Container Gardening Mistakes to Avoid

‘Effective’ homemade mulches which ‘won’t cost you anything to make’ – including boxes

Mulches have several benefits and can help to retain moisture in summer, and rain to generate the soil in winter as well as prevent weeds from growing. Depending on the type of mulch used, other benefits include deterring pests, improving soil matter and giving the garden a decorative finish. Kim Stoddart, editor of The Organic …

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What do plants need to grow – five essential elements to help your plants thrive

Plants are living organisms and share many of the same needs as humans in order to stay healthy. Water, food, sunlight and air are just some of the key components required by plants to help them grow, but exactly how much of each should they have access to? What else can be used to help …

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How to avoid these common gardening mistakes – San Bernardino Sun

Much of gardening is learned by trial and error — for many, mostly error. Planting a shade-lover in full sun isn’t likely to breed success, nor is letting your emotions run rampant at the nursery, but we’ve all been there. The good news is that we can learn from others’ mistakes as well as our …

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July gardening: ‘Important’ garden jobs to tackle now to ‘encourage healthy strong growth’

Gardens are at their most colorful in mid-summer, after April showers encourage growth and wellness. High summer means nature is blooming in its full glory, with gardens seeing plants showing off their glorious foliage and flower displays – filling borders and patio containers with color and fragrance. Peak gardening season is well underway, which means …

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Garden: How to get the best from your greenhouse – ‘game-changer’ tips and tricks

When it comes to growing your own ornamentals and veggies or safeguarding your plants from the extreme weather conditions over the winter, a greenhouse can be a game-changer for the gardener. Even cold frames, lean-to greenhouses and cloches will help speed up seed growth, protect young plants from frost, rain, snow, birds and mammals and …

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Are Dahlias Perennials That Can Survive the Winter?

No wonder many dahlia growers find themselves asking, “are dahlias perennials or annuals?” Dahlias often bloom with the exuberance of favorite annual plants like zinnias and marigolds. From mid-summer until frost, they’ll unfurl flowers ranging from tiny, petal-packed, button-like blossoms to blooms that are bigger than a dinner plate. However, these plants grow from bulb-like …

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5+ Common Mistakes That Are Killing Your Houseplants

Does it seem like you are constantly throwing away plants? Do you feel like whatever you bring home, it just can’t survive? Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you don’t have a green thumb. After all, we all start out somewhere. However, in order to have happy and healthy houseplants, it’s not all about knowing what …

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How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

Just before dinnertime, Bob Westerfield realizes that dinner needs a little something. He opens his back door and grabs a handful of cilantro, basil or oregano from his backyard garden. True, Westerfield is also a horticulturalist and vegetable specialist with the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, so he knows a little …

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