Day: December 24, 2018

Fertilizing Outdoor Plants Growing In Containers – Which Type Of Fertilizer To Use

In principle, the best way to provide nutrients to established garden plants growing in the soil, is to add on a consistent basis, organic matter in the form of compost. For as well being a source of the mineral nutriment essential to plant growth, organic matter improvements and develops the health of the habitat in which the plants grow, previously the soil. There are circumstances though when the use of chemical fertilizer is preferred to compost. One of these relates to plants grown in pots. As there are a number of methods by which chemical fertilizer can be applied, the question arises as to which is the most appropriate.

Plants in pots or containers must always be grown in some form of artificial potting medium, in order to ensure the correct air / moisture balance in the root zone. One such medium, highly regarded by landscape professionals today, is Perlite, which among its various properties, excels both in its capacity to retain moisture on the one hand, and sufficient oxygen on the other. Chemically, it is almost entirely inert, which is an advantage in one sense, as the problem of salt build-up is avoided. Yet the other side of the coin is that mineral nutrient is liable to be absolutely lacking for the plants, unless supplied on a constant basis. This is why regular applications of chemical fertilizers are necessary. How should it be applied?

Clearly, the old method of manually spooning read soluble fertilizer is impractical at least in the case of Perlite, as the work would have to be carried out every few days or so. An elegant way round this is by installing an automatic fertilizer pump, where a specially balanced blend of liquid fertilizer is injected through the drip irrigation lines. Today, the pumps are calibrated by the manufacturer so that low and safe concentrations are supplied to the plant's roots, during every watering. Watering a bit to excess on each occasion ensures that the salinity of the medium is kept in check.

Despite its many benefits, there are a number of drawbacks to this method, not least of which, is the legal obligation required by most countries to install an instrument preventing the backflow of water. However in Mediterranean climates, typified by hot dry summers, and mild cool and wet winters, there is another disadvantage with fertilizer pumps, which should be considered.

It is often forgotten that the garden plants require some access to nutrients during the mild Mediterranean winter, albeit at greatly reduced levels. For plants growing in the ground, the compost added in the autumn should suffice. When it comes to containers however, especially if the potting medium used is a chemically inert product like Perlite, it is necessary to ensure that a supply of fertilizer is available to the plants. As fertilizer pumps supply the nutrients through the irrigation system, one is forced to open the taps, even if the plants do not need watering. Baring in mind that Perlite can hold …

Dog Info – House Training Your Dog

If you are looking for dog info on house training your dog, there are a few things to know, to make the process and easy one. 

All dogs are clean creatures by nature.  They like their space and area to be clean and not soiled.  Most dogs like to know where they should urinate and defecate, regardless. If they have been taught to go on the grass and dirt, that is where they will go.

When you begin house training a place should be used that is small and enclosed area. An area in the kitchen, garage, or bathroom is a place that will work well.  If you are planning on crate training, its best for small dogs or puppies, but a larger dog, it can be to confining. 

To make house training successful, you will need to spend time with your dog in this area, by playing with him, so he or she can get more comfortable with it.  Its also best to have their feeding area and sleeping area in this area, so that they will realize this is their living quarters and they won’t soil the area that they live in.  It will take a bit of time before your dog gets the hang of it, so if he does mess, don’t punish him for that.  It takes consistency and patience.  

With your guidance and dog info, showing your dog where to go outside, he or she will eventually know where to go to the toilet.  Your dog will want to keep the sleeping area and eating area mess free. …