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Lesson Learned: Composting at School

August 28, 2014 BY Gabriel Bain

Zest on a compost heap

 

We all have wasted food or didn’t recycle when we should have. That is no surprise. We also know that children tend to waste more than anyone else. That is why schools across America are starting to take advantage of waste and turn into something great. Instead of students throwing away their loose banana peels or other scraps from their lunch. Administrators have now turned the trash cans into compost bins.

New York City schools have been some of the biggest advocates for turning waste into compost and helping the revival of plant life. It’s a great way of turning what would be waste into something not only reusable but also a contributor of producing new life.

This type of composting is going on in major cities around the country but New York’s efforts seem to be…

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Technology in the Garden

August 26, 2014 BY Gabriel Bain

Gardening for Fitness

 

As our world develops with new technologies on a consistent basis, it is important to take advantage of these opportunities as they possess the power to often help us in our everyday lives. Incorporating technology with gardening should be no different. There are a growing number of tools being developed to help gardeners excel in the garden. One of the best ways to monitor the growth of your garden is by using PlantSmart.

PlantSmart measures the nutrients and conditions of the soil, the sunlight a particular spot receives, temperature and even moisture. All you have to do is stick the device into the piece of soil you want to learn about. Once you are finished plug it into your computer via USB and discover the readings on the the PlantSmart website. Based on the information collected…

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Garden Contrast

August 21, 2014 BY Gabriel Bain

Flower Garden

 

Gardening can be a form of art. It takes careful skill to sculpt your creation into something that is aesthetically pleasing to both you and others around you. Using bulbs to create your garden gives you many options to build something beautiful. One of the best ways of accomplishing this feat is to create contrast within your garden. Having contrast in your garden can direct a viewer’s attention to a certain part or create a unique design that grabs the attention of onlookers.

Height

Using height to create contrast is an excellent choice for your garden. Whether you plant taller plants in the back of your garden for a beautiful backdrop or choose to have a pattern of varying heights, there are many options available to you.

Color

Color is one of the most commonly used forms of contrast used in gardening….

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Herbaceous Borders

August 19, 2014 BY Gabriel Bain

 

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The herbaceous border also known as perennial borders can be a great decoration to fit those who are seeking to build a garden outside the conventional norm. They are designed to give your garden a beautiful surrounding for years to come. Herbaceous borders are made up of herbaceous plants that are lined up on the outer edges of a garden for a aesthetic and long lasting appeal. Herbaceous plants are perennials and last for more than two years. They survive but lay dormant during the winter and grow back once the spring hits. They usually have a soft and non-woody stem.

There are several herbaceous plants available that can enhance the growth around your garden, but can also create an appealing border. When you want to start planting your herbaceous border it is best to plant them during the fall….

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Pallet Garden

August 14, 2014 BY Gabriel Bain

 

Pallet With Flowers

 

If you’re looking for a different type of garden design that give your flowers a unique and diverse look then pallet gardening may be for you. This type of planting involves a wooden pallet, some soil and bulbs or seeds. The pallet is filled with soil and in between each opening, flowers can be planted. This technique is unique and saves a lot of space. It is great for those who wish to garden but do not have their own space to do so. It is also cheaper than building a raised bed garden.

First, you will want to find the right pallet before you begin the process. These can be easily found for free behind supermarkets and other places where shipping pallets are used. Make sure it is in great conditions still as you will need all the boards…

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