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Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners

For budding urban backyard farmers, one’s own bee colony has a lot of appeal: Bees can keep fruit trees and other plants pollinated, and, with some extra work and investment, they can also provide fresh honey. Like any pet—domestic or urban livestock—bees require financial commitment and ongoing maintenance, but do the benefits of beekeeping outweigh the costs? “Think of a beehive or a bee colony as a unit, like an animal,” says Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine. “It’s like a pet goat that needs water, food, a clean place to, live and attention. You also have to...

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Adding Plants To Your Home Decor

There is no doubt plants are healthy additions to any home. They increase the oxygen levels. They also provide a psychological benefit by bringing in natural life and can be extremely helpful in uplifting spirits on a cold winter’s day. They remind you of spring, summer, the tropics, and any number of wonderful, natural aspects of life, the universe and everything. Why not, then, integrate them into a home decorating scheme? Before you do so, ask yourself a number of questions. Do you like plants? Do you know how to take care of them? Do you want to learn...

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Why Composting is So Important for the Environment

Did you prepare any produce today?  Make coffee?  Peel a banana? Plenty of waste to go a(g)round Chances are you have plenty of organic waste produced at home, including yard and garden waste, much of which could have a place in a composting bin or pile.  While we will discuss a little about how you could do some composting here, most people have a pretty good idea of what composting is: you either have a pile or bin of organic material that breaks down, rots, decomposes, by thriving worms, bacteria, fungi, and insects who feed on the pile. Never...

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Best Garden Hose UK

When it comes to water, it’s best not to take any chances and that is particularly true of a quality garden hose. Some might wonder why there is such a large difference in price with various garden hoses, but that’s because they are made in different ways, with varying materials. The more expensive options tend to have long-lasting materials that won’t degrade with time; something that could prove costly in the future with cheaper hoses. Trying to repair a degraded hose can often result in having to replace it completely, which then doubles the original cost of any cheap...

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10 Steps to Perfect Leaf Compost

Leaves that have fallen after the fall foliage season of colors, whether collected and composted during the fall or spring, are a great food source for your organic garden. By recycling them and turning them into compost, you have a constant source of natural plant food. In this article you will learn how to compost leaves if your are fortunate enough to live in an area where you have deciduous trees that shed their leaves on a seasonal basis. 1 – How to Pick a Spot for your Compost Pile Pick an area with adequate drainage First you have...

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