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Life's a bed of roses for gardeners - Independent Online

Life's a bed of roses for gardeners - Independent Online | Gardening | Scoop.it
Life's a bed of roses for gardeners
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A spot of gardening will lift your spirits, a study suggests. More than 90 percent of gardeners think it improves their mood, according ...

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Plants dying? Grass wilting? Find a fix on the web.

Plants dying? Grass wilting? Find a fix on the web. | Gardening | Scoop.it

If you want to be a green thumb but don’t actually like getting down and dirty in your garden, just let the web do the work.


Via Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com
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After  reading  this  article  from   CTV.It   seems to  me   to  be  that  this new technology is taking  out  the  fun  and  all  the  guess work  out  of  gardening.  with  that  our  brain  gets  lazy.

Maybe  its a  way  forward  but  is  it  a  step  back   

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There's really no substitute for getting out there and examining, caring, etc. for your plants yourself. Hopefully these apps will be used as tools and not substitutes for the real thing...
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National Gardens Scheme Festival: top gardens to visit

National Gardens Scheme Festival: top gardens to visit | Gardening | Scoop.it
Our guide to the latest crop of NGS gardens, all open for the first time next weekend
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With  Chelsea  over  and  Hampton  court   just  over  the   horizon ~ The  National  Garden  Society  has  decided  to  open  all  its  members  garden  to  the  public.

Here  you  get  to  exchange  views   and  ideas   on  what  grows  best  nativately  without  the  glamour of  the  flower  shows 

The  Telegraph  here  has  choosen  a  few  of  the  main  big  ones  around  the  country  but  Many  more  can  be  seen  locally  just  by  going  to  Library and  getting  a  leaflets 

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House shaped tree to shelter itself from wind

House shaped tree to shelter itself from wind | Gardening | Scoop.it
On the coast of Denmark, this tree took’s the shape of a house to apparently shelter itself from the wind. According to the photographer: &qout;This old pink house is situated at the old dunes, a few hundred meters from the west coast, a very windy place were there isn’t much that can grow. So the tree…
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Although  this  image  is  stunning  I  bet  that  come  when  the  spring  when  the  tree  is  is  full  leaf    there  isn't  much  light  in  the  house 

plus  the  foundation  would  be  dubiuos  too   having  the  tree  so  close  to  house  too 

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Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden | Planet Natural

Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden | Planet Natural | Gardening | Scoop.it
Is it okay to use coffee grounds in the garden as a soil amendment? One of the more interesting blogs out there has a pdf paper on one of those consequenti...
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This is a very  interesting  article  on  the  use  of  coffee  grounds.  I  have  used  it  myself  on  Toms,  Camellias, Rhododendrons &  Azaleas  with  good  effects  as  a  natural  amendment.

But  not  as  mulch  as  this  article  says  it  can  congeal  rather  like  peat  when  wet and  stop  the  water  getting  to  the  roots.  

But  This  can  rectified  by (a)  mixing  it  with  coarser  material  to  keep  it  open  

                                                 (b)  leaving enough  space  between  the  plant  and  the  mulch  for  you  to  water  

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Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden - Chelsea Green

Permaculture Q&A: Mulching Options for Your Garden - Chelsea Green | Gardening | Scoop.it

Both hay and straw are excellent for soil conditioning. The weave of fibers crisscross to protect the soil from light, wind, and water erosion, while cooling the soil, retaining moisture, and preventing weeds from germinating. As the fibers breakdown through the seasons, the long tubular structures are incorporated into the soil matrix assisting with horizontal and vertical transfers of air, water, and nutrients while providing pathways for roots and mycelium.

 


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The  benefits  of  mulching 

 

Also  Coir  or  coco peat   is  a  another  good  source  of  mulching  material  cause  its  sterile  means  that  disease  free  and  any splash  back  from  the  ground  will  prevented  as  long  as  any  debris is  swept  up.

Another  benefit  of  using  straw,hay &  coir  is  the  fact  that  its  texture  is  rough  to  touch  and  that  prevebts  any  slugs  or  snails  from  harming  your  plants 

More  info  on  coir  can  be  found  here  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/for-peat-sake-choose-another-compost/

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Forest Gardening - Working with the Woods

We live in an abundant ecosystem. Let's learn the smartest ways of working with the forest to meet our needs. http://forested.us/ForestGardenDesign.html Forest ...
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A brief introduction into  Forest #Gardening. Learning  from  nature  what  grow  wells  and  what  doesn't   by  keeping  your  planting  native  you  can  acheive  the  same  results.

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How to Prevent Garden Pests | Planet Natural

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

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

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

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

 

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How to edge a lawn like a pro

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well  off  course  its  a  matter  of  opinion.

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

 

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Homes with the most gorgeous gardens to rival Chelsea Flower Show

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

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

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

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

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

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Outdoor Patio Table

Outdoor Patio Table | Gardening | Scoop.it

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


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10 farming priorities for the new government - Farmers Weekly

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

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

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

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

 They  have already  denied  funding  kew  gardens  last  Febuary  

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

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

  

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

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Add color to a shady landscape with these vibrant plants

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

 

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

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

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A  Gardeners  woes  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Willows Hedgehog Rescue Bromsgrove Worcestershire - Wildlife Gardening - Willows Hedgehog Rescue

Willows Hedgehog Rescue Bromsgrove Worcestershire - Wildlife Gardening - Willows Hedgehog Rescue | Gardening | Scoop.it
Making a Space for Nature & what's best is most things can be done for FREE! Gardening for Wildlife A lot of wildlife has come to rely on our gardens as home, foraging ground and refuge and this includes our native European Hedgehog where now it would seem the majority...
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Great  advice  on  how  to  encourage  HedgeHogs  back  into  your  garden.

