Jump start your Spring Planting

 

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One of the ways to get a jump start for spring planting, even before the frost has left for the winter, is to start with a Greenhouse. Greenhouses come in a variety of shapes and sizes for any back yard gardener. With the wonderful technology, you can even have a “cold house” during the winter to keep your vegetation longer. Hard to say “no” to some “hot house tomatoes” for a BLT in the cold of winter.  images

A greenhouse can be pleasing to the eye, with the many design features of today’s modern styles. The functions of a greenhouse are remarkable and fully functional to even a novice gardener or a full fledge weekend warrior. Here’s some information and advantages of having a full time greenhouse.

Greenhouses are designed to allow sunlight to filter through the walls and ceiling. The sunlight warms the trapped air inside, creating chemical reactions. These reactions help the plants to grow to their full capacity while protecting them from outside elements. It is a well-known fact that plants grow better when they have temperate heat and a good water source. A greenhouse gives them both.                                           master-RVCO017

When planning a greenhouse, pick a construction site where it will receive optimal sunlight throughout the year. Consider temperature fluctuations of the different seasons in your area and choose your plants accordingly. The temperature inside the greenhouse will always be warmer than the air outside. In freezing climates, however, artificial heat must be provided to stabilize the temperature and allow the plants to continue their growth. On the other end of the spectrum, a greenhouse can become too hot and must be cooled down. A good ventilation system is crucial in the event that hot air must be released. Some people do this by opening the doors of their greenhouse. Others spray the floors with water.

By offering shelter from the elements and an optimal environment for growth, vegetables, fruit and ornamental plants can be cultivated and grown regardless of the weather or climate outside. All that is needed is a well-built greenhouse and plenty of sunshine, along with proper maintenance provided by the grower.
Have I sparked an interest now? Will you be considering adding a greenhouse to your garden area? I certainly hope I peeked your interest. You can visit my store, Paradise Water Fountains and see a selection of greenhouses to fit not only your garden space, but your budget too. We offer a wide variety of garden items for your home. Stop by, take a look, if we can be of any assistance, please use our contact form.

I invite you to click on our contact page and join me monthly for some great garden tips in our newsletter and blog.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Happy Gardening!    48413764713788836_5OJk3Tmp_c
Jodie
Paradise Water Fountains @ paradisewaterfountains.com

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Paradise Water Fountains wants to wish everyone a “Happy New Year!”  Now that the Holiday’s are over, it’s time to get ready for Spring and Summer backyard beauty.  “Yes” that means it’s time to get back to work and get all the lawn and garden leaves and debris cleaned up before we start the fun part “Planting” and “Landscaping.”

When people plan their landscape designs for spring planting, the season most likely to be overlooked is winter. Winter may be the least green season in the North, but that doesn’t mean a well-planned landscape can’t offer some interest in winter. And what better time to reflect on landscaping is by sitting by a warm fire  thinking about Spring.

Most of us begin the New Year with plans, projects, and resolutions. The January garden provides a stark contrast as it hunkers down to wait out the winter, but there’s still plenty to do when the weather cooperates.

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This is a great month for evaluating and planning, Did you know  (January is National Mail-Order Gardening Month?), preparing and getting organized.

it’s time to clean up all the dead leaves and debris, do some pruning, and get your greenhouse cleaned up and ready to go.

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You can turn those dead leaves into compost.  Compost is plant or animal waste that’s completely decomposed and now looks something like coffee grounds — black gold.  It’s a great source of nutrients it is, and a boom to soil structure.   Spreading an inch of compost on beds and borders every year gives the soil and plants everything they need.    Compost  is also the best possible soil amendment for preparing a bed or at planting. urns yard and garden debris – grass clippings, leaves, twigs, even kitchen scraps – into a dark, rich, valuable soil amendment.  Stop in and see what we have at Paradise Water Fountains.

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Winterizing Your Outdoor Water Fountain

Winterizing Your Outdoor Water Fountain

Decorative outdoor water fountains are made of a variety of materials, ranging from fiberglass and concrete to metal, ceramic and resin. If water freezes in a water fountain, some fountain materials can crack or break. If water freezes inside a water fountain’s pump it can cause even more damage, breaking the pump so that it must be replaced before the outdoor water fountain can be used again. Keeping decorative outdoor garden water fountains from freezing is largely a matter of winterizing the fountain before freezing temperatures occur, preventing the potential damage that ice can cause.

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In order to keep a garden water fountain functioning and looking beautiful for years to come, winter care is important. Before the first freeze, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure that your outdoor garden water fountain won’t crack and the pump won’t get damaged. It is easy to winterize your garden fountain with just a few simple steps. Personally, I kept my fountain outside all winter and it was just fine. For those who would like to winterize the garden water fountain, you can take these steps.

Disassemble your outdoor water fountain and place it in a garage or shed to protect it completely from damaging weather, if at all possible. If that’s not an option for you, continue with the following steps.

Drain all the water out of your water fountain prior to the first freeze

Remove the pump from your fountain and bring it indoors. Now is a great time to clean your pump to remove any debris that may have accumulated throughout the year.

Store your water fountain pump in a bucket or plastic container of water. Keep it in a warm indoor spot to keep the gaskets from drying out.  Water Fountain Pump WT300

Cover your fountain with a tarp or a water fountain cover. A fountain cover is made to fit over a garden water fountain to protect it from moisture and come in different sizes. You can always use these fountain covers on your outdoor statues.

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Fill each outdoor water fountain basin with burlap sacks, old blankets or other absorbent materials to keep condensation from accumulating and freezing inside. This prevents the fountain from cracking due to expansion and contraction of water.

Due to the nature of the materials, hairline cracks will occasionally appear in concrete and cast stone fountains. These cracks are usually superficial and won’t cause leaks.

I hope I gave you some good tips on how to winterize your Outdoor Water Fountains

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