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Window Box Containers

September 25, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

Multi-colored Flowers On Balcony

 

Are you designing your garden to fit your own personal style or give your yard and house a unique look? Window box container gardens may be your best answer. These creative designs can look great hanging from your window for many to see. The best part about these gardens is that they work well for both rural and urban gardeners.

Window box containers hang outside your window, fitting perfectly into the frame. Several plants are placed together in the rectangle space provided, blooming with different colors and welcoming people to stop and marvel at your beautiful creation.

When designing your window box container garden you should match it with the size of your window and look of your home. You don’t want the box to have awkward spacing between it and the sides. You’ll also want to place them in…

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Three Plants to Grow with Children

September 23, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

 

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One of the most rewarding experiences of gardening is being able to share your passion with others. It is even better when you are able to pass down your love of gardening to children as well. Whether you’re an expert gardener or a beginner, there are a few techniques and ideas to keep in mind when teaching children how to garden.

The most important concept to keep in mind is the type of plants you plant with them. You’ll want something that is simple, yet beautiful that catches their eye and makes them want to garden again. Here are three plants you can use to help children develop a love for gardening.

Sunflowers

What child doesn’t love sunflowers? These are perfect flowers for getting them actively involved in gardening. They aren’t difficult to plant and…

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Canna

September 18, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

Flower Bulbs   Giant Canna Pink President Miss Oklahoma

 

Are you looking for a large plant for your garden during the summer months? The canna bulb is great for surviving full sun and hot temperatures. They grow best in zones 7-11, so they love warm temperatures. However, in hotter climates make sure you provide them with more water, but cannas being exposed to sun is the best way for them to grow.

Gardeners in cooler climates have the option to grow these bulbs as annuals and let them die in the winter or dig them up and plant them again the next summer. Either way these tropical beauties are showstoppers and will bring a lot of attention to your garden.

As mentioned earlier these plants are rather large. They can grow up to ten feet tall, but if you wish for…

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Blanket Flower

September 16, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

Sun Perennials   Fanfare Blanket Flower

 

Finding the perfect summer flower for your garden can be hard, especially for those living in dry climates. The blanket flower may be your best option as it has a long blooming season and is very tolerant of both drought and heat. They can bloom from early summer to early fall and their red, gold, brown and orange colors will pop out in your garden for an aesthetically pleasing look.

These beautiful flowers can grow from zones 3-8 and are considered perennials. They do not last more than a couple of years, but their long-blooming season makes them worth the while. Blanket flowers can grow in both full sun and partial shade, so as long as they get some sort of interaction with the sun they will survive.

Their pedals are about three inches…

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Rare Bulbs: Crocus

September 11, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

Crocuses

 

The Crocus is a special type of bulb. It can grow in almost any type of climate but many of its species hard to find. They provide so much beauty in you garden when life seems to be bland or even non-existent. The beauty of the crocus can be a great addition for any garden. They vary in color but primarily come in yellow, white and purple tones.

The most unique facet about these plants is they can bloom anywhere from late autumn into the spring. Yes, that means the winter as well. Anywhere between USDA hardiness zones 3-8 are good conditions for these bulbs to flourish in. Crocus corms will need to be planted about 6-8 weeks before the first frost hits. Once soil temperatures dip below 60 degrees Fahrenheit the bulbs are ready to be planted.

These bulbs can burst through…

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Bulbs Under Trees

September 9, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

 

 

Landing Sprouted Bulbs Of Gladioluses

 

Planting bulbs can create one of the most beautiful scenes in your own yard. These plants are also versatile and can be planted in many different locations because of the nutrients held within their bulb. Their beauty can be most evident when placed in the right location. The process of naturalizing bulbs or planting a group of them in a centralized locations around other plants, can reveal their beauty in a new light. Placing bulbs around trees has become a popular means of naturalizing these plants.

Planting bulbs under deciduous trees is one of the best options for naturalizing these beautiful plants. In order for this process to be done correctly the trees must be deciduous meaning their leaves are shed each fall and grow back in the spring. The plants also have to be spring-blooming…

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Coneflower

September 4, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

Purple Cornflower

 

If you’re looking for a flower that is long lasting but will continue blooming year after year then the Coneflower is the way to go. This plant will maintain the beauty in your garden better than before.

They grow best when planted in the spring so that they can bloom in the summer and fall. They can also be planted in the fall in time to bloom in the spring, but it is not recommend unless you live in a warmer climate. Coneflowers have long lives and will bloom for a long time if taken care of properly.

Coneflowers can be grown in any zone between 3-9 and are native to North America. They mostly grow in white, purple, pink and red. So these perennials are bursting with color throughout the summer and fall. Coneflowers grow to be about 2…

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Conserving Soil

September 2, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

Handful Of Soil And Flower Buds

 

Soil is such an integral part of plant life and many varieties of food. It’s importance is hard to overstate and because of this we should be conserving as much healthy topsoil as possible. The best part about conserving soil is that it all begins in your backyard. Each person can make a difference by taking a few steps in the right direction to preserving good topsoil and promoting healthy plant life.

In order to conserve the fertility of soil and protect this natural resource from eroding proper precautions must be taken. One of the best ways to fight against soil erosion is by planting trees. Over time the roots of trees dig deeper and deeper into the ground, grasping onto the soil. The roots also bring the nutrients of the soil to the surface, making it…

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Lesson Learned: Composting at School

August 28, 2014 BY Bash Foo Development Team

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 Bash Foo Development Team

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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