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Companion Planting Helpful Tips - Kettleby Herb Farms, Ontario, Canada

Companion Planting Helpful Tips - Kettleby Herb Farms, Ontario, Canada

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Heathrow launches world's first 'on-board picnic' service - Telegraph.co.uk

Heathrow launches world's first 'on-board picnic' service - Telegraph.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Heathrow launches world's first 'on-board picnic' service Telegraph.co.uk The park space, set up in collaboration with the Royal Parks Foundation, features the “scents of freshly cut grass and plants, the sounds of birds chirping”...
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All  sounds  like  a  good  idea  but  the  Pop  up  Parks  with  bird  song  is  over  the  top I  think .

But  for  this  privileged  you  have  to  pay  from  £5 to  £50  on  these  hampers   

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Too Cold for Broccoli?

Too Cold for Broccoli? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Tips for growing broccoli plants in the vegetable garden. (Too Cold for Broccoli? http://t.co/SAxnKqNaCW)
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THis  article  to  me  tells  me  something  that  i  didnt  know  about  growing  Broc  -  that  as  they  grow  the  plant  can  be  detrimental  to  a  temp  change 

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Inoculation and condition for Biochar and the 2014 home garden field trials << Tweeted from @DIYReddit

Inoculation and condition for Biochar and the 2014 home garden field trials http://t.co/IAUIdxv22R
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This  is  one  of  the  draw  backs  of  RAW biochar  is  that  if  isn't  inoculated  and  conditioned  it  would  have  the  reverse  on  your  soil   ie  absorbing  all  the  nutriments  in  your  soil  leaving  it  barren  for  weeks  until  it  released  back into  the  soil -  this  can  be  terribly  time  consuming    - However  a  good  search  around  the  Web  will  bring  fruitful  results  if  you  just  one  question  is  it  inoculated?

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How gardening became young, hip and urban - Telegraph.co.uk

How gardening became young, hip and urban - Telegraph.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
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How gardening became young, hip and urban
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'Gardening had this image of being fusty and dusty and the domain of the over-50s,” says Neil Whitehead.
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How to grow echinacea, those lazy, crazy daisies of summer

How to grow echinacea, those lazy, crazy daisies of summer | Gardening | Scoop.it
Not known for its staying power, the seductive yet fickle echinacea inspires many experiments
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Banned Biblical whale inflated on beach in Weston-super-Mare - BBC News

Banned Biblical whale inflated on beach in Weston-super-Mare - BBC News | Gardening | Scoop.it
Bristol Post
Banned Biblical whale inflated on beach in Weston-super-Mare
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The Bible Society installed the 50ft (15m) long creature after it was told it could not re-enact the story of Jonah in London's Royal Parks.
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A garden of late blooms with Japanese Anemone

A garden of late blooms with Japanese Anemone | Gardening | Scoop.it
September is  a time when some border plants come into their own, just as the rest of your summer flower plants are past their prime.  A classic late flowerer is the pretty Japanese Anemone, a favourite with gardeners and the perfect choice for the...
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Three Problems you may encounter when Landscaping your yard

Three Problems  you  may  encounter when Landscaping your  yard | Gardening | Scoop.it

(1) Cost   Since you are hiring a contractor to do the landscaping renovation, you can definitely expect these guys to ask for a fee for all services rendered. Yes, whether it be keeping your bushes and grassperfectly trimmed or replacing a garden lamp, these things costs money. So you say that this is not going to be a problem, right? Unfortunately, there are numerous cases where the house owner is either angry or confused as to why their landscaping service fee have reached hundreds (even thousands) of dollars by the end of the day. That’s because these people did not give the contractor a heads up about their budget

(2)  Security Damage

Yes  there  are  some  unscrupulous  people  around  who  take  advantage  of  you  im  afraid  so  unless  you  know  that  can  trust  them  have  some  one  in  the  house   when  you  are  out  and  about  

(3)  Property Damage  

- While these contractors are busy working on your lawn or garden, accidents may happen. It could be that your favorite bush or plant gets damaged or some clumsy worker managed to break your favorite garden decoration. When things get messy, it’s only right to ask for a refund. Unfortunately, not all contractors give great refunds, so make sure that the contractor you’re getting has a great refund system for damages incurred.

