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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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Bindweed Control – How To Kill Bindweed In The Garden And Lawn

Bindweed Control – How To Kill Bindweed In The Garden And Lawn | Gardening | Scoop.it

HAny gardener that has had the displeasure of having bindweed in their garden, knows how frustrating and infuriating these weeds can be. Controlling bindweed can be difficult, but it can be done. Learn more here.

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How to kill Bind weed if it  wraps  its' self  around  your  plants.

Bind weed is  a  gardeners  nightmare  its  terribly  evasive  once  its  rooted  and  takes  over  within  a  couple  weeks  or  less  if  it  not  controlled.

Whilst  this  article  here  tell  you   very  briefly  how  to  kill it>It  doesn't  tell  you  what  to  do  when  it  wraps  its  self  around  your  precious  plants  and  shrubs.

But Donn't  dispair  they  is  one  simple  sollution 

You  will  need  (a)  old  woolen  or  cotton  gloves 

                         (b)  rubber  gauntlets  extra  large  ~  I  will  explain  why  latter

                          (c)  Canes 

                           (d)  Bucket 

                            (e)  Strong  weed  killer  (  Glyphoshate  )

Add  the  glyphoshate  to  the  bucket  and  add  water   and  stir  well

place  the  cotton  or  woollen  gloves  in the  bucket  and  allow  to  soak 

Whilst  you  are  doing  that  place  the  canes  next  where  the  weed  is (  but leave  good  distance  between  it  the  plant  )  and  ginergly  wrap  the  tendrils  around  the   cane.

now  put  on  your  rubber  gloves   and  pick  up  the  the  now  wet  soaked  gloves    and  wrap   it  around  the  cane  then  move  your  hand   up  down  the  cane  until the  gloves  are  rinced  out.

This  Method   not  only  protects  your  plant  from  being  sprayed  by  weed  killer  but  also  makes  sure  that  the  bind  weed  is  smothered is  smothered  in  it .

Should   you  get  bindweed  poping  up  everywhere  the  best  thing  to  do  is  to  hoe  regularly   chopping  it  down  and  removing  all  the  debris

If  you  dig  it  out  it  will  pop  up  again  cause  of  the  tiny  tap  roots  it  leaves  behind 

               

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Get gardening without pain

Dr. Miller from Total Health Chiropractic says pain doesn't have to keep you from gardening.
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Here  is  a  great  video on  how  to  look  after  yoir  back  before  you  start  out  doing  your  gardening  chores  

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Building the Right Compost Bin

Building the Right Compost Bin | Gardening | Scoop.it
There are many ways to build a compost bin, but serious gardeners will want to be able to access the finished compost easily and often. Here are some of the many ways we have composted and what works best for us now.
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This  is  a  great  guide  on how  to  compost  sucessfully  ~  note  though  this  is  for  leaves  only.

Leaves  are  carbon  and  when  composting  they  donn't  need  any   amonia  to  speed  up  the  the  decaying  process.

Leaves  rot  down  by  fungi  if  you  can smell  mushrooms  in  your compost  then  your on  the  right  track.

best  way  to  get  fungi  is  by  looking  for  toadstalls  and  mushrooms  in  your  lawn  or   garden  and  add  them  to  your  pile 

Fungi  only  need  two  things  to  break  down   the  leaves (1)  moisture  and  (2)  air  

Though  when  composting  leaves  don't use  street  leaves  as  they  contain  toxins  from  pollution  and  avoid  big  leaves  from  plane  trees  and  oaks  as  they  will  take  ages  to  rot  down.

Another  thing  you  can  do  is  go  over  the  leaves  with  a  mower  to  shred them  up  so  the  fungi  have  a  better  way  to  feed  on  them  especially  the  earth  worms 

With  grass  leafmould  can  be  added  to  the  mix  to  help   soak  up  the  liquid    and  seperate  the  the  grass  cutting   helping  the  bacteria   decompose  the  grass .

Another  thing  you  can  do  is  to  add  charcoal  to  the  mix  to  especially  bits  of  wood  that  got  partial  burnt  (  Biochar  )   this  will  soak  up  the  acess  liquid  too  and  add  that  extra  fiber  and  beneficiall  microbes  to  your  soil

More  on  the  subject  can  be  found  here  ~  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/how-to-make-a-compost-bin-for-next-to-nothing/

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Boom in gardening as Londoners turn their balconies into mini-allotments

Boom in gardening as Londoners turn their balconies into mini-allotments | Gardening | Scoop.it
Londoners are making the most of their small living spaces by growing more fruit and vegetables on window ledges and balconies, figures show.
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It  all  seems  that  containing  gardening  is  in  vogue  this  week  with  not  only  the  dailies  like  the  Express  and  the   Telegraph  covering  it  but  now  the  Standards.

