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Green gardening: save the planet
The garden is the natural place to start doing your bit to save the planet, reports Bunny Guinness
The extreme weather conditions have brought to light the damage we are causing the environment, but as gardeners, we can take small measures to protect the planet. Some methods such as recycling and growing your own produce are not as negligible as you may think, especially when you consider the collective space given over to gardens and the number of people who indulge in the hobby. Continue reading “Green gardening alternatives to save the planet (Google Alert / Telegraph)”
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Google Alert – desertification
ANBA – Brazil-Arab News Agency
[08/17/2007 – 15:30]
Conference seeks solutions to desertification
The 1st Brazilian National Conference on Fighting Desertification, which started yesterday and will continue until tomorrow, in the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza, is going to study ways of combating the degradation of arid, semiarid, and subhumid regions. The process affects regions inhabited by 44 million people in Brazil. Continue reading “Solutions to desertification in Brazil (Google Alert / ANBA)”
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What is Mulch?
Mulch is the big brother of compost, to be precise.
What is it used for?
- It shields the soil from the sun and prevents the moisture from evaporating.
- It prevents weeds from growing by blocking the sunlight.
- It will cut down the amount of water you usually put by retaining moisture.
- It improves the quality of your soil by adding organic matter and by encouraging earthworms.
- It controls soil erosion and slows run off velocity.
- It repels insects
- It controls soil temperature and keeps it cool during the summers.
- It reflects sunlight upwards to the plants and helps improve growing conditions.
- It allows early seeding and transplanting of certain crops.
- It encourages faster growth.
What is it made up of?
- Organic mulches are made up of
- Animal Manures
- Composted Municipal Sludge
- Hulls, Shells and Cobs
- Muck Peat/Sphagnum Peat Moss
- Pine Needles
- Wood products
- Shredded, chip or chunk bark
- Wood chips or Shavings
- Waste wood
What is Mulching?
Application of Mulch is commonly referred to as Mulching.
Mulch is usually spread on the soil bed as a thick layer about 7 centimeters deep leaving a gap of about 7 centimeters around the stem to prevent the rotting of the stem.
Mulching is usually done in the beginning of the growing season.
Mulching needs to be redone every season because Mulch tends to break down very quickly.
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Pre-xeriscape gardening on the high plains
Contributed by: Bill Murray on 8/1/2007
Before the term “xeriscape” came into popular usage, watering concerns were prominent on the minds of many residents living in the high plains around Aurora. A number of the new comers came from areas which had much more natural precipitation than found in Colorado. Many of the newly arrived folk didn’t realize the need for low water using plants, grasses and shrubs to meet the climate’s challenges. June Murray, who moved to her current location east of Airport Boulevard, then Buckley Road, in 1966, was not one of these. Hailing from Wisconsin, she realized early on that what she had been used to no longer applied. Looking around the dry landscape of her new home on the banks of Sand Creek she could relate to the name. The soil she had to work with was just that, sand. Continue reading “Xeriscaping : low water vegetation for the future (Google Alert / Denver Your Hub)”