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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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Thorny problems: should I returf my lawn? - Telegraph

Thorny problems: should I returf my lawn? - Telegraph | Gardening | Scoop.it
Our gardening expert solves your green problems. This week - when to prune a beech hedge
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To  turf  or  not  to  turf  that  is the  question  ~  but  as  always  not  always  the  answer.

My  advise  would  be  start  your  lawn  care  program  about  now  starting  off  with  scarifying  the  lawn  first  and  then  applying  an Iron  ferrous  compound  called  ferous sulphate  to  kill  the  moss.

Scarifying  first  will  make  sure  that  moss  killer  will  actually  get  to  the  bottom  of  the  moss  and  killing  effectively.

Secondly  I  wouldn,t  use  the  fork  for  aeration as  this  only  sems  to  compact  the  soil  around  it  best  to  use  a  hollow  tine  that  takes  out  plugs  of  the  soil  which  you  can  either  sweep  up  or  leave  to  harden  &  then  break  up  with  a  rake  to  add  to  the  soil.

By  using  a  hollow  tine  you  can  allow  better  drainage  and  soil  circuation to  the  roots .

when  aerating  walk  backwards  to  avoid  blocking  the  holes  you  aready  made.

Avoid  applying  spring  fertilizer   when  you  start  reseeding  apply  all  good  all  round  50:50  fertilizer    until  the  new  shoots  start  to  show  water  well  and  cover  up  seeded  areas  to  avoid  birds  pecking  at  the  seeds   but  if  the  area  too  big  use  twice  as  much  seed to  compensate.

Or  you  can  fence  off  the  area  that  you  now  have  sown  and  feed  the  remaining  area  with    spring  and  summer  feed  ~  you  wont  need  to  use  the  moss  killer  now  not  untill  Autumn .  So  choose  a  fertilizer  with  the  added  iron .

With  luck  your  lawn  should  be  recovered  if  not  then  result  to  having  the  turf  relayed  now  that  you  have  eliminated  all  the  veriables 

 

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Roses

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Roses | Gardening | Scoop.it
What do black roses mean? My answer is 1 of 11 facts about roses I give here, ranging from which are easiest to grow to what they have to do with the rosary.
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As  it  coming  up  to  Valentines  Day the  Roses  are  coming  out  of  cold  storage  and  being  forced  to  bloom  for  that  day.

Well  that  was  the  way  I  taught  a  very  long  time  ago. 

Things  May  have  changed  since  then.

Anyway  I  thought  you  might  find  this   article  interesting  if  you  want  to  learn  more  about  roses   check  out  this  website  -  http://ope.nr/2E1

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Carnival of color: 30 of the most incredible multi-colored flowers in the world - Blog of Francesco Mugnai

Carnival of color: 30 of the most incredible multi-colored flowers in the world - Blog of Francesco Mugnai | Gardening | Scoop.it
A big collection of amazing flowers, surprising shapes and incredible colors. Pure inspiration!
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Sea Slug has Taken Genes from the Algae it Eats, Allowing it to Photosynthesize Like a Plant

Sea Slug has Taken Genes from the Algae it Eats, Allowing it to Photosynthesize Like a Plant | Gardening | Scoop.it

How a brilliant-green sea slug manages to live for months at a time “feeding” on sunlight, like a plant, is clarified in a recent study published in The Biological Bulletin. The authors present the first direct evidence that the emerald green sea slug’s chromosomes have some genes that come from the algae it eats. These genes help sustain photosynthetic processes inside the slug that provide it with all the food it needs. Importantly, this is one of the only known examples of functional gene transfer from one multicellular species to another, which is the goal of gene therapy to correct genetically based diseases in humans.

 

“Is a sea slug a good [biological model] for a human therapy? Probably not. But figuring out the mechanism of this naturally occurring gene transfer could be extremely instructive for future medical applications,” says study co-author Sidney K. Pierce, an emeritus professor at University of South Florida and at University of Maryland, College Park.

 

The team used an advanced imaging technique to confirm that a gene from the alga V. litorea is present on the E. chlorotica slug’s chromosome. This gene makes an enzyme that is critical to the function of photosynthetic “machines” called chloroplasts, which are typically found in plants and algae.

