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Dogs and Gardens

Posted on December 13, 2015 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (74)

Sharing your yard with a dog and losing your garden? There are ways to have a nice garden and a happy dog at the same time.

Some of these are:

Enclosures:

To keep dogs out of garden beds and other special parts of your yard, create a separate place for dogs to play. Pick a shaded area that has easy access to water. Basically making a yard within a yard is one of the most common and easiest fixes.

Line the ground with wood/bark chips, leaves, ground rubber tires or ot...

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Crop rotations

Posted on April 25, 2015 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (1)

 


Crop rotation time is upon us (if you haven't done so already) and with this in mind I have drawn up a simply 4 way planner for people to be able to follow.

 

The 4 way planner works by separating vegetables into 4 groups, separating your vegetable patch into 4 sections (or if you have a big enough yard having 4 separate ve...

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Weed Mat

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (3)

One question I get asked quite regularly is whether or not to put weedmat in a garden. My answer is always no and here is why.

 

Weedmat does not stop weeds from growing, It may deter a seasons growth if you are lucky but weeds will inevitably start growing on top of weedmat. If you do not keep on top of these weeds (as you would have to without the mat there to begin with) the weeds roots will grow through the weedmat making them harder to remove and destroying the mat you h...

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Home Made Bug Spray

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (3)

A cheap and easy way to control garden pests is to collect:

 

• 2 tbsp. liquid dish washer

• 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

• 1 garlic clove

• 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

• 1 gallon bucket equals 3.7 litres

• 1 spray bottle

1. Add the dish washer, vegetable oil ,crash garlic , cayenne pepper and the 3.7 litres of cool water to the bucket, stir the insecticide with a long spoon or shake it very well.

2. Put the mi...

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Leaf Mould

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Leaf Mould is a great soil conditioner that you can easily make at home.

 

Leaf Mould is the fallen leaves decomposed by natural processes. The end result is a great soil conditioner that will add nutrients and encourages good soil organisms before finally breaking down into a vital ingredient which increases soil fertility.

 

To make it simply get out a lawn rake and collect fallen leaves into a pile. Pick them up and put them into either a hessian sack or ...

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Setting up a compost bin

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (3)

If you have or a considering starting a compost bin then there are a few things you should remember:

 

1. Compost needs air so the organic material can break down

 

2. Compost should be damp but never soggy ( if it is too soggy then throw in a copy of the local news paper to help absorb some of the moisture.)

 

3. Compost bins should not smell rancid....if they do something is wrong

 

4. Turning compost is crucial, make sure...

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Plant propagating

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Propagating plants doesn't need to be hard for beginners. While certain plants may strike better with different ways of a propagating a general method will work well for most varieties.

 

Take cuttings earlier in the morning and place them into a plastic bag, plant as soon as possible.

 

In general aim to have four or five leaves at the top of the cutting and remove leaves from the lower part (about 2-3cm) in preparation for it to be put into the soil.

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