My Conservatory Soil Mix

Monday, 11 May 2015 by
soil

There are times when my family thinks I am entirely nuts and they just go off to do their own thing until I am done. This is one of those times. A conservatory in the spring can be an intense place to start your garden for the year. I have about 45 flats of flowers

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Gardening is good for the mind and the heart. It is a very therapeutic activity, and those with a conservatory or greenhouse are fortunate enough to be able to do it year round. Nothing adds more color and texture to your surroundings than plants and flowers, and in those cold, dreary months it almost feels

Outdoor Living without Insects

Friday, 17 April 2015 by
patio1

Retractable Screens to the Rescue

Motorized power screens offer sun and shade protection at your fingertips. Our screens are unique in the industry, made in the USA, and offer a perfect solution for garage, patio and oversize doors and entryways.

Geothermal heating/cooling is one of the best ways to effectively cool or heat any given space because it uses the natural temperature variances of the earth to change the temperature in a certain area. While you may know that geothermal heating/cooling is beneficial, not everyone understands exactly why it is such an excellent technique.

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Winter weather brings some big challenges with it when it comes to keeping a conservatory-style roof in good condition. Winter ice and snow that builds up on roof windows or skylights can cause moisture damage to the wood parts of conservatories and rooftops. The weight of the snow and ice on the roof of a

Growing Winter Crops

Friday, 21 November 2014 by
building a greenhouse

These days people are more conscious than ever about what they’re eating. More and more people are opting to produce their own sources of fresh food that they can feed their families. Growing winter crops is a great option for people all around the country. Whether you live in Minnesota and you want to make

Solar Conservatories

Monday, 08 September 2014 by
recycle-solar

Solar technology isn’t new. Its history began in the 7th century when people concentrated the sun’s energy to make fires. Today we can have everything solar powered, from cars to space stations! Building science engineers and architects have been learning how to capture this solar energy efficiently into the outer surface of the building using solar

how to germinate and grow from seeds

Let’s talk about gardening, and how to germinate and grow your plants from seeds. In short, the hard carbohydrate in that seed must dissolve, turn to sugar and provide energy to the endosperm in the seed. This process takes from 3 to 25 days to take place. Through that period, all seeds must be kept moist to dissolve the carbohydrates. If they dry out, they die. Starting over again by watering a dry bed will not bring them back to life. Seeds are not Lazarus. Remember this when seeding your lawn or any other seeds you might plant.

OK, enough Biology for the day. Salvia is one of those plants that requires light for proper germination. If you have a growth chamber for germination, set it so the lights are on 16 hours per day.  As you know from this post, it has been requested for my daughter’s wedding.

We know from our research that Salvia requires 10 days to germinate. I plant them around April 1st, and note on the seedling flat the date of expected germination. Keep this seed on the surface. Remember, it needs light to germinate!

Seed Starting in the Conservatory

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 by
sgrace4

The Holiday season is over, the decorations are down, the winter has a firm grip on life, and mind begins to dream about the next season. Spring! Last year was not a kind spring. Everything was late. I had to feed my poor bees until the third week of June before pollen finally was available

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Plants to grow in the Conservatory, NASA says these Conservatory plants improve air quality, Plants that are fun to grow, beautiful and improve air quality

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