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Landscaping Alternative to Keep Yards Green During the Drought - KZTV Action 10 News

Landscaping Alternative to Keep Yards Green During the Drought - KZTV Action 10 News | Gardening | Scoop.it
Landscaping Alternative to Keep Yards Green During the Drought
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CORPUS CHRISTI - While most everyone's yards may be showing signs that summer is here, one family's yard is staying healthy and green.
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Fran Sorin on Digging Deep to Unearth Your Creative Roots Through Gardening

Fran Sorin on Digging Deep to Unearth Your Creative Roots Through Gardening | Gardening | Scoop.it
We'll talk with author Fran Sorin about the connections between gardening and creativity, and how gardening can be a creative tool for enhancing joy and well-being. Fran is the author of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening.
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Readers' Top 10 Gardening Mistakes

Readers' Top 10 Gardening Mistakes | Gardening | Scoop.it
Digging up flowers instead of weeds. Drowning the tulips. Real Simple readers reveal their growing woes and garden design pros plot out the solutions.
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Are  you  guilty  of  the  top  1o  gardening  blunders  

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Gardening to help combat stress [4/12/2014]

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This  is  an  excellent  video on  the  latest  horticulture  project    helping  the  Forces  Vets.  help  combat  stress  

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How careful planning and planting can save your energy bill

How careful  planning  and  planting  can  save  your  energy  bill | Gardening | Scoop.it

Excellent  guide  to  on  how  to  plan  your  garden  to  save  your  fuel  bills  

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Although  this  infographic  is  tailored  for  the  American  Market   we  in  the  uk  can  still  use  it  to  our  advantage.

This  is  an  excellent  guide    

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Lawn Fertilizing – Summary | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener

Lawn Fertilizing – Summary | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener | Gardening | Scoop.it
The amount of fertilizer to apply to your lawn should be determined by a soil test (www.georgiasoiltest.com or by calling 1-800-ASKUGA-1. If you have not had
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This to me is a  excellent  guide  to when  and  how  to  fertilize  your  lawn  especially  for  the  USA 

Over  here  in  the  UK  its  slightly  different  the  main  fertilizer  in  the  spring  should be very  low  Nitrogen  to  Phosphates & Potassium  ratio.

When  I  was  working  on bowling  greens  which  are  made  up  off  fine  grasses  like  fescues  a  ratio   of   7.2% N,9.1%P,4.5%K  the  reason  for  this  is  that  we  don't  want  the  grass  to  grow  too  quickly  but  make  better  root  growth  similar  to  the  Autumn  feed  regime.

But  sometimes getting  the  right  ratio  is  very  hard  for  the  normal  gardener  

So  the  other  alternatives  are :-

(a)  wait  till  summer  and  apply  the  summer  feed  and  miss  out  spring  altogether  

(b)  Make  up  your  own  feed  with  this  ration   using  Sulphate  of  Ammonia , dried  blood  , powdered  superphosphate ,fine bone  meal ,sulphate of  potash, calcined  sulphate  of  Iron  (  for  Moss  control ) and  screened  topsoil   as  a  carrier  (ask  me  for  the  measurements  if  you  want  to  carry  it  out  )  

(c)  You  could  try the  internet   to  some  specialist  firms   have  it  

But  my  best  thing  is  to  wait  since  the  spring  nearly  over  and  apply  the  summer  feed  

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#Gardening #trend Mellow Yellow flowers will be this summer trend

#Gardening  #trend  Mellow Yellow flowers will be this summer trend | Gardening | Scoop.it
B&Q says yellow flowers will be in fashion this summer. The retailer expects to sell millions of yellow flowering plants to meet demand from shoppers
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An  interesting   article  on  this  summer  #gardening  trend  in  flowers 

Seems  that  yellow  is  the  new  black  in the   gardening  retail  world.But to me  too  much  yellow  is  too  much  in  your  face  like  shining  a    bright  light.

So  my  advice  is  to use  in  moderation  mix  it  with  other  colours  like  purples  and  reds   and  your  garden  will  shine  without  glowing  too  bright.

