15 Aug

Various garden tools from spear and Jackson

Various garden tools from spear and Jackson

Here are just some of the many tools on offer from this very good manufacturer.

E-Series Border Fork

Features:

* Centralized foot take, lowers slipping and unbalancing, offers more burrowing power with less muscle effort and stress

* Heat taken care of (hardened) metal go and stirrup for longevity and durability

* Reflection refined metal go for corrosion level of resistance and little ground bond

* Additional soft-feel for relaxed, safe use and other hold

* Tubular metal base for corrosion level of resistance

* Ergonomic desk forward slanting manage for relaxed use at the ideal burrowing position

* Large soft-feel handle

E-Series Border Spade

Features:

* Centralized foot take, lowers slipping and unbalancing, offers more burrowing power with less muscle effort and stress * Heat taken care of (hardened) metal go and stirrup for longevity and durability * Reflection refined metal go for corrosion level of resistance and little ground bond * Additional soft-feel for relaxed, safe use and other hold * Tubular metal base for corrosion level of resistance * Ergonomic desk forward slanting manage for relaxed use at the ideal burrowing position * Large soft-feel handle

E-Series Digging Fork

Features:

* Centralized foot take, lowers slipping and unbalancing, offers more burrowing power with less muscle effort and stress

* Heat taken care of (hardened) metal go and stirrup for longevity and durability

* Reflection refined metal go for corrosion level of resistance and little ground bond

* Additional soft-feel for relaxed, safe use and other hold

* Tubular metal base for corrosion level of resistance

* Ergonomic desk forward slanting manage for relaxed use at the ideal burrowing position

* Large soft-feel handle

Cold frame 750 x 500 x 1200

Features:

* Made from FSC timber, sourced from well managed forests

* Tantalized wood finish for higher degree of weatherproofing

* Durable lactic panes

* Fasteners and assembly instructions included

Cold frame 900 x 460 x 450

Features:

* Made from FSC timber, sourced from well managed forests

* Tantalized wood finish for higher degree of weatherproofing

* Durable lactic panes

* Fasteners and assembly instructions included

E-Series Garden Rake

Features:

* Reflection refined metal go for corrosion level of resistance and little ground bond

* Soft-feel, shaped manage for relaxed use and other hold

* Lightweight aluminium base with ergonomic bend

E-Series Flexor Lawn Rake

Features:

* Reflection refined metal go for corrosion level of resistance and little ground bond * Soft-feel, shaped manage for relaxed use and other hold * Lightweight aluminium base with ergonomic bend

15 Aug

Giving Your Plants A Boost With Epsom Salts

Use this old household remedy to give some plants a boost.

Many gardeners are familiar with benefits of applying Epsom salts to tomatoes, peppers, and roses but if you are not then let me explain the benefits. The purpose is to improve magnesium content in the soil but is also used as a foliar feed, in order to have healthier foliage, bushier plants and to improve the yield and size of flowers and fruits.

The History and Science of Epsom salts

Epsom salts are a natural mineral, discovered in the well water of Epsom, England, and has been used for hundreds of years, not only to fertilize plants but also to treat a range of human and animal ailments. Chemically, Epsom salts is hydrated magnesium sulphate (about 10 percent magnesium and 13 percent sulphur). Magnesium is critical for seed germination and the production of chlorophyll, fruit, and nuts. Magnesium helps strengthen cell walls and improves plants’ uptake of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulphur. Sulphur, a key element in plant growth, is critical to production of vitamins, amino acids (therefore protein), and enzymes. It’s also the compound that gives vegetables such as broccoli and onions their flavours. Sulphur is seldom deficient in garden soils because acid rain and commonly used animal manures contain sulphur, as do chemical fertilizers such as ammonium sulphate.

The causes and effects of magnesium deficiencies vary. Vegetables such as beans, peas, lettuce, and spinach can grow and produce good yields in soils with low magnesium levels, but plants such as tomatoes, peppers, and roses need high doses of magnesium for optimal growth. However, plants may not show the effects of magnesium deficiency until it’s severe. Some common deficiency symptoms are yellowing of the leaves between the veins, leaf curling, stunted growth, and lack of sweetness in the fruit. Gardeners add magnesium when they apply dolomitic lime to raise the soil’s pH.

However, this product (46 percent calcium carbonate, 38 percent magnesium carbonate) breaks down slowly, and the calcium can interfere with magnesium uptake. For soils with a pH above 7, many gardeners use Sul-Po-Mag (22 percent sulphur, 22 percent potassium, 11 percent magnesium) to increase magnesium. Although dolomitic lime and Sul-Po-Mag are inexpensive ways to add magnesium, Epsom salts’ advantage over them is its high solubility.

