Introduction: Keeping Freshwater Clams In Aquariums


Clams (bivalves) are wonderful additions to the aquarium. Undue to popular belief, they are not difficult to keep successfully in a properly maintained and aged home aquarium.

Freshwater Clam Care

Freshwater Clam Care

Clams are filter feeders meaning they acquire life-sustaining nutrients by filtering the water around them. In most home aquariums, there are not enough proper suspended particles throughout the water in order to sustain the bivalve’s life. In cases such as these, the clams require supplemental feeding or they will starve.

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Waterlily Root and Blossom Sautee


For a different take on supper, try whipping up this delightful, saucy mixture of waterlily roots, blossoms and your choice of fresh veggies! Avoid using the species N. tuberosa as it is considered poisonous.

Water Lily White

One pound cooked, sliced chicken breast

½-1 pound water lily (N. odorata) or lotus roots

Several unopened water lily blossoms

Carrots

½-cup walnuts

1-tablespoon soy sauce

1-tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2-tablespoons sugar or brown sugar

2-tablespoons lime, orange or lemon juice

2 cups water

Basil to taste

Butter for sautéing

Chili powder to taste

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Cut the water lily roots and carrots into ¼ to 1/2 inch thick slices. Sauté the roots, blossoms and carrots in butter until tender. In a bowl, mix the water, soy sauce, sugar, juice, vinegar, basil, chili powder, salt and pepper. Add this mixture the walnuts and the cooked chicken to the pan. Simmer until the sauce reduces and begins to thicken. Serve over wild or white rice.

Ideas for Landscaping Acreage


Having acreage presents nearly as many problems as it does gardening opportunities. Careful planning like walking through your property during every season prevents gardening failure for this large undertaking. This will allow you to see any seasonal problems that could arise. Potential problems include summer dry sites that remain wet during the winter and spring, heavy pest animal activity or even pollution from roads such as salt spray in the winter. After your evaluation is over, you may decide to turn a portion of your land into something for charity. Even a little used corner of land can help a lot of people or animals.

Landscaping Acreage Ideas

Community Garden

Opening your land to other people brings with it the risk of lawsuits. It is a good idea to contact an attorney and discuss potential problems before proceeding further. Providing this service to the community brings people together while feeding the masses food they have all helped to grow. If having strangers on your land is more than you are ready for try donating the food you grow to churches, homeless shelters, and food kitchens. If you plant heirloom vegetables, fruits and flowers, save the seeds for future use. They can also be given or traded to other community gardens.

Animal Rescue

For those who have a big heart and love animals, an animal rescue is another idea for acreage. Such causes may require permits so thorough legal research is suggested. Rescue work is costly when food, medications and other factors as addressed. After deciding on the animals you wish to rescue, it is a good idea to set aside a part of your land for providing food for them. This in itself will cut rescue costs. If birds are being helped you can grow most, if not all of their food yourself through grasses, flowers and fruit and nut trees. For those with strong stomachs and that have chosen to save carnivores, you can raise your own meat in the form of fish, chicken and even goats. If properly planned a small portion of acreage can feed several hungry mouths. Building a pest proof storage barn will help to ensure seed and grain harvests are good throughout the winter. Freeze meat animals slaughtered during the warm parts of the year.

Animal Rescue Food Charity

If rescuing animals is too involved for your tastes, you can still contribute by growing foods for other charities. The cost of keeping one elephant is around one thousand dollars a month. Even small donations of fruit and vegetables are helpful to charity owners. If you have enough land, you can grow enough variety to feed several species a month.

How to Grow Waterlilies


A simple to follow tutorial on the care and culture of waterlilies (Nymphaea).

Water Lily White

Waterlilies are a sun loving aquatic plant; to ensure good bloom set and continuing flushes of flowers make certain each plant receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. Water lily roots prefer nutrient rich clay based soils in order for the plants to grow to their maximum beauty.

A good fertilizer for blooming aquatic plants should then be applied as per label instructions. Fertilizer tablets buried beneath the soil in the water lily pot will help prevent algae blooms from the excess nitrogen run off from some liquid fertilizers. As always, make sure the fertilizers chosen are fish safe before using.

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How to Make a Bog Garden


Creating a gorgeous oasis in a mud puddle is an easy task if planned out accordingly. Bog gardens can be as simple as a small mud filled pit to as extravagant as a creation with waterfalls and koi ponds attached. Bog gardens can be useful in addition to being beautiful; they can turn a smelly wet area into a beautiful blooming garden.

Future Bog Garden?

Finding and Preparing a Site for a Bog Garden

If an area that stays consistently wet can be located, this would be a good place to add a bog garden. The amount of sun the garden needs depends on the types of plants one chooses to incorporate. Generally, blooming plants like more sun than foliage plants; make sure to check the plants’ growing conditions before locating a spot for the bog garden.

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How to Create a Miniature Fairy Garden


A simple tutorial on creating a beautiful, long lived miniature fairy garden. A great project for both kids and adults alike!

Unfinished Miniature Fairy Garden

Supplies for Creating a Miniature Fairy Garden

* A decorative or plain terracotta dish.

* Well draining, good quality potting soil.

* Slow release fertilizer

* Silica (water) crystal (optional – but recommended)

* Small leafed plants (try looking for weeds in your lawn!)

* Bonsai tree (optional but recommended)

Planting the Miniature Fairy Garden

After adding potting soil to the desired depth start placing the plants in an appealing manner. There really is no wrong way to do it; but staggering different heights really makes the garden seem more “real”. Even weeds from a person’s yard can seem like a unique centerpiece plant in a small miniature garden.

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