My  thoughts  are  on  the  matter  that  if  you  have  a  small  garden  or  yard  then  go  for  it. 

But  remember  as  the  the  plants  it  griws  it  will  get  eventually  root  bound  and  drain  all  the  nutiements  out  of  your  soil  or  compost 

Here  is  a  few  tips   that  will  make  your  plant   healthy   after  the  transplanting 

(1)  wether  you  are  transplanting  a  plant  from  a  small  3"  pot   or  a  big  pot.  preparation  is  the  key  

(a)  before  removing  the  plant  from  the  pot   prepare  the  larger  pot  first  by  laying  fresh  compost  on  the  bottom  of  the  pot  and  placing  the  pot  inside  untill the  corect  level  is  reached 

(b) When  the  level  is  reached  leave  the  pot  in  and  add  compost  and  firm  in  around  the  sides  until  you  reach  the  top 

(c)  Then  gently  lift  the  pot  out  -  you  should  be  left  with  a  nice  hole 

(2)  If  the  plant  is  root  bound  place  the  pot  into  bucket  of  water  and  leave  it  there  untill you  finshed  making  your  hole  ..  water  should  have  been  drawn  up  through  the  compost   by  now 

(d)  gently  tip  the  plant  to  its  side  and  tap  lightly  arond  the  sides  and  bottom  to  free  the  plant   from  the  old  pot 

(e)  place  the  plant  into  hole  and  cover  the  top  with  fresh  compost  and  firm  down 

(f)  Finally  water  untill  the  water  is  flowing out  the  bottom 

Doing  it  this  way  means  that  your  plant  hasn't  suffered  any  stress    from  transplanting 

This  also  can  be  done   when planting  shrubs  and  flowers  outside  too

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High fliers: Alan Titchmarsh's tips on growing plants on your balcony

High fliers: Alan Titchmarsh's tips on growing plants on your balcony | Gardening | Scoop.it
WHETHER it’s a roof terrace or a window box, the pleasures of gardening can still be yours – even if you live a few flights up.

Via Docarte
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Good  sound  advice  about  how  to  start  your  own  balcony  garden frm  Alan  TichMarch  ~ But  not  for  the  fient  hearted  or  for  those  that  suffer  from  vertigo.

You  all   find  Me  with  My  feet  pon  tera  firma  and  gardening  within  limits  of  my  insurance  allows.

If  you  got  really  tall  trees  that  need  to  pruned  best  call  a  arborist  who    should  be  covered  by  the  insurance  and  trained  on  how  to  cut  down  trees.

I'm  not  sure  how  the  insurance  will  cover   these  balcony  gardens  though 

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Fran Sorin on Digging Deep to Unearth Your Creative Roots Through Gardening

Fran Sorin on Digging Deep to Unearth Your Creative Roots Through Gardening | Gardening | Scoop.it
We'll talk with author Fran Sorin about the connections between gardening and creativity, and how gardening can be a creative tool for enhancing joy and well-being. Fran is the author of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening.
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Readers' Top 10 Gardening Mistakes

Readers' Top 10 Gardening Mistakes | Gardening | Scoop.it
Digging up flowers instead of weeds. Drowning the tulips. Real Simple readers reveal their growing woes and garden design pros plot out the solutions.
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Are  you  guilty  of  the  top  1o  gardening  blunders  

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Gardening to help combat stress [4/12/2014]

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This  is  an  excellent  video on  the  latest  horticulture  project    helping  the  Forces  Vets.  help  combat  stress  

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How careful planning and planting can save your energy bill

How careful  planning  and  planting  can  save  your  energy  bill | Gardening | Scoop.it

Excellent  guide  to  on  how  to  plan  your  garden  to  save  your  fuel  bills  

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Although  this  infographic  is  tailored  for  the  American  Market   we  in  the  uk  can  still  use  it  to  our  advantage.

This  is  an  excellent  guide    

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Lawn Fertilizing – Summary | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener

Lawn Fertilizing – Summary | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener | Gardening | Scoop.it
The amount of fertilizer to apply to your lawn should be determined by a soil test (www.georgiasoiltest.com or by calling 1-800-ASKUGA-1. If you have not had
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This to me is a  excellent  guide  to when  and  how  to  fertilize  your  lawn  especially  for  the  USA 

Over  here  in  the  UK  its  slightly  different  the  main  fertilizer  in  the  spring  should be very  low  Nitrogen  to  Phosphates & Potassium  ratio.

When  I  was  working  on bowling  greens  which  are  made  up  off  fine  grasses  like  fescues  a  ratio   of   7.2% N,9.1%P,4.5%K  the  reason  for  this  is  that  we  don't  want  the  grass  to  grow  too  quickly  but  make  better  root  growth  similar  to  the  Autumn  feed  regime.

