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3D printing gives new life to garden design - Telegraph

3D printing gives new life to garden design - Telegraph | Gardening | Scoop.it
The first ever exhibition of 3D printed gardens will go on display at The Strand Gallery, in London (3D printing gives new life to garden design http://t.co/YvrJg0ntwy)...
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This  isn't  new  i  recall  something  very  similar  along  those  lines  a  few  months  back .

So  the  story  so  far  Pen and  paper was  taken  over  by  computer  graphics   this  was  taken  over  by  3  D  printing   What  will  be  next 

Horticulture  getting  more  technical  these  days  you  will  need  to  have  a  degree  in  physics  next  to  do  designing 

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Winter gardening tips: Alan Titchmarsh on why you need to get outside - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world

Winter gardening tips: Alan Titchmarsh on why you need to get outside - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world | Gardening | Scoop.it
DON’T neglect your garden in winter! Take on a new project now and you’ll be sitting pretty when spring returns, says Alan Titchmarsh Daily Express :: Life & Style Feed http://www.newsyab.com/winter-gardening-tips-alan-titchmarsh-on-why-you-need-to-get-outside/

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3 good  reason Why  you  need  to  out  side  ;-

There is  still  plenty  to  do  till the  winter  snow  comes  in.

(1)  Planting  &  Removing  

Unwanted  plants  can  removed easily  since  the  heavy  rain  we  are  getting.

(2)  Pruning  

Cornuses .fruit  trees  deciduous  trees  and  even  Acers  can  be  pruned  this  time  of  year .as  well  as  roses  

(3) Weeding  can  also  be  carried  out  ounce  the  bed  is  clear  apply  a  1"  layer  of  bark  chips  around  the bed  to  prevent  weeds  coming  through  -  with  the  rain   the  chips  will  get  inoculated  and  biodegrade  through  the  out  the  year  releasing  mircobes  into  the  soil  

clear  and  burn  all  dead diseased  and  dying  matter  

And  finally  keep  off  the  grass  as  much  as  possible   

 

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Oxfordshire preschool swaps muddy garden for lush LazyLawn

Oxfordshire preschool swaps muddy garden for lush LazyLawn | Gardening | Scoop.it
Youngsters at a preschool near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, have ditched their wellies and are spending more time outside after having their outdoor play area transformed by LazyLawn.
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Is  this  sign of  thing  to  come 

The  sad  demise  of  our  lush  green  grass   due  to  climate  change  America  having  very  little  grass  at  all  due  their  extreme weather  causing  massive  droughts  and  here  in  the  UK  where  we  are  getting  the  other  side  of  the  weather  with  wet  and  windy  weather  through out the  fall

Maybe  its  not  practical anymore  as  the  case  in  point  here    

It  will  be  a  sad shame  to  see  it  go   

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Vote for Britain’s Best Lawn 2014

Vote for Britain’s Best Lawn 2014 | Gardening | Scoop.it
The search for Britain’s Best Lawn 2014 has reached its last stage, and for the first time gardening fans will have a say in this annual competition.
Three gardens have been shortlisted for the award sponsored by Briggs & Stratton.
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First  launched  by  Facebook  weeks  ago  -  To  keep  your  lawn  in tip  top  condition  it  will  need  plenty  of  TLC  &  understanding  here  is  a  guide  on  how  i  look  after  your  lawns  for  you  in  the  Autumn  more  blog  post  will be  posted  about  it  in  the  spring  -  

http://rsgardeningservices.esy.es/Blog/how-to-look-after-your-lawn-in-autum/

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'Incredible assortment' at 27th annual rose show - The Desert Sun

'Incredible assortment' at 27th annual rose show - The Desert Sun | Gardening | Scoop.it
Everything will be coming up roses.
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Alas our roses here  are  still  in  their  last  bloom  cause  the  mild  weather  we  are  having  here  in  the  UK.  So  this  show  isnt  much  use  for  us  here   until June  where  t6he  RHS  will  hold  it.

Doesn't  mean  that  others  from  across  the  Golden  Pond  wont  enjoy  it  

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Pave the Way to Easier Mowing With a Mowing Strip

Learn how to install lawn edging to lower maintenance. Edging keeps grass stolons out of garden beds; incorporating a mowing strip into your lawn facilitates mowing.
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To  me  these  look  like  a  great  idea  but  without a  use  of  strimmer  your  mower  will  still  not  get  to  the  edges.  

As  for  stolons  it  will  regulate  the  amount  of  twitch  grass  or  couch  grass  from  rooting  but  I  know  from  experience  that  all  you  need  is  one  or  more  blades  of  grass  on  the  ground   and  they  will  virtually  twitch  in  the  ground  and  root  themselves  -  hence  the  term  twitch  grass.

So  my  solution  would  be  to  make  a  border  around  edge  to  not  a  big  one  but  just  enough  for  your  mower  to  go  over  and  collect  the  cutting.

