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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.


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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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Hot tips on what to grow & how to cultivate clay soils

Hot tips  on  what to  grow &  how  to  cultivate  clay  soils | Gardening | Scoop.it
In her weekly column, Thorny Problems, Helen Yemm gives her advice for what thrives in tricky clay soil
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This is the  main  problem  you  have  living  in  the  London  area where  most  of  the  topsoil  and  subsoil  is  made  out  of   London  clay.

The  clay itself  has  all  the  nutrients  locked  into  it   and  when  they  are  released  the  plants  will  benefit.

The  only  way  to  do  this  is  add  garden  lime  or  clay  breaker  to  the  soil  which  is  usually  gypsum  based.

The   calcium  carbonate  breaks  down  the  clay  by  the  use  of  flocculation.

This  is  generally  done  in  Autumn  and  winter   and  can  be  a  long  lengthy  business  each  year  but  over  time  the  soil  can  be  more  manageable  

As  the  article  said  working  with  clay,  you  have  to  extreme  side  effects  in  seasons  either  its  too  wet  and the  ground  turns  to  mush  or  too  hot  and  you  get  cracking  when the  clay  extracts

The  use  of  digging  in  sand  to  improve  the  texture  is  another  labour  extensive  job  and  expensive  one  too  as  you  prep  the  soil   

The  best  golden  rule  is  when  it's  wet  don't  work  on  it  as  you  will  compact  the  soil  down

This  goes  for  hoeing   avoid  using  the  hoe  when  its  moist  as  this  will  create  a  pan and  make  drainage  impossible

Incorporate good  organic  garden  compost  into  soil   first    and  leave  for  two  weeks  then  apply  the  Clay  breaker and  gently  till  it  into  the  top  soil  and  leave  it until   the  spring  you  should  have  a  workable  bed  

Off  course  you  could  always  make  a  raised  bed  and  grow  things  on  top  

 

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Could red mulch make your berries and tomatoes sweeter and bigger?

Could red mulch make your berries and tomatoes sweeter and bigger? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Can red plastic give you a better tomato? It’s a matter of light and shade
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Interesting  read  about how  to  encourage  better  quality  of  fruit  or  veg  for  your  table -  as  yet  as  the  article  says  it  needs  a  lot  more  research  into  the  subject.

From  My  knowledge  of  what  i  gained  through  over  25  yrs  of  experience  and  My  interest  to  learn  new  ways  of  doing  things .

I  have  known  from  the  fact  that  orchard  growers    now  allow  grass  to  grow  around  fruit  trees  especially  apples  to  get  that  redish  tinge  -  something  to  do  with  light  reflection  very  similar  to  what  going  here .

So  there  must  be  something  going  on  here  &  it  wouldn't  do  any  harm  next  year  to  try  it  out   

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Interesting  read  about how  to  encourage  better  quality  of  fruit  or  veg  for  your  table -  as  yet  as  the  article  says  it  needs  a  lot  more  research  into  the  subject.

From  My  knowledge  of  what  i  gained  through  over  25  yrs  of  experience  and  My  interest  to  learn  new  ways  of  doing  things .

I  have  known  from  the  fact  that  orchard  growers    now  allow  grass  to  grow  around  fruit  trees  especially  apples  to  get  that  redish  tinge  -  something  to  do  with  light  reflection  very  similar  to  what  going  here .

So  there  must  be  something  going  on  here  &  it  wouldn't  do  any  harm  next  year  to  try  it  out   

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Q Lawns - Lawn Blog - How to make your grass greener - Q Lawns

Q Lawns - Lawn Blog - How to make your grass greener - Q Lawns | Gardening | Scoop.it
Having a lush emerald coloured lawn needn't involve using lots of water or chemicals. David Hedges-Gower explains how to make your grass greener both environmentally and aesthetically.
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Good  sound  advice  from  David  here  -  also  I  like  to  add  it's  important  not  to  scarify  too hard.

