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Press – Magazine Recognitions – Mom.me

20 Feb

Our ORGANIC gardens are highlighted in magazines and our gardening tips are published year around! For the last couple of months I have been writing tips and advices for home gardeners for the Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. This week I have been asked to participate on another editorial opportunity for Mom.me about Garden Fruits and Vegetables!! I will update this note as soon as I have the link for Mom.me

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How to Use Fireplace Ash for Gardening

11 Jan

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Winter is the perfect season to collect your fireplace ashes either to store them in a save container or use them into your garden. When wood burns, nitrogen and sulfur are lost as gases, and calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace element compounds remain.

“Wood ash has a very fine particle size, so it reacts rapidly and completely in the soil. Although small amounts of nutrients are applied with wood ash, the main effect is that it is a liming agent.” (1) Furthermore, calcium works as soil amendment, helping to maintain chemical balance in the soil and improves water penetration.

Uses:
1. As calcium and Potassium soil amendments
2. Enrich compost, enhance its nutrients by sprinkling in a few ashes to the mix.
3. Block garden pests. Spread evenly around garden beds, ash repels slugs and snails. Salt in the ashes dehydrates these insects.

Calcium and potassium are both essential to plant growth. Hereby, I am listing the symptoms of both deficiencies.

Symptoms of calcium deficiency:
– Necrosis at the tips and margins of young leaves,
– Bulb and fruit abnormalities,
– Deformation of affected leaves,
– Highly branched, short, brown root systems,
– Severe, stunted growth, and
– General chlorosis.

Symptoms of potassium deficiency:
– Yellow and brown spots on leaves
– Leaves drop off
– Smaller and fewer fruits
– Fruits appear deformed or small

BEFORE applying ashes to your plants please keep in mind that too much ash can increase pH or accumulate high levels of salts that can be harmful to some plants, so use ashes carefully. And don’t use it in acid-loving plants such as blueberries, cranberries, rhododendrons and azaleas would not do well at all with an application of wood ash.(1)

1. http://emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/frederick/2004/ashes.htm

Colors of my garden – DECEMBER

7 Jan

Azalea

Azalea

 

Camellia Flower bud

Camellia Flower bud

Fatsia Flower

Fatsia Flower

Fatsia Flower and flower bud

Fatsia Flower and flower bud

Hellebore

Hellebore

Holly Berry

Holly Berry

Hyacinth emerging

Hyacinth emerging

Insect on leaf

Insect on leaf

Tree Berry

Tree Berry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 very good reasons to plant Shrubs and Trees now (fall – winter):

20 Dec

5 very good reasons to plant Shrubs and Trees now (fall – winter):

 

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1. No stress from hot weather.
2. Plants don’t have to expend energy on making leaves, they’ll put it into creating a strong root system.
3. Because of temperatures, you don’t have to worry so much about watering your new plant.
4. There are fewer insects and disease problems that could damage your new shrubs or trees.
5. Nurseries will have a lot of good prices for plant material.
(In cold winter areas, it’s recommended to plant six weeks before the first hard frost is expected.)

Any questions? Need help with your garden? www.arcoirisdesign.com

Colors of My Garden – AUGUST

5 Sep

Blackeyed Susan

Goldstrum rudbeckia

Purple Petunia

Crape Myrtle Natchez

Ornamental Bamboo

Big Blue Liriope Flower

Delosperma cooperi

Gold Lantana

Colors Of My Garden – JUNE

2 Jul

African blue basil flower

 

Coneflower – Echinacea

Dragonwing Begonia

Dragonwing Begonia

Green Pepper Flower

Hibiscus hardy

Honeysuckle flower

Hosta Flower

Hydrangea

 

Lawn Mushroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monarch butterfly and Coneflower

 

 

Ogon Sedum

 

Pink Torenia

 

Raspberry

 

Roma Tomatoe

 

Salvia Black and Blue

 

 Salvia Red

 