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How  at  RS  Gardening Services  Address   these  3  problems  

(1) The  Fees

When  I'm  seeing new  clients  I  always    state    my  prices  before  hand   wether  it  for  an   two  or  three  hours   or  a  days  work    so  my  clients  know  where  they  stand  .

Also  I  alter  my  schedule  around  them    

But  if  you  planing  to  redesign  your  garden    always    consider it  like    doing  a  rebuild   budget  properly  its  no  good  sending  out  your   gardener  to  get  plants  and   garden  structures  then  finding  that  you  got  no  money  for  it  

Thats  why   when  I  get  to  the  task   I  ask  how  much  are  you  willing  to  spend  on  your  garden  as  labour  cost  and  material  can  up  to  a  lot  

(2) Security

 As  i  already mentioned  Trust  is  the  key  importance ;-  

(a) Dont  give  them  acess  to  your  garden  

(b) Make Sure  that   their  is  some  one  in   

(3) Property  Damage  

Yes  accidents  can  happen but  all contractors  should  have  a  Public  Liability  Insurance  too   if  they  are  honest  and  accidently  break  anything  You&  they    are  covered  

All  ways  ask   before  hiring                                                 

 

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Defra confirms industry meeting for ornamentals sector

Defra confirms industry meeting for ornamentals sector | Gardening | Scoop.it
Defra confirms industry meeting for ornamentals sector - from Horticulture Week
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This  all  may  be  well  but  where  does  import and  exporting  come  into  the  equation  of  horticulture  

Surely  Horticulture   means  growing  and  looking  after  plants  not  imports  and  exports  that  is  surely  #Marketing  

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Mary Berry's recipe for gardening success

Mary Berry's recipe for gardening success | Gardening | Scoop.it
Great British Bake Off presenter and baker Mary Berry shares her tips for how you can garden your way to an active and happy old age
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Marry Berry  give  helpful  tips   on  how  to  garden  without  using  to  exertion 

From   getting  a  small  bench  to  sit  on  when  picking  fruits  to  kneeler  to  save  your  knees 

Gardening  can  still  be  enjoyed  when  your  old  

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Gardening: Sedums lead way in coping with hot, dry weather - The Spokesman Review

Gardening: Sedums lead way in coping with hot, dry weather - The Spokesman Review | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gardening: Sedums lead way in coping with hot, dry weather
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Sedum Autumn Joy is a very common plant in our gardens. It grows to 18 inches to 2 feet tall and an old plant can be 2 feet across.
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Here is  a  succulent  that  pretty  hardy in drought  it  flowers  in autumn  and  the  seed  heads  are  ideal  for  birds. 

They  are  easy  to  propagate  to

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Stone Wall

Stone Wall | Gardening | Scoop.it
Get inspired with this Stone Wall photo in HGTV Garden Galleries.
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Get  inspirational  ideas  on  how  to  create  your  own  stone  wall

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Japanese red cedars to replace oaks to fight climate change

Japanese red cedars to replace oaks to fight climate change | Gardening | Scoop.it
Trees from America, Japan and southern Europe will be planted in Britain’s forests to avoid them shrinking by 40 per cent by 2080 because of climate change Traditional Oaks will have to be replaced in Britain’s forests as woodlands must adapt to...
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This  story  interest  me  because  it  seems  this  happening  not  just  over  here  in the  UK  but  over  in  the  USA  too.

I  often  read  articles  about  residents  ripping  up  their  lawns  and  transplanting  drought  resistant  vegetation  in  place  off  as  they  watch  their  grass  dry  up  in  the  heat.

To  me  this  is  the  only  way  forward and  very  sad  to  see  all  our  native  trees  which  all  the  green  lobbyist  are  trying to  push  the  government  over  here  the  same  maintenance structure  as  street  lamps  and  other  vital  structure .

