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Crystal Water Beads Inspiration: Planting Bulbs In The Fall

As our long, hot, summer draws to a close (finally), our thoughts turn toward garden preparations. Time to trim overgrowth, clean and weed flower beds and one of our favorite projects, planning for spring by planting bulbs this fall. Planting bulbs is one of the best ways to insure an amazing display in the spring. It is virtually foolproof.

Here are some tips to insure that your bulbs will thrive and your efforts will be rewarded.

Bulbs should be planted once the temperatures drop into the high 40s to low 50s at night. Around this time you should see the first frosts. Be sure the bulbs are in the ground at least 6 weeks before the first real freeze. If the temperatures are still on the warm side, you can store your bulbs for around a month in a cool, dry place. Do not make the mistake of thinking they will last until next season, they won’t.

When you are ready to plant make sure that you read the planting depth recommendations which will vary from flower to flower. Try to be as accurate as possible. Bigger bulbs are usually planted at about 6 inches deep and smaller bulbs around 4 inches. Look at the bulb and you should see one pointy side and one side with a flatter appearance. Remember: pointy side up.

One of the best parts about plantings bulbs is the opportunity to design. Consider putting your ideas to paper, thinking about colors, including your favorites and with the “big picture” in mind. The best way to plant bulbs is in groups. The more bulbs you group together in the planting, the better the results. Keeping the height of the fully grown flower in mind, plant smaller flowers to the front and taller flowers in the back. An especially eye-catching way to plant is by arranging a group of taller flowers with smaller flowers planted directly in front. This “double decked” effect is very striking.

In the spring, when you have realized the fruits of your labor, don’t forget that fresh cut flowers from your garden need beautiful vases filled with crystal water beads. With many different colors available, you are sure to find just the right one, or combination, to perfectly compliment your bouquet.

To explore the world of crystal water beads, contact us for more information.

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Planting ideas for your kids

Gardening with your kids could be a fun activity for the whole family. Are you looking for something to do on a boring day with your kids? How about something that is fun and educational instead of TV or videogames? Well, look no further!

Planting can be a great activity for your kids because:

– It’s fun
– It’s educational
– It teaches them basic biology
– It also teaches kids about responsibility

It can be a great way to show your kids how to be responsible. They have to water and care for the seedlings if they want them to grow. If they are neglected they will not grow. So use this as an opportunity to show them how to be responsible.

A great media for kids to plant in are egg cartons. They are simple, cheap, and make less mess. Grab some potting soil, and some egg cartons, and our seeds of choice. You could successfully plant an egg carton herb garden. Using the egg cartons is as simple as filling them with soil, planting the seeds in each spot of the carton, and watering them.

One other great way for kids to grow things are socks. Have your child put on old pair of socks over their shoes. Next have them walk around a grassy area, or with a lot of plants. Then take a show box, and line it with a plastic bag, put the socks in the show box, fill it with soil, and water it. Socks are great at picking up seeds. Plants drop seeds everywhere. This could be an interesting experiment to see want kind of seeds you can find. Planting is a rewarding activity for children as well. They get to see something that they cared for, grow, and bloom.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some seeds, and get planting people!

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Gardening Permaculture Style with Crystal Water Beads

If you haven’t considered growing your own food, now may be the time. The latest estimates are that U.S. food prices will rise as much as 4% next year due to this season’s extreme drought. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could plant a new garden that would sustain itself for years without fertilizing, tilling, or heavy watering? That’s the beauty of permaculture.

Though commonly thought of as a gardening technique, permaculture is a methodology and framework for creating a sustainable way of life. Permaculture seeks to develop community and encourage people to carefully consider their resources. The goal is using resources wisely and ecologically so that you use less to get more. Permaculture is about cooperating with nature rather than forcing it to do your will. Basic permaculture actions might be doing an energy audit on your home to use less electricity, finding new ways to recycle or upcycle used items, using non-toxic or homemade cleaners, or redesigning your garden to use less water and produce more food.

If you are interested in growing your own food while using less water, Crystal Water Beads Hydro Grow can help you do that. Hydro Grow is a soil conditioner that helps maintain water retention over longer periods of time. Hydro Grow can help reduce plant watering by as much as 50% and can be used in a wide range of situations: potted plants, vegetable gardens, or industrial crop production. The product is biodegradable and nontoxic. One package covers 3 gallon-size potted plants for up to 8 years. Hydro Grow is a simple way to reduce your water consumption while increasing your produce yield: using less to get more. Contact us to learn more or to place an order.

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