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Auburn downtown plan meeting set Feb. 11

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Auburn University juniors Sarah Lewis and Ashley Shorter create their own downtown master plan during the second Downtown Auburn Master Plan public meeting.



Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 9:26 pm
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Updated: 9:29 pm, Sat Feb 1, 2014.

Auburn downtown plan meeting set Feb. 11

From staff reports

oanow.com

Next week, Auburn residents will have another opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions about the future of downtown.


The city is hosting the third and final meeting about the Downtown Master Plan on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Harris Senior Center, located at 425 Perry St. Residents are encouraged to attend.

According to a statement from the city, the meeting gives residents the opportunity to help prioritize downtown projects they want to see completed first, and identify were they want to encourage certain uses in Auburn. Those attending will also be able to review the downtown plan process and the feedback that has been provided by more than 200 residents in earlier meetings.

“Serving as the connection between the city and the university, Downtown Auburn represents the city of Auburn’s historic, service and retail core,” the city states. “Since the Downtown Master Plan process began, over 200 people have attended public meetings to share their thoughts on the future of downtown Auburn. In November, over 75 people joined us to create their own personal downtown master plans, showing their ideas for how and where future development should be focused, and what types of streetscapes are desirable for different parts of downtown. The individual plans allowed city staff to better understand what residents value, how they envision the future of downtown, and how downtown improvements should be prioritized.”

“We know we can get better, and we’re striving for that,” City Manager Charlie Duggan told residents at the November meeting.

Bob Begle of Atlanta-based Urban Collage emphasized in the November meeting that downtown is “not a failing place.” Survey participants enjoy downtown’s proximity and association with Auburn University, but also expressed major concerns about parking.

“Parking is the No. 1 concern,” Begle said.

Seventy-nine percent of respondents said downtown can be improved.

Downtown’s “Main Street feel” along with sidewalk dining are considered positives to continue pursuing. So are wider sidewalks, landscaping and even pocket parks.

Respondents believe coordinated signal timing would help with traffic flow, but they do not want an additional travel lane. They also said they enjoy the special events held in downtown. Fifty-one percent of respondents would like to see more events, while only 5 percent believe there are too many.

College Street, Magnolia Avenue, Gay Street and Glenn Avenue are among areas that need attention, according to the survey. Some respondents also said the bar scene could be negatively impacting downtown.

A final plan could come before the Auburn City Council for a vote by this spring.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 9:26 pm.

Updated: 9:29 pm.

Article source: http://www.oanow.com/news/article_ca2d1cee-8bb9-11e3-a43c-0017a43b2370.html

Astrodome plans

Whether you’re watching for the game, the commercials or the excuse to chow down on snacks, all eyes today are on the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Have fun while you can, Houston, but we have about three years until those eyes are upon Texas, when we host the 2017 Super Bowl at Reliant Stadium. That may seem like a long time, but not nearly long enough to solve the problem of the Astrodome. Harris County needs to ensure that the Eighth Wonder of the World will serve as more than an eyesore for football fans.

Plan A fell through for the county when voters rejected a $217 million bond proposal to transform the Dome into an event space. We continue to believe that Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and his fellow commissioners bear the burden of responsibility for the plan’s failure. After all, they couldn’t provide the hard numbers that voters needed to be assured that the whole scheme was financially viable.

With plan A in the dust, Judge Emmett is quick to say that there is no plan B. There is, however, a plan C. A hasty power wash will be no difficult feat to help clean up the Dome in preparation for Super Bowl guests. But why stop there? With a little extra planning, Harris County can upgrade that plan to at least a C-plus.

Time is probably too short, and money too tight, to restore the Astrodome to any serious functionality. But the underlying architectural aesthetics and record-breaking history are still as strong as ever. A power wash, coat of paint, landscaping and maybe even hard hat tours could make the Dome a sight worth seeing. The National Park Service just added the Dome to the National Register of Historic Places – certainly that’s worth investing in a few bronze historic plaques.

With the right touches, the Dome could stand as an artistic installation for visiting crowds – or maybe just the world’s largest lawn ornament. Either way, it would be an improvement on what we have now while preserving the building for any future ideas.

We urge Emmett to appoint a task force to consider ideas and to recommend a plan that will get the Dome into shape. Rome may have its Coliseum, but somehow an Astrodome ruin doesn’t have the same cachet.

Article source: http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Astrodome-plans-5194680.php

Lake Conroe Home & Garden Show set for Feb. 8-9

The public is invited to attend the first-ever Lake Conroe Home and Garden Show slated for Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe.


