Excellent Vegetables from Fall Gardening

Many gardeners do not even consider fall gardening because of the winter frosts that might make an early appearance. On the contrary, fall gardening will result in excellent vegetables and will extend crops long after spring planted plants are finished.

Fall Gardening

Vegetables produced from fall gardening are sometimes sweeter and milder than those grow in the summer and offer a brand new taste to the same old veggies.

What you choose to grow during you fall gardening will depend on your available space and what you like to eat, just like spring plants.  Even the crops that enjoy the heat, such as tomatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, and peppers, will produce until frosts hit, which can be pretty late in the year in southern areas.  However, there are some plants that will quit towards the end of summer like snap-beans, summer squash, and cucumbers.  If these vegetables are planted around the middle of the summer they can be harvested until the first frosts as well.  Hardy, tough vegetables will grow until the temperature is as low as 20 degrees, but those that aren’t as strong will only be able to grow through light frosts.  Remember that if you have root and tuber plants and the tops are killed by a freeze the edible part can be saved if a large amount of mulch is used.

When fall gardening, make sure and pick the vegetables with the shortest growing season so they can be full grown and harvested before the frost arrives.  Most seed packages will be labeled “early season”, or you can find the seeds boasting the fewest days to maturity.  You may want to go after your seeds for fall gardening in spring or early summer; they are usually not kept in stock towards the end of summer.  If they are stored in a cool and dry location they will keep until you are ready to plant.

In order to know exactly when the best time to start fall gardening, you must know about when the first hard frost will hit your area.  One of the best ways to tell this is by a Farmer’s Almanac.  They will give you exact dates and are rarely wrong.  You will also need to know exactly how long it is going to take your plants to mature.

To get your soil ready for fall gardening you must first remove any leftover spring/summer crops and weeds.  Crops leftover from the last season can end up spreading bacteria and disease if left in the garden.  Spread a couple of inches of compost or mulch over the garden area to increase the nutrients, however, if spring plants were fertilized heavily it may not need much, if any.  Till the top layer of soil, wet it down, and let it set for about 12-24 hours.  Once this has been done, you are ready to start planting.

Many gardeners will run from fall gardening so they don’t have to deal with frosts, but if tough, sturdy vegetables are planted they can withstand a few frosts and give you some wonderful tasting produce.  Fall gardening gives you the chance to enjoy your vegetable garden for at least a little bit more time.

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Posted by Administrator - November 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

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Sustainable Garden to Enhance Your Patio Space

One great method of decorating your patio while adding green-ness would be to grow a sustainable garden. A sustainable garden is a garden area full of organic plants that one may actually eat. Not only does this make your patio look better, but you can enjoy a healthy meal as an added benefit.

Sustainable Garden

Keep in mind that your “sustainable garden” can be as easy as a handful of plants covering no more than a couple square foot of space. It can also be much more elaborate, with all kinds of vegetables and herbs covering a substantial area.

Where to Put Your Garden
There are mainly two ways to plant your garden.
First, you can plant your garden in the area around your veranda or patio. If so, you’ll want to-use plants that grow rather large, so that their ambience can enhance the look and feel of your patio.

Alternatively, you can choose to put your plants in pots. If you select this route, you can have your plants right on your patio.

Sustainable Potted Garden

This second method makes it easy to plant all types of different plants almost anyplace on your patio or veranda.
Ideally, you’ll need to keep your plants somewhere that gets sun but may also be shielded from the rain. The sustainable crops do not need to be in sunlight all day, but they just must get some sun during the day.

Climate Matters
The climate where you live plays a large role in choosing what sorts of plants to grow. If you’re in a climate which has lots of rain and winds, then you’ll want to stick with very tough plants and vegetables like kale or potatoes.
On the other hand, in case you have a light climate, you can choose from a wide array of plants, from mint to tomatoes, onions to lettuce.

Figure out what sort of weather you can get throughout the course of the season and do a little research into what plants flourish in that environment. Try to get organic seeds to increase your plants health benefits. When you can not find an organic seed, try simply extracting the seeds from an organic plant. For example, buy an organic lemon and use the seeds from that lemon.

Organic plants grow healthier, larger and faster than their genetically modified counterparts. They are more sustainable, taste better and also look better on your veranda.

Grow Foods That You Like To Eat
Finally, be sure to grow plants which you’ll truly enjoy eating. Mix things up a bit, perhaps plant some of your favorite fruits, some herbs and some veggies.

Adding a sustainable garden to your patio will enhance the beauty of your backyard, help you go more green, save you a bit of cash while giving you tasty foods to eat.