Applications of Epsom salts can be given to the degree of 1 or 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts mixed with 1 gallon of water and applied at planting, and as a foliar feed at flowering time and fruit set.

Roses

Many rose growers agree that Epsom salts produces more new canes at the bottom of the plant (bottom breaks) and darker green foliage. Recommendations on how much to use vary, but generally you can apply 1/2 cup of granules in spring before buds first begin to open and 1/2 cup in autumn before leaves drop. Apply a foliar spray (1 tablespoon per gallon of water per foot of shrub height) after the leaves open in spring and again at flowering.

Tomato and Peppers

13 Aug

Tips on Maintaining Bougainvillea Plant

Bougainvillea is as well known as Paper flower is from the family of Nyctaginaceae and is a native of Brazil. This tropical trailing plant is grown in containers and is perfect for hanging baskets and the place it can flow its lively flowering vines. The flower is unremarkably compared to the vibrantly multi-colored bracts like paper that encircle the flower.

In the spring season at the beginning of the budding season, Water these plants a few hours before hand as it will make it easy to take away the plant from the container. Cautiously take it out from the container and with a pointed blade cut it into segments. Remove tangled and dead roots. Ensure to make use of clean containers and new peat based soil. Plant it the similar way that it was planted earlier. After using another container prune away one-third of the vines, this will provide the roots some time to raise and preserve the leaves.

Some of the Bougainvilleas can make progress after getting destroyed due to frost provided that the roots are not frozen. Wait to trim whilst all risk of frost has conceded in the region. Some branches that are dead might shock you and grow again in the spring. If you trim in advance and if the roots get hit by one more frost any latest growth will be particularly responsive to frost. If there is another frost then you should immediately cover up your plant with a plastic or blanket. Optimistically, the plant will come back twice as attractive.

This plant does well in a hot and steamy climate. They flourish in complete heat and sun and blossom best when to some extent held stressed. They are serious feeders and supposed to be fed frequently with half strength manure to keep them blossoming the entire season. To the extent that the automatic watering, two times a day might not let the plant tumble dry and will maintain it in a moist condition the whole time that will encourage the growth but no flowers. One cant water a plant to their plan; they should water as per the plant requirements particularly during the rainy season. So much of watering is not a good idea. If the leaves that are wet do not have a possibility to dry within a little time then they can be caught up by diseases like powdery mildew and leaf spot.

13 Aug

Positive Impact of Rain Gardens

Thinking about the current concern to conserve and be eco-friendly, I decided that I would let you in on one great way anyone can help further conservation. There is a recent trend receiving a lot of popularity among homeowners and other real estate owners called rain gardens. These are designed to help prevent rainwater run-off into sewers, rivers, and streams and help replenish the local groundwater.

What is a rain garden? A rain garden is a strategically placed flower or plant bed of native, deep rooted plants, in a shallow depression. The location of it is planned out to receive the run-off from rooftops, sidewalks, and driveways. This helps conserve municipal water and prevents contamination of streams and rivers since they are not receiving the run-off which may contain fertilizers and other commonly used chemicals.

Why is it okay for the flower or plant beds to receive contaminated run-off instead of the rivers and streams? The water that is re-routed to the rain gardens slowly soaks into the ground and filters naturally in the process. This does not happen when the water is directed to the gutter, into the sewer, and then into streams and rivers. In this process the water just collects even more contaminants, which then contaminates our water systems and reliant wildlife.

A typical rain garden is dug four to eight inches deep, although sometimes as much as one or two feet deep. It is ideal to plant them with deep-rooted native plants as they are more hardy and acclimated to the environment and soil make-up. The depth of the garden is important so that it can hold large quantities of water to decrease the need for irrigation. This also helps recharge the local groundwater while it slowly seeps into the surrounding soil. Because the water is below ground it diminishes standing water and reduces mosquito breeding.

Aside from the environmental benefits of having a rain garden, there are aesthetic benefits as well. With the plants naturally receiving all the water they need, they are able to flourish and create a natural habitat, even during dry periods. This invites natural wild-life, such as butterflies, to grace your garden with their beautiful presence. Also, rainwater is actually better for your plants as it does not contain the added minerals that tap water does, such as lime, calcium, and chlorine. These minerals decrease the quality of the soil and make it harder for the plants to receive the nutrients they need.

