Cheap Gardening Tips and Tricks For Yard and Garden

Even if the yard and garden are small, it is quite easy to end up spending large amounts of money on the yard, flowerbeds and garden. With the economy what it is, many people don’t have the money to spend. Indeed, many people garden primarily to save money on food costs. Thankfully, there are a few simple tricks that are designed specifically to save money on taking care of the yard, flowerbeds and garden. Water gauge To have healthy plants, it is a good idea to give them a proper amount of water. A sprinkler will work well in watering most of the outdoor plants, yet there is still the issue of making sure that they get the right amount of water. There are commercial rain gauges that can be purchased that are made for this. Some of them are quite inexpensive, though they also fall apart easily. There are some that are more durable, but more cost-prohibitive, too. You can make your own at virtually no expense, though. In fact, they are so cheap and easy that you can make several and if one becomes damaged, there is little problem with throwing it away and making another. Start by saving one or more of the 8-oz tomato sauce cans as you’ve used the contents. Wash the can thoroughly, inside and out, then make a mark halfway between the top and bottom of the can, with a permanent marker. You now have a homemade water gauge. The can is about Continue Reading →

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Getting to Know the Ginkgo Tree

There is a fairly good chance that many people have heard of ginkgo extract. The extract is very good for brain function and to improve both memory and blood flow to the brain. The extract is commonly prescribed in a number of European countries. Fewer people know where the ginkgo extract comes from, though. This extract comes from a tree. More specifically, it comes from the maidenhair tree. Ginkgo biloba is the scientific name. It is also the only non-extinct species of an entire plant division known as Ginkgophyta. All other of the many species are long since extinct. These trees were once numerous throughout the world and the fossil record for the entire group goes back about 270 million years. Indeed, the entire division was at one time thought to be extinct, until a small grove of Ginkgo biloba was found in a remote and sheltered place in China, in the Zhejiang province. There is strong evidence that the grove had been carefully tended for many centuries by Chinese monks. The tree is now grown in many places, including Europe and the United States. Most often, they are grown as a decorative tree, though they aren’t small. Ginkgos, which should really be called ‘bilobas’ since that is the species name, commonly grow to 100 feet and there are specimens that stand over 160 feet (50 meters) tall. The tree isn’t orderly in growth like pines or firs. Rather, the branches almost seem haphazard. This is a deciduous tree and Continue Reading →

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