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Posted by Administrator - May 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

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Adding a Swimming Pool To My Patio, How Much Will It Cost?

Cost is going to be a major consideration when it comes to selecting a swimming pool to purchase. Just how much does a swimming pool cost to purchase and install? The answer: It really depends on the type of pool you purchase.

Adding a Swimming Pool To My Patio

The Most Affordable Option

The most affordable option is to purchase an above-ground swimming pool. These pools are much less expensive, because there’s no custom building. The swimming pool sets are all pre-built.

Furthermore, you don’t need to excavate the ground. Instead, you just build up the swimming pool. Both of these make the whole thing a lot more cost effective.

Building an above ground pool will generally run you between $5,000 an $9,000, including both installation and the pool itself.

If you want to build a new wood decking around your pool, that’ll usually cost you between $2,500 to $5,000 as well.

The Fiberglass Option

A fiberglass pool is a pre-built pool that’s simply lowered into a hole in the ground. The construction crew comes to your house, digs out the ground then puts the pool in. Because the pool is pre-built, the whole process is much faster and cheaper.

A fiberglass pool will set you back approximately $12,000 to $20,000 for a moderate sized pool. A large sized pool will set you back between $15,000 and $30,000.

This will include the installation and the pool itself, though you may have to purchase other additions like pool lights and pool covers.

Custom Built Pools

Building a custom pool out of gunite or concrete will enable you to design your pool exactly the way you want it to be built. A construction crew will come in, dig out the hole, then use rebar and wire to create the foundation for the pool. They’ll then use concrete or gunite to create the pool from scratch.

This is both the most time consuming and the most expensive option. You’re generally looking at about $25,000 to start with for a moderate sized pool, not including tiling or automated cleaning functions.

If you’re looking at a larger pool that has automatic cleaning functions, then by the time everything is installed you’ll have easily spent $50,000.

The Range of Costs

As you can tell, the range is vast. You can have the pleasure of owning a pool for as little as $5,000, or you can go all out and buy a custom built luxury pool for $50,000 or more.

Make sure that you don’t just take a contractor’s numbers at face value. Get quotes from several different contractors to make sure you’re really getting the best deal. Rates between different contractors can vary by as much as 30%!

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Posted by Administrator - May 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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Tips On Heating Your Patio Efficiently

If you live somewhere cold, the heating of your patio and your deck becomes a big concern. After all, you don’t want to only be able to spend time on your patio during the summer months.

What are your options for heating your patio, especially if you’re energy conscious?

The Old Options

In the past, most people opted to heat their patios using traditional gas or propane heaters.

While these heaters were relatively inexpensive up front – about $200 each – their costs can add up very, very quickly.

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The real cost of propane heaters is the propane. You can expect to pay $5 to $8 in propane for every hour that you’re using a propane heater to warm your patio.

If you enjoy spending time on your patio, that cost can rapidly add up to a staggering sum.

In addition, propane isn’t sustainable. Propane is a natural gas and every dollar you spend on propane is another dollar that goes towards drilling, refineries and factories.

What Other Options Are There?

One of the best options available today is the installation of an electric heater. These heaters are both energy and cost efficient. Instead of spending a lot of money on propane, you only spend a little bit on electricity.

There are many different kinds of heaters you can choose from. You can choose from both radiant heaters and directional heaters. You can choose heaters that are designed to heat a large area, or a smaller heater just meant for one or two people.

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For safety reasons, these heaters must be installed seven feet above the patio floor. Make sure you factor that into consideration when you’re designing and building your patio.

The downside of these heaters is the high installation and unit cost. An electric patio heater is considerably more complex than a propane heater, which just has to pipe gas. As a result, electric heaters can be a bit more costly.

Furthermore, electric heaters need to be installed by a professional. There are strict safety standards that need to be adhered to. It’s not as simple as plugging the heater into a socket.

At the end of the day, the cost effectiveness really comes down to how often you use your patio. If you only use your patio once in a blue moon, it may be cheaper and even more environmentally conscious to just use a propane heater.

On the other hand, if you like to use your patio more than once a week, then it’ll be far, far cheaper for you to get an electric heater installed. Sure it costs more up front, but in the long run you’ll save a lot of money. You’ll also use far less natural resources by going electric.

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Posted by Administrator - March 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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Leaf Blower Reviews

Well, its that time of year again, leaves everywhere and the need for a good leaf blower is at a yearly all time high.

You may be surprised to know that the best handheld electric leaf blowers have long beaten their gasoline-fueled competitors with comparable power and less weight and noise.

Leaf Blower Reviews

Some communities have noise restrictions so check quietness claims.

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Posted by Administrator - November 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

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