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Starting a Rock Garden

starting a rock garden Rock Gardens It is probably best to avoid the word rockery, for this is apt to encompass all that is unsatisfactory about most small garden efforts in this field. A pile of soil is made — no doubt left over from something else — then scattered at random with bits of stone or even (horror upon horrors) broken concrete. The result is not a rock garden and it must be hoped Read more [...]

12. May 2011 by admin
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How to Grow Lettuces

How to Grow Lettuces How to Grow Lettuces An indispensible crop and the epitome of summer, though they can be grown nearly all year round. No garden should be without a few. Soil requirements Nothing in particular but avoid land that is too firm or waterlogged. Plenty of organic matter leads to rapid growth and the tastiest lettuces. Possible yield 12-24 lettuces per 10ft (3m) of row; Read more [...]

16. March 2011 by admin
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How to Grow Brussels Sprouts

How to Grow Brussels Sprouts Growing Brussels Sprouts Sprouts have always been one of the most popular winter green vegetables. They can be grown to give you a supply of sprouts from September to March. Unless you want to strip the plants at a single pick and then freeze the harvest, pick-over varieties should be grown. Soil requirements The soil should be well-supplied with organic matter and must, Read more [...]

13. March 2011 by admin
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How to Grow Strawberries

How to Grow Strawberries How to Grow Strawberries These are probably the most rewarding of all fruits — there is nothing like the taste of your own first fresh-picked strawberry, or the second, or the third . . . Strawberries need a very rich soil, full of humus, and benefit from slow- release sources of phosphorus, such as bonemeal. The site must be free of weeds and prepared well with additions Read more [...]

06. January 2011 by admin
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Plant Foods, Composting and Feeding

Plant Foods, Composting and Feeding Plants get much of what they need from the soil and from the compost and manure used to improve it, but in a crowded garden there might not be enough going back in. The bigger the garden, the more organic matter you’ll be able to produce, but this isn’t always possible in a small garden and anyway, you need to be able to produce before Read more [...]

23. July 2014 by admin
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Composting and Manure

BULKY MANURES Garden compost, well-rotted animal manure and bulky organic materials such as spent mushroom compost usually only add small amounts of fertiliser to your garden. They are, however, invaluable in improving the structure of the soil, its water-holding capacity and the ability of the soil to retain nutrients applied from other sources. Obtaining bulky manures in Read more [...]

23. July 2014 by admin
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Wall-Trained Fruit

Fruits are another group of plants which enjoy the shelter of a wall if space is available; they include apples, pears, plums (including gages), peaches, apricots and nectarines, and all provide, in addition to good quality fruit, a display of flower in the spring. Apples are the least likely to need the shelter of a wall, but the others benefit from the extra warmth which Read more [...]

25. May 2014 by admin
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Sweet Cherry : Prunus avium

Primus avium is native to Europe and belongs to the Rosaceae family. Recently new, slower-growing forms of have been developed that are ideal for growing in containers. Although sweet cherries are hardy, the blossoms are vulnerable to spring frost. It grows best in well-drained, fertile soil. It must be watered regularly and fed every two weeks during the growing season. It Read more [...]

07. April 2014 by admin
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Highbush Blueberry | Vaccinium Corymbosum

The robust blueberry, native to North America, is a member of the Ericaceae family. Like the cranberry, it will only produce a good crop of fruit if it grows in acid, very moist soil in a sunny, sheltered position. This bushy, slow-growing plant can also be grown in a container where it can reach a height of 100 cm (39 in). It needs large amounts of water and regular feeding Read more [...]

07. April 2014 by admin
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Blackberry : Rubus

Blackberry, a woody, rambling shrub also belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is best to choose thornless varieties for growing in containers because the fruit is easier to pick. The black fruit is ready to pick from late-summer to early autumn. Before filling the container with fertile, well-drained soil, line the bottom with a layer of drainage material such as pieces of Read more [...]

04. April 2014 by admin
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Growing Currants : Ribes

These shrubs with their delicious red, black or white berries are members of the Crossulariaceae family and are ideal for growing in containers. Although hardy, the flowers are frost-sensitive, which is why the plants should be protected against frost or moved indoors until all danger of frost has passed. Currants are best planted in autumn in well-drained, humus-rich soil. Read more [...]

03. April 2014 by admin
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Pears | Pyrus communis

Pears have been cultivated for many centuries but they have never acquired the importance of their relatives, the apples. The reason is that their storage capability is not as good and the fact that the trees need more care and attention. A pear tree requires fertile, humus-rich soil and a sunny, warm position where it is sheltered from the cold. In addition, it does not Read more [...]

03. April 2014 by admin
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Lady Palm or Ground Rattan Rhapis

This decorative bamboo palm, a member of the Arecaceae or palm family, is native to China. The genus is made up of only two species: Rhapis excelsa and Rhapis humilis. The green leaves consist of 20 or more, deep green lobes. The smaller R. humilis has denser, narrower lobes than those of R. excelsa. The numerous suckers develop into stems, an aspect that is very reminiscent Read more [...]

27. January 2014 by admin
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Lawn troubles

My turf seems to dry out very quickly. What can I do to keep it going in long, dry spells when the use of garden hoses is prohibited? Grasses are difficult to kill and although the lawn may go very brown it will usually recover from even the worst British drought. If you must not water the lawn, it helps to raise the height of cut when mowing and to let the cuttings remain Read more [...]

18. November 2013 by admin
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