A Kids Tree

Written by Jason Canon

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Of course for total climbing pleasure this kid of leisure would usually chooserepparttar fig tree. With its very low entry point fromrepparttar 143343 ground, right away you’re sitting half-way up inrepparttar 143344 middle ofrepparttar 143345 tree. Our fig tree limbs formed a natural cradle allowing me to lay back with arms outstretched and relax just as well as any hammock. Whenrepparttar 143346 figs were in season it was a real treat just to reach out and grab a handful to snack on. Fairly often it became necessary to sharerepparttar 143347 fig tree with passing birds because in choosing between fear of humans andrepparttar 143348 taste of ripe figs they always managed to be courageous.

Parents if you haverepparttar 143349 space to grow trees make sure your kids get to enjoyrepparttar 143350 wonderful pleasures of tree climbing. It will bless them with lifelong memories.

For additional tree information visit: http://www.vanursery.com where over 160 trees are described along with photographs.

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In addition to being a passionate gardener Jason Canon has authored numerous technical research papers including: photonic switching, gigabit networking, VoIP/E9-1-1, and others. Email: jmc@canon.org.

Garden Composters and Composting Basics

Written by Mark Falco

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In addition, choose a site which suits your climate. Warmth and moisture helpsrepparttar composting process so place your composter in a place which receives a fair amount of sunlight and shelter fromrepparttar 143231 wind if you live in a cooler climate and if in a hotter climate, ensure you give it shade to prevent it drying out.

What Materials Can You Compost?

Pretty much all your organic household and garden waste is an elligible candidate for composting although there are a few exceptions. Things to particularly avoid are meat, fish, bones, fats and oils, dairy products like milk and cheese, dog and cat droppings as these can attract animals, create foul smells as they degrade and carry nasty diseases. Also, whilst weeds and plants can be added, it is advised to dry out persisent weeds and remove seed heads before adding these. Ashes are also best avoided, as are glossy magazines although shredded paper and cardboard are fine to add. Feel free to add waste fruit and vegetables, crushed egg shells, coffee grounds (worms love them!) and tea bags, hair, leaves, grass clippings and other organic waste. As a general rule, if in doubt, leave it out but most organic waste will rot down just fine and if you shred it or cut it up smaller, it will compost faster.

How Long Before It Becomes Compost?

This depends onrepparttar 143232 balance of materials in your compost heap,repparttar 143233 weather andrepparttar 143234 amount of time you can devote torepparttar 143235 project. If you want to take an active managed approach to your composting then you can have afully composted pile in 3 months but if your only desire is to dispose of kitchen and garden waste in a more 'green' manner then it can take 6 months to a year or longer.

Managed composting can produce a 'hot rot' with very fast results but it does require additional effort on your behalf to keep it going. A managed, hot compost heap with an excellent balance of materials can reach temperatures of 70 degree celsius but requires regular turning and nurturing with careful layering and balance of browns and greens inrepparttar 143236 mix, shredding materials and maintaining a good moisture level.

An unmanaged cool heap is however much easier to maintain and rots down at up to 30 degrees celsius with little input from you. Just throwing your waste onrepparttar 143237 heap will give you a cooler heap which will rot down more slowly but is fine for green waste disposal purposes.

There are ways to increaserepparttar 143238 rate ofrepparttar 143239 composting process in both cases by, for example, adding composting worms, or by using an activator which help speed uprepparttar 143240 process. The addition of a handful or soil now and then or horse manure will also add micro-organisms to speed uprepparttar 143241 composting process free of charge.

For The Best Compost...

...use a wide variety of different materials. The more variedrepparttar 143242 materials you add torepparttar 143243 compost pile,repparttar 143244 nutrient rich your final compost will be. Compost made from kitchen and garden waste isrepparttar 143245 best food for your plants and atrepparttar 143246 same time you are helpingrepparttar 143247 environment and saving yourself and your local government money intorepparttar 143248 bargain.

Mark Falco runs the British gardening shopping guide found at http://www.ukgardeningsupplies.co.uk where you can find low prices on composters and composting equipment as well as other garden tools, furniture and accessories.

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