10 Homemade Pesticides (Lawn Care Services)

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10 Homemade Pesticides for Your Yard and Garden

There are many great reasons to choose to make your own pesticides for your yard and garden versus buying pre-packaged chemicals.  In general strong chemical applications are really best left to lawn care specialists that can be sure to get the proper chemicals applied in the right proportions to take care of the problem without creating another.  There are several homemade pesticides that are really safe for the environment and they can be equally as effective at fending off pests.  You may want to try these homemade recipes first before giving a lawn care service a call: Continue reading 10 Homemade Pesticides (Lawn Care Services)

Growing chilli peppers in containers and gardens (selfsufficientish)

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Chili Peppers – Capsicum by the Chili Monster part 1

The chili plant originated in Latin America, where it was cultivated from its wild form by South American Indians. Christopher Columbus is regarded as the first European to sample the fruit, and indeed coined the term pepper. With the Spanish firmly in control of the Mexican economy, the chili was introduced initially to the Philipines and then to China and other parts of Asia. (It should be noted that some believe that it was the Portuguese that introduced the chili to Goa where it became a constituent of curry). Although grown as an annual outside of its native South America, the chili is in fact a perennial shrub that can tolerate temperatures ranging from 7 to 29 degrees centrigrade, annual rainfalls between 0.3 and 4.6 m and soil pH 4.3 to 8.7. From the container-suited Dwarf Apache and Thai Sun varieties through to the large but very mild Anaheim, from the pungent (hot) Mexican Tepin to the ornamental Purple Prince, there’s a chili pepper cultivate suited to every gardener. Continue reading Growing chilli peppers in containers and gardens (selfsufficientish)

Organic gardening : Restoring the Natural Balance (Best Gardening)

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Organic gardening

Have you thought of using more organic gardening practices… even if only to ensure that the vegetables and fruit that you eat are free of pesticides and chemical residues. It is not as hard as you think – and you can go as far as you like, for example, retaining your spray programme for your roses but eliminating chemicals from your vegetable garden and lawn. Organic gardening is gardening with nature- using the natural controls to reduce or eliminate pests and disease in your garden and natural sources of enrichment for your garden soil. Many people are gardening organically in the ornamental garden. Living with a little black spot on the roses and using natural solutions to coping with pests and disease. Now more and more people are turning to growing their own vegetables, or even just their own salad crops, to avoid unwitting consumption of chemical residues or other nasties. Growing your own vegetables from seed is one of the best ways of ensuring that you have control over what you eat. Seed sowing is also immensely satisfying, easy and fun. Continue reading Organic gardening : Restoring the Natural Balance (Best Gardening)

Vegetables in containers on a balcony (Technorati / Urban Grow)

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Technorati for container gardening

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Still green

My balcony garden is in flowering stage and there are veggie flowers and baby veggies popping all around. Almost everyday I get a close look at my tomatoes, but still they are all green. Although my two Saint Pierre Tomatoes aren’t producing any fruit, that isn’t my main concern right now. In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that I’ve planted too many plants in one plant box/container. Even then, I knew that the plants wouldn’t have enough root space, but at that time it was the only way for me to grow them. I have a habit of sowing to many seeds and therefore I keep ending up with more seedlings than I can handle. Usually I share most of them, so it’s a good thing in the end! Like the overcrowding issue isn’t enough, the other day I realized that my veggies are under aphid and spider mite attack. Some leaves were severely damaged so I had to cut them off. I have to take care of that problem as soon as I can, because these pests can really suck out the life out of a plant. Neem Oil works pretty good with such problems and is totally organic. More on Neem oil, soon!

For now, take a look at the progress my baby veggies are making.

(continued with excellent picture of splendid vegetables)