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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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How to re-use old compost – ten useful ingredients

How to re-use old compost – ten useful ingredients | Gardening | Scoop.it
Traditional gardening books often tell you to replace the compost or soil in your pots each year. But if you have more than just a few pots, emptying and
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How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change

How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change | Gardening | Scoop.it
Feeding more than 7 billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat.
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Biochar  not  charcoal  could  be  what  we  need  to  put  back  our  carbon  foot  print.
But  from  what  I  know  of  the  history   is  that  it  was  used  in   prehistoric  waste  pit   long  ago.
Waste  being  the  operative word  biochar  alone  is  useless  unless  it  mixed  up  with  anything  and  left  to  absorb   for  weeks.
Otherwise  its just  soaks  up  the   nutriments  from  the  soil  then  releases  it  after  a period  of  time  
The  process  of  biochar  is  rather  long  and  drawn  out   the  wood  is  actually  green   and  is  burnt  in  incinerators at  high  temperatures   with  NO  OXYGEN   that is  where  CharCoal  and  Biochar  differ        
They  both  are  known  to  absorb  impurities  from  the  soil  and  with  Biochar  being  more  porous  can  absorb  twice  its  weight  in  liquid.
In  fact   it  was used  first  in  Egypt  in  the  flooded  with  delta    years  ago  with  some  success
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Gardening With Children: Fun Themes

Gardening With Children: Fun Themes | Gardening | Scoop.it
Until children see the cycles of growth and dormancy, they can’t appreciate what is in season and why a strawberry bought in the store in December pales in taste comparison to one eaten straight from the plant in June.
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Here  is  a  great  article  written  by  Phillipa  Forester  of  the  importance  of  teaching  your  children  the  value  of  food  especially  from  the  garden.
As  many  young  adults  these days  think  that  their  vegatables  come  from  the  supermarkets.
Only  by  watching the  growing  process  to  the  harvest   will  they  appreciate  it  more    
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How To Use Food Scraps To Control Pests And Help Your Garden Thrive | Care2 Healthy Living

How To Use Food Scraps To Control Pests And Help Your Garden Thrive | Care2 Healthy Living | Gardening | Scoop.it
Some food scraps should be applied directly to your garden for the greatest benefit. Here are a few suggestions.
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5 Great  tips  on  how  to  control  pest  organicly  
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The Good Life - Cardboard: A Garden's Best Friend | Heifer International | Charity Ending Hunger And Poverty

The Good Life - Cardboard: A Garden's Best Friend | Heifer International | Charity Ending Hunger And Poverty | Gardening | Scoop.it
If you take a peek at the to-do list for the Heifer Farm garden at any point during the growing season, you might not expect to find is a standing line item to pick up cardboard.
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This  is  a  very  effective  way  of  controlling  weeds  that  are  in  the  ground  as  long  as  there cardboard  is  overlapping  each  other  as  weeds  grow  towards  the  light.
But  like  all  weeds  some  aren't  dormant  in  the  soil    but  either  wind  blown  or  dropped  by  birds  so  you  wont  totally  eradicate  the  weeds  this  way.
But  never  the  less  this  is  interesting  article  
More  info  on  how  to  create  an  ideal  sheet  mulch  check  out  this  web  site  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/how-to-create-a-perfect-sheet-layer/  
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Interview With Love Thy Nature Director, Sylvie Rokab

Interview With Love Thy Nature Director, Sylvie Rokab | Gardening | Scoop.it
Learn about the documentary, Love Thy Nature, which emphasizes the need to reconnect to nature, and read an interview with the director, Sylvie Rokab.
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For  those  that  haven't  seen  the  spell  binding  trailer  or  film  yet  this  is  must  see  I  opener  
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Terraform Wheelchair Accessible Garden KitUniversal Design Style

Terraform Wheelchair Accessible Garden KitUniversal Design Style | Gardening | Scoop.it
organization making wheelchair accessible gardens. A group of architects and artists created the Terraform program for wheelchair accessible gardens.
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This  to  Me  is  an  excellent  idea 
Making  gardening  more  accessible  to  everyone  with  disability    
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How To Increase Biodiversity In Your Garden - The English Garden