Rain gardens can be pretty easy to install on your own. All you would have to do is a little bit of research on native plants that would thrive in a rain garden and download detailed directions on how to install it. Otherwise, you can always hire your local landscape contractor to help you pick out the best plants and do the labor instead. Either way, I hope you have been enlightened and inspired by the importance and benefits of having a rain garden!

12 Aug

Terraces and paved Gardens.

One of the aims of garden planning is to associate the garden with the house so that one unit is created. The garden, viewed through a window, should be a natural extension of the house. The eye should sweep freely across an open lawn to the perimeters, to the prospect of hidden surprises behind curves, or be drawn to an apparently distant focal point.

The uniting link between house and garden is the terrace, usually leading from the living room into the garden. The shape and size of the terrace are usually determined by the garden area and by aspect. Where a new terrace is being built, it should ideally harmonise in shape with the garden.

A garden design based on curved lines should be repeated in a rounded terrace, and a formal rectilinear garden outline should be echoed by a square or rectangular terrace. Existing terraces can be made to conform to a curved garden design by hiding sharp corners with low-growing shrubs, or by adding to the front a curved strip of contrasting stone material as a standing area for planters.

Rounded terraces can be straightened out to some extent by means of additional stones of different material and colour, or by planting slender pyramidal trees at either end of the terrace.

A sunny or lightly shaded terrace will be used as a living and entertaining area in summer. It must, therefore, be large enough to accommodate garden furniture, such as tables and chairs, and to give easy access to both house and garden. Even where the rear of the house faces north or east, and a sunny sitting-out area is better sited somewhere else in the garden, a terrace against the house still provides a natural link between house and garden. It pushes the garden away from the immediate house walls, creating a feeling of space and opening vistas.

Older houses are often raised well above the garden area, and an existing terrace may be an elevated platform shut off from the garden by a low stone balustrade. Here, ornate planters are perfectly at home, and formal planters placed along the balustrade, or pots containing trailing plants, enhance the mellowed brickwork.

The outline of the steps leading from the terrace to the garden can be softened with planters or with plantings of low, graceful shrubs on either side. The bed at the foot of a balustrade can be treated as for a retaining wall and planted with shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.

Most modern houses are built with the ground floor raised only a few inches above ground level. The terrace is on the same level as the garden, and steps are therefore unnecessary. On any type of terrace, leave small planting pockets between the stonework for cushion-forming plants, such as artemisia, armeria, dianthus, thyme and small-leaved mint or even the tiny rock rose (helianthe-mum). Reserve these planting pockets for those parts of the terrace that are not used for furniture or frequent walking.

Small beds can be made at the rear of the terrace next to

9 Aug

Asphalt Drum Mix Plant

Infrastructure can be defined as the basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a nation. The term typically refers to the technical structures that support a society, such as roads, water supply, sewers, power grids, telecommunications, etc. Viewed functionally, infrastructure facilitates the production of goods and services; for example, roads enable the transport of raw materials to a factory, and also for the distribution of finished products to markets. The term may also include basic social services such as schools and hospitals.

Infrastructure is the mirror of a nation. When we talk about building a nation, we need to have better communication and that each part should be connected to the entire nation. For this the entire structure of infrastructure has to be developed and each part has to be well connected.

Each nation has to be fast developing its infrastructure to meet the needs of future and to be well connected; roads have to be well developed. Asphalt is considered to be the best road building material. It binds well and is also durable.

An asphalt plant is a plant used for the manufacture of asphalt, macadam and other forms of coated road stone, sometimes collectively known as blacktop. Road building demands the combination of a number of aggregates, sand and a filler (such as stone dust), in the correct proportions, heated, and finally coated with a binder, usually bitumen based or, in some cases, tar.

Asphalt Plants are primarily divided into two types: Continuous Mixing Type (Drum Mix Plants) and Batch type asphalt plants.

In the continuous plant, raw aggregate is fed into the cold aggregate feeders and specific quantity is delivered to the drum where initially drying and then mixing with bitumen takes place. The temperature inside the drier drum is around 150-180 degree Celsius. The finished product is almost invariably discharged into a hot store rather than directly into delivery vehicles.

Hot storage SILOS can also be used with the plant to store the mix material when needed. Pollution control devices like the venturi type dust collector device and even bag house can be fitted with the plant.

The main advantages of this plant are:

Continuous mixing type plants are cheaper to own. Drum type asphalt plants are easier and faster to erect and install. Drum mix plants are low on maintenance. Asphalt drum mix plants are low on transport costs. Asphalt mixing plants are accurate with only +/- 2% variations. Drum type asphalt plants takes less space to fit.

