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Turn Your Black Thumb to Green

Gardening Tools, Home gardening advice, Home gardening tips | No Comment

Do you have trouble figuring out where you should put your plants? Do you put them in the garden and just hope for the best, which, if you’re like me, is practically a death sentence for each poor plant? 

While surfing Amazon.com , I came across this nifty little gadget that looks like it was created with just me in mind: THE EASYBLOOM. Check it out:

How It Works

1. Set It
Plug the EasyBloom Plant Sensor into a USB port–you will be brought to your My EasyBloom Dashboard page. Put the sensor into Recommend or Monitor mode.

2. Place Sensor
Place the sensor in a spot where you would like to grow a plant, or adjacent to the plant that needs monitoring. Let the EasyBloom Plant Sensor gather a ‘plant’s eye’ view of that location.

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It’s Sweet Cherry Time Again!

Cherries, Fruits, Gardening By Season, Home gardening advice, Home gardening tips, Summer | No Comment

Every year, I can’t wait for the end of June, beginning of July, as that’s when our sweet cherry tree goes to town.

When we moved into our house, it was the dead of winter, with snow on the ground, and not a tree in sight had leaves, so we had no idea what kind of fruiting or flowering we could look forward to come spring.

Imagine our surprise the first summer to see that we had a sweet cherry tree! (My absolute favorite fruit!  Give me a bing cherry or 300, and I’m a happy – and bloated – puppy. I also adore blueberries, raspberries, Thompson green grapes and raw English snap peas, but if I could only have one, it would be the cherries hands-down.)

And given the prices of cherries these days, up to $8 or $9 a lb., having my very own tree is heaven!

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Japanese Garden Ideas – Building Your Own

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Japanese Garden

I don’t know about you, but I love Japanese gardens, both the rock garden style and the more lush traditional type.  The simplicity and tranquility of Japanese gardens help me still my mind after a busy day.  With just a few simple items and plants, strategically placed, you can have an area of beauty and restfullness and it doesn’t take a lot of space to achieve it.

Japanese Rock GardenJapanese rock gardens (karesansui) can go  on a desk, in a small space in a corner of a yard, or can be created to take advantage of a large lot.  It’s up to you how much space you want to devote to yours. They vary anywhere from very austere (rocks and sand only) to ones with a few plants added in. The traditional Japanese garden adds water features, decorations and many more plants.  Whichever type you choose is only limited by your imagination (and budget). Read the rest of this entry »

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Is It a Killer Bee?

Bees, Home gardening advice, Home gardening tips, Insects | No Comment

Now that the weather is warming up again, our friendly neighborhood bees are starting to wander by our yards, helping to pollinate our plants. 

Or is it a friendly neighborhood bee?  What if it’s a killer bee?  How do you tell? Read the rest of this entry »

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Get Fit Through Gardening

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Now that’s one way to combine two things I need to do: get both me and my garden in shape!

This book focuses on keeping the gardener fit and flexible, which can only help improve our garden. I mean, how great do your plants grow when your back is too out of whack to bend over to get those pesky weeds out of their way?

The GET FIT THROUGH GARDENING book gives you all sorts of great exercises you can do while working on your garden, whether it’s a small kitchen garden or a whole acre or more.  Even if you just cut the grass regularly, you can pick up some great tips on making sure your knees, neck and back don’t suffer any more than they have to to have a great garden or landscape.

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Does Anyone Know Simple Ways to Create Low Frequency Vibrations? Can a Radio Be Altered to Do It?

Home gardening advice | 4 Comments

Q: Specifically, I’m looking to make vibrations that are inaudible or almost inaudible to the human ear.  What sorts of home appliances can do this? Oh, my reason? I’m trying to think of a way to discourage my chickens from digging up my garden and have read that many animals can sense and will avoid certain low frequency sounds. Thanks for your advice!

A: While I agree that this may not be very effective at stopping the chickens, if you did want to try, I suspect a mechanical vibrator will be simpler and cheaper than the signal generator, amplifier and speaker option. An approximately 1750RPM motor (a common speed in areas with 60Hz power) with an eccentric weight on the shaft will generate about a 29Hz vibration. This might be hard on the bearings of a general purpose motor, but it might be OK for a short experiment, if it works, purpose built vibration motors are available. powered by Yahoo answers

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Returning Faulty Tent to Argos, Advice Please?

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Q: Hi, a couple of weeks ago I bought a tent from Argos. When it arrived by home delivery, I put the tent up on the back garden, and it seemed to be ok. But when we took it camping, we noticed little pin holes in it, and the door was sewn into the seam, which makes it difficult to zip it shut. I haven’t got the packaging and the boxes that it came in, but I still have the receipt. Will Argos give me my money back?

A: I used to work for Argos. Take it back to any store, explain what’s gone on and you’ll get your money back or a replacement. (xx)

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