How to Grow AsparagusWritten by Hans Dekker
Asparagus is a perennial plant with erect, edible stems and tiny branches that bear even tinier flowers that become red berries that contain black Asparagus seed. Formerly in Liliaceae family, botanists have realized that Asparagus is in a class by itself and have repositioned its 120 species in Asparagaceae genus. Asparagus is a high-end gourmet food item, but if you know how to grow asparagus, it becomes an inexpensive way to add a delicate flavor to your meals.
Knowing how to grow asparagus dates back 2500 years ago when it was first cultivated in Greece. In fact, asparagus is from Greek word for stalk or shoot. Long before it was used as a food item, asparagus was lauded for its medicinal properties. There are many reasons to grow asparagus. Once an asparagus bed is established, asparagus is first vegetable that is table ready in springtime and will provide your family with a firm and fresh vegetable treat for up to 20 years, each crown in your bed producing up to Ĺ pound of spears per year. Although supermarkets stock both canned and frozen asparagus, neither compares to unique flavor you get from freshly harvested and picked asparagus.
As asparagus plants grow, they produce a mat of long, tubular roots that spreads horizontally rather than vertically. This one-year-old root system is called asparagus crown. Although asparagus can be started from seed, itís most often begun from transplanting crowns purchased from a reputable crown grower. Those who wish to learn how to grow Asparagus must have an abundance of patience, since it takes an asparagus bed three years to be established from crowns. The second year of growth, asparagus ferns emerge with a few spindly spears. At third year, although your bed will produce thicker and more robust spears, they shouldnít be harvested for more than one month to allow roots and crowns to become further established.
Internet Marketing and Advertising for the Green Industry Written by Adam White
How do you tap into network of online advertising without wasting your money on advertising that can bring you little results? Advertising on internet can be risky for landscaping companies because you may be paying for someone across country or world to see your ad or website. You need localized advertising. You ask yourself, well how can internet advertising be an effective way to advertise locally. Well letís think about this for a second. Who is your target audience? It is either businesses or someone willing to pay for lawn maintenance or landscaping. These are people who use latest technologies in everything they do. These are people who go to internet to find things they are looking for. They do this because they know that they will find most information about what they are looking for. You want proof? How did you find this article? You looked it up on internet. This is way people find what they are looking for now. So they go to internet to search for landscaping companies in their state or even their own town. Now you might be asking yourself, well Iím a lawn care company, not a landscaping company. Most people donít know difference. They believe that a lawn care company is same thing as a landscaping company. So they search for landscaping companies in their state and whatever website shows up at top of Yahoo, MSN, or whatever search engine they use, thatís one that they are going to visit to find a landscaping company. What about yellow pages? I can't tell you how many owners of landscaping companies have told me that they spend hundreds of dollars each year to be listed in yellow pages and don't get any calls from their listing. I ask why they continue to spend money there and it is simply because all other companies are listed. If you want to throw away money just because every other company does, throw it my way. I can guarantee you will get no calls if you give me your money and then you won't have to worry about it.