Setting a Mood in the Garden

It can be tough deciding which colors look great next to others. If you want to create a quiet, restful mood in your garden, try using cool colors like blue, lavender, purple, rose and pink. Warm shades like red, orange, and yellow will give your garden a sense of excitement and visual pleasure. While, contrasting colors like purple and yellow, or orange and blue will add interest to your yard. If you are less daring and want to bring unity to your garden, use different shades of the same color, massing a single color of flowers together. This will create an elegant look that works great for small spaces like patios, terraces and window boxes.

With Shape

If you find the traditional ‘rectangular’ shape bed dull and boring, try coming up with a fun shape like a star or in a zig-zag design. Of course, you may want to try sketching it out on some graph paper first, then arrange plants to fit that form. Keep in mind, you are limited to how it will fit around the current landscaping in your yard.

With Size

Now, it’s time to do the math. How much room do you need to grow everything in your imaginary garden? Your garden can be any size – from a kitchen herb garden in a window box, to a pumpkin patch in the backyard. A large, sunny place in the yard gives you plenty of room for growing a variety of plants, but a small container garden is great too – because it’s easier to care for.

Conventional gardens, like those you have seen on a farm or the 1970’s TV sitcom “Green Acres” with rows and rows of corn can take a lot of space. Here are three alternatives to gardening the traditional way:

Balcony gardens or container gardening can be done almost anywhere where there is plenty of sunlight – usually 6 or more hours a day. Depending on which direction your patio or balcony is facing will determine what type of plants and vegetables will do best. On a warm, light-filled balcony facing south or west, tomatoes and beans will grow best. If your balcony faces north or east and gets limited sunlight, lettuces and root vegetables will do well.

Raised gardens are small plots formed with soil into raised areas on the ground. Landscaping timbers may be used to frame the bed and can be filled with soil and compost. Raised beds are easy to maintain if they are 3-feet wide or less. This makes weeding and harvesting a cinch and by not walking on the bed, the soil stays soft.

Square-foot gardens are formed by framing and can be filled with soil and compost. Beds can be recycled and replanted once a plant has been harvested. With deeper beds, plants can be grown closer, allowing for a larger variety of plants.

With a little planning, you can create the mood you want in your garden, personalizing it, extending your home to the outdoors.

Source by Rebecca Totilo

The Scent is in the Jar Lid

My friend Joan has a lot of candelaking expertise. I was amazed with a number of the secrets of purchasing candles when we went shopping.I adore the actual fragrance associated with candles when purchasing them My pal Joan noticed me smelling the actual candle to get the actual perfume and instead pointed to the lid of the candle box. My friend Joan was able to explain how the smell of the candle is distributed from the top towards the bottom. Over a period of time whenever a candle is contained in a box some of the smell will evaporate towards the top of the box. For this reason it is very important to smell the lid of the container and never the candle itself.This is comparable to wine tasting when individuals can swill a glass of wine when just before they taste it. Individuals will swill the glass of wine in it to get the top, middle and base note of the wine.

Candles started to wane as the main lighting source because of the introduction of the light bulb, they became a more ornamental product. Candles ended up being suddenly available in a wide variety of sizes, designs and colors. Customer fascination with scented candles started to escalate.

Why to not really Use Warmers

I always light a candle 15 minutes to Half an hour before an event to be able to set the scene. Joan explained that the fragrance emanates from the wax formed on the base when its lit. In order to get the proper smell it is necessary to light the candle half an hour before you need it. Joan explained her disastrous exposure to warmers. Warmers are particularly bad when you light the candle a number of times. As we have seen the aroma from the candle originates from the liquid wax at the base. This will work fine whenever you light a candle the very first or second time. However from then on the warm effect on the reminder of the candle will have driven the fragrance out of the candle.

Candlemaking History From 1AD to 1500AD
- Candlemaking can end up being traced to the Qin Empire in China in 3000 BC!
- Excavations coming from the earthquake in Pompeii reveal Candelabra
- Yak butter was utilized for candle-making in Tibet
- In European countries, the earliest surviving candle was discovered close to Avignon in France, from the first century AD
- The oldest candelaking manufacturers still around are Rathbornes Candles, founded in Dublin in 1488

How to Remove Soot

My mate Joan does not like soot. Joan explained that by keeping the wick of a candle 0.25 inches from the top will stop soot forming at the top of the candle. If the wick is greater than a quarter of an inch it'll just burn soot and not the candle beneath it. Good quality candles from reputable companies usually have less soot. A lumo cover over the candle is good for airflow and stopping soot from the candle.

How Long will A Candle Light For

I had one last question for Joan, just how long will probably a candle last? She said the formula is the complete weight divided by the burn rate. When you light the candle frequently it will also help as wax that forms on the side of the candle when it is lighting will solidify and need to be burned off again. When this was a bit too much for me she said that a 2 oz candle would take 10 hours to burn.

Source by Gerty C Swan