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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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Greening the city: international garden photographer of the year – in pictures

Greening the city: international garden photographer of the year – in pictures | Gardening | Scoop.it

The International Garden Photographer of the Year competition announces its winners today.

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Here  is  one  the  most  stunning  pictures  from  the  runners  up  of  the  Competition

Which  ones  yours    

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A Brown Lawn Is Not Always a Bad Thing | Spring-Green blog

A Brown Lawn Is Not Always a Bad Thing | Spring-Green blog | Gardening | Scoop.it
A brown lawn can be an exciting thing when its spotless. Learn why a green-less yard was a positive thing for Spring-Green Lawn Care of Opelika, AL.
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I can  some how  relate  to  this  although  coming  from  the  UK  where  the  climate  is  much  different.

Here  we  still  do  get  a  really  dry  summers   where  most  of grass  turn  brown.But turn  green  in  autumn  when  the  temperature much  cooler  and  wetter.

In  fact even  this  year  the  grass  is  still  growing  due  to  the  mild  winter.

So  in  he  words  of  the  RHS  save  water  by  water  by  only  watering  what  is  necessary ie  Plants  and  shrubs  the  grass  will  bounce  back    

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Gardening ideas: Ward off air pollution with these indoor plants

Gardening ideas: Ward off air pollution with these indoor plants | Gardening | Scoop.it
Children living in polluted cities have higher chances of developing brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes that raise the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Ward off air pollution at home with these indoor plants.
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Here  is  an  excellent  guide  on  how  to  control  your  house  hold  environment   by  use  of  house  plants.

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'Bolwarra': a rare rainforest garden retreat in coastal NSW - GardenDrum

'Bolwarra': a rare rainforest garden retreat in coastal NSW - GardenDrum | Gardening | Scoop.it
Bolwarra, a rainforest garden on the NSW coast shows how selective removal and careful planting enhances natural vegetation and spectacular coastal views.
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Here  is a  good  example  of  what  you  can  achieve  by  selective  weeding

By  removing  what is  native  to your  land  and  replanting  plants  that  are. can  totally  transform  an  area   like  the  one  in  this  article.

And  by  bringing  back  the  status  que  you  will  also  bring  back  the  wildlife  that  ounce  lived   there/

To  me  this  is  fascinating  must  read   

 

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Jellyfish Plants Transform Your Room Into A Underwater Wonderland

Jellyfish Plants Transform Your Room Into A Underwater Wonderland | Gardening | Scoop.it

These adorable homemade airplant pots will turn your house into an enchanted underwater garden! Made from polymer clay, these hanging masterpiece incorporate...

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Here  are  some  rather  weird  ideas  to  brighten  up  your   air  plants  definately  not  my  taste  at  all  but  the  pineapple  one  is  better  

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Ramblings from an English Garden: A Lot can Happen in a Month

Ramblings from an English Garden: A Lot can Happen in a Month | Gardening | Scoop.it

Hi! everyone. It's over a month since I have posted but it has not been intentional.Life has been somewhat overwhelming and busy though I have kept up with Facebook - just so easy and quick on my i-pad.There have been/are a number of painful and...

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Thousands queue for whiff of Adelaide 'corpse flower'

Thousands queue for whiff of Adelaide 'corpse flower' | Gardening | Scoop.it

A stench draws thousands of visitors to the Adelaide Botanic Garden, as one of the world's biggest flowers, the titum arum or corpse flower, blooms in the Bicentennial Conservatory.

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You  would  think  the  stench  would  do  the  opposite  

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Thorny problems: how do I prune my clematis?

Thorny problems: how do I prune my clematis? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Our green guru solves your gardening problems, this week - how to make camellias bloom
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A  post  from  last  year 

In  my  experience  clematis  shouldn't  be  cut  hard  back  until  after  the  frost .No  matter  how  untidy  it  look in fact  the  old  withered  leaves  a  petioles  help  to  protect  the  buds  from  the  hard  frost.

