A Beginner’s Guide to Raised Bed Gardening - Gardening Tips and Techniques on Organic Raised Bed Gardening

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A Beginner’s Guide to Raised Bed Gardening
Gardening Tips and Techniques on Organic Raised Bed Gardening

Table of Contents
Tips and techniques for Raised Bed Gardening
The Benefits of Raised Bed Gardening
Raised Beds as Spiritual Therapy
Conserving water in raised beds.
Preventing Soil Erosion
Keyhole gardens
How to Construct a Raised Garden
Choosing the Right Soil
Rooting zone
Making Raised Beds From Timber
Support for the outer wall.
Watering your raised beds
How to check soil drainage In Your Garden
Making a Kitchen Garden in Raised Beds
How to Make a Compost Heap
How to Make Leaf Compost
Organic manure for Making Compost
Making a Worm Farm
Herbal Plants in Your Raised Garden
Staggered Harvests
Lasagna Gardening
Author Bio

The first time I came across an example of raised bed gardening, my reaction was, that is an extremely sensible way of gardening, you do not have to stoop down to ground level. I was seeing these raised garden beds in a friend’s home. She loved gardening. She also had back trouble. So crouching down in front of her beloved flower and vegetable as well as herbal garden in order to de-weed them was purgatory to her.
And then her handy do-it-yourself practical husband said, “Why don’t we raise the crops and plants in beds which are waist high?” And he immediately set about building 4 feet wide beds, in square shaped blocks with wood. The soil was raised above ground level, and placed in that wooden frame. The results were amazing.
It was only 10 years later that I found out that raised bed gardening was being practiced extensively all over the world. Avid gardeners were making bed frames out of concrete, rock, and even wood. They made the containers to their own particular requirements, with dimensions ranging from 1.0 m to 2 m, depending on the space they had. 

Gardening in containers is all very well, but raised gardening eliminates the use of pots.
And best of all, as my friend told me, “I do the gardening on my raised bed. Himself –(her enthusiastic DIY gardener husband) plans to plant plants which love the shade under the raised beds. In that way, we are utilizing every inch of the soil, as well as lots of space above ground level. What a sensible way to make gardens in limited spaces.”
She has the right of it. And this is possibly the reason why so many people want to know all about raised bed gardening in rich organic compost laden soil.
So as you are one of them, let us start with how we can utilize every square inch of our land, economically and beneficially, by making raised beds, how to make them, how to take care of them and how to enjoy their harvest.
I definitely advocate natural methods for gardening, so I am going to tell you about the best organic and natural gardening practices, which people all over the world have been using for centuries. Take advantage of our technology in other aspects of gardening like watering, etc., but still use the old natural methods for fertilizing the soil.
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About the author

John Davidson

Born and raised in Wyoming and Canada on Ranches. Studied at Utah State University and taught drafting at Bridgerland Applied Technology College for 20 years. Own and run several businesses, an architectural design business, a web design business and a Sawmill business. Married to Karla for over 30 years and have 4 great kids, living in Mendon, Utah.
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JD-Biz Corp Publishing
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May 15, 2013
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Gardening / Container
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Gardening / Organic
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The Beginner’s Guide to Houseplants
Easy Tips and Techniques for Growing Houseplants in Your Home

Table of Contents
How to Choose Houseplants
Different Types of Containers
Watering your plants
Rule of hand Watering Tips
Going for a long holiday – What about my indoor plants?
Feeding Your Plants
Re-potting a plant
What Is the Best Potting Mixture
Training and Pruning Your Plants
Cleaning Your Plants
Common pests and their treatment
Index of common names and botanical names of popular houseplants.
Author Bio

Millenniums ago, a man deciding to build a garden was fortunate because he had all that land right outside his door. All he had to do is clear out a piece of land, and mark it with a boundary wall. After that, he could go hunting for attractive looking plants in the wild, and bring them back home. With a little bit of care and cherishing, he would soon have a tame garden of his own.

