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  • Gardener Monica's tips: How To Grow Cucumbers

    Cucumbers are relatively easy to grow, a factor that has made them attractive gardening options over the years. In addition to their ease of planting, they also produce high yields during harvest time, and you are sure to have a continuous supply over time. If you do not have enough space in your garden, you can opt to plant them in containers, a porch or a wooden shed. For the latter options, you need bush varieties as they grow well under these conditions. As long as the plants have adequate access to sunlight and water, they should grow fast and healthy. Here’s what you need to do: Prepare The Soil Select a Location One of the things that you will notice about cucumbers is that they do well when they are in optimal conditions, including access to sunlight. For this reason, you have t... (More)
  • Gardener Monica: How To Plant Clematis

    Clematises are perennial vines which come in an array of colours and blooming stages. The good thing about these plants is that you get to enjoy them in the summer and the spring before they die in the winter and autumn. They can grow up to heights of six metres, and you can enjoy their beauty for as many as eight decades. When planting these crops, you should keep in mind that their blooms require sun while their roots require shade. It is only with this combination that you can achieve healthy clematis. What other tips come in handy when planting this crop? Preparation Before getting to the sowing stage, it is essential that you ensure that you are ready for the task ahead by carrying out the following steps. Picking a species Thanks to their growth in popularity over the years, there a... (More)
  • Pumpkin For Dogs

    They key to creating seasonally inspired, healthy treats for your dog is growing the pumpkin yourself. In this article, we will teach you how to plant, grow, and take care of this delicious edible vegetable. All it takes is a little bit of pre-planning, and you will have a garden full of pup treats ready in the fall. How To Plant, Grow, And Take Care Of Pumpkins Know When To Plant The key to having big and nutritious pumpkins is knowing when to plant. In most 4-sesaon climates, it is safe to plant in the late spring or the early summer. This will give you an earlier fall harvest, because pumpkins take 95 to 120 days to fully develop. In order to have pumpkins for Halloween, the latest you can plant is the end of July. Pick A Planting Location Where you put the seeds is going to affect how... (More)
  • Builder Eric's tips on Expansion and Contraction

    When speaking to customers, highlighting the benefit of a good treatment is something we always do. It is a small cost compared to cost of the timber building, but repeatedly, customers choose a poor quality product. No wonder they get in touch the next year to point out cracks or uneven, shrunken logs. Unfortunately, this is fully related to the poor treatment that has been used and is difficult to fix. This could be a poor quality treatment or one that it has not been allowed to penetrate deeply into the wood or has virtually washed off in the first spell of rain. A simple truth - wood is a product that absorbs. It is a natural product that moves and warps in various ways, which is one thing. However it also has the properties of a sponge and absorbs moisture to a high level. Think of y... (More)
  • Builder Eric's tips on Splits

    Summer is the part of the year that we all look forward to spending time outside and enjoying the wooden garden structures we have. However, summer can actually be a difficult time of year in our industry. This is the time when customers sometimes come back to us with concerns as some cracks and splits have begun to appear in their garden structures. These flaws might lead them to question the quality of our wood. Here is a handy guide to let you know why this happens and how to combat it. Timber – a Natural Organic Substance Timber is a natural product, that comes from natural trees. It is an organic substance that is greatly influenced by its surroundings. It has to find a balance with its surroundings which could be moist or very wet at certain times of the year yet arrid and dry at ... (More)
  • Fermented Vegetables

    The health benefits of fermented vegetables are undeniable. But did you know how easy it is to grow and ferment them yourself? If you are a beginner, you will benefit from what I learned after days of research. Fermenting Vegetables There are a few vegetables we are going to focus on for fermentation. These are: carrots, shell or snap peas, kohlrabi, and green or red cabbage. We recommend the edibles on this list as the easiest to plant, grow, harvest, and ferment at home. Carrots Carrots are great, because you can technically grow them year around. If you want to ferment 20 pounds of carrots, grow 20 row feet. The 1:1 ratio can be applied if you want more or less. After fermentation, you can dry them, pickle them, refrigerate them, or freeze them. Shell or Snap Pea The key to fermenting ... (More)
  • Wooden Ornaments For The Home

    This is the perfect time of year to begin making wooden ornaments to hang around your home. These could be put on the tree, hung from the fireplace, or included in a wreath. In fact, there is nothing to limit you besides your imagination! Our 3 Favourite Wooden Ornaments Wooden Frame Ornaments This is one of the easiest on the list, making it perfect for children and adults. Making a wooden picture frame as an ornament is a touching gift or stocking filler. Who doesn’t like receiving photos of themselves and their loved ones? Materials   * Acrylic paint   * Paint brushes   * Photo(s)   * Bells for jingling   * Ribbon   * Mod podge (or glue)   * Eye hooks   * Wooden plaques (you can find these at any craft store, and even supercenters) Instructions 1. Choose a festive paint colou... (More)
  • Christmas Vegetables

    Growing outdoor vegetables in the winter can be done, and you can do it! Cold-season veggies are not an impossible goal. In fact, having a successful winter garden is much easier than you think. Some say it’s even more laid back than traditional gardening! How to Grow Christmas Vegetables in Your Garden Choose the Right Vegetables and Tools The best edibles to grow in cold weather are hardy and strong. Leafy veggies, root veg, and brassicas are all fantastic Christmas vegetable choices. Aren’t sure what other edibles to choose? We can help you decide on the best Christmas vegetables to grow in your garden. If you already have a wooden shed, you don’t have to worry about storing your tools for the winter. Just make sure to organize it before the cold weather hits. Only keep out what ... (More)
  • Gardener Monica: How To Plant Ginger

    Ginger is a great herb which comes in handy when making concoctions to treat common colds and adding a spicy taste to foods and teas. As such, it is an excellent plant to have in your garden. Growing it is quite a simple process and what you need most is adequate water and patience in the process. Both edible and ornamental gingers exist, and they all require the following steps during growth. The Planting Stage Suitable conditions The time at which you plant your ginger determines how well it does. Ginger does not grow well in cold conditions, and it is thus crucial that you start cultivation towards the middle of spring. If you live in the tropics, the best time to begin planting would be at the beginning of the wet season. Supposing you live in an area with a limited growing season, yo... (More)
  • Gardener Monica: Growing Vegetables Indoors

    There are a couple of really great things about growing vegetables indoors during the winter. First, these fresh, home-grown veggies supplement your diet. Second, they provide good bacteria for your gut. Finally, it can be nice to have a bit of greenery inside during the snowy, darker months of the year. A bit of nature improves your mood! If you think you might be interested, stay tuned! We will cover everything you need to know about growing vegetables indoors during this inhospitable time! What Vegetables Can You Grow? Easier   * Potatoes   * Broccoli   * Spinach   * Kale   * Lettuce   * Tomatoes (the smaller the better)   * Onions   * Carrots   * Garlic   * Beets   * Cauliflower   * Herbs   * Peppers   * Beans Harder   * Cucumbers   * Pumpkins   * Sq... (More)

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