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Garden Pests – Prevention and Control

Garden Pests – Prevention and Control | Gardening | Scoop.it
The Organic and Chemical options for Controlling Garden Pests. The word ‘pest’ conjures up, for many people, a vision of hordes of greenfly on roses or blackfly on broad beans.

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For us Brits pls  note  that  neem isnt  supplied  here  as  pesticide  due  Health and  Safety  Law ( Not  funded = Not  suplied )

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Garden Pests - Prevention and Control See my 10 favourite organic homemade pesticides as well as learn about common garden pest and how to control them using both chemical pesticides and organic alternatives #Gardening, #Pests, #Garden, #Horticulture

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This  is  awesome  advice  on  pesticides  but  unfortunately,  some  of  the  products  mentioned there  aren't  sold  here  in  the  UK  due  to  HSE  regulations. Neem  oil  is  a  good  example  &  DE (diotomEarth) which  are  only  sold  to  preventional  exterminators  &  pest  control professionals  For  More  details  check  out  My  Blog  on  chemicals    ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/chemical-management/

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Parks are good for us – so why are they being neglected? | Patrick Barkham

Parks are good for us – so why are they being neglected? | Patrick Barkham | Gardening | Scoop.it
It may seem sensible for Brighton and Hove city council to save £175,000 a year by sacking its rangers, but the hidden costs are great

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This story  post  dated  Jan  5th  reflects  the  sad  and  brutal  case  of  economics. 

But  this wasn't  the  only  occurrence  I  remenber  far  back  to  the  days of  Dame  Maggie  Thatcher  AKA  The  Iron  Lady   that  all  the  Royal  parks  where  hit  too  with  the  latest  privatisation  scheme  and  subcontracted  out.  

So  it  doesn't  really  matter  who  is  power  they  always  get  rid  off  the  expendables  to  save  money  

 

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Plant Communication — Botany Thoughts — Medium

Plant Communication - Botany Thoughts - Medium
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Here  is very  useful  insight  into  secret  life  of  plants.

Science  has  now   moved  forward  and has  now  suggested  that that  they  communicate  via  fungi  also.

But  like  other  sciences  it  is  just  a  theory  and  hasn't  yet  been  proved   

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How to sell your home this spring | The Times

How to sell your home this spring | The Times | Gardening | Scoop.it

A detailed floor plan, dazzling pictures, tidy garden and realistic asking price will all help secure a sale, says Jayne Dowle

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How to  increase the curb  appeal  of  your  front  garden  this  spring  by  adding  spring  bulbs  to  your  front  lawnn

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Roses - Garden Compass

Roses - Garden Compass | Gardening | Scoop.it
Black Forest™ Bright Red Roses Black Forest™ are beautiful roses with abundant trusses, bright red flowers and dense dark green foliage. It may be classified as a petite shrub but there is nothing small about its impact. Miracle on the Hudson™ Gorgeous Deep Red Roses The New Miracle on the Hudson™ is a gorgeous deep …
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Here  is  a  collection of  rose  to  look  out  for  this  year  -  which  ones  your  favourite  

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A life lesson learned from my tree - GardenDrum

A life lesson learned from my tree - GardenDrum | Gardening | Scoop.it
The large spotted gum tree in my little back yard sheds its bark each year and, after ten years of living with it, I finally learned a valuable life lesson from it. Continue reading →
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Here  is  a  poignant  story  from  Steven  Wells  about  what  a  life  lesson  can  be  taught  from a  tree.

And  the  things  we  take  for  granted  can  often  teach  us  a  valuable  lesson  in  life.

After  all   trees  have  been  here  longer  than  us  

 

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Best Practices for Gardening in Contaminated Soil

Best Practices for Gardening in Contaminated Soil | Gardening | Scoop.it
The benefits of growing food in cities (nutrition, exposure to nature) outweigh the very low risks of lead contamination. This is the conclusion of a recent University of Washington study: It is highly unlikely that urban agriculture will increase incidences of elevated blood Pb for childre...
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An  interesting  article  on  the  benefits  of  urban  farming  -  either  in  a  homestead  or  allotments and  gardens  here  in the  UK.

There  are  three  ways  your  soil  and water  ways  can  be  contaminated  with  lead  

(1)  Old  lead  water  pipes  

(2)  air Pollution    via  cars  

(3)  In   paints  

The  main  source  of  our  lead  pollution  comes  from    drinking  water  either  from  old  taps   

But  since  the  clean  air  act  here  in  the  UK in  the  1956  our  pollution  has  level  has  dropped  increasingly " and  our  water  sources   has improved  by  the  introduction  of  non  lead  pipes  like  copper  or  plastic  in  our  homes. 

