Overview Of Gardening Tools – A Report On 7 Typical Tools

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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Assuming that the readers know about the equations and rules of growing plants and keeping them healthy I am dwelling into this report. The various things that are needed for the proper growth of your plants are quality soil, sufficient water and sunlight. Even though the above mentioned products are gifts of nature, gardening tools are necessary to maintain a garden in good shape. The gardening tools have a tremendous effect on a plant’s life and they stimulate good growing conditions for the plants.

Usage of defective gardening tools is dangerous as it may cause injury to your plants and it may also cut off your plants. Hence it is of almost importance to use those gardening tools which are of superior quality. The ‘Best Gardening Tools are those tools which save a lot of energy and time.

There are various gardening tools which provide a pleasant gardening experience, they are listed below.

Lawnmowers
There are various lawnmowers, but Luxus Push Reel is the best in the market. There are other lawnmowers too which are good, such as the American Lawnmower Deluxe which has been credited as the best

Garden Shredders.
All garden shredders are equipped with powerful motors and a silent crushing system. This type of gardening equipment helps in improving the pace of the shredding activity. Garden shredders which use electric motors are very easy to handle and relatively easy to assemble too. This type of equipment is best suited for pruning trees and for making hedges that look beautiful. It can be used up to a maximum height of 40mm. This tool is considered as a pre-requisite for gardening connoisseurs as it comes with a plunger and built in wheels.

Cultivators
Cultivators are relatively modern garden tools that help in cutting hard soil. They come with patented tines to help with cutting through the hard soil easily. This equipment comes with border edger. It is also the perfect equipment that to be used for jobs like thatching, aerating and clearing the moss. It is also extensively used in the preparation of flowerbeds and vegetable plots.

Leaf sweeper
It is gardening equipment that is used mainly for small lawns. It comes with the feature of infinite adjustment and has a capacity of 200 liters

Edge trimmer
According to gardening equipment reviews this is one of the most vital gardening equipment. It has been classified as a must have for gardening freaks. The purpose of this equipment is to trim the hedges and for pruning of plants.

Spading fork
This is a great piece of gardening equipment that is used for transplanting and also for aerating. This piece of gardening equipment is used for the purpose of splitting grasses and perennials. In addition to these jobs the spading fork also performs the additional tasks of mulch, sorting hay, manure fork and for tiny gardens.

Mattock
It is an important piece of gardening equipment that is used for working up the roots of established trees and also for the purpose of breaking the clay. If you have a mattock with you, the need of a pick or a hoe can be dispensed with

Before embarking on gardening it is highly advisable to have a peek at the tools that are required by you. Carry a check list of equipments that are needed with you.

Kitchen garden mania: Italians similar to First Lady Michelle Obama. And to preserve the fruit and vegetables produced Quattro Stagioni glass jars!

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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The news of Michelle Obama’s decision to create a biological kitchen garden in the White House has travelled the globe. Thousands of Americans are following her example and rediscovering the pleasures of preparing home-grown and home-made jams and preserved foods. In Italy making home-grown sauces and preserves of all kinds is a flourishing habit, as revealed by the latest national statistical institute’s data: this shows that 37% of Italians spend part of their free time cultivating fruit and vegetables, especially in the summer.

Rocco Bormioli’s solution for maintaining the genuine naturalness of home-grown produce comes in the shape of the Quattro Stagioni range of jars and lids. These combine the virtues of traditional preserving techniques with the safety of modern vacuum storage.

To go with its glass jars, this year the company has produced a kit containing delightful fabric lid covers with matching ribbons. Together, they constitute an original gift idea. The set is rounded off by a printed guide with useful hints on preserving food, as well as a whole series of imaginative recipes for budding in-house chefs.

For more than thirty years now, these glass food storage containers have been bywords for quality. The perfect join between the jar and its lid guarantees a hermetic vacuum seal that is ideal for maintaining the goodness of the food inside. Specially developed and designed to offer easier handling, the lid has a high rim and is edged with mastic. Thanks to an elegant relief decoration the glass containers are also particularly attractive in appearance. Quattro Stagioni jars are made of thick and sturdy glass and are classic expressions of Bormioli Rocco experience and expertise.