In  dark  corners,  they  lighten  up  a  shaded   area  under  a  tree  think  about  what  dandelions  and  lesser  Clandine  does.

What  I  remember  from  experience  is  that  if  you  planting  anything  from  vegatables  to  shrubs  in  a  shaded  area  don't  go  for  the  bright  colours  too  much  use  the  subtle  tones  as  bright  colours  enjoy  the light  more  to  attract   pollinators   like  bees  and  butterflies   and  dark  colours  rely  on  months  and  other insects    

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How to grow a cottage garden | HouseBeautiful

How to grow a cottage garden | HouseBeautiful | Gardening | Scoop.it
Fill your garden with a riot of glorious flowers, herbs and vegetables with this guide to growing a cottage garden.

Via Allen Heritage
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Here  is  a basic guide  on  how  to  create  a  cottage  garden  from  scratch  

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RS Gardening Services | Garden Maintenance | Beckenham

RS Gardening Services | Garden Maintenance | Beckenham | Gardening | Scoop.it
A Garden Maintenance web site specializing in lawn care
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No  matter  how  big  or  small  the  job  is  RS  Gardening  services   prides  itself  on  client  satisfaction.

The  only  queries  I  get  from  my  clients  that  I  work  over  their  slotted  time  limit  to  finish  the  job  and  "Getting  Things  Done"  

So  instead  of  charging  by the  hour  I  charge  for  the  job  and  finish  as  some  Jobs  do  take  longer  than  most   but  I'm  flexible  &  will  do  what  I  can   in  the  a slotted  time  frame  give  or  take  a  hour  extra  to  finish  

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From an old refrigerator to an ice chest

From an old refrigerator to an ice chest | Gardening | Scoop.it

Everyone loves re-purposing old things into better-looking items. And of course, who doesn't love a well decorated patio?! This DIY lets you turn an old refrigerator into a beautiful ice chest at an affordable cost.


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Have  you  ever  wondered  what  to  do  with  your  old  fridge  ~  well  here  you  can  turn  it  into  a  trendy  ice  chest  

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Sustainable creativity at its best~!

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How about this awesomely creative way to upcycle an old fridge for your patio entertaining!

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A Little Chaos: a true gardening film

A Little Chaos: a true gardening film | Gardening | Scoop.it
Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet star in this film set during the creation of the gardens at Versailles
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#nationalgardenweek  kicks  off  with  a  great    piece  of  Historical  custume  drama  now  hitting  our  cinimas 

Set  in  france  a  must  See 

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National Gardening Week - National Gardening Week 2015

National Gardening Week - National Gardening Week 2015 | Gardening | Scoop.it
Details and information about what is happening in National Gardening Week 2015, what’s on in National Gardening Week 2015 and news stories about National Gardening Week 2015
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#NationalGardenWeek  kicks  today  ~  here  is  guide  on  what  to  see  and  where  all  over  the  UK  

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How to go about Improving the Health of Your Lawn

How to go about  Improving the Health of Your Lawn | Gardening | Scoop.it

An  excellent  article  on  how  to  improve  the  health  of  your  lawn 

 

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This  to  me  is  excellent  article  on the  importance  of  aerating  the  lawn  with  helpful  advice  about  sharing  the  equipment  as  the  cost  of  hiring  one  is  expensive   about  £75  weekday to  100  weekends  

As  one  new  lead  of  mine had  found  out  to  his  cost   the  other  day  I  don't  know  whether  he  did  it  himself  or  not.

As  I  said  in  My  blog  post ~  http://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com   that  you  should  really  go  for  the  hollow  tine  aerator  to  make  the  difference  as  David  Hedges  Gower  says  in  his  brilliant  book  Modern Lawn  Care  ~  that  the  solid tines  just  puncture  the  grass  and  don't  really  go  any  deeper  the  hollow  tines  remove  plugs  from  the  lawn  making  air  and  water  to  circulate  through  the  roots  

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#Gardening trend part 2 | Mower Briggs | Lawn Mowers Expert

#Gardening  trend part  2 | Mower Briggs | Lawn Mowers Expert | Gardening | Scoop.it

A  detailed  guide  on  what  mower  to  buy  

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For  those who have or  have  not  read  my  latest  blog http://bit.ly/1a4n21N  on  what  mower to  choose. -  this article    is  a  perfect compliment to  it.

