There are trends in everything these days, including garden design. One top trend is teen hangout gardens. Creating a backyard for teens gives them a space to hang out with their friends, close to home but away from the adults. If you’ve never heard of teenage garden design, read on. We’ll fill you in on what gardens for teenagers look like and how you can do this yourself. Teenage Garden Design If you’ve been wanting to get your teens in the garden, teenage garden design is a way to accomplish that end. Instead of forcing your teens out into the family garden, you create teen hangout gardens for them to enjoy. Teen hangout gardens are similar to the dens earlier generations made for their adolescents. Like dens, gardens for teenagers are separate from adult areas – built and furnished just for young people, and they are outside where most teenagers
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Martagon lilies don’t look like other lilies out there. They are tall but relaxed, not stiff. Despite their elegance and old-world style, they are plants of casual grace. Although these plants are extremely cold hardy, you can still grow martagon lilies in pots if you want to. A container grown martagon lily is a delight on the patio or porch. It you want more information about growing martagon lilies in planters or pots, read on. Potted Martagon Lily Info Martagon lily is also known as Turk’s cap, and this describes the lovely flowers nicely. They are smaller than Asiatic lilies, but many blossoms can grow on each stem. Although an average martagon lily will have between 12 and 30 lilies per stem, you’ll find some martagon plants with up to 50 flowers on a stem. So a potted martagon lily will require a large, substantial container. You often see martagon
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In many areas we’re planning our summer gardens, and that usually means we’ll include tomatoes. Perhaps, you’re planning a big harvest and want extra tomatoes for canning. Preserving tomatoes is a common chore in late summer and one that some of us do regularly. Let’s take a look at some of the best canning tomatoes. Choosing Good Canning Tomato Varieties Tomatoes that can well will have lots of meat, limited juice and, of course, lasting flavor for the best results. Consider, do you want to make sauce or put up the tomatoes whole? Perhaps chopped or sliced will work better. This is good to decide before you choose which tomatoes to grow. Another question you will need to answer at some point is whether you use a pressure cooker or just a hot water bath. As with other fruits you preserve, you’ll want all the jars to seal properly and
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Bees collect pollen and nectar from flowers for food to feed the colony, right? Not always. How about oil collecting bees? Never heard of bees that collect oil? Well you’re in luck. The following article contains information about the little known relationship between bees and flower oil. What are Oil Bees? Oil collecting bees have a symbiotic relationship with floral oil producing plants. First discovered over 40 years ago by Stefan Vogel, this mutualism has evolved through various adaptations. Over the course of history, floral oil production and oil collecting on the part of certain species of bees has waxed and waned. There are 447 species of apid bees that collect oil from about 2,000 species of angiosperms, wetland plants that reproduce both sexually and asexually. Oil collecting behavior is characteristic of species in the genera Centris, Epicharis, Tetrapedia, Ctenoplectra, Macropis, Rediviva, and Tapinotaspidini. Relationship between Bees and Flower Oil
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