What I Am Reading Today-Free at time of posting at Amazon

As I have been reading, I have found it useful to get links of various books and booklets that can either give me new information or spark my mind to develop ideas of my own.  I am going to start sharing some of the free resources I am finding. These may not be free when you read this post.



Posted in Kindle, Prepping, Simple Life | Leave a comment

Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gardening Magazines – Some of the Best

Various gardening magazines are available in the market. But would you like to know which stands out from the rest? Here are a selection of gardening magazines that anyone in love with his or her garden will appreciate.

COUNTRY GARDENS often showcases the more unusual gardens around the country. It introduces wonderful new ways to enjoy garden sights and scents. It helps the avid gardener to create an eye-pleasing, fragrance – filled country garden.

This magazine has very useful advice on setting up and caring for your garden. Every issue contains profiles of fascinating people and their gardens, inspiration for gardens and detailed garden plans. Best of all, it’s a trusted source of information that’s easy to understand. Every season carries a vast harvest of ideas to delight, motivate and guide any gardener.

How about a gardening magazine for those who want to become a better gardener? FINE GARDENING MAGAZINE from The Taunton Press brings you amazing design ideas, beneficial techniques, and the know-how to get the best results from your gardening endeavors.

In each issue you’ll find eye-opening bits of advice from the experts, detailed information on all types of plants, effective techniques and time-saving tips, straightforward tool reviews from editors and readers and planting suggestions for specific regions.

But for more intensive information on how to maintain a garden packed with style and color, then you’ll want to read GARDEN DESIGN. This gardening magazine brings out eye-popping photos, illustrations and useful recommendations on how to create a picture-perfect garden. It is written and designed for those who are passionate about their homes and gardens. Garden Design is more than just a dig-in-the-dirt gardening magazine; it’s for people who enjoy bringing in more aesthetic value for their homes through their gardens.

Garden Design encourages you to create stylish outdoor living spaces and rare gardens through cultivating rare breeds of plants, with updates on the best tools and techniques. It contains magnificent photographs and articles that capture the imaginations of gardeners everywhere.

For passionate gardeners, HOLTICULTURE MAGAZINE is the ultimate guide to gardening. The authoritative voice of gardeners, Horticulture serves as an essential guide and trusted friend, and is a main resource for serious gardeners from every corner of the country.

These magazines aim to instruct, inform, and inspire serious home gardeners. There are gardening magazines for beginners and expert gardeners. Discover or develop your green thumb with their latest gardening techniques and garden design information.

For Australian readers, there is BURKE’S BACKYARD. Springing form a TV series of the same name, Burke’s Backyard focuses on gardening d

Posted in Gardening | Leave a comment

Zucchini

Dating back to 7000 B. C., zucchini (Cucurbita pepo) is native to Central and South America. Sometimes called by the nickname “Italian Squash,

Posted in Gardening | Leave a comment

Title:

Word Count:
407

Summary:
An insightful and informative article exploring some of the latest yard and garden design trends in urban America.

Keywords:
yard,garden,wind,chimes,weather,trends,grass,arbors,plants,sculptures

Article Body:
Spring has sprung, and another exciting season of gardening is upon us! Gardening has made a huge resurgence in recent years, as the hobby of choice for thousands of homeowners across this great country of ours. Our task, in this article, is to document some of the hottest trends in yard and garden d

Posted in Gardening | Leave a comment

Title:

Word Count:
484

Summary:
Decorating your yard does not have to involve the same tacky pink flamingos that your grandmother used to have. There are many more options available to you and are as simple as going to your local store.

Keywords:
garden, gnomes, pixies, yard figurines, exterior decoration, garden decor,

Article Body:
Decorating your yard does not have to involve the same tacky pink flamingos that your grandmother used to have. There are many more options available to you and are as simple as going to your local store.

The same goes with Yard figurines as it does for everything else in life. Too much of a good thing can cause anything too go bad. Too many yard figurines can make your land go from inviting sanctuary to cluttered want to be outdoor museum. Moderation is key in decorating outdoors.

Placing reasonably sized statues randomly through out the yard can create a visually enjoyable experience. Placing a figurine of a small animal under a bush or by a plant is a cute idea that can give the illusion of an actual animal peaking out. Yard figurines that involve animals, fairies or small angels are always a pleasant choice. If the statue is larger than average height of a person, it is best to avoid it. Think simplicity when it comes to a yard figurine`s size as well. Keeping the figurines the size they are in real life is more visually appealing to the average on looker. If you do choose a large piece keep it simple, have other plants around it to detract from the size and never ever have more than one large piece together.

Another aspect to take into consideration is a yard figurines practicality. A small figurine of a turtle or hedgehog by the door that also serves as a boot or shoe scraper. This is helpful in so many ways if you have problems with dirt being tracked into the house. Some yard figurines can also double as planters bringing in more nature to your yard in a quirky pleasant way.

