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Author: Philip Browne

Gardening Trends for 2018

Gardening Trends for 2018

New Year, new beginning, new resolutions to be adhered to, but for the gardening community and aficiados amongst us, we cannot wait to get started outside in our gardens. All the journals, gardening experts and websites have articles and pieces about the new gardening trends for 2018 and beyond, with a whole plethora of new ideas and suggestions as to how we can get the most from our gardening tasks and exercises. New ideas are great in moderation and small…

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Gardening Jobs for January

Gardening Jobs for January

January is upon us already and for those of us that love gardening, especially in the Northern hemisphere, there is’int a whole lot that we can do at this early stage. Right now, we can prepare to sow ( indoors in seed trays ) what vegetable plants that we intend to grow later on outside in our raised beds or backgardens. There are very little gardening jobs for January, as temperatures are very low, sunlight is at a minimum and…

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Straw Bale Garden Instructions

Straw Bale Garden Instructions

  Our first task is to accquire or purchase some small straw bales for this gardning exercise. I say accquire because some farmers in our community will be giving away these for free, especially if they have been left ouside in the elements and are somewhat damaged and therefore no longer deemed to be of any use to them. The beauty about this issue is, if we could source bales in this condition, these would be ideal for our straw…

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Gardening with Straw Bales

Gardening with Straw Bales

Some of us may know that straw bale gardening is another method that we could use for the purpose of growing our vegetables and is quite an efficient and also an inexpensive system to use. If we have the room and space outside in our backyards or backgardens, it would be really easy to get this system up and running. I will state though, that this idea is probably more suited to rural dwellers rather than urban areas for a…

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Best Garden Tools for Kids

Best Garden Tools for Kids

For those of us that are adults and have children or grandchildren, we ourselves, have all experienced being out and about in all sorts of weather. Those weather conditions ranged from hot to cold, wet to dry, windy to calm and so on. How times have changed in the past say, 10 – 20 years, where children and schoolkids are concerned. If there is any trace of rain or cold weather on the horizon, I suspect that the children of…

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Corrugated Raised Beds a Review

Corrugated Raised Beds a Review

A question that is often asked at garden centres, hardware stores and garden nurseries, would galvanize or corrugated iron be suitable for raised bed gardens. The answer is an astounding and qualified yes. The idea of having corrugated raised beds is a very practical and efficient method for constructing our raised beds and have proven themselves to be an unequivical success. There are a number of reasons as to why we might use this material in the construction of our…

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Gardening by the Moon

Gardening by the Moon

We may or may not know that today, there exist’s a practice, known as gardening by the moon. This is a method of planting and sowing crops and seeds that is slightly different to the standard gardening methods that we may be familiar with. The big difference here is, these gardeners are goverened by the different cycles and phases of the moon. Indeed there are many books written on this subject and still to this day, people will religiously adhere…

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Wheelchair Garden Tools

Wheelchair Garden Tools

The fact that we may be in a wheelchair and have restricted mobility should not stop us from enjoying what we love, especially if it’s out and about in the garden. As we all know, gardening by its nature is theraputic and relaxing, so therefore its still possible to garden from a wheelchair or scooter. This exercise is now possible, due to the fact that some of the gardening tools are modified and specially designed for our needs and requirements….

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Wheelchair Accessible Raised Garden Beds

Wheelchair Accessible Raised Garden Beds

For those of us that love gardening, I suspect that we have a nice pathway or footpath leading into our gardens, so that it’s relatively easy to gain access. From time to time we may have to drive a wheelbarrow, lawnmower, tiller or perhaps other gardening accessories, so it’s really important that we have safe and easy access for this purpose. In the cases where we have people who are wheelchair or scooter dependent, then a safe and sturdy pathway…

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Poinsettias for Christmas

Poinsettias for Christmas

We have all heard of the Poinsettia flower, especially at Christmas time, when it’s almost as popular as the Xmas tree itself. but not quite. This plant is so special to this festive time of the year, perhaps more so through custom and tradition, but also for the fact that there are not too many other plants about at this time of the year. We are all familiar with the custom of giving bouquets of flowers asĀ  gifts on special…

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