The event will feature 200 exhibits from experts in everything to organic gardening to interior design to custom outdoor spaces.

“We’re especially excited about the range of exhibitors, demonstrations and experts who’ll be part of this year’s show,” said Robyn Cade, President of RJC Productions and organizer of the Lake Conroe Home and Garden Show.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb, 8, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb 9.

Participants may be inspired to kick-start or finalize renovation plans with the help of design and renovation experts including: decorating, gardening, remodeling, window treatments, home theater, landscaping, kitchens baths, do-it-yourself, flooring, windows and doors, siding, heating and cooling, pools, outdoor entertainment and a myriad of other home-related products and services.

For those planning a major renovation or smaller home updates, the Lake Conroe Home Garden Show will provide the ability to comparison shop in one convenient area, find out how to make “green” improvements which can reduce electrical and heating bills, see the latest in home entertainment options, or see creative ideas to improve a home’s curb appeal.

Leslie Sarmiento, the principal designer with Decorating Den Interiors will be on hand to offer tips about how to incorporate radiant orchid, the color of the year into the home.

Lucy Harrell T.C.N.P., Organic Consultant and Specialty Landscape Designer for Toadstools Lawn, Garden and Gifts in Willis, will show how to build an organic program in a homeowner’s own yard. Harrell will do several talks and also be at the Toadstools exhibit area for questions.

DIY Expert and television celebrity Jason Cameron will be at the show on Saturday. Watch him work and it quickly becomes apparent this licensed contractor really knows his stuff, especially when it comes to his own personal passions: home improvement and landscaping. Cameron recently even gutted his own home and completely revamped the backyard.

Now he’s putting his extensive hands-on expertise to work for DIY Network building, landscaping, hardscaping and more.

The public is encouraged to bring any existing plans and budgets to discuss with the home and garden experts or pictures to share to maximize the idea exchange while at the show.

Tickets are just nine dollars for adults, eight dollars for seniors and five dollars for military. Kids under 12 are free. Parking is also free.

For ticket information, directions, parking and more visit www.lakeconroehomeandgardenshow.com.

Article source: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/humble/news/lake-conroe-home-garden-show-set-for-feb/article_0f1131a5-11e8-5f17-ab06-68eb04889088.html

Dubai garden contest sees big response


Nasser Khan

Dubai garden contest sees big response

Dubai, 9 hours, 4 minutes
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Dubai International Garden Competition (DIGC), the UAE’s first landscaping competition, has received a higher-than-expected number of garden designs before the submission deadline of February 16.

The event will take place from April 3 to 6 in ‘The Venue,’ along Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, adjacent to Burj Khalifa.

The competition is facilitated by Purelife Events, Conferences Exhibitions, under the patronage of Dubai Municipality with strategic sponsorship from Dubai Tourism Commerce and support from the venue sponsorship partner Emaar.

Internationally renowned landscape designers, architects, artists and property developers have been attracted by several factors, such as Dubai’s growing status as a lucrative property investment destination, and the irresistible challenge of overcoming Dubai’s arid desert land and skyrocketing temperatures throughout-of-the-box ingenuity.


The competition is the brainchild of Purelife Events, Exhibitions Conferences, who’s CEO, Nasser Khan said: “We passionately believe that when it comes to landscaping masterpieces, Dubai should not be limited by its climate or location, as our population and our business sector is a fertile ground for cultivating breathtaking creativity and dazzling technological innovations.”

“DIGC strives to ‘cross pollinate’ the best international practices into Dubai’s market, by attracting premier botanists, architects, landscapers and other experts from North America, Europe, Australasia and the rest of the world to inspire Dubai through knowledge transfer, investments and ‘green retail’ opportunities. As our reputation blossoms, we expect our competition to become the pride of the Middle East,” he added.

Besides the aesthetic beauty and massive environmental benefits of gardens, developers in Dubai’s resurgent property market are keenly aware that gardening creations can significantly boost a property’s value.

Real estate agents now use the term “curb appeal” to signify the beauty a property’s exterior, which adds resell value in the same way interior refurbishments do. According to the co-owner and president of a renowned gardening nursery, advanced landscaping also enhances privacy and minimizes street noise. Another avid landscaper said that gardening as an art form can inspire home owners and developers to create “their own piece of paradise.”

