20 Sep

Commercial Grade Large Planters For Your Restaurant

Restaurant planters or hotel planters are usually large, elegant, and functional. Their unusual sizes are not only for style but for a purpose. They can serve as a boarder or a liner for the restaurant’s outdoor setting. Instead of putting fences or railings, large planters are more trendy and can add beauty to the restaurant.

Large fiberglass planters are the most commonly used planters in commercial establishments. Fiberglass are lightweight and durable which makes them ideal for outdoor settings. Some would even use big planters on casters so that it can easily be moved when they change their outdoor arrangements.

Most restaurant planters today are not only used as an ordinary containers for plants nor a restaurant decoration. Four of the top grade restaurant planters that combine function and style for restaurants today are as follow:

Coronado Premier Planters
These large commercial planters are used by the well-known Hotel Del Coronado, one of the oldest wood hotels. It is 36 inches long and 13 inches wide which are perfect for outdoor dining areas because they won’t occupy too much space. It looks like wood but it is actually made of Premium Cellular PVC.

Good thing about PVC is that guests cannot really tell that the large planters are not real wood. The material is durable compared to real wood because it won’t rot and can withstand bad weather conditions. They can also be painted with any color and can easily be cleaned.

Capri Rectangle Flower Planters
The Capri Rectangle Flower Planters are very simple yet innovative and elegant. They create an illusion of floating slightly above the ground. The compartment of these large planters are larger than the supportive footprint underneath.

The Capri Planters come in a variety of textures, colors, shapes and finishes that compliments any plants, flowers, bushes, and even trees. They are slightly bigger than the Coronado Premier Planters but they can be ordered in custom sizes.

Cairo Vase Planters
The Cairo Vase Planters has long been used in ancient Egyptian time. Their exquisite beauty and elegance perfectly fits in classical themed restaurants or luxurious dining areas. They may not be too functional compared to the Coronado and Capri Planters but with its charming appearance, you can have an unusually large vase as a centerpiece in any indoor or outdoor setting.

Custom planters for the Cairo Vase planters are also available. So they can be made in medium or small sizes which can be placed anywhere as a group to accent restaurant doorways, reception areas, and other spaces.

Valencia Round Fiberglass Planters
These are commercial grade planters that has the classic Mediterranean style that can be refreshing for outdoor restaurant settings. The Valencia Round fiberglass planters are highly durable and resistant to any possible damages like staining, scuffing, or wearing off. These round planters have small circular footprint that can occupy less space in your restaurant.

Large Commercial Planters are of high quality which makes them long lasting. They will be a good investment for any commercial establishments not only in terms of function but also in attracting more clients or customers.

12 Sep

How To Build Your Own Intermittent Misting System To Propagate Plants

This article will lay out the steps and materials you need to build your own misting system to propagate plants.

How to build your own misting system

Here is a list of materials and quantities needed to build a basic misting system. This system is designed to be used outdoors, but should also work fine inside a greenhouse. Your choice of misting nozzles will determine whether your PVC pipe will be suspended above the cuttings, or lay on the ground. This list assumes you are using a digital timer. WARNING: Use extreme caution if using mechanical timers instead of the digital one. The voltage can cause injury or death. If you are not qualified to perform the required wiring, seek the help of a qualified electrician. If using a digital controller, most convert the incoming voltage to a lower voltage, so there is less of a danger, but seek advice from an electrician if needed.
Misting controller(s) (1) (2, if building the mechanically operated system)
110 volt AC to 24 volt AC transformer (1) (will not be needed if using the digital timer)
24 volt AC solenoid (1)
Wire for solenoid (length determined by system builder)
Wire for timers (only if using the mechanical timers)
3/4 PVC pipe (10′ length)
3/4 socket x 3/4 male IPS adapter (1)
3/4 male IPS x female hose adapter (1)
3/4 PVC glue on cap (1)
misting nozzles (4)
Waterproof wire-nuts (2)
9 volt batteries (for digital timers only)
PVC primer and cement
Teflon tape
Misc. electrical fittings (only if building the mechanical system)Step 1
Install the two 3/4 male adapters into the solenoid. Be sure to wrap Teflon tape around all pipe threads to reduce the likelihood of leaks. The 3/4 x female hose adapter should be installed on the inlet side, the 3/4 male IPS x 3/4 socket on the outlet side. Most solenoids have a direction of flow arrow to help you determine which end is the inlet, and which is the outlet. Be sure to not over tighten the fittings, or the solenoid may crack.
Step 2
If building the digital timer system, wire the controller to the solenoid, using the wiring directions that came with the controller. Be absolutely sure the transformer and solenoid are the same voltage. Use the waterproof wire nuts to connect the solenoid to the wire. If building the mechanical system, the timers need to be wired together, then to a transformer. The transformer then gets wired to the solenoid using the wire nuts. Seek the help of a qualified electrician to be sure your mechanically operated system is wired correctly.
Step 3
Prime and cement the 3/4 PVC cap on the end of the PVC pipe. Prime and cement the other end of the pipe into the fitting in the solenoid. Do not get any cement in the solenoid.
Step 4

23 Aug

Humate Based Cannabis Plant Food

Humate Supreme Inc. introduced its organic humate and nutrient base plant food products to the European cannabis community at the recent Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. Attendance was excellent and enjoyed by all, with free samples flowing generously to attendees looking for a better way to grow vibrant, healthy, potent cannabis, without the high costs and mess of hydroponics.

