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Entries from July 2016

Growing Begonias.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Begonias make excellent and rewarding house plants.They need warm, humid and well-lit conditions but not direct sunlight.Generally,Begonias grown indoors will require some shading during summer.In winter a minimum night temperature of 12deg c(54 deg f)will suit many species, but avoid placing plants near central heating.An open,humus-rich compost is suitable for most Begonias.Feeding should be undertaken […]

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Potash From Burnt Turf.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Burnt turf the type used in old fires produces ash that’s a great source of potash and trace elements for feeding your plants or for use in a potting compost.Its high in potash and can also be used as a top dressing for lawns.As a top dressing for lawns you need to spiking the lawn […]

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Planting Suggestions For Plants Near A Waterfall.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Garden pond waterfall Planting.The plants that can be used largely depend on if the waterfall is in shade or in a sunny position for example,plants that do well in sun near a waterfall are small Japanese acers,and plants for a shady area could be ferns,primulas and hostas.Both plants would benefit from the humidity created by […]

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Creating A Hanging Vegetable Garden In New York.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Creating a hanging vegetable garden,yes it should be possible we have helped a lot of people in the UK do this due to people living in flats and wanting to grow veg in a limited space.Normally we help them design a vertical hanging garden.So if you would like yo email us a list of vegetables […]

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February Is The Best Time To Clean Out Your Glasshouse.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Cleaning out your glasshouse is one of the most critical tasks to achieving abundant summer crops.Its important because it kills all the over wintering pests and bacteria and fungal diseases which have used your green house to overwinter.Cleaning you green house is easy but hard work you need to climb into some old clothes and […]

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Controlling Aphids In Your Garden With Flowers.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

You can plant a number of plants in your garden that will help to control aphids and other harmful insects in your garden in a type of companion planting.Examples of these plants are as follows.Marigolds,Tagetes, Calendula and Pyrethrum.All can be grow by sowing directly into the soil in the spring in patches in the spaces […]

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Stopping Slugs Entering Houses.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Stopping slugs entering your house – one of the best method we have found at stopping slugs entering houses is to us: copper tape Normally used to stop slugs entering pots by placing the tape around the pot. In the case of the slugs entering a house place the tape across door frames and the […]

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Planting Asparagus Crowns.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Asparagus plants planted as crowns are best planted in mid to later winter in frost free conditions and then for the first 4 to 6 weeks covered with a black plastic sheeting covered with straw of old carpet.This will act as frost protection and help warm up the soil which in tern with help the […]

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Controlling The Meal Bug.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Here at GardenAdvice,we offer advice to gardeners on many pest that can be found in the garden,one of which is the Mealy Bug.For control of this pest our experts recommend a few tips on how this issue can be rectified. Spraying with a systemic insecticide is considered to be the best method. However if this […]

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Are Toadstools And Fungus On Your Lawn?

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

When you find toadstools in a lawn, there are generally two reasons why. Firstly, your turf has too much thatch.This is the dead matter that builds up at the base of the grass plants and forms a mat which often makes the lawn spongy to walk on.In this case you need to remove a significant […]

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Filling Gaps In Hedges.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Gaps in hedges such as privet and conifer hedging – There are a number of ways to fill gaps in hedges the fast way is to install willow or hazel hurdles which have an instant effect and look very natural.For an evergreen hedge there are a number of quick growing plants such as Bamboo Fargesia […]

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Growing Buddleia Asiatica In A Hot Climate.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Buddleia asiatica are normally ok with a range of temperatures and able to survive both cold and extreme heat.With high temperatures you will find that the plants spring or fresh growth will wilt during the day and become more turgid in the night and early morning.In extreme cases of hot temperatures the plant will drop […]

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Moving A Hydrangea Not An Easy Project.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Moving an establish hydrangea is not the easiest project simply because they are very hard to move with any of the smaller fibrous roots.Moving it in January February is OK in fact its one of the best times.Just make sure then you move it there is no frost in the ground as this can burn […]

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Vegetable Gardening In Fall.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

The Organic Garden Catalogue offers two late sowing seed collections,one vegetable,and on the other salad which are quite interesting and can provide vital information for organic vegetable gardeners. In October you can still sow winter lettuce,spinach and broad bean aquadulce amongst others. For any land that you are not putting a food crop in you […]

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Moving A Yucca Plant.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Moving a Yucca plant,this is best done from the end of November until the end of March,after this period the plant will have a problem developing new feeding roots to access soil moisture,in any event you will need to water it well in the spring and summer after the move.With regards to the dead material […]

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Indoor Orange Trees And Red Spider Mite.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Indoor orange trees in the mid winter months often suffer from red spider mite and it can be a real problem. Its a very small spider very hard to see that attacks the softer areas of the foliage i.e the newest growth.You can treat it with a organic soft soap spray or you can you […]

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Tips When Laying A New Lawn In The Winter.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

When putting down a new lawn in the winter the soil is often not very workable especially if its a heavy clay.When soil is heavy and unworkable its often difficult the work the soil to create the levels you require for a newly laid lawn.One tip to combat this is to spread screened dryish topsoil […]

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Plants To Cover A North Facing Shed.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Plants to cover a north facing shed have a look at Pyracantha orange glow and Garrya elliptica both are evergreen and have interest in the winter the Pyracantha with berries and the Garrya With catkins.They also are free standing needing just a few wires for support and training when first planted.Both are also good wildlife […]

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Trees Suitable For A Small Garden.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

Pyrus Salicifolia ‘Pendula’ Arbutus Unedo Acer Palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’ Malus Domestica ‘Spartan’ Malus Evereste Betula Utilis ‘Snow Queen’ Prunus Shogetsu Amelanchier Lamarckii Liquidambar Styraciflua Moonbeam Sorbus Aucuparia ‘Fastigiata’ Pyrus Salicifolia ‘Pendula’ Arbutus Unedo Acer Palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’ One Day Gardening Course in your own garden Our one day gardening courses are run in your own garden by […]

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Removing A Buddleia From A Wall.

July 1st, 2016 · No Comments

We get lots of questions about removing Buddleia plants growing out of you house and garden walls.They are one of these special plants that can grow just about anywhere their is space,in walls mainly created with lime mortar or in railway sidings.They seem to require little or no soil to get a foothold,and then they […]

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