Nadeem Abbas, sales director of Purelife added: “Dubai prides itself in pioneering first-of-a-kind innovations – be it architectural, environmental, and technological – or in our case, all three in one. We now live in a concrete jungle of high rise buildings, and we are encouraging a greater appreciation of the ‘Green City’ way of life.”

In addition to artistic excellence, the competition judges will also consider factors such as eco-friendliness, technical and scientific ingenuity. Leading engineers and scientists will join landscapers and other professionals in vying for the prestigious Gold Award. – TradeArabia News Service


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Article source: http://www.tradearabia.com/news/MISC_251120.html

Recycling nature: He makes rustic furniture from garden ‘debris’

PHILADELPHIA | David Hughes, a Doylestown, Pa., landscape architect with an affinity for native flora and natural landscapes, often finds himself ripping out dead, overgrown, or otherwise undesirable plants to make way for new.

But he doesn’t haul that nasty Japanese honeysuckle, Chinese white mulberry, or Norway maple to the dump, curb, or chipper. Hughes is that rare soul who prizes what other designers and gardeners despise, more so if it’s scarred by deer browsing, insect damage, or disease.

That’s because, in addition to designing ecologically responsible landscapes in the Philadelphia region, Hughes, 46, is a skilled woodworker who makes rustic furniture from garden “debris,” a kind of plant-world Dumpster diver.

“To me, it’s a nice marriage, landscaping and woodworking,” says Hughes, whose five-year-old business, his second, is called Weatherwood Design. It comprises about 70 percent landscaping and 30 percent woodworking.

Storm-felled trees and gnarly vines make good raw materials. So do pruned branches, old barn boards, and stuff plucked, with permission, from the side of the road.

An arborist friend scouts out intriguing branches and discarded trunks. Hughes helps the Natural Lands Trust and local preserves thin out invasives or dead trees. And every July Fourth, again with permission, he rescues unwanted driftwood from death by bonfire at a public beach on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The wood might sit for years on the one-acre property Hughes shares with his widowed dad, Merritt Hughes, a retired English teacher. Logs, planks, oddball sticks and scraps are stacked along the driveway, in the yard, and in and around Hughes’ densely packed, unheated 8-by-12-foot workshop.

“It’s hard to throw anything out,” he says a bit sheepishly of the jars of nails, screws, and bolts, the bits of this or that, and the saws, planes, and other tools of his trade.

Drying wood outside is challenging. But if rain and snow are his nemeses, water is also a friend. “My best ideas come in the shower,” he says.

Those ideas — for chairs, tables and benches, garden gates, and screens, trellises, arbors, railings, and birdhouses — are time-consuming. A simple-looking chair can take 35 hours to make, at $45 an hour, not counting time to find and dry the wood and do research.

“It’s like putting together a big jigsaw puzzle. There are no square edges to anything,” says Hughes, who is itching for some land of his own so he can grow hedgerows of the native trees — alder, sassafras, Eastern red cedar, black locust, Osage orange — he likes to work with.

He also wants to live off the grid and build native plant, meadow, and woodland demonstration gardens. Four acres, at a minimum, would do it, though so much real estate would involve a lot of deer-fencing.

But fenced it must be; deer are plentiful, and Hughes has had Lyme disease 14 times since the early 1990s.

That he has worked through such a scourge reflects a lifetime of loving plants.

Growing up in Glenside, Pa., Hughes was “always out playing and getting muddy and dirty,” often in Baederwood Park. Foreshadowing the landscape architect he would become, he spent hours in the attic constructing vehicles and buildings with Legos and Lincoln Logs.

As an 8-year-old, guided by his handy grandfather, Sylvester “Cookie” Cook, Hughes built metal cladding to reinforce a toy castle, and carved sticks to support a leather-covered tepee.

“I loved the outdoors,” he says, including time spent at his family’s vacation home outside Wellsboro, Pa.

Hughes is a graduate of Abington High School and Pennsylvania State University, where he knew almost instantly “I was doing the right thing” in studying landscape architecture. He also did graduate work at the University of Massachusetts.

His resumé includes jobs at plant nurseries, landscape architectural and planning firms, and the U.S. Forest Service. He has restored wetlands and woodlands and worked on suburban subdivision landscapes, meadows, and residential projects, including a highly idiosyncratic Bucks County, Pa., second home belonging to New Yorkers Todd Ruback and Suzanne Schecter.

