SME Business Growth |
Laziness Does Not Create Growth|
|Well as you can see by the massive void on this blog I’ve been lazy (well I’ve actually been very busy) but as far as this blog is concerned I’ve taken a lazy attitude to contributing towards its growth.
That got me thinking about how attitude contributes to growth in business and how that growth can|
|(Published: Wed, 03 Feb 2010 08:28:11 +0000)|
Tomato Growing Tips Blog |
Tomato Blight Treatment|
|Tomato blight, also known sometimes as potato blight, is a fungal disease which is caused by wet, damp conditions and mainly affects tomato plants growing outdoors. |
However, greenhouses that are poorly aerated can also be a cause of blight because of high humidity and condensation.
If it has been wet in your area for a prolonged period, and you are growing tomatoes outside, it is possible that your plants have, or could soon have blight.
The combination of wet leaves and high humidity over a prolonged period is almost curtain to cause tomato blight. As a fungal infection, it can easily spread from plant to plant and on fingers too, so it’s best not to touch plant leaves and run the risk of contaminating healthy plants.
It is common to have a touch of fungal infection on one or two lower leaves when growing outdoors if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain. Remove the infected leaves and leaf branches, and keep the base of plants free from decaying leaves. Good air circulation at soil level helps keep plants healthy.
Tomato Blight Treatment
However, if blight has affected a number of leaves it is time to spray with Dithane 945 or apply Bordeaux Mixture. This may stop the disease spreading, and more importantly infecting other plants, but there is no cure for blight, it is only possible to stop it getting worse.
Treatment for tomato blight may be different depending on country regulations regarding the use of chemicals for garden use, but just ask at your garden center for a systemic fungicide.
|(Published: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 12:54:00 +0000)|
Tomato Growing Blog |
How To Avoid Blossom End Rot|
|Blossom End Rot (BER) is a condition caused by a lack of calcium.
Calcium is used to build the fleshy wall – just inside the skin of a tomato – and when the calcium runs out, a black mark appears on the underside of a tomato leaving the fruit uneatable.
I once grew a plant called|
|(Published: Sun, 04 Jul 2010 06:57:25 +0000)|
Growing Your Own Vegetable Garden |
Growing Your Own Vegetables - Landscape Gardening|
|Landscape gardening has often been likened to the painting of a picture. Your art-work teacher has doubtless told you that a good picture should have a point of chief interest, and the rest of the points simply go to make more beautiful the central idea, or to form a fine setting for it. So in landscape gardening there must be in the gardener's mind a picture of what he desires the whole to be when he completes his work. |
From this study we shall be able to work out a little theory of landscape gardening.
Let us go to the lawn. A good extent of open lawn space is always beautiful. It is restful. It adds a feeling of space to even small grounds. So we might generalize and say that it is well to keep open lawn spaces. If one covers his lawn space with many trees, with little flower beds here and there, the general effect is choppy and fussy. It is a bit like an over-dressed person. One's grounds lose all individuality thus treated. A single tree or a small group is not a bad arrangement on the lawn. Do not centre the tree or trees. Let them drop a bit into the background. Make a pleasing side feature of them. In choosing trees one must keep in mind a number of things. You should not choose an overpowering tree; the tree should be one of good shape, with something interesting about its bark, leaves, flowers or fruit. While the poplar is a rapid grower, it sheds its leaves early and so is left standing, bare and ugly, before the fall is old. Mind you, there are places where a row or double row of Lombardy poplars is very effective. But I think you'll agree with me that one lone poplar is not. The catalpa is quite lovely by itself. Its leaves are broad, its flowers attractive, the seed pods which cling to the tree until away into the winter, add a bit of picture squeness. The bright berries of the ash, the brilliant foliage of the sugar maple, the blossoms of the tulip tree, the bark of the white birch, and the leaves of the copper beech all these are beauty points to consider.
Place makes a difference in the selection of a tree. Suppose the lower portion of the grounds is a bit low and moist, then the spot is ideal for a willow. Don't group trees together which look awkward. A long-looking poplar does not go with a nice rather rounded little tulip tree. A juniper, so neat and prim, would look silly beside a spreading chestnut. One must keep proportion and suitability in mind.
I'd never advise the planting of a group of evergreens close to a house, and in the front yard. The effect is very gloomy indeed. Houses thus surrounded are overcapped by such trees and are not only gloomy to live in, but truly unhealthful. The chief requisite inside a house is sunlight and plenty of it.
