Stop! Don't throw out the leftowvers just yet. Did you know that you can use your left over fruits and vegetables to grow more fruitd and vegetables? In this blog I will name a few of thes vegetables. I will tell you how to regrow Celery, Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple from the pieces that you might usually toss in the trash.
Celery: Take the bottom of the celery you cut off and soak it in warm water for about 24 hours. Next plant it in fertile soil with the cut side up. Water Daily. in about 1-2 weeks you should start to see the tops of baby celery.
Sweet Potatoes: To grow a sweet potato is all you need is the end of one of your old sweet potatoes. Cut off the end of the potato, place toothpicks around the outside of the potato and submerge the tip in water allowing the toothpicks to support the remainder of the piece of patato above the water. Palce the potato in a nice sunny spot near the window and watch the roots start to grow in about three weeks. Once the roots form it is ready to plant in the ground.
Pineapple: You can grow a pineapple by planting the top of your scrap pineapple. Once you have removed the top you need to peel away about 1/2 in. of the leaves at the bottom of the stalk. Next you need to trim the bottom and sides of the stalk till you see little brown dots around the rim. This is where your roots will come from. Now you need to let the pineapple dry for two days to prevent it from rotting. Then place the pineapp.e top into a bowl of plain water. Remember to change the water every 2 days. Once you see lots of roots growing it's time to plant the top in a pot that drains well with about 9 inches of soil. They grow slow, but soon you will have a healthy pinapple bush that one day, a couple of years from now, will produce a pinapple.
I hope you have enjoyed our blog. Good luck growing your scraps. We would love to hear about your experience on our Mister Landscaper Facebook Page. If you enjoyed this blog and want to learn about other scraps you can grow do a search on google.com for "plants you can plant from scraps". And as always, Mister Landscaper the best way to irrigate all of you fruits and vegetables.
Thanks for reading, and have an awesome week.
July is Smart Irrigation Month, which reminds us that to be wise in how we irrigate our Landscapes and Gardens areas. Water is our most precious resource. It is very important to conserve our water during the hot summer months and when in drought areas of the country. Conserving your water will save you money as the price of water continues to rise.
Here are some smart ways to water your garden or landscape:
You don't need to water your lawn every day. During the summer months you only need to water every five to seven days. Your lawn only needs about one inch of water a week. You can buy a rain gauge to help keep track of how much water your grass is getting. The best time to water your lawn and plants is early in the morning or at night when the temperature is lower.
Mister Landscaper sells a timer that you can set to water your landscapes & garden beds when you want to. This will make smart watering very easy and avoid over or underwatering your plants. Mister Landscaper also sells a DIY easy to install low-flow Micro and Drip Irrigation kits that will use 50% to 70% less water then standerd irrigation. This will help keep the green in your garden as well as in your wallet! In the long run you will save water, time and money. Using mulch or graound cover also helps to retain moisture in the soil which means you have to water less overall.
For Smart Irrigation Month Mister Landscaper created a coloring book as a fun way to help teach kids about how to water wisely. You can download it by clicking this link.
Some other simple tips to save water and re-use it in the garden are...
If you are going to take a bath use the water after you are done to water your plants.
If you take a shower put a bucket in the shower to catch the water. When you are done use it to water your plants.
Rain Barrels, we have all heard of them. Getting one set up is not that hard, and you can use Micro and Drip Irrigation with them. Companies like Aqua Barrel make small pumps that cary the water in the barrel's to attached hoses for easy use. Check them out at http://www.aquabarrel.com
If you have any other smart watering tips you can join us on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.
I want to wish all of you a smart watering day.
This is the week when we celebrate the birthday of America, July 4th. Wow! What an awesome opportunity to think about how great our nation is - and how blessed we have been as a nation.
I wanted to consider some of the things that make America great. As I thought about this, it occurred to me that many of the things that make America a great nation start with the word "freedom." This is not a word to take lightly. Many people have fought and even given their very lives to preserve, maintain, and continue to allow our country that privilege. Here are just a few of the freedoms we have that make us unique in the world:
1. We are free to have an opinion - and voice it. No matter if people like it or not.
2. We are free to invent, create, and build a business in the hope that we have something to offer that others will be able to use and enjoy.
3. We are free to better ourselves. A person who starts off as a fast-food restaurant employee does not have to remain that way. They can choose to be better, work to improve, and, if they want, find a better place in life.
4. We are free to choose. We have the freedom to choose what we do, what we want, and how we act and react to those choices.