The couple’s 2 1/2-acre property, overlooking the Delaware Canal in Upper Black Eddy, Pa., features a converted century-old barn that backs up to a gravelly 200-foot red shale cliff that was choked with exotic vines. Hughes cleared the cliff and literally carved a landscape into it, choosing wildlife-friendly plants such as Eastern prickly pear cactus, the region’s only native cactus, that grows almost exclusively along the high cliffs of the Delaware River.

“He’s not bringing in eucalyptus trees,” Ruback says. “He’s making use of what local, Bucks County nature is giving us.”

And much of what Hughes takes away from “Bucks County nature” goes toward his rustic furniture. The results, says a mentor, Daniel Mack of Warwick, N.Y., are both sturdy and playful, and demonstrate “a poetic sensibility.”

“Nobody actually needs any of these chairs. There are plenty of chairs in the world already, thank you,” says Mack, a rustic-furniture teacher and author. “You’ve gone beyond need, and you’re into another realm.”

It’s a realm, Mack says, that “engages us with the landscape in a way you don’t see with more-anonymous furniture.”

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Article source: http://siouxcityjournal.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/recycling-nature-he-makes-rustic-furniture-from-garden-debris/article_6fff4d77-7e83-5aa0-9f2e-e7638abd1a82.html

Like agriculture, the landscaping industry has suffered in past droughts.

As a landscaper, Kate Anchordoguy acknowledges the drought is giving her “a real moral dilemma.”

On the one hand, the owner of Kate Anchordoguy Landscaping in Santa Rosa wants to provide work for her three employees and herself. On the other hand, she believes that 2014 may become the year for customers to leave one key element out of their landscaping projects: The plants.

“I think it’s better than wasting water this year on establishing new plantings,” she said.

Like agriculture, the landscaping industry has suffered in past droughts when residents and businesses cut back on installing new plants and on maintaining lawns and gardens.

Landscape contractors in Sonoma County differ markedly on the outlook for 2014, a year where state and local officials already are calling for a 20 percent cut in water consumption.

“If we don’t get rain, it’s really going to affect our business,” said Jeff Pottorff, owner of North Bay Landscape Management in Petaluma.

Pottorff already has met with city officials in the East Bay and heard them say that without more rain they will dramatically cut back on the water they apply to the public landscapes that his 70-worker company maintains.

However, other landscapers believe their businesses will adapt and stay busy even through another dry year. They can do so by installing drought-tolerant plants and by working to help keep existing landscapes alive.

“I don’t think I’ll lose any business,” said Linda Gottuso-Guay, who with her husband James owns Manzanita Landscape Construction in Santa Rosa. “I think people will call me to help.”

Part of that help, landscapers said, may be to consider which plants to water and which to let die.

On the North Coast, the last 13 months have been the driest in 83 years of record keeping.

The next two months are considered the best hope for significant rainfall before summer. Santa Rosa on average receives nearly 90 percent of its rain between October and March.

In response, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a statewide drought emergency.

Meanwhile, Sonoma County and its cities are preparing to cut water use by 20 percent this year. For communities receiving water from the Russian River, the voluntary savings would amount to roughly 3 billion gallons.

The state Department of Water Resources has estimated the landscape and gardening industry lost $460 million in gross revenues and 5,600 full-time jobs in the drought year of 1991, or roughly a 7 percent cut in the $7 billion industry.

Harold Berkemeier, owner of Harold’s Landscape Maintenance in Cotati, said he took a bigger hit in the 1976-77 drought, until now considered the most consequential dry spell for North Bay homes and businesses. Berkemeier estimated his business dropped about 25 percent as property owners came under strict water rationing and stopped watering their lawns.

“They let their landscape maintenance people go,” he recalled.

Berkemeier, a former Cotati mayor and council member, said without winter rains both landscapers and residents could find themselves in a tough spot again this year. But the region needs to conserve all the water it can, and cities “should be the first to show that they’re going to cut way back” on parks and other landscapes.

Sandra Giarde, executive director of the California Landscape Contractors Association, said many of her 2,000 members already are getting calls from customers seeking advice on how to keep their plants alive.

“The public is concerned about this,” Giarde said. “They have questions. They recognize the need for expert assistance.”

Already some are changing plans. Jerry Rovetti, owner of Rovetti’s Landscaping in Santa Rosa, said the drought recently prompted owners to have him install drought-tolerant plants rather than lawn in a home going on the market in Petaluma.

For 2014, Rovetti said, “We may be pulling out a lot of lawn.” Even so, he doesn’t expect a significant drop in business because property owners still will install new plantings.

Since 1977, the state has recorded droughts in 1987-1992, 2000-2002 and 2007-2009. The dry spells already have pushed changes in landscaping, as in virtually all areas of residential and commercial water use.