With  Corners I  prefer  using my  flat  bottom  shears  as  it  keeps  it  nice  and  neat  and  plus  all  the  clipping  can  be  collected  up  by  hand -  not  like  the  strimmer  where  it  spreads  the  clipping .

For  Big  lawns  there  no  escape  So  i' use  a  strimmer  only  when  i  know  that  there  no  flower  bed  in sight  

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Gardens for Cats

Gardens for Cats | Gardening | Scoop.it
Most articles you see about cats in gardens – are something along the lines of ‘how do I stop the neighbours’ cats coming in my garden?
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The  only  thing  i  have  to  say  is  that  cats  like  freedom  to  roam    its  in  their  DNA   so  unless  your  Cat  is  old  the  less  it  will  stray.

Plus  the  fact  other  peoples  cats  might  find  the  your  garden  cosy  too  especially  with  cat  mint   which  acts  as  drug  to  them .

Other  wise  this  is  good  article 

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Why You Should Rake Your Lawn Regularly

Why You Should Rake Your Lawn Regularly | Gardening | Scoop.it
Read some tips why you should rake your lawn regularly and why this is so important for the good look of your yard.

Via Benjamin Sanchez
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Good  article  from  Beautifullandscapingtx.com 

But  maybe  cause  they  are  from  America  they  have  forgotten  or  didnt  know  the   other  reason  why  its  important  to  rake  your  lawn.

Being  a  groundsman  assistant  for  11  yrs  before  moving  on  to  Royal  Parks  department  know  that  raking  does  more  than  pick  up  leaves  it  divides  the  stolons  of  grass  roots  thus  multiplying  the  grass  sward  by  4  it  also  removes  moss  and  thatch  that  would  imped    drainage.

Question  about  leaves  - I would  rake  up  the  top  pile  of  leaves  first  and  would  either  bag  them  to  take  them  to   dump  or  compost  them.

You  could  either  then  sprinkle  the  leaves  on  the  soil  and  leave  mother  nature  to  do  the  rest .

Off  courses  you  have  to  find  a  space  out  of  sight  first 

Secondly  I  would  then  go  over  with  a  mower  ounce  with  out  bucket  then  with  a  bucket  until  the  lawns  are  cleared  

Any  small  bits  will  be  taken  down  by  worms  in  there  borrows  

If  you  allowed  this  to  happen  you  save  a  lot  time  and  money  on  another  Autumn  routine  -  and  that  is  Aeration   more  info  can  be  found    here  -  http://www.rsgardencareservices.co.uk/Lawn-Care-Services.html

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Keeping a lawn green and lush all season long is challenging at the worse. There are numerous things that one must do in order to ensure the healthiness and beautifulness of their lawn. Mowing, fertilizing, watering, and weeding are all essential for your grass; however, there is one more task that most people forget about – raking.

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How to grow exotic leaves for delicious flavours

How to grow exotic leaves for delicious flavours | Gardening | Scoop.it
Use easy-to-grow exotic leaves like banana leaves to wrap food and add Asian flavours to your cooking
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I  article  I  found  really  interesting  about    only  about  growing  them  but  how  to  prepare  them  for  a  dish. I  have  known  mainly  from  watching  TV  cooking  programs  that  you  can  use  almost  anything  these  days  from  grape vine  leaves (  I  know  one  of  clients  cooks  that  way   &  the  other  make  a  grape  fool  out  of  the  remaining  grapes  since  the  grapes  you  grow  here  arent  the  kind  to  make  wine  or  desert  off

If  you  want  to  experiment  with   cooking    and  Dont  know  how  to  grow  them  sign  up  for  my  Enews letter  -  http://eepurl.com/3PyIr ;  where  I  will  tell  you  how  to  grow  them  

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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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6 Easy Ways to Make Your Garden Pet Friendly - GardYard

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Garden Pet Friendly - GardYard | Gardening | Scoop.it
6 Easy Ways to Make Your Garden Pet Friendly
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6 ways to  make  your  garden  pet  friendly   &  more  tips  from  My  list.ly  - http://list.ly/list/T8e-how-to-garden-with-dogs.

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Gardening this Autumn could damage your health

Gardening this Autumn could damage your health | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gregor Campbell, an art teacher from Paisley in Scotland, is joining doctors this autumn to warn gardeners who have asthma or a weak immune system to be on alert for a deadly fungus that lurks in compost heaps and in piles of rotting leaves.
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When  I'm  out  on  my  rounds  I  sure  can  smell  the  decaying  of  leaves  this  year  as  the  wet  but  mild  weather  has  produced  abundance  of  fungi  this  year.

