Tips & Advice

Below are a list of tips and advice for gardening

How to Build a Compost Heap

First of All Choose your Method - Composting by Heat or by Worms. * Heat: If you have plenty of green waste like grass clippings etc. and the heap will get plenty of sunshine then you can go for the "Heat Method". This means that you are creating a heap that will generate its own heat by macro-...
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Using tillers to help plant your home garden

A tiller, also known as a soil cultivator, is a farming tool used to prepare soil for planting. Gardeners and farmers use a tiller to break up the hardened surface dirt and incorporate organic materials into the freshly turned soil. The first tiller models used human or animal power, but modern...
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Growing Vegetables in Containers

If you do not have space for a traditional vegetable garden, consider raising fresh, nutritious, homegrown vegetables in containers. A window-box, patio, balcony or even just a doorstep can provide sufficient space for a productive container veggie garden. Grow vegetables that take up little sp...
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Dividing Daffodils

The Narcissus or Daffodil will naturally reproduce itself by creating little bulbs that remain attached to the parent. The result is a larger and larger spreading clump of foliage and flowers. The downside is that they can crowd themselves out and some of the babes will remain flowerless — ...
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Choosing the Right Lawn Mower for your Garden

With such a wide range of lawn mowers available today, purchasing a mower can be a daunting task. We hope the information provided in this article will help you choose the best lawn mower for your lawn. Before you visit our showroom, you should have a look around your garden and take note of the...
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The Value of Mulch

No matter what your style, no matter what your taste in plants there's one thing that every garden should have - and that's mulch. Nature creates mulch by the leaves, twigs and plant debris that fall to the ground to make a varied and matted cover. This blanket is porous, in that it lets the ra...
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Sowing a New Lawn

Spring is an excellent time of year to sow a new lawn. The seed will germinate readily when the ground is warm and the late rains will help establish lawn before the heat of summer. Because a lawn looks best when it is smooth, level and lush green, and because lawns need to be grown in the best...
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Drying Herbs

Home grown and dried herbs are the best way to bring the fresh pungent tastes of summer into your winter cooking. Most importantly, home made dried herbs are far tastier than the commercially bought jar products. It is an easy and satisfying activity that requires no more than a roll of string, s...
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Growing Potatoes

Potatoes prefer a well-drained light soil, although you can grow them in clay. Prepare the growing site by deep digging, i.e.. 25-30cms, removing any foreign matter from the soil, e.g.. stones or they will distort the potato and spoil the appearance of them. Dig in well rotted compost with some...
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Taking Care of Roses

Preparation for Planting: The best soil for roses will be deep, for the roots to get well down into, it will also be neutral acidity, well drained and with plenty of organic matter dug in like well rotted compost. Take care to remove any weeds when you dig in the compost - roses don't like compet...
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Strawberries - how to plant and raise them

Strawberries, or Fragaria, are a low growing perennial (of the same family as the rose) that originated in the temperate woodlands of Europe and it is reported that they were cultivated in ancient Rome but modern cultivation started in the sixteenth century. Prized for their soft red juicy fruits...
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Soil Structures

The type of soil you have in your garden will limit what you are able to grow - unless of course you are prepared to put a bit of work in to improve it - then you’ll be able to grow just about anything well. Soil naturally falls into three categories: Clay: a tightly packed, dense, poro...
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How to Build a Compost Heap

First of All Choose your Method - Composting by Heat or by Worms. * Heat: If you have plenty of green waste like grass clippings etc. and the heap will get plenty of sunshine then you can go for the "Heat Method". This means that you are creating a heap that will generate its own heat by macro-...
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Propagating Plants from Seed

Many landscape plants can be grown from seed, but with so many different plants it is much quicker and easier to propagate them from cuttings than it is to grow them from seed. Seedlings are so tiny and delicate when they first germinate that they require much more care than a cutting. Seed pro...
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Safety in using pesticides in the garden

Summer is just around the corner, and many people will soon take to tending their gardens. Controlling unwanted insects and pests is often part of the lawn care ritual, but some pest removers can be harmful to humans. There are pesticide chemicals that are believed by scientists to be carcinogeni...
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Gardening

Gardening is a hobby that brings joy, entertainment, and a better quality of life. It is a creative activity, the result of which is a more aesthetically appealing home. Thoughtful planning of a garden starts with the type of garden you would like to have. Deciding on a type of garden is essent...
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How to Winterize your Walk-Behind Lawnmower

Brrr, winter is definitely here! It is safe to say that the final grass cut is well and truly over, but there is just one little job left to do before your lawnmower begins its winter hibernation in your garden shed. Winterizing your walk-behind mower is very important as it ensures that when you...
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