How To Increase Biodiversity In Your Garden - The English Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Raquel Carrasco, the Organics and Technology Director at Veolia, reveals how to create biodiversity and wildlife habitats in your garden.
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Here  is  a  very  simple  guide  on  how  to  you  can  achieve  Biodiversity  from  making  a  simple  bug  home  from  using  old  logs  and  branches  to  just  letting  it  go  wild  to  attract  wild  life  back  into  garden.
However  when  sowing  a  wild  flower  meadow  a  different  approach  is  needed  like  cutting  the  grass  really  low  at  first  to  give  the  chance  for  the  seeds  to  germinate  
Then  just  careful  Management  after  it  like  cutting  it  with  a    strimmer  or  a  mower   without  the  box  to  allow  the  seeds  the  seeds  to  spread  after  it  has  set  to  seeds    
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Hugelkultur Bed Construction

Hugelkultur Bed Construction | Gardening | Scoop.it
  Composting allows us to recycle plant materials so they can be re-used in the garden, but the materials need to be broken up into small pieces for the composting process to work efficiently. Traditional composting works fine for for soft green plant matter, twigs and small branches, but what do we do with thick…
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To  Me  this  looks  like  a  great  idea.
But surely over  time   the  branches  will  rot  down  and  subsequently  the  bed  will  collapse on  it  self.
Also  there is the  issue  of disease  to  think  of   wont  this  effect  the  health  of  the  plant  too  
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DIY Guide: How to Build a Raised Vegetable Garden | Plant Gurus

DIY Guide: How to Build a Raised Vegetable Garden | Plant Gurus | Gardening | Scoop.it
There are many benefits of a raised vegetable garden, gardeners had been using diy raised garden beds for centuries to grow crops in optimum conditions.
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This  is  an  excellent  guide  on  how  to  build  a  raised  bed
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10 ways to prevent aches and pains after gardening

10 ways to prevent aches and pains after gardening | Gardening | Scoop.it
​A new survey has revealed that 69% of UK adults have experienced physical pain from gardening. This is what you need to do to make sure you can enjoy your hobby for as long a
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Being  in  the  Industry  for  all  my  life  I  can  relate  to  this after  having  a  back  injure  that  put  me  out  of  work  for  months.
You  learn  a  valuable  lesson  that  if  you  don't  look  after  your  self  you  will  loose  valuable  customers.
I  don't  actually  limbo  up  on  the  site  but  before  I  go  out  by  doing  simple  stretches.
As  for lifting  I  all  ways  remember  the  gym  instructor  saying  let  the  two  most  powerful parts  of  the  body  do  the  lifting,  ie  The  Legs  and  thighs 
Bend  at  the  knees  keep  your  back  straight  and  choose  the  shortest  route  possible.
If  the  pot  is  too  heavy  lift  get  HELP  two  hands  make  light  work.
Or  you  can  get  some  special  equipment to  help  you  

As  for  tools  I am  in  split  division  about  that .  In  my  experience  these  egro  forks  and  spades  or  far  too  heavy  being  made  of  cast  iron  easy  to  fork  or  dig  but  with  the  weight  of  the   clay  soil  on  it  much  too  heavy  to  lift  
I  tend  to  go  for  the  small  steps  with  a  small   spades   and  forks   (  less efficient and  time  consuming  )  but  at  least  you know that  your  done  the  right  thing  for  your  back  
Also  it  important  not  to  over  do  it  in  the  Garden  take  breaks   when  you  need it  to  recharge  and  drink  plenty  of  water  
Gardening  is  a  work  out  
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Sidetrack

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LAST STRAW: Gardening expert Melinda Myers offers this piece, titled “Create a garden anywhere with straw bales.”
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Here  is a  excellent  guide  to  this  new  trend  that  sweeping  the  states  by  storm.  Hay  bales  growing.
What  it  entails  is  simple  preping   large  bales  of  hay  with   wet  concentate  of  nitrogen  fertilizer  at  first  to  start  the  composting  process.
A  good  example  of  this  is  too  use  any  spring  and  summer  lawn  feed   ant  too  thoroughly  wet  the  hay  so  the  fertilizer  can  dissolve   -  But  make  sure  you   it  a  pure   feed  only   as  the  weed  killer  and  the  moss  killer  will  defeat  the  object  
Good  ones  too  used  is    dried  blood  believe  it  or  not    then  just  follow  the  guide   
The  only  thing  I  have  against  it  here   is  that  it  can  be  terribly  costly  
(1)  Over  in  the  UK  we don't  have  this  ample  supply  of  Hay   and  what  we  do  have  goes  back  to  the  farm  to  produce  fodder  and  bedding  for  the  animals  
And  the  cost  of  buying  hay  bales/Straw  bales  is  expensive   one  
(2)  Preparing  the  bales  too  is  too  Me  too   Time  consuming  having  to  plan  it  a  two  weeks  in  advance  to  try  it  out  
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A Simple Way to Reduce Stress