 

It has been known since the 1970s that E. chloritica “steals” chloroplasts from V. litorea (called “kleptoplasty”) and embeds them into its own digestive cells. Once inside the slug cells, the chloroplasts continue to photosynthesize for up to nine months—much longer than they would perform in the alga. The photosynthesis process produces carbohydrates and lipids, which nourish the slug.

 

How the slug manages to maintain these photosynthesizing organelles for so long has been the topic of intensive study and a good deal of controversy. “This paper confirms that one of several algal genes needed to repair damage to chloroplasts, and keep them functioning, is present on the slug chromosome,” Pierce says. “The gene is incorporated into the slug chromosome and transmitted to the next generation of slugs.” While the next generation must take up chloroplasts anew from algae, the genes to maintain the chloroplasts are already present in the slug genome, Pierce says.

 


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Search for flowers visually

Search for flowers visually | Gardening | Scoop.it

LikeThat Garden is a visual search app allowing  you to take pictures to identify flowers. Use your mobile  phone camera to find a flower just like that! Simply  take a picture of a flower, and instantly get search  results of your search as well as similar looking  flowers for inspiration and ideas. Get access to  thousands of different species with one amazing  app.  It’s as simple as: Snap It, Explore It, Find It. 


Via Mary Anne Lynch @leafport.com
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Ideal  app  for any amateur  garden enthusiast  helps  you  identify  any  plants  in  its  database. Of  course us  professionals know  it  all  anyway. But  with  new  varieties coming  on  the  market these  this  will  help  to  extend  our  knowledge  too.

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3 Free or Inexpensive #Gardening Hacks

3 Free or Inexpensive #Gardening Hacks | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gardening is a great way to save money, get exercise, and have the whole family do something good for the home. Here are some inexpensive or free gardening hacks.
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How  to #Garden on  a  Budget  

Here are  3  very  useful  ways  to  run  a  garden  when  your  pennies  are  quite  tight

One  thing  I  have  got  to  say  about  Mulching  from  the  depot  is that  you  don't  know  where  the  leaves  come  from.

Last  year  the @The_RHS   said  that  we    should  stay away  from  street  tree  leaves  cause  of  the  pollution.  Which  I  thoroughly  go  with  especially  living  in  the  town  myself  on   the  side  of  a  busy  road.

The  only  way  to  work  around  this  is  to  burn  them  and  then  add  them  to  your  pile  of  compost   as  carbon  needs  to  inoculate  first  otherwise  it  robes  the  ground  of  nitrogen  

 

Using  kitchen  scraps  I  know  does  work  well  especially  with  celery and  carrots  so  yes  that's  worth  a  try  if  you  want  a  quick  fix    buying  seeds  would  be  more  cost  effective    

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Cinderfella's Vertical Garden Planter - Urban Gardens

Cinderfella's Vertical Garden Planter - Urban Gardens | Gardening | Scoop.it
Zac Benson’s got a bad succulent collecting habit. The San Diego-based photographer says his girlfriend, who shares his love of  these “fat plants,” would for Valentine’s Day “way rather have nice a Kalanchoe Beharensis a.k.a.
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Ever  wanted  to  do  with  your  leftover  building  blocks?. 

Well  here  is  a fantastic  way  to Repurpose  and  use  them  as  plant  pots  for  succulents (  Chicks &  Hens  )  

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The adaptable vegetable garden planner

The adaptable vegetable garden planner | Gardening | Scoop.it

The Garden Planner from the Old Farmer's Almanac adapts to your own area using our database of over 5000 weather stations. Print your own personalized planting chart showing how many of each plant you require and when to sow, plant and harvest them.



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Thanks to @leafport.com providing Me with info for this New app. It looks really good the only thing I have against these apps & its technical issue is that they do take up a lot of memory space which I found out at my cost with My Samsung galaxy young which now can't update cause google play services has no memory space left
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Just because you can't plant, doesn't mean you can't play!

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Should we use fresh or composted bark chippings in the garden?

Should we use fresh or composted bark chippings in the garden? | Gardening | Scoop.it
Ask TV Gardener David Domoney for his expert garden advice! Should we put down fresh bark chippings, or will they draw nitrogen from the soil?
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I go along  with  with  what  David  says  here -  It  not  only  robs  the ground  of  nitrogen  but  also  as  it  decomposes  it  releases  toxins  into  the  ground  too  that  can  kill  plants  too.

