In Depth Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks with Lee O’Hara (Part 6 of 7)

October 11, 2010 by Mario  
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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? alturl.com ?????????????????????? Click link above to get your FREE $500 Dollar Home Depot Gift Card! You can use it to buy supplies! ;) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Water Gardening Water Garden Pond Do you want to build a backyard water garden or pond? If so, you need to know what you are doing but don’t be intimidated because almost anyone can do it with some careful planning. Backyard water gardens usually have fish as well as plants and plant life. If you have a Koi pond, it will limit the amount of plant life you can have in the pond. Water gardens in most climates need to be at least two feet deep. If you are in a colder climate, you can provide about 12″ to 16″ of water below the freeze zone. One of the most important steps in creating your pond is to choose the right location. So how do you know where to put your pond? Where to Put Your Pond You probably want your pond close to your home so that you can enjoy it fully and you will be able to see it year round. You will also be able to see birds, butterflies and more that will be attracted to your water garden. You will also want to be sure that you put it somewhere so that rainwater runoff will not down into the pond. Depending on the layout of your backyard, there may be some landscaping required to get this done. But it’s important that rainwater doesn’t get into the pond because it may have

In Depth Guide to Home Composting (Part 2 of 3)

July 12, 2010 by Mario  
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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? alturl.com ?????????????????????? Click link above to get your FREE $500 Dollar Home Depot Gift Card! You can use it to buy supplies! ;) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? What Materials Can You Compost? Pretty much all your organic household and garden waste is an elligible candidate for composting although there are a few exceptions. Things to particularly avoid are meat, fish, bones, fats and oils, dairy products like milk and cheese, dog and cat droppings as these can attract animals, create foul smells as they degrade and carry nasty diseases. Also, whilst weeds and plants can be added, it is advised to dry out persisent weeds and remove seed heads before adding these. Ashes are also best avoided, as are glossy magazines although shredded paper and cardboard are fine to add. Feel free to add waste fruit and vegetables, crushed egg shells, coffee grounds (worms love them!) and tea bags, hair, leaves, grass clippings and other organic waste. As a general rule, if in doubt, leave it out but most organic waste will rot down just fine and if you shred it or cut it up smaller, it will compost faster. How Long Before It Becomes Compost? This depends on the balance of materials in your compost heap, the weather and the amount of time you can devote to the project. If you want to take an active managed approach to your composting then you can have afully composted

In Depth Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks with Lee O’Hara (Part 7 of 7)

April 21, 2010 by Mario  
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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? alturl.com ?????????????????????? Click link above to get your FREE $500 Dollar Home Depot Gift Card! You can use it to buy supplies! ;) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Organic Hydroponic Gardening What is organic hydroponic gardening? Well, first you need to know what hydroponics is before you can understand how it is used organically. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in water and nutrients as opposed to growing in soil. Many people feel that this is better for the plants. Many people use organic hydroponic gardening when growing food items like vegetables for eating. When it comes to hydroponics, many people have mistakenly thought that it was non-organic but this is not true. Water is organic, as is the nutrients that are used and the fertilizer can also be adapted to be organic so you can easily have organic hydroponic gardening. What is Hydroponics? Hydroponics is a Latin word that when translated basically means “working-water”. Hydroponics refers to a method of gardening that is safer for the environment. Using indoor gardening methods, water and lighting, etc. plants are grown. This method of growing plants without soil has been dated back as far as the 1600s but has really become more popular recently. People have been growing in water since before they began planting in soil. Hydroponics progressed over the years but with the invention

In Depth Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks with Lee O’Hara (Part 4 of 7)

April 19, 2010 by Mario  
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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? alturl.com ?????????????????????? Click link above to get your FREE $500 Dollar Home Depot Gift Card! You can use it to buy supplies! ;) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Growing Herbs for Cooking Cuisine Herbs If you cook with herbs then you might have already thought about growing your own herbs for cooking. It’s easier than you might think as well. You can learn how to set up a small herb garden, how to cultivate and prepare herbs as well as what herbs to use with certain foods. In no time at all, you can become an herb specialist and your food will be all the better for it! There are many different types of herbs such as culinary herbs, aromatic herbs, medicinal and much more. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Handbook on Herbs lists 73 different types of herbs. There are many common and non-common herbs and if you are a beginner culinary herb gardener, there are some that may be easier for you to start with. Parsley, thyme, savory, marjoram, mint, chives and basil are some common herbs used in cooking. Herbs for Beginners If you are a beginner herb gardener, you might not know what herbs to plant since there are so many to choose from. It is a good idea to get a variety of flavors and uses in cooking so that you are not stuck with all one kind of herb. You can choose from: * Strong herbs such as rosemary, sage and winter savory * Accent herbs such as dill, mint

