How to get started with deep beds

Written by Frann Leach

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Although it may be tempting, to makerepparttar layout look attractive, don't staggerrepparttar 116231 paths. Put them in straight lines wherever possible. Remember, you will probably be wheeling a barrow down them at some point, and a straight line isrepparttar 116232 shortest route between two points.

If you're doing a four-course rotation, double dig one bed in four for four years, incorporating large quantities of compost and, if possible, farmyard manure, as you replacerepparttar 116233 soil, and removing allrepparttar 116234 perennial weeds. The incorporation of large amounts of organic material means thatrepparttar 116235 completed bed has a surface several inches higher thanrepparttar 116236 pathway on either side. These heavily manured beds will be used forrepparttar 116237 more hungry crops, such as brassicas. Single dig and weedrepparttar 116238 remainder. From this point on,repparttar 116239 beds aren't walked on or disturbed.

The initial manuring ofrepparttar 116240 beds will provide adequate nutrients forrepparttar 116241 first year's cropping. From then on an annual dressing of blood, fish and bone or another organic fertiliser inrepparttar 116242 Spring, together with further applications of compost as a mulch, will keep soil fertility high.

Checkrepparttar 116243 pH ofrepparttar 116244 beds every other year with a soil testing kit and apply a sprinkling of calcified seaweed ifrepparttar 116245 beds are becoming too acid. Avoid any major disturbance ofrepparttar 116246 soil: just sprinklerepparttar 116247 fertiliser or calcified seaweed ontorepparttar 116248 surface and hoe it in lightly. Becauserepparttar 116249 soil is so friable, it is possible to harvest deep-rooting crops such as carrots, parsnips, salsify and scorzonera withoutrepparttar 116250 aid of a fork: they can simply be pulled out by hand.

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Guidelines for Printing Great Photos at Home

Written by Kelly Paal

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4. There is one place that you are going to have to spend some money and itís on paper. You can have a great image but unfortunately you cannot skimp on paper. Getrepparttar nice thick glossy paper, itís worth it. Iíve triedrepparttar 116230 cheaper paper, which is good for test prints, but you needrepparttar 116231 high quality stuff for good prints.

5. DPI, dots per inch. Depending on your printer and your software you may be able to print up to 1200 dpi which is probably unnecessary for what youíre doing. For up to a 4 by 6 inch print you only need about 300 dpi. Most people cannot seerepparttar 116232 difference between a 300 dpi an a 600 dpi at 4 by 6 inches. For 5 by 7 or 8 by 10 you can go up to 600 dpi.

These steps will help you on your way to printing great digital photos at home. Remember though make sure that you have fun printing all those memories.

FYI Just so that you have a frame of reference, Iím a professional photographer and I have a six color ink jet that I paid less than $300 for and photo editing software that I paid less than $100. I print my 5 by 7 images for shows at 600 dpi.

Copyright 2004 Kelly Paal

Kelly Paal is a Freelance Nature and Landscape Photographer, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Recently she started her own business Kelly Paal Photography ( She has an educational background in photography, business, and commercial art. She enjoys applying graphic design and photography principles to her web design.

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