Four Ways to Green Your Wallet (and the Environment)

As ordinary citizens await to see what will transpire in the coming days and the fallout from the credit/subprime/overall economic decline, one might wonder what effect this might have on the environment. While most are likely much more worried at this point whether or not their savings and investments will be worth much after this mess and still others wonder whether or not they will have food on the table or a roof over their head.  Still, even others already find themselves hungry and/or without a home. While you may feel somewhat hopeless about the financial system at-large, there...

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My Top 12 Easy Vegetables To Grow From Seed

First and foremost, I just want to remind you that this is all my opinion, based on my own experience, reading, and learning. When it comes to gardening, there is no one be-all-end-all way to do anything. So please take what I suggest here and apply it to your own needs. Try it, use what works, and adapt as necessary. In Situ vs. Ex Situ In situ means “in the place,” and refers to seeds you plant directly in the ground; rather than seeds that you germinate in flats and then transplant – ie, ex situ. I’m explaining this...

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How To Plant Garlic

It’s time to plant garlic in the Northern Hemisphere!  I encourage you all to try this as it is so easy, and extremely rewarding. There are all sorts of lovely types of garlic to try – some mild, some spicy, some long keepers, some beautiful braiders, and some just mouthwatering! We had a lovely crop of garlic this year.  And let me tell you that garlic is pretty darn resilient.  We planted our garlic in mid- and late November.  It sprouted and looked lovely.  Then we moved at the end of April and brought some of the garlic with...

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8 Common Gardening Mistakes That Everyone Makes

Gardening is all about trial and error, but who wants the errors? Learn how to avoid some common mistakes-and enjoy your best gardening season ever. Whether we’re beginners or experts, we’ve all made mistakes in the garden. Sometimes it’s a matter of overwatering or underwatering. Sometimes we put a plant in the wrong place. Or maybe we don’t amend the soil properly. Making mistakes is part of the process, but it’s nice to avoid them altogether. Here are eight common gardening mistakes and how to prevent them: Mistake 1: Drowning or underwatering plants Some gardeners water too much, and...

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Best Garden Hose UK

When it comes to water, it’s best not to take any chances and that is particularly true of a quality garden hose. Some might wonder why there is such a large difference in price with various garden hoses, but that’s because they are made in different ways, with varying materials. The more expensive options tend to have long-lasting materials that won’t degrade with time; something that could prove costly in the future with cheaper hoses. Trying to repair a degraded hose can often result in having to replace it completely, which then doubles the original cost of any cheap...

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Amending Your Garden Soil, Organically and Sustainably

Feed the Soil, Not the Plants When asked how to grow good vegetables, many gardeners and farmers will say “it starts with good soil.”  Soil is the foundation of your garden, it’s what feeds & aerates your plants.  Good soil is not just dirt, it is is a microcosm filled with microorganisms (hundreds of millions per gram!) that transform organic matter into food your plants can digest. Only with good soil will your plants thrive. Soil Testing The first thing you should do before planting a new garden is to test the soil to find out what nutrients it...

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Best Post Hole Digger in UK

Digging a hole without the proper tools is almost impossible, especially when clay is involved. Not everyone can afford to pay for backhoe services and sometimes the job does not call for such action. The solution is the post hole digger, which is designed to cut through the toughest soils and small rocks. While it may seem a simple task to shop for a post hole digger, just the slightest imperfection could alter the digging process and render the tool useless. To help you find the perfect post hole digger, we have included a few short reviews of several...

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10 Steps to Perfect Leaf Compost

Leaves that have fallen after the fall foliage season of colors, whether collected and composted during the fall or spring, are a great food source for your organic garden. By recycling them and turning them into compost, you have a constant source of natural plant food. In this article you will learn how to compost leaves if your are fortunate enough to live in an area where you have deciduous trees that shed their leaves on a seasonal basis. 1 – How to Pick a Spot for your Compost Pile Pick an area with adequate drainage First you have...

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Best Weed Killers in UK

Weeds can ruin any garden or landscape within a few short weeks. They grow fast and luxuriate in attacking grass, plants, soil and merely about any vegetation. Weeds deprive plants of water, light and soil nutrients. Weeds can grow all year long, not simply throughout the spring or summer season. There are approximately 250,000 plant species; about 8,000 of them are considered weeds. Weeds might cause tremendous problems for farmers and grow a massive annoyance for homeowners. Most unwanted weeds in residential landscapes was in grass. Or even removed, they are able to cause serious damage and turn a...

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Benefits of Planting Seeds Instead of Seedlings

Oh, the ease with which we can stop off at a home improvement store or nursery for plants that have been growing for weeks or months and transplant them very quickly to our backyard gardens. While you won’t hear from us that this is bad for the environment, there is a cheaper way to do this and that is better for the environment. Needed supplies: Starter containers Seeds Soil Before you send your plastic yogurt, butter, and sour cream containers off for recycling, make sure you have forty or fifty clean and stored for springtime starter plants. Drill or poke holes for drainage in the bottom. To begin a small garden of peppers and tomatoes, try one packet of green peppers, one packet of mixed peppers, and then two tomatoes of your choice, let’s say, Roma and Big Boy. With even this small variety, you should be able to incorporate your harvest into a broad range of recipes, especially alongside the herbs you’re growing in your indoor garden. The seeds should be £1 to £2 per packet, and if you purchase four or five packets, you spent £10 on seeds for several seedlings of each plant. Compare that to £2-£4 per seedling from the nursery! Spend another £5 on a bag or two of soil that is suitable for starting plants and for less than £15, you have the...

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