, such as the well-known cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), the genus is mainly deciduous and generally hardy to the frosts likely to occur in most New Zealand gardens.

The genus Prunus is widely recognised as being divided into 5 or 6 subgenera, though some botanists prefer to recognise these as distinct genera. The subgenus cerasus is the one to which the cherries belong. This group includes a wide variety of species, many of which are not highly ornamental. The species which are of most interest to gardeners are the Chinese and Japanese cherries, not only

Yarrow, also known as Achillea, is one of the easiest grown and most popular flower garden mainstays in the world. Originally from Europe, the yarrow is found in the wild throughout North America. The yarrow is known for its distinctive large, flat clusters of flowers on the top of its stem. Yarrow comes in white, yellow, orange, pink or red and can be used as filler or as a border. Yarrow ranges in height from 6 to 36 inches and has very aromatic foliage. This article will discuss how to grow yarrow in your flower garden.

Due to its adaptively the yarrow can survive in a range of locations. USDA hardiness ranges from Zone 3 to 9 but most cultivars prefer Zone 4 to 8. In areas that see temperatures over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the stems tend to be weaker and flower colors fade.

The yarrow is an easy plant to grow in your garden because it readily adapts to a wide variety of conditions, is a vigorous strong grower and is likely to spread. The plant does best in poor soils and reacts negatively to fertilization. Full sun and a well-draining soil are the other

If you want to know how to make a greenhouse, you need to purchase a plan that will give you the measurements and materials needed so that you know exactly what you’ll need to purchase ahead of time. You don’t want to be in the middle of building it and find out that you have to go back to the store to pick up an item that you might have forgotten.

The steps for building a greenhouse are fairly simple and can usually be followed in a specific order. These steps are for use with polythene:

Build the base – Using the measurements specified in your plan, you’ll want to construct the base first as this is where the rest of the structure will need to be anchored. You’ll want to make sure it’s level before adding any additional components to the greenhouse. If the ground is not level, you can use filler dirt or gravel to level it out.

Connect the side walls – Now you need to construct the side walls according to the plan. Once constructed, they can then be affixed to the base.

Install the roof frames – Now you’re ready to install the roof frames.

The Aster is one of the best flowers to grow for late summer and fall blooms. Asters come in blue, purple, red, pink, and white each with a yellow center. The name Aster comes from the ancient Greek word for “star.” There are numerous varieties of Aster, from Dwarfs that measure less than a foot to tall versions that can reach up to eight feet. All varieties make for good cut flowers that have a long lasting vase life.

Alternatively known as Michaelmas daisy, starwort and frost flower, the Aster is an herbaceous perennial that is indigenous to every continent except Australia and Antarctica and, depending on the variety, are hardy from zone 4 to zone 9.

Aster seeds should be sown in well-draining, average garden soil in a sunny area after the last frost of the season. The plant grows best in full sun. It will tolerate light shade but growth will be less compact and blooming will be less prolific. Sow seeds in rows 15 to 18 inches apart and cover with ¼ inch of soil. Keep the soil evenly moist and seedlings should appear in 14 to 21 days. If you want earlier

Cucumbers are one of those vegetables that just scream fresh, and you can't get any fresher than growing them yourself. Coincidentally, cucumbers are easy to grow indoors. Cucumbers are also beautiful plants when cared for properly. If you don't know how to grow cucumbers indoors look no further. I am going to give you a quick and winning guide to starting your cucumbers on the right foot.


Choosing the site is the first and most important step. Cucumbers really like two things: sunlight and warmth. Cucumbers need 8+ hours of direct sun each day. A south-facing picture window or larger is ideal for growing cucumbers indoors. If you have a sunny room you when the grand prize of awesome cucumbers.

The second need is warmth. Much of the warmth will come from putting them in the right place for sun. You can also help the sun by adding some heat absorbing material covered in the tips section later in the article.

Container Selection

Cucumbers have shallow roots, so you don't need a deep container. One with 6" of depth or more will work fine. Wider pots offer more room to trail and

While planting your own vegetable garden might seem like a great idea, most people really do not know where to start. Preparing your layout before you plant will make the job at hand much more pleasurable and assure that your plants grow and thrive - not to mention give you the best harvest possible!

There are at many things to consider when choosing your vegetable gardening layout. Since all plants need sun, the positioning of the garden to expose the most sun to the sun-loving plants while providing a little shade for those that easily burn is a very important element of your vegetable garden. If you choose to have plants that love a little more shade but your garden is in full sun, place the taller plants in a position to help with the shading of the more tender vegetation - especially during the hot afternoon sun.

Another thing to consider is the availability of water since ALL the plants in your vegetable garden will need this key element. Make sure the vegetable gardening layout is situated with easy access to your water source, but not in a place that will wash out should there

If you are new to the gardening scene, it may be a bit daunting to try and select a particular kind of flowering plant or theme of perennial to begin landscaping your property.

There are many factors to evaluate but I like to keep things simple and easy. Choose varieties that are perennial for your growing zone and therefore will require less maintenance. However, be careful of some fast growing perennials because once they get established and growing they are sometimes impossible to stop.