As  for it  nutriment value  its  only  provides  fiber  and  mirco-bacteria that  help the  plants  to  stay  healthy.

For  more  details  check  out  this  article  that  i  published  years  ago    https://spencerrichard01.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/are-the-rhs-and-defra-barking-up-the-wrong-tree/ ;

What  you  could  do  is  make  your  own  decomposed  bark  chips  or   do  a  process  called  inoculation ie  mix  the  wood  in  with  your  compost  heaps  the  wood  soaks  up  the  access   nitrogen  from  the  grass  and  green  clipping  thus  making  a  the  best  conditions  for  the  grass  to  rot  down  properly as  spring  compost  need  both  heat  and  good  drainage  and  carbon  to   be  effective.

Another  Method  you  can  try  but  not  yet  tested  is  use  make  your  own  Biochar  by  charcoaling   the  wood  chips  and  then  using  the  finished  product  as  a  soil  amendment -  bt  there  again  you  have  to  mix  it  up  with  compost  and  leave  it  to  weather  outside  before  applying  it  to  the  soil 

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Manage your Mac passwords with new software from LastPass

Manage your Mac passwords with new software from LastPass | Gardening | Scoop.it
Mac users are now able to download the LastPass app, and utilize the software's password protection abilities in any browser they choose.
The post Manage your Mac passwords with new software from LastPass appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Never  forget  your  Password  again  

I  highly  recommend  this .

As many  sites  want  you  to  join  by  logging  in  these  days &  my  memory  for  password  not  like  it  used  to  be I  needed  an  app  where  I  know  it  could  be  trusted .

Lastpass comes  with  it  own  generating  password  that is   very  secure   and  instantly  loads  into  form  with  no  hassle  

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Vegua: The most beautiful way to grow your own organic food

Vegua: The most beautiful way to grow your own organic food | Gardening | Scoop.it
The Vegua is an interior design product that uses fish for growing your own herbs, small vegetables and fruits for a healthy meal.
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How to turn a  simple  fish  tank  into salad  bar  

This is  the  new  coming  if  the  age  of  horticulture  we  have  advanced  through  the  decades  from working  the land  to  now  aquaponics.

This  idea  I  recall  was  started  yrs  ago  and  was  firstly  shown  on Country  file  TV  where  it  was  in  big  production  tanks  so  the  idea  isn't  new.

But  the  idea  of almost  scifi  view  of  growing  only  salad  leaves as  they  need  nitrates  more  that  fruit  production  is  a  brilliant  idea   

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Richard Branson launches latest broadband-for-the-masses satellite project

Richard Branson launches latest broadband-for-the-masses satellite project | Gardening | Scoop.it
Get ready for yet another sky-based broadband-for-the-masses project. Following Facebook and Google is Virgin, which, together with Qualcomm, is investing in satellite firm OneWeb in a bid to bring Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
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This to Me sounds like  a  great  idea -  the  same  as  the  wind  up  radio in  the latter  year. 

But  the  sceptical  side  of  me  is  saying  will  it  be free  or included  into  his  bundles 

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How to Plant Peas

How to Plant Peas | Gardening | Scoop.it
Peas are delicious vegetables that will give flavor to a lot of meals and recipes. Go over the ways of growing peas and have a steady supply within reach anytime.
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An  very  useful  article on how to grow  peas  for  your vegatable garden - But s handy tip i learnt from others is to get the razor blade and scrape the outer coating of the seed shell - this allows water and moisture to get to the seed. a process we call in the trade as chitting - work well with any hard coated seeds
Also to reuse old loo holders and start the the seeds off that way and when the roots have broken through the card board they are right to plant - the card board will slowly rot down in the soil whilst the pea grows - see my pinterest page - http://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765605030342/

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20 awesome pictures to inspire you into how to landscape your front garden

20 awesome pictures to  inspire  you  into  how  to  landscape  your  front garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
If you live in a modest home, chances are your front yard is a modest size as well. (Although we fully recognize that everyone’s idea of “modest” when it c
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If  these pictures won't  give  you  inspire  you  to  go  out  and  be  creative  nothing  well.