As  it  what  I  seen  on  most  lawns  that  my  clients  have  when  their  regular  lawn  company  does  their  lawn  and  tears  the what  green  grass  they  got  to  piece.

If  you  are  doing  the  lawn  yourself  the  main purpose  of  scarifying  your  lawn  is  to  remove  thatch  and  moss   from  the  soil

So  basically  a petrol  driven  scarifier  as   the  electric  ones  are  only  like  lawn  rakes  for  leaves.

And  also  it's  best  to  leave  the  bucket  off    as  it  saves countless  trip  to  empty  it  and  it  will  eventually  be  weighted  down 

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7 organic ways to CONTROL Red Lilly beetle

7 organic  ways  to  CONTROL  Red  Lilly  beetle | Gardening | Scoop.it
In her weekly column, Thorny Problems, Helen Yemm helps with the scourge of the lily beetle
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As many of  you  know  that  this  critter causes  a  lot of damage  on our  lilies year  after  year.

While  many  of  us  a the  controversial    provado  chemical  spray cause of  its  effects  on  bees   ~  There  is  more  effective  way  of  getting  rid  them  on  your  plant  

(1)  Put  a  clean  white  newspaper  around  the   plants  roots  and  on  the  Soil  

(2)  You  can  then  spray  them  with  water  and  knock  them  that  way  or  just  by  going  over  with  a  board  

(3)  The  beetles  now  can  be  seen  on  paper  where  their  camouflage wouldn't  work  as  it  when  they  are  in  the  soil 

(4)  Look  under  the  leaves  for  the  larvae -  if  you  see  what  looks  like  bird  droppings  is  actually  the  larvae -  remove  it  with a  kitchen  roll  

This  stage  should  be  done  prio  planting  

(1)  Remove  the  old  soil  that  in  the  pots  and  replace  with  new  fresh  soil  -  this  makes  sure  that  there  is  none  of  the  critters  hibernating  in  the  soil  

(2)  Mulch  with  a   1-inch  thick  layer  of  fresh  compost  -  ensures  that  the  beetles  can not  bury  themselves  

If  you  are  using  the  spray   -  spray  before  buds  are  opened  otherwise  you  likely  to  kill  the  bees  to  

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Best Plants For Summer Fragrance

Best Plants For Summer Fragrance | Gardening | Scoop.it
Scented Plants In the Summer Garden Most gardeners rate colour as most important thing in the summer garden; that’s why seasonal bedding plants are so popular. They provide the colourful flowers we crave in pots and containers, beds and borders. But what about scent? For me the fragrance of flowers...

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To  me  there  nothing  like  a  scented  garden  to  bring  your  senses  alive.

Whether  its orangey   smell  of  the  Chiosa  or  the  very  fragment  aroma  of  the  roses  with they  open.  

Here  are  a  couple  of  ideas    to  add  your  flower  beds   

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Looking for the best plants for summer fragrance? Here are our favourite scented garden plants to help fill your garden with beautiful summer evening scent.

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To keep trees healthy, protect bark from mowers, trimmers

To keep trees healthy, protect bark from mowers, trimmers | Gardening | Scoop.it
  Place a flexible plastic trunk guard around the bottom to shield the bark from inadvertent damage.Photo: YouTube.com Like the skin of the human
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In  my  line  of  trade,  this  tip  will  definitely come  in  handy.

I  often  see  trees  wounded  by  these   strimmers.

When  I  look  after  a  client's  lawn  I always  use  the  long  arm  flat  shears  to  go  round  the  base  of  the  tree  as  well  as  the  edging  shears.

Then  I  hand  weed   and  pull  out  the  weeds  using  a  small  fork  as  any  heavy  forking  will  damage  the  roots,

For  the  use  of  herbicides  pick  carefully   as  you  will  end  up  poisoning  your   tree  as  well  

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Brits believe a neat and tidy lawn is the biggest benefit of LazyLawn

Brits believe a neat and tidy lawn is the biggest benefit of LazyLawn | Gardening | Scoop.it
Brits have proved they’re a nation of garden lovers, after citing a neat and tidy lawn as the most important factor that would influence their decision to have an artificial lawn.
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Being  a (Brit)  Myself  and  (b)  a  Lawn man   I  will  disagree  with  this  article  as  I  will  and  always  prefer  the most  natural  lawn  against  the  Lazy  lawn  cause;-

(a)  Drainage  -  with  Lazy  Lawns  the  water  has  nowhere  to  go  and  will  accumulate   always  at  the  lowest  point. 

