Are you allowed to "go native"....ie let the yard convert to your local natural landscape? my
entire yard is "native" with a mix of pines, wild flowers, and a bit of grass. A couple times during the summer I will use a string trimmer to knock down a little of the grass along the edge of the drive...but other than that my place is maintenance free.
I am attempting another year of gardening in pots. I would like to seal the pots without the risk of contaminating the herbs and vegetables. Anyone have suggestions?
Thanks bunches for your help :)
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Why do you think you need to seal these?...I have seen people run into more issues with root
rot and over watering with "glazed" or sealed pots. The basic terra cotta pot will be cooler for plant roots due to evaporative cooling, they also allow you to monitor soil moisture levels more effectively.
All paints sold in the US are food safe when cured...so painting the outside of them would be fine if you want to go that route.
We have a beach house on the gulf coast of Florida and when the weather turns hotter we find these very tiny white/grey snails in the yard and climbing the walls outside. Any ideas on how to get rid of them there are hundreds of them?
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I know of tricks using small shallow dishes of beer to "trap" slugs in the garden. I used this
trick a number of years ago in my greenhouse. Rather than waste good micro brew we used some nasty bud lite that was left by a guest from one of our parties.
since snails and slugs are very close cousins biologically , this might work as well.
I also know of some folks who have used DE (ditatomaceous earth) this can be purchased from pool supply centers and some garden centers.
We live in the southern part of the U.S. and are going to buy a stand-by generator to supply emergency electrical power to our home. Our outages occur mostly in the summer when the
temperatures are 90-100 degrees and the humidity is 95%. Loss of power lasts a few hours 5-6 times a year. Major outages average 4-5 days once a year. We are trying to decide if we should buy a liquid or an air cooled generator. Local suppliers are split about 50:50 with their opinions. What do you suggest?
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More important in my book would be sizing and fuel source. Sizing is determined by what
devices you are hoping to serve with the generator. The simple task of running a few lights and the fridge, can be done with a relatively small unit. The small ultra quiet Honda's are great for not being obnoxious with the NOISE.
If you hope to continue on with AC and a house full or other devices you will need a much larger and powerful unit. When you get into these larger units nearly all of these are liquid cooled, like your car's engine.
Fuel cost, storage or delivery play a bigger role as these bigger machines need lots more fuel. Diesel units are efficient but fuel storage is more of an issue. Natural Gas or Propane are very handy provided you have a source already on site.
I love the Christmas cactus but try as i may...I have never understood how to keep them healthy and alive. I have read instructions on how to water...
Don't over water, do not allow them to dry out...Place them in well draining soil... Blah, blah, blah,...... I purchased a couple two years ago and as usual they still remain a mystery to care for.
In December of 2011 my white cactus bloomed, the pink one did not.
When I moved to a new apartment the following year I placed them at the window with my other sun loving plants as I did in my last apartment..
That December, neither bloomed.......I assumed it was the change and like the other plants... they needed to get acclimated...
I changed their soil and pots over and over again...Some dried them out to quickly like the clay pots...Others like ceramics, would keep them appearing healthy for a while but then they would stop growing.
This year the only thing I've done differently was to change the pots again!. I purchased two cheap little plastic pots from the dollar store and forgot to place holes in the bottom, however, when I watered them... I allowed them to dry out between watering...and did not bother to punch holes in the bottom because they seem fine..
I than decided this month to place them on the balcony where they receive indirect light... And guess what...They began to bud!
I still can't figure this out...What did I do right/wrong? They are blooming in May??
are they not Christmas cactuses?.
These plants are subject to "photo period" cues, The amount of "darkness" is one of the
conditions that triggers the plant to flower. I remember a story one of my botany professors told us about. a greenhouse was growing poinsettias and they had a whole section that was not "blooming" like the rest of them. It turned out that the headlights of customers cars were to blame.