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Hate ads, but love the Maxthon browser? Your dream has come true

Hate ads, but love the Maxthon browser? Your dream has come true | Gardening | Scoop.it
Today the company behind the Maxthon web browser announced their surfer would finally be added to the anti-ad roster, featuring a fresh version of the popular AdBlock Plus extension for PC and Android devices.
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I don't  know  about  you  but  when  I  saw  this  new  web browser which  I  hardly  use  I am   firefox  and  Google  Chrome  user  it  sent  alarm  bells  ringing  thinking  its  a  malware.  

Now  its  apparent  that  its  the  NEW  BROWSER  to  get  is  it ?

With  Internet  Explorer  having  security  issues  already  just  how  secure  is  Maxathon 

I  will  continue  on  using  FF  and  chrome   until  I  know  otherwise  

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Gardening Calendar: The Top 3 Gardening Jobs for February

Gardening Calendar: The Top 3 Gardening Jobs for February | Gardening | Scoop.it
Don't get bogged down by endless lists of gardening jobs! Here's a simple, doable list of the three most important gardening jobs for February.
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Here  is  an excellent  guide  to  what  to  do  in  the  garden  this  February.

But things  have  changed whether it  the  fault  of  the  climate  or  new  ideas  and  advancements  on  technology

One  thing  that  has  changed is  Lawn  care. The  old  school  training  that  I  had  been  taught  has  to  be  retaught.

For  example,   when  I  was  doing  a  day  release  course  in  groundsman ship for  a  local  borough  I  was  taught  that  spiking  was  the  ideal  way  to  aerate  your  lawn. 

Now  it  seems  that  hollow  tining  is  the  proper  way to  go  now, Also another  thing  that  has  changed  is  the  method.  Instead  of  putting  tons of  lawn  top  dressing  down  its  best  to  use  a  solid  tine  method  as  well.

When  applying  fertilizer  its  best  to  get  the  Autumn  weed  and  feed to  strengthen  the  roots &  Apply  the moss  killer  as  a  separate  application.But  make  sure  to  rake  or  scarify  the  lawn  first  to  remove  the  bulk  of  the  moss then  apply the  chemical   afterwards  - This  ensures  that  chemical  go  down  to  the  whole  plant  

As   for  digging,  I  usually  do  that  in  the  Autumn to  allow  the  soil  to  be  weathered  down       

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Over 77m* visits to the Royal Parks with 98% satisfaction rate

Over 77m* visits to the Royal Parks with 98% satisfaction rate | Gardening | Scoop.it
There were an estimated 77.7million visits to the Royal Parks during 2013/14 with satisfaction rates at 98 per cent, according to official figures released today.
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Having  worked  in  Kensington  Gardens many  years  ago,  I  know  for  the fact  its  one  of  the  best  parks  I  worked  in.

There  plenty  to  see  and  do  there. From  feeding  the wildlife  on  the  Long  water to going  to  Italian  Fountains  which   when  I  was  working  there  I  helped  to   research  &  actually  put  into  use  the  planting  of  the  summer  beds as  seen  when  in  Queen  Ann   time.

Next  You  can  work  your  way    through to  Peter  Pans  Statue   to  the  Serpentine Gallery.  

Off  course,   you  could  go to  the  Palace  itself.

You  can  see  them  all  &  more  on  my  Pinterest  page -  http://www.pinterest.com/richard01907/places-where-i-worked/

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Yard Garden

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Yard Garden - I used old rusty tractor or cut out wheels for planters. I\'ve had many say they like the idea of recycling. I have seen other great ideas on thi…
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How  to  reuse  or  repurpose   old  tractor  tyres  

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DIY 40 Ideas for Gardening with Recycled Items | DesignRulz

DIY 40 Ideas for Gardening with Recycled Items | DesignRulz | Gardening | Scoop.it
These creative garden decorations and backyard with recycled items can inspire you to create unique installations, vertical gardens or fence decor, turning your backyard landscaping ideas into art projects.
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Here  is  a  creative  way  of  using what  I call  the  three  R  ( Repurpose ,Recycle and  Reuse  )  Any  objects  from  Tyres  to  glass  bottles  

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Coffee For Roses » Making Cane Toppers

Coffee For Roses » Making Cane Toppers | Gardening | Scoop.it
A cane topper is an attractive way to cover the ends of bamboo, metal or wooden stakes in the garden. Use them to top container supports or in-the-ground garden poles. These are fun and easy to make out of small flower pots.
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How  to  make  Cane Toppers  

This  to Me  is  an  excellent   &  decorative  way  to  protect  plants  in  their  early  stages  of  growth.