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Switch To Organic Plant Food To Have A Healthier Fruits And Vegetables

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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Most gardeners who are used to using chemical fertilizers on their gardens find it hard to switch to organic plant food and fertilizers to be able to grow organic vegetables and fruits but they really want to change for the better since aside from the fact that organic gardening can do good in the environment, they know that more people now wants organic foods.

Some people think that organic fertilizers are not effective as the chemical fertilizers but this is not the case. Organic plant food and fertilizers just tend to work gradually so that they can let the nutrients out in your crops much steadily. With chemical fertilizer, yes they can do the work easily but they tend to damage and burn your plants resulting to fruits and vegetables that have less nutrient and flavorless. When you use organic plant food to grow organic vegetables and fruits, you can be sure that your soil is rich and your crops tasty and healthy.

Most people now are becoming wiser; they choose what is best for their health, since more and more diseases are also appearing nowadays.

If you want to try organic gardening, you should not learn about organic plant food alone, you should also know about the different types of garden beds which are suitable in your area. The most common type of garden beds used is the raised garden bed. Another type of garden bed is the companion planting, where you let different types of plants in the same bed, this type of bed can help eliminate some pests in your garden.

You also need to know how you will water your plants. Water is very essential to grow organic vegetable and fruits well. There are some plants that need watering every now and then like watermelon and tomatoes.

There are lots of things to learn about organic gardening, so it is important that you know about these important things first.

Got Sour Grapes? Try Fruit and Vegetable Wines

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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There is a mistaken belief that wines are made only from grapes. Of course, grapes do make a terrific wine and are an ideal fruit to ferment into a beverage that can age for years and improve its taste and aroma over time.  Even young wine made from grapes is enjoyed by many with its fruity flavors.

Although not all consider it a wine, technically speaking because it is fermented with yeast, mead is also a wine. Mead, which is made from honey, has been enjoyed for centuries, and some even claim that the origin of the word “honeymoon” has its roots in the mead beverage. It is said that when a couple were married, they were sent away to get to to know each other for a month along with many intoxicating bottles of mead.

Indeed, wine can be made from just about any organic material as long as it is not poisonous. Do you keep a garden and sometimes have far too many crops to store in the freezer?  Why not experiment with making wine out of that extra fruit or vegetables.

“Vegetables?” you ask.  Yes! In her book, “Making Wild Wines & Meads,” Pattie Vargas writes about a parsnip wine she entered in a competition: “The restaurant owner poured some parsnip wine, swirled it in his glass, held it in front of the candle to judge its clarity, held it beneath his nose, and looked once again before taking a timid sip. Then he turned to Pattie, tried a second sip, and said, ‘I think I’m in love.’”

Although non-grape wines will not usually taste anything at all like wines made from the juice of grapes, you can be pleasantly surprised with the results of wines from vegetables and other fruit. Did you have a massive potato crop this year?  Try some potato wine! Too many peaches in the tree?  Peach wine has delighted many a home winemaker and their guests.

If you do decide to try some wine from things growing in your own yard, be sure to keep in mind some cautions:

Refrain from using vegetation that has had a lot of chemicals like insecticide sprayed on. Use professional wine yeast (it’s inexpensive – enough to make five gallons cost a dollar a packet) instead of just hoping the wild native yeast in your backyard will ferment your juice. Sanitize your equipment and use food grade plastic or glass to ferment and age your wine. Become familiar with some wine making basics to increase your chances of creating a wine that will delight yourself – and your guests

If you’re a bit hesitant about how a wine might turn out, you can always make several small one gallon batches instead of the larger five gallon size that most home winemakers that are using commercial kits, make.