But  now with climate change all  that  is  changing  as  the  winter  getting  milder  south  of  the  Equator.

But  one  thing  hasn't  changed  and  that  how  to  prune  them.

With  Montana  you  cut  back  the  to  the  required  amount  of  buds  you  need  to  cover  the  wall  or  fence.

And  in  the  latter  months  start  training  it  across  with  hooks  and  wires.

With  Jakmani  these  are  cut  right  back  to  ground  level  so  new  shoots  can  grow  up  and  be  re  trained  

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Pictures of the day: 31 January 2016

Pictures of the day: 31 January 2016 | Gardening | Scoop.it

Today: Ice skating, antelopes and the Big Garden Birdwatch

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In case  you  missed  it  on  the  news  yesterday  our  Tim  Peaks  took  this  amazing  picture  from  space  

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RSPB garden birdwatch: Can you identify these garden birds?

RSPB garden birdwatch: Can you identify these garden birds? | Gardening | Scoop.it

The RSPB is urging people to record which birds they see in their garden. Can
you tell what kind of birds these common garden creatures are?

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Last  two  days  of  the  RSPB   Bird  watch  

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A Garden is for life and just for christmas

A Garden  is for  life  and  just  for  christmas | Gardening | Scoop.it

Here  I  will  look  at  pro  and  cons  of  gardening  trends  

 

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This is  one reason why at RS Gardening  Services  I  never  get  to  excited  about the  latest  trend  in  plants  in  design.When discussing  my  clients  needs.

I always give  the  best  practical advice there  is  after  all  as  the  head  line  here  says  gardening  trends  come  and  go  just like  fashion but  unlike the  other  pre mentioned you  can not  dispose of  a  garden  cause its  out  dated  

As  for  technology  I  am  afraid  I'm  old  school. 

Relying  on  the  good  old  trusted  method  of  books  and  conventional  tools.  some  times  either  upgrading to  a  bigger ones  when  the  needs arrive . Or  repairing  them  if  they  broken

This  is one  exception  and  that  is  the  laptop   for  searches  and  invoices  and  Social  Media  but  that  is  about  it   

 

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Calendar - Visit - Horniman Museum and Gardens

Calendar - Visit - Horniman Museum and Gardens | Gardening | Scoop.it

The Horniman Museum and Gardens are a fascinating, family-friendly attraction in South London’s Forest Hill.

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A  great  unknown  gem  laying  in  the  heart  of  South  East  London between  Forest  Hill  and  the  Sydham  on  the  South  Circular  

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London Mayor Boris Johnson Asked Apple to Help Build Garden Bridge

London Mayor Boris Johnson Asked Apple to Help Build Garden Bridge | Gardening | Scoop.it

London Mayor Boris Johnson tried to convince Apple to fund the UK capital's project to build a "Garden Bridge" across the River Thames,...

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Mayor of  London  Boris  Johnson tries  to  convince  Apple  to  invest  in  the  Garden  Bridge  

He  must  be  desperate for  cash - From  what  I  know  about  it  is  that  too  me  money  should  go  towards  the  capital  and  not  towards  a  folly  for  London. 

But  that's   my just  opinion  

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Custom Japanese Garden Terrarium with Miniature Path, Pagoda, Tree in a Large Apothecary Jar - Gardening Pleasures

Custom Japanese Garden Terrarium with Miniature Path, Pagoda, Tree in a Large Apothecary Jar - Gardening Pleasures | Gardening | Scoop.it

Custom Japanese Garden Terrarium with Miniature Path, Pagoda, Tree in a Large Apothecary Jar

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Dark green vegetables weapons in cancer fight

Dark green vegetables can help fight cancer and boost existing anti-cancer drugs according to a new study.
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On  #WorldCancerDay  I  came  across  this  relevant article  from  a  Australian  periodical ie  The  Northern  Star  about  how  dark  green  vegetables  can  help  fight  of  cancer .  Really  interesting  as  2016  seems  to  start  of  with  famous  celebrities  dying  of  this  disease. 

