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Start a new hobby-take up gardening

Gardening as a hobby is enjoyed by people of all ages. It has many advantages to offer such as physically helping you to keep fit and mentally encouraging a feeling of wellbeing when working outdoors. Even when the weather is inclement, getting outside in the fresh air for a couple of hours can lift your mood and the satisfaction that is gained from looking at the results of your hard work is tremendous. Planting seeds or small seedings and watching them grow is a rewarding experience and growing fruit and vegetables that can be harvested and eaten by you and your family is satisfying. The cost of buying seeds is relatively inexpensive as a small packet of seeds will usually produce lots of plants so financially growing your own produce... Continue reading

Are you cursed with chalky soil?

If you live in an area with a chalky terrain you may have chalky soil in your garden which can be a problem. Chalky soil is usually deficient in certain nutrients and some plants will not thrive in this type of soil. However, all is not lost and with some hard work and plant knowhow a flourishing garden can be achieved. It is essential that any new beds are well dug over with well-rotted compost and possibly bought topsoil. Try not to dig down too deeply as this will just bring the chalky soil up to the surface which will not be helpful. Regular mulching of beds and borders will be beneficial in autumn to prepare the ground for planting in the spring. As chalky soil is so porous routine... Continue reading

A busy time for gardeners

At this time of the year, it seems as if however long you spend gardening there are still many tasks that need doing to keep the garden looking neat and tidy. With the mixture of rainy days and spells of beautiful sunshine plants, and unfortunately weeds, grow at an increased rate meaning that the garden can quickly become overgrown. So, what can gardeners do to stay on top of the gardening jobs at this time of the year? Regular maintenance is much more effective than leaving the garden for weeks without attention. Doing a little bit of weeding and cutting back once or twice a week does not seem as arduous and prevents the plants and weeds taking over in some areas of the garden. Mowing the lawn every week... Continue reading

Micro gardening is the new trend

One of the more positive things to have come out of the lockdowns is the trend for people to grow their own produce but what if you do not have a garden or allotment to use for your vegetable and salad plants? Recent innovation in micro gardening has given those with only a window box or balcony a way of growing their own produce whether it be salad leaves, herbs or tomatoes and chillies. A micro gardening kit usually consists of seeds, a small propagator and a special medium to grow the seeds in which expands when water is added. Hydroponic growing systems may also have an in built light perfect if your home does not get much natural light. The easiest plants to start with is a mixture of... Continue reading

If you want spectacular roses you need to get pruning

Roses of many colours and varieties are a common sight in English gardens and if properly looked after and maintained regularly will produce blooms throughout the summer and some varieties will even have a second bloom in the autumn months. Some people however are reluctant to grow roses in the garden because they feel that they need specialist care and pruning but with a bit of research and a good pair of secateurs there is nothing to fear. The key to the successful growing of roses is in the pruning, a task that needs to be done correctly to give the optimum effect and so that an abundance of flowers will be produced. The main reason for pruning roses is to keep the plant healthy and compact because rose bushes... Continue reading
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