When is a Lily Not a Lily?

Written by Bev Boorer


When is a Lily Not a Lily? © Bev Boorer It might surprise some people to know thatrepparttar daylily is not a true lilium. It is called a lily becauserepparttar 150144 flowers resemble those ofrepparttar 150145 lilium genus. A native of Asia,repparttar 150146 botanical name of this herbaceous perennial is Hemerocallis. The beautiful blooms only last one day, but because each plant bears so many flowers, it still manages to have a flowering period of over six months. Each clump of daylilies has many flower stalks and each stalk can bear up to fifty flowers. Daylilies arerepparttar 150147 ideal flower to grow in anyoneís garden. They are flood, drought and frost hardy and those that become dormant in winter even survive snow. They are not susceptible to disease, donít mind seaside conditions and are not fussy about soil type. They donít mind shade, either, but will flower better in full sun. What more could one ask of a plant? A good colour range? Daylilies have that, too. These days, daylilies come in not just yellow and orange, but a huge variety of colours. Some are even bi-coloured. There are big round ones, triangular, ruffled and laced white ones, some have watermarks, others have fancy eyes. What a variety! And they have as diverse a range of size as they do colour and shape. The smallest flowers are 3cm across, whilerepparttar 150148 largest make 20cm. Foliage can range from under 30cm to over 1.5m. The smaller varieties with grass-like foliage are quite suitable for borders, and all should be planted about 60 cm apart withrepparttar 150149 crown at ground level. Fertilise and mulch well forrepparttar 150150 best performance. Potted daylilies can be planted intorepparttar 150151 garden at any time of year, but if you buy bare-rooted ones fromrepparttar 150152 nursery, then late winter/early spring is a good time to plant them, and again in late summer through autumn. This avoidsrepparttar 150153 absolute hottest and coldest parts ofrepparttar 150154 Aussie year.

Introduction to Aquaponics

Written by Kirk Gordon


Hydroponics and aquaponics are very similar in every way except hydroponics requiresrepparttar addition of fertilizer and thereís no fish inrepparttar 150041 nutrient solution.

In aquaponics, plants and fish live a symbiotic life withrepparttar 150042 fish feedingrepparttar 150043 plants, andrepparttar 150044 plants cleaning and filteringrepparttar 150045 fishís environment.

The fish waste becomesrepparttar 150046 plantís food source, consequently,repparttar 150047 plantsí roots filterrepparttar 150048 water and keeprepparttar 150049 tank clean. In essence, aquaponics could be considered a miniature ecosystem because both plants and fish are thriving inrepparttar 150050 same environment.

Aquaponics offer benefits to both Gardenerís and Fish Farmers. Fish Farmers may utilize aquaponics if they have difficulty disposingrepparttar 150051 nutrient rich fish water, while hydroponics growers benefit from having a constant supply of free plant food Ė eliminatingrepparttar 150052 need to purchase commercial fertilizers.

Unlike hydroponics or aeroponics, aquaponics is still a relatively new cultivation technique. As more technology is developed andrepparttar 150053 process is refined, it could potentially become a space and money saving process for producing fish, vegetables and herbs.

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