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Favorite gardening apps

Favorite gardening apps | Gardening | Scoop.it

In an attempt to learn more about gardening in general, I have recently explored a few apps on my iPhone. I have 6 gardening apps right now, but I only really use two. I am sure I will find more in future searches.


Via Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com
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Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com's comment, June 30, 2013 10:11 PM
Richard, I use a lot of weed identification apps. (I like to know their names and what I'm up against!) I don't have a favorite (not yet, anyway) as I haven't found the "perfect" one. I'll be writing a post this month about them on Leafport.com. If you have a favorite, esp. if it isn't in my database, let me know. :-)
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I cant think of any yet of hand but depending on your mobile either it a blackberry or nexus or android I know that google have an app called google eyes that scan pictures and thing and then gives you the info pls note its a beta stage so in some cases it will work and some it wont

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How to Prevent Garden Pests | Planet Natural

How to Prevent Garden Pests | Planet Natural | Gardening | Scoop.it
When it comes to garden pests, it pays to be proactive rather than reactive. This is a central tenet of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Let's take a look!
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The  importance  of  IPC  in  #Gardening  

In  between  now  and  Summer  is  the  beginning  of  the  I P  M  method  in  gardening.

I P M  is  the  acronym   for  Integrated  Pest  Management ~  Which  is  explained  here  in  this  Blog  (    https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/ ; )  This  article  here  gives  you  a  brief  idea  on  how  to  apply  it  successfully.

Ounce  you  are  able  to  Identify   the  signs  you  are  abe  to  isolate it  and  treat  it  without  affecting  the   beneficial  insects  

 

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How to edge a lawn like a pro

How  to  edge a  lawn   like  a  pro | Gardening | Scoop.it
One of the most important components of creating a landscape project is digging out the bed.

People often ask me what they should do to separate the bed from the grass and weeds and to keep the soil from the bed from washing away.

You can go and ask any employee at a big box store what you should use and they will sell you everything from timbers, stones, blocks, little plastic edging to metal edging and the truth of the matter is I’ve landscaped over 500 properties you don’t really need any of that. Remember you still have to cut the grass and maintain your landscape design so you don’t need any rocks, bricks or edging getting in the way, or have to do any extra weed whacking or trimming.
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How  to  edge grass  on  the  cheap.

Whilst  this  is  a  good  guide  on how  to  edge a  lawn  when  you are  a  budget.  

Most  lawn maintenance  professionals will  agree  that  nothing  better  than  using  the professional  equipment  like  a  long  handled  edging  shears  and  half  moon  to  create  the  perfect  edge.

With  My  experience  weed  whackers  or  strimmers   take  practice  in  getting  used  to  getting   it  right  and  most  of  my  clients  like  the   well  manicured  look  rather  than  the  botched  job  that  these  will  give  you.

Well  off  course  its  a  matter  of  opinion.

I  also  use  the  hoe  inverted  to  make  a  clear  border  between  the  grass  and  the  beds    just  by  flicking  the  soil  way  from  the  edge  

 

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Homes with the most gorgeous gardens to rival Chelsea Flower Show

Homes with the most gorgeous gardens to rival Chelsea Flower Show | Gardening | Scoop.it
With Chelsea Flower Show in full bloom from next week, we take a tour of homes with Britain's most beautiful gardens - from formally landscaped lawns to rustic retreats.
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With only one week to go  till one of  the  finest  gardening  shows  in the  UK.The  Dailies  give  us  the  taste  of  what  to  come.

Here  the  The  Telegraph  gives  samples  of  how  the  other  side  lives  from  country  manor  gardens  down  to  the  rustic.

But  you  can  still  other  gardens  that  are  are  gardened  by  the  normal  people  down  your  street.

Where  you  can  exchange  ideas & get  to  see  what   will  work  and  what  doesn't.

Cause  of  My  past  experience of  gardening  privately  I  get  to  know what  works and  what  doesn't  by  comparing  other  peoples  garden  and  using  the  knowlewdge  that  way.

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Outdoor Patio Table

Outdoor Patio Table | Gardening | Scoop.it

I made this patio table from recycled pallets in a weekend, the only cost came from fasteners and casters. http://bit.ly/1GVfyay


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10 farming priorities for the new government - Farmers Weekly

10 farming priorities for the new government - Farmers Weekly | Gardening | Scoop.it
The new Conservative government has much to get to grips with when it comes to farming. We take a look at 10 priorities for agriculture. 1. New team at Def

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Though  this  article  about  culling  of  badgers  on  the  farms   a  most  controversal  topic.

I  just  can't stop and e wonder, what will be on the.TorriesTodo list this year in the  DOE as  the New  Department  of  Parks  begins  its  first  term office  this  year .

