Monday, April 23, 2007

The Arrow Garden Shed

The purpose of the Arrow Garden Shed is to provide adequate and accessible storage for gardening equipment.

Pros: Let’s face it. Gardening is a lot of fun and very, very satisfying but there are a lot of tools and equipment required and those tools and equipment need to be stored when they are not in use. They also need to be protected from the elements so that they will last for many years of happy gardening. Is your garage about to overflow with gardening tools and equipment? Maybe an Arrow Garden Shed can solve your storage needs. It can certainly provide storage for gardening equipment in a very stylish manner with its eggshell walls, roof and gables with taupe gables and trim.

The Arrow Garden Shed comes with a full 12 year warranty because it is so sturdy. With its sloped roof it will fit nicely against a fence or tree or it can be free standing. There is a floor frame (no flooring wood is provided) so a floor can be easily constructed of plywood.

Cons: Of course, assembly is required, so this is definitely for someone who is comfortable with do-it-yourself projects.

Guarantee: There is a guarantee of satisfaction. The guarantee reads in part: “If there is a problem with your order, please contact us immediately at 1-800-430-3376 so we can promptly resolve it for you. Most items in original condition may be returned within 90 days of delivery for a full merchandise refund. Merchandise must be returned in unused, like-new condition.”

Value for money: The Arrow Garden Shed is an excellent value.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Water Garden Landscaping Tips

Water gardens are one of the most attractive kinds of gardens. Aside from the plants around it, the fishes swimming around a water garden’s pond makes it lively and unique.

Water garden landscaping is more complex than landscaping a normal garden. There are a lot of things that should be considered since it involves a lot of excavation and water treatment.

Since water garden landscaping presents special problems, it is important to plan the place out. First, the design and landscape of the garden should be drawn on paper. Furthermore, the design should include the dimensions of the garden, how deep the pond is and the layout of the entire area.

After the design is finalized, a flexible item such as a rope or a garden hose is used to establish the pond’s form. After marking the layout with spray paint, the excavation of the pond may begin. This is a tedious and exacting job so people may want to hire professionals or excavators to do the job.

When all of the soil is taken out, it is time for the second part of water garden landscaping, which is to install the plumbing. This is necessary to make decorative waterfalls or fountains work. When the plumbing is finished, the soil at the bottom and around the excavation should be covered up with a sort of liner to contain the water. Most liners are made out of waterproof cement.

At this stage, it is also important to make the pond’s lip extra sturdy by leveling that area out and filling it with cement. This perimeter is called a coping shelf and it provides support for the garden’s other features.

When the coping shelf is dry and covered with garden soil, boulders that serve as decorations for the pond’s perimeter should be installed. Lay them out according to the plan, installing the larger ones first. The boulders can also be used to conceal hoses, plumbing, tanks, wires and other functioning equipment. Nothing can spoil the natural beauty of a water garden than visible pipes sticking out of the landscape.

The next stage of water garden landscaping is planting the vegetation itself. For this purpose, low maintenance plants are usually favored. With the vegetation planted in the soil, mulch should be added to make the plants fertile.

While the perimeter is bristling with plants and rocks, the pond should not be left out. Rocks and aquatic plants should be carefully arranged at the bottom of the pond. When this is done, it is time to fill up the pond with water.

Adding the fishes is the final stage of water garden landscaping. Carps and goldfishes are popular choices because they are very colorful.

Water gardens add a lot of life to a place. Although it is complex and expensive, the spectacular beauty is well worth the cost.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

How to Plant Roses

Planting roses is the most critical part of growing roses. That’s why it should be considered as carefully as possible.

So, how to start planting? Well, here are some simple steps for you to follow:
1.Look for an area with a free drainage as the roots of rose cannot typically stand being sodden.

2.Soak the rose bush in a bucket of water.

3.Dig a hole measuring about two feet wide and two feet deep.

4.Add some compost to the soil. Sheep’s manure and peat moss will do.

5.Add some forms of fertilizer, like bonemeal. Mix it up with the soil and fill the hole with water.