But  sometimes getting  the  right  ratio  is  very  hard  for  the  normal  gardener  

So  the  other  alternatives  are :-

(a)  wait  till  summer  and  apply  the  summer  feed  and  miss  out  spring  altogether  

(b)  Make  up  your  own  feed  with  this  ration   using  Sulphate  of  Ammonia , dried  blood  , powdered  superphosphate ,fine bone  meal ,sulphate of  potash, calcined  sulphate  of  Iron  (  for  Moss  control ) and  screened  topsoil   as  a  carrier  (ask  me  for  the  measurements  if  you  want  to  carry  it  out  )  

(c)  You  could  try the  internet   to  some  specialist  firms   have  it  

But  my  best  thing  is  to  wait  since  the  spring  nearly  over  and  apply  the  summer  feed  

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#Gardening #trend Mellow Yellow flowers will be this summer trend

#Gardening  #trend  Mellow Yellow flowers will be this summer trend | Gardening | Scoop.it
B&Q says yellow flowers will be in fashion this summer. The retailer expects to sell millions of yellow flowering plants to meet demand from shoppers
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An  interesting   article  on  this  summer  #gardening  trend  in  flowers 

Seems  that  yellow  is  the  new  black  in the   gardening  retail  world.But to me  too  much  yellow  is  too  much  in  your  face  like  shining  a    bright  light.

So  my  advice  is  to use  in  moderation  mix  it  with  other  colours  like  purples  and  reds   and  your  garden  will  shine  without  glowing  too  bright.

In  dark  corners,  they  lighten  up  a  shaded   area  under  a  tree  think  about  what  dandelions  and  lesser  Clandine  does.

What  I  remember  from  experience  is  that  if  you  planting  anything  from  vegatables  to  shrubs  in  a  shaded  area  don't  go  for  the  bright  colours  too  much  use  the  subtle  tones  as  bright  colours  enjoy  the light  more  to  attract   pollinators   like  bees  and  butterflies   and  dark  colours  rely  on  months  and  other insects    

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How to grow a cottage garden | HouseBeautiful

How to grow a cottage garden | HouseBeautiful | Gardening | Scoop.it
Fill your garden with a riot of glorious flowers, herbs and vegetables with this guide to growing a cottage garden.

Via Allen Heritage
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Here  is  a basic guide  on  how  to  create  a  cottage  garden  from  scratch  

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RS Gardening Services | Garden Maintenance | Beckenham

RS Gardening Services | Garden Maintenance | Beckenham | Gardening | Scoop.it
A Garden Maintenance web site specializing in lawn care
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No  matter  how  big  or  small  the  job  is  RS  Gardening  services   prides  itself  on  client  satisfaction.

The  only  queries  I  get  from  my  clients  that  I  work  over  their  slotted  time  limit  to  finish  the  job  and  "Getting  Things  Done"  

So  instead  of  charging  by the  hour  I  charge  for  the  job  and  finish  as  some  Jobs  do  take  longer  than  most   but  I'm  flexible  &  will  do  what  I  can   in  the  a slotted  time  frame  give  or  take  a  hour  extra  to  finish  

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Wheelbarrow Planters - Reuse Re Purpose Recycle - The Gardening Cook

Wheelbarrow Planters - Reuse Re Purpose Recycle - The Gardening Cook | Gardening | Scoop.it
A wheel barrow planter is one thing on my list of must do gardening ideas. I have been looking for just the right old fashioned wheelbarrow for months.
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Here  are  some  ways  of  re-using ,re-purposing &  recycling  old  wheelbarrows    

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How to Inoculate Peas and Beans | Planet Natural

How to Inoculate Peas and Beans | Planet Natural | Gardening | Scoop.it
Here we discuss the practice of inoculating pea and bean seeds with nodule-forming, nitrogen-fixing Rhizobium bacteria, commonly known as pea inoculant.
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Here is  a not yet new idea  as plants  like beans, peas and other legumes, produce their  own nitro fixing nodules  in their  roots.  even  clover produce it.

That's  why   it's  important  to  chop  down  the  stalks  and  decompose in  the  compost  and  leave  the  roots  to  rot  down  in  the  soil  to  release  nitrates  back  to  the  soil  

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#BeckBromFL #Bromley have you Got a tired old lawn check this page out

#BeckBromFL #Bromley have you Got a tired old lawn check this page out RS Lawn Care Services RS Gardening Services is a local based company situated in South East London specialising in Turf Culture & Garden Maintenace...
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" An  beutiful  lawn  doesn't  happen  its  self  "

 

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How to create a show-stopping summer flower container

How to create a show-stopping summer flower container | Gardening | Scoop.it
Give your summer pots the perfect meld of showiness and shape using one classic planting forumla

