General gardening tips (10)

Thursday, 05 November 2009 12:51

How to make leaf mold

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Autumn is a great time to start making leaf mold. Even if you are not lucky enough to have deciduous trees in your garden, you can visit local parks or even tree-lined streets to gather leaves.

Wednesday, 08 December 2010 07:30

WikiLeeks - a gardener's perspective

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December 2010

I have taken a look at the website that everyone is talking about, and I can tell you it's of little use to real gardeners. Amongst the claimed quarter of a million documents that have been or will be released,  there are no tips or advice about growing leeks. Indeed WikiLeeks is extremely light on any articles relevant to the potager. I found many references to Swedes, but these focused only on residents of the Scandinavian country, and one in particular. Likewise there's lots about “Brussels”, but not a mention of sprouts, even in this festive season.
Best stick with a reputable gardening site – such as grahamsgarden.com  Wink

Tuesday, 08 February 2011 18:09

A Garden Free from ........ 1. Cats

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Having trouble with cats using your flower beds as a WC ?  Frustrated when cats pull out your marker labels ? (yes they really do !). Then here's a tip you might like to follow.

Thursday, 24 February 2011 07:24

A Garden Free From ...... 2. Kittens

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Before starring in the widely acclaimed video  " A Garden Free From ...... 1. Cats "  Henri and Louis made this video when they were ten week-old kittens.

 

Thursday, 04 December 2008 21:18

How to make an open bottle cloche

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Here's how to make an easy and inexpensive (= free) way to protect young plants from damage by from rabbits, cats and cold winds.

Thursday, 04 December 2008 21:47

How to make plastic mesh tunnels

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 Plastic mesh tunnels are easy and cheap to make. Here's how:

Wednesday, 10 December 2008 06:45

A trip to the compost factory

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Every gardener knows the huge importance of good compost, and most have at least one compost heap turning kitchen waste and vegetation into rich crumbly food for their plants. Many articles are available showing how to make your own compost, so I will not repeat that advice. In grahamsgarden I have been making my own compost for as long as we have been gardening. At best I can produce around 600 liters per year - a welcome annual addition to the vegetable plot. However, in 2007 I came across a wonderful discovery.

Monday, 24 November 2008 14:59

Gardeners live two years longer !

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                                              Sorry ladies, this only seems to relate to male gardeners !          

                                             

In a recent publication it has been suggested that men who start exercising regularly in their 50s may extend their lifespans by more than two years — about as much time as men who stop smoking.

Swedish researchers followed more than 2,200 men for more than 20 years for the study, which appears in Friday's online issue of the British Medical Journal. Men who increased their activity levels after turning 50 ended up living as long as those who were exercising regularly before then, the researchers found.

High levels of physical activity amounted to at least three hours of sports or heavy gardening each week. A moderate level was the equivalent of several hours of walking or cycling. People who spent most of their free time watching TV were considered sedentary.

So "jardiniers" let's start planning what to do in those extra two years !

(source CBC News )

Wednesday, 08 April 2009 15:52

Better than FREE potting compost at Leclerc !

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This seems too good to be true, but I have yet to spot the flaw.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009 15:59

An easy way to make a new bed

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Eight years ago when we inherited the garden it had the typically French "look" with a random selection of small trees dotted around a large "field" of meadow grass. Every year I have added flower and shrub beds (in the typical "English" style) - currently there are 18 with another in preparation. I have tried several methods of making new beds, most of which involve lots of digging, but now I have a very easy way of doing it.