As trees are chosen because of certain good points, so shrubs should be. In a clump I should wish some which bloomed early, some which bloomed late, some for the beauty of their fall foliage, some for the colour of their bark and others for the fruit. Some spireas and the forsythia bloom early. The red bark of the dogwood makes a bit of colour all winter, and the red berries of the barberry cling to the shrub well into the winter.
Certain shrubs are good to use for hedge purposes. A hedge is rather prettier usually than a fence. The Californian privet is excellent for this purpose. Osage orange, Japan barberry, buckthorn, Japan quince, and Van Houtte's spirea are other shrubs which make good hedges.
I forgot to say that in tree and shrub selection it is usually better to choose those of the locality one lives in. Unusual and foreign plants do less well, and often harmonize but poorly with their new setting.
Landscape gardening may follow along very formal lines or along informal lines. The first would have straight paths, straight rows in stiff beds, everything, as the name tells, perfectly formal. The other method is, of course, the exact opposite. There are danger points in each.
The formal arrangement is likely to look too stiff; the informal, too fussy, too wiggly. As far as paths go, keep this in mind, that a path should always lead somewhere. That is its business to direct one to a definite place. Now, straight, even paths are not unpleasing if the effect is to be that of a formal garden. The danger in the curved path is an abrupt curve, a whirligig effect. It is far better for you to stick to straight paths unless you can make a really beautiful curve. No one can tell you how to do this.
Garden paths may be of gravel, of dirt, or of grass. One sees grass paths in some very lovely gardens. I doubt, however, if they would serve as well in your small gardens. Your garden areas are so limited that they should be re-spaded each season, and the grass paths are a great bother in this work. Of course, a gravel path makes a fine appearance, but again you may not have gravel at your command. It is possible for any of you to dig out the path for two feet. Then put in six inches of stone or clinker. Over this, pack in the dirt, rounding it slightly toward the centre of the path. There should never be depressions through the central part of paths, since these form convenient places for water to stand. The under layer of stone makes a natural drainage system.
A building often needs the help of vines or flowers or both to tie it to the grounds in such a way as to form a harmonious whole. Vines lend themselves well to this work. It is better to plant a perennial vine, and so let it form a permanent part of your landscape scheme. The Virginia creeper, wistaria, honeysuckle, a climbing rose, the clematis and trumpet vine are all most satisfactory.
close your eyes and picture a house of natural colour, that mellow gray of the weathered shingles. Now add to this old house a purple wistaria. Can you see the beauty of it? I shall not forget soon a rather ugly corner of my childhood home, where the dining room and kitchen met. Just there climbing over, and falling over a trellis was a trumpet vine. It made beautiful an awkward angle, an ugly bit of carpenter work.
Of course, the morning-glory is an annual vine, as is the moon-vine and wild cucumber. Now, these have their special function. For often, it is necessary to cover an ugly thing for just a time, until the better things and better times come. The annual is 'the chap' for this work.
Along an old fence a hop vine is a thing of beauty. One might try to rival the woods' landscape work. For often one sees festooned from one rotted tree to another the ampelopsis vine.
Flowers may well go along the side of the building, or bordering a walk. In general, though, keep the front lawn space open and unbroken by beds. What lovelier in early spring than a bed of daffodils close to the house? Hyacinths and tulips, too, form a blaze of glory. These are little or no bother, and start the spring aright. One may make of some bulbs an exception to the rule of unbroken front lawn. Snowdrops and crocuses planted through the lawn are beautiful. They do not disturb the general effect, but just blend with the whole. One expert bulb gardener says to take a basketful of bulbs in the fall, walk about your grounds, and just drop bulbs out here and there. Wherever the bulbs drop, plant them. Such small bulbs as those we plant in lawns should be in groups of four to six. Daffodils may be thus planted, too. You all remember the grape hyacinths that grow all through Katharine's side yard.
The place for a flower garden is generally at the side or rear of the house. The backyard garden is a lovely idea, is it not? Who wishes to leave a beautiful looking front yard, turn the corner of a house, and find a dump heap? Not I. The flower garden may be laid out formally in neat little beds, or it may be more of a careless, hit-or-miss sort. Both have their good points. Great masses of bloom are attractive.
You should have in mind some notion of the blending of colour. Nature appears not to consider this at all, and still gets wondrous effects. This is because of the tremendous amount of her perfect background of green, and the limitlessness of her space, while we are confined at the best to relatively small areas. So we should endeavour not to blind people's eyes with clashes of colours which do not at close range blend well. In order to break up extremes of colours you can always use masses of white flowers, or something like mignonette, which is in effect green.