Will  they  be  cuts   in  spending  or  will  this  time  will  be  ploughing  money  into  the  industry  we  all  have  to  wait  and  see.

 They  have already  denied  funding  kew  gardens  last  Febuary  

Another  thing  they  can  add  to  their  ToDo  List  is  do  something  about  education .

As  both  the  farming  world  and  the  horticulture  industry  are  on  the  downward  spiral  cause  the  young  aren't  either  interested  in  them  or  don't  know  what  opportunities are  out  there  

  

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English farmers will expect a lot more from the new conservative dominated DEFRA. The badger cull will be at the top of the list for West country cattle farmers.

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Add color to a shady landscape with these vibrant plants

Add color to a shady landscape with these vibrant plants | Gardening | Scoop.it
  Hadspen Blue Hosta from Hosta-Store.com. A place in the shade is certainly comfortable, but it can also be colorful with the addition of these
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I totally go along  with  this  article  ~  If  you  want  colour  for  shaded  places  go  for  leaves  and  fruits that  don't  require  sunlight  but  the  one  disadvantage  of  Hosta  are  that  they  attract  slugs  and  snails  especially  in  this  climate  over  here  in  the  UK . Here  is  an  article  about  several  ways  you  can  control  slugs & snails  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/pest-disease-control/ ;

 

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May Jobs In The Garden | Rock My Style | UK Daily Lifestyle Blog

May Jobs In The Garden | Rock My Style | UK Daily Lifestyle Blog | Gardening | Scoop.it
Jobs to do in the garden during May

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A  Gardeners  woes  

 

This article  gives you a very brief guide of what to do in the garden. Apart from the said mentioned   From the  first set  of spring  to the  Autumn is  a very busy time in RS  Gardening  Services  Calander as  things start to grow mad.

 " April  Showers bring forth  May  Flowers "  including weeds  I  don't  know about you but have you experienced a lot of sycamore trees  rooting everywhere  I  have.  

They came from that great gale last yr and laid dormant until now.

 Unfortunately  there  is  no  quick  solution  as  they  are  too  many  of  them  (  you  remove  10   10  others  will  sprout   it  is  endless  task  )The  only  way  is  to  keep  on   hoeing  by  chopping  them  down  at  root  level  until  they  wither  and  die  cause  of  the  drain  on energy .For just mow them over them and they will die down.   

Also as things start to grow they will need to be supported  either against a wall like clematis  Jackmanii and other climbers esp with  our gusty winds we are experiencing.As the tendrils climb up .

Not  forgetting  the  Roses  they  will  need  to  be  fed  mulched  and  staked  to

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Word up P for Pleach Trees

Word  up  P  for  Pleach  Trees | Gardening | Scoop.it

Now is  the  right  time  to  plant  your  pleach  tree  according  to  Dutch  grower  E de Jong 

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Word  up  P  for  Pleach  Trees  

No, it's not typo error.

Pleach trees are special trees that are grown to make ornate fence like the one in the picture. But  they  like  their  topiary  cousins  need  be  pruned  expertly Here  is  a  the  RHS  guide  on  how  to grow  and  maintain  them https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=155 

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Sow, Grow, Repeat: gardening without a garden

Sow, Grow, Repeat: gardening without a garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
In the second episode of the Guardian's new gardening podcast, we discuss allotments, guerrilla gardening and growing in cities
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An  ideal  guide  on  how  to " garden  without  a  garden"  podcast 

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Thorny problems: which clematis do I have?

Thorny problems: which clematis do I have? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Our gardening agony aunt solves your green problems from damping off to annuals that self-seed
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Here  is  an  excellent  article  on  how  to  prune  your  clematis  &  how  to  identify  which  one  you  got.

ID  is  quite  really  easy   as  the  article  here  says   they  are  two  types  (a)  Montana  ~  The  thick  woody  stem  one 

             (b)  The  jackmanii  ~  the  one  you  see  climbing  up  walls  in  peoples  garden 

               Both  of  these  have  to  pruned  differently  (a)  will  have  to  pruned  back  to  the  woody  stem  in  early  spring  when  the last  of  the  frost  has  gone 

                                                                                                (b)  Will  have  to  be  pruned  quite  hard  back  to  the  ground   then  trained  up  with  canes.

Montana  you  useally  see    along  fences   in  the  garden 

 

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Alan Titchmarsh: Are you Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court?

