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For sale: JM Barrie's magical Scottish lodge - Telegraph.co.uk

For sale: JM Barrie's magical Scottish lodge - Telegraph.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
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For sale: JM Barrie's magical Scottish lodge
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His dream was a magical, faraway land – a place of adventure and romance, where wishes come true. ...
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Planting For Desert Landscaping - www.garden-design.me

Planting For Desert Landscaping - www.garden-design.me | Gardening | Scoop.it
Planting for desert landscaping – If you live in a dry and arid climate then your desert landscaping is going to take a little more planning than some other parts of the country. desert landscaping will have to work with a plan that includes only plants and trees that can survive with much less water

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With the climate  warming up to its   80s  in   july  this  will  be  the  only  way for  water  conservation   adapt to the  climate  and  follow  what  others  are  doing  in  the  states  or  the  Med

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5 Landscaping Tips to Make Your Home More Desirable to Buyers

5 Landscaping Tips to Make Your Home More Desirable to Buyers | Gardening | Scoop.it
These 5 landscaping tips to make your home more desirable to buyers will entice more people to view your open house and make your home easier to sell. (RT @GlassHouseRE: Selling a home?
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First  impression  accounts  whether  you  are  estate  agent  or  just  some  one  trying  to  sell  your  home.

plus  the  fact  if  you  went  over  budget  on  your  build you  definitely  don,t  want  to  spend  the  rest  of  your  money  on  doing  the  garden

  Here  are  5  tips  on  getting  that the  buyer  to  step  through  the  door

 

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Pine cones

Pine cones | Gardening | Scoop.it

Floyd Elzinga makes objects to give dimensionality to ideas.  I think he brings beauty, as well. Amazing.

Follow the photo-link to view other creations by this artist. 


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After  watching  Drew  on  Salvage  Hunter  yesterday  with  his  giant  clam shells  I  thought  I  share  this  picture  of  giant  Cones 

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Tips for Growing Heirloom Tomatoes

Tips for Growing Heirloom Tomatoes | Gardening | Scoop.it
Tips for Growing Heirloom Tomatoes - What makes a tomato an heirloom? What care do heirloom tomato plants require? How to harvest heirloom tomatoes.
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This  article  is  interesting  cause  of  its  novelty   and  its  cheaper  than  buying  your  from  your  shops. 

Also  a  good  guide  on  how  to  grow  them 

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Bunny Guinness's top tips for spring gardening

Bunny Guinness's top tips for spring gardening | Gardening | Scoop.it
Greenhouses are bursting with life as plug trays of seedlings show the benefits of early season warmth
    
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The Kickstarter Tumblr - Teach kids about gardening and spelling at the...

The Kickstarter Tumblr - Teach kids about gardening and spelling at the... | Gardening | Scoop.it
Teach kids about gardening and spelling at the same time…or just make one for yourself. (Teach kids about gardening and spelling at the same time...
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RHS Names Top Garden Diseases of 2013

RHS Names Top Garden Diseases of 2013 | Gardening | Scoop.it
Box blight enquiries received by charity reach record high
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has named the top 10 garden diseases of 2013, based on enquiries received by the RHS Gardening Advice team.
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Our  box  hedges  are suffering  due  to  the  wet  weather  

noticed  also stem  rot  on  acubas  japonica  also    this  year  very  bad  news 

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Read This Before Landscaping This Spring; Your Pets Will Thank You

Read This Before Landscaping This Spring; Your Pets Will Thank You | Gardening | Scoop.it
What is poisonous to dogs? Many of your landscaping supplies are. Your pets will thank you after reading these pet-friendly garden tips.
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For  all  your  dog  owners  these  three  important   things  you  should  keep  in  mind  when  you  have  pets.

Also make  sure  that  there  is  no  sticks  laying  around  as vets  are  saying  that  wood  splinters  can  damage  the  dogs  mouth  or  even  worse  get  in  to  the  dogs  stomach 

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Chelsea Flower Show 2014: meet the Telegraph garden designers - Telegraph

Chelsea Flower Show 2014: meet the Telegraph garden designers - Telegraph | Gardening | Scoop.it
Tommaso del Buono and Paul Gazerwitz are designing an Italian-inspired garden for the Telegraph at this year's Chelsea Flower Show (Chelsea Flower Show 2014: meet the Telegraph garden designers http://t.co/QZYXxrKD3F)...
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May  the  best  man  win as  long  as  they  don't  plant  any  invasive  species  they  do  fine  