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Turfing or seeding a lawn, which is best?: Grass Clippings - Great Lawn Advice

Turfing or seeding a lawn, which is best?: Grass Clippings - Great Lawn Advice | Gardening | Scoop.it
The process of renovating your lawn from a brown field site is the same up to the finished prepared soil...
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Here  is  an  excellent  guide  on  the  pro  and  cons  of   choosing  your  turf

As  always  preparation  is  all  ways  the  main  issue  which  not  many  of  my  clients  understand 

(1)  you  got  to  remove  the  old  turf  

(2)  then  you  got  to  Rotavator  or  fork  over  the  area

(3)  then  you  got  to  level  it  out  

(4)  then  you  got  to  do what  I  call  the  turf  dance  (  heel  and  toe  )  to  squeeze  the  air  out  or  you  can  pat  it  down  with a  rake  

Then  you  can  either  lay  your  turf   or  sow  your  seeds  -  all  this  takes  time

To  prevent  the  turf  going  yellow  I  only  order  it  when  i  know  the  ground  is  ready  

My  best  advice  is  too  reseed  your small  bare  patches  and  any  bigger  think  of  re-turfing 

Edges  can  remedied  by  simply  cutting  a  square  out  ad  turning  it  around  and  reseeding  the  gap.

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Roses and Climbers & Creepers

Roses and Climbers & Creepers
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Here  is  a excellent  video  on  "roses and Climbers &  creepers"  hosted  BBC  own  Rachele De Thane  on  the  Great  Garden  Revival  if  is  comes  around  again  its  must   see  

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Garden Tools Rack – How To Build An OldSchool OrganizerOurGardenClub | OurGardenClub

Garden Tools Rack – How To Build An OldSchool OrganizerOurGardenClub | OurGardenClub | Gardening | Scoop.it

Easy shop project for home or school : build a garden tools shelf to organize your tool shed, garage or basement. Alright so today on Repairs101 I’m going to

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Whether  you  are  skilled  or  not  at  Do  it  your  self  -  This  projects  is  ideal  for  you. 

He  takes  you  step  by  step  in  his  video  on  how  to  construct  a  shelf  for  your tools  -  Check  it  out  

Using  several  pieces  of  plywood  

Want  more  useful  tips  be  sure  to  follow  my  post  here  http://www.scoop.it/t/gardening-by-richard-spencer

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Drummondville’s front yard vegetable gardenOurGardenClub | OurGardenClub

Drummondville’s front yard vegetable gardenOurGardenClub | OurGardenClub | Gardening | Scoop.it

As they're about to turn 50, and wanting to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, Josée and Michel decide to plant a vegetable garden outside their home in the

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This  is  one  of  My  major  projects  I  doing  for  a  client  now  building  a  raised  vegetable  bed

So  this  article  will  come  in  handy  

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Super Tips for Designing Beautiful Garden Pathways - Prunin

Super Tips for Designing Beautiful Garden Pathways - Prunin | Gardening | Scoop.it
Garden landscaping design with astonishing garden path design makes the garden a perfect place to move around and also keep your grass and shrubs safer.

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Construct an astonishing garden path with Prunin's super tips for making a beautiful walkway design at your garden landscaping.

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GARDENERS, KNOW THY ENEMY (aka THE GARDENING SIN CONFESSIONAL IS OPEN)

GARDENERS, KNOW THY ENEMY (aka THE GARDENING SIN CONFESSIONAL IS OPEN) | Gardening | Scoop.it
Not too long ago I offered absolution of garden shopping sins and many of you took me up on that offer (don't worry, I'm an ordained minister of the Internet Church of the Garden so I'm entirely qualified to offer such absolution).
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Here  is  a  Excellent  follow  up  from  latest  scoop  Common  names  versus  Latin  Name.

