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Trekking the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

“Those Warthogs” said our guide Ayuba pointing at a pig-like creature grazing nearby, “want to destroy my home”. If I had felt sleepy from our long eight-hour drive from the capital, Addis Ababa, the jolt from this astonishing statement put paid to that. I was imagining that they could do a lot of damage and fretted about our safety....

Why You should Stopover in Iceland on Your Way to San Francisco

Direct flights are the way to go. Why add on hours changing planes when you don’t have to. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I changed my mind. Why? Last month Icelandair launched their new flight to San Francisco from London’s Heathrow airport with a stopover in Iceland for few days included in the price. In effect this was a two-country holiday. This...

10 Tips for Successful Seed Starting

One of the most rewarding pursuits as a gardener is starting your own plants from seeds. The potential for beauty, fruitfulness and aroma locked up in each tiny seed is awesome. However, growing your plants from seeds is not always a sure thing, or an easy task. Here are some techniques and tips to get your seeds off to...

How Green is Your Greenhouse?

Greenhouses are a great way to grow quality healthy fruits and vegetable on your own all year round.   Recently, growing your own natural and organic gardens has become more and more popular. So it comes as no surprise that many people are now building eco-friendly greenhouses to help grow safe, high quality fruits and vegetables right at home....

How to Grow Asparagus

If you love asparagus and want to grow some yourself, waste no time in getting started. Even with the best of care, an asparagus bed won’t hit its stride for several years. But once that happens, the bed will produce an abundant crop of spears spring after spring for at least the next 20 to 30 years. In the old...

Tips for Spring Planting: Container Plants

Container grown plants are much easier. Follow the rules for depth of planting as described in the previous article. Before gently removing the plant from the container check the drain holes in the bottom of the container for roots that might be growing out the holes. If so cut them off so they will not make it difficult to...

Growing Tuberous Begonias in Garden

Of the more than 1,000 species of begonias known to man, the tuberous begonias must be considered the most stunning. With up to 8-inch, showy flowers that bloom from summer to fall, tuberous begonias provide all-season color when planted in containers and beds. Perhaps their greatest attribute is that they bloom in the shade. Breeders have created various classes...

Improving Your Lawn’s Drought Tolerance

Drought tolerance is a measure of how well your grass will survive dry spells. There are some simple management practices that can help improve the drought tolerance of whatever turfgrass species you have on your home lawn. Why Improve Drought Tolerance? The primary objective of improving drought tolerance is to grow a good-quality lawn that will survive drought with...