 

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Enviromat - Sedum Matting Blog - Green roof maintenance tips

Enviromat - Sedum Matting Blog - Green roof maintenance tips | Gardening | Scoop.it
If your living green roof is to look good and perform well, it needs a little bit of TLC a couple of times a year. In this blogpost we look at the basic essential green roof maintenance tasks.
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Good  advice  on  how  to  keep your  living  roof  green. Like  all  living  things  they  need  that  extra  care  attention.

You  got  to  have  to  go  up  there  and  sort out  the  drainage  and  weeds  as  well  feed  it .

These  aren't  just  a  plant  and  forget   

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Tree growing through an old Dodge truck

Tree growing through an old Dodge truck | Gardening | Scoop.it

which  Who came first ? That's the question ! :) After the 1950′S bike eaten by a tree, now the tree growing through an old car, it look like a 40's era Dodge panel truck, to be confirmed...More information: BurninOil website ! http://bit.ly/KTzFk2


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which  came  first  the  dodge  or  the  tree   

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Peat Moss vs Coco Coir | Planet Natural

Peat Moss vs Coco Coir | Planet Natural | Gardening | Scoop.it
Coir, the popular hydroponic growing medium, rivals peat as an effective soil conditioner. Here's the comparison.
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The  Lowdown  on  coir  

 

As peat industry  here  is  slowly going  to  be  phased  out  due  to  dwindling  resources the  same  as  coal  mining  did.Here  in  the  UK 

Big  horticultural  Agencies  like  the  RHS    and  others  are trying  to    persuade  us  to  choose  the  alternatives 

Like (1)  Coir    where  this  article  here  comes  in  handy  giving  you  the  brief  insight  into  the  benefits  of  coir  as  a  planting  medium  

more  info  can  be  found  on  the  Coir  and  other   peat  free  mediums    can  be  found  here  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/for-peat-sake-choose-another-compost/ ;

           (2)  green  waste   ~  Here  is  a  highly  controversial  subject  according  to  some  reports  that if  the  green  waste  recycling  plants  aren't  monitored  properly  the  compost  that  is  used  in for  farming  may  be  contaminated  with   toxic  waste  #Country  File  24/05/2015 

          (3)  Biochar  ~  a  byproduct  of  burning  green  wood  without oxygen  to  produce  a  carbon  char  compost.

This  can  you  can  get   the  nutrients added  or  with  out.  

If  you  get  the    pure  biochar  then  its  best mixing  it  with  your  own  garden  compost  and  watering  thoroughly  otherwise  its  acts  like  a  sponge.  Then  leave  for  a  day  or  two  before  adding  it  to  your  beds 

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Are grandparents the secret weapon to defending Britain’s gardening heritage?

Are grandparents the secret weapon to defending  Britain’s gardening heritage? | Gardening | Scoop.it
As Britain’s best garden designers and horticulturists celebrate their successes at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a survey from Homebase, one of the UK’s biggest garden retailers, reveals that the nation’s gardening know-how is in danger of...
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Are  grandparents  realy  the  Secret  weapon  to  defending  our  Britains  Heritage?

 

I  think  this  is  a  lame  excuse  for  just  simply  bad  education  &  the  sign  of  the  times.

With  the  modern  age  of  technology  youngsters  these  day  are  more  interested  in  the  their  Iphones  and  computer  games   then  being  out  side

Also  the  wages  are  better  in  the  city  (  comparing  that  a  parks  supperintendent  gets  roughly  $48,000 a  yr  down  to  roughly  £180 per  week  ( aprox  $360 )    thus   attracting  the  accademics  in to  the  city ~  case  very  much  here  in  the  UK .  Might  be  different  else  where 

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Red Lilly Beetle

Red Lilly Beetle | Gardening | Scoop.it
Identification Now  the  warm  weather  here  and  our  lilies  are  starting  to  flower   or  at  least  start  growing  so  comes  one of  the  annoying  pest  to  the  gardener . The Red Lilly ...
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 Red  Lilly  Beetle  Alert 

Keep  your  eyes  peeled  for  these  critters  they  can  destroy  your  llies  with  in  minutes

Although I  have  put  together   this  blog  sometime  ago  &  something  new  may  have  invented  and  new  ways  of  controlling  them  have  may  have  been  found.The  old ways  of  controlling  them  is  always  a  worthy  back  up  plan 

 

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Landscape Gardening Insurance Tips – Keeping Safe in The Summer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pallet planter and sandbox

Pallet planter and sandbox | Gardening | Scoop.it

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


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What  to  do  with  your  left  over  pallets

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Knotweed Control issues advice as knotweed growing season begins

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

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

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

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

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Composting with Worms - National Wildlife Federation

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

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