A non  lead  petrol  has  been  introduced  since  the year  2000 has  improved  the  quality  of  air ,  but  since  the  older  cars  will  need  an  expensive  conversion  to  convert . some  garages  have  stopped  supplying  them .

As  for  paints  this  only  concerns  houses  that  are  built  in  the  1970s   even  new  paints  do  not  contain  lead  these  day   


So  lets  take  a  look  at  the  article  and  apply  it  to  the  facts  that  I  mention  above  

(1)  root  crops  can  only  get  effected  by  lead  if   the  water  in your  well   hasn't  been  checked  for  lead  

 Or  you  have   a  old  water  pipe  that  hasn't  been  updated  

(2)  Air  pollution  can  effect  your  vegetables if   you  live  near  a  busy   road  or  that  your  country  hasn't  got introduced  non  lead  petrol  

Sources   University of  Minnesota  https://goo.gl/0qsFDJ   ;  


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18 Essential Balcony Gardening Tips to Know

18 Essential Balcony Gardening Tips to Know | Gardening | Scoop.it
With some balcony gardening tips, ideas and a lot of tricks, it is not difficult to transform your balcony into a real small garden.
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Here  is  rather  long  list  of  18  things  to  look  for  when  you  designing  a  balcony  garden -  Which  to  me  is  rather  long  winded  to  me.

As  I  haven't  had  a  chance  to  design a  balcony  garden  I  would  think  drainage  and  light  are  the  two  most  important  features  to  look  out  for .

But  never less  there  are   a  few  ideas  here  of  what  to  look  out  for  

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Local Radio and TV - BBC Local Radio and RHS Design A Garden Competition - BBC Local Radio

Local Radio and TV - BBC Local Radio and RHS Design A Garden Competition - BBC Local Radio | Gardening | Scoop.it

Find out how to enter the BBC Local Radio and the RHS garden design competition.

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"Can  you  cut  the  mustard"   #gardening  

A  chance  for  all  budding local  designers  to  show  off  their  worth  before  the  main  event  in  Chelsea  this  year  

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Nigel Colborn's essential jobs for your garden this week 

Nigel Colborn's essential jobs for your garden this week  | Gardening | Scoop.it
Now is the time to sow the first seeds of the year. This will give them time to develop before moved outside in May. Cover sown seeds with a thin layer of sieved compost.
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Here is  a  excellent  guide  from  the  Dailymail  on  jobs  to  in   the  garden  this  month.especially  about  the  sowing  the  seeds  early.

Another  plant  that  might  benefit  from  this  is  the  common  tomato  plant. that  benefit  from  a  longer  daylight  hours. 

However  with  the suckers  I  have  to  agree to  disagree  for  one  simple  reason  especially  with   roses    the  suckers  form  from  the  main  stem  if  the  plant  is not  planted  properly  &  there fore   trying  to  loo  for  the  root  it  came  from  sith  will  pointless -  best  to  cut  it  right  back  to  the  main  stem  

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Five Cancer-Fighting Garden Herbs

Five Cancer-Fighting Garden Herbs | Gardening | Scoop.it
Back before the advent of modern medicine, naturopaths and other holistic healers relied – as they do today – not an industrially manufactured chemicals, but on natural plant-based compounds to treat a variety of human diseases, ranging from the mild (skin conditions like acne or eczema) to the severe (potentially fatal diseases like cancer). That …
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As it  #WorldCancerWeek   I  thought  this  article  might  interest  some  of  you   I  do  recall   posting  something  very  similar  in  Twitter  and  Facebook  some  time  ago  from  the  indian  Times  about  how  about  eating  leafy  green  are  good  for  your  health   http://sco.lt/6Nm7NJ ;  &  the  following  article  about  how  House  plants  can  change  the  environment  around  you  http://sco.lt/5WFuD3 ;

So  this  has  come  to  no  surprise  to  me  about  the  medicinal  value  of   herbs   

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6 things every new vegetable gardener needs to know - Savvy Gardening

6 things every new vegetable gardener needs to know - Savvy Gardening | Gardening | Scoop.it
In recent weeks, the rapidly increasing cost of vegetables, like cauliflower ($8.99 at my local grocery store!), has made headlines across North America. With food prices expected to continue to rise in the near future, more homeowners are turning to vegetable gardening to offset the price of groceries. For those who are new to gardening – or at [&hellip
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To  me  this  article  is  ideal  for  the  novice  gardeners  who  are  thinking  of  starting  a  small  vegetable  garden  using  the  K I S  method  Keep  It  Small  (  I  left  out  the  Stupid  )   by  keeping  it  small  you  can  monitor  your  success  and  failure  also  it  very  wise  to    follow  the  other  post  I  made     early  on   http://sco.lt/8kurfF ; about  budgeting  and  growing  what  you  need

