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{by Reader’s Digest Magazine,

From All-Season Guide to Gardening

If you have a spacious, airy sunroom, conservatory or glazed porch, you can grow a variety of potted fruits, including figs, citrus and grapes. Apricots and peaches often crop earlier and better under cover than outdoors, although they benefit from spending the warm summer months out in the garden, as do most types of fruit trees and shrubs.

With the exception of strawberries, most fruit-producing plants are trees or shrubs that need a deep and nutritious root run, so choose containers that are at least 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter and a little more in depth. As plants grow, move them into larger pots or small tubs. You can also root prune them each year to maintain a convenient size. Alternatively, for mature plants, remove just the top layer of soil in the pot and replace this with fresh compost each spring.

In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.

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{1.} Figs

All varieties fruit more heavily if their roots are confined to a large pot, but Negro Largo does particularly well as a houseplant. A temperature range of 55 to 65°F (13 to 18°C) can limit the mature size of the plant, but it may still be necessary to prune in summer and winter to control exuberant growth. Set in a well-lit spot away from direct sun, and feed the plant sparingly two or three times in the growing season.

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{2.} Peaches and Nectarines

Natural or genetically dwarf varieties such as bonanza (peach) and nectarella (nectarine) can be grown as short standards on 30-inch (75 cm) stems. Keep them indoors in a well-lit, sunny position in temperatures of 50 to 55°F (10 to 13°C) until fruit sets, when they will require higher temperatures of 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C). Ventilate freely in warm weather.

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{3.} Strawberries

Alpine strawberries in pots on a sunny windowsill will fruit almost continuously from early summer until mid-autumn. Large-fruited strawberries will also do well, and are especially valuable when forced to produce early fruit. To stimulate early strawberries, pot up plants in autumn in 5- to 6-inch (13 to 15 cm) pots and leave in a well-lit room. The plants should develop edible crops from late spring onwards, after which they can be discarded or planted out in the garden to grow on.

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{4.} Apricots

Compact varieties such as Shipleys and Goldcot on semi-dwarfing St Julien A rootstocks are highly productive in pots, especially if they are trained against a sunny conservatory wall. For apricots, use a soil-less potting compost over plenty of drainage material. To ensure fruit, hand pollinate by transferring pollen from one flower to another with a paintbrush.

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{5.} Grapes

A vine provides shade and looks ornamental trained up walls and across the roof of a conservatory. Ventilate freely to prevent mildew spoiling the fruit. Each winter, shorten the sideshoots back to two buds.

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{6.} Mulberries

This slow-growing tree is ideal for a large pot. For tasty fruits that ripen in early summer, grow the black mulberry Morus nigra Chelsea in bright, indirect light in a well-ventilated spot, at 55 to 70°F (13 to 21°C).

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{7.} Cape Gooseberries

The cape gooseberry (Physalis pruinosa) and ground cherry (P. angulata) both make bushy pot plants, with small, tomato-like, white flowers and cherry-size, yellow or red fruits in papery husks. They are very prolific when grown in large pots, 1 foot (30 cm) or more across, in direct sunlight near a window.

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{8.} Dwarf Pomegranate

For pot cultivation, choose the small Punica granatum var. nana, which grows only 3 feet (90 cm) high and often produces its conspicuous scarlet flowers while relatively immature. Attractive miniature fruits follow in early autumn but seldom ripen. Plenty of ventilation and sunlight are needed, especially in late summer and autumn.





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14 Creative & Unique Fish Bowl Designs via [thepetcentral]

Each different variation is a masterpiece, and is sure to be a
conversation starter. Fish bowls just got a new, fabulous modern look.
These definitely are not your average fish bowls; Fun, unique designs
can be found for every taste.

1. Roger Arguer Fish Bowls

If you’re looking for a trendy, fun new way to display fish, a Roger
Arguer fish bowl
is a must-have! From the double-bowl design,
to the fish bowl/vase, this whole collection is filled with fish
bowls you’ve never imagined!

fish-bowl1Designer : Roger Arquer

2. Portable Fishbowl

Carry your beloved goldfish with you everywhere you go!  Now you can
go with this new portable fish bowl designed by Michal
Shabtiali.

This sleek new bowl complete with carrying handle is sure to get you
and your goldfish buddy noticed without a doubt! You won’t find
another fish bowl like this one. Dogs aren’t the only ones who can be
carted around in style anymore!

fish-bowl2Designer : Michal
Shabtiali

3. LED Earth Globe Aquarium

This LED Earth Globe Aquarium is not only a
fishbowl, but a decorative light as well. The bowl sits on a four-legged
stand. In the dark, it turns into a cool electric blue map of the
earth; it projects a really neat shadow, too.

The electric blue color is really cool as far as lighting goes, and
it’s the perfect size to sit on a tabletop or an end table. We all
know LED’s are energy savers, and at around fifty bucks, this is a
really affordable, unique fish bowl.

fish-bowl3Buy at : Wrapables

4. O Aquarium/Vase

The O Aquarium/Vase is an elegant, classy fish bowl if there ever
was one. Its vase within a fish bowl design allows you not only to
display your favorite fish but your favorite plants as well.

