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Starting an At-Home Nursery Business
By: Admin    August 19 2018 , 09:57 pm
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Category: Gardening , Business
Want to put your green thumb to work? If you have a passion for all things green, then the plant nursery business could be for you! Starting and managing an at-home nursery is a very rewarding business. With the right attention, it can be very profitable and the convenience of being right in your backyard cannot be beat. Here are some tips to get started. Tips and Tools of the Trade Make sure you have the necessary land to grow plants, and then decide which plants you will grow in your nursery. It is a good idea to specialize in plants that are in demand and cannot be found at local garden centers. This will help generate more business for you. Many gardeners depend on nurseries to have more unique choices than big box stores. You will want to consider things like growth time, how easy it is to care for the plant, and curb appeal. Not every person coming into your nursery ...
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Beginner’s Guide to Nature Photography
By: Admin    July 27 2018 , 02:36 pm
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Category: Photography , Nature
“Every moment is an opportunity to capture, in that moment, something quite special.” Kaarina Dillabough, winner of Greentouchhub’s 2017 photo contest, said this in reference to her passion for nature photography. If you have ever been hiking or simply stared out a window at just the right moment, you know the feeling of wanting to capture the way the sun’s rays are peeking through the branches, or how water is curving around the rocks in a stream. With today’s technology, you can easily hone the craft of taking wonderful photographs of the natural world! Dillabough advised fellow nature photographers to “Snap away, stay aware. Heighten your senses to see things that others don’t see or pay attention to. Don’t strive for perfection, but rather, be in the moment. Trust your instincts.” With this in mind, you can easily start to find the right subjects for your photo...
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Hammocks and Camping
By: Admin    July 24 2018 , 01:57 pm
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Category: Camping , Outdoors
Hammocks can be the perfect bed for your camping experience! Although tents are usually the natural camping sleep choice, hammocks are becoming more popular as outdoor beds. A lot of campers report that they get a better night’s sleep in a hammock, versus a tent. Tents have plenty of positives, such as providing shelter from the elements, but hammocks can be more soothing and sleep-inducing. Read on to decide whether hammocks are right for you! Higher-Quality Sleep The best thing about hammocks is that they require no extra gear to make them more comfortable. Tents usually need a padded sleeping bag or possibly a cot. If you have ever slept in a tent, you know that there are often loose rocks or branches that you might have missed while surveying and preparing your spot. Sleeping on the ground can be very uncomfortable. With a hammock, you are suspended from the ground, which...
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Managing Aphids in the Garden
By: Admin    July 20 2018 , 08:20 am
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Category: Insects , Gardening
Are aphids keeping you down? Aphids are a troublesome pest that have the potential to wreak havoc on trees and gardens.  Aphids are soft, pear-shaped bugs and come in a variety of colors such as black, green, gray, yellow, light green, and sometimes pink. Aphids reproduce rather quickly and can spread diseases to other plants, but eradicating them is not impossible. Noticing an Aphid Problem Due to their small size, they can be hard to spot with the naked eye. There are other ways to detect these insects, however. Aphids feed by using their proboscis to suck the fluid from plants, typically on buds or young shoots. This causes leaves to curl, stunt, or yellow. They will leave the leaves or stems covered in “honeydew,” which is a sticky sap secreted by the aphids. This sap will attract ants to plants and can cause sooty mold to grow on branches and leaves that make them...
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How Snakes Can Help Your Garden
By: Admin    July 16 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Snakes , Gardening
Did you know that snakes can be helpful gardening companions? Despite their helpful traits, more people are afraid of snakes than of public speaking. Snakes have a dangerous and repugnant reputation to humans. Usually, the initial reaction when one sees a snake is to get rid of it as soon as possible. If you have a garden, however, some snakes could actually earn their keep and protect your plants from being eaten! Garter Snakes The garter snake is probably the most well-known garden snake. Garter snakes are non-venomous and there are about 35 different species of them. Most garter snakes can be identified by the three stripes that run along the length of their body. However, some garter snakes do not have any stripes, and others have a checkered pattern instead. They tend to have a light underbelly and come in red, gray, turquoise, orange, yellow, and green. Their bodies are slim a...
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