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Make Sturdy Recycled Newspaper Pots

Make Sturdy Recycled Newspaper Pots | Gardening | Scoop.it

Recycled newspaper pots are relatively easy to make and make transplanting seedlings to the garden simple, as the pot can be placed directly into the soil, where it will degrade. Instead of purchasing peat pots at the garden center, consider recycling your old newspapers into beneficial seedling pots.


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@_houseandgarden & @RS_garden_care  advice  on  what  chores  to  do  in  the  Garden  in  December

@_houseandgarden & @RS_garden_care  advice  on  what  chores  to  do  in  the  Garden  in  December | Gardening | Scoop.it
What to plant in December - 10 gardening tips from Petersham Nurseries Head of Horticulture Thomas Broom-Hughes. Gardening Advice (houseandgarden.co.uk)
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Here  is  a excellent  guide  by  @_houseandgarden  on  the  chores to do  this  month.
And  you thought  you  can  relax  and  keep  warm  think  again 
In  My  line  of  work  there  are  two  restriction  and  they  are  Time  as  the  days are  getting  shorter  and  darker  until the  solstice and  of  course  frost  
Grass  Cutting  stops  at  the  first  sign  of  frost  as  the blades  just  dent  your  grass  ie  giving  them  that  blackened  look  So  its  time  to  clean up  your  mower  and  get  repaired  or  serviced  for  next  year.
The  Same  with  all  your  tools  
Try not  to  walk  on  grass  also  as  this  will  also  damage  the  grass
Any  pruning should  have  be  done  by  now   as  it  now  too  late  to  cut  back  branches  now  there  a  frost  about.
Any  dead  leaves  from  the  plants  can  now  be  tidied  up   composted  away.
Weeding can  still  be  done  as  long  the  ground  not totally  frozen  off ( the  frost  will  kill  off  any  weeds  roots  better  than  any  chemical  when  they  are  exposed :)) 
As  for  planting  I remember my  lecturer  at  college saying  not  to  dig  or  fork  over  the  soil  in  winter  as  you  are  exposing  all  the  beneficial  micro  organisms  to  the  cold  and  as  a  result  you  will  have  sterile  plot  of  ground  until   you  incorporate your  garden compost  in  the  spring           
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IPC Method of pest control

IDoGardening4U Pest control of roses
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Here  is a  very  brief  introduction  to  the  best  organic  method  of  Pest Control  using  the  IPC  Method.
What  is  IPC  And  what  it  stands  for  
Identifying the  pest  
Prevention  methods  
Control  method  
Using  these  methods  and  the  video  provided  you  will  be  able  to  at  least  prevent  killing  off  the  beneficial  insects  that  help  us  in  the Garden.
I  have  deliberately left  out  other  methods  in  the  video  as  the  use  of  them  aren't  available  to  the  general  public.
Things  like  bacterial,fungi  and  wasp  that  are  growers  and  specialist.   
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Incorporating Red Twig Dogwood Shrubs in Your Landscaping

Incorporating Red Twig Dogwood Shrubs in Your Landscaping | Gardening | Scoop.it
Red twig dogwood shrubs are so named for the color of their bark in winter. But these bushes offer much more, including variegated leaves and blooms.
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These are  one  my  favourite  shrubs  to  add  that  dash  of  fire  and  heat  on  a  cold  winters  day  
But  you  have  learn  how  and  when  to  prune  them  to  get  its  effect  
What  I  do  when  I  am  in  a  clients  garden  is  to  prune  them  hard  back  in  March this  encourages  young  stems  to  come  from  the  base ( its  the  young  stems  that  have  that  vibrant  colour  )    This  method  is called  coppicing 
With  other  specimens  ie  Cornus  contoversia    etc  a  light  prune  is  needed  
Why  not  add  Cornus  Wild fire  to  the  Alba  to  set  your  garden  alight    
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Gardening News: Hydrangeas and the pruning controversy