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London and other UK towns and cities are becoming wildlife havens - Express.co.uk

London and other UK towns and cities are becoming wildlife havens - Express.co.uk | Gardening | Scoop.it
London and other UK towns and cities are becoming wildlife havens
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In the autumn of 1925 Kensington Gardens had 2,603 sparrows. In 2000 there were just eight.
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isn't  there  a  saying   originating  from King  Charles  2nd 

That  should  the  ravens  leave  the  tower  the   Tower  of  London  will  fall  long  with  his  throne  

So  its  good  news  that other   birds  are  coming  back  to  London  meaning  that  there  food  them  in  the  city  with  cleaner  water  along  the  stretch  of  the  Thames

But as  for  nesting  sites  that  still  a  long  away  off   with    competing  against  us  for homes  as  we constantly  expand  and  wipe  away  all  good  nesting  sites   for  our  need  for  homes  and  gardens   car  parks  and  roads      

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How To Build A Raised Garden Bed

How To Build A Raised Garden Bed | Gardening | Scoop.it
Want a garden in your yard? Build a raised garden bed. Raised garden beds are an easy way to create interest and add dimension to your garden - no matter what your skill level! The 411 On Raised Ga...

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Some  great  tip  here  on  creating  a  raised  bed  for your  fruit/veg combo.

ideal for  people  with  bad  backs -  less  bending  over  

almost  weed  free - you might  be  able  to  control  roots  from  sprouting  but  mother  nature always  have  a  hand  especially  with  birds and  wind  sown  seeds  in  which  you  have  no control  over  unless  you  have  the  beds  in  green  house 

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Thorny problems: what can I do about worm casts?

Thorny problems: what can I do about worm casts? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Our green-fingered guru solves your gardening problems. This week: a closer look at worms and the official start of spring
    
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Great  article  about  the  benefits  of  worm  cast   -  now  you  can  optimize  it  by  buying  or  making  your  own  biochar 

I  would  buy  it  first and  mix  in  with  with  the  worm  casting   and  leave  for  a  day  so  it  would  absorb  the  nutriments first    then apply  it  to  the  beds    

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Giving up unhealthy sugar? Then feed it to your plants

Giving up unhealthy sugar? Then feed it to your plants | Gardening | Scoop.it
Sugar has been getting a lot of bad press recently, but Ken Thompson says it's surprisingly useful- in the garden
    
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Controversial way  of  doing  gardening  don't  you  agree. Biodiversity v Biomass  production   the  home  grown  way.

questions  spring  to  mind  after  reading  the  article  in  the  telegraph  what  happens  to  the  soil  ph   does  it  become  more  acidic  or  alkerline  

does  it make  the  soil  sterile  like   salt  does  

I  would  certainty  not   try  this  unless  there  more  research  into  this 

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5 Plants You Almost Never Have to Water

5 Plants You Almost Never Have to Water | Gardening | Scoop.it
5 Plants You Almost Never Have to Water Not every plant is a big drinker; some can get along with only a few sips. Here are 5 drought-resistant plants that won’t break your water budget. Every plant needs water.
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With the  temperature  reaching  30s  here  in  the  uk   with  climate  change  we  have  to  think  outside  the  box 

With  ways  of  conserving  water  here  are  5  plants  that  can  survive  the  toughest  drought 

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Container Gardening: Dos and DON'Ts - Peterson Lawn Services

Container Gardening: Dos and DON'Ts - Peterson Lawn Services | Gardening | Scoop.it
Some helpful advice from the gardeners at Peterson Lawn Services in Hopkins, MN on what you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do when creating a container garden.

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Helpful  hints on  container  gardening  from  across  the  pond

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Old wives' tales about gardening: so which are true?

Old wives' tales about gardening: so which are true? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Every gardener loves a snippet of ancient wisdom, handed down through the generations. But how many old wives' tales should we believe?
    
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This article from the  Telegraph is  interesting  especially  about the  Walnut  and  other  trees.

