Aphids are every gardener’s nightmare. Curled leaves and clusters of microscopically small black, green or white creatures beneath the leaves or plant stalks covered with a thick layer of tiny insects are without a doubt a sign of aphid infestation. Although they are extremely small, aphids can cause severe damage to garden plants because they feed on plant sap and always attack plants in huge amounts. But are they really as dangerous to your garden plants as most gardeners claim? Right the opposite, they usually do not cause any substantial damage in otherwise healthy and well established gardens. Let’s see why.
Gardening is a lovely hobby. But a lot of work needs to be done before you are able to enjoy a blooming garden or/and harvest lots of healthy fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, successful gardening requires much more than just sowing and occasional watering. As a gardener, you have to prevent the weeds from overtaking your garden and the pests from harming your plants. However, not all insects and weeds are harmful. On the contrary, many can help you produce even more fruits and vegetables, and enhance the beauty of your flower garden. Surprised? Well, do not be because the more wildlife species visit your garden the better as no species can prevail over the other when a balance is created between the garden visitors. Furthermore, a balance between the creatures living or visiting your garden also prevents the pests from multiplying to the extent to cause damage to your garden plants. After all, the chemical pesticides and fertilizers were introduced only in the 20th century. And if the garden pests would really be so dangerous, there would not be any garden plants left by now.
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Creating a garden on a place you consider most appropriate may not be the best idea. The thing is that the majority of garden plants prefer sunny areas and should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Many of them will grow in partly or completely shaded areas as well, however, they will not be as beautiful as if planted on a sunny location. What is more, improper garden location increases the risk of pests and diseases which can spread to the healthy plants, while some plants may fail to produce blossoms or/and fruits if not receiving enough sunlight.
The pests can seriously affect the yield and in worst case even kill the garden plants. What is worse, they are nearly impossible to keep out from the garden. However, chemical pesticides have been show to be the worst possible solution. They may help control the pests but they are severely toxic to the environment as well as human health. Furthermore, some types of pesticides cannot be washed off or even peeled off which means that garden fruits and vegetables are not as healthy as they were long thought to be. But there is a way to avoid the use of these extremely toxic chemicals and harvest lots of delicious fruits and vegetables. How? By organic gardening.
Finding affordable furniture has never been easier, however, cheap furniture is typically made of poor quality materials which do not only show that the furniture is made cheaply but they also fail to withstand the effects of wear and tear, and have to be replaced more frequently. As a result, cheap furniture is typically the most expensive type of furniture you can buy. Aesthetically appealing furniture made of quality materials, on the other hand, is never inexpensive but just because you are tight on money this does not mean that you cannot buy quality furniture. On the contrary, you should never make any compromises when it comes to quality when purchasing furniture no matter how little money you can spend on new furniture because the only way to save money on furniture is to buy quality pieces which will last for decades or even your entire lifetime.
We are running a fantastic competition in Homes and Antiques magazine to win a £3000 teak garden furniture set – The Barbuda. Take a look here http://www.homesandantiques.com/competitions
The end date is the 5th July 2011 so get your entries in quick for a chance to win this prize.
What a great day we had in Guilford at the County Show, the sun was almost shining and what a superb turnout for this one day event.
See you again in 2012!
Did you come and see our stand at the Hertfordshire Country Show 2011? It was a good turnout despite the wet weather. We had the stunning Bermuda teak and granite table on view which received great reviews and feedback from people.
For the first time, I noticed yesterday that the daylight seems to be pushing the boundaries against the darkness and cold. I can always tell that spring is on its way when our solar lights outside the front of our house actually manage enough battery charge to light up, as briefly as it may currently be. Looking at the Faraway website statistics it confirms my hunch that people are already on the lookout for a nice garden furniture set. Who can blame them? With our short summers, it’s even more important we make the most of it and what better way to do that than with a set of teak garden furniture that would make you brush your hand against it every time you walk by? I would highly recommend however, that before you make any buying decisions, that you should read our Teak Furniture Advice page. It was written by our very own Ivor Cullen who has been building boats in Scotland using Teak and Oak since he was 14 years old! He is, this year celebrating his 78th birthday. There is nothing there is to know about teak that Ivor does not know. It never ceases to amaze me how, at the age of 78 years young, he is still as enthusiastic about teak as he was when he first picked up a chisel and mallet. He reads and replies each and every email sent to him for advice from customers and non customers alike. He has helped many people who have been bitten by unscrupulous e-tailers who sell cheap teak that falls apart after a few weeks by writing his expert opinion on the teak and manufacturing process and the reasons for the eventual failure. He has even gone as far as appearing in court as an expert in his field to help one particular gentlemen get his money back from a well know e-tailer (since than they are now trading under a different name) He has done a great job as our quality control officer, and emphasising and supporting our good old fashioned customer service ethos. We love you Ivor and hope you can be with us for at least another 10 years.