Gardening News: Hydrangeas and the pruning controversy | Gardening | Scoop.it
There are many varieties of hydrangea, which is a deciduous bush very common here in the South.
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This  is  all  new  to  me. I  don.t  know  about  you. 
But  Im  very  old  school  on this  and  i  have  been  gardening  for  over  20  yrs.
Keeping  it  simple   Here  are  #Idogardening4U    golden  rule  of  pruning  
(1) You  should  prune  your  hydrangeas  in  the  spring  after  the  frost  
(2)  Identify  what  types  you  have   ie  Lace  caps  or  mop  heads 
(3)  With  mops  head  you  can  either  prune  them  hard  back  to  encourage  bigger  flowers  or  lightly  for  more  flowers  but  smaller  blooms  
You  can  see  the  young  buds all  away  down  to  the  base  usually
With  Lace caps  you  can  see  the  buds  coming  from  the  new  growth   like  the  one  you  have  in  the  picture  
(4) Another  tip  is  that  enjoy  a  lot  of  water  hence  their  Latin  name  Hydra  =  Water  angea  =  vessel   


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55 Photos Of Brilliant Ideas To Make Your Yard Beautiful - Bahay OFW

55 Photos Of Brilliant Ideas To Make Your Yard Beautiful - Bahay OFW | Gardening | Scoop.it
Garden design is the creative imaginary and skill of person for creating plans layout and garden design and landscaping. This is the professional experience to change your outdoor and indoor space into beautiful and brilliant surroundings. Some homeowners they are hiring a professional garden designer to work in their garden for better layout, but most of us choice and love to do some creative things like designing our own garden to apply our imaginary skills to meet our fairytale garden we ever wanted. Designing your own garden makes you feel good and inspired especially when you see the beautiful outcome
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Here  are  some  awesome  ideas  on  how  to  improve  your  backyard  next  year  from  Behay OFW  
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What Is This White Fuzz on Tree Branches? (And How to Treat) | Davey Blog

What Is This White Fuzz on Tree Branches? (And How to Treat) | Davey Blog | Gardening | Scoop.it
o Edited to: See white fuzz on tree branches and suspect a white fungus? It may be hemlock woolly adelgid! Learn hemlock woolly adelgid facts, like life cycle, damage & treatment.
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Here  is  an  interesting  article  from  blog.davey.com   now  that  the  holidays  are  getting  nearer.
Being  just  a  ordinary  gardener  all  the  Latin  names  just  go  over  my  head  these  days.
But  if  he  is  referring to  the  woolly  aphid  I  was  taught  their  one  simple  cure.
The  woolly  coating  acts  some  protection  against  predators  I  was  once  told, and  by  simple  applying  mentholated  spirits  it  will  kill  them.
Off  course  that was  years  ago  and  things  have  changed  since  then  and  off  course  it  is  inflammable  so  you  shoudn't  apply  it  to  your   floral  decorations  only  to  the  ones  that  are  left  outside  with  no  lights  on        

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Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas

Inexpensive Landscaping Ideas | Gardening | Scoop.it
Need some inexpensive landscaping ideas for your home? Learn how to landscape on the cheap, from making cheap garden paths and walkways to inexpensive ground cover ideas, to finding cheap or free plants.
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Here  is  article  from  the  states  on  how  to  Landscape  your  yard  on  cheap.
It  ok  if  you  on  the  budget but  I  wouldn't  advice  it  
Its  Best  to  get  a  professional in  then  do  a  butch  job    
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Two  things  you  should  do  to  your  roses this  season  

Two  things  you  should  do  to  your  roses this  season   | Gardening | Scoop.it
It's a good idea to go ahead and begin preparation for the impending cold weather. Here are a few tips regarding winter care for roses at Total Landscape Care!
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Here  is  a  great  article  taken  from  @TotalLandscapeCare   on  how  to  protect  your  roses  this  winter.
But  In  my  experience  roses  do  survive  the  harshest  winter  
and  the  only  thing  that  needs  to  done  is  to  
(a)  give  them  a  light  prune  now  to  protect  them  wind  damage  
(b) make  sure  that  they  are  staked  properly  and  tied  correctly   
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Build a Patio in 6 Simple Steps

