Your Herb Garden: The Basics

A lot of gardeners notice that they are attracted to knowing more about natural herbs as they are easy to grow and enjoyable to use in cooking. You will obtain immediate gratification when you grow herbs in the garden as they can be employed in preparing sauces, soups, marinades and a number of other recipes. When frost starts to come around you could trim your herbs, but if you are sensible and have them planted in pots all that you have to do is move the pots indoors to maintain them. Since perennial natural herbs don't die easily or need replanting every end of the year, they are a practical (and fun) addition to your garden. Over and above this, you might consider your personal taste inclinations when selecting herbs to flavor meals. twf035-at__23007.jpg Basil, oregano, and thyme are great herbs to plant if you enjoy cooking and eating Italian food. If you prefer Latin themed food, you may select to plant cilantro instead. It is important to identify where your herbs will be planted in order to decide which herbs will thrive. It will be least difficult to plant right into the ground if your environment is on the more gentle side, with seasons that are not intense. This is a great way to spruce up your backyard without having the discomfort of investing in or creating planters. There is practically nothing you can do to escape harsh weather conditions conditions that might impact your plants. However, there's hope because planters can be moved indoors whenever there's bad weather outside so they are flexible and convenient for your herbs.

Why Your Your Four-Legged Friends and Visiting Birds Love Water Features

Putting in an outdoor water fountain or a bird feeder will allow you to enjoy the natural presence of wildlife or pets. The truth is that birds require water to: drink, bathe and preen. There are some birds, such as robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers, which are not attracted to bird feeders, but are interested in fountains because of the moving water. While bowl-shaped bird baths can be unexciting to many birds, fountains are more enticing because of the moving water they generate. Trickling fountains that splash around are heard from far away, attracting even more birds.

Dogs are drawn to fountains mainly because they provide drinking water. Dogs and cats will be outdoors looking out for refreshing water during hot temperatures. Because water in fountains is consistently moving, they do not need much cleaning, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more attention.

Outdoor Elegance: Garden Water fountains

Since garden water fountains are no longer dependent on a nearby pond, it is possible to install them close to a wall. Nowadays, you can eliminate excavations, complicated installations and cleaning the pond. Due to the fact that this feature is self-contained, no plumbing is needed. All the same, water has to be added regularly. Your pond and the nearby area are certain to get dirty at some point so be sure to empty the water from the basin and fill it with clean water.

Any number of materials can be utilized to build garden wall fountains, but stone and metal are the most frequently used. The style you are looking for determines which material is best suited to meet your wishes. Outdoor wall fountains come in many shapes and sizes, therefore ensure that the style you decide to buy is hand-crafted, simple to hang and lightweight. Buying a fountain which demands little maintenance is important as well. In general, most installations are straight forward since the only pieces which may require scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging hardware whereas other kinds of setups can be a bit more difficult. You can easily liven up your garden with these kinds of fountains.

The Popularity of Fountains in Japanese Backyards

A water feature is an essential part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. Since water is the most essential element of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very common. Below the bamboo spout is generally a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just attractive decoration.

For something a bit more unique, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it artistically with live bamboo and other natural elements. In time, as moss progressively covers the rocks, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, install a much larger water feature.

Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of small pool, or even a meandering brook.

There are other alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Other options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to create the impression of a rippling brook.

Tall Water Fountains Around the World

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the highest continually-functioning fountain in the world. Reaching incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain jets water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Coming in 2nd is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water shooting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. This fountain is regarded as the tallest in the U.S. with water reaching up to 192 meters (630 feet).

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the sky.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are in use, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The fountain propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Jetting water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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