For example, the city of Santa Rosa reports that since 2007, it has paid homeowners and business to remove 2 million square feet of turf. The city pays up to $250 to take out home lawns and up to $2,500 for turf removal at commercial properties, plus other funds for upgrading irrigation equipment.

Darryl Orr, an owner of Pacific Landscapes in Sebastopol, said a decade ago roughly 60 percent of his company’s work involved lawns. Today that figure is closer to 35 percent.

Orr, whose business employs 65 workers, remains optimistic that landscapers can weather the water shortage, especially if the region gets some rain in the next few months.

“We can deal with a 25 percent water cutback,” he said.

Landscapers said property owners will hire them to figure out ways to use less water and still keep plants alive.

Frank Patane, general manager of Golden Gate Landscape Management in Santa Rosa, said he takes care of 30 acres of local athletic fields and already is suggesting that his workers save water this year by leaving the grass a little higher when they cut it.

For installers, a key factor will be whether property owners decide to hold off new planting this year.

In that regard, Santa Rosa officials are discussing whether the city’s lawn removal program should encourage participants to remove turf now but to delay installing new plants and shrubs until after the rains return.

In such a scenario, home and business owners still could tear out the lawn and install drip irrigation and other improvements, “but possibly hold off on the planting,” said Kimberly Zunino, a water resources sustainability manager for the city.

Peter Estournes, director of operations at Gardenworks in Healdsburg, said without rain, other cities also may consider discouraging or prohibiting new plantings.

Estournes, a former president of the state landscapers association, said he still hopes for a “fabulous February” for rainfall. But he expects that a key job of landscapers this year will be to prompt their clients to ask: “What is my landscape worth to me? What can I do without? What’s important to me?”

Pierre Marizco, president of Marizco Landscape Management in Santa Rosa, said he foresees a dilemma: Property owners will have less water this year while plants likely will get thirsty earlier because of the lack of precipitation. That could mean stretching the reduced amount of irrigation water over a much longer period.

“I believe some difficult choices are going to be made,” Marizco said. “Maintaining all your plants in a healthy vigorous state may not be possible this year.”

Article source: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140201/business/140209982

Tips from Toby: Taking care of those Honey-dos

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – If you want to have the best lawn on the block, February is a key month. February is the month that we kick start our lawns.

The first step is to mow off that dead layer of grass on top of your lawns. Lower your mower height as low as it will go without scalping your lawn. Be sure to bag all the clippings when you mow.

This simple step of mowing your lawn short in February will get your entire lawn growing strong.

This top layer of dead grass is blocking the sun to the new grass growing below.

You will be amazed at how much green is already underneath the dead layer.

Of course if there is snow or ice on the ground or the lawn is really wet.

You will just have to wait until the conditions are better and that can be late February or early march depending on the weather, but get it done as soon as you can.

Now is the time to check for those little weeds that are already popping up.

Mix up a pump sprayer with Gordon’s Speed Zone concentrate, and spreader sticker per instructions with water and spray those small weeds and dandelions now so they don’t become big weeds this Spring.

With this cold snap not going away for a while, here’s a great February tip that’s so easy and will make a big difference.

Add Tang Instant Drink Mix to your washing machine’s soap dispenser and run the washing machine empty with hot water.

This will clean out your machine, keep it fresh and also clean the pipes. The acid in tang helps make for a clean washer and you should do this once a month. 

For your dishwasher add two cups of white vinegar to the bottom of your machine and run an empty load, then add two cups of bleach and run another empty cycle.

This will sanitize and clean out your dishwasher for a quick easy honey do once per month.

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Article source: http://www.kshb.com/dpp/lifestyle/garden/tips-from-toby-taking-care-of-those-honey-dos

Garden Tips: Gardeners have taste for heirloom tomatoes

New garden catalogs are arriving daily, telling me that it is time to start planning this year’s garden. Spring must be around the corner!

Of course tomatoes are at the top on my list of vegetables to grow. There is nothing like a homegrown tomato fresh from the garden. If you plan to grow your own veggie transplants, now is when you ought to be ordering seeds and getting ready to plant. Tomato seeds should be planted about six weeks before the anticipated date of planting outdoors.

When perusing seed catalogs, notice modern hybrid varieties, such as Burpee’s Better Boy or Big Boy, are not as popular as they once were. Today’s gardeners are clamoring for heirloom varieties because of their full flavor and attractive fruit of various colors and shapes. Specialty mail-order seed companies and even mainstream companies are offering an expanding list of heirloom tomatoes.