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Here  is  an  excellent  guide  on  how  to  create  your  perfect    show  stopper  garden 

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Beautiful #Landscaping & #Gardening Designs Ideas For Beginners [#Vblog]

Beautiful Landscape Pictures - Landscaping Design Ideas [Gardening Ideas For Beginners] http://t.co/W0soYUHZff
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Here  is  an excellent  Video  blog  to  get  your  creative  juices   flowing  

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How To Start An Herb Garden by The Tasteful Garden

How To Start An Herb Garden by  The Tasteful Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Visit our site for helpful tips on how to start an herb garden and find all the vegetable plants you'll need in our online store! Enjoy nationwide shipping.
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An  excellent  guide  from   the  states  on  how  to  create  a  herb  garden

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Easy Container Gardening: 7 Containers You Never Thought Of | The Garden Glove

Easy Container Gardening: 7 Containers You Never Thought Of | The Garden Glove | Gardening | Scoop.it
Container gardening is growing in popularity, and not just for those with small gardens or living in apartments and condos. Creating a creative container garden that has character and personality isn't as easy though.
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7  useful   ways  of  recycling  and  reusing  items  for  containers 

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Preventing Plant Problems Starts Now | Planet Natural

Preventing Plant Problems Starts Now | Planet Natural | Gardening | Scoop.it

Spring  is  the time  to  deal  with  catarpillars,Black  spot  and  other  plant  problems  

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This  is  a  very  useful  guide  on how  to  control pest  on  vegetables, plants and roses. Especially  if  the  larvae  starts  to  pupate  with the  warm  sunshine  we  having.

Though  copper  is  said  to  be  effective  against  blackspot   according  to  this  blog  https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/the-6-main-pest-and-diseases-of-rose-how-to-treat-them/  Black  spot  is  a  very  deadly  infection  on  roses, that  ounce they  got  it  there  are  no  other  ways of   eradicating  it  but  only  preventive  measure  -  like  good  hygiene, and  treating  it  early   like  this  article  says  timing  is  important.

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Old and news ways of dethatching your lawn #Lawncare via @Hortweek

Old and  news  ways  of   dethatching  your  lawn #Lawncare  via  @Hortweek | Gardening | Scoop.it
Wetting agent trials show reduction in thatch layer - from Horticulture Week
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Old  and  new  ways  to  dethatch  your  lawn  #Lawncare  

 

Although  this  might  be good  for   the   private  sector ( ie   golf  greens  bowling  green  ect  )  The  commercial  market  still  have  to  make  do  with  thatch  as  no  doubt  the  price  will  be  too  expensive  for  normal  buyer  to  afford.

But  that's  why  the  old  ways  are  always  the  best  and  by  that  I  mean  aeration  though  its  hard  work  if  you  do  it  manually  with  a  a  hollow  tine  you  will  still  achieve  the  same  effects  as  this  new  wetting  agent .

Off  course  you  still  have  scarify  the  ground also   to  remove  the  dead  grass   that  make  up  the  thatch  layer  

More  on  the  topic  of  aeration  can  be  found  here  ~  http://bit.ly/1apIrme

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#nationalgardenmonth ~ April 2015: Garden events

#nationalgardenmonth  ~ April 2015: Garden events | Gardening | Scoop.it
Spring gardening events around the UK in April 2015
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As  we  are  in  the middle  of  #NationalGardenmonth    here  is  a  basic guide  on  what  on  and  what  to  see  this  month  "  Make  haste  whilst  the  sun  shines"

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#Inspiring #garden edging ideas from Better Homes and Garden

Edging is a great gardening tool and Jason can show you how to make it work at its best for your garden. An edge can make the difference between a good ...
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Here  are  some  #Inspiring  edging  designs  from Better  Homes  and  Gardens  

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Labour manifesto makes green cities, wages, and farming pledges

Labour manifesto makes green cities, wages, and farming pledges | Gardening | Scoop.it
Labour manifesto makes green cities, wages, and farming pledges - from Horticulture Week
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As  the  election,  days  looms  labour  "pledges  "  in  their  manifesto  "Green  cities &  wages &  farming  pledges  "  

But  I  don't  know  about  you  but  I  have  seen  and  been  through   both  the  promises  before  and  nothing  came  to  tuition.

From  the  days  of  Ted  Knight and  Ken  Livingston    that's  going  way  back  to  the  70s  to  Magie  and  Privatisation   of  the  Royal  Parks   in  the  late  80s  and  early  90s

It  would  be  interesting  to  see  how  Labour  can  improve  on  the  wages  as   that  is  why  I  think  there  a  exodus  of  school  leavers  heading  for  something   more  than  substantial  than  £6.00  per  hour (  yes  I  know  its  now  £10   but  in  some  places  I  saw  it's  still  considered  to  be  £6  per  hour.) 

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