  Now  being  replaced  by  foreign   species  -  I  just  hope  that  they  don't  bring  in  foreign  pest  with it  otherwise    we  will  have  another  epidemic  very  similar  to  the  one  not  to  long  ago  with  our  elms   

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How to Maximize Your Gardening Workout | General Fitness | FireHow.com

How to Maximize Your Gardening Workout | General Fitness | FireHow.com | Gardening | Scoop.it
Heavy digging, raking, laying sod, turning compost and other garden chores burn 300 to 400 calories an hour. Now I really hope this article helps people to have there garden to look good and yourself too!
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Dedicated  to  you   fitness  addicts  out  there  -  true  gardening  is  a  great  exersize   but  you  most  be careful  of  your  back  too  cause  once  that  goes  it  would  take  months  to  heal  and  then  it  never  go  away. 

Take  a  tip  from   from  some  one  doing  heavy  squats   Always  bend  at  knees  and  keep  your  back  straight  -  The  muscles  in  your  thighs  are  stronger  than  the  ones  in  your  back  

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Gardening | Cool weather brings good time to grow some herbs - MyrtleBeachOnline.com

Gardening | Cool weather brings good time to grow some herbs
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Forget the hackneyed image of little pots of herbs growing on a sunny kitchen window sill.
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This  to  me  Sounds  like  a  brilliant  idea  -  but  taking  in  account  the  location ie  USA  I  get  to  thinking  could  it  work  over  here  in  the  UK  plus  the  fact  the  winter is  a  problem  with  young  lush  stems  

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Celebrate England’s magnificent trees

Celebrate England’s magnificent trees | Gardening | Scoop.it
Do you have hankerings for a horse chestnut or an urge for an oak? The UK has some of Europe’s most historic and beautiful trees and the search is now on to find our Tree of the Year. Liam Creedon reports.
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I  found  this article  interesting  because  it  was  quite  recently  the  forestry  commission   where  told  to  take  out  our  oak  trees  and  replace  them  with  western  cedars

Cause  of  "Global  Warming "  ie  severe  droughts that  will  depleat our  land  of  water.

However  what  I  feel  is  totally  different   due  to  just  observing  nature  and  seeing  what  thrives  and  what  doesn't 

And  what  i  seen  is  that  large  plants  with  large  tap  roots  aren't  effected  by  the  drouight  cause  they  can  tap  into  your  water  basin and  what  you  see  is  only  superficial  damage 

  As  some  one  ounce  said  " This  planet  survived  a  lot  catastrophic disasters  in  its  time  but  it  managed  to  bounce  back  True  if  a  plant  or  trees  dies    replace  it  by  all  means  but  ripping  out  our  trees  and  replacing  them   with  new  imports  is  fruitless 

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Why have rock gardens fallen out of fashion?

Why have rock gardens fallen out of fashion? | Gardening | Scoop.it
The Victorians and Edwardians loved them, but the traditional rock garden is considered bad taste by many today
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Royal Parks to host two harvest festivals - Horticulture Week

Royal Parks to host two harvest festivals - Horticulture Week | Gardening | Scoop.it
Royal Parks to host two harvest festivals
Horticulture Week
Experts from The Royal Parks Guild – The Royal Parks alumni society - will be on site to answer any questions about food growing.
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This  sounds  like  fun   a  must  if  you   live  within  the  city  or  are  prepared to  travel   starts  in  Kensington  and  Regents  Park  on  the  7th   

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Squash Vine Borer Wins

Squash Vine Borer Wins | Gardening | Scoop.it
The vigorous Jack Be Little pumpkin vines that once scaled my rustic tripod have succumbed to the ravenous caterpillars.
ARGHHH, they are back this year.  Yes, I’ve read that collars around the stem are the best prevention.
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How meadows were lost in the long grass - Telegraph

How meadows were lost in the long grass - Telegraph | Gardening | Scoop.it
The popularity of the 'annual meadow’ has led to some unrealistic ideas about wildflowers (RT @B_Strawbridge: Know your '#meadows' from your 'meadows'?
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On  the  rise  of  the  recent  claim  that  some  wildplants  maybe   toxic  like  the  corn  cockle  from  an  early  post   by  the  said  telegraph it  has  come  too  no  surprise  that  now  they  are  saying  that  our  wild  flowers  arent  really  wild  at  all  -  well  in  fact  if  you  look  at  from  different  angle   these  seeds    first  start  their  journey  from  the  labs  either  in  kew  or  other  big  research  laboratories -> then  from  there  to  shops  or  stores  (  their  still  not  wild  ) -> then  sold  on  where  we  are  guilty  of  helping  them  germinate  by  cultivating  the  soil  so  really  they  are  called  cultivated  wild  flowers  ->  its  only  when  they  begin  to  self  sow  that  the  these  plants  are  wild  