5. We are free to find fault with our leaders. No matter your political persuasion, that's a big one because no man or group of people is perfect. Being able to shine light on the wrongdoings of leadership without fear of being sent to prison - or worse - has helped to keep those that would be tyrants at bay.
6. We have freedom to build a future. Our course is not set. We can make ourselves better, make our nation better, and build families, companies, gardens, and lives that are marked by a continued movement toward greatness.
Mister Landscaper invents, develops, and manufactures quality products in America - instead of the alternative - because we believe that by providing Americans with the opportunity to work we are not just making better products. We are improving ourselves and giving others the opportunity to better themselves.
Our products are of the highest quality. We oversee production from start to finish, and we check them consistently. We can guarantee they work because we made them here - in America. We know what went into them, and we know the quality our customers expect to get out of them.
Thank you to our customers for allowing us to continue to make the highest-quality Micro and Drip Irrigation products on the market today.
Happy Birthday, America. Have a wonderful 4th of July!
A well manicured landscape is something to be noticed. Beautiful Trees, shrubs, Flowers, and other types of plants fill the yard space with a combination of balance and design that can adorn the outside of a home much like jewelry on a beautiful woman.
While there are countless examples of wonderful landscape designs available online, something special began to catch my eye. I noticed that some of these landscapes had edible plants used in their layout. This seemed to me like such a fabulous idea that I wanted to know more, so I began to research this trend and found out that it is becoming quite popular to ad edible plants to landscape designs, or even to completely use edible plants for the landscape.
There are a great many benefits to having edible plants in the yard. The first being, they are edible. This can save some time, and money by avoiding going to the grocery store, just walk outside and pick your favorite veggie or fruit off your own plant. The Second benefit is that they are healthy. We always talk about how we want to eat healthier around our house. What better way to do that then to surround our yards with healthy plants that encourage us to consume more fruits and vegetables. A third benefit, is that growing edible landscapes is a "green" way to landscape a yard because the fruits and veggies that are grown in the yard don't have to be shipped across country or around the world to end up on your table. And last, but certainly not least, if it is grown in your yard, you know what went into it, and on it, so there is less worry about strong pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and more time to enjoy the fruits of your yard.
This kind of landscaping will continue to gain in popularity as people tire of using water and other resources for large grassy areas that do little more then ornament the yard. Edible landscapes can help feed us and turn our yards into ecosystems. Fruit-bearing trees, bushes and perennial vegetables can be a part of a productive landscape, especially when mixed in with native and drought-resistant ornamentals. Ad to that low flow irrigation products such as micro & drip irrigation and one can create a sustainable landscape with not just color, but flavor as well.
With the prices of food rising in much of the country this is, no doubt, a trend that will continue to grow, leaving many a front and or back yard full of tasty treats.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine took the time to plant a wonderful
small garden in his back yard. He lay down a row of squash and zucchini and
was looking forward to what it would yield. The plants grew nice and lush.
He watered and fertilized as required. Then they began to bud, marking the
beginning of the lovely vegetables. Everything was going according to plan.
My friend was disappointed a few weeks later when the plants never produced
any vegetables. He scratched his head thinking about what he might have
forgotten to do. As he went down his checklist, it never once occurred to
him that the solution to his dilemma was as simple as four letters. B E E S!
Later, another friend of his at work told him that more than likely what had
happened was a lack of our buzzing friends who are responsible for
pollinating our plants. Quite simply, when the vegetable plants budded,
there were no bees around to spread the pollen. Could it be that simple? The
answer is yes.
Anyone who has lived in Florida for a considerable amount of time has driven
by an orange grove. The white stacks of wooden crates in the middle of the
grove? Those are bee hives. They ensure the trees will produce oranges next
fall. Amazing, isn't it?
Next time you are in your garden, and you notice a few of our hard working
friends buzzing around, just let them be. They're doing you a huge
favor--what they were meant to do.
Whether we are gardeners, landscapers or just enjoy working in our yard from time to time, we are all busy. Every now and then it is nice just to take a little breather and relax, keep in mind all of the hard work that has been done, and admire nature for what it is. This weeks blog encourages everyone to do just that. Stop and smell, or in this case, look at the flowers. Below you will find some of this springs best flower shots taken by our own pro photographer. Some have been posted on our Facebook page, some on Twitter, and some will be seen for the first time.
Thank you to all our wonderful Micro and Drip Irrigation customers, and have a great week enjoying all that nature has to offer.