But today, a large number of us are not so fortunate. Space is at a premium. Concrete jungles have taken the place of what was once nature’s backyard. And that is why man is looking for easy options to bring beautiful greenery inside his limited space. 
And so this book is for all those, who want to know more about indoor plants, how to grow them, how to take care of them, which are the best plant varieties which flourish indoors and tips and techniques with which you can enjoy not only a relaxing hobby, but also greenery around you.
Until just after the Second World War, indoor household plants were limited to ferns, palms, and potted plants, which flowered in season. Surely plants like aspidistras were also popular for interior decoration but soon more and more wide-ranging varieties and species of foliage parted plants began to be known to keen gardeners.

This change is due chiefly to the architects who designed postwar buildings on severe lines. Gone were the rambling houses with huge gardens. Strictly utilitarian designs were utilized by architects to design these houses and flats. 
Frankly speaking most of them were chicken coops. The introduction of houseplants in a large variety of colors and fonts provided a flash of color to those austere and severe designs. You could relieve the simplicity and the austerity of the home by growing houseplants indoors.
Thanks to the improved heating and lighting systems, many varieties which were once grown in hot houses, greenhouses and conservatories would now flourish indoors as houseplants. There are many plants which are easier to grow, and last for several years.
 Bestselling author John Davidson presents "Horses - For Kids – Amazing Animal Books For Young Readers". Beautiful Pictures and easy reading format will help children fall in love with horses. This is one of over 30 books in the Amazing Animal Books for Young Readers Series. http://AmazingAnimalBooks.com 
The series is known as one of the most beautiful animal book series. The pictures look great even in black and white and are excellent in full color. 

Lots of facts and photos will help your children learn about this wonderful animal. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of these beautiful horses: anatomy, feeding habits and behavior.

*** You and your kids will love learning about horses***

Table of Contents

1. Facts About Horses
2. Breeds of Horses
3. Thoroughbred Horses
4. Barrel Horses
5. Race Horses
6. Dressage Horses
7. Shire Horses
8. Friesian Horses
9. Miniature Horses
10. Mustang Horses
11. Quarter Horses
12. Breeding Horses
13. Clydesdale Horses
14. Morgan Horses
15. Paint Horses
16. Riding Horses

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Facts About Horses

Are you already fond of horses at an early age? If you do, you will definitely enjoy the facts that you will learn about the strongest animal we know. 

How Horses Are Born

Just before giving birth, a young pregnant horse gets into the right position. During its delivery, you will immediately see the first front foot coming out, followed by the second foot, then its nose. After the head is seen, the shoulders and the head are next, and this is known to be the most difficult part. After this challenging part, the hind legs and hips will come out easily until the baby horse, which is called colt (boy) and filly (girl) is completely out.

Popular Terms for Horses

Horse lovers often use terms which only them can understand. For someone, who is interested about horses, here are some common terms that you need to learn:

1. Aged - this is what you call a horse that is more than nine years old already

2. Backyard horse - this is a kind of horse that does not live in a barn. Instead, it lives with its owner or master.

3. Colt - this refers to a young horse that is less than four years old and has not been castrated yet.

4. Dam - this is what you call the mother of the horse

5. Filly- this refers to a young female horse that is below four years old

6. Foal- this is a baby pony or horse that is still under its mother's care

7. Mare - this is what you call a female horse that is already more than four years old

8. Stallion - this refers to a male horse that hasn't been castrated and already more than four years old

How Old Does a Horse or Pony Get?

Unlike people, horses only have short lifespans. Normally, a horse reaches 30 years, but it can still extend up to 40 years old. To determine its age, veterinarians examine and check the incisors (teeth) of the upper and lower jaws. 

