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Indoor Water Gardens – Martha Stewart Home and Garden – StumbleUpon   1 comment

Indoor Water Gardens – Martha Stewart Home and Garden – StumbleUpon.

Indoor Water Gardens

As anyone who has snorkeled can attest, the cool aquamarine light underwater casts an enchanted glow on everything in its domain. Perhaps this explains the allure of water gardens. Small freshwater gardens are fun to create and simple to care for. And all you need are a few floating or submerged greens in a vintage aquarium, an apothecary jar, or a sleek glass cylinder. You’ll find appropriate containers at antiques shops, garden centers, or in your own cupboards. Aquarium suppliers and specialty nurseries sell a variety of suitable plants.

Those that can remain entirely submerged in water, such as anubias and parrot’s feather (Myriophyllum), are known as true aquatics. Semiaquatics, such as sweet flag (Acorus americanus) and umbrella palm (Cyperus papyrus), like to have their roots submerged and their foliage above the surface. Floaters, such as water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), drift freely on the water’s surface. A few plants, including dwarf arrowhead (Sagittaria natans) and parrot’s feather, are so adept at converting carbon dioxide into oxygen that they are referred to as oxygenators. They help to keep water free of algae, which can loud the water and kill the plants. You can use any of these-singly or together-in a water garden.

When choosing plants, keep in mind that some will need twelve hours or more of bright light daily. Place these beneath fluorescent grow lights from an aquarium supplier. Avoid using incandescent lights, which can overheat the water and burn foliage. A few species, including sweet flag and arrowhead, can survive on a bright windowsill. Some water-garden favorites, including lace plant (Aponogeton) and sword plant (Echinodorus tenellus), have difficulty setting down roots in soil; place them in gravel or in other loose substrates available at aquarium suppliers.

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Posted January 18, 2011 by dmacc502 in environment

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How to Make Mustard   Leave a comment

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Lime Mustard with Coriander, from Mustards, Ketchups & Vinegars, by Carol W. Costenbader

2 1/8 cups white mustard seeds, ground

2 tbsp mustard powder

1/2 cup water

2/3 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground coriander seeds

Grated zest (rind) of 1 lime

2 1/4 tbsp lime juice

In a bowl, combine the ground mustard seeds and mustard powder with the water. Allow to marinate for 3 hours. Transfer the mixture to a food processor, and gradually add the other ingredients except the lime juice when processing. Sample the mixture, adding enough of lime juice to make it smooth. Spoon into small sterilized jars. Cap the jars tightly, and label. Store in the refrigerator for several months. Yields 2 cups.

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Posted January 14, 2011 by dmacc502 in global

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Gardening calendar – October 2010 – Telegraph   Leave a comment

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Gardening calendar – October 2010 – Telegraph.

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October is when gardeners really get to work on the body beautiful.

Whether they care about rippling abs, pecs and biceps or not, every muscle group will be put through its paces, digging – or even double-digging – the kitchen garden, planting container-grown shrubs, trees and climbers, laying a new lawn and preparing the garden for winter.

October often brings the first frosts. It also brings leaf colour and apple cake. It’s harvest festival.

And pumpkins go under the knife. So take time out to enjoy these seasonal delights before putting the garden to bed for winter.

PHILIP EDEN’S WEATHER ADVICE

Not only are the days shorter and the temperatures lower, but October also brings stronger winds and 25 per cent more rain compared with September. The first frost of the season occurs in the first week in northern Britain and near the month’s end in the south. An Indian summer happens about one year in four.

Posted October 18, 2010 by dmacc502 in culture, global, suburbs

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