A primer on aloes

A little background on aloes The aloes are a genus of flowering succulents in the Liliaceae group, numbering about 400 species in all. They are native to the African continent, and also the outliers such as Madacascar. They have leaves…
How to remove a tree stump – an account

This is an adaptation of “How to remove a tree stump.” It describes how a man removed a big tree stump in front of his house using his bare hands. Well almost. It’s a little hilarious, but there are some…
Country Living magazine not just for women

For a magazine that combines home living, indoor decor, and outdoor gardening pursuits, one of the better magazines is the Country Living magazine. It also talks about antiques, cooking, and crafting; topics that will surely benefit homemakers, and people who…
Tending to apple trees

Apple trees are deciduous in nature, and in general thrive best in areas with mild winters and sunny weather for much of the year. It doesn’t like to be squeezed into tight areas with only a little space to spare,…
Improving drainage by creating a raised bed

Efficient drainage is one of the important concepts in gardening, yet continues to be only vaguely understood by many gardeners. If your garden acts up in the drainage side of things, you’ll probably end up with a war zone of…
What I like about bamboo plants

I like bamboo plants, both for decorative purposes, and also its significance in culture, especially in the East. I find bamboo beautiful and evocative, and there are so many forms and varieties of bamboo that you could never run out…
Some hillside landscaping tips

It’s easy to understand why it’s nice to own a home in the hills. The panoramic views from the top make the cost worthwhile to own a plot of land on a hill. But landscaping-wise, it’s a challenge. Hilly terrain…
Wooing the birds with window bird feeders

Birds are one of the delights of any garden, but getting the birds to come to a garden can be a challenging, but at the same time, rewarding pastime. I know of many people who like birds, and feeding the…
Herb gardening: Indoors or outdoors?

Many kinds of herbs that do well indoors, will also do well outdoors, and vice versa. This is one of the great things about herb gardening – herbs are easily grown because they don’t have large requirements, and they can…
Tree and stump removal

If you plan on buying a home that is located in wooded country, proper tree removal is surely going to be the first issue to crop up. Here, I won’t list down the benefits of living near to the trees,…