It is very normal to talk about a horse' speed. The slowest speed is called walk and a bit faster than this is called trot. If you see a little faster than a trot, it is called canter and the fastest speed is called gallop. 
 Table of Contents 
Let Nature Decide for You 
Permanent Crops 
Catch Crops 
Annual Crops 
Manure and Crops 
Crop Rotation 
Why Go in for Crop Rotation 
4 Course Rotation 
3 Course Rotation 
Tuberous Crops 
General Potato Cultivation 
Best Organic Manure 
Storing Potatoes 
Root Crops 
Using Seed Drills 
Cultivation of Carrots 
Tips for Sowing Seeds 
Permanent crops 
Growing Herbs 
Growing through Cuttings 
Natural Manure 
Types of Fertilizers 
Author Bio 


Voltaire once said “Happy is the man who has his own garden and true contentment is when he grows things in it.” 

Having your own garden may not be possible for many of us today busy in the rat race of the 21st century. Nevertheless, there are still many people fortunate enough to have open land outside their houses where they can make their own flower gardens or kitchen gardens. 

This book is going to tell you how to make an organic kitchen garden for pleasure and also for profit. Just like any other garden, a little bit of planning has to go into making your vegetable garden. It should have sufficient paths in it so that you can wheel about manures etc. in barrows, if necessary. You may also want to remove all the green vegetal rubbish accumulating while gardening. 

There is absolutely no need for your garden to be all paths if it is pocket-sized and you are strapped for space. In small gardens one path at one side is more than enough. 

Whatever the size of your organic vegetable garden may be, this book is going back to traditional methods of growing vegetables in a healthy manner. We are not talking about chemical fertilizers and poisonous pesticides. Instead, we are going to talk about natural manure, compost, and other traditional methods used by our forefathers to get a good healthy crop for family and neighbors. 

Many people out there would not want to grow all kinds of vegetables because hey, how many of us like eating greens? But then the moment we see them growing in our gardens and we pluck our first harvest, we begin to think in terms of healthy eating, especially when the meals have been made of organic vegetables grown in our own backyard. 

Your main priority is to see that the ground is fully occupied for most of the year and that no part of your garden is wasted. Think Japanese gardens. They know how to utilize every single inch of space and get the most out of it. All right, you may see their gardens on a small scale, but no inch of soil in a farm is left uncultivated if they can help it. This may look crowded, but it is not. So let us consider ourselves gardening newbies and begin our journey towards achieving the goal of the perfect long-term organic vegetable kitchen garden right now. 

Remember that your kitchen garden is not going to be restricted to just vegetables. You can also grow herbs in it. Who is stopping you from growing flowers in it? Your aim is to plan your kitchen garden in such a way that you gain lots of pleasure from it, and then you may decide to carry on to the profit stage.
Preserving Food – A Beginner’s Guide to Pickles, Chutneys and Sauces

Table of Contents
Why Make Chutneys and Pickles?
Tips for choosing best fruit and Vegetables
Tips for Pickles and Chutney Making
Popular Chutneys
Gooseberry Chutney
Traditional Farmer’s Garlic Chutney
Technique of Marination
Using Brine
Making Spiced Vinegar
Traditional Garden Pickle
Traditional Piccalilli-
Traditional Red Cabbage Pickles
Soft vegetables – Sour Cucumber Pickles
Tomato Pickle
Pickled Onions
Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions
Non-vegetarian Pickles
Traditional Pickled Wild Boar
Pickled Eggs
Traditional Tomato Sauce
Garam Masala-Curry powder
Author Bio-

Millenniums ago, when human beings were still food gatherers instead of food growers, they decided to find out some ways and means in which they could preserve food for a longer time.
Winter was the time when they could not go out and hunt. So was the rainy season, especially they were living in rain forests and tropical areas. So if they found out some way in which they could preserve food, on which they and their tribe members could survive, this would make all the difference between life and death.
And so through a lot of experimentation, the ideas of pickles, chutneys, jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, spiced fruit and other ways of preserving food, as well as fruit and vegetables came into existence.