Alan Titchmarsh: Are you Chelsea Flower Show or Hampton Court? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Should you go to Chelsea or Hampton Court? Alan chooses his favourite gardening extravaganza
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As  the  flowers  show  draw  near  we  are  spoilted  by  choice.In  My  life  time before  I  relocated  further  into  deepest  kent.  I  used  to  go  Hampton  Court  a  lot  as  it  was  much  bigger  than  chelsea  and  there  are  plenty  of  other  attractions  like  the  Palace  it  self  should  you  want  a  break from  walking  around.  Or  even  fancy  pinicking   by  the  river.

But  alas  this  impossible  now  with  the  entrance  fees   gone  up  and  rail  fairs .

But  if  you  do  decide  to  visit  plan  ahead    and  leave  early   as  it  does  get  crowded  over  there. And  with  the  heat    bring  plenty  of  water  with  you  too.

As  for  Chelsea  I  haven't  yet  had  that  privilage  yet  ~  as  I  thought  chelsea  is  for  members  of  the  Horticultural  Industry    to  show  off  what  they  are  capable  off  ~ Since  My  days  working  in  the  Royal  parks  led  me  to  believe.

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Wheelbarrow Planters - Reuse Re Purpose Recycle - The Gardening Cook

Wheelbarrow Planters - Reuse Re Purpose Recycle - The Gardening Cook | Gardening | Scoop.it
A wheel barrow planter is one thing on my list of must do gardening ideas. I have been looking for just the right old fashioned wheelbarrow for months.
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Here  are  some  ways  of  re-using ,re-purposing &  recycling  old  wheelbarrows    

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How to Inoculate Peas and Beans | Planet Natural

How to Inoculate Peas and Beans | Planet Natural | Gardening | Scoop.it
Here we discuss the practice of inoculating pea and bean seeds with nodule-forming, nitrogen-fixing Rhizobium bacteria, commonly known as pea inoculant.
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Here is  a not yet new idea  as plants  like beans, peas and other legumes, produce their  own nitro fixing nodules  in their  roots.  even  clover produce it.

That's  why   it's  important  to  chop  down  the  stalks  and  decompose in  the  compost  and  leave  the  roots  to  rot  down  in  the  soil  to  release  nitrates  back  to  the  soil  

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Landscape Gardening Insurance Tips – Keeping Safe in The Summer

Landscape Gardening Insurance Tips – Keeping Safe in The Summer | Gardening | Scoop.it
Specialist Landscape Gardening Insurance | Public Liability & Employers Liability | Height Work inc. Tree Surgery Cover | Expert Advice | Insync
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The most important thing to concider when  hiring  a landscape  profressionals  is  to  make  sure  that  are  covered  by  insurance  ie  public  liability  insurance   ~  whether  they  are  tree  surgoens  or  common gardeners just  mowing  grass.

Other wise  you  will  have  no  come  back  when  a loose  chip  of  stone breaks  your  window. 

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A Natural History of English Gardening by Mark Laird review – a groundbreaking study

A Natural History of English Gardening by Mark Laird review – a groundbreaking study | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gardens in the 18th century were known for formality and controlled design but they were also alive with colours, animals and sounds
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An  fascinating  read  on  how  gardening  techniques  evolved  through  the  ages  by  the  Guardian  newpapper 

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12 Bee-Friendly Plants for an Awesome Herb Garden - Organic Authority

12 Bee-Friendly Plants for an Awesome Herb Garden  - Organic Authority | Gardening | Scoop.it
Worried about the plight of the honeybees? Do your part by planting these 12 bee-friendly plants in your herb garden.

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Pallet planter and sandbox

Pallet planter and sandbox | Gardening | Scoop.it

Sandbox and planter made out of pallets !  http://bit.ly/17ScJtY


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Knotweed Control issues advice as knotweed growing season begins

Knotweed Control issues advice as knotweed growing season begins | Gardening | Scoop.it
Knotweed Control issues advice as knotweed growing season begins - from Horticulture Week
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" When is a  weed  not  a  a  weed?"    Answer  when  it  a  knotweed  

Apologies for the poor  joke.  but  this  plant  has  in  the  picture  is  given  it  bad  cred  by  it  former  parent 

This  plant  is  the  known  as  the  Himalayan  knotweed  ~  true  an  evasive  plant   but  like  the  Japenese  knotweed  that  hard  to  eradicate  

The Himalayan can act as a  colourful plant with its spiky red flowers and can be controlled by digging up the large rhizomes.But  should  you  want  to  eradicate  this  plant  from  your  bed  then  its  best  to  check on  how  to  dispose  of  it  before  hand    

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Composting with Worms - National Wildlife Federation

Composting with Worms - National Wildlife Federation | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gardening for wildlife means you'll get to see beautiful butterflies and birds, as well as have a vibrant yard filled with native plants, so start your own wildlife habitat today with our help.
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An  excellent  guide  from  the  NWF   on  how  to  make  your  own  wormy

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Johnny on Twitter

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An unusual yet very effective way to construct a circular garden feature #gardening #landscaping pic.twitter.com/BY7BmElfii
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Here is rather unsuall but not new idea of  copying the  anglo saxon  round houses idea,  but this time made out ofstone.

