Live Moss Makes a Shade Garden Pop with Color

The soft beauty and ease of maintenance of moss make it an excellent plant for a shade garden. Add to this the different shades of green, from the gray green of cushion moss to the vibrant green of carpet moss, and a shade garden has a nearly ideal plant. Just the sight of moss planted beneath trees or at the base of hosta plants speaks of relief from a hot day and the good feeling of an outdoor carpet beneath bare feet. Live moss is easily shipped. If it can’t be planted right away, it can be put in the fridge or even the freezer for a few days.

Moss is a non-flowering plant that reproduces by way of spores and as such it is similar to plants like ferns and horsetails. Because they lack roots, mosses take nutrients from, air, rain and other types of moisture and through photosynthesis.

There are many varieties of mosses and some of them work better in certain areas than others. Sheet moss, for example, can tolerate some sunlight and is an excellent moss for filling in those cracks between pavers. It can also stand a good amount of traffic.

Carpet moss can be used to cover large areas, because, as its name suggests, it lays like a lush green carpet woven of velvet. When it’s young, it is a bright greenish gold, and the green darkens as it gets older. It is so wonderfully soft that people used to stuff their mattresses with it.

Cushion moss not only has a silvery or even white color, but comes in balls and clumps that allow the gardener to use it decoratively. This type of moss prefers sandy soil.

Moss does best not only in shade but in acidic soil. All other weeds and vegetation need to be cleared from the area. Two inches of peat moss should be dug in, and the area watered until it’s muddy. Some gardeners prefer to plant clumps of different types of moss for a mosaic or green checkerboard effect. The clumps should be gently rinsed, then pressed into the area to remove air pockets. While they’re waiting to be planted, the clumps should be kept wrapped in damp cheesecloth.

After the clumps are planted, they should be sealed in place with mud. The bed will need to be checked frequently to make sure it stays moist while the moss establishes itself.
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I Was a Democrat For 50Years and Voted Republican

I am a democrat. I voted republican. I was, like over half of the American citizens sick and tired of Washington’s crooks and our world leaders making themselves wealthy beyond imagine off their so called “non profit” organizations. They’ve milked the United States for their good entirely too much. The reason Donald Trump won is because of middle class working people like I am,  we are tired of Hillary’s gain. Her promises were lies and like Trump said, she’s been in governmental offices for over 30 years, why wasn’t there all this change when she was in?

American’s also hate immigrants coming on to our countries and stealing our kid’s education benefits and jobs. She was wanting to open the doors to our borders so ISIS could come in and those insane radicalism nuts with bombs tied to themselves so American’s could live in terror.

I am so happy that we have change

Hillary was quick to speak stating that if Donald won, she’d support him. Yet, she’s done everything within her power to cause riots, blame on other nations and continue her tirade on Donald Trump instead of backing him like she stated she’d do. When he was asked if he’d accept her domination, he said “we will see”, he didn’t lie, she did. We the people of America are sick and tired of capitol hill’s lies, secrecy and lack of “get up and go” to help the middle working class people.

I do not think President Obama has done much to help our country or economy but I do think he’s an honest man that has integrity and tried hard. 

 

Back Yard Hydroponics To Cut Down Food Expense

A hydroponic garden can be a great way to cut down on food expenses. It may not be as expensive as you think to get a backyard hydroponic garden going, and the garden can produce healthy and robust organic produce year-round. Hydroponic gardens are one of the best ways to save money on food and have an amazing experience at the same time.

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Cost and Productivity of a Hydroponic Garden

Most people garden as a hobby and are not overly concerned about how much money gardening might save them. When saving money on food is a primary concern, then the costs of setup and maintenance and the productivity of the garden are something that must be carefully considered. While hydroponic gardens may be slightly more expensive up front, they greatly save in costs over the long-term. They are also easier to maintain.

While it may seem counter-intuitive, plants actually grow much better without soil. A plant’s growth and productivity is dependent primarily on the strength and size of the plant’s root system. If roots are crowded and cannot find proper nutrients easily, then the plant’s health suffers. By contrast if the roots are allowed to grow large and free and are easily able to find nutrients, then the plant benefits.

Soil serves the plant by providing stability, but in most other ways it is nothing but an impediment to plant growth and root health. In soil, the plant’s roots are forced to expend a great deal of time and energy burrowing through the soil in search of nutrients. The roots must then laboriously extract these nutrients from the soil. Soil also tends to impede the flow vital oxygen to the roots, which is why soil needs to be often turned and aerated.

Eliminating the soil frees the roots to grow fully and rapidly, so more of the plant’s energy can be concentrated up top. The roots are also able to extract nutrients and oxygen much more efficiently from the water. All of this serves to accelerate the plant’s growth and make it more productive. A more productive garden means more food for less cost.

A hydroponic garden needs in general less maintenance and care than a traditional garden, and creating one may not be as expensive as it seems. Hydroponic gardens actually need less water than traditional gardens, but they may slightly increase electricity expense because of pumps and grow lights. These costs are generally offset by increased productivity and less need for soil care, maintenance and pesticides.

How Hydroponics Saves Money on Food

Organic food can be very expensive. It is often beneficial to grow your own organic food at home. A hydroponic garden can be a completely organic process. The fertilizers used may be naturally sourced. Hydroponic plants are also much less prone to diseases and pests compared to other plants. This reduces the cost of the garden overall and allows for truly organic food.

The ability to grow food year-round is an important part of cutting food costs. Most traditional gardens serve their owners in the summer and fall, but they are forced back to the grocery store during the winter months and before the first spring crop is ready to harvest. A hydroponic garden is not bound by the traditional summer-winter harvest cycle. Plants grow continuously year round, and since they grow more rapidly, a gardener can expect multiple harvests per year. They may also be able to stagger the plant growth so that fresh produce is always available. This level of control and continuous growing is not possible with other gardening methods. It is the key to providing affordable fresh organic produce year-round, which will dramatically reduce food expenses.

Considering the many advantages hydroponic conditions have on plants, it’s no surprise that hydroponic plants grown at home may actually be healthier than even the expensive organic produce in stores. Fruits and vegetables rapidly begin to deteriorate once they are picked, so no store bought produce is a good as freshly picked from the backyard. Even produce labelled as organic can sometimes be accidentally contaminated by non-organic produce during storage, handling and shipping. The only way to be sure that the produce is clean is to grow it and pick it from your own garden.

A hydroponic garden is a great way to save money on food overall. It provides fresh, healthy and organic produce at a fraction of the cost of store-bought and it provides these benefits year round. Hydroponic gardening can be fun, interesting and less of a hassle than traditional gardening for even better results.