Sky is the limit Rose

 

Squash Flower

 

Sunflower sprout

 

Thailand Basil

 

Torenia Yellow

 

Toto Rustic Rudbeckia

 

Tropicana

 

Verbena Pink

 

Yallow

 

Yarrow terra cotta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colors Of My Garden – MAY

2 Jun

Astilbe pink

 

 

Astilbe White

 

Aucuba Gold dust

 

Azalea Nancy

 

Basil flower

 

Black Bamboo

Coleus Kong rose

 

Colocasia Blue Hawaiian

 

Confederate jasmine vine

 

Gardenia August beauty flower

 

Hydrangea Blue

 

Hydrangea deep pink

 

Hydrangea Endless summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lily King of Whites

 

Orchid

 

Pink lily

 

Sage Variegated

 

Sedum floriferum

 

Small leaf pink azalea

 

 

Snapdragon white

 

Stinkbug nymph

 

Strawberry Flower

 

 

Torenia blue moon

 

White frangipani

 

 

Colors of my Garden – APRIL

2 May

May Night Salvia

Banksia climbing rose

Blueberry

Cilantro Flower

Deep pink foxglove

Double Red knockout rose

Light pink climbing rose

Paper bark bloom

Purple shamrock – Purple Clover

Recurve ligustrum

Sky is the limit rose

 

Hydrangea Endless summer

 

Arugula flower

 

Baby Cardinal in nest

 

Bleeding heart

 

Common Garter Snake

 

Dogwood

 

Lavander foxglove

Lily of valley

 

Heuchera mocha Flower

 

Pink climbing rose

 

Floxglove Pink

 

Amaryllis red

Romaine lettuce

Strawberry

 

Sweet bay laurel flower

 

Clematis White

 

Foxglove White

 

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

Snowball viburnum

Strawberry

White foxglove

White mazus

We won 3 Awards!! UAC 2011 Professional Landscape Awards

12 Mar

The Urban AG Council of Georgia recognize  professionals involved in award-winning projects in design/build/installation, landscape management, seasonal color, landscape lighting, green innovations and community service.  Following the tradition of the MALTA Professional Awards, this awards program is open to all eligible UAC member companies! There are different categories and Arcoiris Design Gardening participated in 3 of them and won MERIT on all 3 as follow:

 1. Design/Build/Installation as Small – space: Best Western Plus – Inn at the Peachtrees

2. Design/Build/Installation as Seasonal Color – Residential: West Paces Ferry

3. Design/Build/Installation as Seasonal color – Commercial: Integral Youth and Family Project, Inc

We are very grateful with our Clients that allow us to enhance their gardens and let us be part of their projects year around. And mostly we are grateful with our employees that always strive to have our gardens the best possible. Visit: http://urbanagcouncil.com/cgi-bin/MySQLdb?VIEW=/source/documents/viewdownload.txt&docid=732&file=/docs/2012/02/2012020305470724/2011awardsprogram.pdf

Arcoiris Design Gardening will continue demonstrating that using organic and natural products can provide equal or MUCH better results than using chemicals!

Thanks!

Colors of My Garden -FEBRUARY

9 Mar

These are the pictures taken in my garden during February. Enjoy!

Azalea

 

Azalea Anthers and Stigma

 

Azalea Anthers and Stigma

 

Blue jacket Hyacinth

 

Broccoli Flower

 

Crocus blue Bird

 

Crocus blue Bird Petals

 

Crocus blue Bird Stigma and anthers

 

Hyacinths and ant

 

Ice Follies Daffodil Anthers and Stigma

 

Lilac Wonder Tulip

 

Pink Pansy

 

Plum Bud-Flower

 

Puple Pansy

 

Red Devon Daffodil

 

 

Red Devon Daffodil Anthers and Stigma

 

Red Devon Daffodil Stigma

Fragrant, Bell-shaped Pink Flower

White Hyacinth