A Simple Way to Reduce Stress | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gardening is one of the simplest way to reduce stress. It also reduces symptoms of attention fatigue, improves mental health and well-being, and more.
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Here  is  an  Excellent  follow  up  article  from  my  previous  post  on  the  benefits  of  gardening.
Being  a  gardener  my  self  I  have  found  that  seeing  a  job  completed  after  a  hard  days  work  is  must  rewarding  thinf  to  Me,as  well  as  seeing  the  clients  face  light  up  afterwards  is  priceless  which  seem  to  make  you  forget  that  you  you  have  done  your  back  in  the  process    
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Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm - and it's flourishing after 3 years

Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm - and it's flourishing after 3 years | Gardening | Scoop.it
Andrew Martin left the rat race to grow a permaculture farm, which is now flourishing after just three years.
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Dark earth could herald a bright future for agriculture and climate

Dark earth could herald a bright future for agriculture and climate | Gardening | Scoop.it
Dark earth won't solve all our climate problems, but combined with reducing fossil fuel use, it could make a huge difference while addressing many agriculture, food security and hunger issues.
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Garden Maintenance Methods: Keep Weeds Under Control

Garden Maintenance Methods: Keep Weeds Under Control | Gardening | Scoop.it
Instead of resisting weeding, embrace it as the caretaking your garden needs to thrive.
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In my  blog  about  weed  control  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/weed-control/ ;
I have  gone  into  great  detail  about  weeding  from  simple  hoeing  techniques   to  chemical  use.
And  am  lately  trying  out  a  gadget  called  the  Cobra head    which  if  you  live  in  the  states  you  probably  are  familiar  with - basicly  it  a  bent  piece  of  cast  iron  with  a  spade  shaped  head  
The  curve  allows  you  to  get  underneath  the  roots  of  the  weeds   and  lever  them  out 
The  omly  draw back  i  have  found  is  that  some  plants  like  dandelions  and  docks  have  very  deep  and  long  tap  roots   which  are  impossible  to  remove.
however   if  you    are  a  beginner  and  a  keen on    organic    this  article  is  just  right  for  you  
Mulching  materials  are  covered  here   in  this  blog  

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Attracting Beneficial Insects with the Plants they Love - Fresh Homestyle

Attracting Beneficial Insects with the Plants they Love - Fresh Homestyle | Gardening | Scoop.it
Many gardeners are intent on keeping bugs out of their garden, but I’m happy to invite them in for a visit, and then encourage them to make themselves right at
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Here is  an  excellent  source  of  wild life  photos  and  information  on  how  to  attract  insects  to  your  plants  
With  the   incentive  keep  it  native  so  it  doesn't  disturb  their  life  cycle  
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Intensive Gardening: Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!)

Intensive Gardening: Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!) | Gardening | Scoop.it
Blend the best principles of biointensive gardening and square-foot gardening to devise a customized, highly productive intensive gardening system.
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Gardening with Children: An Outdoor Learning Activity for Kids

Gardening with Children: An Outdoor Learning Activity for Kids | Gardening | Scoop.it
Teaching children to garden is a fun outdoor activity you can share with your child. Check out our tips to help your child learn about gardening.
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, Gertrude Jekyll  ounce , said, "A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust "
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Coffee Grounds: How And Why We Use Them In Our GardenOurGardenClub | OurGardenClub

Coffee Grounds: How And Why We Use Them In Our GardenOurGardenClub | OurGardenClub | Gardening | Scoop.it
Used coffee grounds are a great free resource to put to work in your garden. They enrich the soil with nitrogen and other minerals, improve soil structure, and
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Eco-friendly lawns: The natural look is in

Eco-friendly lawns: The natural look is in | Gardening | Scoop.it
Eco-friendly lawns are sprouting up across America as property owners realize they can get better results for less work and money. Some are getting improved drought resistance, too.
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Being  in   both  gardening  and  lawn  care  industry  for  over  30  yrs  I  can  see  how  this   article  can  help  you  look  after  your  lawn  if  you  choose  this  option.
However  though  whether  it  a  wild  meadow look  you  got or just  a  well  kept  lawn  both  will  need  cutting   especially  the  wild  flowers  after  they  seeded.
That  is  one   disadvantage   of  a    meadow  lawn  -  ounce  it  cut  it  is  left  bare  until the  spring  and  summer  
As  for  a  lush  lawn  if  it  kept  well    will  provide   you  green  carpet   all  through  the  year   
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Creative Curb Appeal for a Perfect First Impression

