General Articles About Berries and How to Grow Them

These are the general articles about gardening, about berries and how to grow them.

Such articles can be very useful for any home gardener or florist, so feel free to read them and if you want to ask something, to comment, or even to criticize, send as an e-mail on info (at) madaboutberries (dot) com.

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cordless lawn mower 1mElectric walk-behind lawn mowers are most common type of lawn mowers found is backyard gardens. They are easy to use, safe to operate when used properly, relatively cheap, can last for a long time with minimum maintenance and care, etc. However, when buying one, there are few things to consider.

led-grow-lights-2mCheap, energy efficient, durable LED grow lights are becoming more and more popular as home grow lights for both professional growers and for plant enthusiasts. Although certain plants prefer distinctive wave lengths, it is often the best practice to have grow lights that cover full spectrum of the sun light - after all, plants are using that kind of light for rather a long time :)

miracle gro aerogarden ultra 1mMiracle-Gro AeroGarden are fully automatic LED indoor grow systems, suitable for growing indoors plants like herbs, flowers, vegetables and, of course, berries like strawberries and tomatoes. They come in various sizes and with many options, and if you want to enjoy fresh strawberries and tomatoes grown at home even during winter, consider these systems.

wheelbarrow-mOld wheelbarrows don't have to be always thrown into the junk. Plant flowers and small berries in a wheelbarrow and your old wheelbarrow will be brought back to life. One rule - the older the wheelbarrow, the better it looks! :)

bulk-pottingFrom time to time, one has to plant lots of different seeds. One of the options is to use styrofoam or similar containers with premade holes for plants – this is very useful and quick method when you have to sow one sort of plant per container (like strawberries). If you want to sow only few plants of one sort, but many sorts, you need small plastic cups.

leaf-mulchers-and-vacuums-1mLeaf blowers, vacuums and mulchers are great help in keeping the yard and garden clean and tidy. And the best of all, they are easy to use and low maintenance tools, which often come at very affordable price. However, when choosing the best leaf blower, vacuum and mulcher, there are few things to consider.

can-dogs-eat-blueberries-2mcan-dogs-eat-blueberries-1mMany people wonder if dogs can eat blueberries, bananas, watermelons, apples, oranges and other fruits and if they are safe for them.

Dogs are opportunist animals and will often get table scraps and other foods, including blueberries and other fruits.

Not to mention that fruits in the garden, with great scent and fragrance, tempt those smart animals to try them.

So, are blueberries and other fruits safe for dogs?

raised-garden-beds-1mRaised garden beds have many benefits when compared with growing plants directly in the garden soil. Raised garden beds come in various forms and sizes and can be adjusted to any small garden.

sambucol sambucus extractsSambucol and other sambucus (Elderberry) extracts in the form of syrups and tablets are marketed as being able to boost immune system, improve overall health and help fight many health issues. But are they as effective as their manufacturers claim?

garden-solar-lights-1mRechargeable batteries are great thing - they last for a long time, they are rather cheap and are reliable. But, after some time, they lose capacity due to numerous reasons and they need to be replaced. In most devices and gadgets, it can be done withing seconds.

18650-ecogear-with-charger-Small backyard garden can be electronics free zone, but with the introduction of many useful tools and gadgets which help and ease many daily tasks, one must know few things about rechargeable batteries often found in devices like solar outdoor lights, automatic watering systems, fountains, various other pumps, timers etc.

garden solar lightsGarden solar lights are small lights based on LED (Light Emitting Diode), a rechargeable battery (usually one AA sized battery) and a small solar panel for recharging battery during sunlight.

apollo-horticulture-grow-tent-1mGrow rooms, tents, cabinets and boxes are indoor grow kits and systems that enable gardener to grow not only berries, but also other plants like flowers, vegetables, herbs etc. while not depending on local weather and season.

banana-blueberry-smoothie-2mSmoothies are easy and quick meals and snacks to make. Depending on their composition, they provide practically all of the nutrients that human body requires. Incorporating berry smoothies in daily nutrition, can increase daily vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, fiber etc intake and can help in regulating weight in both ways - losing weight (preferably fat) and gaining weight (preferably muscles).

mixed-berries-smoothie-1mhealth-benefits-of-berriesThere are many ways to compare various foods in terms of protein, carbohydrate, fats, fibers, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants etc content.

One of the important ways to compare foods are their Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL).

berry-thinBerry Thin, Acai Berry Thin, Pure Raspberry Ketone, Green Coffee Bean Extract and other compounds and extracts have been promoted by many companies and individuals as the way of losing unwanted weight, weight management and improving health in general. Also, many claims are based on so-called scientific studies and ongoing research in many labs. But, are they really that effective and what is hiding behind 'scientific studies'?

fertilizers-soil-prep-mSoil preparation for plants in the garden or pots is very important for every gardener or florist. When growing berries in the pots, soil preparation is important even more since amount of soil per plant is much more limited when compared to growing plants in the garden.

examples-of-fertilizers-mThere are plenty of different fertilizers for berries and other home and garden plants. Knowing which is good for what plant and why, is very important to every gardener or florist.

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