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Choosing the Right Garden Fencing for Your Yard

Garden fencing comes in all shapes and sizes. The type that is right for you will depend on a variety of factors, including your own personal tastes. Here are a few of the different types to help you make your decision.

Picket Fences -- These are wooden fences that provide a classic, historic design around your home. The typical picket fence is painted white and made up of "pickets" that are evenly spaced (anywhere from an inch to several inches). The standard style uses a single piece of straight wood for each picket, all the same size. Other styles include different sized and shaped pickets that can create a unique design.

The Plymouth style is a perfect example of a picket fence using different sized pickets that appear to rise and fall, creating a wave-like structure.

Trellis -- If you would like a fence that provides an open feel, then the trellis is a good choice. Trellises criss-cross, often creating square or diamond shapes that can be seen through. But if you prefer your privacy, simply choose a design that places the trellises close together to block from any prying eyes.

An open trellis is also common for wrapping around a garden. This allows for both easy viewing of the garden, no matter how high you make the fence, as well as allowing plenty of air and moisture to move through.

Solid Board -- For total security and privacy, solid boards placed tightly against each other are a perfect solution. This is a common solution around a backyard in order to prevent nosy neighbors from seeing what is going on, or to help reduce noise for your backyard get-togethers. If the saying "good fences make good neighbors" is true, then a solid board privacy fence may make the best neighbors of all.

A common design is to use a combination of solid boards up to six feet high or more, then top it off with an open lattice to strike a balance between seclusion and openness. When it comes to protecting a garden, short solid boards are typically used to allow people to see the garden, but keep out small animals that might be tempted to eat or dig up your plants.

Garden Arbor -- For very large gardens, a garden arbor provides something of a home just for the garden. The entrance is commonly an open arch to welcome visitors while the fencing defines the borders. Combine them together for a tunnel to guide visitors through.

Whatever your need for garden fencing, an ability to customize the many different styles makes for an infinite number of possibilities, allowing you to create your own unique look.


Tips In Making An Organic Tomato Garden

Because of its vitamin A content and its versatility in the kitchen, tomatoes are favored by many people. Having one in the backyard garden where you can easily have what you need in the kitchen and be assured it is free from harmful fertilizers and pesticides is now a trend. The following ideas will show you how to make an organic tomato garden.

First, have a compost area or a bin where you can make your own compost. From the kitchen waste, paper products, and garden waste compost can be produced. This helps in "fattening" or fertilizing your soil. Your compost must have some nitrogen and carbon rich ingredients. Some of the "greens" rich in nitrogen are urine mixed with water (20:1),grass cuttings, nettles, comfrey leaves, raw vegetable peeling, used tea bags and leaves, used ground coffee, and manure of herbivores and chicken. It's not recommended to use bat guano and urea in your organic garden.

For carbon rich ingredients, include wood sawing, sawdust, paper products and cardboards, and beddings from vegetarian pets like guinea pigs and rabbits. You can add crushed egg shells, and some wood ash in your compost heap hair. Next, make your own organic insecticide and aphid spray. Soak one to two cups chopped or minced tomato leaves in two cups water for aphids. You can leave this overnight. The following day, strain and place the liquid in a spray bottle. Add one to two cups plain water and you are ready to use it.

Spray it on the underside of the tomato leaves where aphids thrive. For other insects, finely mince three to four cloves of garlic and add two teaspoons mineral oil. Add some liquid dish soap and let it steep for a day. Use this also as a spray. Garlic contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents. Do a test first on your future tomato leaves and observe. Dilute with water and test again until the leaves remain green if the leaves turn yellowish after two days.

When your compost is ready, then you're also ready to transfer it to your garden sight. Choose a sunny plot for your organic tomatoes. Make use of your basic garden tools when working now in your garden such as spade, hoe, manure fork and compost fork, trowel, transplanter, and a lot more. Remember to wear your garden gloves. Purchase quality seeds and plant in seed boxes. Then, transfer it when the seedlings can be transplanted. You'll learn to master making your own tomato garden as you work on it. The product is worth all the plans you have realized.


Buying Garden Seeds

Some people think that all garden seeds are alike and that how you store and use them is not really important. However, if you want to be a truly successful gardener you have to pay attention to the quality of the garden seeds you buy, how you store them and how and when you use them. All of the top nurseries and gardeners pay particular attention to where they buy their garden seeds from and how they take care of them.

The number one rule when buying garden seeds is to buy good quality seeds. You can, if you want, buy unbranded seeds from your local supermarket to try, but if you are going to be reliant on a crop you really should buy branded seeds from a reputable garden centre or seed seller.

Only buy varieties of garden seeds that are designed to do well in your soil conditions and climate. There is no point in buying seeds designed to do well in arid conditions and planting them in a rainy area of Scotland. Some will grow, but most will not.

Storing Garden Seeds

Once you have brought your seed, check the back of the packet for any specific storage instructions. Do not open seed packets until you are actually ready to sow them.

Store all garden seeds in a cool, dry place. If you do not use all of the seeds first time around you can store them until the next year, but they must be stored in an airtight container. Re-wrapping them in their packet and wrapping that in foil or Clingfilm works well.

Using Garden Seeds

Pay attention to the use by date on your seeds. Most garden seeds will germinate after the use by date, but the rate of successful germination falls the longer you keep them.

Follow the sowing instructions on your garden seeds, to the letter, and do not forget to plant them out as per the instructions. Once sown be sure to thin the crop as per the instructions. This strongly impacts on how successful your final crop will be.


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