5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden

It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work.

1. Use the ‘no-till’ method of gardening

‘No-till’ gardening is a series of methods in which the soil is never disturbed, thereby...
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Gardening: 7 Best Plants for Attracting Butterflies

Butterflies bring color and joy to any garden and they are easy to attract. In general, choose plants native to your area that provide nectar for adult butterflies and some that are host plants for larvae. The National Wildlife Federation says to avoid using insecticides anywhere in your garden as they will indiscriminately kill butterflies and their larvae. Here are the best plants for butterflies.

1. Milkweed

showy-milkweed-2-v1-600x398__13857-1418123654-1280-1280 Also called Asclepias, milkweed is a must for any butterfly garden because it is an important food source for monarch butterflies, saysMissouri Botanical Garden. Monarch butterfly populations are in steep decline in part due to the disappearance of milkweed, so choose a native variety and plant in large clumps.

2. Yarrow

yarrow-summer-pastels-x2 According to Gardener’s Supply, butterflies love this easy-to-grow meadow perennial. Its flowers form flat surfaces on top that are easy for butterflies to rest on while sipping from the nectar-rich flowers.

3. Parsley

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Five Hidden Gardens of Monaco

Oman, Qatar and San Marino are, officially, the least green countries in the world. In these three states - and in the territory of Greenland (clearly a case for the Trades Descriptions Act) - forests make up exactly 0.0 % of the surface area: none of them have any woodlands at all. We go to Monaco fairly regularly, and if there are any forests over there, they have surely found a way of hiding them as efficiently as they hide their residents' taxable income. Come to think of it, Monaco's failure to be included in this "roll of dishonour" can only be explained by one of two causes: either the makers of the list thought the Principality was too small to matter (you may think of San Marino as small, but it is still 30 times larger than Monaco), or they applied a rather generous interpretation of a "forest", one that includes any park-like spaces with trees or even large, tree-like plants . Of such spaces, Monaco has indeed quite a few - considering its size and its density of b...
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5 things to check out at Singapore Garden Festival before it ends

The Singapore Garden Festival may only be in its sixth edition, but the biennial event is already attracting international recognition. Jointly organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) and Gardens by the Bay, the festival is widely considered to be among the top three garden shows in the world, alongside the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show and the Philadelphia Flower Show. Festival director Dennis Lim attributed the show’s popularity to the eminence of its competitors. “Our team visits the various flower shows around the world, and invite only the Gold and Best of Show winners to participate in our festival. This explains the high levels of talent at our shows,” he said. First time at the festival or hoping to catch it before it ends on Sunday? Lim shares what to zoom in on.

1. World of Terrariums

twig-terrariums-2 This colossal exhibit is a collective effort of more than 150 community gardeners, hobbyists, students, and NParks staff. When you step into the exhibit, whic...
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10 top destinations in Can Tho

It is said that “not being in Cai Rang floating market means not knowing the land of Tay Do – an old name of Can Tho”. Cai Rang floating market, one of the famous floating markets of the Southwest, specializes in selling fruits and agricultural products of the whole region. Every early morning, hundred boats gather together where their owners sell agricultural products. To be recognized easily, they hang out product samples on a long bamboo (called Cay Beo) in front of the boats, so that they do not need to cry about their wares as farmers do in the mainland market. The market also has most services of a normal market such as food, grocery sales, repairing service, fuel station…

Binh Thuy ancient house

20160325173552-binh-thuy-ancient-house Binh Thuy ancient house is an ideal place to explore the region’s history. Located at 26/1A Bui Huu Nghia Street in Binh Thuy ward, about five kilometers from downtown Can Tho, the house is filled with features that represent rural areas in the Mekong Delta re...
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Take a walk in the tropics: 5 of Russia’s best botanical gardens

Spring and summer are the best time for walks, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy the sights and scents of flora in all its breadth than in a botanical garden. RBTH found out what interesting things you can do in the main gardens in Mosc

