How to Grow Sunflowers: Classic Sunflowers and Popular Varieties. Sunflowers are well-loved flowers that bloom all summer. Their cheerful faces brighten the garden. They come in different colors from traditional sunny yellow to dark shades of ruby and claret red. And other varieties can also come in orange, gold, and brownish tones. Sunflowers are drought tolerant, resistant to pests, and attractive to pollinators and birds. Their large flowers make beautiful bouquets, and their seeds are a great source of food for birds and people. So, if you have considered growing sunflowers in your garden, we have growing and care tips that will keep your sunflowers healthy and strong. Types of Sunflowers The classic sunflower goes by the botanical name of Helianthus annuus. The petals are bright yellow, and the large circular center (where the seeds form) is dark brown. There are many varieties (or cultivars) of this classic sunflower. These include mammoth sunflower, … [Read more...] about How to Grow Sunflowers
How does solar power work? In just one hour, the sun delivers more energy to our planet than the entire population uses in a year. We are just beginning to scratch the surface of solar power potential. As solar panels pop up across the US, more and more people are wondering how they work. Will installing panels on your home save you money? Or benefit the environment? The simple answer to both questions is yes. But let’s slow down a bit and first look at the basic process of creating solar energy. In a Nutshell: How Does Solar Power Work The answer to the question "How does solar power work?" begins with solar panels. Most solar panels are made of two layers of silicon. One layer has silicon plus a material that will create a negative charge, and the other layer has silicon plus a material that will create a positive charge. When the silicon layers are activated by sunlight, the opposing charges in the layers form an electric field. The … [Read more...] about How Does Solar Power Work?
These 2022 Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers are Battery Powered. They Offer Impressive Cutting Power with Quiet, Instant-Start Motors. The best cordless electric lawn mowers can now go head-to-head with gas mowers in performance. These new battery powered mowers also offer environmental advantages and quiet motors that won’t wake up the neighbors. According to the EPA, one gasoline-powered lawn mower running for one hour produces the same amount of air pollution as 11 new cars running for an hour. That’s a lot of toxic emissions. If you are tired of the noise and pollution created by an old-fashioned gasoline powered mower, now is a great time to go electric. You might also be tired of running out of gas for your mower. Or wrestling with an engine that refuses to start. If so, you are going to love the latest battery powered cordless electric lawn mowers. A New Generation of Rechargeable Batteries A battery powered mower is only as good as its batteries. … [Read more...] about Best Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers
The “perfect garden” is simple. It’s the garden you imagine with vegetables or flowers or a mix of both. It’s the garden in a size and location and design that suits your needs and wants. In reality, the perfect garden is where, how and when you want it – because there is no right or wrong way to garden. There is only your way. There are, however, ways to make it more perfect in terms of success so your time, energy and money are put to good use. Here are 5 tips for the “perfect garden,” all gleaned from my decades of successes and failures and training as a Virginia Master Gardener and horticulture student. For more specific tips about vegetable gardening, read How to Start a Victory Garden 2.0. Tips for a Perfect Garden Perfect Garden Tip 1: Know your zone. When I first started gardening in southeastern Virginia, I lived in USDA cold hardiness Zone 7. Tender plants were likely to freeze and die in a typical winter that often dipped below 32 degrees. Oh, my, how … [Read more...] about 5 Tips to Grow the Perfect Garden