With  grass  or  turf,  the  water sinks  into  the  earth    instead  of  flooding  our  drains  

(b)  The  texture  of  grass  is  less  coarse  than  Lazy  turf  and  kinder  to  the  skin  

(c)  It's  more  environmentally  friendly  

 

What  is  your  opinion?  

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Grow Roses for A Colorful Landscape 

Grow Roses for A Colorful Landscape  | Gardening | Scoop.it
Rose gardening expert Chris VanCleave aka "The Redneck Rosarian" shares sustainable landscape roses that will stand up to the Alabama heat.
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One way to replace a tired old lawn #LawnCare

One way to replace a tired old lawn #LawnCare
KNOW & TELL: Who said you can't have a luscious green lawn in a time of drought? This man is running a successful business painting brown lawns green.
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This  old  post  from  Facebook  still  astounds  me  the  things  you  will  do  for  a  perfect  lawn.

Luckly   for  us in  the  uk  we  don't  have  that  severe  weather here  but  saying  that  this  year its  pretty  dry  with  the  good  old London  clay  baking  in  the  sunshine . 

We  still wouldn't  go  to  that  extreme  though maybe  astro  turf   or  just  replace  it  with  a  bed  or  two  

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Why its important to stay hydrated in the heat #gardening #health

Why its  important to  stay  hydrated in the  heat  #gardening  #health | Gardening | Scoop.it
Even avid gardeners wilt during the summer. Working in the heat and humidity can be almost unbearable. The best way to enjoy your summer garden is to sit in your favorite chair indoors and gaze at it through a window...
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Good  sound  advise here.

I  always  wear  a  cap  especially  in  the  heat  to  protect  me  from  getting  sun  stroke. 

But  alas  with  my  trade I  tebd  to  work  all  through  the  day    so  working in  the  morning  only  isn't  an  option.

Another  thing  you  got  be  careful  off  is  working  when  its  cloudy  as  this  can  give  you  miss  interuption.

The  Sun  may  not  be  out  but  the  ultra  violet  rays  can  still  piece  the  clouds  and  raise  the  temperature  up   a  notch  so  stay  covered  up  or  put  sun  lotion  on  exposed  on  especially  with  the  the  threat  of  skin  cancer  from  sun  bathing  now   

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Dying trees may force a new outlook on irrigation during drought

Dying trees may force a new outlook on irrigation during drought | Gardening | Scoop.it
The needles on the redwoods that welcome visitors to Griffith Park have faded to brown over the last two years. Laura Bauernfeind has watched the trees slowly die and workers eventually arrive, chain saws buzzing, to fell the husks one by one.

Via American Grove, Kim Frye Housh
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An  Interesting  insight  into  the plight  of   Urban  trees  in  America.

It  seems  ironic that  no  long  ago  the  forestry commission   produced   a  same  report  some  months  ago  about  the  plight  of  our  urban  trees  in  here  in  the  UK.

Saying  that  our  oaks  trees  will  be  replaced  in  future  with  Redwoods  from  America.

Now  America  is  facing  the  same  crises  as  we  are  

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How to grow: aquilegia

How to grow: aquilegia | Gardening | Scoop.it
Carol Klein on a plant that looks like a ship's figurehead
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Believe  it  or  not  these  plants  ie  the  native  species  is  very  easily  to  grow.