You can find recipes for wines that have interesting ingredients such as parsnip, ginger, honey, blackcurrants and other fruit at this home winemaking site

Garden Pests – Begone With The Nuisance

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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Gardens are a matter of pride to a gardener. Gardeners put in a great amount of effort in tending to the plants and maintaining the garden. Therefore, it is highly frustrating to have insects or pests in the garden that are destroying it. One fine day, you may be surprised to see the leaves of the plants full of holes. The plants that were in perfect health a few hours ago may have been devoured by some plant-eating insect. An incident such as this needs immediate attention. The reason for this destruction of your plants could be garden pests. This is one issue that has to be dealt with immediately; otherwise, all your hard work in creating a beautiful garden will go waste. Garden pests are mainly slugs, insects, worms, caterpillars, snails, birds, and the occasional gopher. It is impossible to wipe out garden pests in their entirety; however, one can take some steps to reduce the infestation.

Insects are the worst form of pests. They usually take up residence under fallen leaves or decaying matter or even in the soil. It is always better to keep the garden clean and free from old fallen leaves, dead wood and dirt. Regular weeding can help to keep insects at bay. The soil can also be turned up occasionally so that the insects cannot burrow underneath to destroy the roots of the plants. Any lumps formed need to be broken and the soil loosened out regularly. Another way to keep the garden free from pests is to use dormant spray. It helps to keep diseases and destructive insects under control. It can work wonders for the garden by keeping it healthy and free from pests. It is to be used during the month of February or early March when most plants are in their dormant phase. However, dormant spray is effective only if the instructions for use are strictly followed. If not, one may end up killing the entire garden and the plants in the surrounding areas. Some insects can be beneficial to the garden, like those promoting pollination and fertilization of the flowers. Therefore, one needs to be sure of which insects are the pests that need to be destroyed.

Birds are attracted to the insects in the garden and they may end up destroying the fruits and flowers in the garden. One way to get rid of them is to chase them away, but this is not a very practical solution. They return to the same spot once they feel the area is safe. As the saying goes, what cannot be cured must be endured. One way to reduce the problem would be to place a bird feeder in the garden. The birds can then feed at the bird feeder rather than eating up the garden. In the long run it saves the time, energy and money spent on the garden. The bird feeder can be a part of the garden d

Maintaining Garden Tools for Extended Use:

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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Garden tools are specific equipments required by all of us for our day-to-day gardening job and we generally spend heavy amounts on purchasing various garden tools and therefore we need to maintain these equipments in a professional way. We often forget to remove these equipments from our garden for long time after gardening and the garden environment such as moisture, soil, and fertilizers damages these garden tools rapidly. Being a professional gardener should be the aim of each one of us and we should practice some of the common maintenance tips as mentioned below.

Quickly remove, clean garden tool from garden after work:

We should quickly remove the garden tools from our garden after the gardening work.



If these remains in our garden for long time, these might hurt children as most of the equipments have sharp edges and children while playing or walking in the garden can get hurt.
We should wash the soil and other dust or dirt from the garden tool.

Store the garden tool at safer place:



Once the garden tool is cleaned, it should be stored at a safer and dry place.

We should also ensure that it is stored at a place, which is out of reach of children so that children don’t pickup it for playing otherwise they will get hurt.

Protect garden tool from rust for extended use:



Rust is very common in iron made garden tools and we must protect garden tool from rust.

Rust is the eating up of iron metal in the presence of oxygen and water and although it starts from a point, it spreads whole of metallic parts quickly and therefore damages our garden tools.

So, for protecting rust on metal parts, a coat of primer and paint is essential. Well-protected equipment will have much longer life.

Protecting wooden part of the garden tool:



We need to protect the wooden part of the garden tool as well and for its protection, we should apply varnish on it at regular intervals.

These are some of the common maintenance tips to extend the life of garden tool, however you should ensure that the edges of the tools are sharpened so that you feel comfortable while gardening. Well-maintained garden tools will have extended life and at the same time you will enjoy frustration free gardening.

