What Organic Really Means

The word “organic” may appear on packages of meat, cartons of milk or eggs, cheese and other single-ingredient foods. Certified organic requires the rejection of synthetic agro-chemicals, irradiation and genetically engineered foods or ingredients. Literally, of course, the term is a redundancy: all food is composed of organic chemicals (complex chemicals containing carbon). Any materials used in the production or processing of organic food must be proven safe. Awareness is growing about the value of organic foods. But, whether organic chicken or pesticide-free lettuce represents “healthier” alternatives has long been a subject for debate.

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Bonsai Care

What are the basics of effective Bonsai care.

Caring for your Bonsai tree involves many of the same activities associated with caring for a pot plant or an indoor plant. Well developed and healthy fibrous roots are essential for the continued good health of your Bonsai tree and re-potting is an essential way to manage this process. Normally a young or fast growing Bonsai will need to be re-potted roughly once a year; for less prolific growers or older trees it can be done as infrequently as once every five years. You should always try to re-pot during late winter or early spring when the buds start to swell.

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Preparing The Garden For Winter

Preparing The Garden For Winter
Preparing The Garden For Winter

Are you like me? Sad to see the summer end but at the same time relieved that there is one less task to tend to. Weeding, watering, pruning, and more weeding is over for this year and with a few more chores the outdoor gardening year draws to a close. Most of what needs to be completed is a matter of cleaning up and covering up. Practical steps to preparing your outdoor garden for winter involve:

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How To Prune Roses

How To Prune Roses
How To Prune Roses

Pruning your roses is an essential part of rose maintenance. There are many ways and opinions on the best way to prune, when the perfect time to prune is, and which roses need pruning. Many seasoned rosarians have their favourite tested methods.

Pruning roses is not as complicated as some people think. To make it easy, there are 7 basic rules to follow when pruning your roses. If you keep these rules in mind, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful rose bushes.

The first rule in pruning roses is to remove any dead or dying growth. In doing this, your bushes will look good and will be free from signs of diseases. Removing the deadwood will discourage insects from making your rose plant their home. Insects love rose plants so keep an eye out for them while pruning.

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Ordering Garden Plants Over The Internet

Ordering Garden Plants Over The Internet
Ordering Garden Plants Over The Internet

In the 21st century, more and more people find themselves turning to the Internet and the World Wide Web to purchase all types of products and services. Indeed, many people are turning to the Net to order garden plants of all types. Perhaps you are a person who is interested in gardening. If that is the case, you truly will want to spend some time on the Net to find out what is available in the way of garden plants. Of course, when it comes to shopping for garden plants on the Net, you do need to keep in mind that there are pros and cons to buying garden plants over the Internet and World Wide Web.

One of the most positive elements of shopping for garden plants online is convenience. Generally speaking, you can make the purchase of garden plants online twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Therefore, you can make your garden plant purchases at a time that is completely convenient for you.

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Basil: The King of Herbs

Basil: The King of Herbs
Basil: The King of Herbs

One of the most popular herbs is Ocimum basilicum commonly called sweet basil. Often called the king of herbs, basil can be grown indoors or out. Sweet basil has inch-long, oval-pointed, dark green leaves and a clove-pepperish odour and taste. Sweet basil makes a handsome, bushy small plant, growing to a foot or more indoors. A purple-leafed variety, Dark Opal is decorative, makes a lovely houseplant, and is equally useful in cookery. Do not let basil bloom, or it will go to seed. Instead, pinch out the plant tops and they will grow into compact little bushes.

Basil is an annual and grows 12 & 24 inches (30 & 60 cm) as the height varies according to the variety. Cultivation requirements for growing basil: full sun; light, well-drained, nutrient rich, slightly acidic soil; frequent watering (don’t water log); will not tolerate cold; pinch off flower stalks for a longer season of leaf production.

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