 

This  review  was  written  by  Richard  Spencer   for  his  curated  content  on  Gardening  techniques  at  @Richard Spencer

follow   him  here  on  these  channels  https://t.co/FH2a1bimxd  ;

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Hay Bale Gardening: Effortless Food Production with No Weeds, No Fertilizer & Less Watering (Video) | Self-Sufficiency

Hay Bale Gardening: Effortless Food Production with No Weeds, No Fertilizer & Less Watering (Video) | Self-Sufficiency | Gardening | Scoop.it

UPDATE :2/1/2016
RELATED ARTICLE-Learn How This Famil Grows 6,000 Lbs Of Food on Just 1/10th Acre – Here’s the video… Enjoy!

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To me this is  fascinating  read  about  the  benefits  of  straw  baling  -  not  a  new  concept .

This  would  be  an  ideal  alternate  way  of  growing  fruit  and  veg  if  you  lived  next  to  farm  or  live  in  a  "Homestead"  where  straw  or  hay  is  bountiful.

However off  course  you  have  to  get  permission  by  from  the  farmer  as  the  hay  is  used  for  animals  

And  buying  it  in  bulk  loads  for  this  purpose  isn't  cheap  

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Get in front of lawn weed issues before spring (02-05-2016)

Get in front of lawn weed issues before spring (02-05-2016) | Gardening | Scoop.it
Spring is still several weeks away, but now is a good time to prevent unsightly weeds from invading home lawns when the weather warms up.
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Here  I  have  found  this  article  rather  alarming  but  informative  since  many  of  the  chemical  mentioned  here  are  either  banned  by  Health and  Safety  executive  for   being  cause  of  cancer   or  they  stopped  due  to  lack  of  funding.  

But  never  less  many  of  what  this  article  says  is  useful  especially  when  it  mentioned  about  the  sponge  method  to  spot  weed  killer.

That  may  be  alight  for  the  seeds  that  lie  dormant   in  the  grass  but  if  you  have  anything  like  that  weed  in  the  picture  you  may  need  to  re think  your  weed strategy again  cause  these  have  grown  by  tap roots  that  a  simple  scorching  by  weed  killer  will  not  kill  off   or  even  digging  it  out    cause  no  matter  how  much  you  pull  out  out  there will  be  always  a  tiny  root  left  that  has  snapped  off  

However  there  are  two  ways  to  control  this  

(1)  spot  treat  it  with  a  weed  killer  that  destroys  the  roots  as  well  either  by  using  the  sponge  method  or  by  spray  

(2)  cutting  off  the  heads  before  they  set  seed  

(3)  as  the  article  said  raising  the  height  of  your  mower  to  give  your  grass  a  fighting  chance  

(4)  vertical  slitting   -  running  your  wire  rake  over  the  grass  to  encourage  grass   roots  to  divide  and  grow  and  slowly  pushing  out  the  troublesome  weeds       

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Book Review: Great Gardens of London - GardenDrum

Book Review: Great Gardens of London - GardenDrum | Gardening | Scoop.it
I’ve reviewed this book simply because I enjoyed it. Such books don’t always live up their hype but this is one I’m happy to add to my collection.
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Here  is  a excellent  review  from  Hellen  Young  on  a  book  about  Londons  hidden  gems.

A  must  read for any of  our  visitors  from  over  seas .

Having  had  the  great  privileges  of   both  working  in  two  fantastic  park  my  self  (check out )https://uk.linkedin.com/in/rsgardencareservices ;

 

 

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Bonsai Tree Care 8 Tips for Beginners

Bonsai Tree Care 8 Tips for Beginners | Gardening | Scoop.it
Bonsai tree care involve watering, proper fertilisation, choosing right soil, providing proper light and aeration. Tips to protect bonsai from pests and how to
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Here  is  excellent  easy  to  follow   info-graphic  guide  on  how  to  look  after  your  bonsai  

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7 Gardening Ideas For Creating A Greener Garden

7 Gardening Ideas For Creating A Greener Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Growing a green garden is about more than producing food. These 7 gardening ideas are sure to educate and inspire even the lightest shade of green thumb.
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Here  is  a excellent   guide  to  organic  gardening

Taking  you  step  by  step  through  ways  to  create  healthy   garden  

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New varieties fighting back against blight

New varieties fighting back against blight | Gardening | Scoop.it
SOMETIMES in gardening the pragmatic way is to admit defeat and find a new line of attack.
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This  is  an  interesting  article  about  how  seed  producers  are  producing  F1  crops  to  fight  against  the  blight  which  effects  our  harvest  of  potatoes  and  Tomatoes  each  year  

 

Last  Year  I  was  luck  and  took  the  initiative  and  grew  them  my  clients  Tomatoes  in  the  green  house.

