Add A Romantic Touch To Your Landscape!

Posted on 16th August 2012 in Gardening

Everyone’s house is the place where one wants to feel perfect, comfortable, protected and welcomed. Therefore, there is no wonder why so many people are going beyond the limit with personalization and customizing of every single aspect of their house. This article tries to focus on landscape lighting and although it is not such an unusual subject, many people have not yet discovered what joy this can bring.

Especially if you are from Toronto, there are a few select companies that offer lighting solutions for your landscape and yard, making it more beautiful, welcoming and warm. What can be more exciting than arriving home when the evening starts and see how your yard is lit as a Christmas tree? Furthermore, those professional companies provide even more satisfying solutions, meaning that the lights can be placed in strategic points in the outdoors of your house and focus on a particular object or plant, to emphasize it.

Landscape lighting Toronto can make your evenings very romantic as well because of the pleasant and private ambience that it is offered. You can choose from various types of lighting sources that focus on various objects. For example, some lighting sources can lit a building from downward to upward and vice-versa. This adds stunning and mesmerizing lighting effects that are always beautiful and can leave pleasant memories.

There is no need to rush when considering such an investment because of the great number of opportunities that you can have. It is a good idea to simply play with various patterns and take care of your own preferences as well, before installing landscape lightings to make sure that you are emphasizing the right elements. Additionally, you can contact a company that sells such products and services and ask them to come and provide you with an estimate.

They will be able to tell you exactly how everything works and if you are convinced, you can purchase already. The team of experts will install them for you and you will enjoy such great lighting effects for the rest of your life.

Again, make sure to spend a great deal of time thinking how those lightings will look better in your landscape. Perhaps you have fountains or other water features, then it would be good to focus the lights on the pouring water, creating an amazing light-water effect. Also, do you have statues or something similar in your yard? If you do, take advantage of them and strategically place landscape lightings in order to create a welcoming environment.

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Build Your Own Worm Composting Bin

Posted on 16th August 2012 in Gardening

Having a garden is a great way to go green. It will allow you to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables, reducing the demand for store bought produce, and the pesticide use and long shipping distances that come with those. It will also make the air around you cleaner, and give you the satisfaction that comes with getting in touch with the earth.

If you have your own garden, a compost heap is a must, to constantly supply your plants with the organic nutrients they need. This article is about worm composting, one of the quickest and most effective methods (a worm bin can turn a pile of kitchen scraps into usable fertilizer in 4-8 weeks, while regular composts usually take at least a few months).

Building A Bin

Your first step is building a bin for your composting habitat. There are 2 kinds materials generally used: plastic or rubber storage containers, and wood.

The plastic and rubber containers have the advantage of convenience and durability. To prepare, all you’ll need to do is drill holes along the sides for air flow, and they’ll last longer than wood containers. The downside to these is that it will be hard to get a really good air flow going, resulting in lower quality compost.

Wood containers, due to the nature of wood, will breathe much better and will create a good air flow. They will also absorb moisture, which is helpful. Wood containers will cost more to make and you’ll need to replace them quicker, but all in all they are the best choice for higher quality compost.

You’ll want to keep your bin covered at all times, and in an area not facing direct sunlight. This will help keep your compost moist but not wet (you don’t want moisture to start forming puddles), and keep it in the temperature range you want (50-80F).

Filling Your Bin

You’ll want your bin to consist of two kinds of materials: brown and green. Green materials are high in nitrogen, and include most kitchen scraps, grass clippings, etc. Brown materials are high in carbon and phosphate, and include shredded cardboard or newspaper (avoid anything with colored ink), leaves, wood shavings, etc.

Fill your bin about ½ to ¾ of the way with brown material (shredded cardboard or newspaper works great here). This is your bedding, which will create a chemical balance in your compost, increase air flow, absorb moisture, and give your worms a place to live.

Add some soil on top, and sprinkle in some water. After a few days, you can drop your worms into your bin and let them get comfortable.

Add kitchen scraps daily, and sprinkle water every few days to keep things moist. Do not put meat, dairy products or oily food into your compost, as it will attract predators and smell bad.

All About Worms

You want a very specific kind of worm for your compost. Eisenia foetida (Red Wigglers) are the most common and the most effective. Eisenia hortensis (European Night Crawlers) can also be used- they reproduce slower, but will grow larger and can later be used as fishing worms.

You’ll need 1lb of worms for every 1/2lb of average daily kitchen waste you produce.

Harvesting Your Compost Material

When most of your brown material has been eaten, you can harvest your fertilizer. Put on a pair of gloves, and move the material to one side. Fill the other side with brand new brown material, and sprinkle some water on it. Leave it for a few days, as the worms gravitate to the fresher material. You can then dig out the older material, and use it as fertilizer for your garden.

Good luck and stay prepared!

You can read more from RamboMoe at his site, preparedforthat.com

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Hydroponics Gardening And Vertical Farming

Posted on 3rd February 2012 in Gardening

The world first reached its first billion population in 1830. One century later, global population ballooned to two billion. 60 years after that, total population on earth reached three billion. By 2002, just 12 years after the world population reached 3 billion, it more than doubled at 6.27 billion. According to a report by the United Nations Population Fund released on the same year, by 2050 the population will again balloon to 9.2 billion. Food will become more scarce and the environment will continue to release toxic gases into the atmosphere unless we all do something about it. Two proposed solutions that could help with both dilemmas are hydroponics gardening and vertical farming.

The continued increase of population is taking its toll on our food supply. As it increases, so does the need for food. As a result, agricultural lands to continue expand so they can meet the demand for food. But because people also need more space for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, the world will eventually run out of land space and the only way we can go is up. This will also pave the way for deforestation which contributes to global warming and possible extinction of life throughout the world, not just in humans.

Plants play a key role in all this. Agricultural plants can help sustain food supply and all other plants can be used to prevent global warming. To prevent deforestation and the extinction of all other life forms besides us humans, two solutions proposed by great minds of today are hydroponics gardening and vertical farming.

Hydroponics gardening is a modern method for growing plants. It no longer requires the use of soil which is instead replaced by gravel, perlite, coconut husk, or mineral oil. Mineral nutrient solutions are instead incorporated into water and plants absorb them from there. Research during the 18th century proves that plants can absorb minerals and nutrients directly from water. Any terrestrial or land-grown plants can be grown with hydroponics gardening.

As for deforestation, it can be alleviated with another proposition – vertical farming. The term was coined by Gilbert Ellis Bailey in 1915. It utilizes hydroponics wherein plants are grown in skyscrapers and not in agricultural lands. Today’s agricultural lands take up space and will eventually jeopardize our forests and decrease total land area available for the increasing world population. Those who propose it say that vertical farming and its utilization of hydroponics is an economical and environmental way to cultivate plant life.

Both vertical farming and hydroponics gardening are viable solutions for the world’s increasing demand for food supply and land space. Both need to be acted on right away if we don’t want world extinction to take place.

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