Mr. Landscaper Team
Many plant enthusiasts who use drip irrigation and micro irrigation in their landscapes and gardens know that one of the best ways to water plants with just the right amount of water is to use an electronic timer. Mister Landscaper has had various types of electronic timers over the years - each one adding more features as technology improved.
We are happy to announce that we have just added a new automatic water timer (Product Number: MLWT-TIMER). This timer comes fully loaded with tons of great features, which makes it much better than our previous model.
Just for comparison's sake, we listed some of the differences between our new timer and our old one so you can see for yourself if an upgrade would be worth it.
Our new timer can be set to the nearest minute, versus the old one, which was to the nearest hour.
Our new timer has a run time of 1 to 240 minutes, while the old timer could only run from 1 to 99 minutes.
Our new timer has 11 different watering cycles to choose from. The old timer had only 8 cycle choices.
Our awesome new timer has a manual run time of 5 minutes up to 240 minutes. Compare this to the old timer which only had a 30-minute option.
The new Mister Landscaper timer takes 2 AA batteries instead of the hard-to-find 9-volt blocks.
With the new timer, it is much easier to change the battery, with no screws to undo - unlike the older one in which two screws had to be removed.
One of the neatest features in the new timer is a rain delay setting. This allows you to delay 1, 2, or 3 days before a run cycle. The old timer did not have this feature at all, so it is a great add-on for sure.
All of the new features make this new electronic timer a definite plus in our drip irrigation and micro irrigation product line. It allows customers to set their watering times for their landscapes and gardens, then go about their lives, knowing that their gardens will get just the right amount of water they needs. The avid gardener could even go on a vacation and not have to get a garden sitter. Nice.
We provide quality Micro and Drip Irrigation products that are tested and designed to be the best - and our customers know that. By asking for Mister Landscaper again and again, you let us know that what we are doing is right, and we will keep creating, manufacturing, and developing the best garden and landscape irrigation products on the market.
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Thank you to all of our loyal customers who would not settle for anything else but Mister Landscaper.
- Mister Landscaper Team
As I walked into my local garden center with my two-year-old in the basket, we were presented with a beautiful sight. The place was alive with color, as the fresh spring flowers were on display from front to back of the greenhouse. Not only that, but the place was buzzing with excitement, and it wasn’t the bees. The employees were cleaning and prepping and helping customers pick out the plants that they wanted and find things that were hidden behind huge racks of potted perennials.
I suppose spring is like a garden lover’s Christmas time. The color, the scent of fresh mulch and deep dark soil could definitely be acquainted to the scent of cinnamon or fresh holly. My daughter loved it so much that she even took some pictures of the flowers with my iPod.
We are a little spoiled here in Florida, where spring comes early. I know that half the country is still on the chilly side, but there are many happenings to welcome in spring, including garden shows dotting the country. So, if you are looking to fit a little spring into the tail end of your winter, look one up. I know I am looking forward to a few.
If you happen to be looking for a way to water all those plants you are going to buy at the garden shows, we recommend Drip Irrigation & Micro Irrigation, of course. It is the best way to save water in your new garden - and give you more time to enjoy it!
In the past month alone in areas throughout Florida, droughts have had an impact on:
Most people who work in the landscape or gardening industry know about Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation. It's been used in some agricultural areas for over 40 years and is increasingly being used by larger and larger farms and groves for everything from grapes to oranges. This has proven to be a vast improvement on the goals of saving water and wise use of water by the industries that depend on it to survive.
In recent years, large landscape companies have also adopted Micro and Drip Irrigation as a way to water a variety of landscapes, keeping the plants well-nourished and saving 50% or more on water usage. Everywhere you look you can see it, little black stakes in the ground with Micro Sprays hidden behind bushes, Drip Irrigation tubing stretching through landscaped flower beds. With ever-increasing awareness of conservation of water, and the importance of being wise with resources, this trend will continue to improve as time goes on.
All of these things are incredible on their own, but they are just the beginning. Where Drip Irrigation is heading now is into the garden and landscape of the average homeowner. Most homeowners shy away from trying to mess with installing irrigation, for fear that it is too complicated or that they will not do it right and create a disaster that will kill all of their plants. But with droughts at a record high, and the desire of many to establish home gardens, that mentality is quickly changing.