This is actually a really natural, modern, decorative piece that
just happens to double as a fish bowl and a vase! The
clean, clear glass is beautiful in its simplicity and its display of
Mother Nature. Fish can be placed in the vase bowl, or in the outer
bowl, or both.

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5.   Hanging Fish Bowl

If you’re looking for a more fun, creative way to display your fish
than just a plain old fish bowl sitting on a table, then this hanging
fish bowl
is exactly what you need.

You can hang it anywhere you choose; it’s about five inches bottom
to top and holds around one gallon of water.The hanging fish bowl is a
fun, decorative piece that really adds color and life to any room, not
to mention it’s sure to be the centerpiece of any room.

This is definitely a unique way to show off your fish, and for about
thirty bucks, it’s a great bargain!

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6.   Savoy vase Fish Bowl

The Savoy vase fish bowl is a high class way to display your fish.
The Alvar Aalto Savoy vase is unique and original in
its design and shape. Used as a fish bowl, it’s a modern, classy look
that’s sure to turn more than a few heads.You won’t find any other fish
bowl out there.

This vase slash fish bowl can also be used simply to display your
favorite plant life and still looks classy. The added color of the fish
and/or plants draws even more attention to this already attractive
vase. Who would have thought fish could be so exciting?

fish-bowl6Designer: Joel

7.   Rollercoaster Aquarium

The rollercoaster aquarium offers a way for you to
display your fish and your favorite plants. This double-bowl design
offers a large area for your fish to swim, play, and hide. Two cups are
located at the top of the aquarium where you can place plants or store
fish food, whichever suits your preferences.

This rollercoaster aquarium was made by Isabelle Leiins iL
Studio
. It’s not only an aquarium, but a natural, modern
decorative piece that adds life and a splash of color to any home. This
is a great alternative to a plain old one dish fish bowl.

fish-bowl7Designer : Leijn

8.   Cat Fish Bowl

This could possibly be one of the cutest
variations of a fish bowl ever. The cute cat design of this bowl is
adorable. Your fish will get a kick out of swimming around in a bowl
designed after one of its worst enemies! The cat fish bowl
is a fun way to display your fish.

Its design is clean and simple. It’s a fantastic variation of the
round fish bowl we all know.

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9.   Speedfish Bowl

If you’re into racing, or if you love creative fish bowls, you’ve
got to see this speedfish bowl. Complete with twists and turns and even a
checkered flag, it’s reminiscent of a race car track, so your fish
can race away to their hearts’ content.

No more boring old fish bowls.The speedfish bowl is just one of the
latest creative, unique designs to update fish bowls into modern
looking, fun, decorative pieces.

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10.   1984 Fish Bowl

Here is a fresh, creative variation of a fish bowl from Danny
Cheung, named 1984 Fishbowl. It is made of porcelain, but it has three
rather large domed portholes that add intrigue to this fish bowl.

Each porthole is of different size with varying degrees of
concaveness to each dome.These features create an asymmetric shape that
peaks the curiosity not only of the fish, as they offer varying
degrees of magnification that humans are intrigued by.

The opaque porcelain outer part of the bowl even offers a hideaway
for the shy fish. Since each porthole is unique, they offer a varying
degree of magnification, which add just another cool effect to the 1984
Fishbowl, which, by the way, was inspired by and named after the novel
‘1984’ written by George Orwell.

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Designer : Danny Cheung

11.   Joe Doucet Fish Bowl

Joe Doucet has designed a brand new fish bowl that incorporates real
plant life to make the fish truly feel at home. This cool new creation
has a separate, inner bowl in which you can plant any sort of flower
or plant life to add color and an even more natural fish bowl.

Since the inner bowl is separate, you can plant whatever you want
and it will not harm the fish, but make it seem like the fish’s natural
habitat. Doucet’s design is not only pleasing to the fish, but its
sleek, clean design is very modern and aesthetically pleasing as well.

fish_bowl11Designer :  Joe Doucet

12 .   Biorb Fish Tank

If you’re looking for a sleek, modern take on a fish bowl for your
goldfish, then check out the biOrb goldfish bowl collection. Talk about
modern, the LED lights included in this collection automatically
change to project varying stages of the day like sunrise, sunset, to
make the fish feel as though they are in their natural habitat.

Each fish bowl is made of acrylic, and you can choose from piano
black, chili red, and ice white. The BiOrb fish tank comes in various
sizes ranging from thirty to sixty liters, priced from £209-269.

fish-bowl12

Product Page :
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13.    Air 1 Aquarium

The Air 1 Aquarium is a sleek new take on aquarium furniture from
French designer Amaury Poudray and Pierre Pigna, a glass craftsman.
These two worked together to create this aquarium masterpiece.

The aquarium itself is a long, oval shaped container set atop a
narrow steel frame. To some, the bowl may seem like it’s floating in
mid-air. This piece is not only a creative, original take on an
aquarium, but the delicate design is really a piece of art.

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Designer  : Amaury Poudray

14.    Fish Shaped Fish Bowl

Let your fish swim around in its own likeness! This
fish-shaped fish bowl is a creative, fun way to display your goldfish
with pride. And the actual bowl is really cool, too, as it
unexpectedly has intricate details on the tail and fins that add shine
to the whole bowl.

This fish bowl is sure to be a conversation piece, not to mention a
great home for your goldfish. You can get this cool bowl in medium,
large, and extra large size.

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