The Container Vegetable Garden

Written by Vince Apps

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Seeds can either be planted either directly intorepparttar container or started in a smaller pot and transplanted once large enough to handle. Always plant more seeds than you need in each container since there will seldom be 100% germination. Duringrepparttar 141878 winter, seeds can be encouraged to grow early when placed next to a water heater or other warm (not hot) place. Make sure that you move these to a sunny position as soon as they appear aboverepparttar 141879 soil.

Ideally, containers should be placed where they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Plants that bear fruit, such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants requirerepparttar 141880 most sun. Many herbs and leafy vegetables will tolerate more shade. Plants growing in containers require frequent watering especially if outdoors. Duringrepparttar 141881 hot summer months many will require daily watering.

Plants will need fertilizer duringrepparttar 141882 growing season. The easiest way to add fertilizer is to use a commercial mix such as Miracle-Gro. Followrepparttar 141883 directions and do not over feed. Most potting soils will have sufficient nutrients forrepparttar 141884 first few weeks.

Harvest whenrepparttar 141885 plants are mature but still young and tender. Small sprigs of most herbs can be clipped as needed andrepparttar 141886 plant will continue to grow.

Vince Apps is the editor of a number of gardening sites including Manual of Gardening and Home Vegetable Gardening.

How to choose an outdoor fireplace for your backyard

Written by Nicole Martins

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The designer and focal point outdoor fireplace If you desire a fireplace that looks like an outdoor art work or furniture when not in use, consider fire pits made from copper orrepparttar slick contemporary look of steel. Copper fire pits are very popular. If you preferrepparttar 141684 lustrous shine of new copper you can maintain this effect withrepparttar 141685 right products. Some copper pits include an area to store wood logs beneath them which is very attractive as well. Another option, but certainly more expensive, are some ofrepparttar 141686 fine furniture looking gas fireplaces such asrepparttar 141687 Luminarium. You can choose between several different finish options and some of these pieces look as if they belong insiderepparttar 141688 home.

The easy to transport outdoor fireplace

To make it more accessible for people to take their outdoor fireplace with them: camping,repparttar 141689 beach, summer cabin, tail gate parties and so on many outdoor fireplace models, especially fire pits, are designed to be lightweight. They include features such as lids and tires for convenient transport. Another reason to purchase a portable fireplace is that if you prefer to storerepparttar 141690 unit during winter. You will have no problem tucking a unit such as this inside your home. The good news is that you will find many lightweight outdoor pits and fireplaces available. Portable outdoor fireplaces may also include features such as gas or wood burning options, grill attachments, spark screens, lids, wheels and can come in many different materials: copper, steel and aluminum.

Nicole Martins is a contributing author and publisher to, an online resource that provides you with information, articles of interest and reviews of the best outdoor fireplace and patio heaters online.

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