A Kids Tree

Written by Jason Canon


During my youth kids were required to pass through a tree climbing phase as part ofrepparttar transition from being a kid to becoming a teenager. Not just any old tree would do of course. The majestic oak was always a tower of strength butrepparttar 143343 limbs were too high up for it to be a good climbing tree. Likewise,repparttar 143344 tall pecan trees that grew in our yard would have required a chain of ladders just to make it torepparttar 143345 first limb.

Back towardrepparttar 143346 center of our property grew a very beautiful Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia Virginiana) tree. The leaves were bright green with an almost wax appearance inrepparttar 143347 sunshine. Insiderepparttar 143348 green foliage it was very easy to climb right torepparttar 143349 center trunk where numerous low hanging limbs were perfect for any size kid. It was so much fun to makerepparttar 143350 criss-cross climb acrossrepparttar 143351 various tree branches winding my way up as close as possible torepparttar 143352 top. Insiderepparttar 143353 foliage, cool air rustlingrepparttar 143354 leaves wasrepparttar 143355 only sound heard on a summerís midday. The beautiful, fragrant magnolia flower blooms were always a special treat in March and April. Only a kid knew thatrepparttar 143356 best views ofrepparttar 143357 flowers were from an inside tree limb looking out towardsrepparttar 143358 sun.

Garden Composters and Composting Basics

Written by Mark Falco


Why Compost?

Recent studies show that an average family throws away approximately 200 pounds of organic kitchen waste every year. Combine this with allrepparttar leaves, grass clippings and other organic garden waste accumulated over time and that's a lot of household waste being added torepparttar 143231 already mountainous waste disposal problem. Some local authorities are refusing to take away green waste from gardening and others charge forrepparttar 143232 service in an effort to curb mounting costs and then when you add inrepparttar 143233 environmental costs of adding new landfill sites, road transport emissions from ferrying all this waste around and potentially incineration andrepparttar 143234 fumes that releasesrepparttar 143235 environmental advantages of composting are clear.

In slightly more selfish terms, if you are a gardener then you will knowrepparttar 143236 relatively high cost of fertiliser. Well, OK an average gardener's yearly fertiliser expenditure is not going to breakrepparttar 143237 bank but when you can get fertiliser for free out ofrepparttar 143238 stuff you throw away then it starts looking extremely expensive. Composting simply makes good environmental and financial sense and it's so easy to do there's nothing stopping you.

What Do I Need To Begin?

A compost bin, box, enclosure or handy place to put an open compost heap. Cheap plastic composters and compost bins can be bought from all good garden centers and are quite inexpensive depending on your requirements. A plastic compost bin is generallyrepparttar 143239 cheapest whilst wood composters are generally more attractive additions to your garden but a little more costly. An open heap (just create a pile somewhere) is also an option but it is advisable to have some sort of cover like a tarpaulin available for colder periods of weather.

Another slightly different alternative to composting inrepparttar 143240 traditional sense is vermicomposting or wormeries. These use a special kind of worms to break down kitchen scraps producing a fine compost-like material fromtheir casts and a nutrient filled liquid plant food which is ideal for feeding indoor pot plants. If do a lot of greenhouse gardening or have a lot of houseplants then a wormery may berepparttar 143241 best choice forrepparttar 143242 disposal of household waste.

If you do not want to actually spend money on a composter then building your own isn't exactly difficult if you do not mind picking up a hammer and nails. Nail together a few wooden pallets for example and you've got an enclosure suitable for composting. For plans and ideas on how to assemble your own composter at little cost, simply head to your favourite search engine and type in phrases like "build your own composter" or "compost bin plans" for an endless supply of simple ideas typically costing under $30.

Where To Put Your Compost

Whether you purchase a composting bin or make your own composter you need to make sure you have a flat, well drained place in your garden not too far away that you begrudge taking your kitchen scraps out to it. Compost bins should not be placed on concrete, patio areas etc. as you want to allowrepparttar 143243 insects, worms and microorganisms which help degradation of your waste materialsrepparttar 143244 freedom to migrate into and out of your compost without hinderance.

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