The benefits of using Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation are tremendous. It's not just about not wasting water. The plants get what they need rather than too much water, which can lead to fungus growth and premature rot in the root systems. Also, many areas in the country that are under drought conditions will allow home owners to use low-flow irrigation products in their landscapes and gardens, rather than sprinklers.
Right now, homeowners across the country are realizing the need to use water wisely and are looking to install their own Micro and Drip Irrigation systems . We applaud that - and encourage others to do the same. A difference can be made, one garden and landscape at a time!
Below is a current drought map of the United States. As you can see there are a lot of areas where water is more scarce.
Drip Irrigaiton Is?
Many people have heard of Drip Irrigation, but not everyone knows what it means, where it came from, or how easy it is to implement into your landscapes and gardens. I wanted to write a quick bit about it and share how awesome this method of irrigation can be for your plants.
What is Drip Irrigation?
Drip irrigation is an irrigation method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, Basically, it means that you can control where the water goes - being extremely efficient, effective and environmentally cautious in your plant development.
Where did it come from?
Drip methods of watering plants where water was scarce have been around for centuries - from ancient times where clay pots were filled with water and allowed to seep into the soil to modern methods that involve poly and vinyl tubing and pressure compensated drippers for a specific flow rate for plants. The more modern version of drip was developed after World War II, and it was used in arid climates to grow crops. That method of drip irrigation is very similar to what is used today. With technology leading the way in water conservation, Drip Irrigation is improving constantly, allowing for more water saving and better irrigation of plants then ever. Electronic water timers and soil moisture sensors can be added to drip systems to make them extremely effective at using water with little or no waste, making Drip Irrigation the most environmentally friendly way to irrigate, outside of natural rain storms.
Installing Drip Irrigation?
When most people think of installing irrigation, pictures of long hot hours in the sun, digging ditches, laying pipes in the ground, and using tools to cut, manipulate and arrange them, come to mind. All of that is how underground irrigation is installed. Installing drip irrigation is actually really easy by comparison. For home garden and landscape use, many times all that is required is a faucet hook-up somewhere near where the irrigation is to be laid. This makes installation really fast and efficient for homeowners to set up. The most simple of Mister Landscaper's Drip Irrigation Kits is set up by attaching it to an outdoor faucet like a hose and running a line of poly to the location where the irrigation is needed. The only tool really needed is a pair of scissors, and maybe a small hammer if you have hard ground.
If a homeowner has underground irrigation, it is even easier to install Drip or Micro Irrigation. For instance, one can easily attach adapters to PVC pipes for existing irrigation and then run lines to the areas where they would like to have drip. Most set up of Drip or Micro Irrigation can take less then an hour to do and can save over 50% of the water used in traditional irrigation methods.
So, if you want to save time, save money, water your plants the best way possible, and most importantly save water for generations to come, Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation is the way to go.
Does Mister Landcaper have the best Drip Irrigation on the planet, Well, we think we do.
Have an awesome day!
Everyone spends a great deal of time and energy discussing the environment these days. Global warming, the oceans rising, strange weather events. Very few media events focus a great deal of energy on a much more serious problem, saving fresh water. There are some parts of the United States where droughts are so bad that people are using rain buckets to collect fresh water so they can water their plants when there is no rain because using sprinklers are prohibited.
Water is a precious resource in our environment. All life depends on it. Growing populations and ongoing droughts are running our fresh water resources dry, causing natural habitats to decline and impacting our everyday use of water.
People in industrialized populations should feel obligated to pay more attention to how we are using water, and how we may be wasting it. We must bridge the gap between our understanding of how important water is to our survival and what we can do to ensure that we have an adequate supply of clean water for years to come.
Here are 10 easy and practical tips for thinking "green" by saving the "blue".
1. Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
2. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full, and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.
3. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk and save 80 gallons of water every time.
4. Only water your lawn when needed. You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn. If you leave footprints, it's time to water.
5. When you clean your fish tank, use the water you've drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer.
6. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak. It's easy to fix, and you can save more than 600 gallons a month.
7. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
8. Wash clothes only when you have a full load and save up to 600 gallons each month.
9. When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
10. Choose new water-saving appliances, like washing machines that save up to 20 gallons per load.
For more tips on how to save fresh water in your day-to-day lives, go to http://www.wateruseitwisely.com.
Of course, Mister Landscaper recommends using their products to save water as well. By utilizing Drip Irrigation and Micro Irrigation in your landscapes and gardens, you can save over half the fresh water you use every time you water. Imagine the impact that would make if everyone did that.