Best tip  is  to  collect  the  seeds  before  they  pop  when  the  seeds  heads  are  brown   and  sow  directly  into  seed   trays or  pots  and  place  in  a  unheated  greenhouse  or  cold  frame  -  (  if  it  works  for  nature  it  should  work  for  you  

But  be  warned  these  seedling  won't  produce  the  plant  that  you  collected  it  from   but  its  native  colouring   that  might  be  paler  

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Coral Gardening - Recreating the ocean's lifecycle

Join Anuar Abdullah in Coral Propagation workshop during MIDE 2015.13 and 14 June 2015 at MIDE Seminar Room from 10am –12 pm. Interested participant ...
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How do I get rid of black beetles on roses?

How do I get rid of black beetles on roses? | Gardening | Scoop.it
In her weekly column, Thorny Problems, Helen Yemm tackles your gardening bugbears. This week: black beetles and roses
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As  a  gardener,  we  are  faced  with  many  problems  

Starting  off  with  pest  leading  into  safe use  of  pesticide   which  can  lead  to  either  products  being  banned  from  the  commercial  markets  &  only  to  be  used  by  professionals  with  proper  training  that's  is  why  its  so  important  to  as  not  to  spray  any  chemical pesticide  during  the  summer  when  the  bees  busy.

Or  even  spray  in  the  evening  when  they  are  less  around.

At  RS  Gardening  Sevices,  I  all  apply  the  IPC  method    even  before   i  spray.

Like  the  article  said  these  beetles  or  pollinators   and  not  eaters  of  leaves  and  flowers  therefore  we  should  all  be  careful of  what  we  spray  before  we  wipe  out  another  helpful insect  

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As  a  gardener,  we  are  faced  with  many  problems  

Starting  off  with  pest  leading  into  safe use  of  pesticide   which  can  lead  to  either  products  being  banned  from  the  commercial  markets  &  only  to  be  used  by  professionals  with  proper  training  that's  is  why  its  so  important  to  as  not  to  spray  any  chemical pesticide  during  the  summer  when  the  bees  busy.

Or  even  spray  in  the  evening  when  they  are  less  around.

At  RS  Gardening  Sevices,  I  all  apply  the  IPC  method    even  before   i  spray.

Like  the  article  said  these  beetles  or  pollinators   and  not  eaters  of  leaves  and  flowers  therefore  we  should  all  be  careful of  what  we  spray  before  we  wipe  out  another  helpful insect  

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MandyCanUDigIt| Gardening| DigIt Media

MandyCanUDigIt| Gardening| DigIt Media | Gardening | Scoop.it
Hedges - how, when and what to plant, how to maintain them
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A  brilliant  article  from  Mandy  here  -  but  I  like  my  two  cents  worth  here. 

Its  very  important  to  remove  all  the  clippings  from  hedge  whether   it  a  yew ,box  or  privet cause  the  clipping  release  a  chemical  that  can  kill  off  any  green  leaves  on  hedge leaving  you  with those  dead  patches  that  take  a  long  time rejuvenate.

If  you  got  a  large  yew  hedge  it  might  be  worth  while  to  enquire  whether  there  is  any  private  firms  collecting  the  leaves  for  research  -  there  used  to  be    not  so  long  ago   

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Love them or loathe them - In fact they are older than 160 yrs tells something

Love  them or  loathe  them  -  In  fact  they  are  older  than  160  yrs  tells  something | Gardening | Scoop.it
The noble woodlouse is the aristocrat of the animal world
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Love  them  or  Loath  them  

In  fact,  woodlice   have  existed  here  on  these  earth  for  over  160 yrs  just  goes  to  show  us  how  they  survived.

These  little  insects  eat  nothing  but  decaying  wood  hence  their  name  should  tell  us  something  about  our  garden  soils  &  even  more  worrying  about our   homes

As  this  article  here  says  their  tough  exo shell  makes  its  impossible  to  kill.

So  we  have  no  choice  but  to  live  these  tiggyhogs  

For  more  information  on  Pest  control  see  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/

 

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/

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Love  them  or  Loath  them  

In  fact,  woodlice   have  existed  here  on  these  earth  for  over  160 yrs  just  goes  to  show  us  how  they  survived.