Build a Patio in 6 Simple Steps | Gardening | Scoop.it
Pave the way for a new outdoor room in six easy steps.
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Here  is  a  great  article  from  the  guys  at  @BHG  on  how  to  lay  a  patio.
But  with  all  jobs  if  you  lack  the  expertise  or  necessary  skill  its  best  to  get  a  professional  in      
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Learn here how landscaping can add to value to  your  property and  improve the  saleability

Learn here how landscaping can add to value to  your  property and  improve the  saleability | Gardening | Scoop.it
If you have ever bought or sold a home, you are probably well aware that curb appeal - that wow factor
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Here  is  a  great  article  from  the  @Finacialpost   on  how  to  create  the  first  impression when  you  are  thinking  of  selling   your  house    
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Top 5 Fall Landscape Maintenance Tips to Prepare for Winter | Tomlinson Bomberger

Top 5 Fall Landscape Maintenance Tips to Prepare for Winter | Tomlinson Bomberger | Gardening | Scoop.it
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Tree Careful this Winter!

Tree Careful this Winter! | Gardening | Scoop.it
At this time of the year, the nights are drawing in and the weather is turning colder. It is time to start protecting your garden before winter arrives. To protect any trees or shrubs you may have, it is a good idea to cut away any dead branches now. This task is made easier and…
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#Howto your backyard  leaves into black gold

#Howto your backyard  leaves into black gold | Gardening | Scoop.it
Raking in the flower garden yields free soil amendments, like compost, leaf mold, and mulch. Leaf cleanup is easy when gardeners choose the best rakes.
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Here is  an  fantabulous piece from the @spruce, on how to create an aerobic compost. ​Aerobic is the important key word when creating a leaf mulch, as shredded leaves require air and moisture to break  down. ​Leaves also require help from soil microorganism too.​Like earth worms and other insects to beak it down. ​So by keeping your leaves moist and well exposed to the elements should help to break it down easily ​Fungi also play apart in the break down of leaves, so if you have any mushroom or  toadstalls growing in your  garden . Mix that in with your leaves to give it a head start. ​But when creating your leaf mulch, make  sure  its not either honey fungus or the  leaves  from  roses IE (blackspot)  as  you  will  be  only  killing  of  your  plants  you  have  planted. ​  When  determining  what  leaves  to  go  for  first  pick  the  small  leaves first  like  birch  as  they  don't  have  large  veins  like  oak  and  only  just  last  year   ​About  this  time  @The_RHS  (  Royal Horticultural  society   produced  information  on  the  reasons  why  you  shouldn't  use  street  leaves  on  your  compost because  of  the  contamination  from  traffic  that  is  contained inside them ​   According  to  this  article  it  said  that  you  can  use   black  plastic  bags  that  are  well  ventilated.I   will  have  to  beg  to  differ   with  this  for  the  two  reasons  I  mentioned  above  which  are  water  and  air    
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The Art of Garden Etiquette: 10 Ways to Show Respect to Neighbors - Gardenista

The Art of Garden Etiquette: 10 Ways to Show Respect to Neighbors - Gardenista | Gardening | Scoop.it
This holiday season, give the gift of courtesy to your neighbors. Even if they're not the type to fly into a yard rage, they'll still appreciate a little k
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This time it  shows you  simple  things  to  do  to  keep  neighbourly 
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Battery power plugs away as technology continues to improve