Based  on  my  knowledge  that  I  have  i  learnt  from  the  years  that  Blight  is  a  air  borne disease.

 

Even  so  what  Tomato  growers  don/t  tell  you  is  that  the  crops  need  a  extended   growing  season   so  unless  you  have    the  special  lighting  installed  its  best  to  buy  them  from   as  a  plant  and  have  them  in  your  green  house  

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How To Create Super Soil For Garden Containers, Planters And Hanging Baskets! - Old World Garden Farms

How To Create Super Soil For Garden Containers, Planters And Hanging Baskets! - Old World Garden Farms | Gardening | Scoop.it
Create Super Soil for your planters, containers and hanging baskets this year and show off your green thumb!  A how to guide to creating great soil
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Here is an interesting article on how to make your very own potting compost for free. Though as professional I will tend to differ with this article for this reason. (1) Topsoil from your garden isn't cleaned like the shop brought peat and will definately contain pest like the Fungus knats that live off rotting matter. Also there will be some diseases that will lay dormant in there - like black spot so it not advisable to start growing plants in it until they have been established. (2) Like the top soil they is always a chance of Disease and Pest lurking in your garden pile

So its best to use the garden compost for your outside beds where its can rot down properly, and Mother nature can give you a helping hand in controlling the pest
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Top Tips For Success With Clematis

Top Tips For Success With Clematis | Gardening | Scoop.it
Looking for some top tips for success with clematis? Here is an Interview with with Clematis Expert – Ray Evison

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Top  tips  from  the  Clematis  Expert  Ray  Evison  

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Looking for some top tips for success with clematis? Here is an Interview with with Clematis Expert – Ray Evison

 

 

 
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10 companion plants to grow

10 companion plants to grow | Gardening | Scoop.it
Herb expert Jekka McVicar tells BBC Gardeners' World Magazine about the best companion plants to grow in your garden, including calendula, mint and sage.
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For  all  those  that  into  natural  pest  control  -  this  source  of  information  from  www.Gardenersworld.com    is  a  must  read  as  it  shows  you  10  companion  plants  that  can  deter pest  and  aid  pollination  

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How to grow your own wedding flowers

How to grow your own wedding flowers | Gardening | Scoop.it

Got  a  big  day  coming  up  or  in  the  future.  Then  why  not  save  money  and  be  unique   and  grow  your  own.

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This  is  a  must  read  if  you  have  a  big  coming  up  soon  and  you  you  want  something  special  for  your  daughter  wedding.

This  saves  you  a  lot  of  money  too  as  well  you  can  make  money  it   by  doing  other  peoples  displays  so  it  a  win  win  situation  

 

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Gardening calendar: what to do in February

Gardening calendar: what to do in February | Gardening | Scoop.it
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As   the  spring  draws  ever  closer  it  time  to  start  planning  your  garden  for  the  spring  and  summer.

Here  is  some  ideas  or  task   for  you  do.

(1)  With  the  high  winds  we  are  having  here  in  the  UK  -  time  to  check  our  fencing  see  if  its  repairable  or  needs  replacing  

 Wind damage  on  branches   -  if  any  of  your  trees  have  broken  off  and  left  snags  as  it  still  sappy  -  prune  back  to  a  healthy  bud  

(2)  remove  all  broken  debris  from  the   lawn   and  beds   and  dispose  of them  by  taking  them  to  dump  or  burning  them  

(3) re-stake or  re-tie  any  shrubs  that  needs  support  -  in  some  case   when  they  are  top  heavy  -  drastic  measures  are  needed    like  pruning  hard  back  and  supporting  them  

(4)  In  case  of  shrubs  if  they  are  too  large  and  heavy  you  might  have  to  count  your  losses  as  they  might  be  beyond  saving.with  there  roots  severed  off  

(5) For  small  shrubs  just  dig  a  deep  whole  and  place  the  roots  back  in  but  use  the  5  second  rule  -  anything  that  been  exposed  to  the  outside  longer  than  5 seconds  wouldn't  survive  