Finally, let us sum up our landscape lesson. The grounds are a setting for the house or buildings. Open, free lawn spaces, a tree or a proper group well placed, flowers which do not clutter up the front yard, groups of shrubbery these are points to be remembered. The paths should lead somewhere, and be either straight or well curved. If one starts with a formal garden, one should not mix the informal with it before the work is done.
|(Published: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:20:00 -0700)|
Tomato Growing |
Tomato Growing Tips|
|The tomato growing tips below cover a wide range of growing advice but if you have any questions, contact me here Sow seeds indoors for quickest germination. Use a propagator so seed shells do not stick to the seed leaves. … Continue reading |
|(Published: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:15:57 +0000)|
Home Grown Tomatoes |
Where to Plant Tomatoes Is About Location, Location, Location|
|Selecting a location for planting tomatoes comes down to considering 2 aspects, first of all what the tomato plant needs to flourish and secondly the practicalities of looking after them. So focussing on the first aspect, it is fairly common knowledge that tomatoes need sunshine, sunshine in abundance and that means a minimum of 6|
|(Published: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:02:06 -0700)|
Growing Tomatoes |
Growing Tomatoes in Raised Beds|
|There are several advantages to growing tomatoes in raised beds, many of which are similar to growing tomatoes in containers. If you think about it a raised bed is a form of container, it is just a container on a slightly grander scale, a little like a growbag or a large pot. The main advantages|
|(Published: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:05:18 +0000)|
Grow A Tomato |
Hydroponic System: Its Benefits As Well As Its Disadvantages|
|Almost all of us grow plants in soil. It’s just normal because it is the traditional approach of growing plants and the majority of growers use such methods. However, plants can actually be grown without having to use a soil at all. How is that possible? It is a technology called hydroponics. Hydroponic system or|
|(Published: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 19:46:10 +0000)|
How to Grow Plants Much Healthier with LED Grow Li |
Locating the Most Dependable Gardening LED Grow Lights|
When setting up your own garden, it is best that you invest for quality grow lights today. Even though we can purchase many types of grow lights, we must think about the benefits of using LED grow lights. Professional indoor gardeners know the advantages of these particular lights and they continue to use them. When you invest for LED lights, they are very economical, safe to use and even last longer.
The best LED grow lights are actually the most dependable lighting solutions to cultivate even immature plants. There are many available colors for grow lights and they are capable of supplying enough lighting. Setting up the best grow lights likewise requires you to observe the stages of the plant growth. You have to consider the best colors so that the plants will develop faster. Keep in mind that you will discover various types of spectrum lights for flowering or fruit-bearing crops. In case you are a novice when it comes to these lighting systems, make sure to visit the Internet to help you. Searching for most trusted website is very important when buying these types of lights.
The most important factor why many people are using these lights is that they never over heat. This means that the plants get the exact lighting and air to allow them grow better. The good thing about this matter is that companies that produce LED grow light kits continue to improve their products.
Using LED lights does not affect the moisture of the soil to keep it healthy unlike HIDs. Insufficient moisture from the soil may affect the development of the plants. In addition to proper moisture, your plants likewise require enough oxygen from the environment. With the help of the Internet, it is very important to consider the idea of locating the best LED grow lights review to guide you on how to choose the most reliable grow lights today. Definitely, you can setup the lights properly once you understand the rules.
When compared to other lighting fixtures, the LED grow lights for sale are less expensive. The development of the Light-emitting Diodes certainly helped many consumers reduce their energy consumption unlike other types of lighting systems. Your electric bill will definitely reduce at almost 80 percent savings. You also save because you do not have to change the lights on a regular basis.
If you will use LED lights for your gardening purposes, be sure to purchase grow lights made from the best LEDs. Without a doubt, the plants will not grow better if you did not use the exact lights. If this happen, your garden is going to disappoint you of not growing healthy plants.
