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December Gardening Tips

General Gardening Tips for December

When you first walk into a garden centre all the plants may look healthy and good quality, but this isn’t always the case. You may end being disappointed by the end result if you choose one that is not so healthy, you may also bring some unwanted diseases back to your other garden plants and your soil. So you need to take a few steps to help make sure the plants you buy are healthy and just right for putting in your garden.

The first thing you should do is examine the overall quality of the garden centre or nursery. Are all the plants being well cared for and healthy? Do the staff understand how to care for the plants? Will they […]

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Gardening Tips for November

General Gardening Tips for November

Garden Maintenance
You should paint fences and pergola’s with a wood preservative, now that leaves have fallen and plants are not obstructing them. You can Plant bare rooted fruit trees from now and until late spring if the soil is not frozen or water logged.

Rake up all leaves and fallen fruit that you missed earlier and compost all disease-free organic waste.

Now is the time to clean the lawnmower thoroughly, remove the fuel, scrape off all soil and old grass. Cover all metal parts with a thin layer of oil or WD40 or grease, then store mower in a dry area.

When digging borders at the edge of lawns, place a plank on the grass to help prevent lawn edges from being broken. It […]

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November Gardening Tips

General Gardening Tips for November

Dahlias
Always lift after the first hard frost blackens the foliage as this triggers the dormant mechanism. if you live in a very mild area, you could try leaving them in place, cutting them down, and covering them with protective mulch such as bark mulch. Otherwise you need to lift and store the tubers in a dry place protected from frost.

Dig up the dahlias once the foliage has been blackened by the first frost. Leave on about 10–20cm of stem. Lightly remove as much soil as possible and put them in the shed or greenhouse to dry off. Once completely dry remove all remaining soil when dry and put them in a frost-free place until spring. You can put them in shredded […]

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Gardening Tips for October

What is the difference between herbaceous, perennial, biennial, hardy and half hardy annuals?

Hardy Annuals – Plant seed, germinate, grow and flower in the same season.
Half Hardy Annuals – Have to be planted indoors and when frost is gone then can be planted outside.
Biennial – Are plants that grow leaves and stems in the first year but do not flower until the following year.
Perennial Flowers and Shrubs – These are plants that flower every year but may die back in winter.
Herbaceous Plants – Are plants that can grow up to several feet in one year, they can be very colourful and die back to the root stock in winter and grow back again the following year.

Garden Maintenance for this time of the year
Lift and divide plants […]

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October Gardening Tips

General Gardening Tips for October

Bulbs
Early October is a good time to plant spring flowering bulbs so they will establish roots before the first hard frost. When buying bulbs, look at the size of bulbs, the Bigger-size bulbs will produce bigger flowers. Look for firm bulbs with even colour and no signs of disease. Plant tulips and daffodils in groups of at least ten or more. Plant small bulbs in groups of twenty or more.  Bulbs planted of one variety and colour in mass, will give a great visual effect. Do not forget that newly planted trees will need a lot of water, notably heading into the winter. This applies to evergreens as well as deciduous trees. Plant Snowdrops, Chionodoxas, Crocuses, Scillas and other small bulbs as early […]

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October Gardening Tips

General Gardening Tips for October

Bulbs
Early October is a good time to plant spring flowering bulbs so they will establish roots before the first hard frost. When buying bulbs, look at the size of them, the bigger-size bulbs will produce bigger flowers.

Look for firm bulbs with even colour and no signs of disease. Plant Tulips and Daffodils in groups of at least 10 or more. Plant small bulbs in groups of 20 or more. Bulbs planted of one variety and colour in mass, will give a great visual effect. Plant Snowdrops, Chionodoxas, Crocuses, Scillas and other small bulbs as early as possible.

How deep should you plant bulbs?
The basic rule of thumb is the hole should be at least 3 times as deep as the width of […]

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Gardening Tips for October

General Gardening Tips for October

Lawn Maintenance – Rake up leaves
It’s a job we all hate, but the lawn or patio will look untidy, so it’s worth removing them and they can be added to your compost.

Rejuvenating Your Lawn
If you want a fantastic lawn, but don’t want the expense of buying turf, try creating it from seed. Grass seed is best sown from late summer to mid-autumn; there is less competition from weeds, and the soil is warm and damp from rain. Perfect for seeds to germinate.

If you miss the opportunity to sow in Autumn, try in April, but only if you can give the new grass plenty of water. Do not attempt to sow in summer – it’s unlikely you’ll be able to give the […]

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Gardening Tips for October

General Gardening Tips for October

Rake up leaves
It’s a job we all hate, but the lawn or patio will look untidy, so it’s worth removing them and they can be added to your compost.

Rejuvenating Your Lawn
If you want a fantastic lawn, but don’t want the expense of buying turf, try creating it from seed. Grass seed is best sown from late summer to mid-autumn; there is less competition from weeds, and the soil is warm and damp from rain. Perfect for seeds to germinate.

If you miss the opportunity to sow in Autumn, try in April, but only if you can give the new grass plenty of water. Do not attempt to sow in summer – it’s unlikely you’ll be able to give the lawn enough water […]

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Gardening Tips for September

General Gardening Tips for September

ORGANIC GARDEN PEST CONTROL
1 head of garlic
1 tablespoon dish washing liquid
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups water

Peel the garlic cloves and puree the cloves oil and water. Allow to stand over night and then strain the mixture. Add the dish washing liquid and mix thoroughly. Pour into a spray bottle and use on infected plants.

BLACK SPOT ON ROSES
Mix fat-free milk with water in a 50/50 ratio and apply it using a spray bottle. Spray the mix directly onto the leaves of your roses. The milk-and-water solution coats the leaves and leads to the growth of an invisible fungus that helps to kill black spot.

GENERAL GARDEN MAINTENANCE
Rake up leaves, twigs and fruit from apple trees and dispose of them to help control apple […]

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Gardening Tips for August

General Gardening Tips for August

HOW TO MAKE CHEAP WEED KILLER?
Pour 4oz of lemon juice concentrate into a 2 pint spray bottle, then fill the bottle up with approximately 28oz of white vinegar. Shake vigorously and spray on to the weeds you may be required to do this again after about a week or so.

HOLIDAYS
Before you go away on holiday try and arrange for somebody to come round and water your containers. If they cannot come every day, take steps to cut down on watering requirements by repositioning all containers and hanging baskets in a shaded area out of the sun. Clay pots can be stood on trays filled with wet gravel. If you have a very elaborate summer display with window-boxes and hanging baskets, it […]

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