The history of garden design dates back to 1500 BC. The earliest evidence of horticulture and landscaping is in the form of Egyptian tomb paintings depicting lotus ponds surrounded by symmetrical rows of acacias and palms. The famous Hanging gardens of Babylon were known as one of the wonders of the world. Temple gardens contained vegetables and herbs that were considered sacred. In the middle age, sophisticated herb garden designs and horticulture techniques were developed by monasteries. Monks grew medicinal herbs and treated the sick fellow monks and the community who were suffering from ailments with these healing herbs. The wealthy Romans built villas with water cascades, topiary, rose and shaded arcades. Much of the present modern herb garden design is influenced and inspired by the intricate, traditional Persian, Zen and Italian Renaissance gardens.
Your herb garden design should reflect the inspiration and theme. Herb garden may be one of the various design styles and techniques brought out below:
Knot Herb Garden Design
Knot gardens are symmetrically-designed gardens using geometric patterns with fantastic view obtained from trimming the plants in a knotted shape. It requires constant grooming and keeping the defined shapes by the precise pruning of edges. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you want to be more environmentally conscious? Then buy LED lights and live a greener lifestyle! You may underestimate the impact that just making a small change to the type of lights that you use will have, but you would be surprised. A large part of trying to be ‘greener’ means using less electricity, and if you want to do that, your best option is to go with LED lights. Of course, the rules of trying to use less electricity still apply, but when you do have to keep the lights on for a long time, you will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of electricity that LED’s will allow you to save.
LED’s are very good for saving electricity because they burn a lot cooler than normal light bulbs do. Normal bulbs use a lot of electricity because when they burn, they emit a lot of heat, which, of course, requires a lot of electricity in order to sustain. LED’s do not emit any heat because they do not burn a gas of any kind. They are purely electrical and also low frequency which makes them the ideal elements to counteract the massive amounts of electricity that you use on a daily basis when turning on your lights.
The other thing about LED’s is the fact that they are long lasting. They have insanely long lives and are all made like that, no matter what colour you get. This makes them better for most home applications as well, because you do not need to put a lot of them in your home, and you hardly ever need to replace them. Read the rest of this entry »