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Is Your Garden Really Green?

February 21st, 2012


Garden – the term brings to our mind a picture of lush green surroundings, a soothing atmosphere full of oxygen, fresh air & colorful flowers. If you are not a green horn in gardening, you must know very well that the very concept of a ‘green’ garden is really vague. A well maintained garden most of the times is maintained using artificial chemicals like pesticides, chemical fertilizers etc. thus the greenery of such a garden is not really that green as it seems, isn’t it? Let’s see how to make your garden chemicals & environment pollutant free in the true sense.

Keep it original

The world consisted of trees and plants and a lot of greenery before the human race even existed. So hence we can say that Mother Nature never needed the help of harmful chemicals to keep her alive or to beautify her. So who are we to do that? Get rid of those chemical poisons and try to keep your garden as original as possible. Instead of fertilizers use green compost and in place of pesticide, prefer the use of natural insects to kill the weeds.

Make use of kitchen waste for making compost

Ever heard of “Gardener’s Gold”? It’s the compost made out of kitchen waste. The compost is highly beneficial as it increases the soil fertility by providing the soil with a high density of nutrients that are easily absorbed by plants. It also helps to build a very evenly spread and deep root network for the plants, thus letting them absorb better. The aeration of soil, soil texture and the water retention capability of soil increases by leaps and bounds.

Buy the recycled stuffs for your garden

Is your garden only for beautifying your home? Is it only to sip your hot cup of coffee while enjoying the beauty of nature? Is it a place only for the garden furniture? If that is so, the furniture can be made of recycled material. What is the point of having a “green” garden which is a home to pieces of metal made after digging the earth and uprooting hundreds of trees?

Make it a “garden” not a “lawn”

There is a difference between the two for sure. A garden is a patch of soil where vegetables, trees are grown. While lawn is a stretch of soil covered with nothing but grass. It surely beautifies the home but also requires a lot of finance to keep it lush green. It also takes the help of chemical fertilizers. A garden is much better in other aspects. It can be easily maintained by home-grown compost. Other than anything else, there is a different satisfaction in painstakingly growing your own food and having them.

Harvest rainwater

Gallons of water are “wasted” each day in watering garden plants. About 40% of the water used for watering of plants goes out as waste as plants are unable to absorb that water. Hence, rainwater harvesting is the best way to reduce this wastage. After all, you are harvesting and using whatever you are getting.

Try to contribute for the global cause

Always keep this in mind that a ‘green’ garden is never a separated system. It in fact is a part of a big global system. Try to plant about 10 different types of flowers in your garden to bring in the bees and butterflies. It will help you by increasing the production of fruits and flowers and will help to minimize the major bee-loss epidemic.

 

A green ‘garden’ is the way to go. If you haven’t got enough space in your own backyard, then contribute your time to a community garden. It will help you and the world in some way or the other. Come, join the green army.

 

About the author:

Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gardening. Recently an article on LED Bulbs attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on sports car.

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Summer Garden Party Ideas and Grilled Garden Pizza Recipe

June 30th, 2011

 

Growing a garden provides numerous benefits that are good for the body and mind: exercise, joy, a form of therapy, and more. From watching seeds sprout into bountiful harvests of homegrown foods to pulling weeds in the wonderful, great outdoors, a garden truly does inspire and cultivate the soul. And it’s the perfect backdrop for a summer garden party that showcases the tastes of summer.

Even though there are boundless opportunities to gather family and friends for good conversations, good fun, and good food, there’s something especially relaxing about a summer garden party. It’s not a big, boisterous party nor does it compare to an excitable holiday celebration. A summer garden party is a delightful, easygoing gathering where the freshest foods can be appreciated and enjoyed al fresco.

Summer’s already here, so why not plan a garden party for you, your family, and friends. Here are some simple, fun ideas:

Drinks – Place drinks such as canned soda, bottled water, canned or bottled beer, and bottled wine in galvanized buckets filled with ice.

Invitations and Keepsakes – Make your invitations fun: attach a piece of paper with all the party details onto a flower or vegetable seed packet. It is a garden party after all! Or send out a garden party Evite. For a keepsake, print out recipes of the dishes you prepare on garden-themed paper then roll them up and tie with a piece of raffia or give each of your garden party guests or couples a small bag containing a few of your garden vegetables.

