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Monthly Archives: March 2018

  • Up is always better

     

    Cultivating a vertical garden

    Having a nice bright, vibrant garden adds much energy to your home, creating contentment and relaxation from your window. Many people don’t have the space to do so, therefore don’t give gardening a go. You don’t need space to have a lush looking garden, all you need is a fence or a wall to grow your garden vertical. Continue reading

  • Pests everywhere

    Overrun by pests

     

    As you probably already know not all garden insects are bad… unfortunately reaching for pesticides not only kills the bad insects but also the beneficial ones, so don’t do it. Most people can tell when their crops are under attack. For those who struggle… immediate signs of shrivelled, miss shaped or chewed up leaves is a dead giveaway. Here are some simple tips on how to be rid of these unwanted pests without using any harmful pesticides. Continue reading

  • trim it

    Pruning plants in the polytunnel

     Pruning is a horticultural and silvicultural practice involving the selective removal of certain parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. Reasons to prune plants include deadwood removal, shaping (by controlling or directing growth), improving or maintaining health, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and both harvesting and increasing the yield or quality of flowers and fruits. Continue reading

  • Things to look out for in the garden

    Danger signs in the garden

    Tiny holes in foliage

    If you find holes in your plant that are very small there’s a good chance that you have flea beetles in your garden. They are called this because of their size and they jump like fleas. A Flea beetle won’t kill a whole plant however their larvae feed on the root system of a plant this will make the plant more susceptible to other problems. Mulch your beds to deter the larvae from emerging. Some adventurous gardeners even hoover the little pests off the leaves – but this will have to be repeated numerous times. Continue reading

  • Underwater World

    Gruner see

    Green lake… a popular tourist attraction in Austria, the lake is situated in a village called Tragoss and is surrounded by the Hochschwab mountains and forests. The lake got the name due to the clear emerald green water. The clear green water comes when the snow melts at the end of winter… causing water to flow down the mountain and build up in this particular spot each year. Continue reading

  • sprouting mistakes

    5 clumsy seed sprouting mistakes

    Spring is approaching fast… which means gardeners all over are starting seedlings off. Starting seeds off isn’t usually a difficult process, however making little mistakes could cost you your plant… follow these essential steps to make sure it doesn’t happen to you!

    • Check the seeds Checking seeds is one of the most important processes a gardener can do. If the seeds planted haven’t sprouted in the correct number of days, it is probably because they weren’t viable in the first place… this may occur when seeds are old or incorrectly stored over a long period. When storing seeds make sure they’re fully dry before putting away, if not they may rot or go mouldy. The best thing a gardener can do is to check the seeds are worthwhile before planting, this is done by placing seeds on a damp paper towel and covering over. After a few days the seeds should have started to sprout, the ones that haven’t will not germinate.

     

    • Make sure any containers are sterile Disease issues can be a big problem for seeds. Plastic containers are reusable, this doesn’t however mean that they don’t need a good clean. If in previous years containers have had diseases or fungi, cleaning is essential. It is good practice to clean containers after every growing season… this is done by submerging them in bleach water, leaving them to soak and rinsing well afterwards. 

     

    • Soil & planting technique When sowing seeds… its very important to know the soil, if the soil used from the garden then the seeds sowed may encounter some problems, if the correct steps weren’t taken. If using garden soil, sift it however be careful. Sifting the soil will remove any clumps and sticks… after bake the soil on a tray with grease proof paper at 180c for 30 minutes, yes this sounds ridiculous but will kill off any weeds or pathogens. To get the best results… I would recommend using seed starting mix over garden soil. Planting seeds too deep can also be a problem, avoid compacting the soil after planting a seed as this can make the seed struggle to push through.

     

    • Soil temperature Making sure the soil is the correct temperature is vital as well, if the soil is too cold or too warm the seed wont sprout. If the temperature is too low then try to insulate with bubble wrap, cotton wool or get a heat matt. Grow lights above the container will also supply heat. If the temperature is too high, try putting the container in a cool place like on top of the fridge.

     

    • Correct watering Seeds need to be moderately moist in order to sprout… too much water will end up rotting the seed and too little will and it wont sprout. Seed germination is highly dependent on correct watering. Young seedlings need it to be just right in order to grow, they are tender and fragile just after sprouting and will die if they dry out. Too much water affects the roots… meaning it can’t get the correct oxygen, this will stunt or even kill the plant.

     

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  • Save The Bees

    Extinction of Bees… gardening comes to an end!

     

    Most people know bees are very important, I just don’t think people understand just how crucial to society they are. Bees are pollinators… meaning they carry pollen from one plant to another, this helps the production of seeds and to help plants to reproduce. So, what would happen if bees wen extinct today? Continue reading

  • Most Destructive Animal!

    A world without humans

     

    This is a very bold statement because humans are responsible for creating near enough everything on the planet… however, humans are also responsible for most of the destruction on this planet, which begs the question, would the Earth be better off without us? Whilst people will argue humans have made many technological advancements and are the most intelligent species to date, they are also the most the most damaging to the planet. Continue reading

  • warming the plants

    Beast From The East… protect your crops!!!

     

    Live in the UK or certain parts of Europe? Cold icy blasts could be destroying garden plants all over… if the correct measures are not taken. This can be heart breaking to the home gardener… who’s spent time, effort and money into a project like a vegetable garden. If the weather gets too cold, it can freeze the water cells inside the plant… causing them to expand, once the sun reheats the plant, the cell then ruptures, killing the plant. We have formulated a few quick and easy steps to warm plants during this horrifyingly cold spell. Continue reading

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