Outdoor life and garden living

Written by Chay Leach

The Gadget Shop review - Including spa's, swimming pools, hammocks and trampolines


New for 2005 at Gadget-Box is our 'outdoor living and garden life' section, packed full of great new products ideal for summer. At Gadget-Box we never stop looking for wacky gadgets that are hard to find elsewhere. The section contains dozens of products, in this review we will be looking at 4 products which we believe are great fun and even better value for money.

Lava Hammock

Firstly we will start withrepparttar garden, click here to seerepparttar 147079 lava hammock" target="_blank">Lava Hammock, its a double size hammock with a maximum load of 160kg. As with all our hammocks you can hang them from trees or you can purchase a stand from us to supportrepparttar 147080 hammock. This particular hammock is available in 5 different colours. Imagine lazing awayrepparttar 147081 day underrepparttar 147082 sun sipping an ice cold beer, you no longer have to dream because our hammocks start at just £45 and supporting stands start at £99.

Moonwalker trampolines

Moving on to our second product , isrepparttar 147083 Moonwalker Trampolines, a great summer item forrepparttar 147084 kids. The Moon Walker range is a deluxe trampoline with a 1 inch thick padding coveringrepparttar 147085 springs. It comes with a free weather cover and ladder. It has a green coloured pad to blend into your garden. Single user weight limit is 16 stones. With such an easy to assemble steel frame and available in 12 or 14ft sizes starting at £229 its a must see product.

Swimming pools

Don't want to get stuck in summer traffic just trying to make it torepparttar 147086 seaside or swimming pool, with this range you wont even have to leave your garden to get a cool refreshing dip. Our garden" target="_blank">Mech Tech Inflatable Pools are great value for money, don't be mistaken, these are not your 6x6ft paddling pools , you can easily submerge yourself as they come in either a 12ft x 30" or 12ft x 36". They also come complete with a filter pump so there is no need to keep emptying and refilling asrepparttar 147088 pump will help keeprepparttar 147089 water fresh and clean. That's an inflatable pumped swimming pool starting at £129, you really will be hard pushed to find such a great product as this. If your looking for an even large pool, take a look at our steal frame pools which can be as large as 28ft x 15ft, that's a standard swimming pool in your back garden.

How to Grow Bananas

Written by Linda Paquette

How to Grow Bananas

If your grocer says, “Yes, we have no bananas. We have no bananas today,” it isn’t surprising sincerepparttar banana isrepparttar 146692 world’s second favorite fruit, surpassed in popularity only byrepparttar 146693 apple. Once only grown in tropical climates,repparttar 146694 good news is that several varieties can be grown in northern areas as well as inrepparttar 146695 south.

Because it takes nine months or more to reach maturity, some northern gardeners growrepparttar 146696 banana plant only for its spectacular ornamental foliage. However, inrepparttar 146697 hobby greenhouse, even northern growers can achieve a fruit harvest and reaprepparttar 146698 added benefit of seeingrepparttar 146699 amazing way in which fruit is produced.

Probably because of its height,repparttar 146700 banana plant is often incorrectly called a banana tree. Actually, though,repparttar 146701 banana isrepparttar 146702 largest herbaceous perennial and belongs torepparttar 146703 monocotyledons ofrepparttar 146704 Musaceae family, which also includes palms, grasses, and orchids.

Bananas grow from rhizomes, which are stems that take root and send shoots (suckers) up throughrepparttar 146705 soil. Banana plants may also be propagated through suckers (also called pups or ratoons) that grow fromrepparttar 146706 main stem ofrepparttar 146707 banana plant. If you have difficulty in finding banana rhizomes at your local nursery, you can find them in most garden catalogs as well as Internet garden outlets. Site and soil

The banana plant grows best in full sun in soil that provides excellent drainage. Good drainage is crucial since saturated roots may die in less than an hour. It is also important to shelterrepparttar 146708 banana plant from heavy winds that can tatterrepparttar 146709 banana plant foliage.

The banana plant is a very heavy feeder. Soil should be nutrient rich, slightly acidic, and loamy enough to retain moisture and keep nutrients from leaching belowrepparttar 146710 shallow roots ofrepparttar 146711 plant. Amendments of good organic compost and green sand or kelp meal will help maintainrepparttar 146712 banana plant’s high mineral requirements.

Planting Banana Rhizomes

Dig a hole about a foot wide and ten to twelve inches deep. Setrepparttar 146713 rhizome inrepparttar 146714 hole so thatrepparttar 146715 union between it andrepparttar 146716 sucker stem are about six inches deep. If your site isn’t level,repparttar 146717 eye of your banana rhizome should be onrepparttar 146718 uphill side of your hole. Fillrepparttar 146719 hole with soil and tamp down firmly to remove any air pockets. If planting more than one rhizome, plants need to be spaced at least ten feet apart so that each getsrepparttar 146720 benefit of full sun. Water your planting sparingly to keeprepparttar 146721 rhizome healthy untilrepparttar 146722 plant is established.

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