3 Steps to Get Your Soil Ready for Planting

soil for planting

It’s that time again. With the weather warming up, a sense of excitement about gardening always sets in. Whether you’re a first-time gardener or you’re returning to your garden after winter, let’s talk about simple ways to prepare your soil for the gardening season. 3 Steps to Get Your Soil Ready for Planting. Clean Up Your Yard Before you think …

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10 Easy Gardening Tips That Will Help Save the Planet

Save Scraps

Big gestures and promises are important when it comes to environmental change, but so are little things. When millions of people do the little things, they add up fast. Why not think about ways you protect the planet while planting your garden this year? Let’s talk about 10 Easy Gardening Tips That Will Help Save the Planet, because even small …

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Benefits of Having Worm Farms


Worms farms are a great way to recycle your kitchen scraps and are excellent for small gardens, better than compost bins. The best worms for worms farms are tigers, blues and reds and they can be bought from your local nursery. Remember, they don’t survive in the garden, so when you are adding your vermicasts (the manure) to your garden, …

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General Gardening Tips and Techniques

winter garden

Jobs to do in Spring Fed your bulbs with a high potassium (potash) fertiliser, to encourage them to set flowers for next spring. Don’t cut their foliage off until it is brown and dead. If you do, then you won’t have flowers next year. Start incorporating compost and animal manure into your soil to improve its water holding capacity. Core …

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Garage Design by Architects Belfast

garage design

What do you want the garage for? Perhaps you want to park the car in it or to store the lawn mower and a few garden tools. Maybe it will be used as the workshop you always wanted. A basic straight forward garage is not that expensive to build but as your requirements go up so does the cost of …

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Yard Butler HT-2EZ 2-Wheeled Garden Hose Truck Review

Yard Butler

The Yard Butler HT-2EZ Garden Hose Truck is one of those products that you either love, or hate. First off, when compared to a plastic garden hose reel, the Yard Butler is definitely an improvement, but, if you do a lot of hose work in your garden, you may want to get something just another notch better. For light duty …

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Planning a Vegetable Garden

vegetable garden

Gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities you will ever do. It can also be the most time consuming. It doesn’t matter if your garden is big or small, or if you plant it raised beds or in plant pots – you have to start with a plan. Now that you have an idea of how climate, space, …

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Comprehensive Vegetable Garden Guide

Planted pottery

Whether you’re a new or experienced gardener, there’s only one thing you should be concerned about: the health of your plants. Now, many of the factors to a plant’s health are within your control – but not all of them. There are some factors that you’ll have to work with, and not all of them are pleasant. The main factors …

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Making Trellises For Climbing Plants

squash on trellis

Trellises are a great addition to any garden. They are both functional and beautiful. In addition, trellises help keep vines healthy by allowing them to grow above the ground, away from the moisture of the soil. Many varieties of creeping vegetables thrive well on trellises. The gardener, however, must ensure that a trellis is sturdy enough to support heavier vegetables …

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Garden Trellises Add Support in Style

Garden Trellis

Used to grow everything from grapes, to beans, to flowers, to purely ornamental vines, garden trellises expand your garden up off the ground and into the air. Garden trellises can be free standing or attached to a fence, wall or building. Although many plant supports are called trellises, a real trellis exists solely to support a vertically-growing plant and to …

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Garden Obelisks

Garden Obelisk

Beneficial for urban gardeners who want to save space, the use of garden obelisks is an ideal way to grow vining crops in the vegetable garden. Plant a dozen pole beans around the base of an obelisk and watch the vines twine around it as they reach for the sky. Grow melons on taller garden obelisks, their perfectly shaped, unblemished …

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Hardy Magnolias for Northern Gardens


“Leonard Messel” hardy magnolia in bloom. Magnolia trees conjure up images of genteel southern plantations and live oak draped with Spanish moss. Many northern gardeners aren’t aware of the several hardy varieties of magnolia that will grow and thrive as far north as USDA Zone 4. I wasn’t aware of this until I saw a potted magnolia seedling (pictured at …

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Lilac Bushes Perfume the Air in Northern Cities

Lilac Bushes

The lilacs are blooming. All over the city their sweet fragrance permeates the air. Everywhere you look their delicate lilac-colored flowers light up individual lawn specimens or hedgerows of this hardy bush. The brief, two-week period that lilacs bloom every spring almost makes up for freezing winter weather. Almost. Lilacs are classified as Syringa vulgaris and are reliably hardy in …

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Lily of the Valley: Groundcover for Shade

wild lily

Lily of the valley is one of the many sweet-scented, spring-blooming flowers. Its Latin name, convallaria majalis, is derived from the Latin convallis, “valley” and majalis, “May-flowering.” It’s the official birth flower for the month of May. I happened upon a patch of the less common pink ones (convallaria majalis Rosea) and stopped to take their picture. The gardener saw …

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Morel Season is Finally Here

morel mushroom

Morels are the elusive wild mushroom that appears in spring in woodlands from Maine, south to the northern areas of the deep south, west to northern Texas and Oklahoma, and north to Minnesota with a few outposts in the Dakotas. If you’ve never tasted a morel, it’s hard to understand the earnest obsession morel hunters have with finding these wild …

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