In Depth Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks with Lee O’Hara (Part 3 of 7)

April 18, 2010 by Mario  
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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? alturl.com ?????????????????????? Click link above to get your FREE $500 Dollar Home Depot Gift Card! You can use it to buy supplies! ;) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? The Advantages of Having Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden Today, many people are concerned about the soaring price of food. While a vegetable garden won’t provide everything you need, it can go a good way towards reducing your food bill. Even if you have just a small amount of space around the foundation of your home, you can use it for a wrap-around vegetable garden. Depending on the plants that you choose to grow and how you store them, you may even find that you can have fresh vegetables on hand all year long. Saving Money If you think about the vegetables you use the most often, tomatoes rank at or near the top of your list. Whether you use tomatoes for sauce on spaghetti or cut them up for salad, they tend to be a staple food in everyone’s kitchens. Fortunately, tomatoes are easy to grow in almost any climate. And even if you don’t have room for a full vegetable garden, you can still grow tomatoes in a pot on your patio. In many cases, 10-15 healthy plants will provide enough tomatoes for one person for a whole year if you can them for preservation purposes. Your Health and Commercial Farm Pesticides Many food stores carry what they refer to as “organically grown” vegetables

In Depth Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks with Lee O’Hara (Part 2 of 7)

March 18, 2010 by Mario  
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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? alturl.com ?????????????????????? Click link above to get your FREE $500 Dollar Home Depot Gift Card! You can use it to buy supplies! ;) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Step 1: Make Your Soil Healthy Again An organic gardener uses natural mineral and organic fertilizers to build up the soil. Chemical fertilizers and insecticides are not used, because these artificial stimulants and disinfectants compromise the desire for good soil and can also be dangerous. Water pollution from fertilizer and spray runoff reflect some of that danger. Compost is by far the best fertilizer for your soil. You can use ordinary household waste such as fruits, vegetables, lawn clippings, coffee grinds and even hair and dryer lint in your compost bin. The more variety of ingredients (so called “green” and “brown” materials), the better the results of your composting. Mix composted manures, bone meal and other organic fertilizers into your soil as well. Your lawn, vegetable garden and flowering plants will each need different types of fertilizer, so learning which plants grow best in which type of soil will allow you to drastically cut down the maintenance of your garden as the years pass. Step 2: There is No Step Two! That’s it! It’s all about the soil. Once you learn all about your soil, organic fertilizers and which plants need what, you will begin to see fabulous results. It

In Depth Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks with Lee O’Hara (Part 1 of 7)

March 15, 2010 by Mario  
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? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? alturl.com ?????????????????????? Click link above to get your FREE $500 Dollar Home Depot Gift Card! You can use it to buy supplies! ;) ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? How Difficult is Organic Gardening? The question should be, how easy is organic gardening? The answer is that it’s actually easier than conventional gardening! Why? Once you begin practicing organic methods, you will quickly realize that everything has to do with the soil. Once your soil is healthy, the time, maintenance and frustrations of gardening will actually do down. Soil and the Health of Your Garden Most people, brought up in a world of chemicals and pesticides, do not realize that adding more chemicals to their lawn and garden is like living on a diet of donuts and soda pop. Sure, you’ll get a quick, energetic sugar rush, but soon afterwards you feel even more tired and listless. It’s the same with your soil. Adding chemical fertilizer only gives it a quick boost, but does nothing to improve the soil in the long run. Organic gardening is basically organic soil building. 90% of all garden failures are caused by poor soil, so by improving the fertility of the soil, the organic gardener prevents the major cause of poor gardening results. Becoming a Successful Organic Gardener To wean your home garden off chemicals and become an organic gardener, you have to plan ahead. Realize that it