There  is  another  tree /shrub that does  the  same  and  thats  the  yew or  taxus  bacarta  the  very  fine  leaves  produce  a acid  that  kills everything  when  it  breaks  down  

The  common  privet   kills  the  leaves  that  why  its  important  to  shake  and  remove  all  debris  after  cutting  

 

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How to pick and arrange hellebores

How to pick and arrange hellebores | Gardening | Scoop.it
Our 90-second gardener Sarah Raven shows how to turn hellebores into a spring flower arrangement
    
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4 Easy Ways to Add Greenery to Your Small Apartment This Spring - StyleCaster

4 Easy Ways to Add Greenery to Your Small Apartment This Spring - StyleCaster | Gardening | Scoop.it
4 Easy Ways to Add Greenery to Your Small Apartment This Spring
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It's the end of March, and you're probably deep in the throes of some serious cabin fever.
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Here  are  some  great  stylish  ways  of  brightening  up  your  home  

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13 Things Your Landscaper Won't Tell You

13 Things Your Landscaper Won't Tell You | Gardening | Scoop.it
Add as much as 15 percent to your home's value with these expert landscaping and gardening tips from the professionals.
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Interesting  article most of it  I  already  know especially  about  grass  cuttings  but most  of  my  clients  want  i  clean  cut  grass  with  no  leaves  or  grass  cutting  on  site . So  I  have  to  take    way  the  rubbish.

Recently  I  posted  too  a  thing  about  pet  care  in  the  garden  and  interesting  article  came  up  about  mulches  -  particularly  coco this  contains  a  toxic  chemical  that  can  be  harmful  to  dog  also  i  would  advise  not  to  put bark  chips  down  too  as  some  can  cause  damage  to  your  dogs  mouth  or  inside  cause  of  the  sharp  splinters  

With  Mulching  you  only  CONTROL the  weeds  that  are  bellow  the  surface  and  not  the  ones  spread from  birds  or  wind  blown  so  it  plainly  obvious

If  you  got  a area  that  you  don't  see   much    you  can  use  a  old  carpet  as  mulch  just  lay  inverted  over  the  top  of  the  area  that  you  want  covered but  make  sure  that  there  no  gaps  inbetween  as  the weeds  take  advantage  of  light  and  tend  to  grow  through  them

Also  use   you can use  leaves  as  well   to  the  same  effect  

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Chelsea Flower Show 2014: introducing the Telegraph Garden

Chelsea Flower Show 2014: introducing the Telegraph Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Design duo Tommaso del Buono and Paul Gazerwitz are creating a 'contemporary Italian garden' for the Telegraph's Chelsea Flower Show entry this year Double act: Paul Gazerwitz and Tommaso del Buono are known for their sophisticated gardens  The...
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A  sneak  preview  into  the  one  of  the  top  gardening  events  in  london,where  top contributors come  all  over  the  world  to  compete and  get  prestiges Gold  medal   

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Growing Global Learning through plants, food and gardening: teacher training at Eden Project

Growing Global Learning through plants, food and gardening: teacher training at Eden Project | Gardening | Scoop.it
We’re running a free #teachertraining course on plants/food/gardening at Eden in June with @glp_e: http://t.co/YGiUOUy2QQ
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Outdoor Kitchen Design Trends | Decorative Home Interiors

Outdoor Kitchen Design Trends | Decorative Home Interiors | Gardening | Scoop.it
Outdoor Kitchen Design Trends

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Some  great  ideas  for  the  adventures &  ambitious  of  us  

But  some  how  i  only  think  this  idea  applies  to  people  with  big  gardens  where  it  wouldn't   take  up  much  room  at  all

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Perennial Geranium

Perennial Geranium | Gardening | Scoop.it
How to grow and plant perennial geranium, start geranium seeds, hardy geranium care, and removing dead head geraniums, and more about gardening shade loving perennials flowers and plants (RT @shadegardener: Perennial Geranium - How to grow and plant,...

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A  great  plant  but  it  does  have  it  draw  backs  unless  it  chopped  back  and  divided  up   it  will  become  

(a)  Very  hard  to  dig  up  as  the  rhizomes  grow  bigger  and  bigger 

(b) the  plant  then  gets  invasive  and  troublesome  

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Papal gardens of Castel Gandolfo now open to public

Papal gardens of Castel Gandolfo now open to public | Gardening | Scoop.it
Known as the Barberini Gardens, the historic area of Castel Gandalfo has been declared open to the general public by Pope Francis, with tours available for those who are interested.

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Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park birds

Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park birds | Gardening | Scoop.it
They nest under the plank bridge at the bottom of the waterfall. I saw another bird flying out from here, but it was gone before I could identify it. The male Tawny Owl came out this morning, and was in his usual place.
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