Garden

Barry Parker, Resident Orchid Lover

June 20, 2011

Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas - Orchids (a.k.a.orchidaceae) can be found in almost every habitat on Earth, and at least 400 orchid plants can be found in Barry Parker's garden in Lucaya.

Hooked from the time he coaxed a bloom from his Cattleya orchid in the mid-1980's, Barry has since used all of his spare time cultivating his orchid collection.  He has bought some of his orchids from local nurseries, others have been given to him (temporarily) as rescue projects, and he has rescued native Bahamian orchids from certain doom at construction sites.  More than 25 years later, Barry is retired and can devote all of his time to his precious blooms...

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Agriculture kudos for Central Andros High

June 19, 2011

By GLADSTONE THURSTON

Bahamas Information Services

CENTRAL Andros High School's agriculture programme has won the support of Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation in Agriculture (IICA).

"I was very impressed," said BAIC executive chairman Edison M Key. "We can do a lot to support that programme and we have indicated that to them. "If we can see more of these programmes throughout The Bahamas we would be well on the way to producing young men and women who might be the future food producers for The Bahamas."

Mr Key and a BAIC team along with IICA's Bahamas representative Dr Marikis Alvarez visited ...

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Air Layering
Air Layering

March 31, 2011

Take a good look at a large tree. Its size suggests permanence, strength, and invulnerability. Yet the truth is that above ground a tree has a very thin layer between bark and core wood and this thin layer performs the life-sustaining processes that maintain the tree's health and growth.

Go to a shrub and dig into it with your thumbnail and you will see how very thin is this vital cambium layer, within which a tissue called xylem moves water around, and phloem stores and distributes food. Remove this thin layer from a tree, as in girdling, and it will die.

Before it dies it will make every effort to survive. Tissue bridges are networked if there is any cambium layer to work ...

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Shrubs provide beautiful decoration and privacy
Shrubs provide beautiful decoration and privacy

March 24, 2011

Shrubs are among the garden’s most versatile plants as they serve not only as a background to other displays but provide their own varying colors. They also provide beauty and privacy in your garden.

Low growing shrubs: These low and very compact shrubs are very indispensible in a small garden. They fill in and give finish to the taller plants in the garden.

Trimming of plants: These low growing shubs will stand trimming and can be trained as a low hedge or edging.

Disease and insects: A number of these plants are attacked by aphids, white flies, powdery mildew, scale insects, mealy bugs and fungal leaf spots.
Treatment: During the dormant season, spray your trees with Oil of Em ...

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Green homes
Green homes

February 16, 2011

When you think of “going green” when it comes to your home, the first thought is often that it will be costly, and maybe even illegal, in some regards.

Local green-home designer Debby Deal says that these are misplaced fears and that making your home more environmentally friendly is an easier task than most people would believe.

Deal, a builder for the last 28 years and who for the last five has focused on creating green homes, says that “going green” is not just a trend but rather a lifestyle that requires dedication. One of the most significant ways to do this is to furbish your home with building elements that will support green living.

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Five ways to look long and lean
Five ways to look long and lean

February 03, 2011

February is here and you may not have started that workout plan that you promised yourself you would start at the beginning of the year. Fashion to the rescue!

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Former beauty queen answers cries for more closet space
Former beauty queen answers cries for more closet space

February 02, 2011

A former beauty queen has transitioned her talent of showcasing beauty on stage to showcases of another kind — closets.

Alexandra Deal, proprietor of closet organization company Closets Etc, said the idea was born out of a long-standing cry from women all over the world for more closet space.

“There are a lot of male contractors and they don’t see the value of having organization and space,” she said. “My mother is a contractor and from working with her I know this

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Take your curb appeal to new heights
Take your curb appeal to new heights

January 27, 2011

The eagerly anticipated “Horticultural Society of the Bahamas" (HSB) Annual Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, February 5 this year.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bahamas National Trust's headquarters, The Retreat, Village Road opposite Queen’s College.

This year’s event includes participation from the Horticultural Society of Abaco. Plant Sale Chairpersons Sarah Lobosky and Cindy Wilde say that the Abaco Society plans to charter a plane to attend the popular event.

"We are used to people hiring trucks for the event, but hiring a plane is a bit unusual,"

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Plants that will bring color to your garden

January 12, 2011

Bulbs: As far as most gardeners are concerned, bulbs include corms, tubers or rhizomes. These are easy to grow and require little attention. A bulb is a modified shoot with layers of fleshly s cales which are closely folded over each other, and filled with reserve plant foods, including protein, starch or sugar to carry it through the dormant period. Some bulbs suxh as onions, narcissus and tulip have swollen scales that completely envelop the bulb. These are known as scaly bulbs. It should be noted that the parent bulb dies during the course of the seaon, leaving one or two large off-spring bulbs,a nd possibly a few smaller ones. Shallot and garlic produce several off-spring bulbs during the course o ...

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Decorating ideas for the New Year

January 05, 2011

It’s the New Year and just as you spruce up your wardrobe and make New Year’s resolutions, its also the perfect time to treat your home to a decorative facelift as well.

Giselle Andrews, co-proprietor of Decorative Trends home decor store, says that there are a lot of old and new trends to look forward to in the 2011 season that should

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Gardener Jack: Not a gardener
Gardener Jack: Not a gardener

December 29, 2010

Not a gardener but you want to grow some tomatoes you can call your own?

Dig a hole or few in your yard. Fertilise and plant. Use a hybrid variety and water occasionally. That’s all it takes.

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Sweet peppers eggplants
Sweet peppers eggplants

September 28, 2010

SWEET peppers are warm weather lovers so we should get them started as soon as possible. They do well during our mid winters but even better when the conditions are balmy rather than blustery.

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Homegrown vegetables have an unmatched flavor

September 15, 2010

Home grown vegetables have a flavor rarely matched by commercial vegetables. I have received quite a lot of inquiries from young new gardeners and it is my opinion that gardening is becoming a vocation for many. This column is intended to assist in setting up their vegetable garden.

Tools for the new gardener: Vegetable gardens require a great deal more digging and cultivating than flower gardens. Purchase tools that fit your height and weight

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Annuals and perennials make your garden a beautiful space

August 26, 2010

Decorate your garden with annuals and perennials as these plants will provide color and fragrance for the longest period in your garden.

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Yellow poinciana

August 17, 2010

Whenever we come across something new the initial response is to liken it to something we already know.

The pineapple, for instance, was so named when first encountered in the Caribbean by Europeans because of its pine cone-like shape

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