Humate Supreme plant food tablets are a complete stand alone fertilizer product that can be used at any stage of the growing process, from seed planting to plant maturity, eliminating the expense and mess of hydroponics.

Our UK division will service the numerous contacts made within the UK/European community, allowing for fast, inexpensive shipments and better customer service. With attendees from countries around the world, we were pleasantly surprised to meet with growers from as far away as Mali, Canada and even the United States, that are already successfully growing with Humate Supreme products, having purchased online. Many took applications to sign up as an authorized Home Dealer, allowing them to purchase Humate Supreme product at wholesale pricing, for personal growing use as well as the income generating opportunities.

Humate Supreme will exhibit next at the Hemp Con show February 21-23, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California; followed by the Cannabilooza show in Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2010. We invite you to come see us, get some free samples, have fun talking gardens or maybe become part of our family of dealers. For more information, please visit us online at www.humatesupreme.com or call us at 918-786-6800. We love to talk gardens. Howard E. Turrel, President/CEO of Humate Supreme Inc., is a pioneer in the research and development of organic humate base nutrient rich fertilizers. With a background in agriculture dating back to his youth, Turrel has been at the forefront of eco-friendly sustainable agriculture since 1968, being instrumental in the development of numerous synergistically powerful humic acid based plant food products; including products formulated specific to the hemp/cannabis plant.

Humate Supreme manufactures and distributes organic humate base plant food products, formulated specific to the Hemp/Cannabis plant. The product line includes plant food tablets, liquid teas, and potting soil supplements; all rich in humic acid and micro-nutrients.

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

Magnesium deficiency in the soil may be one reason your tomato leaves yellow between the leaf veins late in the season and fruit production slows down. Test your soil every 3 years or so to check on nutrient levels. Epsom salts can keep plants greener and bushier, enhance production of healthier fruit later in the season, and potentially help reduce blossom-end rot. Apply 1 tablespoon of granules around each transplant, or spray a solution of 1 tablespoon Epsom salts per gallon of water at transplanting, first flowering, and fruit set.

However, don’t rely on Epsom salts alone to correct large soil magnesium deficiencies, but rather use it as a supplement to soils with adequate or slightly low magnesium levels to boost plant growth, flowering, and fruiting. For severely magnesium-deficient soils, use dolomite lime or Sul-Po-Mag.

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.

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.

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 ever since I started my garden.”

Amanda gave Sarah a funny look, “Did you ever consider that you might be allergic to one of your garden plants?”

Sarah returned the strange look, then glanced to her own hands, “But, I’m not allergic to any of the foods I’m growing.”

“You don’t have to be,” Amanda said, “The sap of the garden plants, for lack of a better way of putting it, is different from the vegetables that grow. Get yourself a pair of gardening gloves and wear them while you’re working in the garden from now on. I bet that will heal those rashes right up.”

Sarah smiled, “I hadn’t thought of that. Thanks, Amanda. I’ll go get myself a pair right now.” She turned toward her home then, and ducked inside to grab her purse and her keys. Any idea was worth trying at this point, to make her hands stop their incessant itching.

3 Aug

Native Plants For Landscaping Design in Sydney

Showing your Australian pride and heritage doesnt stop at supporting Australian made and grown products because even in your own homes and gardens, you can go Australian. Knox Weekly featured a couple, who shares their joy of gardening around, by welcoming people to explore the garden theyve spent years creating and beautifying in their Boronia home. They will showcase the fruits of their labour as they participate in Open Gardens Australia. Rob and Val Henry have plants native to Australia because they want to change the perception that native plants are wild, bushy and unattractive.

Mr. Henry encourages would-be gardeners not to be disheartened if their first gardening effort will not be a success, because garden maintenance takes time and work. For those who enjoy beautiful gardens but dont have the time to work on it, you can hire landscaping services. If youre looking for someone to do landscape design in Sydney, Manna Landscapes can offer a complete innovative and creative landscaping service, including garden design, construction and maintenance.

Native Australian Plants for Your Garden

In choosing the plants for your garden, be proud of our native Australian plants. The West Australian featured some of the favourite Aussie natives that local gardening experts love.

