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How to grow Strawberries?

26 Jun

How to Plant Strawberry Plants

from http://www.netherlandbulb.com/

Pictures: Arcoiris Design Gardening

Organic Strawberries at Arcoiris Design Gardening

Step 1. CHOOSE A CONTAINER FOR THEM

Be sure the container has drainage holes in the bottom.

Step 2. FILL THE CONTAINER WITH SOIL THAT MAKES STRAWBERRIES HAPPY

Strawberries like deep, loamy soil that drains well. This means that it should contain plenty of organic matter

Step 3. GET YOUR STRAWBERRY PLANTS

Your next step is to find some plants and put them in the soil.

There are two main kinds of strawberries available: “June-bearing” and “Ever-bearing” or day-neutral varieties that can bear from early summer right up until your first frost. While June-bearing varieties can take a year to establish (you normally plant them now for next year’s harvest), ever-bearing plants will give you fruit the very first year and may allow you to extend your harvest over a period of weeks or months.

Step 4. CARE FOR YOUR PLANTS AND ENJOY

Get them some sun on the balcony, rooftop, patio or doorstep.

For optimum production, keep your strawberry plants well watered throughout the growing season, and enjoy your homegrown strawberries. Plants should continue to be productive for at least 2-3 years.

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Colors of my Garden NOVEMBER

10 Dec

Pink double knockout rose stamens and pistil

Cape gooseberry flower

Cape gooseberry flower

Cape gooseberry

Cape gooseberry

Boston Ivy on wall

Boston Ivy on wall

Sky is the limit rose new bud

Sky is the limit rose new bud

Cucumber

Cucumber

Hydrangea flower

Hydrangea flower

Tea olive flower

Tea olive flower

Japanese maple leaf

Japanese maple leaf

Tomatoes and Cucumber

Tomatoes and Cucumber

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 – JULY

14 Aug

Tickseed ‘nana’

Verbena bonariensis

Sunflower ‘sunspot’

Butterfly  bush – pink

Hosta

Eggplant

Tomato ‘roma’

Cucumber Flower

Cucumber

Crape myrtle

Curry Plant

Bell pepper flower

Peach

Frangipani flower buds

Squash Flower

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!

We Have Been Granted With The Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary!!

10 Feb

Every year shocking statistics about wildlife show us how as many as 20% of the world’s 7-15 million species could be gone in the next 30 years. 1 Education about Wildlife crisis focusing in its causes and possible solutions is critical to changing social consciousness today. The Atlanta Aububon Society is an organization dedicated to birds and their mission is to protect Georgia’s birds and the habitats that sustain them through education, conservation and advocacy. They organize monthly meetings, weekly bird walks during migration trips to local birding hotspots, and many other special events.

 A few weeks ago we became members as local property owners and apply for a Wildlife Sanctuary Certification. Today we are very glad to share that our backyard is worthy of recognition by Atlanta Audubon Society and we have been granted with the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary. The following link will take you to the pictures that we took of all birds that visit our backyard. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.292875447415130.62926.181272451908764&type=3

 

 We would like to encourage everyone to participate in this program and help us to conserving and protecting our environment! You can make a difference; you can certainly provide  a backyard habitat for wildlife – “it’s as simple as assuring these essential elements:

 

Shelter – active nesting areas or shelters that attract and protect birds and other wildlife.

Food – feeders and plantings that offer seeds, flowers, and berries to wildlife.

Water – birdbaths, water gardens, or natural features with flowing water.

Nesting Sites – bird boxes, natural cavities, or wood piles and vine tangles” 2

If you would like to have more birds and wildlife visiting your backyard, we will very pleased to design an Eco- friendly garden for you that will give shelter, food and nesting sites for many birds. www.arcoirisdesign.com

To become a member and support they effort, please visit:

http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/

 Like us: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.292875447415130.62926.181272451908764&type=3

Sources and References:

1. http://www.africanconservancy.org/about/documents/Facts.pdf

2. http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/aaswww/conservation/sanctuary.htm

Callaway Gardens

31 Jan

Callaway Gardens is 13,000 acres of colorful Georgia countryside in the Appalachian Mountains (Pine Mountain, GA). It was founded in 1952 by Cason J. and Virginia Hand Callaway to promote and protect native azalea species. Nowadays, the Gardens are home of the world’s largest azalea display, one of North America’s biggest butterfly conservatories, and a magnificent vegetable garden.

We visited the Garden during this winter and it was spectacular; it has several trails both for walking and biking and many attractions such golf courses, Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, Overlook Azalea Garden, John A. Sibley Horticultural Center and my favorite the Butterfly conservatory.

If you like to visit natural parks and enjoy time outdoors, Callaway Gardens is offering free admission to the gardens now through the end of February. Awesome idea for a weekend family expedition, for take incredible winter pictures or to exercise outdoors!

Enjoy our pictures:

How and why does autumn palette of colors happen?

17 Nov

In Colombia, we do not have seasons, so we do not have the change of color on our trees leaves or the gorgeous magic of different flowers in spring, but we do have a nice weather and colorful flowers year round.

I have been living in United States for 8 years and the changing fall foliage never fails to surprise and delight me. Every year I wonder how and why does autumn palette of colors happen? I have found 2 articles that explain this magnificent process; one explains the process in a simple manner and the other one a little bit more technical.  

http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/pubs/leaves/leaves.shtm

Enjoy the beautiful and colorful pictures from Dahlonega at North Georgia Mountains that I took  2 weeks ago.

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Best Of Atlanta – Arcoiris Design Gardening: Best Landscaping Company.

9 Nov

Thank you very much for voted for us, we won! For us is an honor and privilege to have won in the Best Improvements category as the Best Landscaping Company in Atlanta. Since we started our business in 2005 we have encouraged ourselves to offer always the best to our clients. This is the result of our love for plants and environment. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your outdoor living spaces. – Adriana Hernandez

Read more at: http://atlantatribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=68

Green Wall for Urban Environments

30 Sep

A Green Wall is a wall, either free-standing or part of a building that is partially or completely covered with plants of different colors, textures and sometimes flavors. The concept of Green Walls was created by the French botanist Patrick Blanc. He created the first green wall in 1988 for the museum of Science and Industry in Paris. Nowadays you might have seen many green walls in different places. Thinking outside the box, Arcoiris Design Gardening has been recycling plastic containers and incorporated them with handmade wooden boxes to create a very innovative alternative for Green Walls. We incorporate from annuals to provide seasonal color to herbs and other edible plants such sage, lemon thyme, rosemary and many more. Furthermore, our Green Walls can be use outdoors or indoors. We can create your unique Green Wall following your specific needs.