Menu – The best summer garden parties showcase the flavors of the season, and the great thing about hosting a summer garden party is that you can make it as relaxed or elegant as you’d like. From grilled pizzas loaded with flavorful herbs and vegetables to low and slow barbecued ribs served with a freshly prepared garden succotash, there are endless dishes you can prepare with summer herbs and vegetables.

Music – Theme your music to your menu. Hosting a Louisiana Crawfish Boil? Then celebrate and savor the moments with some traditional Cajun/zydeco music. Serving lemon-butter chicken breasts with rosemary red potatoes and elegant asparagus spears? Then put together a list of your favorite classical songs. Music, at the right volume, relaxes party guests and is a great party enhancer.

Setting – You can pick any location to set up garden party tables: on the lawn near a garden or pool, on the patio, under a couple of trees, etc. Pick your favorite spot!

Silverware – Make whimsical utensil containers using used, washed food cans such as soup or vegetable cans. Remove the labels then paint the outside of the cans with different colors such as tomato red, corn yellow, or basil green. Or visit your local flea market for a variety of mix and match silverware, dish towels from yesteryear (for lining a basket to hold your silverware), or unique vessels for holding silverware.

Table Decorations – Showcase flowers of the season, such as hydrangea or peonies, in simple glass containers such as canning jars or set vases that are overflowing with summer flowers on the tables along with bowls filled with brilliant, bright fruit. Dress the tables with simple natural-colored cotton tablecloths or tablecloths with a colorful butterfly patterns.

Whether you plan a super simple or elegant garden party, make it special by highlighting the foods of summer.

Grilled Garden Pizza

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small red onion, sliced

1 green Yankee Bell Pepper, cored, seeded and sliced

1 medium Yellow Crookneck Squash, halved lengthwise then sliced

1 medium Costata Romanesco Zucchini, halved lengthwise then sliced

1 cup prepared pizza sauce

2 (10-inch) prepared pizza crusts

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Fresh Superbo Basil leaves, rolled then sliced into ribbons

Preparation

Prepare grill for medium heat and direct cooking.

In a medium size bowl, combine oil and garlic. Add onion, bell pepper, squash and zucchini to bowl; stir to coat. Place vegetables in a grilling basket then place on grill. Cover and cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Stir once or twice during cooking time. Remove vegetable basket from grill.

Top prepared pizza crusts with equal amounts of pizza sauce, cheese and grilled vegetables.

Reduce grilling temperature to medium-low heat. Place pizzas on grill, cover, and cook until cheese is melted and crust is hot, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle pizzas with basil before slicing and serving. SERVES 4

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Growing Debt and Growing a Victory Garden

September 20th, 2010

 

Humble Seed will often point out reasons why growing your own food is important, from the freshest foods possible to a sense of personal accomplishment, but there’s another necessary reason why so many families today are turning to gardening: debt.

Today’s economy has forced many families into picking and choosing where they will spend their hard earned money, and sometimes, it can come down to what bills will be paid versus what types of meals will be put on the table. There are families feeling the pressure to buy more processed foods, because they are less expensive. Sadly, processed foods can be very unhealthy. There are also families choosing to grow their own foods, because starting from seed is inexpensive, and the yields can be high—with enough vegetables to feed your family and more for an entire growing season. Aside from the expenses of getting your garden ready and maintaining it, growing your own foods can be very economical.

If you do not have the space or yard for your own garden why not partner with a family member, friend or neighbor and create a joint victory garden? Victory gardens were first created during World War I and World War II in order to minimize the pressure on the public food supply that was caused by the wars. They were herb, fruit and vegetable gardens that were planted at families’ residences and public parks. Today, with the slowly recovering economy and continuing frustrations with the way our foods are being produced and processed, the word ‘victory’ can be an inspiration for a better and more sustainable world. With the popularity of victory gardens growing, it’s clear that people are making informed choices about where they will spend their money, how they will manage to stay afloat during the bad economy, and what foods they will feed their families.

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Memorial Day Week Long Sale

May 23rd, 2010

Use Code “GONAVY” to get 35% off on any of our seed kits! Jim served ten years in the navy and would like to honor all those who have served by offering this awesome discount to everyone. Offer ends June 1st.

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