Periwinkle and ivy are two very invasive plants that I will never plant myself and will always recommend against adding it to your garden. It's great for two years and quite lovely, but after that it's everywhere and you are pulling it from your entire yard.

The Giant Oriental Lily has to be my favorite flower for so many reasons, I recommend it to all new gardeners and those who want a low maintenance beautiful showy garden. The bulbs are available for purchase in most areas in spring and fall. They grow quickly and you will get quite a nice display in just the first year from a medium size bulb

The Soil is very important. Pick a location away from large trees and where you will get good sun almost all day. It is best to start this in the fall but it can be be done in the spring as well.

Location,Location,Location just as in real estate, the best soil for tomato plants, is important for the garden. Try to find a place that has grown something before such as grass or even weeds instead of a barren lot devoid of any growth. The weeds can be taken care of but if nothing is growing there, the topsoil may be full of rock or impacted so much that it would take a tremendous effort to renew the the site.

The next step is to mark off the area you will be using. Then to till(dig) the ground up. Depending upon the size of your garden and the type of soil, you may want to have a friend help you. It can be done by hand with a spade, or easier with a rototiller which can be borrowed or rented for a few hours or a day from the local tool center at a reasonable price.

"I have no plants in my house. They won't live for me. Some of them don't even wait to die, they commit suicide" ~Jerry Seinfeld

Come on, admit it....is your thumb not as green as you want it to be? Are you having trouble keeping your house plants alive and healthy? Can you relate to Jerry on this one? Relax....you're not alone! Many of us (myself included at times) have felt that fake plants were our only option because we seemed to have the "touch of death" when caring for plants. Read on to find out how 10 simple changes will make you feel like a "natural born gardener"!

Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips for Jerry Seinfeld...and the rest of us!

1. Plants will "reach" toward a light source, so rotate your plant occasionally to promote straight growth.

2. Pay attention to the lighting requirements for your indoor plants. If your plant isn't getting enough light it will appear "thin and leggy" looking. You can alleviate this problem by only buying plants appropriate for the light already in your home, or by providing an additional light source(artificial lighting). Buying plants that need medium to

A fundamental question in vegetable gardening is - what is the proper use of organic and/or chemical materials? Let's determine the truth of the matter, with four basic principles and a few brief examples from Dr. Jacob R. Mittleider's worldwide experience.

I. First, let's consider what plants need, and where and how they get it. Plants require 16 elements for healthy growth, and 95% of the plant is the result of photosynthesis using just 3 elements - carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen - all of which it gets from the air without man's intervention. The other 13 elements come from the soil and make up only 5% of the plant, but are nonetheless very important, for without them the plant will fail. Most importantly, the plant can only access these 13 nutrients as water-soluble minerals through its root system.

II. The next important principle to understand is that everything in this world is a chemical. Every element that makes up a plant, as well as everything in our bodies, and everything in the soil in which we grow is chemical. Therefore, we must not get carried away in refusing to use chemicals in the garden in favor

So you want to grow roses? They are a beautiful choice for your garden and not nearly as difficult to grow as you might think.

  1. Choose a rose that is easy to grow. Some choices might be ~Sunsprite", ~Baby Love", ~The Fairy", ~Iceberg", or ~Flower Carpet". Also check to see which roses do well in your climate. When choosing a rose think about the colors and fragrance that appeals to you.
  2. Understand the soil type and provide good drainage. Use organic matter to make your soil better for the roses. Plant your roses correctly and in the best place in your garden for the roses' success.
  3. Know how often to water and how much water to give the roses. Too much water is not good so develop a watering schedule and stick to it.
  4. Understand how the different types of water systems work. You can choose from sprinklers, an underground watering system or a drip irrigation system. It is usually good to keep the water off the leaves if you live in an area where rose diseases are a problem.
  5. Mulching keeps the water in and the weeds away. Mulching is a very good idea when growing roses. Mulch in the

The flittering of the butterfly through your garden is no accident if you planned your garden carefully. The adult butterfly flitters from flower to flower - sipping nectar from many flowers in your gardens, while other adult butterflies search for areas to lay their larvae. It is good to take note that the butterfly garden is going to differ from other areas of your garden. Your natural instincts will be to kill off pests, larvae and creatures in the garden, but in the butterfly garden your best results are noticed when you use organic gardening: Which means no chemicals at all.

In you want to include the use of butterflies in your landscape you will need to create a safety zone for your butterflies to feel safe. Butterflies frequent habitual zones, where they feel safe and where areas of the landscape meet with the tree lines. Creating your butterfly gardens near or around trees will help in attracting even more of these graceful creatures to your gardens.

A tip in attracting the Black Swallowtail or the Anise Swallowtail is this: Plant parsley, dill or fennel in your gardens, these plants attract this certain butterfly. If these

The more you can learn about fresh cut flowers and their special care, the healthier your arrangements will be.