These  little  insects  eat  nothing  but  decaying  wood  hence  their  name  should  tell  us  something  about  our  garden  soils  &  even  more  worrying  about our   homes

As  this  article  here  says  their  tough  exo shell  makes  its  impossible  to  kill.

So  we  have  no  choice  but  to  live  these  tiggyhogs  

For  more  information  on  Pest  control  see  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/

 

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/

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What is the best way to transplant roses

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In her weekly column, Thorny Problems, Helen Yemm gives her advice on moving roses during summer
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Believe it  or not  this is  the  most  common  question  I  get  asked  by clients.

And  there is  two  set  of  answers  

(1) I  all  ways  tell  my  clients  there is  a  50  50  chance  that  it  wont  take  if  you  dig  one  up  and  plant  it  else  where. A  disease  called  Rose  transplant  disease -  Which  is  caused  by  the  release  of  chemical  if  the  roots  gets  damage.

Big  Rose  nuseries  have develpoed  a  way  of  lifting  them  out  with  out  harming  the  roots

What us  Amateurs  don't  have  I'm  afraid  

(2)  Container to  ground  should be  Ok  as  long  as  you  dont damage  the  roots  

(3)  Bare roots  plants  should  be  soaked  well  before  hand   to  allow  the  water  to  absorbed  into  the  roots  

More  info  can  be  found  here  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

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Believe it  or not  this is  the  most  common  question  I  get  asked  by clients.

And  there is  two  set  of  answers  

(1) I  all  ways  tell  my  clients  there is  a  50  50  chance  that  it  wont  take  if  you  dig  one  up  and  plant  it  else  where. A  disease  called  Rose  transplant  disease -  Which  is  caused  by  the  release  of  chemical  if  the  roots  gets  damage.

Big  Rose  nuseries  have develpoed  a  way  of  lifting  them  out  with  out  harming  the  roots

What us  Amateurs  don't  have  I'm  afraid  

(2)  Container to  ground  should be  Ok  as  long  as  you  dont damage  the  roots  

(3)  Bare roots  plants  should  be  soaked  well  before  hand   to  allow  the  water  to  absorbed  into  the  roots  

More  info  can  be  found  here  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/

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Insect Repellent, Gardener’s Nail Brush and Hand Soap & Seed Saving

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How to get rid of greenfly on roses

How to get rid of greenfly on roses | Gardening | Scoop.it
Ghastly greenfly and their effects on roses can be stressful during summer - read our guide to find out how to control them
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Since  the  warm weather  is  upon  us  now  is  it's  time  to  treat  your  roses  from  on  coming  pest  like  Black  fly  green  fly  and  aphids. All  are  sap-sucking  insects  that  inject  their  proboscis  into  the  plants stem.

When  I'm  out  on  a  job  with  RS  gardening  Services   -http://www.RSGardenCareServices.co.uk    always  use  the  I.P.M  method  on  my  clients  roses  with  good  results  as  I  mentioned  in  my  blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/ ; in  which  i  cover  the  whole  subject  completely   

Though  when   this  article  just  covers  the  simple  way  to  do  it  -  there  is  extensive on  going  research  into  this  subject  like  giving  them  too  dextrose  so  that  can't  ingest any  sap  and  die  of  of  starvation  as  explained  here  "The first is that sap has a very high sugar content, and therefore a very high osmotic pressure” she says. Aphids transform much of the sugar into long chain oligosaccharides to overcome this, otherwise they could lose body water to the gut as they feed. Indeed, treating aphids with an inhibitor of the sucrase enzyme, essential for oligosaccharide production has a dramatic effect: the aphids actually shrivel as they feed, losing body water to the gut. This discovery has applications for pest management - the aphid sucrase enzyme could be a suitable target for specific inhibitors that would abolish its dual role in osmoregulation and carbon nutrition of the aphid." source  http://www.sebiology.org/publications/Bulletin/October05/Plant-aphidinteractions.html ; another  method that  is  pipeline  is  mycrobiology  using  a  bacteria  to  fight  aphids  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905126/ ;

As  you  can  see  a  lot  of  has  happened  since  my  post  a  last  yr  on  roses  

 

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Nine landscaping, gardening skills to pick up to save money - Christian Science Monitor

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Love the outdoors – and your backyard? Learn these nine skills to not only make your lawn and yard beautiful, but also to save you money.
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What is Grey water & Can I water my garden with softened water?

