Category Archives: Gardening basics

Clipping Plants: Pleaching, Pollarding And Coppicing

Clipping Plants: Pleaching, Pollarding And Coppicing

Clipping Plants: Pleaching, Pollarding And Coppicing – Pleaching is a method of planting trees in rows and training the side branches to meet in horizontal, parallel lines. Other growth is cut back or interwoven to form a vertical screen. Beech, lime, hornbeam and plane trees are all suitable for pleaching. This technique is  particularly effective in a formal setting and often used to line paths or avenues in larger gardens. 

Composting Increases Organic Crop Growth

Composting Increases Organic Crop Growth

Composting Increases Organic Crop Growth – If you have been gardening for very long, and especially if you are an organic gardener, you know one of the best mulches or soil amendments that you can add to your garden is natural compost. One particularly good kind of compost is created in worm bin where red worms are added to a mixture of bedding and organic waste. One of the best ways to do this is with what is called a composting bin. Here are a few tips on how to use these special bins in order to get top quality compost every time.

August in the flower garden

August in the flower garden

August in the flower garden can be a bit of a challenge. Summer is well under way and many herbaceous plants have reached their optimum flowering peak. You could be forgive for thinking that this month is a month of tidying up. However, with a bit of forward planning and some gentle encouragement you can design a planting scheme that will ensure that you have plants that flower well into the fall as well as encouraging those earlier flowering ones to produce second flushes. So in-between relaxing and enjoying summer in your garden, take a moment to check this short reminder of things you should be doing in the flower garden during August.

Grow Your Organic Garden Using Aquaponics

Grow Your Organic Garden Using Aquaponics

Grow Your Organic Garden Using Aquaponics – Organic produce has become a huge seller in our local supermarkets. These products however come at a price. What if you could grow organic products easily in your own garden?

Aquaponics is the combination of hydroponics and aquaculture. It’s actually quite simple – the balance with nature. How does it work? Basically, it turns normal gardening on organic super drive as it feeds rich alive natural nutrients to your plants – 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Feeding The Lawn

Feeding The Lawn

Feeding The Lawn – During late spring and summer, the rapid growth of grass means that frequent mowing is essential. The dangers of allowing the grass to grow too tall have already been pointed out, so the turf must be kept at the recommended height no matter how actively it is growing. On this basis it might seem that feeding the lawn is a foolish thing to do. Isn’t it hard enough to keep the grass down without forcing it to grow more quickly? Is it really worth the extra cost of fertilizer and the need for extra cutting just to make the grass look greener? The simple answer is that the plant foods contained in a compound lawn fertilizer do much more than make the grass look greener.

Improving The Conditions Of Your Garden

Improving The Conditions Of Your Garden

Improving The Conditions Of Your Garden – Find out how you can stop relying on others for your fruits and vegetables, by building and maintaining your own home organic garden, full of delicious produce.

First of all, know what grows in your region. When you see the wide variety of seed packets offered online, it is easy to get sucked into the idea of growing everything and anything! In reality, though, only some of them may flourish in your regional environment. Study up on your region and what crops can survive.