Scaevola Aussie Spirit (Scaevola crassifolia)
oa robust and hardy semi-woody shrub that grew to a metre or so tall
ofleshy and lightly toothed leaves
opretty blue flowers appear in spring and summer
ohardy, waterwise and performs extremely well in coastal and dry inland conditions
Big Red (Syzygium)
olarge glossy leaves
ofrost hardy and dry tolerant
ocould be grown as a hedge, topiary or pot specimen
owhite flowers bloom over summer, followed by edible berries that help attract native birds to the garden
Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos)
oavailable in a range of colours, from the traditional red and yellow to black, salmon pink and green varieties
oits striking flowers make it good for mass and border plantings
Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea)
omakes a great feature plant
ohas black trunk and unusual, bright green leaves
owould thrive once it has been burnt by fire; they need fire to survive and seed
Banksia
ocomplex flowers and strong, interesting leaves
omakes a great feature plant
Albany Woolly Bush (Adenanthos sericeus)
owell adapted to sandy soils
owaterwise but responds very well to supplementary irrigation
ogrows quickly and has a tall, upright form
ofoliage is soft and lush
oresponds very well to pruning
Swan River Pea (Brachysema lanceolatum)
olow-growing native shrub
ohas glossy green leaves with silvery undersides
ored flowers appear from late winter to spring
ohard and waterwise
ohas the ability to produce beautiful flowers and attract native fauna into your garden
Hakeas
odrought tolerant
oadaptable to sun, shade and most soil types
Snake Bush (Hemiandra pungens)
oprickly foliage with attractive lilac or white flowers
owould grow in full sun to dappled shade
oultra tough, would not require irrigation once established
Dryandras
obeautiful foliage and neat dome-shaped form
obirds
owell adapted to low-nutrient, free-draining soils
obeautiful and low maintenance

Be one with the Australians in promoting Australian culture through gardening and landscaping.

30 Jul

Hibiscus Plants

Hibiscus, the fascinating flowering tropical plant, had its origin in Asia. It has spread to several parts of the world and is among the most popular garden plants. Hibiscus are also grown for landscaping and as hedges. Today, there are thousands of known varieties of the shrub. Many are hybrids. New types are still being discovered, bred and recorded. Sizes differ from less than 12 inches tall (Hibiscus trionum) to about 40 feet (Lagunaria patersonii). The life span of tropical hibiscus can be up to 50 years. In comparison, the hybrids have a shorter existence, approximately 10 to 15 years.

In the tropics, Hibiscus can be found thriving in the most difficult and desolate terrain. Some plants are dense and bushy, while others are thin and tall. The biggest attraction of the Hibiscus plant is the flower. Hibiscus come in many colors and sizes, and in areas where the temperature is above 70 degrees, it flowers throughout the year.

The leaves are normally elongated or oval shaped and about two to four inches in length. Usually the color of the leaves is dull green, glossy dark green or with a reddish tint.

The many medicinal, cosmetic and gastronomic properties of the Hibiscus go back to ancient times. Modern research has confirmed these properties and continues to reveal new ones. All parts of the plant are considered edible.

Propagation of Hibiscus can be made through cuttings or grafting or by germinating the seeds. Saplings and seeds are available from nurseries and florists. Seed germinated plants are unlikely to have the same characteristics as the parent plant because the pollination may not be from the same source. In fact, it is possible that a packet you buy may contain seeds from different parents and could grow into plants that vary in characteristics. If you have one Hibiscus plant, by using cuttings from that plant, a number of similar plants can be grown.

28 Jul

Plants From Seed – Adapting To A Future World

After a plant has grown to maturity it will aim to produce an abundance of seed in order to create a new generation of plants. Annual plants complete this process then die within a year, biennials require 2 years to complete their life cycle and perennials can survive for many years.

Not only do seeds perpetuate the species into the future, more importantly they create a variety of individual seedlings. Some of these individuals will be more successful at surviving changes in the environment and as a result the species is able to adapt to new environments.

Plants grown from cuttings are essentially clones of a parent plant. This is a very useful feature when plants are grown as crops, but a serious weakness in the wild. The reduced ability of clones to adapt to changes in the environment increases their chances of becoming extinct. Hence in nature seed production is vital to the survival of flowering plants.

Over long periods of time seeds that are the result of sexual reproduction will allow for the evolution of new forms of plants and eventually new species. This process is happening at the moment throughout the world. This allows the plant world to replace the species that could not adapt to climatic and environmental changes leading to their extinction. Many plant species are close to extinction for natural as well as man made reasons and these are classified as endangered.

Practical use of seed production can be made on the hobby farm. Apart from growing crops the farmer can also be a hobby plant breeder. I plan to do this with olives. Each year I plan to grow a large number of seedlings and select some according to their foliage. Eventually I may find a seedling that will have the type of foliage I am looking for and this plant can be developed into a new ornamental olive variety. The same principle can be used when developing new olive fruits, but the process will take much longer as there is a need to wait until the seedlings produce a crop.

Another interesting area of seedling production is in the production of plant hybrids. These can be produced when two closely related species are cross-pollinated. This may result in a new plant with features of both parents. An example of a hybrid is the plumcot. This was produced when an apricot and plum were crossed. This process also takes a long time in order to assess the features of the hybrids, but this is an important activity carried out by plant breeders in research centers. I have always wanted to cross a cherry and a plum in order to come up with a cherry- plum hybrid that is easier to grow in Melbourne then the current cherry varieties.

Maybe you can be the proud breeder of a new mouth watering fruit or vegetable and possibly make some money from royalties. Make up your plan, be patient and persistent, set your imagination alight!