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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GARDEN SOIL

 

It is the hope of every gardener to get his or her garden soil as close to the ideal soil as possible. However for many, this may seem well impossible particularly where time and money are constraints. The good news is that whatever small improvements you do; the results will certainly be noti…

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MUST HAVE SHRUBS FOR YOUR GARDEN

Whether large or small no garden should be without shrubs. And never mind the space you have, balcony, porch or  rooftop-shrubs will serve you right. Even if you are not colour crazy, surely a little bloom can raise your moods.

Shrubs look good all the year round, giving you uniformity, colour, co…

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TIME TO GROW YOUR OWN SALAD

If  you garden, the tinge of disappointment when a friend treats you to a ‘salad’ consisting of a few wilted lettuce leaves, some sliced tomatoes and pale cucumber- thrown in for good measure- cannot be gainsaid. For someone who eats their vegetables straight from the ground, it requires great effor…

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HOW TO GROW AIR PLANTS

Air plants are the exotic beauties we all like to have up close.


 Bromeliads, orchids, tillandsias and staghorn ferns form the coterie of plants generally referred to as air plants because they are epiphytes.
 Epiphytes are plants that grow on top of other plants or on some host for support. …

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10 Trees Fit For Your Small Garden

You may have a postage stamp sized garden or the balcony may be your only outdoor space. Whatever the situation space should not be a reason to deny yourself the beauty of a tree garlanding your surroundings.  

For small gardens, small or slow growing trees should be the first consideration. Tree…

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CARING FOR YOUR CHRISMAS PLANT(Poinsettia)

You may have received poinsettia as a Christmas gift before. Or bought them yourself in the spirit of the season. Trouble is the plant never seemed to last. Most likely the flower bracts remained but the leaves dropped leaving you with flowers atop a naked stem

Finding himself in political tr…

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HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR RUBBER TREES INDOORS

The Ficus tree family is huge and varied. Commonly referred to as rubber trees, the diversity in species makes them appear completely different trees for many people. Indeed it is hard to believe that the rubber tree you grow in a pot indoors is related to the sacred giant Mugumo tree, revered by th…

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PESTS IN THE GARDEN

 

Gardening can be fun and tricky at the same time. One day everything  is rolling along just fine. Then you wake up in the morning and find troubles galore; an outbreak of pests devouring your prized plants, and disease almost killing your plants.

If you have plants, a variety of troubles are …

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WHAT TO CONSIDER IN LANDSCAPING YOUR GARDEN

 

An empty garden is like the proverbial blank page; anything is possible. And that is the problem!

For  first time gardeners and homeowners, the enthusiasm  of planting a garden can be dampened by the  challenge of  what to have  or plant and where, the expenses involved  and time needed for…

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SECRETS TO A FLAVOURFUL HARVEST

 

You spend the entire  season tending to the needs of your  of your vegetable 

crops-feeding, weeding, watering and fighting off pests-then comes  your moment of truth: Has the  fruit of your labour reached its peak of ripeness? And will it have that toothsome delicious taste the consumer yea…

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Blog posts January 2021

How to grow a trouble free lawn

 

Gardeners have a conflicted relationships with their lawns. One moment we are thanking the stars for the privilege of having a lawn that enables you to enjoy outdoor living, and the next we are lamenting the high cost of maintenance and the numerous lawn troubles we have to put up with.

A g…

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