Fake Grass

Written by Brad Slade

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But wait there is more……in addition, other requests by customers have included wanting to haverepparttar newly laid ‘fake’ lawn haverepparttar 113315 same effect as when you just cut real grass and there arerepparttar 113316 alternating light and dark bands of grass. This too can be achieved…..ahrepparttar 113317 marvels of modern society.

Once perceived as being exclusively for those atrepparttar 113318 lower end ofrepparttar 113319 socioeconomic scale, time-and resource-poor, fake grass has now becomerepparttar 113320 stable for all regards of income bracket. With everyone becoming increasingly time-limited and wanting immediate results - ‘visual’ perfection – artificial grass answers both these requirements.

As already mentioned fake grass has many advantages being both low maintenance, cheap and providing reliable year-round good looks for those concerned with their gardens aesthetic appearance. Especially in areas where water is particularly scarce and or for areas whether there is heavy usage – i.e. constant foot traffic – then fake or artificial grass may provide a practical solution. What is more, with fake or artificial grass there is no limit torepparttar 113321 amount of area you wish to cover and up-keep is negligible especially when compared torepparttar 113322 requirements of real grass. Golfing greens requirerepparttar 113323 employ of a number of full-time ‘green keepers’ whose job it is to solely look afterrepparttar 113324 lawns!!!! For those without this luxury in budget or timerepparttar 113325 alternative is clearly …….fake grass. No need for pesticides, watering, mowing, and replacing of dead patches etcetera.

While slow to catch on in many Westernized countries, Asian nations who are resource tight have long used fake grasses for their play-grounds, private lawns and commercial turfs. Furthermore, using fake grass removesrepparttar 113326 threat of degradation by human or other pests. The laying of fake grass is also immediate – like that of carpet. Another advantage is that is does not have to be a permanent fixture but can be lifted at any time.

HCOA is a directory of information on mowers, tractors, fertilizers, grass and outdoor appliances. For more information you can visit their website at http://www.hcoa.com.au

Growing Tomatoes, etc. in Early Spring - "Poor Man's Hydroponics"

Written by Jim Kennard, President - Food For Everyone Foundation

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7. When your plants have at least one set of true leaves (notrepparttar seed leaves), but before they crowd each other and begin to stretch, transplant at least 2" apart in flats or 2" pots.

8. When plant leaves begin overlapping, prune 2 or 3 leaves from each plant. This will shockrepparttar 113314 plant briefly, and it will make a thicker stem, then after a few days it will again extendrepparttar 113315 growing tip and produce new leaves. This procedure can be done twice without harmingrepparttar 113316 plant.

9. As soon as leaves begin to overlaprepparttar 113317 third time, transplant into 4" or gallon pots, depending on your time schedule for planting inrepparttar 113318 garden andrepparttar 113319 amount of space in your greenhouse or growing area. When leaves overlap again, separaterepparttar 113320 pots to provide unrestricted light to all plants. These procedures will give you plants with short, stocky and sturdy stems, very capable of handlingrepparttar 113321 rigors of growing outdoors.

10. If your plants begin producing sucker stems, prune them all off, leaving only one main stem on each plant. And whenrepparttar 113322 plants approach 12" in height push a small stick or dowel intorepparttar 113323 soil nearrepparttar 113324 stem and tierepparttar 113325 stem loosely, protecting it from falling over.

11. Whenrepparttar 113326 danger of frost is past, transplant your seedlings intorepparttar 113327 garden. Harden off outside for 2 days first, and then immediately after transplanting, apply 8 ounces of ammonium nitrate to a 30' row of seedlings - at a distance of 4" fromrepparttar 113328 plant stems, and water it in thoroughly. Three days later, begin applyingrepparttar 113329 Weekly Feed mix inrepparttar 113330 same manner.

If you have limited space and cannot accommodate 4" or gallon pots, or you just want to put your plants intorepparttar 113331 ground sooner thanrepparttar 113332 ideal time, you may have success usingrepparttar 113333 Mittleider "Mini-Greenhouses." Cut 4' lengths of 3/4" Schedule 200 PVC pipe, then bend them into a capital A shape, with a 4" flat top, 9" sides and 13" legs. Put both legs intorepparttar 113334 ground atrepparttar 113335 top ofrepparttar 113336 ridges to a depth of 5-6". Place a 4'-wide X 33'-long piece of 6 mil clear greenhouse plastic overrepparttar 113337 bed and buryrepparttar 113338 edges with dirt on all sides. Pictures are inrepparttar 113339 Photos section ofrepparttar 113340 free gardening group at MittleiderMethodGardening@yahoogroups.com. as well as in several of Dr. M's books.

Openrepparttar 113341 ends duringrepparttar 113342 day for air circulation, and on warm days, removerepparttar 113343 dirt from one side and layrepparttar 113344 plastic inrepparttar 113345 aisle. Failure to do this may cause your plants to cook, asrepparttar 113346 mini greenhouses will heat up quickly with sunlight. On nights when frost is expected, put an extension cord with a couple of 100 watt bulbs nearrepparttar 113347 ends of your beds, and for a hard frost use a small heater (be careful you don't melt your plastic cover).

Complete instructions and excellent illustrations are in Dr. Mittleider's books at http://foodforeveryone.org/garden_books/.

Jim is a Master Mittleider Gardening Instructor, and has taught classes and worked one-on-one with Dr. Jacob Mittleider on several gardening projects in the USA and abroad. In the past three years Jim has conducted intensive food production training projects in Armenia, Madagascar, and Turkey. The Foundation website www.foodforeveryone.org provides free materials and information including an ebook, greenhouse plans, Gardening Group, and large FAQ section.

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