1. The Main Moscow Botanical Garden of the Academy of Sciences

37_big One of Europe's largest botanical gardens is located in the northeast of Moscow. It is open all year round and popular both with those who like a leisurely stroll along its picturesque pathways and those who prefer slightly longer routes: It’s about 2.5 miles through the garden to the famous VDNKh park and exhibition center. The Japanese garden was created in the 1980s by landscape architect Ken Nakajima. Behind the bamboo gates a typical Japanese garden has been recreated for meditation and contemplation: It is decorated with houses and pavilions (for tea ceremonies), stone pagodas, streams and bridges. The garden is open from late April to mid-October. In early May, it i...
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5 flowers (and one vegetable) to plant in your garden

Garden centers and nurseries are the go-to spots and the vibrant displays of annual flowers will again this year prove just how much things have changed. Twenty years ago, 60 per cent of all annuals sold in the country were impatiens. But downy mildew disease — and a shift in buyer tastes and demands — has dropped sales of ballerina impatiens to nearly nothing. I think it’s a good thing: no more monochromatic mass plantings of hybrid, nectar less color. Now we enjoy a wider selection of flowering annuals that can provide color right through the season and attract pollinators — including hummingbirds and butterflies. So head out armed with some information to help you make informed purchases. These are my five favorite annual flowers (plus one vegetable) and why: 1. Cosmos. cosmos-364115_640 Look in any packet of mixed seed varieties designed to attract hummingbirds and butterflies and you will find cosmos listed there. They top my list for a number of reasons: you can cut ...
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The beauty of alliums — know your flowering onions

Now is the time for an annual act of faith: looking ahead for bulbs which might flower well in spring. This year I am a battle-scarred veteran. In early spring rampageous badgers ploughed through my beds of tulips and rooted up the crocuses emerging in my lawns. In one night they destroyed the lot. How can I outwit them this year?
I will not go into the remedies which some of you have kindly sent me, ranging in savagery from electric fencing to pictures of a 1930s German snap trap designed to catch Herr Dachs when active in unwelcome places. I will merely admit that last year’s preventive measure, the soaking of each tulip bulb in neat creosote, was useless. I even wonder if it contributed to the bulbs’ eventual rotting. This year, a female minister of the church recommended to me dried chilli flakes, lightly dug into the soil above each bulb. They might scorch a squirrel’s palate but I do not think they have a prayer of deterring a badger for whom Broxit means Broxit. I ...
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7 Gardens You Should Visit this Spring in Wilmington

During springtime, the entire country starts waking up from its winter slumber, and gardens begin blooming with colorful flowers that release intoxicating fragrances. And we have a secret: Delaware’s Wilmington and Brandywine Valley is one of the best places—if not the best place—to see gorgeous, historic mansions with gardens of overflowing rainbow-colored tulips and azaleas. This spring, stop and smell the roses (literally and figuratively) and visit these seven not-to-be-missed gardens in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Brandywine Valley.
Longwood Gardens
longwood-gardens USA Today named Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the No. 1 best public garden in the country according to readers, calling its Flower Garden Walk “a springtime favorite.” The story also notes that more than a million people visit the garden year-round. “Indoor spaces, like the tropical Conservatory and the Orchid House with its 500 fragrant plants, offer a slice of spring throughout the year, alw...
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Flower Gardening Tips For Beginners

Gardening is a good hobby to keep you engaged and active. Also, if you take a professional approach towards gardening, you can make it a good source of income too. No matter how big or small your yard is, making a flower garden is an easy task when you think creatively. An experienced garden lover should only focus on maintaining a garden well. But, as a beginner, you have to take care of many basic things that will determine the success of your effort. amazing-flower-garden-ideas-beginners-tips-for-your-home This includes many things that range from landscaping to taking care of the flowers in all seasons. You have to put in a lot of creativity and scientific knowledge to make your dream garden. Start your first flower garden trial and admire the satisfaction that you get by inviting nature to your home. A beginner will have to go through many trial and error procedures to get an ultimate result. This article on flower gardening tips for beginners, will help you to skip some possible and expected gardening mistakes.
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