Where  I  give  you  a  brief  insight  into  why  knowing  the  Latin  name  can  help  solve  some  of  your  gardening  problems  

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Common names versus scientific names - GardenDrum

Common names versus scientific names - GardenDrum | Gardening | Scoop.it
A scientific name is a two-word name, unique to a particular organism unlike common names as there may be many different common names for the same organism
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This  was one of the  subjects I was  taught when  I  was  doing  my  City &  Guilds  apart  from  knowing  how to  identify  branches  of  trees  in  winter  just  by  looking  at  their  buds  and  bark.

And  you  thought  Latin  was  the  dead  language  well  if  you are  academic it  not.

But  many Latin  names  give  you  a  clue  what  the   characteristics are and  requirements.

Take  for  example  the  Common  Hydrangea  (common  and    Greek  name  ) Split  that  into  two  syllables Hyrda  meaning  water  and  rangea  meaning  carrying  vessels  in  Greek   &  there  you  have  it  a  plant  that  needs  plenty  of  water.

Another  example  is  the  small  flowering  begonia  (  Begonia  semperflorin )  Semper (  latin  for   always  )  florin  ( latin  for  flowering )

And  by   taking  note  of  the  family   names  of  the  plant  we  can steer way  from  any  dangers  a  good  example  is  the  common  potatoes  ( family  Solanium ) ie  Common  Deadly  night  shade .

even  the  Tomato is  even   the  family.  That  is  why  you  musn't  eat  any  of  the  fruits  that  is  green  

And  because  these  two  names  are  same  what  one  disease  effects  one  effects  them  all  and  that  is  the  Potato &  Tomato Blight.

As  for  insects  it  essential  to  know  the   Latin  name  too  in  identification and  pest  control  

As  Churchill  ounce  said  "  Keep  friends  close  but  your  enemies closer"     

  

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Helping a soggy lawn: Grass Clippings - Great Lawn Advice

Helping a soggy lawn: Grass Clippings - Great Lawn Advice | Gardening | Scoop.it
It looked like winter had finally arrived with sub-zero temperatures a week or so ago and it was almost pleasant...
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This is a  great  article but I  know from  experience  and  knowledge  that  I  gained  in  the  field  for  over  10 yrs.

That  just  using  a  fork  wont  improve  the  drainage  in  fact  it  does  the  opposite  by  compressing  the  soil  down  as  you  insert it.

So  its  best  to  use  a  Hollow  tine  to  improve  the  drainage  like  the  ones  I  described  here  in  this  Blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/a-for-aeration/

 

There  have  been  some  advancement  in  the  field  for  lawncare  and  drainage  and  that  is  use  of  Biochar  as  a  soil  amendment  to  soak  up  the  excess  water    as  used  in   Egypt  to  control  the  flooding  of  their  deltas  

Another  Advancement  is  using  the  fork  with  the  hollow  tine  to  seal  the  holes  together 

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Garden Q&A: Using salt on sidewalks in winter can harm nearby waterways

Garden Q&A: Using salt on sidewalks in winter can harm nearby waterways | Gardening | Scoop.it
Heavy salt application creates salt-laden runoff that flows into streams and rivers, raising salinity to abnormal levels for freshwater fish and aquatic creatures.
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I  know for  sure that  deicer  is  also  bad  for  cars  cause it corrodes  the  rubber  &  from  experience   I  have  witnessed  road  side  edges  and  edges  of  grass  being  killed  by  salt  being  either  pushed  to  the  side  or by  accidentally  spreading .

And  now   in  the  stares  they  are  saying  too  much  can   change  their  waterways.  

We  now  got  to  be  careful  

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Snowdrop Gardens, snowdrop walks and where to see them - Great British Gardens

Snowdrop Gardens, snowdrop walks and where to see them - Great British Gardens | Gardening | Scoop.it

100 places to see snowdrops around the British Isles in 2016. We feature the best places for walks and where to see snowdrops

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A  great  guide  on  where  to  see  the  snow  drops  in  its  glory  in  the  UK

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