As  for  wild  meadows it  was  due  the  agriculture  revolution  that  these  wild  flowers   began  to  be  wiped  out   cause  of  arable  farming  cause  they  where  invasive  species  

When  I  was  at  college  we  where  given  a  good  example  

"If a  farmer sows and  harvests  wheat one  year  and  decides to  sow  barley  the  next -> should  there  be  any  wheat  seeds  that   germinated  in the  soil  that  is  classified  as  a  weed ie  a  plant  in the  space  at  the  wrong  time   

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Curb Appeal: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Curb Appeal: Front Yard Landscaping Ideas | Gardening | Scoop.it
Boosting curb appeal is easy with the help of colorful plants and functional furniture. We show you curb appeal landscaping and hardscaping ideas, along with...
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Going  along  with  the  other  story  I  posted   -  this  is  great  idea  of  selling  your  house  if  you  lawn  starting  to  not  look  it  best  and  that  is  to  create  a  bed  out  it  -  In  the  states this  is  taken  over  by  storm  cause  of the  drought  but  in  the  UK  we  don't  have  the  sever  weather like  they  do.

However  to  avoid  any  conflicts  with your  Residents  Committee  best  check  with  them  before  hand  other  wise  you  will  be  fined 

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We must pay more attention to threat to oak trees

We must pay more attention to threat to oak trees | Gardening | Scoop.it
Johanna Gibbons calls for ‘Springwatch’ approach to spotting problems
The carterpillar of the oak processionary moth
Landscape professionals need to take a ‘Springwatch’ approach to oak processionary moth, according to Johanna Gibbons of J&L Gibbons.
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These  pest  can  cause  skin  irrations  cause  of  their  very  fine  hairs  and  you  should  be  carefull  of  them .

So  I  totally  go  a  long  with  this  

To  My  knowledge  Council  Boroughs  have  already  have  a  scheme  set  where  they  spray  the  oaks  tree  when  an  a  large  out break  does  occur  but  unfortunately  for  some  residents  all  grounds  surround  the  oak  trees   the  cost  is  too  high  to  have  some  one  in to  do  it  as  you  need  a  licence  and  the  right  equipment  to  treat  it  plus  the  cost  of  the  chemical  it  self  

In  My  time  working  for  either  Local  Boroughs ,  Royal  Parks  Department   to  being  Self  Employed  I  have  never  come  this  at  all   

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Why David Bellamy is beginning a new 'backyard safari' - Telegraph.co.uk

Why David Bellamy is beginning a new 'backyard safari' - Telegraph.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
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Why David Bellamy is beginning a new 'backyard safari'
Telegraph.co.uk
... place where the photographs were taken and a brief explanation of the odds, together with your name, postal and email address and telephone number.
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I  believe it  was  ounce  said  that  if  you  want  to  explore  the  habitat  of  animals  and  plants   look  no  further  than  your  back  garden

No  need  to  go  out  to  the  amazon  our  gardens  are  will  provide  all  what  we  know  about  the  wild  life 

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Reusing broken concrete isn't too hard

Reusing broken concrete isn't too hard | Gardening | Scoop.it
Pasadena-based landscape designer Laramee Haynes often reuses pieces of broken concrete in gardens as an alternative to pouring a slab of concrete. "Broken concrete can be reused over and over again," Haynes said.
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Brilliant  Idea  of  how  to  reuse  concrete  

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Shed of the Year 2014 - the winners in pictures - Telegraph

Shed of the Year 2014 - the winners in pictures - Telegraph | Gardening | Scoop.it
An innovative eco-shed with an allotment on its roof has won the Shed of the Year competition (We should have entered Plymouth's Shed on Wheels to this competition!
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After  quickly  glimpsing  through  the  pictures  from  the  weird  and  whacky  to  the normal  ones  Im    spoilt  for  choice  here  and  need  help   

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