Battery power plugs away as technology continues to improve | Gardening | Scoop.it
Advancements in technology have led to more powerful lithium-ion batteries and increasingly powerful equipment and tools. Details here on Total Landscape Care!
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Battery  versus  2  stroke  
Here  is  my  intake  on  the  subject  
(1)  Are  they  cost  effective  
The  cost  of  lets  say  a  two  stroke Hedge  trimmer is  around  £380  including vat   then  with  added  petrol  cost  and  oil  cost  £7  (  for  a  petrol  can  mix  )  = £387  
Cost  of  Hedge  trimmer   with  kit  = £179   all  ways  check  that  the  charger  and  battery  included   as  many  of  these  products  are  sold  in  shell  only  leaving  you  to  pay  extra  for  the  charger  and  battery  
So  some  are  cheaper  than  the  Petrol  motor  
(2)  Reliability  
The  maximum  time  is   40  to  80  minutes  then  you  have  to  recharge 
With  petrol  one  there  is  no  difference  except  it  can  last  longer   without  being  topped  up.
(3)  Battery  one  claim  to  be  quieter  than  petrol  so  these  will  be  ideal  for  enclosed  residential  buildings  and  whose  clients  who  like  a  lie  in  before  they  go  to  work  
With Petrol  they  are  noisy  and  you  have  to  wear  ear  guards  when  using  them  
(4)  quality  
In  my  past  experience  of  using  one  of  clients   I  found  the  cut  poor  (  maybe  it  was  because  it  was  new  then  and  things  haven't  improved  and  it  was  a  cheaper  make   )
But  never  less  I  was  less  improved  and  still  like  the  finish  my  petrol  cutter  make  and  haven't  had  a  chance  to  try  out  others    till  now  
To  sum  it  all  up  I  can  not  find  anything  against  the  Battery  operated  ones  yet         
PS  Just  an  after  thought   recently  I  have  said  that  the  battery  last 40 -  80  minutes  
This  might  be  ok  for  one  off  use  like  home  owners    but  when  I  come  to  think  about  it .When  Us  professionals  are  out   8hrs  max  a day  
It doesn't  seem  to  justify  the  cost   unless  you  only  have  a  few  hedge  cutting  jobs   todo    

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Here's how to spend less time cleaning up leaves this fall

Here's how to spend less time cleaning up leaves this fall | Gardening | Scoop.it
To save time on raking, consider using a mulching mower to grind up leaves. (Chicago Botanic Garden) By Tim Johnson Chicago Tribune
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Here  is some useful information on  how to spend  less  time  tidying  up your   leaves  from  your  garden  from  the  Chicago Botanic  Gardens.
But  that  wouldn't  be  much  fun  would  it.
You  could  also  hire  a  your  local  gardeners  to  do  it  for  you   like  myself  ;)  who  will  take  it  away  for  you  so  you  can  get  on  with  thing  more  important  to  you.
And  at  the  same  time  giving  back  to  your  local  community   cause  at  this  time  my  season  starts  to  end  and  I  go  into  hibernation  until  spring  
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Why You Should Grow Harry Lauder's Walking Stick

Why You Should Grow Harry Lauder's Walking Stick | Gardening | Scoop.it
Harry Lauder's walking stick, that shrub whose branches twist crazily, truly shines only after its leaves have fallen, in winter.
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Here  is  a  great  choice  of  plants   you  want  add  that  mystical  look  to  your  garden 
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Gardening: Oomycete spells trouble for the plants in your yard

Gardening: Oomycete spells trouble for the plants in your yard | Gardening | Scoop.it
Although the presence of oomycetes in the garden is more a matter of uh-oh than oh-oh, I would rather that they not associate with any plant of mine, nor with any of yours, for that matter.
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Here  is  an  interesting  article  from  across  the  golden  pond,  about  a fungi  i  have  never  heard  off  in  my  life  time, Oomycetes.
It  only  occurs  in  America  apparently   but  like  other  deadly  fungi  it  a  killer.
Also  listed  here  is  a  brief  guide  on  control   on  other  plant  diseases  
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Blog: Priva Indoor Horticulture 2016 Recap and 2017 Outlook