Also,  if  you  have  a pet  dogs  that  chasing  around  the  garden  to   its  ideal  way  to  protect  both  plants  and  your  pets  from  injuring  themselves

 

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How to Add Medicinal Plants to Your Garden

How to Add Medicinal Plants to Your Garden | Gardening | Scoop.it
Whether you have an expansive or a simple herb garden on your patio, growing a variety of plants can keep it interesting and functional. One way to add some new life to your garden is to include medicinal plants.
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A beginners  guide on How to  create your  own Chelsea Physic Garden

This is a  very  simple  guide  on  how  to  grow  your  beneficial  herbs  and  plants  in  your  garden  #Organically 

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How to choose the right tree to grow

How to choose the right tree to grow | Gardening | Scoop.it
A tree can be your living legacy so choose and plant with care, says Bunny Guinness
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This  is  a  very  interesting  article  but  it  doesn't  tell  you  how  to  go  about  choosing  the  right  tree 

When choosing  a  tree  many  of  my  clients  make  the  same  mistake  of  under estimating  how  big  and  fast  a tree  can  grow  in  a matter  of  years.

So  the  first  thing  to  do  either  look  up  the  tress  on  the  website  or  just  read  the  label .  But  Sometimes  labels  can be  miss  read  so  I  go  by  the  web  sites  

Secondly    make  sure  that  the  tree  has  plenty  of  room  to  spread  out   as  the  picture    above  shows  

Thirdly  If you  moving  a  tree  -  make  sure  the  other  hole  is  dug  out  first  &  that  its  well  watered  &  staked  in  first  

Then  start  digging  outside the parameter of  the  branches  -  cause  the  closer  you  are  to  the  tree the  more  likely  you  are  going  to  chop  through  the  roots.

Then  transplant  immediately (  the 5 second  rule )  any  longer  than  5  seconds  the  roots  are  going  to  dry  out  

 

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Peonies 101 | Martha Stewart

Peonies 101 | Martha Stewart | Gardening | Scoop.it
Peonies 101 and more on MarthaStewart.com
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Whether  you  a grower or a  florist   this  article  for  you 

Covering  tips  like  how  to  save  the  buds  for  flower  decorations  and  a  lot  more .

My  experience  with  them  is  often  shared  by  many of  clients  is  that  just  when  the  buds  begin  to  open it  is  cut  short  by  the  frost  in  spring.

So  I  like  to  add  if  you  have  a  alley  way  or  alcove  by  your  front  door  they  will  do  better  cause  they  are  protected  from  the  frost  but  they  also  grow too  well  too  

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Londoners Living Near Street Trees Get Prescribed Fewer Antidepressants

Londoners Living Near Street Trees Get Prescribed Fewer Antidepressants | Gardening | Scoop.it
Dylan Passmore / Flickr By now you're probably familiar with at least some of the many psychological benefits of urban greenery.
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Off  Coarse  we  already  knew  that  plants and  gardening  do  have  that  calming  effect  on  us  whether  your in  your  garden  or  in  the  park   

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What Are The 10 Best Houseplants?

What Are The 10 Best Houseplants? | Gardening | Scoop.it
10 Easiest Houseplant To Grow. Somehow gardeners and houseplants just don’t mix. In the garden the standard of horticulture may be high, but in the house anything green has to thrive on neglect. Maybe the focus of attention just changes with time. As a boy I was mad keen on...
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It  is  such  a  pity  that  this  didn't  come  out  on  #Plantwork  day  ie  this  wednesday as there  was a  promotional  campaign  that  went  out  to  encourage  people  to  put  plants  in  office  space.

But  that  turned  out  to  a  damp  squib.

Anyway  Here  is  excellent  article  on  the  10  best  houseplants  

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