 

(6)  On  Planting  Fruit  trees    I  always  prep  the  whole  first   digging  a  spit  deep  and  spit  wide  -  then  I follow  these  golden  rules    (a) place  the  pot   in  the  whole  to make sure  the  hole  is  deep  enough  

(b) I  do  this  by  using  a  cane  and   putting  across  the  hole  -  this  make  sure  the  that  soil  level in  the  pot  matches  up  with  ground  level  

(c) I  then  scrape  the  inside  to  loosen  the  soil  around  the  inside  of  the  hole  - this  ensures  that  the  roots  can  spread  out  more  

(d)  Then  insert  your  stake  into  the hole  and  hit  it  with  a  wooden  hammer  to  ensure  that  it  stable  

(e) Then  take  out  the  tree  from  the  pot  and gently  loosen  the  roots  around  the  edge -  if  its  pot  bound  (  pre  soak  the  roots  in  water  for  1  day  )  

(f)  place  the  tree  against  the  post  (  place  a  shovel  off  earth  on  top  if  it  bare rooted  and  give  the  tree  a  gentle  shake  to  distribute the  soil  around  the  tree  roots )  heel  in  and  fill  in  the  hole  until its  is  level  with  the   surrounding  earth  

(g)  Tie  tree  with  proper  tree  ties  in  a  figure  8  

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Why You Should Grow Sweet Potatoes in Your Self Reliance Garden

Why You Should Grow Sweet Potatoes in Your Self Reliance Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
With the rising cost of food. Growing your own food is always a good insurance. One of the easiest vegetable to grow is sweet potato. In fact, once it is planted they grow like crazy with little maintenance! They make a perfect permaculture plant. Sweet potatoes that you find at the grocery store are very …
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Here  is  an  interesting  article  for  those  that  like  growing  unseal  vegetables.  Why  not  try  growing  sweet  potatoes  according  to  this  article    they  are  very easy  to  grow.

Though  I  haven't  grown  them  my  self    only  the  the   old  potatoes  with some  success  and  failures  -  But  that's  what  is  what  gardening  is  all  about .

Ill  have  to  research  a  little  deeper  on  this  subject  to  see  if  its  at  easy  as  He  says  it  so  ill  keep  you  posted  

 

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Estimating Yields and Crop-Planting Area for Your Home Garden

Estimating Yields and Crop-Planting Area for Your Home Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it

Planting for abundance without over-producing can be tricky. Here’s a brief overview on how to estimate yields and planting area for crops in your home vegetable garden based off of the unique needs of your household.

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This is  a  very  useful  guide   on  how  to  think  a  head  when  your  planning  your  seeds.

As  we  all  know  that  we  get over  enthusiastic   about  our  crops  and  seem  to  forgot  that  we  have  a  small  plot  to  grow  them  in  plus  the  over  abundance  at  harvest  time  especially with  tomatoes -  we  can  only  take  so  much  tomatoes  until  we  are  bored  with  it    

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Winter Lawn Care for Every Type of Yard | Zillow Porchlight

Winter Lawn Care for Every Type of Yard | Zillow Porchlight | Gardening | Scoop.it
A little effort through the colder months can help ensure a spring revival for your grass.
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Though I  don't  totally  agree  with this  article  especially  cutting  it  short  in  winter  as  I  have  mentioned  in  the  other  post  http://sco.lt/8BPL2v ;

There  is  some  good  advice  here.  But  with  the  mild  winter  we  are  having  here  in  the  UK  the  grass  is  still  growing  but  even  if  its  a  dry  day  it  still  doesn't  cut  the  grass  properly  as  it  hasn't  hardened  off  yet  

So  My  best  advice  is  this  :- 

(1)  For  medium &  small   lawns   try  cutting  the  grass  with  a  fly  mow  as  this  doesn't  press  down  the  leaves  with  a  roller  or  bar  that  are  attached  on   to  rotary  mower  or  cylinder  mower  

(2)  Also  It  doesn't  leave  indentation  on  your  grass   

(3)  For  large  lawns  its  best  until the  weather  warmer  and  dryer  to  cut  the  grass  -  And  yes  it  will  take  longer  than  use all -  maybe  it  a  variable  you  should  think  off  when  you  start  the  season  off  

(4)   Another  important  factor  when  starting  out  is  to  have  a  new  blade  or  at  least  a  sharp  blade  to  cut  the  grass  with  -  as  the  grass  will  still  be sappy  until  the   summer  and a  blunt  blade  wont   cut   but  tear  it  out   

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