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In her weekly column, Thorny Problems, Helen Yemm gives her advice for gardening dilemmas. This time: will softened water harm plants?
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In  times  of  deep  drought  like  places   in  America  this may  be  the  only  way  forward  if  you  want  to  look  after  your  plants 

Even  over  there  they  are  using  a  by filtering  system.

So  What  is  grey  water  

Well  grey  water  is  simply  any  waste  water  from  the  kitchen ie  washing  machines  and  wash  basins  (  take  in  the  fact  any   food  waste  is  removed  first ) according  scientist  grey  water  is  ok  for  a  short  time   only  after  that  it  best  to  go  back  to  hard  water.

As  this  article  said  soft  water  can  be  used  safely  but  only  in  moderation  

 

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The Impatient Gardener: MY FAVORITE NO-FAIL, WAY-TOO-EASY GROUNDCOVERS

The Impatient Gardener: MY FAVORITE NO-FAIL, WAY-TOO-EASY GROUNDCOVERS | Gardening | Scoop.it
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To Me , all  gardening  is  all  trial  and  error  that  what  makes  it  that  enjoyable.

If  it  was  that  simple  then  it  would  be  dull and  people  would  lose  interest.

Whether  you  choosing  a  shrub  or  a  plants  like  the  Ground cover  ones  mentioned  here   you  actually  don't  know  whether  its  going  to  survive  or  not  like  the  case  of  thyme .

The  only  problem  with  ground  cover  is  that  it's  terribly  evasive and  need  to  be  put  in  check  every  now  and  again  especially  if  you  use  amongst  the  other  plants  peri winkle  is  a  good  example  that  spreads  like  ivy.

 

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A coffee addict’s guide to the universe

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Who drinks it, how we drink it, which coffee has the most caffeine, why most people are drinking it at the wrong time, and much more.

Via Kim Frye Housh
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I Don't  know  about  you  but  I  like  a  nice  coffee  to  start  my  morning  ~  But  too  much  has  the  opposite  effect  on  me , I  very  seldom  drink  tea  (  ask  my  clients )  So  I  tend   to  ease  of  the  coffee  in  the  evening  too  and  drink  the  decaffinated  blends  but  having  noticed  the  increase  of  prices  lately  i  might  have  to  rethink my  beverages  as  coffee  is  now  becoming  a  luxury.

Here  in  the  UK  we  are  regarded  as  tea  drinkers  so  it  not  surprising  that  we come  low  into  coffee  drinkers   

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Soil fungus leads to higher rice weevil populations

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A fungus in soil has shown a surprising connection with the main insect pest of rice, the rice water weevil, according to an LSU AgCenter entomologist.

Mike Stout, speaking at the Evangeline Parish Rice and Soybean Field Day on June 9, said the fungus, called mycorrhizae, is found on plant roots and helps a rice plant with the uptake of potassium and phosphorus.

He said a doctoral student, Lina Bernaola, is conducting a study of rice plants inoculated with the fungus. So far, the inoculation has resulted in larger populations of rice water weevils. “We were surprised to see a negative impact making rice more susceptible to insects,” Stout said.

Via Jean-Michel Ané, Kim Frye Housh
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Interesting  insight  into  the  most  difficult  pest  to  get  rid  off -  Could  this  also  be  the  cause  of  our  lilly  beetle  and  vine  wevil    problem too  

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Tomato MD identifies what's ailing your plant

Tomato MD identifies what's ailing your plant | Gardening | Scoop.it

More than 40 million home gardens will be going in this spring and nearly all will have a tomato plant of some variety -- heirloom or hybrid. Discover what's bugging them with this app.


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