8 Aug

Chennai Architecture Latest Trends

Chennai architecture depends upon the architect, the clients requirement, the latest architectural trends and the materials available to Chennais building industry. The latest architectural trends play the major role, and these trends are to an extent influenced by local developments in information technology, communication and transport facilities.

Chennais latest architectural trends are:
1. Self-sustaining townships in suburban areas
2. Green buildings
3. Large retail outlets
4. Sizeable landscaped areas

After land costs skyrocketed in urban Chennai, migration started towards suburban areas and townships started to proliferate in those places. Townships are developments with large open spaces and all basic living requirements including schools, offices, shopping complexes, theatres, hospitals and clubs.

A closer look at a typical Chennai township features reveals that:
Multistory residential complexes are developed with clusters of 5 to 10 dwelling units in each block.
Drawing on elements of modernism, these townships also contain open spaces and low-rise (single or two-storey) blocks.
No decorative elements are used and the emphasis is on functionality.
Open planning in these townships creates larger spaces as well as space into space circulation.
Inside dwelling units, other than private spaces, spaces are open and differentiated by levels, flooring and furniture styles.
Living areas lead to semi-private areas so that inhabitants do not feel they are in an enclosed structure.
Existing water bodies are upgraded to aesthetic elements by surrounding them with landscaped parks incorporating pedestrian paths.
Car parking areas are planned based on the area of dwelling units.
Green building concepts are incorporated in most buildings. Chennai has the distinction of housing the largest number of green buildings in the country.

In the recent past several malls with up to seven stories have also opened in Chennai with different styles of architecture (examples are gothic, formalism and modernism). These malls encapsulate retail stores, offices, multiplexes, restaurants, large lounges and. multilevel basement car parking.

Chennai has also an abundance of multistory IT Parks in postmodernism style, providing anywhere from 50,000 to 200,000 square feet of carpet area. Their facades are typically enhanced with aluminum composite panels and glazing, and the interiors fitted out with modular workstations, optimal lighting, filtered power, generator backup and centralized HVAC services. At the time of writing this article, a large portion of this IT space is unoccupied, since many of these buildings were constructed in the pre-recession Indian IT boom, and many fell vacant as tenants downsized or closed down.

Because of the high price of urban land, owners of single-family independent homes are currently flocking to developers to forge joint-venture projects. Hopefully the developers will thoughtfully landscape these new projects to keep Chennai the pleasantly green city it has always been.

7 Aug

For the best garden ever consider Aquaponics

Growing your own crops is undeniably a demanding task even for those deeply in love with gardening. It certainly is a time intensive activity and it requires plenty of energy and dedication. Furthermore, a conventional garden requires fertile land which will sustain your crops. These are generally the main causes for which many people give up their desire to growing their own personal vegetables and switching to home grown organic food. What people dont generally know is that there is a method of growing organic food (pesticide and chemical free) in the comfort of your home. Yes, you read it perfectly: inside of your house.

This new type of farming is called aquaponics and is the simplest way to become a farmer! The great part is that you’ll not only grow vegetables, but you will also grow fish, with the intention to offer your friends and family a diversified nutrition. It all starts fairly simple, with a plain tank filled with water wherein you place some fish. You can get for Tilapia, Chinese Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill or Koi, or whatever species of fish you are allowed to grow in your house. Put them in the water, take good care of them and in about a month position the seeds ensuring they can reach the water and get the nutrients from it. The plants will develop and begin growing using the nutrients offered by the fish. Meanwhile, the fish will enjoy a clean environment as the plants will act as “maids” to them, cleaning and refreshing their water each and every day.

As you can tell this type of farming does not require any type of land, fertilizers or harmful chemicals. Just set up the system and make sure that the water has got the normal PH so that the fish will live comfortably in there. Then, let nature follow its course!

You can grow almost everything you need in the aquaponic farming. Leafy greens, fruity plants and legumes can all be planted within the aquaponic farming. If you have a piece of land where you might cultivate ground-based plants (potatoes, carrots, asparagus, onions, garlic and so on) you can use this water to irrigate it and the results will be spectacular!

This symbiosis between fish and plants is the one which will save you lots of time as well as provides you with a way to take on this activity without compromising your social or professional life. Couple of moments each day will be sufficient for you to make sure that both your crops and your fish are alright! In fact, growing plants and fish with the aquaponic system is so simple that your entire family will be happy to help you with that. Since it involves no dirty hands, bending and digging in the ground, you can even let your little ones help you. It won’t take long so that they won’t get bored and you will get to enjoy moments with them.

