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Dragon flies in the garden

It's wonderful to have a pond and bog garden to attract dragon flies as they are beautiful to watch and they eat mosquitoes. The pond needs to be at least 50 cm deep and would need some tall plants that they will use as a perch. The bog garden would need a damp, muddy area where the females will lay their eggs. They are sensitive to air pollution and poisons, so don't use insecticides. Make sure that you have a bench nearby so that you can sit and watch these beautiful creatures.
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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

This is an audio book written by Florence Williams. "For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.
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The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Ranchers Are Tending the Soil to Reverse Global Warming

This is an audio book by kristin Ohlson. "Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world’s soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet.
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The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

This is an audio book by Thor Hanson. "We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilisations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat.
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The Reason for Flowers:Their history, culture, biology and dhow they change our lives.

This is another audio book, written by Stephen Buchmann. " Flowers and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. Flowers are used to celebrate all occasions, to express love and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy 10 million flowers a day, and perfumes are a worldwide industry worth 30 billion dollars annually. Stephen Buchmann takes us along on an exploratory journey of the role that flowers play in the production of our food, spices, medicines and perfumes while simultaneously bringing joy and health."
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Winter tree pruning tips

Trees need to be pruned to protect against falling branches. If the trees have grown so tall that they are closes to overhead power lines, DO NOT be tempted to prune them. Call your service provider to do the job. Thinning out the crown of the tree allows more light and air flow. Remove all diseased branches and dead ones. To encourage height remove all the lower branches. Stand back and look at the shape of the tree and decide if there are any other unsightly branches that need to be removed.
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Indigenous groups of waterwise plants

There are several ways that plants are adapted to being waterwise. 1.Succulents are the first to come to mind. Consider plants like Aloes, Bulbine, Cotyledons, Portulacarya and Crassula families. 2. Some plants have a wax layer which prevents transpiration. Think of Grewia occidentalis and Jasminum multipartitum. 3. Families of small, needle-like leaves like the Agathosma, Coleonema and The Erica species. 4. Bulbs like Cyrtanthus, Scadoxus, Gladiolus, Gloriosa and those with tuberous roots like Kniphofia, Crinums and Dietes.
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Caring for your New Garden

Keep all exposed soil well mulched to minimize water and nutrient loss by the sun. The mulch (3-5cm of leaves, dried grass cuttings and soft plant material) eventually turns into compost as an added bonus. Do not till the beds. It disturbs the beneficial micro-organisms of the soil. Loosen slightly if compacted after applying fertilizer and slightly dig in the yearly dose of compost if still warm. For the first month, water daily and water trees deeply twice a week. After that, generally water less frequently,
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Indigenous plants for Rooftop Gardens

There are many advantages of green roofs other than just looking good. They help to stop the rain gushing down and therefor stop storm water runoff as well as keeping the building cooler indoors. The benefit to humans and animals is that the plants process the carbon dioxide from vehicles and produce oxygen, without which we would not live. They retard fires and help to reduce both noise and air pollution. Once planted up, they will require watering or irrigation until such time as the plants have established themselves.
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