Lets start with vases & containers. Most people will grab a vase out of the cupboard and fill it with water and place the flowers in it. I would like to suggest that you rinse it first with hot water and get any dust out of it. Then put a few drops (and I do mean only drops) of bleach. This will keep out and kill any bacteria and it will not harm the flowers. When you buy flowers, most places will supply a packet of flower food. If you have no flower food, not to worry, you can always put a teaspoon of sugar in the water.

Now you are ready to prepare your flowers.

Take each stem and remove any leaves that may be below the water line. You do this so you don't get microbial damage to your flowers. Leave as many leaves as possible above the water line as this is a design element. When you are dealing with roses, most people like to remove the thorns but I recommend that you

Unless you have access to a greenhouse, or something like it, those living in cooler climates will have to start seedlings indoors if they are to take full advantage of their growing season.

Here are some gardening tips to starting seedlings indoors.

You can use an enclosed porch, a garage, a shed or a basement. Make sure you have sufficient counterspace to work comfortably.

Growing seeds is pretty straightforward. Give them what they need (light, water, warmth) and they will sprout. Simple as that. But don't start them too soon! In 4-6 weeks they will be ready to go out into the garden. If you are still experiencing frosts, they will be killed.

Prepare your containers, whether they are trays, egg cartons, yoghurt containers or jiffy pots and make sure they have drainage holes. Your indoor seedlings are going to need a lot of light...more light than a regular plant, to get them going.

So arrange lights over your seedlings. Plan to have these lights on for up to 15 hours a day. Put a fan in the room on low to keep the air circulating too. This is surprisingly important. If the

Herbs can add a touch of magic to your garden with their supernatural associations and practical uses.

Records show that herbs were in use in ancient Greece where they were valued as flavorings and for their fragrance. Certain herbs were also credited with mystical properties. Herbs were introduced into Britain by the Romans who also valued the reputedly supernatural powers of the plants, as well as their culinary and medicinal uses. In Britain, too, herbs became a focus of superstition, reaching their peak of importance in the Middle Ages when every village had its witch, and every witch her herbs and potions. Herbs were also used to combat the witches' powers; garlic, hyssop and wormwood all combated witchcraft and evil spirits.

The medicinal qualities of herbs were even more important. In 1597 John Gerard, the London herbalist and apothecary, published his "Herball", a volume containing 1000 pages with woodcut illustrations of some 3000 plants. A rather smaller collection of some 400 plants was included in Nicholas Culpeper's Complete Herbal first published in c1640 and still available from bookshops today.

For most of us today the main use for herbs will be as flavorings in cooking.

Native wildflowers are those that were growing naturally in the landscape before the first settlers arrived from Europe. Ever since that time more and more plants have been introduced from around the world with very mixed results. Although many of the imports are now prized garden specimens, others are regarded as invasive weeds whose cultivation is actively discouraged eg Japanese Knotweed. The benefits of growing wildflowers are many, but here are just a few:

Since wildflowers grow naturally in the landscape they will thrive in similar soil types and situations in your garden.

Because they are growing in their natural habitat, wildflowers will require less water and fertilizer than other plants.

Equally wildflowers have a natural resistance to pests and diseases and so will reduce the need for sprays and pesticides.

Many wildflowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and so will encourage these colorful insects to visit.

Songbirds are also attracted by the seeds and berries produced by the plants.

A wildflower planting can produce a dense groundcover that will encourage frogs and toads who will eat slugs but not harm your plants themselves.

On a more practical level, give

Building a waterfall is easier than you think and will add a new dimension to your pool.

When building a waterfall, as with any garden project, you must first consider the design and make a plan. The biggest mistake that people make when planning a pond waterfall is to err on the large side. For a pond measuring 12 ft x 14 ft you should think in terms of a fall of 18-24 inches. The width of the waterfall should be in proportion to the size of your pond. The important point is to make sure that the scale of your construction fits in with the surrounding features and does not spoil the balance of your overall garden design.

The next question that has to be answered is the type of construction you wish to use. There are two basic choices. You can either use a liner and place rocks to form the fall or you can save yourself the trouble and buy a fibreglass unit. Either way you will still have to use your shovel to form the site of the waterfall.

The other requirement is a pump which will be sited in the

Trying to start your lawn mower after a long winter can be very frustrating. Performing a few routine maintenance tasks before you store your lawn mower for the winter can save you time in the spring, prolong the life of your lawn mower, and save you money over the long run. Even if you have already put your lawn mower into storage for the winter, a few simple maintenance tasks performed before starting your lawn mower in the spring can be very beneficial.

Wash and dry your lawn mower after the mowing season is over. A power blower can be very helpful in removing grass and debris from the underside of your lawn mower and other hard to reach areas. If your lawn mower engine is air-cooled, use a stick or wooden dowel to remove any residue from the cooling fins. If you have a lawn mower with a water-cooled engine, check the coolant level and fill the reservoir if needed. Clean the radiator cooling fins with a strong jet of water. You should also drain the fuel tank and replace the fuel filter. The air filter housing should be cleaned and the air filter replaced.