Today, millenniums later, there is absolutely no fruit and vegetable, which has not been turned into a pickle, chutney, jam, jelly or conserve, by some cook. Even meat in the form of venison and boar has been pickled in the east, down the ages, as well as eggs. Too many eggs, and you are worried about preserving them? Do as the ancient Chinese did. Preserve them in egg pickles.
So this book is going to tell you how to make the best use of all those extra vegetables and fruit in your garden, and turn them into a valuable food source, which can be eaten later.
 Table of Contents 
A Beginner’s Guide to Rock Gardens 
Wrong Way Of Placing Rocks 
The Right Way to Place Rock Stones 
Good Rock Work- 
Flat Ground 
Stones on Slopes 
Choosing the Best Soil 
Building Your Rock Garden 
Planting Your Rock Plants 
List of Rock Plants, depending on the Particular Conditions and Places 
Rock Plants For Walls 
Crazy paving plants – 
Author Bio 


Rock gardens have been part of landscaping and gardening lore for millenniums. In the East Japanese rock gardens or Zen gardens have been places where people could meditate in serene and harmonious surroundings. 

Why are more people designing their own gardens incorporating at least one rock garden in the design? Even if the rock garden is quite small, it is going to add a touch of distinction to the landscaping of your garden. 

In Japan, rock gardens were normally built as dry landscape gardens, where a number of landscapes were made up of natural compositions made from natural products incorporated into a landscape. These natural items included bushes, trees, Moss, water, rocks and sand. One believes that the concept of rock gardening originated in China, especially when the ancient religion of Shintoism spoke about places of harmony where one could commune with nature and the spirit in serenity. These were normally made in monasteries, where they could be seen from one focal point, like say the porch of the head priest of the monastery. 

These dry Landscape gardens which you call a Zen garden in Japan were built to be seen from one viewpoint, with the walling closed around it in ancient times. Nowadays they stretch on for miles incorporating all the natural features available and present in the area to make up harmonious surroundings. 

Japanese Zen gardens go back to 784 BC. Chinese gardens have been around for even longer. The incorporation of gravel and white sand in a Zen or rock garden was an important feature. These were the symbol of distance, emptiness, purity, white space and water. All these symbols were supposed to aid in meditation. White sand and gravel used harmoniously together were also used around temples, shrines and palaces.
 Learn How to Draw Portraits of Famous People in Pencil For the Absolute Beginner
Drawing Materials
• Sphere
• Cone
• Cube
• Cylinder
Lesson about Light
• Outlining
• Rendering parts of the Face
A. Eyes
B. Nose
C. Mouth 
D. Ears
E. Hair
F. Face
• Drawing and Rendering 
A. Katy Perry
B. Thomas Edison
C. Queen Elizabeth II
• Tips to Remember
• The Last step-by-step Demonstration 
Author Bio

A Portrait as we all know, are meant to tell something. It could be an achievement, position in life of one person and simply how he live that he want others to see him with his delightful expression. That may also means that it is a representation in a form of drawing, sculpture, photography or any artistic form of oneself in still time (it’s his Utopia). 

An artist who makes a self-portrait knows this, since he is always moved by his passion that stimulates and drives him to make his masterpiece. 

The artist that I’m referring to is not just me, but anyone who have the artist spirit in them, especially you. Yes I repeat “YOU”, as you picked this book and read it; you had take a big step to become an artist, you will be in a journey of finding yourself and you are in a right direction. 

Things that you need to poses are dedication and perseverance. Also I have to include, you have to get motivated, and one key that I have to share to keep your creative side to work is to get an inspiration, it can come from any form, conscious or not, so always be thankful to, our creator “GOD” and our universe for it provide us what we need, The “Artist Spirit”.

This book will help you achieve realism in doing your drawing specially portraits, believe it or not, you will be amazed of your accomplishment, also people who are close to you will be impressed, who know you will be making a living out of your Portrait drawings. Which I presume, and I will be happy to hear from you if that day will happen.
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