 

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How To Start An Herb Garden by The Tasteful Garden

How To Start An Herb Garden by  The Tasteful Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Visit our site for helpful tips on how to start an herb garden and find all the vegetable plants you'll need in our online store! Enjoy nationwide shipping.
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An  excellent  guide  from   the  states  on  how  to  create  a  herb  garden

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Easy Container Gardening: 7 Containers You Never Thought Of | The Garden Glove

Easy Container Gardening: 7 Containers You Never Thought Of | The Garden Glove | Gardening | Scoop.it
Container gardening is growing in popularity, and not just for those with small gardens or living in apartments and condos. Creating a creative container garden that has character and personality isn't as easy though.
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7  useful   ways  of  recycling  and  reusing  items  for  containers 

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Preventing Plant Problems Starts Now | Planet Natural

Preventing Plant Problems Starts Now | Planet Natural | Gardening | Scoop.it

Spring  is  the time  to  deal  with  catarpillars,Black  spot  and  other  plant  problems  

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This  is  a  very  useful  guide  on how  to  control pest  on  vegetables, plants and roses. Especially  if  the  larvae  starts  to  pupate  with the  warm  sunshine  we  having.

Though  copper  is  said  to  be  effective  against  blackspot   according  to  this  blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/  Black  spot  is  a  very  deadly  infection  on  roses, that  ounce they  got  it  there  are  no  other  ways of   eradicating  it  but  only  preventive  measure  -  like  good  hygiene, and  treating  it  early   like  this  article  says  timing  is  important.

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Old and news ways of dethatching your lawn #Lawncare via @Hortweek

Old and  news  ways  of   dethatching  your  lawn #Lawncare  via  @Hortweek | Gardening | Scoop.it
Wetting agent trials show reduction in thatch layer - from Horticulture Week
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Old  and  new  ways  to  dethatch  your  lawn  #Lawncare  

 

Although  this  might  be good  for   the   private  sector ( ie   golf  greens  bowling  green  ect  )  The  commercial  market  still  have  to  make  do  with  thatch  as  no  doubt  the  price  will  be  too  expensive  for  normal  buyer  to  afford.

But  that's  why  the  old  ways  are  always  the  best  and  by  that  I  mean  aeration  though  its  hard  work  if  you  do  it  manually  with  a  a  hollow  tine  you  will  still  achieve  the  same  effects  as  this  new  wetting  agent .

Off  course  you  still  have  scarify  the  ground also   to  remove  the  dead  grass   that  make  up  the  thatch  layer  

More  on  the  topic  of  aeration  can  be  found  here  ~  http://bit.ly/1apIrme

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#nationalgardenmonth ~ April 2015: Garden events

#nationalgardenmonth  ~ April 2015: Garden events | Gardening | Scoop.it
Spring gardening events around the UK in April 2015
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As  we  are  in  the middle  of  #NationalGardenmonth    here  is  a  basic guide  on  what  on  and  what  to  see  this  month  "  Make  haste  whilst  the  sun  shines"

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#Inspiring #garden edging ideas from Better Homes and Garden

Edging is a great gardening tool and Jason can show you how to make it work at its best for your garden. An edge can make the difference between a good ...
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Here  are  some  #Inspiring  edging  designs  from Better  Homes  and  Gardens  

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Labour manifesto makes green cities, wages, and farming pledges

Labour manifesto makes green cities, wages, and farming pledges | Gardening | Scoop.it
Labour manifesto makes green cities, wages, and farming pledges - from Horticulture Week
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As  the  election,  days  looms  labour  "pledges  "  in  their  manifesto  "Green  cities &  wages &  farming  pledges  "  

But  I  don't  know  about  you  but  I  have  seen  and  been  through   both  the  promises  before  and  nothing  came  to  tuition.