Aquaponics is the easiest way through which you will have tasty, fresh and healthy vegetables

4 Aug

Beautify Your Outdoor Space With Garden Furniture

For many homes, the garden often forms a very important part of the living space and a lot of importance is placed on the way a garden should look.

Outdoor furniture is particularly important in houses where the garden is also considered a part of the living room. There are literally dozens of types of furniture which could be placed outdoors in the garden and they go a long way in enhancing the beauty and aesthetic value of not just the garden but the entire house.

There are many types of outdoor furniture ranging from patio furniture to wooden garden furniture. Choosing the right type of furniture could be a bit confusing. It would entirely depend on the customer’s tastes and preferences. It is best to gather a lot of information from various websites and other sources before deciding which type of garden furniture to buy.

Some Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to choosing good furniture for your garden, there are certain important considerations that need to be kept in mind. The first point is the safety aspect of the furniture you buy. Some parts of the garden are vulnerable to cyclones and storms. It is always advisable to have Outdoor furniture such as rattan garden furniture fixed firmly to the ground to prevent them from being blown away and injuring people nearby. Secondly, the garden furniture sets that you buy should be of good quality and they should perfectly match the main furniture placed in the garden.

Taking Care of Your Garden Furniture.

One problem with outdoor furniture especially if they are made out of wood is that they tend to develop cracks and become bloated during the monsoon. Wooden furniture needs special care so that they can remain a part of your garden for many years. Buying good quality and costly outdoor garden furniture is not enough. Maintaining them in a good condition is very important. There are various types of conservatory furniture made of teak and other types of wood which are very trendy. They go a long way in adding to the beauty and aesthetic appeal of the garden. Such special furniture need proper maintenance and care if they are to last a life time.

It is important to remember that the garden is a place where we are closest to nature and hence the furniture that we use in the garden must also respect nature. It should be environment friendly and not cause any damage to the surroundings. Always make it a point to use outdoor furniture made only out of renewable materials. The next thing to remember is to invest a reasonable amount for the proper maintenance of your garden and outdoor furniture. Garden furniture does not come cheap and are quite expensive. If they are not properly maintained, their life span gets reduced drastically.

4 Aug

How to Prevent Skin Rashes from Garden Plants

Sarah pushed the tops of her tomato plants apart again, gripping one of the random shoots that sprung off the plant with her bare hands. She pulled it off, then moved to another crowded plant top. As she discarded the removed piece of tomato plant, she noticed yet again the patch of tiny, red dots that had been growing on the back of her right hand. She continued to ignore it, finding other parts of the carefully tended tomato plant that needed removed for the good of the entire vine.

Ever since Sarah had started her garden earlier this spring, her hands had been plagued with these tiny, itchy red welts. She had been mostly ignoring them, hoping that the rashes would just go away, but as the weeks progressed and her garden grew bigger, these annoying rashes did nothing but spread and repopulate themselves. It looked as if a flea colony had taken up residence on her hands, and refused to bite her anywhere else.

Frustrated at the symptoms, Sarah stopped to scratch the unending itch on the back of her right hand before she plucked another young vine from the end of her tomato plant. She knew that these suckers, as they were called, needed to be removed while they were young in order to keep the nutrients in the main vine of the plant. This would make her tomatoes grow large. Her gardening app had taught her this much, but most of growing her first garden had been a mix of transferring knowledge from one type of plant to the other.

Now, with her young garden plants coming up in what was promising to be a harvest that even her grandmother would be proud of, Sarah wished that she had someone with experience to guide her through the little details that the apps all seemed to overlook. She lifted one of the dangling parts of her tomato plant and grabbed a bit of string from the pocket of her faded jeans. She tied this fallen branch of the tomato plant up and onto the wire rack that she had bought for this purpose.

Unexpected Help

While her back was turned, Sarah her a familiar cry. She rose from her garden plants and turned to see who was calling her. Amanda, her neighbor, came around the corner of the garage and smiled as she greeted her friend.
“So, how’s the garden going?” Amanda asked as she looked over the various garden plants that Sarah had been working so hard on producing.

“Pretty good,” Sarah answered. She pulled another string from her pocket and tied up yet another branch of the tomato plants while she spoke, “My onions all came up nicely, and my peppers are looking wonderful. I’m about to go to war with this tomato plant, though.”

Amanda frowned, noticing the rashes on Sarah’s hands while her friend worked, “What happened to your hands?”

“I’m not sure,” Sarah answered, pausing in her work to show the rashes off to her friend, “They’ve been like this