When is a Lily Not a Lily?Written by Bev Boorer
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Many of modern daylilies have been developed in USA and so will be found in specialist nurseries. The cost can be rather high, due to thousands of plants that must be grown each year to produce genuine advances. But it will be a worthwhile investment in your garden for such a hardy and long-flowering plant is surely hard to beat. They are perfect low-maintenance plant. Get free plants! Hydrangeas will be shooting soon and they are one of easiest plants to propagate. The hibiscus also grows easily from cuttings. I pop pieces into any spare pot plant and they seem to grow roots with no trouble. Fuchsia cuttings can also be taken in spring, but will do even better in autumn. Softwood tip cuttings can be taken while plant is growing well and easiest way of making a mini-greenhouse to help roots develop is to simply cut a soft-drink bottle in half. Poke a hole in bottom with your garden fork, fill it with potting mix and push in two or three cuttings, then pop top half back over bottom half. If you find it hard to slip on, make a vertical cut of about 2cm in bottom half. This will give a little bit of extra space. You can also use a clear plastic bag for top if you prop it up with some twigs. An elastic band will prevent wind from blowing it off. Friends love it when you bring them a gift from your own garden. Until next time, happy gardening!
Bev Boorer has had two children's books and four short stories published, as well as several craft articles. She has studied with the Australian School of Journalism and the School of Writing, Queensland, Australia. She works as a volunteer editor for www.Greypath.com and contributes gardening articles to their online ezine,Dinkum. She has also written an ebook 'EasyGardening'available at http//www.gardeningebook.beststuffhere.com
Introduction to AquaponicsWritten by Kirk Gordon
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In hydroponics and aeroponics applications, nutrient solution needs to be prepared – measured, mixed, and then added to reservoir. In aquaponics, there’s no mixing fertilizer involved, making it a great way for beginners to cultivate plants. Only fish needs to be fed.
The number of commercial applications utilizing aeroponics is still very limited. A number of universities globally are currently exploring science of aquaponics to advance this extreme cultivation technique. Aquaponics is currently being used in areas where fish population is declining and/or their food supply must be imported.
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