From  the  days  of  Ted  Knight and  Ken  Livingston    that's  going  way  back  to  the  70s  to  Magie  and  Privatisation   of  the  Royal  Parks   in  the  late  80s  and  early  90s

It  would  be  interesting  to  see  how  Labour  can  improve  on  the  wages  as   that  is  why  I  think  there  a  exodus  of  school  leavers  heading  for  something   more  than  substantial  than  £6.00  per  hour (  yes  I  know  its  now  £10   but  in  some  places  I  saw  it's  still  considered  to  be  £6  per  hour.) 

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DIY Garden Pest Control [Infographic]

DIY Garden Pest Control [Infographic] | Gardening | Scoop.it
Learn how to implement 100% eco-friendly, natural pest control methods into your garden, lawn or crop using biological pest control methods using beneficial insects, insectary plants and diatomaceous earth.
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This  is  a  very  informative    Infographic  guide  on  the  use  of  Organic  or  biological  control  ~  there  is  some  regional  variation  as  we  here don't  have  the  paying  mantis  but  we  do  have  overs  which  are  covered  in  my  blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/pest-and-disease-control-debunking-the-old-myths/ ; and  many  more  interesting  subjects  

For  more  info  on  DE  earth   ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/pest-disease-control/ ;  

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

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Residence of California are warned about the possibilities of contracting Lyme Disease

Residence  of  California  are  warned  about  the  possibilities  of  contracting  Lyme  Disease | Gardening | Scoop.it
Shutterstock.com People who want to avoid the tick-borne Lyme disease might tread warily in forests and high grass.
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This  is  an  interestng  article  reposted  from  Febuary  this  year  ny  Citylab.com  about  the  dangers  of  contracting  lyme disease  from  walking  through  tall  grasses  or  woodland.

Just  looking  at  the  picture  of  this  tick  makes  my  skin  crawl  

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Top 10 facts about gardening - Express.co.uk

Top 10 facts about gardening - Express.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
NATIONAL Gardening Week begins today. You can find out about it at nationalgardeningweek.org.uk but here are some facts even they may not know.
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As  the  media hop  on  the  band  wagon  to  launch  National  Garden  week  as  the  heat  wave  continues  into  this  week  the  dailies  go  into  frenzy   as  they  try  to  stay  away  from  publics  as  Elections  heat  up

The  express  here  launched  its  trivia  pursuit  campaign for  all  us  gardeners

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Weed or flower? Gardeners can't recognise common weeds

Weed or flower? Gardeners can't recognise common weeds | Gardening | Scoop.it
Many gardeners cannot distinguish between common weeds and flowers. Here's why you should be careful what you dig up, and how to get on top of real weeds.
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This  is article  is  so  true, but  there  another  saying   that  closer  to  home  "  Another  man  meat  is  another  man's  poison " 

I was  taught  a  very  simple  similarly  when  I  was  at  college  ~

A farmer  sows  wheat  in  the  field  for  one  year  and  harvests it  when  its  ripe and  ready  

Then  the  next  year  he   decides  to  sow  barley  instead  but  as  the  season  goes  on  the  ears  of  corn  that  fell  to  the  ground  start to  germinate  in between  the  barley  now  what  ounce  was  a  crop  is  now  a  weed   as  David  said  here  a  weed  is  basically  a  flower  growing  in  the  wrong    place.

Most  weeds  are  tenacious  and  very  difficult  to  get  rid  off  like  the  weeds  from  the  dandelion  family  cause   of  there  tap  roots  which  break  at  bellow  ground  level  only  to  rejuvenate  again  the  knack  is  to  keep  on  chopping  away  it  with  a  hoe  slicing  down  wards  until you  cant  slice  anymore  ~  this  will  eventually  tire  the  plant  out  as  it  saped  all  the  energy  into  root  growth  

More  about  weed  control  can  be  found  here  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/weed-control/

 

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How to make soil for your raised beds

How to make soil for your raised beds | Gardening | Scoop.it
Straw bale gardening and other tips to build the best soil for your raised beds.
Adding some raised beds to your garden this year? Great idea. I’ve seen it said that raised beds produce about four times the amount of produce as do row crops.
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To  me  this  an excellent  article on   the  introduction  of  how  to  start  a  straw  bale  garden or  using  straw  as  an  insulator  to  warm  up  the  soil  in  the  spring   for  an  early  season  growth   

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