Creative Curb Appeal for a Perfect First Impression | Gardening | Scoop.it
Whether you’re selling your house or are ready to put its best foot forward, check out these tips for increasing your home’s curb appeal.
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Here  are  some  great  suggestions  on  to  spruce up  your  drive  way  for  a  big  sale  
After  all  first  impressions  count  
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Gardening tips: Create a garden anywhere with straw bales

Gardening tips: Create a garden anywhere with straw bales | Gardening | Scoop.it
Add productive garden space and raise your planting bed with straw bale gardening. This technique allows gardeners to create raised bed gardens on
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Here  is  a  great  idea  if  you  have  very  little  space  in  your  yard.
Or  that  your  soil  is  poor  is  to  use  a  raise  bed  system with either Straw/Hale  bales  or  by  using  sleepers.
Here  in  this  article  it  explained  briefly  on  how  to  build  your  very  own  straw  bale.
Though  haven't  yet  tried  it  out  yet   I  can  see  it  has  several  draw  backs  as  well.
For  one  It  might  be  popular  in  the  USA  where  Hay/Straw  is  plenty  here  in  the uk  we  are  less  fortunate.
even  shop  brought  hay  or  straw  from  the  pet  shops  come  at  price  these  days  
Secondly most  straw  is  recycled  back  to  farms  and  used  as  bedding/compost  material  so  I  very  much  doubt  that  their  will  be  any  left  for  us  urban  Gardeners  here  in  the  UK 
And last  but  at  least  its  takes  too  long  to  prepare  it   ready  for  use  as  most  gardeners   are  in  "  I  WONT  IT  NOW!!!"  syndrome"
But  I  might  be  wrong  and  most  of  are  very  patient.
But  I  like  to  see  one  to  believe it  
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7 Awesome Lawn and Garden Hacks for Your Yard

7 Awesome Lawn and Garden Hacks for Your Yard | Gardening | Scoop.it
Do you use tips and tricks to keep your lawn and garden looking great, things that your parents or even grandparents taught you? If so, chances are you’re an expert at lawn and garden hacks.I never realized how many of these hacks I was exposed to growing up until I had a house of my [...]
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Some  Ideas  on  this  articles   are  just  too  far  fetched  like  the  use  of  Vinegar on  weeds
Vinegar  is  acid  and  not  only  totally  kills  weeds  but  everything  it  touches  
It  virtually  burns  the  leaves  and  doesn't  kill  the  roots.
So  the  use of  it  on  lawns  seemed  ridiculous   
For  isolated  weeds  you  can  either  just  use  a  garden  trowel  to dig  them  out  or  you  a  touch  weeder  to  get  rid  of  the  more  tenacious  weeds  like  Dandelions

For  Gardening  methods  instead  of  using  newpapers  old  card  board  boxes  should  do  the  trick  like  the  method  i  mentioned in  my  blog  called  sheet  layering  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/how-to-create-a-perfect-sheet-layer/
Or  if  you  can  use  a  simple  method  of  leaves  on  the  surface  and  add  your  compost  on  top   
But  as  all  good  mulches  it  only  deters  the  what  is  growing  there  before.
And  not  the  seeds  that  are  brought  by  the  wind  and  birds

As  for  the  other  hacks  I  haven't  yet    tried  them  out  yet    
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Permaculture: You've Heard of It, But What the Heck Is It? - Modern Farmer

Permaculture: You've Heard of It, But What the Heck Is It? - Modern Farmer | Gardening | Scoop.it
Not catching the drift? You’re not alone. Is permaculture a gardening technique or a special approach to farming, like biodynamics? Is it some type of back-to-the-land, off-the-grid intentional community? Is it about sustainable architecture, aquaponics, philosophy, horticulture, design? Permaculture is all that and then some, which is why it’s so hard for anyone to capture what it means in one neat sentence.

Via The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California
Richard Spencer's insight:
Permaculture 
"Not  catching  the  drift  then  your  not  alone "
Then  this  article  here  by  Modern  farmer   should  clear  things  up  better  hopefully .
With  all  these  new  trends  coming  across  the  sea  its  very  hard  to   catch  up  on  what  staying  and  what  is  just  a  fad   these  days 
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Eric Larson's curator insight, May 1, 8:52 AM
Permaculture explained?