|(Published: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:30:00 +0000)|
Everyone Ages. Learn How to Do It Gracefully!|
|With aging well, there is no set plan for how to do it, but we have some helpful ideas that can help you ease into the growing older process with dignity and grace. Make a commitment to enhance the quality and quantity of your years. With the right attitude and information, you can grow old […]|
|(Published: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:08:02 +0000)|
Consolidated Shipping Services L.L.C |
SCATA award for CSS Group|
|Consolidated Shipping Group was honored to be the proud recipient of this year’s SCATA award, in the “Shipping Company of the Year” Category. Representing the CSS Group Management, Siby C Kurian Senior General Manager Sales & Marketing, received the award in a grand function on the 22nd of April. The award was presented by Mr.|
|(Published: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:25:09 +0000)|
Pegasus Agriculture Introduces Hydroponics |
Pegasus Agriculture & Its Soilless Farming To Serve A Hungry World|
|Pegasus Agriculture is the hydroponics pioneer in the MENA region. The company trusts its innovation of soilless cultivating can entirely control the utilization of accessible arable area for rural reason. Land equipped for supporting products is cleared over for streets, strip malls, houses or for commercial enterprises. A quick development has been witnessed in hydroponics from rural area to industry, rural, and private lands.|
As indicated by Pegasus Agriculture group, the innovation of hydroponics can truly help with the issue of arable area lack, as hydroponics is the innovation of soilless cultivating. Today, around 40 percent of worldwide area is given to horticulture. This rate will just increment, without adjusting our present frameworks of improvement. Hydroponics is demonstrated as the best innovation to address such issues.
The development of a progression of hydroponic cultivating offices is proposed as a major aspect of a push to farthest point physical biodiversity misfortune through the inversion of vast tracts of current farmland into practical common habitats. It likewise advances the accessibility of arable land in current horticultural settings. Present day farming possesses significantly more than the 10.6% of worldwide area that is arable.
The innovation of hydroponics tries to direct far reaching ecological concerns including the inaccessibility of arable area. Hydroponics frameworks oblige less water and space than conventional farming frameworks and may be stacked keeping in mind the end goal to utmost space utilization. This makes them ideal for utilization in urban communities; where space is especially restricted and populaces are high.
Pegasus Agriculture executes its innovation of hydroponic cultivating by comprehension the requirement for development and improvement, understanding our areas' expanding base requests, understanding the danger of environmental change and the requirement for sustenance security. The organization trusts in shrewd development rule that take into consideration development and improvement while safeguarding and upgrading arable terrains.
|(Published: Mon, 11 May 2015 07:24:06 GMT)|
Landscape Maintenance Services |
Lawn Care Services|
|Do you want news updates on lawn care services? Among the landscaping companies in Southwest Louisiana, Tender Care Lawn Service is the fastest growing lawn care company . If you are looking for grass cutting services, landscape maintenance services, and more. Contact today!|
|(Published: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:58:12 +0000)|
Tomato Growing Tips Blog |
Brandywine for Taste|
Brandywine is considered one of the best of all tomatoes for taste. However, because it's a late maturing variety, it is best grown under cover in short season areas. As you'll see from the quote below, it is also low in yield and and ripens unevenly. But these are a small price to pay for such a great tasting tomato!
Brandywine is an heirloom tomato, which means it’s open-pollinated and not a hybrid. It’s a large, meaty, pink, late-season tomato. Gardeners excuse its low yield and uneven ripening because of its classic tomato flavor.
I grew this variety outdoors and it produced about half a dozen tomatoes per plant. You'd need to have quite a few to want to give these away to the neighbours!
|(Published: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 08:46:00 +0000)|
The growing importance of fitness trainers |
The growing importance of fitness trainers|
|People are eventually becoming aware about the importance of fitness, especially in cities. The pace of city life is blinding and it’s normal for people to ignore their fitness in wake of their professional careers. However, the trend is changing as more and more people realize the importance of wellness and personal fitness. This changing […]|
|(Published: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 04:17:18 +0000)|
Tomato Growing |
Growing Tomatoes from Seed|
|Growing tomatoes from seed is a little more tricky than buying tomato plug plants or small plants from the garden centre but well worth the effort. Tomato seeds need to be sown in new compost, just below the surface and … Continue reading |
|(Published: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:32:50 +0000)|
Tomato Growing Blog |
|My plants have been rained on for the past two days, almost non stop!
However, they are under cover, albeit a temporary effort, but it will keep them from wet leaves.
Wet leaves for more than a day or two, will make plants vulnerable to fungal disease … the dreaded “tomato blight” which cannot be cured –|
|(Published: Wed, 09 Jun 2010 16:36:36 +0000)|
Growing tips for knockout roses |
Growing tips for knockout roses|
|Growing tips for knockout roses
Every garden needs the beautiful colors and class of offered by knockout roses.
One of the main reasons the common rose sold in the market today, requires a lot of care is the fact the flower is not immune to most diseases. There is one breed that stands out amongst all rose|
|(Published: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 22:43:35 +0000)|