Understanding Manure For Your Home Vegetable Garden

I love the scene in the television show Seinfeld where character George Costanza, played by actor Jason Alexander, is talking to a female named Kelly, played by actress Tracy Kolis, about his love of the word manure. The funny line is, “when you consider the other choices, manure, is pretty refreshing.” Of course Kelly cuts the date short as she finds talking about the subject pretty strange.

Had Kelly been a vegetable gardener she might have gone off on a tangent as to the wonderful benefits manure has for your home vegetable garden. I guess the “show about nothing” did not want to take that route.

Manure from the proper sources (I’ll get to that in a moment) presents you with a great opportunity to add much needed nutrients back into the soil and with seasoned manure from these same sources, you can brew a wonderful elixir called manure tea. We’ll cover manure tea sometime in the future.

Here is how manure works to benefit your home vegetable garden. Manure is nothing more than organic matter that contains tremendous amounts of nutrients your vegetable plants can use, such as nitrogen. However, in order for your plants to use those nutrients they must be released from the manure. The only way this can occur is to have a higher life form feed on the manure (yeah I know it sounds gross) such as worms that then release their own castings that plants then use. This is just a basic overview of course.

There are both good and bad manures that you need to know about. Your dog, cat and human manure is bad. It can be toxic to your plants as well as the underlying ecosystem. Do not use these manures. Good manure comes from sources such as cows, horses, chickens and other types of grain or grass fed live stock.

Now that you know how manure works and what the good types of manure are, the next obvious step is to know how to add it to your home vegetable garden. Simply add the manure to your garden and mix it in with your soil. The important part, which I will get into in a moment, is knowing exactly at what time of the year you should be adding it. Make sure you mix it in thoroughly with a pitchfork, broad fork or tiller.

This step is crucial in the adding stage and that is what time of the year should it go in. If you have fresh manure, meaning it is less than 6 months old (yeah I know who keeps the dates on this stuff), then it is recommended that you mix the manure into your soil at the end of your growing season, which for most of us is in the autumn months. If you have seasoned manure then you should add it no later than 4 weeks before planting. This gives it plenty of time to start releasing all of those wonderful nutrients.

So where do you get manure? You could buy it at a local home or garden center, but why do that if you can get it for free from a local horse or cow farm. Just check on websites such as Craigslist in the farm and garden section. Also, if you do find someone that is willing to give you some manure, make sure the livestock are not fed with any types of grain or feed that contain chemicals. Those chemicals could be passed to the manure.

There is no question that adding manure to your home vegetable garden has tremendous benefits. Knowing where to get it, what kind to use and how to add it is just as important to know.

Home and Garden Tools

Garden tools are a gardener’s best friend (besides his garden, of course). Garden tools can do more than just help a gardener weed his garden. Garden tools are available in the market and these can also be purchased online through internet. Playground slides are great equipments for the children to have great fun. Garden tools are very helpful in getting the work done efficiently. It makes the work easier to be completed. Without the garden tools you have to use some other method of how you want the job done.

Garden tools are any tool that can be used in the practice of gardening, which is related to the practices of agriculture and horticulture. Gardening tools are a necessity if you want to be a successful gardener.

Plants require numerous trace elements for our healthy growth and equilibrium. Even microscopic amounts of trace elements have an important function in a healthy organism, including human beings. Plant Feeder takes care of your plants while you are away. Slow feeding ensures plants don’t get too much water.

Plants such as foxgloves (Digitalis species) can be harvested and sown straight away either in trays or in drills taken out with a draw hoe. Once these starts growing remember either to prick them out or thin them so that they have room to develop. Planting the right flowers is never easy, garden project gives you a few ideas and suggestions on what performs the best in gardens.

Garden tools are needed by a gardener for his/her practice of growing and maintaining plants and trees. A gardener needs a wide variety of tools. Garden tools are as necessary for a gardener as hammers and nails are for a carpenter. Make sure that you have the right garden tools.

Garden tools are any tool that can be used in the practice of gardening, which is related to the practices of agriculture and horticulture.

Garden tools are manufactured keeping in mind the expected durability, versatility and weathering standards that the modern gardener desires. Gardening tools make the whole endeavor exciting for the novice and very easy for the seasoned gardener. Garden tools are stacked in one corner; theres a pile of paint cans in another; the kids bikes are parked in front of the cars; and your work bench — well its under those boxes — you think. A lot of people try to make their garages more user friendly by putting up peg board for the tools, hanging the bikes from hooks in the ceiling to get them out of the way, and building shelves along the walls to stack things on. Garden tools are available, but bring work gloves. Lunch will be available for those who can work until noon.

Design Your Home and Garden With a Solar Water Fountain

Are you in the midst of designing or redesigning your home to be more environmentally friendly? If so and you’re trying to add in, either an indoor or outdoor peaceful water fountain, then you’ll want to go with a solar water fountain for you home/business. What is a solar fountain? It is as its name suggests – a solar water fountain that runs on the energy the sun produces instead of electricity or batteries, often seen in older water fountains.

You can find solar water fountains in many design varieties. One type includes the tabletop water fountain, which can be placed in your home or office. These fountain types come with a detachable solar panel that you place 15 feet away from the fountain. It allows the sunlight in and powers the solar water fountain even though it’s not nearby the window. The solar fountains will put humidity back into your air, which is vitally important during those long winter months when the air tends to dry out.

Types Of Solar Fountain Designs

Not every garden fountain manufacturer designs solar fountains. However, the companies that do produce these solar water fountains design all kinds of shapes so that a person can find the one that they would really like to accentuate their home and garden with.

Periodic Maintenance On Your Solar Fountain

For instance, you can purchase a tabletop design that can sit atop an end table, shelf or table. Water will circulate continuously so there is no need to hook it up to a water source. This keeps you from consuming a lot of water. However, you will need to check it often to ensure that the fountain is not near empty. Evaporation will tend to occur over time so check it at least once a week. If you don’t check it, the fountain’s motor could be damaged beyond repair.

Other Types Of Solar Fountain

There are many kinds of solar water fountain designs out on the market. Besides the tabletop solar fountain design, you can choose a wall-mounted fountain, which can be hung on your home/office walls. Why are fountains like these so nice? They are nice because they don’t use the space you may need for your shelves or tables. Instead, they are a wall ornament.

Wall ornament solar water fountains have backs to them that sit right flush to the wall. The bottom of the fountain is a water trough. As the water circulates through the fountain, it will fall to this area, only to get circulated back again and again. Many wall ornament fountains will be uniquely designed.

Some designs include flower and vines; some others have geometric shapes. Solar water fountains can be made from copper, stone and wood, among many, many more materials. Keep in mind that the floor units are often larger and must sit on the floor (or on level ground if it is an outdoor solar water fountain). If you have an indoor solar fountain, be sure to place it on a pedestal.