5 Reasons To Grow Your Own Fruit And Vegetables

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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Having your own vegetable patch or fruit garden was once commonplace, but fell out of favour as the food industry become more commercial and supermarkets began to take over. In recent years however, more and more people have started explore growing their own produce again. Here we give 5 reasons why you might consider starting your own kitchen garden.

- Freshness

Fruit and vegetables taste better and are healthier if eaten as soon as possible after picking. Most fruit you buy from supermarkets and the like is picked well before it is properly ripe, to extend shelf life, and this usually has an impact on flavour. Growing your own lets you taste the freshest possible produce as it’s meant to taste.

- Quality

Commercially grown crops are often selected for their high yields, uniform appearance and long shelf lives rather than for quality and taste. When you grow your own, you can concentrate on the quality rather than the economics.

- Price

Much supermarket fresh produce is hugely overpriced, despite their advertising claims. Growing your own from seed is about as inexpensive as you can get, and even growing from small plants you buy is likely to provide you better food at a lower cost. With many plants, you can use the seed from one growing season to provide plants for the next – a self sustaining cycle that will cost you only time and effort to keep going.

- Provenance

More and more people have concerns about how our food is produced, with chemical pesticides and GM food a particular worry. With your own vegetable patch, you know exactly where your food is from and how it was grown.

- Variety

There are literally thousands of different varieties of fruit and vegetables, but supermarkets tend to concentrate on only the most profitable and easy to sell. This means that our choice is often limited to a few select varieties of apple, for example, rather than the hundreds of traditional kinds that exist. Growing your own lets you pick the varieties you like the most, and experiment to find new ones you’ll rarely see on sale.

There is of course a downside to all this – it takes time and effort. In these increasingly busy times, we might not think we have the time to spare, but starting small with a few herb plants on your windowsill, or even the odd tomato plant, will give you a taste of growing your own and might even be enough to hook you into it for life!

Drinking Vitamins Through Fruits and Vegetable

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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Drinking a daily vitamin packed taste of your abundance that includes romaine lettuce, celery, stalks kale, apples, lemon, and bright auburn (or make your own imbibe)

To eat wholesome we hardship to eat daily one mash of raw vegetables for each 50 pounds of body import. By juicing this total, it is very cool to get 50% of your body credence’s requirement of raw vegetables. Raw food is important to our body because, when it is consumed, it does not nurture our fair blood cells like cooked food does. It did not change when raw foods or low temperature cooked foods were consumed.

Health juices are not a new things over narration. Limejuice cured scurvy in the16th century, saving thousands of sailor’s lives. Nevertheless our generation has only newly discovered the nutritional and biochemical properties of fruit and vegetable breezy juices. Juicing is the cheapest and most economical structure to claim the shape of the individual in our time today. It was discovered that the best time to take a juice draft is in the morning and during the sunset.

Freshly squeezed juices from vegetables and fruit inhibit more vitamins and minerals, along with enzymes, than any canned or light juice. When making your juice, forever contain a shady green vegetable such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage, or beet tops. It was discovered that the best time to take a juice down is in the morning and during the sunset. Within ten report after consuming the tipple they are absorbed into the bloodstream. This is a benefit to drinking recently juiced vegetables as compared to eat breezy vegetables and fruit. Eating concrete foods take several hours to digest, while a warm fruit or vegetable imbibe is absorbed cursorily into the logic. The stuff is aimless due to the juicing manner but a higher total of nutrients goes into the body and its technique.

The Many Benefits Of Eating Fruits And Vegetables

February 20, 2010 by Mario  
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It could be awkward to squander authority sometimes. You know when you have been exercising and ingestion right, but you just can’t get rid of that last 3-7 pounds that appear to stick to areas like your midsection? If you go on an organic fruit juice diet for a link of living the burden will shelve right off.

Using fruits like watermelon and lemons, an organic fruit juice diet causes the excess calorie release preferred for the body to eliminate stored fat. Such a diet is worn evenly in Hollywood where some careers rely on looks. Fruit juice diets are also worn by professional bodybuilders and professional athletes.

