How To - General Garden

When less is more
As the leaves drop from the trees it's time to reach for the pruning tools.
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Garden in Winter
The last summer's crops have been picked and the veges we planted in autumn are looking good. Much of the garden will soon be sleeping but that doesn't mean we have to hibernate indoors
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Plant a tree or shrub
Planting a tree. How hard can it be? Extra care at planting time may not be a matter of life and death. However, it is often the difference between rapid establishment and a slow, lacklustre start.
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Grow crops in pots
Who doesn't love the idea of eating fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables every day? Anyone can make it happen, even when there's no dirt to dig. If your outdoors is tiny or temporary (or if the prospect of digging is putting you off getting started) growing crops in pots is the way to go, especially in winter.
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Grow under cover
Spot a backyard greenhouse and you could be forgiven for imagining a resident 'expert' or 'plant-nut'. But these days, greenhouses aren't just for diehard gardeners. They're for anybody - from novice to expert - whatever the climate.
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Conserve water in Summer
In late summer, battling the dries can become a gardener's greatest challenge. Water stressed plants suffer cell collapse which may permanently disable their roots, reducing vigour and disease tolerance
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Make a hedge
A hedge is a permanent living structure that is both pretty and practical. Hedges help define the 'lines' of a garden. They're a soft and friendly kind of "garden wall".
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Build and improve your soil
Great soil is a gardener's best friend. Hidden below ground level, it's too often forgotten, until you wonder why your plants are failing to thrive! The answer lies in organic matter
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Divide ornamental grasses
Depending on the scale and age of your grass, you'll need a sharp spade or shovel and a knife, possibly an axe or even a chain saw or crow bar! You'll also need some shears.
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Lay mulch
A mulch is a layer of material spread on the soil surface. Useful in any part of the garden, mulching can save a great deal of time and energy.
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Make compost
A good composting system will consume all your garden debris and food scraps, rewarding you with one of nature's most fundamental allies. Compost feeds your soil, which in turn feeds your plants.
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29-Jun-2017