Iris bulbs and how to divide them

A variety of Iris had been planted on the farm I grew up on. They were tucked in the back of the house in a small garden. Each year they grew and spread. But as with any perennial plant or bulb they needed to be divided to produce the best flowers. Being an heirloom variety of Iris I have not been able to find this plant in the varieties they sell today.

Other than needing divided the iris the seemed to require little care. As long as they received plenty of sun and had fresh soil or compost they thrived. I guess this is why the Iris stays a favorite flower of mine. It might also be they have a delicate look and blend in well with other flowers in the landscape. They also add to any cut flower arrangement.

If you’re looking to add the iris to your plant varieties here is additional information that may help you select a true iris.

Iris is the name of a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Iridaceae. The various Iris species have showy and beautiful flowers, which make them popular in gardens and in floral arrangements.

The name Iris is derived from the Latin name for rainbow. This fits the flower well since Iris flowers exist in an abundance of color variations. The term Iris in not only used to describe the genus, it is also the common name for the comprised species.

Sometimes similarly looking showy flowering species from related genera is also called Iris flowers. Freesias are such a variety. Freesias are more delicate and are a wonderful indoor plant.

Iris plants will last for year and when divided will give you more plants for your landscape or plants to trade with fellow gardeners.

Clean Your Pond And Control Algae Naturally

Guest writer: Roland Stockwell

If you want to clean pond algae and develop algae control naturally you need to investigate the various options that you have. Not all products will clean pond algae or other green organic material with the same gentle and natural manner. Some offer harsh chemicals which kill the algae but also harm the ecosystem of the pond.

In order to develop algae control naturally and create a clean pond you want a product that can break down the organic material of algae sludge. For most green organic material, this doesn’t have to be a harsh chemical process. An alga is created in standing water because the water lacks oxygenation and filtration. Algae aren’t eradicated through harsh treatments in nature.

The product you use will have to be nontoxic. Whether you have fish in your pond or it is a natural environment for frogs, chances are there are wild and domesticated animals drinking from the water. Even if you are just treating a small fish pond there are squirrels, raccoons, and probably a few neighborhood cats taking the occasional nip of water.

If you take the time to clean pond algae and develop and maintain algae control naturally, you will end up saving a fortune and keeping the water’s longevity at its peak. It can be costly and time consuming to consistently deal with poor quality water.

Remember that if you are using tap water to replace the pond water that you may very well find you need treatment for algae no matter how often you replace it.

Environmental factors play a large role in keeping your pond free from algae. You don’t want to use any product that could harm the environment, the life inside the pond, or the ground surrounding the pond. Natural products that keep your water fresh and extend the life of your pond are essential to the water’s longevity and the pond’s health.

Roland Stockwell likes writing about natural products. To find some quality products for pond algae control or take care of other problems like fountain algae, visit a natural water treatment supplier’s site now.

Build An Outdoor Pond In Just One Day

Guest writer: Micheal Weskey

Before you start your own backyard pond, it’s best to get used to building one first. Don’t worry if it sounds difficult – this outline will have you building and finishing a pond in just one day.

Yup, you read that right. All it takes is one day.

Starting Small

You’re probably thinking, “What is a starter pond?” Put simply, it’s a trial pond project that allows you to get used to building a pond. This is especially helpful to first time pond builders who haven’t a clue as to what kind of pond to build and what they need to build it.

Now, the idea of the starter pond is that you should keep things small. As Mel Gibson said in The Patriot, “Aim small, miss small.” If you limit the size of the pond, you also limit the things that could go wrong. With that in mind, you’ll be able to judge just how big your starter pond should be.

Tools and Equipment

You’ll need to prepare some tools and equipment for your starter pond. It may not be as complicated as some other construction projects, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. There are some tools and implements that you absolutely must have to successfully accomplish this project.

Obviously, the first thing you need is some sturdy digging tools. Whatever kind of pond you’re building, you’re going to be digging a lot.

If you don’t want to use a pond shell, flexible liner will do the job. Canvas is a popular choice, although you should check out what else is on sale at your local pond supply store.

It will help you a lot if you mark the location of your pond before you start digging. You can do this easily with a garden hose or a few cans of spray paint. Indicate the size and shape of your starter pond on the ground so you know exactly where to dig.

Pond pumps and filters are a must for any home pond. A filtration system keeps your pond water clean, saving you a lot of maintenance work. Just remember that the equipment needs electricity. You may need to install a power source near your pond, preferably somewhere out of sight so it doesn’t disturb the look of your pond.

The Starter Pond Building Procedure

To sum things up, these are the steps in making your one-day pond.

1. Make a pond plan.

2. Mark your pond’s shape with a garden hose or spray paint.

3. Dig the hole for your pond.

4. Put in the pre-made pond shell or pond liner.

5. Install the pump, filter and tubes that will cycle your pond’s water.

6. Fill the pond with water.

7. Plug the pump and filter to the nearest power source.

And that’s all there is to it! Don’t expect anything fancy though, this is just a starter pond after all. If you want to make it look good, go ahead and add plants and fish. But remember that this is just practice for making your real, full-blown pond project.

Learn more about Pond Building. Visit Michael W.’s site where you can find out all about building an outdoor pond, with practical tips, tutorials and inspiration.

Recycling tip for container gardening

I enjoy recycling materials in gardening when I can. The money I save on gardening supplies can be put toward new plants and seeds.

This week in my garden recycling projects I picked up garden pots, some of which will need repaired. With all the perennial plants I start I need all the containers I can find.

As I was looking for directions of how to repair a plastic pot I came across this use for old Pepsi and coke crates. These crates being made of plastic will hold up to weather and water and could be used for years.

What I enjoyed the most about this you tube was the use of the crates for proper drainage and the way this man has created waist high garden beds in his back yard by recycling items.

Many people cannot bend down to garden because of back or kneed injuries. This you tube may give you ideas on how to set up a raised bed or waist high garden area.

It also reminded me of the need for proper plant drainage for healthy insect free plants and garden crops. In my clay based garden soil proper drainage is always a concern.

I can also see these being used in a greenhouse or potting shed.

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