Yard figurines don`t necessarily mean just statues of animals and such. Yard figurines also include fountains. The sound of water can be very calming adding beauty and a little bit of nature to your yard. Other not so thought about options are gazing balls. These are glazed often colored balls that are either on a fountain like podium or placed in clusters through out the garden

Never underestimate the use of a plain rock as a yard figurine. Yes there might not be much to it. Of course it is just a rock but a pretty colored somewhat large rock placed in a flowerbed or on the edge can help create visually pleasant experience.

They key to yard figurines is to not only keep it simple but to also think creatively. Let your yard figurines reflect you and your home. Choose pieces that are visually pleasing and add a reflection of who you are. Look at other people`s gardens to take in inspiration for ideas. Taking these steps can help transform your yard into an inviting sanctuary and keep you from having a yard like your grandmother`s.

Posted in Gardening | Leave a comment

Title:

Word Count:
699

Summary:
One of the best ways to improve your garden is to stop throwing out your garbage. That’s right, your used coffee grinds and banana peels can help your tomato and cucumber plants grow larger and stronger. When that same garbage is eaten and digested by a worm it becomes a powerful plant supplement known as worm castings. Starting a worm compost bin is a great way to create a steady supply of worm castings for your flower and vegetable gardens.

First thing you’ll need is a b…

Keywords:
Worm Compost Bin, Vermicompost

Article Body:
One of the best ways to improve your garden is to stop throwing out your garbage. That’s right, your used coffee grinds and banana peels can help your tomato and cucumber plants grow larger and stronger. When that same garbage is eaten and digested by a worm it becomes a powerful plant supplement known as worm castings. Starting a worm compost bin is a great way to create a steady supply of worm castings for your flower and vegetable gardens.

First thing you’ll need is a bin. You can buy a commercially made worm bin but where’s the fun in that. Those plastic or rubber storage bins make great worm bins. Drill a few holes in the bin so your worms get plenty of air. Just be sure to cover those holes with small pieces of window screen or something else that will keep the fruit flies out. And if you have any plumbing experience, why not add a hose spigot near the bottom of the bin to take advantage of worm tea. Worm tea is even better than compost tea for your plants. All you have to do is add a cup or two to a large watering can and fill the rest with water. Then water as normal.

Next you’ll need some worm bedding. Most commonly used worm bedding for home bins is shredded newspapers. The bedding must stay moist but not water logged. Use a spray bottle to keep the bedding just right for your worms. When your order worms in the mail they will usually ship in a container filled with peat moss. Some people have stopped using peat moss as a political statement. You see peat is not a replenishable resource. Peat takes centuries to develop in swampy regions and it’s just being used up too quickly. Other’s argue that Peat is now created in a safe quick way and what’s all the fuss about anyway. The two sides contradict each other so it’s up to you to decide if you want to use it. Newspapers are readily available and you probably have a stack of them in your house already. So why not avoid the whole controversy and go with what’s on hand.

And don’t forget to put some dirt in the bin too. Worms don’t have teeth, so they need some grit to help grind up their food. You can also use rock dust or powdered limestone instead of dirt if you like, but regular dirt from your yard will work fine.

And of course, let’s not forget the worms. Digging up some worms from your yard will not work in a worm bin. Worms that come from the soil, like to live in the soil. For worm bins, you’ll need red wigglers. They’ll love the environment that you’ve created in your worm bin. How many should you buy, that depends on the size of your bin. Let’s assume that you’ve created your worm bin for the worm castings and not to have tons of worms for your weekends fishing. That means that you’re going to leave the worms in the bin until they’ve turned most of the bedding and food waste into vermicompost. The worm to garbage ratio is usually 2:1. That means that if you’re going to put a half pound of garbage into the bin on a daily basis, then you should start with a pound of worms.

Check your bin everyday to ensure that you get off to a good start. Keep the bedding moist and the bin should stay in a spot that’s about 60 to 70 degrees. Leaving the bin outside in the summer sun is a good way to cook all of your worms. And remember if the worm bin starts to smell, then you probably need more bedding.

Starting a worm bin is a fun project for everyone in the family. Get your kids involved, they’ll love watching those little worms wiggle around your bin. And if you’re lucky, you may see one of the kids chase your mother in law around the house with a handful of worms. Like I said, worm bins are good times for the whole family and great for your garden too.

Posted in Gardening | Leave a comment

Title:

Word Count:
236

Summary:
What makes a restful, romantic and beautiful garden? The addition of a garden bench, a fountain or a statuette is the answer!

Keywords:
Garden, garden decor,solar lighting,garden bench

Article Body:
Looking back through history, gardens have always been emphasized. From the Garden of Eden to modern times, writers have placed the principal characters of their stories and sometimes the most exciting events in gardens. Romantic interludes in garden arbors or in shady nooks are a common occurrence.

One does not, however, have to be a writer to envision a restful, romantic and beautiful garden. In today`s over-developed suburban landscapes, the land is scalped, trees are removed, and the natural vegetation is destroyed, to be replaced by manicured lawns, demanding unlimited water and polluting chemicals.

