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How to Attract Native Bees to Your Organic Garden - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

How to Attract Native Bees to Your Organic Garden - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Gardening | Scoop.it
Learn how to attract native bees to your organic garden with insect hotels, bee-friendly plants and more. (Attract native bees to your organic garden with insect hotels, bee-friendly plants and more.

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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
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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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Is it time to protect urban trees?

Is it time to protect urban trees? | Gardening | Scoop.it
The Government is being urged to give urban trees the same status as other vital infrastructure such as street lighting and utilities.
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This  would  be  interesting  to  see  out  because  we  all  know  that some  council  neglect  the  maintenance  of  them  and  let  them  take  over our  paths  and  roads.

  And  yet  if  a  the  tree  belong  to  you .  You  are  eligable  for  its  up  keep  and  fined  quite  heavily 

 

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Weeds and Their Control: Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Weeds and Their Control: Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) | Gardening | Scoop.it

ReadPractical tips to help you get the most out of your garden. Home · About · Site Index ... Description: Purslane is prostrate, fleshy, succulent summer annual related to moss rose commonly grown as a garden plant.

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Usefull  guide  on  how  to  purslane 

My  advice  would  be  to  chop  the  tap  root  off  with  a  hoe  and  cover  with  a  at  least  1"  layer  of   mulch  making  sure  that  there  no  holes  for  the  plant  to  synthesize or  before  laying  the  peat  put  down  a  old  carpet   and  cover  it  with  bark     

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Comment on Alan Titchmarsh: why don’t people respect gardeners? by Anne Wareham

Comment on Alan Titchmarsh: why don’t people respect gardeners? by Anne Wareham | Gardening | Scoop.it
It would make a difference if the world could stop treating gardens as merely the product of a hobby of the middle aged.
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This  I  totally  agree 

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Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia - Health News ...

Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia - Health News ... | Gardening | Scoop.it
By Amy NortonHealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests.
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I  totally  agree    with  this  gardening  can  be  hard  work  at  times  but  the  finishing  result  can  be  rewarding 

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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
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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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Fears over Heatherwick’s garden bridge

Fears over Heatherwick’s garden bridge | Gardening | Scoop.it
The City of London Corporation and has warned that Heatherwick Studio’s proposed garden bridge over the River Thames will obscure views of St Paul’s Cathedral from parts of the South Bank.
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This is  typical  of  planners   a  like  everything  looks  nice  in  3  d  models  or  in  paper   but  a  not  of  thought  about  the  what  actually  out  side.

I  remember  in  my  days  working  for  a   council  borough in  London

  we  where  given  about   15 trees  to  plant  in  two  single  along  a  path  to  create  a  vista

All  looked  very  good  o  paper  until  we  started  to  dig  and  was  hitting  concrete   all  way  the  down    from  which  was  the  old  path   that  was  hidden  when  the  grass  started  to  over  grow  over  it  many  years  ago 

Have  you  got  any  type  of   stories  like  this  you  like  to  share

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Britain's green urban space is at risk of rapid decline - Financial Times

Britain's green urban space is at risk of rapid decline - Financial Times | Gardening | Scoop.it
Britain's green urban space is at risk of rapid decline Financial Times London's Royal Parks are so strapped for cash that chunks are being walled off to all but the well-heeled by art fairs (declaration of interest: the FT is involved with Frieze,...
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Top gardener finding it difficult to dig up a new apprentice

Top gardener finding it difficult to dig up a new apprentice | Gardening | Scoop.it
Expert gardener Ken Crowther with sunflower
A renowned gardener and radio star believes today’s youngsters are reluctant to go into apprenticeships after he spent six months trying to find new recruits without success.
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Floral photo competition for Britain in Bloom groups

Floral photo competition for Britain in Bloom groups | Gardening | Scoop.it
Britain in Bloom groups could win up to £1750 worth of prizes in floral photo competition A UK manufacturer specialising in self-watering containers is calling on In Bloom groups, councils and the general public to enter their annual photo...
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