So  this  warning  and  about  the  increasing  size  of  spiders  too  could  be  vatal  to  any one  that  suffers  from  bronchial  infection  or  allergies   

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Revolutionary Gardening: What Starts From a Seed?

http://truthstreammedia.com/revolutionary-gardening-what-starts-from-a-seed/ How do we move to a culture of self sufficiency and freedom? One seed, and one person at a time. There is freedom...
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Halloween Stories: How Pumpkins Became "Jack O' Lanterns" + Last Minute Costume Ideas

Halloween Stories: How Pumpkins Became "Jack O' Lanterns" + Last Minute Costume Ideas | Gardening | Scoop.it
The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is “Will O’ the Wisps”, basically the odd light that can occasionally be seen over marshes, swamps, and the like. “Jack O’ Lantern” first popped up being used this way around the mid-17th century in East Anglia, UK and spread from there through parts of England, Ireland, and Scotland.

Via Karen Dietz
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An  interesting  story  -   originating  from  folk  lore  about  a  thief  called  Jack  who  was  chased  by  the  villagers   when  he was  stopped  in  in  his  tracks  by  Satan.

Story  taken  from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-o%27-lantern

 

Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met Satan, who claimed it was time for him to die. However, the thief stalled his death by tempting Satan with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him. Jack told Satan to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (Satan could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin (Satan) disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it. The Devil agreed to this plan. He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack's wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village. Jack had closed the wallet tight, and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped.

In both folktales, Jack only lets Satan go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, Satan had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and Satan mockingly tossed him an ember from the flames of Hades, that would never burn out. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which were his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern", or Jack-o'-lantern.

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It's Halloween tomorrow and time for some fun! I've got a list here of cool posts I've found to help us celebrate this favorite holiday.


All Things Pumpkin

First up is the story about how carved pumpkins became known as 'Jack o'lanterns'. It's based on an Irish folktale. Ignore the author's side comments -- hey, it's a folktale, OK? -- and enjoy Jack's creative solutions and eventual comeuppance.


Next, wander over to the article "10 Crazy Facts About Pumpkins" that had me saying, "Who knew?!" http://time.com/3544386/10-crazy-facts-about-pumpkins/


For some great eye candy, next check out these fab photos of amazing carved pumpkins -- something maybe to try out on our own for next year. They are beautiful and inspiring! http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/john-reckner-roger-williams-park-pumpkins 


There's Still Time For An Awesome Costume

Now if you are like me, I'm always scrambling at the last minute for a costume. I am also a big fan of duct tape -- the handyman's secret weapon. I even travel with a small roll for any kind of emergency, LOL! So here's a link about how to use duct tape to make 15 Halloween costumes. Right on! http://mashable.com/2014/10/18/duct-tape-costumes/?utm_reader=feedly 


But how about if you have a group of friends or co-workers and you want to dress up together? Never fear -- here is a post with fab examples of 20 best DIY group costumes you can still whip together http://www.brit.co/diy-group-costumes/


Have fun and Happy Halloween!


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Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%

Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12% | Gardening | Scoop.it
A $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by adding a landscape with color and large plants, according to research from Virginia Tech.

Via Michael Stuart, John M. Holland
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How  to  increase  the  value  of  your  home

 

This is  a  good  article  worth  sharing.  Even  now  with  the  sun shinning  now  Im  off  this  afternoon  to  help  a  client  sell  her  home  by  doing  up  her  front  garden  for  that  important Curb  appeal  effect  I  have  made  a  listly   list  thing  to  do  for  that  wow  factor   http://list.ly/list/Sw9-how-to-increase-the-value-of-property to  give  you  some  idea 

Meny  people  have  really  no  idea  about  how  to  sell  the  house  properly . Thinking  that  if  the  inside  looks  good  then  the  new  owners  can  come  and  do  the  garden.

And  in  my  work  i  have  seen  gardens  that  even  the  surveyers  cannt  get  to.

So  I  cannt  really  emphasise  enough  of  the  importance  of  it is    

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"The most preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape," according to Niemiera. Adding different plant sizes to a front yard, for example, can boost curb appeal, as well as mixing fruit trees and flowers for added color.

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Top 5 Gardening Apps You Need Today! | The Garden Glove

Top 5 Gardening Apps You Need Today! | The Garden Glove | Gardening | Scoop.it
Would you have guessed that your smart phone or tablet could be a gardening companion? We have our top 5 picks for gardening apps that you need, today!

Via Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com
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Scented plants: how to make your garden a fragrant paradise

Scented plants: how to make your garden a fragrant paradise | Gardening | Scoop.it
Mark Diacono joins one of our leading horticultural writers to explore the heavenly scents that bring a garden to life
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Another  very  informative  article  from the  Telegraph  this  time  on  how  to  fill  your  garden  with  scent.

My  clients  often moan  about  their  roses  not  smelling  or  Honeysuckle   which  is  the  shame.

I  try  and  tell  them  that  through  the  years  of  cross  breeding  the  roses  in  particular  have  been  more  concentrated  on  the  flower size  and  colour  and  leaving  out  the   old  fashion  scent  of  the  blooms  

Maybe  this  article  will  cheer  them  up

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Since this article in the Telegraph was published I came across the RHS guide to scented flowers also - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/misc/winter-flowering-shrubs-for-fragrance which since its the on coming of our Autumn and winter here in the UK thought this might come in useful
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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)
Richard Spencer's insight:

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