Professional landscapers frequently continue this trend, replacing native trees with exotics. Fortunately, there are native plant societies which can give good advice about plants for each planting zone, and law makers are beginning to realize that the destruction of the native vegetation allows unwanted plants to take over. In Florida this has happened with the incredible incidence of Brazilian Pepper trees.

A shady tree, a garden bench, a beautiful birdbath and a tinkling wind chime make for a pleasant place to spend an afternoon, and with the addition of a solar lantern, a setting for a romantic evening interlude. Statuettes and a waterfall also add to the ambience. For a relatively small investment and some good planning, a suburban tract can become an artistic haven for both humans and small wildlife. Decorate your garden and add to the enjoyment of nature.

Posted in Gardening | Leave a comment

Title:

Word Count:
450

Summary:
An good way to improve the looks of your garden is to add a garden fountain This can
be both calming and esthetically appealing. I have found out that there’s
nothing more restful than taking a seat on a my garden bench next and
listening to the sparkling sounds of my fountain while I read a book or do some meditating.
Installing a garden fountain is really easy and comparatively cheap, and
will add to the joy of being in your garden. Also, the
maintenance level is minimum.

Keywords:
garden fountain, gardens, gardening, landscaping.

Article Body:
Commonly, people set up garden fountains for the welfare of the natural ambiance
it offers. Somehow, being around a beautiful scene of water feeds
you with positive energy. And this is great for the people ho practice Tai Chi or some
sort of yoga or meditation. The steady drone of the water is precisely
what most folks need to focus on what they’re doing. Even if
You are not into that sort of stuff, just living in a garden with a Garden fountain
has a kind of meditative character to it, even if you are not trying to do
so. I advice it to anyone.

As you first determine to put in a fountain, you want to put a lot of care
into choosing one that will fit with the balance of your garden. Whenever
you have any other ornamentations, you would like to consider if it goes good with
your motif. Does the garden fountain you are thinking of stand out in your garden
like a painful thumb, or does it appear like it was meant to be there? If
You are like me, you can not naturally tell whether the fountain will be a
fine add-on to your garden by merely by looking at it. And so my answer was to
bring my mother (a born natural at fashion design and that sort of things) along
with a image of my garden to the garden shop. I was able to get her skilled
judgment, in addition to that i can see for myself what it would appear like. By doing this
I was able to pick a fine-looking stone fountain that goes terrifically with
the balance of my garden.

Nevertheless, I still had a slim problem with providing my fountain with
electricity. You see, my garden Is not near to my home. I believed it would
look pretty nasty to run an extension cord over my back yard, and so I had to
think up another answer for my problem. I talked over my problem with a professional,
and he rapidly found me the precise solution I wanted:
an extension cord intended for to being buried! Altogether it took was a a couple of hours of
digging out a small ditch across my backyard, and I had electricity to my fountain
without an ugly cord coming across my yard. After I got over this
Small hitch, my garden fountain plan went great.

So if you are seeking a way to form your garden into a more fashionable and
beautiful place to be, I hope you think of installing a garden fountain. The
Whole thing is astonishingly cheap, and I believe that you’ll be
very pleased with the results.

Posted in Gardening | Leave a comment

Title:

Word Count:
435

Summary:
It is good to see the children’s involvement with environment-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is gardening.

Keywords:
gardening, planting, plants, soil

Article Body:
Apparently, we can see how nature is treated these days. It is a sad thing to know that people do not pay attention so much anymore to the environmental problems. What can we do about this? It’s as simple as starting with the children. It is good to see the children’s involvement with environment-friendly activities. One such nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is gardening. Why should you consider gardening for your children?

Here are the benefits that gardening could easily provide the children with:

1. Science

In planting, children are indirectly taught the wonders of science like the plants life cycle and how humans intervention can break or make the environment. They can have a first hand experience on the miracle of life through a seed. This would definitely be a new and enjoyable experience for the kids.

2. Life

Watching a seed grow into a tree is just as wondrous as the conception to birth and growth of a child. In time, kids will learn to love their plants and appreciate the life in them. Gardening could actually help simulate how life should be treated — it should be with care. The necessities to live will be emphasized to kids with the help of gardening – water, sunlight, air, soil. Those necessities could easily be corresponded to human necessities, i.e., water, shelter, air, food. By simply weeding out, one could educate how bad influences should be avoided to be able to live life smoothly.

3. Relaxation

Studies show that gardening can reduce stress because of its calming effect. This is applicable to any age group. More so, it stimulates all the five senses. Believe it or not, gardening may be used as therapy to children who have been abused or those who are members of broken homes. It helps build one’s self-esteem.

4. Quality Time with the Family

You can forget about your stressful work life for a while be soothed by the lovely ambience in the garden. You can play and spend quality time with your children. You can talk while watering the plants or you can work quietly beside each other. The bottom line is, always do what you have to do, together with your kids. You might discover a lot of new things about your child while mingling with them in your garden.

Let kids become aware of their environment’s needs. And one way to jump start that environmental education may be through gardening. It’s hitting two birds with one stone — teach them to respect life while you bond with them.

Posted in Gardening | Leave a comment