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Planet Earth is rich in various wonderful plants that have amazing properties. The Amazon jungle is famous for chocolate, cabbage and milk trees, African savannas - for melon, bottle, bread and even tulip trees. However, for our regions, all this is a distant exotic.

Russian gardeners are proud of their unique plant - barberry, which is popularly called "caramel" or "candy tree".

The shrub has long been revered for its medicinal properties. Almost all parts of this magnificent plant have them.

Tinctures of stems, bark and roots were used to stop severe bleeding, relieve inflammation and treat colds.

Berries are often used to increase appetite. They are also natural antibiotics. Berries stimulate the immune system, lower blood pressure, slightly shrink tumors, and are very beneficial for liver diseases.

Barberry belongs to the genus of barberry shrubs. There are more than 500 varieties of varieties that grow and reproduce mainly in the Northern Hemisphere. Some of the most popular varieties that are often used in landscape design are ordinary barberry, Thunberg, as well as Amur, Siebold, round-fruited, Ottawa, purple.

Most often, on personal plots, you can find common barberry. This bush is often used in landscape design for single and group plantings. The barberry hedge looks especially original. Typically, the plant begins to bloom in May-June.

The fruits are bright red in color. These berries are often used as spices for the confectionery industry. Barberries are highly resistant to frost and drought. Reproduction occurs by seeds, mainly. Plants tolerate frequent haircuts well.

Planting barberry

Almost all types of barberry are very photophilous. In the shade, as a rule, decorative deciduous species, which have a bright color, become faded. Therefore, it is better to plant everything in sunny and bright places. The more sun, the brighter the bush will be.

Plants from containers that have a closed root system tolerate transplanting well during the entire planting season. But those species that have bare roots are best planted in early spring, until the buds have blossomed, or in the fall during leaf fall.

If you are planting a single barberry, it is best to place each bush at a distance of 1.5-2 meters from other plants and from each other. If you decide to make a hedge with the help of barberry, then plant the plants at the rate of four bushes per one running meter, with a sparse planting two at a time.

How to make shoes non-slip? I have tried five home methods and two types of ice drifts with AliExpress. I share the results of the experiments.


Naturally, the first thing I remembered was an abrasive. It seems intuitively: making the sole non-slip means rough.

First, I rubbed the boots with sandpaper until noticeable scratches. The result is zero. The grooves are too shallow, clogged with water, snow and mud, and the soles remain slippery.

I tested the same method on shoes and office tiles. The result is better, but still not perfect. The sole should be soft and the scratches deep.

Sandpaper and glue

This is the most effective way at home. The task is to wash and dry the soles, use shoe glue to powder coarse or medium sandpaper. I made two patches: one for the base sole and one for the heel.

The construction itself holds well, but on the third day everything fell off my shoes. Probably violated the gluing technology.


This is the easiest and most ridiculous way to be honest. The bottom line is simple: take a wide patch and stick it with a cross on the sole.

The construction holds, but only works in bitter frost. In the vestibule, the snow must be thoroughly brushed off, and the soles must be dried. Otherwise, the boots will have to be “treated” every day: everything comes off from the water.

Glue and Sand

This is a good way to prevent slippery soles for kids or ladies' shoes on the pavement or floor tiles. All you need is to paint the protectors with glue and sprinkle with fine sand. Works perfect. I had enough for the season, and then I bought new sandals.

A place in the shade of a fragrant linden tree, a mighty oak tree or a compact chestnut tree, connoisseurs of natural harmony strive to turn into a cozy corner of relaxation and solitude.

For some summer residents, the best solution would be to put an ordinary bench under a tree, while others are looking for original ideas.

In any case, the lawn under the tree can not only perform an aesthetic function, but also carry a functional load, serving as a place for family tea, evening conversation with friends or lonely reverie.

Create a flower bed under the tree

A flower bed around a tree looks impressive, and to inexperienced people in the street, this idea seems simple and easy to implement. However, when creating it, it is necessary to take into account the compatibility of the type of tree and the ornamental plants growing under it. There are species that do not tolerate any vegetation in the zone of the trunk circle. Such individual farmers include birch, willow, spruce, walnut, larch, maple, irgu, thuja and pine.

These tree species have shallow root systems and will oppress any closely growing plant, competing for nutrients and moisture. It is better to arrange the trunks of this group of trees in some other way than to create a flower garden doomed to death. Lawn grass will grow well under such trees.

However, with a strong desire in such cases, it is possible to create a certain elevation from the soil mixture in the form of a podium, the design of such a flower garden will be discussed in more detail below. Hazel and chestnut emit substances that are toxic to other plants.

Apple, pear, mountain ash, linden, oak, poplar, ash and fir easily let grassy neighbors under their crown, allowing you to create luxurious compositions.

Regardless of the type of tree, when planning and arranging a flower garden, you will need to take into account some more features of such a design project. Floral plants are selected only shade-tolerant and resistant to uneven moisture. These plants include all types of hosts, most ground covers, dwarf conifers, some perennials (berry, periwinkle, volzhanka, lily of the valley, saxifrage, lungwort, snowdrop, ferns, foxglove, violet, crow, slipper, horny goat, anemone) and bulbous.

As a rule, the flowering of shade-loving plants occurs in early spring, when the crown is still allowing enough sunlight. Although the main decoration of a shady flower bed is decorative foliage.

Before planting flowers around the tree, you need to properly prepare the place. First, the top layer of soil is removed. This is done very carefully so as not to damage the root system of the tree. In some cases, planting is carried out in "pockets" between thick root branches. The bottom of the dug hole should be lined with non-woven material to protect the root system and restrain its growth.

Next, a drainage layer of pebbles, broken brick or crushed stone 10 cm thick is necessarily laid out. The removed soil is replaced with a nutrient mixture of compost, sod land and peat with complex mineral fertilizers. If there are rhizomes of weeds, it is recommended to carefully select them. Seedlings are planted in moist soil. Free areas are mulched with sawdust or wood chips. Complex flower beds of plants with different habitus are designed according to the principle: the higher, the closer to the trunk.

Vigilant worker!

Such a "permanent operator" lives with us in the Operator's Center of the workshop) There are more benefits from living creatures than from some of them (mice and rats are crushed despite their young age just on the way!)))

Went to work to pay for food and accommodation

Our cat went to work. Judging by the face, he is not very happy ???????? but Vkusville has already written that Bagel has been declared the best employee in absentia.


Happy guys) and I spent this holiday in the workshop. Received new material bars 50 * 50. Let's go :)

We cut it in half, the length is 1100mm, on average, the 55th step will be 52mm, the total thickness of the board is 50mm.

We cut the plots and glue the finish.

We remove the edge with a manual router. Grinding 320,600. Shine :)

We leave it in oil for three days, then there will be melted wax with vaseline oil, it will close the pores and the color will be even darker. Size 45 * 30 * 5 weight about 4. kg neat, after oil 4.8. this is good :)

When I got to work, but I really don't want to go

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