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Add Some Decorative and Visually Appealing Elements to Your Vegetable Garden!

Choose some decorative items to add to your vegetable garden.

Vegetable gardens don’t have to be plain or ugly. Make your garden space more attractive by adding a few of these items.

1. Fencing. Split rail or wrought iron fencing can be added as borders around the garden or as features in it. They also double as a great support for beans, grapes, and many other edibles to grow on.

2. Bird bath. You may or may not want to add these to your garden. They are nice to look at, but if you are concerned about attracting more birds to your garden (especially if you have berry plants) then you may not want to add one of these. Bird baths can make great planters for certain vegetables and herbs if you want to add something a little bit different to your garden, and use it for something other than its intended purpose.

3. Arbor. Adding an arbor to your garden is one sure way to add some aesthetic appeal. Try landscaping around your arbor with planters, landscape stones, mulch, crushed stone, etc. to really make it stand out. Arbors can be great for grapes and other plants to grow on. Also, a few sunflowers planted around an arbor looks really cool.

4. Pathways. I like to have pathways made out of mulch, crushed stone, or landscape stones in my garden. You can create some very cool patterns and designs in your garden using pathways.

5. Raised beds. Raised beds are great to plant vegetables in (many vegetables thrive in a raised bed), and they look great. Adding multiple levels to your garden (especially if it’s a flat piece of land) will break up the visual monotony and draw your eyes to different specific areas of the garden. Raised beds can be as ornate or simple as you desire and can be built from wood or landscape blocks.

6. Bird feeders. These always look great hanging around your garden and may help to keep the birds away from your berry plants. One tip I have when using bird feeders is to keep them stationed away from any plants that birds like to bother.

7. Fountain. Fountains can be very attractive to look at but typically require a good deal of maintenance and upkeep. However, when they are clean and running well they really add another element to your property.

8. Other planting techniques. There are many types of planting techniques that can add visual appeal to your garden. Raised beds (mentioned above), mound gardening, pole bean tepees (found here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5884338_build-pole-bean-tepee.html ) and upside down tomato planters (found here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5884368_easily-upside-down-tomato-planter.html ) are just some of the interesting gardening strategies you can employ.

Planning Walkways in Your Landscape

Walkways are a great way to enhance the look and safety of the outside of your home, and incorporating them into your landscape design plans is easy. But there are several things you should keep in mind when planning walkways for the outside of your home.

For one thing, take a look at the outside of your home and observe the natural paths that you and your family use on a regular basis. You want to be sure to have your new walkways installed along those paths since those are the ones your family is already used to using. That way, when planning your new landscape design, you don’t have to worry about breaking your family of any bad habits of walking through your flower beds since there will now be a walkway where they are used to walking.

Keep in mind that any curves or steps you have installed in your walkway will probably add to the landscape design and installation costs. If you really have your heart set on some steps or a fancy curve, make sure you budget for that and recognize that this could drive up how much you end up paying. If you are working within a tight budget, keep the walkway as straight as possible.

However, if the walkway needs to slope more than 10% or so, then a curve or some steps will probably be a necessary part of your landscape design. And sometimes steps or curves in a walkway can look a little boring, so you can enhance the look of the walkway by adding flowers or other landscaping elements to the curve or steps. This will make it more pleasant for you and your guests to look at and walk past.

In this day and age, decorative and stamped concrete are more popular than ever. Thanks to advances in technology and methods of installing concrete, you can get pretty creative with decorative concrete these days. You can make your walkways quite interesting and eye-catching if you have them made out of decorative or stamped concrete. But the more intricate the concrete, the more it will cost, so be sure to budget accordingly for that in your landscape design as well.

After your new walkways have been installed, you might want to look into having small shrubs or flowers planted along the edge of the walkways. Just keep in mind that you do not want to plant anything that will grow too tall. Try to keep those plants to around two feet high or shorter so they do not overwhelm the walkway or cause people to feel too crowded. Plus, smaller and less imposing plants will make it easier for you to carry groceries and other items into your home. You won’t have to worry about knocking into the plants and damaging them.

Finally, try to plant a variety of plants and flowers along your walkway, and try to find ones that bloom throughout the year. That way, you and your loved ones always have something pretty to look at when walking in and out of your home.

Outdoor Decor and Camping Lights

Home d├ęcor, as well as outdoor lighting, and lights for camping and other vacations have been improving technologically at a rapid pace. From camping lanterns to outdoor lighting for your home, many considerations must be made by the individual making the purchase. Whether you want keep up with all of the latest technology is one matter to keep in mind.

It is actually amazing that we have defined sound theories that prove the rapid increase of technological ability in the future. It is an often welcome surprise of the electronic age that we know, but it makes current technological equipment predictably obsolete. How do we get around that? That means that you will have to replace your laptop, ipod, computer, and even your outdoor lighting on a consistent basis. This is true especially if you want to be more efficient with your use of electricity and are aware of its effects on the environment.

So firstly, consider the look of your landscaping and the lighting that will create the ambiance you desire. Then consider cost verses rising technological advances. How soon will you need to replace your lights? Which lights are more cost-efficient? Which lights, such as outdoor furnaces, heaters etc, will be obsolete sooner and which will last longer for you?

Some people choose to purchase outdoor yard, garden, or patio heaters that use a lot of electric power and will probably become more cost-efficient (as well as efficient overall) in a couple of years. If you have a new, high quality camping lantern that you are thinking of buying, consider how much room you have to carry it, as well as how much light it will provide. You may want to choose a smaller size of a camping or outdoor table lantern. Batteries as opposed to gas operated outdoor furniture or equipment, as well as taller or shorter lights, larger or smaller lights, or the amount of light provided and the amount of time that (if portable) the lights will work. Some people have problems with the noise level of outdoor lighting equipment. Because of modern technology, there are many kinds of lighting equipment and accessories for a quieter source of light.

Someone should also (and especially) consider the safety of the lights they choose. For example: there are outdoor furnaces that are unlikely to cause problems, they are virtually as safe as fire pits. The most important thing to remember is to pour water over the ashes. Sometimes this kind of outdoor fire place or furnace will safely go out on its own. There are also many furnaces with glass doors you can close tightly when you go indoors, ensuring significantly less risk of fire.

These kinds of outdoor lighting equipment are so old-fashioned that they are unlikely to become obsolete. They will continue to work the same as always and effectively as always. Therefore, consider outdoor furnaces when you look around for outdoor lighting. Try LED lighting as well. Have LED lights, as backup lights, is a great idea. As a matter of fact, LED lighting outdoors (as long as you do not need bright light) is wonderful. It will be long lasting and great for the environment. Nonetheless, there are many different kinds of outdoor lighting products to choose from on the market right now.