For the ordinary someone, however, there wishes to be an understanding of a few principal principles to make a fruit juice diet work. If you have any remedial conditions you should limit with your physician before untaken on a fruit juice diet.

How Long Does The Diet Last? A fruit juiced diet can last some place from 3 time to one week. If you have never done this print of diet before I would try for two or three days and see how you feel instead of demanding to make it a week.

What Can I Expect? Juice diets, because they purify your body of toxins and chemicals so cursorily, can basis detoxification margin property. Around the end of the first day or on day two of the diet you may note that you have a headache, have a stomach ache, are tired, or are prickly.

Don’t take any medication and understand that the side effects will not last long. Once most of the toxins are flushed from your body, regularly by day three, you should detect a seep in your credence, be sharper mentally, have increased energy levels, and feel truly good.

Vegetables Should Be Included Too It should also be known that organic vegetables should be added to your fruit juice diet. Vegetables commonly have a low darling contents and are required for your body to get the crucial vitamins and reserves it requests.

You can trust vegetables to make your juice or you can juice different types of vegetables individually. Some savor good and others not so much.

Try a few different combinations and see what you like. Just don’t mingle the fruit and the vegetable juice because ingesting fruit and vegetables together can start a letdown stomach.

Don’t Use Processed Fruit Juice! It is grave to prevent processed fruit juices that are laden with austere refined sugars, such as Juicy Juice, Hawaiian Punch, Gatorade, etc. Processed baby and high fructose corn syrup raises insulin levels, is acidic, can begin plague, can cause diabetes, and will shot into fat when it is not burned.

When you shock juice dieting you basic to buy your organic fruit and vegetables and juice them with a juicing robot at home. Or you can go to your district fitness food store, they will often have prime made organic juice free.

Nevertheless Doesn’t Natural Fruit Juice Have Sugar? The sugars in expected fruit juice compound sugars and are laden with nutrients. Your body could also burn through a lot of native sugar if it needs too.

Can I Eat Any Food? Yes you can eat if you want to, but I would eat healthful and light. However, the juice diet will work best if you can abstain from food for about three days or so. Don’t pig out on food when you are done the diet either. Eat small meals at first and work your way back to your desired diet.

Drink Water You should also embrace a lot of water into your fruit juice diet. Water is essential for hydration and cleansing.

Trying any diet to spend heaviness cursorily is senseless if you aren’t expecting liability the work required for care the weight off when you are done with the diet. You can only do so by next a wholesome lifestyle that includes organic food and employ. Good luck on your journey towards vigor and wellness!

Colorful Fruits and Vegetables

February 19, 2010 by Mario  
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It’s important that we eat plenty of different fruits and vegetables every day. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.

You’ve probably heard about the 5 A Day for Better Health program. It provides easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily eating patterns. It’s vital that we eat a wide variety of colorful orange/yellow, red, green, white, and blue/purple vegetables and fruit every day. By eating vegetables and fruit from each color group, you will benefit from the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that each color group has to offer alone and in combination.

There’s several different yet simple ways to start incorporating vegetables and fruit into your familiar and favorite meals. You can begin your day with 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, slice bananas or strawberries on top of your cereal, or have a salad with lunch and an apple for an afternoon snack. Include a vegetable with dinner and you already have about 5 cups of fruits and vegetables. You may even try adding a piece of fruit for a snack or an extra vegetable at dinner.

Don’t be afraid to try something new to increase your vegetable and fruit intake. There are so many choices when selecting fruits and vegetables. Kiwifruit, asparagus, and mango may become your new favorite. Keep things fresh and interesting by combining fruits and vegetables of different flavors and colors, like red grapes with pineapple chunks, or cucumbers and red peppers.

Get in the habit of keeping fruits and vegetables visible and easily accessible – you’ll tend to eat them more. Store cut and cleaned produce at eye-level in the refrigerator, or keep a big colorful bowl of fruit on the table.

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