Modern hybrid tomato varieties were bred primarily for commercial field production. Breeders sought firm, uniform, deep red fruit and resistance to soil pathogens. They did not focus on flavor. As a result, some of the flavor we desire in a fresh tomato was lost during their development.

Heirloom tomatoes are older varieties that have been passed from one generation to another. Unlike modern hybrid tomatoes, heirlooms are open pollinated. The prime reason for the “growing” interest in heirlooms is their flavor. Many folks feel that heirlooms have more of the robust tomato taste.

Specialty mail-order seed companies that specialize in tomatoes are a good place to look for tomato varieties to grow. Totally Tomatoes (totallytomato.com) is offering a new series of tomatoes called the “Wild Boar Series” that are new introductions from a small organic farmer and breeder. The series is the result of crosses the farmer made from his favorites among hundreds of heirlooms and hybrids, and selecting the resulting crosses for their extreme flavor, interesting appearance and coloring.

Tomato Growers Supply (tomatogrowers.com) offers more than 500 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Tomato Fest (tomatofest.com) only offers organically grown heirloom tomatoes with a list of a 600 varieties including paste, dwarf, determinant, heart-shaped and, of course red, orange, yellow, green, striped, brown, purple and even blue varieties.

Many seed companies, even the big-name seed catalogs (like Burpee), are offering grafted tomatoes. A grafted tomato is one that has been fused together via the propagation method of grafting. This involves placing a desirable variety (scion) on top the roots of a different variety (rootstock). The scion grows into the upper part of the plant and produces fruit of the desirable variety. The rootstock grows into the root system and imparts that variety’s characteristics to the roots.

While heirlooms may have better tasting fruit, the plants lack resistance to certain soil pathogens bred into most modern hybrids. Grafted tomatoes allow tomato growers to grow tasty heirloom tomatoes on rootstock that is resistant to certain soil diseases. Many of these rootstocks also improve plant vigor and productivity.

So do not procrastinate, decide what to you want to grow and order your seed or grafted plants now.

— Marianne C. Ophardt is a horjticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension.

Article source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/01/30/2801440/garden-tips-gardeners-have-taste.html

Top 6 Gardening Tips For Sowing New Seeds

Gardening is the most common and relaxing hobby that can earn joy and in some cases money. No matter whether you are planning to set up a flower garden or a vegetable garden, knowing the proper methods and techniques of gardening is crucial. Knowing some tips for sowing seeds is one among them.

Flower gardens and lawns are very popular choices of people who want to make their house and yard look beautiful. Indoor gardens and lawns are also becoming trendy. Now days, people are much health conscious and they prefer home grown vegetables and fruits. This also increased the need for knowing some tips for sowing seeds in a perfect way to get a good result.

Sowing a seed and watching it growing is one of the exciting experiences that any garden lover can have. You can make gardening an exciting experience if you follow some tips for sowing seeds. Here are some effective and useful gardening tips for sowing seeds that may help you to a great extend in this context.

6 Gardening Tips For Sowing New Seeds

Select the season: Selecting the best season for sowing your seeds has great importance. Different seeds grow well at different temperature and climate. So, find out the best season that provides maximum growth support for your seeds.

Dig the soil: It will be always better if you can keep the soil loosened before sowing the seeds. This will help in better rate of germination and growth of the seeds. Loosened soil will give a perfect rooting that will help support the further growth of your plant.

Add fertilisers: You can also add some manure to the soil after making it loosened, so that you will get maximum germinated seeds out of the sowed ones. Decide the type of fertiliser based on the type of plant and its growth requirements. This remains as one of the important tips for sowing seeds.

Perfect sowing technique: Throwing down your seeds simply to the soil is not the perfect way to sow it. You have to consider the type of plant that will come out of the seed. Arrange the number of seeds in a pit and the distance between the pits based to this consideration.

Watering: Watering at proper interval remains as one of the gardening tips for sowing seeds that determine the growth of your seeds. Understand the nature of seeds that you are sowing because while some seeds need more water, some prefer medium watering.

Protect the seedbed: Once you finished sowing seeds successfully, your task will be completed only with providing enough protection to the seedbed. Maintain a wet seedbed that is kept secluded from any sources that can destroy it.

Article source: http://www.boldsky.com/home-n-garden/gardening/2014/gardening-tips-sowing-new-seeds-037735.html