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07 19th, 2013

Burglars and bunnies alike are unwelcome intruders in your home and garden. Easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself tips are available for homeowners and gardeners to help protect their loved ones, home, plants, flowers and food bounty.

Home security doesn’t necessarily require installing a wireless system like the ones offered at http://californiahomesecurity.com/. Follow these simple tricks to implement some quick and easy burglar deterrence tactics using your yard and natural landscape.

1. Keep bushes, plants, shrubs, vines and trees trimmed back and out of the way of doors and windows. This way if someone is coming toward your house you can see them and they can see if someone is home which will usually scare them away.

2. Homes with second stories should make sure no one can access the second floor on the outside of the house. Keep trees trimmed back, don’t install lattices against the wall and keep items like ladders away from the home (especially on the outside).

3. Use pebbles or gravel instead of mulch and on walkways. This will give away when someone is walking near your home because you’ll hear the stones crunching as they approach.

Your garden, just like your home needs to be free of certain intruders, especially to ensure it will yield beautiful and healthy flowers, plants and vegetables.

1. Put up chicken wire around gardens to help keep animals out. For rabbits, moles and other animals that can dig holes under the fencing, try sprinkling bacon grease, cayenne pepper or mothballs around the perimeter of planter boxes and flower beds.

2. If deer are your problem, you can dispel them with the scent of humans. How? Try putting hair clippings around the edge of your garden. If you don’t have access to human hair clippings, place or tie a bar of soap to each side of the (fence around a) garden. Drill or punch a hole through the soap first so it will let off the smell more intensely.

3. If the cayenne pepper doesn’t’ keep raccoons at bay, you can either try tying aluminum pans together on a string so that they will be startled by the noise when they run into them or place a radio in the middle of the garden on a loud station. The noise should keep away any animal that’s scared of loud noises.




One of the easiest edible plants to grow, tomatoes are very popular in home gardens, whether they are planted in the ground or in containers. Determining the easiest type of tomato to grow depends largely on the environment in which the plant will be grown.

While heirloom tomatoes are popular and hybrid tomato types have received bad press, hybrids are generally easier for beginners to grow. Hybrid tomatoes are a cross between two individual types and are often hardier than heirlooms. Although hybrids are crossbred, these tomatoes are not necessarily genetically modified in a way that harms human health. They Read the rest of this entry »




05 14th, 2013

Creating a home garden is an excellent opportunity to raise some plants and beautify the landscape. Here are five tools that every home gardener should acquire.

Hoe
A hoe allows gardeners to scrap away the annoying weeds that grow around the plot. It can also be used as a tool for digging shallow beds for certain plants. A hoe is an excellent choice for keeping the rows organized.

Hand Trowel
This is an indispensable tool for digging holes Read the rest of this entry »




05 12th, 2013

Turning the soil in new and established gardens is necessary before planting begins. The old way was to use a garden spade and metal-tined rake along with a lot of physical effort. Fortunately, modern gas-powered garden tillers make preparing garden soil easy to do.

Tillers that have their tines behind the engine are often easier to handle than front-tined models. The tiny tillers that run on a gas and oil mix are best suited to small established gardens that only need already good soil reworked. Till only to the planting depth necessary. Most garden vegetables do Read the rest of this entry »




If you are someone who is deeply interested in making sure that your garden grows well, take a moment to think about these important tips.

Clear Out Debris
The debris that lies in your garden can be a place where pests gather and where disease breeds. As soon as you produce some plant waste, take a moment to pick it up and to dispose of it properly. This keeps your garden much tidier and stronger.

Compost Regularly
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When you have put a lot of time and love into a vegetable garden, you will discover that the last thing that you want to think about is having it devoured by pests, whether they are birds or bugs! How can you make sure that the only ones enjoying your vegetables are you?

In the first place, consider clearing out as much garden debris as you can. Old weeds and garden detritus gives pests a place to hide and they can even breed there. Make sure that you consider cleaning out the places between your plants on a Read the rest of this entry »