The  Saxons  built  theirs  out of   wood ,straw and muck  a  process called  wattling  

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Make a Spilled Flower Pot: Garden Design Idea

Make a Spilled Flower Pot: Garden Design Idea | Gardening | Scoop.it
In Landscaping and garden design, creating a focal point is important, it makes your garden more lively. For this, spilled flower pot is a gorgeous idea. You can create an astonishing waterfall like appearance from flowers. Learn how you can do this here:
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This  is  a  great  idea  of  How  to  make  a  wow  feature  in  your  garden  and  be envy  of  your  neighbours 

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Growing Tomatoes in Hanging Basket: Vertical Gardening

Growing Tomatoes in Hanging Basket: Vertical Gardening | Gardening | Scoop.it
Don't limit yourself to grow petunias and fuchsias when you can grow veggies in hanging baskets. Utilize your your vertical space and grow juicy red tomatoes.
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Soft Landscaping: New Trend In The Gardening - www.garden-design.me

Soft Landscaping: New Trend In The Gardening - www.garden-design.me | Gardening | Scoop.it
Soft Landscaping: New Trend In The Gardening – Soft landscaping is the newest trend in the gardening business which involves the planning and management of your lawn or garden. While there may not be many totally new concepts that are involved in this new style, the positive side of it is that it opens new

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The  added  advantage  of  soft  landscaping  is  that  you  will  know  what  works  and  what  doesn't  as  to  landscaping  designers  which  just  plots  what  will  look  good  in  your  garden  no  matter  what  will  happen  to  the  plant  after  they  left .

This  is  where  RS  Gardening  Services  Comes  in.

I  having  been  trained  in  both  domestic  and  Amenity  horticulture  will  discuss with  you  on  the  first  meet  what  will  work  and  will  not  and  then  follow  up  if  you  need  the  garden  to  look  after  -  Here  is  more  of  what  I  can  do  you  http://spencerrichard01.wix.com/rs-gardening-service

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Bindweed Control – How To Kill Bindweed In The Garden And Lawn

Bindweed Control – How To Kill Bindweed In The Garden And Lawn | Gardening | Scoop.it

HAny gardener that has had the displeasure of having bindweed in their garden, knows how frustrating and infuriating these weeds can be. Controlling bindweed can be difficult, but it can be done. Learn more here.

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How to kill Bind weed if it  wraps  its' self  around  your  plants.

Bind weed is  a  gardeners  nightmare  its  terribly  evasive  once  its  rooted  and  takes  over  within  a  couple  weeks  or  less  if  it  not  controlled.

Whilst  this  article  here  tell  you   very  briefly  how  to  kill it>It  doesn't  tell  you  what  to  do  when  it  wraps  its  self  around  your  precious  plants  and  shrubs.

But Donn't  dispair  they  is  one  simple  sollution 

You  will  need  (a)  old  woolen  or  cotton  gloves 

                         (b)  rubber  gauntlets  extra  large  ~  I  will  explain  why  latter

                          (c)  Canes 

                           (d)  Bucket 

                            (e)  Strong  weed  killer  (  Glyphoshate  )

Add  the  glyphoshate  to  the  bucket  and  add  water   and  stir  well

place  the  cotton  or  woollen  gloves  in the  bucket  and  allow  to  soak 

Whilst  you  are  doing  that  place  the  canes  next  where  the  weed  is (  but leave  good  distance  between  it  the  plant  )  and  ginergly  wrap  the  tendrils  around  the   cane.

now  put  on  your  rubber  gloves   and  pick  up  the  the  now  wet  soaked  gloves    and  wrap   it  around  the  cane  then  move  your  hand   up  down  the  cane  until the  gloves  are  rinced  out.

This  Method   not  only  protects  your  plant  from  being  sprayed  by  weed  killer  but  also  makes  sure  that  the  bind  weed  is  smothered is  smothered  in  it .

Should   you  get  bindweed  poping  up  everywhere  the  best  thing  to  do  is  to  hoe  regularly   chopping  it  down  and  removing  all  the  debris

If  you  dig  it  out  it  will  pop  up  again  cause  of  the  tiny  tap  roots  it  leaves  behind 

               

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Get gardening without pain

Dr. Miller from Total Health Chiropractic says pain doesn't have to keep you from gardening.
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Here  is  a  great  video on  how  to  look  after  yoir  back  before  you  start  out  doing  your  gardening  chores  

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