6.Once the hole drained away, plant the grafted rose. Keep the bud union at the surface.

7.If you are living in country with a very cold winter, push the bush down up to three inches below the surface of the soil.

8.Hill up the soil around the base of the rose bush. This is necessary to prevent any sign of drying out which will possibly happen if the weather gets cold or very hot. You can remove this covering as soon as roots find its own way to the soil.

9.To maintain the growth, water the rose regularly.

Note these steps, and if possible, try to exert some time and effort for taking care of your newly planted roses. Water them regularly as that’s what roses need to survive.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Polyantha Roses

Polyantha roses are but another hearty type of rose that thrives well in temperate climate, provided that the roots are well-protected. This variety grows to a height of about eighteen inches, but they bloom so in large clusters, giving you a good display. According to experts, the polyanthas work well in mass plantings or borders.

So those are the popular varieties of roses. The next thing you can do now is to select which of the varieties you really intended to grow. If you’ve picked up the right one, then planting comes next.

Friday, April 06, 2007

How to grow Hybrid Perpetuals

Hybrid Perpetuals

If you are wondering about the heartiest type of rose, the hybrid perpetuals is the answer. Yes, these perpetuals are so hearty in nature that they thrive well even in areas with harsh winters. But although they thrive in such kind of condition, it is still best to protect its roots especially in winter months when the wind and rain can be so heavy. Today, the hybrid perpetuals are the most prized of all the rose’s types. Flower collectors from different areas in the world have known this variety for sure.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Russell Hobbs Tea Kettle

Ok... this post is not very much related to flowers and gardening, but I love those Tea Kettles!

At times considered the “father of modern-day electric tea kettle”, Russell Hobbs is among the best qualities and premier brands of electric tea kettles in today’s market, highly recognized for its design, innovation, and excellence. Russell Hobbs tea kettle is among its many products of superior kitchen equipments that have strong standing and recognition in the market, making it a favorite choice for consumers.

Among Russell Hobbs many innovations, include being the first manufacturer of Microchip kettle; the first to put-in printed patterns to plastic kettles; first fast boil kettle – OPTEC; first in Thermocolor Kettle; the first in real innovative toasters; and the pioneer of “Satin Finish” in SDA. It still continuous to lead the kettle market today, and has growingly become one of the most established and trusted names in kitchen equipments. Here are some of Russell Hobbs tea kettle designs available in the market:

Russell Hobbs Tea Kettle RHOK3132The function and form of this Russell Hobbs tea kettle collide in its exceptional cordless tea kettle design, with smooth stainless finish and black matte base and handle that makes it perfect even in the most elegant of kitchens. The timeless design matches its heating speed system owed to its patented Optec-disc heating element.
Regular price: $109.99

Russell Hobbs Glass Lid Kettle This kettle has 1.7 liter capacity, and features an easy-cleaning removable water filter, as well as an anti-scale water filter that helps prevent water from turning cloudy. The product is made of stainless steel with stay-cool wooden handle and glass lid that gives this Russell Hobbs tea kettle design an elegant look.
Regular Price: $39.99

Russell Hobbs Satin Kettle This tea kettle is stylishly brushed-finished with cream accents, and features a 360-degree base, locking lid, 1.7 liter capacity, water gauge, 3kW concealed element, and easy grip handle.
Price: $27.99

Russell Hobbs Classic Corded Kettle with Metal LidThis Russell Hobbs tea kettle features polished stainless steel, auto switch off, water gauge, long-life stainless steel body, 2400W, removable locking lid, 1.7 liter capacity, and easy-to-read external water level indicator.

Russell Hobbs Cordova KettleThe kettle features easy cleaning with its concealed heating element, brushed stainless steel, push-button lid opening, as well as anti-scale water filter, 3kW element for rapid boil, illuminated switch, 17-liter capacity, and multi-directional 360ยบ base with cord storage.

The Russell Hobbs tea kettles brand are among the most excellent in contemporary cordless-electric tea kettles offered worldwide.