Sunday, July 31, 2016

types of garden fences

Comparing Types of Garden Fencing 

* Written by Greg O’Sullivan

When mulling over garden fencing ideas it is important to consider a simple question. Why do you feel you need it? Is the garden fencing for security, privacy of your house, is it a garden accessory or purely for decorative purposes or indeed shelter. This a key question as the garden fencing you decide on will also determine the type of material and work involved plus of course cost. It is always advisable to talk with the experts in your local fencing supplier or garden centre and also to spend time driving around looking at fencing that appeals to you and would from your perspective tick all the boxes if in your garden. It always helps to arrive at an informed decision.

Whether you want to give your garden a more decorative look or you simply want a protective barrier then fencing is without question a very worthwhile addition to your garden. Garden fencing plays many roles. It defines the boundary of your property, can act as a partition to keep neighbours or unwelcome guests out and children and animals in. Where possible garden fencing should be aesthetically pleasing and attempt to match the architecture of the house and surroundings. Be aware also if there are any bye laws in place that have height restrictions on perimeter Fencing.

With so many fencing options to choose from it can be difficult to know what will work best in your garden. As already alluded to the style of your garden and your primary reason for garden fencing in the first place will quickly help you identify the perfect fence to satisfy your needs. The cost of timber plus the high upkeep of wooden or timber fencing has led to some innovative materials for fencing such as vinyl or plastic fencing making a reappearance.

Let's briefly look at some of the fencing options available always bearing in mind, however, that your budget will have a major role to play in the type chosen:
  • Bamboo fencing can give your garden an exotic look as well as providing privacy. It is, however, not very long lasting and can rot after one season depending on the rainfall.

  • Plastic fencing which comes in different colours and designs. Perhaps its greatest appeal is its durability and minimum maintenance as it is rot and rust resistant and rarely discolours.

  • Wire Fencing can be unsightly; however, it fulfils its purpose of defining a given boundary. It can be decorated with flower climbers and twirling plants and over time can be made to look pretty. It lets in lots of air and light but is not very private.

  • Chain Link Fencing made of galvanised or steel coated wires. Easy to install and minimum maintenance. Cheap to install, lets in lots of air and light but provides little by way of privacy.

  • Wrought Iron fencing has more architectural appeal and character. It also of course has its advantages in severe weather conditions.

  • Wooden fencing can give an old world type style to a garden. They provide privacy but require maintenance. They definitely will add to your garden and there is a huge variety of wooden fencing on the market.

  • Stone Fencing is in reality more of a wall than fencing but it is an option. It can be costly to construct and once erected is unlikely to be moved again so may limit your options.
These I appreciate are just some of the options available.Ultimately the type you choose will be determined by the purpose of the fencing, personal preference and budget.

Looking for ideas for garden fencing visit my gardening guide for more ideas and information on all things garden!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 

"It's spring fever.  

That is what the name of it is.  

And when you've got it, you want 

- oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, 

but it just fairly makes your heart ache, 

you want it so! " 

~ Mark Twain


Friday, July 29, 2016

Basics of Canning

Basics of Canning

*Written by Ruth O’Neil

Canning is a great way to preserve food for later use. While cans of food are quickly and easily purchased at the local grocery store, home canned foods taste better and do not contain many of the harmful preservatives found in commercially canned food. For people who like to garden and grow their own vegetables, canning is definitely something worth learning to do.

There are two types of canners. One is a water bath canner and the other is a pressure canner. A water bath canner is a large pot with a loose fitting lid that is suitable for processing any foods that are high in acid. Tomatoes, peaches, pears, apples, jams, and jellies are all perfect for using a water bath canner. A pressure canner is a must for canning low acid foods. Low acid foods include both green and dried beans, corn, potatoes, soups, and meat. It is the pressure that builds up that allows foods to reach a temperature that is high enough to kill bacteria and prevent spoilage. When using a pressure canner make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions that came with it. Not following the instructions can lead to lids that don't seal or food that spoils.

Other tools you will need include a jar lifter, wide funnel, canning jars with lids and bands, towels, pot holders, and a timer. Timing is extremely important in canning and you must follow the times listed for each recipe exactly. Foods not processed properly can lead to botulism, which is a serious disease and could lead to death. Upon opening a jar of home canned food, if it smells bad or off in any way, throw it away and don't eat it, just to be on the safe side.

Some natural preservatives that you will need for different recipes are salt, lemon juice, sugar, and vinegar.

When canning any food, make sure to follow a recipe. Not all recipes are appropriate for canning. For example, if you want to can some beef stew, your canning recipe will not include flour or other thickener, which is inappropriate for canning. You can thicken your stew after opening your canned jar while heating before eating. Also, for jams and jellies, the amount of sugar may seem like a lot, but it is necessary for preservation. Look for a recipe that is specific to low sugar or sugar substitutes if you desire.

After following all recipe and canning directions you should hear a very distinctive pop as the jars cool letting you know that your jars sealed properly.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

quote of the day

-- Quote of the Day -- 


" Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, 

cultivate the gift of taciturnity, 

and consume your own smoke with an extra draft of hard work, 

so that those about you may not be annoyed

 with the dust and soot of your complaints. " 

~ William Osler