Blog: Priva Indoor Horticulture 2016 Recap and 2017 Outlook | Gardening | Scoop.it
Interested in what happened in indoor horticulture in 2016 and in a sneak preview for 2017? Urban Agriculture blogger and vertical farming professional Andrew Blume gives an insight on behalf of Priva.
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Here  is  reflective  look  back  to  last  year  of  one  Netherlands  horticultural innovations.  from  a  firm  called  @priva  where  they  managed  to  integrate  robotics  into  greenhouse          
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7 Garden laws and regulations: Are you breaking any of these gardening laws

7 Garden laws and regulations: Are you breaking any of these gardening laws | Gardening | Scoop.it
Overhanging branches, disputing boundaries and picking up windfallen fruit. How many of these little known laws have you broken?
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When  it  comes  to  garden  maintenance  these   laws  are  just  pushed  aside.
But  do  not  get  me  wrong  when  it  comes  to  border  disputes  I  rather  have  both  parties  agreeing  than  being  caught  in  the  cross  fire.
So  if  a  situation  arise  I  will  tell  the  neighbour  what   I  about  to do  on  the  clients  behalf  first. And  both  sides  agree  I  will  carry  on  if  not  the  job  wont  be  done until  the  matter  resolved.
If  It  means  a  loss  of  income  so  be  it  I  rather  that  than  being  caught  in-between  a  neighbour  dispute   
  
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16 garden fence ideas your neighbors will want to copy

16 garden fence ideas your neighbors will want to copy | Gardening | Scoop.it
Fences for the garden may not be absolute essentials in your property, but it’s always a good idea. Not only does it tuck your home away from prying eyes, but it could also be a design piece that completes the façade of the house. If you have a garden, fencing also protects the flowers and plants from stray animals and allows your children (and pets) a safe area to play outside.Check below for ideas to create a charming fences for your garden that will make the neighbors drool.
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Here is  a  list  of  16  garden  fencing  ideas   from  www.homify.ph   some  zany  some  practice  it  all  a  matter  of  choice  
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Most-Pinned Curb Appeal Ideas

Most-Pinned Curb Appeal Ideas | Gardening | Scoop.it
From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.
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Here  are  some  awesome  ideas  taken  from  @pinterest  & @BHG  on  how  to  create  that  impact  when  you  selling  house.

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SafetyWatch: List of string trimming safety hazards

SafetyWatch: List of string trimming safety hazards | Gardening | Scoop.it
LM lists the number of weed eating safety hazards showcased in the image.
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How  well  do  you  know  your  Health  and  Safety   
I  can  see  a  few  more   that  aren't  mentioned  here  can  you  
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Go beyond  curb  appeal  with  these  low  maintenance landscaping  ideas  

Go beyond  curb  appeal  with  these  low  maintenance landscaping  ideas   | Gardening | Scoop.it
Go beyond increasing curb appeal with these low-maintenance landscaping ideas that add a new selling point to your home.
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Here is  a "promotional " advise  from  I install-it-direct  on  how  to  increase  the  price  of  your  home  by  going  beyond  curb  appeal  with  simple landscaping  ideals 
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#Howto turn your backyard leaves into Black Gold pt2 

#Howto turn your backyard leaves into Black Gold pt2  | Gardening | Scoop.it
Compost is called black gold because of its value in improving garden soil. Compost is easy to make and easy to use too. Here's how to get started.
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Here is  an  awesome  followup to  the  post  I  posted  about  leaf mulching  - http;//po.st/leaf-mulch. 
Awhile  back  but  this  show  you  in  detail that  its  pretty  easy to make if  you  ditch  the  idea  of  the   plastic  bags 
and  very  little  labour  
You  can  find  more  about  how  to  construct  a  simple  compost  cage  for  both  your  garden  green  waste  and  your  leaves   here  -->  http://po.st/Compost-bins
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